Category: Review


Review: Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine

Posted 14 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Feast of Fools by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘She was staring at you.’ ‘What can I say? Irresistible.’ ‘Shane, it’s not funny. I just—you should be careful.’ ‘Always am.’ Which was an absolute lie. Shane’s eyes fixed on hers, and she felt a burst of heat inside that crept up to burn in her cheeks. He smiled slowly. ‘Jealous?’ ‘Maybe.’ ‘No reason. I like my ladies with a pulse.’” Favorite Character: Claire. I love watching her mature. First Line: It was hard to imagine how Claire’s day—even by Morganville standards—could get any worse … and then the vampires holding her hostage wanted breakfast. My Musings: Caine’s writing is something I can depend on. I can depend on her to weave a story, a setting, a conflict, and a major cliffhanger! With every one of the installments to the Morganville Vampires series, the plot thickens. The problem from the previous novel is resolved or put on hold, and another is introduced. This creates a series that you absolutely cannot put down with any piece of mind! The prose in this novel was like the other installments. The writing was detailed and the characters seemed to come alive off the pages. The novel was fast paced with almost no slow areas, and the adventure and mystery throughout the novel was a total win. I enjoyed the plot of this novel more than any of the ones in the […]


Review: Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

Posted 12 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Midnight Alley by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘I like the sound of that, crashing Monica’s party,’ he glanced at Michael, then quickly away. ‘What about you? That break some kind of vampire rules or something?’ ‘Blow me Shane.’ ‘Boys,’ Eve said primly. ‘Language. Minor at the table.’ ‘Well,’ Shane said, ‘I wasn’t actually planning to do it.’ Claire rolled her eyes. ‘Not like it’s the first time I’ve heard it. Or said it.’ ‘You shouldn’t say it,’ Michael said, all seriousness. ‘No, I mean it. Girls should say ‘eat me’ not ‘blow me’. Wouldn’t recommend ‘bite me’ though. Not around here.’” Favorite Character: Sam! He’s so cute! And he reminds me of Michael! First Line: “Parents have some kind of sin radar, Claire thought.” My Musings: Again, Caine has wooed me with an enchanting story about life in Morganville, Texas. Like the previous novels, Caine’s writing is descriptive and realistic, even when writing about a world of her imagination. The plot, characters, and adventure were extremely fun to read along with. Something I like, and have noticed about this series, is that there is not an overall prolonged plot. Each installment has its own story line, a different adventure that our favorite foursome embark on. The plot in this novel was fast paced, similar to the others in the series. The world building present helps us keep building a better idea about the type of […]


Review: Anathema by K.A. Tucker

Posted 10 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 3 Comments
Review: Anathema by K.A. Tucker

Favorite Quote(s): “Caden, kneeling beside me, gripped my face and gave me a peck on the lips. ‘I love you,’ he whispered.” Favorite Character: I really liked Caden. He seems super sweet! First Line: “‘Trust me,’ Sophie whispered. her delicate hands sliding up Nathan’s chest to slip behind his neck.” My Musings: Anathema was not what I was expecting. I am usually weary in trying out self published novels. However, this one was one of the best that I’ve read! The cover of the novel is interesting, and that is what drew me to the novel in the first place. Although I’m still somewhat confused as to the flower that the girl is in on the cover, it did not matter much to me. Anathema had an interesting plot line. Today, there isn’t much variation in writing in regard to vampires. However, Tucker managed to create a world where vampires are cursed, and earth is..special. I won’t say more, because I don’t want to spoil anything! However, the novel’s plot was great. It was full of adventure as we followed Evangeline on her trek through worlds. Evangeline was a cool character. She wasn’t remarkable, but she wasn’t horrible. She’s trying to do what’s best for everyone. Sophie was sweet. I think she’s misunderstood; she is lonely and she really has a maternal feeling for Evangeline. Caden was a great male […]


Review: The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Cain..

