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As a fan of the first book of the series, I was a little taken aback when the story began in a much different manner than the previous one. It wasn’t long, however, before I settled comfortably back into the world Ms. Altenburg has created. I found myself once again drawn in by the intriguing concept of a futuristic world that operates much like the Old West, due to the presence (and then sudden absence) of Immortals who wrought havoc on the lives of the mortals living within their boundaries, as well as the inner struggles of the characters as they learn to move past previous prejudices and fears in order to trust, and later, love.
We’re immediately thrust into the outer edges of the world as man knows it, where women are seen as property, and powerful and corrupt men take every opportunity to abuse their power. Raven, having physically defended herself against the unwanted sexual advances of her evil step-father, Justice, is about to be burned at the stake as a “test” to prove to the villagers that she is in fact demon-spawn — if she burns, she’s innocent. Blade, an outsider who once was an assassin for the Goddesses before they abandoned this realm, is traveling through her village, and thinks only to end her suffering by offering her a swift and merciful death.
The situation quickly spirals into something neither could have expected, and they form an uneasy alliance; Blade with his distrust of anyone associated with demon-kind due to both his own history as an assassin, and his horrific experience of being partially eaten alive during a demon attack years prior, and Raven with her fear of her own demon allure and her determination to avenge both her mother’s death and her own abuse at the hands of Justice.
Overall, I loved it. There was plenty of action, both for the lovers and fighters of the world, and the world that Ms. Altenburg has created continues to capture the imagination. I do think that this one stands fairly well on its own without having read the first book, but I do suggest reading them in order simply because I enjoyed both books equally.
Recommended for fans of reluctant heroes, alluring heroines, and of finding justice on one’s own terms.
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Expected Release Date: July 18, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Entangled Teen Author’s Website: http://melaniecard.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Betrayal
I have been a fan of Melanie Card and the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer since shortly after I started this blog. The first book, WARD AGAINST DEATH, has long been a favorite of mine even though I don’t typically find myself reading YA/NA very often, and I knew that this book was going to be amazing.
It’s so nice to be right.
What I think I loved most about this book was the character development. Ward starts off just as we left him — clumsy, insecure, and on the run for his life. As the story progresses, though, we get to watch Ward grow up quite a bit, and get exciting glimpses into just the type of man that he will someday be — strong, confident, and powerful.
Celia, too, matures from the cold-blooded assassin that we’ve come to know and love into a more toned-down version of herself, with her affection for Ward growing, and the uncertainty of her life span really starting to weigh down on her.
More than that though, we get action, intrigue, and tons of danger, along with some unexpected new allies and some thrilling twists.
I do wish that there were a little more communication between Ward and Celia, as they both kept their developing feelings for each other under tight wraps, but for once, I wasn’t actually reading for the romance. There was also a slight issue with my copy (purchased for Kindle), where some page breaks between scenes would have really come in handy, but that was a minor issue and not one that counts against the final rating.
Overall, I adored it, and I’m hoping against hope that it won’t take another two long years for me to get my greedy little hands on Book 3.
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Expected Release Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: MacMillan Imprint: St. Martin’s Press Author’s Website: http://zoearcherbooks.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Nemesis Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Overly Drawn-Out Ending Favorite Tropes: Convict, Revenge Plot, Good Epilogue
Dark, gritty, and very, very sexy, this adventurous romp through the underbelly of late 1800′s London will hook you from the very first pages and not let you go until the end. The sheer brilliance behind the concept of Nemesis, combined with powerful protagonists with wonderful chemistry set the stage for plenty of action, and boy, did this book deliver.
I loved Jack’s character, rough edges and all, and was surprised by how much I enjoyed Eva’s character as well. More than just the main couple, though, was the dynamic of the entire cast of characters from Nemesis, and the potential for this series has it firmly on my watch list for the future.
Recommended for fans of dark and somewhat violent romances, unconventional heroes and heroines,and the struggle to remember that revenge is sometimes a dish best served cold.
A very solid 4.5/5, and a series to keep an eye on.(less)
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Expected Release Date: November 27, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Ace Author’s Website: ilona-andrews.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, The Edge Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Warm
I’m so devastated that this is said to be the last book in the series. As a big fan of this world, and of course, of these characters, I’m so saddened to see them go.
