* I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The previous two books, King Hall and King Cave, are one of my favorite New Adult fantasy books. Not only are they different from anything out there, since it's hard to find a New Adult book that is not contemporary, but they are super entertaining and will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time.
King Tomb is so much different from the first two books in the series. From the very first page you feel how the mood has change. After the devastating ending of King Cave, I just knew things were not going to be the same, but it was still sad to see how much things really changed. Lily's and Ezra's lives are full of darkness and bleakness. They are so much different than they were before and it was heartbreaking.
What had me worried the most before starting this book was what was going to happen between Lily and Ezra. I was worried that their interactions were going to be limited and I wouldn't get the chemistry and passion between the two that we have gotten in the previous books. I'm glad to say, I worried for nothing. There were PLENTY of Ezra and Lily moments and every single one was awesome! From the fights to them falling for each other all over again, everything was pretty awesome.
The only problem I had with this book was due to Jack and Pearl. In King Tomb the author spoiled me by giving me a glimpse about the amazing friendship between Jack, Pearl, Ezra, and Lily. These four were a force to be reckon with when together. It was not only about Ezra and Lily's romance, but about this amazing friendship. So to see that there was very little of them in King Tomb was sad to see and I felt like the story was missing something the whole time.
Overall, I really liked this book. To see these character's story come to a full circle, and the fact that I have been there every step of the way, was great but a bit bittersweet. I heard that this series is going to continue with other characters, so I will definitely be reading those books.
The first two books in this series, King Hall and King Cave, were recommended to me by a friend and co-blogger, and, let me tell you, they had me hooked right from the start! I had a major book hangover after finishing book two, especially with the way it ended, and, by the time we received the ARC for King Tomb, these characters were still so very fresh in my mind, and I couldn't wait to dive right back into their world.
We see a very different side of a lot of these characters. It's shocking, seeing the way they're behaving now. It's as if they're completely different people. it's interesting to see how the relationships develop between the characters. There's a completely different dynamic there than in the past. And it's heartbreaking. Gone is the carefree group of young kings and queens, and in their place are people who are jaded, cold, and more than a little hallow inside. As someone who has fallen in love with these characters in the first two books in this series, I was incredibly sad for them, and as angry as they were that they had to go through this. Luckily, they're pretty smart, and we don't have to suffer for too long before pieces start to fall into place. But there are still plenty of complications to keep them busy. And, speaking of complications, this author definitely does not disappoint when it comes to drama and twists and turns! There were plenty of things that left me saying what the heck?!, things that I never saw coming.
One thing I was worried about before starting this book, was that we wouldn't get much interaction between Lily and Ezra, at least for a good portion of the book. And after reading the teasers that were released, I was even more worried that the interaction they did have would be full of insults and hurt feelings, and that I'd be heartbroken the entire time, cringing at what these two had become to each other. Fortunately, while there was definitely a strong dislike between Lily and Ezra during their first few scenes together, it didn't take long at all for them to start feeling that pull towards each other and start things off in the right direction.
We get to see Lily and Ezra basically fall for each other all over again. How fantastic is that? Things get just as hot and heavy between the two of them as before, and I think I loved them even more as a couple this time around.
While I did really love this book, I was still left wanting. I was really hoping for more of Jack and Pearl. They disappeared a lot during book two and, while I know this is Lily's story and not everyone's, their friendship and bond was something that really pulled me into this series, and I missed it. I also loved the few scenes with Lily, Ezra, and their baby. I would have loved to get more of those three together. There were also some things/characters that I felt were left unresolved, leaving me with several more questions-- Elder Venclair, Julia, Elder Ferrar, and that mysterious third task Lily was meant to complete. Another thing I would have enjoyed more of? That edge-of-your-seat action that had me so enthralled in the first two books. While this one absolutely had its fair share of drama, It wasn't quite as much of a page turner as the previous books in this series. Don't get me wrong, that's OK. I think I was just expecting something slightly different. Having said all that, I am certainly not one to complain about a book that focuses a bit more on romance than suspense, and I still couldn't put it down! If you haven't started this series, do so ASAP! It's incredible and so very addicting. If you have read the first book, or first two, then know that this installment is just as fantastic. I wholeheartedly recommend this one!
Scarlett Dawn is drawn to all things quirky and off-beat. She believes there are no boundaries for an imaginative soul. Her love of the written word started at an early age, when her grandmother would take her to bookstores every weekend. Dreams came alive within the books she found there, and now, she is thrilled to share her stories with others who have fallen under the spell of taking fantastical journeys. Scarlett resides in the Midwest with her husband, three children, and two dogs.
*I’d like to thank the author for giving an ARC of this book, in exchange for my honest review.*
Firstly, this book was totally unique. I have never heard of a story that used lightning as a means for time travel. I loved it. I couldn’t wait to see how it all played out. I was really confused at first, but the further along I read in the story, the more I figured things out. There are still a lot of unanswered questions, but it is a series so that isn’t unexpected. Either way, I’m loving the idea.
The main character, Evy, wasn’t one I immediately liked. She was way too stubborn, know-it-all, and hard-headed. She was also rash and impulsive, and it made me question her a lot throughout the beginning of the book. However, she does grow, and I loved watching that process. She starts off as this stubborn girl, who wants to act recklessly, and mess with things that she really has no idea about. By the end of the story, though, she’s a really different person. I love when an author can pull that off. One more thing I liked was the fact that Evy was Latina. That isn’t too common in books, so it’s really refreshing when you come across a heroine who isn’t white and thin. I loved that about her. All of this makes Evy a pretty compelling main character through which to view the events in this book.
