Book Review: Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

Tags

, , , , , , , , , ,

Title: Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10)

Format: hardcover

Published:  March 27, 2012

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Angels

Sensuality Rating: Hot!

Synopsis (from Goodreads)In the darkest corners of the night in Caldwell, New York, a conflict like no other rages. The city is home to a band of brothers born to defend their race: the warrior vampires of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Now back in the Brotherhood – and unrecognisable as the vampire leader he once was – Tohrment is physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair. When he begins to see his beloved in his dreams – trapped in a cold, isolating netherworld – Tohr turns to a self-serving fallen angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. When he’s told he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed . . .

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past, and a very hot, passion-filled future . . . but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

Review: 

After the Lessening Society violently kills Tohrment’s bonded mate and unborn child, he is a shell of the vampire he once was – physically and emotionally. After his guardian angel Lassiter informs him that if he doesn’t move on then his beloved Wellsie will fade away to nothing and be lost forever in a cold in-between world, Tohr knows he has to do something… but how does he move on from the love of his life?

No’One, hooded figure with a limp, has a history with Tohr. After being kidnapped and impregnated by a Sympath, Tohr and Darius were the ones who stood by her during her pregnancy and the ones who placed her daughter, Xhex, with a foster family. Now, after reappearing back in her daughter’s life, No’One is willing to do anything to try to help the broken warrior who saved her once upon a time all those years ago – no matter the cost to herself…

Before I started reading this book, I knew it was going to be hard for Ms. Ward to convince me that Tohr belonged with anyone other than his dear Wellsie. I loved the relationship they shared in the early books of this series and with the state that Tohr has been in since returning with Lassiter, I was unconvinced that he was going to be able to find a happily ever after that I’d be satisfied with. And remarkably, I was impressed with how Ms. Ward managed to do it. By the time the novel was finished I was behind Tohr and No’One as a couple. Things didn’t run smoothly for them – they did have a lot to overcome – and for the most part I was satisfied with their romantic journey. The only major issue I did have was the timing of everything. Despite this book spanning a year, it still just felt too soon. Tohr was with Wellsie for over two hundred years and was head-over-heels in love with her for that entire time. And now, less than two years after her death, Tohr has to move on. I understand that he was motivated by saving Wellsie but… his feelings are just too strong and the time too short for me to feel properly satisfied by Tohr starting a new relationship with Some’One else (wink wink).

That said, I really enjoyed how the relationship between No’One and Tohr developed. It’s not the traditional journey that most of the couples have made in the previous Black Dagger Brotherhood books. This is no overwhelming love at first sight. Tohr’s behaviour towards No’One borders on cruel at the start. And despite her being a bit of a doormat to everyone initially, she does manage to stand up for herself. She is a worthy match for Tohr.

As with most Black Dagger Brotherhood books there is so much more going on than just the storyline. In this book we also get to see John Matthew and Xhex again and re-visit their relationship. Whoever thought that life ran smoothly after falling in love and having a bonding ceremony obviously never read any JR. Ward. I really enjoyed this storyline. I’m not a huge JM and Xhex fan but I loved that they had martial issues – the course of true love never did run smoothly. The issues that they had before their mating still exist and I like that these things weren’t ignored. I love the realism that this couple provide. Their arguments and problems are plausible and well written.

The Band of Bastards (BoB) are the villains of this particular story – and they’re fantastic at what they do. I found them so much more likeable than the Lesser plots of previous books. There’s some emotional depth to these newer characters and the fact that they’re not purely evil causes me to want them happy endings – even if they’re a thorn in the Brotherhood’s side at the moment. A lot happens regarding them in this book and a lot of framework is laid for the future. I can’t wait to see where Ms. Ward takes them.

