In 6th grade we studied ancient civilizations including Egypt and I became fascinated with archaeology. Therefore, reading a book with a female protagIn 6th grade we studied ancient civilizations including Egypt and I became fascinated with archaeology. Therefore, reading a book with a female protagonist/ Indiana Jones was just too much to pass up on. Unfortunately, "Torrent" was just a moderately good read.
Celia is a recent graduate who walked away from a job at a museum cataloging artifacts after only three days. She and her friend Simon have to find a way to repay their student loans; so, they live and work out of their Volkswagon Vanagon unearthing treasures from digsites as well as estate sales. While exploring a tunnel in a cave outside of Prescott, Arizona they stumble upon a mauled body and a strange creature.
As they try to uncover the species of the creature, inform the rangers of the death, the encounter two strange men on motorcycles. Additionally, a childhood friend of Celia's and ex-pro tennis player, Artemis or Temi approach her about a job. While they get reacquainted more murderer occur and the scoobie gang will have to use all of their skills to try yo stop the monster before he can kill them.
This book had do much potential but several things failed in the execution. First, while their was plenty of action, the dialogue between the characters was disjointed and choppy. A better exiting job of the book would have been helpful as well. Secondly, some if the names in the book were just plain cheesy and not very imaginative. For example, the name of the creature in the book is a jibtab. Really? Finally, in my humble opinion in order tor a book to rock my world it has to have the right mix of mystery, intrigue, action, a really vile antagonist and some smokin' hot romance or potential for it. This book did not deliver on the romance and the jibtab was moderately effective as the antagonist. On a positive note I was truly astonished and pleased that the author included the strong and capable female African American character of Temi.
At this point I am not sure if I will go on to read the second book in the series. My recommendation is tor you to read this book for yourself and decide if it is right for you....more
"Mantequero" is a great short story about a mythical man in Spain who once invited in has the ability to suck the fat right off of a woman's body. In"Mantequero" is a great short story about a mythical man in Spain who once invited in has the ability to suck the fat right off of a woman's body. In this tale, June, an overweight teacher, visits Spain on holiday to avoid the oppressiveness of her family during Christmas. While visiting Alhambra, she is met by a man who thinks she is beautiful. He shows her the attention she has yearned for all of her life. Night after night, he visits her and day after day, she becomes thinner and thinner.
This was an interesting twisted tale similar to that of Steven King. I cannot wait for "Mantequero 2."...more
I truly love the writing of Danielle Bourdon. Unfortunately, "The Fate of Destiny " just deliver for me. The sad part is I am not sure why. The characI truly love the writing of Danielle Bourdon. Unfortunately, "The Fate of Destiny " just deliver for me. The sad part is I am not sure why. The characters were interesting (great protagonist) and there was plenty of action but I just wasn't totally invested in the book. Usually, I finish a book of this length in a few hours; but, it had been five days! Oh well, you can't love everything. Beautiful cover though....more
Wow! Talk about a plot that is filled with action, twists & turns and hot sex, "Taunting Destiny " has it all. The excitement began at page one anWow! Talk about a plot that is filled with action, twists & turns and hot sex, "Taunting Destiny " has it all. The excitement began at page one and continued to the very end. Even now I find I cannot stop thinking about the book.
The story begins right where the last one ends. Syn is peeking through a window while Ryder and his crew are beating guild members and warlocks. She is dumbfounded at the scene but and feels betrayed. Soon she discovers that there is more here then meets the eye.
Ryder and Syn continue on with their love/hate relationship but that is all put on fast forward when Syn finally discovers what she is. She is fae and as such she has yet yo go through the transition which will require feeding and lots and lots of hot steamy sex. Hey, does anybody know who can fill that prescription? Yep, sex on a stick himself, Ryder. Boy, you will not be disappointed.
Unfortunately, someone is out to kill Syn and Ryder, Vlad, Adam and the gang are out to find out who. The problem is there seems to be do many tricks and deceitful plots at every turn. Even Ryder himself will prove to be guilty of orchestrating an evil ploy on our overwhelmed herione. The question is will she be able to forgive him and will hr be able to save her before it is too late.
