Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewers: Heather and Ariel
Demon Chained is theOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewers: Heather and Ariel
Demon Chained is the fifth book in the Shadowfae Chronicles series by Erica Hayes. While it is the fifth in the series, it can be read as a standalone novel as well. Jewel is a djinni of the lamp, one who has been recently freed since the last owner of her lamp has died. Now Jewel is her own djinni, able to use her magic for her own wants instead of the wants of others. Until her lamp gets stolen, that is.
Tam is a man on a mission, out to get Joey DiLuca, the man who murdered him, his wife, and his daughter. How can he get Joey if he’s dead? He made a deal with a demon named Kane, who brought him back from the dead in order to exact his revenge. Now Kane has asked for Tam to retrieve a lamp for him.
I have a few problems with this novel. For starters, Jewel irritated me throughout almost the entire thing. In the very beginning of the novel, she is ecstatic that she is finally free and able to do whatever she wants, without having someone to wish for things and control her. However, as soon as she realizes Tam has her lamp, she gets depressed and upset that he doesn’t actually want her to do anything. Jewel is used to being wanted and desired, and when a man finally doesn’t want her, essentially letting her have her freedom, she gets upset about it. Since she is bound to a master her powers aren’t under her own control anymore, but other than that, she could have a normal life and instead she whines about not being wanted.
Another thing that bothered me, mostly because it wasn’t really explained, is that early on in the novel, the lamp gets taken from Tam but he still remains Jewel’s master. Now, to get Jewel to do what you say you have to say her name so I understand that if the owner doesn’t know her name, they can’t really do anything. But shouldn’t whoever has possession of the lamp still technically be her master? It confused me throughout the whole novel and it never really got explained.
Plot wise, the story was great. I’m not entirely sure about the zombie/djinni pairing in general, but I did like Jewel and Tam together. They brought out the best in each other and they helped each other get over their own issues, between Jewel’s lack of ownership of herself to Tam’s guilt over what happened to his wife and daughter.
There were a few weird sections where the novel switched from first person to third person which really bothered me. And the thing that bothered me the most was the ending, and I can’t even tell you why because it would spoil the whole book for everyone. If you read the book, you’ll understand.
I’m giving Demon Chained 3 out of 5 controllers. It had an interesting premise, and the plot was pretty interesting, but the main character bothered me, the fact that I didn’t understand how Tam was still the owner of her lamp even though he didn’t have her lamp, and how angry I got over the ending ruined it for me. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t one of my favorites.
My Rating 3 out of 5 Controllers
I didn’t have a chance to read the first four books and I’m not entirely sure if I would after reading Demon Chained. Now I’ll point out that this just wasn’t my cup of tea, but this is one of the most unique spins I have read on zombies/reanimated corpses.
The good rests in the world building and character development. Erica Hayes has always caught my eyes with these skills and created hellish worlds that resemble much of our own world … just with some badass supernatural beings. I loved her take on the Jinn (Jewel) and the struggles she faced with her newfound freedom. Lots of shmexiness there.
The bad and for another reader it may not be bad at all, but it became really distracting for me to keep up on what body part was broken versus what fluids were leaking from where on poor Tam. During the erotic scenes it became too much for me and I found myself focusing on the gross factor more than the sexual connection. If you’ve read the Shadowfae then maybe this isn’t a shock, but for me, I just couldn’t get into it.
As always Erica delivers her unique voice and the in your face writing I’ve come to love. I’m a huge fan of her Seven Signs series. I want to try reading this again, but I want to start at the beginning of the series, and maybe knowing more will help to soften poor Tam’s bodily fluids.
Not for me, but in the right hands I’d call this a diamond in the pale oozing green stomach acid.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 Controllers by Diayll, 4 Controllers by Ariel Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Ariel and DiayllOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 3.5 Controllers by Diayll, 4 Controllers by Ariel Review Source: NetGalley Reviewer: Ariel and Diayll
The Rules for Breaking is the second book in The Rules for Disappearing series by Ashley Elston. Full of danger and intrigue, this book is action packed from beginning to end.
The book follows the tale of Anna Boyd, a teenage girl who has just gotten her life back after living in the Witness Protection Program. Her boyfriend, Ethan, knows the whole truth about her past, her younger sister, Teeny, is back to her old self, and her mother is getting help for her alcohol problem in rehab. Everything is back to normal, right? Wrong. With the return of Anna’s journal, previously stolen from her, her world is turned upside down when the “suits” tell her that they believe there’s a mole in the program.
