Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hey All! I took a brief hiatus, due to being busy with the family. But I have been reading! More reviews will be coming shortly. However, if you want to see what I have been reading....please see my Goodreads page:

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Nazi Germany: History in an Hour (Audio Version)

Nazi Germany: History in an HourNazi Germany: History in an Hour by Rupert Colley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Nice informative digest.

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Blade Song by J.C. Daniels

Blade SongBlade Song by J.C. Daniels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars! J.C. Daniels, alter ego of Shiloh Walker, pens a dark yet fun urban fantasy. She brings plenty of fresh material to the table to make it her own world. Blade Song is, without a doubt, the beginning to an exciting series!

Kit Colbana is a half human investigator, living in a world where every step can get you into trouble. And she is walking trouble, or so it seems. Talented with her blade, strong in her mind, clever with her investigative skills, she is one kick-ass heroine. She is coerced to take on a job working for a shifter clan leader who is known to be ruthless. The Alpha’s nephew has gone missing. Fail at the job? Death. Meanwhile, Kit is also battling Jude, a vampire who keeps invading her dreams. Everyone knows not to trust a vampire...

She sets out to begin her research with her “bodyguard,” Damon, in tow, or rather the shifter forced upon her to ensure she does her job, courtesy of of the Alpha who hired her. As she delves deeper into the disappearance of the boy, bodies of young people start showing up. Who is killing off the young? And how much have they had to suffer before death brings relief? As Kit follows the dirty trail, she gets to know her bodyguard a wee bit better. And although he works for the Alpha, and is not to be trusted, she can’t help but notice how sexy he is;-)

Blade Song is an edge of your seat read, chock full of characters you will want to see again. The ending was nail biting powerful. Looking forward to the next book!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Shadowfell (Shadowfell, #1)Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4 1/2 Stars!! As a huge fan of Marillier’s Sevenwaters trilogy, I was thoroughly excited to get my hands on this book. Shadowfell sucked me in, held my breath, and didn't give it back until the very end. Marillier is queen of her genre.

Neryn’s life is always in danger. She has a canny ability that requires her and her drunken/gambling father to traverse the land, hiding from the King’s men who have been sent after her and others with any canny strengths. After a night when all she has left is lost, Neryn decides that the only way to survive any longer requires her to find Shadowfell. A whispered about place that tales say welcome those with canny skills.

The world is very dark and brutal. Throughout Neryn’s quest, it really seemed as if there was no hope for her, no light at the end of the tunnel. Through this feeling of constant doom, the story is propelled. Neryn gets by from sheer wit and a little help from some shorter friends and a tall, curious stranger. One is led to wonder continuously whether they are all really “helping,” or if they have an ulterior motive.

I enjoyed this roller coaster of a fantasy. I wished it was longer. There were people/creatures Neryn met along the way that I would have like to see more of. Perhaps Marillier will revisit them over the course of the next two books in the trilogy. I can’t wait!:-)

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Just got back from our trip to Isle Royale. Lake Superior was indeed superior to our boat during the trip. One day the waves were peaking at 9 feet. So, after realizing that we needed a bigger boat, we headed back to shore and found a calmer lake to spend the rest of our vacation. Looking forward to going back and being able to explore the island in a few years!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

The Siren (The Original Sinners, #1)The Siren by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 Stars to this very unusual, yet incredibly gripping read! One I almost did not read for a few reasons. First of all, I do not care for the cover. At first glance it looks like a chick-lit read. I rarely, if ever, read chick-lit. The other thing that put me off was that it was about a writer. I normally don't care to read a book that is about someone writing a book. Same goes for movies. Watching a movie about a movie just drives me nuts for some reason. WIth that said, I saw all the fabulous reviews coming in and decided to give The SIren a try. Boy, was I in for a surprise!

