First Read (MMP): 12 Nov 2009 Re-read (Audio): 20 Jan 2012
Initial Review (11/2009): Yz introduced me to the series. I have to say thaRe-Read Review
First Read (MMP): 12 Nov 2009 Re-read (Audio): 20 Jan 2012
Initial Review (11/2009): Yz introduced me to the series. I have to say that I loved the book. I will most definitely be reading the other books in the series.
The Psy/Changeling world we are introduced to is new and interesting. I love finding a series that's similar, but different enough to be new. The world has split into three "species" - Psy (who feel no emotion and are ruled by logic), Changelings (who are shifters of different types - wolf, cat, etc) and Humans (who aren't shown in this book). One scared Psy feels she's on the brink of death because, despite all, she feels.
The romance and connection between Sascha (Psy) and Lucus (100% Changeling Alpha) is hot from the word GO. Again, one of my favorite aspects of shifter books is the close-knit family bonds and the DarkRiver family has that in spades.
The story also had some suspense and even a hunt to find a serial killer, making it all the more interesting.
This book, and several others I've recently read, remind me that in addition to jumping on reading the new releases I should also pick a book from my massive TBR stack that's slightly older because it just might be as good or better than what's out now.
Re-Read Review (1/2012): I listened the audiobook for this re-read and really enjoyed it. The narrator, Angela Dawe, did a great job with all the different characters' voices; the Psy especially, making them sound devoid of feeling. And, the changelings ... hubba hubba. The story was just as hot and complex as it was when I read the book over two years ago.
I am really enjoying listening to the books and look forward to starting book 2, Visions of Heat next. It continues to amaze me how Nalini is able to keep track of all the minute things happening in this amazing world. She does a wonderful job of continuing the thread of not only the things happening within each of the changeling packs, but also the political sides of the story that are just as intriguing....more
If you had asked me to rate this book halfway through it, I probably would've given it 2-stars. Thankfully I continued on and, as the title would suggIf you had asked me to rate this book halfway through it, I probably would've given it 2-stars. Thankfully I continued on and, as the title would suggest, if you do the same Griselda and Holden's story will Never Let You Go.
This is the story of two children who were placed in the same foster home, suffered greatly at the hands of a sick man, survived a heart wrenching separation yet reunited many years later. Their journey is so heartbreaking because of its tragic realism. Throughout their years together, the two swore to never let go and even apart they held close to this promise. Their time apart varied greatly, yet neither was able to truly live - not until their surprising reunion. Still, their scars run deep and unfortunate circumstances keep them from becoming completely whole as individuals and a couple. Their strength, throughout their story, was immeasurable and admirable.
Holden's journey (view spoiler)[in the Marine Corps (hide spoiler)] brought back a lot of good memories. (view spoiler)[I met my husband before he joined the USMC and I wrote him daily throughout bootcamp and training. Similar to Holden and Griselda, we were married following graduation. (hide spoiler)]
This installment of Katy Regnery's Modern Fairytale series was a bit too long, IMHO. But, in the end, I know that the story of this modern-day Hansel and Gretel will stay with me. I look forward to reading more of Regnery's tales.
I really enjoyed Obsidian. It was a quick, but entertaining read. It was hard to put down. Had the story been a bit more original, I probably would haI really enjoyed Obsidian. It was a quick, but entertaining read. It was hard to put down. Had the story been a bit more original, I probably would have rated it 4.5-5★ vs. 3.5★. That said, there is much to like about the book and I will be continuing on with the series to see what's in store for Katy and the band of Luxen.
After Katy's father died, her mom decided to pack up and leave FL for WVA. In an effort to get Katy to socialize before school starts, her mom pushes her to go next door and meet the neighbors. The boy that answers the door is to die for, if she can refrain from killing him. He's got an ego and attitude that says he knows just how gorgeous he is. His sister, however, is a bundle of joy and excitement. Her fun and inviting personality is hard to resist. She and Katy quickly become close friends.
Katy and Daemon have a strong chemistry, which Jennifer writes well. They have the type of ponytail-pulling love-hate relationship you'd picture school kids having when they realize the opposite sex doesn't have cooties.
