What a crazy ride, and worst is the cliffhanger. I mean, did the book had to end like that?
The story has lots of wild sex, drugs, and music. Even thouWhat a crazy ride, and worst is the cliffhanger. I mean, did the book had to end like that?
The story has lots of wild sex, drugs, and music. Even though it has such strong themes, the narrative is done in such a great way that you are not repulsed by it, you just immerse yourself into the story. I definitively recommend this one. Read it in just a few hours....more
When I finished the book: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That ending....!!!! Review to come after I unscrambWhen I finished the book: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That ending....!!!! Review to come after I unscramble my brain!
The Review: (Added on April 1, 2013)
Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of this book free through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.
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The Eternal Cure picks up a few months after the events of The Immortal Rules. Allie has been hunting Sarren, following the pull she feels toward her sire, Kanin. She’s getting close, she can feel it; her objective is to free Kanin from the evil hands of “crazy Psycho Vampire” as she calls Sarren. Unfortunately for her, things do not go quite as she envisions them.
There are so many great moments to this book that it’s extremely hard to choose one without risk giving away a major plot point or twist. Slowly, progressively, and often indirectly, we catch up with the characters from the original story, only to then concentrate on the real reason that has brought them together: a new outbreak of an even tougher strain of Red Lung, the virus that spawned the rabids.
There are some impressive character development and even more surprises. Allie might still be technically a teenager, but she has proved time and time again that she is strong enough to fend off against the best and the worst of her world. This book is no exception, her core remains the same, but she is slowly accepting her nature:
“This is what I am, I thought, walking forward to join them. This is where I belong, in the darkness. We’re vampires.” —Allie (Kindle Location 4611)
In contrast, Jackal was one of the characters that simply kept me laughing throughout the whole story. He plays a major role on this book and he is so good at it that by the end of it you will both love and hate him; that I promise you.
“No problem, little sister.” The leer returned, making him look normal again. “Comment number one—how much do you weigh to snap the bridge like that? I thought you Asians were supposed to be petite and dainty.” —Jackal (Kindle Location 684)
Kanin just fortifies himself as the overall father figure with his ever present calm demeanor (he is after all Allie’s sire).
“…it would be a pity if you became just another monster. If you abandoned everything you’ve fought for until now.” —Kanin (Kindle Location 4595)
Then there is Zeke, oh my lord Zeke! He is the perfect boyfriend, I swear, I see many teen girl fawning and fighting over him. Throughout the story he cements himself as Allie’s White Knight and true Paladin.
“You’re still beautiful and dangerous and incredible, and I’ll keep telling you that for as long as it takes you to believe it. But right now, all I want to do is kiss you, except I’m terrified that if I try you might throw me off this balcony.” —Zeke (Kindle Location 2819)
This is one of those series that only gets better after each publication. Definitively a must read and one of my favorite books of this year!...more
I had such a mix of emotions while reading this book that I wanted to both chuck it out the window and keep reading until the very end. Obviously I keI had such a mix of emotions while reading this book that I wanted to both chuck it out the window and keep reading until the very end. Obviously I kept my kindle, otherwise I wouldn't have finished it. Following the main character's relationships was like watching a train wreck, you know things can only go from bad to worse but you still stick around to see it crash and burn so magnificently. The best part is that the interactions, although a little crazy at times, felt pretty real. It literary took me about 5 hours to read through the whole thing; it was around 2:30am when I started and is currently 7:40am as I'm typing this. Yup, I really couldn't put it down and I officially feel emotionally exhausted. What a damn ride!!!
These are my immediate thoughts, I'll expand my review later on, after I catch up on some Zzzz......more
Note: Even though it's an anthology of excerpts, I've been wanting to read this compilation since the moment is was announced. But for some reason itNote: Even though it's an anthology of excerpts, I've been wanting to read this compilation since the moment is was announced. But for some reason it always shows (still does) as not currently available for purchase for me at Amazon.com. Yet, I just went into the iTunes store and not only did I found the book, I was able to download it at the promised free rate. I'm don't understand it; it's official, I'm baffled....more
A story about sexual discovery, empowerment and the happiness achieved through self-acceptance and love. A surprisingly beautiful story that blends inA story about sexual discovery, empowerment and the happiness achieved through self-acceptance and love. A surprisingly beautiful story that blends in everyday aspects with well preconceived taboos giving an almost puritan yet extremely curious woman the ability to see other people’s sexual experiences and the elated feelings that accompany such moments.