Qhuinn and Blaylock have been one of my favourite pairings for a very long time now and I am thrilled! to see that the next book (BDB #11) is going to be all about them! I loved all the Qhuinn, Blay and Saxton interactions in this book. They are three males of worth who I love. I enjoyed the Blay and Saxton interactions and even though I’m cheering for a Qhuinn/Blay HEA (happily ever after) I loved Saxton with Blay. I don’t want to spoil too much so I’m not going to say too much more about their weird little love triangle (a square when you add Layla into things) but it’s one of the more interesting relationships in the series and I enjoyed how things developed in this latest instalment of the series.

This is my favourite series and whilst there were things in this book that I didn’t love, I completely enjoyed reading it. The characters are brilliant – they’re extremely well-rounded and three-dimensional – and the plot lines are interesting and surprising. I didn’t find myself bored or guessing all the endings within the first few chapters. This book was a huge improvement on Lover Unleashed and I’m incredibly excited about the eleventh book in the story – Qhuinn and Blay’s HEA.

Rating: 

4 out of 5

Purchase book at:

Book Depository (paperback) / Amazon (kindle version) / FishPond (Hardcover)

Advertisements

Book Review: Dollhouse: Epitaphs Volume 1 by Andrew Chambliss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Cliff Richards (Illustrator), Andy Owens (Illustrator)

Tags

, , , , ,

Title: Dollhouse: Epitaphs Volume 1 by Andrew Chambliss, Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Cliff Richards (Illustrator), Andy Owens (Illustrator).

Format: ebook

Published:  April 11th 2012

Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction.

Source: an ARC provided by NetGalley 

Synopsis (from Goodreads)Joss Whedon”s Dollhouse continues, written by television-series mainstays Andrew Chambliss (the CW”s Vampire Diaries, co-writer of Buffy Season 9), Maurissa Tancharoen (Spartacus), and Jed Whedon (Dr. Horrible) The Rossum Corporation”s Dollhouse technology has gone viral with a synchronized phone call that wiped the minds of everyone it reached, turning them into mindless killers. Those who avoided the call – including show favorites Echo, Alpha, Mag, Zone, and Griff – must try to survive in the sudden apocalypse and be wary of Rossum”s expansive technological reach. This is only the beginning

Review: 

I’m a huge Dollhouse fan. I was devastated when it was taken off the air and was left with so many question – the biggest and most mysterious of these was: What happened in between the end of season 2 and the Epitaphs?

This graphic novel starts to answer that question. Previously published as a set of five issues, now bound in one handle volume, it’s a must have for any Dollhouse fan. The storyline is true to the TV series and the illustrations are brilliant.

Alpha is my favourite character and this instalment of the Dollhouse story features him doing a fantastic job as the lead – Echo takes a back seat and isn’t involved very much. I again have to mention how brilliant I think the illustrations were – there were scenes when Alpha was struggling to keep all of his personalities under control and just from the drawings you could tell which “Alpha” was in control.

I also loved the Ivies. They added some comic relief but were also a clever and insightful look into imprinting  and philosophy. Trevor was a great addition to the team too.

I’m not usually one for graphic novels – I think the only comics I’ve read before have been the True Blood ones – but I thoroughly enjoyed reading Epitaphs Volume 1. It was fantastic to be drawn into the Dollhouse universe once again and I feel like a few of the questions I had have been answered.

Rating: 

4 out of 5

Purchase book at:

Darkhorse Comics (paperback) / Amazon (paperback) / Barnes & Noble (nook version)

Book Review: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

Tags

, , , , , , , , ,


Title: Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test #2)

Format: paperback

First Published: March 27, 2012

Genre: Young Adult, Mythology, teen romance

Synopsis (from Goodreads)Kate Winters has won immortality. But if she wants a life with Henry in the Underworld, she’ll have to fight for it…

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans. As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.Henry’s first wife, Persephone.

Review: 

I was going to hold off on buying this book for a few weeks. My to-read pile is enormous at the moment (I have two full shelves in my bookcase to read and don’t get me started on all the kindle books I have waiting for me).

