Elodie has a secret that she keeps. It has taken over her life since she was 13 when she received a letter from her mother telling her what she is. Since then her relationship with her dad becomes strained, she throws herself into her school work and makes sure she severs all ties to friendships. She believes she is cursed and has no future.
Sawyer is a werewolf with a chip on his shoulder. He is constantly angry, blaming his father for his mother's death, believing he could have prevented it. But all that changes when he meets Elodie and realizes she calms his inner beast.
Red ties in the childhood story of Little Red Riding Hood, hence the story's title. It was a very interesting story that I found hard to put down, always eager to start it back up. I enjoyed the switching of POV, being able to get inside both Elodie and Sawyer's heads. Red is another one of those books, whose characters stay with you long after you’re done. The story line was well delivered, full of romance, suspense, and mystery. I don’t think I found one thing wrong with the book. I enjoyed it so much, and would love to see a second book with Elodie and Sawyer.
From the moment you start reading, until the end of the book...the author takes you for a wild and crazy ride. Fairy Circle in my oppinion is a mix between Wicked Lovely, Fallen and maybe a smidge of True Blood. You get the fairies, the vampires, and the past lives all mixed into one delicious book.
I didn't fall in love with the main character, Saffron, but I enjoyed her immensely. I enjoyed her quirky nature and all the situations she finds herself in. She has these weird dreams, some explicit, ever since she was young, which only get worse as time goes on. Saffron's life is opened up to all kinds of freakish things after spending time in the fairy realm. She see's ghosts in her bedroom, has garden gnomes living in yard, and she comes face to face with a vampire intent on making her part of the undead.
The other characters take the reign a few times in the book giving you a brief background into how they fit into Saffron's life. My favorite character was Markis who is just too sweet and adorable. (I have a soft spot for cute and adorable characters, I just want to eat them up).
All in all a good read from an author with an awesome imagination. Just when you think the storyline is going in one direction, she pulls a 180, leaving you stunned. And not to mention a cliff hanger of an ending. Go read Fairy Circle for a different and unique read!
Seventeen year old Maggie has barely graduated high school after one of the worst school years of her life. Her mom left, leaving Maggie motherless and her father depressed. Her boyfriend of 3 years leaves her at the worst time to focus on college. This is so not how her senior year is supposed to be.
The day of graduation Maggie has a run in, literally, with Caleb and saves him from becoming today's road kill. Soon Maggie's life becomes even more chaotic after touching Caleb, learning they have imprinted. Feelings and emotions are amped up between the two, leaving her breathless and confused. Her dad starts coming out of his funk wanting to be a dad again and Chad, her ex is wanting her back. Maggie is learning what being imprinted means, and that not everyone is as excited about Caleb finding his Significant. With the revelation of the imprint, old enemies will cause trouble and tensions will flare.
Characters are absolutely genuine and real, aside from their supernatural powers, they have problems like everyone else. I just think the world of Caleb and his protective nature for Maggie. Maggie is a smart girl. She wants to make sure the feelings between her and Caleb are real and not fabricated due to the imprint. Crane writes a swoon worthy romance with a plot that is unique and deliriously addictive. I just wonder if Shelly Crane even knows how to write a bad book with a bad story line? I highly doubt it. I was immediately sucked into the story, as I was with her Collide series. Now I am patiently waiting for the sequel of Significance to make its appearance this month. Crane’s books are a must read!!
Ree fears she is being followed by something lurking in the shadows. She is right. While out with friends, Ree is attacked. And the world she thought she knew changes in an instant. No longer a typical teenager, she is now the only hope for mankind against a group of deadly vampires called the Dark Ones. And yeah, these guys don't sparkle. Each of her friends are given special powers and become Guardians in order to protect Ree in the battle against the Dark Ones. With only a week left before school, the group must train to use their talents and prepare themselves.
First and foremost this author is one of the sweetest authors I have come across. Just precious! Second, her book totally rocks! The plot is well developed as well as the kickin’ tail characters. Out of all the characters in the book, I liked Ree the most. Labeled an art geek in school, she really grew into her new role throughout the week the book takes place. The character I wanted to slap upside the head the most? That would be Paden. Why must he be a butthead in the love department? But yeah I still love him too. I am looking forward to the next book and praying there is as much action, suspense and romance as in this one. Mortal Obligation is definitely a must read book that you’re going to love.
*UPDATE* I did forget to mention there is one
whopper of a twist in the book. I was so shocked!!
When the book first starts out, it’s Nalena explaining her mom's hoarding addiction to paper and not finishing stories. All her mom does is write out a character and plots pretty much. And it’s gotten so out of control they have to rent out storage units to put all the paper. It’s really heartbreaking what Nalena goes through at home and at school. Once someone saw all the paper when unexpectantly showing up at her house, the whole school knew about it the next day....calling her The Waste. So when Garrett starts showing interest in Nalena at the library one night, she thinks either A) he obviously doesn’t know she is the school’s outcast or B) it’s all a joke. But one night after being attacked in the woods, secrets start emerging surrounding not only her family but Garrett’s family as well. Nalena must now make a choice on which path to take; the ‘safe’Simple Life path or one that could lead her straight into the enemies’ snare.
First of all, I just want to say how much I adore this book. So awesomely well written, I flew through the first half, only to pace myself as it got closer to the end. Cause with the end, comes waiting for the next book. AND.I.HATE.WAITING! But loved the characters, especially the whole Reese family. Garrett is adorable, funny, and absolutely scrumptious. (Ok cougar moment over). Would love to see more Sean in the future books. *cough* Could totally see a spin-off staring Garrett’s older brother *cough* And even though Nali came off as weak at first, it didn’t take long for her to become one kick butt character. But though there were times I wanted to shake/slap/yell at Garreit and Nali for not seeing what us readers could obviously see between them, I enjoyed the pace the story took in letting them find their way to each other.
Please, please go read this awesome first book to what is most definitely going to be an awesome series.
Eviana is absolutely in love with her boyfriend and would love it if her parents would lay off her and just let them be. But there is just one little problem, Eviana is a mermaid and Brendon is a selkie. Oh yeah, she is also engaged to marry another merman, Kain. So you see, things are a little complicated for her. But all of that is just the half of her problems. When Eviana and Brendon run away to be together; things go from bad to worse for the couple. Will the family she turned her back on help her in her time of need? Will the one person she left at the altar forgive her enough to help the man she loves? And what role does Eviana play in the war raging between the clans?
This is my second book about mermaids, mermen and selkies and let me tell you…I love me some underwater mystical creatures! Eviana is torn between the love of her life and doing what is right where her family and clan are concerned. But love wins out when she and Brendon run off together. The only thing was her relationship with Brendon, like she stayed with him just because she has always been with him. I liked Brendon, I really did, but the author spent more time and detail on Kain, and Eviana’s mounting feelings for him. To me I felt that she was really starting to have real feelings for him, other than friendship. And I was hoping that she would stick around for him.
The story line is pretty predictable at first, but soon twists and turns are thrown at you, leaving you heartbroken or sorta shocked. The author did a fantastic job describing the change process for both the selkies and the mermaids, although the selkies are kinda weird with their skins and all. But everything was enjoyable to read none the less.
Promises is a really good book about following your heart and doing what is right, not only for yourself but for others as well. So glad to have been offered the chance to read this story and be welcomed into Eviana's world. Great characters and an intriguing stroryline makes me a happy girl! So much so, I am eagerly anticipating book 2 in the series, Betrayal.
Oh and there is a sneak peek at chapter 1 of Betrayal at the back of the book and let me tell you its not only encouraging for Eviana and Kain, but creepy too. *squeeee*
This prequel tells the story of Shayan’s fall from being an Oracle over Humanity. Shayan started out with the best of intentions, but somewhere along the way he lost his way. He truly wanted to help humans find their way to the Land of the Shawdowless, but lost sight of what really mattered and let power and pride get in the way. Take a journey as Hala portrays a story of a fallen one to the future guardians. What role did Shayan have in key points in history? Did Shayan ever find his way home or did power prove to be too much?
