~ The Kiss: An Anthology About Love and Other Close Encounters ~
I'm going to be completely honest here -- I
This book offers up many great shorts in varying genres from the following authors: Kate Aaron, Saxon Andrew, Jacques Antoine, Alison Blake, E. B. Boggs, Shirley Bourget, Ben Cassidy, Jason Deas, Sharon Delarose, Meghan Ciana Doidge, Suzy Stewart Dubot, Corrie Fischer, Brandon Hale, Traci Tyne Hilton, Colleen Hoover, Mona Ingram, J. L. Jarvis, Elizabeth Jasper, Anna J. McIntyre, Jess Mountifield, C. A. Newsome, S. Patrick O'Connell, Suzie O'Connell, Jeanette Raleigh, J. R. C. Salter, Molly Snow, Holli Marie Spaulding, Cleve Sylcox, Robert Thomas, Chris Ward, and George Wier.
I grabbed it for Ms. Hoover's story, but I found many more to enjoy. It is a perfect anthology for Valentine's Day -- oh, and did I mention that it's FREE?
My Rating: ★★★★
~City of Lost Souls~
What a story this latest installment was! It was gripping and nerve-wracking at times. I absolutely adored the tie-ins that connected this series to the Infernal Devices series, and it definitely brought out the fangirl in this reader! I confess, the previous installment, City of Fallen Angels, was not my favorite; and I know some fans chose to stop the series at that point. City of Lost Souls more than makes up for any disappointments and, I felt, truly gets the series back on track.
And hello there, Alec the badass. Where have you been hiding? His fighting skills have always been overshadowed by Jace’s, but Alec was truly allowed to shine in this book. As a character that I often struggled with in the beginning, it was surprising to me that his story quickly became one of my favorites. I am quite worried about certain characters, and I need to see what is in store for this endearing gang. With one of the most exciting and heart-pounding endings, I would very much like for it to be May 2014 now, please.
My Rating: ★★★★★