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Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.
I had mixed feelings about the characters. At the beginning, I had trouble connecting with both Aria and Peregrine (Perry). I didn't find either one of them very likable, and therefore had trouble caring what happened to either one of them. Keep in mind, this was at the beginning of the book. Aria annoyed me a couple times with her actions, especially the scene where Perry goes to hunt for food and tells her to stay put. For her own safety, for someone who isn't used to being outside a protective bubble, she should have listened to him. However, she did what a lot of heroines do and completely ignored his excellent advice, choosing instead to wander off by herself in the dark. Brilliant plan. I'm not going to give away much more of the story, but when Perry comes to save her, she has the gall to be mad at him, even after he explains himself. I was frustrated with her at that point, to say the least. Just when I was about to give up on these characters, they started to take on new dimensions. Perry started to open up a bit more; Aria became more confident with her surroundings and more interested in learning how to take care of herself; and we're introduced to Perry's extremely enthusiastic, likable friend Roar. I was really impressed with how Aria turned out in the end; she certainly changed a lot throughout the course of the story and I found myself rooting for her. I always appreciate it when I can see the main characters evolve and not stay static.
Another thing I appreciate? That this is not another YA novel focusing on a love triangle. I'll admit, I've read my fair share and loved quite a few of them, but I'm just getting burnt out on that whole scenario. It was refreshing to see two people who were at such odds in the beginning find love with each other, without centering around "Which guy will she choose?". Like I said, so refreshing.
I wouldn't say it had the most original plot, but it was still enjoyable. I enjoyed the darker tone it took in regards to the tribe of cannibals that ended up stalking them.
Although we got off to a rocky start, the characters ended up being one of the things I loved about this novel. The ending came to a nice close, but it was obvious that there will be sequels. The second book in the series is called Through The Ever Night. The bad news? It isn't expected to be published until 2013. Based on what I've seen so far though, I'm sure it will be worth the wait!
If you would like to learn more about the author, Veronica Rossi, please visit her webpage and Twitter.
Monday, May 28, 2012
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Publication Date: 11/5/2011
Publisher: Dalene Flannigan
Genre: Women's Fiction
What happens when the past catches up to the present and the truth surfaces? Three women, roommates back in college, find their lives forever altered when one of them feels compelled to confess the secret sin of their past.
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**
First off, I'd like to start by apologizing to the author. Because of prior obligations I didn't have a chance to read The Truth About Us until just this past week (she sent me the review request in November!). I wish I would have been able to read it sooner, because I really enjoyed this book!
There are three main characters: Grace, Erica, and Jude. They were all friends in school, but now they aren't even in contact. Throughout the book we slowly find out the dark secrets of the past. It was interesting to find out how each of them had changed since they knew each other in college: Grace, who had always been the shy, reserved girl in the group became an outspoken documentary filmmaker speaking out about violence against women; Erica, the one who always took charge and was in control of her life, was now struggling to keep her marriage together; Jude, the outspoken girl whose life centered around sex and drugs, had now found religion. Jude's new-found love for Jesus also threatened to reveal a secret that the three had sworn never to divulge to anyone. This secret, it seems, had basically shaped each woman's life into something it wouldn't have been otherwise.
The book is written in third person and I loved how it was set up. Each chapter focused on one of the three women. Periodic flashbacks slowly revealed what happened so many years ago. Revelations occur right up to the very end; even when I thought I had learned all of the secrets, the last chapter brought one more. I liked that it kept me guessing to the last page.
I definitely appreciated the author's writing style. The story flowed so smoothly, that I once I started reading I couldn't stop. Some self-published books are plagued by spelling and grammar errors, which can seriously affect opinions about an otherwise great read. This book did not suffer from that at all. The Truth About Us was mercifully free of any blaring mistakes, which certainly aided to the smooth reading experience.
The story was intriguing and the characters were very well written. As I said, once I started reading it was impossible to stop until I reached the very last page. Even then I wanted there to be more so I could keep reading. I'm glad I got the chance to review The Truth About Us and I can't wait to read more from this author!
If you would like to learn more about the author, Dalene Flannigan, please visit her webpage and Twitter.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Last week I revealed the cover of Allegiance, the 3rd book in the Causal Enchantment series by K.A. Tucker (due out November of this year!). To refresh your memory, it's gorgeous and looks like this:
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Publication Date: 8/12/2011
Publisher: Larissa Hinton
An anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.
I've never been a huge fan of poetry, with most of my knowledge about it coming from reading Shel Silverstein poems over and over when I was a kid. When the author requested that I read and review her anthology of poems and short stories though, I was on board. For one, I thought that the mixture of the two would make for interesting reading and break up the monotony. The second reason I was excited about reading it was because it dealt with a bit of the paranormal, which I happen to love.
