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  • Destiny Divided (Shadows of Destiny Book 1) on March 22, 2011

    Wow, this book passed all my expectations and then some. The author did a great job of making Sage's world believable and really drew you into the characters and their lives. I loved all the Harry Potter and Twilight references, Sage's sense of humor was great and although she was a bad girl with some major issues she was very lovable. I loved James, Maddox and Marcelo and can't wait for the next book so we can learn more about them and their stories. It will be interesting to see how Sage develops over time and deals with all of her new powers and responsibilities while still learning to trust and love others and kick butt along the way.
  • Destiny Unchained (Shadows of Destiny Book 3) on Dec. 21, 2011

    This book was awesome by far my favorite in the Shadows of Destiny series. Natalia is a kick butt heroine that was feisty and independent and a little snarky and I really enjoyed watching her character change and grow and become better without losing herself or the greatness of who she was. I loved Cristian too, he was the perfect alpha (literally!) male. Possessive and strong and protective and loving and just swoon worthy. I loved watching him and Natalia interact and how they became better just being near each other. I love Shaw's books, I can always count on getting a well written book that has a great love story with some steamy scenes (definitely not YA), great plot line and some loveable characters. Shaw's work has always impressed me but I can tell that with this latest installment her writing really has grown and just keeps getting better and better. I am so excited for the next book!
  • The Hollow of Mont Noir on April 12, 2012

    I absolutely love being pleasantly surprised by books and authors that I'm not familiar with and I am pleased to say this was one of those times. The Hollow of Mont Noir was so well written. Everything flowed together so nicely that I quickly found myself getting caught up in the story and immediately liking the main character, Allison. She was a strong character that took things in stride with a lot of bravery to back up her choices and decisions. I liked watching her grow throughout the book and I really can see her becoming a kick butt character in future installments. Riordan was awesome and such a great character as well. Even though early on it was pretty obvious who and what he was and even what had happened to Logan, Allison's brother, the story line held my attention and I found myself wanting more. This whole book had something of a Twilight feel to it but yet it has originality and wasn't a generic copy. Although I do think that Twilight lovers will really enjoy this one as well as those that want something different from Twilight (and even those that didn't enjoy Twilight) I think will like this one too. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Krey is a very talented writer and she has a new fan in me. I plan on reading the whole of this series and I can see it quickly becoming a favorite. I give this one a very solid 4.5 Stars!!
  • I'm Yours on April 23, 2012

    I think this series just keeps getting better as it goes. It isn't perfect by any means but the story and characters are so compelling that you just can't help but get sucked into it.
  • The Vampire Hunter's Daughter: Part IV on May 24, 2012

    I am so sad that I have had this book for over a year and it just sat in my Kindle, sadly, waiting for me to open it and read it. Gah! I am such a crazy person sometimes. I hate it when I have no idea that a wonderful series is just sitting there, waiting for me to get my act together and start it. I am so glad that the author nudged me into starting it. If I hadn't who knows how long it would have sat there and I would have been missing out. I love discovering series that are just fabulous and yet unknown. I love spreading the word about them. And this is quite the series. Right away we are swept into the story with a whirl wind of non stop action as Chloe's whole life is about to take a drastic change and secrets are revealed. After she witnesses the brutal murder of her mother by vampires and saved by another group of vampire hunters, Chloe learns there was a lot she didn't know about her mother's life and even her own. She finds out that not only was her mother a vampire hunter from a prestigious blood line and one of the best there were but that her father also happens to be a vampire and he has been searching for her since the day she was born. If that wasn't weird enough she is thrown into a new town and home, a community especially designed for vampire hunter where she learns she has a grandfather she never knew existed and that she too, will be training to take her mother's place in the family line. Yep, her world is about to change. This is such a fun series and I love that it is broken up in parts (may sound strange to some, I know) I love that I can read it when I don't have a whole lot of time and still get something action packed and that will leave me eager to start the next installment. And each installment just keeps getting better and better. I do have to warn you though, this will be a series that you will want more than one part before you start it because, one just won't be enough. And the great part? you can try the first part in this series for free, you can purchase it on Amazon and Smashwords free of charge. Pretty fabulous right? So what are you waiting for, go out, give it a try. You won't regret it! I give this series a very solid 4 Stars and can't wait to read more!!!
  • The Vampire Hunter's Daughter: Part V on May 24, 2012

