Fathomless by Jackson Pearce is now out!
Outpost by Ann Aguirre is also out!
And here's a chapter sampler for another new book, Unspoken!
Sunday, September 2, 2012
E. Lockhart is a great author- I've enjoyed everything I've read by her. She has delightfully weird characters and her writing style is funny and direct. Fly on the Wall is no different.
In this tale, Gretchen is a bit of an outcast at her arts school because she's more into comic book art than other types of art. Her teachers don't particularly like her style of drawing, and her love of Spiderman is ridiculed. Most of the other kids think she's weird, and considering she goes to an arts school, that's kind of sad. But Gretchen is a well-meaning, lovable character who is desperately trying to understand boys, a seemingly impossible task.
There is one in particular who she especially likes- Titus. One day she fleetingly wishes she could be a fly on the wall of the boy's locker room so she can see what really goes on in there, and what do you know? For a week, her wish comes true.
At first Gretchen is terrified by her new form, but she does learn to put it to good use. She listens to their conversations, watches them change, pick on each other, talk about girls they liked and didn't like, along with the other locker room shenanigans.
She develops a sense of empathy for certain boys and learns about the hierarchy among them. She watches Titus, and although he is not the perfect male specimen, she finds that her feelings for him grow as he is also empathetic and kind-hearted. Everything is a bit distorted through her fly eyes, but she does learn quite a bit and even catches a few boys talking about her (and favorably!). Since she's a fly, she isn't in class, and so some people are wondering where she is.
This was a quick read, and the character development and plotting are good. It's also quite funny at times and hard to put down. I started laughing from the first page, and while some of the topics were more serious (bullying, discrimination, etc), the books was overall lighthearted and fun.
As a follow-up to Lost Voice, there were some things I didn't like about this book, but there were also things I did like. Now, I loved Lost Voices. I loved the tragedy and the bickering and the mermaid hierarchy and the mythology. And that is in Waking Storms as well, but there also is a love interest, and I didn't like that part as much.
So Luce has left her tribe of mermaids run by the horrible, selfish, demonic, and stupid Anais- and Catarina is gone as well. Luce misses certain mermaids from her tribe, but she has also developed a taboo relationship with a human boy who somehow withstood the mermaid song even though everyone else on the boat jumped to their deaths at the sound of it. And she lies and tells them he's dead even though he isn't.
Luce meets a new mermaid, Nausicaa, who has apparently been around as long as mermaids have and knows pretty much everything. And of course she tells Luce that no, it is not simple to turn human again and most mermaids fail at it and end up dying tragically.
I liked Nausicaa because she provided so much information and history of the mermaids . . and because she wasn't too judgmental. But I felt that Luce was a little less likeable in this one because she just had to go all moony over the human boy.
This book was a much slower read than Lost Voices- I'm really hoping it picks up in the third book.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
This was awful. The main character was just this spoiled, shallow, cheap do nothing loser who happened to live on the Jersey Shore. All she did was skankwhore around and whine that her best friend got everything. "Why does Inggy get EVERYTHING?" Because Inggy actually DOES THINGS. Like, she DOES HER HOMEWORK AND TRIES TO EXCEL AT THINGS INSTEAD OF SLAGGING AROUND LIKE A WASTOID LOSER. I couldn't figure out why they would be friends. I mean, this Angel bint got to live in her own house most of the year even though she was in high school because her mother happened to own three houses and used the summer rental income from that to support her three kids and her similar wastoid lifestyle. "I'm just not the type of person who can hold down a job!" YOU HAVE THREE KIDS AND LIKE TEN MILLION MEN WHO WANT TO MARRY YOU AND HELP SUPPORT YOUR FAMILY. And all you do is skankwhore around drinking mojitos and making out with high schoolers. And so Angel slept around with Inggy's boyfriend, and you'd think that this would be a point of contention between the two of them, but no. It's all good in New Jersey! Who cares if you're cheating? It's like nothing happened in this book. It was about living a completely pointless existence. I can't believe it even got published.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Okay, warning: this review will contain spoilers.
However, this book is AWESOME.
When we left Kaylee Cavanaugh at the end of If I Die, she was, well dead. But reanimated so that she could perform a special function- reclaiming stolen souls. And she and Nash were pretty much over. HI TOD!
