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Waiting for the One by L.A. Fiore $1.99 and KU
Waiting for the One - L.A. Fiore

Saffron Mills has lived all of her almost thirty years in Harrington, Maine—a small town where fishing is plenty, but available men are far too few. Yet it’s not just her dating dry spell that draws her to recent arrival Logan MacGowan. Tall, dark, and handsome, with emerald-green eyes and an impossibly hot body, Logan is a gorgeous enigma whose silence she takes for indifference…until one unforgettable chance meeting, when pent-up attraction ignites into the most intense encounter of her life.

 

In this quiet, quirky town, no one knows that Logan’s alter ego is famous sculptor and tabloid darling David Cambre. In New York, he had all the wrong kind of attention, but in Harrington, he’s found peace, privacy…and Saffron. She’s witty, forthright, and so much sexier and stronger than she knows. But how do you protect the love you’ve been waiting for when your own lifestyle could be destined to rip it apart?

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review 2015-06-17 03:39
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy #1)
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead

ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES...

 

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires - the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

 

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger... and the Strigoi are always close by.

 

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

 

By God, why is this book so hard for me to review?!

 

Um . . . so, this damphir main character . . . Rose Hathaway. I liked her, I thought she was quite different from other main characters. Like, I really loved badass female characters, but Rose was just really focused on other things in the beginning of this book that kind of annoyed me. Like, I understand Rose is a girl that wants to have fun, but honestly with the whole thing about damphir women being “blood-whores” I was hoping she’d be defending that more. BUT: Rose doesn’t let anything get in her way:

“‘Screw you,’ I told him in a low voice.

 

‘Are you offering?’

 

‘From what I've heard, there isn't much to screw,’ I shot back.”    

So, I got the hang of Rose after! :D

 

I liked the whole idea of vampires and royalty and the halfs, but for a bloodline that is meant to protect royalty, you’d think the vampire royalty would bother treating some of these damphirs with more respect. But, once again, I was happy with the fact that Rose didn’t let anything get in her way. I can also see room for character development, so that’s great! :D

 

The romance, I thought was weird and awkward and wrong at first. Dimitri is like . . . seven years older than Rose is?! And I was glad that he himself mentioned it somewhere throughout the book. But honestly, I was okay with it at the end, and even saw a bit of the chemistry.

“‘No. If I let myself love you, I won't throw myself in front of her. I'll throw myself in front of you.’”   

Overall, Vampire Academy was an okay book, though I really enjoyed it towards the end. The main character is quite different from other main characters, and the high school setting felt pretty stereotypical to me, but I feel like this series can get SO much better! So, I currently have Frostbite on hold, and maybe after finishing that book, I’ll see if I want to continue this series! :D

 

Thanks for reading this review and I hope you all have a great day! Until the next one! :D

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review 2015-06-07 00:00
Waiting for the One Book Review
Waiting for the One - L.A. Fiore

 

L.A. Fiore's Waiting For The One hooked me from page one. Saffron Mills is fun, sarcastic, honest, and a kiss-asses-first, take names second kind of girl; one of the most relatable characters I have come across. Fiore does a great job in keeping Saffron's voice and character consistent from beginning to end without any reestablishing of Saffron's backstory or life before the here and now in the book, which is something I really appreciated.

I give this book 3 swordfishes; I mean stars ;-) (man talk about a running gag ^__^) because of the partial unreliability of Saffron’s first person narration. I often felt as though some scenes between her and Logan were always missing a few details and I found my self flip-flopping for and against their relationship because I doubted his true feelings and thoughts as they were being told to me by Saffron whom could be miss reading things herself.

Another reason is that I would have liked it if the two’s relationship—Saffron & Logan—had taken a bit longer to develop because I found I enjoyed single/solo Saffron way more than coupled/domestic Saffron. She was never more alive or like herself than when she was hanging out with her friends, with Frank, or on her own.

In addition, without giving too much away, my expectations regarding Logan’s shrouded past were lowered when I discovered his affluent connections not only as an artist, but with his family too. This deficiently overused cliché did put a damper in my reading experience. :-/

Moreover, the image or take on Logan’s character and personality came across as generic and often not trust worthy. When Logan finally starts to open up to Saffron I found myself distrusting his story and wanting their relationship to come to an end, even voicing, “It’s not too late, Saffron. You can still find yourself a decent fella before the end of this book.”

Regardless, it is not often I find myself on the same page with the protagonist as they dive into the unknown, face life altering decisions and events, but I did with this book. And I truly believe it was Fiore’s ability of crafting such a strong and independent thinking female protagonist—and the steamy love scenes—that will draw in any reader. One who would enjoy a story about life, love and change all in the festival having small town of Harrington, Maine.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/23733234-waiting-for-the-one?ac=1
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review 2011-08-18 00:00
Waiting For The Big One (L.A. Love Lessons, Book 1)
Waiting for the Big One (LA Love Lessons, #1) - P.G. Forte Review to come soon at www.risquereviews.com
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