* 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.
Screwdrivered...when I read the title I maybe expected lots of screwing if you know what I mean *wink wink*. Turns out it is a different kind of screwing. Perhaps an actual screwdriver, as in the tool OR the emotional screwing over of ones mind OR the screwing over of plans one has for something OR...ok it doesn't really matter because even though the book didn't contain a lot of my favourite kind of screwing, I still loved it! Disclaimer: There was hot screwing, eventually!
Lets just talk about Hank for a minute and get him out of the way. Sure he may be nice to look at, but that's where all his appeal ends. He's a jerk. I wanted Clark to punch him in the face and make him less nice to look at. And, if you have ever seen those videos of people at petting zoo's getting licked in the face by a camel, imagine that when you dream about kissing him. He's gross, don't even bother trying to like him. Enough said!
From the moment Viv and Clark met, there were sparks. Sparks of pure annoyance, that is. I loved the way Viv teased Clark. It would make him so mad I could just picture his face turning red! It was all so fun, a little flirty and a smidge dirty. Their banter kept me thinking "How are these two just going to get over this and come together?". If you could annoy someone into falling in love with you, these two were certainly on the right track.
When Viv fell through the porch floor and had to get Clark to come save her...After that point I wondered through-out the whole book if he really did what she thought he did. I won't tell you if he did it though, you'll have to read to find that out. But OMG Clark!! HAHAHAHA I think I fell in love with him right then and there!
I loved when Nighttime Clark made his appearances. "You've never heard me do a number of things, Vivian. You have no idea what I might sound like." Clark was really able to be the sexy man Viv was hoping for during these periods. He was no longer just the "rocker of elbow patches" to Viv. They became friends, two people that found their own way to get along and get to know each other. This was an important part of their relationship, something that really solidified their feeling for one another. These conversations made me face-hurt-smile.
The only thing I wished I could have seen in the story, is the moment Viv's parents meet him, some of more of Clark's background and perhaps a little town outing for the two when they were officially official.
This book, in true Alice Clayton form, has the witty funnies that will keep you entertained through-out. I dig her kind of humour and I love how her character fall in love. I love how they are funny and easy and not weighed down by any heavy emotionally broken pasts. I can't get enough! And now the wait continues, yet again, for the next book...MAI'TAI'D UP!!
Alice Clayton is a novelist with an unholy love for her KitchenAid mixer. Making her home in St Louis, she enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up afterwards, and is trying desperately to get her long time boyfriend to make her an honest woman. Hi sweetie!!
After working for years in the cosmetics industry as a makeup artist, esthetician, and national educator for a major cosmetics company, Alice picked up a pen (read laptop) for the first time at 33 to begin a new career, writer. Combining her love of storytelling with a sense of silly, she was shocked and awed to be nominated for a Goodreads Author award in 2010 for her debut novels, The Redhead Series.
Alice has penned three novels, The Unidentified Redhead,The Redhead Revealed, and coming soon in November 2012, Wallbanger. She thinks you should purchase them immediately. She’s not kidding, not even a little bit. Everyone needs some comedic erotica in their lives. She is hard at work on the third book in The Redhead Series, set to release in Spring of 2013, continuing the saucy and sexual escapades of everyone’s favorite couple, Jack and Grace.
Additionally, Alice loves spending time with her besties on Not Your Mother's Podcast, make sure you check them out at notyourmotherspodcast.com or over on iTunes. 3 women rushing towards their forties still acting like teenagers. A saucy little mix of sex, love, relationships, pop cultural, celebrity gossip and All Things Jake Ryan.
Alice enjoys pickles, Bloody Mary’s, 8 hours of sleep, and a good pounding.
Finally Alice would also like all her readers and listeners to help her convince Mr. Alice that the only other thing that would make her truly happy is finally bringing home a Bernese Mountain Dog. She is totally serious. And done talking about herself in the third person…
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