I had read and reviewed the volume 1 , and now it's time for volume 2 :D
The story pick up what left in vol 1 with Maddox accused Ashlynn for being HuI had read and reviewed the volume 1 , and now it's time for volume 2 :D
The story pick up what left in vol 1 with Maddox accused Ashlynn for being Hunter and therefore put her in the locked room. This is when reader will get to know about Danika, Reyes's ladylove in The Darkest Pleasure (in case you had read the book. If not, whoops). The story then continue when the Budapest Lords meet Greece Lords and I'm surprise when see Sabin. Because, he has a dreadlock. Yep, dreadlock. Never remember that Sabin have dreadlock before, lol! Maybe to match Lucien's long hair? My mind is fuzzy, but this version of Sabin is not that bad. Make him look manly and menacing afterall. The other Greece Lords sadly have a average drawing. Maybe, yeah, draw so many characters and make them different is difficult.
The story continue with what happen in the book. Like when Ashlynn become sick after drinking ambrosia, then when she and Maddox finally have sex, and whoa, whoa, if you think it will be hot, you will be disappointed. Like me, lol! Nah, it's still hot, but not too graphic. I don't know, maybe because this one was targeted for readers that 15 y.o and above. Earithen herself admitted in the end of the manga that she think the book also hawt. But she manage to write the sexual tension well and in the end she did a good job to tone down the sex scene. The ending is also the same. My complaint maybe because Ashlynn look like a doll and little girl despite her 24 y.o, while Maddox and co look like adult.
Because the story of the manga adaption is very true to the book, you may want to check this one. Can't read Kanji or Hiragana? Don't worry, I read the English version, meaning, you can read this one too :). The price of the ebook also reasonable for a manga....more
I had review the manga adaption of and ..and now , we back to the first book of LOTU, The Darkest Night. A little foreword, I read LOTU back at 201I had review the manga adaption of and ..and now , we back to the first book of LOTU, The Darkest Night. A little foreword, I read LOTU back at 2010 when I first read my paranormal romance spree. Together with Immortals After Dark, Lords of the Underworld is a series that start my love for anything paranormal. Back then I'm not read Dark Hunter by Sherrilyn Kenyon yet, and I'm quite fascinated with the way Gena infused Greek myth, especially about Pandora box to her work. And so begin my love for LOTU.
Yeah, that's 4 years ago and now I'm still hesitant to read new installment of LOTU. The last LOTU book I read is Paris's (The Darkest Seduction) and when I want to read Kane's and Torin's, I hear that Gena's writing change. I also see that it's like she doesn't know how to end her longest series yet. But, eh, enough about my babbling, let's talk about the manga adaption.
I recognized the manga adaption of LOTU 2 years ago. I tell my friend that LOTU become a manga and we squeal like a little girl. See Earithen sketch of LOTU character make us laughing because it's ridiculous but also happy because we finally can see them in flesh (even just in manga). But our happines dimmed a bit because neither of us can read Japanese languange (aka kanji) so I kinda forget the manga adaption. Then, few days ago when I stumble upon Harlequin Comic list on Goodreads, that when I discovered this manga! I search on net and then Kobo and so happy that the English version already published. Finally, I can read this!! :D
Like other adaption, I read the 50 pages preview first and then decide to purchase the ebook so I can read the rest. The manga adaption of The Darkest Night have 2 volume. This volume tell story about how Ashlynn met Maddox, then discovered his curse and end when Maddox accused her as being Hunter, the enemy of the Lords. The story quite faithful to the book and Earithen drawing is fabulous. I often see that many readers cast Idris Elba as Maddox, but for the love of me, I can't remember that Maddox have Elba's appearance. In my mind, he's a Caucasian and that's what Earithen's take too. His brute and savage demeanor also written well. Other Lords like Lucien, Paris, Reyes, Aeron and Torin also draw well. But Lucien's outfit is what make me laugh the most, because he look like Prince of Darkness! His outfit is too regal, too noble and didn't fit him. But his scars was draw. As for the Greece Lords, they are not in this volume but in the next, so I will describe them there.