I like how the author used pivotal moments in history in her story to show what role her character played in causing such horrible acts on mankind. It was neat to think someone supernatural being the mastermind behind the assignation of JFK or even the death of John Carver back in the 1600’s. I did get a little uncomfortable when 9/11 was brought up. I guess it is still a little fresh on my mind to be used in a story like that. But all in all a good, quick read that I am sure is bringing lots of insight and background to the next books in the series.
Charlotte is back in Charleston after being gone for 3 years; going to live at her family’s home with her older brother and uncle. One thing keeps bugging her…the gate in the backyard that she was forbidden to enter as a child. And once she enters she soon realizes why. Things are different behind the gate; it’s a whole other world. At first entering she meets Calvin and has an instant connection to him. All she knows is that he is all she has ever wanted and needed. But things are not what they seem in this new world. She learns some people only want to use her. Will her brother get to her in time to save her or will it all be too late?
Beckoning Light was well written story and I was intrigued from the very start. Would have read more the night I started it if hubby wouldn’t have demanded me turning the light off at 1am. I soon started it back up the next day with minimal breaks, eager to finish the book. I just loved the storyline and the wonderful characters. This book was a definite page turner for me.
I enjoyed the switching of POV’s between Charlotte and her brother Kevin, but would have loved to have had Liam’s POV. Liam is an absolute doll! I hope there will be more of him in book 2. I am sensing potential there with him and Charlotte. Give Beckoning Light a chance I can almost guarantee you will be smitten with it.
Lauren helps prevent a robbery at a local restaurant and ended up getting shot in the process. While being rushed to the hospital she lays eyes on her paramedic and is shocked when she realizes he is the same guy that has visited her dreams the last 4 years, but he doesn’t seem to recognize her. What does this all mean? And when Lauren meets a stranger on the bus who leaves her with more questions than answers, she is more confused than ever.
Let me just say…I love Max! Besides Lauren he is my fav character in the book. He is adorable and you can tell he really cares for Lauren. I also loved seeing Lauren evolve from a girl who went with the flow of things because it was expected of her to a strong, independent woman. Yay to Straight for giving us an independent woman who is not afraid to go after what she believes is right. And yay to Straight for writing a story that was easy for me to lose myself in.
Meeting Destiny is a brilliant story that kept me in bed most of the day reading. I didn't want to put it down. Loved the path the story took and drank up everything it had to offer. And with an ending you won't see coming that leaves you utterly heartbroken, you will want to go ahead and get book 2 so you can dive right in to it. Kudos Straight for giving me a wonderful new series to obsess over.
my mini review for Mind Games by Susan Kaye Quinn...
Mind Games is the prequel, from the anthology In His Eyes, based off the book Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn, which I absolutely adored. I loved Kira in Open Minds…but getting Raf’s POV in Mind Games was a real treat. I really feel more for him than I originally did. In this short story Raf is battling the voices of his friends and classmates while struggling to find a way to ask Kira to the Gamesdance. But when Jessica, a girl interested in Raf, threatens to hurt Kira, Raf must decide if asking Kira is really worth it.
Quinn what are you doing to me? What a tease! Oh Raf, yeah I am in need of more of him. He is too sweet and too kind. This anthology was a fabulous idea to peek into the minds of the guys from some of our favorite stories. Great little short story. I adore you Quinn and cannot wait for Closed Hearts to be released.
my mini review for By the Firelight by Elle Strauss...
Had I impressed her in the same way she'd blown my socks off?" Loved that sentence in the story.
I first fell in love with Nate in Clockwise back in November. But getting Nate's POV in By the Firelight (short story from anthology In His Eyes) was so much fun. He had a few snarky comments, that he kept to himself of course, in fear of getting his head knocked off by Casey. We get to see what he was feeling and thinking about his first time travel trip back to 1860, unlike in Clockwise. Nate is not sure if Casey is crazy, the guys are punkin’ him, or if what’s happening is really real. Poor guy! Little does he know this is only the beginning. Even though this was a short story, Strauss did a fabulous job! I was sad that it ended so quickly.
I put off reading Destiny's Wrath because I knew that I would be sad once it all came to an end. Yes I am sad, but gosh what a way to end the series.
Most of the book is Samael and the wrath he is taking out on innocent humans. And goodness the misery he is pouring out on the world is horrible. I even expressed to Nancy that I could not imagine what she went through while writing some of the scenes. But like always, she did a fabulous job telling her story and getting it out there.
Destiny’s Wrath was the more intense book of the series. So much happens between so many people you need to pay attention; you’ll want to pay attention. You will be hurting for characters you just met and out right fuming with a certain character you have known throughout the series. Samael is one sick, freak demon. Yep, one of those characters you love to hate. Hey all good books have one.
Straight is a heck of a story teller, taking the Destiny series to a whole new level with this one. You will not be able to put the book down, itching to see how it all ends. Trust me, its good! And like Nancy told me it’s an emotional end but you will have a smile on your face when closing the book.
It’s been a year since we last saw Casey and her boyfriend, Nate. Things are just heavenly for the couple and she hasn’t even tripped the whole time. Yep, life is good! Well it is until Casey’s mom finds pot in her brother Tim’s possession. While Casey is trying to question Tim about the pot, the stress comes on and they are tripped back to 1862. Surprisingly, Tim takes it rather well…almost too well.
Believing he is invincible, Tim enlists in the army when Casey trips back to present time, leaving him behind. He wants to see firsthand what a real battle looks like. So while Casey is trying to find a way back to the past rescue him, Tim is about to get his wake up call. Will Casey get to him before it’s too late or will Tim be stuck back in the past forever?
If ever there was a fictional character that I wanted to slap around a bit and say grow up...it would be Tim. Lord help me if there weren't times I wished I could reach into the stinkin book and knock some sense into him so he would learn a lesson or 2 about the ways of life. Even so, it was fun reading about him. But one of the best characters was Willie. You will see why when you read the book. I don’t want to give that part away.
I am so fond of Elle’s work and her writing; always perfectly written and edited. You can tell she loves what she does when reading her books. Thankfully she has asked me a few times since Clockwise to review her books and I am just so honored. Her books are wonderfully written; they have fun characters and have engrossing plots that keep you entertained the entire time. Her books are perfect for Middle Graders and up. There is no going wrong when choosing a Strauss story.
Amber Walker is not your typical 16yr old. She is trying to overcome a past of abuse at the hands of her father. Her saving grace? Liam, her brother's obnoxious best friend who also happens to be the school horn dog. But ever since they were little, Liam sneaks into her bedroom and helps her through the abuse. He is the only thing that calms her. But there is 2 Liams...there is Nighttime Liam; sweet and kind. And then there is Daytime Liam; aggravating and sleeps with anything with a heartbeat.
I am gonna have to stop right there. I cannot go any further about the book...it's something you will just have to find out on your own. But where do I start? How can I say in words how awesome this book and how flippin' awesome Liam is? Please for the love of all that is good and holy...READ.THIS.BOOK!
I fell in love with the characters and their silly, sarcastic banter. How I loved when Amber would put Jessica in her place. Yes, she said everything I ever wanted to say to someone evil, but was never quick enough to think of it in the heat of the moment. And Liam...sweet, sexy Liam...I am crazy about you. You earn a gold sticker in my book for your swoon worthy ways. Like this from the book...
"Liam, what do you want from me?" I asked quietly, looking at my soaked sneakers.
He put his finger under my chin and lifted my face so I had to look at him. "Everything," he said simply.
All together now...swooooon! Ok cougar moment over. Moving on. Thank you Jennifer Nunez for tweeting and telling me to read it. The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window was a fabulous read and I hope you love it as much as I did.