The only issue I really had about this book was that I didn’t feel really emotionally invested in it for some reason. My guess is a lot of that has to do with the fact that I haven’t read the first book, so it kind of took a while for me to get into the story. I would 100% recommend reading the first book, The Rules for Disappearing, before reading The Rules for Breaking.
I found myself really liking Anna. She’s a really sweet girl who just seems to keep having bad things happen to her. She feels guilty about the fact that her friends and family are being dragged into danger once again, and she’s so protective of Teeny it really makes the reader sympathize with her. She’s the kind of person who makes sure everyone else is taken care of before worrying about herself. And she isn’t stupid enough to not be scared, she’s absolutely terrified. But she also knows that it’s her fault that everyone else is in this mess.
The chemistry between Ethan and Anna was also something that I thought was really well done. They were really cute together, and reminded me of any typical high school couple I could have seen when I was in high school. Ethan’s protectiveness of Anna was also something done really well. He’s a good Southern boy, and he wants to be able to protect his girlfriend, which is understandable. He also gets really irritated when Anna tries to protect everyone else, which I get, but is still a little annoying.
Plot-wise there were a lot of things I really enjoyed about the book. I love a good action story and a kidnapping will definitely keep my attention. There was also a little bit of historical context later on which I really love, because learning some cool things about history is something that I enjoy. The book was filled with action from beginning to end and the bad guys kept you guessing the whole time.
I don’t really know what it was about this book, but I thought that it would be a hanging on to the edge of your seat kind of book, and I didn’t really get that vibe from it. There were definitely some cliffhangers, but I didn’t feel like I was in suspense throughout the whole book. I could tell it should have been suspenseful, but I didn’t necessarily feel the suspense.
Overall, I give The Rules for Breaking 4 out of 5 controllers. It was a good read with good characters, but I just didn’t feel very emotionally invested.
Well, The Rules for Breaking was one of my most anticipated sequels coming out this year. I absolutely adored the previous novel, The Rules for Disappearing. I adored “Meg” as a character trying to get some normalcy while her life was falling apart before her eyes. I rooted for her younger sister Teeny to find some peace and comfort, to do well in school, to make friends. I even cheered when “Meg” met Ethan, a handsome country boy who captured her heart. I LOVED the story. And I didn’t want it to end. However, in The Rules for Breaking I found myself not as enamored as I was the first time around.
Now that everything is out in the open (sort of) and Anna is free to be herself around Ethan and live a semi normal life, you would think everything is okay for our characters. But, Anna is still holding secrets, and keeping everyone in the dark about something that can truly harm the ones she loves, as if she couldn’t predict how this was going to end. To me, this was not a wise decision. I know she didn’t want to be relocated, but did she not understand how dire her situation really was? She not only put herself in peril, but also Ethan, his family, her family, and basically anyone she comes in contact with. I was really disappointed in Anna decision not to reveal that particular bit of information. Even though she couldn’t trust the FBI, she should have at least trusted her father, heck she could have told Ethan. I don’t know guys; to me this was just irresponsible.
Moving on, I did still enjoy the romance and chemistry between Anna and Ethan despite Anna constantly keeping everything a freaking secret. I still loved Teeny and their sisterly relationship. I rooted for their mother to get all the help she deserved. In the previous novel, each chapter was preceded with a sort of “rule” Anna has to follow to be in the Witness Protection and this was continued for The Rules for Breaking. However, in this book Anna sort of twists those rules to make them fit her and the lifestyle she wants to live. It didn’t appeal to me in this book like it did before. It seemed as though she was going against everything that had kept her alive and safe and I didn’t like it. At all. She still needed to be careful and I didn’t see her being careful in this story.
Overall, The Rules for Breaking was not a terrible story. Do I think a second book was necessary, not really. Because I enjoyed the first one so much this one seemed to let me down a little. I just didn’t like how Anna handled a lot of situations. And I didn’t like the fact that her poor choices put everyone in danger even when she thought she was protecting them. There is still a bit of mystery and suspense in this book which is what kept me interested. I recommend reading it if you read the previous one first.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewers: Join Review by Heather and Ariel
Garrisons COriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 Controllers Review Source: NetGalley Reviewers: Join Review by Heather and Ariel
Garrisons Creed is the second book in the Titan novel trilogy. I actually read and reviewed Winters Heat over on Literary Sweet, and plan on reading the rest of the series. Oh yeah, it’s that hot.
We met Cash in the first book, but he was a minor character. This book can be read by itself, but you really see the change in him between the two books, plus it too is a darn good read. Do yourself a favor if you love romance and suspense, pick it up.
