A dystopian plot that takes place in and around San Francisco. One of the main characters, Lex, lives in a town outside of San Fran and she has to sneak in under the cover of darkness. The bridge has been barricaded so that no vehicles can get through and the city is patrolled by a military police force called The Guardians. Not the nicest of people. Lex must get in to San Fran and rendezvous with The Resistance and give them a flash drive on the drug called Emovere, created by her mother in the first place, and how it is still being used by the government. Emovere is a drug that hinders one’s fear, making The Guardians that are being given it fearless and callous.
The individual that leads Lex to The Resistance is Quin. He was once a venerated member of The Guardians, now a member of the Resistance. Quin has lead a rough life, prior to and during his time as a Guardian. At first he is distant with Lex, but over the month that she spends with The Resistance he gradually warms up to her and they become close. During that time he and Lex will discover that The Resistance isn’t quite what it is all made up to be.
I haven’t read a whole lot of dystopian, The Hunger Games Trilogy and Legacy have been the extent so far. And I would have to say that if they are all as good as what I have read so far I would be open to reading more of that genre. If you are a fan of dystopian, I believe this is something you have to add to your TBR shelf. Definitely something that must be read! ...more
LOVED The Dolls! I’ve had it sitting on my shelf for several months now and I’m thinking of kicking my own ass for not reading it sooner. I won this fLOVED The Dolls! I’ve had it sitting on my shelf for several months now and I’m thinking of kicking my own ass for not reading it sooner. I won this from a Goodreads giveaway. Love them! Being a mom of five does not leave a lot of book money and when I win I feel like I’ve won the lottery.
I loved all of the main characters in this book. They are all very well built up, realistic if you will. From the bitchy Peregrine to the douche bag Pascal. The pace isn’t dragging ass nor is it skipping anything pertinent to the story. Well written I would say. Eveny is homesick for New York when she first arrives, but she isn’t given much time before she is kept busy trying to figure out who wants to kill her. There is a sect called Main de Lumière, that has been killing witches for generations.
The witches of Carrefour are of particular interest to them and they have been trying to get to them for a long while now. With Eveny’s arrival there is also the discovery that the Main de Lumière have an operative in their midst and Carrefour isn’t the sanctuary that it once was and is supposed to be. On top of that her and Caleb, have fallen for each other and that is a big no-no.
I found mention of another book on Goodreads for Midnight Dolls with the expected publication some time in September. Let me tell you, I am so stoked and looking forward to it coming out. The book leaves you looking forward to the next book to see what happens with Caleb and the new character that shows up in the last chapter. Can not wait! ...more
At first I liked main character Camille. She has a distrust of guys that are arrogant womanizers. I myself find a guys hot-ness rating go down if he’s arrogant or too cocky. So I could relate to her dislike of Delsin. But, after she gets to know him and falls for him anyway she is kinda hard on him. I actually felt bad for him. She is way too sensitive around him. She knows he draws in the chics and he hasn’t had a girlfriend in years. Even so she gets bent the first time they go out as a couple and some girls hang on him. Yeah, he could have said something, but dude has been single for several years. Give the guy a break! Then when she catches him in a bad position she just takes off and refuses to even hear him out. After awhile even her friends that can’t stand Delsin at first, tell her to talk to him.
I liked ROUGH as a whole, but I just didn’t like the female main. I know she’s young so she is allowed a little bit of leeway on the acting childish scale, but I still kinda wanted to throat punch her. Totally on Delsin’s side. And his friend Avery, which is Camille’s best friend, sounds fabulous!
So yeah. That’s all I’ve got for this one. Should you buy this or request it from your local library? Buy the damn thing. It’s only a buck fifty. Support our indie authors! ...more
Place: Lucan, Ireland. Date: 1823. A Pureblood Vampire takes a priests life and waits for an Angel to come and take the priests soul. An Angel named Aingeal, appears and as she readies herself to leave the Pureblood attacks her and fills her with his poison. Her pair Azrael, comes to her rescue. He cures her of the poison, however the Angel Descendant she’s carrying is still tainted. Azrael tells Aingeal to run and hide until he can consult with Arch Angels on what is to be done for their offspring. Luckily pairs are connected and no words are spoken aloud in front of the Pureblood to tip him off as to what is going on between the two. Aingeal runs and Azrael keeps the Pureblood at bay. A few months later a baby is placed at a couples door swathed in cotton linens.
That, my friends, is just the prologue! So, as you can see you are sucked in right away. Lailah, a.k.a Francesca in her current life, knows that she has lived before. She doesn’t have total recall of all of her memories, but she remembers bits and pieces at a time. The constant is that she never forgets Gabriel. Lailah/Francesca is that baby left on the stoop, by the way and it is present day.
When Francesca helps out a Vampire named Jonah, she also comes into contact with a couple of guys from her past. One she doesn’t remember and the other is Gabriel. Dumb founded, Gabriel tries to figure out how she could be there. In another life he had watched her being killed when she was still human. And from then on more comes out about Lailah’s past with Gabriel and her current attraction to both Gabriel and Jonah. I’m not telling you who the other mystery guy is. You will have to read it and figure it out like I had too.
I would definitely say purchase LAILAH. The take on Angels and Vampires is something new that I haven’t seen before and for that alone it would be worth the money. Lailah is fantastic. This is one that I had a hard time putting down until I was done and then I was wanting the next book right away. One reason I usually wait to read something until either the whole series is out or at least a couple of books after the first one. It’s so painful waiting for the next one. I will definitely be looking forward to Gabriel, number two in the series. ...more
I love a good story where the main characters meet in their dreams before meeting in real life. I like the thought that there is someone out there that we are all fated to be with. But I don’t think we necessarily always find and/or end up with that one. Sometimes I wonder if we have met them and didn’t make the right decision at that given time to end up with them. Perhaps we zigged when we should have zagged.