Kaitlyn is trying to outrace an avalanche but she is not quick enough. Instead of waking up as the dinner to a pack of wolves or even dead, she is waking up in a bed on a tropical island. How did she end up here? And why does she get the feeling it’s not safe? Soon answers start coming, albeit not quick enough, and Kaitlyn is learning new things about herself she never knew. She soon accepts her fate and starts learning how to control her powers. But before she can get a hold of this new life she is kidnapped once again. This time her captor is anything but nice. He has a plan and torture is just the beginning.
So here I was about to start Water and totally thought I was going to get a Tree Hugging, Save the Earth lecture. What I actually got was anything but. It was a fabulous story with a unique storyline. Water was fresh and unlike anything I have ever read before. And the flow and balance of the book was perfect. You got the right amount of suspense, romance, and action. The author gave the right amount of detail in the book too, which left me smiling. (I sometimes will skip over several paragraphs in a book due to too much detail.)
Kaitlyn is a brave, yet slightly sarcastic, woman who rose out of the ashes and only became stronger. She wasn't going to let getting kidnapped bring her down. She got fierce and was a force to be reckoned with. When up against an obstacle she always found a way to overcome it. This is no timid little girl. No way, nuh uh! I loved her and found myself wondering what she (and Micah) was up to while I was laboring away cleaning my house. Don't you hate that...knowing the characters are having more fun in their book while you are cleaning and working? BOO!
But how can I go on and on about how great this book was when there is a rape involved? Do I come off as an insensitive, heartless wretch? And here I am lying in bed at 1 am writing part of this review knowing it won’t wait until morning. This book was great and heartbreaking all at the same time. I hated some of the things that happened in the book (referring to the rape) but the other things made it great. And those great things kept me reading; it as if I couldn’t get enough of the book.
I don’t usually read the excerpts from the next books at the end…but this one I had to. I am completely and utterly ready to get my hands on Air. It is a must! I have to know what happens to these characters I instantly fell in love with. What will happen to Kaitlyn? Will lives be shattered even more? Will love triumph over evil?
Water is definitely not YA. So please keep that in mind when you are deciding if you want to read it or not.
The world I just signed on for is crumbling as I stand on its threshold. Everything is changing and it seems like this is all my fault.
I just love this book and everything in it. From cover to cover it is packed with romance, suspense, and a lot of action. It’s sad, it’s funny, it’s everything you could want in a book. Not to mention Misty is one flippin’ fantastic storyteller. She writes well and it shows in her work. Plus every now and then you get a glimpse into who Misty is as a person through her work. When you read a funny part in her book…that is the real Misty. She is silly and crazy and it shows in her books.
When starting the book, I was bombarded with so much emotion. It has been nearly a year since I read Cornerstone, and I am embarrassed to say I forgot a few things that happened at the end. So yeah it is a little overwhelming to be reminded of everything that went down. And everyone involved had no time to mourn those that they lost. It was definitely a sad beginning for an awesome book.
I wholeheartedly love these characters and so was so glad to be able to revisit with them again. I missed them, I really did. Especially Garrett. Oh my sweet Garrett, he was even better in this one. Misty also gave us some new characters to love and hate. Take for instance Zane, he was a complete hoot and you can’t help but love him. The things that come out of that skinny boy’s mouth had me rolling the whole time, even in the most stressful of times. Then take for instance his twin sister Zaneen, yup didn’t care much for her. I wanted to like her and at times I did. But I am just not 100% sure about her yet.
Keystone is not your normal everyday supernatural/paranormal. I mean I am not even sure I could classify it as one of those. But it is different and refreshing to read compared to a lot of the other stuff out there. What do you get when you buy Keystone? Well you get an excellent read that is action packed and fast paced. Does it have romance? Absolutely…even though I found it is not the main focus of the story. But it has enough to keep your heart happy. Does it have a cliffhanger? Well yeah…but it is a good one. I know I was beaming with happiness when all was said and done. So don’t delay…go get it today!!
One of my fav quotes about Garrett: Garrett’s kiss has never been any less than amazing, but this kiss is even more. This kiss is the sun, opening inside me.
Another great read from Elle Straus. I know that when I read her stuff I will be getting something fun and entertaining. I also know that her stuff is definitely something I would let my girls read when they get a little older and are ready for YA. Plus Seaweed is very well written you can trust this author knows what she is doing.
When Elle asked if I would be interested in reading Seaweed I knew I would have to. I love mermaid stories and this one seemed perfect. And it was. It had some really cute characters, an interesting storyline, and the right amount of suspense to leave me wondering. My favorite part was the suspense. There was quite a bit in the story and I found myself pleasantly surprised by how some things revealed themselves. Some of which I never saw coming.
One thing that kept me from rating this a 5 star book was probably how unbelievable the relationship between Dori and her parents were. I won’t give away what happens, but if I were to have done half of the things she did…well I probably would not be alive right now. I don’t know that’s just me. Maybe other parents were a little more lenient with their kids. I felt she should have been held a little more responsible after all that she did.
Anywhoo, loved Seaweed! Thought it was beyond cute and I suggest anyone looking for a clean YA read about merpeople to pick it up today.
I wasn't sure how I would feel reading a book in diary format. But you know what? I kinda liked it. I found myself unable to put the book down; it kept demanding me to read 'just one more chapter'. And I ended up giving in to its demands. I was intrigued with Tara's story. I had to know what broke this couple apart and would they find their way back to each other.
But God bless Tara's heart...poor girl could not catch a break. From her rocky marriage (her husband told her he wasn't sure if he loved her or his new $3000 tv more) to her seemed-to-be-doomed-from-the-get-go road trip in search of her first love. Yeah as that saying goes 'What can go wrong...will go wrong!"
Like I said earlier, this book demanded my attention. It sucked me in. I loved that the main character was a thirty something woman making it easier for me to relate to. Not that my 13 years of marriage is bad by any means, cause it’s not, just that we are around the same age. I was able to remember my childhood crushes on (dare I say) New Kids on the Block. I remember day dreaming of them and wondering what it would be like to date one of them, especially Donnie. (Hangs head in embarrassment).
So all in all I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick read that I found hard to put down and very enjoyable. Some parts got a little raw for my tastes...but when desperate times called for desperate measures...what are you gonna do? But I am glad I hung in there. That ending was so messed up…in a very good way of course. I had no idea that is where the author was leading us to and I was completely shocked. Thank you Hill for allowing me to read your work and I hope to work with you again in the future.
Kaitlyn is carrying a secret that only one other person knows about. She is pregnant but not entirely sure who the daddy is. It could be Micah’s, the one guy who she cares the most for. Or on the other hand it could be Shawn's, the one that kidnapped and raped her. Thankfully she has Micah’s sister, Susan, to confide in. Kaitlyn will have to tell Micah soon though, because you can only hide a growing belly for so long.
One of my most favorite scenes in the book is when Micah and Shawn both realize that Kaitlyn is pregnant. Wonderfully, wonderfully done. And what happened soon after had me grinning so big. Only thing is I am not sure how I feel about Micah. I mean I really like him but I am not crazy about his ‘You woman, me caveman’ attitude. He is very hot and cold when it comes to Kaitlyn and how he reacts with her. One moment he is all caring and loving and then the next he is acting all Neanderthal. So less caveman, more feelings and Micah would be prefect.
I will say I think I loved AIR more than WATER. And that is really saying something because I LOVED WATER. AIR is not as action packed as WATER was but I think that is what I adored about it. I enjoyed the pace the book took and how during the story Kaitlyn was able to learn more about who she is and what she can do. I also loved the addition of the Shades to the story. Even though I was a bit hesitant about them at first I thought the whole idea was genius.
I will say that this author is not afraid to push the envelope. So if you are skirmish when it comes to rape scenes…then thread carefully, there is one in here. Though it is not as horrific as with book one, rape is rape.