Cash is a sniper who throws all caution to the wind. He’s a player, a womanizer, and there’s a long list of conquests notching his belt. While on routine assignment, for Titan, he sees the woman who started that downward spiral in him. Trouble is, she’s supposed to be dead.
Nicola is deep undercover working for the CIA when her target is killed – sniper style. Crap hits the fan and she tumbles into someone she never thought she’d see again. Cash Garrison – the man who owned her heart and the one she tried to protect.
Filled with action, suspense, and the clash of alpha male and female, can these two find a way to forgive the past and earn a second chance at love?
I love the heat of the series. It builds up and then burns you senseless. Mist yourself with this one, and be sure to watch your panties. The Titan boys like to set them ablaze, but for the men out there, Nicola has you covered too.
Cat fights, guns, and lots of explosive fire is sure to wet your appetite.
5 controllers, hot series, etc. (By the way this review is different than the one I used for my tour)
Garrison’s Creed by Cristin Harber is full of romance, intrigue, action, and spies! The second novel in the Titan series follows the story of Cash Garrison, a member of the Titan organization, who has recently discovered that the only woman he ever loved is not dead like everyone thought she was, just working for the CIA.
Cash Garrison. I don’t even know where to start. He’s such a macho protagonist, always sleeps with his rifle next to him and doesn’t take crap from anyone. When he’s around Nicola though, he’s all lover and knows exactly what to say and do to her to drive her wild. The one thing I will say about Cash that drove me nuts throughout the entire novel is that he’s too protective of Nicola. Being protective and wanting to make sure she’s ok can be sweet and endearing, but Cash takes it to the extreme. He doesn’t like the fact that Nicola works for the CIA for the simple fact that she’s a girl and she should be protected by manly men such as him. Whenever Cash and Nicola were talking business and this came up I got so angry. However, it left a lot of room for character growth, and Cash does grow throughout the novel, so I was satisfied by the end of the novel.
I loved Nicola’s character. She’s a strong female character who doesn’t let the men in her life push her around. Being one of the only female field agents in the CIA she’s used to having to prove herself to men who think she can’t do her job. Her life gets turned upside down when she runs into Cash, as well as her brother Roman, both of whom think she is currently buried six feet under. I really did feel bad for Nicola. She feels like a terrible person for letting her family believe she was dead, but she needed to be placed in witness protection, so no one from her old life could know that she was alive or they would all be put in danger. One of the things I loved about Nicola was she knew just how to get what she wanted when it comes to Cash. She loves him, but she also doesn’t take crap from him and refuses to give up her job just because Cash doesn’t like her being in the field.
Roman, Nicola’s brother, was great. He was the perfect mixture of pissed off that his sister lied to him, and relieved to find out she was alive. He also had to come to terms with the fact that his best friend and his little sister are in a relationship, and were in a relationship even before Nicola was forced into witness protection. Similar to Cash, his over-protection kind of got on my nerves, but it was a little more understandable coming from an older brother. Still, Nicola is a grown woman and should be able to date whoever she wants to, even her older brother’s best friend.
Characters aside, the novel was written really well. I could visualize everything really well, which is always nice. The action scenes kept me on the edge of my seat, and the romance scenes had just the right amount of detail in them. There were twists and turns right up to the end of the book, so even when I thought things were settled and I was in for the happy ending, something else would happen to stir things up again. Not many novels actually keep the reader engaged and entertained throughout the whole thing, but Garrison’s Creed did. It can be read on its own even though it’s the second in the series, and there are plenty of side characters to love as well as the two main characters, Cash and Nicola.
Overall, I’m giving Garrison’s Creed 5 out of 5 controllers. I was entertained throughout the entire thing, none of it was boring, and even though Cash got on my nerves with his over-protectiveness, the fact that his character grows throughout the novel redeems him and makes this novel a great read.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 2.5 Out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewer: Joint Review Jennifer and DiaylOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 2.5 Out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewer: Joint Review Jennifer and Diayll
Girl of Fire and Thorn by Rea Carson was interesting. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t my favorite story either. It opens of the sixteenth birthday/wedding day of Elisa. The youngest daughter of the king of a small isolated kingdom, she doesn’t see herself as anything special. She is short, chubby and has no particular skills. The only thing that she feels is special is the gem embedded in her navel. Known as the Godstone, she is the first bearer chosen in a century. This reason is the only one she can fathom as to why her father chose her to wed King Alejandro. Immediately following her wedding, she is whisked away from her home and sent to live in his kingdom. When they finally arrive, Elisa’s life gets even more difficult when Alejandro ask her to keep their marriage and her identity as the bearer of the stone a secret. She is also wanted by enemies of the kingdom who intend to use her as a weapon.
