Why I read this book?: I downloaded this book onto my Nook many moons ago and I've decided that I'm going to try and read as many of my own books befo...moreWhy I read this book?: I downloaded this book onto my Nook many moons ago and I've decided that I'm going to try and read as many of my own books before I buy anymore. I had read it once when I first downloaded it but I re-read it just to see if my feelings changed or not.
What I liked?: I really liked that Kara McMillian is a strong independent woman who is raising her four year old son, Connor, by herself. She's worked her but off to earn the position that she's in on the I-Team at the Denver Independent. She also doesn't take any crap off of anyone, especially her piggish boss Tom. Then she meets Senator Reece Sheridan at the Rio bar and what turns out to be a pretty intense relationship starts to blossom. Reece is the exact opposite of ALL politicians these days, he's your PERFECT fictional politician. Then an employee at a local mining company blows the whistle on them to Kara and the story takes a dramatic turn. The deeper Kara digs the more trouble she seems to find herself in. Then she finds that the company that she is investigating has "bought" certain members of the state Senate. Is Reece included in those members? I don't know, you'll have to read the book to find out.
What I disliked?: At times I felt that Kara was her own worst nightmare, not only in her professional life but also in her personal life. Granted she's been abandoned by most of the men that have been in her life but I felt at times she lumped all men into the same category.
Overall Impression: I thought that this was a really good start to this series and I can hardly wait to read the other books that I have in this series. It's chock full of romance and suspense and the timing and writing style I was really happy with overall.
Why I read this book?: I saw the cover for this book while cruising Goodreads and thought that the idea for the book was very interesting. I was out l...moreWhy I read this book?: I saw the cover for this book while cruising Goodreads and thought that the idea for the book was very interesting. I was out last week at our local re-sale bookstore and found a copy that I purchased.
What I liked?: I really liked Elise and her sister Juliana. They have a really close relationship and not even boys can come between them. I also really liked that Elise had a pretty great sense of humor. I've been reading a lot of YA books lately that seem to have a considerable amount of Insta-Love in them...That was not the case in this book between Elise and Derek. Elise actually thought that Derek was a jerk for awhile even. Juliana and Chase started out as friends and their relationship grew from there but I wouldn't call that Insta-Love either. I think the best part of this book was that we all have "crazy" family members, you'll have to read the book to find out what I mean.
What I disliked?: Webster Grant! What a prick! I also thought that there was a fair amount of superficialness and stereotyping in the book as well.
Overall Impression: This was a quick fun read that I enjoyed a lot. (less)
Why I read this book?: I just recently read the first book in this series, Moon Called, and enjoyed it so much I immediately picked up the second book...moreWhy I read this book?: I just recently read the first book in this series, Moon Called, and enjoyed it so much I immediately picked up the second book. Which is pretty amazing considering usually I have to read something different in between books in a series.
What I liked?: As always, Mercy Thompson is my heroine! What I really loved about her in this book is that she took her "devil may care" attitude and used it to kick even MORE ass in this book than she did in the first book. She's so "real" even though she is a shapeshifter. I feel I could be friends with her, if she existed in real life. In the first book the bad guys were bad but in this book the bad guy(s) were even badder than that! The action is fast-paced and the mystery is great too. Usually, I'm lukewarm on love triangles but I think in the case of this series it works really well. Though I'm growing increasingly lukewarm on Samuel. But at the same time I'm growing more in "book boyfriend lust" with Adam. I really like the road that Stefan is traveling down, storyline wise...I can hardly wait to see how it/if it plays out. A lot of the secondary characters are starting to grow on me, even Ben...maybe he isn't so bad after all.
What I disliked?: I'm really starting to dislike the whole vampire seethe, with the exception of Stefan of course. Other than that I really don't have much in the way of negatives for this book.
Overall Impression: I might just have to come up with a whole new rating for series/books like this! LOVE this series so much I'm going to go grab book three off of my shelf as soon as I post this review.
Rating: Hand over the Paycheck!
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a kick ass heroine who isn't afraid to get into harms way for the "people" that she cares about.
Like this, Love that: Charlie Madigan series by Kelly Gay, Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost(less)
Why I read this book?: I've read the last two books in this series back to back, which is an extremely rare occurrence, and I really wanted to keep up...moreWhy I read this book?: I've read the last two books in this series back to back, which is an extremely rare occurrence, and I really wanted to keep up with what's going on in Mercy's life so I just kept going. I think I'm going to keep going until I run out of books:) 2013 you can't get here fast enough!
What I liked?: As usual, Mercy! She's got this almost obnoxious sense of loyalty and when Zee gets into deep trouble she just jumps in with both feet to clear his name. That is also the point when shit hits the fan as well. I really liked that in this book Mercy finally chose between Adam and Samuel. I really liked that in this book we learn more about the fae and their folklore, there were some pretty interesting stories that were mentioned in this book. The action and suspense were right up there with the last two books and I really liked how we were introduced to Adam's "vengeful" side and more of the pack behaviors. Like in the first book, the bad guy wasn't obvious until the very end and I was really surprised to see that Mercy was wrong about her suspicions.
