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Review: 5 stars to PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry

Posted 2 December, 2012 by katheryn13 in Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

pushing the limits

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

 

Pushing The Limits is the kind of book that when you finish it, you praise yourself for reading it and then curse yourself because now you hurt too much that it’s over. And then you hug the book, crawl in a corner and cry because it’s too much.

In this order.

I don’t know where to start. I loved everything about this book. Every single thing. The fact that it was so realistic, though, is my favorite. Which may sound absurd but these extreme events in this book actually happen. There are so many lost kids needing help out there that if you really think it you’ll probably get depressed. I love the messages this book gives. Never give up even if your life is like a hellhole with some extra shit. Also starting over and letting yourself trust people. It will get better. Because life might be a bitch but she’s also a good momma who loves her children.

The characters are amazing! Echo is a lost girl with some ugly scars in her hands which she doesn’t remember getting. However, she’s told that her mother tried to killed her. She just doesn’t remember what happened. Plus, her brother died in Afghanistan. Everyone would expect her to break because that’s some pretty nasty stuff. But she is not. She’s pretty close to break, though. And that’s where Noah comes in. Bad boy attitude with problems of his own. His parents died, he had to endure some horrible foster families all the while planning to get custody of his 8 and 4-years-old brothers when he graduates.

The book is fast-paced and it’s described from both Echo and Noah’s POV. We get to see their worlds since the beginning which is good. We understand their situations and the seriousness of the whole story since the very first page. However, I loved that it was also so freaking funny and sexy and sweet. The author balances everything from complete seriousness and shocking reveals to hilariousness and hot romance. So basically Pushing The Limits has everything.

This book is an emotional roller coaster. It made me laugh, cry, smile sweetly, sob and most of all think. Pushing The Limits is one of the best books I’ve read!

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Review: 4 stars to THE LOST PRINCE by Julie Kagawa

Posted 27 November, 2012 by katheryn13 in Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

This novel is one of Julie’s books that will have you demanding for the second one as soon as you finish your read.

 

 

4.5 stars.

Damn, I loved this book! I had high hopes since I’m a huge fan of the Iron Fey series and I must admit I wasn’t disappointed. Julie Kagawa scores again.

I believe everyone who’s read and liked the Iron Fey is going to enjoy this one too. But non-reads will also like it and get to know a new world. However, I think it’s best if you’ve read the Iron Fey before you begin this one. It clarifies a lot of things that might confuse non-readers.

The Lost Prince has all the things that I love in Julie’s books. A lot of action, romance, great characters and a lot of scenes that have you laughing out loud. Her books are always so well-written! Vivid and descriptive – just addictive!

I liked Ethan’s POV very much. He’s such a badass. And a hottie. And a sweetheart. Even though he needs to be an asshole so no one’s going to get hurt because of him. That fact alone makes you want to give him a huge hug and kiss him. Also, he’s sarcastic and funny! What else can a girl ask for?

Kenzie is also a great heroine! I loved her since the first moment. So stubborn and fierce even though she’s just human. And she killed a few fey of her own. Her little secret though. I cried in this particular scene. I don’t want to spoil anything but every who’s read the book will understand.

I liked the fact that there were Maghan, Ash and Puck’s cameos. They are in the books but it’s clear that they’re not the leading characters any more. Seeing them for a different POV was kind of weird but not the bad kind of weird. Just different.

As far as our new fey boy, Keiran, is concerned – I have mixed feeling about him. I really, really like him but there’s this wariness inside me. After this stun in the end, it’s only inevitable. Really hope everything’s going to work out fine for him, though. He really seems like a great character!

To sum up, I’d recommend this book to all fey lovers and especially to Julie Kagawa’s lovers. The Lost Prince is awesome!

PS. This excerpt from The Eternity Cure in the end of the book? God, I need this book out NOW! I loved The Immortal Rules and I just can’t wait for the second book!

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Review: 5 Stars to BITTER BLOOD by Rachel Caine

Posted 23 November, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires.