Anna and Adam are the main characters. They have been dreaming about each other for many years, but don’t meet until they both get casted for a new t.v. series. Both are surprised and instantly drawn to each other. Adam tries to stay away from Anna knowing that anything he has with her is gonna be attained with hardship. Anna has a best friend from home named Corey, who is also casted to the show when a character has a bad turn of luck and breaks a leg. Things become a bit of a love triangle. Corey has feelings for Anna, Anna has feelings for Adam and Adam has feelings for Corey. HA! just kidding! Adam has feelings for Anna…. I just can’t help myself, it was too tempting to not write.
They are living on location and the house they have to film in is an actual haunted house called Gold Manor Ghost House. Many don’t believe that it really is, but a couple of the characters run into some things that can not be explained away any other way. The burial ground behind the house actual contains the remains of the Third Family that was decimated by the Fourth. So there are really only three founding witchy/wizardry families remaining. One and Two are in the “good” spectrum and the Fourth is of course, evil. And when Anna comes to be around Adam her witchy powers awaken.
I did like the cast of characters in the book. Adam being a part of a band reminded me of course of Adam Levine, yum. He was the only one that I really had anybody in mind for. Being that I have been watching too many cartoons with my kids lately and some anime on my own the other characters kinda were envisioned that way. The other thing I’ve been watching is Korean Drama and there really aren’t any characters that match up with what I have been watching. Hence, the anime-ish appearance. I’m “special” what can I say? The ending will of course set you up for wanting the second book right away. Thankfully, Crimson Hall Ghost House is already available. Expect a review for that in the foreseeable future.
So if you like love triangles, fated lovers, or witches give this one a spin! ...more
Bittersweet was a good read all around. I enjoyed it but, there was something missing at the same time. I'm still trying to figure it out. Maybe it waBittersweet was a good read all around. I enjoyed it but, there was something missing at the same time. I'm still trying to figure it out. Maybe it was just the high level of stress that is still currently swirling around out house and has nothing to do with the book at all. This had all that you could want in a book. Drama, rich and beautiful family, skeletons in the family closet, romance, back stabbing, murder and some sorrow.
Mabel and Ev end up college roommates. At first they don't click, but after a death in the family Mabel consoles Ev and that brings them together. They share some of their secrets and one is that Mabel doesn't want to go and spend summer vacation at her aunt's house. Ev, invites Mabel to come with her to the family cottages around a lake for the summer. And that's when the real action/drama starts.
You come across all of Ev's beautiful, rich, and eccentric relatives. Ev's brother that she thinks is a bit stiff and weird is the one that is drawn to Mabel. And in turn Mabel is drawn to him. She makes a friend in one of Ev's aunts. She is sent on a wild goose chase to look for incriminating evidence on the family, not really knowing what she is supposed to find by said aunt. As she digs deeper into the family tree she starts to gain some disturbing insight to the family. At times you start to wonder if she is going to make it out alive. Mabel finds out just who her advisories are and who she can really come to count on.
Like I said, this really does have everything you could want. At times you can guess the outcome, but there still are a few tricks up it's sleeve that will leave you with a dropped jaw. I think it would be worth the money to purchase. ...more
I first fell in love with Nancy’s writing with her Destiny series. Thinking nothing could top that Nancy gave me a huge surprise with her second serieI first fell in love with Nancy’s writing with her Destiny series. Thinking nothing could top that Nancy gave me a huge surprise with her second series Touched. Loved it more then Destiny if that is possible. Now she has branched out into Contemporary Romance. And I will say another stellar success!
From the very beginning you are drawn in. Foreboding from the minute Candy thinks she heard Libby calling her name. When Candy runs out the door late for work you know things are gonna get “real” super fast. Poor Libby! Poor Candy! Not knowing who she can turn to. Is Dave for real? Who is Mark? What’s gonna go down? More importantly WHO is gonna go down? I’m not giving anything away. This is something you must go into blindly and experience, because it is one hell of a whopper! So don’t miss out on this! And be sure to pick up Nancy’s other series! From time to time they are freebies. Keep an eye on Nancy’s twitter, she let’s you know when you can get them. And trust me once you pop one of those babies open, there is no stopping until you’ve completed all of them!
And Nancy, that brain matter on your shoulder? Consider my mind blown by your awesomeness once again! ...more
Two Hundred and Twenty-one Baker Streets is an anthology of stories placing Holmes and Watson in different guises and times. Since these are short stories I will only tell a little about each and just say if I liked it or not. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s experience by giving away the goodies of the stories.
A Scandal in Hobohemia by Jamie Wyman
Holmes is a the owner of a dilapidated traveling circus. Holmes is an African American disabled soldier who lost his leg. Lestrade is a tough as nails woman. I was really disappointed the story ended when and where it did. I wanted more! This was interesting and had a fun spin to it. If it was a series I would definitely read every bit of it!
Black Alice by Kelly Hale
Holmes and Watson travel to Worcestershire to clear a maid charged for murder via witchcraft. It is the maid of a past acquaintance of Watson’s. A more typical Holmes and Watson version. But still thoroughly satisfying!
The Adventure of the Speckled Bandana by J. E. Cohen
Holmes is a hippie!! And chain smoker, LOL. Watson is post military as a doctor. They take on a case for a wax museum chief modeler from Las Vegas, Nevada whose work has been stolen from his museum. The mention of the movies, stars, singers of that time adds to the ambience for sure and Holmes being a chain smoking hippie on top of that just did it for me. Love it!
The Rich Man’s Hand by Joan De La Haye
This story takes place in Africa. In this version Holmes has just been on a crack bender. Lestrade texts a picture from a crime scene of a dismembered body. Lestrade and Watson can’t stand each other and take pleasure in baiting one another. This case is tied into witchcraft or muti. This version was a bit dark, but I was laughing at how Lestrade and Watson act like a couple of scared girls. Another thumbs up!
