Monday, 20 June 2011

Wisp by Kevin R. Maze

WispWisp by Kevin R. Maze

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ellerton, Alabama is a small town with practically no crime, and no homicides in five years. So Sheriff Stan Murphy is surprised when he is called out to investigate a death at Bowers Field, a popular hunting spot. Instead of finding an accidental shooting, he finds the mangled body of prominent business man Edwin Price. The 47-year-old real estate broker does not appear to be the victim of any known wildlife; in fact, there’s very little physical evidence except the presence of misshapen footprints that disappear just a few feet away from the body.

Alex Fiedler is a reporter for The International Paranormal Reader and also Murphy’s nephew, who is in town to interview an alleged UFO abductee. Joins Murphy on a quest to find the elusive killer the papers refer to as “the Shadow Man.” A search that offers more questions than answers. A search for a figure of unspeakable horror that just may not be human…

Over the course of the next week, the people of this quiet town face its worse nightmares, transforming this restful hamlet into a community of fear.

Kevin R. Maze takes the reader on a ride with this book. It's a crime mystery, thriller with a paranormal element to it. It's been a long time since I have read a book that I couldn't guess who the bad guy was. With Wisp I had no idea, I suspected a couple of the characters and was so for from the truth it was ridiculous. Lol.

I found Kevin R. Maze's writing so descriptive. I was right there with Sheriff Murphy and his nephew Alex on there Quest to find "The Shadow Man"

I found that this book reminded me a little of Lee Child's, Jack Reacher series. But with a paranormal twist.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a mystery/thriller.

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Saturday, 18 June 2011

Lover Unleashed By J R. Ward

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood #9) by J.R. Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***********This may contain SPOILERS***********
Sorry it's such a long review, but there was just so much to discuss about it. LOL
Wow. where do I start? This is yet another amazing installment for the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

I was meant to be reading this with two friends of mine. I managed to stay on track for a day but I just can't read only a few chapters at a time. I don't know how anyone can. If I pick a book up and enjoy it, I have to finish it. Honestly that book goes everywhere with me until I have turned that last page. When my husband catches me with the book tucked under my arm or in my hand whilst cooking with the other, he calls me crazy.. my only response is "My name is Aimie and I'm a Book addict" :P
So ladies, I'm sorry I didn't have the will power to keep at pace with you both. 

Although this is Payne and Manny's story I felt it wasn't as completely theirs as previous books are the main couples. They didn't feature as the main couple, it was more a shared book between Payne and Manny; Vishous and Jane; and Xcor and his Band of Bastards. Qhuinn and Blay where also featured a great deal which has got me extremely concerned about future storyline's which I will get to later.

One thing missing from this book was Lesser and Omega stuff, we still had the lesser fights and the BDB guys kicking ass. But we didn't get the POV from Mr X or Mr O or whoever is the newest leader of those guys. We didn't hear about the Omega's reaction to Lash's death either,  (that could of been in Lover Mine and I just can't remember it, But I don't think it was there either) Actually did Lash die? I can't remember. With there being no Lesser POV we don't get to know anything about Qhuinn's brother who Lash had kept on ice. Will he ever be found? In previous books I tended to skim through the Lesser POV parts but with them totally non-existent here in Lover Unleashed I actually missed them a little. I never thought I would say that, But I did.

The Lesser's where replaced by Xcor and his Band of Bastards, whom I find very  interesting. As much as he seems like a mean bastard, His reaction after Payne told him the truth about the Bloodletter was honorable and sweet. His soldier Throe, seems to be a nice guy in a bad gang. He has a conscience and I think he will be Xcor's reason of failure to take Wrath's throne. Well I am bloody hoping Xcor doesn't take Wrath's throne.

Another thing J.R. Ward didn't hit on in this book which the last book seemed to be leading to was Mhurder. A member of the Brotherhood whom everyone thinks is dead having been driven crazy after Xhex had been captured many years ago. he was the "Ghost" that the Ghost hunters in Lover Mine where investigating. It was a huge part of lover mine and at the very end we found out it was him. In this book his name was mentioned at one point, When Vishous was thinking about feeling empty without Jane in his life. "The loss of shellan can make you crazy." I thought ah here we go, we are going to get to see him, but Nope. Nothing.

J.R. Ward didn't cut the storyline's off at intense moments and take you elsewhere leaving you in suspense and skimming to get back to that cliffhanger like she did in other books. Which I was glad of, it all ran smoothly and she seemed to leave at the right points and come back perfectly too.