So, fans of LOTU? BIG FANS OF LOTU? You must read this adaption, yo! But better if you read the book first, because it's true that the book is the best version of them all, even the illustrator try to be true to the spirit of the book, some part of course didn't make it into the manga....more
Still on binge reading for manga adaption of Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. After reading , I didn't hesitate to purchase The DarkStill on binge reading for manga adaption of Lords of the Underworld series by Gena Showalter. After reading , I didn't hesitate to purchase The Darkest Passion. Like its title this one is adaption from which is one of my favorite LOTU book because Aeron is... le sigh. And also if you had read it, you will know how the ending is one of the best (even too similar with another book in LOTU).
I know that I read the manga adaption backward, but it's because I had read the book. If you new to LOTU and want to read the manga, better to read the first book, The Darkest Night that I will review later. Since The Darkest Passion have same illustrator with The Darkest Prison, I already familiar with Earithen's manga style. Aeron, despite in my mind conjured as a brute, in this one he's still brute but a pretty brute, lol! His tattooes didn't show in his body, maybe because I know that draw a intricate tattooes over and over can be exhausting. What make me gigling is how Earithen draw Galen, the archenemy of the Lords. Because his hair is long but with curl in the end, lol! Lysander also drawed by long hair, and I can't remember at all that he have a long hair. Must be because all men in LOTU book covers have short, military and choppy hair. But don't worry, Lysander, Aeron, the rest of all Lords are pretty, but still look manly.
Not like its predecessor, The Darkest Passion just have 1 volume and I think it's the best. Of course there are some part that didn't make into manga (like when Aeron meet Baden), but so far all of the important event in the book already described in manga. If you are a manga lover and also fans of LOTU, or even you are never read manga before but a big fans of LOTU, you may want to read the manga version. Not sure yet? Kobo provided free 50 pages preview, so you can decide if you want to read the rest or not. But I suggest, just read it. This is fun! :D...more
I already know about manga adaption from one of my favorite series (long time ago to be exact. Not quite sure for now), Lords of the Underworld bSo...
I already know about manga adaption from one of my favorite series (long time ago to be exact. Not quite sure for now), Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter. I used to be rabid fans then, and quite excited when discovered that there were manga (Japanese Comic) adaption. Quite wary at first, because I think the illustrator will do shitty work when translated the book to manga, and I know that Gena's books are hawt, hawt, I wonder if the hotness will be tone down in the manga.
It is :/.
Anyhoo, because I don't want to waste my money, I search Kobo for any LOTU manga and found that each volume, from The Darkest Night until the recent adaption, The Darkest Passion have a 50 pages preview. Cool! So, I download the preview, and since each manga have different illustrator, after reading the preview I decided to buy manga adaption by Earithen (The Darkest Night, The Darkest Prison, The Darkest Passion) and Yoko Iwazaki (The Darkest Kiss) because the artwork is beautiful and their adaption is true to the book.
Enough for the introduction I think
So, this manga is adaption from , a novella from LOTU that feature Titan Atlas and Goddess of Victory Nike. I already forgot the story and this manga help me to remember it. The art is good and because the novella is short so 1 manga is enough to depict Atlas and Nike. Atlas is wow, wow, hawt and I like that Earithen draw Nike as badass woman, because if you read her other work (which I'll review later), she draw a beautiful and almost meek women which is..boring. Of course the sex is tone down, heh you naughty ;P.
If you want to read adaption about LOTU in manga, The Darkest Prison is a nice start to know how Earithen did a good job to adapt the book into a manga that have good artwork and storyline...more
Why you must read A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai: a. Heroine is a billionaire, a rare occupation for any women in Romancelandia (queens4 stars
Why you must read A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai: a. Heroine is a billionaire, a rare occupation for any women in Romancelandia (queens, princesses and goddesses don't count) b. Hero is an author and mix of alpha and beta hero. Also have lumberjack physique appearance c. Interracial love. Diverse characters for the win! d. Step sibling love if you like that kind of story. But not ordinary step sibling love of course e. Mandy and Tori, ladies from Smexy Books, my favorite romance blog read and love this. And I always believe their review and ratings f. Seriously guys, just read this!!
