I think my small heart grew three sizes today thanks to North Pole Reform School. It's an adorably hilarious tale bursting with Christmas cheer. I wilI think my small heart grew three sizes today thanks to North Pole Reform School. It's an adorably hilarious tale bursting with Christmas cheer. I will admit that I have quite the dislike for the actual Christmas holiday, but I'm not a complete Scrooge. I absolutely adore Christmas movies and stories, and this one is no different! Well, it's completely different than anything I've ever read before, but it still gave me those fuzzy holiday feelings. There were also plenty of laugh out loud moments!
It all starts with a purple moose whisking Mistletoe Bell away to the North Pole in the middle of the night. Of course, Misty thinks she's dreaming, but soon enough she realizes it's all real. She, and four others, have been brought to the North Pole Reform School because they've ruined Christmas for someone else. Mistletoe, Luke, Joe, Emily, and Hugo all hate Christmas for various reasons and have done some despicable things to others during what is suppose to be the jolliest time of the year. Now the elves are prepared to show them what Christmas is all about and how much it means to those they've hurt. Needless to say, there are tons of heartwarming moments as these trouble makers get reformed.
For being such a short book, North Pole Reform School has an amazing amount of world building. It's clear that the author put a lot of thought into what her version of the North Pole and the inner workings of Christmas would be like. It seems like she thought of everything from how they survive the weather, to their food, even how the reindeer fly! I loved the reindeer, especially the babies! My favorite part though? The zombies! Yes, there are zombies. It's a totally bizarre addition, but it oddly works. The undead wandering about made for quite the interesting twist at the end. I never saw that coming. In fact, it's so strange I don't think anyone could see it coming.
If you're looking for an utterly unique Christmas story, or just a really cute one, North Pole Reform School is it! I want this to be a movie! I have no idea what studio could possibly pick it up and do it justice, but I think this would make such a fun holiday film. As a book though, I flew threw it and I smiled the whole the way. There are some darker bits, but it's nothing too heavy to take away from the overall fluffiness of it.
Back in Sin City, Bit the Jackpot now focuses on Seamus Fox, Ethan's campaign manager. He's still working on his assigned task of finding out who theBack in Sin City, Bit the Jackpot now focuses on Seamus Fox, Ethan's campaign manager. He's still working on his assigned task of finding out who the president's sister-in-law's vampire father is. Along the way he also tries to end his 200 year celibacy streak. Unfortunately, the woman who gets his blood pumping happens to be a virgin (and a stripper!) with no immediately plans on losing her virtue. And on top of that, he gets her killed and has to change her into a bloodsucking creature of the night; not the best way to woo a lady.
Donatelli is also still out to bringing the President down, but he's switched tactics. If he can't get to the President himself, he's going to take out his campaign manager, which of course fails. But he has a back-up plan: announcing a scandal that will win him the presidency. We get more into vampire politics this time around, and it's apparently illegal to change a mortal. Uh oh, for Ethan and Seamus!
I enjoyed the characters much more this time around. Cara is feisty without being obnoxious like Alexis was. The antics she pulls to get away from Seamus in the beginning are hilarious! I won't tell you what she does, you'll just have to read it for yourself. It's a hoot! She also has an unruly pack of pets, which cause much frustration for Seamus. Kelsey also plays a bigger role this time, and we get to know her better. She has an interesting past and it definitely explains some of her quirks. I even liked Alexis in this book. Maybe because there was less of her, or maybe it was because she seemed to calm down a bit.
Overall, I liked Bit the Jackpot much more than High Stakes. It was hilarious and sexy, and the plot was fast paced with some action thrown in. I'm sure what to expect next from the Vegas Vampires, so I guess I'll just need to pick up the next book!
A Hunger Like No Other is infuriating like no other. This so-called romance is absolutely disgusting and I wanted to throw it into the fireplace afterA Hunger Like No Other is infuriating like no other. This so-called romance is absolutely disgusting and I wanted to throw it into the fireplace after about 30 pages. I had enjoyed the previous book, although I did find some elements of it questionable, but had hoped the rest of the series wouldn't follow that pattern. Well, this one took all of the troublesome things and took them to the next level. This story is all about Lachlain, a werewolf who has been tortured by fire for the past 150 years, but manages to escape when he senses his mate, Emmaline, a half-vampire and sworn enemy of the Lykae. The prologue was actually pretty great and disturbing, but it's all down hill from there.
