Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Review: Across Eternity

Across Eternity by Aris Whittier

Born a genius; education, wealth, and prestige came easy to Logan Richards. Actually, there wasn’t much that Logan couldn’t learn or acquire. However, he knew there was more to life than money and power. Logan was determined to find the woman who he'd dreamed of his entire life and know what it was like to love her before he died.

Amber Lewis, a waitress for a five-star restaurant in, Dana Point, California, was overworked, stressed, and wary of life since her sister, Heather, had passed away. Then, one evening while working she fell hopelessly in love with Logan Richards, a chivalrous man who felt deeply familiar.

For Amber, it was the beginning of a voyage of self-discovery and renewal. For Logan, it was the completion of life. For each of them it was the deepest sort of love. [Source]

Across Eternity is the story of Logan and Amber as they rediscover their love for each other. They have been lovers in many different lives and time periods. In this time period, Logan is a wealthy, wise, good-looking older man, and Amber is a young, vibrant, waitress who hasn't quite discovered her true self yet.

As their relationship develops, it takes Amber longer to comprehend the full depth and scale of their love. Due to Logan's sizable amount of assets, they spend long days alone, with only each other for company, and they are able to travel around the world. Overall, their relationship only spans a few short months, although they both grow and develop as if they had spent years together.

I liked Amber as a character, as she was easy to relate to; her thoughts, actions, and motivations were easy to understand. The author did a splendid job turning Amber into a real person; every emotion that she felt came off the page. I truly felt what she felt.

The twist at the end was quite unexpected. When Logan first made his announcement in the kitchen, I was honestly devastated, and confused. The twist explains his reasoning, even if I was disappointed by it.

I gave this novel 4 stars because I believe that Logan's infertility was unnecessary. Giving Amber a child would have been another unexpected twist, one to make the ending a little less harsh. Regardless, I did enjoy this novel! It was sweet, and yet suspenseful. I love how the author naturally created the sexual tension between Amber and Logan, and was able to build it for two-thirds of the novel before they finally made love. I wholeheartedly agree with the reviews that tout this novel as a transition from YA to adult romance.

Check out the author's blog HERE.


I was contacted by the author and sent a free ebook to read and review.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Review: Linger

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget. [Source]

After my exhilarating experience reading Shiver (click here for my review), I was *slightly* disappointed by Linger. It didn't flow as easily as Shiver, and one of the new characters (Cole) really irked me. Also, having the point of view of 2 additional characters made it a bit more confusing.

Sam was just as sweet and honest and lovable, while Grace seemed much more mature and independent. She also seemed to be slightly more reckless. Isabel is my new favorite secondary female character; that chick is strong-willed and ferocious. Rawr. As for Cole, the reason he irked me is because I can't stand guys who act like the world revolves around them. Dude, show some sensitivity.

I was devastated when Grace escaped, but I understand why she had to, and why Sam had to be the bad guy in her parents' eyes. It doesn't matter to them how he acts or what he does. It matters what their daughter does. The ending, with Sam's wish and his fierce, quiet determination, had me swooning. Just like with the end of Shiver, when I couldn't wait to read Linger, I now can't wait to read Forever!


I won a free ARC of this novel in a giveaway.
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