You Slay Me by Katie MacAlister is a breath of fresh air.
It's a way different brand of paranormal romance. There's no vampires hanging around. Just plYou Slay Me by Katie MacAlister is a breath of fresh air.
It's a way different brand of paranormal romance. There's no vampires hanging around. Just plain old guardians, witches, demons and hot dragons in human form.
Aisling Grey, a simple American courier (at least simple was what she thought she was), was to deliver an aquamanile (a bowl used in demon rituals) at France. However, arriving at the house of Madame Deauxville, she discovers Madame Deauxville's body hanged on top of a demon summoning circle. On the site of murder, Aisling meets mysterious Drake Vireo, a man claiming he is a dragon and Aisling a guardian (someone who guards portals to Abbadon/Hell). Of course, Aisling doesn't believe all this, but becomes desperate as the French police suspect her for murder, plus the fact that Drake Vireo stolen her aquamanile.
Looking for the thief and murderer, she goes to G&T (a club which caters for the magical people), she sees Drake and asks, or rather orders him to return her aquamanile, but having the sexual tension between them, Drake kisses Aisling, but she withstands the fires of his kiss, and ultimately becomes the Dragon's mate.
Aisling, after so many encounters of people claiming she is a guardian, feels the need to test driver her powers, so she purchases items for a demon summoning ritual. But seriously, she needs a Guardian 101 book, because she absolutely has no idea what she's doing and what she's up for. The ritual, in a way, became awry, because she summoned a demon in a newfoundland dog form who is unclaimed, which also makes her a demon lord.
Deaths begin to stack up around Aisling and the police are more wary of her. Even dragons are on her tail. But there's no stopping this guardian. Training or no training, they should watch out for her. For nothings gonna stop this chick. She's out challenging dragons and summoning Bael/Lucifer.
So move over vampires, because guardians and dragons are the new in. :)...more
Marked (House of Night, #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.
Zoey Redbird is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. But that was before she's been markeMarked (House of Night, #1) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.
Zoey Redbird is an ordinary girl with an ordinary life. But that was before she's been marked by a tracker. From then on, she became a vampyre fledgeling that has to reach House of Night, a vampire school, as soon as able. If not, she will suffer the consequence of death. Being marked, scared her so called best friend away, including her mother, but lured her hot-but-not-so-bright jock ex-boyfriend even closer.
So being shunned by people she thought would accept her, she runs to the comfort of her grandmother who has deep affinity to the spirit ways of her Cherokee roots.
In search of Zoey's grandmother, Zoey stumbles and hits her head. She then embarks on a spirit journey and meets Nyx, goddess of the night and vampires. Nyx embues her with magical powers and the next thing Zoey knows, she is at the House of Night, with a terrible scar, but alive nonetheless.
Zoey, having more access to vampyre physiology, discovers she's no longer ordinary, because even for a vampyre, she's way beyond an average fledgeling. She already has bloodlust, which is unheard of for new fledgelings; she has a fully covered mark, where all fledgelings has only an outline, and she has control of all five elements, which are air, fire, water, earth and spirit, which is unheard for all vampyres of all ages. Zoey's destined for something more. Of what, Zoey's not entirely certain.
House of Night is an okay book, with a totally different take on vampyres, not to mention vampyres is spelled with a Y against the common vampire with an I. I keep ignoring that red zigzagged line under vampyre, because this was how the book has spelled it. To become a vampyre, one must be chosen. Its more of being a disease, instead of being bit by one. It was interesting enough for me to reach the end of the book, but I certainly don't feel like dying if I don't read the next ones. I'm not sure if I would read them, but I'm open to possibilities :) ...more
When I started reading this book, I swore it was a book that couldn’t pique my fancy. I was overly bored and couldn’tI am totally ashamed of myself.
When I started reading this book, I swore it was a book that couldn’t pique my fancy. I was overly bored and couldn’t flip anymore pages. I thought the writing was for too-young adults. I thought I would be generous and give it two stars.
But dang, I am eating what I said.
Betrayed (House of Night #2) by P.C and Kristin Cast started out slow, but, somewhere in the middle, I began liking the book. I can’t point to the exact page, but somewhere, things were becoming interesting. Despite the mediocre writing, the plot, I admit is good. I actually think of the authors as brave for having straying so much from the vampire norms.
Zoey Redbird, is still likable for me. She always has the best interests of everyone is heart. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t fail trying. Despite being advanced for a fledgling, she’s still struggling to maintain normalcy. She just wants to fit in. And experience the same stuff other normal teenagers do. Probably having a little boylet, here and there. Despite her having three love interests, I don’t take it against her. I even wish I had three boylets hunkering over me. But dah, I’m no Zoey Redbird.