The Lantern Men by Kaaron Warren
This version is located in Australia. Holmes is an architect that has returned home. Watson is a respected local builder. Both are working on the local museum that was once a grand mansion in the area that was rumored to be haunted. Loved this version. It has a creepy, spooky vibe to it.
A Woman’s Place by Emma Newman
Year 2031. This story is from Mrs. Hudson’s point of view. Holmes is Holmes and Watson is a woman and lesbian this time. Mrs. Hudson is Holmes’s landlady but so much more. I won’t say any more for fear of giving everything away. All I can say to this one is wow. What a twist! FABULOUS!
A Study in Scarborough by Guy Adams
Watson and Holmes are a pair of actors that use their own names and the roll they play is of the famous detective and doctor that they invented. They start out on the radio and later appear on TV. Arthur Conan is the writer that approaches Watson in his dotage to write a book on his childhood hero. The ending is surprising to say the least. I wasn’t too hip on the manuscript interspersed through out the story but the end is so surprising I loved it!
The Small World of 221B by Ian Edginton
An intermingling of Sherlock and Holmes, the Bennett’s from Pride and Prejudice and Herbert George Wells’ The Time Machine. Throw in a couple of aliens and you have the back drop for this short story. I knew this was going to be interesting when I saw the Bennett’s mentioned and the time machine mentioned. But I hit the aliens and I was done! Awesome twist on a bunch of classics!
The Final Conjuration by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Six wizard lords are gathered to figure out who has brought an end to their age long peace, with the death of one of their own. Sherlock is teleported from his time in Victorian England to a whole other world where what he deems is improbable is probable, to help solve a mystery that can not be solved by magic alone. Even in these settings Sherlock still manages to reign supreme!
The Innocent Icarus by James Lovegrove
Takes place in Sherlock’s Victorian London, however the common man is born with a gift of sorts. There are the Hercules – abnormally strong, Cassandras – precogs, Achilles – individuals impervious to harm. Watson is in this class of people, Olfactory – those with an acute heightened sense of smell, Mercury – exceedingly fast, Calculator – able to solve near impossible mental calculations, Icarus – those with the ability to fly., and several others. They are the norm. Holmes however is a bit abnormal. He is what is deemed a Typical. Just a person without any gift what so ever. And still he is amazing in this world. He even has given himself his own title for his powers of intellect and observation that he has individually honed. Gotta love that. And the last line of the story is classic!
Half There/All There by Glen Mehn
Here we have Watson as a doctor out selling prescription drugs and Holmes as a pill popper. Watson meets Holmes at Andy Warhol’s Factory. They rent some rooms above a bakery after shortly meeting each other. For those of you that have been hoping and praying for a version where Holmes and Watson make sweet love, wait no longer. The boys have a night of passion….once. Sorry, that’s all you get. But hey, at least it happens the one time!
All The Single Ladies by Gini Koch
This version sees us in California on an all girls college campus where a reality tv series is being filmed. Watson is the young, good looking, hero soldier, doctor that looks after the student body. Not literally. Holmes is a visiting detective from New York. Female detective at that. They are looking for the individual that is murdering and raping some of Watson’s patients. Watson is also being framed for the murders. Loved it!
The Patchwork Killer by Kasey Lansdale
John Watson is dead and gone, but his great-great-nephew takes his place. He is a doctor of sorts, he’s a dentist. Passed along a small wooden box by John, he didn’t know how to open it but always carried it on him in his suit pocket he uses an x-ray in in office and leaves the room to return to some strange man in his suit coat. Introducing Sherlock Holmes! The x-ray some how cloned him! Good story and memorable to say the least!
Parallels by Jenni Hill
Wow…just wow, LOL. In this version Sherlock and Watson are two seventeen year old BFF girls. Sherlock is Charlotte and Watson is Jane. This version has Jane writing fan fiction about Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in many different AUs (Alternate Universes). Her fan fiction has the pair as more then just partners. They are their love interests as well. Jane has a notebook that she needs the help of Charlotte to get, but doesn’t want to tell her what is in it. Mind Blown! Loved this version! Serious talent behind this one.
What ever you come across in this anthropology, you can’t go wrong. Each story is different and fantastic in it’s own right. If you are a big fan like me and are open to different versions you will love this. All of the authors in this book have pulled that notorious rabbit out of their hats and each one is of a different breed. This is truly an enjoyable read! ...more
A Song for Ella Grey is a modern day telling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Now it has been a long, long time since I read the original myth. And If you don’t remember it I would suggest you reacquaint yourself with it before reading this. Otherwise you will be wondering what in the hell is going on and wondering what this was all about, like I was. I went to http://www.paleothea.com/Myths/Orpheu... and brushed up on it after finishing the book.
David Almond stays true to the myth and wraps it in a modern day retelling with a big bow. There is a bit of a twist in that it is being told by Ella’s (Eurydice) friend Claire. Claire’s love for Ella seems more then just a BF love at times, it feels as if there is something more between them. I’m not sure if they were an item prior to the introduction of Orpheus or not. It’s never disclosed and their friends never mention it. Maybe they were in the closet or just experimenting. Not that it really matters. I just totally rambled on about something that really has no importance to the story, LOL. Just my wondering at what that was all about and if there was any significance to it. Orpheus charms all of Claire and Ella’s friends when they take a week trip to the beach. Including Claire. Ella has had to stay at home and work on her school work due to daydreaming in class. Claire calls Ella to have her hear Orpheus sing and playing his lyre. He speaks briefly to Ella on the phone before it completely dies and both Ella and Orpheus are immediately in love with the other.