I love Tod. Tod is so much cooler than Nash, because he's dead, he's self-sacrificing, and he thinks Kaylee is about the greatest person ever. Which she probably is.
Now, Nash is still all pissy about having been dumped and temporarily framed for Kaylee's murder. Though I'd think he'd get over her considering that she's DEAD and so is TOD (which actually means 'death' in German) meaning they kind of make more sense. Plus he's got Sabine the hot slut going crazy over him.
Now, before, I have significantly disliked Sabine. She just gets so "Nash Nash Nash Nash HA YOU'RE A VIRGIN KAYLEE Nash Nash Nash.' And that gets BORING. But now she found a new hobby- insulting Sophie, Kaylee's annoying bitchy cousin. And that's just funny.
So what is this dead banshee with a Harry Potter complex up to now? Well, there's the whole soul stealing thing going on, and of course those damn hellions keep showing up to muck about in her business, and there's a whole lot of confusion as to "Is this person real or is actually AVARI?! I DON'T KNOW! FUCK!"
And of course, with her Harry Potter complex (personally I think a Harry Potter complex should become a legitimate psychological term for her condition [you know, must save and protect EVERYONE]), she's worried sick about her friends and family. I'd say worried to death, but she's already dead, and though this gives her certain powers, I do think she misses actual life. Now, she does have the Glorious Reaper Tod as her forever boyfriend now, which is pretty cool, because he was lonely and he's just so delicious you can't help but adore him.
I will warn you that when this book ends, you'll wish you had the next book. But you can't. It hasn't come out yet. So you'll have to deal. But seriously- I love all these books, even the novellas. I highly recommend them to anyone who likes paranormal or fantasy or what have you, because THEY ROCK.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
This was an original story with a very peculiar main character, but that's really what made it good. The Butterfly Clues' main character, Lo, was sort of an OCD paranoid weirdo and her brother has died, leaving her family sort of out of it. Her mother didn't really leave her room and took lots of antidepressants which clearly didn't do any good. So Lo starts visiting the part of Cleveland where her brother died- Neverland.
Neverland is called that because it is full of runaways and others who sort of live off the grid. Lo goes to the street fair regularly and collects various objects which she fills her room with in a very orderly fashion-or, at least, orderly to her. Soon enough, a dead stripper is found in Neverland, and Lo becomes completely obsessed with the murder.
While trying to uncover the mystery of why someone would kill Sapphire, as she was known, Lo meets lots of interesting people and even comes across some of Sapphire's personal belongings.
Lo even tries to 'audition' at Sapphire's strip club, Tens, in an effort to find out more about her. Lo, of course, is legally too young to be a stripper as she's in high school. She of course does not fit in at school, a lot of this due to her obsession with certain numbers and the number of times she has to tap and say banana before opening a door. There are some people at her school who find her interesting, but she doesn't feel like she belongs with them and instead hangs out with the miscreants and squatters and artists in Neverland playing trash can bowling.
I liked the Neverlanders and I thought Lo was a great main character. I also was surprised by what she uncovered in the end.
Also, just to point out- the cover is awesome.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Okay, I admit it- I didn't like Life As We Knew It. I didn't even finish it. But Susan Beth Pfeffer is one of those writers who has been around for quite some time, and one of my favorite childhood books was by her: Nobody's Daughter.
Blood Wounds is a heart-wrenching novel about a teenage girl with a blended family and deep family secrets. Willa is a likeable character. Her stepsisters aren't, but she's a thoughtful girl who cares about people and doesn't begrudge anyone anything. While she lives with her mother and her stepfather, she is denied many of the things her stepsisters receive. Since their mother is extremely rich, they get all kinds of things just handed to them and Willa does not. They're spoiled and uncaring, but Willa doesn't mind as long as her parents love her.
Then she finds out the truth about her biological father. She hasn't seen him since she was very young and knows nothing about his current life, until he kills his family and starts driving up toward Willa's new home.
When Willa finds out that she had two little sisters she knew nothing about, she insists upon going to their funeral. A family friend takes her down to Podunk Texas so she can find out about her family.
The blood wounds in this story are both real and metaphoric- while her sisters and their mother died bloody deaths, Willa was left with the aftermath of how her blood family wounded her emotionally. A lot of ghosts come out of closets and Willa's decision making becomes extremely important.
