Another fantastic book from two awesome authors. I enjoyed this book so much! It was so intense and emotional. And theAlso posted on: The Shadow Realm
Another fantastic book from two awesome authors. I enjoyed this book so much! It was so intense and emotional. And the characters were great. I adored Ed in Love Always, but I fell in love with him in this one. He was so funny! And such a sweetheart! I want one lol! Hannah I had a harder time connecting with, I'm not sure why exactly, but I did feel sorry for her and what she has gone through. The authors tackled such a difficult issue with great class. Ed and Hannah had amazing chemistry. These two were perfect together. While it could be classed as insta-love, it never felt like that. Their relationship blossomed beautifully. They had so much in common and had such a wonderful connection.
Even though I enjoyed Love Always, a bit more, I still really liked this one. Such a moving story with a powerful message of no matter how broken you may think you are, there is always hope. A compelling and engaging read, I highly recommend this one!
*I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review*...more
It's not over is it?? I don't want it to be over! I am enjoying this series so much, I just want it to keep going. AleBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
It's not over is it?? I don't want it to be over! I am enjoying this series so much, I just want it to keep going. Alexis really is a fantastic character. She has come a long way since book one and I loved watching her grown and learn to let Brett in. They make an awesome couple and even though they still have obstacles to overcome, they come out stronger than ever. Another thing I really like about this series though is how it doesn't just focus on the realtionship between Alexis and Brett. There are so many secondary stories going on that I was never bored. McHugh explores so many different topics and tackles them all brilliantly. The series as a whole deals with all the highs and lows of teenage life in a very realistic way.
I really hope there will be more books. I'm not ready for this series to be over yet. A definite must read! ...more
This book was amazing! I loved everything about it. The characters, the setting, the storyline. It was so well done, IBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This book was amazing! I loved everything about it. The characters, the setting, the storyline. It was so well done, I just couldn't put it down.
The book tells the story of Maggie and Philip, two people who come from completely different worlds. They are polar opposites and yet they are the perfect match. Maggie is a fisherman's daughter with a big heart and even bigger dreams. She is a free spirit who lives for fun and adventure. She wants to sail the seas and see all that the world has to offer. Philip is the son of a business mogul who is expected to follow in his fathers footsteps. He has lived a life by a tightly organised schedule and tries to please his parents but never seems to succeed. He is slowly suffocating under the weight of responsibility his family is piling on him. He has never known true happiness and doesn't even know what he really likes besides what he has been told to like. All that changes when he meets Maggie. She challenges him to step out of his comfort zone and to take a walk on the wild side. To fight against the chains his parents have imprisoned him in and to finally live his life. These two had fantastic chemistry. There were so many things standing in their way, from Philip's family to Maggie's free nature. Their relationship didn't take off straight away and I have to say I loved this. This book has to be one of the most realistic summer romances I have ever read about. They had so many obstacles to over come and dreams to realise first. They had to work for their happily ever after.
Loveday and Knoebel have written a moving and captivating book. So emotional and heart wrenching. I cried so many times. This book ripped out my heart. And it has such a great message, especially where Philip's story is concerned. It tells you to fight for what you love, to never live under someones thumb, and to follow your heart. As Maggie says:
"The only power we had over life was how we chose to live it"
In regards to the writing, it was superb, the words just flowed across the page. You will have no trouble getting sucked into this one.
I don't know what else I can say other that READ THIS BOOK!! The perfect summer read, I cannot recommend this enough. ...more
I really liked this book! It was such a fun and cute read and it had a great cast of characters. Alexis was a really cBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I really liked this book! It was such a fun and cute read and it had a great cast of characters. Alexis was a really cool protagonists. She was so snarky and feisty which I always love in characters. Of course she was so fricking stubborn at times that I wanted to give her a smack across the head but I still really liked her. And Brett I loved. He could put up with Alexis' bitchiness like no one else. The verbal sparring matchings these two got into were hilarious, I loved every moment they were together. And of course Brett isn't the "dumb jock" that she thinks he is. I loved learning more about him.
