Belong To You – Vi Keeland

Blurb:

My honeymoon was almost everything I dreamed it would be, a tropical paradise, turquoise water, romantic walks on the beach, and loads and loads of mind shattering sex. The only thing missing was the groom.

After seven years of coasting through a relationship with Michael, my senses were numb. A week of passion with a stranger was just what I needed to clear my head and take back control of my life. But how do you move on when the man that was only supposed to be a fling somehow seeps into your soul and steals your heart?

Page Length: 278
Publication Year: 2013
Genre: Adult Fiction/Erotica/Romance

Characters: Sidney, Jack, and Sienna

Now from that lovely little blurb, the story I thought I was getting was the typical “girl meets guy on vacation and has a fling to get over her ex-fiance”

This is not what I got! Now before I go into detail about shockingly bad this book is, I’d like to point out that I have no problem with erotica or graphic sex scenes. This was not what made this book so god damn awful.

This book was very deceiving as it didn’t start out too bad, I probably enjoyed the first quarter of the story, when Sidney and Jack met. But things really fell apart after they got back from Hawaii. At times I felt like I was reading a retelling of Fifty Shades of Grey minus the BDSM!

There were so many scenes where I could actually feel myself rolling my eyes, none more so than the part when Sidney mention her freaking inner goddess!!!!!

 

If only this was the most annoying thing about her, unfortunately not! Sidney is the complete opposite of everything I look for in female lead:

  • Stupid
  • Meek
  • Naive
  • No backbone
  • Passive

and that’s just to name a few, she literally just went along with everything Jack said no matter how bizarre or ridiculous it seemed. I would have loved for her to have bigger balls and actually challenge Jack! The most backward thing I found about her was that at the beginning of the story she told Jack that she left her Fiance because she lost herself in him, and what does she go and do…. Lose herself in Jack!

And speaking of JACK! Wow, I don’t think there are words to describe how much I disliked his character. He’s controlling, possessive, manipulative and has major anger and Daddy issues!  He’s need to have Sidney repeatedly tell that she belongs to him is cringy! Seriously! she’s a person, not a freaking possession! He even tells her, yes, tells her that she is moving in with him, and she’s all “well I belong to him to why not!” Oh and the daddy issues, who the hell thinks yeah I’ll start a porn business to ruin my Dad’s name? He could have just gone to the press and told them what a sleaze his dad really is.

I realize that I’m ranting now but I just have to get one more thing off my chest. There’s a part of the story where Sidney’s Ex shows up wanting to get back together with her, and Jack, of course, goes all caveman and basically, acts like a jealous ass and then Sidney feels the need to say sorry for this! Um, what? To make things worse Jack works with a woman who he used to bang, said women still has a thing for him, but when Sidney talks to him about this he swept it under the rug because he is so into Sidney that it doesn’t matter. Like Sidney’s feelings don’t matter!

and on that note, I’m gonna end here.

I don’t like giving bad reviews but honestly, for me, I could find nothing good about this book! I’m giving it a 1/5 even though I would rather give it 0!

 

 

 

 

Promise Me – Vivian Wood/Willow Winters

Blurb: 

The Navy made me the man I am, but I wouldn’t have survived without her.

Violet Shaw. My Vi.

I made her a promise a long time ago, and she thinks I broke it. But I never stopped loving her. I never will.I was fool four years ago. I threw what we had away, thinking it was for her own good. No girl should have to wait around for a soldier that might never come home.Everyday I thought about her; I fought to come back to her.

Now that I’m back in our hometown, I see her everywhere, as curvaceous and tempting as ever. But all she’s doing is pushing me away.

I was her first and I want to be her last.

I just need one chance.

I threw what we had away once — I won’t make that mistake again. Vi is going to be mine.

Page Length: 202
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Military/New Adult

Characters: Hunter and Violet

After reading a lengthy trilogy this was a nice change of pace. This story is centered around Hunter and Violet, who were high school sweethearts until Hunter left Violet to join the Navy. Now he is back and determined to make this right with Violet.

Although I did enjoy this story I didn’t really connect to any of the characters. I can say that I preferred Violet to Hunter, though. Hunter is your stereotype alpha male and his possessiveness was a little annoying although he did redeem himself when he beat the crap out of the guy who attacked Violet.

Umm there’s not much left to say really this book was short and sweet and I would recommend this a book to take on holiday and read by the pool.

My Rating: 3/5

 

 

Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) – Laini Taylor

Blurb:

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

Page Length: 613
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: Fantasy/YA

*Spoilerish*

Characters: Karou, Akiva, Zuzanna, Mik, Ziri, Issa, Jael, Razgut and Lirazel etc

The final book!

This book was soo looong…. and for a good reason, alot happens! With the first two books, I found a good rhythm and I was able to read with ease and understanding. This one not so much. I found myself having to concentrate extra to fully understand what was happening.

