Is there such a thing as reviewer's block? Every time I sat down to tell you all how much I loved this and that, my mind scattered in a thousand directions. Here's my best shot at lassoing some of those thoughts.
5 STARS!! Sterling (Mageri Series: Book 1) by Dannika Dark took my breath away right out of the gate. Zoe Merrick is completely average and totally cool with it. That's the thing I liked about her from page one, she's a with it character who knows how to wield what she has. Then bam! She's attacked. Killed? Maybe, maybe not? In her very understandable freak out she runs into Adam Razor. Oh, my goodness. I love him. I'll just get that out right now. Adam helps her come back to life, but she has no vision for her future. How do you start over when you feel disconnected from everything and everyone? No worries because she meets Justus De Gradi who knows what's missing in Zoe's life. The road to the magical future she's meant to have is not a pretty one, but Justus vows to show her the way. There's flirting, kissing, and a whole lot of sexual frustration in this installment. My heart raced and swooned. There were moments I wanted to stand with Zoe and fight by her side. The bad guys are worthy of gruesome deaths. The good guys are all so damn hot, even Zoe is a little dizzy. I have book 2 already waiting for me. How's that for cleaning out my Kindle?
"May I have another taste of your cherry?"
Justus to Zoe p. 113 (it's not what you think)
"And you don't see me carrying a wand, do you?"
"You've always got a counter for everything, don't you?"
Justus to Zoe p. 232
5 STARS!! Holding on and Letting Go by K.A. Coleman had me crying from the beginning. I knew this was a tearjerker. I stepped outside my wussy norm and risked my heart anyway. Emerson Caulfield lost the love of her life. If you're thinking some wild boy who died way too young, you're right. She lost her baby brother who had the most amazing spirit. He was the light of her life. Darkness swallowed her and kept her captive for two years until she returned home. Thing with letting light back in your life, any flicker hurts. Enter Matt, all american hottie, next door neighbor, and Emerson's long ago best friend. He's determined to be there for her. She's determined to continue putting on an act and mourning in private. Emerson's journey out of the dark is a painful, gritty one filled with angst and tears, but I couldn't get enough. I love Matt and Emerson's story. We all have one. We all lose our way at some point.
"Sometimes it's yourself that you lose, and that may be the worst loss of all."
3 STARS!! Turned at Dark (A Shadow Falls Novella) by C.C. Hunter gives us a glimpse of Della Tsang's life before she entered the spooky world of Shadow Falls. You see how she went from perfect daughter in love with the boy her parents actually approved of to the sullen vamped out chick we all know and love. I'm so excited that she has a spanking new spin off series coming May 2014. I enjoyed this quick read, but I wished it was meatier. My emotions weren't tugged in any direction. I'll be looking for Reborn in the spring. I hope you all check it out too!