Sometimes It Lasts

Sometimes It Lasts (Sea Breeze #5) by Abbi Glines

The continuation of Cage and Eva’s story, following on the end of Just For Now. Eva and Cage are happily in love and making plans on starting a new life together in Tennessee, when tragedy strikes. Eva must remain in Alabama, and she makes Cage go off to college to fulfill his dreams without her. Over time, the distance takes its toll, and the two find themselves where they never thought they would be: apart.

This book was a sweet, yet angsty story. I know for many she is a favorite, but Ms. Glines is my choice guilty pleasure author. I normally wouldn’t like a book like this, but something about how it’s written sucks me in and keeps me reading when I normally. Is it the most original plot? No. Do I care? Not a bit. Abbi Glines could recycle the plot for Emma and I would still read it.

In most other reviews I’ve read about this book people have said they found this book unnecessary, and I disagree. Not everyone has a cut and dry happy ending. Life happens, shit happens and we all need to get our act together and pull through it and that’s exactly what happened in this book. The circumstances may seem extreme but most relationships suffer hardship and Cage and Eva were not the exception.

The one thing I did not love about this book was the reconciliation. I feel Cage did a fair amount of groveling, but Eva didn’t. She knew his emotional issues, and she used them against him when she was hurt. And then she never apologized. So I would have liked to see more groveling on her end.

I also think Jeremy deserves his own book if he doesn’t have one already. Asap!

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Because I can’t live without you. However you allow me to have you is what I will take.”

“It’s time we start our always.”

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Beauty From Love

Beauty from Love by Georgia Cates

***SOME SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ THE SERIES*** 
-Please read Beauty from Pain first! ^^^

Alas, the best book in this series was the first one. Beauty from Pain was something special and the following books have not lived up to it (in my opinion).

To be fair, I am not one for the lovey-dovey happily together romances, I love intrigue and angst. That preference fits perfectly with the first book but not books 2 and 3.

Beauty from Pain picks up right after Beauty from Surrender with Jack Henry and Laurelyn on their honeymoon. Big Surprise! (Not really) she gets knocked up. Like every other book in NA with a marriage plot where one character wants a baby and the other doesn’t. They continue with their boring, cheesily happy married life and basically live happily ever after.

Now I make it sound like I hated this book, but I didn’t. I maintain that Georgia Cates is a fantastic author and I would happily read any of her other books, and will probably reread Beauty from Pain in the future, but I felt like I already read this plot in other NA romances. To me, this book tied up loose ends that did not need tying.

But really, read Beauty from Pain by this author, it’s AMAZEBALLS!!!

Dreamfever

Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

First off I gotta say how glad I am that this is a completed series and that I acquired all of the books at one time, because if I had read that cliffhanger and then had to wait I would have thrown a hissy fit.

Second, this book had me keeping a small notebook at hand to take notes. Me. This is something I never do, and that’s how I confirmed what I already knew: that this series is something special.

This book started off very interestingly, I liked seeing things from Dani’s perspective. Then we get Mac in the midst of her, umm….. troubles. With what Barrons did for Mac, the lengths he went to to “get her back”, were in a way incredibly sweet. We saw a whole new side to him at the beginning of the book with Mac’s struggles and I kind of want some of his POV on that situation, because all we had was Mac’s very biased one.

Leading to the rest of the book, I loved the angst that developed between Mac and Barrons toward the middle. I know this romance is a slow burn but my god, get together already!!! I also had started thinking at the beginning of the book about how Mac journaled and how it made me want to do that (despite not having quite as interesting world subject matter that she had), and lo and behold I started taking notes on the book. I think I’ll continue doing this because it’s helping me remember my thoughts, so thank you Mac! Lol. I loved the change in the world that this book brought, the first three books are very much a “before” scenario, and Dreamfever brings about an “after” post-apocalyptic book that changed the tone of the entire series, in a good way. I love that the author went for it and made something even better out of what she already created. The Unseelie do not hide anymore, they are out in the open and you better watch out!

Another thing I really liked about this book was we finally got some answers about Mac’s biological family. Not a lot, but at least some. So at least Mac’s lineage was somewhat answered.

Overall I loved this addition to the series, I love that things are moving forward and I am excited about reading the last book.

Questions still unanswered that I hope will be answered in Shadowfever (and believe me, I was writing these down):
-What is Barrons?
-Who really killed Alina?
-Where is the book? How can it be caught?
-Who was the 4th prince?
-Where does Ryodan fit into everything?
-Can we trust Rowena?
-Can the walls between the worlds be closed?

Some of my favorite quotes from this one:

“Do you think the heart only follows blood?”

“Don’t lose yourself in anger. It’s gasoline. You can burn it as fuel, or you can use it to torch everything you care about and end up standing on a scorched battlefield, with everybody dead, even you-only your body doesn’t have the good grace to quit breathing.” 

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Faefever

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

WOW. What an ending! Book hangover for sure.

Note: This review will be more of a summary than an actual review, fyi.

I don’t think I loved this book as much as the others, because for me, this was 250 pages of build-up. Most of the book was Mac investigating things and not getting any answers, and while it tied into the end of the book, it became very frustrating when all I wanted was answers.

That being said, it was wonderful, I pulled a 2am-er to finish this book and then immediately wanted to read the next book, so I did! Love Mac, love Dani and I adore Barrons. That MacHalo dancing scene? HILARIOUS!

Questions still unanswered as of this book:
What is Barrons?
Will Mac find the Book/Beast?
Can Mac trust those around her?
Is there a way to defeat the Shades?
… and many more.

Gotta say I am devouring this series, hopefully I’ll be done soon because I gotta know what happens!

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Bloodfever

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

These books are like the television series Lost, in that every time one question is answered, ten more questions are pop up! And I can’t stop reading them! (In a good way)
What is Barrons?
Who killed Alina?
Who has the book?
Can we trust Rowena and Vlane?
Who is Ryodan? …The questions go on and on.

Like the first book, Bloodfever had me riveted from beginning to end and I cannot wait to read the next book! The romance is still pretty slow building but I am enjoying that change of pace. It’s nice to see a book relationship grow and develop until it becomes something incredible. And let it be said, I am expecting the end result romance to be incredible. I hope it lives up to my expectations.

This book really had me improving my vocabulary: saurian, gamine, avaricious. It’s nice to read a book that is urban fantasy, enjoyable and smart. This is the first book in a long time where I’ve had to google words for the definitions. Bravo on that Ms. Moning!

Here are some awesome quotes from the book:

“It’s like walking up to the biggest, most savage lion in the jungle, lying down, placing your head in its mouth and, rather than taking your life, it licks you and purrs.”

“Black and white are nothing more than lofty ideals in our minds, the standards by which we try to judge things, and map out our place in the world in relevance to them. Good and evil, in their purest form, are as intangible and forever beyond our ability to hold in our hand as any illusion. We can only aim at them, aspire to them, and hope not to get so lost in the shadows that we can no longer aim for the light.”

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