I have mix feelings about this short story. On one side I love the chance to learn more about the shifters in the Chicagoland Vampire series, on the o...moreI have mix feelings about this short story. On one side I love the chance to learn more about the shifters in the Chicagoland Vampire series, on the other I had a small problem with part of the resolution. In the end I liked the story, I wish it was longer.
The short story comes with a two-chapter preview of the next Chicagoland Vampires Wild Things, which comes out on February 4, 2014. Honestly, I love that sneak peak, I can't wait to read another Merrit and Ethan story.
MAJOR SPOILER COMING, READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION
(view spoiler)[My biggest problem with the story is that Fallon has to give up who she is in order to be with the one person she loves. Her family loves her but they rather see her unhappy if she is to keep her position as the next in line to be the Apex. But if she wants Jeff, she has to give up that place. One of the things that I love so much about this series (like many UF series) is that it pushes the notions of what women can do in a world mainly dominated by men. Merrit is a great role model at that and I always envisioned Fallon as another character if equal strength and standing. But she fails to defend her right to be both the next Apex and be with Jeff even if his animal is not a wolf. I love that they get their HEA and that Jeff gets to prove that he is more than worthy to be with Fallon, I just wish that Fallon had been able to have them both. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a free, dictionary-like book with the most basic of words. I literary read it in full in a couple of minutes. Every word has a picture that il...moreThis is a free, dictionary-like book with the most basic of words. I literary read it in full in a couple of minutes. Every word has a picture that illustrates the concept and three or four sentences on how the word can be used.
It has an audiobook companion (that is also free) for pronunciation purposes that can be downloaded to your computer or send to your Kindle through Audible.com. I haven't used them together yet, so I have no clue as how seamless does the two formats work. But a pronunciation guide is needed, specially when there are no cues in the actual book, just the name in English, it's Italian translation, a noun (these are all nouns) and it's gender, and the sentences.
Also, none of the words are organized in alphabetical order. The book is divided in categories, and within those categories words seem to be grouped according to theme. These words are:
Bird Dog Cat Mouse Turkey Cow Pig Horse Sheep Goat Snake Fish Chicken Lobster Crab Lamb
Neck Face Chin Ear Forehead Hair Blonde Hair Black Hair Brown Hair Red Hair Mouth Mustache Beard Cheek Nose Tooth Wrinkle Eyebrow Eyelid Eye Eyelash Facial Hair Tongue Taste Bud Nostril Teeth Lip Foot Ankle Leg Head Arm Elbow Wrist Hand Muscle Bone (by this time you have reach the book's halfway point) Backbone Stomach
Black Brown Gray White Gold Purple Red Green Blue Yellow Pink Silver Violet Indigo Orange
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Downloaded this book for free today at Amazon. Is a very short, erotica novella that features a young, billionaire business man and a 26-year-old onli...moreDownloaded this book for free today at Amazon. Is a very short, erotica novella that features a young, billionaire business man and a 26-year-old online, fashion magazine editor. They have enough chemistry with one another capable of scorching the entire New York City in one single sweep.
I like the actual plot of the story, unfortunately is too short and rushed that there is no time for the characters to develop and in the end I really couldn’t care much for them.
Also, I don’t look at grammar when I’m reading for pleasure, but sometimes some errors just jump off the page. For example, right at the beginning of the story:
Cate swiped two glasses of champagne from a waiter that was passing by and our eyes scanned the room accessing the crowd. (Kindle Locations 15-16)
The emphasis is mine. I’m guessing that the girls were assessing the crowd. Then, almost three quarters into the story:
I nodded to each of them with a smile, and began fidgeting with my hands under the table. Carter noticed, and took his warm hand in mind, holding it in his lap. (Kindle Locations 333-334)
First time I read of a man capable of holding his mind on his lap, now that's a trick worth seeing. There really are not that many errors, but the few that are, are a bit obvious.