I loved this read and became entrenched is all of the perils poor Syn is forced to deal with. She unselfishly makes the hard choices to save innocents and those she loves. There is only one thing more evil then the villians in this book and that is the author. Ms. Hutchins is evil incarnate for leaving us hanging again with a doozie of a cliffhanger. No telling how long we will have to wait for book 3. I just hope I don't succumb to my over active imagination....more
Az is a young imp who is constantly being bullied and cruelly attacked by her siblings especially her older brother, Paquit. During one of her lessonsAz is a young imp who is constantly being bullied and cruelly attacked by her siblings especially her older brother, Paquit. During one of her lessons she accidentally kills her two thousand year old demon teacher. Of course, no one would ever believe it and Paquit takes credit for the kill.
One day Az's brother, Dar talks her into sneaking into the human realm and stealing a human body. Soon Dar is captured by a sorcerer who is on the run and on the demon's most wanted list. If Az is to return home it will be necessary for her to help the sorcerer and fight Paquit.
Zebra Dunbar's elf and demon realm is one of the most creatively written and unique bit of world building I've read in a while. At first I felt a bit lost; but, later all of the pieces fell right into place. I will definitely be going on to read the first book in the series....more
One reason I've enjoyed reading the Vampire for Hire series is because in a literary world heavy laden with young, rich and incredibly beautiful charaOne reason I've enjoyed reading the Vampire for Hire series is because in a literary world heavy laden with young, rich and incredibly beautiful characters it is nice to read about a normal person who struggles with the everyday issues like laundry with the added bonus of the supernatural.
In "Vampire Sun" Samantha Moon almost comes full circle. She is dealing with the aftermath of her ex-husband's death and it's effect on her children. Meanwhile, she is asked to investigate the strange disappearance of a woman by her husband. It seems she went into a Starbucks for coffee but never existed. The police are baffled but of course Samantha manages to uncover the truth.
While investigating the disappearance, Sam will have to come face to face with the details of her past and what effects these details will have on her future. This read has all of the typical aspu that have made this series so successful including incredible humor and kickass detective work. However. what was missing for me was depth. We get a cursory glance at Sam with various favorite characters such as Allie, the angel, the kids and Kingley. I wish more time had been spent with one or more of these great supporting characters especially since this was such a short read. As much as it pains me to say. it is clear that the series is losing some of its shine and should probably come to the end soon. I always think it is best when you can end while you are on top. With that being said, I think "Vampire Sun" is another solid read in the series and I definitely recommend it....more
"Hunter's Blood" is an interesting novella that introduces the reader to Lily a psychic who is out for vengeance when her best friend, Terry is murder"Hunter's Blood" is an interesting novella that introduces the reader to Lily a psychic who is out for vengeance when her best friend, Terry is murdered by a crazed werewolf. However, Terry realizes that Lily is on a crash course with epic danger and refuses to leave this world without knocking some sense into her head.
While hunting the were that was responsible for Terry's death, Lily is viciously mauled and rescued by the Alpha, Sean. Sean and Lily have an immediate sensual connection. While she recovers, Sean struggles with the idea that he might have to kill Lily if she is infected with the virus that the turned the were into a crazed animal. This will prove to be especially hard since their attraction has deepened into a full blown relationship.
This novella was pretty good but at times I felt the storyline was being rushed. I felt more time was needed to properly build the world and characters we were being exposed to. Due to the rush, I could not fully invest myself into the relationship between Lily and Sean. It just felt unbelievable. I will hold off further judgment until I read the first book in the series....more
(3.5 stars) "Amy 's Story" is a cute tale about a young journalist investigating a string of deaths of teen prostitutes. She goes undercover only to b(3.5 stars) "Amy 's Story" is a cute tale about a young journalist investigating a string of deaths of teen prostitutes. She goes undercover only to be drugged and abducted by the killer. Before she is attacked she is rescued by a handsome man who kills her attacker. She wakes up in the alley and is taken to the hospital by her police officer friend.
As Amy is watching television, she sees a story about a merger. The new owner is none other then her rescuer, Marcus Lincoln. She is bound and determined to find out more about this elusive billionaire as well as his secrets. Little does she know but her fastidiousness is about to land her smack dab in the middle of a world of weres vamps.