What I disliked?: This book started off slower than I really liked. It took a fair amount of reading and setting the book down before I got to the point that things started happening and the book grabbed my attention. I also disliked that new characters and plot points were brought into the book but once introduced where never really expanded upon. Maybe they make appearances in upcoming books but I would have liked to see a little more detail.
Overall Impression: This book is considerably more gritty than the last two books. Even though it isn't my favorite in the series I think it's still a really good installment and I'm off to start Bone Crossed!
Rating: Wait Until Payday!
Recommendation: I recommend this series to anyone who loves a tough as nails heroine in their reading material.
Like This, Love That (Strong Female Heroines): The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce, Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (less)
This is the first book that I've read by this author and I will DEFINITELY will continue with not only this series but her other books as well. I brok...moreThis is the first book that I've read by this author and I will DEFINITELY will continue with not only this series but her other books as well. I broke my book buying ban just for this book. I'd read so much about it and have had people tell me that I must read it so I did. I was BEYOND happy. I'll admit it...I'm a sucker for a HOT man in uniform.
Kade has always had feelings for his best friends little sister and at a family wedding in Hawaii he finally gets a small taste of Paradise...Shannon Dupree. Kade is a Seal and a man of few words but he definitely knows his way around a woman's body that's for sure. After their night together Kade is called away on a mission. When he returns he's different. A shell of himself.
Shannon comes from a VERY male family. She's fiercely independent and isn't afraid to speak her mind. She's had feelings for Kade for just as long as he has had feelings for him but didn't act on them until her brother's wedding. Once Kade comes back from his latest mission a shell of himself Shannon wants answers but realizes that she can't just demand them. She has to wait on Kade. But she isn't going to wait forever.
I found that this story flowed quiet nicely and once I started I absolutely could not stop reading. There are "adult" situations in this book including slight BDSM, just throwing that out there. The characters I connected with instantly. They are a close knit group who care about each other very deeply. The scene that I use as an example of this is the scene between Kade and Shannon's mom.
I do believe that this author has made it onto my "Auto buy" list! I can hardly wait to read more titles by this author.(less)
Why I read this book?: I read the two books prior in this series and enjoyed them immensely. This series has become an Automatic Purchase for me.
What...moreWhy I read this book?: I read the two books prior in this series and enjoyed them immensely. This series has become an Automatic Purchase for me.
What I liked about this book?: I really liked Tyler Anderson. He's a professional Hockey player but he's so down to Earth it's almost unreal. He's been hanging around the Riley families bar for months and is VERY attracted to Jenna Riley. Mainly because Jenna is the type of woman that he is usually attracted to. Jenna is also attracted to Tyler but because she has spent her whole life around sports, she doesn't want to be with someone who is into sports or plays sports. Good thing Tyler doesn't take "No" for an answer! I really enjoyed the connection between Ty and Jenna. They each have there own demons to vanquish and it made this particular book that much better in my opinion. I also enjoyed that there was a fair amount of humor as well. I enjoy a good giggle every now and then when I'm reading. The characters from the 2 prior books all made appearances in this book as well as the introduction of Cole, the Riley's cousin who is the main character of the next book in the series. The love scenes in this book were scorching hot (the sex on ice skates scene is a personal favorite) and plenty abundant as well.
What I didn't like about this book?: There were times I had a hard time connecting with Jenna. She'd go into these "dark moments" and go from a like able character and transform into a character that I just couldn't stand. Everyone has insecurities but I don't know many people who turn into a mean person intentionally. Another thing that I didn't really care for in this book was the over abundance (for me personally anyway) of sex in the book. It started to feel like that was all that Ty and Jenna's relationship was based on for the most part.
Overall Impression?: While not my favorite book in the series, it's still a really good book. This is definitely a series that I will continue on with.
Why I read this book?: I wanted to broaden my horizons and try reading Urban Fantasy. I saw the cover for this book on Goodreads and really liked it....moreWhy I read this book?: I wanted to broaden my horizons and try reading Urban Fantasy. I saw the cover for this book on Goodreads and really liked it. Then I read the synopsis and I was hooked.
What I liked?: Charlie! Charlie Madigan is the epitome of kick-ass heroine! She's a single mom who doesn't take any crap off of anyone...including her partner Hank, who happens to be a siren. The world that the author created in The Better Part of Darkness in my opinion is just chock full of AWESOME. Since this is my first adult Urban Fantasy series ever, AWESOME is a good thing. I really thought that part of the storyline where Charlie was killed and then brought back to life was very interesting and worked well into the plot of the book. This book is so full of action that it was VERY difficult for me to put down. I had to know what was going to happen next. Besides Charlie, there is a host of characters that bring a vibrancy to the book, even the bad guys, who knew!? I think the most interesting part of the whole book for me was that there was ABSOLUTELY NO romance what-so-ever. Since I've been reading a fair amount of romance lately this was a refreshing sight.
