I jumped into the story head first. Thinking I knew exactly what was coming and I was rewarded with so much more. I loved Elisa and hated her at the same time. She poured her heart and soul at serving her Queen and eventually becoming Lady-in waiting to Rose. Her devotion to both the Queen and the Princess ran far deeper then her own feelings. She had put aside her own life, her own love in order to serve the Royal family and the result was beyond astronomical in the effect she has had on Rose in the end.
The ending took me by surprise, once again thinking that I knew exactly what was coming but Elizabeth Blackwell has managed to blow everything out of the water. Ending up with a conclusion that was not what I expected after all. I did like this different take on Sleeping Beauty ending.
I could keep on talking about this book, but there was just so much in it that I do not want to give away. If you love a good historical fiction, I would absolutely give this one a shot.
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In the future, the United States is ruled by a class of gentry that live in the life of lavish and 'riches'. Madeline is a 17 year old Landry who wants nothing more but to attend University and get the privilege to learn, unfortunately the only thing her father wants is for her to get married. Being the oldest and the only Landry daughter, Madeline cannot escape her due over ruling one of the most largest, most respected, and the most influential estates.
Until the night that her world is shaken up when a girl from her childhood is attacked and it's blamed on the Rootless - people with no roots and no laws that the Gentry have been enslaving for years to take out their nuclear charges from their electricity devices.
As Madeline finds herself in the battle between everything that she known's and what she discovers, she finds herself unable to stay away from David and ends up discovering more then what she was ready for.
First I wanted to say that I absolutely love the cover of this book, it is simply gorgeous. Second, I dove into this book not realizing at first that it was part of a series. Luckily for me and my mistake, thought the first two characters are featured in this book you do not need to read book 1 in order to realize what is going on.
Paul is a protector, he has always known he is a protector who is fated to serve another person called a Speaker. Speakers can hear the spirits that are unable or have not moved on from their death and their own faith is to help them resolve what's anchoring them to earth and help them move on.
It took a while longer but Paul finally get's his speaker Vivienne who at first wants nothing to do with him. Vivienne comes with a lot of baggage, and the girl is nothing he had seen before. Hot pink hair and black clothes put up a tougher front, but underneath is a scarred girl who simply wants revenge for her mother and aunts deaths.
With a malevolent spirit out there powerful enough to wreak havoc, it's going to take the two of them working together in order to defeat the man and put him to rest once and for all.
Loved this story, so much fun, entertaining and totally engrossing. I had a hard time putting Fragile Spirits down. I have been in the mood for ghosts stories lately and this had me attention from the start. I love the idea behind Fragile Spirits, and the world that Mary Lindsey has created. Original, fast paced that leaves you wanting even more.
I was so sad when I hit the end of the book, but I was happily surprised that unlike other young-adult books out there it did not end in a cliffhanger!
Lindsey does a wonderful job with characters, especially Paul and Vivienne, I loved how realistic the characters sounded and they weren't perfect. Not even Paul. The relationship starts of shaky, and the bickering between them pulled a smile more then once. The build up to trust was slow and emotional for, but well worth it in the end. I had to remember several times that they are teenagers when Vivienne acted irrational, but it was fun to see her change through the book.
The budding romance between Paul and Vivienne was sweet but I am glad that it didn't cloud and take away from the story as I was more engrossed about the resolutions of their Speaker/Protector relationship and ghosts.
That being said, I also absolutely loved Race. I hope he get's his own book soon as well, I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us especially with Maddie. I couldn't stand Cinda, I thought she was the worse. I know she was just trying to help but she didn't listen and completely endangered the entire crew at the end of the book after they told her to stay behind when they went to take on the powerful spirit. Plus, I guess part of the animosity towards her comes from the fact that I really liked Maddie and Race.
Overall, I absolutely enjoyed this beautiful story. It had everything I could ask for. Great storyline, wonderful characters, and quiet an emotional ride in between. It held my attention until the very end and didn't let go until it was sadly, over.
Thank you Penguins-Philomel for providing me with a physical ARC in exchange of an honest review.
I got a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.
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I got this book for free through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!
I got this book for free through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!
I was so excited about this book, especially when I got approved for reading and reviewing this. I came into it knowing it had amazing reviews, but I didn't know why. The story is about a girl named Kacey, who's life changed drastically four years ago. After her car was hit by a drunk driver, Kacey watched her parents, her best friend and her boyfriend die while she laid there unable to do anything about it holding her boyfriends lifeless hand and listening as her mother took her final breaths.
The ten tiny breath is something she lives by, something her mother told her to do if she felt like she was starting to lose control. Kacey was never sure why, as far as she sees it, it never worked for her.
With a bus ticket in hand, she escapes her uncle with her younger sister Livie and moves to a small apartment in Miami in hopes of starting over.
It was a beautiful emotional story about a girl that's quiet broken as she struggles to provide some kind of a life for her younger sister, without relapsing to the old days when she spend drinking and always staying in trouble in order to numb herself from the pain. With the help of one of her neighbors, Kacey gets a job as a bartender in a strip club in order to survive but her inner struggles continue. They say you go through five stages of grief, but Kacey seems to be stuck and unable to move on emotionally.