Anyway, this book makes me want to pick up the next one, as in now. I’ve betrayed myself. I swore it couldn’t pick my fancy, but now, karma’s eating at me. ...more
I had tons of complaints while reading the book. In fact, they're far too many. However, upon reaching the last few pages, the ending boggled me too mI had tons of complaints while reading the book. In fact, they're far too many. However, upon reaching the last few pages, the ending boggled me too much that I just forgot about them.
One night, Clary had seen an attractive blue haired boy. Her eyes have been following him all night at Club Pandemonium. Then the blue haired boy enters a room, and other boys with weapons follow him. Feeling a sense of danger, Clary warns her best friend, Simon, that someone is going to get attacked. Clary rushes off to danger and is then initiated to the non-Mundane world. Mundane is Cassandra Clare's version of Muggle world. Series of unfortunate events happen. Her mother is kidnapped by Valentine. Pretty much like Lord Voldemort, because they were both good at what they do, then they ended up as bad guys. She gets attacked by a demon. So on and so on.
She asks for Jace's help. In the end she manages to find her mom, but the price she had to pay was too high for her sake.
___ If I concentrate a lot (no small feat, since I barely had sleep from all the reading), I could remember a few complaints.
(1) I want to like the protagonist, Clary, but it's hard. I find nothing special about her (aside from the fact that she sees the non-mundie world). And she likes barging head first into danger, and when things get awry, she just calls for a male help. How she killed a demon is a wonder to me.
(2) The dialogue is for too young adults, for me at least.
(3) Jace is likable in a way, but not the guy to swoon for.
(4) When a major, or even a slightly major character is at the point of death, they still don't die.
(5) The plot is achingly familiar (too familiar. Remember the story where a world beyond Muggles existed. It was there, but the ordinary eyes cannot see it. Same here. But romping around with humans are vampires, shadow walkers and demons.)
But despite my complaints, I give this book a solid four stars, since I always love a good twist. And the twist managed to keep me awake in the middle of the night, thinking of it for days. :\...more
Bad, bad, bad, bad boy, you make me feel so good Bad, bad, bad, bad boy, you make me feel so good, knew you would The way you hold me tight you get me
♪♫♪Bad, bad, bad, bad boy, you make me feel so good Bad, bad, bad, bad boy, you make me feel so good, knew you would The way you hold me tight you get me so excited You tell me oh , so right, my heart goes beat, beat, beat, beat, beat, beat. Bad Boy, Gloria Estefan
♪♫♪I'm a bad, bad, boy And I'm gonna steal your love Said I'm a bad, bad, boy And I'm gonna steal your love Come take me to your house Then I'm gonna rip you off Well I made my first kill With the old town girl She was the apple of her daddy's eye Well that woman looked up at me And I said honey we'll be Together 'till the day I die But I lied I'm a bad, bad, boy Bad Boy, Nazareth
I honestly have no idea how the songs' tune goes, but I feel like singing, or rather make a point that BAD BOYS have so much appeal, despite them being bad boys.
When I read The Turning, Blood Ties #1, I was pro-CYRUS. Cyrus is a bad boy, or rather a bad vampire. He ate and killed humans, just for the fun of it. He hurt others, for the pleasure of it. But me, myself, being good natured was hoping, through the entire book that Cyrus would change and become a hero. In cases of historical romances, the rakes, when reformed are always the best of husbands. But my expectations where not met. Cyrus was a bloody bastard all through the first page up to his untimely death. Though bad boys have their appeal, a bad boy who cannot be tamed should be avoided like the plague. Thus, I've given the first book two stars.
But with Possession, Blood Ties #2, Jennifer Armintrout managed to make my wishes come true. She seemed like a fairy god mother who turned a fairy tale to reality and outdid herself in the process.
Spoilers ahead.Cyrus, is back. He’s been resurrected and he’s human once more. He gained his soul back. But he also gained his conscience back. He’s held captive by the vampire cult, Fang. And there’s also this female human whose life is in his hand. Once he dies, the girl would be useless and end up as the Fang’s dinner. But Cyrus, as human, has lost immortality, but gained so much (his soul and conscience and humanity), but could he add love to this list as well?
Simultaneously, Dr. Carrie Ames, is in search of Nathan, who is possessed by the Soul Eater. She asks for the help of Max, Nathan’s former colleague, but still a friend. They visit the Movement’s headquarters and learns from the Oracle that the Soul Eater is trying to be god. Carrie, after learning this, is off to hunt for Cyrus and tries to save Nathan’s soul as well. End of spoilers.
The Blood Ties series has managed to redeem itself before my very eyes. The book was entertaining, the plot well thought off. And unlike the first book, the characters, especially Cyrus, has become very loveable. And it also made me conclude that even the worst of bad boys, can still be tamed and possessed. ...more
I have a confession to make… But please don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me! PLEASE!
*in a tiny tiny voice* I *gulp* seriously gave Dark Lover, the firsI have a confession to make… But please don’t throw rotten tomatoes at me! PLEASE!