A bit too Dé twili'ja vu-ish: - Standoffish, oddly unique, gorgeous boy in class - Pretty, but doesn't know it "normal" girl - The gorgeous kids at school that everyone admires from afar - Boy with the ability to stop a truck to save the girl
There are more, but I won't bore you with them. And, despite those, there are differences or tweaks on the SSDB (view spoiler)[shame shit, different book (hide spoiler)] aspects of the story and characters. Enough that I sometimes got lost in the story enough to forget about the 'series-that-will-not-be-named'. I hate to call these criticisms because I can only imagine how hard (or tempting) it might be to meld some similarities from other popular series/books into your own, but with a YA market busting at the seams these days, it's super refreshing when you actually find one that does stand apart from the crowd. And, while it had aliens, which is on the verge of unique, this one didn't do that entirely, at least not for me; hence the 3.5★. But, like I said, I enjoyed it and will see what future installments have to offer. ...more
The Scent of Shadows introduces us to multi-billionaire heiress Joanna Archer. We meet her sister Olivia, who is the epitome of the ParisOverall: 3.5★
The Scent of Shadows introduces us to multi-billionaire heiress Joanna Archer. We meet her sister Olivia, who is the epitome of the Paris Hilton-type wealthy heiress to the outside world, but she has a big heart and is Joanna's best, and only, friend. While Olivia is loved and pampered by their father, Joanna and he are like oil and water. They tolerate each other, but only just.
When Joanna was sixteen, she was assaulted (OF NOTE: the assault and rape are not described in detail), raped and left for dead. She's spent every day since then making herself stronger, so that she can never be taken advantage of ever again. She spends much of her time alone, wandering the streets of the city, taking pictures of the homeless and seedy parts of town.
Since her childhood trauma, trying to do the opposite of what she feels happens to most survivors, she never says no when asked out on a date. That's why she ends up on a date with a not-so attractive dude. The date starts out as most do, but then things get weird.
(view spoiler)[She seems to come back to life when her former, childhood sweetheart, now a cop, shows up on the scene of her fight with creepy dude. Their reunion was like CPR for her character. I was shocked when the author makes it so that they cannot should not end up together. Although I guess I shouldn't have been b/c this is not a PNR, it's a dark UF, no HEA here. (hide spoiler)]
The night of her birthday, Joanna's world turns upside down and inside out. She's drawn into the world of the light and shadow Zodiac. (view spoiler)[When I learned that the Zodiac called themselves Super Heroes, I snickered. REALLY? Like in comic books? Yep! They have their own comics! OK?! (hide spoiler)] She has "friends" who help her through the massive learning curve and she does a great job (almost too good considering) adjusting to her "new life".
The first 1/3 of the book, I really enjoyed. The second 1/3 was eh. The final 1/3 had me deciding to continue the series, at least through book #2, The Taste of Night. I can definitely understand why some readers' reviews RAVE and some RANT about this one. For now, I'm firmly planted in the middle, neither ranting or raving....more
I have to say I was hoping for more. It started out good, loved the whole assassin thing + elemental abilities, but ... it just flopped a bit for me.I have to say I was hoping for more. It started out good, loved the whole assassin thing + elemental abilities, but ... it just flopped a bit for me. Gin is hardcore and I dig that, but the "romance" was bleh.
Spider's Bite introduces us to Gin Blanco. On the streets, she's known as "The Spider". She's a kick-ass assassin who always finishes the job and just hearing her name scares the crap out of people.
While out on a job, she realizes she's been set up. Someone close to her gets brutally murdered and now she's out for revenge. She enlists the help of the only honest cop out there, Donovan Caine. The only problem is he is still dealing with the loss of his partner and believes Gin is responsible for his death.
The "relationship" between them is lacking and could have been left out of the book entirely, IMO.
I liked Gin and her skills as an assassin. Reminded me of "Point of No Return" sort of, which I loved. I also loved the supes. Her elemental power, and others in the book, was very interesting.
I'll probably give book #2 a go. I am interested to see how things play out now that Gin has gotten a little bit more information about her past....more
Erin Kellison has created an interesting world in which Revelers (dream walkers) can enter Rêve (shared dreams). Initially, I found the story to be aErin Kellison has created an interesting world in which Revelers (dream walkers) can enter Rêve (shared dreams). Initially, I found the story to be a bit confusing. It's a short book (~ 120p), so I expected things to be made clearer sooner. Words were used to describe the world and the characters, but there was no explanation for the words, if that makes sense. Once I had a better understanding of the world, the story moved rather quickly and I enjoyed the ride.
