Genre: Romance

Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daimon (Covenant #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Daimon is a short story prequel in the Covenant series. I’ve only heard of it, YA readers rave about this series but I have yet to read it. This novella made me want to know more about it. Almost everyone I know is raving about the Covenant series. So I read this prequel out of curiosity. I don’t normally read prequels until I’ve read the first book because I’ve learned that it only means something if I knew what it was about. Daimon gives a brief background about Alexandria, and how she and her mom left the only place she calls home. Why they left, it wasn’t mentioned because Alex herself doesn’t know. What she does know, what her mom told her, is that they can never go back.This prequel caught my interest and I am seriously intrigued about the rest of the story.

Savage by Willow Smith

Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1) by Willow Rose

Savage is the first book in the Daughters of the Jaguar series by Willow Rose. The first time I laid my eyes on the cover, I just knew I had to read it. Savage was an interesting read. It explained a lot of things about the story and the background was laid out one after the other. We are reading the story in Christian’s first-person point-of-view as it revolves around him and his experience when he moved from Denmark to Florida for his medical studies in the 80s. He was taken in by a wealthy family who welcomed him to their home with open arms…widely open arms to the point that the head of the family, the doctor, bought him a new car, a windsurf board, and eventually paid offered to pay for the rest of his college tuition. Christian’s future in Florida seemed to be heading in a promising direction until that incident that changed his life forever. Sulking in his thoughts and wallowing in self-pity, he wanted explanations with how he survived, if there is any rational explanation for what happened. He eventually became obsessed with life after death and jaguars, reading every book he could get his hands on regarding those subjects. He was aware of the change within himself, I guess near-death experiences really changes ones perspective. To top it off, he acquired supernatural abilities that made him think he was going crazy. Like him, I was intrigued with the strange family next door. Although I had an idea who and what they were, I couldn’t wait to get to the part where that was revealed. He meets a lovely woman named Aiyana, who divulged things about her family like it was the most normal thing to do. She felt like she knew him personally even though they just met. I thought it was weird even after it was explained.The writing was pretty good, you could tell it was researched well, although I think it was laid out too much. Like Christian, I wanted more of Aiyana. She is just so mysterious and I wish we could see her point-of-view as well. The sexual situations were mostly mild. A little bit of description but not much heat in it. Still would not recommend it to teens under 16. I wish there was more about the strange family of women, and I also found the ending quite sad because they chose a more “sensible” path. Maybe we would find out why in the next book, I am intrigued with how that would pan out. I haven’t read much shape-shifter stories to compare this one with, but I enjoyed reading and am looking forward to the rest of the series. AUTHOR BIO Willow Rose writes Paranormal Romance, fantasy and mystery. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys to watch the Read more

Seaweed by Elle Strauss

Seaweed by Elle Strauss

If you’re looking for a cute-sy mermaid story, you may just like Elle Strauss’ Seaweed. It left me smiling and daydreaming about being a mermaid. Since I was still not over merfolk novels, I read the Kindle copy of Seaweed that I picked up back when it was still free. It was recommended by Karen Hooper, the author responsible for my new found love for merfolk. If you’re not a fan on insta-love, this book isn’t for you. Tor and Dori were attracted to each other even before they spoke with each other. This was quite an entertaining read, I would find myself smiling from time to time because of the parts that I find funny. Like the opening part, when Tor and Dori first hung out and the latter playfully threw water on Tor’s face and he ran away, I couldn’t help but laugh because it was funny in my head. Then there was the date on the boat, there was a part that was so funny too. Another thing I liked is that Dori is a swimmer. I used to train competitively during high school and reading about Dori’s swim meets brings back memories from my own swimming days. The plot was okay, there were parts that felt off but it still worked in the end. The science behind the fins-to-legs transformation was realistic, in my opinion. Of course it would hurt to have your fins separate into a pair of legs, amiright? Seaweed is listed as a stand-alone but the ending felt like a cliffhanger, there were still questions left unanswered, and though the whole story was just okay, I still want to know what happens after that ending.