The rest closely follows the myth and the end of Orpheus is told by a classmate, Bianca. She searches him out and is witness to his death by the hands of the scorned women of the men he has taken as lovers after losing Ella. When I first finished this, I was like, what the hell did I just read. I was going to give this a two star rating, but after enlightening my self with the myth once again I’ve decided to move it to a three star rating. So if you read this make sure you know the myth first. Then read it and you will probably really enjoy this retelling of the tale. It is really well written in my estimation and I liked it…after. ;)
I do love to nerd out on my historical novels and this one was no exception. As I was reading I had to hit up wiki and check things out and get a bit of a visual as to what everyone looked like. I love the clothes and everything from far back in the day. So I’m going make you endure my nerdy-ness.
This book is based on the historical queen Catherine the Great. I didn’t know much about her. Except that she was great for Russia like Elizabeth was great for England. Don’t get me wrong. Both were different, but both lead their countries through “Golden” ages while they ruled. Strong women, that were truly great for the time periods they were from. Ruling where it was mostly men and doing it better :) Girl Power!! This is about the intrigues of court life. Not knowing who to trust, and just generally court life really did kill any innocence one had when arriving. I love it on one hand for the excitement, but on the other hand I feel bad for the women that had to live during this time and how it makes them conniving just to not get chewed up and spit out. Women were meant to be pretty much seen and not heard. And used as bartering tools. I’m too mouthy, I wouldn’t last a day!
So here is a picture of Sophie (Queen Catherine) when she first arrived at court.
She of course arrives at court hoping for the best not realizing she is going to have to play games just to become engaged. Peter, heir to the throne is like a big child. He enjoys playing head games with people. And in order for Sophie to catch his attention she must beat him at his game. When she arrives at court and is introduced to Peter, she also is introduced to his friends. Alexander is the one she is most attracted to. She has more in common with him then she does Peter and Alexander tries to help her figure out Peter and his games. Helping her to succeed in winning him over instead of another princess. They soon fall in love and want to run away together only to be caught by the Queen. Leaving Sophie to play a whole other game to protect those she loves. You will have to pick this up and find out what happens then. I’m not giving any more away.
Photo of Peter
I read this in a day, easy. It really was hard to put down. Just wanting to find out what would happen next if their would be happiness of if Sophie would be squashed under the thumbs of those looking to take her down. But she was strong. She would be down one minute and then she would pick herself up, dust her self off and fight her way to the top again. She didn’t stay down long. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. The ending is just awesome. Let’s just say she one ups Peter, Bam! No keeping her down! Quick thinking on her feet.
There is a lot of action in Frozen: Heart of Dread. It is a non stop thrill ride and plenty of action goes on just to get to the blue. Natasha, Wes, and his crew come up against border patrols more then once, a break out from a treatment center for the marked, caravan hunters, and much more. Along the way Natasha and Wes become closer and closer, eventually falling in love. Natasha's secret comes to light, putting some distrust between the crew. There is so much going on you start to wonder if they will make it to the blue before the book comes to an end. They do, but there is still much to come it would appear. There appears to be a "sickness" that needs to be found. Leaving you waiting for the next book. Also, what is going to happen to Natasha and Wes? Will they stay apart or return to one another? I loved the non stop action and the story in my estimation was excellent. ...more
Another couple of wrecked people find each other. I really am a sucker for that story line right now. Maybe I just like the reassurance that I’m not the only mess out there =)
Evelyn and Mateo belong together. When one is having a hard time the other is there to support them. At first Evelyn is leery of Mateo. She knows that he has been in prison, but when she finds out why she is less afraid of him. And the closer she gets to him she finds out just how really gentle he is. He is a protector of those he loves and soon she becomes one of the loved. However Mateo has a hard time letting Evelyn in all of the way. There are things he doesn’t tell her until forced to, believing that he is protecting her. Also afraid that once she learns certain things about his family life she will take off. Where Evelyn was once easily lead, she has toughened up having to take care of herself once disowned from her family. She is finishing her nursing courses, which comes in quite handy several times. Evelyn has a big heart and loves Mateo fiercely. She stands by him and he stands by her when the reason and truth to her dreams comes out.
I was very happy with the ending too. It was sweet and proves that no matter what you think you can better yourself with the support of your friends and loved ones. That no matter how dark things in your life seem if you persevere you will find that light at the end of the tunnel....more
I LOVED this book! From the moment I read one of the main characters Nora, say “Fuck Briarcrest Academy, and fuck you all.” from behind a podium to a crowd of parents and students I knew this was gonna be good! In the crowd with his brother Sebastian, was our other main character, Leo. Watching Nora, surprised and amused. Leo is thinking that she was probably some spoiled rich girl, too young for him, but still intrigued.
Nora’s parents are wealthy, but she is kept in check by her mom. She has to eat a certain diet, weigh herself, excel at all of her studies and after school activities, wear the clothes picked out for her and still her mom treats her like trash and tells her she’s worthless. Her dad is never around and her half-brother is a creeper. She basically lives alone. Fed up with how she’s treated she decides she wants to become a bad girl. And her first victim, unwittingly, is Leo’s Escalade.
Leo and Sebastian’s parents were killed when Leo was 18 and his brother was 10. He gave up being a musician and raised his brother and fixed up the gym his parents owned and became a business man “flipping” gyms. Wanting the best for his brother, he sells his gym in L.A. and moves him to Texas to go to school at Briarcrest Academy, the best school in the U.S. Once in Texas, he opens a gym and starts a band with his brother.
From the moment Leo catches Nora painting his Escalade with bright yellow paint they can’t stop thinking about each other. Nora is looking for some one to love her and just put her first for once in her life. Leo doesn’t want to care for anyone else in his life except for his brother, gym, and band. Loving some one can leave the possibility of being hurt open, like when his parents died. And he never wants to feel that again. This takes you on the journey of Nora and Leo growing up and more aware of the lives they can have once they defeat their own personal demons.
