Under Different Stars (The Kricket Series #1) by Amy A Bartol

“I can understand your position. If I were you, I might not want to return home either, but the time for cowardice is over. You need to face your family and pay for your crimes.” My mouth drops open as I search his face. “My crimes?” I ask after my mouth snaps shut again. He’s insane. Trey nods as both his eyebrows come together. “Desertion, among others,” he replies, tightening his hand on my arm, like he severely disapproves of me. “You’re mental . . .” I trail off, seeing the serious expressions on all of their faces. “We’re quite sane,” he replies easily. Slipping my gloved hands into my pockets, I notice the train slowing. The automated voice begins announcing our arrival at the Fullerton station. Trey’s eyes focus in on my hands. Slowly, I pull one hand from my pocket. Opening it, I ask, “Mint?” and extend my hand, filled with cellophane-wrapped red-and-white-striped candies. He lets go of my arm. “No,” he frowns, looking at the mints in my hand like they’re poison. Pulling my other hand quickly from my pocket and pressing the button, I ask, “Pepper spray?” Jumping up on my seat, I continue to spray Trey, Jax, and the other thug with my can of pepper spray. Seeing them clutch their hands to their eyes as they moan in pain, I fit myself between the handrails on my right and run out the door of the train, dropping the can as I go.

Kricket has had a hard life, after her parents died she went into the foster system and subsequently ran away

Now she faces new danger, men are after her…

And the things they say don’t quite make sense

Opening the pouch, he extracts a spiky plant limb that looks like aloe. “Hold out your hands for me palms up,” he orders. Doing as I’m told, I flinch when Jax squeezes the plant leaf over my palms, extracting its salve and rubbing it onto my cuts. “Ahh, that burns!” I hiss, pulling my hands back from him. “Does it burn more or less than pepper spray?” he asks with an ironic twist of his lips. “You so deserved that pepper spray, and if I had any more of it, we wouldn’t be having this conversation now, Jax,” I reply, entirely unrepentant.

When  Kricket is eventually kidnapped and taken to another planet everything she thought she knew is turned on it’s axis

Now she has to use her street smarts to survive, because leaving Earth?

That’s the least of her problems

I give this book 4.7 out of 5 stars. I have to say that my favorite thing about this book is the way that the author writes. I have read another series by Amy Bartol (Premonition Series) and it’s just how she writes. What I’m talking about is her way of seamlessly inserting the extraordinary and paranormal into our world. She writes these stories and it leaves you (or maybe just me) thinking that yeah, this is definitely possible. There could totally be another world with all these things, and I LOVE that. Kricket is my favorite character in this book, I like her because not only is she smart and strong she’s also hard and soft at the same time. She’s hard in that she has had to harden herself against the realities of a girl in the world trying to survive alone, but she’s soft in that she’s still retained a certain amount of her innocence. She’s intuitive and powerful but she still gives off a vibe of needing to be protected, if someone had to be taken to another world and face the challenges there, I’m glad it was Kricket. Trey is almost her opposite in that he has this almost hard shell that he uses to keep people at bay. I like that as you read you uncover more of him and you get to learn to love him (which I do). It’s like slowly unwrapping a present, you have no idea what it is until it’s completely open if it’s wrapped well. Anyway this is not a standalone and there are at least 3 books in the series so if you only like to read finished series beware. But I would definitely suggest you read it if you want some light but interesting reading.

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Yay School (all sarcasm)

So this week is my first week back at college and I’m super stressed… I only finished about half a review and I don’t like it enough to post it yet (not really a perfectionist, but kinda) so I have decided to wait to post till the weekend. I may post two reviews this weekend or just one, I’m not sure yet because some teachers think it’s fun to give lots of homework the first week (exasperated sigh). Luckily once I get back into the swing of school I won’t be as stressed (hopefully?) and all will be good. So sorry (but I’m exhausted)  and thanks for understanding.

-Fe

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness

I reached out, touching the brown leather. A mild shock made me withdraw my fingers quickly, but not quickly enough. The tingling traveled up my arms, lifting my skin into tiny goose pimples, then spread across my shoulders, tensing the muscles in my back and neck. These sensations quickly receded, but they left behind a hollow feeling of unmet desire. Shaken by my response, I stepped away from the library table.

