I picked this up for review not sure what to expect. Some novella serials are great and some aren’t. I think that Broken Beauty delivers in a lot of ways even in New Adult with a 17 year old teenager.
Our plot follows a daughter of a politician who is too busy with his career and belief about how raped women can’t get pregnant (sound familiar?). His youngest daughter Mia gets raped at a party by someone whose family is influential and we follow her dealing with being rape and how to cope. It’s a heart breaking story and touching.
I think for many women it may be a trigger, but I really enjoyed seeing how Mia dealt with it all. Along with her very messed up family. It felt pretty realistic to me for how things would go for somebody in a situation like that. I enjoyed seeing Mia grow up in some ways and take a stand for herself as well during the first book.
The only thing that has me taking stars off is how its a novella. I really did just want to read the whole story as one big chunk not all broken up into multiple novellas. I was left going ‘really it’s over?’ when I finished up the first book.
Overall 4/5 stars and I highly recommend checking this out if you are interested in New Adult themed books!
Just by reading the title I think you can tell that a fun book is headed your way if you pick this up. I know I was expecting at the least a silly read. Pamfiloff delivered in that respect.
The story centers around Emma who has a weird voice in her head. At the beginning of our story she isn’t really sure about why she’s always heard him in her mind or been able to talk to him, but soon we find out that Guy Santiago is trapped in Mexico. It becomes up to Emma to rescue him. Then they both have to go on a pretty crazy adventure to save the others trapped.
I liked quite a few things about this book. The dialogue was witty and kept the book moving at a fast pace. The plot was very interesting and at the very least amusing. The characters all felt realistic. Even the set up for why gods existed and how their system worked made sense. I felt like Pamfiloff really knows how to build an interesting world and am interested in reading her other books that involve the gods from this series.
I really didn’t like the last quarter of the book or so. I felt like Emma was flip flopping too much and Guy changed. It was all fueled as a way to make Emma stronger but I still kept thinking it didn’t feel quite right to me. The ending of the book was weird as well. It was a bit of a cliff hanger since I don’t see a direct sequel to this book currently. Perhaps that storyline is wrapped up more in the other accidentally yours books though?
Overall I’d say Accidentally In Love With… A God? is a 3/5 stars! Really fun quirky read. I do recommend picking it up if you are looking for something silly to read especially at 2.99 on kindle!
Looking for something with a new premise and ideas? Endless by Amanda Gray is a perfect marriage of young adult romance with lots of adventure and intrigue thrown in.
The story centers around a young artist Jenny who has weird dreams and visions when she touches people. Soon something new invades all her paintings and the visions become more revealing. Time travel and a group who wants to control anybody who travels through time create a very interesting and intense situation for Jenny and her friends.
I really enjoyed how this book was paced. I never went “come on lets move it!” everything was interesting and Gray pulls you right into the world. I found myself getting angry with Jenny in certain situations and not sure what would happen at various moments. I really liked the character growth and development throughout the book as well. Not only do we see Jenny grow but many of her friends do as well.
I honestly have no real dislikes. I do hope there is another book because the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger to me.
Overall I recommend picking this up if you want a bit different of a Young Adult novel with some great concepts. I’d give it 4/5 stars mostly knocking some off for that ending. I do highly recommend picking this book up though if you find the premise interesting.
You start by meeting Evelina Cooper a misfit of society who happens to be Sherlock Holmes niece which means we have a nice set up for some interesting mystery in this A Study In Silks by Emma Jane Holloway. She’s an obvious kind of fits but doesn’t for high society London type. This leads to quite the adventure and intrigue.
I’m going to start by telling you what I liked about this book. The story was solid it was fun and interesting. I was left solving the mystery right along with Evelina. I loved the characters and how well thought out they were. Aspects of the cast like Nick and Tobias took until the very end to shine through, but I was always thinking there was more to be revealed in the best of ways. The world is a mishmash of steampunk and magic during the times of Sherlock Holmes adventure. While the great detective doesn’t show up until the very end he’s not needed. Evelina is a very well fleshed out mystery solving woman.
Now I told you what I enjoyed sadly the things that bothered me in this book are much longer. First it was slow to read not only was it a slow start with a lot of confusing character perspective jumping, the whole story felt too drawn out. I don’t mind a long book but when I finish something over 500 pages going “Yeah this could use a 200 page cut” that’s not good. Most of what I was reading felt like the same things rehashed from various perspectives. Another issue I had was the plot kept feeling like it’d pick up a little bit then slow right back down. Perhaps Holloway is just too long winded in her descriptions for my taste, but it really kept pulling me out of the book which is disappointing.