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

 

 

Can I just say I’ll never get enough of these books? Why do people complain about the number of the books? They are not too many! I wouldn’t mind if Rachel Caine wrote 50 more.

I enjoyed Bitter Blood as much as the other 12 books. It was fast-paced, full of action, funny, kick ass, sweet, hot, cliffy and well-written. What else can someone ask from a book? NOTHING.

Claire is badass as ever in this book. More bold, but still same old Claire inside. In some points where science was evolved I was… confused to put it mildly. However, I think I was not the only one. Claire’s mind is a complicated maze and when her inner Einstein comes forward… well, you need a translator or you just wait for it to pass lol.

Shane is – Shane. Hot, hilarious, badass, stubborn, sweet, HOOOOT Shane. It’s widely known I’m in love with him. Michael and Even are also their plainly awesome selves. Though a lot of stuff happen between them in this book.

The end was… unexpected. And by unexpected I mean ASDFGHJKL. The next book will be very different from the previous ones I think. Which both worries me and excites me. Or maybe I’m just wrong. We’ll see I guess. And I sooo can’t wait to!

Fall of Night can’t come soon enough!

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5/5 STARS FOR THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER BY MICHELLE HODKIN

Posted 1 November, 2012 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

 

I… I don’t know what to say, guys. I really don’t. I just finished The Evolution and I feel lost. And speechless.

I will try to review it properly, though. You know, without to much sobbing and screaming and ASDFGHJKL.

The Evolution Of Mara Dyer put me on edge since the first paragraph. Mara is yet again waking up in a hospital with no recollection of how she got there. However the situation is very different than the last time. She seems a whole lot crazier this time. Which says a lot since almost everyone pretty much thinks she’s crazy. Except she’s not. She just can do stuff and specifically kill by thinking of it. And that’s how the whole story begins.

Mystery’s in its prosperity again in this book. To be honest, the whole series is full of mystery. It’s what makes it so damned good. Well that and Noah. And Mara. And the hot romance. And Michelle’s amazing writing. Okay, okay I’ll stop rambling.

The characters are different in this book. Well actually they’re the same but we get to know them better. Both Mara and Noah are complicated. Both broken but still standing because of each other. We get to see another part of Noah in this book. More of his dark side. Even little of his POV and what it means to be Noah Shaw. Which is not as easy as it seems. I can sometimes be torturous.

I just love Mara and Noah’s relationship! It’s SO hot (and I mean H-O-T, all right) but simultaneously so sweet, honest and real. They’d anything for each other. I felt like the romance was more solid in this book, which I loved. Some scenes between Noah and Mara were just marvelous! I loved every single one of them!

And I will conclude with the ending. Obviously, it was a cliffhanger. To be completely honest, I’d call a hell of a cliffhanger. I still feel shocked over it. I loved the whole book but the last 50 pages or so made my heart beat so fast that I thought I’d faint before I even finish the book. You can’t imagine how much I mean it when I’m saying I’d do ANYTHING to have a copy of The Retribution Of Mara Dyer in my hands right now so I could start it. But life is too cruel and I have to wait until 2013.

To sum up, I’d recommend this series to anyone. Anyone who wants to read something GOOD. Mara Dyer is a must read!

-Elena

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5 stars for Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Posted 1 November, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal Romance, Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin.

But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice.

Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena – and Gatlin – as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones’ lives.

Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

 

I’m not even sure I can find the right words for this. Hell, I can’t even type properly. There are so many FEEEEEEEEELINGS! You have NO idea. I was umming and awwwing and OHHHING and NOOOOING all the way through this book and nearly cried a few times near the end. The happy, bittersweet, SAD BUT HAPPY again feeling that is how I feel for the ending is….way too intense.
Like I said, I’m stuck for words.

So Ethan is…stuck, in the Otherworld and he has to find a way home…with the trust and help of Lena and Amma and anyone else that has the patience and power. So much happens… Oh God…where do I start? And without SPOILING!

Ethan learns a lot while…well…dead, and on his quest (which actually turns out a lot like something out of a TriWizard Tournament from Harry Potter) he meets a lot of weird and wonderful people. And some he thought gone for good. OH MY GOD…..

