It was clear very early on that I would enjoy Cemetery Moon. Beth's strong narrative and character descriptions effectively kept me hooked. I do think that what was most enjoyable about my reading of Cemetery Moon was the way it was crafted by Beth. Her flair and creative style was a real pleasure to read.
In Cemetery Moon, we meet the protagonis Mya. A young woman, who has been completely doted on by her late father. Okay, so yes, what I mean is that she's been somewhat spoiled, and this aspect of her character is evident throughout the novel. There were many times that I wanted to shake her as she can be extremely selfish and rash. This is a testimony to Beth's talent as an author; Mya's character is very believable. I didn't really warm to Mya's character; I was far too frustrated with her to really like her; however, I did understand her. I understood her reactions and her passion. And of course, I understood her attraction to the two men in her life.
I really like the paranormal angle in this novel. It allowed room for excitement, as well as soul searching which was very enjoyable. The novel, approximately half way through, was a little predictible, yet this did not take away from my enjoyment or my desire to reach a conclusion. Once again, I think that it's Beth control over the written language that really pushed me on and kept me absorbed.
Bravo to Beth who has published a well-crafted and very readable novel!
I finally got around to reading The Witching Pen, and do you know when you have one of those moments that you're really cross with yourself, when you could smack yourself? Well after reading The Witching Pen, that's exactly how I felt. Why, oh why did I leave it so long! It's friggin' awesome. I mean seriously superb. It's so fresh, and had such fantastic twists that really blew me away.
The Witching Pen is a novella, but it really didn't feel like it as it had the substance of a novel. It was highly descriptive, entertaining and superbly written. The story flows effortlessly, with no fragments in narrative or character holes. It really is that awesome and beautifully crafted.
Yes, I know I'm gushing, but I enjoyed it that much. In many ways, I'm so pleased that it's a novella. It took me approx 4 hours to read, which was so lovely has I felt fulfilled when I reached the end. What's also fantastic, is that Dianna Hardy leaves her story open perfectly for her next installment.(The sands of Time)
I'm not going to discuss the storyline or leave any spoilers, all you need to do is read the synopsis for an overview. All I will say, is that I love the main characters. Elena is a superb protagonist of substance, and Karl is just wonderfully dreamy. *sigh*
Thank you Dianna Hardy for being such an amazing author.
What was immediately refreshing with Change, is that Melissa Stevens is very adamant that this is a novel about shape-shifts not werewolves. Don't get me wrong, I love werewolves, but I really liked that this book was based on a race of shifters who are in control of their actions, behaviour and thoughts, and are not simply driven by the moon.
In the novel we are introduced to a well-rounded character Nickie, who is likeable and easy to cheer for. We are additionally introduced to an interesting world of the Kitsune, and two interesting male characters. What I liked was that the love interest was not immediately predictable; it took many twists and turns.
I really enjoyed Change. It is well-crafted with an interesting plot development. The only thing that I struggled with a little was the dialogue. At times, it wasn't overly free flowing and was a little formal. However, this did not take away any of the pleasure I had following the character or action.
3 ½ pretty stars. 4 for Amazon, Goodreads etc.
"Seriously! I don't know whether to throw kisses your way or rocks. Just finished Embrace. Loved, loved, loved, but come on - the ending! It's already 11pm here. How on earth can I sleep after that cliff hanger! When do we get the next installment please? I might just pop in excitement! Lol"
Okay, so this is not my usual way to start a review, but this was my immediate response to Stacey Rourke , and I mean immediately after completing Embrace. Maybe it will suffice as a review as it sums up my immediate response? But, hey, what fun would that be, so I'll add just a wee bit more!
Embrace, just like The Conduit, held my attention from the very first page all the way through to the end. There was no secret skimming ahead. I allowed myself to savour ever word, every description, every thought that Stacey put into Celeste's head. And, I enjoyed every minute of it.
We learn that little bit more about the characters and are introduced to some amazing new characters along the way, who no doubt will feature pretty heavily in book three, Sacrifice. I loved the intensity of the relationships, the constant twists and turns as well as the moments that I very loudly went 'ah ha' (there were several!). What I additionally reveled in, was Stacey's wonderful wit that is evident through her characters; it truly helps to shape and personalise her characters, and offered an element of realism which I always marvel at considering the genre.
And finally the ending! You will have read my quoted message involving rocks and kisses. I wish I could say I was exaggerating; however, I am not. A fellow blogger recently referred to Stacey as the 'Cliff-hanger Queen', and indeed she is; however, I now, and from this moment forth will fondly refer to the wonderful Stacey Rourke by the appropriate title 'Evil Genius'. There are no more words...
...Okay just a few more...I wholeheartedly and without reservation rate Embrace 5 twinkling stars!
I do love it when I pick up a book with little knowledge and therefore few expectations other than I hope I enjoy it, only to discover that I'm bowled over the characters and plot.
I immediately enjoyed Mags' character, the protagonist. She is somewhat similar to other heroines of urban fantasy; feisty, ballsy, attractive and overall pretty bad-ass. I have no issues with this at all. That's one of the main reasons why I love female leads in this genre. What Olivia Martinez offers however, through the creation of her character, is a new type of supe. And a pretty cool one at that!
I foolishly thought that I had the plot figured out, that everything would pan out in a pretty straight forward way. But boy oh boy was I wrong. Olivia Martinez, the clever and crafty author that she is, seriously knocked me for six with her twists and turns. Be prepared there are several. I laughed out loud on several occasions, and was pretty darn shell-shocked at another pinnacle moment in the story. It's been a while since a book led me to tears; this book did that!
The editing could do with a little tlc. Although this was nothing to do with the plot development, I did notice the need for a fine tune. The story, characters and voice overall were successfully crafted and extremely enjoyable.
If you are looking for an urban fantasy with a bad-ass female lead, several twists and turns and with an ending that left me dazed, then Mistfall is a read for you. This is the start of a super series.
Disclosure: This book was received for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is not my usual read, and it's been a while since I've read a story in the form of diary entries. I am so pleased that I took the time out to read Willow Cross's Ghost Diaries (#1).
Willow Cross's writing style is so beautifully crafted and appropriate in this story. It was refreshing to read a collection of well-constructed and eloquently described diary entries that were written in the style of 19th century writers. Willow Cross's manipulation of her sentence construction and vocabulary choices, provided an enjoyable read with an edgy and sinister flavour.
The construction of the plotline via diary entries worked effectively with a smooth flow and a quick pace. I would have appreciated a closer connection to the characters; there was just enough to feel as though I was able relate to them.
If you are looking for a quick read, filled with a ghostly, sinister edge, then be sure to pick up a copy of Willow Cross's Ghost Diaries (#1).
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Remy totally won me over in Willow Cross's latest installment of Oceans of Red. Part one was fabulous - 5 stars, book two was a solid 4, but by far book three is my favourite to date.
I love the way Remy's character is developing and advancing. She seems finally at grips with her mission and new powers so much so that she is easy admire and follow. Willow Cross has truly mastered this installment. She successfully weaved and developed both the plot and the characters in such a way that leaves so much possibility for this series. I have so many predictions running around in my head. I just hope that with some of them I am wrong.
The inclusion of Ryan is fabulous. I really enjoyed his down to earth character and his no-nonsense attitude. The dynamics between Remy and him are superb to read. I laughed out loud at their very 'normal' antics and often found myself with a wide grin, followed by white knuckles at dramatic and tense moments.
We don't see as much of Remy's siblings in part three. While I love their characters, it was nice to be able to focus on Remy more.
A truly impressive installment from Willow Cross.
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in an exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.