Review: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

I’m trying out a new template for book reviews. Hopefully it won’t mean that I rip my first victim apart too badly….     First Impressions   The pretty cover is what got me. I’m not sure why, because I’m not a huge fan of the angel-themed books that seem to have exploded in the last couple of years. I did get it on sale on amazon, though, so that could have had some influence. $3 often looks a lot prettier than $10.   In a Nutshell   Violet Eden finds out on her 17th birthday that she’s a Grigori, and her destiny involves an age-old battle between the half-human/half-angels and the exiled (who are basically fallen angels) and protecting humans from the exiled. She has to choose whether she wants to accept (“embrace”) that destiny or not. Things get … Continue reading

Review: Forbidden by Syrie James & Ryan M. James

I decided this time along that I would keep of log of my reading progress. We’ll see if it’s any fun compared to an off-the-cuff review afterward!

Before I get started

The cover is pretty. Not enough for me to buy it based on that alone, but pretty enough that I couldn’t resist checking it out. Based on the blurb, it’s another angel book. Which, now that I think about it, is the reason it ended up on my TBR list (see previous post, re: Goodreads group). My library happened to have this one in stock through Overdrive, which moved this to the top of the list. I’m really crossing my fingers that this one will be good.

First few pages

Wow. 3rd person with a shifting POV? It’s so strange for YA paranormal that it almost threw me … Continue reading

Review: A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

I think this may be a first. This book has a cliffhanger ending, and I didn’t hate it. The ending, that is. The book? Well, it left plenty to be desired.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

A Beautiful Dark is yet another YA with a beautiful cover. I’d say that was responsible for drawing me in (because I’m oh-so succeptible to the draw), but it actually wasn’t this time. One of my groups over at Goodreads, Never too old for YA Books, has books(s) of the month, and this month’s theme is Angels and Demons. This was the chosen Angel book for April.

In a nutshell, the story is about recently-turned-17 orphan Skye, who starts back to school for the new semester to find two new guys vying for her attention. Said new guys, … Continue reading

Reviews: The Battle of the Lilys

No, there’s no a book by that title. (I don’t think. *checks* Nope, I’m safe.) I just realized this week that I read 2.5 books last weekend, and they ALL featured characters named Lily. Weird. I wonder if Fate was trying to tell me something–and if she was, it better be something good! Like, someone named Lily is getting ready to give me a million dollars.

The three books were:

Untitled and In Progress by A Friend of Mine
Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

In the first, Lily is the main character’s best friend. She’s spunky and fun, blond, and may be facing some major life changes that parallel the main plot.

In Hourglass, Lily is the main character’s best friend. She’s spunky and fun, dark-haired, and helps the main character deal with major life issues to advance … Continue reading

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

This book first caught my attention in an online ad many months before it came out, though I can’t remember where. I’m the sort who finds cover art critical in influencing my fiction choices–which some may say is superficial, but I find that a good cover just sets the mood like candles might do for a romantic dinner–and this one had me hook, line and sinker.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

It’s lush, angsty, mysterious, dark and beautiful all at once. There was so little information available about the book (probably intentionally) that it only added to the mystique. I added it to my amazon wish list so I wouldn’t forget about it. It’s been at the top of my “books I will pay full price for” list ever since the release date, and last night I broke down and … Continue reading