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Book Review: Sweet Peril by Wendy Higgins
Book Description (from Goodreads):
Anna Whitt, the daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, promised herself she’d never do the work of her father—polluting souls. She’d been naive to make such a vow. She’d been naive about a lot of things.
Haunted by demon whisperers, Anna does whatever she can to survive, even if it means embracing her dark side and earning an unwanted reputation as her school’s party girl. Her life has never looked more bleak. And all the while there’s Kaidan Rowe, son of the Duke of Lust, plaguing her heart and mind.
When an unexpected lost message from the angels surfaces, Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?(
I read Sweet Evil (Book 1 in the Trilogy) last February and it became one of my favorite books, this week I decided to listen the Audiobook and I loved too. The narration by Erin Mallon was really good and I liked the different voices she made for the characters (especially Anna and Kaidan).
After finishing the Audiobook I searched for Sweet Peril in my Kindle, I found it and I couldn’t help but start reading it, I needed to know what was going to happen with Anna, Kai and Kop. From page one I was engaged to the story, I loved the writing and how things started to take its place.
In this book we learn more about the story between the Nephilim and the Dukes, and also about Anna’s role.
I like how well developed and interesting are the characters in this and the previous book (Sweet Evil), and I particularly enjoyed reading about the relationship between Anna and the rest of the Neph (especially Kai, Kop and Marna), and the interactions she has with her father Belial.
To me, the story has it all to be an enjoyable reading, is exciting, there’s romance, intrigue, some twists and best of all, I was satisfied with the way this sequel ended (I won’t give any spoilers here).
This was another great book by Wendy Higgins and I really recommend it (as well as Sweet Evil, Book 1), I’ll definitely be reading Sweet Reckoning as soon as is released (I already pre-order the book and the release date is April 2014, sniff sniff).
Ahhh and to deal with months of waiting until Book 3 is released… well I think I’ll be buying and listening the Audiobook of Sweet Peril.
Book Review: Tangled by Emma Chase
Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true.
Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful, and ambitious. She refuses to let anything-or anyone-derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, and his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating. Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life? Can Drew Evans win at love?
Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing in life he never wanted is the only thing he can’t live without.
Drew Evans is a successful businessman, a charming and non-strings attached guy who is used to have his way, but then this “golden boy” meets his match in the form of Kate Brooks and with that, everything he has known and believed starts to change.
I was totally hooked since page one and it was impossible to put down this book, the reason? The story is funny, romantic and truly engaging.
I loved the characters, Drew and Kate are interesting and likeable and there’s also some support characters that I enjoyed reading about, like Alexandra (Drew’s sister) and Drew’s sweet and witty niece, Mackenzie.
My favorite thing about this book is the way is written. I loved the narrative from Drew’s POV and being inside his head provided a lot of entertaining and hilarious moments.
The writing style is like if this character is talking to you, sharing what happened to him, this made me feel even more engaged to the story.
I mentioned on past reviews how much I love male POVs in the Books, but Drew’s POV is the best I’ve read and now, he’s one of my favorite male characters.
My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Do I recommend this book? Absolutely.
Will I read more books from this author? Definitely.
Book Review: Secrets of the Fall by Kailin Gow
Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The Donovan Brothers… two gorgeous brothers in love with the same girl. How far would they fall to have her? One of them will claim her, but the other will find her. Only one can win her forever, unless their family secrets destroy everything.
After finding out who she should be with and who she wants to be with, Summer is devastated by the tragic news of one of the Donovan Brothers.
In this fourth book in the Loving Summer Series and the second book in the Donovan Brothers Trilogy; go into the minds of the Donovan Brothers and find out the shocking secret that could destroy everything they have with Summer.
My Book Review:
This review may contain spoilers from the previous books in the Series.
The previous book wasn’t my favorite but I bought this one because I felt I had to know how the story is going to end.
In my reviews I always express my honest and personal opinion, write this one has been especially difficult for me because I really liked this Series at the beginning, but the last two books (including this one) haven’t been my cup of tea.
First, the good things about this book:
I enjoy the multiple POV (especially when it includes male characters) and in this one we have the POVs of Summer and the two Donovan Brothers (my favorite was the narration from Drew’s POV).
There’s more of Drew in this book, he’s my favorite character and in this book we see the different sides of him.
Now, let’s talk about the not so good things:
The plot in this book wasn’t really my favorite, I found parts of the story hard to believe (I won’t give any spoilers) and I felt the ending was a little rushed.
There’s again a cliffhanger. This is the fourth book and I would like to know how many books are going to be before we can get an ending for the story.
I didn’t find Summer (the main female character) likeable enough, mostly because I think her constant indecision has been a little too much.
Some final thoughts and my rating:
★ ★ 1/2 stars. I liked some things of this book but the truth is that I struggled to finish reading it, it wasn’t as enjoyable as the first two books and it didn’t help to keep my interest in the Series.
Am I going to read the next book in the Series? I’m not sure yet, but probably not.
Book Review: Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines
Book Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Rush promised her forever… but promises can be broken.
