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Review: The Sum Of All Kisses by Julia Quinn
The Sum Of All Kisses by Julia Quinn starts off with a flash back to the night that Hugh Prentice and Daniel Smythe-Smith dueled, a night that irrevocably changed their lives for the worse. We know from the previous book in this series, A Night Like This, that Huge and Daniel are able to recover from the events of that night and move forward. But this book focuses on how those events impacted Hugh.
Hugh is a brilliant, very cerebral man. Kind and handsome, of course, but very smart, often better with numbers than with people. Now that he and Daniel’s friendship is restored, he finds himself trapped in a three-week long wedding extravaganza kicked off with one wedding and then ending in a second. And, of course, he’s been thrown together with the one woman who blames him most for Daniel’s previous exile, Daniel’s cousin, Sarah Pleinsworth.
Sarah knows she’s not the one who was most impacted by her cousin Daniel’s exile to Europe. But it’s hard to feel that way when that exile caused her to miss out on the most marriage prolific Season the ton had seen in decades. Besides which, she just doesn’t like Hugh Prentice. He’s cold and aloof and rubs her the wrong way. Until…
her cousin asks her to help Hugh feel welcome at the three week long wedding fest.
Honor bound to be nice to the man, Sarah and Hugh find the walls between them melting. And when attraction strikes…well…it’s good times, dear reader. Sigh-worthy, warm-fuzzy, good times.
At the heart of all of Julia Quinn’s novels is a clever adaptation of the traditional historical romance story lines and witty dialog that makes her characters so fun to spend time with! I love that these stories are populated with women I could easily see myself being or being friends with. They have normal flaws and foibles and their problems, even though their of a different time, are totally relatable. And ultimately, these are stories about the quest for love, and that’s a quest I can ALWAYS get behind!
If you’re looking for a book that will sweep you away to a more gentile time and let you bask in the glow of new love but still allow you to spend time with some fantastically funny and fun characters, this book is for you!
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Review: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
Like so many Stephen King fans, The Shining was one of his books I enjoyed thoroughly. I read it after I saw the Stanley Kubrick film version and the book is by far creepier. I loved how Stephen King imbued the hotel with a preternatural malevolence. So it was with great expectations that I picked up the sequel.
One of the most intriguing aspects of this book for me was seeing the evolution of Danny Torrance from gifted child to middle aged adult. It was fascinating to see how his gift burdened him for years and how, despite the experiences he had with his father, he turned to alcohol to drown out the voices he did not want to hear and the sights he did not want to see. I enjoyed seeing how Danny’s life played out, how he coped and how he didn’t.
Equally fascinating was the new aspect to this story: they mysterious True Knot, their strange way of life and it’s intersection with Dan Torrance and Abra Stone, a girl who is very much Danny’s foil. This portion of the story was more suspenseful and mysterious than scary. There are not monsters waiting under the bed or fingernails tapping at a window, but there is a sense of tension that runs through the story and a great fight at the climax of the book!
Not the raw, intense horror story I would have expected from him once upon a time, but Doctor Sleep by Stephen King is definitely a gripping, fascinating read!
I loved listening to this book! Will Patton did a marvelous job and really brought a theatrical quality to the narration. Definitely check it out!
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Review: Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar
It’s not often that I read something and am struck by the sheer weight of how profound it is, but that is exactly what happened when I listened to this play. Intimate and yet at the same time universal, Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar completely undid me, leaving me deeply moved.
Set in NYC over a period of time both pre and post 9/11, Disgraced introduces us to a very modern couple, Amir Kapoor and his wife Emily. They’re the sort of chic city couple so lauded these days: he’s a highly successful lawyer and she’s an emerging artist, they live in a fabulous high rise apartment and are definitely part of the jet set. But underneath that perfect veneer, tensions shimmer. Amir, while a total apostate to his religion, struggles with both dealing with the racism around him and with not loosing his cultural identity. Emily, loves Amir for who he is and loves the culture that he’s distanced himself from, yet she’s unaware of the darker elements of how that culture has influenced Amir’s past.