The Concubine’s Gift follows Bernice as she struggles to accept her inner most emotions and desires that contrast greatly with her strong, religious upbringing. As daughter of the town’s minister and the only charm school teacher with a rebellious brother, Bernice has spent her entire life avoiding confrontation, swallowing her opinions and making sure that she pleases everyone else at the expense of her own happiness and satisfactions. The only signs of Bernice’s true thoughts and ideals are encased in a very private, much hidden collection of erotica memorabilia.
The story contrasts the sense of decorum versus sexual liberation. I was surprised at how easily I was sucked into it. I enjoyed following Bernice and the other various characters as they made their journey to blissful love making; yes, not just sex –love making. That is ultimately the main theme of this book, love so instinctual that it’s reached its maximum through unrestricted carnal expression.
The story also juxtaposes the current believes and the new openness when it comes to, well, almost everything, versus the ideas and moral values engraved in our subconscious by our family, our community and our culture. This is most evident by the town’s division in opinions when it comes to the bordello.
The bottom line is that I really enjoyed this book, and even though it’s just a fiction story, it makes you reconsider your notions and your stance on sexuality.
“Bernice was fascinated by Trinket because she wore her sexuality as openly as a fragrant perfume. She was also amazed by the fact that Trinket found life so easy and satisfying.” (Kindle Locations 131-133)
In contrast with:
“She [Bernice] didn’t like anything that had an adult theme, with only one exception, her collection of erotic female memorabilia. They were all antiques, fragments of other women’s sexuality that was somehow easier to deal with than her own.” (Kindle Locations 143-145)
“It’s just as well,” she thought. “If I told them what I really think, they’d shit roses.” (Kindle Locations 159-160)
In contrast with:
“But Bernice also did not believe that hiding her true opinions and sexual feelings was dishonest. She thought it was similar to hiding a defect and Bernice felt that her defect was that she had too much sexual interest, too much excitability and far too much empathy for prostitutes. She never once considered that properly channeled, her sexuality might be normal or that her opinion might be right.” (Kindle Locations 245-248)
And this one simply because it’s pretty awesome:
“The erotic arts have the same goal as religion; to prevent men from acting like beasts.” (Kindle Locations 1430-1431)
One of the main reasons I love the fantasy genre so much is for its epic worlds and descriptions. The adventures have a monumental feeling with a wondOne of the main reasons I love the fantasy genre so much is for its epic worlds and descriptions. The adventures have a monumental feeling with a wonderful lore supporting the main story arc. That is exactly what I got when I read Gabriel.
I came across this book because I joined its Blog Hop that was hosted by Innovative Online Book Tours. The author, Miss Abraham, wrote my very first author guest post on my blog, Journey with Words; and after reading the book’s excerpt I knew I wanted to read the full story.
The tale revolves around Gabriel, the Chief of the Elven Military Forces, and his destined bride to be Eden, a free spirited Elven maiden that prefers to spend her days from tree to tree and fighting just like her brothers instead of conforming to the expected role she, as a woman, is supposed to fill. The couple’s conflict develops because Gabriel is used to be followed to the last word without hesitation while Eden is used to not follow anyone’s orders. Eden is a strong female character, one that is more than capable to go head to head with the most stubborn character of the book, Gabriel.
I did have a problem with the book at first, since the elven society in general has a slight air of male chauvinism that after a while it was beginning to rub me off the wrong way.
