This book was an extremely pleasant surprise. It was wonderful! It started out calm and sweet, with beautiful prose and a pleasant tone. In that respect it reminded me of Matched (which I loved by the way). But it didnt take me long, by the time I started the second chapter, to realize that this was not Matched. This was its own unique story. I started to notice small things that didnt seem right. Like Cassie's strangely distant but extremely interested parents who questioned her every action. The tone quickly changed to something creepy and uneasy. There was something seriously wrong with Cassie's world.
Hope's Daughter is set in the distant future, after Earth was destroyed by global warming, and the few surviving humans live on a space station named Hope. The population is separated for living quarters according to family situation. Family Quarter for families with children, Married Quarter for those without children, and Retired Quarter for those whose children are married. As Cassie approaches the age where marriage is a possibility, she realizes others around her are beginning to disappear. They have "eloped" to the Married Quarter without a word or a good-bye. She knows this is the way it has always been, but now that it is happening to her friends she realizes how wrong it is. Then she meets Balik. After the barcode on her and Balik's wrists turn from black to red, they have no idea what caused it, but they know what it means. They're next.
For a good three quarters of this book my mind was racing, trying to make sense of the strange series of events. A constant mystery and sense of impending danger. I could not put it down! And Balik was great. At first I just saw that he was withdrawn and quiet, but thoughtful and sweet. A nice combo, but its been done before. But I eventually realized that I had misjudged him. I was really impressed with him as he opened up to Cassie, and I realized that the version of him I saw at first, was just the version he showed the public to hide the fact that he was dissatisfied with his world. Balik was willing to ask Cassie challenging questions, forcing her to look at the world differently. He is strong and confident, and physically capable, when no one else in their world is. These qualities are even more impressive when you consider their upbringing on the station. Balik was pretty much a godsend, just what Cassie needed to get her through the hard times ahead, to make her the person she needed to be, and just what I needed too. ;)
And the ending did not disappoint. I knew it would be a make or break ending, after all the questions that were raised. But thankfully all was explained in an interesting, if not entirely shocking, way. The immediate threat was removed and I was pleased with the ending, but it left just enough hanging to make me want to come back for more. I am very much looking forward to The Rainbow Maker's Tale (the events of Hope's Daughter from Balik's POV) and the sequel, Outlanders!...more
This was fascinating. I loved the story, and the characters, and the writing, and the message. I loved how the writing mirrored Juliette's state of mi
This was fascinating. I loved the story, and the characters, and the writing, and the message. I loved how the writing mirrored Juliette's state of mind and her image of herself. As her life became more stable and purposeful, so did she and the writing. It was a unique insight into the MC's mind which we dont usually gain through traditional narration. And I would not be surprised if Juliette was actually OCD or bipolar. I dont know much about those two conditions, but Juliette does seem to struggle with something besides her surroundings.
"Hope is hugging me, holding me in its arms, wiping away my tears and telling me that today and tomorrow and two days from now I will be just fine and I'm so delirious I actually dare to believe it."
Juliette is a remarkable person. Being mistreated, abandoned, and imprisoned at such a young age, I am surprised she didnt turn out more like Warner, although they do have far more in common than she seems willing to admit. They have both been written off by their parents (in Warner's case just his father), are feared for who or what they are, they both have remarkable power of some kind, and they are both prisoners in their own lives. It seems clear to me that they are also both looking for love and acceptance.
"All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart."
I enjoyed Adam's character in the beginning. I found it really interesting how he used to know Juliette when they were children, and that he joined the military to find her. Its an interesting backstory. And he was a sweetheart. But as time went by and we saw more of him and met other, more interesting characters, I realized that he was just a Gary Stu. There wasnt really anything special about him.
"In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together."
The story seemed to be a lot about identity. About learning who you are, not letting other people tell you who you should be, and also not labeling others, or judging them by the face they show the world. I suspect as the series progresses, we will also see a lot of growth, from Juliette as well as other characters, as their true identities continue to be revealed to us, as well as to themselves....more
This book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely nothing sci-fi or paraThis book was a lot of fun! It was a bit like Ruby Red with a bit of the movie National Treasure mixed in. There was absolutely nothing sci-fi or paranormal about it besides the mention of a prophecy, but its mysterious existence is basically just accepted. This is all action/adventure/mystery/romance.
I really enjoyed all the history and geography in this. It starts out with Avery in high school, in Minnesota I think. She then travels to Paris, then Istanbul, then Paris again, where they visit several museums as well as the Notre-Dame cathedral. It all felt real to me, like we were really there, and I can't wait for them to travel further in the following books, in search of Alexander's tomb.
Avery was a very average girl and of course some times she made silly mistakes, such as getting on the plane with Stellan in the first place. But she held herself together well and I was proud of her for not completely losing her shit when people started shooting at her. She helped Jack plan along the way and saved him at Notre-Dame. But she still felt very genuine and realistic.
And I loved Jack. He was such a sweetheart. I rarely ever like the bad boy types, except on very rare occasions. But this is not one of them. Jack is quiet and kind and brave and he goes out of his way to protect Avery again and again, and risks his life just to be with her. I wasn't sure how far a romance would go in this book, or if it would be less of a focus. But I am glad that there was time for a lot of romance in this.
