Book Title: Open Road Summer
Author: Emery Lord
Genre: YA | Contemporary Romance
Setting: On the road across the USA
Source: Kindle eBook (Library)
Main Characters: 5/5
Secondary Characters: 4/5
The Feels: 4.5/5
Theme or Tone: 5/5
Flow (Writing Style): 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building): 5/5
Book Cover: 4/5
Ending: 4/5 Cliffhanger: Nope.
Total: 4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-
A super-cute YA romance/coming of age story. Effortlessly readable, with characters that felt real and were likable. A realistic look at a celebrities life from their side of the camera. Seriously, It would suck to read about your supposed life on the front of a magazine cover at the grocery store…the price of fame, I guess… While the ending had a bit too much drama, especially when the book had stayed away from overdone drama most of the way through, I found this a refreshing read, and just what I needed.
⇝Will I read more from this Author?⇜ Yeah, I may do so soon, actually.
Disclaimer: reviewing an uncorrected eARC via NetGalley.
Art: It's actually better than the covers would suggest. The black-and-white manga-style artwork is attractive, emotional, and expressive. Comedic cartoon-style distortion helps add levity to a fairly heavy plot, while some subtlety of storytelling is better expressed through the illustrations than the deeply abbreviated text. I found the colourized cover art too "plastic" looking, but overall the style holds up, with clearly-differentiated characters, detailed backgrounds and solid transitions. Occasional problems with distinguishing who's speaking or what's going on.
Story: This is an adaptation, and necessarily a heavily abbreviated one. I thought they did a surprisingly good job of conveying the scope and emotional underpinnings of the story while racing through it at a breakneck speed. The language does get pretty heavy-handed at times, with little subtlety in expressing themes and character perspectives. There's some odd switches between original lines and modern-day, but as an accessible entry-point for children, avoiding continuous use of dense and dated language makes sense.
Extras: The book includes several pages of liner notes about the adaptation, as well as a helpful section indicating how to read manga-style ("backward") books.
Overall, a solid, entertaining and surprisingly informative Coles-notes style manga adaptation. Could be good to introduce (older) children to a classic novel in a more accessible way, to help reluctant readers understand key themes without wading through heavy language, or as a fast, fun refresher to those who are already familiar with the original source material.
This title was previously published and is being rereleased by the author. It has not been revised.
Meeting your soulmate? Great. Preventing your possible murder? Even better.
Alice Clark, a Wyr and schoolteacher, has had two friends murdered in as many days, and she’s just stumbled upon the body of a third. She arrives at the scene only minutes before Gideon Riehl, a detective in the Wyr Division of Violent Crime—and, as Alice inconveniently recognizes at first sight, her mate.
But the intense connection Riehl and Alice feel is further complicated when the murders are linked to a serial killer who last struck seven years ago, killing seven people in seven days. They have just one night before the killer strikes again.
And every sign points to Alice as the next victim.
True Colors is #3.5 in the Elder Races series.
I’ve previously read True Colors when it first came out on 2011. It has been republished with a new cover, but the content is still the same.
I really like the Elder Races series and anything that is published I devour with great relish.
Ms. Harrsion has created a fun and unique world. With a verity of supernaturals. This novel is short, to the point, and gives you just a taste of what she has created. Their’s danger, romance, and passion. Both characters are likable. It’s an insta-love romance. They both know they are mates and so they hit it off right away. The murder mystery was nice, but wrapped up rather fast and without a big explosion.
I enjoyed this novel, but I wish their was more.
Rated: 3 Stars
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Challenge(s): Pick Your Genre (PNR) (2017)
A holiday hook-up leads to a lifetime of love in this charming story continuing the adventures of the Masters of Maria series.
Alex Cavanaugh is used to fielding odd requests at her waitressing job. She would have never predicted, though, that she’d get brazenly propositioned for a one-night stand with a needy werewolf—or that she’d be lonely enough to tell him yes.
Ben Swain’s inner wolf has been howling for him to take a permanent mate, but he’s terrified of change. He’s clawed his way to status and respect from his pack and doesn’t want to sacrifice that for anything. A short tryst while he’s visiting Maria, New Mexico, before the holidays is supposed to be a stopgap measure to keep his wolf hormones in check, but Ben’s animal side wants more of Alex.
Although she’s a human, quirky Alex’s go-with-the-flow, practical personality perfectly complements Ben’s wild intensity. But after being burned by men before, her budding horticulture career has become her number one priority. Sure, she wants love, but she’d rather be alone than with someone who isn’t fully committed. So why can’t she seem to resist Ben?
If the two can’t figure out a way to balance the two most important things in their lives, all they’ll be getting for Christmas is regret.
Sensuality Level: Sensual
A fun and entertaining novella set in Holley Trent’s Masters of Maria series.
The characters are a bit quirky and are so right for each other that this short romance will raise your spirits which is fantastic as it releases just before the holidays. The author brings her characters to such brilliant life that readers can just feel the chemistry and heat from each and every page and it they can definitely see where Ben and Alex are perfect for each other.
Their romance is so full of amusing quirks and leaps that it brought a smile to my face throughout each and every page which brightened my day and of course the supporting characters have certainly caught my interest and ensured that I want to visit the town of Maria again and get to know them all.
Which as you may have guessed means I need to go back and read the first two books in this series. I just hate it when life gets in the way of my reading time, because then I get behind on all the wonderful books out there and Holley Trent is definitely one of to be read authors and The Wolf’s Joy is a fantastic quick read.
The Wolf’s Joy is the 3rd book in the Masters of Maria series
Author’s Note from website: The Wolf’s Joy takes place after The Angel’s Hunger, but it stands alone pretty well—kind of like my Norseton Wolves novellas. Don’t worry about trying to catch up on all of the previous books set in this world before you read it!
The next book in the series, The Coyote’s Chance is coming soon!
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