Like I said at the beginning, I LOVED this book! I read it in less then 24 hours. I was riveted and was picking it up when ever I got a spare chance and way past the kids’ bedtimes. I’m paying for it today with tiredness, but regret nothing! Absolutely fabulous book! Pick Very Bad Things up now or add it as another one to put at the top of your TBR list! FABULOUS!
The Poet’s Wife covers three generations of women in a family through the rule of Franco in Spain. Through the hunger, execution and torture of friends and family, and the fear of staunch Franco supporters. Also through the births, making friends, and individual triumphs.
It starts out with the courting of Luisa and Eduardo in the early nineteen hundreds and the birth of their first child daughter, Isabel. Once Isabel is born Luisa takes her on hikes and ends up becoming friends with a family of gypsies. Gypsies are treated as inferiors in their society and Luisa has to keep her friendship with them secret. Eduardo is a lawyer with the heart of a poet. After having his first and only book of poetry printed he henceforth refers to himself a poet. He loves his wife and children fiercely, a devoted husband and father. Luisa is outgoing and pretty much wears the pants in the family.
Isabel is the first born and takes after her mother and father. She has the best of both. She can take charge, but she does so in the quiet way of her father. When she reaches her sixteenth birthday she leaves with her best friend to become a nurse in the Republican army field hospitals. There she meets Henry. He is a recuperating soldier from England. In time they fall in love. They part when the army is disbanded and after two years apart Henry makes his way back to her. They then start a family and their first born is her daughter, Paloma.
Paloma is growing up when Franco’s dictatorship is slowly coming to an end. She grows up in the 60’s and 70’s. She goes to University in Barcelona and when she graduates she travels to Morocco. She has never been in love before and when she is in Morocco she meets Alberto. The first Spaniard she has come across in her travels in Morocco. They get to know one another and she finds out that he grew up in a village not far from where she grew up. The travel some together and part ways with the promise that when Alberto is finished with his travel he will find her at her home.
I really liked this. I fell in love a little with Eduardo. He was different from all of the men in his family and time. Where they were all macho, Eduardo wasn’t afraid to cry with happiness or sadness when the time called for it. He was a gentle soul and very much in love with his family. He also held to his beliefs, even when those beliefs are what gets him killed in the end. I think Rebecca Stonehill spins an exceptional story to be able to make you see the beauty in these women’s trials and tragedies. Definitely something that needs to be savored like one of the fine wines of that country....more
I’m really not sure how I feel about Control. It wasn’t the writing, I think it was all the characters. I got them, but I didn’t like them. This is really hard for me to write. I hate not connecting with the characters. The story line was good and everything but I just…. I don’t know, something was missing for me. And the only thing I can think of is, no character love, which is weird. I love F’ed up characters! But with these two there was only fizzle. I wanted to give everybody a big throat punch in this. I don’t know, maybe if I read Possess I would like it better. The ending was a total kick in the crotch. HUGE cliffhanger! Which I had a feeling it was leading up too as the book got closer and closer to the end I wasn’t seeing any resolution to the situation.
Liam and Ella fight and run, fight and run. They are both so busy trying to get what they want but not appearing the “weaker” one. Both need to feel in control of the situation, and Liam has a hard time with compromise. Ella is wrecked from her marriage and trying to find her own two feet. Liam is also wrecked and his way of dealing with it is acting like the big man and throwing money at it. The perfect couple and together the perfect volatile mess. All these two seem to do to one another is hurt the other. Neither know the other well enough to understand the other person’s pain and insecurities and the whys. Until they do they are going to need and want each other, but still tear each other down. And with that cliffhanger I’m guessing shit is gonna explode. And I’m not sure in a good way. I think there is going to be a lot more heartache in store for those two. And maybe if I read the second one I would come to like them or at least get the closure I need in their story.
So I’m going with a three instead of a two. I liked the plot, but the characters for me were just ok. I’m still having mixed feelings....more
Woooo! Quite the ending! Didn’t see some of that coming at all! And I must give Ms. Sandro kudos on wrapping everything up altogether admirably. I don’t think she left anything hanging. I wasn’t left with one question as to what happened to who or with what. Be prepared to roll with the punches on this one, because they just keep coming and coming. This one is filled with flesh and soul eating butterflies, loas, a serial killer and betrayal.
It starts out with Mala as guardian of the Acker boys while Dena is in the hospital considered brain dead. The social worker is visiting and in the meantime, Landry is passed out in the chicken coop naked, covered in blood, and snuggling a headless hen. And that is just the beginning! Magnolia is back and worse then before. She’s got an agenda and Mala and Landry are trying to figure it out so as not to fall in her trap, whatever it may be. George lets the cat out of the bag about Mala’s new abilities to the town Sheriff and Bessie. And Mala comes face to face with her father at her Aunt March’s birthday party. And I’m not even telling you about the crème filling in this little twinkie!
Definitely would recommend this series to anybody and everybody. I fell in love with the first book. Two and three just got better and better. If there is one series that you need to read before the year is out this would be it. So put Dark Paradise, Dark Sacrifice, and Dark Redemption on that to be read list. Trust me, this is a must read series!...more
Cade has the most twitchy peen I have ever read of! LOL
Now that I have that off my chest I can get on with it. Ok, I can’t get past it…. It’s mentioned at least once a chapter! I have never been so aware of a wenis’s movement as I was in this book. I’m all for talk of mans fabulous extra appendage, but wow. That thing is ALIVE! ALIVE I TELL YOU! Sorry for that, you got the quirky me writing today. I’m trying to clear my mind. Maybe I’m running a fever. I’m fighting off some sort of creeping crud right now. Headache, sinuses, sore throat, and sneezing with itchy watery eyes. I’ve never had allergies before so it can’t be that. Ok, I’m good now.