(view spoiler)[I am actually really happy with how the book ended. I think if Brett and Alexis ended up together by the end it would have been too soon. There's no denying the chemistry these two have but I'm looking forward to seeing them hanging out as just friends for a bit longer. (hide spoiler)]
This book really did end too soon so I am so excited that it is a series. I cannot wait for book 2! A quick, hilarious and superbly enjoyable read, this is one I definitely recommend! :)...more
Wow this was a really quick read! I got through it in no time! And I really liked it. It was really touching and sweet and edgy. As the title suggests,Wow this was a really quick read! I got through it in no time! And I really liked it. It was really touching and sweet and edgy. As the title suggests, it goes back and forth between the before and after and I really liked this. The before is told from Rike's POV and the after from Peyton's. I kind of liked the before more as it was nice to see the relationships developing and growing. I would liked to learn more about the characters pasts though. And I think the after could have been a bit more developed. I think if the book was a bit longer it would have been better. It could have also done with another round of edits as there was a lot of grammatical errors. Apart from that though I really enjoyed this book. An edgier, sexier version of The Vow, I think a lot of romance lovers will like this one :)...more
Just as good as the first book, Rebounding was an emotional and highly enjoyable read. The book follows Charlotte, whoBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
Just as good as the first book, Rebounding was an emotional and highly enjoyable read. The book follows Charlotte, who we met in Pretending, and Max. I would definitely recommend reading Pretending before you read this so you can get the full story about what happened to Charlotte. I didn't really like Charlotte before as she came across as a bit of a bitch but I began to like her in this. I really felt for her and what happened to her. I'm trying not to say what happened cause I don't want to spoil the first book for those that haven't read it. I really liked that she tried to gain some independence and get away from her family and her town. It took her a while but as they say, old habits die hard. Max I really liked. He tried to come across as distant and cold but really he was a sweetheart. My heart absolutely broke for him for what he has gone through and was still going through. The two of them had great chemistry, they were perfect for each other.
I did enjoy Pretending more because of the treasure hunting aspect but I still enjoyed this one too. A great series with a great cast of characters! Would defo recommend to all you NA contemporary lovers out there :) ...more
This is the first book by this author that I have read and I don't think it will be the last. This was a really cute aBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This is the first book by this author that I have read and I don't think it will be the last. This was a really cute and fun read and I really enjoyed it. Told from the POV of Rion, Arielle and Amy, 3 strangers who are now college roommates, this book follow them as the navigate the struggles of heartbreak, love, friendship and self discovery. Each character had their own unique voice so it was easy to distinguish between each of them and to get into their heads. I think my favourite was Rion. She cursed like a sailor and had no filter. She was refreshingly honest and I loved that about her. I had a hard time connecting with Amy in the beginning because I am not religious in any way. But by the end I actually came to like her journey more. She wanted to find out who she really was and to break out of the chains that were binding her to her sexist, small minded town. I think she grew the most out of the 3 of them and I really admired her come the end of the book.
While there was no shortage of drama, and the girls all had their fair share of flaws, all the characters felt very real. The friendship between the 3 girls was one of the best parts of the story because even though they started out as complete strangers, they were there for each other throughout all the ups and downs and became the best of friends. They had such a strong bond. It was so nice to read about a genuine, honest friendship between girls that didn't involve the cattiness I have found in other books.
It may not have been perfect but I still really enjoyed this book. Full of diverse and fascinating characters, this was a quirky, heartbreaking, and fun read. I would definitely recommend this one!...more
I'm gonna start this off by saying I was so worried about reading this book. I've been in an awful reading funkBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I'm gonna start this off by saying I was so worried about reading this book. I've been in an awful reading funk lately and haven't really been in the mood to read anything. I was worried this would affect my reading of The Artisans but thankfully it didn't. The minute I started I got really sucked in and managed to finish the whole book in a day. It was a fascinating take on the Beauty & the Beast tale and I was not expecting it to go in the direction it did.
Initially I thought this was gonna be just an ordinary contemporary read with maybe some mystery and intrigue but it ended up being so much more. I'm not sure if I should say what because it might be spoilery. Maybe this was left out of the blurb intentionally? I'm not sure. Just know that there is more to this book than what you might think. The characters of Raven and Gideon were really interesting. Raven was a really cool character to read about, she had such a gothic and steampunk like style. I loved the descriptions of the clothes she designed. She did annoy me a couple times because of her indecisiveness and constantly switching her mind though. Gideon of course was the expected brooding, mysterious and damaged type, but I did like him. He has a dark secret that I really was not expecting. It was an interesting element to the story and I think this was the main think I liked about the book. The romance element felt maybe a bit rushed. Even though they had been sharing the same house for months, I think they may have fallen too hard too fast for each other. I feel like there wasn't enough time spent on them getting to know each other really. Actually I kind of feel this way about a few aspects of the story. I think they could have done with being explored more in-depthly.
