I have to say that I was expecting to like this book a lot more than I did. Or at least I was hoping that I would. I mean, the hero...more**spoiler alert**
I have to say that I was expecting to like this book a lot more than I did. Or at least I was hoping that I would. I mean, the heroine's name is the same as mine (it was a little weird reading Cassie all the time, but I got used to it) and it was at vampires. My all time favorite paranormal creature to read about. But honestly, the book was barely passable for me.
It's a good 300+ page book and all of like 2 or 3 days occurred within it. And my favorite character turned out to be the traitor at the end of the book. I was also hoping for some spice romance, and while there was snippets of some romance thrown in... it was not nearly enough. And when we do finally do get to a spicy romance scene, the main character "spirits" or within 2 other characters in the... past. Yea, trust me it's as confusing and just flat out weird as it sounds. Especially when the guy that Cassie finally gets some "action" from is somebody that I can't see as anything but like an Uncle figure for her (for a lack of a better term to call him).
Another thing that got to me was the long chapters. Anybody that knows me by now is that I absolutely loathe long chapters. They make it feel like the book is dragging on and it just kills me. Like I've already said, this was a 300+ page book and there were only 14 chapters in the entirety of it. Most of them were 20+ pages long. To me that is absolutely crazy. I don't know. I know there are some people that this wouldn't affect or bother at all, but for me it was driving me absolutely insane.
I was wanting more from this book that I just wasn't getting. And for the life of me, even though we share the same name, I couldn't connect with the heroine. Which just makes a book even harder for me to read and there were already a million things that I didn't like with this series.
Cassie Palmer was a powerful character and she also had the backing of a lot of powerful vampires, but she still whined non-stop about practically everything. And then she kept going on about her desire to take revenge for her parent's but when she eventually got the chance to she let it slip right through her hands. She had the power to entire peoples minds, see and control ghosts, even travel back to the past and change history (which she did like twice in the book). But she whined about taking up a position of power because she didn't want to be used by either vampires or mages (a.k.a. witches). Dude, she would be (and will be regardless of her wanting it or not) the most powerful of them all and they would have to back down to her because they wouldn't be powerful enough to take her on when she got her full powers, but she was scared that she would just be a pawn for them.... Ummm... Do you not see that they wouldn't be able to do that unless you let them. Your the most powerful being around what's the issue. She was going to get "full" powers any ways, because they wanted to go to her after the current carrier dies (which she was going to do very soon) but she didn't want to lose her virginity because she thought that that would hold it off...
*Shaking my head right here* The lady explained to Cassie that she was going to get the powers regardless of what she wanted and that by losing her virginity she would be able to control the powers fully without them controlling her (don't ask me how this works, it's not explained). So why not do it with the guy you have been drooling over this entire book, if it's going to help you out in the end? I mean the guy has told you straight up that he's more then willing to help you out... I just couldn't understand Cassie at all.
I wanted to love this book, it just wasn't meant to be though. I will still continue on with this series in the hope that it gets better and I am maybe able to connect with Cassie the second time around, but I'm not holding my breathe.(less)
Nice Girl's Don't Have Fangs started off as a really cute book. It drew me in practically from the beginning. I really enjoyed Jane...more**spoiler alert**
Nice Girl's Don't Have Fangs started off as a really cute book. It drew me in practically from the beginning. I really enjoyed Jane's tone of voice and her sense of humor. Gabriel was a strong male lead and complimented Jane really well. He was obviously very attached and attracted to her and only wanted the very best for her, even while someone was trying to harm her and blame some murders on her.
Jane starts off by losing her job, getting head-over-heels drunk, flirting with a gorgeous stranger, getting shot and killed and then being revived as a vampire by that aforementioned gorgeous stranger. Definitely an interested and hard way to spend a day. But Jane takes it in amazing stride. I mean after all, it's not like vampires are a myth any more. Not after one came out of the closet and sued his old job to get it back and give him the night shifts he had been requesting. That was definitely an interesting take on the vampire myth. And always nice to receive a vampire welcome banquet with a starter kit that every new vampire will need to survive.