In all, I wish the story had been longer. I don’t mind a steamy erotica story, but I like them with a little bit more plot to them. (less)
A single, short scene that can be found for free at Nalini Singh's website. A conversation between Teijan and Zane, spy Rats allied to DarkRiver and S...moreA single, short scene that can be found for free at Nalini Singh's website. A conversation between Teijan and Zane, spy Rats allied to DarkRiver and SnowDancers. Is not necessary to read as it doesn't really expands the universe; but it does give an insight into the minds of those who live down below.(less)
I enjoyed the story, the author managed to refresh a concept that has, lately, become a bit overdone; I tip my hat to her for achieving this. It has many memorable characters in its roaster. Beatrice (or B, as she prefers to be called) is a strong female character and a great lead to the story. Gio is, well, he is complicated... Gio begins as a strong character, but there is one particular moment after which my perspective of him changed 180°. Among the rest of the characters we have Carwyn, one of Gio's best vampire friend, -and in my honest opinion- one of the best characters of the series. Did I mention he is a priest? Yup, he is both a priest and a vampire with a particular taste for Hawaiian shirts. Other great characters include Isadora (Beatrice's grandmother) and Caspar (Gio's butler/son/human best friend/ehh... you get the picture).
It's a solid story, with great characters and a very interesting story line. I completely love the vivid description of the various places, especially Cochamó, Chile; it makes you want to go there and go off the grid for a while. However, I had two small (or maybe not so small) problems with the book. The first three chapters as well as a good part after 60% mark, were kind of slow; to the point that it felt like it was dragging. But the rest of the story picks up rather quickly and the story ended up hooking me.
There was one particular story plot that drove me insane, and still, after finishing the book and began the second, I find it that I wish it had gone down differently. There is one common theme that is exploited in every vampire novel and (view spoiler)[There is just no way that a vampire will let anyone, regardless of who, take away the one they truly love and simply do nothing; especially when that love one is crying her heart out, begging for you to help her. No. Way. In. Hell! Vampire territorialism is an instinctive reaction. (hide spoiler)].
After the event that shall not be named occur, my trust to the character was shattered, chances are that on another moment I would have put the book down. But since this was for a challenge I kept reading; I'm glad I did. The bottom line is that this is a good story that has enough intrigue and mystery to keep you entertained. By the end of the book I was back to being hooked, although to a lesser degree. On recommendation from the amazing ladies at Gotta Have Paranormal with a Kick I'll continue the series; it looks like it only gets better.
A Few Quotes: Gio to Beatrice:
“No, I don’t have to ‘drain’ a blood donor, Beatrice. I don’t have to kill to survive.” She paused, a small smile ghosting her lips. “Unlike us, who kill animals all the time.” (p. 103).
“Should I be concerned that one of your first questions is how to kill me?” (p. 103).
“So it is important to learn that which helps us to cope with the cruel vagaries of life and the persistent ebb and rise of the human situation.” (p. 180).
Beatrice to herself:
“Stupid vampires with their stupid preternatural senses,” she muttered, but she knew Carwyn could hear her because he his shoulders began shaking with silent laughter. (p. 167).
Carwyn to Beatrice:
“There’s such a delicious joke there, but I’m going to be good and hold back. With the amount of sexual tension permeating these grounds, even a bad ‘rock your world’ line is liable to ignite something.” (p. 223).
Beatrice to an unconscious Gio:
“It’s probably really evil that I want to draw something on your face right now, isn’t it?” (p. 400).
Gio quoting Aristotle:
“ ‘Love,’ ” he whispered in Italian, “ ‘is a single soul inhabiting two bodies.’ ” (p. 409).
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Libro de texto del curso Estrategias de Enseñanza en la Universidad Interamericana Recinto Metro. Me sirvió bastante al momento de organizar y entende...moreLibro de texto del curso Estrategias de Enseñanza en la Universidad Interamericana Recinto Metro. Me sirvió bastante al momento de organizar y entender el Modelo Inductivo de Hilda Taba, pues tuve que hacer una presentación utilizando el mismo.