That said, however, this book was wonderful. With a wonderfully crafted main couple, as well as many of our old favorites from previous books, the story was very well crafted and kept me glued to the pages long after I should have been asleep for the night.
The biggest thing that bothered me was that the ending didn’t really hit it’s mark for me, and so the book was left on a bit of a sour note for me, which in the end, pulled the final rating down a bit.
Even so, it is firmly on my keeper shelf, and highly recommended for anyone who enjoyed any of the previous novels in the series.
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Expected Release Date: December 26, 2102 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://karinacooper.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, St. Croix Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Chaste
There is a twist in this story that changes everything. I want so badly to discuss it, but I refuse to ruin the surprise for anyone, and as such, I must leave you with the fact that while reading, I literally sat straight up in bed in shock at one point while reading. I have to admit, even though I was quite unhappy with the direction that the story took, that twist just knocked my socks off.
I’m dying to see where Ms. Cooper takes these characters, and have no doubt in my mind that whatever she has planned is going to blow my mind.
Even better than the first book, I would recommend this for any fan of steampunk, multifaceted characters, and intriguing mystery.
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Expected Release Date: September 3, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: marifee.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No (For Now) Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Chaste
With sweet chemistry, likable characters, and a new twist on the “superhero” phenomenon, this novella was so much fun that I read it in one sitting.
I loved the idea that the delineation between hero and villain being several shades of gray rather than black and white, and how there’s a middle ground between “normal” and “super” as far as abilities go. Burke and Gina were delightful, and Static was an absolute joy.
Recommended for fans of great chemistry, fun capers, and sweet romance.
Ehhhh..... I'm usually a pretty big fan of Stacey Kennedy, but honestly, I just couldn't get into this one.
While I liked the concept behind Nexi's pa...moreEhhhh..... I'm usually a pretty big fan of Stacey Kennedy, but honestly, I just couldn't get into this one.
While I liked the concept behind Nexi's past and quest for revenge, as well as the idea behind the whole hybrid guardian/witch thing, Nexi herself was... well... rather obnoxious.
Add to that the fact that I really didn't like the concept of soul sisters (and wanted to beat Haven senseless about, oh, 98% of the time she was on the page), Kayden was had more mood swings than a thirteen year old girl, and the chemistry that was supposed to be sizzling between the Kayden and Nexi fizzled more than sizzled for me, and I couldn't go on.
Recommended for fans of more lighthearted, quirky, urban fantasy.
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When I first sat down to write this review, I realized that I had a bit of a problem — how on earth was I going to rein in my inner Fangirl long enough to put together coherent sentences on just how fantastic this book was? I’m still not certain that I am able to do it justice, but suffice it to say, I loved this book. It easily ranks right up there with my adoration of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, and yes, even Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, and I will tell you that is no small feat at all.
With not only intriguing characters but fascinating world-building, new twists on old mythologies as well as original creations, and an exciting mystery behind the disappearance of many non-human children, the story never felt rushed, even though it was full of action and multi-faceted characters that made it easy to become fully immersed in Kit’s world.
Recommended for fans of strong heroines with a horrifying past, of alpha heroes with hidden depths, and of fresh new twists on old mythologies.
An impossibly solid 5/5 Stars. *As of 7/10, I've read this three times. If anyone wonders why I'm "behind" on my 2012 reading challenge, this is why lol (and yes, it's still 5/5)
-- A Slightly Off-Topic Rant (10.19.2012)
I've noticed quite a few reviews where people were upset that Kit wasn't a Kate Daniels clone. Kit isn't Kate, despite the similarity in names and their penchants for sharp pointy things. Kit is, well, Kit. She has a completely different past, a different skill set, different magic, and lives in a completely different world with its own set of rules.
I can't speak for anyone else, but when I first read this and went around the internet gushing to anyone who would listen about how this was the best Urban Fantasy I'd read since the Kate Daniels series, it wasn't because I thought that Kit and Kate were so similar, it's because I recognized in Kit the same vulnerability, stubbornness, and potential that I saw in Kate in her first book.
If you look back at Kate in her first novel, she was a lot younger and lacked a lot of the experience and maturity that has developed her character into the awesome power that she is. Kit's also like that in some ways -- she's not superwoman, she doesn't always make the right choices, she occasionally acts impulsively, and she's got her own personal demons to battle just like anyone else. And I for one can't get enough of her.