We are introduced to a few new characters, Eliza Jones who is a descendant of the angels and Akiva’s family on his mother’s side is revealed. I found Eliza’s back story fascinating and I feel this gave a lot to the story. Akiva’s Mother’s family was a bit more complicated but necessary for the whole story to make sense.

This book sees Karou and Akiva uniting their people to defeat Jael who has gone to earth in search of Weapons of Mass Destruction to bring back to Eretz.

Credit to: numbersandheroes on Deviant

I have to say that most of this book was really good, just as good as the first two even. But there is one thing that did annoy me a little and that was the constant pining of one another from Karou and Akiva. I get they are in love with each other and they have to hide it but I didn’t feel I needed to be reminded of this everytime they were in a room together.

Another minor issue I had was the ease in which they defeated Jael it just seemed a tad too easy!

Overall it was a satisfying end to a series that I thoroughly enjoyed. If you have read the first two books it’s well worth the commitment to finish the story.

My rating: 4/5

 

 

 

Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #2) – Laini Taylor

Blurb:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

Page Length: 517
Publication Year: 2012
Genre: Fantasy/YA

Characters: Karou, Akiva, Zuzanna, Mik, Ziri, Issa, Joram, Jael, Razgut and Thiago

*This review contains spoilers*

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Blurb:

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Page Length: 418
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fantasy/YA

Characters: Karou, Zuzana, Akiva, Brimstone etc

*This Review is full of spoilers so read with caution*

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Allure (Leathers, #1) -Lacey Weatherford

Blurb: 

Seventeen-year-old Brooklyn Hall has had her eye on uber sexy tattoo artist, Six Jagger, for a while. There’s only one problem—she’s pretty sure he doesn’t even know she exists. A friend of her older brother, Six is five years older than her. Plus, there’s the pesky fact that he’s had a steady girlfriend for months. Still, even though she knows there’s no chance for her, she can’t seem to let the fantasy go.

Six Jagger has had a thing for Brooklyn Hall since the first time he laid eyes on her a year ago. However, after finding out her age, he wiped her off his list of possibilities. That should’ve been the end of it, but for some reason, he can’t stop watching and admiring her from afar. Happy that he’s successfully maintained his distance, all that changes on the night Brooklyn walks into Inked Edges, asking him for an illegal tattoo. After that, all his carefully constructed barriers come tumbling down, taking them on an explosive ride of lust, passion, and desire.

All’s well that ends well, right? Too bad that wasn’t the end, but merely the beginning.

Page Length: 362
Publication Year: 2014
Genre: New Adult

Characters: Brooklyn Hall and Six Jagger

This story centers around the “forbidden romance” of Six and Brooklyn.

When I first started this book I really liked Six, but then I got about a quarter of the way through and things went a little downhill. Now don’t get me wrong I’m the first to admit that I like a bad boy and this is what Six is but as the story progressed I felt he was a little suffocating. I found his constant need to be around Brooklyn was a tad over the top! I also felt like sometimes when he was speaking to Brooklyn he was speaking down to her… and I’m not sure if that was the author’s intention or if it was just my perspective.

I did like Brooklyn’s character, she did have a backbone which was good but she is also fairly self-assured in that Six’s stripping didn’t bother her. Whereas if it had been the other way around and she was the one stripping Six probably wouldn’t have been so cool about it.

As the storyline went on I did find Brooklyn’s Father a little far fetched. I mean it probably is fairly accurate of most corrupt politicians (and I know very little about them) but it did seem a little OTT at times. [SPOLIER] I mean would you really still be having an affair with the women who killed your son?

I did like the romance between Brooklyn and Six even if it did happen a little bit fast, I do tend to like my romance to be a slow burn, so I would have liked a bit more of that. [SPOILER] I liked that in the end Six did the adult thing and stayed away until the restraining order against him had been lifted. I felt this was probably the healthiest thing for Brooklyn as it gave her a break from him to actually process what had happened to her.

Overall if you like steamy forbidden romance with a side of drama then I would definitely recommend this book to you!

My Rating: 2/5

 

If I Fix You – Abigail Johnson

Blurb

When sixteen-year-old Jill Whitaker’s mom walks out—with a sticky note as a goodbye—only Jill knows the real reason she’s gone. But how can she tell her father? Jill can hardly believe the truth herself.

Suddenly, the girl who likes to fix things—cars, relationships, romances, people—is all broken up. Used to be, her best friend, tall, blond and hot flirt Sean Addison, could make her smile in seconds. But not anymore. They don’t even talk.

With nothing making sense, Jill tries to pick up the pieces of her life. But when a new guy moves in next door, intense, seriously cute, but with scars—on the inside and out—that he thinks don’t show, Jill finds herself trying to make things better for Daniel. But over one long, hot Arizona summer, she realizes she can’t fix anyone’s life until she fixes her own. And she knows just where to start . . .

Page Length: 304
Publication Year: 2016
Genre: Young Adult

Characters: Jill (main), Sean and Daniel

I really wanted to like this book, and there were some parts that I did like but overall it just annoyed me.