AIR is an incredible read that had me hanging on to each and every word Harmony wrote. In fact, I am so excited to read FIRE soon so I can see what played out after this crazy cliffhanger we were given here in AIR. I totally recommend this series if you are looking for something different than what’s out there and love a good suspenseful read that is peppered with romance.
You never know what someone else is going through. Case in point: Kate Mosley. For years she has kept to herself and shied away from others. Kate is the subject of insistent bullying from her classmates and constant abuse. But she would never let anyone close enough to know what goes on in her personal life. Not that anyone would want to be close to her. When people get close, Kate gets suspicious. They are bound to hurt her in some way.
So when the boy she shared her one and only kiss with moves back to town and starts showing interest in her, Kate assumes the worst. In her mind he is setting her up for a hurting. But as time goes on Kate realizes he is actually genuine in his feelings for her. Maybe with him by her side things will start getting better. Or maybe life will throw her an ugly curve ball and things will get increasingly worse.
When I first started reading HEART ON A CHAIN I had no idea how emotional the book would be or how heavy. It is definitely not what I was expecting. It was better! Boy, I cannot even begin to explain how heartbreaking this book was. But on the other hand, there was so much love that radiated from it too. It was absolute epic goodness wrapped up in a well written book. Wow!! I am sitting here after finishing this book several hours ago and I am still in awe.
This is truly a wonderful story...a definite eye opener for those who know or suspect someone going through some sort of abuse. When you put this book down you will most likely have to take a good look at yourself and possibly how you treat others.
I adored Henry and Kate so very much that I cannot get them out of my head. But I must…I have another book waiting to be read and I need to give it my utmost attention. Bennett did a fantastic job making the story real and believable. Almost too believable. My heart hurt so much at what happened to Kate in the story I wanted to crawl into the book and defend her. Henry was just amazing and I love him so very much. I need my girls to find a guy like him one day to marry. One day. Not today. They are only 12, 10, and 5. They still have time. But seriously, do guys like him truly exist?
This is a great story I recommend to anyone. Pick it up today and partake in its goodness.
*I would actually rate this one 3.5 stars but rounded up!*
I was super excited to read FIRE after loving the first 2 books of the series, WATER and AIR. But actually I was a little disappointed in it. There just wasn’t much going on compared to the first 2 books which seemed packed full of twists and turns. And for the life of me I couldn't remember why Kaitlyn was hiding her baby from Micah in the first place. Shawn I understood...dude is so messed up in the head. And there was no telling what he would do to her and the baby, a baby that could quite possibly be his.
I just wasn't very impressed with Kaitlyn in this story at all. She was very hot and cold to everyone and in the end it all got a little old. I like Micah and even though he is in the story, I didn’t connect well with him. It was like he was there, but wasn’t. He just wasn't his normal, neanderthal self I have came to know and love. I don’t know… I just didn’t feel a spark with the book or the characters much at all. Now I did enjoy Shawn’s parts. Ridiculous I know. But I thought there was something there and I like how all his scenes played out. I guess because I knew nothing good would come from it. He is a sick, twisted person…but he is a great character none the less.
What I loved about this book and the other 2 as well, is that Harmony is a fabulous writer. I have said this before but Harmony isn't afraid to push the envelope when it comes to sensitive matters. She gives it her all…even adding the gritty stuff. And you can tell that when she writes, she doesn’t just throw something together. She knows her stuff and it shows in the creative story she produces. Her books are different than anything out there. And that is what will keep me coming back with her future work. I am a huge fan of her work, but this one just fell a little bit short of the other two.
So even though I wasn’t mad about this book in the series I still need to know what will happen to everyone…even down to Shawn. I look forward to EARTH and everything the author has planned for the series. Reading the little snippet of EARTH at the end of the book had me thinking about the tv show REVOLUTION in a way. *eeep* This is a must read series!
I had no idea Comeaux had put this awesome little book out. But when she posted on my facebook wall asking if I had seen it I about went nuts. I couldn’t plug my nook up to the computer fast enough. I mean come on folks!!! We are talking Sergei here!! He is one of my all-time favorite book guys ever and I was so happy I was done with the book I was reading…cause one way or another I was reading that book right then, right there.
REACHING THE EDGE is only a few pages long but lordy help me it was so good. And it is quite possible I am even more in love with Sergei now. He is so unbelievably gentle and amazingly sweet with Emily. I am almost positive I heard her swoon while reading the book. I know I did my share of swooning.
If you have read the first two books in the series…make sure you get this one to fill the gap until book 3, FIGHTING FOR THE EDGE, comes out. Perfection!!
This book was a struggle for me to read throughout most of the book. There were several parts that I thought weren't really necessary...like her whole collage life at the beginning of the book. A lot of the scenes were continuous talking and talking and talking. I think if the author did a little more showing and little less talking it would have been better; at least in my opinion. I seriously thought about putting it down for some time and maybe revisiting it at a later date. But a good friend told me to hang with it...that the story would definitely be worth it.
And this is where we get to the part I love. I absolutely loved the ending. So much so, I am eager to see what happens to Maddie and Rayn in RESURRECTION. And the twist that happened towards the end? WHOA! I so did not see that coming. Well I might have, but thought I was having crazy thoughts so I let it go. And then BAM! Hargrove was like 'Oh yeah I went there…you weren’t imagining things'. But I will admit I am a little worried about a love triangle. Guess we have to wait and see.
Some of my favorite scenes were from Rayn’s POV. Woo boy do I love me some Rayn. He stole the show and made the book worth reading. But I wasn’t entirely fond of Maddie. She seemed a little too flaky and clumsy for me. I am hoping as the series goes on, she will grow on me. Oh and I absolutely loved Rayn’s sister, Sharra. Poor gal, she butchered all of my favorite American slang phrases. But it was hilarious to hear her try and say them. When corrected she would brush it off and keep going.
Yes, the book starts slow…but hang with it!! I promise you will be happy you did and love that ending as much as I did. Cause here I am, after finishing the book, and I am completely giddy and excited with anticipation for the next one.
I thought VALOR was a really cute book. It is a very clean read and suitable for any age reader. There were some parts I thought were a little childish for someone of my age. But all in all, it kept my interest and I enjoyed it.
What made me rate it 4 out of 5 stars? Well, here is the deal, some parts I rolled my eyes at just how unbelievable the scenes came off. Take for instance, the MC is a 16 year old girl and seemed a little immature throughout the story. Lots of whining about whether Valor liked her or not and then dreaming about getting his rune. Getting his rune means quite a bit to gargoyles and then spending forever with them. So to think that a 16 year old girl would know that she wants to spend the rest of her life with one guy seems a little far-fetched. Yeah when I was 16 I thought I would be with my boyfriend forever. Fast-forward nearly 20 years and I married someone totally different. Get my point?
Like I mentioned earlier, the story is cute, although not entirely believable. The characters were fun, although not entirely relatable. But I absolutely enjoyed the authors writing and look forward to reading DARE, book 2. If you are a fantasy genre fan, I recommend this story to you. Never read about gargoyles? VALOR is the perfect book to start your love for a new fantasy. Need a little romance with your books? Well, VALOR has enough to make you swoon! Go get your copy today!!
Just going to give a real quick take on the story, which is approximately 20 pages long. What did I think? Well I loved it of course. The short story is Noah's POV on the beginning of PERCEPTION book one. And I must say…I love me some Noah. So hearing from him and what was running through his head when he hears Zoe’s mother degrade him and his family in front of Zoe. AH! My heart went out to him and I wanted to hug him.
Noah has big shoes to fill now that he has taken over the cause that was left vacated when he father was killed. And in this little slice of story we see that he has a lot riding on his shoulders: a job, his sick mother, helping care for his younger brothers, and leading people to see that GAPs are not helping any one out by getting special treatment.