Payne and Manny are a great couple. Manny is such a funny smart-ass, he fits in perfectly with the BDB gang. I guessed he was a halfbreed -- without knowing -- pretty early on since he was having that strong dark spicy scent and the mating  feelings of possession etc. When anyone ever mentioned that he was "only a human." I found myself chanting "No he's not" in a sing song tone. LOL

Payne's healing/regeneration power seems pretty good. I'm dying to find out where J.R. Ward is going to take us with this. She could heal Wrath's blindness or Mary (I can't remember what is wrong with Mary --I will have to go back and start from the beginning with Dark Lover-- but I am certain there is something, infertility maybe?) I don't think she will be able to bring Jane back from being a ghost. But that would be great if she could so that she and V could have a baby. Maybe she could get rid of Z's slave marks. Regenerate Phury's leg.. The possibilities are endless.

My husband gave me some strange looks when I was LOL-ing to myself. I'd be like oh Butch just said something funny, and I'd have to read him the conversation I was laughing at. I did that many times throughout this book.
One comment from Butch to V remains in my mind even now. I am still giggling just thinking about it.
"All I see are ankles and wrists -- and FYI, you're pulling a Miley- frickin' -Cyrus with that belly flash. Not attractive."
V's response was just as good of course "Fuck off. I can't help it that you're a god-damn midget."
I love Butch and V banter.

Getting to see Vishous fall apart was good. It showed that even though he's had his "Happy Ever After" with Jane. Life still goes on and shit happens, even to the brother's. V is one of my favourite's so it was nice to see him and his dirty perverted mind again.

My heart breaks for Qhuinn and Blaylock. Honestly they need their heads banging together and I was Oh so willing to do it many times during this book. I have a REALLY REALLY bad feeling that we are not going to get the Qhuinn and Blay happy ever after story we want though. I have a horrible feeling that in Tohr's book --- which JR informed us is next and called Lover Reborn--- Layla will come into her needing period and Qhuinn being his gorgeous gentlemanly self will offer to help her and serve her need. Which is where his "vision" of the girl he thinks is his and Layla's daughter comes into things. It's so obvious and heart breaking. Then when she ends up pregnant he's going to have to care for her and be with her or the brothers will think he's a dick. Damn that's so not fair and Blay will stay with Sax thinking Qhuinn and Layla are happy in love, they will all be miserable and I will be tearing my hair out... A good outcome would be that Blay and Qhuinn get together and Layla becomes a surrogate for them but as if that would happen. That's just too good to be true.

So as much as I can't wait to see Tohr's story, I'm kinda dreading it. I'll have the kleenex ready and waiting, I have a feeling I'm going to need them. Alot..

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Thursday, 16 June 2011

Revenge By Sharon Osbourne

RevengeRevenge by Sharon Osbourne

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amber and Chelsea Stone are sisters who share the same dream - huge, global fame. As children they were close, but success has pulled them apart. Both have the looks, the talent, and the star quality - but only one has the ruthless ambition to make it to the very top. And she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

This book was brilliant. Quirky and engaging. Sharon Osbourne did a great job, her personality shines through this book.

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Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead

Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, #5)Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead (Georgina Kincaid #5)

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Georgina Kincaid has formidable powers. Immortality, seduction, shape-shifting into any human form she desires, walking in heels that would cripple mere mortals-all child's play to a succubus like her.

Helping to plan her ex-boyfriend's wedding is a different story. Georgina isn't sure which is worse-that Seth is marrying another woman, or that Georgina has to run all over Seattle trying on bridesmaid dresses. Still, there are distractions. Georgina's roommate, Roman, is cluttering her apartment with sexual tension. Then there's Simone, the new succubus in town, who's intent on corrupting Seth.

But the real danger lies in the mysterious force that's visiting her thoughts, trying to draw her into a dark, otherworldly realm. Sooner or later, Georgina knows she'll be too weak to resist. And when that happens, she'll discover who she can trust, who she can't-and that Hell is far from the worst place to spend eternity...

Another fantastic installment in the life of Seattle's succubus Georgina Kincaid.

We got to relive a lot of Georgina's/Letha's memories throughout her time on the earth which was great insight into her circle of "shitty" life that she seems to keep falling into. Poor Georgina. 

Things are finally making sense and I think I have figured out the "Flaw" with her contract and her connection with Seth. But I guess I won't find out if my inklings are correct until I get to read the next one. Which I believe is the final of the series, so I guess everything will wrap up and Richelle with give us all those answers we have been seeking throughout the series.

I love Roman and Carter so much. I would love to see a spin off series with one of these two as the main character.

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Hourglass by Claudia Gray

Hourglass (Evernight #3)Hourglass (Evernight #3) by Claudia Gray

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bianca will risk everything to be with Lucas.

