Friday, August 31, 2012

April's review of "At Grave's End" by Jeaniene Frost

At Grave's End (Night Huntress #3) by Jeaniene Frost
Publication Date: January 1, 2009
Publisher: Avon
Number of Pages: 342
Format: Paperback
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Description:  It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.

Cat's like couldn't get better. Everything seems to be falling in place. But even with different hair and eye colors, Cat's cover is being blown too often. But when they use another vampire as bait, it could be a deadly mistake. 

I love this series. And can't believe it took me this long to continue with the series. There were a few surprises along the way. Tate wanting to turn into a vampire? So did not see that one coming. I do find it ironic that he agreed to it and to Bones turning him. And you can always count on Justine and Bones to bring some hilarious scenes. And even though Bones and Cat got married vampire style in the last book, him actually proposing to her and wanting to give her an actual wedding made my heart swell up.  Their happiness is short lived though. When Bones doesn't make it back from a mission, and is presumed dead Cat's world falls apart. 

Vlad, a new character has to be my new favorite. I can't get enough of this series or even Bones and Cat. I can't wait to catch up with the series. 

Rating: 4/5

Jen's review of "Endless" by Jessica Shirvington

Endless (Violet Eden Chapters #4) by Jessica Shirvington
Publication date: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Hachette
Number of pages: 446
Format: Paperback
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Description: Love will kill us all.

Angels are real. They aren't always kind. Violet Eden is certain of all this because she is Grigori - part angel, part human. She has felt the influence of both light and dark.

When Hell unleashes its worst, Violet must embrace every facet of her angel self to save the people she cares about and the world as she knows it. But death is not the worst thing that Violet will face. For her, the endless question 'Can love conquer all?' will finally be answered.

I would say this is one of my favourite series in the Angel genre. And it's not because I am biast, with Jessica being a aussie like myself or anything, but I feel the world Jessica has created has been special and unique, which isn't easy when there has been so many stories all similar in one aspect or another. But somehow, she makes it unlike anything else out there, and I feel that is one of the thing that makes these books stand apart from everything else.

We begin right off from where 'Emblaze' left off, with that bloody darn cliffhanger. We had to wait a year between books with something like that. I don't know how I survived it, to be honest. It only made you want to know what was going to happen next.
I won't say what the cliffhanger was, for those that have yet to read Emblaze, and don't want something, which I feel is a game changer spoiled. I guess that's something you have to consider when publications aren't up to date with one another, and in this case... it's the US that is a tad behind.
Violet's life isn't any easier in this book. She sure has had her share of bad days, and they keep on coming.
She and her friends are instructed to head to New York, to go face to face with the council of the Grigori, after what happened in Jordan. The reprecussions of the events that happened there have not gone over well with the elders, should we say.
Not only does Violet have to prove herself to them, to show that she is indeed 'one of them', but they soon have their hands full dealing with an unexpected turn of events that transpires, and Violet and her friends need to decide the right course of action to take before anyone else gets hurt, or worse.

The much complicated relationship between Violet and Lincoln only becomes even more complicated, if that's even possible. But it is also even more beautiful, honest and heartbreaking than ever before. There are some amazing moments between the two of them that will make your heart roar, but other times, some moments just make your heart ache because they are hurting from not able to be with one another.
I'm sure Jessica doesn't do it on purpose, but the things she puts these two through is so heartwrenching, but I expect a payoff eventually... but thankfully there are more books to come, because the cliffhanger? Yeaaah... its one I wouldn't wish to be for a final book in a series. But its also one that makes you learn for more, and wonder what will happen next.

There are so many crazy things that happen in this book. I'd say.. it's one of my favourite books in the series. Many reveals get put in the open. New relationships form.. and maybe old ones as well. And after the story is done, you can sit back... and things will start to make sense, as in things that you thought you knew, but after finding out new information.. you start to get a whole new vibe to it.

I guess I should mention Phoenix, eh?
Well... of course he is in this book, probably more than the other books, well maybe except for Embrace, which I think he is in quite a bit. But in this book, you discover a new layer to him, and he'll do things that you don't expect, but in a good way.
He is quite the character... and actually, I went from hating him in the previous book, to understanding him a bit more.. and I am not sure I would say I like him, but I feel and get him and his actions. 

Lincoln is one of my favourite characters, and I love that we got to see more of him in this book, and get to know him a tad more than we might have before. Just when I thought  I couldn't love him any more, I was wrong and he is there showing me things I didn't know, or even think about. The way he loves Violet is so real.. so raw and so passionate. I want a Lincoln... can I buy him somewhere?

