Now Nina... she is really evolving. Self centered crazy bitch turned.... well, not as self centered, but certainly still very much a live wire crazy bNow Nina... she is really evolving. Self centered crazy bitch turned.... well, not as self centered, but certainly still very much a live wire crazy bitch. I imagine her "resting bitch face" could scare the heck out of anyone. What can I say, I dig her. She can take care of herself, and anyone else who comes along. Sure, she's not a superhero with a weapon, but she is learning. In fact, she is learning a lot in O2. Like how to keep her mouth shut at times when I really don't want her to! I swear, if there was ever a time for her to keep talking, it's in this book - but obviously she couldn't hear me yelling at the pages, eh? Either way, she's good with me - but she'd be better off if she would listen to me. Plus she loves her Docs as much as any woman can love a pair of shoes - a woman after my own heart!
Like I said, there is a lot going on in this book. Zombies, of course. Gross, putrid, hungry zombies. They rock. And of course, lots of travelling. Camaraderie. Relationship building. A few flesh wounds. Secrets come out in this book, and it costs people their lives. Surviving ain't easy, but you have to do it, and that's all there is to it. The secrets are.... well, they're huge. And those secrets will definitely clue you in on some other things happening in the book. It all ties together perfectly, and just when I thought I couldn't take the mystery any more, Ms. Riley tied it up nice for us!
Claire C Riley also introduces us to a slew of new characters. Some we get to know reasonably well, some are just introductions - and I hope we get to see them more in the upcoming story. There is one woman who is really catching my fancy, and her name is Nova. I kind of picture her like a futuristic, kind of crazy Lara Croft. The woman is badass, and she's a soldier basically. She's got a crazy sense of humor, but once you get past her defenses, I'm pretty sure it's like you are VIP.
This book kind of ended on a cliffy note, and I kind of wanted to threaten Claire Riley. I am not sure when book three comes out, but oh man - I hope it's soon (just checked, it's this winter - whew!). I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS! I mean seriously, it's not nice to toy with my emotions. I have a real bad feeling about what's coming, and I can only hope I am wrong!
Zombie fans, if you haven't picked up the Odium books, you need to hurry. This author writes a fantastic story that felt like I was fully immersed in through the entire way. Everything is vivid, even when I'm not so sure I want it to be (hello, zombies aren't exactly good bathers, ya know!??!) This series will definitely satisfy the horror lover in you. There is lots of action, some great kisses, some awesome revelations, and hey - a jackpot of a scavenger trip. Claire C Riley writes with intelligence, snark, and a healthy dose of humor in a dark apocalyptic world, and I just adore this series to pieces. Five stars!...more
Whisper is the opening novella to the Aidan Falls series. This was also my first book from author Crystal Green. One thing I learned is that I am mostWhisper is the opening novella to the Aidan Falls series. This was also my first book from author Crystal Green. One thing I learned is that I am most definitely reading on with this series.
"I'd do anything to have Carley, but she doesn't know I exist."
I'm not sure yet if the whole series is as focused on social media as Whisper, but this novella was, and it was pretty refreshing to find a book that felt modern in its technology and communication. The social media in question? TellTales, an app on your phone where you can post a picture with a secret of sorts. Or a question. Or anything really. Then you send it out into the world, and you can even set a distance on it for who can read it. It's a message like this that starts Carley's story.
Carley is new to Aidan Falls, and has kind of befriended her neighbor Diana. Now, while I didn't really like Diana (she seemed very judgemental and a bit of a mean girl), Carley is definitely likeable. She's quiet and reserved, but once she sees her name flash across the screen, she is very interested in finding out who wrote it. Diana is sure it is Micah, town hottie - but right away, I thought that would be too easy of an answer.
At the end of my patience, I started to turn around, but he must've known all my moves, because he slipped on hand over my eyes, blinding me, then covered my mouth with his in a scorching kiss.
While the question of who it really is wasn't too hard to find out, the quick journey is well worth it. This is a novella, so you don't really get too much by the way of waiting or drama, things happen fast. But when Carley and her secret admirer meet in real life, the sparks and chemistry are definitely tangible. However, I really do feel this novella could have benefited quite a bit from being a bit longer.
I really loved this novella, from beginning to end. At the end it does say Carley and her secret admirer will show face later in the series, I think with cameos. That is really a shame, because I loved this couple and would love to see a whole book for them. I found Crystal Green's writing to be engaging and smooth flowing, and if you are looking for a new New Adult romance series to sink your teeth into, I have a feeling this will be a good one. I will have a review coming up next month for book one, Honeytrap - so be sure to check back then to see if the goodness continues!...more
It's been a very long while since I've read a book about witches, especially real witches (apart from the witches who are usually in shifter books...It's been a very long while since I've read a book about witches, especially real witches (apart from the witches who are usually in shifter books... you know what I mean!) The Pendle Curse by Catherine Cavendish turned out to be quite the pageturner!
