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Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) by Penny Reid

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Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) by Penny Reid

Truth or Beard

Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!
Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life. His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…
But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.
Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-headed heart is she willing to risk?

I have been acting like some next level creeper-stalker person over this book… Ever since I read the excerpt for this story in the Shiver Anthology last year I’ve been counting down the months until I could get my hands on ALL of the story. So when I finally got hold of it last week I was a very VERY happy human. Since everyone knows my Penny Reid fan status (Big, HUGE fan) I’m going to try and keep this review less on the fan-girl side and more on the explaining why I’m fan-girling so much side…. So here goes!

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters most, in the end” – Ernest Hemingway

Truth or Beard is the first instalment in the series that Penny Reid has dedicated to the 6 Winston brothers who were first introduced to us in Beauty and the Mustache. I love this idea, I love how this series connects with the Knitting in the City series. I love how we are going to get a (much) more in-depth look at each brother and his story, because they were so intriguing in BatM. And most of all I love how I just know that Penny will take each brother and create a story that is as unique as he is. Starting here, with Duane.

I love Duane! Yes, he comes across distant and broody on the outside, but once I got into his head he was so much more. The depth of his feelings made him a complex character. For a lot of the book he was battling his own emotions as much as he was battling Jessica’s. He had big plans for the two of them and no matter what he wanted to make sure everything was planned and executed to perfection so that he could give her everything that he felt she deserved. However, what Duane didn’t take into account was that life can’t be organized perfectly, sometimes you just have to live and chase your dreams. He was so busy trying to do the right thing by everyone that he almost missed out on his own dream in the process.

He nibbled on my ear, whispering my name like it was a dirty word – but not a curse word – a dirty word. Something erotic and scandalous. I had an odd thought then, that I liked my name on his lips more when it was whispered.

Jessica was instantly likeable. I loved that she was busy obsessing over travelling and experiencing the world rather than obsessing over finding a husband and a white picket fence. She had long dreamed of all of the places she would go and she was determined. So determined, that when her heart started to travel on it’s own path she had no idea what to make of it or how to reconcile the fact that even if she hadn’t planned on love, it may have found her and if it had found her, then how on earth was she going to be free to embark on her childhood dream?

Penny Reid is super duper talented at dual POVs. She knocks it out of the park every time. The tone, the subtle details, these things really make all the difference when you’re the reader. She always gets it right and this book is no different. So I LOVED having the book set up like this, the story called for it. It really added to the back and forth between Jessica and Duane. The angst of not knowing what to do next with their feelings, the hotness of the hot looks, the intricacies of their relationship and themselves… All of these things were magnified from being able to look through both sets of eyes.

…I wanted to hold on to this moment for as long as possible, because it was the first time – and maybe the only time in my life – I felt truly seen, known and understood. And I wanted to give him everything in return. I wanted him to know I saw him. I knew him, too.

So! Like I promised, fan-girling moments aside… I  FREAKING loved this book! Penny Reid is an exceptionally talented writer who never shies away from writing exactly the type of story she feels like she needs to write. I’m positive this is why her books always hit the mark and why every time I read a new one I find it harder and harder to have a firm favourite. This is a definite must read whether you are familiar with Penny Reid’s work or not. This book… This freaking book It’s definitely made it into my top reads of the year that’s for sure,

ARC received in return for an honest review

Book Review – See How She Awakens (The Izzy Chronicles) by Michelle Graves

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The Seer has fallen, yet the prophecy remains.
The World will burn, unless the Seer is Awakened.

Izzy is lost to the void, doing everything within her power to forget the past two years of her life, when a voice calls out to her from the fog. Aberto begs for her to return while Kennan’s voice implores her to remember. Everything within her is telling her to stay in the void, but then Aberto tells her the one thing powerful enough to pull her from oblivion, Molly is dying.

What awaits Izzy on the mortal plane is more terrifying than she could’ve imagined. The darkness is on the rise and no one seems to see it, or they don’t want to admit to the truth. With the darkness more powerful than ever, Izzy must find a way to push the past behind her and protect her loved ones, even if it means losing herself forever.

