Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The Vampire's Redemption (Undead in Brown County #3) by S.J. Wright

The Vampire's Redemption (Undead in Brown County, #3)The Vampire's Redemption by S.J. Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"In the third book of the Undead in Brown County series, Sarah Wood has to deal with the changes in her sister, Katie. She also gets to know someone new in her life who could end up being her salvation. And then there's Michael. He's desperate to keep Sarah safe from his enemies. How far will he go in order to protect her?"

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I loved this book, I could not out it down. I was getting mad when Sarah was attracted to Jackson because I really want her to get with Michael. I really wasn't happy with his plan at the end either, I know it's for her safety but I just want her with him. I like Jackson and I know he loves her and she feels for him too but... I don't know I just think Michael is the one. He needs to come back as a human after finding the Breath-giver and get with her, IMO.

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The Vampire's Curse (Undead in Brown County #2) By S.J. Wright

The Vampire's Curse (Undead in Brown County, #2)The Vampire's Curse by S.J. Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"The tingling, mesmerizing heat blazed even hotter in my veins as I watched him stroll towards me. There was a blatant elegance in the careless way he moved, from the slight swing of his arms to the fluid action in his long legs. He leaned over me, his eyes cold and calculating, his cool breath swirled over my cheeks like a freezing winter mist.

“You’re not afraid?”

I could not move. He was holding me prisoner without chains, without bars of any kind. He held me with the steady, penetrating focus of a hunter who will not be denied his prey. My fingers itched to touch him, to trail over his skin in slow gliding strokes. But he could not have me. No one could really have me.

Sarah Wood, after witnessing a battle between several powerful vampires on her land, is left stunned and feeling immensely guilty for having given permission for her friend, Alex, to be turned into a vampire rather than allowing him to die from his injuries. And though she tried hard to keep her sister, Katie from knowing about the whole vampire situation at their family’s Inn in the wooded hills of southern Indiana, Katie became the victim of a kidnapping herself.

Sarah is left to face the return of her mother, who had abandoned the girls when they were children. She’ll need every ounce of her bad attitude and quick temper to deal with the new surprises coming her way, including an illness that could very well leave the entire responsibility of the Inn and the vampires to fall onto the shoulders of her younger sister."

This series is so engrossing. The books are short in comparison to other books but the are so captivating, I just could not put them down.. Not even for a second.

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The Vampire's Warden (Undead in Brown County #1) by S.J. Wright

The Vampire's Warden (Undead in Brown County, #1)The Vampire's Warden by S.J. Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"He moved. It was a flash in the moonlight, a blur of motion like I'd never witnessed before. No human had the capacity to move like that. When I found myself face-to-face with him there in the meadow, I knew without a doubt that the journal was authentic. I knew that my grandfather hadn't been crazy at all.

Because a foot away from me stood a vampire. 

What do you do when you find out the people you trust have been hiding a terrible secret? When Sarah Wood's father passes away and hands over to her the responsibility of running the family's inn, she finds put things are far more complicated than she first imagined. She's not just responsible for running the inn. She's become the Vampire's Warden.

This is part one of a three-part series. It is 31,880 words long. It is a novella."

I was recommended this by a friend and am so glad I took her advice and bought it. Brilliant new series. I can't wait to keep reading the series and see what is going to happen between Michael and Sarah. How is Alex going to react and what is Selena going to do/want?

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10 Nights by Michelle Hughes & Karl Jones

10 Nights10 Nights by Michelle Hughes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"After graduation, twenty-four-year-old Leah was determined that no man would destroy her plans for the future. Or so she thought. Her best laid plans and well-ordered life were turned head over heels after her best friend, Janie, invited her to a “coming-out” party.

One look at Rhett and all previous thoughts went straight to hell. He made an unbelievable offer to her: “Give me 10 nights and I’ll show you pleasure beyond your wildest dreams.”

Was this an invitation to paradise or would his request destroy her mind, body and soul?

From virgin to courtesan in 10 nights? Was Leah even willing to consider it?

In a game of cat and mouse in which 10 nights, 10 choices and 10 fantasies could change everything, who would declare victory?"

To be totally honest, I'm not sure where to start with this review, I have so much going round my head.

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Ok well in the synopsis the author compares the book to another BDSM labelled book that has been talked about so much lately, yes you know what book I'm talking about but just incase you have been living on another planet for the last couple of months I will name the book so you can google it, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' I understand why they (the authors) brought the comparison up, to get the huge 50 shades fan base to take notice and buy their book, but in my option it was a bad move. There are a lot of scenes in 10 NIGHTS that are very similar to the scenes in fifty shades, the elevator kiss, the tie's use in the first sex scene, him buying here a phone, not liking the safety of the old truck she drove so he gave her a car.... honestly the list goes on.