As things start to slowly head up between Jane and Gabriel they also start to look down for her. There is some one out there killing vampires... and they are trying to pin it on Jane. We are dragged into a web of lies and confusion and we have to figure out who it is that is playing these games.
However... about half way into the book. It starts to get a little to sugary sweet for my tastes. Like I said, I liked Jane's character, but she was way to reserved and to hesitant on taking risks. Especially with Gabriel. Another thing was, when they do finally have some "sexy" time together, it's during a huge fight and they are kinda doing it on top of broken glass... This just totally didn't fit in my head, it just didn't work for the story.
Besides the "too sugary" part of the books, I personally, found it a little to easy to figure out who was doing the killing and trying to pin it on Jane and exactly why he or she was doing it. Mind you, it's for a rather "weird" (yes that is my way of saying stupid) concept for a vampire want. But let's just go along with it.
All together, while I had some issues with the book, I did enjoy it and do look forward to the next one in the series.(less)
*Sigh* Sadly enough this second addition in the Love at Stake Series was even harder for me to get through then the first one was.
There was absolutely no action, adventure or even suspense in this one. I mean, granted, I know I'm reading a romance and I know in the end the girl and guy are going to end up together, but I love to read about the trials and tribulations that they have to go through to get to that point. This book just dragged out and bored the living heck out of me during most of it. It took until like chapter 20 something before we even got any substantial romance between the two main characters. And during most of the book, the main male character isn't even addressed by his real name.
I can take slow plot lines as long as they are necessary to the books and characters growth, but the slowness served absolutely no purpose in this book. And some of the things and experiments that are taking place in this series just seem absolutely ridiculous. I mean you are writing about a vampires and you are trying to find a cure to turn them back into humans to please their human counterparts?? Not only that, but you made it into the fact that female vamps are stuck in periods were male rule them and can do anything to them that they like. In this series, female vamps have absolutely no voice and are simpering little wine bags that need a man to make their every decision. It was absolutely degrading in my opinion. I couldn't stand most of the (scratch that), all of the characters in this book.
I couldn't help but role my eyes throughout the entirety of it. I kept on with it only because it's on my list of series to finish by this year. But I doubt I will be getting to the next book in this series any time soon. I need to take a break from the world that Ms. Sparks has created here. I can only hope that when I get to the next book, it won't bore me so much that I forget most of what happened in the story, just like I have for Vamps and the City.(less)
Oh My Gosh... How I enjoyed this book. It was action filled from beginning to end and I never knew what was coming next. The first...more**spoiler alert**
Oh My Gosh... How I enjoyed this book. It was action filled from beginning to end and I never knew what was coming next. The first few pages in the book was slightly confusing, I didn't understand exactly what was going on... but once I got the hang of the flow of the book, I couldn't put it down.
Kitty was a thoroughly enjoyable character to read about. She has one of the best senses of humor that I have found in book, ever. And best of all is that she didn't take a back seat to any of the "ultra hunky" guys around her. She took charge right from the get go and didn't run in the opposite direction freaking out, like you would find in a lot of other books. When it's discovered that she is surrounded by aliens, she takes it in stride and goes with the flow. She has a sharp wit and mind, was able to come up with things that the aliens (who had been fighting their nemesis for generations) couldn't even figure out. Not only was she talking the talk, but she could put the swag in her walk as well. She was kick-ass and was never afraid to take on the big scary aliens, and beat their butties.
Jeff Martini... what can I even say about him, but... where can I find a guy like that for myself. He has definitely become my latest book boyfriend. He connected with Kitty on so many different levels and not only because he had the ability to read emotions. They made a great team together and trusted each other, not running games around each other. And the chemistry, it was off the charts and they didn't play games with that either. They liked each other and they took a leap and went with it, regardless of what others might think.
I must say though, one thing that I found really annoying with the story was Kitty's mother actually. Her mother was kick-ass and strong as well (I mean both her parents were) and they were both hiding a big family secret from Kitty. But, I don't know, her mother annoyed me. She was over bearing, over-powering and at time boorish. She tried to push Christopher off on Kitty way to hard and wouldn't let her just make up her mind on her own. It pissed me off more then the "bad" guys in the book did. It found it pretty amusing that Kitty's dad's name was Sol Katt.