Overall though I did enjoyed this book. It was a mysterious, creepy and intriguing read....more
After reading excerpts and participating in the book blitz for this book, I was really intrigued. When the author contAlso posted on: The Shadow Realm
After reading excerpts and participating in the book blitz for this book, I was really intrigued. When the author contacted the blog requesting a review I jumped at the chance. And although I'm disappointed I didn't love it, I still enjoyed the book and managed to finish it in one sitting. The story is full of mystery and suspense. At times I wasn't sure what was gonna happen next. The book held my attention and made me not want to put it down. Daniels has created a fascinating world and we have only just scratched the surface of it.
Now while the story itself was interesting, my main reason for giving 3 stars has to do with the characters. I never really connected with them. I'm not really sure what it was but they just came across a little...flat. I think there was too much trying to be packed into such a short book that not enough time was spent on character development. And the relationship between Maylin and Thane progressed way too fast for my liking. They knew each other about a day and they were already making out (I'm pretty sure it was only a day). I know if I was kidnapped by a vampire, which I had always thought was myth, I would not be making out with him the next day. I can maybe reason that because Maylin had been locked away for the last 2 years that she was craving some human (or vampire in this case) contact that she kind of latched onto Thane, but I still would have preferred their relationship to have been more fleshed out.
Apart from all that though I did enjoy the story. The ending has me looking forward to book 2. I'm excited to see where the story will go from here.
*I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review*...more
The main thing to draw me to this book was one word. Dragons. Any time I see the word dragon I'm like a meerkat poppinBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
The main thing to draw me to this book was one word. Dragons. Any time I see the word dragon I'm like a meerkat popping it's head up. I love dragons and if a book is about them then there is a very strong chance I will read it. Dragons Are People, Too though was such a unique take on dragons. These are were-dragons and I think I've only read one other book about people that can shift into dragons and it was nothing like this. I absolutely loved Nicolas' take on them. This urban fantasy was action-packed, exhilarating and highly entertaining. It has such a diverse set of characters and I loved the protagonist, Kitty. She had all the characteristics I love: snarky, tough, and well able to kick some butt. And her side-kick Sani was also great. The two of them make a brilliant team and I loved watching them work together.
The story itself is very fast paced and has no shortage of action. The world building was done really well too. The history of dragons and DIC wasn't made overly complicated. It was easy to understand and follow and I never felt lost. The book is very well written and I just found myself completely immersed in this world. I stayed up until well after 3am to finish it, I just could not put it down. I really hope there will be a sequel because I need more! A fab start to what I hope will be an amazing series. Highly recommend this one :) ...more
So obviously this book was awesome. It is by Airicka Phoenix after all. Everything that woman writes I love and this oAlso posted on: The Shadow Realm
So obviously this book was awesome. It is by Airicka Phoenix after all. Everything that woman writes I love and this one was no exception. While it was more along the erotic side than I usually read, it still had a great story line with a fantastic cast of characters.
The main thing I absolutely adore about Airicka's books are her snarky characters. They always make the most interesting reads. Ali and Gabe have an instant disliking to each other and the hostility between them was brilliant. I love the hate-to-love stories cause they are always so much fun. Ali was very likable and was easy to connect with. She was funny, witty, insecure but brave. She had a really tough childhood that has followed her to adulthood and as such she is a bit of an introvert. The anonymity of voyeurism appeals to Ali (Aoife), and even if the "relationship" she begins with Gabe (Q) wouldn't necessarily be something I would do, we all have a little voyeurism inside of us. That's another thing that makes Airicka's books great. There is always something relatable to be found in them.
As always, Airicka has written a swoon worthy male lead in the form of Gabriel. The man was intense, domineering, brooding, broken, and so very very hot. I may have liked for there to have not been as big of an age gab as there was, but I let it slide. The connection that "Q" and "Aoife" share was great to read about and I loved that not all their interactions were about sex. Even though they made a deal to form no attachments, that's just what they did. They became so much more to each other.
