The third book in the Rogue Hunter series really throws us for some loops. I was caught a little off guard with how much of the story was focused on h...moreThe third book in the Rogue Hunter series really throws us for some loops. I was caught a little off guard with how much of the story was focused on her sex life. I would go so far as to saying it's a little risque crossing into the erotica zone in several scenes. A little more descriptive scenes than I would normally read.
This series amazing, the world building and characters are so well done that I just cannot get enough of this series. Zyra has a lot of ups and downs in this story. She gets sick and falls in love. Along with this whirlwind romance comes a lot of vulnerability from Zyra. I even felt that we lose a bit of the Zyra we have grown to know and see her having to crawl her way out of an emotional hole that has taken a toll on her.
Zyra still shows her bad ass side with not only being sick, in a roller coaster relationship, but also being hunted by hired killers. Several plot twists and harsh situations that come along with both. She still manages to find her way through things with a lot of action, and heartbreak.
The writing is spot on when it comes to getting the readers emotionally invested in the story. There were times I was so upset that I had to stop reading for awhile and I really felt for the relationships, both good and bad that occur in this book.
I recommend this series 100% as a very well written, plotted, and high paced space opera. It's a series that I have added to my automatic to-buy list because I know each new edition will be an amazing, entertaining and enjoyable read. (less)
Fans of Marianne's Tara Sharp series will love this book.
In PEACEMAKER Marianne de Pierres has combined a futuristic world with a western feel. When...moreFans of Marianne's Tara Sharp series will love this book.
In PEACEMAKER Marianne de Pierres has combined a futuristic world with a western feel. When park ranger Virgin Jackson witnesses a mysterious death in what she thought was a contained and locked park, her senses flare up. She has been assigned a new partner from the US Marshall service, Nate Sixkiller. And unexpectedly, she is now seeing an imaginary animal from her childhood.
Being preoccupied with the park and the murder Virgin is not feeling up to being a babysitter to her new partner who seems to be hiding the true reason he has joined on at the park. But when Sixkiller shows signs of being able to see her imaginary friend, things begin to get really crazy.
With the advanced technology set up at the park, all life within it should be able to be detected through the system. Things begin not making any sense and Virgin soon learns that her life is in danger. She gets some help from her best friend, and some relaxation time with her stripper lover, Heart.
The story goes back and forth between the park and the city scenes, as we follow Virgin through her home life as well as work life. Her romantic life as well as her professional. Virgin's character is strong willed and determined. As the story progresses she slowly puts down some of her guards down and allows people in.
If you have read the Tara Sharp series from Marianne Delacourt you will enjoy this new book as well. She brings in a lot of similar characteristics in her main characters and her love for nature and especially birds really shows through her writing.
Peacemaker is a very imaginative and speculative read. I recommend this to readers who enjoy a strong lead female character. (less)
Captive is a true crime novel about Ariel Castro who had kidnapped three women between 2002 and 2004 and held them prisoner in his Cleveland, Ohio ho...more Captive is a true crime novel about Ariel Castro who had kidnapped three women between 2002 and 2004 and held them prisoner in his Cleveland, Ohio house until May 2013 when one was able to escape and turn him in, freeing the others. It was a huge story here in the United States and the story is still quite shocking, and amazing that the girls survived.
Allan Hall takes on the story in a very editorial way that begins with the Puerto Rican community and Ariel Castro's family and friends. Mostly focusing in on the idea that one person should not be able to represent a whole community or people. That Ariel Castro's actions should not be held against all Puerto Ricans in the U.S. or represent this community as a whole. With the huge amount of press coverage, the community feels it was badly represented by one man. By speaking to the community and members of his family the author gets a lot of direct quotes and more intimate details about Ariel Castro's personal life and childhood.
Later in the novel he gets into more detail about the girls and their lives inside the home. Most of the information that is relayed is what was released to the public. The girls have not been very detailed about their individual stories of what happened. From how they had to live in small rooms, little food, raped, abused, tortured and beaten to the point of losing unborn children.
The book is a good read for those that are more interested in Ariel Castro himself. His life outside the home, his past marriage and the abuse she had been through. Giving us a glimpse into what happened inside the house to these three young girls. There are also comparisons to Castro and other notorious criminals with similar behavior.
What I enjoyed about this read was the information we are given about the three girls and their life within the house. We don't get tons of information that wasn't already released to the press and public, but we do get some additional information and in a format in which it makes a clearer picture of what happened. (less)
When Cécile is suddenly snatched from the road and taken deep beneath a mountain. She is introduced to the Trolls of Trollus. Cécile has not only been...moreWhen Cécile is suddenly snatched from the road and taken deep beneath a mountain. She is introduced to the Trolls of Trollus. Cécile has not only been taken prisoner, but soon learns she is to be wed to the prince. The longer she stays in Trollus, the more she gets to know the people, politics, magic and even finds friends.
