Sunday, 26 May 2013

Kiss of Fire (Imdalid #1) by Rebecca Ethington

Kiss of Fire (Imdalind #1) - Rebecca Ethington


Joclyn Despain has been marred by a brand on her skin. She doesn't know why the mark appeared on her neck, but she doesn't want anyone to see it, including her best friend Ryland, who knows everything else about her. The scar is the reason she hides herself behind baggy clothes, and won't let the idea of kissing Ryland enter her mind, no matter how much she wants to.
The scar is the reason she is being hunted.

If only she knew that she was.

If only she had known that the cursed stone her estranged father sent for her 16th birthday would trigger a change in her. Now, she is being stalked by a tall blonde man, and is miraculously throwing her high school bully ten feet in the air.

Joclyn attempts to find some answers and the courage to follow her heart. When Ryland finds her scar; only he knows what it means, and who will kill her because of it

My Review:

I downloaded this book on a whim, to be honest. I was searching through amazon and sent the sample to my kindle, and thank GOD I did! From moment one I did not put this book down, staying up well into the night to finish it! Ryland and Joclyn (did anyone else notice the rhyme) had me hooked from moment one! It's such a great idea too, although I don't fully understand it, even after reading the first book, but hopefully the second book will give me slightly more insight!

I loved the idea, and the slight play that they'd both been there in front of the other (in more ways than one) from the first moment and neither realised it. Most people won't understand what I'm talking about until they read the book, but that's just the way it goes. There were so many emotions I felt throughout this book and each character had their own set of emotions. I won't go into it, because I don't want to give away anything, but each character tugged on their own little heart on my string. I'll give a SHORT overview, and will try to avoid spoilers...

Her father: I felt pity for the father, because he was trying his best. I also felt anger, though, for leaving her and her mother. It doesn't matter if he did it because he thought it was best, it only matters that he did it, full stop.

Her mother: I felt extreme gratitude and love for her mother. To be honest, her mum was pretty much the perfect mum you could ever wish for. Works hard and gives you all that she has (pretty much) and is there fir you to talk to in any way, even about boys, and although she may want you to change slightly, it's never too much to ask for and it's never a drastic change.

Ryland: oh, Ryland, Ryland, Ryland. WHAT can I say about Ryland? I fell in love with you from moment one, and that love just grew and grew from there. The way you're so protective, and patient, and, oh, all the rest, it just tears my heart to shreds. I will secretly admit that at many points in this book you had me slamming down my kindle, and exclaiming, "where's mine, god dammit! Where on earth is my perfect boy?"

Wyn: Oh, Wyn, I don't know how Joc survived without you before this book! Although you may be creepy or slightly over-the-top sometimes, you truly are the sunlight in this story (right after Ryland, of course!) But you truly are someone who I aspire to be. Optimistic and totally kick-ass; a die-hard romantic with her big girl panties on! I don't know what more to say, honestly, other than that I wish to be you!!

Ilyan: To be honest, you creep me out. You're hanging around, and always so controlling, and I don't care why, it's uncalled for in this day and age! You send out totally mixed messages, wether it's that your invisible/visible, crush-worthy/platonic or just plain sane/insane!! I don't know what's going on with you, and personally think that you could do with a TOTAL personality make-over, and I'd be happy to do it!

I definitely give this book 5 chickens out of 5 chickens for it's well-developed plot line, range of characters, totally findable plot line, and just insane writing that had me reading till 3am!! Good job, Rebecca, and keep writing so I can read the third one!!

Friday, 17 May 2013

Damselfly (Faeble #2) by S.L.Naeole

Damselfly (Faeble #2) by S.L. Naeole


She used to be known as the Blithe Baby. Now she’s something more, and that’s not a good thing. 

Seeing the world through new eyes, Sophia Blithe has found love, found hope, and found a life that she never new she would have with Declan Sterling, a Sidhe boy with indigo eyes and magic in his touch. But, she should know by now that life never plays out how you want it to. 

When the new world she knows, and the old world she remembers begins to crumble around her, Sophia will lose almost everything that’s ever mattered to her, and will be forced to make a decision that will forever change the course of not just her life, but also the lives of those she loves the most.

My Review:

Okaaayy...Ms. Naeole if this continues then I won't get any sleep...EVER!!

Ok, so yes, I stayed up until 3 am finishing this book last night. And I stayed up until 3 am the previous day to finish Gossamer. BUT, Damselfly had a much more...uh, severe...impact on my. I'd stay away from fragile objects while you read this, and make that do not disturb sign REALLY big! I was crying, yelling, laughing, hugging my kindle to my chest, and getting ready to punch everything near me. Luckily for me it was a soft pillow.

Ms. Naeole can't give her characters, or readers, a break, but I don't really mind. Okay, I kinda do. But if I didn't care about my characters what kind of a reader would that make me?