Like I had stated earlier in my status, Romancelandia need more billionaire women that can balance their strength and their hearts. I'm a little bit surprised why so many authors choose to write CEO and billionaire men, while in reality there are so many succesful businesswomen out there?
I praise Ms Rai because she can write about a hero and heroine that balanced each other. Jacob might be just an author, even he's a best seller author, his money and status of course lower than his step sister. But, he didn't cower in front of Akira's rich and debauchery life. A nice change for the overused theme of billionaire, and I hope that A Gentleman in Street will be a start for romance that feature strong, succesfull and confident with her sexuality heroines, never ashamed with what she is.
This book also give an example, that a beta hero can act as alpha too when its necessary. Jacob might be desirable if you love lumberjack kind of hero, but it's not his physique appearance that make me love him. Often I read heroes that act as alpha to the heroines that end up I laughing a lot because it's ridiculous or want to kick them in their ass for their "I'm Tarzan, hear me roar!!". Not with Jacob. He act as asshole at first, but he changes and even until the end, he act as an adult he was. He balance his softer and rough side, and that what make him perfect for Akira. Since Akira is so full of doubt and think that she didn't deserve love. He embrace Akira's antique, accept her for what she is and teach her that she capable of love
I like Akira, and her devensiveness toward Jacob, with constantly taunt him sexually are understable. Sure she somehow seems like a child and the drama plus angst can be over the top. But, if we see her fucked up past, readers will sympathize with her.
It had been in self-defense, she assured herself. Driving people crazy was her time-honored way of dealing with those who disapproved of her. Give them exactly what they were looking for and they would never look any deeper
Lucky for Akira, she didn't going crazy have a spoiled rich father and scorned mother, both are sociopath. Her coldness and snark retort are her fortress, but I'm glad that in the end she, like Jacob, can balance both her sides and make amends with her past.
A Gentleman in the Street also one of dirty book (Akira is shameless afterall. And Jacob's fantasies about her is so raunchy!) I'd read this year. A warning first, this have voyeurism, menage, a little f/f and mild BDSM. But, despite the hot level, I can feel the tenderness between Akira and Jacob. When they don't busy bantering with each other, therefore make their sexual tension rocketed up, their cozy moments also make my heart melts.
Oh, also I really love the family theme that Ms Rai feature in a Gentleman in the Street. I love the dynamic between Campbell's family,especially from Jacob's younger siblings. I also praise that Ms Rai don't sugarcoated Akira's relationship with her scorned mother. Make it more real and also show that not all parents love their children dearly, but on the bright side, she also input her insight that people choose their own family. And Akira choose Jacob.
I think everyone who love a good and hot romance should read this book. And yeah, the reverse thing between the hero and heroine is very fresh. Because I'm so tired to read an alpha CEO hero "deflower" a naive or virgin librarian or secretary or something like that heroine :p.
"... you can be with the person, but still be yourself. You can be happy to be yourself. It's very nice...When you're with a person who is content to let you be. It's the most peaceful thing in the world" ...more
The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (with A) is indeed an extraordinary book. A kind of parody and comedy version of Eat, Prey, Love written b3 stars
The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (with A) is indeed an extraordinary book. A kind of parody and comedy version of Eat, Prey, Love written by duo Becky Wicks and Sarah Alderson under pen name "Lola Salt". Even their pen name is make me snort *heh*. Lara, often mistakenly as mix of Angelina Jolie, Megan Fox and Lana Del Rey, just have a shitty day, fired and break up from her recent boyfriend. She then offered a job in Calibre Concierge from her childhood friend, Jamie, to deliver a package. Seems easy at first, to deliver a package and travel around the world. What a girl can ask for?