Jessica needs to start working on the next book like now, because I need it in my hands, but I know we might have to wait a while, and I guess.. IF I have to, I'll wait.. but with that kind of ending? Damn --- I can't say it's going to be easy.
Jess does such an amazing job with this book, I could not put it down. So many feelings came out of it, I can only imagine it couldn't have been easy for her writing it.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

April's review of "Evermore" by Alyson Noel

Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noel
Publication Date: February 3, 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Number of Pages: 301
Format: Paperback
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Description:  The first book in Alyson Noël's extraordinary new Immortals seris. Enter an enchanting new world, where true love never dies...

After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone's entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He's the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head - wieling a magis so intense, it's as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she's left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is - or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she's falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

 Even a day after finishing the book, I'm not exactly sure how I completely feel about the book. Even though it was a quick read, I couldn't put it down anxious to see how everything is turning out. But I felt like the ending was just...I'm not sure of the word. But if I didn't know it was a series I would of thought it was a stand a lone book. 

Meet Ever. Blonde hair, blue eyes, cheerleader, and popular. But that was the old Ever. A car accident had claimed her whole family, except for her. She got to lived while they all died. Now not only does Ever see everyone's auras and can hear their thoughts, one touch from a person and she knows their life story. 

I liked Ever, but I didn't love her. She did annoyed me at some points in the story. She could of easily take care of Stacia and Honor, but she didn't. And what is with all the odd names in the book? The only friends she has are Haven and Miles. I loved Miles. I think he was one of my favorite characters. Haven kind of annoyed me. Even though Ever consider her her best friend, I got the feeling they were more of frienemies than actual friends. 

And you can't have a YA romance story without someone wanting to stand in the way. Enter Damen's psycho ex, or well technically his wife. I was a little disappointed towards the end. I wanted to know more about Damen and Drina past. And more about Ever's past lives. But Damen refuse to let Ever get away from her this time. 

I was stuck on how to rate this book. The end was kind of dragging on a little bit for me. And I thought we were get more information on The Immortals. But I really did like the book. And curious what the others have in store. 

Rating: 4/5

April's review of "Pleasure Unbound" by Larissa Ione

Pleasure Unbound (Demonica #1) by Larissa Ione
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Publisher: Forever
Number of Pages: 391
Format: Paperback
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Description:  In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . .

She's a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.

Two lovers will dare to risk all.

Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul . . .

 My friends have been hounding me for months to start to read this series. I finally gave in and read the first one. And now I'm kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I'm sure you've heard Fifty Shades of Grey has been described as book porn. E.L. James need to read this and take notes. Not only did I need a cold shower during most of the book, I needed one by the end of the third chapter. 

This book has it all; romance, sexy scenes, a mystery to solve, and humor. A demon and a demon hunter falling in love? You know the plot is going to be amazing. And the relationship between Eidolon and his brothers? You are going to laugh your ass off. These are the kind of books I love to read, the ones where they keep you laughing through the whole thing. There are even a few twists that will make your jaw drop. 

If you love steamy love scenes, romance, and the supernatural; then this book is a must for you. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. 

Rating: 5/5


Jen's review of "Fever" by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano
Publication date: Feb 21st, 2012
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Number of pages:  341
Format: Paperback
Description: Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the any means necessary.
The sequel to "Wither" was probably one of the most anticipated books in this genre for 2012, but one I didn't really get around to reading until recently. 

I loved 'Wither'. It was everything I wished it would be. But it seems in terms of 'Fever', I didn't like it as much as I had hoped I would.
We find Rhine and Gabriel on the run after escaping from the mansion and the horrors that await them there. Rhine is on a mission to try locate her brother, who she hasn't seen since she was taken many months prior.

But life on the run isn't what they thought, and they stumble into situations that they probably hoped to avoid.
But at least they did have one another to rely on in the world, as they search for her brother.
We get introduced to a few new characters with new situations that they find themselves in, but I longed for the mansion and the old characters that we saw in book 1.
I wish I liked this book more than I did, but I kept hoping things turn around. I think the last 100 pages did make up for the previous part of the book. 
We did get to see old characters again, and I was happy. Its like how things should have been.
Yes, I understand they had to get out of there because of Linden's father, who is a bastard..

I personally find Gabriel and his relationship with Rhine a little boring. I am more of a Linden fan, and love his relationship with her so much better.
There were scenes toward the end of this book that made me swoon, and sigh. I look forward to what the final book in this trilogy brings.
I hope we come full circle, and clear up the mystery of this illness. I would hope that is what things have been building too.. a cure, of some kind.

On another note, the cover is gorgeous. I do like the uniqueness of the covers and how they are different than other YA books around. The model for Rhine is gorgeous, but I am not sure what the significance of her surroundings is.

Rating -- 3 out of 5

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesday 10

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Want to play along?

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Be careful not to include spoilers
  • Share the title and author
This week teaser is from Pleasure Unbound by Larissa Ione. 

