The start of this book reads much like a contemporary novel, but that quickly changes as secrets are revealed. The reader gets to meet Megan and learnThe start of this book reads much like a contemporary novel, but that quickly changes as secrets are revealed. The reader gets to meet Megan and learn about her past. It turns out that her father has made her move all over the world ever since her mother died when she was six. Upon arriving to Ireland both Meg and her dad feel that this place is special and both really seem to want to make it work in this new town. Megan instantly makes some friends at her new school but she is also oddly attracted to a boy named Adam, a boy that everyone says to stay clear of. They claim that he is never interested in dating any of the girls who have tried to approach him, and that strange things always seem to happen around him and his family memebers. Meg soon realizes that she is involved in Adam's strange family matters, she is a carrier of the mark.
This is when the story really does get interesting due to the fact that the whole concept behind being marked and being a carrier have to be explained. This is no easy task though because this is a very large complex web of stories, prophecies, and legends. The bloodlines behind the marked people need to be explained, so does the goddess who first created the marked line. Add to all of this the fact that along with being marked Meg now has a power that she needs to learn to control, in order to help keep balance in the world. I feel that the web of the concept to the marked people was explained well but it can still get just slightly confusing at times. This could also be due to the fact that even the characters don't know all there is to know about Meg since she is the first marked child to also have royal blood. (this wont make sense until you read the book)
Overall, I don't want to spoil anymore of the plot line because I feel you have to read the story for yourself. It is a very great story that will take you on one great adventure into the story and destiny of the marked children, who are destine for something great. This story held my interest from page one all the way till the very end, I ended up reading the story in about a day and I can't wait for the next book in this series. I loved that Fallon didn't put in an instant romance, there was a great connection between them from the start but Fallon doesn't force it or make the characters proclaim it is love in the beginning. Also what makes this story extra special is the fact that right now there is no love trianlge, yes you heard me right folks there is NO LOVE TRIANGLE!!!! I feel like I could scream this from roof tops, I'm that happy about it! Overall, this book really does give you the best of everything, there were a few cheesy moments along the way but everything really worked for me. Since I thought this was a great story I will give this book 4.5 hearts and I will impatiently wait for the second book. Please write fast Ms. Fallon!
Sigh I’m getting really tired of everything being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey for people tReview was originally posted at Pages of Forbidden Love
Sigh I’m getting really tired of everything being compared to Fifty Shades of Grey for people to go pick it up. Can we please move past the whole Fifty thing already!!!! He is not even one of my favorite male characters and I feel like every since Fifty became popular that erotic romance took a turn for the worse.
I really never like anthologies because all the stories are just little teases of a real storyline and that was basically what this book was. Many of these big named authors actually disappointed me with their writing. Most of the stories were lacking in the steam department! I don’t get how you release a collection of novellas saying this is 12 shades of surrender and really there wasn’t a whole lot of surrendering. I would have to say the three stories that I enjoyed most from this book were the ones that actually were the type of novellas I was expecting from this novel. I would have to say if you were going to pick three stories to read I would go with Under His Hand by Ann Calhoun, The Envelope Incident by Emelia Elmwood, and Cuffing Kate by Allison Tyler. My favorite was probably Cuffing Kate though because I felt I sort of had a more personal connection with that story which made me like it so much more than the others. I will admit though that I didn’t read the last 2-3 novellas in this novel because I was just so bored out of my mind at that point that I couldn’t keep reading about 12 stories when I was barely enjoying any of them except for the authors and the 3 stories I mentioned.
Overall, I would avoid this one. The only good that came from this was that I found three new authors to check out for some longer erotica stories that actually involve surrender, passion, pain, romance, and intense moments.
I had heard so many great things about this book from many people who I trust and value their opinions on a book. So I was really excited to step into this dark world where everyone is getting ill, unless they are rich, where the rich drown themselves in pleasures in the Debauchery Club. The book did not disappoint, it was exactly the type of thing I was imagining…. in the beginning.
The story opens with two beautiful girls, April and Araby, traveling to the club. Along the way you get glimpses of the darker world that they are forced to live in. There are carts on the sides of the roads that are collecting people’s dead. So while the world is in utter destruction the girls feel the need to go party at the club. Kind of funny how sometimes you can forget what is going on around you if you just do not pay attention.
From here on out you will get to learn more about the characters but this is where the book faulted for me. The characters, especially our main character, Araby, didn’t really work for me. You see Araby is depressed because her twin brother, Finn, died. Araby feels she can not live her life like a normal person due to her grief and because there are so many things in life Finn didn’t get to experience. This makes Araby a very depressing character. She is surrounded by April, who only ever cares about her beauty, and her older brother Elliott, who only has one goal in mind. Then there is Will, who works at the club, he was the only bright spot for me in a world of black and depression. Will bring some of the lighter moments to the front of the book but I question if those moments were enough.
To be quite honest, when you have a dark storyline and a cast full of depressing or dark characters it starts to become too much. I do like darker stories from time to time but this one just didn’t really pull me in. I wanted there to be something going on that would suck me into the story. Sadly, I wasn’t that interested in the story until the ending 30ish pages when things finally started to come together, not that they looked any more positive, but they did come together in a nice way. Plus I think the author, was trying a little hard to make this book give out a powerful message, one that might not work for a teen book. I did love the message but I feel that this book overall is a bit past the teen zone.