As for other major characters in the story, I thought Constantine was intriguing. I didn’t really see when and how he turned from teacher to something more, but I like how he inspired Evy to change some of her ways of thinking. It’s easy to see how much he influenced her, and he was a good character with a great background.
I liked Evy’s father, too. It’s great to see parental figures in books, because they’re not so common. This is especially true when they aren’t the villains of the story. Speaking of which, Ilif was a great villain. There is still so much to learn about him, but when he was around, I was in full agreement with Evy’s thoughts about him, even when I wasn’t sure I quite liked her. For example, he had me hating him, and being offended with his views on women, right along with her, and that’s how you know that the author has done a great job in writing a villain.
Finally, there’s the actual plot of this story. It was interesting, because Evy had to learn about her abilities as a lightning rider, but she also had to accomplish a mission. Therefore, we got to see her testing her abilities in a lot of ways, but we also got to see her change the way she thought about right and wrong, and also how she approached life. I loved it.
Overall, this story was really good. The pace was pretty even and I can’t think of a time when I was bored, or thought that things were progressing too slowly. The only reason that this book isn’t one of my favorites is because of the romance between Evy and Constantine being so sudden, and also because Evy was so reckless and arrogant in the beginning. Other than that, there isn’t anything at all wrong with this book. With a totally original premise, solid storytelling, and good writing, this story is one you won’t want to miss.
From the moment she decided on a degree in Equestrian Studies, Jen Greyson’s life has been one unscripted adventure after another. Leaving the cowboy state of Wyoming to train show horses in France, Switzerland, and Germany, she’s lived life without much of a plan, but always a book in her suitcase. Now a wife and mom to two young boys, she relies on her adventurous, passionate characters to be the risk- takers.
Jen also ghost writes billionaire legacies and romance novellas when she’s not enjoying the wilds of the west via wakeboard or snowmobile.
She's a mama writer, unleashing stories.
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*I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review
I haven't had the pleasure of reading an Ilona Andrews' book before Clean Sweep, but her Kate Daniels series has been highly recommended to me so after reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read it.
I loved Dina, the innkeeper. When the neighborhood dogs start getting killed, Dina takes matters into her own hands and decides to hunt down the mysterious killer. I thought Dina was pretty badass. With the help of her super cool broom, her awesome magical house and her adorable Shih Tzu, Dina is ready to face the monster. She doesn't back down and just goes for it. She also doesn't let the men dictate her actions and stands up to them on more than one occasion.
I really liked the secondary characters like Sean and Arland. They brought a little bit of humor and entertaining dialogue. They interactions between them and Dina were one of my favorite parts of this book. I can't wait see more of Sean in the next book and learn more about him and Arland since they still remain a little bit of a mystery to me.
This story turned out into so much more than what I was expecting. As the story progresses, we're introduced to a whole new world(s) filled with interesting, and sometimes creepy, characters. This is described so vividly that you can easily visualize it. I also liked that images of some of the characters were incorporated into the book which made it a lot easier picture them throughout the book. There is also a little bit of romance thrown in, but it didn't take away from the story- which I loved.
Overall, I really liked the characters and the interactions with each other as well as the the world-building in this book. I found out that this was a serial published on the author's website, so I'll be keeping an eye out and see if the same will be done for book two. I will be definitely reading more from Ilona Andrews and read the sequel which is releasing in 2014.
*I received an ARC of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest review.*
As a huge fan of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels urban fantasy series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. It helped that I had already read and loved the parts of this novel they posted on their blog back when Clean Sweep was a free serial story, so I knew it would be good. I was lucky enough to be given an ARC of Clean Sweep when I saw that they were looking for readers, and am very glad I had the chance to read this story in it’s entirety, in one book.
Dina was the main character. I really liked her, since she was compassionate, resourceful, and very brave. I felt sorry for her because of her parents’ disappearance and her inability to find them, but the fact that she got back on her feet and started her own inn was something that made me admire her even more. I never thought she was annoying, and even when she had weak moments, I fully understood them. I loved that she stood up to people when she had to, and I had a lot of fun following her through this book.
The side characters in this book were mysteries, and mostly remained that way. I have to admit to liking Sean the best, though. He was arrogant, but I could tell that he really came to care about Dina. Plus, it was kind of interesting that Dina had to teach him some things about himself. Arland never grew on me, but I did like that he ended up being loyal, and doing the things that he needed to do. I thought that Sean, Arland, and Dina ended up making an interesting team, even with all of the personality clashes.
The plot of this story was really interesting. It started off with dogs being killed, and Dina wanting to try and stop it from happening. From there, the story turned into an intriguing mystery, with an otherworldly element. As this was a short novel, things happened pretty quickly, but I was definitely satisfied with how the story was told.
Overall, I really liked this book. It was a quick, easy read with a likable heroine and an interesting side cast. The mystery was interesting, and I loved the bits and pieces of world-building that was created in this book. With how this story ended, I am definitely looking forward to the sequel coming in 2014.
Ilona Andrews is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team.
Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.) Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Oregon with their two children, three dogs and a cat. They have co-authored two series, the bestselling urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge.
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