Monday, August 31, 2015

Review for A Whole New World by Liz Braswell - 3 bees knees

I liked this, but I didn't love it, and I really love the movie, so maybe that's why I didn't totally love this. The book is pretty much the same as the movie up until the lamp comes into play, then it starts to have differences. There's not enough genie scenes, so I definitely missed that, and it goes into more with the "street rats" aspect, and I did enjoy some of it, but I think too much time was spent on the planning scenes, so I started to get a bit bored. I also wanted more development between Aladdin and Jasmine, I felt there needed to be more scenes with them, and about them growing together as a couple. I think it's a good read for fans of Aladdin, so I say give it a go.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review for Awake by Natasha Preston - 5 bees knees!

I absolutely loved this! The whole premise is really interesting, and I think the way the story developed was excellent! Scarlett is a girl who doesn't remember the first 4 years of her life, which I don't really see why she would remember them anyway, but she begins regaining some of her memories through flashes, and they aren't really making sense with what her parents told her, so Scarlett sets out to find out what is up with these weird memories. Around the same time Scarlett meets Noah, and begins to fall deeply for him, and I think they are so adorable together, and have really sweet moments together. It turns out that a cult, which is mentioned in the blurb for the book, so it's not a spoiler, is after her, and wants her back, so they can sacrifice her because they feel that is what needs to happen in order for them to achieve some type of eternal life. This story is really great because I loved the mystery, and I couldn't stop reading until the book was finished! I was enthralled until the very end! I did want more of an ending; I hate how books don't usually have more than one chapter of what happens after things are figured out, and I found it weird how Scarlett's age kept jumping around, first she's 16, then she's 15, then she back to 16, it was so weird; maybe I just didn't read it carefully enough, I would've liked it if she were closer to 18 for this story, and I would of liked to get to the action a bit faster, but I still loved it. The way this book ended it seems there may be a next book, and I really hope there is because I would love more story with Scarlett and Noah, so I will be looking out for that, and I really liked Natasha Preston's writing, so I will look into more books from her! This book was truly wonderful!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review for Alive by Scott Sigler - 4 bees knees

This was a cross between Lord of the Flies and Maze Runner. I love the whole concept of waking up without knowing who you are or what's going on. Em wakes up in a coffin type thing without any knowledge of who she is, and she also finds others trapped in coffins; some alive and some not. Em's group tries to find a way out of whatever they are trapped in. They were in stasis it seems, and I feel like there was an Egyptian feel to the place they were trapped; like they were mummies or something like that. The story is definitely action packed, and it was an interesting read. A lot of the book is about the group trying to survive, and finding an escape. Em is a strong character, and she doesn't always make the right decisions, but overall she is doing her best to do what is right. I did like the side characters as well, and I would have actually liked to see a bit more interaction between them and Em. There's not really any romance in this book, there are bits alluded to, but nothing is really developed. I do look forward to reading the next book in the series, since this book leaves a lot of open questions, and I hope we see a lot more development of the characters. I'm looking forward to it.

Review for Take the Fall by Marquita Valentine - 3 bees knees

I liked the premise for this story; I really enjoy second chance at love stories, and I did like the characters, but I didn't love them. Rowan was a bit crazy, and I like that she's a strong woman, but she overreacts too much. I liked Seth, and how determined he is, and how he doesn't give up, but I don't really get why he was so pissed at Rowan. In this book Seth is sent to prison for some months, and then is forced to join the Marines, so he can have early release from prison. The fact that he was forced to join the military is just insane to me, and he must of had a horrible lawyer because Seth and others involved got crazy sentences. The chemistry between Rowan and Seth was really great, and I think they are a great match for each other, but I did want some more romance scenes and relationship building scenes, rather than just sex scenes. There are those scenes, but I would've liked a bit more. Rowan is very stubborn, and somewhat childish, so be prepared to get frustrated with how much she is really bratty, and I just have to say Seth is a saint for putting up with her attitude, and I will say Rowan is a bit justified in being weary of trusting Seth, so I understand where she is coming from, but it was very over the top a lot of the time. I think I'll read the next book, I'm thinking it will be Jase and Piper's story; Jase is Rowan's brother. I don't really like Jase because he sleeps around with very skeezy women; he talks about getting a blow job from a coked-out stripper, and so he doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. Piper is Rowan's best friend, who has a crush on Jase, and she doesn't seem to care that he sleeps with all these gross women; she's a doormat when it comes to him, so I don't know I don't think I'll like the characters very much in that book. I suppose Piper will have room to grow, but I just don't like the idea of her skulking around watching Jase sleep with all these women; she needs to get some self confidence and realize she's worth more than that, and Jase also needs to grow up. Jase thinks he is trash, and I think, that's why he doesn't think he deserves any better than some loose women. So, since I have high hopes for growth from both characters, I'm going to try to get past the horrible beginning scenes in their book.

