Chrystal M

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  • Between on May 29, 2011

    First I just want to say this book is for more mature teens (late teens, early twenties or older) - there is more than just romance that happens in the books, so it may be for more mature audiences. I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I was drawn in right away with the whole idea of being stuck in the between with a Transporter (someone who helps you on your way between Earth and Heaven). Some people do not enjoy those love at first sight or lust at first sight type stories, but I do. I believe in soul mates and the possibility of finding that one true love, so this book really made me breathless when Lindsey falls so passionately in love with Aiden, her Transporter. (PS I am a sucker for the name Aiden). It was like they were drawn together by magnets. They just had this natural flow about them from the moment they met - it was just like watching any couple falling in love, but maybe on fast forward a bit. Who could blame her though - one look at the smoking hot Highlander and I think any girls heart would melt. Something about a man in a kilt with an accent. Hmmm. Lindsey is supposedly the one who can help Aiden redeem himself to God for his sins. They have no idea how this will work and are worried everyday that she will be taken to Heaven too soon, so they spend every waking moment together learning about each other and time travelling to memories to share with each other - including Versailles, Paris, Scotland and Seattle. My heart broke with the couple when they are torn apart, but forces unknown. I literally could feel the pain they each must have been feeling to have found true love and then have it ripped away so quickly. Following Lindsey through her grief was tormenting, because it felt so real. It is written exactly how I imagine it would feel. Such a deep pang in your heart and despair that feels never ending. There is a line that Father O'Malley says to Lindsey when she seeks him out for guidance that struck me. "When I perform a marriage ceremony," he said. "I use the phrase 'Til death do you part,' but in your case, life is what has parted you and Aiden." --- "You need to grieve, my child. You have lost the man that you love, whether through life or death." I think the separation is probably much harder then if they actually had lost one another to true death. This story is absolutely the sweetest story and I shed quite a few tears along the way hoping and wishing they would somehow find one another again. I can't wait until the sequel comes out to see what the future holds for Lindsey and Aiden.
  • Deadlocked on Aug. 06, 2012

    This novella was extremely fast paced and action packed. A.R. Wise writes this story from the point of view of a father who is just trying to get home to his family during a zombie outbreak. The emotions run high as this man tries desperately to make it across the city to his family - all he wants to do is see them again and have the chance to protect them from this unimaginable onslaught of the walking dead. David shows what a man would do to save the lives of his loved ones. Desperate times call for desperate measures. David doesn't shy away from anything - he just does what needs to be done regardless of the morals and ethics he was brought up with. All of that went out the window the minute he witnessed people eating each other in the streets. What would you do or give up to survive? A.R. Wise writes some of the most gruesome scenes, a few made me squeamish, but honestly they set the tone for the entire story. This novella is geared towards adult audiences due to the violence and the language throughout the story. This is a great read for zombie enthusiasts. I plan to read the rest of the series and write a review for each of the novellas (I'm already done the second and loved it even more than the first).
  • The Knight and Maggie's Baby on Aug. 06, 2012

