Friday, March 25, 2011

Precious and Fragile Things by Megan Hart (Harlequin, 2011)

4 1/2 Stars! Honesty, I do not know where to begin with this novel. It was great in its bravery, for sure. It was honest is it's truths. It was scary in it's humanity, yet cuddly in the same manner. Holy cow, I dont know what to say about Precious and Fragile Things. It hit home in a way no other novel has...and it freaks me out!

I'm a Mom, and yes, I need a break! But just what would I do for a said needed break??? Who knows? But presented with a situation like Gilly was?? What would I do, I dunno? And after all is said and done, would the reality remain the same? Who knows? And today, I am thankful I don't know. And I cross my fingers to never find out.

This novel is one, a gripping story of one person trying to be "good" and another trying to hang on to the life she knows and the children she loves while caring for the tortured man who has kidnapped her.  Its a hard story to listen to, yet I could not stop listening to it. It compelled me in ways I am afraid to admit.

That all said, wow.  Just that wow. Perhaps in a few days I will come back and edit this review after all that happened sinks in.

Copied Blurb:
Gilly Soloman has been reduced to a mothering machine, taking care of everyone and everything except herself. But the machine has broken down. Burnt out by the endless days of crying children and menial tasks, and exhausted from always putting herself last, Gilly doesn't immediately consider the consequences when she's carjacked. With a knife to her throat, her first thought is that she'll finally get some rest. Someone can save her for a change.
But salvation isn't so forthcoming. Stranded in a remote, snowbound cabin with this stranger, hours turn to days, days into weeks. As time forges a fragile bond between them, she learns her captor is not the lunatic she first believed, but a human being whose wasted life has been shaped by secrets and tragedy. Yet even as their connection begins to foster trust, Gilly knows she must never forget he's still a man teetering on the edge. One who just might take her with him.

My Rating: 4.5

Additional Audio Notes:
Publisher: Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd
Narrator: Lauren Fortgang (An excellent narrator for this book, imho)

Siren Song by Stephanie Draven (Harlequin Nocturne Bites, 2011)

4 1/2 Stars! Really enjoyed this story! I think the strong appeal to Siren Song for me was that I had absolutely no clue what was going to happen. I have never read a book with a siren before:D On the downside, I wanted it to be longer. Would love to say more...but I think you should go buy it and read it instead;)

Copied Blurb:
When Chloe Karras sings, she knows that no one can resist her sensual allure—except for the sexy naval officer seemingly immune to her voice. But Captain Alex Shore is just the man she wants to take home after her performance—until he tells her what she thought were imagined powers are real...and dangerous.
Alexandros knows firsthand how seductive sirens are, as well as their potential to destroy. Yet the former sea soldier feels a powerful attraction to the beautiful rock singer that goes beyond her spell. Can he banish Chloe from the town he's vowed to protect—or will he be drawn into the siren's bed?

The Killing Dance by Laurell K. Hamilton (Penguin Audiobooks, 2009)

5 Stars! Probably my favorite Anita Blake book yet! Choices were made, things were seen. And the mystery had a nice twist to it! Curious now to see where Ms. Blake will take the series. Especially since I see reviews up and down regarding where it goes. Definitely recommend!

Copied Blurb:
In The Killing Dance, vampire hunter Anita Blake finds herself the victim when a $500,000 price is put on her head, and the two men in her life - a vampire and a werewolf - aren't helping the situation.

My Rating: 5

Additional Audio Notes:
Publisher: Penguin Audio Books, 2009
Narrator: Kimberly Alexis

Friday, March 18, 2011

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning (Brilliance Audio, 2006)

4 Stars! A suspenseful fay novel by my favorite Highlander author! I have been meaning to get to this series for a long while now. So glad I finally did!

My thoughts: The suspense was crafted masterfully.  The main character was developed well, even if I am still not sure whether I like her or not(She is pretty girly.) Moning's world building was done creatively, and slow enough to not throw everything to the reader at once.  That being said, though, I did find the pace of the first half of the book to be forgivably slower than other books I have read in the genre.

I will be listening to the next in the series as soon as I get a chance. There were a lot of loose ends(it is a series, after all) and quite a bit of foreshadowing. Very curious to see which direction Moning goes with the Fever series! Highly recommend!

My Rating: 4

Copied Blurb:
MacKayla Lane's life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she's your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman.

Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.

When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death - a cryptic message on Mac's cell phone - Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister's killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed - a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae...

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister's death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane - an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women - closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac's true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book - because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands...

Additional Audio Notes:
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Narrator: Joyce Bean (Seriously not the best choice for this book. Mac is a young woman, and Bean sounds like an older lady. Had to work my brain past that to really get into listening to the book)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Masques: Aralorn, Book 1 by Patricia Briggs (Brilliance Audio, 2010)

4 1/2 Stars!  Fantasy was my first love and this book brought me back to just why I used to love and read it all the time. I enjoyed the character development of Wolf immensely.  His elusiveness really added dimension to the storyline. And Aralorn, what to say?  She was a very strong and likable heroine.  I am looking forward to seeing more in this world. Certainly a great listen!

Copied Blurb:

After an upbringing of proper behavior and oppressive expectations, Aralorn fled her noble birthright for a life of adventure as a mercenary spy. Her latest mission involves spying on the increasingly powerful sorcerer Geoffrey ae'Magi. But in a war against an enemy armed with the powers of illusion, how do you know who the true enemy is - or where he will strike next?

My Rating: 4.5

Additional Audio Notes:

Publisher: Brilliance Audio, 2010
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren

This Side of the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 5 by Jeaniene Frost (Blackstone Audio, 2011)

5 Stars!  This series is still one of my all time favorites! I just love Cat and Bones, and their often intense interactions. Once again, Frost delivered an exciting plot while visiting a handful of characters I was looking forward to seeing again. The Night Huntress series rocks!!

Copied Blurb:

Danger waits on both sides of the grave...
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they've triumphed over the latest battle, Cat's new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance.
With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally"—the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war—to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

My Rating: 5

Additional Audio Notes:
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert (I think Tavia just gets better and better throughout this series!)