Both Cade and Hanna have had their hearts broken and are dealing with it in their own ways. Cade’s drowning it in physical pleasure, he has a list of eight girls and Hanna is freezing people out. But in each other they find a kindred soul and become friends. Friends that are extremely attracted to each other like to put innuendo and much of their conversation. With Cade’s manhood making constant twitches along the way when ever he gets around Hanna. Hell, he just has to think of her and Mr. Happy is responding.
Cade has made a promise to his sisters not to screw the help, but Hanna is not the help and in his mind is one woman that comes along once in a life time. And he is determined not to miss out on it. She makes him want to be a better man than he has been of late and he starts changing little by little. Being someone that would deserve to be with Hanna, because Hanna is more then just a release for him. She represents something more that he thought he had and lost. Never to be found again. But he has been proved wrong and has gotten a go ahead from one of his sisters, that Hanna just may be good for him.
I was pleased with this book. Even though we don’t get any dirty monkey lovin’ in it, we get a good story about the journey Cade and Hanna’s lives take together. And although it is a constant back and forth it didn’t drag for me and there wasn’t a part where I was like “Get on with it already!” Amazing right? Usually I want to slap someone when they can’t make up their mind or even contemplate chucking the kindle. But not this time. There is just something about these two that kept me interested, even when they were backing off a little from each other. That being said I would really suggest this to anybody....more
When Maggie and Tyler first meet he is a total douche bag. She comes bearing cookies and he growls at her, is rude, and shuts the door in her face. So much for being a friendly neighbor! That sets the tone for their dealings with each other. They rip on each other when ever they can, it's funnier then hell. Tyler is always coming back with something that makes Maggie laugh in spite of herself. She just doesn't want to give him that satisfaction. So of course you know I'm gonna love this book for the verbal sparring alone. After a while they come to a sort of truce and form a friendship, but they still knock each other.
Maggie has been burned before by her one time fiance. He didn't hurt her alone, he really messed up her relationship with her parents too. So with that, she of course doesn't want anything to do with guys relationship wise outside of friends. Maggie's best friend Ava, talks her into a year long dating game. They have to have at least one date a month. There has to be a kiss...with tongue...just once. Then from there if they have more then one date with the same person the stakes are raised. So when Tyler is at a bar and he sees Maggie walk in to meet a date he knows what's up. He deflects a bar fly from her and is there when she gets the call that her date has been canceled. He gallantly offers to fill in so that Maggie doesn't lose that month and has to pay for a spa stay for Ava.
And from there they just kinda keep getting closer and closer, both knowing that there is hella mad chemistry between them. Once these two have at each other they can barely keep their hands to them selves and that is where the mad monkey lovin' comes in. The only problem is is that Tyler can't offer Maggie more then friends or friends with benefits. He's made a promise to himself and he's gonna follow through with it. Even if it means he loses Maggie in the end. ...more
Even better then the first! Not sure if this is it or not. I’m hoping not. I scoured H.P.’s website and checked out Goodreads but didn’t see a #3 mentioned anywhere. And the way the book ends it could swing either way. Although I’m hoping for more. I don’t want to be finished with Peyton, Drake, and Ryan! I have a serious book crush on Drake. If only he lived in my house…*sigh*
Book #2 picks up right where #1 left off. Peyton is recuperating from her possession and Drake wants to get out of the house and check everything out. While out with Ryan for lunch Peyton hears that there has been an uprising of paranormal activity in New Orleans. Thinking that it has something to do with the Axeman she enlists the help of Lovie and Christopher once again. We get to meet two new characters. Guarda, a voodoo priestess who’s also schooled in witchcraft and a relative of Marie Laveau. And Baron Samedi, the Loa of the dead. We also get to find out how Drake meets his end. I kinda had it figured out, but it was still sad.
After reading this I went back to my Goodreads and made sure that I had all of her other series marked as to read. Definitely going to be in my top fave authors! The Peyton Clark series has a fond place in my book lovin’ heart. Definitely a top of the need to be read pile pick! ...more
First things first. I don’t think I will look at yogurt and fruit for breakfast the same again… ever.
Sam is pretty sassy. When she first sees Cooper walking ahead of her towards the dive shack she wolf whistles at him. She also likes to keep Cooper on his toes. Never quite reacting how is expected. She also likes to tease him. When they first meet up she has no idea who he is, except that he is built like a god and hotter then hell. Everything he does has her turned on, even eating.
Cooper is confident and easy going, with a sexy smile boasting three dimples. He is intrigued by Sam. She’s not like the girls/groupies that are usually around him. She is an enjoyable dive buddy and she’s able to keep up with him in and out of bed. In fact she pushes his limits often. Both him and Sam are competitive by nature and they seem to thrive off of that, even when it is all in fun.
After a dive and dinner Cooper asks Sam to become more then dive buddies, he wants to take it to bed buddies. And from there they are off. They are insatiable for each other. Sam spends nights with Cooper which she usually doesn’t do in her other flings. As their ten days together progresses so does their relationship, becoming more then the fling it started out as. It’s moving into a permanent territory. Something new for both of them. They have mad monkey lovin’ all over the island. Always trying new positions, never the same way twice. So if you are looking for a read full of hot steamy sex this is definitely it. These two screw as much as they play! And being that they are both on holiday, that is pretty much how they spend their days. ...more
Chloe is returning home to Dublin as the general manager of Hope Street Hotel. She left her life behind in Dublin a few years back when her fiance called off the wedding mere hours prior to the ceremony, she hopes to return with her head held high with her advance in her career. She is a good listener, and truly likes to help those that need it. All of the guests adore and appreciate all she does for them. Her boss is pretty impressed by her as well.