I'm not really sure what else I can say. This was an intense, sexy, heartbreaking, funny and all around amazing read. I highly recommend it!
*I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review*...more
I knew going in to this book that it would be a tough one to read. I knew that there would be aspects that wouldBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I knew going in to this book that it would be a tough one to read. I knew that there would be aspects that would be hard to stomach and that it wouldn't be a light read. And god was I right. This book was so gut-wrenchingly heartbreaking, I think I was in tears for most of it. Andrews wrote a story that ripped out my heart and stomped all over it. Even days later, any time I think of it my stomach cramps up because it was just so upsetting. A book may have a tough subject matter, but unless I am able to connect with and sympathize with the characters, it is tough for me to be affected by it. But Juhan and Chosi were written so well that it was hard not to connect with them. The things these two go through is horrendous. Especially Chosi as she is sold into blood sport. The book is told in dual 1st person POV. I always enjoy 1st person more as it allows me to truly get into the characters head, to feel what they feel. Sometimes though I almost wished this book was in 1st person because I didn't think I could take anymore sadness and heartbreak. There were a couple things that I would have liked a little bit more of, like Chosi and Jemes. But maybe that's for the best because I was upset enough as it was lol. And omg there were so many times when I didn't know whether I was suppose to love or hate certain characters. My heart didn't know what to do!
This book was so well written. It was so descriptive and imaginative. I've said this before but I really am in awe of people that are able to create whole new worlds and galaxies like this. Andrews has created something amazing here. I kind of wish this was a standalone because I can't go through much more heartbreak! But I am so looking forward to book 2. Especially after that ending! This is a violent, soul-crushing, intoxicating read about survival and the lengths someone will go to for the person they love. An absolute must read!...more
Oh. My. God. I really am stuck for words. This book blew me away. Even days later I can't get it out of my head. This rAlso posted on: The Shadow Realm
Oh. My. God. I really am stuck for words. This book blew me away. Even days later I can't get it out of my head. This review is gonna be short and sweet because I'm not gonna mention anything about the plot. This is the type of book that I recommend you go in blind. As the story progressed there were so many wonderful surprises that my heart nearly exploded. The characters, oh god they were all amazing. Alice was one of the best female protagonists I have ever come across. She was so kick-ass and feisty and so well written. All the characters were. Such a variety of personalities, I loved them all. And Finn? Swoon! You will fall head over heels for this guy. I also adored Lyons' writing style. The book was so intelligently written and the words just flowed effortlessly across the page. And the attention to detail! I can't imagine how much research Lyons did for this series. I am in complete awe. One of the most creative and unique books I have ever read. There were a few grammar mistakes but because I got an eARC I am not gonna mark down for that. I will assume the final copy doesn't have them.
Everything about this book was flawless. Pure gold. Not only one of my favourite reads of the year, but of all time. I cannot recommend this one enough! Now bring on book 2!
*I received an ebook copy in exchange for an honest review*...more
I was immediately intrigued by this book after reading the blurb. And the second I started reading it I was hookeBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I was immediately intrigued by this book after reading the blurb. And the second I started reading it I was hooked. I could not put it down! I would have finished it in like a day if life didn't get in the way. Gabriel/Tom was such a fascinating character, and the author wrote him really well. We get a few sections from his POV which was great for learning how much he is struggling. My heart really broke for him and I just wanted to give both Gabriel and Tom a big hug. While Gabriel could be an ass a lot of times, and had terrible anger issues, this just helped to more define his multiple personalities. The author did her research on this disorder and it showed.
Now while I loved this aspect of the story, my main reason for not giving a higher rating has to do with Caden. I just could not connect with her. She annoyed me for so much of the book. When we meet her she is coming out of an abusive relationship and I did feel bad for her but she made some really stupid decisions. She basically left one bad relationship for another. She was trying to change herself, to become more strong, but she still came across weak and helpless and a bit immature. There were so many times I wanted to slap some sense into her. And her inner thoughts were so repetitive. So much back and forth. She showed a little bit of growth by the end of the book but I would have liked more. And I didn't find her intense feelings for Gabriel that believable. It was almost a case of insta-love but not quite. For me I would have liked their feelings for each other to have taken a bit longer to develop.
