Series: Shadow #1
Published by Jove on June 28th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
The #1 New York Times bestselling “queen of paranormal romance”* is back with a sexy new series starring a Chicago crime family that hides a dark, mystical secret...
Whether it’s fast cars or fast women, Stefano Ferraro gets what he wants. When he’s not fodder for the paparazzi, he commands Ferraro family businesses—both legitimate and illegitimate.
While their criminal activity is simply a rumor yet to be proven, no one knows the real truth. The Ferraros are a family of shadow riders capable of manipulating light and dark, an ability Stefano thought ran in his family alone—until now…
With little left to her name, Francesca Cappello has come to Chicago in hopes of a new life. She wasn’t expecting to attract the attention of a man with primal hunger in his eyes, driven to claim her as his to protect and to please. And if he discovers her secret, it could ruin her...
I think after two months it’s finally time to call this one a DNF. I started off really liking it, but as it progressed it turned into nonstop sex – and I wasn’t comfortable with the type of relationship they had. He started off good alpha and crossed into bad. And then I just stopped caring about picking it up and now I’ve forgotten enough that I’m just done. The sad thing is, there was a cool paranormal premise I would have liked to explore a lot more, but it was like the back drop to nonstep sex that got very old.
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers on August 30th 2016
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
I stood in line for this… had others stand in line for it. Needless to say I WANTED it and WANTED to love it. But there was a major disconnect for me and I’m finally accepting what actually happened months ago. DNF. I’ll still cherish the signature and the beautiful cover, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to connect with the main character or make sense of the world. I’ll still pick up Tahereh Mafi’s future work and give it a shot though- her writing continues to be lovely.
Alice Alexis Queensmeadow 12 rates three things most important: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. Father disappeared from Ferenwood with only a ruler, almost three years ago. But she will have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is Oliver whose own magic is based in lies and deceit. Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis
Series: Heartbreaker Bay #1
Published by Avon on June 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
As much as I enjoy Jill Shalvis, I just couldn’t get into this book 🙁 I really liked it at first – the whole concept was fun. But the secrets didn’t work for me, nor did some of the relationships. And then one day I put my bookmark in the book and just never picked it back up. I do get the feeling that I’m supposed to know some of the characters and perhaps, had I read whatever series this spins off of, I would have made the connection and loved it. Perhaps.
Choose the one guy you can’t have . . .
As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody But Her.
Fall for him—hard . . .
Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.
And then tell him the truth.
Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything. . . .
Series: The Shadow #2
Published by Orbit on October 11th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Wild West, Mythology, Fantasy
After how much I loved the first book, I’m sad to say I had to DNF this one. I probably could have pushed myself to finish it – it wasn’t horrible (hence 2 stars despite my DNF), I just lost interest. It was in many ways a repeat plot – same story, different bad guys – and that just lost my interest.
Monsters, magic and the supernatural combine in this sequel to Wake of Vultures, in which a young woman must defeat the evil hiding beneath the surface.
Nettie Lonesome made a leap -- not knowing what she'd become. But now the destiny of the Shadow is calling.
A powerful alchemist is leaving a trail of dead across the prairie. And the Shadow must face the ultimate challenge: side with her friends and the badge on her chest or take off alone on the dangerous mission pulling her inexorably toward the fight of her life.
When it comes to monsters and men, the world isn't black and white. What good are two wings and a gun when your enemy can command a conspiracy of ravens?
Conspiracy of Ravens continues the exciting journey begun in Wake of Vultures as Nettie Lonesome discovers that she, and the world, are more than what they seem.
I continue to be interested, however, in the way that Lila Bowen is writing the complexities of a transgender individual. On one hand, there’s this marvelous point in this book where a mental shift happens and our main character is no longer thinking of themselves in the feminine – suddenly she isn’t a woman struggling with wanting to be a man; now he is a man, trapped firmly in a man’s body. I loved this moment, though I have no idea how the trans community would feel about it.
On the other hand, I disliked that with this change in thinking about himself he also seemed to have a kind of personality transplant – at least sexually. The person who was once awkward about sex now seems comfortable with sex and not in a “I’m finally comfortable in my head” kind of way but in a “I’m a man and men rut around” kind of way.
Anyway, I lost interest, but I could see it being worthy of continued reading.
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