Review for Laid Out by Sidney Halston - 5 bees knees!

I really love this series, and this book just added to my love for it even more! Although, I do wish the main characters would have gotten a clue sooner than they did! It was torture! So much torture, I just wanted to shout, "Oh my jeez! Just get on with it!" This book focused on Violet and Cain, and we get glimpses of characters from the previous books in the series, and since I love those characters, I really like reading more about them, and I think it would be a good idea for a reader to read the books from the beginning, but I think this book would be enjoyable even if you haven't read the other books. Violet and Cain have excellent chemistry, and they are really sweet together, and their friendship is wonderful. Violet and Cain have a deep bond, and it was difficult to read about them not being honest with each other, or themselves, and I understand the situation they are in, but because they both hold themselves back, they just create way more problems for themselves. I like MMA books, so that aspect was interesting for me, and I enjoy that world. As I said earlier, it did take a bit too long for the characters to gain a clue, so I didn't enjoy that, but their love scenes were really great, and that ending was so intense; I just loved it. I absolutely love this series, and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review for Perfect Betrayal by Season Vining - 3 bees knees

I really like Season Vining's books, but this one just wasn't quite to my liking. All the characters were horrible, and I found it hard to like any of them, and although I did start warming to them a bit, it wasn't in time for me to really like this book. Taylor is a stuck-up, spoiled rich girl with absent parents, who uses her body to get noticed, so she doesn't feel so alone, and I just couldn't stand her. She basically throws herself at Levi, and when he doesn't quite go for it, she gets him so pissed off they end up having angry sex because guys can't resist when a girl is being a bitch as long as she's got a hot sexy body, and from there sweet, sweet love begins to bloom. How? I don't know, but it does. It felt really sudden to me, and it didn't feel as soul deep as the author would have us believe. Levi is working at Taylor's house to steal millions from some hidden safe because he is poor, and he feels he deserves more, and committing theft is the way to go about it, and the people he is stealing from are a-holes, so it's totally fine. So, Levi and Taylor play this back and forth game with each other through the whole book, and both are lonely and misunderstood, so they connect. I get that they both wear a sort of armor, and Taylor is bitchy to fend off being hurt, and Levi is sort of flighty because he also doesn't want to be hurt, but it just wasn't enough for me to really care what happens to them. Okay, enough about the characters because I actually did like the story concept, and that's where the 3 stars comes from, and the ending was nice; if unbelievable. Also, it was interesting, it kept me reading, so that's a plus. That's one thing I can say about the book, it wasn't boring. I feel I'm being a bit harsh on the characters, but I'm just not in the mood for their attitudes. I still like Vining's writing, and if you don't mind a-hole characters I think this book is interesting, so give it a read, and as I said, I did start to warm to the characters towards the end of the book, so all wasn't lost.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review for Turn Up the Heat by Serena Bell - 5 bees knees!

I really liked this! Lily and Kincaid have tons of chemistry, and they were really sweet together, and they both have some kink to them; they both like a bit of rough sex, and it definitely led to some spicy scenes. I do love a good hot alpha male needing a bit of redemption story, so this was a good fit for me, and Kincaid definitely has that alpha factor with a touch of honey. I will say that when he was talking about receiving blow jobs, and he was talking about getting one in the place he was at, which I don't want to spoil, so I won't be more specific, it took me out of the story a bit because I wasn't really sure what he was saying there about who he got a blow job from; was it someone who was there with him; in the same situation as him? I don't know, if it was, then that's kind of a weird thing for the author to just throw out there. It made me question him a bit, and I'm not sure the author meant for it to be that, but anyway it was odd. I still really liked Kincaid, and he turned out to be really great, and he's actually a sweetheart. I like that the story was pretty much Lily and Kincaid for the whole thing, and there aren't too many outside people try to mess with them, and I liked the side characters. I liked Lily's passion for cooking, and the pleasure she gets from feeding Kincaid; I don't know I thought it was cute. I like that Lily wasn't afraid to go for what she wanted, and she may have had some reservations, but she pushed through them. I do wish Lily and Kincaid figured things out sooner, and I did want some more in the ending, but that's just because I really liked the characters and wanted more. All in all, I really enjoyed this, and I was interested through the whole thing!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Review for Once and Again by Elisabeth Barrett - 3 bee's knees