There is a constant statement that was driving me mad, every time that Eden excelled at something it is looked upon by the male characters with such shock, that it was beginning to wear thin. Her success was more impressive than normal because she is a woman. One of the first comments of this sort comes from Eden’s own father:
"I understand. I know Eden can be difficult. She has never followed any path a normal Elven maiden would have. She has always been one to make her home in the trees and her love of weapons was something encouraged by myself. It seemed a smart thing to do at the time. I was already training my son Lociel and she was just another student. It was a time of war and she needed to be able to defend herself. C'Liandra would have rather died than touch a weapon. Eden, On the other hand, is an exceptional fighter, especially for a woman." (Gabriel, pp. 29)
Now don’t get me wrong, Laurent –Eden’s father– loves her very much, but the mentality is there. However, as the series progresses there begin to be a switch in the balance empowering the women of the story that made me stick to the book until the very end. There is a good movement in the works and I only hope that it continues throughout the rest of the series.
The bottom line is that I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It’s a great fantasy, one that I recommend to anyone who loves the genre, and one that I definitively want to read the next book from.
To be honest, when I started reading the story I kept dozing off, to the point that I just had to put it aside and take a nap. Afterwards I picked itTo be honest, when I started reading the story I kept dozing off, to the point that I just had to put it aside and take a nap. Afterwards I picked it continue it. Although it is a bit predictable, it turns out to be entertaining and gripping towards end. ...more
This ebook is (or was) free on Amazon; honestly i bought it out of boredom and no idea of what to read. I am beyond surprise at the story. I love it,This ebook is (or was) free on Amazon; honestly i bought it out of boredom and no idea of what to read. I am beyond surprise at the story. I love it, so sweet and tender, yet incredibly hot and steamy.
Is a short story, about 10, maybe 15 pages long (i am never sure on the kindle). I truly enjoyed this one....more
Let me start by saying that BDSM is not my kind of erotica; I got prove of that while reading this book. I consider myself to be extremely open mindedLet me start by saying that BDSM is not my kind of erotica; I got prove of that while reading this book. I consider myself to be extremely open minded about everything; life is too short to place unnecessary limits on it and should be enjoyed always. In books, the only restrictions I believe in is age restrictions and that is only to keep innocence as long as possible, not to censure reading. Other than that I say bring it! I bought this book because it was recommended, and even though I was a little skeptical about the concept when I started it, I was sucked in by the story so amazingly that I’m glad I gave it a chance.
I'm not going to discuss or compare the actual BDSM scenes because is a subject I, honestly, know nothing about and I don't think is fair to the story or the author. I do want to elaborate on what made this book a page turner for me which is the characters and their story.
I was impressed with the depths of the relationship and the feelings it evokes. I simply love it, love the characters (wanted to smack one character in particular more than once). Love their interactions and the devotion they show to one another.
Aaron Harte is in a class of his own. He is such a strong character while being so sweet and cute and innocent that it made me reconsider the concept of submission (if only for a bit). He is fearless, kind and loving, devoted and tender. He is the one that makes this book shine.
To counter his sweet, innocent, charismatic boy persona, we have Tara; a woman who lost the love of her life to a car accident and who became so distant that she seems to have a frozen heart inside her chest. In reality, the accident has left her so broken that all she can do is cling to the ghost of the past.
Tara's past and mule-headed point of view makes this journey feel like a crazy emotional roller coaster ride; but is definitely all worth it. I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys erotica, even if, like me, haven't ever read a BDSM story before.
Full review to come, in the meantime (I need to get this out of my chest)...
Wow, this story was long! It's great, addictive, but long. The book is divFull review to come, in the meantime (I need to get this out of my chest)...
Wow, this story was long! It's great, addictive, but long. The book is divided into not 1, not 2, not 3, but 7 parts. Yup! You read that right, SEVEN Parts. It got to a point where I had to take a break from it. I will continue reading the series. I love the intricacies of the world and the various twists and turns (and the highlanders ~.^); but I'm taking my time in between each book. I really enjoyed it, but by the end of it I felt as exhausted as the characters had they been real.
This book was given to me as a present in Kindle Smut's "Trick or Smut Gift Exchange" Thank you Secret Smutter!...more