"Hey, is the touchy-feely homo moment over? Because I'm wondering how Minion of Darkness One got to hit Minion of Darkness Two without his skull fracturing."  

Jen's review of "Fever Moon" by Karen Marie Moning

Fever Moon: The Fear Dorcha by Karen Marie Moning
Publication date: July 10th, 2012
Publisher: Del Ray
Number of pages: 144
Format: Hardcover
Description: In Fever Moon, we meet the most ancient and deadly Unseelie ever created, the Fear Dorcha. For eons, he’s traveled worlds with the Unseelie king, leaving behind him a path of mutilation and destruction. Now he’s hunting Dublin, and no one Mac loves is safe.

Dublin is a war zone. The walls between humans and Fae are down. A third of the world’s population is dead and chaos reigns. Imprisoned over half a million years ago, the Unseelie are free and each one Mac meets is worse than the last. Human weapons don’t stand a chance against them.

With a blood moon hanging low over the city, something dark and sinister begins to hunt the streets of Temple Bar, choosing its victims by targeting those closest to Mac. Armed only with the Spear of Destiny and Jericho Barrons, she must face her most terrifying enemy yet.
I never thought I would see the day when I would willingly read a graphic novel. 

There is no denying I prefer Novels to comics or graphic novels, but for this author and this series, I would read ANYTHING, listen to anything. I would sell my soul for this series. Its no surprise that the FEVER series is my favourite series, and this graphic novel does not let me down.
I would like to thank my friend Lauren, who bought this for me while she was over in San Diego for Comic Con in July and bought this back for me.

In terms of the story. Its not your typical Graphic novel. It is not a re-telling of a story we already know. It is not say 'DARKFEVER' in graphic form. No. This is completely different.
Its a new story, but set within the time that SHADOWFEVER took place. Certain things will make much more sense from Shadowfever after reading this. Certain scenes and events have become much clearer to me now.

In FEVER MOON, we learn more about the FEAR DORCHA, who he is and what he wants. Mac and Barrons are on a mission when people go missing and turn up, but with something missing: a part of their face or body. It was all very odd, as you start to wonder what was going on, and who was behind this all.
When some of those people end up being near and dear to Mac she starts to wonder whether this is some kind of message to her. She knows there is only so much time left, and they are on the clock to try to fix whatever is going on.

I loved this. We discover different sides to the characters, while holding who they are down. I loved the graphics. They were done so beautifully and creatively. The dialogue was great, and I loved getting a new perspective of the series, and seeing things outside my own imagination and vision. 
I was so thankful I read this, it was a great addition and side story to the series. A look we didn't get to see before, and I can rest easy knowing part of my confusion.. a question I had in Shadowfever was answered within this story.

If you are a fan of Karen, and love the FEVER series, then I highly recommend checking this Graphic Novel out. It was SO worth it, and you won't be sorry.

Rating -- 5 out of 5

Friday, August 24, 2012

April's review of 'Half-Blood' by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Half-Blood (Covenant #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: Oct 18, 2011
Publisher: Spencer Hills Press
Number of Pages: 281
Format: Paperback
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Description: The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

 Meet Alex, a half-blood that has been gone from her training for three years. When they finally find her and take her back, she is told that she is too far behind to come back. Aiden, a Sentinel that is a Pure has volunteer to train her, and if by the end of the summer she is caught up can continue her training. Which may not be the best of ideas when Alex starts to fall for him, which is completely forbidden. Sounds a little familiar? Well if you've read Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series it should. I was told that the book is similar to the VA series, but I wasn't expecting an almost exact copy of it. While there are some differences, there was too many similarities between the two series. Which made it kind of hard for me to get into the book.I could make a whole post on the similarities, but that would take too long and would be time consuming. Alex could be Rose's clone.

That being said, I really did enjoy the book. I love Greek mythology, and reading books that are based on it. It's easy to fall in love with Alex, Aiden and the rest of the characters. Even had me laughing at some scenes. And like any other typical YA book, by the end you can see a love triangle brewing. Which should turn out interesting. I'm curious in the direction the second book goes in, which I've been told steers away from the VA similarities. I can't wait to read more scenes between Alex and Seth, the Apollyon; the only half-blood that not can control an element like the Pures, but can control all four plus the fifth that only the Gods are able to control. They seem to match each other in personality wise. I'm hoping we learn more about Apollyon in general. 

I feel very conflicted when it comes to this book. I really did love it. But at the same time I do feel like this is almost a complete rip off of the Vampire Academy series. I just don't see/understand with way too many similarities how there isn't a law suit. I will continue with the series. But it seriously lack originality.  