There are so many twists and turns in this story. The minute you think something is going to happen, it turns out…it isn’t, or it’s a whole lot worse. I read this book in about 2 days, and that’s saying something because the last 3 took me about…well, a lot longer.
Here are my tributes (no THG pun intended) and what I want to say about them:

Macon: iHeart you. You’re fierce, loyal, FUNNY, you have the best lines and I want you as my uncle. No lie.
Abraham: Well, what can I say? I hate the bastard. He got what was coming to him. (no spoils)
Xavier: Oh how I loved you. Thanks for helping my boy! (iHearts Ethan, btw)
Amma: I’ll always love you. You’re ability to not take crap from no one is exceptional. And how loyal and loving you are to everyone. *sobs*
Lena: Oh man, she really kicked….well, something. I loved how they had a three parts to this book. You got a new look at how Lena thinks and feels, rather than just from Ethan’s pov and how he sees her.
Link:  I love that dude!
Liv: love you, my British amigo!
John and Ridley, you guys are fab. I know Rid is on the dark side of the force, but damn she’s awesome. John turned out to be pretty amazing too.
Angelus, or whatever his ugly ass name is:  I HATE YOU. The End.

And let’s not forget:
Sarafine: oh yes, I said Sarafine. But that’s another story that I will not spoil. I still hate that bitch, but….well, you’ll see.

Sorry this is a weird review, but strangely all my feelings are so jumbled, I can’t find the right way to write this. I’m sure I’ll find it soon.

Most of all, I’m so freaking sad this is the last book. I didn’t want it to end. In all, in my humblest opinion, Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption have been THE BEST BOOKS OF THE SERIES! ( with the exception of Beautiful Creatures that was the start of it all, of course.)
I have to praise Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl for coming up with this story and making it such an emotion, funny, bittersweet journey. I’m so pleased I decided to give it a try and I’m so glad It ended on a high note. I wouldn’t have had it end any other way.

Oh, now my words make sense. Anyway, that’s it from me.

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5/5 Stars for FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick

Posted 27 October, 2012 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend’s ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can’t conquer?

This review was very difficult for me to write because I just finished Finale and I’m too emotional to express a professional opinion about the book. Meaning, I’m crying and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop. I CAN’T. *screams* *rolls on the floor, sobbing*

Okay, okay I’ll calm down. I can do it.

Finale is amazing! I couldn’t ask for a better conclusion to this perfect series that is called Hush Hush. More action, romance and heartbreak than ever before, Finale will make readers stay up all night, reading it. And then curl up in a corner, hug the books and just plainly cry.

It’s a little difficult to review this book without spoiling it but I’m willing to try. Finale started quickly with action that made my blood boil, in a good way. I was on edge the whole time waiting to see what happens. There is a lot of mystery as there was in the previous books but rules are changed now. Both Nephilim and fallen angels want to win this war and they’re willing to play dirty. Really dirty.

The romance; well, like in the 3 other books, the romance between Nora and Patch is plainly hot but there are so many times that I wanted to cry in this one because it was just so sweet and romantic. Patch and Nora’s words to each other, especially toward the end of the book – I really did cry. They were that romantic. In addition, I love that their relationship is down to earth. I mean, they have their ups and downs. They fight and lie to each other. Which is more of a proof how real their love is. They forgive each other because they cannot live without the other by their side. They’re not the perfect couple, never arguing or having a disagreement. They just love each other so much. Which is very rare in real life but it still exists.

Once again, Becca’s writing left me wanting more. It’s addictive and beautiful. The way she uses words makes you keep reading. It’s plainly wonderful.

The characters. Well, I’ve always loved all of them, especially Patch. He’s sexy and gorgeous, protective and sweet, badass and possessive. I just love the way he feels about Nora. He’d go to hell and back for her. He’d do anything for her. That’s also what Nora feels about him. Which is why I love their relationship so much. Nora in Finale is not exactly different than she used to be. She’s just a lot stronger. She’s been through so much, after all. Plus, she’s more badass and she kick some serious ass in this book. Which I enjoyed so much! The secondary characters, Vee and Scott are once again amazing. I love those two so much. They’re funny and strong and loyal and cute.