“I've never considered breaking that oath before. Ever. But I did, for you... It was all for you.”
I don't understand everyone's fascination with Stellan though. I mean, he never did anything interesting. He was rude. He pulled a knife on Avery twice. How is that likable? I am glad that he was not really portrayed as a love interest at least. He was good-looking enough for Avery to notice, but that's about it. She never trusted him, and with good reason. He mostly just hung around and never made a scene. So I appreciate that he didn't try to be a scene-stealer at least. But after that ending, I am sure the love-triangle aspect will be vamped up in the next book. I am not looking forward to that at all, especially since Avery and Jack ended in such a good place. They better not go through with Stellan's idea.
So I totally loved this book for being a lot of fun, a great adventure with great mystery, romance, and likable characters, besides Stellan. I really swallowed it up and thoroughly enjoyed the ride....more
I have had some fairly good luck with contemps lately. This and Losing It getting 5 stars from me within a month? Thats monumental! I think maybe the trick is for me to stick to the funny contemps.
Reason 1: You know how to sign the word 'balls' Reason 2: You walk with a book on your head Reason 3: You know how to make awkward less awkward Reason 4: Its easy with you Reason 5. You know how to make a guy feel pretty good about himself Reason 6: You give the best hugs Reason 7: I think about you before I think about her Reason 8: You slaughter me at Ghost Recon Reason 9: You turned me into a psycho
The title says 'Funny Fat Friend', and they were right about the funny part. Hayley is hilarious, amazing, and totally "awesomesauce". :P And when she told Brody he had to make a list of reasons why he chose her over a skinny girl, he actually found it extremely easy, and was daily adding new things to the list as he discovered more and more reasons to love her.
Reason 10: You are the FHF--Freaking Hot Friend Reason 11: You are perceptive Reason 12: You don't let my jackass jerk brother get to you Reason 13: I'd beat the crap out of my own flesh and blood for you Reason 14: I need crave you Reason 15: You rock some sexy ink Reason 16: You make me feel all that gooey shit crap I'm supposed to feel Reason 17: You're a cute little cheater Reason 18: You make me nervous, but not nervous
Brody was a great guy. He felt totally genuine and realistic and just the right amount of sappy. He fell for Hayley fast and hard. When it started, I thought the book would be about the process of him falling for her, but he was almost instantly in awe of her, from the first chapter. The rest of the book was mostly him trying to prove it to her. Making her realize she deserved it.
Reason 19: Pictures of bleeding people don't make you want to puke Reason 20: If eyes can be hot, yours are smoking Reason 21: You can put boob marks in all my shirts and I wont care Reason 22: You smile when you kiss Reason 23: You're as horny as I am Reason 24: I cant lie to you Reason 25: When you're pissed at me, I turn into a depressed slob who cant stop listening to pop crap
This book was totally sweet and heartwarming, and fun, and just the right amount of drama to not piss me off. Lovable characters, a YA-appropriate touch of hot, and an HEA. What else could you ask for? :) This is definitely one that I'll be re-reading in the future.
Reason 26: I want to shout it to the world that I'm in love with you Reason 27: You are THE girl...more
This was actually much better than the movie. Even though I saw the movie first, it's still better. When I read the first book they were so similar IThis was actually much better than the movie. Even though I saw the movie first, it's still better. When I read the first book they were so similar I had trouble rating it. I wasnt sure if I was rating the book or the movie, they were too similar to take apart. But I dont have that problem with Chamber of Secrets, since I gave the movie 3/5 on my frequented movie site. The story was much more exciting than the previous. The chamber is more interesting than the stone, there was lots more action and sneaking around. More danger. If the books continue to get better and better, as, imo, the movies did, I'm in for quite an adventure....more
I chose to read this for a grade 11 project. My partner was a guy and he was pretty disappointed that I picked this, but he ended up not even readingI chose to read this for a grade 11 project. My partner was a guy and he was pretty disappointed that I picked this, but he ended up not even reading it. :P I dont remember what led me to pick this, but I am so glad I did. It has been one of my favourites ever since. The writing in it is just beautiful! And I got really good grade on the project. :P...more
So this was the final installment of this amazing series, and it was a great way to goThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
So this was the final installment of this amazing series, and it was a great way to go. This series has always been non-stop action and thrills, with dozens of characters and constant changing of settings. So much is going on that it feels like an Urban Fantasy. But with the amount of romance in it, it also feels like a PNR.
I love McKenzie as a heroine. She held her own against the fae. She couldn't beat them in a fight, but she could keep her wits about her, and she was never afraid to do what she had to for the fae she sided with. But her number one trait, is the fact that she made a decision in regards to the love-triangle at the end of book 1, and she never went back. She never regretted it. She never even bent a little bit. Even though she may have loved Kyol once, she will never betray the one that she chose. More YA heroines need to be more like her!
I love this fae world and the idea of shadow readers and the fae powers. It was a combination of the familiar fae world and the new. I feel the exact same about this book as I did the first two in the series. Either of my other reviews could be applied to this one. I highly recommend this book to fans of fae, strong heroines, and action-packed romance.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Ace, in exchange for an honest review....more
This was an almost completely satisfying conclusion for the Shadow series. I just wish that girl, Randi, would have gotten smacked around a bit.
