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- The Scarlet Dagger (The Red Sector Chronicles, #1)
on Nov. 24, 2011
"Heart-stopping action and scorching romance collide in this dystopian, urban fantasy thriller"
First of all, I want to say Krystle Jones is a very talented writer. This story held my attention from page one right to the very end. I just had to know what was going to happen chapter after chapter.
The story follows Sloane McAllister, three years after the 'Eclipse' (when vampires became known to the mortal world) on her quest to find her twin brother.
I really liked this book. Krystle has created a dark and compelling dystopian world in 'The Scarlet Dagger'. Sloane is a kick-butt heroine who readers cannot help but love.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love of dystopia, urban fantasy and paranormal romance as it blends the best of all three into one amazing story.
- Angel Evolution
on Jan. 10, 2012
I liked this book. It didn't wow me like some angel books but it was good. One thing it really did have going for it was the unique take on Angels and Demons. I liked that there was no religious angle. The plot was really good and made me want to keep reading to find out what would happen. The phrase: "trust no one" comes to mind since you don't know who is the lying and who is being sincere. I think the reason the book fell a little flat for me was the character development of the two main characters: Taylor & Gabriel. It was hard to relate to them up until the last twenty-five percent or so of the story. The story is told in 3rd person so I felt this had something to do with that. However, I found myself being drawn more to and caring more for the two side characters: Sam & Chris. I loved their relationship. I do recommend giving this book a try. It was quite interesting but have the second book waiting as it ends on a pretty big cliffhanger!
- Dream Catcher
on Jan. 19, 2012
I really liked this short novella. It's a love story with a paranormal twist. The plot was good .. once I started I didn't put it down until I finished. Despite being short, the characters were fairly well developed. Since it is a novella, the love between the two main characters developed rather quickly but it didn't seem forced. The author makes it seem very natural. There was not a lot of action, mostly focusing on the relationship between Breena and Ciaran. It ends abruptly which did seem a little off but if you don't mind a cliffhanger than this shouldn't bother you. Overall, it was an enjoyable read and I will read the next in the series.
on March 12, 2012
Winter Sky believes she is just an average seventeen year old senior, until she meets Alex Stormhold. When strange things begin to happen, Winter finds herself thrust into a magickal world she never knew existed. She soon faces an evil so powerful it threatens to consume her.
With Alex and Winter, Elizabeth creates such a passionate love that even the most cynical will be left swooning.
Check out this quote:
"As soon as the door shut, Alex wrapped those strong arms around me and lifted me off my feet. He whirled me around and I melted in his embrace. He smelled yummy and I grew dizzy with my Alex rush. He set me down and lowered his face, his hot lips a mere tickle along my mouth"
Winter is an emotional heroine that you come to love. She endures a lot through her journey into the world of magic and comes to learn a few things about herself as well. She is relatable to young adults as she duels with the mixed up emotions of first love.
I loved the element of mystery & suspense Elizabeth has created. Reading it, I found myself not knowing what was going to happen next or who to trust. She kept the twists coming right until the very end.
Darkspell weaves together mystery, action, magic and romance into a great read for young adults and even those not-so-young adults.
Things I really liked about Darkspell:
- Unique and interesting concept of "magick."
- Characters that you really care for.
- Her concept of everlasting young love made me giddy inside.
- Plot twists that kept me guessing!
Honestly, the only critique I have about Darkspell is the passage of time in some parts of the novel. At times, it felt Elizabeth rushed over things that needed more time and slowed down at parts that could be summed up quicker.
Overall, I liked Darkspell & would recommend it to anyone who loves young adult romance books with elements of magic.
- The Curse Girl
on April 28, 2012
This is a cute little read. It is a re-telling of the classic 'Beauty and the Beast' fairy tale. It was actually fairly accurate to the original as the author kept a lot of the same elements with just a little twist.
Even though this is a novella the characters are fairly well developed and you are able to care for them. The only thing I would have changed would be a little more of a back story about her family. In saying that, I understand it is very hard to have a lot of detailed info in a short story.
I recommend this little gem. If you like fairy tale re-tellings than this one will not disappoint!
- What Kills Me
on Aug. 11, 2012
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is such a unique and interesting vampire story. Vampires have been done over and over again in young adult paranormal lit but Wynne brings in a totally different spin. Her 'history' of how vampires came to be and the prophecy was original and entertaining.
I loved the main character, Zee. She is tough and loyal. I also loved her 'relationship' to Lucas, who by the way is a total hottie. The banter they had going and the tension between them was smoldering. I loved how he called her "school girl" and "killer".
Wynne weaves an interesting and suspenseful plot. I found that I had to keep reading and there were no 'slow' parts that some books have.
And, Wynne can still make you laugh. Below is one of my favourite short scenes from the novel.
**I stood on the couch, its plush cushion swallowing my feet, and pointed to the floor with my empty bottle. The insect scuttled across the tiles and under the fridge. I looked up at Lucas and Kinman. No one spoke. I relaxed my expression. "Sorry," I said. "It tried to get into my pants."**
I also loved the setting being in Italy. The descriptions were fun to read about.
