Linda Terrutty

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  • Buried (Book 2 in the 'Serenity' Series) on Jan. 27, 2013

    I liked this book better than book 1. Like others, the whole abuse thing with the woman putting up with it just isn't my thing and I never could understand anyone thinking that they had to put up with that. This book picks up with Serenity having Sebastian's daughter, and Jackson coming back from the dead as something horrible and killing people, with only one thing on his mind...getting Serenity back. This brings Sebastian back into her life, pretty much picking up where they left off. I didn't agree with him leaving her and yes, although it is hard to believe they fell in love really fast, I would have thought he would have stayed with her. The twist with Elizabeth is interesting...her being half vampire and seeing the future. I guess it was too much to ask that Jackson just die in this one, but now Serenity has been taken by him and his intent to change her so that she no longer remembers Elizabeth and Sebastian is the lead in for book 3. I'll definitely read it since I want her to finally know peace, but I know there is also a fourth book so I guess that isn't in the plans yet. I also wondered how Serenity would be able to really stay with Sebastian if she stayed human, and being changed not an option. I understand her reasoning given Elizabeth, but figured that would change somehow down the road. In a lot of ways, vampires in this book are similar to other vampires written by other authors...there isn't significant differences in their characteristics or the fact that some people learn about them. Some may not want to read this because of that...however, if you like vampire books, the first is a bit hard to get through, but the second one is better. There are definitely some areas where you wish you read less of, like abuse, killing, etc. It is darker than other books that focus more on the romance and don't read as dark.
  • Winter's Tale on Feb. 02, 2013
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    So, because this is a short story, I probably should not be so hard on it. I do love Emma Holly and read a lot of her books. I was especially intrigued with the whole frozen fairy and new "bad" girl at school story line. The preview I read made me want to read the book. However, a part of me struggles because of how fast they fall in love...and I get a little leery thinking an 18 year old is having crazy sex with someone who does come across as feeling like an 18-20 year old guy, but in truth is over 200. I'm no prude, but wow, the scene where she frees him is not something I would have done at 18 and with a statue. I did like December...she was confident, unafraid of taking risks, and came across pretty smart. Not enough to be out on her own with someone not from here - which was the other part that didn't sit well with me...the end with her parents, with her and Hans living on their own...not many 18 year olds walk away from rich parents who don't abuse them...and thrive. I get he is a fairy and lucky, but that still felt a little unrealistic to me. If you want a book with some hot sex scenes, this is a great short read for that...and the story line isn't bad either, but if you are like me, you may be left feeling that something was missing or a little too pat.
  • Winter's Tale on Feb. 02, 2013

    So, because this is a short story, I probably should not be so hard on it. I do love Emma Holly and read a lot of her books. I was especially intrigued with the whole frozen fairy and new "bad" girl at school story line. The preview I read made me want to read the book. However, a part of me struggles because of how fast they fall in love...and I get a little leery thinking an 18 year old is having crazy sex with someone who does come across as feeling like an 18-20 year old guy, but in truth is over 200. I'm no prude, but wow, the scene where she frees him is not something I would have done at 18 and with a statue. I did like December...she was confident, unafraid of taking risks, and came across pretty smart. Not enough to be out on her own with someone not from here - which was the other part that didn't sit well with me...the end with her parents, with her and Hans living on their own...not many 18 year olds walk away from rich parents who don't abuse them...and thrive. I get he is a fairy and lucky, but that still felt a little unrealistic to me. If you want a book with some hot sex scenes, this is a great short read for that...and the story line isn't bad either, but if you are like me, you may be left feeling that something was missing or a little too pat.
  • Witchy, Witchy (Spellbound #1 ) on Feb. 03, 2013