In a lot of ways I liked this story, but I hated that throughout the majority of the story you feel bad for Elisa. Most of us can relate to her in some way, body image issues and the feeling of being inadequate just to name a few. But all the other things the happened to her made the story almost unbearable to read. While it was satisfying to watch her come into her own, the journey to get there was terrible to read. There were also some other things about the story I absolutely could not stand. The way she loses weight for instance, while I understand that she was lost in a desert and starvation is bound to happen, I don’t like that this is how she lost the weight.
For a fairy tale lovers (and closet romantics) like myself, this book is a serious reality (as real as it can be) check. It’s not easy to be a princess/ secret queen/ bearer of a supernatural magic stone. If you can get passed the general sadness of it, the story is actually pretty interesting. I haven’t completely given up on this series and I hope the next installment is better.
2.5 Out of 5 Controllers
I completely have to agree with Jennifer on this one. I actually started out listening to this audio ages ago, and when I finished, I loaned it to my cousin because I just didn’t know how I felt about it. It was good…not great. Nothing really stood out in the story for me to say WOW. I think most of my issues stem from how the first half just drags…and drags…and drags on. It was like slowly walking up a hill and never actually reaching the top. Not until a little over midway through did I begin to fall in love with the story.
I’m not sure if it was the writing style of the narrator for The Girl of Fire and Thorns, but between the monotone voice of the MC to the lack of action in the beginning, I was less than impressed. I wanted to love this novel and by the end, maybe I did. Heck a part of me does I think in some way, feel “the feels”. The side characters to me are what kept it alive. I think they were very well written and I enjoyed what each brought to the story. I just wished I could have loved Elisa. She was always so down on herself, and then I’d see a spark in her and a feisty spirit. I wish I’d gotten more of that spirit through out the entire novel. She kept putting herself down so much I just wanted to thump her forehead and tell her to “woman up!”. At some point, you expect the main character to get a backbone and speak her mind or just do SOMETHING for his/herself. In this case, we don’t get much of that. Which is very sad because Fire and Thorns #1 could have been really, really, awesome.
Overall, read it. You might like it. You might love it. But if you’re looking for a strong character that shines bright across the pages…you might not find it here. It’s unusual for me not to love a good fantasy story, but this one…totally missed the mark.
Dear Cassie….you made me cry – uncontrollably. When I first started reading you I fell madly in love with your grace and stubble humor. You stirred emotions in me I didn’t foresee coming and I’m so glad I could share in your heartache, laughter, pain and growth. You’re exceptionally well written and I can’t give you enough praise. Well done Dear Cassie, well done…
Dear Cassie is the heart-wrenching story of Cassie and the repercussions she suffered from one night of tragic mistakes. When we are fist given a glimpse of Cassie we are introduced to her bad a$$ attitude and foul mouth, a girl who likes to smoke and who doesn’t play well with others. Not having read the previous novel in set in the same world, Pretty Amy, as a reader I was still hopelessly drawn to our main character and kept wondering what happened on that catastrophic prom night and what secret Cassie buried inside herself to make her hold such animosity towards other people, especially boys. Burstein dropped little clues through out the story and this kept me reverently turning pages. And the more pages I turned, the more obsessed I became with the characters.
Overall, I can’t say too much about this beautiful novel without spoiling the fun of discovering it for yourselves. If you’re craving a break from the paranormal and want to embrace your emotions, then this is the story you need to grab. I highly recommend it to parents and teens in hopes that you all can laugh and cry together and it opens up the discussion of heavier subjects that most teens find uncomfortable to express to adults. Even though the ending is open and encourages readers to use their imagination, Dear Cassie is a true treasure and should be on every bookshelf.
My Rating 5 out of 5 Controllers
Dear Cassie marks and records the struggle of one young girl who ends up in a rehab camp after a few bad decisions. It’s a touching story that shows us the journey of trust and love when you’ve known nothing but lies and deception. Each page unfolds her battle, both internal and external.
Cassie goes to this camp instead of jail. On prom night, she is out joyriding, with her girlfriends. They had primped, dressed, and were all set to have the night of their lives. That was until their dates failed to show up. In a fit of anger and pain, one of the girls breaks into her boyfriend’s house and steals his stash of weed. The rest is pretty much history, and Cassie pays the ultimate price.
