Some friends recommended this book, and I am kicking myself for had started it sooner. I love the characters and the setting of the story. Love the de...moreSome friends recommended this book, and I am kicking myself for had started it sooner. I love the characters and the setting of the story. Love the description of the life in Dublin, that vibe that gives the book drops of realism.
MacKayla (Mac) Lane’s life is pretty ordinary; she bartenders to a local bar in her home town in Georgia while living with her parents, takes a few courses in the community college and sunbathes by the pool at any opportunity she has. But sometimes destiny has other plans for us in wait. After receiving a call that shattered her life she packs a bag and travels to Dublin, Ireland in the hopes of discovering her sister’s murderer. Without friends and family, in a completely unknown country, and with a cryptic voicemail as her only clue to what might had happened to her sister Mac will come face to face with a world she never dream would exist. Without knowing who to trust or turn to, with more enemies that she can account for, and playing a set of rule that she doesn’t quite comprehend Mac must decide whether her thirst for revenge is worth temping destiny.
As the heroine of the story, Mac was pleasantly unexpected. Her whining through the story is completely justifiable, yet it didn’t felt annoying like it could have easily turned into. She has many strengths but is not an almighty type of character. Let’s face it, when she screws up she does it royally; but for a character that gets thrown – head first – into a new world with a new set of rules she learns from her mistakes quickly and does her best never to repeat them.
Opposite Mac we have Jericho Barrons, a smoking hot mysterious guy who I can truly say that he is either a good guy or a bad guy; if Moning wanted to keep her readers confused with where Barrons stands, let me tell you, mission accomplished. Telling you anything about Barron will, unfortunately, give away to many plot points so I’ll leave him like the mysterious guy he is.
The remaining roaster of characters set the story in motion, for what I’m assuming are the events that will take place in the rest of the books. They are varied, they are well done, and they all seem, to me, to be key players in the unfolding story.
I usually prefer books with shifting POVs instead of first person singular POV, why, because monologues can easily make any character look completely shallow and downright annoying. If there is one thing I was surprised about Darkfever is that even though the entire story is told from Mac’s POV her character remains likable, even in the moments when usually one yells at the book wondering why on earth did the character did the completely stupid thing or avoided to do the natural one the story remains true to its form delivering quite a punch.
Case in point: (view spoiler)[Why on earth Mac never went to see the old lady once she found out the truth about her heritage, I kept waiting for her to walk one day back to the bar and ask for some answers; I’m still waiting. (hide spoiler)]
I have to say, I don’t think I’ve read before a book where more than half the action is being narrated as a past event so far into the story. I believe I was around 75% or 80% into the tale when we finally got back to present time. Adjusting to that type of narrative was, not hard, just odd. Reading about what will happen next while getting the main characters input on how she wish she had realized things sooner or done things differently felt more like a conversation between me and a long-time-no-see kind of friend, than me sitting in my bed reading a book.
Regardless, I truly love the story and will definitely be picking up the second book soon. I like Mac, and I want to see her journey unfold; I also want to know what’s the deal with Barrons ~.^
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This is the story of Lissianna, who for centuries has had a little comp...moreTo see the review with all the Glitz and Glam drop by My Blog and check it out.
This is the story of Lissianna, who for centuries has had a little complication: she faints at the sight of blood; a little inconvenience for a vampire don’t you think? In comes Gregory, a doctor who claims he can cure anyone’s phobias. Thanks to Lissianna’s mother’s machinations, Greg wakes up tied to Lissianna’s bed and she cannot resist the urge to bite the nice looking doctor.
The story focuses primarily on Lissianna’s blood phobia, her strange relationship with Greg (as he was technically kidnaped and told that vampires are real) and the many interactions between the Argeneau family. I liked the read, but I ended enjoying more the moments when Lissianna’s family is in the picture; especially her numerous cousins which maintained the comedy in the story.
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This book was extremely funny and the romance was rather cute. Picture...moreTo see the review with all the Glitz and Glam drop by My Blog and check it out.
This book was extremely funny and the romance was rather cute. Picture this, extremely old vampire, highly feared among his peers, bites into the neck of a rubber doll (I will leave the way he does this for you to find out when you read the book) and ends up dislodging one of his fangs from the root. He needs to reattach the fang before the sun forces him into slumber and his gums seal clean. But when he makes it to the only clinic available, a 24 hour dentist office, the doctor present not only refuses to attach a "dog tooth" in a "human" but she's attacked by a group of mobsters from whom she was hiding.