I liked the idea of this story, but a lot of content was misplaced. Things like all the business talk about the club, and the chapters from Jane's POV; I think they were really unnecessary, so the book was just okay for me. The last 30 percent of the book was really good, and finally showed the chemistry between Carolyn and Jake, so I enjoyed those parts. There was just too much time spent on other stuff, when really there needed to be more development between Caro and Jake. I liked Caro and Jake, and I like them as a couple, and I love the whole scenario about re-finding past love. Both Jake and Caro are trying to, in a way, find themselves and where they belong, and I liked that aspect, and they are actually quite cute with each other, and the sex scenes were good and steamy; they did feel a bit shocking with how the tone in the rest of the books is, I was expecting something a bit tamer than what was in the book, but I liked the scenes. I'm not sure if the author is going to have the side characters in this book have their own books, but it looks that way, and I don't know if I care to read about Jane's story, but I do think I'd like Grace's story; I'll have to see what the synopsis of Jane's book is before I decide. I did like this book; I just wanted more Caro and Jake; more romance. All in all, I enjoyed the book; I loved the scenes between Caro and Jake, but it was just okay because there needed to be more of a focus on the main characters; together that is.

Review for Hard to Fight by Bella Jewel - 5 bees knees!

Okay...so I disliked the beginning because I didn't enjoy the first meet between Grace and Raide, and Raide for most of the first half of the book just reminded me of a thug, so I wasn't into his attitude, but as the story develops I really started loving it! I love Grace! She is smart, strong, and she has an excellent sense of humor. She really brings an extra layer to the story, and she's the main reason I really enjoyed this book. I took a bit of time to warm up to Raide, but by the end I liked him, and Grace and him had steamy chemistry, and her lightness really complemented his stiff personality. Raide is a very manly guy, who is in a difficult situation, and I read about his struggles, his character really began to evolve. The love scenes between him and Grace were really steamy, and their a really great match. I like the bounty hunter angle, and I like how it developed in the story, and Grace was awesome! I do wish she were a bit less mopey at points, but I can see why she would be mopey, so I'll forgive her that. I did want more in the ending, but all in all I really loved this book!

Review for Seduced in Secret by Shiloh Walker - 5 bee's knees!

This was a great short story! I loved it, and it was so sweet. Tessa and Caleb are absolutely adorable together, and I like that they've known each other for so long, and they have a wonderful history together, and their chemistry is wonderful. I liked the whole secret admirer angle, and with how short the story is, I still felt like I got an a lot out of the story, and any intimate scenes were nicely written, and they had some great heat to them. I really enjoy Shiloh Walker's books, and I plan to read many more from her in the future!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Review for Breaking Out Part II by Michelle Diener - 5 bee's knees!

I absolutely loved the first book, so I was really looking forward to this one, and I loved this one as much as I loved the first! This series is so great, and I wish all the books were already out, so I could read them right now! This book picks up a few weeks after the first, and Kelli, Nate, and Giles have a plan to help other people being held captive by the same people who were holding them prisoner. I loved that all the characters from the first book were a major part of this book because I loved them all, and I liked the addition of Nina. Both Nina and Kelli are excellent female characters, and I like how totally amazing they are. If you haven't read the first book, I recommend that you do that first, but to give you a quick overview, Kelli, Nate, and Giles all have really cool powers, and because of that some people were holding them prisoner to use for a reason that has not been established yet, and now they want to help others like them escape from these no good people. First up on their quest is Nina, and so the trio have a plan to break her out of the facility holding her captive. This book had all the things I loved about the first, action packed scenes, awesome powers, sweet romance, and some super bad ass characters, and I love all aspects of these books so far. I can't wait till the next book in the series! I need more story! Hopefully it, and any future books come out very soon!

Review for Breaking Out: Part I by Michelle Diener - 5 bee's knees!

I absolutely loved this! It's a very short story, and I definitely wanted more, so I'm glad I can read the next book right after! So great! How this story started had me loving it right from the beginning! Kelli is held captive by some type of "doctor" because she has special abilities, and this whole book is her trying to escape out of the facility she's been held in for years. Nate is also being held captive, and is trying to escape as well, when he stumbles upon Kelli, and then they join up to escape, and save a friend of Nate's. The whole book is awesome! I love all the powers the characters have, and I love that they use them often, and the action scenes were really great; I was interested till the very end of this book, and I wanted to keep reading more, and to top it off there are some really kick-ass characters. Kelli is amazing, and I love her intelligence, and I love her power! Nate is super great too, and I love that he's a tough nice guy, and I love that he has the power he does because usually male characters don't have that power, and I think it fits nicely with his personality. Kelli and Nate have excellent chemistry together, and I'm really looking forward to reading more about how their relationship grows. I am really looking forward to the next book, and getting to know Giles more!