The saving grace for this book was the ending though. I was floored and ecstatic and ready to jump right into the next book. Until I remembered how long it took me to read this one. I’ve been toying with the score since I finished it but I think this book deserves 3 out of 5 stars just for the ending. I’m left too interested to not read book two but I can’t say I loved this one. Really wish the book was a bit faster paced so I could score it higher.
My final note is I’d pick it up on the cheap if you are interested in it!
I got this book for review and honestly wasn’t really sure if I’d enjoy it or not. The whole new adult/coming of age genre isn’t something I always sway towards but recently have found a couple I like so I keep trying different ones.
Elite by Rachel Van Dyken is a book that from the cover and description seems like something completely different than what it ends up being. The story revolves around Tracey Rooks who just got accepted on an amazing scholarship to the move exclusive college there is outside Chicago. We meet the Elect almost immediately upon her arrival the college and that includes Nixon a controlling bastard or is he really?
The things I loved about this book is the story. It started off as one thing but eventually became about something entirely different that revealed the truth behind it all. Van Dyken does a great job revealing the mystery to the reader with little hints and clues that lead to you realize things aren’t exactly as they seem. Though I will say I wasn’t expecting the final twist on what the truth was.
I didn’t find much to dislike in this book. A few spots I felt were a bit slow but beyond that it was well written and fun to read.
I have to say that I highly recommend Elite and think that it’s a great venture into new adult! Also something completely different from other college based stories I’ve read. Overall 4/5 stars and I can’t wait to read the next book!
Looking for something fun and silly in the romance genre? I would say On The Scent fits that bill perfectly. It’s a fun filled adventure with mystery and suspense to keep you on your seat.
On the Scent follows Hannah Dawson who quickly becomes extremely wealthy and the caretaker for two animals (Abbott and Costello) when the elderly woman she is a stay in nurse for passes away. Soon after the passing she has people following her around and trying to kidnap the animals for reasons she doesn’t know. Enter Zachary Collins a man who is there to help her stay safe and make sure Abbott and Costello don’t get stolen. A lot happens in between their falling in love and many adventures.
I really enjoyed On The Scent. I don’t read a lot of traditional romance novels usually they fall more in the New Adult category if they aren’t paranormal or fantasy. I found that this was a refreshing book and the pets added a fun twist. Most of the plot was original and different than what I expected. Dawson was a stronger female character than I expected in a traditional romance.
I don’t have an dislikes for the book besides some of the referencing to events and not outing what exactly happened until a good bit later in the book. I also felt that at times the book jumped around with too many side stories. I didn’t really connect to the characters in this book either. I found myself not finding Collins that attractive nor Hannah very interesting.
In the end it all came together really nicely. The different side stories all wove into a perfect happy ending. Overall 3.5/5 stars. I would say it is only worth the cash at a lower price point, but expect a fun read!
I discovered this series when I got the fifth book for the series to review. Not realizing how far into the series that was I quickly picked up the first book and found myself pretty thrilled with it. I would note though the cover is beyond deceiving which is a bit frustrating.
The plot revolves around a ‘breather’ Sophie who is working in the Underworld Detection Agency (UDA). Her boss is a werewolf, her best friend a vampire and she gets picked to help investigate a case of mysterious deaths around San Francisco with a Parker Hayes. Together they will figure out exactly what is going on and even more.
I enjoyed the twists in this story a lot. I was nearly positive I knew where it was heading and then it took a complete turn and I was extremely surprised with who was the murderer. I also was shocked to find out the truth about a couple of the characters. Overall the Jayne did a wonderful job taking the read on a ride.
I really disliked the cover and felt it didn’t send across the fact that this series isn’t some urban fantasy badass women kicking butts and taking names. Some of the things involving guns had me cringing as I read because of my experience with them. It was extremely unsafe and just made me really uncomfortable. I also felt like the end dragged on a bit too much. I was sort of expecting it to end and then had another chapter or so to read.
Besides the few things that made me not love the book I still would give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars and kind of worth the cash if you are looking for a bit of a different urban fantasy adventure. I at least plan on picking up the next book in the series to give it a shot.
As someone familiar with Kenyon’s other series The Dark Hunters I was not surprised by how much I loved this book. Kenyon managed to create an intriguing space drama and my god did it make me fall in love.