Over the course of the play, we see Amir confronted by his culture and the religion he’s estranged from and how one act of kindness, urged upon him by his wife, completely unravels his life.
A breath taking, relentless look at secularism, religion and their interplay in the modern age. This is a modern classic. Read this NOW!
As I said above, I adored this performance. I’m sure reading this play would be moving, but Heidi Armbruster and in particular Aasif Mandvi make this work shine. Listening to this work of art is WELL worth the time.
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Review: Tandem by Anna Jarzab
I fell in love with Anna Jarzab’s writing a few years ago, when I listened to (in one of my very early audiobook forays) her absolutely stellar, stand alone novel, All Unquiet Things. So when I heard at BEA that Ms. Jarzab was putting out a sci-fi, YA novel this year, I was first in line to get a copy. FIRST. IN. LINE. And honestly, I did my best not to be the weirdest stalker fan of BEA, but I’m not entirely sure how well I pulled that off.
So, it was with high expectations that I started this book and I’m happy to say I enjoyed it immensely!
One of the trickiest parts of getting YA Sci-fi right, IMHO, is getting the science to be believable. I’m not a physicist by ANY stretch of the imagination (Heather and Danny can attest to that!), but I have read my fair share of Asimov and Sagan and I like to think that I’m into the details that make a sci-fi book believable. However, it can be hard to write good, believable sci-fi and still keep it accessible and interesting to the general public that’s just looking for a good story. Anna Jarzab hits that sweet spot with Tandem.
I loved the subtle but important differences between the world of Aurora and that of Earth and I loved how, even though the scientists on Aurora don’t fully understand how the Tandem (the veil through which parallel universes are linked) works, it still follows a clear set of scientific rules.
Now you all know I need me a little romance in my books, and I’m happy to say that Tandem isn’t all bookish delights. There’s a definite romance between Sasha and Thomas which will make your heart flutter. Plus there’s room for other romances with the secondary characters which I’m definitely looking forward to seeing explored, although (thankfully) it doesn’t look like we’ll get the dreaded second-book-love-triangle. I really would just love more Sasha-Thomas goodness, thank you very much!
Speaking of the secondary characters, there are a LOT of characters that I feel we didn’t get as much time as I would have liked with and I’m so very happy this book is the first in a trilogy. Of course I want more time with Sasha, who’s sweet and fierce and lovely, and Thomas, who’s strong and loyal and yummy, but I want more time with Juliana and even Lucas. Plus I want to know more about Libertas and why the General hats Farnam and what’s up with Juliana’s father and, and, and…..pretty much everything!
A strong, fascinating start to a promising new series! Take the leap and check out Tandem!
I borrowed this audiobook from the library, so I didn’t know the audio producer until the end, but I was pleased to hear it was AudioGO! I love Audible, but I’m happy to see that AudioGO is putting out well produced titles as well. I had a less than great audio book experience with them in the past, but this production was fabulous! I highly recommend the audio version of this book!
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Review: The Hive by Gill Hornby
It takes a particular kind of author to shine a light into the intricate, often insensible, inner workings of parental/school politics, but Gill Hornby does so with a deft hand. With a clear eye and often a wry smile, Ms. Hornby takes us into the lives of these women and lets us see their strengths, their insecurities and their complex but compelling relationships.
The characters are at the heart of this story. We see the drama mostly through the eyes of Rachel, the girl who prefers to hang on the periphery, until she’s realized that she’s slid off the edge of everyone’s notice. She’s just coming out of the destruction of her marriage and learning to negotiate all that, when she finds out that the school’s Queen Bee, aptly called Bea, has dropped her as a friend. Through Rachel we come to know Georgie, the slacker mom who’s happy with her cluttered home and boisterous family, Heather, the mom who’s desperate to join but always held at arms length and Beatrice, the formerly undisputed ruler of the social whirl but who is now “juggling” family, friends, volunteering and… da-da-daaaaaaaa….a job!