In between this night and days before she leaves, naïve Cassie falls for a boy. She lets down her guard and believes his sweet words. Thing lead to other things, and well you’ll get the whole picture eventually, but I’m not giving it away.
Camp becomes repentance for Cassie as she struggles through the rehabilitation program. It’s designed to teach survival skills. The kids, under supervision, learn to follow rules, prepare meals, build fires, and pitch tents. Most times they must work together, and this is something the kids have a tougher time with.
At night they are asked to write in their journals. It’s an exercise that many of us know, but even Cassie fights writing the bitter truth of why she is here. To her it wasn’t about the drugs or even prom. Only her brother knows the absolute truth of what kind of monster she is.
Over all I enjoyed Dear Cassie. I didn’t get a chance to read the previous book in the series, and it isn’t needed to read this one. I might pick it up in the future though because I found the dropped tidbits rather interesting.
This is a YA book, but how young would be up to the parent and child. While it is relatively clean, there is sexual tension and sex related themes that make up the plot. Sadly, it’s a bit of a spoiler to come out and say what it is. I’d say 17+ is safe, and probably on par for the author’s audience.
The author did a wonderful job in creating Cassie. I liked her spunk, and I found myself laughing at her words/jokes. She reminds me of myself when I was that age, so I can definitely say totally relatable character to anyone who lived through teenage angst.
The ending surprised me. Diayll and I both read this (obviously), but I found myself wanting more closure. All in all it was the only part of the book that I didn’t love, but in the defense of the author, if there is more planned to further the story, then I get why she chose to end it that way. When I first picked up Dear Cassie, I didn’t realize it was a part of a series. Definitely an author and series to watch out for.
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewers: Diayll and Heather
Never having rOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Publisher Reviewers: Diayll and Heather
Never having read anything by this author before, The Secret of Ella and Micha is a delectable New Adult treat. The emotional journey – and the sexual tension – between these destined lovers, spun my emotional in multiple directions (and sometimes all at once), captivating me until the very end. Every minute of every page was an exploration into their pasts, their unforeseen futures, and endless possibilities. I loved devouring them. I loved crying with them. I loved just learning something new about each character in the book. It’s amazing, fun, and is definitely one of those reads that will make your heart melt and your soul fall in love.
Favorite Ella Quote: Holding hands, we walk across the grass and down the sidewalk, leaving a trail of water behind us and something else. Something invisible to the outside eye, but to me it’s more noticeable than the sun in the sky. (ebook page 105)
Ella is a reformed train wreck. Bad girl gone good, she escaped her old life in hopes of leaving behind her terrible past and the guilt over one mistake that cost her someone she loved dearly. But like they always say, you can run from your mistakes but you sure can’t hide, and her mistakes come back like a tornado in the form of Micha Scott. The bad boy, who’s still sort of a bad boy, but will make you fall in love with him anyway. Their relationship is something straight out of a movie, full of angst, heartbreak, and most importantly unconditional love. However, in order to get to the love, walls have to be smashed, barriers broken, hearts mended, and sins forgiven. And over the course of the novel, we get to experience all of this from both characters perspectives. It’s one romantic adventure, you don’t want to miss!
Overall, if I had to describe the phenomenal read that is The Secret of Ella and Micha, I’d say its yummy, raw, and so full of angst you’d want to rip your hair out – or clothes off. Sorensen delivered one heck of an emotional roller coaster ride that I still haven’t recovered from and probably won’t until I get my hands on the next novel in the series, The Forever of Ella and Micha. And I’m pretty sure I just might have a heart attack before October. *sighs* The novel also touches on heavy, very heavy subjects and should be read by a younger audience with caution. Nevertheless, I highly recommend it to parents and teens alike.
The Secret of Ella and Micha is a story about more than secrets. It delves deep with emotions of fear, longing, and heartache. This book is their story, their beginning, and if they can’t push past the pain, it may prove to be their end.
Ella is broken, shattered into so many pieces that all she can do is run. Days after her mother’s death, she turns her back on her old reckless ways and buries the old girl. In her place is a prim, proper, and pain filled imposter.
Micha loses his mind when he awakes one morning to find Ella gone. He had laid, no all but cut out his heart the night before and told his best friend the he loves her. Deep down Micha know. That he can never love another, but without his Ella he’s lost. At first, he drowns himself in women, attempting to fill the void, but Micha knows only the one he loves will do.
After 8 months of hiding, Ella comes home from college. She isn’t back in town for long before she finds that buried girl trying to reemerge. Micha sees her too, and he wants her back, but he will take Ella back in any way he can.