I don’t want to spoil anything but I cried so much when this particular thing happened. I DID NOT want it to happen. But Becca just wanted to rip my heart out a little more.

Hush Hush is the second YA series I’ve ever read and it helped in convincing me to read more of those. I’m so very grateful for that. I’m also so sad that Hush Hush has finished but I know that I’ll never forget this amazing series. Patch and Nora’s story will never be forgotten.

Thank you Becca Fitzpatrick for writing this amazing saga!

-Elena

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5 stars for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Posted 25 October, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

5/5 Stars.

The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer is one of those books that can keep you up all night because you won’t be able to fall asleep if you don’t finish it. It’s amazing! Captivating and unique, it will make you love it. To be honest, it’s one of those books that you don’t really know what the heck is going on and you’re loving it.

Naturally, the first thing I loved about this book is Noah. Noah Shaw. What can I possibly say about this boy? That he’s one of the sweetest, sexiest and most protective characters ever? He’s these and much more. And then, there are the Noah-is-sexually-teasing-Mara. Let’s just say, that the romance is really hot. Sexual tension, touching but not quite touching, epic, hot quotes. You get the gist. Plus, Noah’s got an English accent. An English accent, people.

The storyline is very unique and confusing, in a good way. There’s a lot of mystery which is basically moving the story. Some people don’t like not knowing what is really happening in a book but Michelle Hodkin has a way of unraveling the story that just has you hooked. I absolutely love her writing. It’s beautiful.

Mara is a complicated character which I liked from the beginning of the book. She’s strong. She wakes up in a hospital without any recollection of how she got there and she’s told that her best friend died along with her boyfriend and his sister. Plus, she was in the building where they died but she miraculously survived. You have to be strong to get through this.  Also, she’s very protective of those she loves. She’s a great heroine who I understood and loved from the beginning of the book.

To sum up, I’d recommend The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer to anyone but especially anyone who wants a well written, unique YA novel with a lot of mystery, hot romance and amazing characters. This book is definitely a must-read!

PS. Review for The Evolution Of Mara Dyer is coming soon. 🙂

-Elena

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5 stars for Onyx (Lux Novel #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 24 October, 2012 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

5/5 Stars

I’ve never been that good with words. Not for reviews anyway. (Stories are another matter entirely.) So it might not come as a shock to you that this book has left me speechless. In a good way.

Katy finds out she’s not quite as normal as she first thought. Doors are slamming, lockers are opening of their own accord, and glasses are breaking. Not to mention windows are shattering. Cool, huh?
But this isn’t supposed to happen. Well, I suppose it depends on your view. Ever since Daemon healed Katy on Halloween night, things have been a little…crazy.
Daemon and Katy are still fighting, but this time the heat is up. Turned all the way up. The oven is on, baby, and this time it’s going sonic style! *giggles*

Still, my favourite scene of them all has to be back in Obsidian when Daemon is trying to get rid of the trace on Katy and they argue and end up kissing, blowing up her laptop in the process.

There are plenty of hot moments like that (ehem…library anyone?) but I don’t think…anything quite as intense. Maybe it was just me that felt that, but that doesn’t detract from the sexy sexy scenes there were.
I laughed so hard in some scenes as well. Especially a certain scene where Katy & Daemon are caught in a rather…compromising position. I won’t spoil. But let’s just say… AWKWAAARD!

Simon is back, for a while, and even weirder and drunker than normal.
I was mildly surprised by the lack of Arum this time around, but then again, it wasn’t the Arum they really had to worry about. The DOD are in town and they’re very interested in Katy. What she finds out about THEM, though, is even more disturbing.
Also, a certain person who shall remain nameless but was supposedly dead, is seen by Katy and she doesn’t know what this means. Everything she and Daemon have known is tipped upside down and they go on a wild hunt trying to put all the pieces together. I really was thrilling to read. So much action, but not in the overly descriptive way. It drew me in quicker and didn’t leave me wanting to fast forward pages just to get to the point.