I found this book to be a quick read because I couldn't put it down. I really felt Willa's pain and the twisted family dynamics were fascinating. This is one of those sad yet hopeful realistic reads that actually does deliver.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I have had mixed feelings about Barry Lyga's work in the past, but this new series is TOTALLY AWESOME. I LOVED THE CRAP OUT OF THIS BOOK.
Seriously. Now, serial killer fiction can be pretty interesting. I do like to watch Dexter when my mental illness is not acting up, but this book was cooler than Dexter.
I mean, this kid has had to deal with a horrible childhood in which his dad, the world's most notorious serial killer, killed and tortured in front of him, all the while giving him tips on how to how to cut people, skin them, and other items on the serial killer's official curriculum.
Jazz, as the kid is known, is the son of Billy Dent, who is currently spending a few life sentences in prison due to his ridiculous number of killings, and is in quite a psychological quandary. For one thing, he knows how to be a serial killer and he knows how they think and has made some friends at the police station. He also is tormented by the thought that he'll end up like his father. While this sort of extreme scenario is not a common one among young adults, the writing was excellent and completely believable. I know Lyga did a lot of research for this book, and it shows. It's pretty much flawless.
The focus of the book is that there are some more murders showing up in their town, and Jazz, with his intimate knowledge of the serial killer mind, knows immediately that it's a serial killer. He has trouble convincing the police because they really don't want to have to go through that ordeal again, but he cannot figure out WHO it is.
The other characters in the book were great; his best friend is a hemophiliac and he has a strong girlfriend who helps keep him grounded. He takes it upon himself to try to figure out the truth and of course those two end up involved as well.
Overall it was a fantastic read and I am so glad it's going to be a series.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
I've been a fan of Jackson Pearce since I read As You Wish in 2009, so I definitely had to have this one. Unlike her other books, this one is contemporary and has no supernatural elements, but as usual she does a bang-up job.
In Purity, we have Shelby, a teenage girl with a dead mother and a problem. She made three promises to her mother right before her untimely death, and ever since has been living by those promises as best she can.
The three promises are 1) Listen to your father, 2) Love as much as possible, and 3) Live without restraint.
But Shelby has an issue which means she will have to compromise promises one and three. Her father has decided that Shelby needs to participate in a Purity Ball, meaning she will pledge that she will not use drugs, will not drink until she is legal, and she will be a virgin until marriage. Since Shelby does not want to get married soon but also does not want to remain a virgin until she's 30, she does not want to do as her father says, since that will compromise her living without restraint. So she and her friends try to find a loophole- Shelby must lose her virginity BEFORE the ball.
Problem is, she doesn't have anyone to lose it with.
Shelby is a believable character, but she sometimes seems a lot more hung up on these promises than a normal teenager would be. It's admirable that she wants to do what her mother asked her to do and Shelby is not a spoiled, narcissistic, shallow girl. She always tries to do what she thinks is right and she doesn't resent her parents for their shortcomings (i.e, her mother is gone so she can't get advice from her and her father is hard to communicate with) but struggles to cope with things as well as she's able to. The writing makes Shelby seem real; she's always thinking about things and trying to understand the meaning of what is happening around her. So many times books will have a completely flat character who never seems to think about anything and just accepts everything as it is, but Shelby was constantly considering everything that happened to her. The other characters in the book also rung true; I often found myself thinking that I went to school with some of the same kids.
This book was funny, thought-provoking, and never once was it ever preachy. With this type of subject matter, a lot of authors would really push a certain viewpoint on the reader. But when I read this book I felt like I was a teenager again, trying to figure it out for myself and make my own conclusions. There were a few teary-eyed moments, and although it was a quick read, it was engrossing and hard to stop reading.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
This series is so awesome; I don't know why more people haven't read it.
I mean, you have this ragtag group of people with special abilities, led by this duke who keeps them all in his employment as they go around fighting people, phenomena, and class standards.
And they live in a Steampunk Victorian England.
So Finley Jayne, the Jekyll and Hyde type girl who can beat the crap out of an automaton with her fists, along with all these friends of hers, head off to New York City in a steam-powered dirigible to find their cowboy friend Jasper.
And of course Finley is the one who gets mixed up in some gang, while Jasper is held prisoner by the gang, and Emily the Genius is staying at the hotel with Sam the half-mechanical man and the Duke of Greythorne.