Will Izzy fall to the darkness or will she finally discover who she was always destined to be? Find out what happens when the Seer finally Awakens.  

There was a lot that needed to be resolved in Izzy’s world going into this book and I have to say I was more than a little bit nervous to see what was going to happen! Really this story could’ve gone a few different ways. Reaching the conclusion of a series is big, especially a series which you have been obsessed with. Every reader going into a final book definitely has a picture in their mind of what they are hoping the conclusion will look like, myself included…

Izzy thought once she fell the prophecy would be fulfilled and the world would be safe from the darkness… But this is not the case… Not even close. While Izzy is languishing in the void, people she loves are dying, she knows she has to stop the darkness, she just doesn’t know if she’s strong enough to after being so utterly and completely broken.

What I loved about this book is that now we’ve come full circle the pace was slowed down a bit so we could focus on the characters and details. There is still a ton of action, don’t get me wrong! But the feel of this book is very much a goodbye, so we take the time to work through Izzy’s final battle, which is just as much with herself as it is with the darkness. There was no way that Izzy was going to be her usual bouncy back chatting-self going into this book, she was far too broken. The overall tone was definitely darker and heavy with despair and that was important for the story being told. But happiness is a state of mind and can be accomplished many ways. I loved that Michelle Graves managed to not only continue with Izzy’s character development and work through the despair and challenges she was facing, but also managed to by the end give us glimpses of the old Izzy. In this aspect of the story I was completely satisfied!

The romance part of this book was a tricky one. Obviously with previous events it wasn’t going to be simple no matter what way it was approached. After having a few days to digest I do feel like the end was fitting. Now, this doesn’t mean that I wasn’t hoping for ‘more’ because the hopeless lover of romance in me did hope for sunshine and rainbows and over the top gestures of romance. But I know what this story entailed and I understand why the ending was what is was. I guess it’s just one of those things where I understand it and it works perfectly for the story, but there’s still a part of me that’s protesting. Which I actually think is a really clever way to end a series, that I feel so passionate about it really shows that it’s hit the mark.

I’m sad to say goodbye to Izzy and the rest of the crew but at the same time I’m glad her story has finished on a high note. This series was the perfect length and had an amazingly balanced mix of everything that you love to see in this genre. I know if Michelle Graves writes anything in the future I will be one very excited reader!

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See How She Falls (The Chronicles of Izzy #3) by Michelle Graves

Darkness is on the rise.

The prophecy has been called forth.

The Seer must fall.

Izzy knew she wasn’t safe, the lingering runes told her that much. What they didn’t tell her was how to lead the Council, stop the darkness, and keep everyone she loved safe.

With irreparable changes brought on by Aberto’s intervention, a relative she never knew existed, and a whole slew of horrifying visions assaulting her, will she be strong enough? Or will the darkness prevail taking her and everyone she loves down with it.

I loved the first book, LOVED the second and now I have no words left to describe how much I FREAKING LOVED THIS THIRD BOOK!!! Even though by the end I was almost beside myself, as in, I was literally a blubbering mess. If there is one thing I can recommend before you read this instalment, it is do NOT under any circumstances read any reviews with spoilers in! No matter how many times you see readers freaking out over what happens in this book. Do not read the spoilers. This is one of those books, where something is going to happen that is going to make you question absolutely everything that has happened so far in the books… But this isn’t a bad thing, it hurts, but it’s necessary. Even though it will feel like your heart has been ripped out and turned into confetti, you’ll slowly pick up the pieces and try to glue them back together and decide that actually, you’ll keep reading… once the shock has worn off.

Izzy’s world is quickly getting more and more out of control. If you thought she was having issues in the last book, that was nothing compared to what she must face in this book! Honestly, she is one tough cookie. I would’ve curled up and played dead long ago, but she keeps right on fighting her way through each obstacle, no matter how hopeless at times it seems, which is typical of her personality… And I have to say, I love that three books into this series, Izzy is still her same feisty, snarky, inappropriate, stubborn self. I love that she hasn’t morphed into some completely different version of herself, she’s definitely developed and grown, but even when she really doesn’t seem herself at all, she still has that Izzy spark. Which for me was really important since her character was a big reason why I became obsessed with this series. Love her!!!

