I was interested in reading “Halfway Perfect” by Julie Cross and Mark Perini because I really enjoyed Ms. Cross’ book, “Third Degree” that came out last year. It was such a fun, clever, and romantic story. “Halfway Perfect” turned out to be a totally different type of story than “Third Degree” and maybe my disappointment in not getting another “Third Degree” clouded my enjoyment of this one. Ever have that happen to you? Have your expectations all set for one thing and then get served another? That’s kind of what happened to me here.
Totally unexpected. That is the best way to sum up ALL my feelings about this book. This is a tough review for me because I always like to review books objectively. At the same time, there has to be some of my opinion in the review or else I’ll end up sounding like every other generic review. But in this particular story, there was a quirky little point of fact that I kept having a problem looking past the entire time I was reading the story. Hence my 3 ½ star review. I really liked the story, but I can’t go overboard on the “love”.
I’ve been known to read a series or two out of order. Or only read one book in the middle of a series. But for Monica Murphy, I will read the entire series and in order. Besides the fact that she is just a friendly, totally approachable author, she has a writing style I enjoy reading. It’s sexy-hot, sometimes dark (at least this series was), has dual points-of-view, and oh-my-gosh the “romance” is scorching! Yes, it does deserve two mentions.
I was super stoked to see that the Griffiths had written another trilogy. I have been meaning to read them ever since they released their Vampire Empire series back in 2011. Call me “easy” but I might have been lured in by the beautiful cover as well. Best part, this new series (a trilogy really) is releasing in quick succession so there’s no waiting in between books. No time to forget about Simon and his super cool tats. No time to forget about Kate, her crazy talent for alchemy, or that pesky unanswered question about her eccentric father who is somewhere out in the world (that one is really bugging me). Here’s why I’ll be reading all three books:
This is going to sound weird but I read the first two books in Rachel Van Dyken’s Consequence series out-of-order ON PURPOSE and I have no regrets! It most likely changed the mood and tone of each story for me. But I have to say that after reading the first book, I’m so glad I got to know Max in his book first and then got to know Colton and Milo in their book afterwards. It probably won’t make sense unless you’ve already read the books. I’ll try to explain, though.
For a while now I have been distracted by straight up romances and anything of the young adult variety. I was missing my roots, where I started. So I began looking for new urban fantasy titles and “Trailer Park Fae” caught my eye for several reasons.
Superheroes – they are everywhere this summer! From summer library reading programs to the big screen. You can’t step two feet without tripping over a new superhero. Or an old one made new and shiny. You would think I’d be sick of them by now. I kind of am. But somehow reading a story about a girl with zero powers who was raised in the world of heroes and villains felt… right.
Let me share with you what to expect when you pick up On the Rocks, the first book in her new Last Call series. See there? I like to be optimistic. Yeah, I know not everyone likes new adult romances. New adult is an acquired taste. But Ms. Bennett’s story is such a great example of new adult romance that if you were to try new adult, this would be a great place to start.