When Diana happens across a manuscript that has be lost for decades, all hell breaks lose

She is suddenly the center of attention in the magical community (daemons, vampires and witches)

He was in the shadows on the opposite side of the room in front of the paleography reference books, lounging against one of the graceful wooden pillars that held up the gallery. An open copy of Janet Roberts’s Guide to Scripts Used in English Handwriting Up to 1500 was balanced in his hands. I had never seen this vampire before—but I was fairly certain he didn’t need pointers on how to decipher old penmanship. Anyone who has read paperback bestsellers or even watched television knows that vampires are breathtaking, but nothing prepares you to actually see one. Their bone structures are so well honed that they seem chiseled by an expert sculptor. Then they move, or speak, and your mind can’t begin to absorb what you’re seeing. Every movement is graceful; every word is musical. And their eyes are arresting, which is precisely how they catch their prey. One long look, a few quiet words, a touch: once you’re caught in a vampire’s snare you don’t stand a chance.

When all you want is to be ‘normal’ an influx of the magical can really through a wrench in your plans

Now Diana must own up to and learn to use her witch powers…

The help of a sexy 1500 year old vampire couldn’t hurt either

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. For a 500+ page book this was a relatively quick read, though I must admit I do prefer longer books. The writing had this way of pulling you as the reader in and making you lose all track of time. I liked how descriptive the book was without being too much, it gave me a clear picture without drowning me in details. My favorite character would probably be Diana in that she was a hard worker and that she strives to do everything in her life without the help of her magic though I didn’t like that she forced herself to ignore this major part of herself. I did like that she wasn’t one to have people always doing things for her and that she was strong, I mean there was a point where she was literally being tortured and she didn’t crack. Matthew, the vampire is an interesting character in his own right. Not only is he old fashioned (to be a bit expected) he’s also overly protective and a great fighter (but a bad strategist). He’s a bit smother-y in my opinion but I like that Diana knows how to handle him as well (he’s REALLY bossy). I think the main thing that makes this book so different from a lot of the other books that I read is the fact that all the characters are 30+ (Vampire boy is stuck at like 36ish), so this gives the characters a different dynamic than the 20-somethings in other books. They are all scholars and they are naive in somethings but it’s a different naivety than you would see if they were all 20ish. It was a nice change of pace, that and the fact that everything that was going on kept you wondering what was going to happen next. This is the first book in a trilogy so, NOT a standalone. But when I finished this book I wasn’t desperate for the next one in the series, so I can leisurely wait for it to become available at my library 🙂

King (King #1) by T. M. Frazier

Police reports are filed and and sometimes candlelight vigils are held in hopes the missing would soon return home. What they don’t ever show you is what happens when no one looks. When the loved ones either don’t know, don’t exist… or just don’t care. The police searched the missing persons reports throughout the state and then the country with no luck. My fingerprints didn’t match any on record, and neither did my picture. I learned then that being labeled a missing person didn’t necessarily mean I was missed.

King was born on the wrong side of the tracks but he’s accepted that he will never be the good guy.

Doe doesn’t remember anything about, well anything… She woke up in a hospital with amnesia and no one is looking for her.

Even when he was only a shadow I knew he was big, but in all reality I’d had no concept of the wall of man who stood before me. This guy didn’t look like he hung with the wrong crowd. This guy was the wrong crowd. “You?” he asked. His nostrils flaring as he glared down at me. I don’t know what I did to make him so angry, but getting a look at him in the light made me more fearful than I ever was of him in the dark, and I wished I’d just listened to my instincts earlier and ran when I had the chance.

When a starving Doe shows up to a party at King’s house things go from bad to worse.

What started as a venture to find a biker to protect her ends with Doe getting shot at and handcuffed to a bed.

What happens when Prince Charming doesn’t show up and you’re left in the Devil’s clutches?

I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I should probably start by saying that this book is NOT for the faint of heart. I didn’t think it was too bad but then again I love crime shows and what not (point being… lots of gore). Anyway… I have to say that my favorite character was Doe. She was literally at the darkest time in her life and she didn’t lose herself. She was strong and always inquisitive (though her mouth and questions did get her in trouble occasionally). One thing that I didn’t like was that she tended to live her life so that it wouldn’t adversely affect ‘her’ (that’s how she referred to herself pre-amnesia). Luckily both she and King did a lot of growing in this book, in between all the crazy stuff that went down. My second favorite character would have to be Preppy, he’s King’s best friend and the BEST guy EVER! I mean he wasn’t perfect and he went though a lot of stuff but he was always there to make a joke in a very serious situation and just make you laugh. In my opinion King was the most complicated character for me. He was the most complicated because he would go from scary to gentle to fierce in a matter of pages. He was also a bit stupid when it came to his own feelings and he would often do things that made me want to punch him (even if he is huge and could probably squish me easily…). This book is NOT a standalone and if you read it will also need the next book in the series TYRANT because… CLIFFHANGER!!!! (lucky for us book 3 will be about a different character so TYRANT will be somewhat conclusive).

