Sabina Kane has had one wild ride recently. She learned that all she ever knew, all she ever believed in was a lie. She will do anything to bring LaveSabina Kane has had one wild ride recently. She learned that all she ever knew, all she ever believed in was a lie. She will do anything to bring Lavenia the alpha of the Domniae and her grandmother down. She has been lied to since birth and nothing would be a bigger betrayal to her grandmother than to explore the mage side of her heritage. With the help of Adam, Gighoul, and long lost mage family members she hopes to learn to use her magic and beat Lavenia. She wasn't counting on an ancient prophesy getting thrown into the mix. Sabina's complicated life just became more complicated and more deadly. If you liked Red-Headed Stepchild, then you will love The Mage in Black! Sabina and her pack of friends pick up right where the last book left off. From the beginning the action is nonstop. Despite Sabina ditching the Dominae it's harder for her to ditch her kill first never look back ways. They get her into a few scrapes in this installment. Her growth as a character is more subtle in this book. The little things like how she treats Gighoul, her feelings for certain male characters, and a protective streak she develops all demonstrate her gradual change. I love how her change isn't over night, but a slow build up. Speaking of Gighoul...I wish he was my familiar. He is a combination of ugly-cute sarcastic cat and kind of naughty bad ass demon. He is much more present in this book, for which I am very thankful for. I was a little disappointed by the lack of page time Adam got. I really wanted to see how things between him and Sabina would play out, but he was really only in the very beginning and the very end of the book. Hopefully in the next installment we get to read more about his sexy mageness. The Mage in Black reveals some of Sabina's mysterious past and adds a little more spice to the mix as an old flame resurfaces. Add to that all of the new mage characters and readers have a whole host of new people to love or hate. That said, I didn't really like many of them; most of the mages were kind of snotty and the "bad guy" was easy to guess. Sabina's awesomeness makes up for it in the end. The big finish was a little abrupt and a past bout of arrogance from the previous book comes to haunt Sabina. I can't wait to read the next installment. Last but not least is the narrator. As usual Cynthia Holloway does an excellent job of voicing the right amount of snark and kick ass in our heroine. I give this book a 4 STAR rating. ...more
Witchful Thinking by H.P. Mallory is the third book in the Jolie Wilkins series. Before the review I just want to say how much I love the titles of thWitchful Thinking by H.P. Mallory is the third book in the Jolie Wilkins series. Before the review I just want to say how much I love the titles of this series. The may be cheesy, but they are just so cute! Witchful Thinking picks up where Toil and Trouble left off. The events of the last book have left Jolie a boat load to deal with. Previously having traveled back in time, bonded with Rand, been killed, brought back to life, and declared Queen of the Underworld by the Prophetess have completely overwhelmed our heroine. Poor Jolie doesn't want to be Queen. She wants a normal life with Rand...too bad Rand doesn't remember their time together in 1876 and she is scared to tell him about their forgotten past. Complicating their relationship even further is her feelings for the sinfully sexy vampire Sinjin, Rand's enemy, and her new bodyguard. Add in the fact that Jolie is destined to unite the underworld against the Lurkers... Jolie is in for one bumpy ride. Where to start? I loved the first two books, but just sort of liked this one. There is little if any action, but the drama is non-stop. Drama, especially the love triangle kind is always a favorite, but between that and her not wanting to be queen...there isn't really anything else to the book. Let's tackle one thing at a time. Jolie becomes queen of the underworld. Not only does she not want to be queen, but she displays no leadership qualities at all. Then there is Mercedes the Prophetess who is constantly pushing her along on every little decision. She is wholeheartedly unlikable and somewhat shady. For the majority of the book I kept waiting for Jolie to punch her and tell her to shut up because she is queen. Now, onto the love interests. Rand and Sinjin vie/shun Jolie's affections for 90% of the book. Rand supposedly loves Jolie, but keeps finding the smallest reasons why they can't be together. I don't know about other readers, but he is starting to come off as uninterested and wishy-washy. Then there is poor Sinjin. He seems to constantly pine for Jolie and is always there when she needs him. The problem is she "loves" Rand and despite having feelings for Sinjin, she doesn't quite trust him. I honestly feel sorry for him. She constantly yanks him around and quite frankly if he turns out to be shady and turns on her...she deserves it. Despite what it sounds like, I didn't absolutely hate this book. I liked seeing Jolie's power grow and anything that involved Sinjin was great. Witchful Thinking just felt like a filler/bridge book. A bunch of drama to build up to the oh-no-she/he-didn't bombshell of a cliffhanger H.P. Mallory leaves us with in the end! I refuse to give up on this series and Sinjin. I will continue with Jolie, but this installment was a bit of a let down. This book gets a 3 STAR rating.