But when I was in a store and saw the Australian cover? I couldn’t help myself! It’s gorgeous! I love the font, the colours… it’s beautiful! I bought it straight away… (Hi. My name is Kate and I’m a bookaholic… and I’m only half-way joking. I went out to buy milk last week… came home with 4 new books)

The story starts with Kate returning from her summer in Greece with James (otherwise known as Hermes). But things aren’t how she’d imagined them to be. There was no happy reunion with Henry (Hades) and one of the original Titans, Cronus, has started to break free from the prison that the six original gods had sentenced him to thousands of years ago.  It seems that Calliope (Hera) wasn’t happy with the punishment Kate bestowed upon her last winter – and she’s out for revenge.

The only way Kate can think to help the Original Six in their efforts to try to fight Cronus and Calliope is to track down the gate to the prison. The only problem is that the only person apart from Henry who knows that secret location is his former wife, Persephone.  Considering Kate is already suffering from jealous issues regarding the former Queen of the Underworld, you can tell this isn’t going to be an easy journey.

I enjoyed this novel so much more than I liked the first one in the series, The Goddess Test. I felt I got the know the characters and the motivations behind their actions a lot more in this one – maybe it’s because now we were in on the secret of just who each of the members of Henry’s family were.

Kate’s struggling with a lot of things in this novel; her place in Henry’s life, her new job as co-ruler of the Underworld, the whole Persephone issue, James – not to mention the whole Calliope wanting her dead and not caring who she has to hurt or kill to achieve it. All things considered, I think she handles her new position in life rather well. There are times when she came across a bit like a petulant child but I think that’s understandable. In terms of the gods and goddess, her lifespan is barely a heartbeat of theirs. They have thousands of years of experience and habits on their side and she has a mere nineteen. In all respects she is a child in their world. But she manages to grow as a person and a character as the novel develops.

I like Kate and her conversations with Henry in the latter part of the novel. I loved that she was staking her claim on her man! But there were times when I felt she took it a little too far – from assertive Goddess! to a little too whiny and too insecure for words. But she managed to come back from it – “I never would have gone looking for something better. You are my something better, and I wish – I wish I was yours, too.”

Ingrid was a pleasant surprise. She’s delightfully cheerful and up-beat whilst also being incredibly insightful and shows a wisdom beyond her years.

Another surprise for me was how much I liked Calliope as a villain. She’s good at what she does. I swear I could almost hear the evil theme music whenever she would appear on the scene. Her dialogue was perfect too.

The plot was well paced and interesting. The novel does end  on a bit of a cliff-hanger but leads in well to the next in the series. I’m definitely going to be continuing reading these books.

Rating: 

4 out of 5

Purchase book at:

Amazon / Book Depository

For my review of Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test (Goddess Test #1), please click here

For my review of Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Hunt (Goddess Test #1.5), please click here

Top Ten Tuesday: Books to Read in One Day!

Tags

,

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m a bit of a binge reader – I say I’m only going to read a few chapters before going to sleep… fast forward to a few hours later and I’m finished the book and it’s nearly time to wake up!

Here at the top ten books that I’d read all in one day:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – When I started reading this book I had no idea what it was about. Somehow I’d managed to stay away from all the hype and all the spoilers. I was in for a shock. After I started reading I just couldn’t put it down until I finished. That night for dinner I had a bowl of cereal because I didn’t even want to pause to make something more substantial! Brilliant book. I recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling – I didn’t even wait till I left the store to start reading this one. Thankfully due to the Australian time zone when this book was released all around the world at exactly the same time (00.00 GMT) it was 9am here. So I got in the car and got my sister to come too so then when I was driving home from the store she could read it to me and I wouldn’t miss any time. I read this book ALL DAY! and finished it twelve hours later. It was worth it. 😉

3. Switched by Amanda Hocking – Last week I read this book. In one day. It wasn’t my intention but I just couldn’t help myself. After a rather slow start, I really needed (not a want but a need… ) to know what was going to happen. As all the drama happens in the last 20 pages, this one will have you  hanging on all the way to the end.