For anyone who hasn’t had the experience of seeing their high school years be replayed as they navigate the rocky shoals of primary school politics, the story may not convey the poignancy that it did for me, but the Mean Girls meets Mommy Set dynamic is sure to intrigue any reader. I found the story utterly delightful and more than relevant as I am smack dab in the middle of much of what I saw in this book. And it brought up all sorts of questions about how I try to be as a mother, how I think others perceive me, how I’m trying to be perceived and what it all means, if anything, at the end of the day.
Funny, wry and full of characters you’ll both love and some you’ll love to hate, The Hive by Gill Hornby should definitely find it’s way into your TBR pile!
Hachette Audio is one of my favorite sources of audiobooks these days! They always do such an amazing job in the production of their narrations and The Hive is no exception. Karen Cass’s performance was fabulous, particularly in conveying the myriad characters and their voices both external and internal. This was a fabulous listen and I highly recommend the audio format!
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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - The Raven Cycle #2
Maggie Stiefvater is one of the most talented writers I know, she has a crazy unique lyrical voice that gives her stories a touch of wonderment. With “Raven Boys” , the beginning of a new series she absolutely outdid herself in my opinion and I ended up being head over heels about this book. Needless to say I was mega excited for the next book in the series…
.. and I can ask this question for many aspects about the book. What happened with the wonderful story of these amazing characters that are out to search an old mysterious and magic king. What happened with the characters I felt so hard for last time. What happened with the love I had for this story and what happened now in the story?
I’m sad to admit this, but this story let me down completely. I felt horribly disconnected from the whole story and from the characters. While reading, I didn’t get lost in the book, I was too confused what’s going on most of the times.
The main POV shifted to Ronan in this book – which is fine, but also then ….not. Telling Ronan’s story made not so much sense for me and I had a hard time understanding where it all fits in the grand sheme of things. I loved Ronan as a character so much, yet here I was just indifferent about him.
Feelings.. oh Feelings..
All these other characters Maggie Stieveater carefully developed in book 1 totally got pushed to the sidelines without much progress. I loved this whole bunch kids, these wonderfully quirky and unique characters - but here in this book I just didn’t feel the magic! A lot of what I’m telling you here about why I didn’t like the book has to do with my own personal feelings. While reading, emotions and feelings are the most important part for my reading experience. I need to dive into a story, I need to be able to get lost in it and I need to feel! Either I need to fall in love with the story, or I need to fall hard for the characters or something else that makes me feel! Here, I was most of the times way too confused to feel anything else than .. well, confusion!
The only saving grace here is Maggie Stiefvater’s writing which is so insanely beautiful and lyrical!
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater sadly couldn’t live up to it’s amazing processor ”The Raven Boys”, the wonderment from the first book is lost in a completely different story lines that made us wish to go back where it all begun in the first place. I felt disconnected from the whole story and the characters and was left in confusion.
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Review: The Coldest Girl In Cold Town by Holly Black
Holly Black’s twist on vampirism, perhaps with more pathology than psychology, brings a fresh new look to the popular mythos of vampirism. I very much enjoyed the effort and thought that went into the world building Ms. Black created and how it was both familiar and fresh at the same time.
At it’s heart, this story is character driven. Tana and the people who enter and exit her orbit take center stage in this story. Her beautifully self destructive ex-boyfriend, and the vampire she saves, Gavirel interweave in her story beautifully. They’re such fascinating characters that I can’t wait to find out what happens next with them.
However as can be the case when there’s a complicated world to build, the world building can take some time. There were points where the narrative branches off into in depth world building that may take time but in my opinion is definitely worth it!
But for me, the best part was Gavirel! Holy SNITZLE was this boy tortured and HOTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what comes next of him of Tana. *fans self*
You know from Danny’s review earlier this year, that she loved this story too! But let us know, what did you think?
I absolutely adored the narration of this book. Christine Lakin does a stellar job and if you’re at all inclined, this audiobook is a definite good choice!! Her ability to fully flesh out and bring these characters to life was superb!!! An amazingly well done job!!