You can read AMBITION before or after PERCEPTION I read it after, and personally, I liked it better. It reminded me of when we first met Zoe and Noah and refreshed my feelings for the two. This is a fantastic series you really should dive into. Whatcha waiting for?
While in New York at a teacher’s conference, Rebekah stumbles upon famous daytime actor, Jason Taylor. The attraction between the two is instant and the feelings that overtake them is unlike any the two have ever felt before. But with hundreds of miles between them and lives that don’t exactly follow the same social circles...they have to ask themselves…is love enough? Or will the factors stacking up against them at every turn do the young couple in before love has a chance to be had?
I am not a fan of the instant-love-at-first-glance unless there is some real emotion put into it. I want to feel what they characters are feeling and know that it could be real. But Adams did a great job making me believe these two had what it takes. The story of these two characters working for a future of Happily Ever After wasn’t easy. They had to face several obstacles in order to be together; including being hundreds of miles apart and an ex that was hell bent on winning Jason’s love back.
I had a couple quirks with the book. One was that a lot of what went on was too sugary sweet and sappy at times. Now this can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what the reader is in the mood for. Sometimes too much sweetness can make the story unrealistic. And sometimes, a reader is having such a bad day that they need that sappy to help them feel whole again. I was on the fence while reading it. There were times I wanted to roll my eyes at some of the stuff being said and other times I thought were very swoon worthy.
Another quirk I had about the book was the way it was written. I am not sure what you call this writing style…but I just do not like it when they book is written through so many different POV’s without being separated. In one paragraph I got the POV of 2 different characters and that had me going back to reread the sentences again. So, Adam’s writing was a bit confusing at times. If you are going to write several POV’s I find it is easier to separate them by giving them their own chapters.
But with that being said, I enjoyed it and thought it was perfect for my day of reading. I climbed into bed and enjoyed what the book had to offer: loving & sweet Main Characters, a storyline that held my interest, and great secondary characters that anyone would love to have as friends. IS LOVE ENOUGH is a quick read that will leave you smiling. I recommend it to anyone who loves a sweet, clean, romantic read.
Would probably rate 3.5 stars...but I always round up when leaving my review on other sites.
Ever has learned that Jack has betrayed her and it seems that her decision to live in the sea has been for nothing. Now she has to learn to fight her brother in an impending war that really isn’t her battle to win. But since she made the choice to live in the sea and become a mermaid, she has to stick by her decision and help lead her people to victory. But is Ever making the right choice? Is her dreams telling her something bad is going to happen? And will she ever be able to pick up the pieces of her broken heart that Jack destroyed?
Ok gonna break it down about what I liked and disliked. Lets go with dislike first. I disliked that the first half of the book had hardly anything going on. There was some training, some bonding, and some new relationships. But that about sums it up. There really wasn't anything paramount that went on. Sure there was some small talk about the upcoming battle and how Ever can't stand even the mention of Jack's name, but really nothing big happens. So altogether the first half of the book was slow, kind of too slow.
One other thing I sort of disliked was the fact that the parents were a little too oblivious to what their children are up to. At least they took the initiative, kind of, this time around with James and acted like parents. But they seem a little off to me. I guess that is the mom in me talking.
Now, for the things I liked (and loved). I liked Alex but never got that feeling that he was truly meant for Ever. And I hated that I couldn't feel that way. But you can see that they obviously care for one another. He is such a great guy and has so much to offer her. Ever is just going to have to decide whether she wants to live with a broken heart or move on and learn to find love again. And it is not decision she will make lightly. She will tear herself up trying to decide what she wants and what she needs in her life.
James. Yes, I absolutely loved that he was such a big addition to the story. At first I wasn't crazy about him, but he grew on me and I enjoyed his scenes and POV. I enjoyed the relationship that him and Ever developed throughout the book and hated it too. Because in the end...there will be a battle and they will be fighting against each other. And it broke my heart to see them getting along so well knowing that the end inevitable.
The end is a whopper of cliff hanger. It definitely has you eager for the last book in the series, FOREVER BREATHING. And boy do I look forward to it and to finally see how the series will conclude. BARELY BREATHING was a good book, I just wasn't gaga over it. But I do recommend it to those who have read the first one. You will want to continue on and see how it all develops.
Can you imagine living in an enclosure having people gawk at you like animals in the zoo? It is beyond my thinking. Oh that could never happen to us. Really? Because the world is so perfect right now? Ok, so yeah, maybe it could happen. One of these days maybe. Well that is what happened to Emma. One minute she is sending a text to a friend (while driving) and the next she is sitting in a white room about to be whisked off to a fate worse than death. And this is just the beginning of her story.
I am a huge fan of THE TWILIGHT ZONE marathons that seem to come on around certain holidays. I will gladly stake out in front of my tv a watch a few with the family. I love how some can be so bizarre and creepy…and that is fine by me. So when I started reading ZOO I knew I stepped right into THE TWILIGHT ZONE. There is no other way to explain this book. The creep factor is definitely high and the paranoia is paralyzing. Zoo is absolutely horrifying but in such a good way. I had a hard time putting this book down. It was seriously one of those books that you could never find a stopping place.
I will tell you this. Through half the book I didn't think it could get any creepier...but it did. Lets just say that it is like THE TWILIGHT ZONE meets THE HUNGER GAMES. Oh boy. I literally shuddered when this part came. I thought surely it wouldn't get any worse for these people. And yep, it did. The hell these characters went through was intense and crazy.
Looking for a book that will be sure to give you the willies? One that is sure to capture your attention from the very start and not let go? Well then this book is for you. I gladly recommend it to anyone and everyone out there. Perfect for any age reader. I am sure once you get done you will be seeking out more from this author. I know I will be.
Ever is still having her dreams, although they are a bit different now. So while trying to understand what they mean, she also has to come to terms that not everyone is happy with the battle that just took place. So with yet another battle looming, Ever and James must work together, to try and give back freedom to everyone under the sea. But sometimes freedom come with a price…and Ever realizes that that freedom isn’t cheap.
Ever is still wishy washy as ever in this one. One minute she is hating Alex and the next she wants what is best for him. I sometimes do not understand that girl. But I can’t help but love her character. I think her problem is she cares too deeply and trusts too easily. She knows it, and at times she will try to pull back…leading her to be wishy washy. And yes, even though she is wishy washy, she is defintely a strong character and will do great things.
Oh you caught that I mentioned Alex? Yeah, not going to go into that one. Just read and you’ll see what I mean. (Insert maniacal laugh here)
And James, poor, sweet James. I started really liking him in the last book. And I cannot believe how much he has grown since the start of the series. He has stepped up from the snot nose teenager he was in the beginning into someone that can lead a group into battle. I say that is one heck of a change, don’t you? And I just loved his part of the story. So much happens with him and it isn’t all good. Be warned…you will probably want to smack him around a bit before all is said and done.
Allen writes a phenomenal book that concludes the series. Even though I wasn't crazy over book 2, I knew that Allen would come back with vengeance and have me smiling and smitten with the how she ends the trilogy. And boy did she ever. The ending was fabulous and I am one smitten kitten. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
*I rated this story 4.5 stars. But I always round up to the next highest star for sites such as goodreads, Amazon, etc..
I adored this book more than what I thought I would. I actually thought that it might be a bit hard to read seeing as the story takes place 199 A.D. But Strauss did an amazing job keeping the dialogue simple and to the times...most of time. There was a time or two I thought certain words were too modern for that time period. But it certainly didn't take away from the story.
Loved the romance, what little there was, I just wish there was a bit more between Lucius and Helena. It seems that it happened more behind the scenes than what the reader actually got to experience. So that did, however, take away from the story with me. I would have liked to have seen the romance bloom more before they professed their love to one another.
Although we mainly get Helena's POV, Lucius also gets a say, as well as a few others. So while the story mainly focuses on Helena and Lucius, a few other side stories get through in. And I am assuming these other side stories will come into play as the series continues on.