While Finley runs around pretending to be a criminal, Griffin is being stalked by an irritating young American debutante, Emily is hanging out with Nikola Tesla, and Sam is being thick.
Overall, this book was a hell of a lot of fun and an excellent sequel to The Girl in the Steel Corset. It reminds me of Heroes, or Firefly, or Justice League of America, or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It's just cool. Go read it.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
For those of you unfamiliar with Lauren Kate's Fallen novels, they're about a fallen angel who falls in love with the same reincarnated girl over and over again. The first, Fallen, detailed Luce (the reincarnated object of desire) meeting Daniel (the angel) in a reform school which happens to be filled with angel students. Don't ask me why. The second, Torment, has Luce attending a fancy California school which has a program for Nephilim students while Daniel broods and stuff. In the third volume, Passion, Luce decides it's high time she found out about her past and so she goes on a fabulous trip through time visiting her past lives and trying to understand why exactly she was in love with Daniel, since she was having some doubts about it since she always dies before she can even enjoy it. Fallen in Love is a short novel in four parts detailing a certain Valentine's Day in medieval England in which multiple characters make an appearance.
The first part is about Luce's friends Miles and Shelby. Those two had gone back trying to find Luce to make sure she didn't end up in a total disaster, but find they aren't too good at it. They end up getting a little cozy and their story plays out kind of like The Gift of the Magi.
The second is about Roland, a demon. He's a knight who is feeling depressed about the one girl he ever loved no longer being his and how his life is crap. He ends up spying on his lady love, who unlike Luce never seems to be reincarnated to Roland's knowledge at all. His story is a bit sad, but at least his ex-girlfriend is happy, so he has that.
The third part is about Arrianne, an angel. She has the most tragic story of all in my opinion. Her lover, Tessriel, is a demon, so they've got an almost Romeo and Juliet situation on their hands. One thing I liked about Arrianne's story is that her lover is female. Lesbian angels: 1, That church that 'hates fags': 0. Take that! Yeah.
The final story goes back to Luce and Daniel. The Luce who lives in the time period is a poor common girl and Daniel is a knight. In their society, there is no chance of marriage, but since the curse of Daniel and Luce prevents them from ever even getting that far, it doesn't really matter anyway. The modern Luce is also around snooping in her past. They do, at least, get a nice little date together.
I liked that we got to see things from others' points of view. There are, after all, quite a few interesting characters involved in Luce and Daniel's undying love, and instead of hearing Luce and Daniel moon over each other it's nice to see that some of these others are pretty interesting and original. I would like to see more of the fallen angels' stories and thus I am hoping there's some of that in the final book, Rapture, which comes out this summer.
Monday, March 12, 2012
As a sequel to DeStefano's awesome debut Wither, I think she did quite well with Fever. With Wither, Rhine was in a pretty prison living with her sister wives, her husband Linden, and the sinister Housemaster Vaughn, along with spades of servants. While in some ways this life was preferable to the life she was living in Manhattan with her twin brother (luxurious rooms, pampering, nice food, and so on), Rhine did not like being a prisoner, no matter how lovely the prison was. In Fever, Rhine and her friend Gabriel escaped the mansion only to come across hardship and misery of a different sort. First, they end up in a weird carnival of prostitution. Rhine is desperate to get back to Manhattan, but she knows Housemaster Vaughn wants her back for some sinister purpose. Rhine and Gabriel meet many different people along their way up the east coast and come across many obstacles.
Since this book is set in a dystopian future, it's kind of hard for the characters to end up happy no matter what they do. So when Rhine misses things from her life at the Florida mansion, it is understandable, but still she wants to find her brother. I've seen other reviews in which people wonder why she left if she misses things about it, but it wasn't those things she was running from. She was running from Vaughn, because she suspected him of grotesque machinations in the basement. She was running from the fact that she couldn't leave freely. But mostly she was running because she missed her brother and knew he would be looking for her. It's natural that she would feel these things in this horrible world she's living in and it's understandable that no matter where she is, there's always something she'll miss somewhere else.
What I liked about this book is that nothing was really as it seemed and was not how you expected it to be.
Monday, February 27, 2012
I did not like this book as the first one, Matched. Matched had this certain quality that eluded Crossed. In Matched, Cassia has to think about who she loves based on who shows up as her perfect match, chosen by society. It was not a fast paced book, but it was incredibly readable as you try to piece together what is happening and watch Cassia develop as a character.
