Amanda Nolastname

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  • S.P.I.R.I.T. Fire Storm on Nov. 01, 2012

    The first word that comes to mind when I think about this book is...addictive. I was hooked by so many things; the romance, the paranormal, the action, the plot...need I go on? I loved the fact that Dawn went her own way with the pace, that's the beauty of a book...you don't have to write what is deemed 'normal'. To me Sam and Zander's relationship kicked off just as it should. I thought the instant connection they shared was beautiful. It was as if they didn't have a choice...not that they wanted one. They couldn't stand to be parted and couldn't keep their hands off of each other. Which brings me to the 'grown-up' scenes, -ahem-, their passion could produce flames...literally!! I felt the confusion Sam suffers in the beginning transfered to the reader (me) and I found it exciting. Dawn wasn't giving me anything for free, I had to READ for it!! The connection of the past and present gave the story even more depth. It was well written and with incredible detail that made it SO easy to imagine. The characters were relatable and the general concept was original. Fast-paced, action-packed, WANT MORE!
  • More than Magic: Semester Aboard on Nov. 01, 2012

    The first chapter had me hooked so I kept reading until I was finished. Vampires, mermaid, witch, elementals and a were-oh my! A very unique twist on vampires...I loved it. It did have a slight Harry Potter feel but more...mature? I liked that Jen had to work for her magic and at times was useless as she hadn't had enough practice. It didn't just click together and bam she was an awesome witch. I loved the elementals and their lack of emotional control which caused them to 'typhoon' or 'erupt'. My favorite part of them were their eyes and the way they reflected their moods using their element. I wish we would have learned more about Mariana and the mermaids, perhaps in the next book. I also wish Jen had gotten her familiar a lot sooner than she did, I kept waiting for it. Loved the story and grew attached to the characters. Ready for the next book.
  • Born on Nov. 01, 2012

    Emma is independent, not because she is stubborn or self centered, but because her life depends on it. At the young and tender age of 9, the infection overruns her city and during their escape her father dies, leaving her to fend for herself. I will say she has done a pretty good job, as 10 years later she is still alive and pretty lucky to have Leo, a beautiful Timber Wolf as her sidekick. Together they survive in their own little bubble. When Anna, oh small fearless Anna, shows up banging on her door Emma stuggles to do the right thing. Her decision made...then enters Jake, a cute comic relief. I loved his character!! To me he was the sun in the dark world Tara created. I could imagine his bright smile each and every time. :D Her bubble offically popped Em finds herself doing things and being in places she dreamed she'd never have to face. It doesn't help she has two (in my opinion) great guys she's torn between. You get a dose of Emma's reality and as a warning if you find Breeding Farms offensive then tread lightly. I personally enjoy dystopian type books and it was soooo easy to fall into the story, just as easy as it was to fall in love with her characters! (Anna was my favorite) She leaves a cliff hanger the size of Mt. Rushmore and I am impatiently waiting for the next book.
  • Embrace, Gryphon Series Book 2 on Nov. 01, 2012

    There was no question that I was going to read Embrace. After The Conduit I was hooked. All of the amazing characters were back and a few new ones tossed into the mix, just for fun. (Dark Army Glee Club = pee your pants funny!!! If for no other reason you MUST read this book to meet them) The characters always seem so real and not at all forced. The plot was well written and was full of action, adventure, romance, and a lot of humor. Stacey didn't disappoint with her comic relief and more often than not had me in a constant state of laughter. The guessing game....Rourke has a knack for twisting everything so you constantly question, "Who is good and who is evil" but crafts it in such a way that there is never a dull moment. I loved the sequel just as much as I loved the first, eben if the cliffy at the end nearly gave me a heart attack!! Stacey's writing style is unique and not easy to achieve or even pull off and for that reason she is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors!!
  • The Conduit on Nov. 01, 2012

    I was completely captivated from the beginning. The prologue was a hooker and it worked. For the Garrett's quirky sarcasm runs in the family and had me laughing more often than not. The comic relief was good and I didn't feel it overshadowed the plot. The Conduit has action, a sprinle of romance, and a family of superheroes. An ancient oath sets the destiny of the three siblings without giving them a choice.
  • Bane, Book Two of The Devils Roses on Nov. 05, 2012

    Bane was much better for me than Cursed was. We get a whole new cast of characters but our familiars from Cursed (Aimee, Aleks, Shane) all still appear though the focus is not on them. The way the plots weave together is quite exceptional. Tara takes us down a darker path this go round and it is intense. Ari is just a normal girl until tragedy hits .... from her own hands. Using a gift she wasn't aware she had changes her entire world. A lifetime of memories of suffering pain, abuse and loneliness mix with her current memories of happiness, love, and family only causing confusion, fear, and maybe a whole lot of chaos. Bane has so many twists that I couldn't predict what would come next. The scenes that involved abuse were written very well, giving us the information we needed without being too descriptive. I look forward to reading Hyde and see if the pattern continues with all new characters.
  • Witch, Book Four of the Devil's Roses Series on Nov. 27, 2012

    ** spoiler alert ** EPPS, this book held so many twists and turns I hardly know where to begin. OH wait I know, Sam and Hanna, oh my wow, rip my heart out and for good measure stomp on it. Tara Brown really knows how to gut you. I had myself a right and proper tissy over their breakup (though that hardly describes it) I felt the knife dig into my heart as it dug into Sam's. Ophelia, our wonderful new character is a witch. I love how the book opens. I seriously did not expect for everything that changed was because of her wishing it. Talk about powerful, can I have that power? New to the whole scene just like many others before her O has a tough time and makes so many wrong choices. The whole concept had me giddy. I was so intrigued by the whole twin thing. I was honestly expecting him to be this total bad guy and take the power from the sisters and make her watch or something. So when Tristan was finally (I say finally because Brown likes to use tricks) introduced I had a jaw dropping moment before I lost it and giggled uncontrollably. I loved him. That left the dad to be the nasty villian. He worked the role well. Oliver, what can I say about him. . . he makes me question him at every turn, yet when he has O in his arms all I can do is 'awww' at them. He is the bad guy and works for her dad - so many lies fall from his lips but in the end he may have a reason. Was it a good enough one? Complications form when Sam's attractions fall on O after she performed a ceremony that left him empty hearted. His sireny nature only lets her fight it so much. The biggest plot twist I have read in a long time falls to this book. If I could award Tara Brown an award, I think I would. I can't even say much about it without giving it away but I will say this: "Sometimes all you need is a little push."