Never fear, we also get a very strong dose of both Kennan and Aberto in this book. Swoon. What’s better than one potential book boyfriend in a story? TWO potential book boyfriends! Although considering Izzy is busy having runes carved into her, trying to keep the council in check and trying both not to die AND save the world from the darkness, swoon-worthy man moments are probably near the bottom of her list. But at least both Aberto and Kennan are heavily involved in the plotline and although we don’t get a heavy dose of romance (like I said, no time!) we do get the chance you see into the past and really get to begin to understand a lot more about their lives and about the history of Seers, Guardians and Old Ones. It really is fascinating stuff and very well thought out. Every detail is meticulous and everything was so perfectly layered that it was totally seamless flipping between the current day and visions of the past, something which is not always achieved as well as was done here.

By the time I finished this book (and calmed myself down) I decided that 1. I would forgive Michelle Graves for breaking my heart 2. I LOVED the direction the story was taking and 3. I did not know how I was going to be patient enough to wait for the fourth book! I usually am pretty strict about not wishing time away, but I am seriously tempted to start wishing for November to hurry up! I just know it’s going to be an amazing conclusion to one of the best series I’ve read in a long time!

Read my review for book 1: See How She Runs HERE

Read my review for book 2: See How She Fights HERE

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Book Review – Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City #4) by Penny Reid

This book was received from the Author in return for an honest review

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Welcome to my current obsession!!! I’m a relative newcomer to Penny Reid fandom, but from the very first book of hers I read (Neanderthal Seeks Human) I was obsessed… Every new story I read of hers I am SURE that there’s no way she could possibly top it… no way I could love anything more than what I just read. Turns out, I should know better by now.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this one. I had seen it be posted that this book was ‘different’ to her other ones, then I saw readers posting that they were crying over it and I was really starting to wonder what I was getting myself into! Turns out, that yes, this book is different, yes I did cry, but yes, in actual fact, this book is my absolute favourite of this series to date. Penny Reid doesn’t just write one type of story, or one type of character, she doesn’t even write with just one type of formula, this book proves that without a doubt.

Yes, I was a creeper, but I didn’t care. Drew brought these compulsions out in me, so he could just suffer through my leering and take it like a man.

The story of Ashley and Drew is, to put it as simply as it can get, beautiful. There is still quirky laugh out-loud humour; there are also still the one million and one things that I stop to search Google/Wikipedia about. (In this case it was mostly Nietzsche) But there is no argument that this book is all about heart, about the swoon-worthy romance, the poetry and the butterflies in my stomach that just would not quit. I’ve come out of this book with ridiculously high romantic ambitions. It’s a problem.

Meanwhile, there was a wild boar of need within me; one that he’d awakened with his quick silver eyes, poetic words, velvet baritone, heroic deeds, and expertly choreographed kisses. He’d left me to drown in want.

The situation that Ashley is in is impossible. This background, this reason why she has returned home really makes what could’ve been a relatively simple ‘girl meets boy’ situation into something which has so many layers of emotions, improbabilities and impossibilities and while this meant that I spent a great deal of time trying to not sit there and sob, it did mean that we got to explore this romance from the perfect imperfections of the universe’s timing… because as we all know, when has the universe EVER timed things to be easy. Ashley as a character is sweet and sassy all at the same time. Sometimes she definitely underestimates herself. She is loyal and it has to be said, she can be very, very stubborn. Watching her work through everything that had encouraged her to leave her small town and everything that encouraged her to return was truly like watching a friend, because that’s what she became. Oh and how awesome was it to get to see the rest of the knitting group! Honestly those girls (and men) just inject so much inappropriate fun into whatever situation they’re in; their appearance was always a nice distraction from the reality of what Ashley had to deal with.

“Tell me what you need.” He said between raining soft kisses against my hair, temple and cheek. “I’ll do anything for you.”