What I disliked?: The only thing that I can come up with at this time is that it took me forever to find this series much less become interested in this genre.
Overall Impression: CHOCK FULL OF AWESOME! Thank goodness I have the other 2 books in my possession as well.
Rating: Hand Over The Paycheck!
Recommendation: If you haven't read any Urban Fantasy and are looking to get into the genre I highly recommend this book. It's full of action, engaging characters and there is a fair amount of humor as well. READ THIS BOOK NOW(less)
I found out about this book because I happen to stumble upon one of the authors book review blog (Teens Read and Write). Alyssa had posted her Book Bo...moreI found out about this book because I happen to stumble upon one of the authors book review blog (Teens Read and Write). Alyssa had posted her Book Boyfriend and "Team Buttons" for the Hex boys in addition to the first round of reviews for Demons at Deadnight. I read the first round of reviews that were linked up on the that post and I checked out the "Team Buttons" and I decided that I NEEDED to download this book onto my Barnes and Noble Tablet.
I really enjoyed our main character Aurora very much. She has a wicked sense of humor, sometimes under the worst circumstances . She's smart. She's pretty dang brave too. She's also got a gift or possibly a curse, she can see demons. I'll even forgive her for having legs that go on forever (I'm 5' 5"), curly auburn hair and pretty blue eyes. And ALL of her problems seem to begin and end with a demon. Dang those demons! It sucks that they feel the need to try and kill her. Aurora doesn't have many allies to begin with and is thrust into the world of the Hex Boys. So now on top of all her demon issues she has to figure out what their intentions really are as well. There were times that I was so exhausted for Aurora while I was reading this book. All of the non-stop action and all that thinking had to equal out to one heck of a headache?!
Then there were the Hex boys. I'll fight Melissa and Missie for them any day. The closest group of fictional characters that I can come up with to compare these FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC guys to are the BDB (Black Dagger Brotherhood)...Minus the whole being a vampire thing. They've got the good looks, the bad boy attitude and as an added bonus there are 6 of them, one for each day of the week plus a day of rest.
What I really enjoyed about Demons at Deadnight was that it wasn't full of some many of the cliches' that I've been seeing in current Young Adult novels. It's starting to get old and Demons at Deadnight was breath of fresh air for me personally. There was also a TON of action and humor throughout this book. If you make me laugh out loud while reading your book that wins you a TON of cool points. Another thing that I really liked about Demons at Deadnight was that there was a hint at a romance but the way it was written didn't have me wanting to rip my hair out. Now for the Blaspheme...There are involved parents! Woulda thunk it!? For the record...LOVED IT.
Overall, I LOVED this book. It's full of action, humor with a touch of romance thrown in too. Personally, I think this book was a great start to this series and I can hardly wait to see how Aurora grows through out. If Alyssa and Eileen are reading this I would LOVE to read the next book in the series when it comes out. (less)
I've been extremely interested in reading this book since I first came across it on Goodreads. The premise of the book really caught my attention...No...moreI've been extremely interested in reading this book since I first came across it on Goodreads. The premise of the book really caught my attention...No Bill of Rights!? Men are the breadwinners of the family!? It goes on and on. Naturally I pre-ordered this book and did a little happy dance when the UPS man left it on my doorstep for me.
Article 5 did not disappoint. The best way for me to describe the world in which Ember and Chase live in is....Think of what the world would have been like if Germany and Japan had won WWII. If you don't follow the Moral Statues to the letter you could just up and disappear. What I really loved about this book was that it was non-stop action from the very beginning.
Ember's mom is arrested for an Article 5 violation and Ember is sent to a reform school. As the book progresses you learn a lot about Ember and Chase's previous relationship....The one before he was drafted into the MM (Moral Militia as the citizen's refer to the soldiers). That Chase sounds like a really great guy, the Chase that we see in the book now has "blood" on his hands, he's hard and at times borderline animalistic. Ember I think started out the book in a pretty sheltered life. Then things hit the fan and Ember's life is all in an upheaval. When Ember starts learning about how things really are out there in the world in the beginning she seemed a little bit on the weak side but she did toughen up by the end of the book considerably, even though it was a slower progression that I particularly liked.
Overall, Article 5 is a great beginning to this series. If this book isn't on your wishlist I strongly suggest adding RIGHT NOW! I'll leave you with a couple of my favorite quotes from the book...
“He was my anchor in the hurricane, yet at the same time, the hurricane itself, so that I nearly always felt safe and afraid simultaneously. There was nothing in the world as confusing and powerful as being close to him.”
“I could not fall back in love with Chase Jennings. Doing so was like falling in love with a thunderstorm. Exciting and powerful, yes. Even beautiful. But violently tempered, unpredictable, and ultimately short-lived.” (less)