    I am so sad that I have had this book for over a year and it just sat in my Kindle, sadly, waiting for me to open it and read it. Gah! I am such a crazy person sometimes. I hate it when I have no idea that a wonderful series is just sitting there, waiting for me to get my act together and start it. I am so glad that the author nudged me into starting it. If I hadn't who knows how long it would have sat there and I would have been missing out. I love discovering series that are just fabulous and yet unknown. I love spreading the word about them. And this is quite the series. Right away we are swept into the story with a whirl wind of non stop action as Chloe's whole life is about to take a drastic change and secrets are revealed. After she witnesses the brutal murder of her mother by vampires and saved by another group of vampire hunters, Chloe learns there was a lot she didn't know about her mother's life and even her own. She finds out that not only was her mother a vampire hunter from a prestigious blood line and one of the best there were but that her father also happens to be a vampire and he has been searching for her since the day she was born. If that wasn't weird enough she is thrown into a new town and home, a community especially designed for vampire hunter where she learns she has a grandfather she never knew existed and that she too, will be training to take her mother's place in the family line. Yep, her world is about to change. This is such a fun series and I love that it is broken up in parts (may sound strange to some, I know) I love that I can read it when I don't have a whole lot of time and still get something action packed and that will leave me eager to start the next installment. And each installment just keeps getting better and better. I do have to warn you though, this will be a series that you will want more than one part before you start it because, one just won't be enough. And the great part? you can try the first part in this series for free, you can purchase it on Amazon and Smashwords free of charge. Pretty fabulous right? So what are you waiting for, go out, give it a try. You won't regret it! I give this series a very solid 4 Stars and can't wait to read more!!!
  • Reflection on June 06, 2012

    This story had me completely mesmerized from the very first chapter. It has such a unique flavor to it. It was so intriguing that I found myself being swept away into the story whether I wanted to be or not. I imagine the little boy Sebastian must have felt the very same way the first time he opened up The Never Ending Story. After the first few pages he was captured by the story and it refused to let go. He was doomed to finish it and to become a part of it until the very end. That is how I too found myself after falling into the clutches of this amazingly unique story. I was completely swept away with the story, the emotions, the mystery, the love, the heartbreak. Goodness I don't even have words for it all. Truly this was beautifully done. I found my heart pounding with anticipation in some moments and myself gasping in others. I think I had almost every emotion possible while reading this story and I am having a hard time pulling all my thoughts and emotions into words because I don't want to give anything away. There is so much to say, so much left to think about. This is a story that is going to stick with me for awhile. I was completely enthralled with Heather's story and with Nick. Oh Nick. Can I talk about the ending for a moment? It was a little cruel to leave me hanging like that, I honestly felt like crying that it was over and that I wasn't going to get more and then......well then I saw the sneak peak into the next book and....that was even worse! That ending, that ending was cruel. Very cruel Ms. Roberts. So without giving anything else away I am just going to leave with these final words, if you want a story that will completely sweep you away and capture your attention and even your heart, one that is beautifully executed and will leave you breathless, this is the story for you. This is a book that is a must read. If you do nothing else this summer but read this story, then you have had a great summer indeed. This is one you don't want to miss. I am eagerly awaiting the next book. Well done Ms. Roberts, well done. I give this one a very deserving 4.5 Stars!!
  • Believe on June 29, 2012

    My first impression of this book is that it is very reminiscent of Twilight. Too Twilight in fact. New girl moves into small town where it rains and snows a lot. Mysterious rich family that doesn't date anyone outside of the family, doesn't really associate with the rest of the town, seems unfriendly. They all live together in a great big house. All gorgeous with pale cold skin. Have an aversion to food. Weekend camping trips with the whole family. One can see the future, one can read minds.... Parents are young and in their thirties (one a doctor)and adopted all the kids....sigh...sounds familiar right? Should I go on with the comparisons? I really liked Twilight, I did, but if I wanted to read Twilight, I would have picked it back up, not just read a different slightly altered version of it. Honestly, I was starting to think that maybe I shouldn't even waste my time of reading any more. I don't need to read another Stephanie Meyer knock off. But, I didn't give up, I kept on reading and things did get a little better. The book finally started to take on a life of its own. So yes, there was some originality to the story thankfully but I couldn't help being a little irritated that there wasn't enough there to truly make it stand on its own and be a great story, which makes me kind of sad. I really hope the next installment will be better, editing wise and storyline wise. While I understand that the similarities with Twilight are there, I hope from now on the continuation of the story takes it own twist and becomes its own story. I really wanted to rate this one higher but I just can't in good conscience but I do think the author has a good storyline with the one she created on her own and could take this series to a good original place with enough thought and time and writing skills. 2.5 Stars!
  • Murphy's Law on July 24, 2012

