First Lines: Gazing out at the quiet lake, I know the risk is worth it. Concoction of a Review: Firelight is built around the idea of beings that are decedent of dragons known as Draki. What an intriguing idea... supernatural Dragon Shifters!! There secret needs to be kept otherwise dire consequences will result. *gasps*
Draki's can shift into human form, however, depending on what type of Draki you are you may have other powers. Like creating mist. Jacinda is the first Fire Breather to be born in centuries. She has no control of her life. The pride has plans for her. Jacinda is young woman, Draki, who is stuck between who she is and who she should be.
Chapter one does its job. I was drawn in and could not let go. Jacinda was being hunted after risking the exposure of the Draki's secret. Which leads up to her mother panics and take her and her twin Tamra and moves them to the desert. Her Draki starts to wither, she risks more to keep that from happening.
Not another love triangle...
Except I sort of liked this one. Cassian, also a Draki is the prince of the pride. With the exception of the pride's plan of her mating with Cassian to make more fire breathers, I do believe that there is a small flame of lust between them.
The other match, Will, hunts & kills Draki's with his extended family. Forbidden love just makes it that much more interesting. *grin* Smoldering at best Will awakens Jacinda's Draki which is dangerous. She needs to learn how to control herself around him.
That is one wild range but I love both sides! The Mad Scientist is beyond curious about who will be chosen. *waggles eyebrow*
I can hardly smirk at the idea of Dragons any longer. I thought the world Sophie Jordan created was diverse. The ending was grand and the descriptions were vivid.
Not for everyone but the internal conflict of personal identity and purpose is something all young adults go through.
*Purchased this book for myself which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. *(less)
Concoction of a Review: Nicole Peeler's Jane True Series has me on edge. I read one book one earlier this year. Jen the Bibliophile sent me book 2 & 3 because she knows my infinity for starting a series but never continuing with it. After completing Tracking the Tempest a book full of snark and supernatural hunks I quickly decided that this series would not be left unread.
**Note to self: Go buy book 4, Eye of the Tempest, soon!!!**
Tempest's Legacy jumps in shortly after Tracking the Tempest ended. Jane continues to train her offensive and defensive magical technique. Her relationship is still a ball of tension from the end of the last book. Which leads us to seeing more of Anyan. Jane's eyes start to wonder toward the Barghest. *waggles eyebrow*
Nonetheless, there is a surprising bout of news that ruffles Jane's feathers. Someone found out that supernatural females were being taken. Not kindly I might add. This horrid news includes information about someone who she most would love to meet and know more about. Dying to know who?? *grin*
The mystery takes Jane out of little ol' Rockabill, her hometown in Maine, as she tags along to figure out what exactly is going on and how to stop it. We have a mix of characters from the first book, from Ryu's Boston team & even a few brand new characters! Interactions are hilarious at best!! We are even pulled into a new area... The Borderlands!! (Many exclamation points but it truly is exciting!)
This book has little to no nookie in it so I was a bit disappointed in that but I'm looking forward to Anyan. *blushes*
It truly is a great series!!! Peeler's snark is completely sprinkled throughout this novel like the others, however, the demeanor is a lot darker. The events that unfold are a bit harsh and force Jane to grow even more, powerfully and emotionally. Jane True is Truly Bad A$$ in this book!
*I received this book free of charge from my sassy friend Jen! My Mad review is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book and the very yummy men inside. *(less)
Concoction of a Review: There is snark and laughter from page one. I read the first, Tempest Rising, a while back... Mad Scientist thinks in Jan/Feb and just loved it. Thus far the second in the series is following in suit quit nicely. *rubs hand together* Yes! Quit nicely. I can also let you know that this book full of Jane antics did not let the Mad Scientist down. Nicole Peeler has a way with writing. Fun yet complex. I wonder if that is how she likes her men? *Waggles eyebrow*
*Gasps* Nicole you have my little old mind on Vampires & Barghest oh my!!
Our naughty little half-selkie Jane True was meeting up with her over protect hot "vampire" boyfriend Ryu for little Valentine's Day body intertwinement. I am most certainly not the only naughty one here! However, her sexy weekend with her buff controlling, overprotective Ry fizzled when she got caught up in the middle of one of his paranormal detective cases. My dear Jane your weekend was scorched but I promise I can take care of him! *evil grin amasses my face*
Jane attempts to stay out of harms way and sadly away from the arms of her lover by heading back to her cozy town, Rockabill. Silly name but it grows on you. She went back to her boring routine of a life. Working at the bookstore, taking care of her father, & training to create mage balls. Ladies! I said MAGE balls... let us stay on track here. At any rate, with her pitiful attempts at hiding Conleth the psycho serial killer found her!
This dangerous fact ends up to be wonderful for the reader. Jane is thrust into Boston out of her comfort zone. Slapped right in the middle where all the supernatural nonsense is hitting the paranormal fan I just imagined in my mind. Thus we get to meet new wonderful characters!! It was especially fun to meet Ryu's deputies... lackeys you call them now a days? *smirks & blushes* Do not find yourself surprised when you read about the "man" who does not wear any pants!
Ryu can be delicious in a certain way. I did twitch a few times at those certain moments where he is tainted with selfishness. Makes me cringe when the overprotective self righteous men spring out at you from under the ultra hotness. Ladies there is a reason he is sooo old and single!!