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, August 23, 2012

April's review of 'Born at Midnight' by C.C. Hunter

Born at Midnight (Shadow Falls #1) by C.C. Hunter
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Number of Pages: 398
Format: Paperback
Description:  Don’t miss this spectacular new series that will steal your heart and haunt your dreams, Welcome to Shadow Falls camp, nestled deep in the woods of a town called Fallen…

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls—a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just “troubled.” Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side—learning to harness their powers, control their magic and live in the normal world.

Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she? They insist Kylie is one of them, and that she was brought here for a reason. As if life wasn’t complicated enough, enter Derek and Lucas. Derek’s a half-fae who’s determined to be her boyfriend, and Lucas is a smokin’ hot werewolf with whom Kylie shares a secret past. Both Derek and Lucas couldn’t be more different, but they both have a powerful hold on her heart.

Even though Kylie feels deeply uncertain about everything, one thing is becoming painfully clear—Shadow Falls is exactly where she belongs…

Being a teenager is hard. But for Kylie it's one sucky situation after another. First her boyfriend breaks up with her because she wouldn't have sex with her. Then her Nana dies, and her parents announce they are divorcing. To top it all off, some weird army guy is stalking Kylie but no one else seems to be able to see him. When her best friend Sara drags her to a party, she finds herself at the police station that night. With help from her psychiatrist, her mom believes that Kylie is trouble and send her away to a camp for trouble teens. But it doesn't take long for Kylie to realized that these aren't just troubled teens, they are also supernatural. 

I instantly loved this book. The plot had reminded me of Hex Hall. Even though I do love Kylie, there were many points in the book where I just wanted to slap her. While I get why she does it, her constant denial about her just being normal was an over load. Who really is hoping they have a brain tumor or is crazy over the idea of being supernatural? And honestly I didn't understand the point of her friend's Sara's pregnancy scare. It wasn't important towards the plot. And the whole Trey situation. I understand that he broke her heart, and she still has feeling towards him. Like Kylie, I believe he truly cares for her, but he puts his want for sex before his feelings for her. And because of that, during that first phone call Kylie should of told him no and to leave her alone. 

This is one of the few books that I'm torn on which love interest I want to see Kylie with. In the beginning there were things with each guy that I didn't like. With Derek I hated the fact that he reminds Kylie of Trey. And Lucas, while there's the whole cat thing. To me it almost seems obvious that Kylie is going to chose Lucas. And here's the trouble with me. I want to be Team Derek, but my heart is cheering for Lucas. I see Derek as the safe choose. Just when I think I've finally decided on a "team", I change my mind again. 

Even though I love this book, it's YA and YA tends to be a little predictable. I knew Sky was behind whatever was going on. And honestly I'm a little disappointed that it was over that quickly when it's revealed what was going on. But I didn't see that as the big plot in the book. The book was about Kylie figuring out who she really is, which she doesn't figure it out completely, but she's one step closer.  And the first time Kylie is pulled into the ghost's memory, I knew exactly who he was.

In the end I just simply couldn't put the book down. And I can't wait to read the other books. 

Rating: 5/5

Cover Reveal:: TIMELESS

The cover for TIMELESS, the final book in Michelle Madow's "Transcend Time Saga" has been revealed.
Made by Michelle herself.

The release is Nov 20th, 2012.

I can't wait to read about how this all ends... I loved the first book, and really enjoyed the short story 'Vengeance'.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Jen & April's review of "Masquerade" by Melissa de la Cruz

Masquerade (Blue Bloods #2) by Melissa de la Cruz
Publication date: May 1st, 2007
Publisher: Hyperion
Number of pages: 307
Format: Hardcover
Description: Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help - her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city's wealthy, powerful, and unhuman - a true Blue Blood affair.

But it's at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire's destiny.

Rich with glamour, attitude, and vampire lore, this second installment in the Blue Bloods saga will leave readers thirsting for more.
Jen's review: Masquerade is the 2nd book in Melissa's "Blue Bloods" series. I love re-reading this series, because it has so much history, and I love the way Melissa has invented this world they are in. I love the attention to detail she has about the Blue Bloods and the history of them.
 In this installment, Sky and Oliver are in Venice trying to track down her MIA grandfather, Lawrence, who her grandmother said to find as he would know more about what she is seeking than anyone else. 
Things don't go according to plan and they return empty handed, but she soon discovers that everything might not be lost as she might have thought. 

 Between coming into newfound powers, battling her feelings for Jack and trying to figure out the mystery on who the Silver Blood is hiding amongst them, Sky's life suddenly is full of surprises.
Mimi and Bliss on the other hand are battling other things differently. With Mimi, she still sees Sky has a threat toward her relationship with Jack, and will do anything to protect that. And Bliss on the other hand is battling something totally different and much darker than ever anticipated.