Posted 7 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 4 Comments
Review: The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “‘Want to play baseball?’ she asked. Shane’s eyes opened, and he stopped stroking her hair. ‘What?’ ‘First base,’ she said. ‘You’re already there.’ ‘I’m not running the bases.’ ‘Well, you could at least steal second.’ ‘Jeez, Claire. I used to distract myself with sports stats at times like these, but now you’ve gone and ruined it.’” Favorite Character: Claire. First Line: “It didn’t happen, Claire told herself.” My Musings: Like the previous novel, Rachel Caine has written a beautiful novel about Claire’s life in Morganville, Texas. In this installment, we follow Claire through a series of events, including Shane’s vampire hunter dad coming to town, Michael changing, The Dead Girls’ Dance, dealing with Amelie and Oliver, and Shane’s trouble that he always seems to be getting into. The plot of this novel, I can honestly say, was face paced and action filled. There was something new every chapter–a new event, a body found, etc. There was absolutely no lack of adventure at any time within this novel. There are subplots that assist in keeping this breakneck pace as well. However, the events were very organized, and they happened in a way to where one built off the other, resulting in a huge climax that will keep you gaping! I loved the characters, just as I did in the first novel. I think i feel even more in love […]


Review: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Posted 4 January, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Favorite Quote(s): “’Claire. Wake up.’ She blinked and realized that her head was on Shane’s shoulder, and Michael was nowhere to be seen. Her first thought was, Oh my God, am I drooling? Her second was that she hadn’t realized she was so close to him, snuggled in. Her third was that although Michael’s part of the couch was empty, Shane hadn’t moved away. And he was watching her with warm, friendly eyes. Oh. Oh, wow, that was nice.” Favorite Character: Claire. She’s so smartly sarcastic, it’s hard not to love her. see? “’You’re kind of a psycho. I get that.’ ‘I might be,’ Monica agreed, and gave her a slow, strange smile. ‘You’re one smart little freak. Now run away, smart little freak, before I change my mind and stick you in one of these old suitcases for some architect to find a hundred years from now.’ Claire blinked. ‘Archaeologist.’ Monica’s eyes turned winter cold. ‘Oh, you’d better start running away now.’” First Line: “On the day Claire became a member of the Glass House, somebody stole her laundry.” My Musings: The reason I picked up this book is because I’ve heard great things about this series. I’d heard about Shane and all his hot boy glory, and about all the action of the life in Morganville, Texas. I have to say, this book was exceptionally good, and I […]


Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted 20 December, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Check out my review of Shadows (Lux #0.5) Check out my review of Obsidian (Lux #1) Check out my review of Onyx (Lux #2) Favorite Quote(s): “‘I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will.’” “’He…he kisses like he’s dying of thirst, and I’m water.’ I smacked my hands over my hot face. ‘I can’t believe I just said that out loud.’ Lesa giggled. ‘Sounds like one of those romance books you read.’ ‘It does.’ I started giggling. ‘But, oh Lordie Lord, it’s true. I’m like a puddle of mush when he kisses me. It’s embarrassing. I’m so, like, ‘Thank you, can I have another?’ Sad.’” “’You haven’t been smiling much. I missed it, so I decided to reward you for doing it.’  ‘Reward me?’ I laughed. ‘God, only you would think kissing someone is a reward.’  ‘You know it is. My lips change lives, baby.’” Favorite Character: Daemon. You will see why in the following rant-like musings! First Line: “I wasn’t sure what woke me.” My Musings: Oh..oh my god. Ohmygod ohmygod ohmygod. My hands are shaking so badly right now I can barely type this up. This book…it changed my life. No lies. I just…there aren’t words to explain it. That ending…ohmygod. I can’t…I can’t believe that…what happened…that cliffhanger…I need Origin right now. Or I will spontaneously combust. Jennifer has done it again…except this one tops them all. I’m […]


Review: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Posted 7 December, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Favorite Quote(s): “‘You’re mine, Angel. Every last piece of you. I won’t let anything change that.’” Favorite Character: PATCH!!! He’s totally swoonworthy. And he’s a bad boy. ‘Nuff said (; First Line: “I’m not a party girl.” My Musings: Oh my goodness I cannot believe that it is over! And what a thrilling conclusion it was! I am saddened at the thought that I will not be reading anything else about our favorite fallen angel Patch, and his Nephiliim girl, Nora. The battle, the heartache, the death, the betrayals–all mixed up into what has been one of the best books I’ve ever read. The Battle. My oh my! I knew it was coming, but I didn’t think it would be like this! Patch was AWOL, the battle was at an unexpected time, and was led by an unexpected person. Nora showed extreme bravery in leading the Nephilim; she battled the leader of the fallen angels and won. Through sheer perseverance  she was able to conquer the evil, and eliminate Devil-craft once and for all. The Heartache. If you’ve read this novel already, then you know what I mean when I say heartache. My heart broke when Patch disappeared. I was like: But anyways! Imagine me when he came back. I was elated! However, the heartbreak that Nora experiences due to Scott was horrible. Which leads us to this: The Death. Okay, yes, you’d expect people […]


Blog Tour: The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica..