A Hunger Like No Other is 350 pages of romanticized rape, and no, I am not exaggerated. From the first chapter, Lachlain threatens to rape Emma multiple times. He touches her against her will and makes her touch him. She is crying and pleading, and is generally terrified out of her mind. He promises not to hurt her if she complies, but he continues to threaten to have his way with her for the first several chapters. He even molests her in her sleep! He says he continues to do these things because he can tell she's aroused despite her begging to be left alone. WTF is this!? He holds her hostage and makes her take him back to his home in Scotland, since he's been chained up for so long and doesn't get modern transportation, and promises again not to hurt her if she helps and stays with him until the full moon. Of course he's lying since he has no intentions of letting her go.
I totally get this whole alpha male, must claim his mate, old school male privilege nonsense, I do, but A Hunger Like No Other takes it to a whole other level. Lachlain repeatedly tells Emma that she has no say in what he does to her and takes liberties with her body that he has no right to. This is all excused away by the fact that she is his destined mate, and he can't control this side of him when it's close to the full moon. It is possible to be an alpha male who is totally enamored with his mate without threatening rape every few pages! Shouldn't he be more concerned with her well being and not wanting to cause her harm, since she is his one true love?! Everything about this relationship was total bullshit! It's not sexy!
There were points where I started to enjoy A Hunger Like No Other. Lachlain backed off a bit and actually started taking care of Emma, even though everything he still said was a lie or a manipulation. But then he gets her drunk and is all "I'm going to fuck you now!" But then he stops himself because he promised not to do that! Is that really a promise you need to make!? How about, just don't do it because it's wrong!
But then...oh...he rapes her. Yes, he does. She is literally running away from him. Like, she knocks him out, and RUNS! He catches up with her, tackles her, and forces himself in her! She screams in pain! She was a virgin, by the way, and he knew this. So, she screams in pain, but he keeps going, because eventually she starts screaming in ecstasy! This is blamed on the moon, because of some kind of moon lust or some such other bullshit, since she's been drinking werewolf blood. Never mind that she was LITERALLY RUNNING AWAY from him when he decided to do this. Do not write away rape as some kind of ritual! SHE DID NOT WANT IT!
I remember reading the first couple of chapters of this on Amazon several years ago, but then I got distracted by Twilight. Now I've finally read theI remember reading the first couple of chapters of this on Amazon several years ago, but then I got distracted by Twilight. Now I've finally read the whole book, and I have to say I'm quite impressed!
Claire is a great protagonist! She's super smart, starting college at 16 (so did I!), and is a complete outcast for it. She's tormented by the girls in her dorm, led by the utterly vicious Monica. Vicious is probably an understatement though; that girl is psychotic! The rest of the cast is great and entertaining as well. Eve is gothic, and spunky, and I adored her! I want her to be my friend! Shane is goofy and fun, but very sweet and protective when the situation requires. Now, Michael is very intriguing. He has some secrets and I found them fascinating. He's not what I was expecting.
In fact, Glass Houses wasn't what I was expecting at all. I figured that I would enjoy it, but I ended up really enjoying it! I love the set up of having a small town corrupted by vampires, with some humans under protection and some not. What the author came up with for when a vampire fails to change someone was really interesting, too. This book keeps a relatively fast pace, so there's never a dull moment as Claire and Co. try to stay on the good side of the Morganville Vampires.
I'm very happy to have found another series to give me my vampire fix! I just wish I had the second book, since damn that cliffhanger!
