I definitely enjoyed this story. Definitely a different take on angels and demons. A very enjoyable YA.
16 year old Anna Whitt is a good girl who doesn't know much about her parentage other than she was adopted. So grateful for her adoptive mother Patty, that Anna always did what she was supposed to do. She made good grades, didn't drink or do drugs and always strived to be honest. Anna was "special" or "weird as others called her but she tried her best to fit in. Anna could tell people's moods because she saw their aura. Also, Anna remembered being born and all the words spoken from her mother's womb. She knew she was something more than human, but she didn't know what.
One day, she went to hear a local band with her best friend Jay, and there for the first time she met someone, drummer Kaidan Rowe, who didn't have a visible aura. Anna had finally met someone like her. she felt inexplicably drawn to the Kaiden and she knew he had answers to help her unlock the truths about herself.
Kaiden opened her eyes to world of Nephilims. Kaiden showed her how to unlock her five senses which were heightened due to her heritage as a daughter of a fallen angel (demon) and an angel.
Anna learns that the earth was divided under the rule of 12 Dukes of Hell. Each Duke specialized in a specific sin and worked to tempt the citizens in their area to indulge in that particular sin. Anna's father, Belial, was the Duke of Substance Abuse--both Drugs and Alcohol. Thus, his daughter Anna was required to influence people to use and abuse substances.
Likewise, Kaiden's father as the Duke of Lust, and Kaiden was required to work in his father's region promoting lust.
But something happens between Anna and Kaiden, and it causes them to fight their particular nature. But it is hard, very hard to go against your nature!
I listen to this book in one sitting. Engaging, but such angst and Kaiden and Anna clearly wanted each other. Love is a good emotion, so I can see why it is forbidden to them. Great world building. I can't wait for the next book.
In book 2 of the Penton Legacy, Aidan’s second in command, Mirren Kincaid "the slayer" was captured by Mathias Ludlum, who hoped to force Mirren back to being the tribunals mercenary and/or his personal goon. During this same time, Mathias kidnapped a young Gloriana Cummings, a clerk at a Circle K gas station, because he sensed some special powers he thought he could add to his arsenal for his war against Aiden & the Pentonville Community. When Mathias was unable to break Glori, he locked her in a room with Mirren, a vampire who hadn't been fed in a month. But being a master vampire helped Mirren keep some control around Glori, and when Mirren was rescued he took Glori too.
Thus began Mirren & Glori's journey towards coupledom! A great, though not easy adventure. But it was a helping process for the slayer and the freak. This author has made a seemingly simple & predictable storyline very engaging and fun to read. I couldn’t stop and I loved the that tortured hero struggle that Mirren was going through. He wanted the love, but felt he didn’t desrving of it due to his past as an executioner for hire. I also love Glori’s strength because she was much tougher than Krys. Glori had been battle tested by her family and thus a perfect match for Mirren. I love the various characters and how they were intertwined. I can't wait for book 3.
Again, the narration was spot on and kept me engaged. I like her various character voices. Great job.
Food Supplies for Vampires are quickly drying up thanks to a new vaccine for vampirism which renders the human blood poisonous for vampires. Master Vampire named Aiden Murphy and a few vampires moved to Penton, Alabama to establish a peaceful community with vampires and their human familiars (bonded humans called their family or "Fam") who have not had the vaccines.
So with the population of unvaccinated humans dwindled, vampires were starving all over the world and the vampire ruling Tribunal were running out of ideas for a new food supply. Thus Aiden’s community gained the attention of other vampires who envied them and in addition to being worried about a possible rise to power as the only well-fed community. Aiden invites a young doctor named Krystal Harris to come interview to be his community's personal doctor and Krys becomes the object of Aidan's attention. However, his forced detention of Krys broke vampire laws giving the tribunal an opening to target Aiden’s scathe.
I found this book a solid start to the series. I admit the book was kind of predictable and simple in plot, but that is exactly why I loved it. Sometimes stories get bogged down with twists and turns, but this one was just pretty straight forward, thus the story and the writing stood front and center.
I actually liked Aiden’s lieutenants more than I liked him because he was kind of one dimensional in the beginning. I will admit that I didn’t quite understand why Aiden’s brother was as sadistic as he was, but when juxtaposed with Aiden’s character, I could see that Aiden must have been a mirror that Owen hated looking into. But I think Matthias Ludlam is going to be a force to be reckoned with and Aiden will have his hands full protecting his community. Great writing style and great imagery.I look forward to the development of this upcoming war between the Penton residents and the Tribunal.