In Crossed, Cassia runs off to find one match, abandoning the other. She still doesn't know how Ky (Match #2, who she is chasing) showed up on her screen when it was supposed to be her good friend Xander (Match #1). But she doesn't think about it. She doesn't much want to think about anything except Ky, and then she gets caught up in the idea of The Rising, which is what the rebels of Society call themselves. She thinks Ky is also set off to join The Rising, though what exactly The Rising does is kind of unknown.
At first, I could not figure out why Xander was a-okay with HIS match running off with someone else. You only get one, so that would leave him alone for the rest of his life because Cassia had abandoned him. And most teenage boys would not stand for that. Towards the end of the book, you do find out more about Xander which helps to make sense of some things.
There was a lot of vagueness about this book. There are apparently three forces in their world-- The Society, The Enemy, and The Rising. Nobody seems to be particularly interested in The Enemy. It's never really touched upon who The Enemy is. The Rising is important because they are against The Society, yet The Enemy is also against The Society, but NO ONE cares.
One big issue explored in this book is about the right to choose your life. Supposedly, with The Society, they choose everything for you. But that's not exactly true, because everyone is making choices all the time. Cassia was supposed to be good at 'sorting,' but all sorting is is thinking about things and making decisions about them. Meaning you're CHOOSING things. The characters in Crossed are constantly choosing to lie, to keep secrets, to tell certain people certain things, choosing which way to go, who they want to be with, and so on.
I honestly liked Cassia more in Matched. It seems that she got stupider in Crossed. In Matched, she was trying to uncover the truth and learn about herself and others. In Crossed, she simply obsesses over certain things and forgets the rest.
The end of the book did leave a lot of room open for the third book. So I'm hoping that the third in the series gets better, because the second was a bit of a let down.
Friday, February 10, 2012
This was not what I expected. I thought it would be somewhat supernatural, but it wasn't at all. It was more like a teenage girl losing everything and then distrusting everyone in her messed up family and not knowing what to do or who she was.
This makes her easy to manipulate of course, so when her formerly wealthy family ends up moving to a crappy little place in Florida, a guy shows up and sort of uses all this to make her do what he wants. And he's trouble. Ames, the main character, goes through a hellish period in her life when she finds out her dad is a criminal and everything her life has been has been for show.
Then she meets Marc. Marc says he can protect her. He has a thing for guns and she gets all excited.
This book was a really fast read, but I did wonder what would happen to Ames at the end.
It does have a really cool cover though.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
This was a really good book.
Like, really good.
I didn't know what would happen and there were surprises ALL THE TIME. I never knew WHAT was going to happen.
As a sequel to Across the Universe, A Million Suns held up the spectacular story and then some. Amy is still the 'freak,' and with the other passengers off the Phydus drug which kept them docile, things aren't going too smoothly during Elder's rule.
There's a mystery woven throughout the book, and part of the mystery is what the mystery is, which is so convoluted and awesome you can't help but love it. Amy has to follow some clues left by the traitorous Orion, but someone has tampered with them.
I really liked how twisty this book was- what you hear at the beginning is completely the opposite of what the truth turns out to be. Since Godspeed is a spaceship fueled by lies, this is only fitting.
Lately I really like space, so this was an excellent read for me. Revis' series is going well and has not let me down. I read the first chapter of book one way before it came out, and since then, I've been addicted. This series is fabulous and I can't wait for the third book, Shades of Earth.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This book was a fun read, and even though there were plenty of story elements that have been in countless other teen books, Spellbound was still an enjoyable interesting read. Sure, Emma, the main character is the new girl at a fancy school, and sure, she attracts the attention of the Hot Rich Guy, which we have seen over and over, and sure, they have a history through their reincarnated souls, which also pops up a lot lately, and sure, it looks like things will end badly for their romance, but I still liked it. I liked that Emma wasn't a wuss and tried to do things herself and protect the people she loved, even if it put her in danger (Like Kaylee Cavanaugh, of Soul Screamers!).
I found it amusing that the Hot Rich Guy, Brendan, has messy black hair and green eyes, because I wanted to shout, 'Oh hey! You're dating HARRY POTTER!'
A lot of times with books I find that some legend the main character reads is quite dull, but I thoroughly enjoyed what little we read from the medieval book her witch friend gave her.
