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  • Eternal Eden on April 26, 2011
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    Read more reviews at theawesomemagicattic.blogspot.com There's an increasing trend in the YA market on star crossed lovers, and Eternal Eden adds her own version of that into the mix. Eternal Eden was a gorgeous, sappy yet satisfying and extremely addicting love story. With a Romeo and Juliet taste, and a star crossed lover's theme, this book was just plain wonderful. I've been rather restless with books these few days. I would be reading one book, then my attention wonders off the book and into something else. This book captured my attention from the very first page, and held it until long after the last page, hours after the lights were out. The characters were well written, and each one had their unique voice to the story. From determined, protective William to business like, proper John and drool worthy, mischievous Patrick, there was a whole range of personalities, yet they all worked together. Bryn was sweet, shy, and at some points, irritatingly modest. She captures everyone's attention, yet is so shy and insecure that she can't see what all the fuss is about. The emotional parts of this book were much like a rollercoaster with it's happy and sad parts.I did spend a good part of my reading time laughing or crying over the pages, though I feel that maybe the transitions through the scenes could've been smoother. I won't spoil the surprise by telling you what kind of paranormal being this book has between the pages, as that was definitely a unseen, and pretty uncommon surprise. I did have a hard time understanding all the rules and concepts to do with the paranormal beings, and the rules could get kind of confusing at times, especially inside the classroom. Nevertheless, this book was totally gush worthy and amazing. It was a sweet, romantic, and captivating read. Ms. Williams' story presented us with another idea of what happens when people passed away. Her story flows smoothly across the pages, and creates a in depth, brilliant new world for readers to explore. Although some less smooth parts of the book, and some of the confusing rules dragged down my rating a bit, this was one of my best reads in 2011 so far. It's definitely a good read, and I'd recommended it to everyone. Romance, the paranormal, adventure... what's there not to like?
  • A Job From Hell (Ancient Legends Book 1) on July 22, 2011

    Warning: Make sure you have plenty of time to spend before you open this book. Because once you start reading, it's almost impossible to put down. So there goes the dinner you were cooking, the letter you were about to write, the meeting you were about to attend, etc. Don't say I didn't warn you. I'm not a big fan of vampire romances. There. I said it. But this book was an exception. This was like... Kind of like Hunger Games meets Twilight. And this wasn't just about vampires. It also had immortal warriors, a creepy demi goddess, demons, ghosts, and fallen angels. I fell in love with the characters. Amber was the kind of hilarious, kick-ass heroine that I love reading about. She had a strong voice, and strikes the perfect balance between fierce and vulnerable. Clare was pretty cool too, but I feel that my favorite character was Cass. She's sarcastic, funny, and dramatic - perfect best friend material. She can also read your mind, has some pretty... unusual taste when it comes to clothes, not to mention the fact that she's Lucifer's daughter and a fallen angel. Yep, Cass's pretty awesome :) My favorite male character would probably Aidan's brother Kieran (sorry Aidan). He's got a great sense of humor, and doesn't actually send out those 'I've been dead for a long time now' vibes that you kind of get from Aidan. It had an original plot, and the author kept throwing twists and curve balls at you, keeping you guessing and reading to find out what happens next. Nothing was overly obvious, and everything seemed mysterious, suspicious. The writing was smooth, and you could easily feel everything that the characters were feeling. And, I think we should add 'Humor' to the list of genres that fit this book. You can read an example in this (non-spoilery) excerpt: "Next time you write a classified ad for a position, you should consult me," Amber said. I cocked a brow. "Why?" "Because the last one was completely misleading." She sat up in a lotus position. I tried hard not to peer at her naked legs, toned in all the right places. "It should read like this: single vampire, stronger than any human on Earth, 500+ years old but still drop dead gorgeous with blue eyes and dark hair, seeks summer temp to clean his house, put up with boss's annoying and beyond cheesy brother, risk life by living in a creepy mansion, and help obtain an ancient book." I opened my mouth to protest when she lifted a hand to stop me, then continued, "Must be quiet during the day while he sleeps and be willing to understand that his best friend is a blonde bombshell. Added perks: the gift of talking to a dead person, mind-blowing kisses, faster-than-a-speeding-bullet rides in the woods, meet nice demon friends from hell, and last but not least, a psychic connection to the boss." Amber took a deep breath and tapped a finger against her pink lips. "Must be willing to communicate with a creepy child queen, not panic easily and keep her cool when a legion of Shadow people are after her. Endure vampire attacks, face Medusa, survive venomous snake bites, be willing to give up her espresso when turned into a vampire per boss's request, and—" "Stop it," I said, laughing. "Just trying to keep it real." She elbowed me in the ribs. "Forget the ad. I don't know what you're hiding, but I'll figure it out myself. Or I'll just ask Cass. She'll read your mind like nobody's business." The author had me laughing most of the time. But it did have it's solemn, sad moments to it, and some of the near death experiences that the characters went through sometimes left you a little shaken. Hands down, this has got to be one of my favorite books I've read so far. If you're looking for a romantic, adventure-filled, fun read, then I'd strongly recommend you read A Job From Hell. (Thank you to the author for providing me with a review copy.)
  • Enchanted on March 09, 2012

