Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

The Air He Breathes (Elements, #1)The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bought this book because when it came out, it had a lot of buzz.

I didn't love love this story, but it was good.

I think that there is an ease in the writing that makes it quick to get into.

The highlight of the book was for me, our male lead, Tristan. He was a very standout character. Broken. Rough around the edges but highly compelling.

I wasn't a huge fan of the heroine, Elizabeth. She had the whole "the protagonist who all guys go for because she's so beautiful and amazing, but you think she is bland" thing going on. She had her fair share of tragedy but I didn't feel it, as I did with Tristan.

I didn't like Faye, the best friend of Elizabeth. Everyone said she was hilarious but she was too over the top with the whole "I'm blunt, I say outrageous things that are funny" - I thought she was reckless and needed to respect herself more.

I do like the twist towards the end. The villain was someone unexpected and super psycho. Kudos to the author there.

This book makes references to Harry Potter. That's a plus.

Minus of the book was the cheesy dialogue in those life reflecting moments. I felt I had read them before. A bit too "the notebook" for me. And I know romance novels have common themes, ideas, because love is love but the ones in this book seemed unoriginal to me. Like, too cliché.

3/5 for this book.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Eternal Dawn (Vampire Queen #3) by Rebecca Maizel

Eternal DawnEternal Dawn by Rebecca Maizel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an end to this amazing series.

First off, I'll never get over how profound the writing can get in these books. They belong to the YA genre but there is such an in depth look into the main characters that they feel so much older.

There was a new twist to vampires in this novel and a new set of kinda magical lore introuduced. Unexpected, but it worked.

My babies Lenah and Rhode finally got their happily ever after and I loved it. They had suffered so much and I felt it aged them, their trials, but I feel like the endING gives them a fresh start. So much love there!

I liked how life and death are examined in this book. It has rough moments but it's like life, not everything can be perfect, if not the story would be boring to read.

Besides Rhode and Lenah. I felt like I grew to love Tracy more. I wish I could read more about her. She went from a mean girl, to a great young woman, who was really tough and resolved.

Justin was awful. Bye felicia to his character. Became a ruthless villain.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Update

Hey guys,
Sorry for the lack of posts. I know I have neglected my book blog, but I am always reading.

I haven't posted in a while because I have not felt inspired. If you follow me on goodreads, any reviews I write are there for now. But I do hope to eventually get back into blogging.

Right now I am reading:
-- The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry
-- Meant for her by Raine Thomas
-- Breathe by Kristen Ashley (Colorado mountain #4)

I haven't been reading YA lately. I do have many YA series to catch up on. Especially a couple of series by Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare.

Raine Thomas is an author I've been reading for years. I love her books. Kristen Ashley is an author I've recently gotten into which I like. Brittainy Cherry is a new author to me.

Hope this finds you well. And please let me know what y'all are reading. :)


Monday, September 14, 2015

Review: Sins of My Father by Lisa Cardiff

Sins of my Father (Black Brothers #1)Sins of my Father by Lisa Cardiff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Archer Black


Langley


My Review:

I would like to start this review by thanking Lisa Cardiff for writing a 'revenge on a senator in Washington plotline' in the right way. I luckily found this book after having come off reading the first two books in the Pawn series by Maya St. James. Sins of my Father managed to do what the two books in that series couldn't. Deliver a killer plotline and story with well developed characters, a hot romance and a revenge in Washington story that actually addressed its revenge and Washington themes.


Archer Black. Archer freakin' Black. How I loved thee. Seriously, ladies. This man was everything. I felt so bad for him because his reasons for wanting to take down the senator who did him wrong were so validated because the senator in this story was just so awful and manipulative and evil. It was heartbreaking to find out about Archer's backstory. Though successful as an adult, he surely had to suffer to get there. And most importantly he just oozed this powerful persona in the book. He had the looks, the talk and the attitude. He was awesome.


Langley, the female lead in this story, I also loved. Lisa Cardiff switches the point of view of the story from Langley to Archer so you get to be in both of the characters heads. Langley was a beautiful girl who easily couldve been very superficial and vapid with her settings and surroundings but she was decent to the core and very straight forward with herself about what she wanted. She had integrity that was believable.


Archer and Langley together were great. If both characters didn't have personality and strength there was no way they could've attracted each other and worked as a couple.


What I loved about Archer and Langley is that both were a bit jaded about life and love and in each other they found solid ground. They had to fight their shady and dubious surroundings and also their own misconceptions about each other and the situations they were in.



I loved the Washington setting in this book with political deception, scandal, betrayal, lies, manipulation. I felt like I was right there waiting for things to unravel in DC.