After escaping from Evernight, the vampire boarding school where they met, Bianca and Lucas seek refuge with Black Cross, an elite group of vampire hunters. Bianca must hide her supernatural heritage or risk certain death at its hands. But when Black Cross captures her friend—the vampire Balthazar—all her secrets threaten to come out.

Soon, Bianca and Lucas are on the run, pursued not only by Black Cross, but by the powerful vampires of Evernight. Yet no matter how far they run, Bianca can't escape her destiny. Bianca and Lucas have always believed their love could survive anything—but can it survive what's to come?

This Book was awesome. There were so many twist's and turns that happened, that I didn't see coming. I picked this book up and finished it in the one sitting.

I love the relationship between Lucas and Bianca. But I still love Balthazar. I don't know what it is about him but I just want to see more of him. We got to see Ranulf and Vic abit too, which was nice because they are another two of my favourites out of this series. We got to see afew deaths, I won't spoil anything by saying who they are but I was glad to say good riddance to one of those characters.

I can not wait to read the next installment Afterlife!

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Monday, 6 June 2011

Naked In Death by J D. Robb

Naked in Death 
(In Death, #1)Naked in Death (In Death #1) by J.D. Robb

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here is the novel that started it all-the first book in J. D. Robb's number-one New York Times-bestselling In Death series, featuring New York City homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.

"It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion.

When a senator's daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she'd been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve's growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome . . . and the leading suspect in the investigation."

I really enjoyed this book, a good keep you guessing who the killer is story with romance and action thrown in, all set in the future. :)
I'd definitely recommend.

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Stargazer by Claudia Gray

Stargazer (Evernight, #2)Stargazer (Evernight #2) by Claudia Gray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Evernight Academy: an exclusive boarding school for the most beautiful, dangerous students of all-vampires. Bianca, born to two vampires, has always been told her destiny is to become one of them.

But Bianca fell in love with Lucas-a vampire hunter sworn to destroy her kind. They were torn apart when his true identity was revealed, forcing him to flee the school.

Although they may be separated, Bianca and Lucas will not give each other up. She will risk anything for the chance to see him again, even if it means coming face-to-face with the vampire hunters Black Cross-or deceiving the powerful vampires of Evernight. Bianca's secrets will force her live a life of lies.

Yet Bianca isn't the only one keeping secrets. When Evernight is attacked by an evil force that seems to target her, she discovers the truth thought she knew is only the beginning..."

This series is brilliant, both this book and the first I couldn't seem to put down once I started them.
Stargazer didn't have as big twists as Evernight did but it did still go in directions I didn't expect.
When Bianca was with Lucas I liked her with him but then when she was with Balthazar I wanted her with him.

I can't wait to pick up the next installment Hourglass. :)

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Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11)by Charlaine Harris

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witness' the fire bombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover Eric Northman and his "child" Pam are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot-which is much more complicated than she knows.."

Well I kinda feel a little deflated after reading this installment.
I found this book different from the earlier books, the last book was a similar disappointment.

It seemed to skim over things a lot, Charlaine didn't seem to really go into detail with anything. Like when she was describing fighting scene's she just rushed through them. "unknown enemy vamp #1 down." with a list of others down. It was just all so sketchy.

Throughout the book I found numerous paragraphs were really just Sookie rambling on about irrelevant things. Even Charlaine thought so as the paragraph ended with the statement. Irrelevant!

I love knowing whats happening with the characters because I love Charlaine's characters. But it seemed more like I was reading a bullet point memo about them rather then falling into their world like I did in the much earlier books.

I have always been an avid Eric fan, I have always believed they belong together. But I found myself irritated throughout this book by their relationship. I was wondering why there was no sex scenes and they got to one. ONE in the whole book, What? Really? just One?
And what a disappointment it was. It was not even worth her keeping it in. "He said "I'm going to tear your clothes"
after an exciting few minutes he said "i'm tearing mine too" "
That was followed by some "go harder.. go go go" and an "is this hard enough""
WTF was Charlaine thinking when she wrote this? there have been way better sex scenes in her books then this. This one lasted 16 lines? In my opinion, from what I have gathered about Eric reading previous books, he would not ask permission to tear clothes off. I don't even think Sookie would ask him to go harder. I don't know it was just odd.

I even found myself wanting Dermot to get with Sookie, even though he is her Great-Uncle, ICK.. I think Sookie needs to leave town and find a normal guy, they all seem to have an agenda and I'm fed up of her whining over it. She knows she is valuable to all the different supe's, for one reason or another. So she should leave town and cut off contact, and start afresh. The only person I think loves her for who she is and not what she is, is Sam Merlotte. He seems to be the only genuine one around.