    I didn't read a lot of the reviews, but I read one that was a 2 star and have to admit that I don't agree with it. Usually, I can agree with some part of most people's reviews, but in this case I didn't agree at all. However, I respect that everyone has their own opinion and that is fine. As for recommending a book, I will recommend this book to anyone who likes YA books and books about witches/paranormal. I thought it was actually very good. And interestingly enough, the person's who review I didn't agree with mentioned Charmed and I loved that show. This book did remind me of it given the reference to Book of Shadows which was what their book was called. And the other similarities in that they cannot or should not use their powers for personal gain, there are 3 girls who are "sisters" though in this case not of the same blood and that they have to hide who they are from "hunters" vs. warlock/demons or humans in general. The differences though are what does make this unique. Calista does not know she is a witch and just thought she was different. She could see the future, was empathic, could move things with her mind, and light a fire with her fingers without getting burned. A little Charmed meets Practical Magic. She instinctively knew to hide her abilities, but strangely, also felt invisible. People did not see her until she moved to California to live with a woman who turns out to be her maternal grandmother. Ana tells Calista of her heritage via her mom who died. Her dad is a human who knew nothing about his wife being a witch nor about his daughter's gifts. Calista attends a school where the kids are pretty normal, which is where she meets Sophie and Lily, her "sisters". She also meets Justin, the boy who is a hunter, but does not know it. As with other YA books, there are petty girls who don't like her, a gorgeous boy who she cannot believes likes her, and that pending triangle that I generally really hate in books. What is different is that Calista meets Nicolas, but he leaves early on in the boook and she rarely sees him except in dreams where she falls in love with him. While Justin who is with her nearly daily, also falls in love with her, and then tries to kill her when he finds out she is a witch. Nicolas comes back into her life to save her and that is when she finds out he is witch (warlock) too. Maybe a bit cliche for folks, but it was well done in my opinion. As such, I do recommend the book, but if you are not into this genre then it won't be something you want to read.
  • Dangerous (Element Preservers Series, Book 1) on Feb. 07, 2013

    Aside from some of the grammatical errors (missing words, extra words, etc.), the story is pretty interesting...instead of making some people "special" with affinities everyone starts out that way and their choices determine if that changes. However, as is typical, some characters are very likeable whereas others are not. Ria, the main female character, is NOT likeable. She is extremely biased. In part, due to her upbringing and the fact that her parents are extremely bigoted against "magic disease carriers" -> these are individuals who have lost their magic and try to steal it from others through death. Adrian is one such person. Although he has done nothing to deserve her contempt, she treats him like a leper and thinks that all of them should be exterminated, like roaches. She does start to change that opinion once she becomes a disease carrier herself, but she still comes across as selfish and self-indulgent...a rich little girl who does not consider the world around her and is only interested in shopping. There are some redeeming qualities, but you do spend a lot of time wanting to kick her to the curb while you wait for her to grow up. Then there is Adrian...he acts like a dick for the most part, but given how he has been treated simply because he was born with the disease, there is that part of you that is sympathetic to him. Especially as it relates to how he treats Ria. If anyone deserved to be treated like crap, it is her. However, once she shows up at his dorm room after realizing she has the disease, he doesn't turn her away and instead helps her even when she STILL treats him like crap. Eventually they will develop a relationship, as other things start to heat up. Ria learns her brother is also a carrier and also working to learn what the government is covering up about the disease. Then there are the unfortunately casualties of Adrian and Ria...Paula and Michael are the two people who least deserve to be hurt, but are by the two people they loved. I have to admit that though I was annoyed with Ria and some of the decisions made, I could not stop reading the story. Is this for everyone? Probably not. Would I recommend it? Depends on what you like...not everyone will like this, but I have to admit, I've already picked up book 2.
  • Zeus (Book One of The God Chronicles) on June 01, 2013

    I'm on the fence with this one. I rated it 4 rather than 3 stars because I think it has a lot of potential. I love Greek mythology and any book that represents this is going on my TBR. Aside from some minor grammatical errors, there were some inconsistencies or things that just felt a little off. For example, Zeus is a God. He has been around a long time, yet he came off as a young twenty something year old guy trying to win over a sweet, innocent girl. Not some all powerful deity who just happened to be exiled temporarily. Wait! He did come across that way at first while in the club after having just met Karly, but then he drifted away from that. And most twenty something year old guys don't own a resort/casino in Vegas who aren't "harder/tougher". I think the author was trying to go for his coming across as someone used to getting what he wants to "changing" into a guy that Karly would be interested in, but he felt off. He was working too hard to get there at the start of their relationship. He does come to explain why he came off the way he did in the club, but he also stumbles through that conversation. Again, not how I would expect a deity to come across. We know Karly is 21 and off to Vegas to continue her education after completing 2 years of college in her home town. Small time girl overwhelmed by sin city, yep. Some of her responses were interesting too. She was angry about his being divorced because he had not told her when they first met. Um, when I first meet someone I don't start off with the negatives about myself such as "I was married, but turns out that was a big mistake". Those are things shared as a relationship develops (basically, when you know you want to be in one and are both on the same page). She runs away from her parents home and leaves her "boyfriend" there to explain why she ran off? BTW, I don't see the King of the Gods calling himself "boyfriend" nor giving goofy grins. Sexy, playful, cheeky, sure, but not goofy. So, I do love the idea of the story, but (and people, this could just be me) I think our hero needs to be a little more consistent than he came across. Karly eventually comes around and she is easier to believe than he was. Again, I did like the story line and will read the next book (Poseidon is my favorite brother), but I hope he is more reflective of what a God would be throughout the book and not just at the beginning and sprinkled here and there throughout the remainder of the story.
  • Erin The Fire Goddess: The Beginning on June 12, 2013