The thing that I really like about this is that there's no obvious enemy, and that's just like life. In life, nothing is black and white - good and bad - and there's a bit of good and bad in everyone. These characters all have dangerous sides to them, they have good and bad, and there's no specific enemy out to kill someone. It's not like: oh it's the (blah)'s against the (blah)'s and her BF is secretly with the evil (blah)'s and blah. Rather, it's just everything that makes the story, there's something she's fighting against, but it's not a visible source, it has no name and can't be defeated, really. And that's what I really like.

Okay, NOW for what the story is....(DUHN DUHN DUUUHHHHNNNN)

Sophia's life was going great...well, better than it had ever been before. Sure, there were problems, but she had Dex, and Joel had Astor, and Jackson was gone from her life. So what happens when someone tries to kill her and then she has amnesia, so the last thing she remembers is the fair? What happens when she can't remember that she loves Dex, and she still thinks she's with Jackson? that really the biggest issue? What happens when she starts speaking and writing a strange language? Is shereally crazy? Just like her mother....

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Gossamer (Faeble #1) by S.L.Naeole

Gossamer by S.L.Naeole


No matter how badly we want fairy tales to come true, the only parts that ever really happen are the bad ones.
Sophia Blithe has everything a teenage girl could want:  Money, a handsome boyfriend, and a best friend that knows her inside and out.  To strangers looking in, she lives the perfect life.  But to those that know the truth, Sophia's is anything but perfect.

Known as the infamous Blithe Baby, Sophia’s spent almost eighteen years running from the ghost of a past that’s left her cold and immune to emotion..  With the help of a wealthy and famous foster family, she's managed to live a semi-normal life, but wealth can only go so far.  A few weeks before the start of her senior year, Sophia finds herself being transferred to a new school thanks to a sudden changing of districts that puts Sophia's home right on the edge of Gossamer, Oregon, a small town that was built from the ground up by the determined and affluent families that reside there.  It is there that Sophia is forced to face the scars of her past and what that means for her future.
Unfortunately, her controlling boyfriend and foster-father seem to have her future all planned out.  Then she meets Dex Sterling, the boy whose eyes haunt her dreams.  He’s carefree, handsome, cryptic, infuriating, and he knows more about her than he should.  He makes Sophia question the feelings she has whenever she’s around him, and worse — whenever she’s not.  In an attempt to gain her trust Dex does the impossible for her, just to be able to ask her questions, but it’s her own questions that need answering.
When Sophia finds herself in trouble after making a painful choice, Dex whisks her away and, in the darkness that hides nothing, reveals to her the truth about Gossamer, about himself, and how he knows so much about her.  That truth is far more frightening and far more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.  Now she’s left to figure out what it is she wants and whatever her decision, it could end up costing her life in one way or the other.

My Review:

What people heard as I was reading this book:

Me: Oh shit!
Me: *swoon* I'm in luuurrrveee

and...yeah. It continues.

As always, S.L.Naeole has sent me on a magical adventure into love, loss, darkness, and hope. She has once again ensnared me in her web and, to be honest, I don't really want to leave!! She has me so ensnared that I forgot to eat dinner, ignored when I was called down to eat, and someone had to come and physically remove the kindle from my grasp so I would eat. Yeah, that didn't really happen. But it almost did.

Ms. Naeole brings into her books a darkness which most people try and avoid. Somethings not right in the characters' life, and it's issues that wee see as taboo. Why, I don't really know, but we do. She's not afraid to go to these places that others see as 'dark' and 'bad'. I find that authors quite often want to stay in the la-la land of rainbows and fairies with the only dark thing being someone who wants to kill the main character, but overall it's pretty predictable and light. S.L.Naeole brings these things out into the light, and I think that that helps people know that it's okay to feel bad things and have bad things happen, that we can overcome these things and that we're not alone. It's an important message and I comment her for not being afraid to say it, loud and proud.
Ok, my synopsis.

Meet The Blithe Baby. I'm sure you've heard of her. She's the one who's mother tried to kill her after killing her father. She's a freak. Watch out, she's just like her mum.
That's what Sophia Jane Blithe hears wherever she goes. And it's true. Her mother tried to kill her. Consequently, she ended up in foster care, moving from house to house until she settled down. Kind of. Everything's going right for Sophia - she's semi-popular due to her ├╝ber popular boyfriend (even if she doesn't love him), her sister and best friend, Astor, is with her, and she has a family who's keeping her, even if not in name. So how does that all get turned around by simple land ownership? And how does thisthing that turns her life upside down change how she see's everything? She thought going to Perfect High would be torture, and it is, but her mind keeps straying to those violet eyes, that perfect face, that dark silk hair...


I give this 5 stars out of 5 stars, and suggest that you go and make a sign to put on your door saying: READING! DO NOT DISTURB! I'm making mine as we speak as I wait for number 2 to download to my kindle. Oh, how I just love pyjama days!!

Keep on reading, forget the dreaming!
Queen of Reading