Onyx was just as good, if not better, as its predecessor. Obsidian had me blown away, and Onyx had me… blown away and strapped to the bottom of a war plane in the middle of the Middle East. It made me feel excited, scared, happy, sad… I didn’t think I could have so many feelings for one book (and I’ve read a lot of books.). There are only a small few of the books I’ve read that have made me feel so….hooked. I mean, I get hooked, but not…not like this. I felt like I was actually IN the story, living the lives along with Katy and Daemon. I didn’t cry…although I sure felt like it at times. But I did feel fear.

There were times when I was one step ahead of Katy, as I’m sure a lot of readers were.

When there were some intensely sexy scenes though, most of the time I was like O.O WHYYYYY? YOU CAME SO CLOSE? JUST DO IT ALREADY!

Yeah I know. I’m a perv.

I felt sorry for Dee this time around because since Katy was spending so much time training with Blake, and dealing with her new powers and the connection with Daemon, since she didn’t want Dee to know…. well, that made it hard for her. And for me. I wanted to shake Dee and tell her that Katy had a reason for all of this. She wasn’t just ditching her for some loser with surfer hair.

So over all, if I had to recommend one book series this year, it would HAVE to be the Lux series. No, not the Luxe series (because that’s a completely different story)…so please don’t get confused.
L.U.X.
LUX.
Lux.
Luuuuuuxxxxxx
Yeah there are lots of ways to say it.

Are you ready for the ride of your life?

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5 stars for Obsidian (A Lux Novel #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 24 October, 2012 by katheryn13 in Reviews, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments


Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

5/5 Stars.

First off I’d like to say HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THAT WAS SEXY!

Secondly, I’d like to say, WHAT IS IT WITH SEXY BOYS IN BOOKS?

And thirdly…well…I just damn well loved this book!

I’ll admit, the concept of aliens was slightly…off-putting at first. I know lots of my followers on twitter have read this, and my friends were saying over and over that I had to read it. But aliens, really? I just couldn’t see it.

However, I was intrigued. I was hesitant about buying the book, but I did anyway and guess what? I fell in love. The aliens…they’re just not what you imagine. And asides from a couple of times when he talks about where he comes from…. well you mostly can forget it’s aliens.

This sexy sexy, down right hilarious (in parts, but even the sexy parts were kinda funny) book was just what I wanted. Albeit, some of the scenes were a little…shall I say, cheesy. And the sexy scenes sometimes a little….frustrating because you just wanted these two lovely characters, Daemon and Katy to get at it like rabbits but for some unfortunate reason Daemon continued to be an ass and piss off the person he really, actually likes. Who knows why he acts that way. Daemon is a complete mystery to us all, I should think.

He is, ultimately, a sex god. He has that swagger, that “I know I’m hot and there’s nothing you can do about it” vibe going on. And usually that would put me off, because there’s nothing sexier than a humble guy who is sexy but doesn’t know it. Well, now it turns out, you can have both.

Katy’s whole persona was, at first glance, JUST LIKE ME! I was shocked. Asides from the fact I’m not that attractive (in my own eyes) and I don’t have the luck of guys falling for me (maybe in my dreams), we were basically the same. As I’m sure a lot of other book nerdy girls around the globe are. We sit in front of our computers, shut out from the world, writing up blogs and stuff. Sadly, not all of us have the pleasure of having a REALLY HOT neighbour.

So their chemistry, Katy and Daemon… Can I say…SMOKING! They made me laugh so hard with their banter, and you knew there was an underlining emotion there that was dying to break free of its chains. A couple of times it did, but then…it got smacked back down to ChinaTown, as they say.

I loved Dee, i thought her bubbly personality was….albeit a little exhausting at times, but she really had a good heart to her. Lesa and…I forget the other girls name, well they added something..not quite sure what yet, but I’m sure it’ll occur to me in time.

I loved Katy’s mum…she was what you would call Embarrassing. With a capitol E. But cool with it, in a way.