Cécile grows to become a very strong willed character throughout the book. As she begins to feel torn between the people of Trollus and her family above. With the signs of rebellion, Cécile and Tristan soon find they are on the same side and become closer.
My favorite part of the book was the world building. I loved traveling even further beneath the mountain into the mines and the labyrinth. The descriptions of the gardens, waters and palace are those of a fairytale and that is what really made the story for me.
After five centuries the trolls are about to have their whole world change before their eyes. Cécile and Tristan have people to fight for, and are willing to give up everything for. So the big question is...what will happen next!?
I had a great time reading this book, it was a fun, imaginative and like losing yourself in a whole new world. Great characters, writing and a magical world that shows both the beautiful and the ugly. I recommend it! (less)
Set in 15th century Scotland, it's a darker world and has a deep atmosphere and very realistic historical feel to the writing. Women were not known to...more Set in 15th century Scotland, it's a darker world and has a deep atmosphere and very realistic historical feel to the writing. Women were not known to have positions as defenders or learn to fight. That was strictly a man's job. Ember has never had the want to do “women s work” and fells more alive with a sword in her hand. Her life does not only consists of fighting, but also in magic.
As with a lot of series, book one is full of world building, and character development. The storyline slowly unraveling until the tumultuous ending, setting up the story for the full series. Rift introduces us to the world of Cian and Eira, sisters whom a difference of opinion will split their paths. One for peace, the other for punishment.
Ember reminded me a lot of Princess Merida from BRAVE with the exception that Ember does not wear her emotions on her sleeve. She keeps her thoughts and feelings more guarded, but is the first in line on the battlefield when chaos erupts. She is the daughter of a nobleman and the fears her father has about her decisions plays into the story as well. It is just not acceptable for a woman, most of all his daughter to put herself in such dangerous and unfeminine situations.
I really enjoyed the romance factor in this book. The rules state that she must give that up when she decides to join the Guard. Family and settling down is not an option. Yet not even your brain can tell you not to fall in love. It just happens. The different relationships she gains by being part of the Guard are both negative and positive. She quickly learns how to deal with conflict both inside and outside the group.
I recommend this book to those that enjoyed Andrea Cremer's nightshade series. As well as readers who enjoy fantasy historical reads. The setting of 15th century Scotland plays a huge role in the book and she writes it very well, very realistic. I have listened to a sample of the audio and I must say the narrator sounds great! The Scottish accent really adds to the setting and mood.
Book provided by and review written for BookDivas.com(less)
In a futuristic Australia, the whole world is dependent on the Aquifer and the relationship between those who control it "The Rats" and those above, l...moreIn a futuristic Australia, the whole world is dependent on the Aquifer and the relationship between those who control it "The Rats" and those above, led by "The Council". This relationship is held with a yearly contract in which the Deliverer visits the Rats for a yearly conference. Luca is the next in line to become a Deliverer and the only other person besides his father that knows the way down to the Rats. In a world that has abolished human emotions as much as possible. The domino effect of the events that take place get harder and harder for Luca and others to control theirs. A council that tries it's hardest to banish such things, seems to be is loosing it's control of their people. Luca has to grow up fast, and that means learning new things. Secret things. It seems that everybody is not who they seem to be anymore. The story is a non-stop adventure that will take us through the school system, history museum and the aquifer itself. I think perhaps the saddest part of the story for me was the people that had to be undone. Those that caused too many wrinkles are cast away, and not in a good way. It's gruesome and really sad. But that part of life was a daily dealing for Luca and his father. Aquifer was a very fast and thought provoking read. I recommend it to those that enjoy dystopian stories. It was a very nice change to read about a young boy finding love for the first time, and the friendships he gains throughout the book with both old and young. Even at his age he stands out as the strongest character in the book. (less)
I was offered a free English translated book from the author for review. There was a bit of similarity for this story with Rachel Vincent's Soul Screa...moreI was offered a free English translated book from the author for review. There was a bit of similarity for this story with Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. If you enjoy that series you may want to give this one a read as well. The world building is dark, imaginative and fun to read. Also the main character really fit the story well. Traveling between the real world and a dark misty demon world worked well in the story. I didn't feel as connected to the story as I would have liked, but still found it an enjoyable read. the different mix of elements, from exorcism, science, spirit dimensions really makes the story enjoyable and adds levels to the story. Although the main character is not quite teenage age I feel the story will be liked by teens as well as adults.
For a little more detail about the book I have posted below the press release information that was provided me through email. Ondine is a young sensitive able to perceive a dimension in which spirits roam, looking for a way to come back to the world of the living.
Along with her friend Francesco, Ondine investigates paranormal events in the search for a rational, scientific explanation. The truth starts to come out when she meets Benjamin Law in London. He’s a young and fascinating priest, also able to cross over to the other side. Thanks to him, Ondine comes to meet about possessed subjects and assists in a terrible exorcism.