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Review: Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris continues the story of Janelle Tenner and thank goodness for that! When we leave her at the end of Unraveling her world has fallen to pieces around her. People she loves are dead, the world is in chaos and the boy she loves, Ben Michaels, has just left to go back to his alternate reality to try and set his life straight.
So, a totally upbeat lead into this story right?
Despite the dark mood, Janelle’s kept her positive outlook. She’s found a way to be helpful to the folks around her and she’s a force for good, even within her limited means. But when people start disappearing from her community, Janelle has a sneaking suspicion she knows who’s behind it, and it might not be someone from this world.
I was thrilled to be able to get more time with Janelle. I love this character! She’s tough but feminine and just a kick ass heroine! And she’s not the only stand out character in this series! One of my favorites is her sometimes friend/sometimes foe, Barclay. I loved the caustic yet strangely symbiotic relationship the two share and was happy to see it on display to full effect in this book.
Then there’s the mystery that’s the center of story in this book. Part political intrigue, part crime drama, 100% fascinating and with so many twists and turns, it will keep you guessing all the way up to the end!!
However, there were some parts of the book that did fall flat for me, things that bother me more since I learned that Unbreakable was the final book in this series.
For example, there are plot points that are given a lot of page time that remained unexplained. There’s a mystery about why Janelle and her best friend stopped being friends from the first book, a mystery that involves a pretty significant assault on Janelle that is never resolved. Then there’s the case that bothered Janelle’s father for most of his career. While it’s applicable to the story line in the second book, it takes so long to tie together that it looses it’s climactic power.
Then there’s the relationships in the book that just didn’t gel for me. Ben and Janelle love each other, but maybe there’s just too much pain for them in this book. I started to stop feeling the love. Then Janelle’s relationship with Barclay gets weirdly complicated. And characters are introduced, like Barclay’s former partner, that either need more explanation or less page time.
Finally, for me, the ending of this book just wasn’t satisfying. I may be an old fuddy duddy, but I like a nice, clear HEA even if it involves some necessarily cathartic pain. Pain for no purpose other than the fact that the universe is a vast, random place? Not my cup of tea.
Still, there’s so many interesting points about this book, the theories it explores about space and time, and the characters that really do shine (hello Elijah!) that’s it’s hard for me to say that I didn’t enjoy this book, because I did. It just left me conflicted.
What about you guys? Have you read this book already? What did you think?
Please let me know in the comments!!
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Review: Without A Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal
Pushy: Ahh…Jane and David. It was with immense pleasure that I delved back into the world that Mary Robinette Kowal built for them. Magical is such an inadequate word for the rich, lush, amazing alternate history Regency era world of the Glamourist Histories, and Without A Summer is as exceedingly enchanting as its predecessors.
Heather: Stepping back into Jane and David’s world is refreshing after living in our modern world of cell phones, technology, and comforts. After the Battle of Quatre Bras, Vincent and Jane returned to her parents home for the length of their recoveries. When they are commissioned for a glamural in a ballroom for an Irish Baron in London, they take Jane’s sister Melody along for the Season since the prospects of Melody finding a husband around their home are dismal. But with the hope of London being a place to brighten Melody’s mood and a chance of getting noticed, the atmosphere is tense as the local coldmongers are threatening to revolt as they aren’t being employed because the weather is unseasonably cold during the spring into summer.
Pushy: You’re so right, Heather!! It was fascinating how much politics were interwoven into the world that Mary Robinette Kowal made for this series. And as ever, she makes that fine line between true history and the figments of her imagination so blurred that they blend seamlessly into one another. And it’s clearly from her prowess as a writer of amazing characters. Without our ability to see this world through Jane’s eyes, it could never come alive so well as it does. But then again, I know I’ve said before how much I adore Jane! She’s such a wonderful character! Don’t you think so, Heather?
Heather: Jane is such a wonderful character. She’s headstrong and isn’t the slightest bit meek. I’ve always enjoyed her wit, her no nonsense attitude toward prejudice and small minded people. But what I really enjoyed was Jane and Vincent’s relationship in this book. Their marriage is so realistic and accurately portrayed, and they are such a perfect match for each other. But it isn’t all roses and rainbows, and rough patches and hardships do find them during the course of this book. They were excellent role models throughout for Melody as she searched for a suitor.