Mermaids are far from my favorite mythological being in novels, but I was hoping an adult romance novel would change my mind about the genre. While IMermaids are far from my favorite mythological being in novels, but I was hoping an adult romance novel would change my mind about the genre. While I did enjoy The Last Mermaid, it failed to wow me, and it didn't present anything new about mermaids/sirens. It sticks pretty close to the classic mythology, which is fine, but not altogether interesting and engaging. The Last Mermaid actually contains three separate love stories spanning from ancient times to modern, all linked together by the tale of the original siren of Kell. I loved how little details from each story trickled down into the next one, further connecting them. Like any good tragic love story, it starts with a betrayal followed by a curse. Kell may be a beautiful, uninhabited island, but it's history holds dark secrets.
531: Ione and Aedan This first story follows prince Aeden who is captured during an attack, then thrown overboard near Kell. Ione, the last mermaid of her time, rescues him and immediately falls in love. However, Aedan wants nothing more than to get back to his home in order to continue fighting in the war and save his people. Ione's loneliness blinds her to the fact that Aedan doesn't truly belong to her, so he's forced to brave the rocky waves on his own. I liked Ione and Aedan's story a lot because she is the one doing all of the rescuing and fighting. There are no damsel's in distress and she can certainly hold her own against men much larger than she. I definitely think there needs to be more stories with women saving the man and making death defying escapes! I also loved all of the descriptions of the island. It reminded me a bit of The Little Mermaid (Disney version) because the castle on Kell is full of treasures and trinkets collected from the sunken ships just off of the reef.
1721: Ronan and Leila I didn't enjoy this story nearly as much. I was bored for most it, and didn't really get into until almost the every end. I did like how Ronan was the mermaid heir in this case, but he's been living as the Earl of Kelmere and as his own heir for several generations. Leila is another tough heroine, an assassin contracted to kill Ronan. I had no idea why someone wanted Ronan dead until the very end and this nagged at me the whole time. I was also confused as to why Leila was an assassin in the first place since she didn't seem to enjoy it much and was attempting to get out of the business. There also isn't much romance. Ronan discovers she's hired to kill him, takes her back to Kell, then hires her to assassinate the man who hired her to assassinate him, then they lived happy ever after. Boring.
2004: Ruriko and Ian Finally, the modern day story is quite different. Ruri is the siren of Kell, but she doesn't know it. In fact, she's living in the US, far away from Scotland until Ian contacts her about buying the island from her. She's had no idea it's been in her family for centuries and agrees to sell it, but Ian wants her to see it first. I found this story really interesting, since Ruri has "nightmares" about the ocean, but really they're distant memories of her life on Kell which Ian hopes to unlock. Their story had also bits of the original tale inserted in, which I also enjoyed. It definitely all came full circle in the end.
I'm taking the GRE in less than a month, and I had absolutely no clue what to expect until I started reading this. I can tell that the tips in this boI'm taking the GRE in less than a month, and I had absolutely no clue what to expect until I started reading this. I can tell that the tips in this book are going to very useful, since they give a starting point for working on each type of question. I'm less nervous about taking the exam now that I know what I need to look for in each problem and how to approach them. The practice problems throughout each chapter were very helpful; I got quite a few right, and for the ones I got wrong I was able to see exactly why I got it wrong. Now I just need to apply all of the tips to the practice exams, and finish studying the vocabulary lists, then I'll be ready to tackle the real thing!...more
This was very sexy and exciting (in more ways than one)! Shayla Black eases the reader into a D/s relationship in the same way that Jack eases MorganThis was very sexy and exciting (in more ways than one)! Shayla Black eases the reader into a D/s relationship in the same way that Jack eases Morgan into one. Wicked Ties is a good starting place for those who want to try out more explicit erotica, since it starts out slow then gets quite kinky. The stalker and revenge story lines added another element of excitement and were pretty good plots. I'm glad I picked this one up....more
I was going to give this 4 stars, but I had to knock one off because Lauren got on my nerves for way too many pages. "I want to believe he loves me. HI was going to give this 4 stars, but I had to knock one off because Lauren got on my nerves for way too many pages. "I want to believe he loves me. He says he loves me, but if he does X that means he doesn't love me, and if he doesn't do that same X it means he doesn't love me, but I love him and he says he loves me, but there's no way he loves me..." Seriously, just shut up and love the man! Other than that, this was a cute love story and hot sex! This was my first real experience with erotica, and I think I'll have to seek out some more. ;)...more