Legacy Lost by Anna Banks

Legacy Lost (The Syrena Legacy #0.5) by Anna Banks

If you read my review of Of Poseidon, you’ll know that I loved the story. Legacy Lost tells the story of Grom and Nalia’s relationship. Their love story was mentioned in Of Poseidon but in this short story, we learn what happened to them through Grom’s point of view. I really liked it. Like Of Poseidon, I think it’s a cute story and I love young Grom and Nalia as much as I love Galen and Emma. It has a sad ending though, but the story doesn’t end there. I seriously can’t wait for the next book in this series. Of Triton is expected to be published on 2013. IT’S TOO LONG. I CAN’T WAIT!

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1) by Anna Banks

Still feeling the mermaid love, I read Of Poseidon by Anna Banks. I’ve read many good reviews about this book and people have been raving about it. I’m glad that I read this next because I love the story despite its predictability. First of all, it was a pretty cute beginning but something tragic happens that made me tear up. But all that sadness went away when I got to know Galen. Ohmysweetgoodness! Galen is so adorable. Every thing he does, I find adorable. I wish he was real and I know him because I want to pinch his cheeks for being to damn adorable. Every character is also likable/lovable, even Rayna, Galen’s twin, who seems to be the mean girl type. But for 20-year-old twins, they seem immature, especially Rayna. I still love all the characters presented in this novel, even Emma’s mom who makes funny remarks. I like that one chapter is on Emma’s first-person POV while the other is a narrative on Galen’s POV and would include Rayna and Toraf too. The plot is predictable but still good nonetheless. Each page turn makes me giddy with excitement and I would find myself smiling while reading. The description is correct, it really is a fish-out-of-water story that sparkles with intrigue, humor, and waves of romance. There’s no major threat, like villains, so far. The story focuses on Galen and Emma’s attraction to each other and Grom’s need to mate first before Galen. There’s definitely a bigger picture than the love interest, like who Grom’s mate should be and the safety of the Syrena’s. I feel that there’s going to be trouble there which would probably surface in the next book. Then there’s the revelation at the end of this novel which I guessed from the first quarter or half of the story. I already knew what it was but it feels good to be right, right? I am so excited to find out how this revelation would play out and how it affects my beloved Galen and Emma. The Gift of Poseidon is very useful IMO, you can talk to all sea creatures. If I had that ability, I could get a job as a dolphin/seal/penguin/etc trainer. Hahaha! I wonder what the Gift of Triton is, since no one remembers or actually knows what it is, will we find out what that gift is in Bank’s next novel, Of Triton? I am so excited. I’d say it’s a pretty simple mermaid love story. I gave this novel a rating of 4 out of 5 because I really, really liked it. It’s a very promising start for debut author Anna Banks.

Tangled Tides by Karen Amanda Hooper

Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs #1) by Karen Amanda Hooper

For someone who likes watching mermaid films and once dreamed of being a mermaid, I never once had interest in reading mermaid novels. I don’t know why that is, but in my quest to be the wide reader my mom claimed me to be, I asked Karen Amanda Hooper for a digital copy Tangled Tides in exchange for an honest review. That said, I would like to thank her for introducing me to the wonderful world of merfolk, selkies, and other mythical creatures mentioned in the book. The cover is pretty as mermaids go. It reminds me of that scene in the Little Mermaid where Ariel flipped her hair when she got out of the water as human. Anyway… I had a bit of a problem with reading the ebook. Each chapter was told in the POV of either Yara, Treygan, or Rownan. While reading, the indicator would say, for example, Yara, but the continuing paragraphs are still on the previous person’s POV. I guess it was messed up from the conversion from PDF to epub. Fortunately, I had common sense and used it while reading. It took me quite a while to finish reading this because of various reasons. I wanted to finish it in a day but life keeps getting in the way. I’d say it was a rough start, it was slow paced and took a lot of pages to get to the point. But as soon as some secrets were revealed, it got interesting. I became curious about merfolk and selkies, and even sirens. Yara was annoying. Wait, no. She’s stubborn. I sometimes feel like she acts like a spoiled brat, which I guess makes her annoying at times. If she wants something, she wants it done right away. Treygan on the other hand, is a very patient merman, or is he just patient with Yara? He’s also carrying a lot of burden within himself. Yara doesn’t like him at first because she felt like he was responsible for what happened to her. I liked the constant bickering with between the two though. At some level I think it’s cute, I found myself smiling silly while reading those parts. I don’t know how I feel about Rownan, he’s not that bad but he isn’t good either. He has his reasons for doing the things he did, and I think it’s understandable given the circumstances. And at some point he was concerned with Yara’s well-being. The other characters are likable, in my opinion, except for the other selkies like Jack. The cross-breeding between monsters felt like a stretch, I was confused for a while, found myself stopping to recall who was half what and what it meant in relation with the whole story. The C-weed and seagarette bit were witty in my opinion, but it felt ridiculous too. I mean, the purpose of those were understandable but the manner of usage, smoked like weed and tobacco was silly. There were even parts where a lighter was mentioned and a C-weed was smoked Read more