There is no way I could attempt to review this book and not cover the menfolk. Oh my goodness the men! Drew was written like every girls fantasy should be. He was a big Viking of a man (yes, Viking! Actually make that gorgeous Viking!) But not only is he beautiful and swoon-worthy on the outside, he’s also beautiful and swoon-worthy on the inside. I swear I was close to spontaneous combustion by the end of the book. Then we have Ashley’s brothers. Her 6 brothers… While I can understand how 6 brothers could possibly drive a girl insane, I loved them. They each brought so much to the story in their own way (although the bathroom schedule is something no sister should EVER have to be aware of!) I have too many amazing moments to list, but possibly my absolute favourite moment with any of the Winston brothers was the scene where Jethro made sure that Ashley knew that he’d ‘always do what was best for her’ I won’t give away what the circumstances were around that statement but it was just perfect. Oh, and in case we are in any doubt about these brothers… here is what Penny Reid pictures them to be…

So if you already are a fan of the Knitting in the City series then I know you’ll read this and love it. If you’re not familiar with this author and/or series and are wondering what all of the fuss is about then I suggest you get reading. If you love your romance to be different from the norm then this book and this series are definitely for you.

Book Review – The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy #3) by Deborah Harkness

We all know I’ve been obsessed with this series the last few months. Yes, I was a late comer to this story, but for me this has been a good thing as it’s meant I haven’t had to do any torturous waiting between installments! (I’m SO impatient!) I was really looking forward to seeing how Deborah Harkness managed to tie everything up.

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

There is always a lot of detail in these books. That’s a big reason why I do love them. When it’s right for the story, I just soak it up. This last installment is no different. You can tell that every scene, every setting, every single part of this book was carefully constructed and built up through layers of description. You really can picture everything. Yes, this does make for a longer book, but I’ve always believed that not every book needs to be quick and to the point. Sometimes you just want to be able to experience every single thing that the story has to offer and I definitely did that here.

Diana and Matthew have just come back from the past, landing right in the middle of a beginnings of a war amongst the creatures. After not managing to achieve everything that they really needed to in the 1500’s they have a lot of ground to cover. Not to mention a lot of personal drama to contend with as well. I’m not kidding when I say that literally almost every event and every character is accounted for in this book.

The two of them continue on their epic love story as expected. However I am glad that they were sent off in opposite directions a few times to tackle their various tasks, because as much as I love them together, their story definitely benefited from their time apart. Not only because it allowed us to cover more (much needed) ground story wise, but it also meant we got to see more of both Diana and Matthew, without them relying on the tight duo act that they had been in pretty much the whole previous book. This made for an interesting change in dynamic…

‘Remember that in the difficult days to come, as the darkest de Clermont family secrets are exposed to the light. Remember that and you will show them all that you are Philippe de Clermont’s daughter in more than name.

As far as the other characters went, they were all accounted for and then some. Pretty much everyone who has appeared in the books at some point was covered in one way or another. I loved Ysabeau and Marcus just as much as ever and even though Philippe wasn’t really present in this book at all, thanks to his legacy he hovered in the background as one of the more main characters of the story. There were a few surprises along the way, both in appearances and in story lines. But for me the biggest surprise was how much I ended up loving Gallowglass. He absolutely was the standout in this book. I loved following his storyline and he is definitely the one I feel that I would love to follow on and find out what happens next. I have always liked him as a character but this book made me love him. In fact I would hands down say that out of the trilogy he would, along with Philippe and Ysabeau become one of my favorite characters.

But secrets are unreliable allies. They allow us to believe we are safe, yet all the while they are destroying us.’