Apart from Caden though I did enjoy this book a lot. I loved the moral and ethical questions raised about whether it was right to start something up with someone with two personalities. Going in I thought it was a standalone but I'm so glad there is gonna be a sequel. That ending was such a twist! I can't wait to find out what will happen next!...more
I was initially attracted to this book because of the cover. It's a really cute cover and so I figured the book was gonna be just as cute. I was lookiI was initially attracted to this book because of the cover. It's a really cute cover and so I figured the book was gonna be just as cute. I was looking for something light and fun and this one seemed like the perfect fit. And it was. I really enjoyed this book, it was super fun and super cute. I really liked Alexis as a protagonist. She wasn't perfect but that made her more likable. She might come across a little condescending and entitled but she showed a great amount of growth as the book went on. She was actually a very compassionate and caring person. And I loved that she stood up for her friends and for herself. Although I wish she would have stood up to her mother more. I really did not like her mother. She was so stuck up and entitled and was constantly putting Alexis down because she was more into sports than her "looks". She's a pageant mom and is obsessed with Alexis' seven year old sister's "career". I cannot stand pageants, especially for little kids, so she really grated on my nerves. I would have told her off so many times if I was Alexis.
The romance in the book was really sweet and progressed at a nice pace. There was no insta-love, and Noah and Alexis had great chemistry. Noah was so sweet and kind and was so nice to everyone. He's so loyal to his friends and family and my heart broke for him when I found out what he had to deal with. There was also a great host of secondary characters and I would actually love books about a few of them. There's some of them that I really want to know more about.
A great story-line, full of excitement, laughter and romance, I wholly enjoyed this book. The perfect choice if you're looking for a quick, entertaining read.
*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*...more
OK seriously. I did not think this woman's books could get any better, but I was wrong. This one has climbed up thereBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
OK seriously. I did not think this woman's books could get any better, but I was wrong. This one has climbed up there with my all time favourites. It was just too fricking CUTE!! The second I finished it I just wanted to go right back to page one and read it all over again. It was that good!
Usually I am in favor of leaving the happily ever after to our own imaginations. I like reading about the build up to the relationship and the beginning of it. Sometimes when we get the HEA in epilogues, it doesn't feel right to me. Like it's too rushed or not that realistic. But this book? This is how it should be done! The relationship between Liz and Landon was so real and believable. The stress of planing a wedding and the arguments they get into wasn't overdone or overly dramatic. It was all amazing. And omg these two couldn't have been more perfect for each other. Liz was hilarious and Landon was a such sweetheart (even if there was one part where I wanted to smack him!). I laughed and cried so much. Cassie why do you do this to me?! If I don't find my own Landon I am gonna be so upset! xD
I really don't know what else I can say apart from I LOVED IT I LOVED IT I LOVED IT!!! The funniness, the awkwardness, the love, the sadness, the secondary characters, everything! Ms. Mae's writing is just superb and could brighten up anyone's day. I cannot wait to read the next books in the series. I just know they are gonna be as awesome as this one! I seriously cannot recommend this book and this author enough. If you haven't read any of her books yet then get on it! Everyone needs some Cassie Mae in their life <3...more
Forever Found was a great little sequel to Girl Lost. At what felt like less than 100 pages, this was a very quick reaBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
Forever Found was a great little sequel to Girl Lost. At what felt like less than 100 pages, this was a very quick read, but it was still very enjoyable. I loved getting more insight into The Boy. It was great to get his POV, to see things through his eyes. It was great to be back in this world, with all the magic and mystery surrounding Peter and the Island. Although the book didn't end the way I thought it would, it actually made more sense the way it did end. I would have loved the book to be longer, to have had maybe an epilogue, but I still really liked it the way it was.