Ella has a choice that scares and excited her. She can keep herself closed, or she can face the secrets that sent her running. This is where their new story begins.
This story hit close to home. I know all too well about the fear that surrounds bi-polar disorder. It is a battle, even when medicated for those that love you. This is the fear Ella faces, turning into her mother.
Micha is intense to say the least and he’s so sure of himself. But everyone has secrets and pain that drive them. He’s sweet, but there is a lot under his hood. I picture him as a hot musician, but a profound being that suffers more than he ever shows. He reminds me of myself, minus the guitar playing and car racing.
I’d find it hard pressed to find someone who can’t relate to their pain or to having to hide the real you from the world. Young adults 17+ and adults of all ages, who enjoy romance and discovery should go read this now. I read it in a day and couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want to either and now I’m looking forward to the next chapter in their lives....more
Originally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewers: Heather and Diayll
Diayll Every tOriginally Reviewed At:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Audiobook purchase Reviewers: Heather and Diayll
Diayll Every trepidation I had about the Sookie Stackhouse series in the last book, Deadlocked, disappeared (thank goodness) in Dead Ever After. As a Super-Fan of this series, the final installment truly warmed my heart. It is by far, one of my favorites out of the thirteen book series because we finally get our headstrong Sookie back *yippee*! Oh how I missed her and her quirky self. And I can’t deny, I was hooting and hollering the whole time. With every funny line and the return of some of my favorite characters, Dead Ever After rocked my supernatural world.
Things are crazy in Bon Temps and of course, our heroine is in the middle of it all. Sookie has managed to make numerous enemies over the course of the last twelve novels and it’s definitely come back to bite her in the arse. Now framed for a murder she didn’t commit, Sookie must uncover which supernatural creature she’s pissed off the most. But not only does she have many enemies it turns out Sookie also has many friends – friends who come to her rescue and band together to help uncover Bon Temps last mystery.
Thank you Ms. Harris for bringing back the wonderful mystery to the series! The three areas on which I judge these books are the mystery, the romance, and character development. In the last couple of novels, the mystery has been a little bland and if you’ve been with us since the beginning the you know Harris’s books are known for having an epic mystery to uncover – which usually leads to things being blown up, people dying, and sh*t hitting the fan. In Dead Ever After, we see the return of the mysterious aspect to the novels. There is less, OMG-who-will-I-bang and more fun-loving lets-solve-this-thing, happening. I think this allowed Sookie to develop more as a character. Her love life for once was able to take a back seat allowing readers to just enjoy the whodunit. While somewhat predictable, it was still enjoyable. And it did contribute to my overall enjoyment of the audiobook.
I know some people (fans) are going rabid over the ending. However, I am not one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed to story and enjoyed investing my time in Sookie. Although she may have made one too many mistakes and hasty decisions (and slept with way too many people), she is still the heroine that introduced me to Urban Fantasy/PNR and still the heroine I love the most. Do I wish there was more? Of course! Would I read it all again? You bet! Sookie in the end had to find herself. We all make mistakes and let our hearts lead us down paths we shouldn’t be traveling. It’s our job as people to let things go, move on, grow and learn. I think that’s exactly what happened in Dead Ever After, Sookie came to terms with herself and decided what’s right for her. And frankly, I couldn’t be happier!
My Rating 4.5 out of 5 Controllers
Heather I went in blind, refusing to read spoilers or the opinions of other fans. For me this series has always been way better than the show will ever become, but I started watching the show long before I picked up the actual series.
With that said, I don’t have years invested into the books, but I became hooked the moment I picked up my first Sookie Stackhouse novel, and read them straight through. For the past two years, I’ve picked up the books with increasing haste, and devoured them in a day. This time, I savored the story knowing it would be the last.
We all have our teams, and I’ll leave mine out. The story itself in Dead Ever After was excellent. We have the Sookie we’ve all come to love, with her quirky, laughable sayings. She gets herself caught up in a few messes, though they are never really ever her fault. But the most enjoyable, for me, was having everyone back in the same book. I got to “listen” as all the past favorites came together for one last final hurrah.
Does Sookie get a HEA? Maybe she does, maybe it’s just for right now, and we’ll never know for sure. If you’ve fallen in love with crazy Sookie, and go into this book wanting to read her end, then pick it up and give it a read. This is her series as much as it is the author’s series, and I knew that no matter what anyone else said (or thought) that I would read it for myself.