Since this is the final book in the trilogy I can’t say too much or I’ll give away A LOT of plot, which would be such a shame since it has been such an epic journey to get here. What I will say is although I found that everything was covered, and there were definitely surprises along the way. I felt like the conclusion to the manuscript storyline, the one that started this trilogy was not quite as ‘epic’ as I thought it was going to be. I’m not sure if it’s because I had built it up in my head that there must be some type of huge revelation, or if after following 3 very long books on the subject I thought it would be earth shattering, and maybe it was? But to me it was an ending, it was a very well thought out, well executed ending, but maybe not as full of fireworks as I thought it was going to be. However in saying that I was pretty blown away with the direction that the blood rage storyline took, I loved how dark and twisty it got. Who would’ve thought that the real danger to Matthew and Diana would’ve come from within their own line and not the numerous other happenings surrounding them? It is a testament to the writing that while I was reading this final book I could see everything start to slot into place from the previous two books… Suddenly little things made sense… or niggles that I had started to shake themselves out. With these books, there is always a reason for everything…

It’s really hard to break this book (let alone this series) down into a review and give you everything I loved and everything I didn’t love so much about it. I feel like here I need to say that overall this series was an amazing read. I loved how much was packed into each book; I loved the subject matter and the characters. They are long reads yes, but if you are anything like me and enjoy romance mixed with a bit of supernatural and some amazing story telling talents then you should definitely give them a go.. Of course, if you’ve already read the first 2 books then you don’t need this review to convince you to read the last one. Your curiosity would’ve already convinced you to do so, because this is not a story that can be left unfinished…

Book Review – Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City #1) by Penny Reid

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So one night last week I was mindlessly wandering around Amazon… Just taking a stroll through the bazillions of book possibilities and I stumbled across this… Instantly the cover grabbed me. Smart Romance! Well yes please I’ll take one of those. So I one-clicked, settled in to bed and became OBSESSED.

There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can’t refuse.

Ok , so this is where it gets kind of book-crush awkward. The thing is… with this book… I LOVED EVERY SINGLE BIT.  EVERY. SINGLE. BIT. For me this was one of those elusive soul-mate books. And I literally spent the whole time I was reading the book both desperate to finish it but at the same time not wanting to get to the end because then what the freaking heck was I going to do?!

Undies on, undies on, high ho the dairy-o, I’m going to keep my undies on!

I’ll start with the Characters. For me, the characters absolutely without a doubt made this book. They were just so GOOD. We all know how important characters are (obviously). They need to capture you… And for me both Janie and Quinn AKA Sir McHotpants did that well and truly. I didn’t just like them, I loved them. (Not to mention the entire supporting cast of characters, those girls in the knitting circle made me wish they were real so I could have them as friends!) The main character Janie was possibly one of the most awesome females in a romance that I have come across. I more than loved that she wasn’t the usual fare you expect, you know… the witty but semi-bland pretty girl who is all and all, very normal. Here we have a girl who is different. Quirky. Completely ADORKABLE. She can prattle off more random trivia than Wikipedia and gets herself into some pretty rad awkward moments. She’s independent and has some insecurities and issues… So pretty much, she is one of us. Very quickly I had a girl crush.

At present, I thought about how the elevators were like mechanical horses, and I wondered if anyone loved them or named them. I wondered what steps I could take to remove the word ‘moisture’ or even ‘moist’ from the English language. I really hated the way it sounded and always went out of my way to avoid saying it.

I won’t leave Janie to take all of the credit though… Quinn was more than just a potential love interest. He had some brains of his own, not to mention he was kind of mysterious and so not a goody two shoes. I don’t know if you guys are like me but I do love my fictional men to have a serving of some type of badness.

Ok enough crushing on the characters, because the story line was pretty darn good too. I loved that as well as the tried and true romantic formula there were some WTF storylines and dramas thrown in. I think a balance was struck and I will guarantee that you won’t read a carbon copy of this story. The book is longer than a quick romance read but it used every chapter well with so much goodness going on in there that I wasn’t bored for a second. I know I did mention to my BBH that the first bit is a bit slower going than the majority of it, but this wasn’t a negative to me… I appreciated the work put into the background story and the character building. Like I said above, it’s all about the characters! Oh and can I just say that I LOVED that the ending was both satisfying (like really satisfying… seriously don’t even think about skipping to ‘check out’ the last pages while you’re reading the start) but also left plenty of ‘to be continued’ ready for the next book. (Which is actually out this month on the 24th) So I feel like this book provides the best of both worlds!