Even though, in some other books that are somewhat sexy, there may not be much actual plot, unlike them, this was just…The dialogue was so good, it made you forget that there wasn’t actually that much going on. Not in a bad way, but I found myself so engrossed in the backwards and forwards arguments (albeit, funny) between Katy & Daemon, that nothing major really needed to happen. Some books make that mistake of having not much go on and you’re just reading paragraph after paragraph of what they did next but nothing EXCITING happens. This book…took you to the sky and back again. I swear to you…

The action was just as intense, too. It was written in a way that I didn’t get bored. Some fight scenes in books can leave you feeling like you’ve just swallowed a lot of words but not a lot going on, you know? This time, I was in the moment. I felt the pain and the (sometimes pleasure) and the drama.

So I don’t usually do really long reviews, and I’m doing my best not to spoil too much (Hopefully I’ve succeeded) and so I will leave you with these three wise words:

READ. THIS. BOOK!

There’s no other way to put it. I can’t believe I hadn’t read this sooner, but now I’m beyond excited to purchase Onyx on Amazon and read that and find out what other kinky/sassy/fun stuff the duo get up to.

A definite five stars for this bad boy!

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4 stars for Dreaming Awake (Falling Under #2) by Gwen Hayes

Posted 24 October, 2012 by katheryn13 in Paranormal, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

She fell for him in a nighttime world. But the time for dreaming is past—and the here-and-now can be just as fragile their love…

When Theia Alderson first encountered a mysterious, handsome boy in her dreams, she never imagined how finding Haden Black—and falling in love—could change her life. To save Haden, Theia sacrificed everything. And the dangerous bargain she made could have lasting repercussions.

Now Theia has returned to Serendipity Falls, and she finds herself struggling with the same deadly hungers that have tortured Haden. When students at their high school fall prey to a mysterious illness, Theia can’t help but wonder if Haden’s control is slipping—and how much longer she’ll have a grip on her own.

And still the nightmare realm of Under won’t let them go. Someone from Haden’s past is determined to destroy Theia from the inside out, starting with those closest to her, forcing Theia to choose between family and friends and a love that may have been doomed from the start…

4 Stars

Really pretty good. I liked the first book, and was excited to get this, however I had actually forgotten what had happened previously. But I soon got into the story again and as before, fell in love with Haden all over again *sigh*

So this time Mara is ruling the roost, so to speak. She’s taking over Theia’s life and there’s not much she can do about it. Apart from step up and be strong. And boy, she does. Although there were a few times where her inability to trust her friends and most of all, Haden, that bugged me. She just wouldn’t open up and say what was wrong, all the while letting her feelings build up until it’s too late to fix the problems.

Haden was as lush as ever, although he had some matters of his own to attend to. I loved the tie between the Ame, Donny, Gabe and Theia and Haden, as well as Varnie (I’ll get to him later). This time they were more included and I loved the twist third way into the book where they all got their points of views written. It was nice to see a different perspective for once, even if it was just for a short while.

I felt that the story didn’t really get into the full mix of things until at least half way, which is why I’m rating this book 4stars. The writing, however, was brilliant and enticing and really made me imagine the journey in my head rather than get overwhelmed with big words and heavy description. There were times where i was confused, but then soon everything became clear.
I unfortunately looked up reviews for this book while I was reading it (don’t know why) and someone hadn’t hidden a spoiler (view spoiler)

Overall there really isn’t much else that I disliked about this book. It was one that captured my heart and entertained me, but now I want to know what happens next. I’m hoping there is a third book…. because I don’t feel that Haden and Theia’s story has truly ended yet .ALso… dammit! They need to get it on 😛 All that chemistry!

What happened to her father was tragic. I wasn’t expecting that, and the story behind Mike and Ame was unexpected too. Mike’s sudden turn of events took me by surprise, but he bugged me anyway. I was kind of hoping…well, that he would die or something. Alas…not such luck.

So if you liked Falling Under, you’ll hopefully like this. It’s got all the same elements that you’ll love, and more. I recommend it to anyone that likes romance, forbidden love and demons. 🙂

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