But IThis was an almost completely satisfying conclusion for the Shadow series. I just wish that girl, Randi, would have gotten smacked around a bit.
But I really enjoyed that this addition to the series had more of the war games than the last. Shadow of the Hegemon and Shadow of the Giant are my favourites of the Shadow series for that reason. I also enjoyed having some sort of conclusion for all of the other characters, such as Alai. Especially Peter. I really enjoyed his character. Being a very different kind of brilliance from the other characters really made him stand out. And of course his accomplishments were the most impressive. This book made me cry alot, which is a good thing. Even when it was because of sadness it was done well, otherwise I wouldnt cry, I would just be frustrated. I was left feeling very satisfied....more
1. The Lightning Thief ★★★★ 2. The Sea of Monsters ★★★ 3. The Titan's Curse ★★★★★ 4. The Battle of the Labyrinth ★★★★★ 5. The Last Olympian ★★★★★
Awesome f1. The Lightning Thief ★★★★ 2. The Sea of Monsters ★★★ 3. The Titan's Curse ★★★★★ 4. The Battle of the Labyrinth ★★★★★ 5. The Last Olympian ★★★★★
Awesome finale! Still unsure what all the fuss over Percabeth was all about. Annabeth was so bland. Thalia or even Clarisse were 10x better. That took away from my enjoyment of the series a bit since I really appreciate a good romance. Excited to start The Lost Hero....more
I have never read anything quite like this before. I have certainly never read a bookThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I have never read anything quite like this before. I have certainly never read a book with such a big age gap between the hero and heroine. I think this is about the same age difference as in On the Island, but I havent read that one yet. Although now I feel like I need to push it up my tbr (edit: Read it. The age gap is a bit smaller in this one, and much prefer this book). I have read A Rush of Wings, in which the hero is 21 and the heroine is 28. And Inhale, in which the hero is 24 and the heroine is 32. But this takes the cake, with a 17 year-old hero, and a 30 year-old heroine. Like a lot of people probably were, I was a bit skeptical to start because of the age gap. But it was really well done.
Sebastian really made this book. He was so unbelievably sweet. Like ridiculously sweet. Like Peeta or Ky. The kind of boys you usually only find in YA books. Although this is an adult erotica, Sebastian is nothing like the kind of men you usually find in this genre. He is not a controlling alpha male. He is not an arrogant ass. He is a YA boy stuck in an erotica. And he has an absolute, all-consuming, unconditional love for Caroline. The kind of love you usually only find in a PNR, where hero and heroine have faced death and gone through heaven and hell together. Literally. Somehow, Sebastian and Caroline found that kind of love through surfing and coffee shop visits. It is really incredible what they had together. And you can see the evidence of how they have changed each other. They dont just say, "You've made me a better person" and expect us to take it at face value because its a book. No, we see them change. We see them give each other hope, and purpose, and confidence. It was a truly epic, life-changing love.
"I had chosen--willingly, knowingly, deliberately. I chose love over law. And I didnt care."
But Sebastian was still a realistic teenager, just one in love. He still joked around, used foul language, hung out with his friends, could be uncomfortable in new situations, and had a teenager's optimistic outlook on life. He was forced to take care of himself for years due to his useless parents, which made him more responsible than his age should require, but not necessarily more mature. He didnt behave like a man in an effort to try to convince us Caroline could fall in love with him. Caroline fell in love with him for the person he was, regardless of his age. He was the most kind and beautiful soul you could ever hope to meet. The kind of person who sees the beauty in the world and believes love conquers all. But that does not make him weak. He is willing to fight for it. He fights for Caroline and the future he wants for them. And he is so brave. He put up with his parents physical, verbal, and emotional abuse his whole life without letting it change him. Without becoming bitter or wanting pity. And I loved the way he took charge. He was not afraid to show Caroline how much he loved her, and there was certainly a lot of sex in this book. It may have been all new to him in the beginning, but by the end he was a pro, a natural, with unbelievable stamina.
I read the Bonus Seb POV: First Time before I read the book, and I am glad I did. It was great insight into Sebastian's mind. The book is entirely in Caroline's POV. If I hadnt read it first I am not sure if I would have been able to accept or understand Sebastian's feelings as easily as I did. And I have never read the first time for a male virgin from his POV before. I was so fascinated by it that I had to read the book immediately and see what Caroline had been thinking in that moment. To see how similar it was to what Sebastian had been thinking.
"You are my world, Caro." "And you're mine."
But I find it unrealistic that Sebastian's age was never an issue for Caroline. The law was a constant issue. What people would think was an issue. But never Sebastian himself. She never thought he seemed too young for her. He never did anything silly or childish that made her question her feelings. It could be considered a good thing I guess, that her love was so complete, but I think there should have been more to it. Some second guessing. Some inner turmoil. This book was all mush and sex, but not much else. There wasnt really any conflict. There was Sebastian and Caroline's day-to-day life, dealing with the logistics of having an affair, and an illegal affair at that. There was always tension from the possibility of getting caught, but there was no story beyond Sebastian and Caroline being together. Not even the 'falling in love' process, since they were both pretty much head-over-heels by chapter 4. Just enough time for Caroline to accept that her love for a child could change into love for a man. That was one of the only two significant turns of events—when Caroline realized she loved him too, and when they finally got caught.
