Monday, June 30th 2014

Review: The Book Of Life by Deborah Harkness

16054217Title: The Book of Life

Author: Deborah Harkness

Publisher: Penguin Viking Adult

Publication Date: July 2014

Genre: Adult Fiction/Fantasy, Paranormal

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Three Continue Reading →

Monday, November 11th 2013

Review: A Shade of Vampire by Bella Forrester

17255435Title: Shade of Vampire

Author: Bella Forrester

Publisher: Self Published

Publication Date: December 2012

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Paranomral

Series or Stand Alone: Series Book One Continue Reading →

Monday, April 22nd 2013

Review: The Eternity Curse by Julie Kagawa

Title: The Eternity Curse

Author: Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: April 2013


Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review


Allison is tracking a very, very evil vampire, Sarren, who has captured her sire Kanin. She follows their trail to the most unlikely of places, back home to New Covington. Where a new string of virus has been unleashed and both vampires and human races may not survive.

Book Two in the Blood of Eden series, does not disappoint.
We leave off with Sarren having kidnapped Kanin. Allison goes on a mission to save her sire, which takes her on a long journey, making new and surprising allies and running into old enemies.

Kagawa keeps me on my toes. I like how I think I know what’s going to happen and then I’m totally wrong. I like how Allison is growing into a more complex character, her thoughts, feelings and inner struggles are still there. Jackal may appear, and he may entice that inner demon/monster in her, but Allison is strong, her own person, and must overcome not just outside forces but herself.

Zeke becomes a little more interesting. I liked him in the first book just fine, especially what he stands for, which is what Allison wants most of all. Normalcy. But overall, Zeke can be a little cookie cutter bland to me, so I’m happy in this new book he’s gotten in touch with his bad ass self!

Honestly though, I’m still more fascinated by Kanin, his past, his stories and his rescue. And I hope we learn even more about Kanin in the next book!

Overall, The Eternity Curse is a solid sequel that deepens the characters, heightens the danger and envelops me into the world a little bit more

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Monday, April 1st 2013

Review: Lover At Last by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover At Last

Author: J.R. Ward

Publisher: Penguin

Publication Date: March 2013

Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book 11

Synopsis can be found here.
I purchased this book

Review
:

It’s about friggin’ time, People!

Blay and Quinn have been best friends for years. Years. As Blay grew up in a healthy, warm home, Quinn was a constant disappointment to his elitist parents. As Blay explored his sexuality and came to terms with who he is and who he loves, Quinn used sex as a tool, a defense mechanism, an escape. And these best friends have been best friends through their changes, through the brotherhood, through everything. Until a few books ago when all that went to hell.

So now we’re back with Blay and Quinn’s story and I’m SO HAPPY to say that yes, dear reader. Yes. It does live up to your expectations. Go get it now.

The two boys have a long road ahead of them, filled with painful rejections and bitter memories. Quinn has a journey of self discovery and self realization to go through, and Blay is too fed up with his former best friend to be along for the ride.
That is until you throw in some misunderstandings, some Band of Bastards, a new leader from the Omega and oh, this guy Assail who is… we’ll get to him later.

In any event, stuff happens in this book and the Ward moves the plot along quickly, never letting the reader get boggled down or losing sight of whose story this is really about: Blay and Quinn. Whew! In past books, there was little romance, little conflict, too much plot. I’m happy to say that this book is back to the earlier ones. Yes, stuff is happening. We see a few of our favorite old friends But make no mistake, this is Blay and Quinn all the way.

Ward balances out Layla’s storyline and introduces a couple new romances that are simmering for books to come. I cannot wait for one of them, which left off at a great cliffhanger ending. Oh, and his name is Assail.
Hot steamy homosexual sex. Heartbreaking fights. Tears. Redemption. It has it all.

So what are you waiting for?
Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome like Cookies and Ice Cream

Monday, January 28th 2013

Review: Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Blood Prophecy

Author: Alyxandra Harvey

Publisher: Walker Children’s

Publication Date: January 2013

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Six


Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:


It’s come down to this. Sister against brother. Best friends against each other.
Solange is officially Queen, and that may be the most dangerous thing to happen to the vampires ever. She’s slowly being possessed by Viola, and Viola’s motives are unclear except for one thing: get Solange’s spirit out of the picture as quickly as possible.

Everyone is back and a thrilling conclusion to this much loved series.

I love Lucy, and as always, she is just looking to get into trouble. Nicholas goes through a huge ordeal and I don’t want to give anything away but it is chilling. But this is really Solange’s book. She has to figure out who she is, what she wants, and if she’s strong enough to fight off Viola who has been waiting to make her move since Solange became a vampire. I have to say, Solange may be my least favorite main character in the series, up until this book. She’s a little whiny for me, especially next to Lucy is so kick ass. But the ending really endears Solange to me and makes me think her and Kieran may make it after all.