I think Strauss did a great job with this story and I look forward to reading more to see what happens between these star crossed lovers and the rest of the characters as well. Most definitely recommend!
Until an hour ago, I hadn’t realized what a state of undead I’d fallen into. Sure, I fought daily to kill real Zombies; but somewhere along the way I’d become one myself.
Ever since the first episode of LOVE AND DECAY, I have always wondered what Hendrix's thoughts of Reagan was. To me he came off cold and insensitive when I read that scene of them actually meeting for the very first time. But now I understand that wasn't it at all. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he is overcome by her beauty and her fierceness. Reagan awakens something in him that has been dead for nearly two years.
We had already experienced more loss than we ever should have.
And I would never go through that again- I would never give up those I loved to this world and the evil creatures that haunted it again.
Hendrix has always made his family priority one. No one will come between them and tear their family apart anymore than what has already been done. He will protect them at all cost. You gotta give it to him...the guy is devoted and dedicated to taking care of them at such a young age. Not many would do what he has done. A lot would have jumped ship along time ago. I can only imagine the stress he is under.
Incredible story and a perfect addition to the series. I could definitely get used to more of Hendrix's POV. But really, who wouldn't want more Hendrix? Higginson, thank you once again for proving what an amazing author you are and giving us all this quick insight into Hendrix's head. I love him and I am thankful every time you publish one of these bad boys. Much love!
This (very) short story was so absolutely precious. We get to see Mena as a young child on the Islands getting to visit with Santa. After seeing him practically melting in his suit, Mena takes it upon herself to get him a gift. In return, Santa also grants her a special wish. Come see what Mena asks of jolly Saint Nick and fall into this magical story. It will definitely warm your heart in just a few short pages. And best of all it is free!
Both Owen and Nellie have been hurt by someone they cared very deeply for. And each carry the hurt still years later. But getting past that hurt will be harder on one more than the other. Dive in and see a beautiful relationship tested over a short time. Dive in and see if true love really does conquer all. Dive in and fall head over heels in love with these amazing characters Felix has brought to life.
If I am ever granted 3 magical wishes in my life...I know that one of them will be to have more time so I can reread certain books. Ever since I started blogging and reviewing finding that time is but a far off dream. But if I do...Love and Skate is definitely the top book I will want to reread.
Lately I have been finding myself wanting to read contemporary fiction more and more, a genre that I really never cared for until recently. Love and Skate is a perfect example of why I want to read more of it. Felix is not afraid to send her beloved characters through the ringer before they find their happiness.
I have said it before, that Felix knows what the reader wants when it comes to romance and she delivers it with perfect execution in her books. If given the time I could go on and on about how much I adore the romance that flows perfectly through the story. With each book, her writing and storytelling has gotten better and better. And with each book I am more in awe of her as an author.
The relationship between Owen and Nellie is charming and so unbelievably cute. Felix really did a great job giving the readers some awesome characters that become like a 2nd family to you. Felix is kinda fabulous in that regard. How does she do it? What is her secret? I don’t know…but she better never stop.
Go read Love and Skate. Then try to tell me you didn't love it. Cause I will promise you...you are gonna love it!
I put my arm under her head and grabbed the back of her thigh to move her even closer as gently as possible. Just hours ago I would’ve given anything to have my hand on her thigh but this was not sexy. This was making sure that if she was cold, I would warm her. If she was in pain, I would ease her. And if her heart ached, I would mend her. Somehow the things that I could do for her were just the things that she needed. She could’ve found them anywhere but she chose to seek them in me.
SEE! Swoony romance! Owen= sexiness!
I'll be the first to admit that Kane doesn't do it for me. Much. Ok, he did do a little bit. But I still think he is a whack job.
This is the first episode told from Kade's POV and it pains me to say I felt his charm working on me from the beginning of the book. BUT!!! But I still didn't get the warm fuzzies some of you's got. I know some of you love Kane. And I get it. It's the glasses right? Ugh. I know. I am a fool for a man with glasses, too. But I just can't get over all his whack-a-doo ideas and his need to claim and control Reagan. It is just not right. There is only one man that is meant for Reagan and that man is Hendrix.
I had lost my soul out of necessity, not because I relished being a monster.
There were certain lines that I would not cross-not even with a gift like this.
It was still a great chance to see what someone else is thinking through all this mess. I find his inner mind workings interesting. Albeit crazy...but interesting none the less. Kane is such a complicated and complex character, his story had to be told. There was no other way around it. And if I had to guess I would guess that Higginson is already thinking about another story from his POV *cough* Maybe the scene they are stuck together in the bunker. *cough*
Deep down, I knew that my choices and actions were for the good of humanity, that my choices to keep Reagan was for her own good. If I had to prove that to her one day at a time for the rest of my life, I would. But I was the good guy here. She just didn't know it yet.
Absolutely, wholeheartedly love this series. I will take it any way I can get it...even in Kane's POV. I don't think I will ever tire of reading about these amazing characters that I have instantly fell in love with from the first time I read episode one. A must read!!
“What if I just want to be normal?”
“Normal isn’t an option when you’re extraordinary.” Chris put his hand on mine and gave it a gentle squeeze, “You are extraordinary, Camille. Choose wisely.”
I don't know what took me so long to get to this one. Straight stole my heart with her Destiny series, so I should have known this one would be just as excellent. And boy was it! Straight has this flawless way of moving you from what you think is a contemporary read into something para/supernatural. Everything flows and you feel as if this world has been here all along. And I do believe I have never read a Centaur story before. So that made this a fun, unique read for me.
I enjoyed Cami's character so much. She is a head strong girl that knows what she wants and won't let anyone persuade her otherwise. Even with all this newness being thrown at her as the story starts out, she still manages to keep her head on straight and not let it sway her. No matter the traditions she is introduced to, she is bound and determined to still lead her life her way. And throughout the entire book, she keeps that determination.
The storyline is one that is sort of two fold. As you are reading you think that it is all about her new life meeting her new family. But there are secrets that lead Cami off into a different direction. This secrets are sinister and evil, and completely take Cami (and the reader) by surprise. I found myself really worrying for Cami's safety and sanity. It was definitely a scary situation that she found herself in. And the shock and awe’s were enough to have me fearing for the worse. Well played, Straight. Well played!
What I thought would be a book with minimal romance really surprised me in the end. I was very happy with how everything lead up to the ending, especially the romance. I do love some romance, but I was glad the whole book wasn’t centered on only that. There was more story and that was fine with me.
Great read…a definite recommend! I am reading book 2 now, so I hope you look forward to reading that review when I get done. 5 stars!!
On the run in search of something that up until now has only been heard of in the Greek myths told to them as children, Cami and Drake must make their way to Ireland in search of Hercules' arrow. An arrow and her Great Uncle. Hoping both will give her the protection from her grandmother she so desperately needs. What they discover on this journey is beyond anything Cami thought possible. Greek mythology is coming to life before her very eyes and it may be the only thing able to keep them both alive in the end.
Amazing. This story was simply amazing. If I had to compare this book to another one out there, it would most likely be THE LIGHTNING THIEF. I have yet to read the book but I did see the movie. And this book is like a New Adult version of that. Everything about it came to life when the history of the Centaurs was told. The story captured my attention from the very first book and has yet to release me. Quite sure I don't want it to either. These books are fascinating and I am completely happy to pitch a tent and relax within its words.
If I thought I couldn't love Drake any more than I already did, well, this one proved me wrong on so many levels. Straight was able to write a character that affected me so strongly. My feelings were amped up for him. Especially in the scenes where he was so deeply hurting for Cami and wondering if she would reject him. Ok. That is all I am saying about that. Don't want to step on toes and give stuff away. But if any of you had doubts about his love for Cami...I am here to squash those thoughts. He loves her. That is final.
I am now moving on to book 3, CENTAUR RIVALRY. I have to know what is going to happen as they make their way on this incredible journey. Hell. Is. About. To. Break. Loose. Mark my words.