I personally prefer romances without conflict between the characters. I hate seeing people fight, so I am glad there was no big fight in this beyond a few realistic disagreements. But I know others think a romance is boring without lots of conflict going on. If you are one of them, this isnt for you. This seemed a bit drawn out and its ridiculously long. It just went on and on without end. Not that I didnt enjoy seeing Sebastian and Caroline together, but a few strolls, a few coffee shop visits, and a sex scene or two could have been left out to keep this at a more reasonable length.
And the ending!!! Needless to say it was heartbreaking. But what really bothered me was the way Caroline reacted. She gave up. She promised him she would fight for him, but she didnt. How could she not see what they had? How could she not see that it was the kind of love that most people dont even find in their lifetime, and she expected Sebastian to find it again?! She failed him. I liked Caroline up until then. She was loving and kind. The sort of woman who is always willing to lend a hand. But now I feel as if she cant deserve his devotion if she doesnt return it. I hate to think of what could have been. All the time they lost. I hope she makes up for it in the sequel. I hope she is sorry and she sees how badly she screwed up. I really dont see how either of them could have gone on alone. I am very anxious to read The Education of Caroline, to see how they have fared alone since their separation. I really hope Sebastian is still sweet Sebastian and hasnt been hardened from what happened between them, although I suspect he has. Even though I know the sequel has an HEA, it still breaks my heart to think of all the time that was wasted.
"I love you, Sebastian. So much, tesoro." And then I walked away, leaving behind all the goodness and beauty that I'd ever known in my life....more
I really loved this book. It felt a lot more in the spirit of The Iron Fey, which is tThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I really loved this book. It felt a lot more in the spirit of The Iron Fey, which is the series that first got me into reading, than her other books. It has that great sense of adventure and discovery, and life and love and friendship. And heroism.
I absolutely loved Ember. She was so full of life and spunk. And her physical appearance was a perfect representation of who she was underneath. She was small with bright green eyes and spiky red hair. She was such a firecracker (or Firebrand, as Riley liked to call her). She was like a female Puck. A person like her would never have survived inside Talon. At least not with her soul intact. She needed freedom. But I love how, in the end, it was not selfishness and her desire for freedom that finally convinced her to leave. She would not have been happy in Talon, but I don't know for sure whether or not she would have left without Riley's help. I'd like to think she would have stayed for her brother. But in the end, it was her goodness and her heroism that finally convinced her of what she needed to do.
And the same goes for Garret. He may have unwillingly fallen in love with a dragon, causing him to question everything he has ever known. But it was not only his concern for Ember that made him betray St. George, but the fact that if Ember is good, than others must be as well. He would not kill Riley, or Nettle or Remy either. Because like Ember, he will do what he believes to be the right thing, not only the thing that is best for him.
This book was just full of great characters, from the protagonists, to Dante and Riley and Wes, and even Lexi. Riley is a great friend for Ember and I am so glad that she found someone who understands her and she can talk to about being a dragon. I enjoy the fact that their relationship is complicated and I look forward to seeing how much more complicated it becomes. Although I hope not too much happens between them, because it is clear that any attraction is a result of their dragon natures, and has little to do with actual feelings. I also really enjoyed Dante and I feel sorry for him. He was so easily fooled and put under Talon's thumb. I really hope that he comes around in the end, because he was a really great brother to Ember in the beginning.
I loved the fact that the story and mythology of the dragons was balanced with the amount of romance. In YA series you sometimes have to wait for several books before a romance really develops. But in Talon, Ember and Garret are in love and making sacrifices by the end of the first book. And that didnt take away from the high stakes of the story at all. I really look forward to learning more about Talon's secrets. What we learned about Vipers and Chameleons, and their possible secrets labs was all interesting and I am sure Ember will now work to rescue others and expose their secrets. I also look forward to her infiltrating St. George and rescuing Garret, and hopefully more shifting, now that she is free to do as she pleases. I am really excited for this series and I can see so much potential for it to be totally epic....more
This was as great as I expected. Book 1 was a bit slower, but book 2 and 3 are equallyThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was as great as I expected. Book 1 was a bit slower, but book 2 and 3 are equally great. I just love the scale of the story, and that it features so many great characters.
My favourite character is still Magnus, has been from the beginning. In the first book I felt a lot of pity for him and his situation, the way he was treated by his father. Although I still sometimes feel bad for him, that is no longer my primary reason for loving him. I love his strength. The way he has stood through everything. His father's deception, his sister's rejection, his mother's lies, his wife's hatred—and he has not broken yet. He has a clear goal in mind that he is constantly moving towards. He is determined. He has never faltered in his plans. Never doubted the necessity of it. He needs to take down his father, and he believes he is the best person to rule. That may not be entirely true, but he is not perfect. As Cleo said, "Who was cruel and kind, strong and weak. Who was selfish and selfless all at once.” But if anyone can sway him from his path, it is Cleo. And if anyone can make him worthy of success, it is Cleo. They could both get what they want and rule together.