Pushy: So, of course this begs the question….what did you think of Melody?
Heather: Melody was a character that irritated me in the first book, Shades of Milk and Honey. She really comes into her own in this third book, and I was pleasantly surprised by her boldness and strong choices. Great character development!
Pushy: I couldn’t agree more, Heather! Melody in the first book was little short of a pampered brat! And what little we see of her in Glamour In Glass doesn’t endear her to the reader much either, but she is growing and in this book, she’s definitely matured. By the end of the book, I found myself wondering if my views of Melody weren’t perhaps colored by Jane’s perceptions of her…. Regardless, I couldn’t have been happier with how her story is left at the end of this book!
So we’ve had love and politics….but what of the magic?!?
Heather: Mary Robinette Kowal continues to expand the alternate universe of glamour, and I’m constantly amazed to see what this type of magic system can achieve.
Pushy: Ditto, ditto, ditto!!! I love the whole concept of how Ms. Kowal has intertwined history with the fantasy of glamour, and I enjoyed how much we got to see Jane and Vincent use it. Plus we learned more possibilities than ever before: the ability to fluctuate temperatures, the ability to bend sound…it’s clear that Ms. Kowal’s given some serious thought to the physics of her world, which make it all the more fascinating!
One of my favorite parts of this book was learning more about how Jane and Vincent work with glamour, but when we learn more about Vincent’s past and how he obtained his proficiency, didn’t that just kill you!?!
Heather: It’s a wonder that Vincent turned out as well as he did with a father like he has… We learn more of Vincent’s heartbreaking history, and we finally meet his family. In true Jane fashion, she doesn’t stand down when confronted with a domineering force, and she certainly stands up for her husband whenever she can. I won’t spoil this part of the book, but there is a reason he changed his name and doesn’t stay in contact with them.
Pushy: Can you blame him? Those folks are just….well…. humpf!
Heather: These books get a bit more action packed with each installment, which I really enjoy. Jane is a bit more outspoken and modern in each one too. The love story between Jane and Vincent is swoon worthy but realistic, and it makes me wish for my very own Vincent! I really look forward to the next book.
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Prepare to burst out laughing - No Angel by Helen Keeble
For some very strange Reason I didn’t read the first book from Helen Keeble called FANG GIRL. Quite frankly, I just didn’t like the cover…. However… I had no idea what kind of story I was missing out on!!!!
This book was fanfreaking hilarious!!!! It was pure comedy and made me smile and giggle like crazy while reading. Seriously, I think I might have had a big smile plastered on my face while reading. Helen Keeble has a voice and way of creating her characters voice unlike anything I have read before. It’s not often to find such funny and comedy like stories among Young Adult novels.
But.. here they are! Helen Keeble is here to rescue the giggle!
In No Angel Rafael Angelos (seriously, that’s his name…) comes to boarding school where he is the only boy. Yes, this school is filled with girls and he’s all alone with his male hormones. And if these circumstance weren’t enough, he also discovers that this is something strange going on and suddenly he is also changing and … gets besides a halo also wings… ugh!
You can imagine that this strange and outlandish environment leaves tons of room for weird situations!
The novel is told from Rafael’s POV and I freaking loved his voice. Even more being in his head made me burst out laughing. Here are a few of my favorite random quotes that will definitely clear up what I mean:
“ I don’t speak giggle”
“Rather than vomiting – which was what I considered an appropriate reaction to such utter cheesiness – Kate giggled”
The story itself was nice, but not great and silly at some points. Some elements made my eyes pop out as I couldn’t truly believe Helen Keeble would go there. But no, she just did whatever she wanted and I liked it! But.. to be honest I didn’t care too much about the Angel and Demon storyline as I very much enjoyed exploring Rafael’s character. Besides the Angel/Demon storylines we can also find a little romance, but this romance was most definitely lacking a sizzling butterfly feeling and played along more in the background.