The story revolves around a princess Kiera and an Assassin Nykyrian hired to protect her life. The novel opens with a heroic rescue from the worlds most feared outlaw Nemesis and then revolves around a group called the Sentella helping keep her safe from the bounty put out on her. Her father’s planet is at war and his enemies have placed a giant bounty on Kiera’s death. All that can ensure her protection is Nykyrian and his team.
I loved the world built in this book. After one book I’ve become very invested in the Ichidian universe if not just more invested in the characters introduced in this series. This is nothing new I’m already a fan of Kenyon’s writing so I wasn’t surprised to find myself loving the characters. I was surprised at how adept she was at writing a space drama since that seemed more out of her normal writing realm, but it didn’t lack any.
I disliked a few moments in the book were I was wanting to yell at the characters for being so dense! I mean hellooo obviously he likes you but maybe as a reader I sometimes forget that generally speaking humans are pretty oblivious to others liking them. Other than that I never felt like the book had much else wrong.
This book is a total guilty pleasure for me like most Kenyon novels. I can’t express the amount of joy I had reading it and staying up late finishing it. Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 and it’s so worth the cash. I can not wait to continue reading this series.
I find that a most sci-fi space themed romance novels aren’t in worlds that are well built or interesting. Assassin’s in Love was the exception for the rule of just avoid most sci-fi romance.
The story revolves around Rikki and Misha both assassin’s one with a guild one not. For a chunk of the book Misha is tracking Rikki down because he was getting framed for her kills. Then things take a crazy twist and we go on a pretty wild adventure that involves some revelations about the characters and their pasts.
I’m going to say that I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I felt like Rikki was pretty reasonable compared to other romance heroines. She was pretty badass which is what you’d want from an assassin. I loved how interesting DeLake made the world seem engaging and real. I even found myself enjoying the male lead way more than I thought I would. They both used what would seem like proper protocol with future weapons and were deadly but not to a fault. They both even had some flaws.
I have a few things I disliked though because the book starts to feel a little long and pretty dry in a few spots. I kept wishing the plot would move forward a bit more instead of going at a snails pace after the halfway point. Another thing was they jumped into the sexytimes which was great but then it disappeared quickly for a while which sucked.
Overall I think this book is well worth the read if you love romance novels and sci-fi! 4 out of 5 stars it is well worth the cash.
We see it everywhere and hear it from all kinds of people about how so and so isn’t a ‘real’ gamer because they are a girl or don’t like this type of game etc…
I generally like to think this is a vast minority of the community because that just makes me feel better about it. Games aren’t my only hobby and surely not the only one that ‘defines’ me as a person, but for some reason it seems like it always comes back around to that. Focusing mostly on my gender and how ‘surprising’ it is that I enjoy games. This is probably due to the fact that games seem to be a common topic to discuss amongst the varied people I meet. I think it’s safe to say that the types of games you like often are more definitive of what people think though than your gender at times.
I am not a big JRPG fan. Honestly I couldn’t finish FF7 because I got bored. It’s not for me but I do know that if they make an HD version I’ll go back and try to beat it. I hear enough shit from friends for abandoning such an amazing game. Mind you when that game was current I was on PC playing Warcraft 3, Starcraft and other things like that more so than RPGs. The first console I owned as a teen was a Wii then I got the 360 to play Bioshock specifically. I kind of missed out on the entire golden era of JRPGS from the ones I get told are classics because of that. I don’t mind though in retrospect since I have no real interest in them when I go back to try and play them.
It’s pretty well known I basically avoid JRPGS like the plague. It’s not my thing, but here I sit playing through Ni No Kuni and I’m in love. I don’t mind grinding out levels in it either. Constantly finding myself being charmed by the character design and dialogue along with cut scenes in this game has me hooked. I plan to beat it ASAP. Something many of my friends probably never would have expected to come out of my mouth honestly. Perhaps it’s the Ghibli style that has me hooked but I’m not so sure that would keep me around if I hated the battle system.
I find it amusing that as someone who never really felt the need to be ‘validated’ in their gamer status or whatever that I feel myself thinking I’m not so strange now. I mean after all I finally found a JRPG I don’t hate. It’s a new sensation for me to think Oh wow I actually have a response besides don’t be a dick or that doesn’t matter. I can actually say I found a JRPG that I don’t hate. Now to just find something that makes people stop guilting me about disliking Metal Gear solid and I think I’m set for life!
The vlog discusses this a little more and in a bit of a different context. Feel free to give it a watch as well if your interested.
Did you ever find a game in a genre you didn’t enjoy and feel validated suddenly?
Also I’ve noticed this trend in other hobbies/fandoms as well so remember gaming isn’t the only one!