Saying all that I did enjoy the book and kept reading it until the end.

I didn't find the ending believable though because no-one would propose after knowing someone less than a fortnight. If the ten nights where strap he'd over time like one night a week and then they also had normal time together than it could happen but not after 10 consecutive nights.

I had the same love one minute hate the next, feeling towards Rhett that a lot of other readers have mentioned in the reviews I had read before picking the book up.

I think it was a bit of a high price considering there were so many typo's, I know you can't get every typo out. Even some of the best authors with huge publishing companies and a vigorous editing process still get the odd wrong letter here and there. But this had words missing altogether and I found myself reading the sentence afew times to figure out what word must be missing. There where also the typical typos like the characters name was Leak in one sentence instead of Leah. There were a lot of these throughout the book and I think if they are charging people $5.99 for an eBook it needed to go through a better editing process. To get rid of those typos as I only read through the book once and they were very obvious, so an editor should easily pick them up.

I enjoyed the characters a lot that's why I gave it 3 stars, I really connected with Leah and felt for her. Like I said above I had a love hate thing going on for Rhett. I would loved to of seen more of Janie and David, they really had me intruiged. It also has me thinking about piercings.. Lol.

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Monday, 8 October 2012

Once Burned (Night Prince #1) by Jeanine Frost

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

"She's a mortal with dark powers...

After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: terrifying powers that let her channel electricity and learn a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude...until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire...

He's the Prince of Night...

Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all—but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula. Vlad's ability to control fire makes him one of the most feared vampires in existence, but his enemies have found a new weapon against him—a beautiful mortal with powers to match his own. When Vlad and Leila meet, however, passion ignites between them, threatening to consume them both. It will take everything that they are to stop an enemy intent on bringing them down in flames."

OMG.. It's Vlad! How hot is that cover... Wow!

After finishing this book I loved Vlad even more then I did seeing snippets of him in Cat and Bones books, I didn't think that was possible.

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Immortal in Death (In Death #3) by J.D. Robb

Immortal in Death (In Death, #3)Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"It is 2058, New York City. Lieutenant Eve Dallas uncovers a world where technology can create beauty and youth, but passion and greed can destroy them.

She was one of the most sought-after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted -even another woman's man. And now she's dead, the victim of a brutal murder.

Police lieutenant Eve Dallas puts her life on the line to take the case when suspicion falls on her best friend, the other woman in the fatal love triangle. Beneath the facade of glamor, Eve finds that the world of high fashion thrives on an all-consuming obsession with youth and fame-one that leads her from the lights of the runway to the dark underworld of New York City, where drugs can fulfill any desire, for a price."

This was a good story, Eve never seems to have it easy, even whilst planning her wedding she has to clear her best friend of murder charges and find the murderer of a long time snitch. I love Eve and Roarke's relationship, She is always reluctant but he tends to get what he wants from her. We get to see a lot more of her past as she is having nightmares and things start to unfold. I am looking forward to getting the next book in the series.

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't."

I really enjoyed this book. Loved it infact. I can't wait to go out and get the movie now...Like right now... this second.
The book is narrated by 3 characters Skeeter, Minny and Aibileen. You can't mistake whose voice you are hearing as they all have such a uniqueness about them. It's set in Mississippi in the early 60's when Martin Luthur King is Marching in Washington. It has left me thinking that even though we don't treat people like they did, making them use a separate toilet or not sitting at the same table when eating etc. It saddens me to realise we are still so racist/prejudice against people that are different, be it Race, Gender or Sexuality.

If we could all take just one thing from this book it should be something Skeeter thought.

"We are just two people. Not that much separates us. Not nearly as much as I thought."

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Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Lone WolfLone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"A life hanging in the balance…a family torn apart. The #1 internationally bestselling author Jodi Picoult tells an unforgettable story about family, love, and letting go.

Edward Warren, twenty-four, has been living in Thailand for five years, a prodigal son who left his family after an irreparable fight with his father, Luke. But he gets a frantic phone call: His dad lies comatose, gravely injured in the same accident that has also injured his younger sister Cara.