So please don't go into this expecting a heroine just like Kate Daniels, or you're probably going to be disappointed. And please, don't be put off by the reviews expressing disappointment that Kit turned out not to be Kate... Instead, go into this book with an open mind, and I think you'll find that Kit is a character that you're going to want to follow through many books to come.
I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the o...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the official blurb makes no mention of his name, and I have to agree with the author/publisher that this was an excellent ploy -- had I known who the hero was, I'm not certain I would have given it a chance, and would have missed out on what turned out to be a really enjoyable story.
I definitely enjoyed it, with amnesia and physically scarred heroes ever being a favorite of mine, and for once, I truly felt the battle between good and evil in this particular soul.
I also enjoyed Mels' character, not only for her blend of softness and self-sufficiency, but the small side story of her relationship with her mother was surprisingly enjoyable.
While I think fans of the series will note that the "romance" in this story was a bit more subtle than in the previous books, there was still plenty of steam and chemistry, and I would be hard pressed to express disappointment to the surprising additions to the overall story arc.
However, there were a several of my pet peeves, without the... freshness, I suppose you could call it, that I typically find in a J.R. Ward book. I'm not sure if it's because I've read all of her Urban Fantasy novels, and therefore have perhaps become a bit blase about her writing voice, or if it was the unreasonably high expectations set by the expense of the Kindle edition, but there almost felt like something was missing.
Still, I loved the hero with such a fierceness, and the ending was so satisfying for me, that I didn't really care about those things.
Recommended for fans of physically and mentally damaged heroes, self-sufficient (yet realistic) heroines, and kick-butt action, topped with just the right amount of steam.
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Expected Release Date: March 20, 2012 (Paperback. April 1 eBook) Publisher: Harelquin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.rhyannonbyrd.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Primal Instinct World Series Best Read In Order: Yes, recommend reading Primal Instinct Series first. Steam Level: Hot
While this book is considered to be Book 1 in the Primal Instinct World, I do highly recommend that those unfamiliar with the series go back and read at least a book or two from Primal Instinct series before attempting this one. While the main story between Juliana and Ashe is indeed self-contained, there is enough history between the characters, and enough cameos and references to the events, locations, and characters from the original series to make it confusing for those who have not yet read any of them.
As a fan of the original series, I have been greatly anticipating Juliana and Ashe getting together, and I was not disappointed. The delicious intensity and chemistry that Ms. Byrd has become known for is in full force between these two, and the push and pull between them was a joy to read.
While I wasn't thrilled with some of Ashe's behavior or his treatment of Juliana, I have to admit that I was still quite happy with their journey in the end.
A delightfully steamy 4/5 Stars
Series Reading Order: Edge of Craving (Prequel Novella) Edge of Hunger Edge of Danger Edge of Desire Touch of Seduction Touch of Surrender Touch of Temptation Rush of Darkness Rush of Pleasure Deadly Is The Kiss (Primal Instinct World)(less)
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Ace A...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Ace Author’s Website: http://www.ilona-andrews.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com (Private Purchase) Part of a Series: Yes, Spinoff Kate Daniels Series Series Best Read In Order: YES Steam Level: Warm
One thing is for certain, this was a great addition to one of my all-time favorite Urban Fantasy series. Though technically a spinoff, I would in no way recommend that newcomers to the series pick this one up as their first introduction to the Kate Daniels world. While I’m sure that there is more than enough background and worldbuilding included to help those unfamiliar with the series easily follow along, so much would be missed. At a bare minimum, I would recommend that new readers pick up MAGIC MOURNS – the novella telling how Raphael and Andrea first got together (available only as an ebook for the standalone, but available in print in the MUST LOVE HELLHOUNDS anthology).
I really enjoyed watching Andrea get the spotlight for once. Don’t get me wrong — I adore Kate — but at the same time it was really nice to watch Andrea not only hold her own as a warrior, but to take her place in the Bouda pack.
Recommended for fans of outcast heroines with tortured pasts, estranged lovers, and exciting urban fantasy.