    More at theawesomemagicattic.blogspot.com I love, love, loved the premise of it. And, judging from other people's reviews and from the summary, it sounded amazing. Enchanted had the potential to be an amazing story. The author took something really common (paranormal/fantasy romance) and twisted it in her own unique way. I like how this story not only involved the present, but past events as well and how she tied it all into this one big story, and how the complicated plot really made you think. The main character, Mandy, was more of a sweet, shy girl. Actually, all the characters were like that - sweet, kind, and really thoughtful. Steve was... well, he was a little creepy sometimes, but for the most part, Mandy and him shared a believable, very sweet relationship. But you know what I said about how the complicated plot made you think? Well, some other things made me really think, too, and not in a good way. This time, I'm not calling cover fraud. I'm just calling it a major disappointment. And a major confusion. Grammar was my main issue here. Normally, though I'm more picky on it than most, it won't cloud up my rating and opinions like this. However, when the author (probably by accident) wrote in this huge, glorious action scene about one of the characters, Lucas, fighting himself, I was... well, a little more than very confused. To get the big picture (credits to Kristin Aragon), here's a direct excerpt from that very scene; Lucas was a blur, moving across the room with the crowbar raised above his head, rushing at Lucas with every intention of smashing his skull in. So, naturally, you can begin to see what had me so confused, right? And it was like this throughout the whole story. Male characters were called 'he,' as well as 'she.' I do recall the author saying 'Mandy said to Mandy' a couple times. Basically, the author really mixed up her characters in her writing, which made it really hard for me to comprehend the story through all these mixed-up words. There was this one point in the story when I actually thought Mandy was a boy. Overall, while it has the potential to be really amazing and mind-blowing, Enchanted was a really confusing read and, unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to have had.
  • Enchanted on March 09, 2012

    More at theawesomemagicattic.blogspot.com I love, love, loved the premise of it. And, judging from other people's reviews and from the summary, it sounded amazing. Enchanted had the potential to be an amazing story. The author took something really common (paranormal/fantasy romance) and twisted it in her own unique way. I like how this story not only involved the present, but past events as well and how she tied it all into this one big story, and how the complicated plot really made you think. The main character, Mandy, was more of a sweet, shy girl. Actually, all the characters were like that - sweet, kind, and really thoughtful. Steve was... well, he was a little creepy sometimes, but for the most part, Mandy and him shared a believable, very sweet relationship. But you know what I said about how the complicated plot made you think? Well, some other things made me really think, too, and not in a good way. This time, I'm not calling cover fraud. I'm just calling it a major disappointment. And a major confusion. Grammar was my main issue here. Normally, though I'm more picky on it than most, it won't cloud up my rating and opinions like this. However, when the author (probably by accident) wrote in this huge, glorious action scene about one of the characters, Lucas, fighting himself, I was... well, a little more than very confused. To get the big picture (credits to Kristin Aragon), here's a direct excerpt from that very scene; Lucas was a blur, moving across the room with the crowbar raised above his head, rushing at Lucas with every intention of smashing his skull in. So, naturally, you can begin to see what had me so confused, right? And it was like this throughout the whole story. Male characters were called 'he,' as well as 'she.' I do recall the author saying 'Mandy said to Mandy' a couple times. Basically, the author really mixed up her characters in her writing, which made it really hard for me to comprehend the story through all these mixed-up words. There was this one point in the story when I actually thought Mandy was a boy. Overall, while it has the potential to be really amazing and mind-blowing, Enchanted was a really confusing read and, unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as everyone else seems to have had.