Overall, I think this book probably would have been a bit better if the author wrote it for adults. That way she could have made the club something more, made it really dark. I mean if you are going to go dark then I want one of the bigger elements of the book, the club, to really shine in that depressing and dark light. Plus all of the plots and the characters themselves would have been better, I would have connected with them better, if they were adults. So all in all this story gets 3.5 hearts from me, I did like some of the lighter portions of the book and some of the darkness worked really well. I enjoyed the plot twists at the end and I’m interested on where this series is going to go. In the end, I like when authors push the bounds of teen but I felt this one would have just been better had it been an adult book, which a few simple changes could have made this an adult book.
I shall leave you with my favorite quote in the book:
“Just because you don’t want to see something doesn’t mean that it will go away. Do you think inhumanity doesn’t exist if you pretend not to see it? Or maybe get too drunk to understand? We’ve forgotten the things that make life worthwhile.” ~pg. 174 in ARC....more
First off the summary for this book doesn't even begin to describe what all goes on in this novel. So I would say take the summary with a grain of salFirst off the summary for this book doesn't even begin to describe what all goes on in this novel. So I would say take the summary with a grain of salt because it makes the story sound different than how it really is. When I first started this book I was a little put off to be completely honest. The beginning was really cheesy and corny and I wasn't sure if I would be able to make it past page 50. I decided to continue on with the story and I'm so glad that I did.
Once you get past the first 50 pages this novel becomes something so much more than a cute contemporary romance story. It becomes a book that will pull at your heartstrings and not let you go until you finish the very last page. Heck even then you are dying for more pages to see how the story continues between all of the great characters that you have just spent a few hours getting to know. Jordan is great, she is real and she loves a good challenge, she does have her weak moments though and I loved watching the guys on her football team support her. The guys on the team were all great, a little stereotypical at times but they were there for Jordan and they all really do care about her. They are all almost like big brothers because they want to protect Jordan on and off the football field. Ty is on hot guy who comes to town but for me he just didn't make the cut because of where Jordan's true feelings lied. I'm not going to tell you much more than that because I don't want to spoil the book.
Overall, I am in love with this book! I found it very easy to connect with what Jordan was going through because it felt like a replay of my life about 1-2 years ago. I really had my heart connected with this book, I felt everything that Jordan felt. When she was happy I was happy for her, while at the same time I understood exactly what she was going through. I was so connected with this storyline that I was almost in tears at certain points. Some of the lines throughout the entire book felt like an exact replay of a relationship that I once went through. So to me this book is very personal, will you have the same connection, maybe not but I still feel that anyone can enjoy this story. As I already said, I am in love with this book so it gets 5 hearts all the way from me.
***SPOILER*** The reason this is so special to me is because Johnny, my boyfriend, is my Henry. He was my best friend even through a bad relationship that I was having, sometimes you don't realize the guy that is right for you is the one who was standing there all along. (This will make sense if you read the book, or if you really want to know what that means you can always ask me.) ***END OF SPOILER*** ...more
*Please be aware that I'm going to fangirl over this book*
I moment I started listening to this book I was intrigued. I liked both the mainMy Thoughts:
*Please be aware that I'm going to fangirl over this book*
I moment I started listening to this book I was intrigued. I liked both the main characters, Sydney and Ridge, as well as the side characters like Warren. I have to say Hoover makes a cast of characters who all have very different personalities and they all stand out to you when you are listening/reading. I liked Sydney because she is going through so much in the beginning of this book, I feel most girls could connect with her because she has some rough patches and her heart is vulnerable. I feel readers can also connect with Ridge because he is such an amazing man. He is willing to do anything to help Sydney even though he barely knows her. He opens up his home to her and maybe even his heart!
It is so hard to write this review because I know I won't do this book justice and because I can't give away all of the big plot turns and twists. I guess the thing I can say about this book is the fact that Hoover weaves a story that anyone could fall completely in love with. She writes amazing characters who just feel so real and not two dimensional. She infuses both Sydney and Ridge with compassion, love, care, devotion, emotion, and feeling. There is never a dull moment in this book even though almost the entire story takes place in Ridge's apartment. You never feel like the book suffers from the story happening in one place. You just absorb all of the feelings of these two and trust me when I say your heart will break and knit back together to just break again before this book is done. There were moments where I just wanted to shake Ridge and say kiss the damn girl already. Moments where I would speak out in the car while listening and squeal in delight or horror. Trust me if I had been reading this book at home I'm sure there would have been a few parts that would have made me bawl like a baby. This book will just make you feel more than anything else.
I truly believe it is the mark of an amazing author when I feel so much in a book. The things she puts her characters through are hard and yet so true to real life. If you are looking for an author that makes her stories difficult, frustrating, yet loving and full of good and bad feelings, this is the book. I haven't read anything else by this author but this book was beyond amazing, it is the best book I have read in years except maybe Unravel Me by Mafi. This book instantly goes to the top of my favorite book pile. I love it so much I bought the book in paperback so I can reread it instead of just listening to the story, even though that was beautiful as well.
All I can say is read this book, listen to this book, reread this book because it will captivate you for years to come....more