After the death/disappearance of her boyfriend, Bliss keeps having blackouts and disturbing nightmares of something or someone after her. A beast of some kind.
A new boy then enters the picture who changes everything. He is someone who claims to know her, but she doesn't remember a thing about him. Is he lying, or has her past memories yet to surface?

I begun to realize that while Jack's might have been attracted to Sky initially in the beginning because of Allegra (I am guessing she must have been black haired at some point, since she is blonde now), but he fell in love with her because of Sky, and who she is. It kind of reminds me a little of The Vampire Diaries a little bit, and the attraction Stefan had for Elena initially might have stemmed from Katherine, but that's totally Offtopic.
I did love the little interactions between them in this book. Its progress that's building up to something big, I can imagine. A story that's only just beginning.
Jack tries to stay away from her and tries to explain away his attraction for her, but the more he finds himself doing little things to be around her.
Jack, buddy. You have it bad.

There isn't much history about in this book from the past. It more deals with the potential the the Silver Bloods are back, and who could be harbouring one.
Sky's family problems, Mimi's jealousy and Bliss's dark and haunted dreams make for one amazing book.
This series just gets better and better.

Rating:: 5 out of 5

April's review:

Masquerade picks up about two months after Blue Bloods left off. Feeling even more alone in the world, Schuyler is overjoyed when her grandfather decides it's time to rejoin the Blue Blood society and returns to New York. Even though Jack Force has stopped talking to her, she can't seem to get him out of his head. Her grandfather sees Jack's attractions towards Sky and just assumes that she doesn't return the feelings, saying if she did it would only result in their dooms.

Cruz has an amazing talent for slipping out only hints of information here and there that keeps you guessing and wanting to read more. Even though I have read this book before, it was like reading it for the first time. I just couldn't put it down. If you loved Sky and Jack in the first book, you will love them even more in this book. We are introduce a new character, Kingsley, whom shares the same curiosity for the dark magic that is forbidden to them. Which of course isn't good news for Sky.

When a Silver Blood is summoned, we learn that Mimi, Sky, and Bliss were the main suspects for harboring one.  And that Kingsley isn't who he says he is. When the final outcome is that Mimi is sentenced for death, having her blood burn, but is she really guilty? Sky is the only one that has the power to determine if Mimi is really guilty or innocent. But will she do it?

The book is very fast paced, and we learn a bit more information. It will leave you craving for more.

Rating: 4/5 

Jen's review of "A Corner of White" by Jaclyn Moriarty

A Corner of White (The Colours of Madeleine #1) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Publication date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Number of pages: 400
Format: Paperback
Description: Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie’s Tea Shop.

Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.

They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter.

A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.
I would like to thank Pan Macmillan for giving me this chance to review this book. I admit, I never had heard of this author before, so I was going into this book blindsided and didn't know what to expect. 
I was interested and intrigued by the plot that I was willing to give this a shot.
I was not disappointed, that is for sure.

The world that Jaclyn brings you into is breathtaking. Think about two sides of a world. One where you live in reality. Another... where there is a magical land full of possibilities.... something that sounds like from a book, or a movie. Nothing you ever thought or even dreamed would be real.
But guess what? It is.
In this book, we witness the impossible. Two people from different worlds find a way to connect and communicate to one another.

Madeline and Elliot are young teenagers who discover one another by accident. There is a corner in which there is a tear between both worlds. Not enough to walk through, but only enough to be able to send letters to one another. A form of communication that is prominent throughout the entire book, and my favourite part of the novel.
I love the way, even though they go on with their lives,  they still have one another and their interesting friendship.

I found Jaclyn's writing interesting, yet compelling. I haven't read anything like this book in quite a while. Its very unique. The story-telling was amazing, with real characters with heartbreaking choices and decisions ahead of them.
While this is the first book in a series, I could see this being a stand alone as well, but I was glad to see there is more coming, because I can't wait to see what else is in store for Madeline and Elliot. 
I have many hopes for these two and their unique friendship.

We follow their lives, as they battle different family things and friendships. Hardships and heartbreaks. But what keeps them in check in the connection they have with one another.
This is the story of Madeline and Elliot... and the crack in between their worlds.

Oh, and yes... different colours...that aren't what we might think they are.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Teaser Tuesday 09

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Want to play along?

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • Be careful not to include spoilers
  • Share the title and author
 This week's teaser is from Biting Cold by Chloe Neill. 

It wasn't until I'd dressed and rebelted my katana that I saw the small burgundy box that sat on the bed. It was bound in a white silken ribbon and topped with a perfect bow. 

April's review of 'The Hidden' by Jessica Verday

The Hidden (The Hollow #3) by Jessica Verday
Publication Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of Pages: 389
Format:  Hardback
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Description:  A love that knows no bounds.