First, let's examine the positives. I was right in my original assumption. The mixture of poems and short stories kept it from becoming monotonous and one note, so it made it a bit easier to keep reading. I thought the poems were the highlight of the book. The thing I like about poems is they are whatever the author/poet wants them to be. There really isn't a wrong way to write a poem and it's a great way to express feelings and emotions. The book was separated into three different sections: Seed, Bud, and Blossom; the poems I liked the best were the ones immediately following the beginning of the sections. I think my favorite was "Seed to Seed to Seed"; it was just really well written and pleasing to read. I also enjoyed the WSV (Words Speak Volumes) poems. It was a bit of word association and I found them interesting; it was sort of fun guessing what the subject matter of the poem was, since they didn't have definitive titles. The short story I liked was called "Changes". The reason I liked it is because it involved two people who were very different, yet they were both harboring secrets that made them more alike than they realized.
Now let's talk about the things I didn't particularly care for. Apart from the one I mentioned above, I wasn't excited about the rest of the short stories. Usually short stories at least have a bit of finality to them so they stand alone; these all felt like we were only given a chunk of a larger story. They were extremely hard to follow and figure out was going on, even after reading them several times. Honestly, they just left me feeling unfulfilled. Some of the writing seemed awkward which made finishing the book a little difficult, even though it was very short.
All in all I was underwhelmed by Everblossom. There were a few poems/short stories I enjoyed, but for the most part I was left disappointed.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
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Publication Date: 11/11/2011
Publisher: Misty Evans
Payback is a bitch and her name is Kali Sweet...
**I received an eBook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**
This is not my first Misty Evans novel. I was first introduced to her books through her Super Agent series, which is really amazing. When she asked if I might want to read and review her paranormal novel, I was more than happy to oblige.
The author definitely knows how to create some amazing and detailed characters. Kalina Dolce, or Kali Sweet as she is now known, is a tough woman who doesn't take crap from anyone. Oh, and she just so happens to be a vengeance demon who works for an organization that keeps other paranormal beings at bay. As was detailed in the synopsis, she has to deal with many different problems in this book, but I don't think any of them compare to the conflict caused by the many men in her life. First there is Radison; he and Kali were once engaged, but he never showed up to their wedding. As Kali learns more about Rad and the situation surrounding their almost-marriage, it only causes more conflict. Then there's Cole, a fellow demon who works for the Bridge Council with Kali. He acts as her bodyguard a lot of the time, even though I'm positive she could hold her own. Her boss at the Bridge Council, Damon, is mysterious and hard to figure out at times. I found myself constantly evaluating his motives. Finally there is Alexandru, or Dru for short, who just so happens to be a vampire. Although he isn't introduced until towards the end, and Kali doesn't seem extremely drawn to him (she's not particularly fond of vampires), I found him to be an interesting character who isn't afraid to stand up for what he believes is right.
Let's discuss these men a little further. It's hard to say who is exactly right for Kali. Just when I thought I had picked a favorite, one of the other guys would do something that put me on their side. Radison is an obvious choice for her. They have so much history, although much of it is tainted with ill feelings. I think there is still more to him that we haven't seen yet and underneath everything he really does care for her. Cole very obviously wants Kali to himself and that doesn't go completely unnoticed by her, but she's still evaluating her feelings for Radison. I feel that Cole has a spot in her heart though and I am predicting that he will play a bigger part in her personal life in the future. I was conflicted about Damon. At times it seemed like he had real feelings for Kali, but I couldn't be sure. He could just as easily have been manipulating her in order to better control her. For me, the jury is still out on his real motives. Last but not least there's Dru. I fell in love with him pretty quickly; he's quite the gentleman, if you can get past the fact that his father is Vlad, the ruthless leader of the vampires. He's certainly someone I would want in my corner, though, because he seems so loyal and genuine. I guess we'll have to wait and see which direction Kali's heart leads her.
I absolutely adored the story line in this book. It's hard to stand out in a world full of paranormal novels, but somehow this one managed it. The story line captured my attention from the beginning and kept it until the very last page. There was a lot of different things going on at once, but it never got confusing or frustrating. It just made it that much harder to put down at the end of the day.
If you're a fan of the paranormal genre, or even if you're not, I think there's a little something in this book for everyone. There is some romance involved, but I wouldn't say that it is the focal point. From the incredible characters to the intriguing story line, this is a book that you won't want to put down once you've started. I'm proud to say I have a new favorite series and I can't wait to see what the author has in store next for Kali.