Even during book 1, I had secret hopes for Cleo and Magnus. But after Theon, and then Jonas, I wasn't really sure there was any hope there, so I didn't get my hopes up. But I always thought they would make a great couple, if only they could see past their differences. Then after reading book 2 I knew, this is my OTP! There's no doubt anymore. This has got to happen! Although, I was expecting Cleo to acknowledge that before Magnus. I was surprised but very proud of him. Although I suppose he has less to forgive than Cleo. I am sort of glad that this series is so long, and things can happen so subtly.
I hated Jonas in book 1. He was so blinded by his hatred for Auranos and Cleo. It was extremely frustrating. I hated the way he saw the world in black and white. He got better in book 2 as he became a rebel leader, started to realize where he was wrong, and tried to do the right thing. But in this book he was useless. I don't think I hate him anymore, but I am just not very impressed. He fails as a rebel, leader or otherwise. And he severely mistreated Felix. I really saw that coming. He jumped to conclusions about what kind of person Felix was, the same way he did with Cleo way back in the beginning, and I thought he had learned better. I really can't bring myself to care about whether or not he has a romance with Lysandra, Cleo, or anyone else. He is the only disappointing character in this series.
Lucia is a fascinating character. I can't decide if she is good or evil. She is the only one like that in this series. Magnus is most definitely good in my opinion, when it really comes down to it. But Lucia has so much darkness in her, and sometimes she seems to revel in destruction. But she was so innocent in the beginning, before everything happened. Before magic, before Magnus. I am really sad about what happened to Alexius. He brought out different sides to her character, helped us understand her. But now, if she is working with the fire elemental, who knows what that will do to her. But I am interested to find out.
I was hoping something more would happen between Nic and Ashur. I liked Ashur in book 2 and I was really hoping he wasn't bad. I am glad we saw more of him, but I am sad there can't be more between him and Nic. There are so many great and fascinating characters in this series, good and bad, I could go on forever. But those are some of my favourites, and some other major ones. It is really anyone's guess what will happen next, as anyone's actions could change everything. Everyone has their hand in the game now.
Wow. What a book! So imaginative. I envy Gaiman's mind. I found it a little odd to mix religious elements into the story, but, overlooking that, its aWow. What a book! So imaginative. I envy Gaiman's mind. I found it a little odd to mix religious elements into the story, but, overlooking that, its almost perfect. The ending definitely is perfect. Perfect! And it really wasnt as dark as I expected. It felt almost like a modern fairy tale to me. The world that it was in, not necessarily the characters. The hero was a little too cowardly, and the damsel was a little too brave for a fairly tale. But, that's modern for you. Not that I'm complaining. ...more
The Pit and the Pendulum is one of my absolute favourite stories ever. Thats why I bought this book. I wanted more of Poe's words. I love the words heThe Pit and the Pendulum is one of my absolute favourite stories ever. Thats why I bought this book. I wanted more of Poe's words. I love the words he chooses to say something. I first read The Pit and the Pendulum when I was in eighth grade and I remember hating Poe because he used so many words to say something simple and it really frustrated me, but now I think its beautiful. He can turn something mundane into something poetic.
I also especially enjoyed Hop-Frog and The Murders in Rue Morgue....more
This is such an amazing series. Such a great concept, crossing historical romance with dragons. And I love the men in it so far! I loved Zane even morThis is such an amazing series. Such a great concept, crossing historical romance with dragons. And I love the men in it so far! I loved Zane even more than Kip, but they were both so naughty yet still dignified. Zane isnt even Drakon but there was still something about him that was just magnificent and Alpha. I am slightly in awe of him. I really cant blame Lia for being in love with him most of her life. For making a move on a man in his mid-thirties when she was only 14. I am sure she couldnt have helped herself. But the way she was dedicated to him was inspiring. She knew him her whole life, him being a friend of her mother, and she knew what he was. A criminal, a thief, a liar. But she loved him. She knew his future (or a possible future), and the terrible things he was capable of, yet still she loved him.
The story in this was much grander than The Smoke Thief, which was about a jewel theft in London. In The Dream Thief, Lia and Zane go to Hungary to track down a legendary diamond that can control the Drakon. There is much at stake. There are powerful new enemies, and powerful new allies, and you dont always know which is which. There is sacrifice and love, and a possible dark future. The sense of desperation between Lia and Zane, caused by her dreams, was nearly intoxicating. The scene where they made love just after Zane had found out the power of the diamond, was heartbreaking and beautiful. The more I write about this book, the more I wonder why I didnt give it 5/5. The writing is breathtaking, its beautiful and hypnotizing. I added 12 quotes from the book to Goodreads. Nearly every word is worth remembering and making note of. Its like a song.
I cant stop thinking about this series, and I have to order Queen of Dragons from my library right away. It is about a character we met in this book. She was only 11, but Zane was only 13 in The Smoke Thief, so I'm sure several years will have passed. I am extremely excited to hear her story. The rest of the series has lower ratings than the first 2 books, but I hope I will love it anyway....more
I love the combination of genres in this! It would at first seem like a Georgian historical romance, set in 1751 London. But it was also a cat-and-mouI love the combination of genres in this! It would at first seem like a Georgian historical romance, set in 1751 London. But it was also a cat-and-mouse story of a jewel thief. But then, on top of all of that, there are dragons! Yep, you heard me.