Penthouse Suite by Chantelle Llyod

“Caleb you don’t have to do that, I’m fine now. I am literally five minutes away, no need to str-” I never got to finish my sentence because I suddenly felt my body being forcefully pushed to the right hand side of my car and into the glass, but my body didn’t stop there. It was launched out of the window, hard. I didn’t even have time to scream before my body hurtled out and hit the pavement brutally. I felt a warm and sticky liquid on my face and I heard a voice bellowing for someone to call an ambulance, which was only followed by the sound of people’s panicked voices.

Sophie thought that she had everything she ever wanted, a job she loved, and a best friend who understood everything about her

Until Xavier crashed into life… literally

In walked a tall man in a 3 piece black suit that fit him perfectly and definitely screamed RICH. Although his head was down he had a mop of brown hair that was styled in the sexy bed hair way. He looked muscular even with the suit and I wondered why I was checking him out. When he lifted his face, I saw his jaw chiseled and his cheekbones were high. My eyes made contact with his and I audibly gasped. I would remember those eyes from anywhere, even if I had been thrown from a car and I was nearly unconscious when I saw them.

But while Xavier is the charismatic billionaire

Sophie isn’t sure she can give him all her secrets…

I gave this book 3.5 out of 5 stars. Sophie was my favorite character in that she was strong and she never let the fact that Xavier was a billionaire cloud her thoughts. She was always herself and she was determined to maintain her financial freedoms even though he could have taken care of her easily. She did have her short comings and insecurities but they were actually backed up in her crazy past. Some of the things that happened in her past could mess a person up, but with the help of her best friend Caleb she was able to move on and do what she wanted. I liked that Xavier was able to respect her opinions and decisions (for the most part) despite his controlling nature. Though he still did annoying things or they had their misunderstandings I liked that eventually one of them would initiate a conversation and they would hash things out.  I actually really enjoyed this book even though the ending was pretty much a Harlequin ending (if you’ve ever read a Harlequin novel you know what I’m talking about). I didn’t like that the ending was like that, it was cute but I felt that the author was rushed in the end and that it was a bit disappointing. Anyway this was a standalone and i read it on the Wattpad After Dark app (it’s a bunch of free books written by different people, you should definitely check it out)

 

Wait a bit?

Hey guys! This weekend has been crazy and I just wanted to say that I won’t be putting a new post up tonight. I will however be posting a new post tomorrow. I just didn’t want to not say anything… thanks for understanding!

See you tomorrow?

-Fe

Unbound (Guardian Legacies #1) by Emily Goodwin

There was always sadness in his eyes, as if he was desperately waiting for something that would never come. He wasn’t threatening, like some of the other spirits I’d seen, and I’d seen a lot. I’d been a medium for as long as I could remember, being able to see and hear ghosts.

Anora has a secret, one that she’s not sure anyone will believe…

She can see things that no one else can, and ever since someone in her life died, its gotten worse

I turned slowly, expecting to see a man with a hook arm or a shaggy gray beard or something creepy, but what I saw shocked me even more. A very attractive man, who I guessed to be in his early twenties, looked at me. His eyebrows were pushed together, and his brown eyes showed concern. A five o’clock shadow covered his defined cheekbones, and his full lips were pulled into a frown. He was tall and muscular, dressed in a dark blue t-shirt, jeans, and a black motorcycle jacket. “Are you okay?” he asked.

Ethan has a secret, one that has kept him isolated from others…

Anora may be the only one he can truly open up to

But some secrets can be deadly and put the ones you love in danger…

What will Anora do in order to protect those around her?

I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. My favorite character was Anora, the main character in that she was strong and didn’t compromise her beliefs. When her whole world was turned on its head and she was being hunted she took it upon herself to learn how to protect herself. She didn’t mind her guy (Ethan) protecting her but she was also going to protect him and those around her as well. I have to say that I was very skeptical of how she and Ethan met and was suspicious of him for most of the book, he really had to earn my trust (sadly she trusted him almost right away). Sadly, I don’t want to go too much into Ethan as he is a bit of a mystery and I don’t want to ruin anything (I will tell you he is older, hot, and a badass). One thing that disappointed me about this book was its lack of twists, something would happen and I was like, I saw that coming a mile away. But it was really enjoyable in that I was really cautious reading because I kept thinking that there was going to be some big twist (it was a twist that there was no twist?). Anyway this was a pretty smooth read in that I finished it pretty fast and I really hope that there is a sequel in that while it could end where it did, I’m a bit dissatisfied (I need more!). I just feel that the characters have so much left in them to give and they have such potential in what they can still do. As I said there is an ending, so it can be read as a standalone, but I for one would love to see more from the author about these characters.