It seems Marcus' decision to allow Amy to live that night on the alley just might put him and his people at risk. Yet one of his pregnant weres, Alba is extremely protective of her. The overriding question is why? Alba is keeping many secrets of her own that could very well change the destinies of all involved.
I enjoyed the story and the world created by D'Elen McClain but at times felt the plot was overly rushed and a bit cheesy at times. At times the world was violent and brutal yet at other times the relationships seemed juvenile. Át this point, I am unsure whether or not I will çontinue on with the series. However, check out this book and make your own decision....more
(This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review) I've often wondered what are the perfect ingredients for a great story. For me, I nee(This book was provided to me by the author for an honest review) I've often wondered what are the perfect ingredients for a great story. For me, I need to have good world building, great characterizations including a villian so vile that I want to jump through the pages to yell at them, sizzling sexual energy, mystery/intrigue and plenty of action. "A Beautiful Fate" has many of these things; but then again it fails miserably on some of the others.
17 year old Ava Baio has been yanked from her home in Chicago by her grandmother after the death of her mother. Grandma dearest is a famous fashion designer who owns a chain of Baio clothing stores. She enrolls Ava is a private boarding school and resumes her life as a fashionista not to be bothered with mundane things like loving a wounded child.
At school Ava meets and makes various new friends including a very handsome and sexy Ari Alexander. Ari is also attracted to Ari but his ex-girlfriend is hanging around trying to get back together with him. Additionally, Ari will comfort Ava when she has horrible nightmares but will not give her the time of day when they are in public. When, Ava's best friend, Mia from Chicago come for a visit, she calls Ari on his less than stellar behavior. Ari wants to make it up to her and takes her to meet his family. As soon as they meet her they know who she is and slowly reveal Ava's family history and destiny.
Here is where I began having my problems. Literally, 57% of the books was filled with the mundane day after day activities of Ava and not much excitement. She showers, she cries, she runs, and proclaims her endless and undying love for Ari etc. Then, we finally get a little bit of action making the read so much better. Then we are back to the mundane. This book had so much potential to be truly great but did not quite make it because of the mundane aspects, continuous declarations of love. The villian was not vile enough nor were the protagonists (i.e. Ari) really wonderful enough. I just did not enjoy the read as much as I had hoped.
On a good note, Grandmother Baio was a baddy and she made the story more interesting. I also enjoyed Ava's character and that of the Alexander family. I hope that the author incorporates more of grandma, more action, and more information regarding the fates in the next books in the series. I am sorry Ms. Mann but this was just an okay read for me but there are others who truly enjoy it. At this point, I do not think I will continue on with the series. ...more
(3.5 Stars) "Runes" has been sitting in my 'to read' file for awhile; so, when I saw that the first three books were being offered for .99 on Amazon.co(3.5 Stars) "Runes" has been sitting in my 'to read' file for awhile; so, when I saw that the first three books were being offered for .99 on Amazon.com I decided to see if this first book would be enough to make me want to read more. While I must admit that there were some challenges for me in this book, I am mildly interested in knowing more.
Raine Cooper's life has been turned upside down with the disappearance of her father in a plane crash, her relationship with her male BFF, Eirik, moving into boyfriend territory, and the entrance of a new boy, Torin who has her emotionally and mentally confused. To make matters worse, runes begin appearing everywhere including on Raine herself.
As Raine attempts to maintain a semblance of normalcy, she seems to thwarted at every turn by unforeseen accidents, attacks and death. Her birthday party is all but ruined when one of her swim team members has an accident and eventually dies. It seems Torin is not the only new person in town and these exhange students are far from what they seems. The only problem is Raine is the only person who is able to see through their guise.
While I enjoyed the characters, intensity of the plot buildup and overall idea for the storyline; some of the explanations were too farfetched for me. All Raine and the reader is ever told is that "it is forbidden to tell you" or "I can't tell you." I'm sure this was meant to be a teaser for the upcoming books; instead, it left me feeling as though some of the things that were revealed were convoluted and without any real purpose.
At this point, I will go on to read the next two books and see if some the challenges that plagued me will be resolved. Besides, for .99 how can I go wrong? ...more