Abbey knows that Caspian is her destiny. Theirs is a bond that transcends even death. But as Abbey finally learns the full truth about the dark fate that links her to Caspian and ties them both to the town of Sleepy Hollow, she suddenly has some very hard choices to make. Caspian may be the love of her life, but is that love worth dying for?

Beautifully spun, emotionally gripping, and irresistibly romantic, The Hidden will leave you breathless.

It's no secret that I'm not particularly fond of this series. I wasn't overly excited to read this book. It was more of 'I'm going to read it so I'll be done with the series'. I did enjoy the books, but I could never connect with Abbey. I wasn't even surprise at the way it ended. I knew it was coming. The whole plot kind of reminded of Twilight, and while I still love Twilight, in this book I thought she was very stupid to give up her whole life just to be with a boy. Abbey had future dreams. In the end I understood her decision better, but it made the whole three books pointless. 

I adore Caspian, I really do. And like I just said I couldn't connect with Abbey. So in a result, I couldn't connect with them as a couple. I really did love their scenes on his Death Day. But for the most part, I really really wanted Abbey and Ben to get together. I wanted Abbey to move on with her life. Even before she had made her decision or even knew she was his other half, she should of known her and Caspian would have no future together.

For a book I wasn't that excited to read, I was surprised at how quickly I was able to read it. There was even a new character, Cyn introduce. Even though I get that she's some kind of witch, and served the purpose for Abbey to communicate to Kristen a few times, I thought her character was kind of point less. When everything came into a full circle and the holes were filled I wanted to roll my eyes. The reason Vincent wanted to keep Abbey alive? I just wanted to hit my head on something. Very selfish and was expecting something more. I still don't understand why Vincent thought Kristin was Caspian's other half. Or even why his partner wasn't with him. Or even why Caspian was drawn to Abbey in the first place and showed up at Kristen's funeral. There was plenty of scenes that was pointless. Like the girl from the insane asylum. I would of thought the girl was important to the storyline, but nope. I loved the fact that her mom rented the empty store, but to do it then? In the beginning of Abbey's senior year? Unrealistic. 

In the end, the books are descent. Not the best series I have read in the world. And really a disappointment from what I originally thought they would be about.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, August 19, 2012

April's review of 'Biting Cold' by Chloe Neill

Biting Cold (Chicagoland Vampires #6) by Chloe Neill
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
Publisher: New American Library 
Number of Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
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Description:  Turned into a vampire against her will, twenty-eight-year-old Merit found her way into the dark circle of Chicago’s vampire underground, where she learned there was more to supernaturals than met the eye—and more supernaturals than the public ever imagined.And not all the secrets she learned were for sharing—among humans or inhumans. Now Merit is on the hunt, charging across the stark American Midwest, tailing a rogue supernatural intent on stealing an ancient artifact that could unleash catastrophic evil on the world. But Merit is also the prey. An enemy of Chicagoland is hunting her, and he’ll stop at nothing to get the book for himself. No mercy allowed.

                                                        No rules apply. No lives spared. The race is on.

I've been dying to get my hands on this book since the end of Drink Deep with Ethan coming back from the dead. After all Merit has gone through, she deserved some much need alone time with him. But as you can imagine the universe isn't in her favor. Instead Merit and Ethan are off chasing after Mallory whose as a deathly infatuation with dark magic. 

The Mallory storyline unfolded very quickly, and honestly I was kind of disappointed. I was sure that it would be the main plot of the story. It was gearing up to be a big showdown, and then pretty much nothing. I was also a little disappointed in the lack of Catcher in this book. I simply adore him.  And not much on Jonah or the Red Guard in this book, but I'm sure this would be an issue for future books.

We do finally learn what Seth Tate is. Very interesting plot twist. And the best part of the book? Lots of Ethan. Once again he tried to halt his relationship with Merit. We see Merit as a new woman. She has grown into her powers and has finally embraced her vampire side. And she this Merit won't sit back and let Ethan decide when they are off or on.

With all the supernatural crisis going on in the city, the Cadogen House has a even much bigger problem. The GP has decided to cast a vote to decide if Cadogen House should remain within the GP. But the vampires decide to take ahold of their fate before it's decided for them. 

This book has reminded me why I fell in love with Merit and Ethan. Not to mention makes me want to visit Chicago, and taste all the food that Merit is in love with. I can't wait to read what else is store for our favorite vamps. 