Turn that Lara will have extraordinary and raunchy world trips. Start from deflower a virgin and religious cowboy at Australia, have a threesome with Twihard wannabe that think himself as Edward Cullen and his junkies friend at Los Angeles. Then, must act as caught in a fragrante delicto with a gay Arab prince in order to save say prince from his brother in Dubai, discovered fraud cult that used sex in Bali, and last, kidnapped by pirates on Somalia just because the bandits mistake her with the real Angelina Jolie.
Even this book have some erotic vibe, all are written in subtle way but still intended for adults. I think that the part of the around the world trips come from Becky Wicks, and quite surprised that Sarah Alderson who is a YA adult write adult book. Some humor in this book and Lara's personality make me snort, gigle and laugh, even some can be over the top. So many pop culture and celebrity names throw here and there and sometimes it can be so annoying to read. I like "why all people (especially guys) that Lara encounter always have a resemblance with some famous actors?"
TBH, if readers set aside the sillines, I think that they will enjoy this story. Lara is hilarious, funny and so confident with her sexuality. I like the part when she go to Australia and my favorite is when she is on Dubai. Alas, the part in Bali is too short, imo. I would love to like how the author portray Bali, since I'm Indonesian and I know that Alderson also live at Bali. What bother me maybe when an Indonesian receptionist called Lara with "Ibu", then alter it with "ma'am". I don't know what Balinese used to called foreign, but usually we will used "Ms", or "ma'am". And if they used "Ibu", we sometimes shorten it to "Bu". Well, this is just technical writing but still make me a little bit annoyed.
Of course this is a fiction, so I will said that don't take this one seriously. Some parts also wrongly written such as in Australia, there's no cowboy term, then the writing of Muslim prayer that the Dubai Prince said (since I'm Muslim too), even I'm not shocked when read about their "antics", and many other. If you want a comedy and light read, prepare yourself to enjoy Lara Craft's life that indeed... extraordinary.
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I never think at the first place that Wishes and Sorrow is an anthology, because when I request this one, I strucked by the haunting, eerie y3,5 stars
I never think at the first place that Wishes and Sorrow is an anthology, because when I request this one, I strucked by the haunting, eerie yet beautiful cover. When I read the first page, there are some introduction from Ms Speer about her short stories in this anthology. I read some, then decide to pass it because I don't want to be spoiled.
Wishes and Sorrows have 14 fantasy, urban fantasy and fairy tale re-telling short stories (with 1 is not story, more like research). All have "wishes" and "sorrow" themes that tied all the short stories. Some told from 3rd POV and some were from 1st POV. All the story focused on the women as the main characters with some have "Happy Ever After", some "Happily for Now", some have frustating cliffhanger and some end in the tragedy. Wow, such a rich collection, rite?
Of course not all short stories I love. My favorite are The Bell Witch and Queen of Vines, Every Word I Speak, A Necklace of Rubies and But Can You Let Him Go.
The Bell Witch and Queen of Vines is more like simple fantasy but I like how the heroine choose her own HEA and not damsel in distress that waiting for a knight in shining armor to save her. Quite opposite actualy.
Every Word I Speak is when a gift going awry. We often read a fairy tale when the poor main character gifted by some fairy and then live happily ever after. This is one of the "what if" scenario, what if the gift more like a curse?
A Necklace of Rubies is gory, full of mystery and also have gothic vibe. I almost afraid this will end in tragedy, but the ending is superb! I would love to read this one in full length novel because the premise is unique. This one is a retold of Mr Fox and Bluebeard fairy tale.
But Can You Let Him Go? make me confused at first. Then with each story flowing told by some unnamed fairy, I realize that this is a retold of Cinderella fairy tale. What make this short story unique is how we will get the root of the tale, from an ancient civilization then to Egypt, Chinese, Ireland and then to our poor maiden Cinderella. All told from the "fairy godmother" view who in a quest to redeem herself for fallin' to the "prince" that supposed to marry "Cinderella".