Our main character is Laura, and you can't help but feel for this woman. Her husband died six months prior, and she is still lost in the bubble of grief. She doesn't eat well, sleep well, she doesn't go out very much. Her life has revolved around sadness. And then things start getting a little spooky. A ping pong ball rolling in the night, doors shutting, mysterious breezes. Surely it's a ghost. And sometimes she even thinks it's her late husband, despite the fact she lives in a building rumored to be haunted. All of this on top of vivid dreams that seem just a bit too real.
So she decides to go away for a bit. A little time to escape every single reminder of why her life is so much different now. Her trip leads her to Pendle Hill, and almost immediately, odd things are happening there too.
Meanwhile, the author also takes us back in time to the 1600's where we see life through the eyes of James Device. He's a sexy young man, and a witch. I don't think I ever really decided how I felt about him. On one hand, he is completely there for his family and his true love (and there is a lot of taboo there!), but on the other, he has no problem setting his familiar on people or even killing them. The family's displays of witchcraft eventually lead to no good, much like the Salem witches here in the States.
There is a lot of back and forth, and absolutely no issue about continuity. But it did take a little longer than I'd hoped to find the common thread, what ties these two times together. Overall though, the story was fantastic, especially if you are into historical witchcraft stories. The characters in this book are all very intriguing, and I could picture each of them. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you wondering what is going to happen next. Definitely a good read, and I recommend it! ...more
Yesterday I posted a release launch post for Pocketful of Sand, and as promised, here is my review. As a fan of M Leighton books, I have to say I wasYesterday I posted a release launch post for Pocketful of Sand, and as promised, here is my review. As a fan of M Leighton books, I have to say I was impressed with this book. It was a bit of a deviation from the other books I've read, but I think she did a fabulous job.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect, ya know? But a great love story, I'm all in. The author really packed in the emotion, and it flowed from the pages - whether it was love, lust, joy or.... fear. Eden is our heroine and right away I connected with this woman on a level that doesn't often catch me in books. Eden is a single mom to a six year old girl, just like myself. I'm not to shy to admit that I hoped that Eden would get a Happily Ever After by the end with some sexy man-hunk, I want the same thing for myself!! Eden and her daughter, Emmy, have a great story now. But where they came from is just.... *shudders* It's worse than a nightmare. Their past is the sort of thing that could easily stop anyone in their tracks. But Eden has that momma-bear instinct and I LOVED that about her. Protect your child at any cost.
They move to a very small beach town for a new start. You get the feeling that they are running, and that definitely adds a bit of mystery to the story. Eden and Emmy's past is let out slowly, and I thought it was handled well. Right away they meet Cole... sexy, brooding, "town crazy".
Cole is out of this world. His past is full of his own tragedy... something even worse than Eden's, if you can believe it. But right away he connects with this woman and her child, and vice versa. They spend time learning about each other.
What was frustrating - and an awesome build up to the story - was the push and pull. They have their reasons to keep distance, but they find themselves not being able to. Sometimes others try to make the decisions for them. But these two feel like they are meant to be together, and that is a wonderful feeling.
This story has a bit of a twist at the end that caught me by surprise. I want you to be caught, too, so I won't blow it for you. But for me, it all turned out just how I wanted....more
This week I got the pleasure of reading The Fear That Divides Us by MN Forgy. This is book 3 in the series, but it's actually more like book 5 due to This week I got the pleasure of reading The Fear That Divides Us by MN Forgy. This is book 3 in the series, but it's actually more like book 5 due to the in between books. Either way, I really enjoyed it.
Jessica is a doctor and she is in a horribly abusive relationship with Travis. But now that abuse is starting to leak onto her daughter, Addie, who is only three. Jessica knows it's time to get out and she runs to the Devil's Dust MC club for help. Like most of our favorite mc club, these guys have heart and they do help her. Then the story jumps ahead a few years, and we get to see Jessica as her life is now. I really liked her, I felt she was a strong woman. Because of her past, she did close herself off a bit, and it really just made me sad for her. I could understand the why and how, but sometimes we can't see the forest for the trees. But she saved herself and her daughter, and for that she gets mad love.