I'm fascinated by the idea of interacting with others within shared dreams. I will definitely continue the series.
Anna and the Vampire Prince picks up shortly after Blood Bond. I'm SUPER excited about it because it just might mean more of Anna Strong, which I thouAnna and the Vampire Prince picks up shortly after Blood Bond. I'm SUPER excited about it because it just might mean more of Anna Strong, which I thought ended in 2013. This short is a nice bridge to what could be the beginning of a series continuation.
Anna's in France with family when several girls go missing. She teams with up Vlad to stop it from continuing and hopefully save her niece's friend. What happens between the two is a shock to Anna (view spoiler)[
~ Vlad wants to rule with Anna
"From the moment I saw you, I knew. Since my wife centuries ago, you are the first woman whom I could love as an equal."
~ Anna's shocked, understandably, because he knows she's in love with and faithful to her new husband, Frey; they're just starting their life together with his son JJ
~ She does owe him a debt for his help in the past - he's helped save those she loves, so she agrees to help him vanquish the vampires responsible for the kidnappings, but nothing else:
"If I do this [...] It will be the last thing I can do for you. It will mean the end of our friendship. And it can never be known that I was with you when the six are vanquished."
~ He promises, but still believes they'll see each other again
~ He also abdicates to Amélie and Alexander; he's leaving France (hide spoiler)]
" ... to a vampire, there is no one last time. We have forever, remember?"
I really enjoyed Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. The Deep Blue Sea is a mysterious bar where Niki Slobodian, a Abnormal PI who has been forceI really enjoyed Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. The Deep Blue Sea is a mysterious bar where Niki Slobodian, a Abnormal PI who has been forced out of work and put on the New Government's Registry, meets Sam. She's not sure what to think of Sam or his job offer. He's claiming to be able to get her removed from the Registry, which she previously believed to be impossible, not to mention offering her a great sum of money. Quickly running out of funds to support herself and her ailing grandmother, Niki agrees to take the job offered. Sam sends Robert "Bobby" Gage, who is skilled in the art of magic, with her. Their job: hunt the Dark (demon) that has escaped from an opening in Hell.
I will definitely continue to read this series. It was a happy surprise to find that I'd grabbed books 2-3 while they were also free on Amazon. ...more
Three friends are excited to run in a zombie flag football type marathon when things go from "wish these zombies were real" to "oh, shit, this is forThree friends are excited to run in a zombie flag football type marathon when things go from "wish these zombies were real" to "oh, shit, this is for real" very quickly. This short was a quick, entertaining read. But, it would benefit from some editing....more
Burn is the first book of Suzanne Wright's that I've read (thanks to Sandra) and it won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed the demon-filled world sheBurn is the first book of Suzanne Wright's that I've read (thanks to Sandra) and it won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed the demon-filled world she created and look forward to more!
Harper Wallis may be a member of the infamous Wallis family of imps, but she's not an imp - she's a sphinx without wings. She has an unusual ability that comes in handy when others mistakenly think she's easy prey.
Demons were predominately psychic creatures. They didn't have soul mates, but they came in pairs. That meant they each had a predestined psychic mate, or 'anchor', who made them stronger and gave them the stability that prevented them from turning rogue.
By fusing their psyches, a powerful, unbreakable link form between the demons. It wasn't sexual or emotional, it existed on a psychic level.
When Harper meets Knox Thorne, badass demon with off-the-charts power and Prime of the Las Vegas lair, she's surprised to realize he's her anchor. He doesn't appear to need the assistance an anchor would offer and she's not one to depend on anyone but herself, so she's not jumping at the chance to bond with him. But, Knox isn't only interested in the anchor bond, he's after Harper herself. She intrigues him and it's been a long time since he or his demon have felt such a strong attachment to another - he's not willing to let her get away.
Their budding romance (which is slow to boil and then blistering hot) is only a part of the story. There are demon strays (those living outside of a Prime-protected lair) missing and, as a way to stop this and other problems from happening, several demons believe it's time to have a Monarch in charge of all.
I'll most definitely be continuing on with this series. Suzanne Wright does an excellent job of creating her demon world, building the character base and setting the stage for what is sure to be one of my favorite series. She dumps a lot of information on you in Burn, but it's all done in a way that feels fluid and not at all overwhelming. (✮✮✮✮½)...more