Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: Shadowed by Evangeline Anderson

Kindle Edition366 pages
Published July 17th 2013 
by Evangeline Anderson Books
Dear Readers,

I'll confess to having read this a couple of weeks ago and then forgetting to write a review. Purely idotic of me. Anyway. It's yet another wonderful Brides of the Kindred novel, and once again, this fun and sexy series does not disappoint.

My Rating:     

The Blurb

Nina is normal Florida girl with a job and a life and a grandmother she adores. But lately she’s been having disturbing dreams. Dreams of a man with a shadowed face—a man filled with pain and need and desire only she can slake. She fears him but at the same time, the dreams leave her breathless with need. Who is this dark stranger and what does he want of her?

Reddix is a Touch Kindred with an inverted Touch Sense—he can’t touch with his mind like others of his kind. Instead, he is doomed to endure their emotions like a physical invasion every time he’s around anyone. Desperation drives him to kidnap Nina—the girl he has been dreaming of. But he doesn’t take her out of love but as a sacrifice to one who claims she can cure his affliction.

Snatching Nina from her job, Reddix takes her on a journey to the stars that ends in disaster. Now, marooned on a strange planet they will have to learn to work together in order to survive. Can Nina forgive Reddix’s attack and gain his trust enough to heal him…or will his fate remain forever Shadowed?


♥My Thoughts♥

This was a good novel with a solid romance. I enjoyed the connection between Nina and Reddix, and I liked how sexy this book was without being overwrought by the sex. Though, when the bedroom antics started, they were really on fire! 

Reddix is an interesting character in that his inability to touch others has really isolated him. His Reverse Touch Syndrome allows him to feel what others are experiencing emotionally on a physical level. It makes him completely unable to take a bride and bond her to him. Reddix's condition is so severe that he's desperate enough to seek out the help of a local swamp witch. Who naturally wants Nina--or more specifically her blood. 
Want to read it from the beginning?
Book One of Brides of Kindred


Nina is a healer and can't help but feel for Reddix. She knows there is something about him that needs her. Even though he's her kidnapper and she shouldn't become close to him, Nina is forced into situations where exactly that happens--and some of the closeness is very, shall we say, intimate? Her rational mind comes to accept what her emotions are telling her, that Reddix isn't just her kidnapper, a man to be held in contempt, but someone in desperate need of help. Help only she could offer. It broke my heart that Reddix tried to push her away, because he was so lonely

But then the more sinister elements of the plot came into play. Why exactly, I wonder, did the swamp witch want to cure Reddix of his RTS? Is her son, this spawn of evil, really Reddix's half brother? And who is this spawn evil's father? In short, who are these evil father and son characters that only briefly mentioned near the end of the novel? And does the swamp witch and her evil consort (?) and son have sinister intentions towards Reddix and Nina? My inquiring mind would like to know. 

This series has taken me by surprise from beginning to end. Erotic, funny, full of wonderful romances and characters that are alive and fraught with real life insecurities and issues, it has really been a pleasure to read. I'm looking forward to more of this series, and would recommend it if you simply need a break from reality. 



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review: The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter

Kindle Edition256 pages
Published October 15th 2013 
by E. Hunter
Dear Readers, 

I want to know why I didn't read this before now. I want to know what I was thinking by not reading this sooner. I want to know how on earth I missed this novel until now. What was I doing until the day I picked up this book?? I can't understand why I took so long to read this. I read this amazing novel in one day.

My Rating: 

The Blurb: 

Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.

Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi’s own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers. 

Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible... or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.


♥My Thoughts♥

Oh wow. That's all I can say at the moment. I am blown away by this novel. Both powerful and moving, this was one read I could not put down. I had to at one point, because I needed to sleep, but the minute I opened my eyes I was reading it until the last word on the last page. Need an urban fantasy fix with a romance that is just sizzling? If I were you, I'd pick this up right now. In fact, I might do a re-read before the spring is out. It has been a very long time since I read anything quite this good.