Mea Culpa by Christine Fonseca

Mea Culpa (Requiem #1.5) by Christine Fonseca

When reading Lacrimosa, I wasn’t sure how I felt about Zane. He was Nesy’s friend and although she get annoyed by his concern, she knows he means well. But is there more it than just being friends? Mea Culpa depicts the events that happened after Nesayel was dying in Celestium and after Aydan was sent back to Earth to live his life as a mortal. It tells the story of what Zane did in hopes to save his best friends’ life. It’s a nice short story to get to know Zane a little better. And it gives a glimpse of what to expect in Libera Me, book 2 in the Requiem Series.

Dies Irae by Christine Fonseca

Dies Irae (Requiem #0.5) by Christine Fonseca

I wasn’t as engrossed with this as I was with Lacrimosa but it was still a good read. Although Azza already told Nesy this story, it’s still good to know what really happened and how it happened. I feel really bad for Mikayel for losing the love of his life just to fulfill his destiny. Did they really not have a different choice? Or was Azza very manipulative to send Demi to her death? His intentions were good but it was still evil. Such a sad fate for everyone involved.

Starters by Lissa Price

Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price

Starters was disappointing. I read this book because the premise was interesting. It was, as well as intriguing, till after 40% into it. That’s when it started falling apart. The whole story felt like it was all over the place. There were A LOT of inconsistencies and questionable details. The age difference alone is not possible even with the circumstances. The writing was okay, world building was done sloppily in my opinion. I understand some of the things and tried looking past them, but as I reached the end, that’s when I felt like the plot was a stretch. There was a solution presented in the end that would seem like something the characters involved should have done in the first place, if it was just that easy. I’d say it was anti-climactic. The love angle has its moments, at one point I did like Blake but what do we really know about him? He’s attracted to Callie for no apparent reason and he did things for her without question. As for Michael, he’s been with Callie for so long that there’s a silent mutual understanding that they’ll be together after everything. Then again, we don’t know anything about him either. I don’t remember being giddy with any scenes involving either guy. The revelation in the end was unexpected for some but it crossed my mind 90% into the book. I think that would be the only reason for me to read its sequel, Enders, to find out WHY and HOW that surprise in the end became like that.

Blue Moon by Alyson Noel

Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) by Alyson Noel

SPOILER ALERT! This review may have possible spoilers on it. Have you read Evermore? Check out my review here. After giving Evermore a rating of 2 out of 5, you’d think I would drop the series and get on with my life. I didn’t. I read Blue Moon right after because I was intrigued with Damen and the plot for this book. He’s getting weaker, but why and how? The book starts with Ever and Damen all lovey-dovey and happy because Dina was dead and they could spend eternity together without worrying about bad people tearing them apart. But we all know that’s not the case or there wouldn’t be 5 more books in the series, right? So anyway, Damen has been teaching Ever the Immortal’s way of life and how to control her ~~powers~~. But she figures she has an eternity to learn so she’s been stalling the lessons. I find it funny that she’s using his lust to her advantage; making him manifest a bouquet of flowers he asked her to practice on so she won’t do it herself. There’s a new guy in town and Ever doesn’t like him. She feels like there’s something different about him but Damen seems to be fine with it so she tries to be as friendly as she can be. After a few days Damen was weaker and can’t even do a simple manifestation. Ever, of course, worries and concluded that something was wrong and maybe Roman [the new guy] is behind it. But she can’t prove it so she tries to figure out what’s wrong with Damen by going to Summerland with Ava. What’s to like in this book? I don’t know, there’s no depth in it. Everyone is still shallow and useless. I did feel sad for Ever when Damen changed and ignored her. And then there was the near-end part where I wanted to slap her for being so stupid. I don’t like how the “fight” happened but I’m glad Damen’s okay. Though the way it ended gives hope for a better future? I don’t know.