Smashwords book reviews by mandy I Read Indie anderson
on Aug. 25, 2011
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.
on Aug. 30, 2011
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!
on Sep. 06, 2011
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!!
on Sep. 08, 2011
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!!
on Nov. 27, 2011
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.
Soulless: The Story of Shayan (Prequel to The Soul Quest Trilogy)
on Jan. 05, 2012
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.
Beckoning Light (The Afterglow Trilogy)
on Jan. 24, 2012
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.
on Jan. 30, 2012
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.
Destiny's Wrath - Destiny Series Book 3
on April 09, 2012
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.
on May 28, 2012
"We all have a fear of the unknown, what one does with that fear will make all the difference in the world" (Lillian Russell quote). Thought this quote was fitting for the book since so much of it is fear of the unknown.
Lia lives just outside the gates of the Village on a small farm her parents had bought way before the Watchers killed them. No one else wanted it because it was too far from the safety of the Village gates. But now that they are gone, Lia is left to care for her crippled brother and scatterbrained younger sister...all while trying to make quota each week for the Village. And sometimes it proves to be too much for the young girl. So when her sister demands they care for a dying Farther, one of the very people the Elders have warned them against, Lia believes this could be the final straw that could finally tear her family apart.
Lia is breaking all the rules and possibly putting her family’s lives at risk to care for this young man. But there is something about him that pulls her in and soon feelings start to grow. Lia thinks she is crazy for falling for a Farther of all people. But this is just the beginning of the story...more and more secrets unravel and now Lia must help him escape her people and his own to get to safety. Lia will sacrifice everything she has ever known for him, but in the end is it worth it or will it cost her her life and the lives of those she loves?
This book to me was like some crazy mix up of The Village (M. Knight Shyamalan) and The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Carrie Ryan) all jumbled together...in a very good way. I was creeped out through a majority of it wondering what the Watchers really were. I only know of a handful of books that have brought on such intense feelings of fear and this one did it. That shows the author knows what she is doing and doing it well.
Loved the intensity and emotion that Frost had flowing through it…you will have a hard time finding a stopping place. The author throws a few twists out at you, having you remember things from the beginning you thought meant nothing. I thought the whole storyline was great and loved how it all played out in the end. Would definitely love to read more about these amazing characters and hope the author plans to continue on with it.
The Boy Who Sneaks in My Bedroom Window
on June 13, 2012
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.
on June 28, 2012
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.
on Oct. 25, 2012
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.
on Nov. 20, 2012
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.
Heart on a Chain
on Feb. 01, 2013
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.
on Feb. 03, 2013
*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!
Valor (A Greystone Novel)
on Feb. 28, 2013
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!!
Is Love Enough
on May 10, 2013
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.
on May 14, 2013
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.
on June 04, 2013
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.
on July 24, 2013
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.
Love and Decay, Boy Meets Girl
on Nov. 20, 2013
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!
A Mermaid for Christmas
on Dec. 06, 2013
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!
Love and Decay, Kane's Law
on Dec. 27, 2013
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!!
on Feb. 09, 2014
“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 Feb. 11, 2014
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.
Centaur Rivalry (Touched Series Book 3)
on Feb. 19, 2014
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.
Centaur Redemption (Touched Series Book 4)
on March 06, 2014
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!