As sexist as I am when it comes to authors (yes, I admit, I'm prejudiced against male authors. Bad Jess.), I was very pleasantly surprised by this one...moreAs sexist as I am when it comes to authors (yes, I admit, I'm prejudiced against male authors. Bad Jess.), I was very pleasantly surprised by this one.
Absolutely no romance (booooo lol), but the action was great, and I loved the politics and betrayals and even the interesting dynamic Kat has with Ethan (though I'm annoyed that a certain plot point there was TOTALLY just brushed to the side).
It had a very "Underworld" type vibe, which hey, I loved Underworld so there ya go.
The snippet at the end for the next book definitely has me itching to read it -- I WILL be picking it up when it comes out.
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Expected Release Date: September 12, 2011 Publisher: Self Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.cynthiaeden.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Bound series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
This was a fast paced, action packed, sexy little paranormal novella, and I loved it. Cade was absolutely delicious, and Allison was likable as well. The chemistry was sizzling, and the actual storyline about the witch and other assassins, as well as the vampires on Allison’s trail kept the story moving.
I loved the hints at Cade’s background, as well as his protective instincts, and Allison’s determination to keep from becoming an “evil” vampire made me love her as well.
Recommended for fans of sexy as sin shifters, starcrossed lovers, and finding out you shouldn’t try to mess with fate. 5/5 Stars.(less)
This was hands down,the best in the series. Yes, that's a bold statement, but I fully stand by it -- review to follow on the release date. In the mean...moreThis was hands down,the best in the series. Yes, that's a bold statement, but I fully stand by it -- review to follow on the release date. In the meantime, go read the first two so that you won't be lost when you snag this one ;)
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Expected Release Date: May 3, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.reganblack.com/ My Source for This Book: Won in a contest, picked up from Smashwords. Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Shadows of Justice Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I’ll admit, I was a bit surprised that I’d never heard of this author until I was lucky enough to snag this book in a contest. With plenty of action, a solid dose of romance, plenty of angst, and a very intriguing future society, this book was truly wonderful. I didn’t realize going into this story that it was part of a previously established series, and as such there were occasions where I felt as though I’d missed something, but in general I think it stood quite well on its own.
The entire concept of the government controlling such innocuous substances as caffeine and refined sugar was believable to anyone who has their eye on the ever-shrinking personal rights of Americans these days, and just as with the prohibition of alcohol in the 1920′s, it is easy to see that some higher-ups would easily turn a blind eye to illegal activity in smuggling and distributing the very products many of these people consume themselves.
Overall, I loved it. The angst surrounding Micky’s identity, and Trina’s belief that she wasn’t worthy of him due to all of the blood on her hands was well played, and the romance felt organic without overtaking the plot. There were just enough fantastical elements to keep the story solidly in the realm of urban fantasy, and the pacing was fast without exhausting the reader.
Highly recommended for fans of slightly futuristic urban fantasy and a welcome reprieve from vampires, werewolves, and magic.
Expected Release Date: November 14, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: www.shonahusk.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
Believe it or not, I think the main thing that kept this story from getting a 4.5 or 5-star rating from me was the romance. I never thought I’d say that, but in this case, it’s kind of true.
Well, okay, that isn’t completely fair. I loved both Obsidian and Jaines, and I think they were absolutely perfect for each other. However, the distinct lack of sensuality combined with the whirlwind nature of their romance made it hard for me to really feel connected to the budding relationship between them. With her so recently widowed and mired in guilt, it was understandable that she might be looking for a distraction, and of course Obsidian’s obvious interest in her as a woman would flatter someone who’d long believed they were rather undesirable, but in the end, while I could certainly believe that there was affection growing between the two of them, I wasn’t quite buying the ILY’s so quickly.
Regardless of how I felt about the speed of the relationship between Obsidian and Jaines, I absolutely adored the world that Ms. Husk has created, and if and when there is a sequel available, you can be absolutely certain that I will snap it up with a quickness. According to the author, this is currently labeled as a standalone title, but she has plans to write more books set in this world, which has me incredibly excited.
In the end, despite my discomfort with the whirlwind romance, this book is easily going on my keeper’s shelf, and I sincerely hope that Ms. Husk continues to explore this fascinating world with future novels (and that she doesn’t keep us waiting too terribly long).