Torn between his love for his family and his love for Blaire, Rush has to find a way to save one without losing the other. In the end one has to be more important. Letting go isn’t easy.
Blaire believed in her fairytale… but no one can live in a fantasy.
Her love for Rush and desire to have a family keep her believing that they can find a way for this to work. Until she has to make the right decision for her and the baby. Even if it breaks her heart.
Can they find the forever that they both want or has it all just gone… too far?
This Review may contain spoilers from the previous books in the Series, it’s recommended that you read first Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far.
As soon as the book was released I bought it and the reason is that I really liked the author’s writing style in Fallen Too Far and Never Too Far. After reading Forever Too Far I re-confirm that she really knows how to manage the characters’s emotions in a way that helps you feel connected to them and also to be quickly immersed in the story.
In this book as we follow Blair and Rush we see them both really struggling to keep things going, there are many things in their way and a lot of drama that just makes things harder for their relationship.
I enjoy reading books with multiples POV and in this one we have Blaire’s and Rush’s, which contribute to have a better perspective of her relationship and the obstacles they face, also a plus for me is that we get some chapters from the POV of other characters (I won’t give any spoilers by saying whom, but this POV’s are truly entertaining).
About some of the Characters:
Blaire: If you have read the previous books you know that she’s been through a lot and in this book there are still more things she has to face, but she keeps been brave and supportive.
Rush: Definitely an Alpha Male, in one side he loves Blaire with intensity, he’s really protective and even sweet (of course I liked this side of him), but there were also moments when I just couldn’t understand some of things he was doing (and it made me have kind of a love-hate relationship with this character).
Nan: She’s mean and spoiled, the author gives us a good “villain” in her (I couldn’t help to hate her).
My favorite character was Grant (I love him since Book 1), he’s a really nice guy who deserves a happy ending and I’m glad that this character will get his own book.
Overall, I recommend this book, it has some unexpected twists and turns and it made me experience different emotions while reading (at one time I was crying, later I was smiling, angry, then crying again), it was definitely an emotional rollercoaster all the time and I truly enjoyed it.
Listening Books – Audiobooks Recommendations: Loving Summer, Fallen Too Far and Oh The Places You’ll Go!
This year I’ve been buying several Audiobooks on Audible (most of the time taking advantage of the special price because I had previously purchased the Kindle version of the books) and with this I can use the feature of Whispersync for Voice that is available when you own both formats (Kindle and Audible Audiobook).
In this post I want to share with you some thoughts about the last three Audiobooks I have listened:
I read this book last December and I recently bought the Audiobook. This is the first book in the Series and also my favorite, is a story about growing up, about love, family and friendship that’s mainly focused in the relationship between a young girl named Summer, the Donovans (Rachel, Nat and Drew), and the times they spent together at Sookie’s Beach House (she’s Summer’s aunt). Even when Summer is not my favorite character (my favorites are the Donovan brothers), this a good book that I really liked.
And what about the Audiobook? I truly enjoyed it, in my opinion the narrator was a nice choice for this book and she delivers the emotions that the characters are feeling (I specially liked when she does Summer’s character).
So far three books from the Series had been released (and I had read them all): Loving Summer, Falling for Summer and Perfect Summer, but the only one with an Audible Version available is Loving Summer (I’m hoping they release soon the Audiobook of Falling for Summer, the continuation to the story and with the POV of the Donovan Brothers).
With a length of around 4 hours this Audiobook was my perfect companion during a Summer afternoon, it kept me entertained in the Fitness Center (I took with me my Ipod Touch and listened the first chapters in the Audible App) and back at home.
As I had previously purchased the Kindle Version of this Book (for around $2.99 USD), the Audiobook in Audible costed me only $1.99 USD (yeii!).
I read Fallen Too Far for the first time last January and I loved Abbi Glines’s writing, I became a Fan of the Series and when I found out that Audible Version had been released I bought it without hesitation and this week I listened to it.
My reaction to this Audiobook? It kept me really entertained and as soon as I finished it I couldn’t help to re-read Never Too Far and Forever Too Far (Book 2 and 3 from the Series).
Like with Loving Summer, due to the fact that I had previously bought the Kindle Version, I paid only $1.99 USD for the Audiobook in Audible) and its length is 6 hours 34 min.
Oh the Places you’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.
My last Audiobook recommendation is this Children’s book by Dr. Seuss (when I bought it was an incredible deal in Audible), this a short story (7 min. length).
I don’t have any kids but as an adult I still enjoyed listening this Audiobook, the narration by John Lithgow is just amazing (his voice is perfect for the story).
Thanks for reading me and enjoy your Sunday you all!
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10 Signs of Jane Austen Addiction
I haven’t bought the Pride & Prejudice Counting Book (Little Miss Austen) that is mentioned in the Huffington Post’s article, but in my bookcase there’s a copy of P&P from Cozy Classics.
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TBR List – Book Trailer: Savor You by Emily Snow
Another book for my TBR List, Savor You by Emily Snow
Book Review: A Castle of Sand (A Shade of Vampire #3) by Bella Forrest
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.
“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