This time around with Jane Yellowrock, there was a lot more going on and a lot more emotion from our leading lady. I'm beginning to really like Jane aThis time around with Jane Yellowrock, there was a lot more going on and a lot more emotion from our leading lady. I'm beginning to really like Jane as a person....more
The Dark Protectors is one of my all-time favorite series. I was so excited to hear about the spin-off series, Realm Enforcers. This series centers arThe Dark Protectors is one of my all-time favorite series. I was so excited to hear about the spin-off series, Realm Enforcers. This series centers around the group of witches that basically police and protect the Coven Nine.
Wicked Ride centers around the investigation of a new drug that has hit the streets of Seattle. Lex is a detective that is determined to track down the source and keep Apollo from killing any more of its' users. Kellach is a new member of a hard-hitting motorcycle club with a bad reputation. Even though Lex feels flutters and more for this ultra-hot bad boy, she can't stop her feelings that she's making a very big mistake messing with the enemy.
As usual, Rebecca Zanetti does a wonderful job of melding scorching-hot romance with tons of action and plenty of humor. (It's no wonder I love this author!) I can't wait to get to Wicked Edge!
A big thank-you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Amanda is a resident of a space ship more than 2000 years in the future. Her mother raised her aboard the ship, but that doesn't stop Amanda for yearnAmanda is a resident of a space ship more than 2000 years in the future. Her mother raised her aboard the ship, but that doesn't stop Amanda for yearning for the fresh air and green earth of a planet to call her own. The team aboard the ship discovers a small planet from which a very old Earth-originating distress signal is coming and decides to take a small group to the surface to investigate. Amanda soon discovers that she is able to hear the voices of the trees on Harp, and she falls in love with the planet itself.
Rhodry is tired of all of the politics he has to deal with because the Earthers found his planet. He wants nothing more than for them all to load back into their ship and forget they ever discovered Harp so he can leave the city and return to the mountains. But Rhodry cannot reconcile the feelings he’s developing for Amanda with his desperate need to keep Harp’s secrets safe. The Guild and the trees are important enough that the humans cannot find out about them – the last thing the Harpers want is for their planet to be poked, prodded, and ultimately destroyed in the name of “science.”
The planet of Harp was beautiful and hazardous. I felt like the beginning of the novel, when Amanda first got to Harp, it reminded me somewhat of Avatar – what with the trees communicating to the inhabitants and the interesting animals. However, once the details of the planet and the story became clear, the more it evolved into something of its own.
I enjoyed the slow-building romance. In the beginning, there is an attraction by both Amanda and Rhodry, but also distrust. Then came a very small amount of friendship, which built to a working partnership. Then, finally, a romance that at times got fan-yourself hot! But, the romance was not at the forefront for the majority of the novel – things did not get heavy until three-quarters of the way through.
Shifter Planet is a romance novel, yet it is so much more than the typical romances I have read. It is an adventure novel as well; the vast majority revolves around Amanda's competition to join The Guild. The competition involves danger, treachery, and cunning, and provides a huge amount of world-building at the same time. Shifter Planet could also be categorized as a very “light” sci-fi. It’s very similar to a paranormal romance, only takes place on another planet.
Because of the interesting dynamics on Harp with the shifter clans and the city, the whispering trees and foreign animals, I have to wonder if this will become part of a new series. If so, I’d love to read the next one!
Thank you to NetGalley for letting me read this ARC! ...more
I looked forward to this one for a while now, knowing that it was Maggie's story. It was incredibly hot, as expected, but a bit cheesier than the otheI looked forward to this one for a while now, knowing that it was Maggie's story. It was incredibly hot, as expected, but a bit cheesier than the others. ...more
I love reading the comic versions of books that I like. My only complaint with these is that the characters don't look the way I feel that they shouldI love reading the comic versions of books that I like. My only complaint with these is that the characters don't look the way I feel that they should!...more
I like to get a refresher of a series after it's been a while since I read it. It was nice to get this with Moon Called, also with pictures. Although,I like to get a refresher of a series after it's been a while since I read it. It was nice to get this with Moon Called, also with pictures. Although, the male characters did not look the way I expected them to. They almost looked too...I guess non-alpha male! They were a bit scrawny and weak looking to me! Adam even appeared like he was kind of nerdy! That is not at all how I picture him! But, Mercy was beautiful and basically looked like I expected.
It was nice to have the Bonus story of Mac's origins there at the end. I always like a little extra information!...more
I'm not sure what I was thinking that Dead Witch Walking was going to be...but I was pleasantly surprised. I certainly took my sweet time getting arouI'm not sure what I was thinking that Dead Witch Walking was going to be...but I was pleasantly surprised. I certainly took my sweet time getting around to it. I've heard great things about this series for several years now. I'm glad I'm finally started.