Short stories like One Hundreed Eight Degrees, The Fortunate Ones, The Jester Heart, The Tower in the Desert, the Train and I am The Grey Lady are just okay for me, not memorable. While Remember, What Will I Do When the Dream is Over and The Taste of Cherries don't make sense at all. Remember is..what, I don't know what the story about, while Will I Do more like mediocre urban fantasy stories. The Taste of Cherries is more like a closing for a collection, an absurd short about longing.
I really like what Ms Speer deliver in this collection. Not all good, but I love her voice, especially when she write in 1st POV. Her take to the fairy tale is unique and even some don't end in HEA, still remarkable. I would love to read more of her work other than from this collection offered. If you like unusual fantasy and fairy tale retold, Wishes and Sorrow is a must read for you
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Meljean Brook is once a hit and miss author for me. I struggled when reading her Guardian series and The Iron Duke is the first steampunk novel4 stars
Meljean Brook is once a hit and miss author for me. I struggled when reading her Guardian series and The Iron Duke is the first steampunk novel I read that sadly failed to make me interested. I then think that maybe Brook's books is not for me. But, I still follow her blog and FB page, because I love her humor. When there was review request for her short story, Frozen, I decide to sign up. I never hear anything back, until late August ago she emailed me the e-ARC version.
Been busy, I just have a chance to read Frozen today. And no..this is not a R-Rated version of the Disney's Frozen, and the heroine, Olivia not singing "Let It Go". Even the "Let It Go" part can be applied to the hero, Erik. Frozen is about misunderstanding between h/H with "I think he do not desire me"-and-"I'm afraid that I will hurt her"-tug and pull war between our MCs. Sprinkle with a curse that will make Erik, a frost giant, do something, something horrible to Olivia. Will not say what because it will become spoiler. But Brook have some nice warning on her site that those aspect will be a trigger for some readers. As for me? I find it okay, tho. The reason behind Erik's demeanor to Olivia is understable and like I said, misunderstanding. With big M.
Talk about frost giant, we have Norse myth here. Don't worry, the world building is pretty simple. The story told from 1st POV, that's the first from Brook's work and I find myself enjoy Olivia's voice. Just wish that I can get through what inside Erik's mind and feeling since he seems so tortured. There's some plotholes, but it's not make this one less enjoyable. For a novella, the story wrapped up nicely and I hope that someday she can make Frozen as full length novel.
And...pheeeeeewww...this is the wow-hot-hot-hooooot book by Brook I'd read. Very..titillating, and make my nose almost bleed. Just metaphor, tho, hehe :p. I also close my room door so I can read the sex scene without disruption, lol. This book is not erotica, mind you. But the sex scene between Olivia and Eric is the most erotic sex scene I'd read this year in which I will re-read it again and again. *rubbing hand gleefully*
I think, maybe I'll try to resume my Brook's reading. Read this short story restore my faith to her, and if I have time, I'll continue reading her Guardian and Iron Seas series again.
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A Hint of Frost is a first book of Araneae Nation series and also my first foray into Hailey Edwards's work. The premise and the worldbuilding3 stars
A Hint of Frost is a first book of Araneae Nation series and also my first foray into Hailey Edwards's work. The premise and the worldbuilding is interesting. Often we encounter people with magic system (wizard, witch, etc) or people that can shift into carnivorous animal and/or have the ability of said animals. The people of Araneae nation is spider people. Naw, not that they turn into spiders because it will make my skin crawl. But their ability, culture and society hierarchy is more like spiders. The world of Araneae have several clans. Some are silk spinners which produce not just a fine clothes but gold and armour as well, some are mercenary, soldier, farmer etc. It just they have a characteristic of spiders, such as can produce thread from their fingers, have venom, also some clan is cannibal.