I highly recommend these books. The story is a fascinating Peter Pan re-telling that I think many people will love. A great read. ...more
What can I say about Darkness? This book was just everything I was hoping for and more. I didn't think I could fall anAlso posted on: The Shadow Realm
What can I say about Darkness? This book was just everything I was hoping for and more. I didn't think I could fall any more in love with this series but I was wrong. My love grew tenfold with this book. Cho continues to amaze and dazzle with his spellbinding storytelling. I am seriously in awe of the world this author has created. So much happens in this book and I was sucked in right from page 1. When Florence learns of a terrible prophecy, she will risk everything to undercover the truth. Venturing in to the Darkness, Florry and friends encounter terrifying monsters and more, dodging death at every turn. Like the first two books, the story is told in 1st person from Florence's POV. However we do get chapters here and there that focus on other characters. I really liked this as it helped to move the plot along and gave more insight in to what was happening in the background. As always I loved Florry. She is a brilliant character, so strong and determined. Now that Niemela is her home, she does whatever she can to save it from the Darkness. She is truly a character to admire.
I just seriously adored this book. The story-line is fantastic; full of mystery, heart-stopping action, and a sweet romance. I love the direction the author has taken with mer. It's such a unique take. I really hope I won't have to wait another 2 years for the 4th book because I NEED it!! I know there is so much more still to happen and I cannot wait to find out what will come next. I really cannot recommend this series enough. Without a doubt one of my all time favourites.
*I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review* ...more
This is the first book by this author I have read and I think after this one I will definitely be checking out heBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This is the first book by this author I have read and I think after this one I will definitely be checking out her other books. This one was really funny. I lost count of how many times I laughed out loud. The wit and sarcasm were off the charts. The story is well paced. A lot going on so I never felt bored. The characters were entertaining but my god they frustrated me to no end! No one would just come out and say exactly what they felt! They would all just skirt around the issue. This got quite annoying but not enough to make me stop reading. The presence of a love triangle also wasn't my cup of tea but it was bearable. Mainly cause I loved Blake! That dude was awesome :) Don't get me wrong, I was team Grennedy all the way, but I still had a soft spot for Blake. Kennedy I did like but my god could she be such a bitch. And her and Graham could be so immature a lot of times.
Apart from all that though I did really enjoy this book. It was witty and quirky and an overall fun read. Looking forward to reading more from this author....more
It's over!! *cries* I can't believe it's over. I seriously love this series. I didn't think it could get any better beBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
It's over!! *cries* I can't believe it's over. I seriously love this series. I didn't think it could get any better because I absolutely adored book 1. But I was wrong. The Revolution of Ivy was amazeballs! Packed with action and suspense, I could not put it down. Ivy goes on such a journey through this book. She grows so much, I loved watching her become her own person and become so strong. And the relationship between Ivy and Bishop? One of the best ones I have ever read about. They are absolutely perfect, each others pillar of support. And I did not think I could love Bishop any more than I already did. He pushed Ivy when she began to close off, and he was never afraid to tell her exactly what she needed to hear. He is just amazing. And I adored the new characters, Ash and Caleb. They were such great friends to Ivy.
I won't tell you anything about the actual story other than the ending is just all kinds of perfect. It is heartbreaking, bittersweet, and the best way to end the series. I am so sad to say goodbye to these characters, I have come to care for them so much. Thank you Ms Engel for creating such beautiful books. They are going to stay with me forever....more
I really don't know what to say. This series just keeps getting better and better. Everlost was a phenomenal read andBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
I really don't know what to say. This series just keeps getting better and better. Everlost was a phenomenal read and I really don't know how Knoebel expects us to wait for the forth book because I need it NOW! Everything that is revealed in this book left me reeling and had my head spinning with scenarios of how it is all gonna play out. Of course Knoebel loves to throw in surprises so I was constantly second guessing as to what would happen next. New players are introduced, and with them comes revelations that, I personally, have been dying to get.
Knoebel's writing is one of the best I have ever come across. Her way of telling a story is so all consuming, so intoxicating, that everything around you disappears and all that is left are her words, her story. She has such a magical quality to her writing, I found something worth highlighting on nearly every page.
I'm not gonna say anything else because I don't want to spoil the story. If you haven't started this series yet then you are sorely missing out! This series is seriously amazing and I cannot get enough of it. I'll be sad to see it end....more
Ms Knoebel has done it again with this exhilarating and heart-pounding sequel to the fantastic Everlasting. Just as good as book #1, Evernight was anMs Knoebel has done it again with this exhilarating and heart-pounding sequel to the fantastic Everlasting. Just as good as book #1, Evernight was an addictive read that I could not get enough of.
