Expected Release Date: July 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entan...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com
Expected Release Date: July 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: luciannerivers.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Caldwell Sisters Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Overall, I greatly enjoyed this one. There’s chemistry, passion, angst, danger, secrets, and betrayal, all wrapped up in a wonderfully fast read.
Harrison was delicious, and though Jane and I have very little in common, she was very easy to relate to. The love scenes were incredible, and the mystery, danger, and exotic setting all added a wonderful sense of excitement.
A very solid 4/5 Stars.
Bonus! Right now, HOLD ME is only $0.99 at Amazon.com!(less)
Expected Release Date: June 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self-Pub...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self-Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.ptmichelle.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift From the Author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Brightest Kind of Darkness Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
Sixteen year-old Nara is never surprised. Each night, she dreams the entire events that she will experience the following day. She learned at a young age not to interfere with the natural order of things, but when she dreams of a major catastrophe that she has the power to prevent, she can’t simply ignore it.
Fate, however, has other plans. Soon not only do Nara’s prophetic dreams suddenly start to fade, but students at school start to have serious accidents that she can’t fully prevent. Add to that the sudden unwelcome reappearance of the father who abandoned her at a young age, the sudden betrayal by her best friend, and the suspicious attention she’s gained from the school’s mysterious new student, Ethan, and Nara’s life has never been so out of control.
While struggling to adapt to the sudden loss of her abilities and trying to stay one step ahead of Fate, Nara forges a surprisingly strong alliance with Ethan. Soon, however, Ethan’s ability to “get” her as well as his terrible reputation begin to make Nara suspicious — while the attraction between them is as real as it gets, it’s also obvious that Ethan is hiding something that may make all the difference.
A few housekeeping details to go ahead and get out of the way here — first and foremost is that the plot to this book is very similar to the Final Destination movies.
Now, personally, I liked the similarities to the plots, because I thoroughly enjoyed the Final Destination movies (they scared the bejeezus out of me, actually). There are also many factors that make a strong distinction between this book and those movies, so please don’t think that they’re at all identical. However, it wouldn’t be a fair review if I didn’t mention the parallels between the stories because some readers may not appreciate them.
Second, this is also a YA novel, which is not typically the type of story I tend to read (I, er, like smexin in my books. Heh.), so of course the steam rating is only set on “Warm”.
Lack of smexin aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Ethan was incredible while not falling into that “perfect guy” trap that so many romance heroes fall into. He’s tortured, has a bad temper, is hesitant to open up to Nara, and also has a tendency to be a bit high-handed. However, he’s also completely devoted to Nara and her safety without being all creepy-stalkerish which is refreshing, and there’s also just enough mystery left about him that I’m dying to read the next one if it will hurry up and be released!
Nara was also a favorite of mine. Slightly spoiled, a bit insecure, and occasionally selfish, she felt like a real teenage girl to me, albeit one who had a pretty cool psychic power and a crazy run-in with malevolent forces.
In the end, I was very happy with this book. While I’m frustrated that I have to wait for a sequel, as there are several very important things that were never fully covered in this story, the romance was satisfying, the plot was not only interesting but slightly creepy, and the entire concept of precognitive dreams is an intriguing one.
Expected Release Date: July 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.ninacroft.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Blood Hunter series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
In the year 3048, Planet Earth has become inhabitable, and humans have joined with other space-faring species. For the very rich and elite, the Meridian treatment is a much sought-after way to ensure immortality. However, Meridian is incredibly rare and expensive, allowing only an elite few to afford the treatment. Worse than that, however, is the deadly nature of the mineral in its raw form -- exposure to unprocessed Meridian is a death sentence. Because of this, prisoners are often sentenced to serve in the Meridian mines, as escape is futile due to the simple fact that once exposed, death soon follows.
Vampire Ricardo Sanchez, one of Earth's original pirates, is now the pilot of the infamous space cruiser, El Cazador de la Sangre -- The Blood Hunter. A womanizer to the extreme, he unapologetically uses physical passion to keep his darker vampire nature at bay, and has earned the reputation of being the best mercenary available.
Skylar Rossaria is a woman on a mission. A well-trained soldier disguising herself as a bubble-brained bimbo, she hires Rico and his crew to do the impossible -- break a prisoner out of the Collective's maximum security prison on Trakis One -- a feat that has never before been attempted let alone succeeded. Trakis One is more than just a mere prison planet -- it's virtually impossible to approach let alone escape from. Positioned perilously close to a black hole, with an extremely inhospitable atmosphere, prisoners are kept in cryo-sleep. Despite her reputation, sleek build, and incredible firepower, even El Cazador has no chance of successfully approaching the planet. However, Rico isn't one to back down from a challenge, especially when presented by a beautiful woman. The riches promised as a reward are enough to entice the rest of the crew to agree, but Rico has his eye on something other than mere credits -- if they succeed, Skylar must allow Rico to taste her blood, something that will reveal all of her secrets (as well as her true identity) to him.
With no choice but to agree to Rico's conditions, Skylar and the crew of El Cazador plan the most daring prison break in known history.
Overall, I was absolutely thrilled with this book. While it was available on Netgalley, I couldn't resist supporting the newly established Entangled Publishing by purchasing it through Amazon. As of the writing of this review, Break Out is only $0.99 for Kindle, and I would highly recommend it to any fan of vampires and futuristic space adventure. While this is obviously the start of a series, it also felt complete despite the fact that the ending leaves a perfect setup for the next book in the series, Deadly Pursuit, due out in January of next year.
I must admit that this is the first Nina Croft story I've written, but that I will be cheerfully stalking this series, and as such dear readers, you should prepare yourself for quite a bit of fangirling from my general direction closer to the release of the sequel.
Recommended for fans of slutty ancient vampires who finally meet their match, secret identities and double-crossing, and thrilling space adventures. A very cheerful 5/5 Stars.