Review: Inseparable by Siobhan Davis

Reviewed by Elise

Warning – this review does contain discussion about a number of triggering subjects… and I’m pretty much going to spoil the whole book here so click the spoiler links at your own risk. It’s hard to talk about my issues, though, without addressing what happens.

I get a lot of my book suggestions off Amazon’s ‘Kindle Recommends for You.’ This book was no different. The cover looked pretty hot so I judged that book by its lusty cover and jumped right in. I’m not really sure how I feel about this book. Just about every trope and twist you could possibly imagine was thrown in. It got to the point where I think I emotionally disengaged with the story.  As I go through the review I’m going to keep track of the tropes and twists so you will see what I mean. [Read more…]

Review: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Reviewed by Elise

This is the final and much anticipated final novel in the Throne of Glass series. This is one of my favorite series and I have been waiting a long time for this book. I listened to the audiobook in order to savor the experience. Savor it I did, all 33 hours of audio. My poor family very much played second fiddle to the book. It’s lucky I have a very loving and supportive husband. He is completely understanding of book hibernation.

There were a lot of loose ends to tie up in this book. At the end of the last book, the main characters were headed their separate ways with their own missions to complete. I liked the time taken to really delve into each of these story lines. The plot wasn’t rushed, but at the same time I didn’t lose interest in what was happening. There was a lot of battle descriptions and the book is very heavy on the conflict. Given that this is the final book and what we have been working up to, it did justice to just how how big the scope of the problem was. I felt like previous works by this author didn’t go too deeply into the conflicts and book suffered for it. Not so in this book. [Read more…]

Review: Annihilate Me Volume 1 by Christina Ross

Reviewed by Elise

This one popped up on my Facebook advertisements of all places. It was advertised as being made into a major motion picture. The book freak in me wanted to read the book first.

I’m not sure where to start with my review. All I could think was ‘well that escalated quickly’. Jennifer Kent moved to New York after graduating college. She moved to escape an abusive father and is not looking for love. She is, however, looking for a job. Jennifer attends a terrible job interview and in the elevator bemoans her current state of affairs to an attractive stranger.

Once home, she receives a phone call from the interview she just attended, apologizing for how it was conducted and is asked in for another interview. She eventually agrees to return for another interview with the CEO himself. [Read more…]

Review: The Unlikeable Demon Hunter by Deborah Wilde

Reviewed by Elise

This one popped up on my recommendations through Audible. I was all out of good audiobooks so I figured, why not? I’m glad I took a chance because it was an unexpected diamond in the rough. Nava Katz is a 20 year old with no clear direction in life. Except for sex. She has a voracious appetite for sex, having fun, and generally floating through life. Her twin brother, Ari, on the other hand is diligent and studious. Ari has been working his whole life towards being inducted into the Brotherhood of David, the preordained ‘chosen ones’. Those who fight demons and keep humans safe.

The book starts with Nava coming home from a big night out, seeking a hangover cure, and imbibing in the ceremonial wine that was to be included in the ceremony inducting Ari into the brotherhood. Everyone is shocked when Nava develops the power that was meant for Ari. This first installment of the series follows Nava as she becomes the lone woman to enter the brotherhood. [Read more…]

Review: Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur

Reviewed by Elise

Full Moon Rising is the first in the Riley Jensen series by author Keri Arthur. Keri comes from my neck of the woods, good ol’ Down Under. She is Melbourne based and I’m a bit higher up the coast where the weather is a bit more stable. It’s nice to read a story from an Australian author, more about that later.

The book tells the story of Riley Jensen. Riley is a half werewolf, half vampire crossbreed working for the Guardians in a not too distant future Melbourne. She is a liaison and happy with her job.

The story starts simply. Riley’s guardian brother goes missing. Riley sets out to find him, only to uncover genetic experimentation, betrayal and, like every good urban fantasy novel, a little steamy action. [Read more…]

Review: Waking Olivia by Elizabeth O’Roark

Reviewed by Elise

My first thoughts when I picked up this book were about the title. To me, it sounded a little like, dare I say, porny? I thought it was a little predatory in nature until I started reading.

Olivia is a college student with a traumatic past. Her vague memories manifests themselves as nightmares and sleep running. Hence, Waking Olivia. Duh.

Olivia’s sleep running has led to some incidents at a previous school that led to the revoking of her scholarship. She is now at lesser ranked college with a new coach and new team. The whole concept of American colleges is mind boggling. I just can’t get my head around the obsession with college sport. It’s insane. Here in Australia, I would say sport is a national pastime and yet it doesn’t match how high school and college sport in a America is portrayed. Anyway, I’m off track. The romance in the story is that of a teacher (coach) and his student (runner). [Read more…]

Review: Box of Frogs by Helen Harper

Reviewed by Elise

I stumbled across Helen Harper’s novels entirely by accident one day, and from the first page I was hooked. The stories are quirky, upbeat and riveting. She quickly became a ‘one click’ author for me and I get a little bit fan girly when I write about her books. When Box of Frogs came up on my TBR it was a no brainer.

In Box of Frogs we meet No Name. I say this because our quippy and random heroine wakes up on a golf course next to a headless corpse and with no memory of who she is. When she saves her own life using magic powers, she is convinced she is a super hero and wanders around downtown Manchester in a leotard and mask, looking out for people to save. Her actions bring her to seemingly innocuous places and troubles. As the story progresses, we find that the events of the novel are not as random as they appear and we slowly learn more about Madrone. [Read more…]

Review: Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

Reviewed by Elise

Tijan is a prolific romance novelist and chances are you have come across one of her books. The title might be cheesy, the content is anything but.

Anti-Stepbrother is the story of Summer. Summer’s mother died and her father remarried the nurse who cared for her. This nurse just so happened to be the mother of Summer’s high school crush. Are you still with me?  So in summary Summer’s crush is now her step brother. The book starts with her going to college where he went the year before. Summer’s dad and new step mother are supportive and caring and Summer appears to have adjusted well to her new family. [Read more…]

Review: Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Reviewed by Elise

This right here is the book that started my romance addiction. I can’t quite describe the emotional turmoil I experienced reading this book (and the sequels) for the first time. Sure I had read books that I had loved and connected with, but that sense of connection was more remote. Most of those books were fantasy books and not as real as romance. I felt every cringe worthy moment. Every humiliation and anxiety and look and hope. I re-read this book often and it never fails to elicit the same sense of emotion as the first time. Look at me, I’m getting all emotional just thinking about it.

Blaire Wynn moves to Rosmary Beach after the death of her mother. She was her mother’s caretaker for the final three years of her life. Blaire was left alone with this responsibility following the departure of her father who couldn’t cope with the death of Blaire’s twin sister. Are you crying yet? [Read more…]

Review: P.S. I Hate You by Winter Renshaw

Reviewed by Elise

Dear Isaiah,

Eight months ago, you were just a soldier about to be deployed and I was just a waitress, sneaking you a free pancake and hoping you wouldn’t notice that my gaze was lingering a little too long.

But you did notice.

We spent one life-changing week together before you left, and we said goodbye on day eight, exchanging addresses at the last minute.

I saved every letter you wrote me, your words quickly becoming my religion.

But you went radio silent on me months ago, and then you had the audacity to walk into my diner yesterday and act like you’d never seen me in your life.

To think … I almost loved you and your beautifully complicated soul.

Almost.

Whatever your reason is—I hope it’s a good one.

Maritza the Waitress

PS – I hate you, and this time … I mean it. [Read more…]