**The audio was pretty good. This is the first book narrated by Allyson Ryan that I have listened to. At first some of the characters sounded a little over the top, but I got over it....more
I am conflicted when it comes to Unleashed. I am a huge fan of the Wicked series by these two authors. It is no secret that I like heroines who aren'tI am conflicted when it comes to Unleashed. I am a huge fan of the Wicked series by these two authors. It is no secret that I like heroines who aren't perfect and Katelyn McBride is most definitely not perfect. She is a big city LA girl who fully expects the people in Arkansas to be wearing cut off jeans and overalls chewing on hay and there are various references to banjo (which I found funny). She is a city girl snob and I'm fine with it. Kat is a young woman whose life has changed drastically and traumatically. It's OK that some of her thoughts and actions aren't always PC or nice, give her a break. Really, perfect heroines are no fun. Let's get to the other characters. Trick (I love this name)...I don't know how I feel about him. His actions are all over the place and are never explained. He is sweet and cares for her sometimes and other times he is a class A jerk whom I wish Katelyn would punch in the face. Now on to Cordelia. I actually liked her at the beginning of the book, but by the end I felt pity for her and wanted Kat to punch her too. Justin, Jesse, and her grandfather were all good characters and I was perfectly happy with them.
Now we get down to everything else. There is a lot of mystery in this book and along with that a lot of unanswered questions in the end. There is a HUGE cliffhanger, but I think a few of the mysteries should have been wrapped up. The massive quantity of unanswered questions going on in the book confused me in the beginning and left me confused at the end. There was just too much. Hopefully the next book will do a better job of wrapping some of this up. I actually didn't see the "big surprise" of what happens in the book coming. Will I be buying/reading the next book? YES! Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie are just too awesome and this series has too much potential for me not to. I am torn between a 3 1/2 and a 4 rating. It was a good book, but could have used some tweaks. I am going to have to give this book a rounded up 4 STAR rating....more
Hemlock is one of my favorites so far for 2012. When I finished the thought crossed my mind to read it again right that instant. It was one of those cHemlock is one of my favorites so far for 2012. When I finished the thought crossed my mind to read it again right that instant. It was one of those cover to cover with no breaks kind of reads. Let's see, where to start? The characters were fantastic. Each one from the major to the minor all had a distinct personality that plays an essential part in the plot. Mac was the perfect combination of independent proactive heroine with a smidgen girly-girl-in-need-of-help. Now on to the good part...the guys. Kyle and Jason have quickly became some of my favorite men in love triangles. I kind of want her to date them both ;) Kyle has that boy next door, best friend, been in love with forever kind of appeal. Jason on the other hand is the "bad boy" in need of saving from himself. They both have a protective streak a mile wide (which I found incredibly appealing) and both need Mac to help them get through their respective troubles. The romance/ love triangle was the main reason I enjoyed this book so much. The basis of Hemlock is also a little different than what has been floating around recently. There is a pretty good number of books out lately where vampires have taken center stage and announced their existence to the world. Well, Hemlock gives them a run for their money by introducing werewolves. The whole idea (don't want to give too much away) is unique and refreshing. This book also steps up it's game by introducing a creepy ghost who still has me guessing, throwing around conspiracy theories, and a bunch of really hatable bad guys. I can't wait to read even more about these characters and the sequel can't come out fast enough for me. This book gets a 5 STAR rating.
Awake at Dawn Picks up right where Born at Midnight left off. Kylie Galen continues her journey at the Shadow Falls camp in search of what she truly Awake at Dawn Picks up right where Born at Midnight left off. Kylie Galen continues her journey at the Shadow Falls camp in search of what she truly is. Lucas, the werewolf from her past (whom she can't stop thinking about) is still MIA and her fellings for the sexy faerie Derek are growing. Kylie is still getting used to seeing ghosts when a woman covered in blood starts appearing and asking Kylie "To save her." To top it all off her powers are growing and she can sense something sinister lurking in the woods. Can Kylie discover what she is in time to save herself? C.C. Hunter delivers a book just as good as the first if not better. In the supernatural/romance YA genre books tend to be dramatically sappy. That is not the case with Awake at Dawn. There is a perfect combination of suspense, drama, otherworldly goodness, and romance. (Who doesn't love a good love triangle?) But once again if you are looking for a book with deeper meaning you probably don't want Awake at Dawn. However, if good entertainment is what you need...get this book....more
Kylie Galen has had a rough time. Her dad is leaving her mother, her boyfriend just broke up with her, and she sees dead people. Her psychiatrist andKylie Galen has had a rough time. Her dad is leaving her mother, her boyfriend just broke up with her, and she sees dead people. Her psychiatrist and mother have come up with the bright idea that Kylie needs to go to camp Shadow Falls for a change of pace. From the moment she steps on the bus Kylie knows there is something strange about her camp mates. When she arrives and is told the pupose of the camp she has no doubt that she doesn't belong here. Shadow Falls is a camp for supernaturals; werewolves, shape-shifters, witches, faeries, and vampires all spend their summer here. Kylie is just a normal human...or so she thinks. Apparently seeing a dead soldier walking around isn't all that human. To complicate matters more a sexy faerie keeps hitting on her and a boy from her past is here and just happens to be a werewolf. Kylie's biggest problem is that no one seems to know just what she is. This will definitely be an interesting summer as Kylie is introduced to a whole new world and a whole new set of problems.
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter is a fun light paranormal romance. If you are looking for an easy escape this is the book for you. There is no lesson to be learned or a hidden meaning lurking in the pages, just good escapist fun. I actually really liked this book. In fact I finished it in one night....more