Clarissa grew up in a secret tribe of shapeshifting dragons that is disguised as a village and a large manor house, where the Alpha dragon and his family live. From a young age, Clarissa has been in love with the Alpha's beautiful son Cristoff, 4 years older than her, and far above her in status. But when Clarissa is 17, she discovers she can shift. A terrifying reality, or a dream come true? She will be forced to marry Cristoff. It may sound like a dream come true. But more than wanting to marry him, she wants him to love her. So she runs. She runs away to London and becomes the Smoke Thief. Nine years later, Cristoff is now Alpha and still unmarried. He comes to London to stop the Smoke Thief before their kind are exposed. But he had no idea what kind of fight he was getting into with Miss Clarissa Rue, The Smoke Thief.
I really loved Cristoff, aka Kip. He was swaggering, arrogant, loyal, bold, determined, and passionate; about being Alpha, about his people, and about his Rue-flower. He was so yummy and the relationship between him and Rue was so unusual. She was bitter about him trying to force her back to the tribe, and he was bitter about the fact that she ran from him 9 years earlier. But it didnt stop them from falling for each other, again, in Rue's case. And the first time they had sex was unbelievable! It was unbelievable that he would attempt it, and unbelievable that she would let him! The arrogant, bold, determination, and passion in him all came into play in that scene. And the bold and daring in Rue that allows her to be the Smoke Thief, also allowed her to have sex with the man of her dreams and daydreams, on the floor of an office during a high society party, with someone else in the room, without being caught.
Rue and Kip were a well matched pair, as rivals, as a couple, as partners in crime, as everything in life, they were amazing together. Their constant bickering, as well as their mutual respect and admiration. And I love the history and magic, and mystery behind the drakon. The way the book ended, with hints of what is to come. I cannot wait to read The Dream Thief!
"In the year 1751, for the first time in centuries, two Alpha hearts united. The power of their union shivered the very web of the drakon. Souls trembled on invisible strings. Fates shifted. And ancient ties, long forgotten, thrilled to life."...more
This was pretty amazing. Anna and Edward are like a Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre duo. AThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was pretty amazing. Anna and Edward are like a Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre duo. Anna is plain and Edward is a moody older man. I dont think he is too old though, about 35, but he has a few gray streaks in his hair. I love them both. They are the usual duo for historical romances. A rogue and a spinster. But it is such a great formula, why fix what isnt broken? :P
I dont usually read erotica, but I think this likely fits the bill. It is the most explicit book I have ever read, in any case. And I have to admit I enjoyed it. Not because of the sex scenes (although those were great), but because of its honesty. I was at first shocked by the way Edward and Anna admit to themselves instantly, how attracted they were to each other. Most books don't feel the need for explicit content outside of one or two sex scenes (this book had six, the second of which is my favourite love scene in any book). Although Anna and Edward really liked each other, and their romance felt real, their physical attraction was so very obvious and added to the experience. But it was perfectly balanced with their emotional connection. I often feel a lack of emotion in adult romances and find their focus is put too much on sex. So its wonderful to find that this book has more of both. Anna and Edward had incredible chemistry.
I am not sure what I loved most about this book, but a strong contender is the story. I love the idea behind it. Edward cant contain his need for his new secretary anymore, but he would never defile a proper lady, so he makes an appointment with the most high class brothel in London. Anna figures out what he is planning, and is herself so full of need and jealousy that she makes a deal with the lady of the brothel to allow her to be the one to meet with Edward, while wearing a mask. They spend two incredible nights together. But, since Edward thought it was just a whore, all it does is make him want Anna even more. And although Anna gets what she wants from Edward physically, it only makes her want his love even more. It took place over a few chapters in the middle of the book, but it was the turning point in the story. They could no long deny what they wanted and they both returned home unsatisfied. Their physical and emotional intensity only increased from there.
My only complaint is the abrupt ending. Although it was a great ending, and everything before it was incredible, I didnt get to see as much of their happiness as I would have liked. I like more of a drawn out conclusion in my books, but that might just be my personal preference. I was glad for what we saw in the epilogue, but it was not explained how it was possible. I suspected from the beginning that it would happen, but that was before we learned of Felicity's red-headed daughter. I guess it could have simply been a matter of chance, but it seems unlikely.
Regardless, this was one of the best historical romances I have ever read, even though I could count how many I have read on one hand. I am no longer turned off by the idea of erotica as a whole. When done right, they can be even more emotionally involving than regular romance. I look forward to exploring the idea and this author's books more in the future....more
This had everything I could have wished for in an Eden finale. Absolutely everything!
It started right where The Human left off, with Dr. Evans explainThis had everything I could have wished for in an Eden finale. Absolutely everything!
It started right where The Human left off, with Dr. Evans explaining his plan to save the world to Eve. Then Eve, Dr. Evans, Avian, West, and Bill, head off to the NovaTor headquarters with three goals in mind. And they accomplish all three goals. When they head back to LA, pretty much all the characters get everything they have ever wanted, and then they save the world.