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Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Signet Author’s Website: http://www.amandabonilla.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Shaede Assassin Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Utterly alone in the world, assassin Darian is a Shaede — a being who can dissolve into shadows, move with unbelievable speed, and who cannot be killed. Having been created and later abandoned by the man who rescued her from an abusive marriage almost a hundred years prior, she has learned to rely only on herself, reinventing herself as a notorious assassin known for avoiding innocent targets.
However, her next mark will cause her to question everything she has accepted as truth, and in accepting the job, sets her along a path that will change her life forever.
I originally heard about this book on another blogger’s Waiting On Wednesday, which is a meme that highlights upcoming books that bloggers are excited about. I was lucky enough to snag an advanced reader copy, and let me tell you, I was absolutely blown away. I, quite literally, could not put this book down. I read it in line at the grocery store, I read it while I was cooking dinner, I read it while folding laundry, I read it propped up in bed that night. In fact, there was quite a bit of angst for me at the end when I realized that I would have to wait until July for the next installment in the series, despite the solid feeling of resolution at the end.
While not without faults, Darian’s character and the world as a whole sucked me in and refused to let me go. The first person point of view allowed the reader to experience first-hand the frustration, loneliness, heartbreak, and love that Darian went through over the course of the novel, and the high level of action and intrigue kept my attention from the very beginning.
Darian is a badass, no doubt about it, but her arrogance that served her so well in the past suddenly becomes a huge liability, and she has to learn to rely on others, as well as to sift through truths and lies in order to discover just what it will mean for her to become part of the Shaede community.
The world that Ms. Bonilla created is utterly fascinating, and the two main love interests, Tyler and Xander, were able to hold their own even against Darian’s oft-overbearing presence.
Recommended for fans of fast-paced, original Urban Fantasy, of strong heroines suddenly thrown completely out of their element, and of a sweet, albeit complicated, love story. A delightfully solid 5/5 Stars.
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Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.ninacroft.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 Blood Hunter Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I loved BREAK OUT, but no matter how good that book was, this one was even better. Jon was an absolutely wonderful, tortured hero, and while I wanted to pimp-slap Alex half the time for her reckless behavior, they made a perfect couple.
With tons of action, romance, and plot twists, this book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. Not only were Jon and Al interesting, but the rest of the crew added an enormous amount of interest as well. The intrigues, twists, incredible action, and delicious tension to the story all kept me glued to the pages, and ensured that I quite literally couldn’t put it down.
Recommended for fans of exciting space operas, vampires and werewolves who despite being around for centuries have never quite figured out how to fit in with society, and of a hero and heroine who are perfect for each other despite their differences.
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Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Nocturne Author’s Website: http://jillmonroe.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Book 2, Royal House of Shadows Continuation Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Book 2 of the Royal House of Shadows Continuation, which began with Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter, and will be followed with Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen and Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh, this installment follows Princess Breena after her parents’ magic thrust her far away from the Kingdom of Elden with only the compulsion to survive and avenge planted deep within her mind.
Reinterpreting the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Breena stumbels upon an abandoned cottage, her survival instinct kicks in and she partakes of the food she finds there, and crawls in to bed to get some very much needed rest. Her slumber is interrupted, however, when the three inhabitants of the cabin return to discover that someone has eaten their porridge, broken one of their chairs, and is now sleeping in one of their beds!
Osborn is a berserker, a man who can channel the ferocious spirit of the bear to become a warrior without equal in his rage. When his entire clan is wiped out with the exception of his two younger brothers by a band of vampires from the empire of Elden, he turns his back on the teachings of his childhood and hires out his sword in order to earn a living that will feed, clothe, and protect his brothers, all while planning to someday avenge his clan by destroying the people of Elden.
When the golden-haired princess is discovered in his house, Osborn is stunned — this is the very maiden who has long captivated him in his dreams. Breena’s ability to dreamwalk has long been a diversion from her very proper (and very boring) life as a princess, and when she awakens in the cabin to discover her dream lover in the flesh, she’s ecstatic. Her joy soon turns to disappointment, however, when she realizes her Prince Charming is not so charming after all, and that he wants absolutely nothing to do with her quest to avenge her parents’ murder.
Determined to resist aiding the princess, he cannot help but be drawn in by her beautiful innocence and her determination, and yet Breena is hiding something — the very fact that she is the princess of the people who destroyed Osborn’s clan.