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Jen's review of "Bane" by Trish Milburn

Bane (Coven #2) by Trish Milburn
Publication date: May 31st, 2012
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Number of pages: 178
Format: Kindle
Description: To protect those she loves from herself, Jax will leave them all behind. She'll risk everything in a desperate search for answers.
Jax Pherson fled the darkest of covens and from her own father's evil. For a brief moment, her courage was rewarded. She found everything she'd ever wanted. A normal life. An amazing boyfriend. An envy-worthy best friend .
But her past put them all in danger, forcing a confrontation with the dark covens. In a life-and-death battle to save those she loved from the covens, Jax gained staggering power. Power so intense, so dangerous, she fears the darkness that now dwells inside her like a living thing.
If she can't control the power, she may yet become as evil as the witches she conquered.
With her friend Egan, Jax leaves all she's built and heads for the one place that might hold the answers she desperately needs to hold back the darkness-Salem, Massachusetts. Her research unearths a shocking discovery: the Bane, a secret group of witches dedicated to thwarting the covens.
Jax desperately needs their help in her fight against the covens, but finding the Bane is easier said than done and takes all her skills and courage. As Jax gets closer, her dark powers begin to rise and control her actions. If she succumbs to the darkness, Jax may have as much to fear from the Bane as the evil covens and the determined hunter on her trail.
This series is a fun one. It's an easy read, and this book is no exception.
In the first book, White Witch, we saw Jax find a life she wanted and fell in love. Things happened and she had to leave.
While she and her friend, Egan leave and find themselves in Salem, they start to dig into family histories and discover more than they ever bargained for.

Not only do they realize they have been lied to their entire lives, but the real truth about themselves and their powers is something they didn't anticipate upon.
Soon enough, Jax and Egan find themselves not alone, and discover that their past has caught up to them. Whether or not that's a good thing is yet to be determined.

I like both Jax and Egan. They are good friends. They both find themselves with similar pasts with complicated relationships with ones they love.
In this book, I like that we get down to more of the white witches, and whether or not Jax might be one.

Salem isn't what they think it is. The people... there are more to them than just ordinary folk, and Jax and Egan soon find themselves in the midst of something they never expected to be in.

The end of the book brings a whole new level of cliffhanger. It's something where you can't imagine what will happen from here on out, but want to know more.

With a great plot, new characters and a new town.. crazy and bizarre discoveries, this book is twice as good as the first book in this series. Things can only get better.

 Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this title.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Jen's review of "Spark" by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Spark (Sky Chasers #2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Publication date: August 1st, 2012
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Description: Waverly and Kieran are finally reunited on the Empyrean. Kieran has led the boys safely up to this point, and now that the girls are back, their mission seems slightly less impossible: to chase down the New Horizon, and save their parents from the enemy ship. But nothing is truly as it seems…Kieran’s leadership methods have raised Seth’s hackles— and Waverly’s suspicions. Is this really her fiancé? The handsome, loving boy she was torn from just a short time before? More and more, she finds her thoughts aligned with Seth’s. But if Seth is Kieran’s Enemy No. 1, what does that make her?

In one night, a strange explosion rocks the Empyrean—shooting them off course and delaying their pursuit of the New Horizon—and Seth is mysteriously released from the brig. Seth is the most obvious suspect for the explosion, and Waverly the most obvious suspect for releasing him. As the tension reaches a boiling point, will Seth be able to find the true culprit before Kieran locks them both away—or worse? Will Waverly follow her heart, even if it puts lives at risk? With the balance of power precarious and the clock ticking, every decision counts… every step brings them closer to a new beginning, or a sudden end...
I admit, Glow didn't blow me out of the water. I wasn't even sure I would want to read Spark, but since I was given this book to review from the publisher, I decided I had nothing to lose and would check it out. 

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I did enjoy this book. I would say, definitely more than the first. I had no expectations going on, and so what I got out of it was quite a surprise.
I do like the format, Amy does with this series with each chapter an alternating point of view, in each of the three main characters POVs.

Keiran can be a pain in the butt at times, and there are times where I wanted to knock some sense into him and smack him, but then, I also think he is also a teenager and is trying to do what he thinks is best, and that doesn't always come across well to others.
Seth, is someone who I continue to like... but he hasn't had it easy and the fact that he and Keiran don't get along doesn't help matters.
Waverly, for someone so young hasn't had it easy, and it doesn't help that she gets the blame for not bringing their parents back.
The others didn't understand, because they weren't there, and have no way of understanding what happened, nor what it took for her to leave the parents and she couldn't do anything about it.

When more danger starts to occur upon their ship, people start to get scared and wonder who they can really trust. Each of the characters have their role to play in this book, and the consequences that transpire turn the heads upside down.

Thanks to the publisher, Pan Macmillan for letting me this opportunity to review this title.

Rating::  4 out of 5

Thursday, August 9, 2012

April's review of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey(Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James
Publication Date: May 26, 2011
Publisher: Vintage
Number of Pages: 514
Format: Paperback
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Description:  When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

Yes occasionally I will read a book that isn't paranormal. I knew it was originally a fanfic of Twilight, and don't get me wrong I love Twilight, and because of that for the longest while I wasn't sure I wanted to read this series. Then I started to see all my friends on Facebook reading it and being obsessed with it, and these are people that I know aren't really readers. So I decided to go ahead and read it. Right off the bat I could see the similarities and references to Twilight. They were way too obvious. 