This started out weird, verging on creepy...well, actually some bits were just straight out creepy. That had nothing to do with the three bothers allThis started out weird, verging on creepy...well, actually some bits were just straight out creepy. That had nothing to do with the three bothers all wanting a single woman to share between them, but from the way they approached the situation after finding Holly. Simply stating "We found you in the snow and decided you'll be married to all of us. You're a virgin? That's okay we'll all take you at the same time." Uh, just no. Other than that, I did enjoy this. I liked the running from a murderous husband plot, and I'm a sucker for happy endings, even if they are predictable....more
I read one of this author's contemporary romances several years ago and really liked it. Of course, when I discovered that she had a vampire series II read one of this author's contemporary romances several years ago and really liked it. Of course, when I discovered that she had a vampire series I had to check it out! Set in the bright lights of Las Vegas, High Stakes introduces to us Ethan, the president of the Vampire Council, and Alexis, a lawyer with way too much attitude for his own good. Ethan is running for re-election and his staff thinks it would be good for him to get married and project a more mature image (he is 900 years old!), so he chooses his bubbly dentist, Brittany. She happens to be Alexis' little sister, and she comes to "rescue" her from a kidnapper/brainwasher. Of course, her rescue attempt falters and she learns that vampires do exist, and this one is the target of multiple assassination attempts.
I thought that the plot was really fun, as it should be with Chick Lit. I really enjoyed the vampire politics, and the idea of Impures, which are half-vampires fighting for their rights within the vampire community. These vampires are not "out of the coffin" as in many series, so they have the Council to make sure that they remain a secret and can live normal lives along side humans. Obviously, there has to be some evil vampire politician out to get Ethan, and there is. There's no resolution to that plot thread this time, so I'm interested to see how it's carried out in the next books.
The characters took me a while to warm up to, especially Alexis. She's a bit too mouthy for my liking, and she spent a lot of book insulting Ethan and egging him on. I'm normally a fan of these kind of antagonistic to lover stories, but it was a little much in this case. I did like Brittany, but felt like she wasted on a lame side plot. Her whole "vampires are damn and must be saved" way of thinking was annoying at the beginning, but once Corbin arrives on the scene, things get much more interesting.
Overall, this was a fun read despite its flaws. There's some steamy sex scenes scattered through out, with plenty of biting! Ethan has some tricks up his sleeve! If it weren't for my slight dislike for the characters, I would have rated this higher. I am excited for what the next book has in store though.
I'm not usually one for stories of pregnancy, but when the mother is half-vampire and the father is a vampire, the results can be very interesting. BrI'm not usually one for stories of pregnancy, but when the mother is half-vampire and the father is a vampire, the results can be very interesting. Brittany is known as an Impure for her hybrid blood, but what will her baby be? Things get really scientific in Bled Dry and I loved it! This one is definitely the best so far.
I adore Corbin. He was such a broody loner in the previous books, but he really comes alive (figuratively) in this book. Brittany's bubbly personality definitely rubs off on him. He still has his moments where he doesn't consider her feelings, which is frustrating to me and to her, but he's been alone for 200 years; he needs time to adjust. There's also the matter of his research to find a cure for vampirism, which also gets tangled up with his interested in his baby's genetics. We finally find out who Brittany's father is! I figured it out early on in this book, but I definitely hadn't been expecting.
Unfortunately, I didn't care for the Kelsey/Ringo/Donatelli plot this time around. I was really growing to like Kelsey, but I just didn't get her decisions in this book. Ringo is a complete jerk to her and yet she still claims to love him and follows him around like a sick puppy. Ringo's scheme to weasel some money out of Donatelli also just seemed to add pages, not really anything to the story as whole,since Donatelli essentially found everything out on his own anyway. Luckily these things were only a small part of the book.
This one was much more fun than the others. Watching Brittany and Corbin try to figure out parenthood was sweet and funny. They're chemistry is through the roof, so they're sex scenes were pretty darn good, too! I loved the little twist at the end, and I can't wait to see how this series ends!