I was swept away both by the setting of this novel and the characters. Both Ava and Malachi were fascinating to read about and I thought they were exquisitely drawn by the author. Each vulnerable in their own way, but also incredibly strong, I really loved and admired these two. Ava arrives in Istanbul hoping that she can get some relief for the voices that have plagued her all her life. By chance, she comes to Malachi's attention when two Grigori soldiers begin to hunt her.
Book Two of the Irin Chronicles
Expected Publication, May 6, 2014

Only they don't hunt Ava in the normal way. And that makes Malachi curious about her. He makes it his job to guard her, and the friendship that develops is oddly honest and open considering that Malachi is posing as her bodyguard. As the story develops, I became wrapped up in the mystery and magic and sorrow of it. Full of suspense that was both languid and engaging, I found I could not get enough of this story. And the more we discovered about Ava, who she really is and why she hears voices, and her connection to Malachi, the more I was drawn into the mystery and romance.

And there is romance. It's a slow burn romance, but one that is beautifully developed and just leaves you all le sigh. I actually cried during this novel because it was so wrought with emotion. I think I said that somewhere in this review before, but it bears saying again. The imagination of this author and the polish she gave to this novel made for purely amazing reading. This is undoubtedly the best novel I have read this year so far, and even hours after I've read it, I cannot get it out of my head. Am I impatient to read the second book? You betcha. And it's going to be an automatic buy the second it comes out, let me tell you. This story truly captured me from beginning to end, and if I didn't have, I wouldn't wait for to read it. I'd be reading it right now. Now, how many days is it till May 6th?



Monday, April 21, 2014

Review: Unbuttoned by Maisey Yates

Kindle Edition116 pages
Published June 18th 2013 
by InterMix
Dear Readers, 

I have read a few novels by Maisey Yates, and was always impressed so when I discovered this series, Silver Creek, I was over the moon. I decided to start with the prequel with the series since it was short and sweet, and I was impressed by how good this quick read was.

My Rating: 

The Blurb:

Carly Denton has learned to keep her buttons and emotions firmly fastened. Her parents’ constant drama, and an unrequited crush on her brother’s best friend, taught her to keep her passion beneath the surface. But she can no longer avoid the one man with the ability to bring that passion to a boil... 

Lucas remembers Carly as a freckle-faced tomboy—not a frosty woman who treats him like a burr under her saddle. But when they must work together on a charity project, Lucas is shocked to find their bickering melt into some serious mutual attraction. He’s determined to show Carly that he’s the man for her, if only she’d learn to let loose. 

Lucas is the last man on earth Carly should give in to. The freedom she finds in his arms has her feeling happier than ever, but is it enough to make her realize that the greatest risk isn’t losing your heart, but losing the chance at happiness? 


♥My Thoughts♥


I really enjoyed this novel. It was well developed, the characters were vivid and the story line had a conflict that made sense and fit the characters. I was once again blown out of the water by this author. I usually enjoy novellas, but I honestly thought this one had substance and was especially well told. My hat goes off to Ms. Yates for writing a superb story in a mere one odd pages. 

Carly was a bit of an uptight character (hence her need to be unbuttoned) but she also made so much sense. Her childhood had brought to the place she was in life, afraid to live it for fear of becoming too much like her mother, a laughingstock, for fear that love would cause her both heartahce and a complete loss of dignity.
Book One, released 2013 
 I felt for her. The more I read about Carly, the more I liked her character. It touched me and saddened me that she had been so afraid of men that she had never been in a real relationship until she was with Lucas, a relationship that she only ever intended to be an affair. She hadn't counted on her heart becoming so involved.


Lucas Miller was just the man to unbutton Carly, the man she'd loved all her life but had built up walls against in order to protect herself. She thought she was protecting herself from men like Lucas, who'd she'd painted as a player, but that wasn't what Carly was protecting herself against. Lucas knew that, but it hurt that Carly would leave him when she was the first person he'd dared love. I honest to goodness was worried (for a about a fraction of a second because I trust in romancelandia) that these two might have too much between them for love to conquer all. But like I said, I was quick to wake up and smell the roses. 