While a few elements of Breena’s magic didn’t really appeal to me as much as I’d hoped, I did enjoy the fact both Breena and Osborn were looking for vengeance of their own. Breena’s transformation from pampered princess to fierce leader was gradual enough to be believable, but was also fast enough that readers weren’t bogged down with the tedious nature of training, which I appreciated.
Overall, this was a great installment in the Royal House of Shadows Continuation. Recommended for fans of fairy tales revisited, fearsome heroes learning to temper their ferocity, and of heroines realizing their own strength.
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Expected Release Date: March 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Berkley Author’s Website: http://www.mayabanks.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, KGI Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but works well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t…
A man who shoots first and asks questions later…
Most people would take an all-expenses-paid trip to the beach in a heartbeat. Garrett Kelly only accepts to keep tabs on Sarah Daniels, who’s in hiding after witnessing a murder by Marcus Lattimer, her half-brother—and a personal enemy of KGI. This gig may be beneath a disciplined soldier like Garrett, but if he gets a shot at Lattimer, it will all be worth it…
…and the ultimate moving target.
But Garrett hadn’t counted on falling for Sarah. He’d considered seduction as a tactical maneuver, but when he glimpses Sarah’s dark past, he feels an urgent desire to keep her safe—even after she disappears on him. Garrett doesn’t know exactly who, or what, Sarah’s running from, but whatever it is, she’s running for her life…
While I didn’t love it, I still enjoyed reading it, and had trouble putting it down at times. While I do think that the main storyline worked well as a standalone, new readers may be put off by all of the narrative involving the rest of the Kelly family and some of the other members of the KGI team.
In the end though, there really wasn’t all that much suspense to be spoken of, and the use of two big cliches (major injury, and great sex the first time after a rape) really took down some of my enjoyment.
That said, the love scenes were hot, Garrett is just as incredible of a hero as I’d always hoped he’d be, and as a fan of the series in general, I especially loved the updates and insights to the rest of the Kelly family as well as the KGI team.
Expected Release Date: July 4, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina P...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 4, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://pjschnyder.com/blog/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Kat was born a human, but when she was kidnapped as a military cadet, she was infected with a virus that mutated her genetic code, allowing her to transform into a feline. Now blessed -- or cursed -- with extraordinary senses and a deep and instinctual dislike of men, she has yet to fully overcome the torture that was inflicted on her during her imprisonment, and instead focuses on being one of the most bad-ass mercenaries this side of the galaxy.. Hiding scars both physical and mental, she's resigned herself to never knowing a loving man's touch, until her well-meaning mercenary friends dump her on a planet with a reservation at a swanky hotel and orders to "enjoy herself" until they return. Miserable, knowing that her social skills leave a lot to be desired, she decides to take advantage of her time off by heading down to the local bar.
Faced with the end of his military tour and strongly disillusioned by the orders given on his last mission, Lt. Christopher Rygard heads to the bar to drown his misery, when he's astonished to witness a beautiful and deadly woman cut through a massive bar brawl like a hot knife through butter, and cautiously introduces himself to her.
Taken slightly aback by her shy manner yet intrigued by her obvious capabilities, he flirts with her and is happy when she clumsily returns his advances.
Making their way to her hotel room, they give in to the scorching attraction crackling between them, and he unknowingly gives her the first positive sexual experience of her life.
The situation quickly deteriorates, however, when a misunderstanding leads Rygard to be cruel to Kat, but before the situation can be corrected, Ryagard is attacked by creatures from the alien world that his last mission had taken place on. Out for blood and revenge, the attackers are as astonished as Rygard when Kat assumes her feline form to defend him, and she quickly earns the respect of the attackers. They are given a choice -- Rygard can die now, or they can work together to right the wrong that Rygard's team committed, and Kat attempts to shoulder aside her hurt to participate in a mission that could very well result in her being enslaved again.
To make matters worse, Rygard's allegiance to the military requires him to report Kat's existence as a shifter -- and in doing so, he would certainly be risking her very life.
Apart from the ending (*grumble grumble*) I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Kat is made of awesome and Rygard is a deeply honorable man with some baggage as well, and together I think they make a perfect match. The sensuality level was perfect for this length of a story, and the secondary characters all added to the story rather than distracted.
