Monday, January 5, 2015

Review: Stone of Thieves by Diane J. Reed

Stone of Thieves is the amazing New Adult sequel to the quirky YA novel Robin in the Hood. Just like the characters have matured, so has the story. It's gritty and dark and even mire mesmerizing.
One of the things I think I love the most is the author's ability to weave light through the darkness, and bring magic and passion to every page. The gypsies, the stone, curses, and true love bring a unique mystical aspect that I truly love. Not to mention Creek. Ah, what to say about Creek... He's like a beautiful, passionate, troubled angel made especially for Robin. He can be so romantic and getting a peek inside his and Robin's most intimate moments really made me feel a special connection and investment to their relationship. I also feel the whole thing taking place in Italy added to the mystery and romance of it all. I've always wanted to go to Italy so I really enjoyed that.
Stone of Thieves has it all... magic, danger, romance, mystery, and a super hot male lead. What more can you ask for? Me, all I ask for is the next book to this fantastic series!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Review: Robin in the Hood by Diane Reed

Never have I read a story so unique and captivating as Robin in the Hood! The characters were quirky and some outrageous and I loved every second of it.

At first I had no idea what to expect when a rich privileged girl finds her family broke and breaks her father out of the hospital to keep from being sent away. I was thinking maybe this story would follow the usual rags to riches storyline but then it turned into something totally unexpected. Robin finds herself in a trailer park with a cast of colorful characters and finds she may actually have roots there. As she longs to find out about her family's past she finds herself and love in the process. She may have also found herself becoming a thief. WHAT?!!! But with the beautiful bad boy with a heart of gold, Creek leading the way, I can't blame her for doing some crazy things.

Reed's writing has a mysterious & mystical aspect that left me with the feeling of wonder and intrigue page after page. I simply cannot wait to read the next book in this enchanting YA series.

** I received this book in exchange for my honest review. **

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Review: The Vampire In My Dreams by Terry Lee Wilde

When young witch, Marissa goes out looking for a suspected vampire with her best friend, she never would have guessed that what she would actually find was her soul mate. Too bad for Marissa an evil vampess named Lynetta had already set her sights on him and she wouldn't give up easily.

This was a quick,fun read with a sweet yet action packed romance between a young witch and a vampire. I really enjoyed that we get to hear the story from both Marissa and Dominic's point of view. I think this really helped me to feel connected with the characters and ultimately to swoon over Dominic's sincere affection for Marissa.Even the secondary characters have me hoping for a sequel to this captivating YA novel. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer

All good things must come to an end. So although I have loved and thoroughly enjoyed this entire series, alas I knew it could not last forever.
I love that Sacrifice is Michael's book and that we finally get an insight to how hard it is on him to not only have to deal with being an elemental but also trying to deal with finances, his relationship, and walking the line of brother/parent to his also elemental brothers. Throw in a crazy guide trying to finish the brothers off and it's one dramatic breathtaking ride.
At times I was seriously wondering how much more this poor guy could take. I mean it's bad enough to have everything going wrong but then to be blamed because they think you must be the problem since everything bad seems to happen around you. It's almost too much.
The fast pace and suspense were definitely keeping me glued to the pages. Delicious from beginning to end, Kemmerer has a way of making her characters so realistic and their bonds so true that you can't help but to fall in love with them. So I waited with bated breath to see how things would turn out for the brothers I have come to love and although we didn't get a rock solid ending I can't help but to feel that any other way would feel too definitive and I'm just not ready to let them go just yet. So for now I'll just keep imagining how I think things would turn out for the boys and hope that Brigid decides to one day revisit their story.

*** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. ***

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review: Zomburbia

Let's start with the positive...

Zomburbia has an interesting premise. Most zombie novels are about the destruction of the earth due to an invasion of zombies. But in Zomburbia it didn't destroy the earth, people just moved into the suburbs and put up fences around their homes, schools, and businesses to keep the undead out.  Some of them also liked to get high off drugs made of zombie brains (what?!) which i thought was a unique twist. The story also had witty dialogue that was fun at points.

 The negative...

I kept reading and reading waiting for something- anything- to happen to make me feel this book was worth the time I was taking to read it... but it just never happened. I felt like it just droned on and on with unlikable characters and never really went anywhere. I like wit and snark as much as the next person but sometimes the fun dialogue turned into just trying too hard. I wanted to like this book. It had all the right components, but in the end it just fell short to me.

 I think some people will love Zomburbia, it just wasn't for me, but if you like zombies and snarky characters then you might want to give it a try.

**This book was provided to me by the publisher for review purposes. **

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: Awkwardly Ever After by Marni Bates

Awkwardly Ever After is the fourth book in the fun and adorable, Smith High series, and contains three short stories told from a different characters point of view.

I have really enjoyed this entire series. Marni Bates has this fun youthful energy about her writing that is purely infectious! This last book helps to wrap up some of the involvements from the other books and I really liked getting to visit Smith High one last time. 

The first section focuses on Melanie and her feelings for Mackenzie's little brother Dylan. I was very happy that this story was told after seeing the beginning of their relationship blossom in previous books. 

The second part focuses on Isobel after the mess Melanie gets her into at the beginning of the book. This is my favorite of the three points of view and is downright laugh out loud worthy. The witty banter that I love so much in Marni's writing is full force here and may have even produced a snort laugh or two from me. 

The last section is narrated by Corey and although I wanted to find out more about his relationship after reading the previous books, I wasn't particularly fond of this one. Corey actually annoyed me most of the story and I didn't agree with the outcome of the story after all of his lengthy complaints. But I did like getting a conclusion to his story and overall the book was a great read. 

** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. **

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: Ignited by Corrine Jackson

Ignited is the third and final book in the phenomenal "Sense Thieves Series". If you have not read the first two books of the series Touched and Pushed I highly suggest you do so before reading Ignited or this review...

 Team Gabe! I honestly never thought I would say that after reading Touched but then in Pushed he seemed to wiggle his way into my heart and then completely won me over during Ignited. In Asher's defense he has been through a heck of a lot and I still love him but sometimes no matter how much two people were in love with each other sometimes things change and you just aren't right for each other. As was the case between my beloved Asher and Remy.

Jackson's writing is superb and she does an amazing job of creating this amazingly realistic world that you can just lose yourself in for hours. I love that the direction the story took surprised me but somehow seemed like it all ended up as it should at the same time. The characters all grow and change throughout this series in the ways real people would, not the wham bam turnarounds we see way too often.

Ignited has emotion, action, and suspense and is the perfect ending to a fantastic series! These are going on my favorites shelf to be reread again and again.