I loved that it was Carly who leaped into the love affair. I loved that it was Lucas who wanted more. I loved the banter between these two, the bickering and the way everything felt real in this novel. I loved that it was Carly who risked it all for Lucas in the end, and I loved the ending as well as the perfect epilogue for the story. This is a series that promises to be beautifully wrought with emotion and situations that resonate as true and real and I cannot wait for more.



Friday, April 18, 2014

Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Hardcover354 pages
Published March 4th 2014 
by Roc Hardcover
Dear Readers, 

Some weeks ago, I read the first book in The Others series by Anne Bishop, and absolutely loved it. I liked the story line, and fantasy and I was itching to get my hands on the second book. Well, I did, and I've read it and it was AWESOME!

My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

The Blurb: 

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside's shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.


♥My Thoughts♥

I thought this was a fast paced, methodical novel. I loved how the story pivots around the Controller in that it's his actions that drive forth the building trust and changing relationships between humans and Others, whiile at the same time are the root of the danger in this novel. And he gets his just desserts ☺ I didn't really antiicipate that everything that was happening would come back to him, and yet the Controller gets so little page time. The story unfolds along other, more complex lines but the connection between that and the Controller is very interesting I thought. 

Meg grew in this story. The growth is stubtle but important and I think she will come into her own as this series progresses. She remains sweet, but I can see that she has an underlying layer of nerve and steel that will become quite formidable in time. And her developing feelings for Simon can't be denied forever, and nor can his for her. I'm very curious to see where the story will lead relationship wise, and not just in the romance department which I think will develop opver time. The humans and Others still distrust one another, humans are still nothing more than tasty meat, but groundwork is being laid to begin something of an alliance between some humans and Others, and this is going to change the interaction between the two groups. I can't wait to read more. 

I'm super curious about the some of the other grooups introduced as well, especially the Humans First and Last movement and the Intuits as well as all of the cassandra sanuge who are now under the protection of the Others. This series is rich in imagination, teeming with intelligent, feelings characters and is just plain wonderful. I can't remember the last time I was so drawn by in a series, or wanted to really delve into a world so much as I do with The Others. Now, if only I didn't have to wait a whole year to read book three. Le sigh. I'll just re-read the first two sometime throughout the year to keep me with the Others. ♥




Sunday, April 13, 2014

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

Paperback325 pages
Published May 23rd 2013 
by Hodder and Stoughton 
(first published May 21st 2011)

Dear Readers, 

This is a great first novel for a series that I'm looking forward to reading more of, and a refreshing read to boot. Again, I wonder why I waited so long to read this novel! I'm so glad I had a chance to, and hopefully sooner rather than later I can delve into book two.

My Rating: 

The Blurb: 

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.


♥My Thoughts♥

This book really impressed me. I was a bit thrown up by how in the middle of things the novel started off, but you soon get past the fact that Penryn is literally running for her life with a family that is more hindrance than help, but that she loves and is responsible for keeping safe. Soon enough, you are drawn into world that is ravaged and even savage at times, where angels have been sent--from God?--to destroy human kind. You're drawn into a story about a girl who is desperate to save her family, desperate enough to travel with and begin caring for, an angel. 

Book Two, released 2013

I love the development of this urban fantasy novel, it builds up logically and slowly, but you're never bored because there are so many questions that need answering, and a ton of action and suspense too. Towards the end I was blown away when Penyrn found her sister, and have more questions now that Raffe has gone than I did before--what will happen to Raffe now? Will Penryn look for him? What is to be done about Paige, Penryn's sisters? What about her crazy mom? What role will the resistance and Obi play in the next book? I've no idea where this story will go, but there are a lot of possibilities and I'm intrigued. 

I ought point out that the novel does not end on a cliffhanger though it ends very much as it began, right smack in the the middle of things. Also, I agree that this a series for a more mature audience even though it's borderline YA. I think this is a great read for more mature adolescents, and adults alike. So if you are a fan of urban fantasy but not of YA, I'd recommend this because it blends the two genres beautifully. An engaging and creative read. 



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