No Angel by Helen Keeble will make you burst out laughing so be careful where you are going to read this book! What the book is lacking in the story department is made up by the phenomenal and hilarious voice of Rafael Angelos, sole male student at an all Girls Academy!
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Sinister and Spooky! - Unbreakable by Kami Garcia - The Legion #1
Supernatural eeriness meets Illuminati’s mystery and paired with a sweet Young Adult Romance! I admit, I am not very much into ghost stories and I usually stay far away from ghosts in YA – but when we meet ghosts as in my favorite TV show supernatural and when the author is Kami Garcia I know I have to read this book!
When Kennedy’s mom dies mysteriously and two identical hot twins rescue you from death by ghost she finds herself suddenly on the run. Thrown together with 4 other kids her age, Kennedy must face all the secrets her mom apparently kept from her and which now changes her life – forever! Legacy of a secret society “The Legion” those kids are all now orphans who have to fight the evil to rescue the world!
Yeah, talk about a big responsibility. But instead of growing up to fit into this role, Kennedy had no idea and now was to learn about paranormal entities and her own role in this.
The whole feeling of the book was dark , eerie and mysterious. Ghost and demons exists and I have to throw again “Supernatural” at you as it is the best way to describe the feeling of the book. Ghosts are often angry and dangerous so forget about nice little ghosts and think more poltergeists! Shivers As the kids go on a search to fight the over powerful demon, they visit lots of haunted places that were truly scary, sinister and spooky!
I absolutely loved the mythology about the Legion and it gives this whole book a true epic feeling! Kami Garcia not only put al lot of care in creating the mythology the book is also filled with drawings that adds a level of excitement when turning a page and seeing a drawing with a hidden symbol or an old journal entry! The whole journey of figuring out the secrets of The Legion and how Kennedy fits in was mysterious and thrilling and transformed this book into a true page-turner!
Those 5 kids couldn’t have been more different from each other and I loved every one of them deeply. Getting to know the personalities and secrets of these kids was amazing to figure out and I found myself caring for each of them deeply. Of course, not all were easy to love but that was the beauty of seeing them develop and open up to each other. In the end, they only had each other!
I loved Kennedy’s bravery even though she was often so very lost and sad. But, her desperate wish to belong and her wish to finally find a family even if those kids weren’t related by blood warmed my heart deeply for her.
The romance between Kennedy and one of the twins (not saying!!) was beautifully and wonderfully endearing! Jared and Lucas were two hot twins who were do so different in their personality even though they were identical twins. Initially I was a little scared to tell them apart, but they had such different personalities, different characters that I loved getting to know each one of them better.
Kami Garcia managed to perfectly chill us to our bones with this edgy tale. Unbreakably by Kami Garcia is Eery, edgy , romantic and thrilling!!!! Feels like Supernatural meets The Illuminati paired with Young Adult Romance!
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Explosive, Quirky and Fun - Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton & Giveaway
Read the blurb and tell me that this sounds just like full of fun and action! This is what I expected and why I was excited opening the first page!
Coming right to the point, the plot was fast paced and awesome! When Kari’s parents are accused of being traitors a series of things are set into action that Kari was trained to follow. Kari always knew her parents are spys and they trained Kari and her cute little brother to follow these rules in oder of emergency. I loved the explosive beginning and Kari was handling everything with so much strength, spark and determination that we could simply admire her and cheer for her!
But when her parents remain hidden Kari realizes that she cannot handle this situation all on her own and recruits her awesome friends to help her!
Besides the thrilling plot line, I especially loved the cast of characters! Kat Carlton creates a set of unique, spunky characters that I could talk about forever. Starting with Kari’s little genius brother – I loved this boy so much! He was a total smart ass even though he was just 7 – but he was so sweet and geeky and a total nerd.
Then there is Kari’s best friend, who is pat fashion queen with Chanel glasses and part Super Geek! Loved her so freaking much and she was fabulous with all her money and all this geekiness that made her truly stand out!
