2 chocolate kisses
No more zombie dystopian ya books for me. I have had it with depressing though beautifully written books.
Why, why why?Is it some comment on resurrection, a question about an after life…and it all seems like some dreadfully dreary slice of life and unlife? What is the point really?
Now this may very well been a style choice, but the no quotation marks around dialogue really made me feel like I was sucked even more into this awful pit meh.
So I am totally done with this. It depresses me and I see no redeeming value in the genre.
If you like this kind of stuff, the writing was good except no quotation marks.
4 solid chocolate kisses
I enjoyed this book. The heroine was a bit stubborn and mouthy. A nice set up for following books in the series but no cliff hanger at the end, thank goodness. I felt for the characters in the book as they were well drawn. I most definitely will look out for the next one.
5 chocolate kisses
arc received from edleweiss
This book was an unexpected delight. For me it is pure fantasy as I do not believe in Fallen Angels but the ‘what if’ aspect was excellent.
I suppose this could be considered erotica, but I just didn’t feel that it was. The nature of the story of fallen angels and human women was about desire and however conflicted the female lead in the story was, it was a large part of the interaction. So it was a romance which was graphic at times. But for some reason this did not bother me. I think the reason why was because there was soooooo much more going on in the story.
I thought this was a well crafted story that always kept me guessing and I was just not certain of anything until the last page. Great reading and I highly recommend it for people that like dark, speculative, religious fantasy or just dark fantasy.
It is not a traditional love story in regards to it be consistent. What I liked about it was that the characters had to work through their feelings which were complicated and they had to struggle with their choices.
The worldbuilding was lush and the author was able to describe the scenery to the point that the reader felt they were actually in Montenegro and to be honest, I would like to visit there because as it was describe, I found it very beautiful. The scenes in the States were not so clearly drawn, but I am familiar with cities there and this author did not need to waste words in that regard so I did not take that as a negative.
Another large positive for me was the sense of Good versus Evil and what that actually was. It was not so clear cut as other books that I have read in the genre. The only thing that stood out for me as ringing near truth was that fact the humans and ‘angels’ both have to obey and the results of not doing it played out a bit in the story. But there was nothing definitive beyond a certain choice and the rest of it is pretty much left wide open for other books in the series.
It it a romance? I would say yes, but not one like I have ever read before and that was indeed quite refreshing and I was on the edge of my seat all throughout it.
This is a very adult book for mature audiences.
Arc supplied by netgalley
3.5 Chocolate Kisses
This was an interesting tale, light and easy to read but with quite a bit of sex. It was a contemporary romance with a dash of paranormal-vampires. I say dash of paranormal because it could have been a story told without having vampires in it at all. Yes there was biting and bloodsucking mixed with sex, but the main theme to me was about the heroine and hero’s relationship and what crosses them; someone from the past with an axe to grind. So what I like to see in paranormals as in world building was decidedly lacking. And the vampire society, I believe more will come clear in later books, but in this one, they did not know alot about their circumstances and the idea of a ‘Perfect Mate’.
The writing was fine, but the hero was not the type I usually go for – brooding and dark. He was very nice and not at all Alpha which was certainly fine. It is a very valid choice to make such a type of hero.
Overall I felt that the sexual tension from them was ok but it was a bit blah in terms of atmosphere. What I did like was Perry and how he fit into the story and he seemed to have the most transformation from the beginning to end.
I give a mature rating to this story because the amount of sex.
5+++ Chocolate Kisses
Now this book I simply just love. On the surface, it seems like a very simple story. But there quite alot going on in the story. So far in book 1 we have the Others who are the terra indigene and humans. Within humans we have some sub categories which have been forgotten by most of the human population; one being the cassandra sangue or the Blood Prophets.
I do not want to do spoilers for the book, so read no further if you do not want that.
I reread both books in the series a total of 3 times because I just couldn’t get enough. There was something about the world building that just blew me away and I think I have found the answer as to a cause of that. Generally the humans in the book were a bunch of entitled people who did not live in the reality of their situation in Thaisia. They wanted more and more and when they pushed the boundaries pass reason, they cried victim when something bad happened to them. They thought their technology entitled them to be over the terra indigene and that they were better than them. They were bigots pure and simple. it reminds me of the present world where the entitled seem to be quite ignorant of certain things.
This is generally speaking. Individual humans that we met in the two novels showed that not everyone thought that way and these humans worked on bridging that gap for human survival because a few enlightened humans understood their situation and were not ignorant of history. I look forwards to knowing more about the human Burke and what he really knows and hopefully that will be in book 3.
It is also a story of transformation of the relationship between the humans and the terra indigene and we see that through the character of Simon. In such a short time he changed after meeting Meg and to me he was ripe for the changing. It was a delight to watch that happen.
The elephant in the room for me was how will they get to the point where they can live together and when will humanity realize that just because someone does not look like you or have a different culture that it does not mean that they are less than you and when will the terra indigene realize that humans are not just meat.
Book 1 is a bit more fast pace than book 2 but as a reader, that was fine by me. The slower action made room for some added information that was needed at that point. Both are the most excellent of reads.
There is romance that I find most enjoyable. The slow burn. How that turns out…. I guess I will just have to wait until the next book to see what happens.
4 Chocolate Kisses
Well I am not a huge fan of steampunk for reasons that I cannot put my fingers on. Some I like and this is one of them. But usually I just steer clear of them. The reason this is not 5 stars is because at the beginning the POV was confusing and I think it had to do with the names of the characters. I just did not know them well enough to discern who was speaking, thinking or doing some action because I was mixed up until later in the book and then it was a smoother read. I am listing this as a personal problem because I thought the book was well written and once I was involved it was a good read.
Undertow by S.M. Stelmack
3.5 Chocolate Kisses
I did enjoy the book as it was refreshing. The whole idea of a world beneath the tunnels of cities existing was quite interesting. So I would say the world building was quite good. My problem was that I just did not feel the characters all that much except for Reggie who was a secondary character. In addition there was pages and pages of sex. My thought on that was that instead of making for more tension in that regard, the other just decide to let them have a go at it. It might work for some readers, but for me, it was something to skip because really, it did not bring anything to the story. So it could have been a 4 chocolate kisses, but went to 3.5 because I am quite bored with having pages of sex in a romance. Otherwise I enjoyed it.
4 Chocolate Kisses
I will be right up front and say that I usually stay way clear of Young Adult Romances, Urban Fantasies… whatever. I am so glad to be out of my hormonal angst years for decades and generally give them a miss if I can help it. But due to some friends’ reviews on Goodreads and in addition to the fact that I have a weakness for all things Lycans, I gave this a chance and I am very glad that I did.
It was such an enjoyable read. The author engaged me from the start. The tension was excellently handled, made sense and it kept me reading. At times it felt kind of Twilighty with High School kids, cars, cafeteria. But I did not mind it. I was curious to see what would happen to the heroine. She was interesting from the start and it was not a story that had any sex which was refreshing. I am not against sex in books, but I relish a story much, much more.