The story focus to Lourdes, a maven from Araneideae clan that seek help from Memitidae clan to revenge her parent's death. In order to get her vengeance, she must marry Rhys the Cold. What at first come as marriage of convenience become much more when Lourdes find herself fallin in love to Rhys. But something sinister and big treat not just Lourdes's clan safety but Araneae as well.
Tbh, the story is simple. It's just Lourdes must overcome her mistrust and fear to believe Rhys, they they must travel to save Lourdes's sister that gone unnoticed. What make the story interesting is the world building. It's unique. The world of Araneae divided into two parts by veil, above and below. Lourdes's place is the above parts, surrounded by ice and frost, while the south part, a place she go to safe her sister is the below part, full of heat and sunshine. Alas, this world building also a double edge sharp knife, for I'm so confused when it comes to the name of clans and hierearchy. The names are so fancy, especially the southern clan. While the nothern clan have English based name (like Lourdes and Rhys), the southern have Indian based name which is so hard to pronounce and remember. The clan names, which I assumed taken from spider Latin term also hard to remember.
What I like beside world building is the relationship between Lourdes and Rhys. Wow, despite his nickname, Rhys is not cold at all. He's so protective without act to much like asshole. His alpha-beta mix personality make he concern about Lourdes' safety but also respect her. Become mix breed make Lourdes can understand Rhys and vice versa, a struggle to balance two sides of a personality and characteristic. And both are virgin (ehem!). Beside MCs, Lourdes and Rhys family have important role too, and Ms Edwards also introduce reader to another clan member as well.
Even the story is simple, like I said there is something sinister that just only begun in a Hint of Frost. And while the world building can be confusing, the idea of spider-like characters combine with an intrigue myth make me want to read the next book from Araneae Nation series....more
Murder, food, chefs, humor, suspense, competition, celebrity, gossips, Southern Charms, witty heroine, alphahole but adorkable hero and love.3,5 stars
Murder, food, chefs, humor, suspense, competition, celebrity, gossips, Southern Charms, witty heroine, alphahole but adorkable hero and love. A recipe that proposed by Dyann Love Barr when she deliver her new novel, Recipe for Murder Love. Is the recipe work? Why, I can said..yes.
I always love watching culinary reality shows such as MasterChef or Hell's Kitchen (yes, I did enjoy when Gordon Ramsay cussing, over and over). When I read the premise of Recipe for Murder Love, which is a combination of culinary world and murder, I don't hesitate to request this one. The story start with a bang, with our heroine Matilda "Tilly" Danes and her archnemesis, Jordan Kelly, both are celebrity chef, found the body of a food critic that love to diss their cooking in a meanie way, dead. Worse, he lost his winkie (or penis, but Tilly prefer winkie, being a Southern gal that is. Everybody have motives, because Max (the food critic) have so many enemies. The question is..who?
So our h/H suddenly become amateur sleuths and start their investigation, while manage to pissed off each other like toddler. Okay, this sound like sarcasm, but I enjoy the banter between Jordan and Tilly. Jordan fallin hard for Tilly, and like 5 year old boy that don't know what to do when he like a girl, he constantly bait and make Tilly angry. He become desperate to make Tilly his, after Tilly flirting with the detective that have their case, Tyler Jericho. Jordan is pissed off because Tilly become close to Tyler and did anything he can to separate them. Tilly herself is infatuated with Tyler, but in the other side she also attracted to Jordan. She is afraid of commitment and don't know what to do with her feeling for Jordan. If you hate love triangle, rest assured, it's clear who Tilly will choose in the end. IMHO, the love rival element make the story fresh. Also it's amusing to see the hero chase the heroine no the other way around.
Alas, while in the first the suspense, bantering and humor is so good, near the end the story feel dragging. I also have guessed who the culprit behind the murder in the half part and the ending also feel anticlimax.
Anyway, if you want to read a light suspense with humor and likable h/H, you will love to read Recipe for Murder Love
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