I was very happy to receive word that there is at least a slight possibility of a sequel, and there is absolutely no question in my mind that if one is released, it will be promptly added to my "must buy" list. I admit, I can't help but hope that the kindred alpha at least makes a reappearance, though I do hope he gets his own heroine and keeps his paws off of Kat ;)
Recommended for fans of tough heroines with a traumatic past, a new take on shapeshifting, and of vaguely ambiguous endings. 3.5/5, simply because I'm withholding a half a star because of the ending lol (less)
Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Impr...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 2, 2011 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://melaniecard.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
I don't normally start reviews off this way, but I honestly think that this was one if not the best books I've read all year, and since it's almost July at the time of my writing this, that's definitely saying something.
In Ward's world, magic is commonplace and some things that we take for granted are completely forbidden, such as surgery. Having always wanted to be a physician, Ward was kicked out before completing his training because of his penchant for grave-robbing -- a distasteful but necessary occupation for one who wants to study the illicit practice of surgery. Now forced to be a Necromancer for the rich, his job is to bring back those who have recently died for fifteen minutes so that their families can make peace with the deceased.
Hired by a rich man to wake Celia Carlyle, he is astonished when not only does she insist that she's been murdered rather than having been simply "ill" as her family suggests, but she also sleeps with a dagger under her pillow, dresses in men's clothing, and attempts to escape out the window. Knowing that her disappearance will result in an accusation of grave-robbing, he follows her trying to convince her that she must return. Instead Celia invokes Ward's Physician's Oath -- an unbreakable vow to help all those who ask for assistance, and one punishable by eternal torture in the afterlife if broken.
Making his decision, he follows her, having to re-wake her several times as the fifteen-minute limit of the waking spell is reached. At risk of permanently disturbing the "balance" between the worlds, he performs a dangerous spell to attempt to allow her to remain "awake" for a longer period, when something goes wrong. In addition to the fact that he's been forced to improvise with the required ingredients for the spell, he is interrupted before he can be certain his spell has been completed, but when Celia regains consciousness and helps to fight off their attackers, he assumes that everything worked as it should have.
However, it soon becomes apparent that his intended spell did not yield the expected results, as Celia shows no signs of decay, and in fact, actually seems... healthier than before.
Complicating matters is his own undeniable attraction towards her, but relations with the dead are strictly forbidden, and despite the fact that she eats, breathes, and walks, there is no denying that she had died and is therefore completely off-limits.
Add to that the fact that Celia is obviously not simply the pampered daughter of a rich noble, and Ward is soon drawn into a dangerous world of forbidden magic, assassinations, and deception.
One point of note is that while I have labeled this as Young Adult for my own convenience, it is more of a New Adult/Upper YA Fantasy. Not having read a lot of Young Adult in my life, I'm not certain just how important this distinction is, only that it was made and I felt it was wise to point it out. I think the biggest difference is that the main characters are no longer teenagers, but are instead both in the first stages of real adulthood, complete with all of the complications that come along with that stage of life
I admit, I'm actually having a hard time believing that this is a debut novel. Ms. Card's website and Goodreads profile list this as her only work, but I wonder if she's written any previous novels under a different name. I must do some Googlefu and see what I can discover, because I'm absolutely in love with her writing style and am thirsting for more.
It goes without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that I will be preordering any and all future books in this series, and I have a feeling I will be fangirling all over this one for a long time to come.
Recommended for fans of kick-butt heroines who reluctantly soften as they mature, heroes who actually have to work to earn the title, and an intriguing paranormal-fantasy universe to explore.
Expected Release Date: July 1, 2011 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Im...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 1, 2011 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author’s Website: http://kendraleighcastle.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Dark Dynasties Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Tynan MacGillivray is a guttercat, that is, a Cait Sith. As a vampire who can shapeshift into big cat, he is considered one of the lowest forms of vampire, and one who is slave to the Ptolemy dynasty of highblood vampires. A favored pet of the queen, he is highly prized for his hunting and tracking skills, but when his queen sends him out on a mission to find a human Seer to help them discover the identity behind the force decimating their ranks, he can't help but feel as though he's being intentionally shut out.