Posted 2 December, 2012 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
Blog Tour: The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

Favorite Quote(s): “Just because it’s broken doesn’t mean it loses its importance.” “‘You know it’s illegal to walk into someone’s house without permission…And sneaking into someone’s bed–that’s the move of a pervert.’” Favorite Character: Micha because his determination to bring back the girl he loves is so amazing. First Line: “I wonder if I can fly?” My Musings: Like Ember, Sorensen has once again knocked me off of my feet with this New Adult contemporary. The Secret of Ella and Micha shows the journey of a girl trying to find herself, and a boy who loves her helping her along the way. Ella has changed for what she thinks is the better–she’s gone off to college, she wears nice clothes, she gets good grades, all the things you’d expect a good girl to do. But Ella left behind a darker past as well as a boy. When Ella returns to her hometown, everything changes. She’s changed, and Micha, her childhood best friend, is determined to bring the old Ella back. Ella was a strong character to me. Although she had some identity issues as well as unresolved feelings about her mother’s death, her character was begging to be loved. She grew significantly over the course of the novel, finding the balance between the new her and the old her. Micha, the typical bad boy, was an amazing love interest. Although […]


Blog Tour: Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd

Posted 1 December, 2012 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
Blog Tour: Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd

Favorite Quote(s): “‘At some point in their life, every person has to strike out on their own.’” “‘A relationship should be defined by your feelings not by a status.’” Favorite Character: Riley. Although we don’t see much of him, he’s just appealing to me. I’d love a best friend like that. First Line: “‘Keatyn baby, come see The Cushman,’ a tipsy Brandon Cushman says to me.” My Musings: Stalk Me was definitely an interesting read. I’ve never read anything like it before. The novel follows Keatyn Douglas, daughter of famous actress Abby Johnson, as she battles through high school life and love. There were some things that I didn’t like about this novel, and there were some things that I did like. Overall, although it was not the best novel I’ve ever read, it was a pretty good read. I cannot deny that the book kept me laughing! Keatyn, albeit naive and somewhat stupid, had some pretty entertaining thoughts, as well as entertaining actions. For example: “Damn Disney, and all their happily-ever-after, unrealistic, bullshit stories.” “This laugh is deep and sexy. It’s kind of a growl. Grrr, baby, grrr.” I mean, who wouldn’t laugh at that? However, Keatyn’s character as a whole didn’t do it for me. I hate to say it, but she was pretty irritating; she was like a ping pong ball bouncing between different guys. And the […]


Blog Tour: Ember by Jessica Sorensen

Posted 30 November, 2012 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review / 2 Comments
Blog Tour: Ember by Jessica Sorensen

Favorite Quote(s): “‘Can I kiss you?’ he whispers with begging eyes.” Favorite Character: Asher. Swoon. First Line: “‘Emmy, can you hand me that Allen wrench?’” My Musings: Jessica Sorensen may not be an author that you’ve heard off. However, now is her time to shine. As part of two separate blog tours, I have had the honor of reading two of her novels: Ember and the Secret of Ella and Micha. Sorensen is an amazing writer; her characters are well developed and her plot lines are well structured. This goes to show that though one may not have been picked up by a large publishing company, their writing can be up to par with those who have. Ember follows the life of Ember as she struggles with seeing death. That’s right–she sees how a person will die. Throughout the book, Ember struggles with this curse while getting to know about herself and her lineage. The prose is beautifully written; although the plot is creepy and mysterious, it is intriguing. However, this is not a novel that I’d recommend reading right before you go to sleep! The characters contrasted in ways unimaginable, and I loved seeing the relationships between them. Ember, although her outward appearance would exhibit otherwise, was a nice girl and it was fun watching her grow throughout the novel. Raven, Ember’s completely opposite best friend was a hilarious […]