I’m finding that it is hard to write a full review for every book I read. So I am going to start doing some quickie reviews. Express-O reviews if you will! These are just short and sweet reviews, as quick as a shot of espresso.
Author: Myra McEntire
Series: Hourglass #1
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
Format: library e-book
Hourglass was a good start to the series but not the best book ever. I felt like the whole book was extremely drawn out with things that are obvious to the reader taking FOREVER to play out. I liked Emerson but I found her moods a little confusing. She was totally terrified of her abilities one second and then totally okay with using them the next. Sometimes I felt like I was getting mood whip lash. I like Michael but I felt like his relationship with Emerson was under developed, I’m holding out on my full judgment for this though because I feel like maybe their relationship will been more prominent in the next book based on what happened in this one.
The saving grace for me wanting to continue the series is the ending. So much happens all at once it leaves you with your jaw on the floor screaming “WTH!!” when you turn to the last page.
I have yet to read a full novel by Rae Carson. I have The Girl of Fire and Thorns but I haven’t got around to reading it yet, but I have heard so many wonderful things about her writing I couldn’t help but be intrigued by a free e-novella by her.
This short story is only 28 pages long but Carson uses every one of those pages very well. From the first sentence I was intrigued and wanted to know more about Errik’s strange, caged world. From here the feelings only get more intense. In just 28 pages I felt for Errik and his friend. I despised their captors and I wanted to know so much more about the magic in their world. Even though Errik’s story is short and seems to end suddenly, it was a perfect ending.
If Rae Carson can do this in 28 pages, I am moving her series to the top of my TBR pile!
Author: Nicola Haken
Series: Take My Hand #1
I have already written reviews one the second and third book in this series, Hold On Tight and Lean On Me, and I am currently reading the last book for a blitz so I feel like I should give the first book a little love as well!
If the fact that I am still eagerly reading this series doesn’t tell you enough, let me say that Nicola Haken know how to keep you coming back for more! In Taken My Hand we are introduced to a fun loving cast of characters that we then get to follow throughout the rest of the series. Emily and Rachel are BFF’s and Dexter and Jared are as good of friends as a surly kill-joy and a happy go lucky play-boy can be. All of them fit together perfectly and, one of my favorite things about this series is, the dynamic between this of friends is extremely entertaining!
Emily and Dexter’s relationship is intense from the start but the more they fall in love the more beautiful it is to read about. Emily is a powerful character with a meek outer shell. She deals with things mere mortals would run away from and she does it like a champ. As much as Dexter needs Emily, he is also so good for her and helps build her up into the beautiful women she is. Rachel is one tough cookie which is exactly the push Emily needs to take the leap and be the strong woman she really is. Poor broken Dexter fights tooth and nail not to fall for Emily but, of course is doesn’t work! Dexter’s past beaks this story wide open and takes this couple and the reader, on a roller coaster ride of emotions! Seriously, this book had me laughing, crying, and cursing. And then is just ends… it’s almost cruel how good Nicola Haken is at cliff hangers. Once you start this series you will not be able to stop!