Book 3 of the Penton Legacy and it featured Will is the only living child of the antagonist Mathias Ludlam, and Matthias was still bent of bring both Will and Aiden to heel.
In this book, we got a glimpse into Will's childhood with Matthias. We learned that he was such a wise-ass to hide a life of pain and insecurities. While it was the thing that made him clash with his partner Randa Thomas, a former military officer, who came to Penton after being turned. Randa had only been a vampire for five years, but she didn’t enjoy this new way of life and it annoyed her that Will found jokes in just about everything. After sharing being caught in an attack on Omega by Matthias, Randa and Will shared a few childhood stories, they starting seeing each other in a new light. Their romance was much less intense than Mirren and Glori’s courtship. Randa and Will were quite tentative in my opinion, but it is also nice not to have insta-romance. It was like watching a flower blossom.
What made this book different was that this book focused more on plot than the romance, and the story advanced to a new stage. I am excited at the development of Omega Force, but I still uneasy with Matthias Ludlam alive. As long as he is alive, Penton residents will never be safe. Will's book was good but not as good as Mirren's book. But pretty darn close. Wil l's book was good but not as good as Mirren's book. But pretty darn close.
I didn’t know this author before this series, but I am going to be checking out her work from now on. I was supposed to read a book a month with this series, but obviously I kept going because I just had to keep reading. I am looking for the next book “Deliverance” with newest Lieutenant Cage Reynolds because this series hasn't had a love triangle yet...and so this should be good.
The narration is really good on this series. I listened to this book in 2 days.
I really enjoyed this highlander story. My only real issue was the narrator would switch between a scottish burr and her normal american accent. When Rosalyn Landor (my favorite narrator) reads, she stays in the same dialect. I would have preferred the narrator to pick one and stick with it. But overall, she did well.
I have heard so much about this series and I just had to try it. I fought to finish book 1, but this book was just too long and not enjoyable for me. I tried but I didn't engage with Jane. I only liked th scenes with Leo P and didn't buy the romance with Bruiser or the Cop.
4.5 stars. Definitely the best in the series in my opinion.
This book was 90% plot and action, low romance. While I love the romance, this story was well done. Riveting and just entertaining.
Finnegan Lane was invited to an Art Exhibit of the items owned by the infamous Mab Monroe and of course Finn invited Gin to be his date.
First, he wanted to get Gin out the house since she has been moping about her separation with Owen and he was also curious about the items that the dead fire elemental had amassed.
We learned from the prior 2 book that everyone should be weary of any invitation by Ashland's underworld, so I was not surprised at all when a fun gala event turned into a "stick up". A group of Giants had decided that they were through being bodyguards and wanted to run Ashland's underworld now that Mab's death left a vaccum for leadership.
Obviously they made a grave miscalculation by holding the crowd hostage, the crowd including Gin Blanco's loved ones. Nobody messes with Gin's family and gets away with. Watch Gin Blanco get to the bottom of the robbery and also the mystery of who set up the heist and why.
I was just hooked from the beginning to the very end! What a ride. This book was written like an action movie and it was the return to the beginning of the series where love as a side action and Gin Blanco as the Spider reigned as the main plot. Yes, Gin and Owen did talk and lay some things on the table. I also see a future with these two as I love them as a couple. But most of this book was all Gin solving a mystery and while there was just a little of Finn, Owen, Jojo D, Eva, Philip, Rosaline, Xavier & even Bria were just supporting her.
I can't wait for the next installment of what has become one of my favorite series.
I love this book and the series. I am not sure why people are so pissed about the alternating POV's but it wasn't bad at all. Each character had their own personality and the story flowed really well. Great Narration! I enjoyed hearing each person from their own "voice".
We picked up with Sam having gotten the "cure" and now he is functioning as a human. Him and Grace are enjoying the winter together, but waiting for the other shoe to drop with the new werewolves.
We meet the one Beck chose to replace Sam and his name is Cole.
Cole appeared to be a narcissist in the beginning, always whinning about how his life sucked, but after awhile he grew on me. I don't know why he was so sick of his life, as it didn't seem bad to me, but he began "doing" for others. I like the connection between Isabella and Cole because they were the anti-Sam and Grace.
This book was a turning point for Grace both in her life with her parents and in her development as well. I look forward to seeing how these changes affects her life plans with Sam and with her parents.
On an unrelated point--I hate Mr. Culpepper (ISabella's dad). I want someone to shoot him!