4. Dead to the World by Charlaine Harris – I’m an Eric fan and this book is Eric at his best. Or his worst. Either way, the Eric-lover in me was hanging on to the end to see just how this one ended.

 5. River Marked by Patricia Briggs– Patricia Briggs has a way of making me dread whilst as the same time shiver in anticipation of just how she’s going to end her stories. Once I started this one I couldn’t put it down.

6. Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning – I wish I had read this one in one day. It took me nearly six months. What I needed to do was just get past the world building and plot setting and get into it. Had I just conquered this book and got into the guts of it I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more.

7. Lover Avenged by JR Ward – This book is one of my all time favourites. It’s my favourite book of my favourite series. My copy is over six hundred pages and I’ve never managed to quite read it in one day (although I’ve come close). I just love the story and the romance. It’s dark but sexy.

8. A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole – I love werewolves. I love vampires. And I love a Scottish Highlander King. It’s not really surprising that I managed to read this book in one day and enjoyed every second of it.

9. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling – I know I’ve already used the seventh book in the series but really, I could finish any one of them in one day. They’re all brilliant. I loved that I wasn’t expecting certain things that happened but it was all incredibly planned – nothing came completely out of the blue. You could tell that JKR put things in earlier books where they made sense but then they were used again at the end of the series and surprised me.

10. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong – I loved the world. And I loved the characters and I was on the edge of my chair wanting to know what was going to happen. One of my favourite Urban Fantasy novels that I’ve read so far.

 

Share with me what your Top Ten for this week are 🙂

Book Review: Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Tags

, , , , , , , , , ,

Title: Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong (Women of the Otherworld #3)

Format: paperback

First Published: February 10th, 2004

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy

Synopsis (from Goodreads)From Canada’s new queen of suspense, another hugely entertaining supernatural thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be enchanted . . .

Forget the cackling green hag in The Wizard of Oz, forget Samantha from Bewitched. Real witches are nothing, NOTHING like this. For years real witches have hidden their powers, afraid of being persecuted. They have integrated so well into the community, you could have a witch living right next door and never know about it. Take Paige, for instance, whom we first met in Kelley Armstrong’s novel Stolen. Just an ordinary twenty-something who runs her own website design company, worries about her weight and wonders if she’ll ever find a boyfriend. Okay, so she’s leader of the American Coven and guardian of Savannah, the teenage daughter of a black witch. Really, life is ordinary. But then a telekinetic half-demon, Leah O’Donnell, shows up to fight for custody of Savannah. And although Paige is ready for her, she’s not quite so prepared for the team of supernaturals that Leah brings with her, including a powerful sorcerer who claims to be Savannah’s father.

When all hell breaks loose — literally — and Paige is accused of witchcraft, Satanism and murder, the Coven, fearing exposure, abandons her. Cut off from her friends, Paige is forced against her better judgment to accept the help of a young sorcerer lawyer. And she quickly comes to realize that keeping Savannah could mean losing everything else.

Breathtakingly thrilling, hip and funny, this new novel is another page-turning triumph from an author who is going from strength to strength.

“I had a feeding frenzy on my front lawn, an unconscious paranormal investigator on my stairs, and, somewhere out there, an entire Cabal special projects team devoted to ruining my life.” — from Dime Store Magic

Review: 

Life is not running smoothly for Paige Winterbourne. In the past few months she’s lost her mother and become the guardian of Savannah, a teenage witch who is the daughter of a very powerful black witch and on the verge of gaining her full powers. On top of this the American Coven underestimate her and there’s a half demon out to get her. I’m not sure where she finds the time to keep up with her web design business.