    This book was such a sweet love story. I actually have a soft spot for stories that involve marriages of convenience – normally they are historical romances, but this contemporary romance was spot on. Jonah is a sexy, British man (who has been knighted by the Queen) in need of a bride, so that he can inherit his childhood home back in England. At first Jonah seemed to be the kind of man that was only concerned for himself, since this wedding arrangement would be one of necessity and not love. There was just something about him that I knew would come shining through by the end of the book. I mean, he created wonderful haven's for orphaned children, there must be some soft spot in that heart of his. Maggie is a hard working young woman who just so happens to be a soon-to-be single mom. She is stubborn and cautious, since the father of her baby took off after hearing of the pregnancy. Maggie has a hard time letting people in and finds Jonahs marriage proposal to fit just what she needs at this time in her life – a contract that will help them both. It came as no surprise that I started pining away that this couple would really fall in love with each other, regardless of their contractual marriage. I kept hoping and wishing one of them would just speak up and tell the other about their feelings, but they were both so darn stubborn. All of the tiny moments they share here and there were so sweet, like the scene where he attempts to teach her to play the piano – she truly wants to learn, they laugh and enjoy each others company, but doubt pushes them apart as they start to have feelings for one another. Such a heart tugging book. The one person in this book that truly added depth to Jonah's character was his maid, Mary. She helped raise him as a child and though she still works for him, she acts like a grandmother or mother figure to him. There is a quote from Mary that made my heart swell: “Do you think it was your mom who asked me to bring you baked cookies while you were away at boarding school? Do you think all my scolding and patching up your knees was because...” Mary let her voice trail off and shook her head. “I don't know why, but I missed you. Trouble and all. I worry over you and I want you to be happy. And you don't have a drop of my blood flowing through your veins.” I will say that the last section of the book had me in tears because it was so beautiful. Such a lovely story of two people falling in love against the odds. (http://www.snowdropdreams.ca/2012/02/review-knight-and-maggies-baby-by-lisa.html)
  • Between on Aug. 06, 2012

    First I just want to say this book is for more mature teens (late teens, early twenties or older) - there is more than just romance that happens in the books, so it may be for more mature audiences. I thoroughly enjoyed this book - I was drawn in right away with the whole idea of being stuck in the between with a Transporter (someone who helps you on your way between Earth and Heaven). Some people do not enjoy those love at first sight or lust at first sight type stories, but I do. I believe in soul mates and the possibility of finding that one true love, so this book really made me breathless when Lindsey falls so passionately in love with Aiden, her Transporter. (PS I am a sucker for the name Aiden). It was like they were drawn together by magnets. They just had this natural flow about them from the moment they met - it was just like watching any couple falling in love, but maybe on fast forward a bit. Who could blame her though - one look at the smoking hot Highlander and I think any girls heart would melt. Something about a man in a kilt with an accent. Hmmm. Lindsey is supposedly the one who can help Aiden redeem himself to God for his sins. They have no idea how this will work and are worried everyday that she will be taken to Heaven too soon, so they spend every waking moment together learning about each other and time travelling to memories to share with each other - including Versailles, Paris, Scotland and Seattle. My heart broke with the couple when they are torn apart, but forces unknown. I literally could feel the pain they each must have been feeling to have found true love and then have it ripped away so quickly. Following Lindsey through her grief was tormenting, because it felt so real. It is written exactly how I imagine it would feel. Such a deep pang in your heart and despair that feels never ending. There is a line that Father O'Malley says to Lindsey when she seeks him out for guidance that struck me. "When I perform a marriage ceremony," he said. "I use the phrase 'Til death do you part,' but in your case, life is what has parted you and Aiden." --- "You need to grieve, my child. You have lost the man that you love, whether through life or death." I think the separation is probably much harder then if they actually had lost one another to true death. This story is absolutely the sweetest story and I shed quite a few tears along the way hoping and wishing they would somehow find one another again. I can't wait until the sequel comes out to see what the future holds for Lindsey and Aiden. (http://www.snowdropdreams.ca/2011/05/review-between-by-cyndi-tefft.html)
  • The Zombie Story The Chronicles of Orlando on Aug. 06, 2012