And the forest in this equation is in the form of road captain Bobby. Bobby has a playboy image, but he knows where his heart lies - and that's with Jessica. Only problem is that she is having none of it. She would rather go without rather than risk danger again. But Bobby is persistent, and I like that. He stays on her, he comes up with a way to help her heal and get past her past. As a man I like him. He shows himself to have a good strength of character, not just in life for the sex and booze. He has a dangerous streak, but that's what I like to see in my bad boy heroes.
The only thing that really didn't resonate with me so much about The Fear That Divides Us is that it didn't feel so much like an mc romance. For me, it stood more as a romance where the leading man happened to be in a motorcycle club. But that ultimately had little effect on my enjoyment of the story. The danger was palpable. The jealousy in Alpha male Bobby was thrilling. And the sex, omg - it was very very good. So if you are looking to dip your toes into mc romances, this book might be a good start. Like I said, this isn't the first in the series. I've not read any of the others, but I had no problem. I definitely feel it works as a standalone. Most of the others deal with Bobby's best friend, Shadow, so I might go back and read those just to see why he is featured so prominently. But for now, I'm very happy with having read this book! ...more
Trisha Wolfe is one of those authors I've been wanting to read, but haven't had the chance - until now. And wow, I've started off with a doozie of a bTrisha Wolfe is one of those authors I've been wanting to read, but haven't had the chance - until now. And wow, I've started off with a doozie of a book. With Visions of Red is dark. Dark and sexy - and I loved every word of it.
Basic facts: Sadie is now a criminal profiler, think Criminal Minds on tv. She goes after the scariest of the scary, and she finds them. A big part of this seems to be due to her being kidnapped as a teen. Kidnapped and tortured - and rescued. But this secret is hers, or at least she thought so.
Now there are some very gruesome murders happening to young women at an alarming rate, and with a very BDSM tone to them. Not only that, it seems as if the serial killer is toying with Sadie and leaving clues behind that only she will understand.
Now this is where it gets interesting. There's a man, Colton. Colton is a neighbor of one of the murdered girls. He's also shown interest in Sadie at a BDSM club, before either of them knew who the other was. He's heavily into Shibari (ropework) and he seems to be a viable suspect when it comes down to it. But him and Sadie have this cosmically electric sexual tension, and possibly even real feelings for each other. Or is it psychotic feelings? Gah, I don't know!!
Trisha Wolfe really does a great job with misdirection in this novel. I can honestly say I don't have a clue who the killer is!! I have considered every single character, and their motivation, and I have yet to nail it down. The storyline is fantastic. You get a romantic thriller with a very dark and sexual side. And she's kept me guessing. Really, I couldn't ask for more - except the next book!!!! ...more
Deadland Rising completes what has become one of my absolute favorite series ever. Rachel Aukes has written such a beautiful and exciting trilogy, theDeadland Rising completes what has become one of my absolute favorite series ever. Rachel Aukes has written such a beautiful and exciting trilogy, the third book is a bit bittersweet. It has certainly been an eventful ride along with Cash, but oh so worth it. Readers, this is a series not to be missed.
We catch up with Catch, Clutch and Jase after they've been attacked by the Black Sheep and are just trying to make their way through the world. They are moving on to a new community called New Eden, and it doesn't sound half bad. As with any new community, you have to worry about who is in charge. Justin is that man. He seems like a pretty good guy, I can't complain too much. Some of the rules are a bit sexist and ageist, but it is what it is. Everyone is doing what they think is best. This place offers a feeling of community, of rebuilding society somewhat, and it offers safety. When you have a crew with dwindling numbers. children, elderly and even a pregnant woman, safety is even more paramount.
Can I just say how much I love Cash, Clutch and Jase? They've been together since the beginning and they've managed to stay together. They are family. They are each other's reason for survival and they ground each other when things get crazy. They are all amazing.
As I have come to expect, Rachel Aukes delivers the action in spades. This trilogy is near flawless in it's execution. She has given us scenarios that I've not seen before. Everything feels completely plausible and terrifying, and yet I can't get enough. You'd expect with the last book in the trilogy that there would be a lot of just wrapping things up, but it's not just about finishing the story. She continues to bring in the action and heart stopping moments. People are still dying - people who you don't want to see die. People who I thought would make it through. It's really heartbreaking, but I love that no one is safe. Deadland Rising kept me on my toes chapter after chapter.
Zombie fans, post apocalyptic fans, and even dystopian fans will really enjoy this series. The writing is fantastic, the plot and storyline are fabulous. The scenery (when not coated with guts) is beautiful. Well done, Ms. Aukes....more