Now tell me if that is not a recipe for a good comedy? Actually the book is paranormal Romance but I was still laughing at most of the craziness that ensues thanks to this little problem. The book has its slow moments but is a relatively quick read and a good laugh. It does have a few cheesy scenes and some clichés, but I didn’t mind them as much.
Throughout the story we go back and forth between Roman and Shanna. We get into their heads as the chemistry between the two grows (as well as their insecurities and their problems).
Overall I enjoyed the read, I won’t dash to read the next one, but I’ll keep the series in mind for a later time.(less)
Ok, I have mixed feeling with this book (the bundle edition), maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood to read it, maybe it just irked me.
Touch the Dark
T...moreOk, I have mixed feeling with this book (the bundle edition), maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood to read it, maybe it just irked me.
Touch the Dark
The concept is really interesting and refreshing; I don’t remember reading about a clairvoyant book before and I kind of like Cassie. However, from the moment the book begins is a parade of famous character after famous character and that particular detailed kept distracting me from the plotline. I guess I’m the kind of girl that likes the characters – specially the world renowned ones – to be eased into the story rather than all thrown into it in the first 3 chapters. So I’m still trying to decipher whether I liked the story or not; might need to reread it to know for sure.
** I will update and add the reviews of the other books at a later time.
I love me some Bones!! Not to mention that i love the Ian time!!
Jeaniene Frost has a new short story from her acclaim series Night Huntress. The story...moreI love me some Bones!! Not to mention that i love the Ian time!!
Jeaniene Frost has a new short story from her acclaim series Night Huntress. The story is a part of an anthology along side Lynsay Sands called The Bite Before Christmas. Like the title suggests, the story takes place during the holiday festivities. The stories that compose this anthology are "The Gift" by Sands and "Home for the Holidays" by Frost.
I will try to keep the review as spoiler free as posible.
The Gift by Lynsay Sands
I haven't read this short story yet, so will update this part of the review once i have gone through it
Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost
I love this story and the fact that we get more of Bones' past shown to us. Chronologically, this story comes almost immediately after the events on One Grave at a Time, which was released this past August.
In Home for the Holidays Cat is getting ready to do something completely out of the ordinary in her typical lifestyle; spend some time at home, battling no one, and celebrating the festivities, not to mention spending some serious time with her delicious husband Bones. The celebration kicks off with Bones' B~day Party. But what is suppose to be a joyful time among family and friends takes a turn for the worse when a dark secret gets revealed. Lives become threatened, friendships might be broken and with a marriage in danger the stakes could not be higher (for a short story that is).
If one thing is certain is that Jeaniene Frost knows how to torture us fans of her books. For those of you ladies that have been claiming more Ian time, he gets some in this story, however, the story's main focus remains Bones and his back-story. Unfortunately for those of you who are Vlad fans he doesn't make an appearance in this one, but we do get a glance at Fabian, Mencheres, Kira, Spade, Denise, Annette and a new Vampire that becomes the surprise of a century (or two) for Bones. The story also explore a bit more in depth the world of Demons and how their inner workings.(less)
Evangelina Green has recently undertaken the mighty job of restoring her and her sister’s childhood summer home into its former glory; coincidently sh...moreEvangelina Green has recently undertaken the mighty job of restoring her and her sister’s childhood summer home into its former glory; coincidently she is trying to, hopefully, help revitalize the town as well. However, being back to this house doesn’t only bring back memories; it also brings back secrets and stirs huge trouble that is somehow connected to her past. More intriguing it is that all the unraveling events are somehow connected to her unknown father; demonstrating that when destiny knocks on your doorstep there is little you can do to avoid it.
The authors of most – if not all – of the series I have read so far, when having multiple characters to develop, have a tendency to give each characters his/her own book to fully explore their story; meanwhile those character’s participations in other installments of the same series tend to have little showcasing. Something I found refreshing and ended up enjoying about Firtik’s writing is that she took the time to feature other sisters and their love interests; even thought this seems to be a series just like any other. However, I felt that it chopped the story a bit in some places while in other there was a natural transition between the intertwining stories.
The world construct presents sexy werewolves, mysterious vampires, an evil witch and a demon; all very well defined characters. My only complaint is that, in a few parts, the action in the story slowed to a crawl; this parts usually where too centered on brushing and cleaning and re-building the House to its former glory. The House is another character in the story; one that hopefully will have a major plot line in future books. However, this is the first book of a series so the foundation for the story needs to be set.