    I'm reviewing these two books together as they are novellas that are part of a series. I jumped at the chance to read this series of novellas, because I am beginning to be a big zombie lover. I like the idea of this series, in that it revolves around magick, zombies and a lot of unknowns. Orlando seems like a good kid and he even tries to do the responsible thing in each situation. Ruben is the least predictable of the group and also the most uncompromising – he is very stubborn. Elodie is magick personified in the first book and I kind of like that she could possibly be a love interest for Orlando. And the one character that I am actually really wanting to learn more about the mysterious Cora from Dead Relatives. I do like that this zombie story is not set in a dystopian society or post-apocalyptic world, but an everyday life, where most people do not even know that zombies exist yet. Oh and I guess the bit about magick kinda of adds some interest – everyone is born with magick (Novices, Mercurials and Wizards), some stronger than others. It's a great adventure tale, but for some reason I was having a hard time enjoying parts of the story. I am thinking that perhaps this might have been best if it were written as one longer novel instead of a few novellas. Since I already had the second installment for the series, it wasn't as distracting for me, because I was able to continue the story right away. Though, that being said, I felt the way that first novella ended and novella started, they could have been a lot more fluid. It felt kind of abrupt to me. Overall an interesting take on zombies and the people trying to survive the infection/attack.
  • Dead Relatives - The Chronicles of Orlando on Aug. 06, 2012

    I'm reviewing these two books together as they are novellas that are part of a series. I jumped at the chance to read this series of novellas, because I am beginning to be a big zombie lover. I like the idea of this series, in that it revolves around magick, zombies and a lot of unknowns. Orlando seems like a good kid and he even tries to do the responsible thing in each situation. Ruben is the least predictable of the group and also the most uncompromising – he is very stubborn. Elodie is magick personified in the first book and I kind of like that she could possibly be a love interest for Orlando. And the one character that I am actually really wanting to learn more about the mysterious Cora from Dead Relatives. I do like that this zombie story is not set in a dystopian society or post-apocalyptic world, but an everyday life, where most people do not even know that zombies exist yet. Oh and I guess the bit about magick kinda of adds some interest – everyone is born with magick (Novices, Mercurials and Wizards), some stronger than others. It's a great adventure tale, but for some reason I was having a hard time enjoying parts of the story. I am thinking that perhaps this might have been best if it were written as one longer novel instead of a few novellas. Since I already had the second installment for the series, it wasn't as distracting for me, because I was able to continue the story right away. Though, that being said, I felt the way that first novella ended and novella started, they could have been a lot more fluid. It felt kind of abrupt to me. Overall an interesting take on zombies and the people trying to survive the infection/attack.
  • Illicit Magic (Book 1, Stella Mayweather Series) on Aug. 06, 2012

    Honestly it took me a bit to get into this book. I almost gave up and said not my thing, but with the insistance of my best friend (who had read it previously) I kept reading and I am so glad that I pushed myself that little bit further into the book. Once I got past the third chapter, I devoured this book. I think the reason I loved Illicit Magic so much was that Stella made it easy for me to like her. She wasn't born into a life of privilege, she was down to earth and made due with what she had. From the start I felt for poor Stella, an orphan at the age of five and never having even made very close friends with anyone. She's the kind of girl I would befriend if I met her and I would show her all the wondrous things there were to offer - friendship, love and laughter. Ms. Chafer did an excellent job of writing the story of Stella, from being the poor lonely orphan to a young woman of disbelief that she is actually a witch and following through with a woman who is more self assured. Watching as Stella makes true friends for the first time, discovers love and finally come into her magic was such a wonderful journey. The supporting characters in Illicit Magic were interesting and I would love to know more about some of them. Sisters, Etoile and Seren, are a bit of a mystery to me - though their powers are explained and their missing sister brings some surprises that I hope will be followed up on in the second book, Unruly Magic. Marc and Kitty are another set that I would love to see their stories fleshed out a little bit more. But mostly I want to know about sweet and sexy, Evan! Illicit Magic has some pretty amazing magical happenings including some pretty hilarious scenes where Stella is still learning to control her magic and some pretty freaky scenes filled with death and carnage. It's interesting to see two sides to magic, but it helps to realize that there are always the sides of good and evil. Sincerely looking forward to reading book two, Unruly Magic and book three, Devious Magic. Camilla Chafer has created a world that I would like to return to soon. (http://www.snowdropdreams.ca/2012/04/review-illicit-magic-by-camilla-chafer.html)