Lucy- kick ass. No more to say.
Nicholas- swoooon. That is all.
Solange- pretty great character arc. I’m glad she became such a strong female character in this book. 
Kieran- sigh. (doe eyes)

Not everyone survives, and the casualties may surprise you.

I thought this was a perfect way to end the series. I wish we had a little more time with some of the secondary characters, like Hunter and Quinn and Connor and Christabel. But I was happy to see them again, even for a short while. 

Harvey’s sense of humor shines through in this book, giving the reader a much lifted feel to a very heavy situation. (There may have been one too many Buffy jokes, but honestly, I love Buffy so I can’t hold that against her. I loved them.)

Oh, Ms. Harvey. I hope you do write more novellas so we can visit the Drakes again. My heart is already missing them.

Rating: 8 Cookie Worthy

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Monday, October 1st 2012

Review: Soulless by Gail Carriger

Title: Soulless

Author: Gail Carriger

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: October 2009

Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.

Review
Alexia was just minding her own business, in the library, trying to eat some delicious looking items when the inconsiderate vampire attacked her! Lucky for her, she was able to defeat the rude monster! But the adventure doesn’t stop there. Because Alexia is thrown into a mystery of vanishing vampires, an Alpha werewolf who she can’t seem to stop arguing with, and her social life and reputation on the verge of ruin. What is a soulless girl to do?

Love. Love. Love.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I sat down to read Soulless. I knew the series was popular and adored. While I haven’t had much luck with Steampunk novels in the past, I wanted to keep an open mind about this one. I mean, by the synopsis alone it seemed like a story I would love.
I was right.

Alexia is hysterically funny. Brave and fearless, she doesn’t know it but she has suffered quite a bit of self esteem issues from her ridiculous family. But that doesn’t stop her! It merely adds another layer to Alexia, the old spinster at age twenty six. Old beyond her years and an outsider from society and her family. Which is probably one of the reasons why Lord Maccon is so taken with her. They argue constantly. She has a mind of her own. She doesn’t listen to anything he tells her to do. And this infuriates him, as well as endears her to him.
Lord Maccon, head of the BUR and Alpha werewolf to his pack, is strong, short tempered and a lively male romantic lead to Alexia.

Carriger’s writing is sharp, clever and witty. Laugh Out Loud moments abound and the dialogue flows swiftly and easily, charmingly using older language. I was surprised by how much of a romantic book this turned out to be, instead of staying in the Urban Fantasy realm. But don’t be put out! The romance is hot and sweet, the bad guys creepy and the characters are a fun, heartwarming, over the top mix.

Don’t miss this. I’m sorry I waited so long to read it.
That said, I was supposed to read a couple of other books, but set them aside to start Book Two in the series. Addicting.

Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome, Like Cookies and Ice Cream

Thursday, September 20th 2012

Book Review: Alchemy by K.J. Wignall

Title: Alchemy

Author: K.J. Wignall

Publisher: Edgmont

Publication Date: September 2012

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:
After reading the first book in the series, Blood, I was interested enough to carry on to read Alchemy. I’m glad I did because Alchemy really raises the bar.

Eloise returns to her old school and Will stays close, visiting her at night and continuing to research his history and the mysterious forces of a sorcerer named Wyndham. But every step they take, they are being watched. And not by forces that intend to help them.

Alchemy’s fast pace drew me in and kept me reading. There are some scary scenes, reminding me of older vampire stories where the vampires do not sparkle. And that’s one of the best things about this series. These people are dangerous. Like in book one, there is a strong sense of unease and darkness waiting for them everywhere.

The third person narrative worked nicely in this story, as the first person was NOT Will but…. Wyndham. Yes, reader. You get a small peak into the inside of the sorcerer’s mind. Fun, well done and it played really well off of Will and Eloise’s adventures. It also gave more depth to Wyndham as a character and didn’t leave him as this flat, big baddie no one understands.

I still think Eloise and Will’s romance is a bit of a stretch. I don’t really feel the chemistry between them, and for Eloise to back up Will in these life and death scenarios seem far fetched. Yes, Will is dark, mysterious and sexy, so naturally all girls are going to fall for him. But the relationship still feels a little forced. 

Some questions are answered and more are revealed. I am now looking forward to reading Book Three.

If you like old fashioned vampire stories, real danger and creative scares, this is a great book for you! 

Rating 7 Pretty Cool, Would Recommend

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