So thank you Penny Reid. For writing such ridiculously awesome characters, in a really fantastic story that didn’t induce any eye-rolling, with an ending that did not make me sit staring at my kindle with my face shaped like a question mark. I absolutely cannot wait for Neanderthal Marries Human. Seriously. Cannot. Wait.

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Book Review – Sixth Grave on the Edge (Charley Davidson #6) by Darynda Jones

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Ok, so here at OUBB we are big Charley Davidson fans. Huge Charley Davidson fans really. My BBH Kristal got me into this series and I’ve loved it since the first book. We’ve decided to buddy read this book (#6) since we both knew we were going to spend A LOT of time discussing it with each other anyway….probably at random times as well… AKA after our kids music class 2 days ago on the side of the road where I felt we had a very in-depth heart to heart about all things Charley and Reyes… Yes, we really do have that much to say about it! So lets get started…

Charm – Ok firstly I didn’t know what to expect after book 5… That book was SPOOKY and heavy. A hard act to follow I think. This book to me had a TOTALLY different feel. It still had it’s heavy spooky parts for sure, but it was generally a lot lighter I thought. Which in some ways was a good salve after the last one, heavens knows Charley probably needed a slight break. But also was not at all what I was expecting!

Kristal – I LOVED book five. It was my favourite of the series so far, so I was beyond excited for this one. I really liked the slightly darker tone of book five and loved that we were getting a bit of character development where Charley was concerned. But I agree, book six had a completely different feel! I absolutely devoured this book, just like all of the previous ones, but I felt a little disappointed with the way she seemed to have taken a step back. I think I was hoping for bigger and better things for her but instead it felt like we just skimmed along the top of her personality.

Charm – Oh yeah Charley was as friggen hilarious as always. I LOVE her one liners and general ridiculousness. She is one character I wish I could absorb a little bit into myself just so I could be a tad cooler. I do have to mention, as much as I was cracking up all over the show there were a few points in the story where I was thinking she could’ve been a bit more serious about the situation. I’m all for reckless abandon, but sometimes a bit of maturity is important. I feel like with everything shes been through there might’ve been more glimpses of that?

Kristal – Definitely. At the start of book six it did mention she had nightmares about her experiences in the previous books but then….nothing? It felt like quite a few random story-lines were started and not followed through with. I’m hoping that this is leading up to one big, awesome grand finale, where everything comes together and blows our minds! It IS a Darynda Jones book so I wouldn’t be surprised if this is what is happening. The one story-line that I’m keen to hear more about is the one involving her dad – what’s going on there???!!! Oh and her “other” family.

Charm – Yeah this is the one thing in the book I was slightly iffy about, in every other book Charley always has a few cases on the go plus whatever personal/Reaper stuff is going on… In this book she has A LOT going on. There were so many storylines! Some haven’t been wrapped up yet, quite a few were… I LOVED Angel’s storyline. So I totally agree with you Kristal… I’m thinking there is a higher purpose to everything that’s been going on. Also I am totally with you on the Dad story… I want MORE. What on earth is happening. Also, I’m not going to wreck the ending for any of you that haven’t read it but WHAT ON EARTH!!! I’m seriously wondering what is coming up in the next book after that happened?!

Kristal – Hmmmm yea. That ending. People seem to be either loving or hating it. I’m in the hating it group for now to be honest (or at least very, very dubious), but that could always change in the next book depending on how things go. I just can’t see her being able to be her full self with that going on! But I’m keeping an open mind, so we shall see! I”m really looking forward to October now so I can see how it’s all going to play out. Eeeeep!

Charm – Yeah I think I’ll reserve judgment on the ending in this book until after I’ve read #7. I can’t wait to see what direction Darynda Jones will take… because really it could go anywhere. Also before we end this… my final words are: Reyes = Yum.

Kristal – Oh Reyes…sigh. I love him too. Definitely on my top UF Book Boyfriend list. This story really COULD go anywhere at this point. There are so many unanswered questions. Luckily we don’t have long to wait for Seventh Grave and No Body! Love that we get two books this year. Can’t wait to see what comes next!

He took hold of my chin and lifted my face to his. “I have a feeling a machete and a spork can work very well together.”

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