We find the gang in Ethryeal City where they must under-go rigorous training if they have any chance of beating the Darkyns. Faye is pushed to her absolute limit, unlocking hidden and dangerous powers inside her. The poor girl goes through the emotional and physical wringer. I really applauded her ability to keep it together on the outside, even if she was falling apart inside. She grows so much in this book, becoming stronger and more determined to prove to people that she is not the weak, fragile little girl some of them think she is. And I think the one person who really helped her with this was Weldon. I seriously love that guy. He is not afraid to speak his mind and he gave Faye the kick in the butt she needed. During the book there were times when I was questioning certain things, or I wanted to tell off certain characters and then Weldon would come along and question the exact same thing or tell of that character. It was like he was in my head lol! I wanted to high five him. Dude is definitely one of my favourite characters in the series.
The book wasn’t as action packed as the first one but there was still a lot going on. Secrets were revealed, loyalties were tested and battle lines were drawn. There was never a dull moment and I finished the book in no time. I was glued to my kindle from the get-go. I even forgot to eat I was that entranced! Ms Knoebel’s writing is so descriptive and flows effortlessly across the page. You can’t help put get lost in her world.
I won’t say any more because you all just need to experience the awesomeness that is this book for yourselves. I really hope I don’t have that long of a wait for book #3 because I NEED more after that ending!...more
This book. Oh god this book was just...perfection. A lot of the time I have to be in a certain mood to enjoy dystopianBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This book. Oh god this book was just...perfection. A lot of the time I have to be in a certain mood to enjoy dystopians. I was a little worried when I started the book that I wasn't in that mood, and so I would not really enjoy it that much. But thank god that not only did I enjoy it, I loved every second of it.
I won't rehash the summary as there isn't much more I can add to it. The plot is very well thought out and flawlessly written. It is very smart and not everything is as black and white as you might think it will be. It is not action packed like so many dystopians, with fight scenes every other chapter. This book didn't need it. It was so intense and suspenseful as it was. The pacing was perfectly done. It never dragged. I was lost in my kindle, I just could not pull myself away.
The characterization was amazing. There was so many layers to them, I never really knew where I stood with a lot of them. Ivy was a fantastic protagonist. Even though she is following her fathers orders and wants to stay loyal to her family, she still questions the right and wrong of her families plans. I loved that she wasn't afraid to speak her mind many times, especially to Bishop's parents. She had a quiet fierceness and strength that I really admired. Bishop I absolutely adored. He is a man who doesn't speak his mind that often, not until he truly trusts a person. Because of this we don't get to see the real him until a good bit into the book. He is a man shrouded in mystery. A wonderful love interest.
I don't know what else I can say. This was an intelligent, superb gem of a book. One of the best books I have read this year. I cannot believe I have to wait a whole year for the sequel! That is just cruel! ...more
The thing that first drew me to this book was, as well as liking mystery/thriller stories, I was intrigued by the deatBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
The thing that first drew me to this book was, as well as liking mystery/thriller stories, I was intrigued by the death visions aspect. It may not be an original idea but it still captured my attention. I really liked this part of the story but even if it wasn't there I still would have really liked the book. It was engaging and suspenseful and constantly had me second guessing as to who the bad guy was. The plot is very character driven. The story is told from 3 POV's, one being the bad guy. When I found this out I was worried that this would take away some of the mystery and suspense and we would know right away who it was. But thankfully this didn't happen, and it actually ended up adding more suspense to the story. I was wracking my brain for so long trying to figure out who it was but I never guessed it and I'm really happy about this. I hate when it's so obvious. And can I just say that Ms Marr really knows how to write a psycho. This dude was seriously messed up! Bravo for really creeping me out! Eva I really liked. She was very head-strong and mature for her age. She stood up for herself and handle the entire thing really well. I really admired her willingness to speak her mind and not shy away from things. Even though there were 2 other POVs, Eva was the leading lady of the show and had all my attention.
I really liked the romance element of the story. It wasn't the main focus so it didn't take away from everything else but I still really enjoyed it. I loved watching the relationship between Nate and Eva slowly grow from from friends to more. They had some really sweet moments and you could see how much they cared for each other. Nate was a great love interest but I would have liked a bit more of an explanation for why he stopped talking to Eva in the first place. I understand there was stuff happening in his life but that didn't seem like a good enough reason to stop being friends with her.