    Contains SPOILERS First, (and I know the author is aware of this) I have to say the book was a little hard to read. And not because the author is from the UK (or Scottland?) and some of the terms were not what I was used to and it took me a few seconds to "translate" them into "American" english. It was the grammatical errors, missed / extra words, etc. that was distracting. I actually liked the story line and have become extremely fond of YA books. I think I actually read more about teenagers now than when I was a teenager. I know the author is working to have these corrected which I think would help immensely for future sales. Aside from the above, it was a little disturbing given the bullying from Jessica and the overall meanness of the other kids just because of her birthmark. I'm not saying we don't see this in schools, because we know teenagers can definitely be mean. And the fact that Sean and others ignored how Jessica treated her really bothered me. The fact that only her sister stood up for her and her parents were completely clueless. That she thought of herself as a freak because of the mark and people's responses to it. What I did like was that Sean was not bothered by her mark. And maybe that has to do with the fact that he was expecting it and knew it could fade after she became aware of her gift. I also could see him falling for her quickly, well, because again, he knew what to expect in a sense given he has been waiting for his soul mate. What I'm still confused by is why they do a complete about face in personality after awakening their gifts. Kelly explains her situation to Erin, but Sean doesn't. They just say that they all go through it. Now, what was a little off is how she fell for him so quickly. I don't expect to hear a 15 year old say "I love you" that soon after meeting someone, wait, I take it back. Yep, I can see a 15 year old who does not have any friends much less a boyfriend fall fast and hard. However, the fact that her parents are ok with the relationship and all of the hands on, even knowing why, is weird for me. I don't know if I could be that accepting with my daughter. Maybe if she wasn't 15... Seriously, the book has a lot of potential, but needs some clean up and maybe fleshing out of some of the areas that are still vague. Not sure why the Dr. was so "crazy" either which definitely needs some explaining and maybe that comes later. I had no problem finishing it, but I can see how others would not have liked it.
  • Pawn (Nightmares Trilogy #1) on Sep. 22, 2013

    I love books about mythology and this was definitely a different take from any I have read before. Unlike others I have read, I actually liked most of the characters as well. Almost from the beginning, I was intrigued and as the story progressed, the surprises just kept coming. It starts with Eel almost drowning on her 18th birthday, and meeting Kannon. Of course, nothing about that event was as simple as that. From there, Eel will learn she is not only different, she isn't the only one and there is more to it than her "quirk" of shorting out electronics over time. Kannon is the first person like her that she meets. He not only saves her life, but is the first one to explain to her what she is and the fact that there are others. However, unlike Kannon, she is still different. With the help of Devon, her best friend and the only friend who knows everything and is willing to help, and her father's friend, Mr. Wentworth, she begins to unravel the confusion that surrounds her, including her missing father, how she became an watcher (not going to try to spell it!), and the truth about why Kannon scares her at times. I really liked Devon and Eel. There interactions and how they looked out for each other. They had each others back, and would do anything for the other. The one thing I did find odd is how easy and often they spent the night at each others houses. My parents were never that free with my siblings and I, but that is not to say that other parents are not. Book 2 is definitely on my list to read.
  • Hunted (Talented Saga #3) on Sep. 28, 2013

    3.5 stars Here's the deal. What I loved - Erik. I always want more of Erik cause I love him, and glad that Talia still does as well. What I didn't like was... One, Talia still drives me crazy. I'm glad we start to get more of an understanding about her emotional issues, because frankly, the girl was all over the place. I could understand some of it...losing your best friend and knowing that they planned on killing her would definitely upset even the strongest of us...unless you are emotionally dead. However, her insane responses to Erik at times just seemed that, insane. I can understand jealousy, but she is still friends with Donovan so being overly jealous of Erik's past was extreme. He was a saint for putting up with her. The other thing is that it takes so long for her to not see what is going on with Toxic and Mac. How she could continue to go along with things and not see how he used her and others was beyond me. Ok, so maybe not if all she heard and saw were the good things, and not the bad. She just comes across as so much drama...too young compared to everyone else. I know I have to cut her some slack knowing that she lost her parents very young; murdered in front of her. That her best friend was deemed a traitor and sentenced to death. Her first love betrays her with another woman, and that he was not the one who wanted the relationship in the first place, but rather his father wanted it. All she seems to sustain is loss, and after being shot and drugged, her health is suffering and she'll never have kids. The girl has definitely NOT led the charmed life, but even knowing that, um, she still drives me crazy. I know! I feel heartless sometimes, but I just can't help how I feel. I don't dislike Talia, but I keep waiting for her to grow up. And two, the other issue that was a bit distracting is the grammatical errors. There weren't a ton, but enough to notice. So, I am waiting for the next book because I want to know what happens with Erik.
  • Captivated, A Talented Novella (Talented Saga #3.5) on Nov. 01, 2013