Review for Primal Heat by A.C Arthur - 4 bee's knees

I love shifter series, so I was hoping this would be a great one, and it was! I really enjoyed it! I haven't read the other books in the series, and I wish I would have because it would've been nice to have a connection to the characters from the previous books that are in this book, and in this book a pre-existing story is in part, part of this book, but even without reading the previous books I still really enjoyed this book, and reading a bit about the other characters from previous books, made me really interested in reading the books about the characters. In this book, Eli and Nivea are part of a group of shifters; they are soldier types, who are trying to stop a mad man shifter from outing the shifters to the world by brutal means, and also Nivea is dealing with an extremely difficult past with her family, and Eli is dealing with opening himself up to good things in his life. I love that Nivea is a kick-ass female, and I like that she stands up for herself. Eli is a great Alpha male without being too overbearing. I loved the chemistry between the two, and I would have liked more scenes with them growing together; it felt a bit rushed, but I still really enjoyed the scenes they did have together. I also would have liked more from them in the ending, I felt I didn't really get closure on their relationship; it felt rushed. I'm thinking there will be glimpses of them in the next books, so I'll look forward to that. The sex scenes were pretty good between the two, and I like the whole I can't love you because I'm scared scenario, and they also had sweet moments together. I could've done without the sex scenes with the enemy side though, and even the point of view scenes with them, and I have a bit of an iffy opinion on the after the fact scenes. The author would have the characters reflect on something that happened in their relationship, rather than having an actual scene, and I would have really liked to have the actual scene because some of them were about the growing development of Eli and Nivea's relationship, and to have more in depth scenes between them would of been nice. All in all, I really liked this book, and I'm really looking forward to reading the previous books in the series, and any future books in the series!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Review for The Fine Art of Deception by Alyssa Richards - 4 bee's knees

I love books that take place in the art world, so I found that aspect of this book really interesting, and I like the story development, and the mystery to the story was intriguing. I also loved the psychic angle, and the actual story was a really good one, and I liked the love story between Addison and Blake. I do think the characters were a bit flat, they needed a bit more life to them, but I suppose that fits in with the sort of stiffness of some people with money, and the writing was sort of disconnected; I felt like some parts just ran together, when there should of been some more clarity; there needed to be a breath. Addison and Blake do have chemistry, and I feel like the sex scenes were pretty good, and there weren't too many of them; the story is the main part that shines. This book does have a bit of cliffhanger, but it's more of a story cliffhanger, and not a relationship cliffhanger. I will definitely read the next book in the series; the story is really good!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Review for Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland - 5 bee's knees!

I loved this series, and I love Lori Handeland's writing! I recommend reading the first two books in this series before you read this book because characters from the other books are in this book, and all of the books are excellent! I really enjoyed reading about strong, intelligent women who have a mind of their own, and I liked the unknown witch angle, and I like that the witches magic was actually used; I hate when someone has magical abilities and they barely use them! Willow is the lead female in this book, and just like her sisters, she is great! This book starts out with her in a psych ward because she's having trouble understanding her powers, and her life hasn't really been working out for her lately. I enjoyed the chemistry between Willow and Sebastian, and they were really sweet with each other. This book is the final book in the series, at least it seemed to be, and so there was some great action scenes taking on the bad guys, and that kept me intrigued. I loved the scenes between the sisters! It's great to read about them finding that missing piece of themselves. Awesome read!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Review for Remember by Shannon Dermott - 4 bee's knees

I was interested through the whole book, and I liked the main characters. There's lots of action to keep the book from being boring, and I really enjoy when different supernatural beings are mixed. I did like Charlie, but I wish she wasn't so blasé about a lot of things, but I did enjoy her character most of the time, and I think there's a lot of room for her to grow in this trilogy, and I'm looking forward to reading more about her. I liked both of the boys, one a bit more than the other, which would be Peter, and I liked him better because I just couldn't stand Raine, so that put a negative light on Alex for me. If Raine ends up with anyone, that's a shame because she is despicable, and I don't get how anyone would want to be with her after her lies, and the fact the Alex was with her reflects badly on him, so that's why I'm not completely feeling him, and because of his actions he really screwed himself with Charlie. Of course Charlie seems to take a lot in stride, so who knows what she'll feel, and now that I think about it, Charlie is a bit cold, I still like her though. I like the hint of mystery in this book, and while it may be a bit predictable, I still think the story is unique enough to have an appeal of its own. I will definitely read the next book, and I'm hoping a lot of it will be away from any school yard drama because those are the parts in books that I don't enjoy; stuff like the whole Raine situation. Really enjoyed this book, and it has the roots for an epic adventure!