Book Review: On Dublin Street by Samantha Young

On Dublin Street

Book Description (from Goodreads):

Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare… Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core. Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached. But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

Book Review:

“You’re not broken” ” You’ve got a few cracks in you, but we all have some”.
Yesterday I spent most of the afternoon and a few hours during the night near to my window and reading this book, I was so immersed that I didn’t even noticed when it got dark outside, I just couldn’t put it down the book until I finished.

I love a good romance and this one has some elements I liked a lot: takes place mainly in Europe, has very well developed characters and the story is really engaging.

First let’s talk about the main characters, Jocelyn and Braden, Jocelyn is an independent woman that had her share of hard moments in life and for that reason she has some inner demons, Braden is sexy, an alpha male that always gets what he wants and right now he wants Jocelyn.
The chemistry between Jocelyn and Braden is really strong and in this book they share some really intense moments.

The book is really well written, there is passion, it has some funny scenes that made me laugh (I won’t give any spoilers so you can enjoy it) and there are also some really emotional scenes that made me cry.

The secondary characters in this book are great, my favorites were Ellie (Jocelyn’s flatmate whom was incredible sweet, charming and a great friend) and also Adam (Braden’s best friend) and I would love to read more about them.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it.

Book Review: A Castle of Sand (A Shade of Vampire #3) by Bella Forrest

A Castle of Sand

 

Book Description (from Goodreads):

What Sofia has with Derek feels like a sandcastle; temporary and something that the waves of life and time will soon ruin…

Since the return of Gregor Novak, the island has turned several shades darker. His hatred toward Sofia and thirst for fresh blood lead to a brutal war igniting between father and son.

Meanwhile, the hunters are gaining formidable strength and resources by the day; they know that the safety of The Shade hangs entirely on its ability to remain hidden from them.

And a sinister secret lies in wait for Sofia within the bowls of an Egyptian desert … a secret that threatens to crush her sandcastle much sooner than she could have expected.

 

Book Review:

“What we have is a sandcastle, temporary, but beautiful and we can only treasure and enjoy it for as long as nature allow us”.

The first third of the book has a slow pace but it provides a good insight about the relationship between Sofia and Derek and also about the life in The Shade (these characters start to see and face the real challenges for their relationship), as you advance in the book the action begins (and is really good).

In this book, apart from the protagonists Sofia and Derek, there are some good secondary characters that enrich the world that the author created for this Series (and I have to admit that I liked more Ben in this book that in the previous).

I think the title of the book is perfect (I liked the references to sandcastles and how they fit into the story), also I love how the author use the multiple POVs in her writing (I believe that’s what makes me feel more connected to the characters).

Overall, I enjoyed this book (it started a little slow, but as I kept reading I loved that it had some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming), I liked the action, the suspense, the intensity and by the end I was so immersed in the story (as it happened when I read the two prior books in the Series) that I didn’t wanted it to finish.

Would I recommend it? Yes, specially to people who enjoys paranormal romance.
Am I going to read the next book? Definitely, as usual the author left me anxiously waiting for the next book

Book Review: Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High, #2) by Tijan

Fallen Crest Family

 

Book Description (from Goodreads):

Samantha and Mason are together. Everyone knows it. Not everyone is dealing with it. While Mason’s ready to give them the middle finger, there’s one not going away. Her mother. Threats are issued. Ultimatums are given. Even blackmail is used, but only Samantha can put a stop to Analise. However, when a trauma from her past is triggered, she may not have the courage or strength to do what’s needed. If she doesn’t, Mason’s future could be destroyed.

 

Book Review:

This review may contain spoilers of Fallen Crest High (first book in the Series).

After spending six months waiting for this book, today I finally bought and read this sequel to Fallen Crest High, and I’m glad to say that I was not disappointed (starting with the book cover which I liked a lot).

As with the previous one, I just couldn’t put down this book and I finished reading it within hours, the story and the characters caught me again.

Fallen Crest Family is the continuation of the story of Sam and the Kade brothers, in this sequel we can see what happens now that everyone (including their parents) knows about the relationship between Sam and Mason.
The story also delves into the relationship between Sam and her mother (which becomes even more intense) and it was interesting to find out some things about them and their past.

One of the things I like most about this series of books written by Tijan is the dynamics of the relationship between Sam, Mason and Logan as they seek to protect each other no matter what (Nate also is part of the group but this book made me question some things about him and I’m now really curious about his past).

Mason is still devoted to Sam, and even though I understand that for many he might be the favorite of the Kade brothers, after this book I have a soft spot for Logan, he is truly loyal and with a big heart and I look forward to see his growth as character in the next book.
Another character I liked is Heather, she’s strong, independent and just the kind of friend that Sam needed.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, I think it was worth the wait and I would recommend it, specially to people who enjoy reading romance with some high school drama (family drama as well), strong characters and “Alpha males” .

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Fallen Crest Public, and see how things will be for Sam and the Kade brothers.

Teen Summer Reading 2013

This Bookmark is from my Local Library and contains some recommended readings for the Summer 2013:

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From this list I chose three books to add at my “To Be Read” List:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith

 

What books do you have on your Reading List?