As an orphaned infant, Lily Quinn was adopted by a high-profile Hollywood couple as their perfect public accessory. When her adoptive mother fell pregnant, however, a childhood tantrum left her nursery in tatters, and her adoptive parents convinced that there was something horribly wrong with her.
Now an adult, Lily is trying to eek out a normal existence as an English professor when she comes across Ty at a "ghost hunters" type event, and is stunned by her attraction to him. When he suddenly disappears, she writes him off as just a strange man, but when he later shows up and demands that she come with him, she is dragged head-first into a world where not only do vampires exist, but magick is real, and someone powerful wants her dead.
When the powers that once decimated her childhood nursery come back into play, she must join forces with the man who has been up front about the fact that he will turn her over to the very people who may want her dead.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I loved the new breed of shapeshifting vampire Ms. Castle introduced, and this is one of the few books that I finished with the thought of "Wow, I bet this would make an incredible movie!". The UST was absolutely delicious, and the forbidden elements of the relationship between Lily and Ty added quite a bit of extra spice.
Jaden's book is next and can I just say *swoon*? I cannot wait for his book, and the teaser chapter at the end of this book makes me want to scream because Midnight Reckoning isn't due out until January.
Recommended for fans of vampires and shapeshifters, political machinations, betrayals, and forbidden relationships, all with a touch of magick.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harper Collins Imprint: E...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harper Collins Imprint: Eos Author’s Website: http://www.saracreasy.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Scarabaeus Book 2 Series Best Read In Order: Yes. Steam Level: Warm
Please note, this review contains spoilers for the first book in the series, Song of Scarabaeus, so if you haven’t read that book yet and plan to, you may wish to skip this review.
I absolutely adored the first book in the series, Song of Scarabaeus, and had it not been for the cliff-hanger in that book, I think it would’ve very easily made my top ten favorites this year. So when I started reading Children of Scarabaeus, I assumed that being the second book in the series, it could never stand up to the awesomeness of the first.
Never assume – This book. Was incredible.
We pick up a short time after the horrific cliff-hanger that was the end of Song of Scarabaeus (can you tell I’m still bitter about that cliff-hanger??). Edie is still in the process of dying a slow and horrible death, the group is still on the run from Natesa and the Crib, Finn is still leashed to Edie and as such still has a personal investment in her survival. They’ve managed to find someone who has possession of the neurotoxin that Edie needs to survive, and meet on a space station to make the buy, only to find out that it is a trap set by the Crib. They escape (barely) and stow away on an unmanned freighter, and put themselves into cryosleep in order to basically drop-off of the face of the galaxy and hopefully cause the Crib to stop looking for them.
Unfortunately, the plan goes awry when the freighter is captured a year later by Crib milits and Edie is taken on board and woken from her cryosleep. Using her cooperation to force her captors to return for Finn, she’s horrified to discover that while they won’t torture her for information on Scarabaeus, they will use her leash to torture Finn — via a very skilled cyphertek, one who is just as good as she is.
To make matters worse, Natesa shows up and forces Edie’s hand — she now has to resume work on the seeding technology that she abandoned when she was originally kidnapped, or Natesa will show Finn absolutely no mercy.
Used to being manipulated and treated as a commodity rather than a person, Edie reluctantly agrees, and soon discovers something even more sinister — the Crib is now using children from her home world as the next breed of cyphertek. Can Edie succeed in keeping Finn safe, saving the children from a fate identical to her own, and perhaps most importantly, solving the mystery behind the failure of the seeding project and of Scarabaeus’ own extraordinary evolution?
Overall, I adored this. While I think there was enough information given to make it work as a standalone, I do suggest reading these in order to get the full impact and nuances of the MC’s relationships, as well as “getting to know” Scarabeaus. I will admit, that I had just finished the first book when I started this one, so it was not only very fresh in my mind, but I was also still feeling very invested in the characters.
In this book, finally get some resolution to Finn and Edie’s relationship, and some insight to Edie’s childhood, as well as some closure on a few other isues that had occurred in the first novel.
So much happened in this novel, that even though a lot of time passed, it never got boring. The lack of sensual romance was a disappointment, but since this is technically a sci-fi novel rather than a romance, I didn’t let that bother me too much. I did appreciate the more satisfying resolution, and while I have no idea whether or not there is to be another book in the series, I know for a fact that I will buy it if there is.