Savannah’s birth father has finally shown interest in getting to know her and is dragging Paige through a custody battle. Things only get worse when Paige gets accused of witchcraft and murdering her lawyer…

Enter Lucas Cortez – geeky-yet-chic, young sorcerer and pro-bono lawyer.

I completely enjoyed this novel – the third installment of Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series. I wasn’t a huge fan of Paige’s after reading her in Stolen but she managed to win me over in Dime Store Magic. She’s a  huge contrast from Elena. She’s a lot warmer, human and impulsive.

The chemistry between Paige and Lucas was entertaining. They’re fun together and they’re fun to read when they are together. Their sex scene down in the basement? Wow… they truly made magic together 😉

I liked how Paige was floundering with Savannah – you could tell that raising a teenager was not how Paige saw her life going and yet she never seemed to resent Savannah’s presence in her life.

I loved how Paige was still striving for further learning – she was not content to just  use the coven sanctioned spells that had no power. She wanted to be the best that she could be. Not just so should could be more powerful but so then she’d have the best tools available to help Savannah and herself. She was not going to be weak and just accept unfair circumstances.

I wasn’t sure that I’d enjoy a book in Paige’s POV (point-of-view) but I enjoyed reading her. I can’t wait to read Industrial Magic (Women of the Otherworld #4) which is the next book in the series and another one told from Paige’s POV.

Rating: 

4 out of 5

Purchase book at:

Book Depository (paperback) / Amazon (kindle version)/ FishPond (paperback)

A link to my review for the first in the Women of the Otherworld series: Bitten
A link to my review for the second in the Women of the Otherworld series: Stolen

Book Review: Switched by Amanda Hocking

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

Title: Switched by Amanda Hocking (Trylle Trilogy #1)

Format: ebook

Published:  July 12, 2010

Genre: Young adult, paranormal, urban fantasy, magic

Sensuality Rating: kisses

Synopsis (from Goodreads)When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy finds out her mother might’ve been telling the truth.

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – and it’s one she’s not sure if she wants to be a part of.

Review: 

At her sixth birthday party, Wendy Every’s mother tried to kill her with a cake knife. Way to kill the party vibe…

Since then Wendy has been living with her very over protective older brother, Matt, and her aunt Maggie moving every few months whenever Wendy gets kicked out of yet another school. When not another private school will take her Wendy enrols in a public school but her attitude hasn’t changed at all. Brawling with girls in the bathroom and sleeping her way though History class – that’s literally sleeping complete with drool. Nothing seems to have changed at all. Until she notices Finn Holmes – the only kid in the class that’s even newer than she is – staring at her. Constantly.

The only thing worse than his creepy behaviour is the fact that Wendy can’t help but notice how attractive Finn is. After a disastrous date to the school dance, Wendy isn’t even sure if she wants to see Finn again but he drags her into a world she’s knows nothing about complete with princesses, magical powers and trolls…

I really enjoyed this story. After reading many paranormal teen novels that follow the same formula (girl meets boy, they fall in love for no apparent reason, they have drama but end up happily ever after) I was glad to read a story where the romance isn’t the focus. Yes, Wendy does develop feelings for Finn but that’s by no means the focus in this story.

The world of the Trylle was fascinating. I love the idea of changeling children being “switched” out with the children of wealthy parents in order for the Trylle society to inherit generous trust funds that they then bring back to the society after Trackers are sent to find the changelings.

One of the few things that I did have issues  with in this novel was the pacing – there was a lot of world building and background information that was important to set up the series but I was 50 pages from the end and was waiting for the climax to start. 40 pages to the end I was still waiting. It wasn’t until twenty pages from the end that all the drama unfolded but it was all wrapped up within a few pages – it had to be because we were running out of pages before the novel ended.

