- File Size: 1653 KB
- Print Length: 233 pages
- Publisher: Maria Bernard (May 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: May 22, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01F80F8SU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was captivated by the premise and it wasn’t long before I was engrossed in the storyline. I was drawn in by the very first chapter, and was highly intrigued by the characters.
Kell won my heart almost from the beginning. He came across as such a sweetheart and I honestly couldn’t ask for more. Although I found myself frustrated with his constant need to push Becky away in spite of his growing feelings for her, he continued to wrestle with his own demons throughout. Eventually, his love for the aspiring artist won out.
Becky was an easy character to identify and relate with. In her desperate need to find a place where she could fit in, she ends up at the House of Goths. And although I won’t fill my review with spoilers, I will say that her judgement sometimes wasn’t the best—insert here her failed attempt at a relationship with Jax for all the wrong reasons. I mean, we’ve all had those stupid moments where we think one wrong will fix another so I can’t come down on her too hard for that. But sometime I wish I could go inside the book and talk some sense into the girl.
Thankfully, she soon sees the errors of her ways and in comes one of the sweetest, most romantic couples I’ve read about. Kell and Becky are a perfect match, no doubt about that. He really cares for her and isn’t shy about letting the world know how he feels. I love this about him.
Throughout Becky’s naivety, she manages to squeeze her way into the heart of the most complicated, complex, and downright irritating male characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Crispin was, without a doubt, utterly frustrating. I grappled with mix feelings throughout the book. First I hated him. Then I sort of liked him. Then I disliked him a little bit more. Halfway through I was kind of rooting for him, thinking he might have a chance with Becky and hoping they’d have a relationship. Of course, that wasn’t my choice to make, but hey, a girl can dream.
I fell for Crispin though. I’ll admit to that. He warmed his way to my heart. I think I might name him my first official book boyfriend. He changed in a way, without altering who he was too much if that makes sense. Definitely would love a book with him, and I sincerely hope he finds what he’s looking for.
Overall, House of Goths was an entertaining read, the characters easy to love, the storyline well put together without the need to complicate things to make the romance blossom, and the friendships grow.
I have been awaiting the release of this book so very long, eating up a chapter a week on Wattpad for ages, rereading as I anxiously awaited more, and the final ten chapters that have been taunting and teasing me until World Goth Day finally arrived, and with it the release of the full version of House of Goths. I had no doubt that I would adore it, but I think I loved it even more than I thought I could.
When I first started following this in its serial format, it was the first time I had read about Goths. (I eventually read Ms. Bernard's These Bones series - which I highly recommend as well.) If you follow my reviews or blog, you know I have a major musician addiction. I love them all - metal being my favorite, but pop, country, jazz, classical - they all find a way into my heart. I have admired the goth look, style, and some of the music I have come across for years, so it was no surprise to me that I quickly found myself adoring these quirky guys in their fantastic Victorian "frat house." Old architecture is right up there with music and photography in the lists of my life's passions. Okay,so there was immediately a lot for me to love about this book, but I am known for my honesty in my reviews, and if the writing wasn't absolutely stellar, I wouldn't rave and give it 5 stars no matter how many elements I loved about it. Luckily for me, and all the other readers, Maria Bernard weaves a story like no other. I have come to rely on her books to soothe me when I am at my most tense, and HoG completely lives up to those expectations.
Let's first take a look at our heroine, Becky, before we delve into the lovely men in this story. Becky is a very sweet and rather shy college girl who definitely marches to the beat of her own drummer. Living in the dorms is slowly sucking the life out of her. I don't know that anyone would have called me sweet in my college years, but I could definitely relate to feeling out of place there, and have no doubt that living in the dorms wepuld have been more than I could have handled. I was also always dawn to the "misfit" crowd, so when she describes the only person who has paid attention to her as tall, thin, with long black hair with red streaks in it, I was sold. As I mentioned, Becky is a bit of an odd character - my very favorite kind of person/character. Described as mundane due to not being goth, I found her to be anything but. Her quirkiness is what made me quickly embrace and adore her. The segment where the boys find her asleep on their porch, and the thought process that led her there is absolutely awesome, and a scene I have no doubt I will recall with a grin for years to come. She is just the most adorable gal and I really want a bff like her. I found her so immensely entertaining, along with having my headt strings pulled every which way along with her.
Kelly Keele, Kell, is the aforementioned art student with red and black hair. His role as troubled hero is wonderful. I also ran the full gammut of emotions with him. So sweet at times, so lost in his guilt at others, and times when I alternately wanted to get thee po poms out and cheer for him (and I am SO not the cheerleader type) and others I wanted to knock some sense into his pretty, thick skull.He is a very complex character, and I loved unravelling the layers to learn more about him.
Crispin, oh Chrispin! Early in the story, he was easy to dislike, but leave it to this wonderful romance author to eventually make us fall in love with him too. If you had told me early on that I would eventually want to kick some girl's stupid butt (I'm not a fighter, either.) for the way she treated him, I never would have believed it, but, much like Kell, he had amazing layers to peel through, even if he did have the ability to be a complete jerk at times. Who doesn't?
Dorian, the resident steampunk, mat have intrigued me the most. That whole subculture intrigues me to no end, and so did this adorable lad. I hope he gets his own book one of these days, because I couldn't seem to get enough of him.
I almost forgot to mention that the guys have a band, didn't I? That is a true testament to just how amazing the writing is that this is the last thing I mention, considering my musician addiction. The band as a whole has some great moments as well, and I sure wish I could hop over to a neighborhood bar and see them perform.
This is for mature audiences.
Obviously, my highest recommendations for this goth-tastic read!
Anyways, read House of Goths. If you haven't ever read a book with goths, or relate to goths, then you should seriously introduce yourself to this book if you like romance. It's a unique, fun read!
P.S. I want more Crispin!!!