The story starts off with Jill coming home from working with her father, to find her mother in a compromising position with the boy that she has been in love with her whole adolescences. From the outset, I did not like Sean at all! The vibe I got from his character was not good, slimy is one word that springs to mind when I think of him.

I think that this book was supposed to keep you guessing, as things you found out about certain characters changed as the story went on, but some things just felt convenient.For
example, In the Begining, it comes across that that Jills Mom’s advances on Sean were reciprocated, but then right at the end we find out that this is the complete opposite and that apparently he wasn’t interested in her at all and she had been coming on to him for months but he felt uncomfortable in her presence. Now what I don’t get was that if this was the case, why didn’t he tell Jill this straight away after she walked in on them in the beginning?

The one part of the story that I did like and I thought was actually written really well was Daniels character and his story. Jill meets him after he moves into the house next door, she is sitting on the roof when she hears an argument between Daniel and his mother. We learn that Daniel grew up with a violent father, who is now in prison for nearly beating his mother to death. His mother is angry with him as he has taken her away from his abusive father and this is what they were arguing about the night Jill meets him. Abigail Johnson really captured the emotional damage that occurs when a child grows up in an abusive environment. For me this is this book’s redeeming quality and what stoped me from giving it a one-star rating. I think that it’s great when an author touches on the subject of domestic abuse especially in YA as it’s still such a taboo subject.

Thinking back over the story, I think that the reason why I didn’t like this book is because it didn’t go the way I wanted it to.

Overall if you like complex teen romance, you’ll probably like this book.

My Rating: 2/5

Losing It – Cara Carmack

Blurb: 

Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible – a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier

Page Length: 189
Publication Date: 2012
Genre: New Adult

Characters:

Main Character:
Bliss Edwards

Other Characters:
Garrick Taylor, Cade, Kelsey

I’m starting this review by first confessing that I use New Adult books as a bit of a pallet cleanser usually after reading books with heavy plot lines. I like to have a break and read something light and fun. I also haven’t this genre for a couple of months so I was eager to jump back in.

Losing It is told from Bliss’s perspective, it’s a college romance with a forbidden love element thrown in. If you liked Loving Mr. Daniels, Teach Me or V is for Virgin chances are you’ll enjoy this book.

I really liked that Cara Carmack chose Bliss to be 22 years old and to still be a virgin. There aren’t too many books that touch on the subject of going through college and still being a virgin. Most of the books I have come across that have a similar storyline have lead characters that are 17/18. Having Bliss be a little older really helped me to relate to her.

The overall story was actually very sweet, the only thing that I really didn’t enjoy was the Cade issue. (Spoilers) The whole male best friend being secretly in love with the main lead is a little cliche and I felt that this story was strong enough on its own without having that storyline thrown in. The only other little niggle I had was with Kelsey, who is Bliss’s best friend. She came across as a bit shallow at times and a tad childish.

I liked the writing of this book it was a very easy read, I finished this book in a day as it wasn’t very long.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book. My Rating: 3/5

 

 

Of Beast and Beauty – Stacey Jay

In the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret…

In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

As you may have guessed from the title, Of Beast and Beauty is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Disney’s Beauty and Beast was my favorite movie growing up so any kind of retelling always sparks my interest, and this book didn’t disappoint!

The beginning of the story starts off very Fairytale Esque, giving us a background to the story before the story about our main character begins:

“IN the beginning was the darkness, and in the darkness was a girl, and in the girl was a secret. The secret was as old as the cracked cobblestone streets of Yuan, as peculiar as the roses that bloom eternally within the domed city’s walls, as poisonous as forgotten history and the stories told in its place”

The thing I liked most about this story is that it didn’t always follow the traditional storyline of Beauty and the Beast. For one thing, it’s set on a completely different planet, and it seems its the essence of the planet that has cursed the people living on it. I could never really decide who was beauty and who was the beast because at times both Gem and Irsa could have been either. And the Roses, evil completely evil! They feed on human blood and in exchange keep the city of Yuan flourishing.

The story is told from 3 characters perspectives, Isra, Gem, and Bo.

Isra:

I really liked the character development of Isra, she begins as a sheltered and naive but by the end of the story, she is a warrior! I liked that from the start of the book she never really feared Gem even though he’s a Monstrous from the desert.

Gem: 

I loved Gem, we learn that he is trying to save is tribe from starvation, he has a brother and father and child with a woman who chose another as her mate and through the stories he tells Isra we see that his way of life is extremely different from hers.

Bo

Not gonna sugar coat it, I didn’t like Bo one little bit. It seems he is supposed to be the Gaston of this story and while he didn’t have as much arrogance as you would usually see from this type of character he was still a conniving git, with almost no backbone. I get why some of the story was told from his point of view there were things we wouldn’t have found out otherwise, but even so, I didn’t enjoy these parts.

Overall if you’re looking for a good standalone story and you like re-tellings of fairytales I recommend you give this book ago. I really loved the twist in this story and in my opinion is probably one of the best retellings of Beauty and The Beast I’ve come across

My Rating 4/5