I really enjoyed this story. It was a great YA paranormal story that offered me something new. I’d never read a troll story before but I will be reading another  – the sequel is already on my kindle and waiting for me! 😛

Rating: 

3.5 out of 5

Purchase book at:

Book Depository (paperback) / Amazon (kindle version) / FishPond (paperback)

Book Review: Fractured Moon by E.R. Pierce

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Title: Fractured Moon by E.R. Pierce (Steel #1)

Format: ebook

Published:  March 3, 2012

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifters, Paranormal suspense,

Sensuality Rating: Hot!

Synopsis (from Goodreads)Aurelia Fridell will always be a freak. Born to werewolf parents, her twin brother Ville can shift forms, but she can’t. Twenty-five years searching for answers yields nothing.

As her thirtieth birthday approaches, isolation creeps in, and worry settles in her gut. She accepted her existence long ago, and yet lately, she’s felt off-kilter. Eyes follow her, prickling her senses. Her headaches are getting worse.

Is she paranoid, or is there really someone, or something, stalking her? Watching. Waiting. Drumming fingers to a sinister beat she can’t hear.

Time will tell. 

Ceithin Starkley isn’t looking for a mate. Especially now. In fact, he doesn’t believe in true-matings at all. While he is being recruited for a new job, a scent on the wind stuns him, and he finds himself fighting an inner battle he never wanted, yet can’t ignore.

Sparks fly, as Ceithin and Aurelia fight fate and race against a clock neither knows is ticking. 

Will he claim Aurelia before he loses her for good?

Warning: This book is sexy. Contains a drool-worthy Alpha male wearing Beta clothing. A sassy and sweet heroine with brains and brothers you’ll adore. A best friend every girl would love to hate. I mean have. And an impossible road no one will see coming.

Review: 

From the very start I liked Aurelia Fridell. We meet her whilst she’s standing backstage at her brother’s bar waiting to be called out for a bachelorette auction that her best friend, Astrid (or Az for short) has roped her into participating in.  There were so many other things I should be doing with my Saturday night. Yet here I sat, nursing my Summer Ale, waiting for the current Barbie Bimbette to be sold. Soon it’d be my turn — I left my cheer meter at home. 

A little snarky and sarcastic – just how I like my heroines!

Aurelia is somewhat of an anomaly among werewolves – able to partially change her features and grow claws but not able to complete a complete shift into wolf form. This ‘defect’ makes her an outsider in her community and – despite their best efforts at being supportive – her family too. Depite this (or maybe because of it) Aurelia is a strong and capable heroine. She’s an incredibly smart, brave and passionate woman.

One year after the bachelorette auction, Aurelia comes face to face (quite literally as he tackles her to the floor of Az’s tattoo parlor) with Ceithin Starkley – a werewolf visiting the area on a business opportunity with Aurelia’s father. From the moment they meet they share incredible sexual tention – I could almost see the sparks flying! – but Ceithin sees himself as a little bit oldfashioned. He won’t cheat. Just Aurelia’s luck to meet the man who may be her fated mate and him be involved in a relationship with another woman. I admired Ceithin for that. I have to admit I get slightly annoyed when just because someone meets their fated mate – all rules and manners fly out the window.

I also relished in the chanced to see Aurelia jealous – and play a little dirty!

Just because Ceithin is in a relationship and trying to fight his werewolf nature and be faithful to his girlfriend doesn’t mean that Aurelia isn’t going to make a play for her potential mate! Her playful, sensual and jealous side made itself known when she was in the club. I didn’t expect it from her but it made me like her more. And made me realize that she wasn’t going to let circumstances stand between her and what she wanted in life. Her lack of shifting ability weighs heavily upon her and I was glad for her to see that she wasn’t going to give up. And this is fiction and a story of true mates! – so I don’t feel bad at all rooting for a woman trying to steal another woman’s boyfriend.