Nora Sutherlin is an infamous erotica author, known for her extraordinary kinky stories. She brings her latest manuscript to Zach, a British editor not particularly interested in editing her “type” of books. But this story is different than her previously published novels, and she wants the best editor. He agrees, with conditions. As the two work tirelessly on the novel, Zach gets to know Nora more and more, realizing that the lady shown to the public is not the same woman. She is so much more, and he is determined to find out just what that is. And Nora wants to keep her darker secrets to herself, at least until the novel is completed to Zach’s approval.

The Siren takes so many twists and turns, a few nose dives, and shocking revelations. I was so sucked into this story with the dark side of Nora. The psychological machinations. It almost makes me want to write a spoilery review. I know this review will not do the book justice, as The Siren was so very well written and plotted. The erotica angles of The Siren were very dark, not particularly for the faint of heart. However, even knowing that, I do believe that the story will appeal to many people, mainly due to the superb writing by Tiffany Reisz.

While the ending was different than I expected, quite different, in fact, it still had an HEA in its own way. I am looking forward to reading the next book, The Angel! If you like your stories a little on the darker, edgier side, with a bit of a psychological twist, I would definitely recommend The Siren!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (Audio Version)

Once Burned (Night Prince, #1)Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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The Ravenous Dead by Natasha Hoar

The Ravenous Dead (Lost Souls, #2)The Ravenous Dead by Natasha Hoar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars!

An intriguing paranormal novella, with a nice ripe plot that moves along with surprising speed, entertaining detail, and charming character development! The Ravenous Dead picks up directly after The Stubborn Dead (which I listened to in audio.) I highly recommend reading The Stubborn Dead first for background of the lore and development of the main characters.

The Ravenous Dead is about a reaper who is on a killing spree. Rachel, a member of The Order of Rescue Mediums, must find and destroy the reaper. Rachel soon realizes just what the reaper wants, and it terrifies her. Especially since she once saw a reaper steal the soul of her mentor. With a little help from a half-vampire, and another surprise character, Rachel and her rodach friend (read The Stubborn Dead first!;-)) set off on a reaper hunt!

Natasha Hoar is an excellent story teller. She creates a world full of paranormals and monsters without overloading the reader with excruciating detail. Some of the paranormal characters are species we have heard about, yet are given much different abilities or personality. This reader will definitely be picking up the next novella in this series! Another highly recommended publication from Carina Press!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Busy Summer!

Summer has been quite busy for me, so reviews have been slow. Just got back from a trip with my family. I am hoping to have some time to post a few reviews this week!

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (Audio version)

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brandon Sanderson is an AMAZING world builder. And Michael Kramer really brings Sanderson's work to life in the audiobook version. Love the Mistborn world!!

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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent

Shadow Bound (Unbound, #2)Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 Stars! Shadow Bound was a tightly woven second installment in Vincent's Unbound miniseries. She has created quite an impressive, twisted and messed up world, I must say. It is certainly not one I would want to live in, nor be bound in. Shadow Bound started out on the slow side. It held less action in general than I have become used to in Vincent's past novels. There was a lot more character development. But the pace picked up shortly into it and grabbed this reader into it’s very dark world.

We first meet Kori in Blood Bound, which I do recommend reading first. She is a shadow walker, able to go from place to place so long as there is a shadow to escape in. Ian is a binder, capable of pulling darkness to him. He is discovered by Jake Tower, head of one of the two powerful syndicates. Tower heavily recruits him, using Kori as a sort of bait. And of course, the two discover they are attracted to each other, however, said attraction cannot go anywhere, with very opposing goals, and a myriad of secrets and distrust. For those of you who have read Blood Bound, there are a few appearances by Olivia and Cam.

I really loved how Vincent wove Shadow Bound. It was tortuous and very dark. But as the author said in the Acknowledgments, “I promise, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.” I highly recommend this and any other books by Rachel Vincent!

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Monday, July 2, 2012

The Stubborn Dead by Natasha Hoar (Audio version)

The Stubborn Dead (Lost Souls #1)The Stubborn Dead by Natasha Hoar
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Stubborn Dead was quite a good listen! Natasha Hoar is a fresh voice for the paranormal scene. Also, the narrator did a terrific job of bringing the novella to life, keeping the voices real. Definitely recommend!

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