    My favorite part? The short story from Erik's point of view after he is captured...not that I did not like reading how Erik and Talia initially met or when he visited her after she was hurt and staying at Mac's. Shockingly, I was surprised how much she didn't like Erik when they first met...yes, he was the last hurdle to her being a hunter, but he was not her enemy...just doing what he was supposed to do. Then again, Talia can be a brat sometimes. However, seeing things from Erik's perspective and learning exactly what Mac was doing to him, I needed that. Erik is my favorite character and knowing he is fighting and hanging strong, and we are not justing getting Talia's viewpoint is a nice change of pace. Looking forward to Created.
  • Rest Inn Peace on Nov. 08, 2013

    4.5 Stars LOL. I'm glad I am not the only one! What do I mean by that? If you have not read this book, you will be in for a bit of a um, how do I put this...shock, maybe? This book took me completely off guard. I didn't know what to expect, and it sounds like other readers had the same reaction. Why? Well, because although it was paranormal, it was surprisingly wacky, wonky, uh different. How? I'm probably not going to be able to explain this in a way that makes sense, but that is because the book was written in a way that not only snagged my attention, but also had me wondering if I should be slightly offended too. Cobra was one of the rawest, but most real characters. I'm talking foul-mouthed, rude, unapologetic, and yet I got him. No way would I speak to or around my child the way he did, but he also cared for her. She was all he had and although he was bull-headed and crude, I thought others were just a bit to harsh in their judgement of him. The dialogue in this book was hilarious. Lots of swearing, name calling, plain speaking, back talking smack. I mean, seriously, no filters. From the talking cat, gargoyle statue, hot native american fairy with pink wings, afro american disco ghost, to the zombies. Lots going on in here, but dang, it was fun to read as long as you are not one of those people who are easily offended by all of the above mentioned swearing, etc. You get a mystery, a bit of romance, quite a bit of murder, humor, and a bit of a cliffhanger. Of course you do. There is definitely another book coming and we had to be left wondering what will happen with Zoe, and I still don't trust the mayor. ;) Do I recommend this book? For a bit of "what the hell" and "seriously", absolutely. This was pure entertainment.
  • The Mystic Wolves Box Set on Jan. 16, 2014

    I've just read book 1. I didn't know this book was originally 3 separate novellas. And I don't agree with another reviewer who stated it was choppy. I think the flow is actually pretty good so if it was 3 separate books before, the author did a good job merging them. I love these characters and it has been a long while since I've read a book where the main characters are already a couple, and completely dedicated to each other. However, things are not quite perfect. Darcy is not only strong minded, but she is also sensible, sensitive, and loyal. Being the future mate of the wolf Alpha would pretty much demand these qualities and more. Mason is the Alpha she is to be mated with. He's smart, protective, sexy, and commands the respect of his pack. Then we have Daniel, the awesome second in command, and Devlin, the vampire enforcer and good friend of Darcy and Mason. The book starts out with the pack enjoying a game of football at a barbeque. Realizing they forgot something, the girls head out to the store to pick it up when they run into trouble. Things don't go quite so well, and the next thing we know there is a bit of mystery. A couple of deaths, a funeral, a kidnapping, mind-control, and finally defeat of the bad guy. Romance, heart-break and sadness, denial, guilt, and a few other emotional moments throughout. Basically the start of several challenges that Darcy and Mason's will face before their mating ceremony. I did enjoy the steamy scenes between Darcy and Mason, and liked the fact that no matter what was thrown at them, they stuck together. And although steamy, it wasn't inappropriate for teenagers. I will admit that some of the interactions between the characters did leave me chomping at the bit for the history and background, especially Devlin. I'm still not sure what the deal is with him and why Darcy and he are so close. The book starts with showing you have familiar and comfortable everyone is with each other, and slowly gives you the background on how they met and some of their history as the characters look back through their memories. The series reminds me somewhat of the Mercy Thompson series, and that is a great series. One of my favorite shifter series. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books and seeing what other challenges Mason, Darcy, Daniel, Devlin, and pack will face.
  • The Mystic Wolves Box Set on Jan. 17, 2014