Ceithin unable and unwilling to ignore his desire for Aurelia, breaks up with his girlfriend and starts to court Aurelia. I loved the courting. Ever since I was 12 years old and read Jane Austen’s Persuasion for the first time, I’ve loved letters in novels. And whilst Ceithin’s emails weren’t quite as formal as Captain Wentworth’s, I loved them. He’s blunt and slightly awkward but I felt it was honest and that in itself was beautiful. Despite the chemistry and sexual tension between them – Ceithin and Aurelia got to know each other. The sex – when it happened – was hot but, for me, what made it ever better and that bit more intense was that the characters had fallen in love. This isn’t a story of instant love for no reason – these two knew each other. They knew their faults and their good qualities and genuinely cared for the other.

In addition to the romance plot, Aurelia has someone tormenting her with no apparent reason. Her tires are slashed and her house ransacked. Throw in some nearly incapacitating and blinding headaches

As the story goes on we get to find out more about why Aurelia can’t shift, her special mental bond with her brother, Ville. I thought it was an inventive and creative plot. I really enjoyed how everything unfolded. Many questions I had early in the novel were answered and I was satisfied with the ending. There was a shift in the point-of-view for a few chapters that I didn’t really like. I understand why it was necessary but the main reason why I liked this book was  Aurelia’s sassiness, her cheekiness and how at times she mentally berated  herself. She was a fantastic narrator. I missed that when we switched to Ceithin’s POV.

I really enjoyed reading this book. There is a lot to love about the characters and the storyline. It was interesting and sexy and highly enjoyable.

Rating: 

4 out of 5

Purchase book at:

Amazon (kindle version) / All Romance Ebooks (mobi, epub, html and pdf formats)

Click here to visit the author’s home page

Book Review: Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu

Tags

, , , , , , , ,

Title: Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu (Dirk and Steele #1)

Format: paperback

First Published:  March 6,  2005

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifters, Urban Fantasy, Magic

Sensuality Rating: Warm

Synopsis (from Goodreads)He looks out of place in Dela Reese’s Beijing hotel room- exotic and poignant, some mythic, tragic hero of an epic tale. With his feline yellow eyes, he’s like nothing from her world. Yet Dela has danced through the echo of his soul and knows this warrior will obey her every command.

Hari has been used and abused for millennia. But he sees, upon his release from the riddle box, that this new mistress is different. There is a hidden power in Dela’s eyes- and with her, he may regain all that was lost to him. Where once he savaged, now he must protect; where once he only knew hatred, now he must embrace love. Dela is the key. For Dela, he will risk all.

Review: 

Dela Reese, an artist and sword-maker, is visiting Beijing for business when she comes across a mysterious old woman in the Dirt Market. The old woman insists that Dela buys an ancient little wooden puzzle box and from that moment things get even stranger. On her way back to the hotel Dela is accosted by a man who grabs her but Dela manages to get away. After returning to her room, Dela manages to open the puzzle box only to have a seven foot ancient, shape-shifting warrior pop out. Hari was cured thousands of years ago to do whatever his summoner demands from him – anything from killing to bedding them. Naturally to say, Hari is instantly suspicious and distrusting of his new mistress.

Throw in a few attempts on Dela’s life, the Chinese mafia, some more shape shifters and a few of the agents from Dirk and Steele detective agency and you’ll get a fairly entertaining story.

I enjoyed the characters in this story. Dela was a strong character who was brave and intelligent. Hari was hot and one of those characters that seem to be a little too perfect – he was too caring, too self-sacrificing, too handsome. There’s just something about characters like Hari that rub me the wrong way. I like my heroes to be a bit more flawed in terms of how they treat their mates. He’s just… with the exception of how they first meet and how suspicious he is of Dela, he seems to think she’s perfect. And she’s not. But I liked that about her. I just wish that Hari take off his rose coloured glasses for a little bit.

Whirlwind romances aren’t really my thing and Dela and Hari do fall in love VERY quickly.  I think it’s only a week from meeting to the final showdown. But I liked the development of their relationship. It was a nice progression, just a little intense time-wise.