All in all. It was an okay read, but I won't rush out for the next installment when it comes out.

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Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead

Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid, #4)Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid #4) by Richelle Mead

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"Georgina Kincaid has been a bad, bad succubus...

…which should be a good thing. But lately, thanks to her foul mood over breaking up with bestselling writer Seth Mortensen, she’s been so wicked that Seattle’s ├╝ber-demon Jerome, decides to “outsource” Georgina to a rival—and have her spy for him in the process.

Being exiled to the frozen north—okay, Vancouver—and leaving Seth in the cozy clutches of his new girlfriend is unpleasant enough. Then Jerome is kidnapped, and all immortals under his control mysteriously lose their powers. One bright spot: with her life-sucking ability gone, there’s nothing to keep Georgina from getting down and dirty with Seth—nothing apart from his girlfriend that is. Now, as the supernatural population starts turning on itself, a newly mortal Georgina must rescue her boss and figure out who’s been playing them—or all hell will break loose…"

Georgina's life just gets shittier, if that is even possible? 

This book had plenty of twists and turns, betrayal and loyalty, to keep me reading it until I turned that last page. I love Richelle Mead's characters. Roman and Carter are my favorites of all of Georgina's gang, they always seem to say the best things to piss Georgina off. It makes my laugh every time Carter leaves Georgina saying "F#$*ing Angels".

I'm looking forward to finding out what trouble Georgina's going to get into next. Because this girl knows how to attract trouble.

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Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton

Hit ListHit List (Anita Blake #20) by Laurell K. Hamilton

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cover synopsis: "My name is Anita Blake. The vampires call me 'The Executioner'. So when a series of gruesome and spectacular murders occur in the Pacific Northwest, the local police call in me and fellow US Marshal Edward to track down a serial killer they are convinced must be a 'monster'.

But I know that some monsters are very real. The Harlequin have been the bogeymen of the vampire world for more then a thousand years; they are a secret so dark that even to speak their name can earn you a death sentence. Now they are here in America, hunting weretigers and human police. And me.

The Harlequin serve the Mother of All Darkness, the first vampire. She was supposed to be dead, but only her body was destroyed. Now Mommie Darkest is back, determined to kill Edward and possess me. And she doesn't care how many others have to die along the way."

This one of the best Anita books I have read in a long time. It was like the earlier books with the crime scene's and the U.S Marshal politics. 

I also loved seeing Edward being such a huge part of this book. Most of the other books he's in, he tends to come in towards the end of the book, to help save the day. But he was fighting alongside Anita all the way from age one. We got more insight into Edwards life and feelings too, which was great. 

Although she was working away, hunting monsters we got to see some regulars like Domino and Nicky. And of course, No monster hunting party is complete without Bernardo and Olaf, even though I think he is more of a monster then the actual monsters! Plus we got to meet plenty of new faces too. One of them called Ethan who is rather Hot.. ;) 

Anita was Bad ass in this book. Laurell has reminded me of the reason I loved this series. Can't wait for the next book.

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Deception Point by Dan Brown

Deception PointDeception Point by Dan Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"When a new NASA satellite detects evidence of an astonishingly rare object buried deep in the Artic ice, the floundering space agency proclaims a much needed victory.... A victory that has profound implications for U.S. space policy and the impending presidential election.
With the Oval Office in the balance, the President dispatches White House Intelligence analyst Rachel sexton to the Arctic to verify the authenticity of the find. Accompanied by a team of experts, including the charismatic Michael Tolland,  Rachel uncovers the unthinkable -- evidence of scientific trickery -- a bold deception that threatens to plunge the world into controversy.
But before Rahel can make her findings known, she realizes perhaps too late, that such knowledge puts her and Tolland in deadly jeopardy. Fleeing for their lives in an environment as desolate as it is lethal, they possess only one hope for survival: to find who is behind this masterful ploy. The truth, they will learn, is the most shocking deception of all"
Well it took 230 pages to start getting interesting, in that first 230 pages I was willing to give this 1 star close the book and never open it again.
But having read The Davinci Code, Angels and Demons, also The Lost Symbol and loving all three of them, I knew this one had to get better. Hell, it's a Dan Brown book, it has to be full of suspense and conspiracy.
Hanging in there paid off in the end, once I made it through that dull beginning, it was chocka block full of twists, turns and thrills. It eventually ended up being such a page turner, I did not put it down again until I got to that last page.
Any Dan Brown fan will love this if you just hang in there for the action to start, I think it was 234 when I finally thought "here we go.." :)

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