Originally Reviewed At:Mpother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Joint Review By: Heather and AimeeKay
HOriginally Reviewed At:Mpother/Gamer/Writer Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers Review Source: Author for Honest Review Joint Review By: Heather and AimeeKay
Heather’s Thoughts on The Darkest Day:
The Darkest Day is best described as a captivating, sultry, sexy, page-turning read. It spans the genres of adult romance, urban fantasy, dystopian, and paranormal, which is not an easy task. Yet this author does it right, no, perfectly. Ok enough of my schmooze for now!
Our two main characters are Kelvin and Izel; one is a pookah, the other a Fionn, and both are sworn enemies from a feud that has been brewing for over a thousand years. They both live in a society that has the human race extinct, and residing on Earth are the many races of immortal beings. When immortals fight their battles, they can last forever, spanning millennia before they are finally laid to rest.
But what happens when Izel, though born to the Fionn clan and is their Warchief, finds out she is 100 percent human with a startling prophecy that begs her to turn her back and heart on the man, her captor sent to kill her, she has grown to love.
Kelvin is a razorback pookah who has spent a lifetime of bathing in the blood of the Fionn clan. He is even responsible for killing Izel’s father on the battlefield, and it was then, 1,000 years ago that Kel vowed to kill every last Fionn male.
Fate had other plans when she threw these two unlikely, though not unsuspecting to some, pair together to trek across the Scottish countryside. Ok that is all I’m giving folks, and I’ve left out an enormous part of the plot. There is only so much I can tell, and I hate spoiling books (and the like) for others.
This one will make my top 10 to read, so hands down I recommend it to those 18 and older who enjoy hot, sexy romance with a fantasy/paranormal twist. The world building was done quite well, and I loved the glossary in the back that went over every aspect of the world with a fine tooth comb. In my opinion, I love when an author goes the extra mile, especially if it helps to clear up questions, but you couldn’t fit it all into the story.
The pacing was perfect. I dove right into this story, stopping only to tell a friend she needed to read it now. It interrupted my life, and it was a much needed one at that! Every time I tried to put it down, I found myself giddy, needing to know what would happen next, asking myself if … and when it ended; I smiled, but secretly wanted more.
I laughed, I got angry, I smiled (a lot), and of course I cried when reading The Darkest Day. I felt, in my core, the excitement, the worry, the suspense, and the lusty romance was just icing on the cake. There are few books that can draw me into the pages, making me a bystander, feel just like the characters do. This is one of those rare treasures, and I hope you will enjoy it too.
AimeeKay’s Thoughts on The Darkest Day:
Paranormal romance is one of my favorite genres. This doesn’t mean I love every PNR I read. Some are just downright dull or annoying. However The Darkest Day by Britt Bury was neither of these. LOVED IT! I really got attached to the characters and I actually enjoyed most of the supporting characters as well. Bury did an awesome job bringing the characters to life and giving them depth and personality.
I also love the world she built. There is just soooo much possibility in it. No humans are left, but immortality doesn’t mean that you can’t be killed. And all the different supernatural species running around, they all interacted with each other in one way or another. Plus, Earth isn’t the only realm, Heaven and Hell get involved with Earth as well and then there is the ominous Cypher. I really hope there are more books in the series if just to explore all the possibilities.
Seriously I got lost in the book from the first page and didn’t want to come back. Fortunately the ending while satisfying, is obviously a lead in to another book. (I guess the whole Immortal Heat Series on the cover kinda gives that away too)
But really I can’t wait for the next book. I hope it’s about Ian, but at the same time I hope to find out more about Ramsey and even Andrew. (Certain lines in the story make me think he has a little more to him than just an uppity battle chief!)
Definitely a great book to pick up! Even though it is part of a series it is still good as a standalone novel. I’m giving it 5 out of 5 controllers! Awesome book, can’t wait to hear about when the next one comes out it’s definitely going on my wish list!...more
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: Diayll: 3.5 Controllers, Heather: 4 Controllers Review Source: We bought it day one :-) Reviewers: ThiOriginally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer Rating: Diayll: 3.5 Controllers, Heather: 4 Controllers Review Source: We bought it day one :-) Reviewers: This Is A Joint Review by Me and Heather
Heather’s Take on Deadlocked:
Deadlocked is the newest installment of the Sookie Stackhouse series. If you haven’t had a chance to read the previous books then drop everything now and get started. If you’re a fan of True Blood, the popular HBO series, then you will enjoy the books that much more!