El libro contiene -de manera bien resumida- las diversas estrategias de enseñanza que han sido utilizadas por el Departamento de Educación a través de los años. Buen libro que sirve como referencia o repaso sobre este tema. (less)
This book was a challenge pick thanks to the ladies at Gotta Have Paranormal with a Kick. The challenge (a sort of secret Santa) was to choose three books that you know you enjoyed and hide them under a spoiler tag. After submissions closed, every individual was assign a number, the numbers where scrambled (so that none of us had our own selections) and the number stealing began. After everyone had “stole” a different number the books where revealed. I ended up with these three selections:
Wicked Nights (Angels of Darkness, Book 1) by Gena Showalter Alien Proliferation (Katherine “Kitty” Katt, Book 4) by Gini Koch The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld, Book 9) by Gena Showalter
Since I already plan on reading Gena Showalter’s books, and after reading all the descriptions of every first book of all three series, I went with the one that was a complete unknown to me but that it still hooked me. As per the rules, I grabbed book 1 on the series.
Back to the review
The book started with quite a bang in the short prologue and first chapter. That was all I needed to know that I was hooked to the story. That opening scene was incredible. But as the story progresses it becomes an information-dump-fest. More or less the first 65% of the book centers on delineating the world and its rules. It specifically centers on the creation of the alien world and lore. It’s needed; the author is building the world, setting the laws that will rule the story arc; this is book 1 after all, the foundation needs to be set. However, there is so much explanation compared to the action ratio that it drags at times.
I guess I should thank my penchant for finishing stories, as I’m glad I stuck around through the very end. Once the rules are set and the action starts to take over the story becomes engaging enough that I rarely put the kindle down. Now, the story has many, and I mean many, clichés. And enough pop culture references within its pages that I felt like I was going through an episode of the Gilmores Girls tailor made for Roswell lovers. Then again, I do love both shows ^.^
One thing that did bug me is that the main character is your typical almighty heroine; let me explain. Here we have Kitty (Katherine “Kitty” Katt, yup! that’s her name), who has live a normal, average life, she witnesses an argument turned deadly that triggers the ever present fight or flight instinct; she chooses to stay and fight. Now, I have no problems with that, I love my characters strong, kick ass and willing to stand up for what its right. This reaction throws her head first into the hands and world of aliens which is the reason for our story (and again, opening scene rocks).
Now my problem –and I will try to explain it as best as I can without giving away any major plot point– is that Kitty is a human civilian that ends up dealing with aliens and “superbeings.” She has no clue as to what is going on, nor she knows how to truly engage in the situation, yet she is somehow the only one with all the answers. This alien race is far more advanced than ours in many ways, including technologically and evolutionary. However, they have no way to stop the bad guys (bad guys which they have been fighting for years) regardless of the fact that they have the best of the best among them. Okay I can buy this, it can happen, just because they are more advanced doesn’t mean they are infallible. However, Kitty is the only one that can resolve every situation. Also, when she is not taking everything in strides, as if her world hasn’t been completely upended, without so much as blink; she is breaking down and crying like she is witnessing the Armageddon. She jumps back and forth between both extremes most of the book with a few instances where she is in “balance” of the emotional scale.
The rest of the characters are fun to watch, some of them bringing more than one WTF moment. There is a play for a love triangle. Now, I hate love triangles in general; I think they have been run to the ground extensively. That said, if I wore hats (which I never do) I’ll be tipping them to the author, the love triangle was so crafty, simple and kind of short, that I actually enjoyed the craziness that it ensued rather than being annoyed by it.
