Title: The Runaway Millions
Author: Parker Avrile
Rating: 4 Stars
THE RUNAWAY MILLIONS was a hard story to rate. There were times where I was plain frustrated with Bryce. Although this was a great read, I found myself wondering whether my love of the story outweighed my frustration with Bryce. In certain scenes, it’s hard for the reader to tell which character is older. However, this showed Bryce’s insecurities and vulnerability which made it easier to relate to him.
And often times Kyle’s level of maturity aged him beyond his 19 years. What I loved about Kyle was his sense of loyalty…but with a lack of communication, his loyalty at times seemed to be flighty. I enjoyed this story, but what was gripping about THE RUNAWAY MILLIONS is Michel’s story line. It was heartbreaking at times, but it truly showed Kyle’s growth. Overall, a very enjoyable story.
Title: Eluding Illusions
Author: Wren Michaels
Review Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Shakera
Wren Michaels is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Ms. Michaels has a way of creating characters and bringing them to life in a way that makes you feel like you are with them every step of the way, from introductions to climax to resolution. The storytelling is so well done that I felt like I was in the diner with Emma meeting Jake for the first time. Emma has a way of creating characters through her own storytelling and bringing them to life… which is a problem. With each character comes humor, love, danger, and in some cases mutual understanding. You get to see love blossom as Emma battles old demons and stories come to life with real consequences (and amazing abilities).
While Emma is a well developed character from the start, Jake is not… but as you keep reading (and you should) you completely understand why. “Eluding Illusions” is a fast paced story that will make you laugh, cry, and question your imagination. Are you using your imagination enough? This story begs you to do so and it’s so worth it!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story! In the first book of the series you meet Nerrisa, who is just starting to learn what it means to lead. She is a the heir to the throne but wants a little bit of anonymity. She’s a few days out for the masquerade ball and sees this as her opportunity to get just that. She has the dress maker create a separate dress that will not distinguish her as royalty. She gets her wish, but it comes at a devastating cost.
She switches her costume and her life as she knows it, changes… forever. Her kingdom is attacked and she learns that her kingdom has been harboring a secret that could change everything… down to how she chooses to deal with the attack.
This is a great start to the series! There’s magic, mystery, intrigue, and humor. I was transported to a world that was on one hand, quite normal and simple… but on the other hand quite mystical all at the same time. There were a few characters that had you questioning where their loyalties lie. I read this as though the first book was an episode… I can’t wait to read the next one!
This is a fun and emotional story about living your life to the fullest because you never know how short it could be. While Lucas is running from his past, Sophia is running from her future… or what her future may be. As they meet in Italy, you journey with them to historic sites and it’s almost enough to make you feel like you’re traveling with them… but it seems to lack the smaller details that would have brought Italy to life.
The pacing of the story was pretty good as you got to know Lucas and view the interaction between him and Sophia, which made the pace feel steady and at times like you’re caught up in a whirlwind love affair. However as you get closer to knowing what the future holds for Sophia, it felt as though the pace slowed down. As a result, I give it 3 stars.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a HEA.