What Kind Of Review Can You Expect?

If I could describe what kind of reader I am, I would hands down say I was an emotional one. When I read I want to fully experience the book, from the emotions coursing through the characters to reacting to the twist and turns of the storyline. I'm looking for those books that fire up my imagination and leave me breathless when it's over. It's for this reason why the reviews I write aren't so much what I think and are more on how I feel. My hopes in sharing my review in this way is that something will spark an interest and have you wanting to have the same experiences. This isn't to say I don't have issues with grammar, word choices etc. Trust me I do and most times all it takes is waiting for the story to grab hold for it not to matter. When I do include things about what I thought about the book (for example I've included comments about word choices and being too descriptive), I only do so because it directly affected how I felt. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Crescendo, by Becca Fitzpatrick

Official Blurb:
Feisty teen Nora Grey somehow survived the crises of Hush, Hush!, but dangers just as frightening loom in this standalone sequel. Patch, her guardian angel and love interest, appears to have a dark side and a wandering eye. Worse yet, he seems intent on obstructing Nora as she hunts for the truth behind her father's mysterious death.

What I thought:
Let me first start out by saying that I was craving this book from the get go because I fell hook, line, and sinker, for Patch in Hush, Hush, one of my favorite all time novels.  I ran right out and bought this book when it came out and happened to have all of my excitement fizzle when I passed an unfortunate comment on another blog.  That blogger had said that it was "too bad that Patch was hardly in the book."

I was devastated.

How could a sequel to Hush, Hush, not have the macho, deliciously brooding, bad boy front and center in its sequel?  I sat the book on the shelf and picked up one of the other new releases I was excited for instead.  I have to say I ended up reading multiple books before one day I was finally seized upon with the desire to find out what was in this one again.  So I picked it up off the shelf and curled up into my pillows and the rest was history.  I was captivated.

While Patch wasn't as physically present as he had been in Hush, Hush, every time he did appear he positively oozed the sex appeal all over the pages.  I found my heart racing in the spots in which he appeared, proving he is the true HUNK of this series.  No other male comes close to him in these books.

I liked the introduction of Scott.  He always made me feel off kilter.  I never really could tell if he was good or evil, sorta good or sorta evil, perhaps crazy, misunderstood.  Of course, I'm not going to tell you what he was, but his character was interesting and well written and he occasionally pulled off a little hot steam of his own.  He was a nice tension creator between Patch and Nora, which was fun as well.

Marcie was a witch, in a nasty and biting sense, but there was always something missing and off about her too.  She was just a mean girl and as we come to understand why that was, the chips suddenly started falling into place.  Very good twists there.

And then there was Nora.  Dear, sweet, adorable, made-me-want-to-bash-her-stupid-head-into-the-wall-for-virtually-every-second-of-the-book, Nora.  I don't know what happened here, but Nora suddenly became dumber than a pile of bricks, questioning and freaking out about every little thing.  She was extremely prideful, never giving Patch a chance to explain anything!  It was no wonder the guy clammed up around her...he couldn't get a word in edge wise.  Every time Nora would ask him a question in her search for the truth, she would answer it herself, the way she thought was right and then ended up throwing him out.  Patch should have been nominated for sainthood by the end of the book just for putting up with her.  (Ladies, sometimes you need to shut up and listen to your man.  One good conversation could have saved Nora this whole book!  Yes, I know, that defeats the purpose of the book, but Nora was just darn irritating.)

The premise of this tale was good though.  The story never lagged at all and I turned page after page in indulgence, eating up every word of the delicious plot.  When the story ended, I actually growled and flung the book down in frustration at the cliffhanger ending, hopping right up to log onto Goodreads to find out the information about the third book in the series, Tempest, which is due out October of 2011.  Yes, dear reader, I will be in line for that one at release time too.

So, I struggled with how to rate this book.  Based on the lack of Patch, who is my favorite character, I would give the book a four.  Based on the aggravation and moaning in frustration that Nora caused me, I would also give a four. BUT, the story was good and these circumstances were crucial to the telling of it.  If I had half stars or quarter stars I would probably rate this a 4.75.  But we don't, so I'm going to over look my personal tastes and rate the book on straight writing and storytelling merit.  I will round up and give it a five out of five.  It's a great book!

My Rating:

Lacey Weathrford
Author - Reviewer

Friday, June 3, 2011

Eternity Embraced by Larissa Ione

Eternity Embraced
Demonica series novella 4.5
Larissa Ione
Paranormal Romance

Demon slayer Andrea Cole has always taken down the demons and vampires she hunts without mercy. But when a fellow slayer is captured and turned into a vampire by a sadistic monster, she must choose between loyalty to her family and the man she loves.

Versus Instinct...
Kaden Quinn has dedicated his life to slaying vampires, so when he is turned into one, his greatest nightmare comes to life. And when the woman he loves is thrown into a dungeon with him -- as food -- he must battle new instincts and old desires, and choose between his life, and hers.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

To Conquer A Highlander by Mary Wine

To Conquer A Highlander
Mary Wine
Historical Romance / Highlander

A fierce Highland laird ready to kill for king and country... When Torin McLeren discovers his neighbor's plot against his king, he takes their daughter as his prisoner, thereby stopping her father's plot from going forward. But that leaves him with a woman under his roof whom he can't ignore, and not just because she's his enemy's daughter...

A woman who's as much trouble as she is temptation...
Shannon McBoyd decides to use her captor to experience passion for the first time, and then to destroy him. But her plan goes awry because once she has lured Torin into her bed, she no longer wants to hurt the one man who seems to value and understand her... Even if her father will kill him-and her-when he discovers what they've done...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ordinary Angels by India Drummond

Ordinary Angels
India Drummond
Paranormal Romance

Although most of Zoe Pendergraft's friends are dead, that means nothing to her. After all, they died long before she meet them. What does matter is the angel who took her dancing and turned her world upside down. But grim reality intrudes when she finds a body, and the Higher Angels accuse her of the murder. Knowing she's the only one who can stand against the Higher Angels, Zoe uses any means necessary to save her friend all the while, wondering if the tempestuous love she's feeling is real. The blood on her hands forces Zoe to question herself, and her angel to question her.