Overall I enjoyed the story and I am looking forward to the next installment, Tatianna Yellow (from which an excerpt is included at the end of the book). Her story was left hanging and I want to know what will happen to her and her sexy vampire.
Alana Piovanetti was 10 years old when, at a family vacation in Istanbul, she saw a man with fangs in his mouth. Since that day Alana has been having...moreAlana Piovanetti was 10 years old when, at a family vacation in Istanbul, she saw a man with fangs in his mouth. Since that day Alana has been having the strangest of dreams, all surrounding creatures of the night taking her into wild rides. Fast-Forward twelve years and Alana is a recent college grad looking for a job, just like any other person in her beloved Puerto Rico. Landing the job as manager of La Cueva del Vampiro, (a hip, new vampire-themed restaurant/nightclub in San Juan) turns Alana’s dreams into nightmares; but when she meets a mysterious man named Sadash those nightmares turn into reality. Now Alana must face the ultimate decision between logic and love; one brings the safety and comfort of loved ones, the other brings unstoppable death.
The main reason I picked this book was because of its setting, being a Puerto Rican that have lived my entire life here on the Island I was beyond happy to see a story take place within my well known roads and I just love it. I am very visual and I have little problems imagining the places that authors describe in their tales, however there is such a great feeling to read about the cobblestone streets with its sometimes extremely steep inclines of Old San Juan and know that I have walked them up and down many times myself.
Word of advice to the female population, if you ever come here and visit Old San Juan leave you spiked heels at the hotel or whichever place you are staying. If you want high heeled shoes, opt for some pretty wedges or at least have a pair of those convenient bendable ballerina flats that you can keep in your purse; trust me on this, by night’s end you’ll want to throw them to the ocean.
Now, I already said that I loved the setting, I just wish there was a bit more of it. The story takes place primarily in San Juan and just a bit in El Yunke. What I wasn’t too happy about was the main character, Alana; yet I have to say that for the story her character works. Alana is a 21-year-old woman who’s always felt like she doesn’t quite belongs anywhere, even though she is surrounded by people that love her. Among this Small group of people are Alana’s best friends Valerie, Humberto and her uncle (her only remaining blood relative). Alana’s personality is very gloomy, cold and distant, yet shy and introverted and sometimes impulsive. Something that irked me was that she enjoyed hurting Valerie’s feelings, even though she loves her and considers her to be her twin soul. The bottom line is that Alana behaves like a teenager throughout most of the book without the excuse of being one as a buffer.
In books, specially–but not exclusively–in Paranormal Romance (PNR), you find that for every female lead there is an equally strong male lead with whom the female lead finds her Happily Ever After (HEA), vice-versa or whichever couple combination is your favorite read; Calvani’s tale is no exception to this norm. In comes Sadash, the mysterious man that has recently made its way into Alana’s life, who turns out to be a couple-of-hundred-year-old master vampire. Now, be aware the Calvani’s vampires are not the typical sexed up characters that can make the most puritanical of women reach her all time high with a couple of well-placed kisses, oh no! In fact, Calvani’s vamps are completely impotent–they are dead after all–yet they have beating hearts:
(view spoiler)[“He walked toward her table feeling quite breathless, keenly aware of the relentless beat of his heart, throbbing steadily in his chest.” – Sadash; [Calvani, Mayra (2011-10-05). Embraced by the Shadows (Kindle Locations 1360-1361). Twilight Times Books. Kindle Edition.] (hide spoiler)]
That twist thrown in by Calvani was very unexpected but amusing nonetheless; Alana’s reaction to this bit of news made me smile. Still, that twist is not the only one, the whole feeding for the vampires and its co-relation with intimacy was a completely new concept (at least for me) and I found it very fascinating.
Back to Sadash, I cannot say much about him without giving away major plot points; I will say this, his attitude for more than half the book resembled that of a stalker, which I didn’t like at all, but by the time the book turned around he had grown on me a little.
Over all I am conflicted with this story, there were some aspects of it that drove me mad as I was reading it; including the pace which was a little slow at times and it made it drag a bit, which in turn made me put the book down more than once. However at some point after I was around 65%–70% into the story it picked up really well and I was hooked one more time. The moody characters work within the setting they've been placed, i guess they just weren't my style of characters.
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