News of an ancient Order of Guardians bring Ondine and Benjamin to Prague in the desperate search for Lysandra Novacek, the last descendent of the family at the head of the Order.
Amongst spirits and ancients buildings, Ondine travels through Europe confronting her greatest fears;
“When you go through the doors that separate the world of the living from that of the dead, you’ve
got to be sure you’ll be able to come back...”
Who are the Guardians of the Portals and why did the order dissappear after the second world war?
What’s hidden in the castle of Hasdeu, romanian philosopher and poet from the late 800s?
Some of the paranormal phenomena a real: metaphony (voices impressed in voice recorders or radios)
has been studied by scientists and researchers of the occult. Hasdeu’s Castle in Romania is a national
monument. According to documents of the time, it was built to Iulia Hasdeu’s wishes. The young girl
had died six months earlier but continued to comunicate with her father from the other side.(less)
I think it would be a little harsh to say that I hated this book, because I didn't. I just feel that it could have been more. It was as if we get a lo...moreI think it would be a little harsh to say that I hated this book, because I didn't. I just feel that it could have been more. It was as if we get a lot of filler story and not enough character development or depth to the story that I usually see in the first book to a series.
There is quite a bit of action and twists that happen, yet I didn't feel that I was gripped or on the edge of my seat. There are four different characters we learn about and two additional that play more minor roles, but all are prominent in the story. Partly I feel that I would have found the story more gripping if it were told from a different perspective, Ro or Tima for example had a lot more ambition and intuition than Dol showed.
The novel does end with a bang and I would like to see what kind of direction it takes. My personal opinion would be to read this right before the second book comes out. I think it would be more enjoyable to be able to continue on with the series immediately instead of waiting. (less)
I thought the idea behind this story is fantastic. It's more of a plot driven story than a character driven one. There are several characters in the b...moreI thought the idea behind this story is fantastic. It's more of a plot driven story than a character driven one. There are several characters in the book but we don't get to learn too much background or history about each. The reader gets just enough detail that is required to move the story forward. The pacing of the novel is pretty intense, there is always something happening and moving along with very few if any breaks from one action scene to the next. There is a huge mystery happening here, and at first it seems that the story is for us to get to know the world and more about Callie's renter. But no, there is so much more going on here and the whole business behind Prime Destinations is complex and makes for an entertaining read that took twists that I was surprised and happy about. There were some sections that I wanted to just yell at Callie and ask her what she's doing! Like in a horror movie yelling, "don't go up the stairs" for example Callie's renter tells her not to return to Prime Destinations because if they find out there's a glitch in the chip Callie may loose out on the money because she did not fulfill the contract, and what's the first thing Callie does? Jump in the car to return to the company and all I could think is.."Don't go back to the company Callie!" It was a highly fast paced and fun read, had me on the edge of my seat for the last half of the book. A thriller and a mystery set in a dystopian world(less)
Super cute story of a mother and daughter with completely different personalities. The pictures are a whole story of their own as well. A lot of color...moreSuper cute story of a mother and daughter with completely different personalities. The pictures are a whole story of their own as well. A lot of colors and activity on each page. I couldn't help but wonder what the animals that looked in the windows were thinking. The story is very humorous and I smiled the whole way through. This is definitely one I would recommend young readers, I loved it.(less)
I really love this author's writing style. She is great at building suspense and anticipation (especially the angst for those love scenes). This book...moreI really love this author's writing style. She is great at building suspense and anticipation (especially the angst for those love scenes). This book was not a disappointment in those ways. What I did find harder to love about this book than her others is the depth to the plot and storyline.
The story contains constant action and a good mystery at it's heart. I was a bit disappointed to have the one character I felt has a great depth of information about the characters was killed off. Eventually the story became a bit predictable for me. I read a lot it seemed very familiar to me.
What did catch my attention and I find was very well done is the romance aspect to the story. Jax had left his life behind, only to return to say goodbye to a loved one. He finds himself stuck in town for awhile and tries as best he can to explain to his ex-girlfriend Sam why he had to leave. He is the true definition of a “bad boy.” It is apparent that Sam's life is in danger and somebody is trying to kill her. Jax is there to rescue her and eventually begins to break down that wall between them.
The story is told from both Jax's and Sam's Perspective, so we get to learn about each of their personalities well and watch that process slowly breaking down for each of them, bringing them closer, and the reader awaiting the outcome to that angst.
There are a lot of twists to the story and it is slowly unraveled to us in a way that keeps us turning pages to find out what happens next. The main characters are both determined, strong and feisty and them working things out with each other and the romance aspect is the main focus of the story.
It is a more mature novel and recommended for older teens, it also has a lot of violence, some alcohol and language. A very enjoyable story for those that enjoy seeing the bad boy and bad girl hook up. Sam is not your predictable girl next door and adds a lot of humor to the story. (less)