Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kadenburg Shifters #3 - The Siege of Kadenburg by T.E. Ridener


Synopsis:

When you live in a town like Kadenburg, you’re just looking for trouble if you ask “Could it get any worse?” 

No one has seen hide nor hair of Breslin Connor in over a month, and Presley begins to feel safe. With her future looking a little brighter, she finally allows herself to relax and enjoy being back in the place she’s belonged all along, with the man she was meant to be with. However, as the old adage says, ‘All good things must come to an end.’
Presley starts having dreams about Lorcan’s deceased brother and he claims she is a ‘chosen one’ of Urseth. He reveals the past to her and the truth about why her father really died on that fateful night so many years ago. She soon discovers that everyone’s destiny has been carefully interwoven with the fate of Kadenburg, and she’s right in the middle of it.

No one is safe. New and shocking faces alike emerge from the darkness, causing the ursithropes to question who they can trust in the town they’ve always called home. Boundaries will be tested, lines will be crossed, and the humans will become suspicious. Will Presley and her family be able to stop Breslin’s loyal pack from claiming Kadenburg? Or will the sadistic werewolf finally get what he wants…including her?

Okay, so what can I say... Despite that, of course, I loved it? Well, that is is freakin' easy: T. E. Ridener named a character after ME! Yes, after me. I don't know if I can tell you all, but yes, that is my name being used. So OF COURSE I love that book even more!!!


That Dim and Rutley were/are my favorite characters is no secret at all. Of course I was glad that Dim took in Rutley like he did, but still my heart aches for both of them. All the time. Dim kinda punishes himself for things that he never were his fault and he stays away from happiness because he fears betraying the one person that meant more to him than anyone else.


Speaking about that: Having Lorcan's brother back in the book really made me happy because, let's face it, everyone who read the first books wanted to meet him, find out what it was about him. Thankfully, T.E. Ridener makes that possible in a great way. I hate books where the loved ones come back as ghosts because... I don't know, how many supernatural beings do you need in a book? Well, let me tell you: Not all of the things that could possibly exist in one book.
So Ridener does a bang up job to have him come back in Pretz' dreams. I love Liam and I wish he'd have a chance to live his life with the most amazing Dim.

Besides that I loved the turn with Natalie. I can't help but love her after finding out what her deal really was.

And now the most important thing... No, wait, let me talk Greg and Lou. Okay, you two, I freakin' love the sh** out of you... He's amazing, she's amazing and strong... Lou is a great person, especially considering what she went through. All the heartache she had to endure and she still manages to look up and smile. Seriously, a great heroine!

Okay, NOW I really wanna talk about Pretz and Lorcan... (Did I mention that there is a character named after me in that book? No? Well, i should have mentionen that, I am sooooo excited! Even though she is not the most charming person in the world, but oh well, neither am I a lot of times! *winks*)
Anyways, what did i want to talk about? Right, Pretz and Lorcan... They are so right for each other it breaks my heart! I love seeing the relationship that develops between those two and... *sigh*

Can I please have a bear, too?

I loved the book, everything around it, and I am a tiny bit biased, but I am sure you will love the book, too, even if you turn green with envy because I get the hot stuff... :-P

Guess what? THERE'S GONNA BE ANOTHER BOOK! YAY!


Yours truly, Julie

(All pics found on google.)



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Silver Dawn (Wishes Series #3.5) by GJ Walker-Smith




After five long years of waiting, Gabrielle and Alex’s most longed-for wish is about to come true. Their baby son is due any day, and Gabi has everything planned down the last detail.


Alex has never been one for making plans. He’s a firm believer in fate, trusting that on any given day, things are exactly how they’re supposed to be.

When Gabrielle’s plans go awry at the last minute, both are thrown for a loop. Trying to hold his family together soon takes a toll on Alex. When his once unbreakable connection to Gabrielle begins to slip, his faith in fate is stretched to the limit.

Charli has been waiting to meet her baby brother for months. When the call finally comes, she jumps on the first flight out of New York and heads home for a surprise visit.
Little does she know, her treasured family is at breaking point.

Bonding with her brother comes easily. Maintaining the tight bond she’s always shared with her father is harder to do.

Okay, with the synopsis out of the way I can say that I got the copy  as an ARC and as if there are ever any other ways than giving an honest review... Anyways, here's my honest review.

I was scared of that book, I really was, especially because some teaser sounded incredibly sad, but for me the book started out amazing since there was a little fairy dedicated to me!!



Besides the fact that she 'has special needs' I can say that this is the most amazing thing ever! Thank you so so much, you have no idea how much that means to me... 

About the rest... Of course, it was emotionally draining from there. Walker-Smith has infinite passion to draw the sad and yet incredibly beautiful scenes out until you are sure that nothing ever can piece your heart back together. Seeing Alex go through a struggle like, through heartbreak like that actually made me feel right along with him.


Books that grip you like that are rare... Especially novellas because it's an art to put so much emotion into a few little pages without being a full out cliché. 
Walker-Smith exceeds - as always - all expectations concerning her greatness. She touches your from head to toe, heart to soul, inside and out. One of these days I want to ask her how she manages to make my heart bleed with the simply words "He has rockstar hair".

What I loved most about that book though was seeing Alex and Charli back together. It's hard to explain what it is about those two, but they are everything to me. Seeing them again was like seeing a friend I hadn't met in years and still realize I don't love him or her any less. 
It's amazing how Charli has grown in the course of the series, and how she still can be Alex' litte girl when at the same time being a great woman. 

What is left to say? Easy. It broke my heard closing that virtual book and knowing that I had to leave my friends another time. I know as well though that I'll be back with them as long as they'll keep coming.


The Wishes-Series continues to shape me as a person because every time I read another page, I aspire to be a little more like Charli - stronger, better and yet my unique kind of crazy.

And, of course, there is no need to point that out again, but OMG, I am so much in love with Alex, I don't know where to put that!!! He'll be my most favorite book boyfriend of all times. Ever. 

Because he was my true first always and first forever.