October 23, 2014.

I’m a big fan of this series, so when I saw book four was available, I snatched it up! If you enjoy urban fantasy that is heavy on romance, then you might enjoy this series.

 


Title: Red Blooded (Jessica McClain)

Author: Amanda Carlson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Orbit via NetGalley

Release date: September 2014

Pages: 368

ISBN-10: 0316404330

ISBN-13: 978-0316404334

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION: 
Jessica is going to Hell.

 

After settling a fragile truce between the vampires, werewolves and witches, the last thing Jessica wants to do is face the demons head on. But when the Prince of Hell kidnapped her brother, he set into motion a chain of events that even Jessica doesn’t have the power to stop.

 

Now, Jessica must go into battle again. But Hell is a whole new beast — new rules, more dangerous demons, and an entirely foreign realm. And when Jessica is dropped into the Underworld too soon, without protection or the help of her friends, she must figure out just how powerful she can be… or she will never make it out alive.

 

 

REVIEW:
This book began where the last book ended. Jessica is determined to invade Hell and rescue her kidnapped brother, only the plan goes awry from step one. Instead of going with a team, she ends up being sent by herself. Now, she must rely upon her skills and instincts to keep her alive and not get caught behind enemy lines until backup arrives. As she’s introduced to the unique and sometimes hostile occupants, she must decide who is friend and who is foe before she finds herself a permanent resident.

 

I adored the beginning of the book, we’re immediately pulled into the action. Then the story slows down for me. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of action, but more than half of the books is Jessica trying to figure out the new alien world around her. We’re introduced to new characters, an exciting new world, and while I enjoy the change of setting, the dynamic of her pack is missing for most of the story and I think it suffered for it. I wasn’t pulled all the way into the story like I was for the first two book. I will pick up the next book in the series, as I’m invested in the characters, but I’m hoping for more of the special magic we’d seen in book one.

 

Previous books in the series:



October 22, 2014.

Isn’t this cover gorgeous! It immediately caught my attention. After reading the blurb, I had to read it.

 

 

Title: The Winter People

Author: Rebekah L. Purdy

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Entangled Teen via NetGalley

Release date: September 2014

Pages: 320

ASBN: B00H0V1UEC

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

 

 

DESCRIPTION:

 

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn’t forgotten their warning to “stay away.” For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the “special gifts” that must be left at the back of the property.

 

Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, he takes Salome’s life in a new direction. A direction where she’ll have to decide between her longtime crush, Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin, who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop.

 

An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.

 

 

REVIEW:

Time is running out for Salome. If she doesn’t face her fears, she believes she won’t survive the winter. The last thing she expects the cold to bring her is an extraordinary boy who makes her believe she could be normal. But Nevin is keeping secrets from her. As winter sets in, the danger increases, and mysterious bad boy Gareth comes to her rescue time and again. With two boys vying for her attention, the last thing she needs is for her long time crush to finally notice her. As she begins to unravel the true about herself, she discovers not everything is as it seems, and if she wants to survive, she must learn whom to trust before it’s too late.

 

What a stunning cover! Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting into the story. While there were aspects that I enjoyed (the winter people), there were a few things that prevented me from loving it. The problem for me was Salome. I don’t know if it was her overwhelming fear or complete lack of personality, but I couldn’t sympathizes with her. I wanted more winter people, action, and magic, and less boring day-to-day living. A big plot hole stuck with me as I read, and kept pulling me out of the story. Her family knew about the curse and what it meant…so why did they not believe that she was in danger and help? Then there was the romance. Her wishy-washy attitude nearly ruined it for me. Salome came into her own in the end, which I loved, I just wished I enjoyed the journey a little more.

 



October 19, 2014.

 

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #101.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I grabbed Demons at Deadnight (because of all the great reviews) and The Last Woman (because I like dystopian novels).

 

I found two cheap reads this week. Ghost Bird: The Academy Omnibus Part 1: Books One – Four by C. L. Stone and Dante’s Circle Box Set (Books 1-3) by Carrie Ann Ryan

 

 

 

What are you reading this week?