First couple introduced is Dawn Madden and Kirk Lennox-Coyningham. Dawn married her friend and lover, much to the chagrin of her close friends and family. Kirk’s dad gave them a huge bag….of weed a.k.a pot. Dawn has been recently made manager of Earth’s Garden health food store and Kirk is a yoga instructor. She leaves him due to infidelity. However that isn’t the worst of it in her mind.
Second couple is Jo and Dave. Complete opposites. Jo is a tough no nonsense marketing director. Dave is an out of work actor looking for a job. Jo is a little off because of her taking lots of meds for In Vitro Fertilization. They trade vicious texts with one another prior to checking in to Hope Street Hotel. That isn’t what is really tearing their marriage apart.
Third and last couple is Lucy and Andrew. Lucy is a super model that is a couple of years older then Andrew’s twins Josh and Alannah. She thought she was marrying her One. Andrew started dating Lucy right after he got separated from his children’s mother. Then as soon as he was divorced Lucy and Andrew got married right away. Which didn’t sit well with his kids. They went our of their way to sabotage their dad and Lucy’s marriage. Later we find out it was a little more then that.
The book takes you through the ins and outs of the three couples marriage. You learn more as you go along what other things are contributing to the dissonance of these marriages. Over the weekend and with Chloe’s help will they stay together, make another go of it? Or will they say “feck” it and go their separate ways?
Not really sure what I expected when I started Love Me or Leave Me. All I knew was the narrative sounded different and intrigued me. The book starts off S L O W. The plot revolves around the main character Chloe, and three of twelve couples staying at the divorce hotel. I was having a hard time getting into it, but once I got about half way into it it started to get interesting. Pretty much once the hotel was up and running. Until midway through I was thinking I was going to have to give the book a two or three. But the last half redeemed the book for me. So I was glad I stuck it out in the end....more
Lou as a character is fabulous. So is her best friend Mel. When things look really down they both try to find something to laugh about the situation. Theirs is a true friendship. Both willing to so things for the other that only real friends do. If their was a body they would be willing to help the other bury it. Lou is a good, kind hearted person, but some of the things she does to her archenemy Hunter, are a bit evil. Although the out come is uproariously funny. I was sitting with the spawn outside on supervisor duty and came to Lou’s first lunch run for Hunter and I was laughing so hard I almost had tears running down my eyes. Which of course brought my tiny herd running to me wondering what was so hilarious. When I told them why they laughed a little too. Everyone finds excessive gas hilarious. I think that was the part that completely won over my heart. Anyone that enjoys potty humor as much as me has me won over immediately.
This is truly a good read. I wasn’t sure at first. Everything was going along so nicely and then Lou has to go and royally mess everything up with that damn spell. But what follows is so damn hilarious. The measures she goes through to try and get Aiden back and the out comes can at times be down right comical. You will know what I’m talking about when you get to the run training part. I was laughing so hard and my husband was asking me what was so funny. He just smiled at me, he’s not a reader. There are bitter sweet moments, but it is so well tempered with the humor it isn’t the heart breaking kind that you need a Kleenex for. The ending will leave you with a smile on your face. This really is a light hearted, feel good kind of read. A good little pick me up for between those intense reads. Definitely something worth picking up!...more
Five years to the day of Rory’s sister. Anya’s murder, she is at a benefit ball for the TOV (The Other Victim) foundation that Rory started in honor of her sister. Junior’s younger brother Danny turns up at the ball. Determined to clear his brothers name before he dies, he grabs Rory when she is on stage and tries to force her at gun point to take the blame for him. She hits her head and sustains a pretty bad coma.
While in the coma Rory and Junior form an intense psychic connection. She is able to see the things he is seeing in the sub acute wing of the hospital that he is housed in and he keeps sending her images of the night the murder happened. She becomes so entangled with Junior that she starts behaving bizarrely to her current fiance and family they start wondering if the head injury hasn’t changed her for the worst. Still trying to maintain her identity and not lose herself she decides to work with Junior and gives herself over to him to solve the mystery of what happened that night and allow Junior pass on with a clear continuous.
The Night Visitor is a pretty dark and intense read. Rory’s family dynamics are perverse and engulfing. Her step-brother and step-father are trying to confiscate her company out from under her. Her mother is narcissistic, only looking out for her own needs. The only bright spot in her life is her fiance, Tom. Dianne Emley has created an engrossing plot. One that is hard to put down, you feel you just have to find out who it was that pulled the trigger. If you like a dark mystery, this is definitely up your alley!
I read Firelight #1 & Moonglow #2 of this series and thoroughly enjoyed them and this one does not disappoint. I think this one may be my fave outI read Firelight #1 & Moonglow #2 of this series and thoroughly enjoyed them and this one does not disappoint. I think this one may be my fave out of the bunch yet. And is making sure I go back and read the others that came before Evernight. Sometimes readers can get caught up with other books and need to be redirected to a series that they had enjoyed. I sincerely thank Julie Paulauski at Grand Central Publishing for reminding me of Kirsten Callihan’s Dark London series. I’m going to try and sneak these in between my other books I have scheduled. And for reminding me of how much I absolutely adore Steampunk!