The bottom lines? I enjoyed the story, enough that will continue the series, but I will not jump right into book 2 at the moment. It’s good entertainment, the kind of book that one tucks into a bag or keeps on the kindle specifically for those times that you know you will be waiting for long periods of time. I mean, I did begin reading this book at the doctor’s office while waiting for my sister’s turn to get vaccinated. And if you add up my time reading it (ignoring the normal breaks one take), it took me about a day to finish it; so in all, a good read.(less)
Honor strength, as a lead character, comes from sheer survival instincts. She was abused beyond recognition and now bores the vestiges from the trauma...moreHonor strength, as a lead character, comes from sheer survival instincts. She was abused beyond recognition and now bores the vestiges from the trauma. At the beginning of the story Dmitri aptly calls her a rabbit because that is how she is portrayed, skittish and nervous. As the storyline progresses she begins to believe in herself and to pick up the pieces of who she used to be before the incident, slowly stepping into the heroine role. She’s a likable character who’s maternal instincts and soft nature contrasts greatly with Dmitri’s ruthlessness.
Dmitri has always been a strong player in the Guild Hunter Series, as Raphael’s second he is one of the most ruthless vampires, although Venom could give him a run for his money. But it isn’t until Archangel’s Blade that we learn the reasons behind that cold blooded heart. We also get to discover Dmitri’s soft side; does he have one? The simple answer is yes. For a book that didn’t hook me from the opening chapters like its predecessors had done, Dmitri’s character shows a great depth and an emotional pull that sneaks up on you and wraps around you tight enough that by the time the story’s unraveling occurs there is no turning back.
To be honest, as the book began I didn’t felt the immediate connection the characters were describing they felt to one another. As the story opens, their banter feels forced. Maybe is because Honor is not a character that was eased into the picture, rather one that came down on a parachute and took the lead role. However as the narrative progresses and the relationship gets explored the attraction becomes believable. Especially after details about Dmitri’s past begin to surface and Honor’s journey to recovery takes a turn.
I enjoyed the book, it took me longer to finish than the previous ones because it took me longer to be hooked by the story, but once is did is was a nice journey. It was actually good to see the real Dmitri and to go along Honor as she tries to end the nightmares that hunt her. If you are a fan of Nalini Singh you will enjoy this book.
Be aware, this book contains some serious hot scenes. (less)
Chelsan is an 18 year old living in L.A. in the year 2320. Although some technology breakthroughs have allowed civilization to have some wicked techno...moreChelsan is an 18 year old living in L.A. in the year 2320. Although some technology breakthroughs have allowed civilization to have some wicked technology, life pretty much remains the same. Except for one tiny detail… Immortality comes in the shape of a pill. You read it right; the secret for immortality has been breached and encapsulated for public consumption.
But Chelsan, our protagonist, has other things on her plate to be worrying about looking youthful forever. A high school student, Chelsan has to deal with the everyday hassle of being the “poor” scholarship kid at an elite, private school. And if that isn’t enough to give nightmares to most people, Chelsan has to also deal with a dark secret, a power that she knows little about, the ability to raise the dead.
I could’ve done better with less angst. Personally I don’t enjoy love triangles, I cannot think of a single one that hasn’t frustrated me (in a “I want to stop reading” kind of way). They just make characters feel shallow, even if they are not. I love romance in books; PNR is one of my favorite genres. That said, when you are in a character’s head and said character keeps debating the proverbial “loves me, loves me not” it distracts you from the story.
However, the thing that I enjoyed the most about the story was its social critic. Chelsan lives in a future where everyone can effectively live forever. They are lucky that society discovered Age-Pro (the miracle pill) when there was still time to save our ecosystems. The major issue, society wise, is overpopulation; and there are some serious drastic measures in place to ensure “quality” living worldwide.
Although this is a sci-fi novel, let’s remove the fiction elements for a bit and see what we are left with. Worldwide population has reached such an all-time high placing such a strain on natural resources that the priorities of all nations have irrevocably shifted.