 



October 06, 2014.

Fall -Trees/leavesWhere the heck did the summer go? Before I knew it, fall struck hard and fast!

 

It feels like winter. Even my car says so…I had to scrap off my windows for the second time this year! The news people are already hinting at snow. *brrr* A windy weekend tore down all the colorful leaves (which we only had for a few days), leaving the trees with just a few scraggly green leaves left.

Dog 4 months old -sniffing leavesOf course, dog had to investigate…ever…single…leaf, extending our afternoon walk into infinity.   *sigh*

 

So, are you a sun worshiper or do you enjoy the brisk cold?

 

Me? I definitely prefer the sun, but I do like a brisk day of 60 degrees, too. Just leave the wind-chill and we’ll call it even.  :)

 


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October 05, 2014.

 

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #99.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I picked up Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel) by Shannon Mayer a while ago, but haven’t read it yet. I looked at a few other books, but nothing really caught my attention.

 

I found three cheap reads this week:

 

 

What are you reading?

 



September 14, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads: Kindle & Nook Freebies #97.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I looked at a few of them. One was just so short that I didn’t bother. Another ended on a cliffhanger. No thanks. I did find two that caught my interest: Her Guardians by Jaimie Roberts & The Unearthly by Laura Thalassa

 

I found a cheap read that is getting rave reviews (The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen), and an author that is offering all her backlist for a great price. The first book is even free! I read the first book last year and enjoyed it. Did you read anything interesting lately?

 

 

 



September 06, 2014.

I stumbled across this book by accident, but I found myself curious after reading the blurb. Young Adult + Dystopian + Zombies = a must read for me!

 

 

Title: Death’s Awakening (Eternal Sorrows Book 1)

Author: Sarra Cannon

Genre: YA Dystopian

Publisher: Dead River Books via NetGalley

Release date: January 2014

Pages: 252

ASBN: B00DSKUMU2

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
For sixteen-year-old Parrish Sorrows, life is about to become a nightmare.

 

This is the night she’ll wake up to her mother’s convulsions. The night she’ll lose contact with her father and sister in New York. The night 911 will stop answering the phone.

 

This is the night a mysterious supernatural virus begins its deadly rampage across the globe, killing billions in a matter of days. And just when things can’t get worse, the dead begin to rise.

 

Parrish must embark on a perilous journey to find what’s left of her family. Along the way, she’ll team up with the gorgeous boy next door she’s always been drawn to, the snobby ex-bff she’s hated for years, a genius computer nerd, and a young boy who never says a word but is somehow a kindred spirit.

 

 

REVIEW:
I’ll start off saying that the opening really threw me. I had to read the blurb again to make sure I had the right story. Nothing made sense (until I read further into the book). So I’m going to start my review where the book begins for me. . .Parrish. She’s the school loner and likes it that way. She sees the world without the tint of trying to conform to peer pressure, and I thoroughly enjoyed her character. Not to mention she has some kick-ass moves when dealing with school bullies!

 

When the world around her breaks down, she panics, but manages to pull herself together. She forms a bond with a few other survivors, which happens to be the hot kid at school she’s been crushing on for weeks. Together, they work out a plan to find a safe haven. Only, things don’t go right from the start. As their newly discovered powers develop, they must learn to trust one another or become fodder for the zombies.

 

I enjoyed the interactions between the characters. Each chapter switched off to another character, giving us a little peek into their lives. And for me, it worked. I’m not saying I liked all the characters, but each remained true to themselves. All but the witch. I wasn’t able to connect with her at all. Why did she act evil when she hated herself for it? Then we have the story itself. . .I loved it! The only gripe I had was the span of time seemed to stretch a bit where nothing happened but them trying to survive. I’m not sure I would’ve noticed if it hadn’t been for the ending. . .or should I say the lack of ending. This was not a complete book. It ended on a cliffhanger where we don’t discover what happens to the characters or if they save the world. So very disappointing. While I enjoyed the writing and the story, I won’t be picking up the second book unless I know it will be a complete story. Bummer. . .