If I had to rate the book on the writing alone, it would get 1 star. This has to be one of the worst written book I've ever read. Why does the characters always whisper or murmur? And in the first few chapters his grey eyes haunted Ana's dreams. Yes I get that. You do not have to repeat that every other page. And yes, I get that Ana biting her lip is a turn on for Christian, and it makes him want to have sex with her right then and there. You do not have to repeat that 2,000 times in this book. Right off the bat he sends her first edition of Tess of the d' Urbervilles with a quote. That should of been Ana's first clue. I remember watching the movie in high school, don't think I had actually ever finished reading the book, but I do remember Tess being raped and abused in the book. 

The plot of the book wasn't bad. It was actually intriguing. But Ana...I wanted to slap a bitch. How can you be so stupid? The whole book one minute she has decided that she can't deal with Christian's lifestyle and wants nothing to do with him, and then the very next minute she decides that she wants to be with him? You should never lower your morals for a man. 

On to Christian. Yes he has demons, but he's way too controlling and likes to stalk. Do you want a guy that knows your every single move? She went across country to not only get away from him and think, but to visit her mom, and he shows up! Really?! Not to mention the emails they were exchanging before she realized he was in Georgia she was pissed at him. He shows up and all is forgiven? Grow a freaking backbone. And even though he mom insisted that she go with him and talk things out, still. She there for only a few days to visit her mom, and she stays with him for the rest of the night? My mom would of slapped me. I get that he needs to be in control. But there is a line and he is way over that line. He wants to control every aspect of her life; what she wears, what she eats, who she sees and talks to, etc. That is one step away from being abusive.  And his mood swings! I loved his moments when he's playful and joking around. The perfect bad boy millionaire. But it doesn't mesh with his lifestyle. Not to mention that when we talks about that, it sounds more like a business deal than sex. I mean "established subs"? *rolleyes* And what he said about during the interview she was all yes sir and no sir, and he thought she was a natural born sub? Please that is called manners. 

And how he got into this lifestyle? We can think Elena, or as Ana likes to refer to her Mrs. Robertson, Christian's mom friend that seduced him when he was 15! I'm sorry but I agree with Ana on this one. That is child molestation and disguising. Not to mention the things in the lifestyle she did to him would be child abuse. He was a freaking child! It's bad enough to have an affair when you're married, but to seduce a child? And back to Christian's jealousy, it's ok for him to still be friends with her and talk to her, go out to dinner with her (not ever 2 days after Ana left to see her mom), but he got pissed when Ana talked to her friend Jose, or went to the bar with him? Yes he made a pass and took it too far when they were drunk. But still. 

Overall I didn't love this book, but I didn't think it was the worst. Somewhere on the lower half. More than likely I'll read the rest of the series out of curiosity. 

Rating: 2/5

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

April's review of 'The Haunted' by Jessica Verday

The Haunted (The Hollow #2) by Jessica Verday
Publication Date: August 31, 2010 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of Pages: 467
Format: Hardcover 
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Description:  An impossible truth. An impossible love.

After months spent reclaiming her sanity and trying to forget the boy she fell in love with - the boy who must not exist, cannot exist, because she knows that he is dead - Abbey returns to Sleepy Hollow, ready to leave the ghosts of her past behind. She throws herself into her schoolwork, her perfume making, and her friendship with Ben, her cute and funny lab partner, who just might be her ticket to getting over Caspian once and for all.

But Abbey can never get over Caspian, and Caspian has no choice but to return to her side, for Caspian is a Shade, and Abbey is his destiny. They are tied not only to each other, but also to the town of Sleepy Hollow and to the famous legend that binds their fates - a legend whose dark truths they are only beginning to guess...

I wasn't impress anymore than I was impress with the first book. Even though I'm not familiar with the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I love how the series connects to it. I just couldn't really connect to Abbey. I tried I really did. And I can't even really ship Abbey and Caspian. Even though I did started to like them better towards the end of this book. Though I did start to like them, I don't understand. Yes you can't help who you love, but he is a ghost. What kind of future does Abbey think she can have with him?  I do wish Abbey and Ben would of got together.

I thought this book was pretty much boring. I kept reading so to get through the book. It wasn't till the end of the book that things got interesting. We finally learned who killed Kristen, and honestly I'm still a little disappointed in that. I thought there would be more to it. And we got to see some of Caspian's childhood. Even though we know he died in a car wreck, I still want to know what exactly happen. 

I have an issue with timing. You're reading one scene and she ends it with a thought, and next thing you know it's weeks later. It just didn't flow right with me. I'll read the last book just to see how everything plays out. 

Rating: 3/5