I love Will! He’s naughty and a dirty, dirty talker. A man after my own heart. William Thorne is a Sanguis Demon, kinda like a vampire, but not. Holly Evernight is a scientist/inventor for the SOS (The Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals). Holly and Will have a past. They were both held captive by Amaros, a fallen angel. Amaros took Williams heart and replaced it with a platinum clockwork heart created by Holly. The heart is foreign to his body and is trying to reorganize itself, letting the metal take over his skin. The only time he feels relief is when Holly is able to call the metal from his body. That is her elemental power. The power over metal. They decide to work together. William will keep Holly safe, as she has been attacked several times. He will find out who wants her dead. In turn, Holly will find a cure for what ails him and keep him pain free in the interim. There is just no stopping Kristen Callihan! She just gets better and better! I can definitely say that this is a series that should not be missed. One to put at the top of your TBR list. If you haven’t, do so now. You will not be disappointed, this series is something not to be missed out on!...more
I had a friend that had read some of H.P. Mallory’s other works and so was a fan before these came out. She also raved about this one, so I couldn’t wI had a friend that had read some of H.P. Mallory’s other works and so was a fan before these came out. She also raved about this one, so I couldn’t wait to read this. Then just for shits and giggles I entered the giveaway on Goodreads, I usually don’t win on there. I won! So I got the book and decided I had to fit it in ASAP. Then I saw Once Haunted, Twice Shy on NetGalley and figured I would request it. If I didn’t get it and liked Ghouls Rush In I would just buy it anyway. I was accepted. So it is kismet that I am to read these! Or at least that is what I am telling my little deluded self ;)
So I’m happily reading along and I find out that the main story line centers around The Axeman of New Orleans. I was trying to think where I had come across the mention of this before and thought a minute and then it came to me. American Horror Story S3! It took place in New Orleans and one of the characters introduced in that was the infamous Axeman! My nerd-girl in me squealed with glee and I had to pause in my reading and go and check it all out for my self. And, of course, I had to then listen to “The Mysterious Axman’s Jazz (Don’t Scare Me Papa).” Which was a tune written in 1919 by a local tune writer, Joseph John Davilla (the cover depicted a family playing music with frightened looks on their faces). Once my inner Nerd Goddess was appeased, I continued on reading quite merrily. In the spirit of things, no pun intended, I’m now listening to ragtime on Spotify as I’m tappin’ this puppy out. Hey, no one ever accused me of being normal, LOL!
The characters on the book are Fabulous! I want to be friends with Trina and Peyton, I want Ryan interested in me, and I want my very own Drake Montague in the flesh. Sorry to say, I might just throw over poor Ryan for a flesh and hot blooded french speaking Drake. YUM! And you add in a little based on true crime, but with H.P. Mallory’s twist and I am in hog heaven. The flirting between Peyton and Ryan is superbly written. This whole book in fact was just a delight to read and I can not wait to get to Once Haunted, Twice Shy. I do believe I have just become a fan of Miss Mallory’s and will be wanting to read everything she has written to date and to come.
The Winter People had everything I am a sucker for. Fairytales and the Fae are some of them. Let us not forget my penchant for YA and NA too. So to say I’m feeling much love for this book would be an understatement. Not to mention Rebekah L. Purdy writes one boss ass fairytale!
I liked the fact that the book doesn’t come right out right away and say that this is a book dealing with the Fae. Clues a plenty, but kinda lets you come to the conclusion on your own. Not that it was hard for those of us that love those hot Fae men. Salome is lucky enough to have 3 vying for her attentions. However only one of them doesn’t have a personal agenda. I think you like me will figure out who is tormenting Salome before the end like me, but I always love being proved right. There are a couple of surprises though, so it’s always interesting and doesn’t become too predictable.
I enjoyed this so much I didn’t even mind the love quad. Not that I’m apposed to them all that much anyway. As long as they don’t seem to go on forever and get predictable I’m totally fine with them. However I do know that some people can’t stand them so this is a spoiler for those of you haters. Stay away if you don’t enjoy them. I would hate for you to not appreciate this as much as I did just for those reasons alone. If you don’t mind them I would definitely say this is a must read! Well worth your hard earned dollars, euros, yen, pesos, bucks, dough, whatever you got. Spend it on this, totally worth it!...more
I liked that this takes place, for a large part, takes place on the set of baking show. I love watching those shows on Food Network! Something different and exciting. The different themes were fun and the rivalry between teams. Of course the antagonist everyone loved to hate was Piper. Which rhymes with viper. Which she totally was during the show.
What I just couldn’t handle was all of the angst in the book. It damn near gave me an anxiety attack. Good grief! The two main characters Kat and Lucas were balls of it. There was anxiety over the show. Both were so into each other and they both doubted themselves and one other that they were distressed about that. Then Kat was second guessing everything Lucas said and did. Lucas had no clue what Kat was thinking. For two people that were supposed to have been best friends, they were totally clueless. Seriously, I wanted to three stooges their asses. Smack their heads together, poke them in the eyes, that sort of things. By the end I had had enough of their shenanigans! Five pages from the end Kat finally got it! That is about 300 pages of angst people! It was just too much for me....more
When Kristine weds Erik she knows nothing about him. Just that he has saved her the night before she was to be beheaded. She’s heard all the rumors, but doesn’t know what to believe or what not too. Erik picks Kristine out hoping that he will have no feeling for her and be able to just impregnate her and fulfill his father’s last dying wish before his curse has fully changed him. But Kristine cleans up well and he finds himself attracted to her despite himself. Kristine just wants to be loved and to love another. She knows that Erik has married her just for child bearing purposes, but hopes that she may get him to feel something for her. Despite Erik’s determination, he is soon falling for his wife and Kristine has fallen for him. When he finds out she is with child he is elated but at the same time sorrowful. Soon he will have to leave her, he feels his animalistic side rising and doesn't want to harm her or for her to see him as his curse progresses day by day.
When Erik leaves, Kristine is determined to face the witch that has cursed him and demand she change him back. The plan back fires on her and Erik must ride to her rescue. The witch wants their child and Kristine’s fate hangs in the balance. Erik just hopes he can save her in time to see her and their child safe. I will admit I shed a tear a couple of times. It was just so heart breaking to watch these two struggle to stay together through everything. Each wanting to keep the other safe, their love for the other so great. But through it all their love never falters, and you just know that there has to be a happy ending. An exceptional adult retelling of the old tale. Anyone that has a soft spot for the fairy tale really should give this a read. Thoroughly enjoyable to read, even with the few shed tears!