Sookie is infamous for getting herself in the middle of, well, everything. Deadlocked isn’t any exception, and of course the love triangle continues as Bill wants to be with Sookie, but Sookie wants Eric…oh and Alcide wants Sookie too…
But for those familiar with the Stackhouse series, you know there is always more than a love triangle when it comes to Charlaine Harris’ series.
In Deadlocked, Eric is hosting the Vampire King when a woman appears dead on his front lawn. The cops of course try to blame the vampires as she had been seen with Eric at the party, and he had fed from her. He tells Pam and Sookie that she was mouth watering, and irresistible, but why? And who really killed her? When the police come to a dead end it’s left to Sookie, Eric, and Bill to clear his name.
But there is more than one mystery in this novel. For those who have read the previous books, and if you haven’t stop reading now because this is a spoiler, we still don’t know why or who spelled Dermot (Sookie’s fairy uncle). Oh, oh, oh my! There is a twist here that you’ll never, ever see coming folks! Ok so maybe I lied about the spoiler, but really, I don’t want to give this part away.
For me the very, very best part was the end. Sam, Sookie’s shifter boss and best friend, has been one of my favorites in the series. It probably doesn’t help that I drool over the actor that plays him in the series either (and the man who plays Alcide droooooool). I loved that they were both in this novel again, and not just small minor parts.
A lot of people haven’t been thrilled with how drawn out the Sookie Stackhouse series has been. I’ve even read comments that say she should have ended it already. I disagree. While some books are better than others this is a series that I never want to end. I love Sookie, there I said it! I love her character to pieces, and I love that she is an average girl (not some skinny waif!) with a tiny hint of faerie blood.
If you’re like me, and you enjoy a good paranormal romance meets mystery, then do yourself a favor, read this series. Read it today and get lost in the world of Sookie Stackhouse!
Rating 4 out of 5 Controllers
My Take on Deadlocked:
Thank goodness Charlaine Harris is back on track with her Sookie Stackhouse novels, however it’s too bad the series is coming to a close because Deadlocked reminded me why I loved the series in the first place. In my review of the eleventh novel in the series, Dead Reckoning, I was completely flabbergasted by Sookie’s actions. Actually, I think I was outraged because it just seemed like Harris was changing her characters personalities and making them act in ways they normally wouldn’t. Eric, Pam and Sookie all – in my opinion – were not themselves. And by the end of the novel, the fate of Eric and Sookie’s relationship hung in the wind, there was no clear cut answer as to whether or not their love – or lust – would survive.
Deadlocked for me brought back what I adored most about the Stackhouse series…mystery. In this twelfth novel mysteries run rampant and it was a lot of fun playing amateur sleuth with Sookie while she tried to uncover the who, what, and why to several crazy things that happened in Bon Temps. And finally, we start getting answers to burning questions about Faeries, spells, and the motives of her cousins, Dermont and Claude.
Cameos, cameos, and more cameos also happen in this novel. Yes it was exciting seeing some of our beloved characters from the other eleven books make an appearance in Deadlocked. Some brought exciting news and others where there to simply play catch up on what’s been happening in their lives. I loved reading every minute of it! Mr. Cataliades, Diantha and, Quinn were definitely my favorites. And of course, who doesn’t want to see Alcide…yum.
Though I thoroughly enjoyed the guest appearances, the wild mysteries, and I am relieved some of my questions were answered, there is still one thing that bothers the heck out of me…Sookie and Eric. I think…no I know I am over their relationship. If Sookie has to continuously convince herself that she loves Eric and he loves her, then they don’t need to be together. There was no great Eric Northman in this novel and for us Eric lovers, it’s a travesty. Where are my infamous sexual encounters, where is Eric’s humor, heck where is Eric????? His depressing and angry mood was an annoyingly tough read. Even though I can sympathize with his situation, I cannot sympathize with Harris making me inevitable hate one of my favorite characters. When have we ever known Eric to back down from anything? Never. So why now? Why is he so back and forth with his decisions? I just don’t get it, and it makes me angry…gurrrrrr.
Well, now that this review has turned into a semi rant, I must give you my overall recommendation for Deadlocked. It is definitely a must read for any fan of the series, and it may satisfy some of your mystery cravings. However, if you are looking for the classic Sookie, you know the one from book one Dead Until Dark, she’s here, albeit not much, but the Sookie we love is here. On the other hand, the other characters we cherish (Eric, Pam, Bill, etc), steamy romantic encounters, and the fire and passion that drew us into the world of Ms. Stackhouse in the first place…well it’s missing. *insert sad face here*
Did I just contradict myself with my first and last sentence of this review? See what Deadlocked did to me!