Oddly enough the Barghest had me drooling. *wink wink* Oh, that was a horrid pun to use on behalf of my dear Anyan. This paranormal species is a shape shifting dog that knows how to cook and has more power then he knows what to do with. Now I would like to help him use some of that pent up power in the bedroom!! *blushes profusely* Ah, that would be wondrous. *gaps* Mad Scientist would just like to quote a certain fellow bookie as she would call this character, "Sex on a Stick!!"
The Mad Scientist admits she fell in love with this boy when she first watched Troy but with his long hair and scruffy face makes him the perfect Anyan!!
Overall, Tracking the Tempest was a great read. I got to picture this man for well over 300 pages! Crazy one liners had me laughing out to myself, insane plot twists kept my brain busy & there were sexy romps to be had! I never wanted to put this book down!
*I received this book free of charge from my sassy friend Jen! My Mad review is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book and the very yummy men inside. *
5 Blasts A whole new fantasy world that you are sure to enjoy! New races, huge killer frogs, & a hero on a quest for a magic word!(less)
Concoction of a Review: Once In A Full Moon has not received the most extraordinary reviews. The Mad Scientist pushed that aside to give this book a chance. After all, it has been sitting on my shelf for long enough. It was a short endeavor and it had promises of a werewolf. How could I ignore it any longer?
I ransacked the kitchen when the cook was not fluttering around. I have the perfect cookie cutter for our oh so prim and proper Celeste. She is a girl who lives on the right side of the city, who hangs out with the right people, and dates the quarterback, Nash. *shakes head* Jocks! Why is it a must to date the airhead male to be accepted in the Young Adult world? *Gross* Her bland life bored even me. However, I got more of a thrill when she is launched into a world wind of confusion when the mysterious bad boy, Brandon, shows up at their school. Thank goodness for transfers!
*Gasps* A bad boy? Yes! Brandon has a minor bad reputation that is fueled mostly by snarky classmates who live off of rumors. *evil grin amasses my face* Lucky for us they are based on a old town legend. Celeste might just find out how true the werewolf legend really is.
This Mad Scientist had just a few problems that would of really rumpled my skirts if I jumped into this book with high hopes.
First, I found Celeste to dote on Brandon more then a proper girl should. Honestly, it is just not becoming! All of the obsessive inner monologue was not even interesting. Obnoxious even.
Second, she had some crappy friends. They didn't care one bit for her happiness. Just status. *Grr...* No wonder we are a self people. We allow it.
Third, original as the werewolf lore was... it just did not make me a believer. The mythology was different, cute even, but a speaking non destructive werewolf that is basically a hairy person does not work for me.
Once In A Full Moon is just predictable.
What the Mad Scientist did like... *Pops parasol* Let us walk and chat.
Mr. Worthington. He was just an adorable loveable old man who made his home at the local nursing home. I would of baked him some fritters and brought over a basket of sweets. His manner made me wish I had a grandfather of his likeness.
Brandon!! The boy was adorable and he just made my cheeks flare with a redness. He made this book worth the time. I do wish they would of revealed more of him. Perhaps in the book two. Nonetheless, I was on edge when he let cook cutter treat him badly. Excuse me, I can be nicer! *crushworthy small swoon*
Once In A Full Moon is not a book I would readily recommend to my fellow book lovers. But if you pick it up and picture Marlon like I did then I would have to say it was worth the small amount of time I put into it.
*I purchased this book with my own money at a book signing. No... the author did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book and the very yummy men inside. *
3 Blasts ---> Desirable A thought crossed my mechanical brain... This might be a good book for Tweens and a cute read for fans of Werewolf lore. (less)
Fade is based on an ancient Norse mythology concerning shapeshifters offered such a story full of inner turmoil, imprint romance, grief.
The story starts off with immense grief. Arionna's mother had just died in a car accident. Her life was thrown in a topsy-turvy state. With her mother gone she had to move in with her father in another city and change colleges. The Mad Scientist felt for her. *Side Note... her father was an amazing character!
However, really quick into the story the average girl's eyes connect with Dace, a green eyed golden haired boy. It was instant love, in wolf shapshifter layman terms, imprinting. The pressing love between these two was fast and slow, climatic, & destined. (Sound like Twilight anyone?)
Destined you may ask while quirking your head to the side. They were together for milenna beforehand. Destiny dictates that they find each other once again. Now that they found each other (again) they need to work at keeping the world from coming to its pending doom. (Think Angelfire, which I LOVED!)
The Mad Scientist does admit that AK Morgen did have me swooning over Dace way more then expected. His intense desire and inner turmoil had you feel for him, meanwhile, making my stoic reader stance melt with his obsessive desire for Arionna.
AK Morgen's writing was very lurid & distinct. She took the tale and wove it into a story that was very easy to paint in your mind. I enjoyed the POV being from Arionna. What was intriguing was her ability to get into Dace's mind or not. With a story with such a background there needs to be much information. It was well laid out in such a way where the reader was not in overload mode. Even at a few parts of the book I felt a Mind Blow enter here and there.
In spite of the good writing, the Mad Scientist felt that Arionna's inner monologue dragged at many parts. Feeling that so much of it could be cut out so the story could cut to the chase.
** Thanks to NetGalley & Curiosity Quills Press for the ability to read & review this book which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in the right mind of a twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**(less)