Although there were a few chapters there where we were tricked into thinking something had gone wrong. (view spoiler)[We were led to believe that Eve died in the process of saving the world. It was sad, and I cried, but after a few chapters of seeing Avian and West cope, I came to terms with it. It seemed fitting, and a very Eve thing to do. She reminds me of Tris in that way. If she had thought she was going to die, she still would have gone through with it. But of course, she didnt stay dead. (hide spoiler)]
I love how this book gave us several chapters once it was over, to see how everyone chose to live their lives after. I really love what became of Creed, the inclusion of Tristan and Lin, Royce, Tom, everything! I am so, so grateful that this series exists. It is definitely my #1 favourite post-apoc series (not dystopian). I love that it has so much action, I love the world and the science behind the TorBane, I love the characters, I love that Eve's relationship with Avian is steady and eternal and her relationship with West is so complicated and evolving. But most of all I love the HEA! Thank you Keary Taylor for expanding on Eden! I would like to own them in paperback. ...more
This series is amazing! In the first book, Mia and Korum's relationship is tense, becaThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This series is amazing! In the first book, Mia and Korum's relationship is tense, because they have an undeniable attraction to each other, but Mia is unsure of his intentions. Is he an evil alien trying to take over her planet? Or is he a peaceful visitor who has strong feelings for her? Either way, he possesses her. After the first book, I felt tense because I was so unsure as well. Did he love her? Could he love her?
After book 2, I have no doubt that Korum loves Mia and it is beautiful! He is such an untamable being, but without even realizing it, Mia has come to possess him in return. It is amazing and an unbelievable feat, and I have no doubt that it is real. But, I still have no idea what Korum's intentions are for Earth. He is hiding something. Is he trying to take over her planet?
The tension of possible danger accompanied by intense passion has made this series unforgettable to me. I can't blame Mia for allowing herself to become so vulnerable to Korum. For giving up everything and giving everything of herself to him. But at the same time, I feel as if she is being blinded by Korum's beauty and the compassion he shows only her. He is hiding something big. Whatever the Krinar are up to, in the end I suspect Mia will overlook it all for Korum. She needs him too much to let anything else get in the way. But Korum isn't human and I suspect Mia is the one who will have to sacrifice more in the end. Even now, Korum is so unmovable that I can't see him choosing her over his people. But his behaviour changed a lot from book 1 to 2. Perhaps another book will show even more change and more compassion and sacrifice in him. I don't want to assume the worst of Korum, but he is so amazing and loving, and mysterious and suspicious at the same time. I cannot work him out and that is the absolute best part of the whole experience. The confusion and constant whirlwind of emotions.
My only technical complaint about this book is the Krinar's technology. It is limitless and so convenient. It can do absolutely everything imaginable and it has begun to lose some of its novelty. Would a society that had everything they needed be able to survive? There would be no commerce, no need for work besides those who actually enjoyed their work, such as Saret. Or would it be like the Earth of Star Trek? There is no more commerce or even money in their world. But they are peaceful while the Krinar is an extremely violent race. I don't see how they could discover a balance that worked. And they have been fully sentient and civilized for millions of years. How have they sustained their world?
The series is called The Krinar Chronicles, so that gives us no hints as to how long the series will be. Its not necessarily a trilogy. I wouldn't mind if the series continued beyond 3 books, as long as we get to find out what is really going on with Korum and the Krinar soon. I'm not sure how much longer I can handle the suspense. Although the series needs to keep up the tension somehow, so we shall see what happens.
I cannot wait for Close Remembrance! I am looking forward to it even more than I did book 2! Which I had anticipated a great deal! I even mentioned it in my Top 10 Anticipated Books of 2013 vlog at #5. I highly, highly recommend this to all my friends who enjoy smut. There is a high smut-index in this book and I wouldn't recommend it for fans of average romance, unless you want to step up your game and try something new. Korum and Mia are both insatiable and every time they had sex I could feel them coming closer and closer to each other, to the point of being completely entwined and inseparable. I especially enjoyed the scene on the beach, and I would have loved to see more use of the virtual reality. Maybe in book 3. So check out this series! ...more
This book was so great and a perfect ending to Korum and Mia's story. I was amazed byThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book was so great and a perfect ending to Korum and Mia's story. I was amazed by the Korum POV content. I was surprised by all his inner workings. He is really an extraordinary man and I love him so much. I loved him before but mostly because of how mysterious and deliciously intimidating he was. But now that I know what is inside of him I just melt. His world revolves around Mia. He would and has done almost anything for her. Her wish is his command. I love how it was said that the greatest force for peace between the Krinar and humanity is Korum's love for Mia. Wow! That's some Homer sh*% right there!
"Her huge blue eyes ... made him want to slay dragons..."
Korum and Mia's relationship is amazing and tumultuous and I loved seeing it come all this way. It was the HEA to end all HEAs. Not only were they happy and in love and going to live HEA, but then they (view spoiler)[discover a way to restore Mia's memories. And as if that weren't enough, Korum's gotta go and propose! And then they have the biggest wedding in the history of Earth and Krinar! Then they find out that they can have children!? OMG! Then the cherry on top is the Elders granting Mia's family immortality (hide spoiler)].
"I enjoy you, Mia--you enhance every moment of my existence. Your smile, your laugh--even your stubbornness--make me happier than I've ever been before."