If you would like to learn more about the author, Misty Evans, make sure to check out her webpage and Twitter.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I'm so excited! It's no secret that the Causal Enchantment series is one of my favorite YA series EVER. Well I have the cover reveal for book #3, Allegiance, and it's absolutely gorgeous. Don't take my word for it though...check it out!
Evangeline finally got what she longed for—the cursed pendant off her neck and Caden in her arms—only it came at a steep price. An unknown poison now courses through her body, slowly morphing her into something no one but the Fates can foresee. She has her suspicions, though...and if she is right, it will spell certain ruin for her and Caden. But she won’t last long enough to realize that, if Viggo and Mortimer uncover the treasonous secrets she keeps from them– that Veronique, no longer entombed, is now in the torturous clutches of the witches and the People’s Sentinel, or that she is protecting a Sentinel within their very midst.Always the naive human caught in the vampires’ web of deceit, Evangeline is now weaving her own dangerous web so she can keep her friend alive, rescue Veronique, and stop a seemingly inevitable war from erupting. But can her honor handle the depths of duplicity to which she must descend, in order to be in league with the vampires?Dark and gripping, riddled with angst, Allegiance will have readers anxiously turning pages to find out if Evangeline can survive, or if she’ll spiral into disaster.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
*Open to a random page
*Share two (2) "teaser sentences from somewhere on that page
*Be careful not to include spoilers! (be sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others)
*Share the title and author too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
What happens when the past catches up to the present and the truth surfaces? Three women, roommates back in college, find their lives forever altered when one of them feels compelled to confess the secret sin of their past.And whose truth is it?'The Truth About Us' weaves the past and the present in a page-turner that explores the shifting quality of truth, and the cost of secrets.
Sometimes a dream can wake you and it's so intense, so powerful, that you feel as if it's portentous, something you need to remember. Then you fall back asleep, wake up a few hours later, and it's gone. (pg. 47 of eBook)
I hope you enjoyed the teaser I chose this week! I look forward to reading yours as well; make sure to leave a link to your Teaser Tuesday post in the comments!
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Friday, May 11, 2012
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Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
By Deborah Coonts,
Author of Lucky Stiff
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
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I was very eager to dive into this second installment of this amazing series. The first book, Wanna Get Lucky?, introduced me to so many wonderful characters that I just couldn't wait find out what was going to happen with them next. This is a good time to point out that, as this is a sequel, there may be some unintentional spoilers in this review. So if you haven't read the first book in the series yet, you may want to do that first. Ok, enough with the disclaimers, on to the review!
We're reintroduced to Lucky O'Toole, head of Customer Relations for Babylon hotel in Las Vegas, in the middle of yet another bizarre predicament, this time involving tons of angry bees. The craziness doesn't stop there! There were two major developments in the last book. First was a blossoming romance between Lucky and her best friend, Teddy. The second was that Big Boss, for whom she has worked since she was a teenager, is actually her biological father. These are issues that Lucky continues to try and come to terms with in this book. I really like Teddie and he seems to bring out the best in Lucky, but there is so much delicious temptation surrounding her (which we will get to in a minute). As far as her father goes, she does not want the world to know just yet; being seen as "the boss's daughter" tends to undermine one's authority. Lucky has to deal with a plethora of problems throughout the course of this novel, from helping her friend Jeremy escape a murder investigation to convincing her mother that auctioning off a young woman's virginity is not a smart PR move. There certainly isn't a dull moment!
Let's talk more about Lucky's love life. It is extremely complicated, and it's sure to become even more so in the next book. She has definite feelings for Teddie, but she's also worried about it ending badly and losing her best friend. He's also an amazing musician, so if his career takes off he may decide to leave her behind. Adding to her confusion are the two other delicious men in her life. First there's Dane, the incredibly sexy security guy who carries a definite torch for Lucky. Then there's the new master chef at Babylon, Jean-Charles. He has the smoking hot, exotic thing going for him; even though he and Lucky butt heads, there's a spark there that may be hard for her to resist in the future. I'm definitely excited to see what happens and I certainly don't envy her making a decision between the three men.
I think part of what makes this series so fun is that it's set in Las Vegas. The situations that Lucky finds herself would be absolutely unbelievable anywhere else, but anything can happen in Vegas. I always look forward to what craziness will step into her life next.
If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend it. The characters alone make them worthwhile reads, but the story line is equally interesting and intriguing, plus it holds a lot of humor throughout.
If you would like to learn more about the author, Deborah Coonts, make sure you check out her webpage and Twitter.