September 01, 2014.

The valiant puppy had dMax 8-12-14ecided to defend me against the gurgling monsters he found in the house.

 

The toilet.

 

He’s taken it upon himself to attack the monsters and defeat them by emptying them of all water…twice. It was hard work, he had to crawl inside and get wet, but he managed to save the day.   Yay…  *sigh*

 

Oh, and he has now discovered the shower as well. He attacked the guards (shower curtain) until he could slip by them and crawled right inside the bathtub. I thought I was being smart to turn on the water to scare him out…yeah, not so much. Puppy LOVES water. Now, he wants in the shower all the time. After the third night of waking up at midnight and three a.m. to find puppy has attacked, chewed, and removed all the bottles from the shower (this is not a quiet affair), we’ve resorted to locking him out.

 

We purchased a small pool for him, and the puppy is in love! He jumps right in and sloshes around as he tries to figure out why he’s not able to walk on water. He also discovered that when it rains, there are water puddles that need stomping.

 

The good news is that I no longer qualify as a chew toy…well, not as frequently. I am no longer new, and therefore, boring. Don’t feel sad for me. Puppy does like the noise I make when he nips at me, he just doesn’t draw as much blood anymore. But things are getting better. We can now sit for more than five minutes at a time without having to evade or rescue him. And when he’s really sleepy, he’ll even let us pet him, we just have to be careful that we don’t wake the hellhound or shenanigans will ensure for the next few hours.

 

Now, if I could just get over this cold, all would be well!


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August 19, 2014.

I’ve devoured this series for years, impatiently waiting for each book to be released. Something about the characters and the story keeps me coming back for more. And they have dragons. . .need I say more?

 

Title: Cast in Flame (Chronicles of Elantra)

Author: Michelle Sagara

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (purchased and via NetGalley)

Release date: July 2014

Pages: 496

ISBN-10: 0778317080

ISBN-13: 978-0778317081

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad.

 

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She’s not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that.

 

She can’t as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade’s younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she’s called to the fief—by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade’s latent magic is waking.

 

And it’s not the only thing.

 

 

REVIEW:
I find myself struggling to write this review. There’s just too much detail to capture to do it justice. In this book, Kaylin continues to work as a Hawk and take magic lessons at night…that is when she’s not getting into trouble. The barrani she recused from West March have been changed by its wild magic. As they attempt to assimilate to the new world, chaos follows in their wake. Their presence awakens a dormant magic that’s both deadly and dangerous. Kaylin and her friends race against time to solve the mystery, but the ancient evil won’t be stopped without a fight.

 

I loved learning more about this world, it’s unique and exciting, and while this book introduced some new elements, the normal freshness seemed missing. There wasn’t really a mystery or murder to solve until late in the book. And while dragons take flight and join the battle, parts of the story were overtaken by too much technical details and repetition. It destroyed the flow and dragged out what should’ve been great action scenes. Unfortunately, I had the same problem with the last book. A good fifty pages or more could’ve been cut without missing anything and created a much stronger book.

 

I adore all the characters, especially Kaylin and Severn, but I’m a romantic at heart and anxiously wait for them to take their relationship to the next level. And become disappointed all over again when nothing happens. Overall, I enjoyed the amazing storytelling and fascinating world. Despite the problems, I’m emotionally invested in these characters, so while I will read the next book, I don’t see myself pre-ordering them anymore.

 

 

Previous books in the series:

 



August 17, 2014.

 

If you are looking for some free reads, check out the below link from Bad Bird Reads (she just re-did her site and it looks beautiful): Kindle & Nook Freebies #93.

 

Did you find anything that you liked?

 

I passed on more than a few of them because they were just too short. I picked up Chameleon and Beyond Shame.

 

I found some fabulous deals this week. *girly squeal* I’ve been stalking some of these series for a while, so when I saw them on sale, I jumped at the chance to pick them up. Look at all the beautiful covers! Have you read any of these books? Which one should I read first?