Cami must have known I needed my solitude, and she stayed wordlessly by my side-no words of encouragement or second thoughts about what lay before us. If we died, wed die together- our last act on this earth trying to save the Lost Herd and the family we had both come to love.
I am never good at reviews when it is the 3rd book (or more of the series). Especially when it is as good as the previous ones. I just always feel like a broken record...yes, love the characters, love the storyline, yada yada. But truly this was another fabulous addition to the series. I did love the characters and I did love the storyline. As the story moves along, Straight keeps it fresh by the things she is adding to the book. You don't feel as if you are reading the same story in a different book.
I do love the opening line in the summary "The Centaur world is rocked as news spreads of the Lost Herd, Camille's existence, and her Centaur protector." Um, yeah. Just a tad. LoL! What I would give to see the faces of those who have come in contact with Drake in all his hoof-y greatness!
There is still romance to be had and not just with Drake and Cami. Oh just you wait and see! There are new people added to this one and so new romances are bound to happen. Speaking of the new people, I really think that readers are going to like them. I definitely think they bring something great to the series.
Ok, enough of that. Before you know it I will be giving away the story. And we can't have that can we? No. We cannot. So of course I recommend this book (and the whole dang series). Straight is a fantastic story teller and I cannot wait to see what she has waiting for us in book 4, CENTAUR REDEMPTION.
I had learned so much about our kind. I liked the idea that when this life is over, we all meet again in the pastures. There are so many things I want Mom to know. More than anything I want her to know I found happiness right here on earth-true happiness.
There is one thing I have come to realize when reading this series…not one ounce of these books is predicable. Nothing. As you are reading along twists and turns jump out at you that you never saw coming. And besides Cami and Drake's relationship, that is what I love most about each of the books. I love not knowing what is about to happen. Because even when I try to guess, I am completely blown away by what Straight does next. This lady has serious talent when it comes to anticipation and suspense.
If all these blessings I had been given were suddenly taken away, I could go to the pasture knowing without a doubt that my life had been full. I would know that I would be missed, that my Centaur family truly loved me. In return, I was prepared to go to the end of the earth to save each one of them.
All those questions you’ve had from the start of the series finally get answered. CENTAUR REDEMPTION was packed full of answers and incredible imagination. If I had to choose a favorite out of all four, I might possibly say this one. I felt so many emotions throughout this series, but this one topped them all. It was such an amazing book to read and experience.
The Greek Gods will play a major role in this final installment to the series. Sacrifices will be made that will rip your heart into tiny, inconsolable pieces. As I was finishing the last pages of the book I had tears pouring from my eyes. They were a mixture of sad tears and happy ones. It truly was a magnificent ending for such a magnificent read. My heart will forever love this series and the emotions it has brought forth. I look forward to reuniting with them when ever Straight decides to revisit them. (Yes, she mentions at the end we haven’t seen the last of everyone!)
“I owe you my life, because without you, I wouldn’t want mine. I owe you my love for eternity, because before I met you, I wasn’t convinced love existed.”
If you are a fan of Shelly Crane's SIGNIFICANCE series, I really think you will enjoy this one. Maybe it is the writing or familiarity of the characters that reminds me of those books. Either way, I think you will fall for this series like I have. It is a must read that will have you flying through all the books just to find out Cami and Drake's fate. 5 Absolutely Must Read Stars!
In less than an hour, the world had fallen apart. I didn't want to think about what they were doing, or who they had killed. I wouldn't think about why they had spared me. I didn't want to think about being left.
About being alone.
With less than a month of school left before Alexis graduates, her life is changed forever. Her long time crush/best friend is finally starting to show interest in her. Who knew that the day he confesses his feelings for her the world would all but end and hell would take over?
Give me a minute to dislodge my hammering, stammering heart from my throat. In a matter of minutes I was jolted from a lovey dovey scene into a hot mess of emotions that nearly had me peeing myself. True story. I don't think I have ever been thrown into such a disarray of feelings that quickly before with just a few words. But low and behold, I was and I stayed that way the remainder of the book. And as soon as I finished I had to take a few minutes to compose myself and think about all that happened. What does this mean for Alexis and Cohen? What the heck does this mean for me? Do I want to put myself through this hell the author has now sent the world into? Of course I do. So I went and bought every single volume that is currently out. I ain't stupid. I know great story telling when I see it. And I likes what I sees.
Even if I could move, even if I could get away, I had nowhere that I could go that the thing would not find me.
I fell for these characters after only just meeting them briefly and knew it was character love at first sight. And then the emotional build up in just a few pages had me instantly hooked to their story. Followed by amazing writing by an author that knows how to draw you in with her words and wake up your imagination....that's what you call a 'Win/Win/Win Situation'. That's what you call one hell of an opening book that is sure to be a phenomenal serial series.
A definite must read for anyone needing their senses jarred and awakened. It is a quick read that will have you immediately seeking out the next one of the series. 5 Creepy and Slightly Romantic stars.
A fabulously written short story that is the perfect lead in to DESERT BOUND, a full length novel about Ted (Teodora) and Alex. You will experience a roller coaster of emotions in this quick read as you lose yourself for a few moments and see how 5 mornings could forever change the lives of these two. A short, sexy, must read! A definite recommend!
The mass, mandated lobotomies started thereafter. Those who protested or refused quickly met their end.
That's when we knew for sure-we were hopeless.
Felix's newest book, FORCED AUTONOMY, is a dystopian where the American government has been overtaken by the United Nations and people are forced to be made into zombie like slaves. And forced to work in factories making products for other countries now like China. How’s that for irony? But there are still others out there that never got the procedure and they are looking to take back their country and help those they find along the way.
I am such a huge fan of short story books. Especially when they are made into a series. Take for instance Rachel Higginson's LOVE AND DECAY series. Gah!! I absolutely cannot get enough of it. So when Felix brought to my attention that she was going to do one herself, I knew I would inhale it. This is Lila Felix we are talking about. Her ideas for her books are so freakishly amazing. She takes something so simple, tackles it, and then turns it into something no one has tried before. She is brilliant! And for her to be stepping out of her comfort zone of contemporary romance to venture into dystopian genre, is big!
This first book in the series is setting the ground work for what has happened and a glimpse at what is to come. Felix has made a futuristic world that could very well be our future if we are not careful.
Me being the romance junkie I am, was looking forward to the stuff that Felix is known for. The lady could write a romance out of anything. We all know this. Her books are addictive and you find you lose yourself in them and the romance. But (yes I said but), there isn't a whole lot in this one. And that is ok. I see that Felix has to set the stage. She has to form this into a story we are going to believe and want to return to each and every time she publishes it. So to rush in the romance at the very beginning could be author suicide. She will get us there. I saw hints and flirting in the story. Not all is lost. So hang tight.
Running towards something new, even if it was evil, made me hopeful-hope was my childhood friend and she hadn't paid me a visit in quite a while.
A quick read and a must read. I already love the characters and staking out a few I don’t. I am anxious for the next books of the series and what Felix has up her sleeve. Buckle up…this is going to be a wild ride! 5 Stars!!
A long time ago, Boucher approached me to beta a little of what she had wrote. It was good. Darn good in fact. I would find myself wondering what became of those characters and if the mystery that surrounded them was ever solved. My interest was definitely peaked.
Fast forward to present time and I am finally able to see what happened to everyone involved. Boucher has now published her debut book and I got to tell you, I really liked the story line and the uniqueness of it all. This read was beyond creepy and packed full of suspense. I loved that about it. Know what else I loved? The romance. It was sweet and the attraction was instant. Daemon and Lilly make one hell of a team. And together they set off to find out why her husband’s ghost is back. Even if it costs them their lives.
Sometimes there are things that are beyond control. Beyond his control...beyond her control...beyond anyone’s control. That is just the way life goes. Nothing is certain. We must appreciate what we have in the here and now. Especially when it comes to love. That is the lesson that Gabby has to learn the hard way.