And the thing I loved the mostest (yes, that is not a word but bare with me) is that Archer Black is one of the few male characters I have ever read that makes sure that his girl pursues her dream and switches his agenda and life after all the drama in the story goes down, to make sure she is complete as a person and happy with life. That barely happens, especially with a super young, successful and handsome man like Archer. Langley could've easily been in the corner just thanking her lucky stars she found this sexy guy who had it all, but it wasn't like that. They both completed each other and grew together and supported each other. Archer Black is my new book bae/husband/ and fave male lead.


What is exciting is that this is a series and Archer has brothers that are also as troubled, complex and sexy as him. I need book two like I need air. I think its about Knox, and though Knox seemed well on the outside, I could sense a lot was going on underneath the surface.



Favorite quote:
"I never felt like I belonged to anyone. I was always on the outside looking in, waiting for someone to notice and want me.
Archer changed all of that."



My rating: 5/5



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Review: Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountains #2) by Kristen Ashley

Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain, #2)Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tate




Lauren





So, this is the second book in the Colorado Mountain series by Kristen Ashley and it did not disappoint. At this point, Kristen Ashley is one of those author's who have my auto-buy trust. Her books maybe are a bit lengthy but they are well rounded, have great character development and have a realistic tone to them that I really like. You feel like the characters are going through struggles that are not unimaginable.


In what seems to be Kristen Ashley fashion, we have a female lead, Lauren, who is at a point in her life that she has been deceived by all and kinda jaded in love and trying to get on with life. And then BAM in comes in an alpha male macho man who seems to be a douche but actually is about to flip her world upside down for the better because he's actually a great man.

And that man was Tate.

Are there words for Tate? I loved him. He was a badass biker bounty hunter with a heart of gold, handsome as hell, and with a heart of gold who doesn't take anyone's crap. He was really layered. He got on a rough start with Lauren, but in time their story becomes something really special.

Lauren was the opposite to Tate. More delicate, a girly girl, thoughtful, sweet but in my opinion she struggled with seeing herself in the right light.

But what's awesome about Lauren and Tate is that in a way they are both broken but awaken what is special in each other. They make each other SEE it. Not like other stories where they make it out like the main couple becomes special because the are together. In this story it's different. They are each special in their own right but forgot it along the way through life's struggles and eventually make each other see their true selves again. And that was a great message the author sent to her readers: You are special in your own right, you don't have to be with someone to have worth.


This book had it all. It was sexy, had romance, suspense, mystery and great characterization.

Btw: Tate made me laugh a couple of times out loud. A man a few words who makes cussing charming.


Favorite quote:
“You’re gonna find special, Ace.”

“Sometimes special doesn’t exist, Tate,” I told him. “And I’m okay with that.”
His lips came back to mine and when he spoke, he did it gently. “It will for you baby.”


My rating: 4.5/5




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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review: The Gamble (Colorado Mountain #1) by Kristen Ashley

The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1)The Gamble by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How do I even start this review? I don't know. This book swept me off my feet. Several people had recommended Kristen Ashley to me so I decided to take a gamble on one of her books and I lucked out because THE GAMBLE was amazing.

It's no joke when people call Kristen Ashley one of the queens of romance because 'The Gamble' had it all. An outstanding heroine in search of herself. A tough mountain man with a mouth on him and sex appeal by the bucket loads. A full cast of charming characters with it's hidden villains in the mix. And the best part of this book is that the characters are incredibly layered and there was suspense and not a boring moment. So even though 'The Gamble' is a long read, it doesn't ever worn you out because there is never a dull moment.

My favorite aspect of this book is that both Nina and Max, the main characters in this story, kinda thought they had seen the best to offer in life without realizing that the best was yet to come when they met each other. Their relationship went from being rocky, to funny, to sweet and then to intense, it seems like in no time. They went through all the phases that a couple could face until they realized that they had to be together or else life wouldn't be the same.

I think what makes this book special is how drastically different Nina and Max are from each other yet how their differences balance them out and create magic. Nina comes from England to a small town in Colorado to get away and get her thoughts sorted out. She is sophisticated, classy, strong willed and thoughtful and then meets Max. Max, is a alpha macho mountain man in Colorado who is a full out guys guy who likes beer, cussing, his land, and secretly was the biggest softie ever. I don't think Max ever thought he could fall for someone like Nina but he does and it was great to read about.

Not only is Nina hiding a lot of vulnerability, but as tough as mountain man Max is, he too, has been through so much, and takes a huge gamble on Nina when he falls for her. But what's awesome is that there are moments that Nina tries to walk away from him because of the newness and fear of this relationship with Max, but he never lets her get away. He knows what he wants and he makes her see it too and face the reality of what they have.

Max and Nina now take a place in my reading heart as one of my all time fave couples. I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series and read about the rest of Kristen Ashley's famous alpha men. Ladies who told me to read this book, you were right, they are the best!


My rating: 5/5


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