    I think I have started a new obsession in female heroines. I have always loved kick butt protagonists but kick butt female assassins? Even better! This is the second book in as many days where I have been completely captivated by a story about a female assassin. I can't even tell you for sure why I have enjoyed them so much other than it is just the writing of both authors and the characters that they have created that have drew me in and held my attention. Have made me put off doing the laundry and vacuuming the floors (by the way, my husband does not thank you for that Ms. Emeline!!) and probably some other things that I really should have been doing but we are all guilty of it at some point in time. Well all of us that is, that have a passion for books and has ever been so immersed in a story that we find it hard to put down. And even though we have fifty million other things we should be doing, don't because hey, that would require that we actually put down our book and who wants that?! So while I was hoping I would get a great kick butt heroine once again, and thankfully did, what I wasn't expecting was to get a very creepy mystery stalker as well and a pretty steamy love interest too. I mean seriously, an assassin, a mystery stalker and one heck of a love interest? Could this book have gotten any better? I don't want to give anything away because you truly just need to experience this book for yourself but this really was a great fun read full of witty on liners, steamy romance, lots of action and great characters that feel very real and like people you would know and care about. I had a lot of fun reading this one and will definitely be looking into Emeline's other work in the future. I give this one a very solid 4 Stars!
  • The Athena Effect on Nov. 17, 2012

    I am not sure where to start with this review, this is the first book by the author that I have read so I wasn't quite use to her writing style. Nothing bad mind you, just different than what I normally read so it took a little getting use to. Even though the writing was a little different, the prologue was fabulous and kept me turning the pages onto the next chapter. Once I did get use to the writing style, I felt more like I could get into the story and really start to enjoy it. Cali was a very sheltered girl who grew up in the woods with her parents pretty secluded from the outside world. She isn't your typical teenage girl however, she can see people's auras and later learns that she can manipulate them too. She has no idea why she can do any of these things or what it even means. In fact, at first, she doesn't even have any clue that this isn't a normal trait to have. It isn't until her parents are killed in a tragic accident that she is thrown into the real world with an aunt she didn't even know she had. There she meets Cal, the resident bad boy. Really this was a very cute story about first love but it was also more than that. It was about a young girl discovering who she really was and learning about her abilities. I was worried there for awhile that we were only going to get the love story in this first book (not that I didn't love it, because I really really did, Cal is just awesome!) but I really wanted to know more about Cali's parents, why they ran and why Cali has the abilities she does because I knew there was a great story there. A little over half way through we finally get some questions answered and a little more of the puzzle came together as we learn about Cali's parent's past and even about Cali herself and even the infamous Professor Reed and the Athena Effect. I really enjoyed this read, more than I thought I was going to at first. I would be very interested to see what the next installment holds for Cali and Cal and Layla and Michael.
  • All That We See Or Seem on Dec. 07, 2012

    I think I got the first edition of this one before the author went back through and corrected some parts and edited it a little more. I think if I were to try the latest edition more of the story would have made sense. This is the first book in the Dreamer trilogy but I have to say, from the first chapter it is very confusing and I felt more like I had just walked into the middle of an ongoing series instead of one just beginning. There were too many characters right off to keep in track of and to remember and I felt myself scratching my head on more than one occasion wondering what in the world was going on. We are sort of thrown into the middle of the story without any real background info about where they are and what is going on. I could tell the author had the story in her head and knew where she was going with it but it left the reader feeling more like an outsider looking in trying to decipher and storyline and characters that really looked promising. I don't believe this is a bad story at all, in fact with a little work and maybe a slightly less confusing beginning (which I am hoping the updated version has) this could really be a fun read with some great characters. I think the author has a lot of talent that is just dying to show through the pages. For now I am going to leave this one unrated (or maybe a very neutral 3 stars) until I get a hold of a better copy and can read more of the story.
  • Death of the Mad Hatter on Nov. 30, 2013

    I love retellings, I always have. I know not many people do because why mess with a classic, they are a classic for a reason right? Okay, true but, I can't help it. I like seeing the spins that authors come up with. Imagining a favorite in a whole new world or a whole new light. Where the innocent become the guilty and the dark become the light. Even with my love of retellings, I can honestly say that I have only read one other spin on Alice in Wonderland and while I loved and adored it, I was ready for another. So much can be done with the crazy messed up world that Lewis Carroll created, what is not to love about someone else turning it even more dark, even more scary and messed up than it already was? What I didn't expect was to get a read riddled with the funny as well as the strange. The author truly did come up with a completely new, completely original take on an old classic. One that was a fun ride and one I would happily take again. I really liked how the story of the Mad Hatter, Ryley's father and Alice were told in flashes (visits from Alice to Wonderland) from the past into the present day. It was done well and made the story more interesting getting those first interesting looks into the Queen (Hearts) and into Wonderland itself not to mention Chez, M.H., the White Rabbit (Mr. Ruth), Genevieve and the Joker. I loved how crazy Alice was. She was eccentric and smart and so very clever. This was such a fun tale, such a fun storyline. I really enjoyed how chaotic (in a good way) and crazy it all was. The twists were wonderful and the characters even more so.