Rachel is an interesting character. She has chutzpah while still having "normal" reactions to the things most people would be afraid of (like hungry vamps!) I really enjoyed Jenks - he added lightheartedness that this needed in places. Everyone else I'm fairly confused about - not only who exactly they are and what they are, but what their intentions are! I have terrible feelings about what Nick is up to! Time will tell. ...more
Call of the Dragon was a great romantic fantasy novel. Rhia is fighting for her life against a giant beast when Drake shows up out of nowhere and endsCall of the Dragon was a great romantic fantasy novel. Rhia is fighting for her life against a giant beast when Drake shows up out of nowhere and ends the battle himself. He begins telling Rhia what she at first believes may be a tall tale about herself being the long-lost Queen of Avalore - destined to return the lands to prosperity. As the attacks continue, Rhia agrees to the journey and the danger and adventure begin - along with the romance, which is hot Hot HOT!
I liked Drake's character - he really struggled between what his heart wanted and what his head kept telling him. Even when he was trying to steer clear of Rhia, he couldn't stop trying to protect her. Rhia's struggle was real - she grew up with the societal rules of the USA, and then was thrust headfirst into Avalore that couples pairs up by arranged marriages! I felt like some of the issues could have been solved quicker by her explaining what was happening in her dreams, but I understood at the same time that she was constantly reeling from new bit of information being thrown at her.
As always, I love a good HEA and am thankful for this ARC given to me in exchange for an honest review by NetGalley....more
Otherworld Nights is an anthology of short stories and novellas from Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.
There are many different stories here - atOtherworld Nights is an anthology of short stories and novellas from Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.
There are many different stories here - at least three that revolve around Elena and Clay, the original couple from Bitten. It was nice to see them in different stages of their relationship just throughout this anthology! It was also nice to see Adam as a young kid with his mother, and then again as an adult with his girlfriend.
I have to admit - I've never read a book from the Otherworld series. I've been trying to get my hands on Bitten for years (and I'm cheap, that's why I haven't just purchased it!) So I thought this would be a great way to get a peek into Armstrong's writing style and really what the Otherworld was all about. I'm so glad that I did. It was great to see into this world that she has built that flows so easily! Now I really don't want to wait to get into these. However, I would not suggest this to those that haven't read the series unless you're okay with MAJOR spoilers for the series. Just a warning.
I've always been a fan of "between the books" stories. Those that don't really fit into the flow of a novel, but just go better as a short story that isn't completely necessary to read as part of the series. I'm so glad I got a chance to read this.
A big thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review....more
Sam is a cop in a world very different from our own - creatures of the night are very common, and there are other authoritative offices that work alonSam is a cop in a world very different from our own - creatures of the night are very common, and there are other authoritative offices that work alongside police departments that police the non-humans. Sam has been searching for any hint of where she comes from for years- her memories begin when she was put up for adoption as a teenager. When her partner who has been missing for weeks asks her to meet him one night, she's wary but goes for it - after all, Jack is the only friend she has. Sam is surprised to realize on that fated night that she's able to sense supernaturals, and when she's attacked, is forced to kill her partner. Or is she?
I loved the banter between Sam and Gabriel. The world that Arthur created for the Spook Squad is interesting and dark. I am very intrigued and cannot wait to find out about Sam's past and her unique lineage.
When I grabbed this one up from NetGalley, I had no idea that this was a re-print from a series published 10 years ago! I'm really glad I got it though - I'm really a big fan. Memory Zero reminded me a bit of the Kate Daniels series, both being Urban Fantasy and involving a slow-building romance between two characters. I can't get my hands on Generation 18 fast enough!
Thank you to NetGalley for providing this ARC....more
I really am enjoying the Shifters Unbound series. So many aspects of the world are so different than other shifter worlds I've read about - it makes iI really am enjoying the Shifters Unbound series. So many aspects of the world are so different than other shifter worlds I've read about - it makes it stick out when so many others tend to blend together.
Sean was a great character - I love the combination of his strength as a Guardian with his sensitivity for those around him. Andrea was interesting as well, with her half Lupine, half Fae background. It was really nice to see the other side of the Guardian, who in the first book was only seen as a loner, somewhat depressed-seeming. I also enjoyed the battles and the reasoning behind them. So often it seems that authors have a vague idea that there needs to be some sort of upset, but no good reason for it to happen.
I will definitely be continuing this series, with Wild Cat....more
Dragon Call was somewhat disappointing for me because it had so much potential to be great. I loved the concept and the writing was great. There was jDragon Call was somewhat disappointing for me because it had so much potential to be great. I loved the concept and the writing was great. There was just too little explanation of too many things. Don't get me wrong - I liked it, and it was good, just not great like it could've been....more