With her father’s chances for recovery dwindling, Cara wants to wait for a miracle. But Edward wants to terminate life support and donate his father’s organs. Is he motivated by altruism, or revenge? And to what lengths will his sister go to stop him from making an irrevocable decision?

Lone Wolf explores the notion of family, and the love, protection and strength it’s meant to offer. But what if the hope that should sustain it, is the very thing that pulls it apart? Another tour de force from Jodi Picoult,Lone Wolf examines the wild and lonely terrain upon which love battles reason."

What a book. Yet another fabulous story that manages to throw twists at you the minute you think you know where she is taking you. Wow... This story really pulls on the heart strings. I cried a fair few tears during this book. But loved every minute of it. I loved getting to know about how Wolf packs work too. I highly recommend this to any one and everyone.

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Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling #11) by Nalini Singh

Tangle of Need (Psy-Changeling, #11)Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past--one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno...and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both."

This book was amazing.. We got to see all my favorite characters... My only complaint is I want to see more of Lucas and his pack. The last few books have been based around the SnowDancer pack, I think it's time we focus on the DarkRiver pack at least for one book.
What a cliffhanger... I can not believe she did that to us. How could she?

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The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) By Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2)The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California–tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formerly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age–old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and the sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi—the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that—special, magical, powerful—that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Brayden, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else—someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she's supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she's been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?"

I was a little disappointed with the first book of this series BLOODLINES.. In comparison this book is brilliant. It was nowhere near as predictable as Bloodlines was. I loved getting to know more about Sydney, Although I did find myself wanting to slap her countless times. I found myself shouting "Damn it Sydney" Or "Come on, You are not dumb" every few pages. Honestly she is so smart she can debate about the efficiency of wind turbines in a heart beat but she needs a guy to lay his heart in her hands for her to see that he likes her... When I have been yelling at her from page one "He likes you Sydney" LOL.... She did drive me a little crazy and I am glad my husband was away with work while I was reading this or he might be divorcing "the crazy lady".. :-/

Sydney's teacher is weird and still making her write out those spells, they do seem to be coming in handy and it looks like she is going to need all she can get in 'The Indigo spell'.
It was great getting to see some old faces like Sonya Karp and Dimitri, who wouldn't be happy to see him?
I love Adrian he is so smart behind all that arrogance.
Things between Eddie and Jill change but you wouldn't guess what spanner gets thrown in the works there.
Angeline is almost a mini Rose. Trouble seems to be her middle name, but when it comes to her guardian duties she is all for it.

All in all I loved it and can not wait to read the third instalment 'The Indigo Spell'

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Stained by Ella James

Stained (Stained, #1)Stained by Ella James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie - Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt."

I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next one. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because it confused me at times, I found myself rereading paragraphs because I had lost where the author was taking me. I can't explain what it was but one minute something was happening the next it was something else and I had to reread to figure out how we got from a to b. other then that it was fab.

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Kiss The Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #21) By L.K. Hamilton

Kiss the DeadKiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

"When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it's up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she's faced with something she's never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people--kids, grandparents, soccer moms--all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there's one martyr, there will be more... 
But even vampires have monsters that they're afraid of. And Anita is one of them..."

It's taken me a good week after reading this to process the book enough to write a review.
I don't know if 3 stars is me being slightly harsh but I just couldn't force myself to give it 4 stars. 3 and a half yes but 4, NO.
I liked the storyline and I loved the fact that it had all my favourite characters in it. Actually Edward was missing so I guess it didn't have them all but almost all. Richard was nowhere in sight... Yippy... And finally  ****TINY SPOILER**** people are getting pissed off with Asher.... Woohoo. Boy.. his jealousy and self loathing is doing my head in.

I really enjoyed it but when I finished,it left me feeling disappointed it just wasn't meaty enough. Yes Anita had a RPIT case, Yes she had sex numerous times with numerous lovers... Yes there was shootouts, bombs and hostage takings... BUT there was just something missing. It just wasn't quite ...... Right...

Hopefully the next one is meatier!

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The Initiation (The Secret Circle #1) by L.J. Smith

The Initiation (The Secret Circle, #1)The Initiation by L.J. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

"The circle's power has lured her home

Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that's controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she's drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that's both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants—even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her."

I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected. I picked it up after watching the TV show, so I enjoyed seeing how well the actors had done portraying the characters. Especially Faye. A fellow fan of the show recommended it to me. I'm not sure if I would of been as gripped by the story if I didn't already have that conection with the characters (through the tv show) but I will definately carry on with the book series. I'm gutted the tv show has been cancelled. :(

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