Until Trent comes along... Her mysterious neighbor next door that pays cash for everything that he owns. Trent wants to help Kacey move on and because of him she had never felt so alive. But Kacey had been dependent on sex before, and Trent is a living, breathing male that she has a hard time with the attraction between them.
This story was just an emotional wreck, digging deep into grief, telling a haunting tale of loss, love and friendship. Kacey's journey to recovery is an emotional one, that is also very heart breaking. I found myself spilling tears a couple of times. But the support that she had from her new friends was also very endearing. The author tore my heart, healed it, and then dropped the biggest bomb in the book that had my nerves and feelings frazzled.
Okay so I saw it coming, but I guess I just didn't prepare myself enough. That is what happens when you get so emotionally invested in the book. When everything came crashing down on Kacey, it was impossible not to feel the pain and devastation she had to endure. I love how much passion the author had put into the book, I felt every grief, it made me sad and angry but that was part of the books appeal to me.
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have to admit, I picked up this book on the whim from Netgalley because I could read it now and I was starving for a paranormal. I was actually pleasantly surprised with this one. I have not read anything by Lizzy Ford before, but I have heard great things about her. I walked away with a knowledge of a new authors, and a brand new series to follow!
The world is in trouble. A creature that is known as the Shadowman is on the lose and is looking for the three keys that would open up the portal between earth and hell and unleash the Archdemons of the apocalypse. Nathan's job for the past thousands of years is to clean up supernatural messes, unfortunately this one is the biggest challenge of his life. In order to defeat Shadowman he must kill it's host, who happens to be a beautiful and innocent woman who is completely unaware of the fact that Shadowman is actually real and not a figment of her stressed out life.
What I really liked about this book...
The characters. I really liked the characters. Amira, Nathan, Kaylee, and Troy. They really gave life to the book and it started to take on the shape of its own. I liked Nathan, and I liked the fact that he seemed so real. Before meeting Kaylee, he was basically a man whore. Living his life the way he wanted and doing his job, in the most effective way he seemed fit. In a way his actions are questioned by others, but they seemed to be doing the job and that makes him one of the best. His a man whore who wants no attachment and the struggle continues when he meets Kaylee and all the way through the book. Especially when he finds out how she is really connected to him. I was glad when that posed a challenge, because it defied his character.
Troy and Amira are my other two favorites. It's so cute to watch him protect a girl who is deft and has a lot hanging on her shoulders. Amira carries this stones that play a major part of the book and the Shadowman want's them.
The theme of the book was kind of different for me. I have to admit, I have never read a book about reincarnated angels. So that being said, it's probably not for you if you have a problem with that. Because the major characters are reincarnated angels, and the whole theme is a bit heaven versus hell basically, but on earth. I enjoyed it and found it much more refreshing over my last few paranormal reads.
I don't think there was ever a dull moment. The book moved at a good pace and the entire time kept me hooked and on the edge of the seat. I found myself wanting answers, and what Nathan was going to do about this whole situation. Especially since he had to kill Kaylee in order to get rid of Shadowman and it was for the greater good and his inner battle did not disappoint. I did have a hard time putting this one down, wanting to know how it all turned out in the end, so I devoured this book quickly.
There was obviously romance, which I enjoyed. Especially the connection some of these characters shared. It will be interesting how it all plays out in the end. I love the fire between Nathan and Kaylee but there is also a great big wall between them. Especially the fact that Nathan needs to kill her.
The writing. Lizzy Ford really knows how to tell the story and she started this series already on the high note. Sure there was somethings that left me frustrated and hanging with questions – but I think she did a wonderful job. She knows how to pull the reader in, and the only downside is that it's a new series and I have to wait for book 2!
Not so much...
Zyra ugh.. Not sure there is much to say here. I didn't really like her. Her character makes me mad. She has special attachments to Nathan and I won't go into what it is, or else it's a spoiler but she irks me. She is the leader of the group 3G, which is a group of rebel I guess after the greater good and they are also after Kaylee. Her role in this book is kept kind of quiet, but it seems like it's going to play a big one in the end.
The ending.. okay.. to be fair it's only because it left me wanting more. I wouldn't call it a cliffhanger, but the set up for book two is perfect. A lot of things are going to happen I think and my grabby hands itch to have it now!
The OTL... I won't say what it stands for because it also plays a big part in the book – kinda. It's sweet, I get it...but it's also a bit cheesy. Or it appeared to me anyway. But! It did add to the drama of Kaylee and Nathan so this doesn't bother me as much as it would otherwise I guess.
So in the nutshell, I really enjoyed this series. It does have a naughty rate R 18+ moment near the end of the book, so just beware. It doesn’t bother me, but the book is meant for people 18 and older. I cannot wait for the next book in the series to see what happens. I get so excited when I find a new favorite paranormal! Oh and while I wait, I guess I am going to dig into some other Lizzy Ford books I have picked up!