I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. First off, it's a zombie book, but unlike one I've ever read. In some sense, that is alright with me, but I went into this just wanting a really predictable zombie book. There were lots of qualities about this book that I loved, however.
The way this book was written was not something I liked. The interviews of each character did give some insight to what they thought and felt during the outbreak in El Paso, but some of it got repetitive. Especially during the end, the first half of Skye's interview was somewhat repetitive, as it told a lot about Jax (the general) that we already knew. The interruptions from the interviewer really bothered me and broke up the flow of the book in my opinion, and I think I would have personally liked it much more if it was just written in third person, or had perspective changes.
The characters, for the most part, I really liked. The strange fantasy elements that were thrown in really didn't make sense to me, however. If it was a zombie book, make it a zombie book. If you wanted to make something with different elements (I can't really say because it would technically be a spoiler), then write a book like that. I'm not sure what the author was trying to do, but it was really strange in some aspects.
About half-way throughout the book, I really just wanted to put it down and quit. For some reason I had just lost all interest, and quite frankly didn't care enough about the characters to continue on. I did, however, and it finally picked up a couple of interviews later. Then it dived back down and the book ended rather suddenly but without any loose ends, and for that I was grateful. Overall, just because of how it was written and I don't know what would actually be in the next book because everything was tied off rather nicely (except for a few points which I don't even care about for the most part) I don't think I'd continue on with the series.
In The Moment is a tale of forbidden love. It's not unlike the majority of romance books floating around; rich business man, strong willed business partner. In some places the book fell where other's were greater, and then this one was better in different places.
Samantha, who generally goes by Sam, is a strong woman who runs her own business. When powerful, and very French, Laurent is looking for another agency to help him with a launch of a next big thing in the TV world, he hires Sam to help. Soon their business relationship slowly turns into more, and Sam fears that falling for one of her clients will be a big mistake.
There are some odd things about this book. For one, they spoke French (just simple things, mind you, but enough to annoy me) very often. I didn't mind the pet names and such, but there were whole starts of conversations in French. Not so much that you would miss something important, but since I don't speak French, I found it annoying at times and skimmed a lot of dialogue.
Typos and word errors were another big thing that annoyed me. There were just places that if you spell checked it would go right by, but in a sentence made no sense. There were a few words missing, incorrectly used, and punctuation doubled or other small things. Not enough to really halt ease of reading, but it just made the book look like it hadn't been looked over a lot. Some more time could really have made this book so much greater.
I did like the characters, for the most part. Samantha was strong when need be for the longest, and it seemed to actually fit her. The ages of them both fit well. Finally, characters who aren't twenty! The BDSM in this book really threw me off though. Honestly Laurent was constantly being called gentle, and caring, which really worked for him it seemed to me. Then all of a sudden he'd be domineering in a sudden mood swing, and his gentle but strong character was ruined, and he borderlines lots of qualities we don't want to see in a gentle character.
Overall though, I have to say this book was pretty good. Aside from the errors throughout the book, and the strangeness of Laurent's character, everything else was really good (the little annoying things I just disliked but weren't wrong took down a star for me though). Not sure if I would pick up another of Olivia Jake's books for a while, but I might give it a shot later on.
I have to say I am really liking this series. It isn't anything just blow-your-socks-off amazing, but it's short, simple, and cute. Just to say after reading the first book and it's weirdness, this one was really great. The words no longer seemed all weird in places, though there were still a few bumps in the road.
A classic spin on Beauty and the Beast, Gerard, known for sleeping around with many women, has finally done it. He slept with the wrong person; the king's daughter. The only way he could get out of death is to go to earth, find his mate, and make her fall in love with him. He, however, does not have to fall in love with her, and has only one month to do so. Betty, the single librarian just coming out of a horrible breakup, and is not looking for any relationships, especially not with a playboy who is guaranteed to break her heart. Does she take the chance, to love someone that could be such a beast, and if she does, will he stay once he no longer has to?
Gerard was easy to love, and while he comes from the story Beauty and the Beast, I'm pretty sure he is not actually in the fairy tale. It's been a while though, so don't take my word for it. (At first I thought he was the guy constantly after Bell, and hunted the beast, who I forgot the name of, but I'm pretty sure that's not the case.) Betty is a little silly at times, but she does in a strange was remind me of Bell, though not strongly. As it should be, I suppose.
I didn't have many dislikes with this book, but there was nothing that really just stood out that made it great. Seemed a little long and repetitive at times, but their love didn't feel rushed, despite the small size of the book. With a little hint that another side character, who seemed to me be more interesting then the last ones read, will be in the upcoming books, it wants to make me read more. Though, once again, aside from two other characters it seemed like Gerard and Betty were the main focus almost too much so. We never really learned much more about her ex, other then she couldn't stand him. We knew little about Betty's brother, but did know a little bit more about his son. Eh, can't complain much though.
Overall, this book is a quick (though at times it seems slow) read, and pretty enjoyable. With hope, I will read more of Marie Hall's books in the future, and recommend this series to anyone who wants something small, but cute, including fairy tale characters/plots.
This book... I was to run around in circles with happiness, loving the Mad Hatter, his strange ways, and the weirdness of Alice (which is totally out of character...) and then I hit a wall that's so huge I fall down and can't get back up for ten paragraphs. Why must the writing be so awkward and almost unreadable at times? I love the plot, the twist on the classic Alice in Wonderland, I tolerate some of the characters and love others, and yet here I sit trying to comprehend something that's not possible to because it makes absolutely no sense!
Alright, mini rant over so lemme get this back on track. Danika is a fairy godmother, who watches over certain people and creatures, all of them somehow related to a well known fairy tail. Soon she comes to realize five are her "bad boys" are in desperate need of saving, which can only be done by their mate. She sets out to find each one of them a mate within a year, starting with the Mad Hatter. Who else better to fit him than one of the many Alices?
From there you are thrown into a crazy world of quotes placed in all the right places, talking flowers, stunning men, and and all over crazy perfect world. While a lot of the writing really didn't make sense to me, (mainly just really strange choice of descriptive words, but at times punctuation was off or entirely missing in some of the most obvious spots) so it made for a rather aggravating read. Once I got past that, I really enjoyed this book.
[spoiler]I mean, when she went back to earth her cancer was back, but it was just explained as a "blackout" and really didn't make sense to me. She just disappears, to Wonderland, comes back with a full out dying cancer (which she did have previously, and it was mentioned, but still).
"And Hatter drowned in eyes that sparkled with shades of bitter beer."
"His knuckled her cheeks, brushed against the corner of her lips."
"And seeing that was like pouring salt on snow; it killed her laughter cold."
Sure, I mean I guess it passes as an okay sentence, but it broke the flow of the book and I had to stop and reread a few times just to understand what was going on. These aren't the only ones.
I think the author had interesting characters, and they were all done really well, except for Alice. She wasn't supposed to be crazy and moody, like the Mad Hatter, but the more I read the more she seemed like him; happy one moment, angry the next, and it goes on quite a bit. Other than Danika, though, not very many other characters were really touched upon. Which, was alright in the end.