Citrus Heights, CA, United States | Member Since 2010
Yes this is a Cinderella type story that totally surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. This new Cinder is a mechanic and seems to be the sole provider for her family, which consists of a step mother and two step sisters. Only one of the sisters is kind to Cinder. When her father was still alive she had an accident and is saved with new cyber technology. There are many things that are similar between the stories but many differences. The plague twist makes it even more interesting. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I hope audible adds it soon.
Oh yeah this is a YA story, and I am an adult but I really, really enjoyed it.
WOW...just let me say it again....WOW!!! I love dragon stories, but this one, is just AWESOME. The characters are so fleshed out and introduced with such an attention to detail that I never once got lost. Each one was unique and their abilities was so well suited to their personalities.The story is slowly built up; had me holding my breath at what was coming and it did not disappoint. You get to see the story from the POV of the characters and the dragons, it is so intricately woven that you don't even realize what is happening.
Of course there is Evil and you even get to see the story from their POV as well, which was very different, normally the Evil is just that mindlessly evil, not this time, its Evil, very Evil and can easily suck you in.
Even though the ending was more than satisfactory, ( the battle) you know there is more to come. I believe this is a trilogy.
Totally worth a credit. I am downloading the second book now!
What a new concept, an Inn for paranormals to stay, during their travels. A sentient Inn which is also considered neutral ground and a sanctuary. So any intergalactic or non intergalactic guest can stay here.The story opens with the death of a 3rd dog in the neighborhood. The deaths are vicious, with the animals being eviscerated. Dina is our heroine and Sean is our reluctant Hero, who is also a former Navy seal and a shifter, and is very ignorant of his world, and Arland a vampire who has the makings of being another love interest for Dina.
The world building is unique, presently the inn only has one guest, and she is quite scary. There is also a back story regarding the Inns and Dina's parents, that I am hoping will be further explored in the next book.
My favorite character though was Dina's dog, a lil shi tzu name Beast! LOL This was a fun, engaging book and with some LOL moments.
I enjoyed the first book in this series. However, Chris and Izzy did not push any buttons for me. Chris was a total jerk to Izzy throughout the entire book. Izzy was a very immature, naive person. Having parents who only tolerated her existence until at age 16 she left home and they didn't bother looking for her. She has lived a very insular existence with her computers as her companions. She is a total genius when it comes to creating programs and hacking into secure systems. Everyone wants her except Chris. She continually has sex with him, he pushes her away, then goes to her for more sex, after all she is his mate.
The book was too long....it dragged in places. Very lil action until the end of the book.
The premise of the story is a very good one. However, this story is not very well developed at all. It left a lot of questions and nothing in the new world was explained as to what had happened, there was no mention of a centralized government, or even a local one, just seemed as if there were a lot of cabals with each one with their own laws of governance. I Know there are several stories about the other girls captured but I would suspect it is from their point of view of their new lives. I don't think I will continue with the series, this one was meh!
Although I guessed who was behind the murders, and who wanted the deed, the story was still interesting. A great beginning to a new series. Its nice to have friends, ghost friends that is, Maxie made me laugh out loud. However, poor Paul, serious, down to earth, (what an oxymoron) guy he was, so serious about his profession really captured my heart. This is is one of those stories that you can listen to with your kids in the car.
Amanda Ronconi did a fantastic job narrating the story.
I haven't written a review in a while, but I just had to do one for this book. First off let me say the narrator was very good when it came to doing the voices. They were very distinct and his female voices were very good.
However, this story lacked passion. The story has a Christian bent, however are you telling me that Christians don't have any passion in their lives? The story line was interesting however, again it could have been ramped up some with more intensity with her word choice in telling the story. As far as the romance between the main characters were concerned, it was very apathetic. I can't believe someone sees someone starts asking questions about their background, likes what they hear and decides this is the one for me. HUH? No....heart beating fast when you are with this person? No....desire to kiss her senseless, no body reaction to being close her......is this the way Christians are around their so called love interest? Look we all have those giddy feelings when we think we have found the one, the body responses, the desire to touch, kiss the one that makes your heart beat alarmingly when they are around, to deny these feelings exist isn't being human, it doesn't mean you have to act on them. Acting on them after marriage is the Christian way. This story didn't do it for me, I like stories that writers imbue with more intensity and passion.
I loved the hero in this story, however the heroine was very hard to warm up to. She was one of those ditzy women who kept doing very dumb things. I also did not care for all of the angst we were put through regarding her widowhood. I know losing a husband and child was very traumatic for her but it had been three years. I don't know if she had ever had grief counseling or not but it would not have hurt.
The plot was good, although I figured it out who the killer was.
This is the start of a series, and the family members sound interesting especially Ian, which was a lose end that wasn't taken care of.
Of course Johanna Parker did a great job as always.
OK this is a British written book. This book is written in the style of a Sophie Kinsella book, however it misses it mark on so many fronts. There were some moments that were meant to be funny but just didn't quite do it. This is a story of a girl who is dumped by her boyfriend but he refuses to give her a reason as to the "time out." So begins her quest to change herself along with her two friends a gay male and her BFF. This is where the list making comes into play. She immediately makes a list of things to do to make herself not boring. If you need something light to read and want to follow a 28 year olds journey to self discovery, then by all means pick this one.
I enjoyed this book. The comeuppance for the bad guys was enjoyable. However, the ending was even better. The characters were well developed and likeable, even Debbie. An easy read, some action, some romance, minor sex scenes everything to keep you interested.
Narrator was pretty good.
The hero in this story was a total jerk. He lied to Lisa, found that she was naive, took her virginity and kept her away from others. When she found out who he really was, he reluctantly invited her to the dance he was giving at his ranch. His distrust of Lisa was misplaced and he knew it but couldn't admit it to himself. Sure he was redeemed at the end but I would have had a hard time forgiving him.
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