    Book 2 Review We pick up where we left off in book 1 with Amber's appearance at the house and her declaration that she is Mason's true mate. That was very ballsy of her to just walk right up to a man and just ignore / disregard the woman he was standing with. Interestingly enough though, I wanted to hit him over the head for not stopping her before she touched him. It was actually a bit contradictory from his behavior throughout the remainder of the book. The Mason I have come to know and love, the strong Alpha who is head over heels in love with Darcy would never have let another woman whom he despised touch him for even a second. Being shocked she was there is one thing, but not enough to unman him. I have not seen that response in him yet, and this scenario was definitely not the spot I would have expected to see him react that way. However, he redeems himself as we progress through the book. Amber...wow, talk about someone who I honestly thought they were misjudging at times. Darcy, Daniel, and Mason were pretty adamant that she was there to cause trouble, but you just didn't get that feel for most of the book. Yes, she showed up claiming to be the mate of Mason, but her behavior for most of the book was not bad. She talked to others, she tried to talk to Mason, she tried to get close to Darcy, but she didn't do anything that would indicate she was doing anything to harm anyone. When Darcy gets sick, it is sudden and quick to incapacitate her. From this point on, Devlin, Daniel, Mason, and Darcy are searching for what caused her to get sick and who was behind it. Did I mention that I love Daniel and Devlin too? The men are definitely my favorite characters, and very swoon worthy. Then wham, once they do determine what caused Darcy to get sick, who was behind it, and what else was coming, you start to see the side of Amber she hid so well. Some would say the author did a bad job at portraying Amber as the "bad guy". Others would say it was kind of clever, and gave Amber a chance to indict Darcy there at the end. For my part, I didn't find it obvious which is why I enjoyed this story...aside from the hot men of course. What I can say I was a bit worried about was Darcy and Devlin. The scene in his study where she becomes aware of how attractive he is and Vlad's comments about Devlin's feelings for her, and her subsequent thoughts on that upset me a little. One of the main things I loved about this series is that Darcy and Mason were already a done deal...that nothing could come between them, so seeing her reaction, even for second did not sit well with me. It was the same reaction I had to the opening scene with Amber and Mason. Aside from that and the cliffhanger at the end, I thought this was a great follow up to book one. Yet another challenge faced and nearly won. Unlike book 1 where Avery bit the dust, Amber just won't make it easy to get rid of her. On to book 3!
  • The Mystic Wolves Box Set on Jan. 17, 2014

    Book 3 Review So is it love and fate, or isn't it? Amber's accusation at the end of book 2, that Darcy used magic to steal Mason from her has led to more complications and puts at risk their plan to mate. Nathan's betrayal may just be the loophole that gets Amber off, and calls into question the legitimacy of Darcy and Mason's soul mate bond. To help decide whether or not Darcy and Mason truly are soul mates, the Fates decide to put them through a series of tests. The tests may vary. From gauging their integrity to their dedication to their physical and emotional strengths. If pushed to the limits, will they give up or forge on. If given the choice to choose a path, will they choose the correct one. The one thing I did like about the tests was that it gave more insight into the characters' pasts. The one thing I did not like is that we did not get much about Mason's point of view. It was all Darcy. Perhaps that was intentional because she was the one who was accused of tampering with fate, although they both had the dream. I would have at least liked to have known if his tasks were similar and the only difference was the choice he spoke of in the book. Moving on...just when Darcy and Mason think they have succeeded and they can move forward with their mating ceremony, Amber strikes again. Wow, talk about stalking....so is it love? Hmm. Things finally come to a head and luckily, our favorite couple gets past their latest challenge and we get the answer to the following questions: 1) will they ever mate AND 2) is Amber finally out of the picture AND 3) what the heck was Nathan's involvement Then the bloody cliffhanger! But wait, at least with this one...I gotta say that my first reaction was "YES! Finally!" I now know what the deal is with Devlin and Darcy. And my second reaction was "aww hell, where the heck is the next book!?!"
  • The Mystic Wolves Box Set on Jan. 22, 2014

    Novella Review I haven't tried any of the recipes and will need to remember to do that next Christmas, but I did like the thought behind including them. The short stories were sweet. Could some of them have been longer and given you more? Absolutely. Which is why I did not rate this 5 stars, but altogether a cute holiday read. My favorite is the secret Santa gift to Darcy from Devlin. Absolutely loved that one. My second favorite is a tie between the S'mores one and the make a wish one with Mason and Jasmine.