Book 2 of this series has Atticus and Oberon riding high after the defeat of Angus Og and his witch allies. Now that Atticus has made a reputation as a god killer, everyone wants him to kill a deity for them. More importantly, a powerful entity wants to kill him by use of magic.
In addition, Malina (possible witch allie) wants his help to avenge the murder of some members of her coven. Incidentally, the murders are also trying to kill Atticus, so they have an enemy in common.
Atticus begins looking for the witches who are trying to murder him and his loved ones, with the help of the wolves, witches and a new amulet from Granuel.
I enjoyed this book a little more because I have become more comfortable with his sarcastic quips and Oberon's comedic comments. I love the relationship between man and dog. I also wonder if Atticus will get some love soon, because he needs some relationship action. This series is definitely an action packed storyline and I will continue with book 3.
Favorite Oberon Quip: She should win the Nobel Obvious
After reading book 2, It happened one autumn, I thought Sebastian St. Vincent was just scum. I didn't think it was possible to redeem him after what he did to Lillian Bowman-Westcliffe. But obviously I forgot I was dealing with a master storyteller and Lisa Kleypas didn't disappoint. I know now not to doubt her because all I can say is Bravo, Ms. Kleypas, Bravo!
This one picked up right after book 2 ended. Sebastian St. Vincent was home nursing his bruises after his old friend Westcliffe gave him a beatdown. Evangeline "Evie" Jenner shows up and offers him a deal he can't refuse. Marry her and her fortune will be his. Evie basically exchanged her fortune for her freedom from her cousins. He needs money since he will inherit a title with no funds, and she has money but is imprisoned by her mother's family. They both needed help!
Their journey to Gretna Green began stripping both Sebastian and Evie, layer by layer, exposing the "lazy, aimless rake" as much more than he pretends to be, AND showing the "quiet, stuttering mouse" has much more fortitude than anyone realized.
What amazes me about Lisa Kleypas and this series is that no one H/h journey is quite the same. She may bring characters from prior books, but the individual story and road to HEA is unique to that couple. While I had hoped for a more drawn out fight with Evie's cousin, I had to admit that would been a predictable villain and storyline. Another great story and great installment to the Wallflower series
***Evangeline Jenner is Ivo Jenner's daughter from Dreaming of You. He owned the rival club to Craven's club (Derek Craven's club). Nice way to connect the series.
This book is a 3.5 stars for me. I enjoyed it, but it isn't a book that I would return to over and over again like Slammed.
Abigail Abernathy was a young girl who went to a far away College (from Kansas) to get a new lease on life. She wanted to forget her past and reinvent herself in the new environment. She gets drawn into a friendship/relationship with the campus bad boy Travis Maddox. I don't know if I really think Travis is a bad boy, but he engages in underground fights to pay for schooling. He is academically smart, but a shameless womanizer. Abby's best friend America,is a relationship with Shep, Travis's best friend and cousin. So of course those two will get thrown together often. Abby is determined not to be one of the notches on Travis' belt, and she is very vocal about it. She begins dating a nice boy named Parker, but there is some magnetic pull to Travis. So Abby is stuck with a decision, should she be with the guy that appears great by society's standards or should she be with the guy who makes her feel comfortable enough to be herself at times?
Abby's answer was rooted in her past, and she had difficulty with her past so Abby made the choice to avoid the guy that resembled her past lifestyle---a decision that caused confusion and hurt to almost everyone involved with Abby.
The writing was a tad predictable and a tad unrealistic at places for instance Abby's venture to Vegas. Many of Travis' fights, but I still enjoyed the story. One of the things that I loved about Abby was that she wasn't that naive heroine who was attracted to danger and had to sneak out to meet bad boy over mommy and daddy's objections. Abby knew who and what Travis was, and wasn't really fazed. I also disliked the exact same thing about Abby because she should not have made so many bad decisions because she wasn't a naive, sheltered little girl. She had real life experiences so some of her rookie mistakes were unbelievable to me. She was very clear and communicative...except for when it counted the most.
Abby was the real enigma in this story and she didn't achieve peace and contentment until she made peace with herself and truly shared herself with her friends. That freedom allowed her to pursue her heart's desire and that was fun to watch.
The writing style was easy to follow, it wasn't emotionally charged to me, so I was entertained. I just wasn't blown away by the prose or the plot itself. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy that bad-boy-saved-by-the-love-of-a-good-girl stories. But not for those readers who want more mature love/relationships.
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