I enjoyed this book. It kept me up late into the night reading and laughing. It was a completely different take on Heaven, Hell and Alien's. I can't wait to start reading Alien Tango and see where this series goes next. But mostly I can't wait to get another fill of Kitty and Jeff. I definitely give this series two thumbs up. Loved it.(less)
I started One Foot in the Grave right after finishing the first book in the series, Halfway to the Grave and I must say I enjoyed t...more**spoiler alert**
I started One Foot in the Grave right after finishing the first book in the series, Halfway to the Grave and I must say I enjoyed this book even more then the first.
It started off suspenseful. To see how Cat was now... after 4 years had gone by since the first book ended. The last book ended with her running away from Bones (for his "safety") with her mother and joining a secret, vampire hunting group. And she is still with this group in this book. But right from the beginning all I could think about was... how were her and Bones going to end back up together, and how would their first meeting go after being away from one another after so long.
Why Ms. Frost, you did not disappoint me.
Cat and Bones reunion was absolutely hilarious (even funnier then their interactions in the first book). I must say the whole "Chris Pin" part was the funniest in the whole book... I couldn't stop laughing for a while.
I am appreciative that when Bones and Cat finally reunite, it doesn't take over half of the book and that Cat was smart enough to know that she still loved Bones and probably always would. That she didn't fight her feelings forever (that would have just been a freaking headache).
The issues that Bones and Cat faced, were even bigger and troublesome then in the first book. And a lot closer to home as well. They had to learn how to work together even more then they did in the first to overcome the "bad" guys. Cat even tracks down her daddy in this book. Who isn't really grateful to have been found.
And there is a shocker at the end of the book that I really didn't see coming but thoroughly enjoyed. I loved how Bones came to Cat's rescue.
I can't wait to start reading At Grave's End, the third book in this series and to see where Ms. Frost takes us next.(less)
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire sounded soooo interesting. As did the concept behind the book. A Vampire with a broken fang seek...more**spoiler alert**
How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire sounded soooo interesting. As did the concept behind the book. A Vampire with a broken fang seeking out a Dentist who could fix it for him and them ending up falling madly in love with one another. It was a concept that I hadn't read about before. So I was fairly interested in reading this one, despite the negative reviews it had gotten.
Unfortunately, this book was just okay for me. There really wasn't anything about it that stood out. That popped. That gave me the crazy urge to keep reading long into the night.
The characters were okay. The plot line and speed behind it were okay. Overall... it was okay.
Shanna Whelan is a dentist, who's afraid of blood and who also happens to be the target of the Russian Mob. But there's a lot more behind the story then what there first appears to be. Shanna is a lot more special then even she knows. And you can thank her Vampire hating dad for that.
Roman Draganesti is a Vampire, with a broken fang. He's also a man who's unknowingly searching for the right woman. Despite the harem of woman already at his disposal and the vows he took as a monk a few hundred years ago.
Both of these characters are definitely full of contradictions as well as being perfect for one another. But they have to learn how to over come both family and personal problems before they can learn to let their love for each other show and to be happy together. I enjoy the characters, even if they did fall a little on the flat side throughout a lot of the book.
I have to say, however, it wasn't really the characters that had me... just not enjoying this read as much as I had hoped I would. It had more to do with the romance. I have recently found myself more interested in Adult Paranormal Romances, because I have needed some steamy love between the two main characters (I know, I'm a perv... lol). How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire just didn't deliver this for me. I started reading this one right after I had finished Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian and in that book, there was at least 3 (if not more) different steamy love scenes between the two main characters. In this book, there was barely one and it wasn't until close to the end of the book. I found myself going crazy. I needed some more steamy, that Ms. Sparks just wasn't delivering for me.
I will be continuing with this series, it is on my list of "Adult Paranormals" to read. I am just hoping the series gets more interesting (with some steamy in it) as it goes along. Here's to keeping my fingers crossed.(less)