This book was something else. I loved it oh so much and was happy with every aspect of it up until the very end. Well not so much the end...but I will get to that in a bit. For now lets focus on Gabby and Jason. From the moment their eyes meet something sparks between the two. It is absolutely undeniable. For some strange reason neither one can get the other out of their head. This love is better than the love at first sight books. This was told to perfection.
But it won't be easy for them starting out. Life has a funny way of getting in the way...whether it be in the way of family or the ghosts from their past. But their story is one you won't want to miss. It is hauntingly beautiful and it needs to be told.
Ok remember that ending I mentioned earlier? Yeah, it tore me up. Sometimes happy endings only happen in the movies. Whatever will come of these amazing characters? My heart is very near shattering...I just need to know it will be ok. Will those affected be able to move on? Will more hearts be crushed? Now, hold on. I know what some of you are thinking…that this ain’t a happy ever after is it? Well for some it is and some…well, not so much. But please don’t let that stop you from reading this one. I swear you will want to. And it will only make the anticipation for BEYOND DOUBT that much more. I know I am eager for it to be out already, that is for sure.
BEYOND CONTROL is such an emotional read. A literary roller coaster. A must Read. Well done Bolton!! It was awesome, amazing, and at times agonizing. But should I have expected anything less from this stellar author? I think not. Don't miss out on this one!
“One of these days, Jules Blacklin, I’m going to kiss you again, but it’s going to be when you’re mine.” He moves this thumb from her jaw to swipe across her bottom lip and locks his gaze with hers as he adds, “Because when I start kissing these lips, I don’t want to know he gets to kiss them after me.”
One night is all it took to change Jules life forever. After emerging from the debris that was her shelter during the storm, Jules is overcome with emotion and grief. But there is one person that has been a constant sense of safety from the start. With West's help, Jules must work through the wreckage before it all comes crumbling down on her.
It may have been the recent tornado that destroyed my hometown in Arkansas, but from the minute the sirens went off (in the book) I knew this book would mean something to me. I literally had to force myself to lay my nook down last night. It was late, I had to get up early the next morning...so I just had to stop. I didn't want to. Lord, knows I didn't want to. But I had to. I, of course, picked it up the next morning and quickly devoured it. Yes, hands down, this is my most favorite of faves from Miller. This book owns me and I will be impatiently waiting for the next one.
I loved the way the book starts out. Jules is giving a video account of the night she lost the security of having a normal life. Her world as she knew it was flipped upside down. So while she tells the camera and us, all she experienced, we the readers experience it right along with her. I will admit I cried a few half a dozen times. Especially towards the end. My heart was caught in an emotional twister.
What I loved the most was the quickly developing feelings between Jules and West. It wasn’t the too quick kind that made you shudder and roll your eyes. It was the kind that melted your heart seeing what they went through and watching them fall in love. I was knee deep in the swoon!
Miller reminds me once again why I love YA books! One thing I always say when it comes to YA is that it reminds me of sweeter times. It reminds me of first loves and first kisses. And thanks to Miller and this book I was remembering all those things all over again. I was transported back to such wonderful, carefree times.
5 Heartbreaking and Earth Shattering Stars!
There’s no desire greater in me than to have you be content. Your needs before mine. Your heart with mine. Your happiness above mine. Your life tied to mine for all eternity. The creed is as old as our clan.
From the moment that Martha was a wee little cub, it was instilled in her that the mate claim was a beautiful moment. A time of love and devotion. It was a moment that time stood still and everyone and everything fell away except you and your mate. But that isn't what she got. Her mate claim brought about doubts and fears. Even though Rev is everything she could ever want in a mate...their differences may very well break their bond. Will she be able to open up to him and let him in? Did the Creator have any idea what He was thinking when he paired these two souls together?
“Don’t ever be scared of me. They look at me like I’m a rogue bear who has been in the wild too long. I can take it from anyone but you.”
“You don’t even know me,” I shrunk back, my human side boring down on my bear, forcing her to be quiet for once.
“It doesn’t matter. I have a lifetime to get to know you. What matters is—you’re my mate—made by the Creator just for me. All the rest is just details.”
I love this world, I love this world, I abso-frickin-lutely love this world. Probably one of my most favorites by Felix, I was so stinkin’ excited to be back with all the characters I came to know and love in BURDEN. In HEARTEN we move on to Rev and Martha's story. Unlike Echo who never knew what a mate claim was and had to find out the hard way, Martha was all too prepared. Did that make it any easier for her? Absolutely not. Martha fought internally with her bear and her human side. This just wasn't something she'd be able to accept at face value. And this fight she endured made the story. We get to watch her work through her thoughts and emotions and see if this is something that she will be able to accept before it became too late and she loses Rev forever. It tore at me throughout the book.
Lowering my face at the same time I tipped her chin upward, I asked her with a whisper. “Say you’re mine.”
Her throat worked like it was manufacturing the words. “Rev, I’m yours.”
Throughout the entire story her fans will become acquainted with the romance we all know Felix has in her to write, but with an extra kick! Oh yes...Felix gets a little more saucier in this one. Her bears are frisker than ever and yet Felix still maintains that well written clean romance we all know and love. When ever asked if I can recommend a book that is real and full of romance...Felix is the first name off my lips and I never hesitate for even a second.
HEARTEN has a superb storyline that calls to its readers...a more intense side of the characters we met in the beginning...and a romance that will make any reader weak in the knees. This book is fabulous and I cannot wait for more. 5 Hurry and Give Me More Stars!
This was more than the mate-claim.
It was more than love.
More than a fluttering of our hearts, or a tingle when she entered a room.
My mate owned me. And I was happy to be her property.
By the time I’d hummed the song twice over, she was fast asleep. And in case we did have the Creator’s ear that night, I sent him a simple plea. Long gone were my whines for myself and my failures in running the clan, formed just for me, I whispered, “All I want is for my mate and my clan to be happy.”
Ever since Lila confided she was planning to write a shifter book, I found myself wondering how it would be. Lila has never before written a para/supernatural book before. Would it be as great as her other works? Should she just stick with what she knows? Oh boy, the anticipation was numbing.
Fast forward to when Lila handed over several pages she had done. Wow! Seriously, is this the same woman who wrote the LOVE AND SKATE series and several other magnificent books? Because the pages she sent was not enough. I was already held captive by what she had written. And now I have to go without while she finishes? Fudge knuckers. I need more. So ever since I finished those precious few pages...I knew right then and there that this would be my most sought after read for next year. Thankfully I didn't have to wait until 2014 like you readers do.
Fast forward again to the night when in my inbox holds the finished product. I quickly devoured this book and I could only come to one conclusion. Ok, two conclusions. One, this is my most favorite book by Lila to date. Yes, I said it. My most favorite. Hard to believe with all the great ones she has out. But it is true. I inhaled this story and fell in love with the characters. And two, it has rekindled my love for para/supernatural reads. Especially ones of shifters.
BURDEN is such an amazing story. I am so hung up on the characters and the storyline. Not many shifter books out there are based on bears alone. That is one aspect that sets this book apart from the rest. Another is the background of Echo. I won't divulge too much, letting you read it for yourself. But it was definitely interesting and caught my attention. But the moment of the book that gutted me? Oh that would be when Hawke had to pull rank and go against everything he has ever known, against the beast inside of him. It tore me up. I hated him and hurt for him all at once.
I only had one problem with the book. But Lila quickly squelched my fears. So technically it isn't even a problem any longer. I had a feeling this would be a standalone. I mean why she would write something so amazing, so fabulous and only write one book? But like I said, she relived my fears and YES! It will be a series.
Now I am eagerly waiting (which isn't my specialty) for the next book in the series and BURDEN isn't even out yet. I wonder how I can spur Felix into action to get that book done?