Two New Reviews From Our Local Book Reviewer

By Adventures in Obsessive Reading 

The Loneliest Alpha
Author: T. A. Grey
Page Count: 424
Rating: A
Keywords: Paranormal, Werewolves, Mystery, Murder
Genre: Erotica
Younger Readers: No

I have certainly read books that involve steamy situations. A passionate kiss that fades away as more is insinuated or maybe even a slight description of the act are fairly average in the various books I have read over the years. However, I had never read much from the erotica/romance section of the bookstore. This year I decided to challenge myself to try something new. The result? I didn’t cringe nearly as much as I had expected…I actually really liked this book.

So I came across this series on my Kindle a few months ago. The Loneliest Alpha is actually free for the Kindle edition and its sequel is only about three dollars. When I first started reading the book the story felt awkward and bit overly romance novel-esque. I nearly gave up. But something nagged at me to keep going and I ended up staying up until roughly six hours past when I normally go to bed reading three quarters of this book and continuing to devour it the next day.

Yes, this book is sexy. The writing and characters develop beyond the awkward beginning and become actually interesting. Alicia is a strong character that never really annoyed me the way I expected a romance heroine to. She is feisty and an entrepreneur. And better yet, not involved in a love triangle. 

No, this is not some masterpiece novel that will be remembered as one of America’s greatest stories. Not every book has to be that though. This is just simply fun to read. There’s pretty lingerie, a blossoming love story, werewolves (sort of), high stakes, and murder.

If you are like me and really enjoy supernatural elements (probably fostered by being a teenager during Twilight’s craze) then absolutely give this book a shot.

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus #1)
Author: Rick Riordan
Page Count: 553
Rating: A
Keywords: Demigods, Greek, Roman, Mystery, Adventure, Amnesia, Love, Mythology
Genre: Middle Grade

Younger Readers: Since this is a middle grade novel there is nothing graphic or overly inappropriate in this book. Some of the humor might be lost on much younger children.

Rick Riordan is quickly becoming one of my favorite author’s of all time. I read the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series about a year ago and loved every single one. The Heroes of Olympus series is the continuation of this series. At first I was apprehensive. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover aren’t the main characters? Grover and Percy aren’t even in book one? When you’re attached to characters it can be hard to move on in a series when they’re not present. I really shouldn’t have worried. The Lost Hero was fantastic! Well developed characters and an intriguing storyline carry this new installment.

Riordan’s humor is present immediately and had me laughing the entire time. I try not to write on my non-school books, so my copy is COVERED in sticky notes marking all the funny, awesome, and adorable moments. Lines such as “goat fu” and “home dawgs” had me giggling (out loud) throughout the read. The adventure was fun and kept the book going at a nice pace. Plenty of conflict and intriguing new mythology to keep readers engaged. It flew by and certainly did not feel like a 553 pager.

If you’re a hopeless romantic like me, Jason and Piper will make you smile. Despite amnesia and ridiculous antics they are so cute. As soon as Jason thought “Cute, smart, and violent. Jason wished he remembered having her as a girlfriend” I knew that I was going to love them together. Piper saves the day from time to time and is not a constant damsel in distress. She’s spunky, strong, and complex. But she also has doubts and fears. She’s not perfect. I love multidimensional female characters that actually represent the reality of being a girl, so much easier to connect with. Jason encounters plenty of girls but still only has eyes for Piper. Soooooo cute. They are supportive of one another. 

Grover provided comic relief in the original series and Leo does not disappoint as the new source of comic relief. This son of Hephaestus is hilarious and easy to love. Silly mistakes, massive crushes and instalove on cold goddesses, and heroic antics make him loveable. He’s multidimensional like Piper, with a complex history and doubts of his own. His relationship with the dragon Festus was so much fun and absolutely heartbreaking at times. I was crying like a baby at certain points.

Some of the humor might not be caught by REALLY young children but I would recommend this for all ages. You’re an adult? Read it. You’re a kid? Read it. Recommend for everyone. This would especially be a great idea if you’re looking for a book to read with a child/tween. Just be ready to feel all the feels.

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