In addition to our two brainiacs we also have two boys… Luke is the ultimate all-american boy. Handsome, rich (his father is the director of the Agency) and just the nice boy. Quite frankly, Luke didn’t stand out. but it was also very hard with this amazing other characters who were much more colorful. He as just that .. nice and I didn’t get Kari’s obsession with this boy. But maybe it was just the normalcy she was craving..
On the other hand we have mysterious Evan with the sexy british accent and the annoying (but… very endearing) attitude. He was much more to my liking and fitted right into the oustading cast of character. We never knew if Evan was freind or foe, if he was playing us or if he’s sincere. He gave us another mystery to solve besides Kari’s missing parents!
The ending was full of twist and turns I soooo didn’t see coming and I must admire Kat Carlton’s bravery with where she went with this story. As the romance part was clearly lacking for my licking I am actually looking forward seeing where we go from here. There are so many exciting premises in these last pages that I might even hope for a different love and romance here!
Two Lies and a Spy by Kat Carlton was action packed and wonderfully packed with such a fabolous cast of characters. Not only was the whole story entertaining, the characters clearly stood out and made this story so well rounded and fun! I personally cannot wait for the next book and I’m so excited to see the direction this series is going!
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Fanatastical! - The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
High Fantasy is always a risk for me – I can fall irrevocably in love with it or I end up being bored. Burning Sky though thankfully belongs to the first category and most definitely rocked my bookish world!
The story starts off rather slow and introduced us to Iolanthe who is supposed to be a very powerful mage, yet she sees herself only as average and not out of the ordinary. Still, we are introduced into the basics of the world and slowly begin to understand that even though magic is somehow normal in the realm Iolanthe is living it, powerful mage are very very very rare!
The magic realm exists besides our normal human world , even though it’s of course hidden from us. But there is not just magic but also fantastical creatures like dragons and other dangerous creatures! Yes, we get the full package of fantasy awesomeness here!
Then, there is the Prince Titus, sole survivor from his royal line, but he’s just a prince for appearance because the magic realm is ruled by ear from Atlantis who also tries to control the prince!
And here the story begins with the Titus desperate wish to free his people from the cruel domination from Atlantis and he thinks Iolanthe is the key to achieve this.
Iolanthe was a great and amazing girl who didn’t have an easy upbringing but unbelievable magically gifted, yet she only sees herself as a normal girl. I love her, mainly because she felt so real and genuine despite her being so powerful. She was all but just a girl, but inside she was immensely strong and I think even she didn’t realize her own inner strength. Even though she’s alone and scared she doesn’t let the fear rule her and I loved that about her. Following the story and everything what was thrown at her, Iolanthe grew and developed an even deeper and more profound strengths!
The character I loved most because he wasn’t so easy to understand was Titus – Prince of the magic realm. First I thought he was just an arrogant jerk and there was nothing really deeper about him, but slowly with getting more into the story we more and more begin to understand this boy with his contradictory behavior and character. I loved figuring him out and slowly, while doing just that I feel deeply in love with him! There is something incredibly vulnerable inside of him, something he tries hard not to let anyone know and then there is something amazingly loyal and goodness about him.
I adored the way Sherry Thomas developed his character and made us understand him even though he might confuse us a few times during the story.
But of all I loved the snarky and sarcastic banter between Titus and Iolanthe! They were just awesome together and slowly when they got to know each other and begun to trust each other it was just amazing to follow!
A few final romantic words! The romance was sweet and very subtle but it worked!!! In the beginning I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t stronger and wasn’t faster developing but.. in the end it suited and stayed true to the characters and their circumstances.
I feel like I didn’t do this book justice because seriously, I loved this book to pieces! It was full of magic moments that made me gasps and brought me back to the first time I visited Hogwarts!!! I LOVED the magic and all they could do with this. But I especially loved the characters, their deepness and their careful development and subtle but super sweet romance!
Fans of high Fantasy, Harry Potter and amazingly memorable characters entangled into a sweet romance will love Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas!!
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Mini Reviews: Three Trilogies End
How far will you go when you have nothing left to lose?