To put it simply, even though books like this have been written before, this one was still quite good.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Julie Anne Peters is the type of author who likes to write about teens with Issues. You know, depression, not fitting in, being either L, G, B, or T, and the like. This book is about suicide and bullying, two Issues facing many teens, and ones I can relate to as well.
Daelyn has been bullied all her life. She's a shy, timid girl who had been overweight most of her life and was picked on and humiliated by her peers. Her parents change her schools a lot, but she's still always a target.
Daelyn has attempted suicide before, but only managed to injure herself. She feels that there is no reason to live because everyone is so mean to her, she hates herself, and has nowhere to turn.
There were times in this book when I thought, 'Oh, Daelyn, can't you see someone trying to reach out to you?' but she always cut them off because she'd been hurt too many times. She finds a website in which people discuss their reasons for wanting to die and logs on. Few people respond to each other. It's mostly people complaining about their own lives without commenting much on other peoples' problems. This is pretty typical of suicidal people; they are so consumed with their own misery that it's hard to see anyone else.
I wouldn't judge people based on this, however. It's clear that it's a mental illness; you feel cut off from the world, and unloved; you simply do not see people who want to help you or befriend you. It's hard to empathize with other people because all you can see is your own misfortune.
I thought this was a very good example of what a suicidal teen goes through. Bullying is one thing, but not the only thing, that can cause such behavior in young people. Daelyn also felt that she was inadequate in every way and wishes she could be like the strong heroine in some romance novels she's read over and over.
A boy shows up named Santana whom she believes just wants to make her life more miserable, but as he continues to 'bother' her, she finds out more about his life but still believes that if he knew her, he would dislike her.
The ending of the novel is open-ended; you can sort of decide for yourself what you think happens to Daelyn. I'd tell you what I think, but I wouldn't want to spoil the book.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Yup, it's another SOUL SCREAMERS novella! Whooeee!
Unfortunately, Sophie is the main character.
Sophie has few redeeming qualities . . .
Now, I hate Sabine, but her line of thought is basically "NASH NASH NASH NASH oooh BAD DREAMS HA NASH NASH." Sophie is basically, "ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" I wanted to hit her. And there is a new character, a necromancer, and at first he's all, "oh Sophie is HOTNESS" and later gets irritated with her but sticks with it cause she's still "the HOTNESS." And Sophie gets stuck in the Netherworld, and screams herself there, and STILL DOESN'T MAKE THE CONNECTION ABOUT KAYLEE'S SCREAMING TENDENCIES AND BITCHES ABOUT HOW SHE'S CRAZY STILL. STILL. Come on, you self-obsessed moron, you screamed yourself into a bizarre situation, but you still don't think, 'hey wait . . . maybe my cousin who SCREAMS like I just did has something to do with this!'
Sure, Sophie has a lot of determination, but she's still a bitch. And she's shallow. And self absorbed. She's the kind of person who has potential, but it's completely wasted on her because she's spoiled and obnoxious.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Forget being in school and modeling, now these vampires are battling trolls and demons and visiting Hell.
So Schuyler ran off with Jack, and they're trying to find an elusive Catherine, and Oliver had nothing better to do than go to Hell with Mimi (WTF, mate?) to track down her lost Silver Blood lover Kingsley. Mimi is her usual self-absorbed bitchy self, only now she's all, 'wahhh Kingsley Martin isn't obsessed with me and I have to go to Hell to get him and then LATER I'll kill Jack,' and so she does her normal activities there, such as obsessing over how attractive she is and taking things out on poor Oliver.
I met Melissa de la Cruz in October (again!) and she asked me if I were a 'Jack' or an 'Oliver.' I of course said 'Oliver,' and both Melissa and Margaret Stohl were like, 'But NO ONE is an Oliver!'
So besides the fact that I'm unique and I root for the underdog, I loved this book. Not because of the torture Oliver goes through, but because of . . . well, everything. It was rather an exciting book. I mean, kidnappings, demon wives, train rides through purgatory, love triangles . . .
Also in this book, we get to learn more about Allegra and why she left her bond-mate Charles for someone else. While not as exciting as what was happening in the present, Allegra's story was illuminating but still left questions unanswered.
I doubt this book will disappoint any Blue Bloods fans, and if it does, then obviously, they're not interested in it for the right reasons. Or so I think.