Overall, this is a great young adult paranormal romance that I highly recommend.
- Half Black Soul (The Alexa Montgomery Saga)
on Aug. 11, 2012
To start off, the reason this series went from the first book being a 5 star to this one getting a 3.5 is not because it isn't a good read. It was a really good read. It just disappointed me a little. I read quite a few reviews that said it blew the first one out of the water. While it was good, for me, it fell a little short of outstanding. It started off pretty slow and seemed a little too wordy for a simple plot. The first half of the book seemed to me like it could have been the first chapter or two and the last few chapters (which had all the action) could have been much longer.
One of the things I really liked about this book (and the first one as well) is Alexa's strength. She faces so much yet she doesn't whine or give up. I like how the author has brought out her much darker nature in this book.
I loved Kayden even more in this book. It confirmed my earlier thoughts of how he and Alexa are so right for each other.
Overall, I recommend giving this one a read. The author has created a compelling story with an immensely lovable heroine.
on Aug. 11, 2012
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was good. It didn't wow me, but it wasn't bad either. It is not the kind of book I normally read but it sounded like it would interest me from the blurb which is why I requested it for review.
This book follows the adventures of best friends Chloe and Gabriella while on a bus tour across Europe.
It is told in third person which kind of bothered me. Also, some of the "wit" was really cliched which bothered me as well.
There wasn't much action. It was more of a "telling" of events. While it was interesting to read about the different places they visited, some parts seemed much too long and detailed.
I preferred the relationship between Chloe and Lucas to Gab and Alex. I liked the buildup of tension between Chloe and Lucas. I keep reading to find out would things ever work out for them.
Some of the side characters were quite enjoyable as well. Carlos was hilarious. I especially loved the part where he and Chloe go dress shopping. I laughed out loud at that part.
Overall, if the blurb sounds like something you would like, I recommend giving it a try!
- Meeting Destiny
on Aug. 11, 2012
I received a free copy (before it was free to everyone) of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
This is a great book. It is first and formost a love story. I had thought it was considered aparanormal romance but after reading it I would only classify it as slightly paranormal. It started off a little slow but quickly picked up. I loved the relationship between the two main characters and the plot was unique and interesting. I haven't read a book that has a similar plot. I would recommned this to anyone who wants to read a love story. I will be reading the second book very soon.
- Reign of Blood
on Aug. 11, 2012
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.
This book was kind of so so for me. I can't say I didn't like it because I did but it didn't elicit strong feelings from me either. I think the biggest reason I didn't love it was that I had a really hard time connecting with the main character.
- The opening line!
"Never tease anything that wants to eat you"
How amazing is that?
- The concept was great! I loved that it was a dystopian-vampire mix because you don't get that very often.
- The feral vampires. I really liked that they were portrayed as "zombie-like" ie: as mindless eating machines because, again, that is not very common.
- The description. The author is very detailed and paints a vivid mental picture of the "apocalyptic Las Vegas"
The Not So Good:
-Introduction of the "not so mindless" vampires..then it becomes more of your typical young adult novel with good(ish)vampires vs evil(ish) vampires.
-The repetition of certain phrases. If I had heard "Blood and Ichor" ONE more time I may have screamed.
Overall, it was a decent read and I recommend you give it a try for yourself. It has gotten some rave reviews so don't let one opinion stop you.
- Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet)
on Aug. 12, 2012
I'm REALLY not sure what to write. Forgive me if this review is all over the place.
Is this book disturbing? Yes. But that in no way means I didn't enjoy it. It's one of those books that you can't help but think about long after you've finished it.
Livvie and Caleb are two very disturbed, broken people in very different ways.
It is told from alternating points of view. Livvie's is told in first person and Caleb's is told in third person. I think this is very important. The parts Livvie tells make you feel so much for her. I cried, I held my breath, & I was sick to my stomach. But then you see Caleb's side and you start to feel for him. I honestly never thought I would but then I did. I felt sorry for an incredibly broken man.
Do I agree with what went on in the book? No. But it is fiction. And, in fiction, especially dark fiction such as this, the more the book captures me the more I want to read it. This book sucks you in and even though at times you can't believe what is happening it still effects you. I cried for both Caleb and Livvie.
I absolutely cannot wait for the second book to see how their story ends. C.J. Roberts has wrote such an emotional book. If you can handle this type of story, I highly recommend it. It got to me in ways I cannot describe.
on Aug. 14, 2012
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
First, I need to say I have never read anything quite like this before. The plot is so unique and interesting. Christie Rich captures you in her world of the fae.
Rayla is a likable character. She deals as best she can with a world she never knew existed and is forced into.
The story keeps you guessing right until the end. Who do you trust? It ends on a cliffhanger leaving you wanting more.
It does have a love triangle which I thought was very fitting in this case. It could have been a hexagon but it comes down to two lords in the end. Honestly, if I were Rayla I wouldn't know who to pick.
I highly recommend this book! I can't wait to dig into the next book in the series, Dark Matter!