*in a tiny tiny voice* I *gulp* seriously gave Dark Lover, the first book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, umm, one star. *run and cower for cover*
I think I have a logical explanation on the one star. I seldom skim pages, but whenever there was a lesser talking, I just had to skip pages. Plus, I felt that the H/h were jumping on each other. I barely liked the romance, so the one star. Oh, please let me have friends left, after this review.
But now, after contemplating that I am abnormal since after the 12,552 people who rated Dark Lover, I go straight to the 1% who didn’t like it. So that makes me abnormal.
However, I don’t like being abnormal. I want to be normal. So I gave Lover Eternal a chance, since it means that I am giving a chance to jump on the hype and be “normal”. So, I pre-programmed my head that “I would like this” again and again. I really thought that hard. But flipping through the pages, it became easy, and I didn’t need the chant anymore. I was seriously liking what I was reading. That is what the power of thought can do. Oh heck! I admit, I also have to give praise to J.R. Ward for writing this splendidly. And seriously, my apologies for not liking the first book of the series. I am considering a re-read soon.
This book, I truly enjoyed. Rhage is not just smoking hot, but he’s sweet and dedicated as well.
Hmm, but why did I not give this book five stars? (1) The ending was just too good to be true. I know that this is a paranormal romance, but can’t we have a happy ending without ‘literal’ magic. (2) The spelling of the warriors are messed up for me, and I seriously think it wuold affhect my spehlling skhills frhom now ohn. (3) And the names of the lessers. What happens when there are more than 24 lessers introduced? What would she call them then? A1? B2? (4) My brother. It felt too redundant to me.
But why did I seriously like it? (1)I love the romance aspect of the book. Quick plot details ahead.Well, Rhage has been cursed by the Scribe Virgin. He could turn to a savage beast when he feels pain or any intense emotion. He needs an outlet, which are violence and sex. Well, that was until he met Mary Luce. Her voice could calm the beast inside him. He falls for her, and what I love is, he’s not ashamed to admit it. But the thing is, Mary is sick. But they work that out. (2) The bond between the brothers are cute. (3)Rhage is so *sigh*. (4)Bella and Zsadist are also a thing to look out for.
Well, definitely I’m amending my first opinions, recommending this to all paranormal romance readers and seriously hoping that my friends don’t hate me. ...more
Zsadist is the most tohrtured and tohrmented soul I have ever read in my entire life. Zsadist isn’t actually a zsadist (I mean he is, but only to theZsadist is the most tohrtured and tohrmented soul I have ever read in my entire life. Zsadist isn’t actually a zsadist (I mean he is, but only to the baby powdered smelling lessers), but Zsadist is more of a masochist. He’s been keeping all these emotions in him, that he had to vishously tohrture himself physically and the ones he love emotionally.
The last book, Lover Eternal, ended with Bella, a civilian vampire, being abducted. Zsadist, takes care of Bella’s house (which is actually really sweet, if you ask me). He is almost out of hope in locating her, but another civilian vampire escapes from the lessers' lair, and reports that Bella is still alive.
Zsadist, along with the other brothers, save Bella, but finds her in an awful condition. This fills Zsadist with extreme amounts of phury, wrath and rhage. He decides to ahvenge Bella’s honor and seek rehvenge for himself. Zsadist believes the worst of himself. He thinks of himself dirty and unworthy of anybody, especially Bella. Could Bella be the one to actually save Zsadist from his inferior thinking and inner payne?
Lover Awakened, shows us Zsadist in a different light. This book definitely made me understand him more and ultimately, fall in love with his tohrtured soul. Though I am confused on why there is so much lesser talk going on. It's as if J.R. Ward wants me to sympathize with a lesser! And I did. The romance of the book is great, though something if quite off, that I can't put a name on it.
In my review of the previous book, Lover Eternal, I said that me reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood series will mess my ability to spell right. But scratch that. I think my spelling is pherfect, though Microsoft Word is disagreeing with me since I see lots of those red zigzagged lines. ...more
Imagine a smaller version of me, roaming some busy streets, not quite lost, but I was looking for something. I really didn’t know what I was looking fImagine a smaller version of me, roaming some busy streets, not quite lost, but I was looking for something. I really didn’t know what I was looking for, until, Charlaine Harris came along. We walked hand in hand, and stopped at a candy store. Then Charlaine buys me this really delectable lollipop that has this delicious filling inside, that I wanted to eat it on the spot. However, my buddy stops me, and takes me further for a walk. We see designer shoes and so on and so forth, but what I want is the candy she bought me. I say, ”Can I have the candy now, please?”. She gives it to me. I open it up, and put it eagerly in my mouth. I enjoy and savor it. However, just as I get the taste of really divine chocolate, Charlaine grabs the lollipop from my mouth and says “You had enough sweets for today.”