Some quotes from the book:
“Once the International Law of 2142 was passed requiring the planting of a tree every twenty feet, most people decided to re-plant near extinct trees like the California Oak.”
“The first law to be passed was in 2068 that outlawed anything printed on paper.” “Only e-books were legal. But it just wasn’t enough. There just wasn’t enough plant life on the Earth to sustain the amount of people inhabiting it so they had to make planting more trees a worldwide law.”
It pretty much an overview of the steps required to be able to publish your books through Amazon. It's not overly detailed, but it does include images...moreIt pretty much an overview of the steps required to be able to publish your books through Amazon. It's not overly detailed, but it does include images of some of the steps. It took me about 15 minutes to read completely, is that short. It does has various links throughout the book expanding some of the content referred to, including a link to the FAQ at the very end. It was free, so I won't complain about it; though I wish it was more detailed. (less)
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 it...moreTo 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. (less)
This is my first book by Julie Kagawa (author of the Iron Fey Series) and I love to find such a strong female as the lead character....more3.5 stars out of 5
This is my first book by Julie Kagawa (author of the Iron Fey Series) and I love to find such a strong female as the lead character. Allie is a tough, no nonsense, 17 year old survivor that begins the story as a badass individual and ends it as a poster child for kickass heroines. Although brave and selfless, Allie is far from perfect, which helps grounds the character as well as helps the reader connect with her. As proven by her headstrong and rash tendencies that, at times, become downright infuriating.
A great pull, especially for teenage readers, is Allie’s constant struggles to reconcile who she used to be with her new self as well as her progressive change in perspective towards her surroundings, especially the people around her. These struggles and moral dilemmas, become the core of the story pushing Allie to, more often than not, act without thinking things through endangering herself and those around her. But also showcases her nature and convictions; her resilience to conquer her fears is commendable.
The story is divided into the various phases which Allie goes through. What this does is that it keeps a fresh set of scenarios and characters to interact with. It also helps tracking Allies progress as she is developing throughout the story. The environments’ descriptions give off a constant sense of desolation and deterioration throughout the narrative. There are no major differences between the vampire cities and the abandoned ones other than the amount of population. The biggest differences are marked by the humans that either live them or hide from them.
Allie is not the only strong player among the pages of the book, although she sure seems to be one of the very few representing women. Other major characters are Lucas (briefly), Kanin, Jeb, Jackal, and Zeke. Their strengths are as varied as their roles on the tale with Kanin, Jeb and Zeke figuring prominently. Kanin becomes the father figure for Allie; he is a vampire outcast and Allie’s maker. Jebbadiah “Jeb” Crosse is a stern and zealous leader of a group of humans living outside the vampire cities in the hopes of finding Eden; a vampire free, rabid free, human only city. Ezekiel “Zeke” Crosse is a 17 year old, handsome and dreamy boy and Jeb’s adoptive son. As the second in command, Zeke steps up as the kind, goodhearted boy who prefers to see the good in people even in the treacherous times. As Allie’s major love interest and human, Zeke is one of the major struggles for our lead character.
The bottom line is that I liked the book overall. Even though the story places a straining scenario over the shoulders of relative kids, it is easily enjoyable and quite a page turner. It is predictable at times, yes, but in the end it poses a good question on the table: what it is that which differentiate us humans from mindless beasts?
At the end of the galley there is an excerpt for the new Iron Fey Trilogy, chapter 1 of The Lost Prince, an Iron Fey Spinoff featuring Meghan Chase’s brother, Ethan.
A Story Not Wished to be Read is a collection of poems that reflect on everyday issues and experiences looking for a way to understand the normal chao...moreA Story Not Wished to be Read is a collection of poems that reflect on everyday issues and experiences looking for a way to understand the normal chaos that surrounds our lives. The book contains 21 short poems that deal with themes such as love, pain, faith, promises, engagements, and mostly the mental trappings that we tend to cover ourselves with. The book is a quick read, with it being only 8 pages long.