The members of Dirk and Steele – a ‘detective’ agency where the agents all have special abilities – were a great supporting cast. They’re all a little damaged and should make good heroes in their own books later in the series. There’s nothing I like more than warrior men who have a caring side – which all of these men had.

I didn’t love this book but I did enjoy many parts of it. The romance was sweet, the characters were enjoyable. I will be continuing to read the rest (or at least the next book) of the series. 🙂

Rating: 

3 out of 5

Purchase book at:

Book Depository (paperback) / Amazon (kindle version) / FishPond (paperback)

Book Review: Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Tags

, , , , , , ,

Title: Fair Game by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #3)

Format: paperback

First Published: March 6, 2012

Genres: Urban Fantasy, Shifters, Paranormal

Synopsis (from Goodreads): They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.

Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can’t afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father’s dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.

Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack’s help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer’s sights…

Review: 

This book takes place just after the events of River Marked (Mercy Thompson #6) and a few years after Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega #2). In the time that has passed since the last book in the series, Charles has become more and more affected by the job he does for his father – enforcer and assassin. He is withdrawn and even becoming neglectful of his mate and wife, Anna.

After discussion the problem with  Anna and Asil, Bran decides to send Anna off to collaborate with the FBI on a serial killer case in Boston – with Charles along as her body guard. They discover that the serial killer who has recently been targeting Werewolves has been operating for decades – and his targets are not that of the human variety. Fae have been disappearing for dozens of years with none of the supernatural world investigating. Now, with Anna and Charles on the case – with the assistance of a few local werewolves and FBI agents – the killer will be stopped. One way or another…

For me, this is a very hard book for me to review simply because I loved it. I don’t want to come across as a babbling fan girl but I’m afraid I might.

I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again – I love how Ms. Briggs tortures her characters. Just because she’s let Anna and Charles get mated and married does not mean she’ll let them have an easy time of it. They’re both hurting. Charles especially – not wanting to let the spirits that haunt him to taint Anna but because of this and his pulling away from her, he’s hurting her more than ever.

I love Anna. And I love Charles. But I think what I love most about them is how they love each other. It’s evident in everything they do and how they interact. I think it’s really beautiful and a testiment to Ms. Briggs’ writing that she can write a fairly gritty urban fantasy novel where romance is very much in the background, and yet their love for each other is so prevalent.

The supporting cast in this book were brilliant. I loved the different government agencies and the feelings of forced co-operation between them. I have no doubt that the government would create a new paranormal agency just to handle new issues that would come to light with the werewolves and fae coming out into the world. I also really liked Isaac – the Alpha of the Boston pack. He gave a new insight to a different kind of alpha – you don’t need to be an old wolf to be a good alpha. Alistair Beauclaire also interested me. I feel like if Ms. Briggs ever wanted to write another spin-off with the Fae in the forefront, he would be a great character to have in it. Either as a main or serving a similar role to the one that Bran holds in this series. The fae are so interesting! All their magical powers and unspoken rules. I really would love to get a closer look at them. And the witches? I’m rather glad I’ve never had an encounter with one of Briggs’ witches…. they be crazy!

Pace wise, there was a lot of groundwork laid at the start of this novel. It did feel a little slow to begin with but after things got moving, I never felt like it was rushed. Everything felt like it was at a natural speed.

I loved the action. And I liked that the action scenes showed how Charles has grown as a person since the beginning of the series. He will always be there for Anna – but he now realizes that more importantly for her, she needs to be there for herself. They’re so perfect for each other… *dreamy sigh*

The wait for the next book is going to be painful for me! I might go into withdrawal! At least I have the other books in the series as well as the Mercy Thompson books to go back and re-read whenever I need my fix.

Rating: 

5 out of 5

Purchase book at:

Book Depository (paperback)/ Amazon (kindle version) / FishPond (paperback)

Read  my review of Cry Wolf (Alpha and Omega #1) by Patricia Briggs here
Read my review of Hunting Ground (Alpha and Omega #2) by Patricia Briggs here