When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father’s top adviser—Eve’s whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb’s memory, and the revolution he started.
Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King’s court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she’s called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?
In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey’s epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.
The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.
Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her … even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.
As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one… . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.
In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.
In 1929, the Bright Young Things escape Manhattan’s heat for the lush lawns and sparkling bays of White Cove, looking for leisure, love, and luck.
New York City’s latest It Girl, Cordelia Grey, is flying high with celebrity pilot Max Darby. But Max is a private person with a reputation to uphold—and a secret to hide. A public romance with a bootlegger’s daughter could cost him more than just his good name… .
Aspiring triple threat Letty Larkspur has finally gotten her big break, but will her talent—and special bond with the married silver-screen star Valentine O’Dell—make her a target in the cutthroat world of Hollywood? Perhaps the ingenue knows how to play the leading lady after all.
Newly married to her longtime sweetheart, socialite Astrid Donal finds herself spending more time with one of her husband’s henchmen than with him. With so many secrets between man and wife, is the honeymoon already coming to an end?
As summer reaches its hottest peak, these sun-kissed girls will find out if their luck can last … or if dark surprises are on the horizon.
Ah…summer’s coming to an end but I’m still basking in the glow of these wonderful, escapist reads! All three of these trilogies are stories that are dear to me, so it with a bittersweet heart that I picked up their final installments this summer. Yet, with such amazing stories, how could I possibly have passed them up?!?
Boundless by Cynthia Hand was the happiest ending for me of the three. I thought my heart was going to leap out of my throat throughout this book but the ending….ah! My heart was perfectly safe by the end and singing the praises of this series!
The Lucky Ones by Anna Godbersen had a more complex ending, both sweet and sad, but still just as satisfying. After two books about the ups and downs of these three ladies, the ending was quite a thriller, with all the choices they’ve made coming to a head. Still, while I may not be happy with how all these women’s lives end up, I do ADORE Ms. Godbersen’s writing and this series ending was excellent.
Rise by Anna Carey was the darkest of these three trilogies and the ending was sad and in many ways disheartening. As a dystopian series, it would be hard for this series to end on a light-hearted note. Still in the last few pages, there’s a development that made my love for this series soar!!!
Three series, three amazing stories, three wonderful books well worth checking out!
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Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is an unusual book. Told in the compelling voice of Jacob Portman, this story is one part dark fairy tale, one part creepy campfire story, but 100% fascinating. The story starts with tragedy and madness, heavy stuff no matter how deftly handled, and from there progresses into a strange tale of the supernatural variety, one which finds Jacob and his father traveling to a remote corner of Wales and encountering all manner of difficult to believe folks.
When Jacob meets the orphans of Miss Peregrine’s Home, he’s immediately drawn in by them and their struggles. The children themselves are an odd assortment, but by the time the reader gets to their stories, one feels as if they left normal behind quite some time ago.
While I liked Jacob and his Grandfather there were plenty of characters I didn’t particularly like (although I wonder if we’re not necessarily supposed to like them). Some of the children, who aren’t very child like for reasons the reader learns about later on, were rather unpleasant acting and I just got the strangest vibe from them. I definitely wouldn’t want to hang out with this lot.
The “bad guys” though were nicely evil and I enjoyed Jacob’s story arc, particularly as he had to make difficult decisions and deal with their consequences. Even though it’s clear that there are more books coming in this series, it’s definitely not apparent exactly which way Mr. Riggs will take this story, and I liked that there are so many open paths for him to take.
A most peculiar book, indeed. Definitely interesting, with strong world building. Even if I didn’t LOVE all the characters, I found them all fascinating.
Get your own audiobook at Audible: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (unabridged, 9hrs 41min)
I enjoyed the audiobook version of this book but I suspect the print version was better. The narrator, Jesse Bernstein, did a very fine job of bringing the characters to live and portraying the emotions behind the story, but the print version had pictures included with it and I think they would have enhanced the story more. For once I think that if you’re wavering, go print not audio. Just my 2 cents.