This book had some tension at the beginning with the mysterious K who I won't reveal to you, but after that it was pretty smooth sailing. I was sort of missing the tension that I loved so much about the first two books, but I am happy that Korum and Mia have such a bright future ahead of them. And I cannot wait for what else the K and Anna Zaires have in store for me in The Krinar Captive!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I loved this book! It is hilarious and sexy and fun. I saw a lot of negative reviews by the time I got my copy of this, and I had become skeptical. SoI loved this book! It is hilarious and sexy and fun. I saw a lot of negative reviews by the time I got my copy of this, and I had become skeptical. Some complained about all the books that have come out since the release of Fifty Shades of Grey. I have not read that one myself, but I know enough to say that this is different. The only similarity is that they are both erotica and started as fanfic. This is not BDSM. Their sex was intense and amusingly inventive.
In the beginning Chloe and Bennett hate each other sooo much. They are always being smart with each other, rude, using foul language. But right at the start, in the first chapter, Bennett makes his move, grabs her ass while they are discussing work, next thing you know he has her face first against the window and enjoying it. But their mouths dont stop.
"Please, go fuck yourself." - "You're an asshole, Mr. Ryan." - "What the fuck do you think you're doing?" - "Stop talking, you're ruining it."
The things they say, and the situations they get themselves into are hilarious. After that first time, they cant be alone and not have sex. Regardless of where they are at the time. In the office, in the elevator, in the parking garage, in a dressing room, in his parents bathroom! Its almost constant. Every chapter. And they are both stubborn, foul-mouthed, dirty-minded and controlling. Chloe is not the usual meek, virginal heroine. Whatever he gives out, she throws back in his face. And she can wrap him around her little finger. They were in no way forcing each other to submit to anything. They were both strong enough to know what they wanted and to be willing to take it. So despite the verbal abuse they both dished out on each other, it didnt bother me and I had no problem accepting it in this context. They gave as good as they got. Not that there is much likelihood of this kind of relationship working in reality, but hey, its escapism after all.
The transformation of their relationship from hate to love is actually really convincing and fun to watch. I could see their potential from the beginning. Even while telling each other off, I could see the kind of people they were, and how well they could work together if they only tried. I loved their relationship and where it was going from early on. But what they could become together really hit me when Chloe was upset with Bennett for forcing her to wait in his office while he finished a business call. To punish him, she sat in the chair across from his desk and gave him a full view while she touched herself. Not many women would do that. Even less would relish the opportunity. That is the only kind of woman that could handle Bennett Ryan, and I adored them both.
"What are you doing to me?" "I'm pretty sure I did that to myself."
As the romance picked up near the end, the sex slowed down. The last time was at 87% (I wish there had been once more after the resolution). In any contemporary romance a conflict is introduced in the second half of the book. And this book is no exception. I always hate that step. But in this case, it didnt come until 90%, and it was brief, only one chapter in Bennett's POV, and it was quickly resolved. It didnt upset me as much as I feared, although I do believe Chloe overreacted a bit. I loved seeing them working together in that last chapter. Seeing what they had become. Cooperating on work, not just sex (ok they usually didnt cooperate then either).
I also totally love the cover. Everything about it is perfect. The colours, the font, the arrogant pose. Perfect!
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Gallery Books, in exchange for an honest review....more
I heard so many say that this book was ridiculously slow and that they had trouble getting through it, but I didn't find that at all. And I was neverI heard so many say that this book was ridiculously slow and that they had trouble getting through it, but I didn't find that at all. And I was never a Maas fan to begin with so there was really nothing enticing me to read this besides it being in a genre I enjoy, so I almost didnt read it. But it was at my library so I figured I would give it a try, and I am so incredibly glad I did.
I loved this from the very first chapter. I loved Feyre and the world and the writing. I was not especially impressed with Throne of Glass because I had little interest in the story or characters, and I suppose that distracted me from the writing. I finally see what people were talking about when they said that Sarah J. Maas was a beautiful writer.
I have always especially enjoyed stories about the fae, but I especially enjoyed this one because it is the first I have read that was set completely in its own unique world and had no connection to our own. It was not a contemporary fantasy, an urban fantasy, or a secondary-world fantasy. Also it was dark in a way that wasn't simply gritty like Holly Black's stories--it was evil and looming and immersive. I loved that the faeries werent all stuck at the age of 17. As much as I love Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey, I always found it odd that they all looked like teenagers when they were immortal. Wouldn't they likely prefer to be frozen at the age of approximately 25, not 17? Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand were men, not boys. Some have listed this as YA, some as NA, but it felt like an adult romance to me.
This is the most similar retelling of Beauty and the Beast to the original story that I am familiar with that I have ever read. Aside from the fact that Tamlin was not stuck in his beastly form the story had all the same important points and was so clearly recognizable, but at the same time was so different, with different stakes. The world was amazing and the threats and accomplishments more impressive. The characters are deep and their loyalties complex. Feyre is one of the strongest heroines I have seen in any genre in a long time, and leagues and leagues better than Celaena. Her love for Tamlin was inspiring, and Rhysand... I havent found a character that captivating since the Darkling.
I cannot wait to find out what will happen next, while Feyre deals with her new life as a fae, her dept to Rhysand, and likely a new threat from the king of Hybern....more