That is what I felt when I read Dead to the World. I felt that Charlaine Harris gave me this really sweet candy, only to take it away, when I was about to reach the best part of it.
If you haven’t read this book yet, you would probably wonder what I am talking about. However, if you already did, I bet you already see the picture.
In this instance, the candy I am talking about is, ERIC Northman, whom I picture as this:
See what I am saying? If he was the lollipop, would you be able to stop, despite the increased risk of Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity? Cause, I definitely won’t.
But unfortunately, Charlaine Harris had to take all the fun, and as the caption on the picture says: “It hurts so good."
So here’s where my real review kicks in.
Dead to the World is my favorite among the Sookie Stackhouse series. And if you haven’t guessed why, I have to tell you it’s all because of ERIC NORTHMAN.
Sookie is finally single! With Bill sort of out of the way, namely Peru, I'm celebrating. Yey! One night, as she comes driving from work, she finds arrogant Eric half naked. Not only that, he lost his memory and is tamer! He no longer acts as the proud sheriff of Area 5, but more of a scared man needing protection. Sookie contacts Pam, Eric’s second in command, and discovers that Eric is wanted by some evil wiccans/Weres, also intoxicated with Vamp blood, who want to take over Shreveport. Of course, Sookie, being good natured as she is, takes Eric under her care. But it’s not just Eric, who’s being taken care of. He also takes care of Sookie, and we see Eric as a compassionate person vampire. Sookie, as expected, has tons of problems. Aside from a giant supernatural battle that has to be fought, Sookie's only family, namely Jason, is missing.
Dead to the World, is a fun, quick, entertaining and unpredictable read. Though I honestly didn't like Dead Until Dark, book 1 of the series, and was disappointed by the writing, I believe the books become an "acquired taste". They get better over time, and I am definitely happy that I stuck with it.
**spoiler alert** I have a love and hate relationship with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
I hate to give this book two stars, since I thought I w**spoiler alert** I have a love and hate relationship with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
I hate to give this book two stars, since I thought I was reformed and a die hard BDB fan, but this book just made me cringe too many times. This book reminded me why I didn't like Dark Lover (BDB, #1).
Why did this not work for me?
(1)Every wrong spelling and grammar I encountered (examples are leadyre, mine father, mhis, etc.), though I know it was intentional, it just made me wince. (2)Marissa's constant use of "Dear Virgin in the Fade!" Instead of saying "Jesus" or "Christ" which some people commonly use as an expression, use "Dear Virgin in the Fade". It's such a mouthful, that it breaks the momentum. (3)Constant exchanging of "I love you". They say it so often that the magic of the words were lost on me. (4)Butch almost not giving a care on his human family, though it was explained how he never fit in, I still don't get how he could just turn away from all of it. (5)Butch's turning was just too good to be true. For me, it was something forced on the plot. (6)Appearance of Lesser's conversation just made me want to skip pages, plus some part of the book makes you want to sympathize with the lessers, but the why of it, I obviously don't know. (6)I admit the brothers are hot men, being good looking, muscled gods AND romantic dudes, but at some parts, I felt that they wanted each other. It was too odd for me, probably because I wanted them for myself.
It hurts me to give this book two stars, but to give it three means I liked it, and I honestly didn't, so I'll settle with two stars, meaning "it was okay"....more
This was really close to being a five-star read, however, the endings of 2 out of the 2 books I read from Gena Showalter, was too worked out to have aThis was really close to being a five-star read, however, the endings of 2 out of the 2 books I read from Gena Showalter, was too worked out to have a happy ending. Even for a paranormal romance....more
What is wrong with me? Why do I always pine for the guy who the leading lady does not end up with? Why o why? First it was Adrian from the Vampire AcaWhat is wrong with me? Why do I always pine for the guy who the leading lady does not end up with? Why o why? First it was Adrian from the Vampire Academy. Rose ended up with Dmitri. Then it was Kiyo (but that was before the murder issue). Eugenie ended up with Dorian? And now here in the Georgina Kincaid series. Oh Roman. (Please take note this doesn't always happen in Richelle Mead's books. This happens almost everytime I watch a movie or TV series or read a book. Like how Hermione ended up with Ron, though I wanted her for Harry Potter.
Anyway, Succubus Revealed is a pretty way to end up a pretty solid series. I remember as I was reading the first few books in the series, I was pretty sure that there was no way Richelle Mead could have saved up Georgina Kincaid's soul, but she did.
The rest of the gang, Hugh, Cody, Peter and Carter were still amazing. Their bantering is so cute. And one would think that hell was all about world domination. It was hilarious to see them fight over supremacy over bowling.
Seth Mortensen is still adorable, but Roman was just it for me. The lengths of his sacrifices for Georgina. It doesn't matter if he used to plot Georgina's death, he made up for it. ...more