The story itself is very engaging and entertaining. I did find it a bit slow-paced in places but I was still invested in the story and could not put it down. A dark and chilling thrill ride, this book will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning. A definite must read.
*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*...more
I am a huge fan of Sarah Alderson. Any book of hers I have read I have loved. Her YA books are amazing so when I saw tAlso posted on: The Shadow Realm
I am a huge fan of Sarah Alderson. Any book of hers I have read I have loved. Her YA books are amazing so when I saw that she was writing an NA book I was so excited! And then when Sarah sent me an advance copy for review I was over the moon! I couldn't wait to jump right in.
And boy did I love this book! I was hooked from the very beginning. I knew this book was gonna upset me because military stories always do but the prologue confirmed my theory that I was in for a tearjerker. I absolutely adored Jessa and Kit's relationship. These two are so incredible cute together. The book is told in dual POV and getting into Kit's head made me fall for him even more. This book couldn't have been told from just one POV. Both were needed for the story. The story is intense and passionate and full of some really smexy scenes but the last 1/4 of the book I was in a perpetual state of panic and despair. I had a lump in my throat and had to fight back tears numerous times. It upset me so much but saying that I wouldn't have had it any other way. The direction the author took the story was completely believable and not at all fantasized. It was heart-wrenching to read but it was real.
Overall Come Back To Me is a tender, heartbreaking love story that will tug at your heart strings and have you reaching for the tissues more than once. I really hope the author writes more NA books because this one was incredible.
I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review...more
This was a really cute and quick read. The story centers around Wren, a budding interior designer, who is tryingBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This was a really cute and quick read. The story centers around Wren, a budding interior designer, who is trying to bag the lead role in the school play so as to have something good on her resume when applying for college. Her aunt is directing the play and is a major drama queen. I really did not like that woman. She was so horrible to Wren. When she throws a hissy fit and quits her job, the role of director lands on Wren's shoulders. That is an enormous task to take on, but as they say, the show must go on. I liked Wren for the most part. I thought it was cool that she was into woodshop and had a thing for interior design. I felt she could be a bit immature at times though and I found myself rolling my eyes at her a couple times. She is 17 I suppose but I felt she could have handled some things better. I really liked Derek. He was such a sweety. You just knew there was more to his "bad boy" reputation than what everyone was saying. At less than 200 pages this is a really quick read. With a lot of short books I find that some aspects of the story can be rushed and not fleshed out enough. I was worried that would be the case here but luckily it wasn't. Sure I would have liked the book to be longer but it didn't feel lacking. And the ending was adorable. The book takes place over the couple of months it takes to rehearse and put on the play. I liked the play aspect of the story. It was entertaining and I liked seeing all the different aspects of putting on a play.
While I didn't love this book I still enjoyed it. It was cute and fun and proved a nice break from all the emotionally heavy books I have read lately. If you are looking for something quick and sweet then give this one a shot....more
This book turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a typical NA book, but what I got was so much more. ItBlog Tour Post: The Shadow Realm
This book turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a typical NA book, but what I got was so much more. It had mystery, intrigue, treasure hunting, and some pretty intense sexual chemistry. There's nothing more I can say about the story as it gives you everything you need to know in the blurb. After that you need to discover the story for yourself. The main characters I really liked. Told in dual POV, we get an insight into both Wes and Dahila's lives and what they are feeling, but at the same time we are kept in the dark regarding certain aspects of their lives. Like why Dahila tries to hide herself behind a disguise. Or what Wesley found on his trip to Egypt. The chemistry between the two was intense and I loved their interactions. The romance is slow to build and I liked that. Dahila is hesitant to start anything with a guy who has completely ignored her for the past 3 years. Although I sort of felt that Wes's feelings kind of appeared out of no where. But I loved the way the book ended and what the status of their relationship was. I applauded the way the author left it as it was realistic and it made me love them even more as a couple. The story-line itself is full of mystery and the one thing that made me love this book was the archaeology element. It was such a change from all the other NA books I've read that it really made it stand out from them all. I have always been fascinated with archaeology and treasure hunting so this had me hooked. It was so unique and I would love to find more books like this.
Overall this was a incredibly enjoyable and entertaining read. Packed with adventure and romance, this is one book you should check out :)...more