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!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Summer's Crossing byJulie Kagawa

Summer's Crossing
Novella #3.5 in The Iron Fey series
Julie Kagawa
YA Fantasy / Romance

A Midsummer's Nightmare? Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.

Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

The Iron Daughter
Book #2 in The Iron Fey series
Julie Kagawa
YA Fantasy / Romance

Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan's own fey powers have been cut off. She's alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can't help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King
Book #1 in The Iron Fey series
Julie Kagawa
Young Adult Fantasy / Romance

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan's life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she's known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth - that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she'll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Vampire Bites by Katie Salidas

Vampire Bites
Katie Salidas
Erotic Paranormal Romance

Enjoy three novella-length stories of love, lust, and vampire bites.
House of Immortal Pleasures:Blindfolded, and kidnapped by her friends, Daphne is whisked away to the famed, House of Immortal Pleasures, a Vampire-run Brothel in Pahrump, Nevada. Sometimes the only way to mend a broken heart is to get back in the saddle. At least that is how Daphne's friends see it. And since Daphne isn't showing any signs of letting that happen, they take it into their own hands. With a few shots of liquid courage, a pat on the ass, and a donated gold card, Daphne is unwillingly sent to meet her creature of the night, Connor.

Karma & Melodies:Ten years after she was stolen from the mortal world, Kendra runs into the man she had always loved. But she's not longer a human and he's a popular musician on tour with his band. Can they find a way to make love work?

Halloween Fantasies:Touted as the sexiest party of the year, the annual Halloween Fantasy Ball is the one place a girl can let loose and succumb to her wildest fantasies. Disguised as a sexy vampire huntress, Sasha captures the attention of Dante, a real life creature of the night. And this sexy vampire has a few fantasies to share.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Loving On Borrowed Time by Olivia Cunning

Loving On Borrowed Time
Olivia Cunning
Lover's Leap #1
Time Travel Romance

Lara Kensington is living a perfectly mundane life as a museum curator, when bad boy treasure hunter, Reece Jerhico, leaps into her life. Literally. Obviously distressed, Reece tells Lara that one year in the future she will be murdered. The evidence he uses to back up his incredible story doesn’t convince Lara. She thinks he’s crazy. Especially after he claims to be her future fiancĂ©. Lara would have remembered dating someone as delicious as Reece Jerhico. Hot as Reece is, Lara has a difficult time believing anything the man says until the broken amulet he wears around his neck transports them into different bodies, during a different time, in a different place--an ancient place, a cold place, a place where Lara arrives naked, hysterical, and... Norse.

On the run through time, attempting to escape a man who is hell-bent on Lara’s lack-of a-future becoming a reality, the couple must leap from one time and place to another just to stay alive. In the first volume of this sexy and humorous new series, Lara and Reece share an existence with a ruthless Viking and his captive bride and then with a noble medieval knight and the feisty lady he is determined to win.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tracking Shadows by Regan Black

Tracking Shadows
Regan Black
Urban Fantasy

In 2096, the American government has gone above and beyond to 'protect its citizens', even regulating sugar and coffee. Every new legislative measure opens up a black market for an enterprising person willing to seize the opportunity.

In Chicago, Slick Micky is the king of smuggling. Known to deliver anything, anytime, anywhere, he specializes in caffeine and sugar and works in the anonymity of shadows. But recently an old enemy is tired of waiting for Micky's empire to crumble and has called in the best assassin in the business to take him out.

Trina Durham is an assassin with a sterling reputation, thanks to her unique ability to induce deadly hallucinations. When Slick Micky killed her best friend, she left Chicago - forever. She's back now, unable to resist the perfect opportunity for vengeance. But no one warned her Slick Micky might as well be a shadow. Or that shedding light on the man and his secrets would put both her heart and reputation at risk.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Brethren Beginnings by Deena Remiel

Brethren Beginnings, Vol 1
Deena Remiel
Paranormal Romance
Collection of Short Stories

The Brethren. Who are they and why are they here? Discover the origins of these enigmatic angels manifested on Earth for millennia. Lose yourself in their compelling stories of human salvation and triumph over Evil.

Delicate Freakn' Flower by Eve Langlais

Delicate Freakn' Flower
Eve Langlais
Erotic Paranormal Romance - M/F/M Menage

Dammit , just how many toes was she going to have to stomp on before people realized she was a delicate freakin’ flower?

Naomi doesn’t want to follow tradition and settle down with a violence-loving, chest thumping shapeshifter. She grew up in a household with five, testosterone laden brothers where none of the dishes ever matched, the ugly-as-sin furniture could withstand any catastrophe, and where crazy glue was bought by the case.

When fate—with a snicker—makes her meet not one, but two mates, Naomi digs her heels in and refuses to do what her wolf—and her body—demands. No way is she voluntarily allowing herself to get hitched to a pair of dumbass—totally hot and muscled—lacrosse players.

Can Ethan, the towering Kodiak bear, and Javier, the sexy, tanned jaguar convince this she-wolf that life with them won’t be all chaos? And can this delicate freakn’ flower unbend her prejudices enough to recognize she needs a pair of men who can handle her thorns—and her passion?  

Warning: this is a hot threesome story where all the focus is on her with pleasurable consequences

Friday, July 15, 2011

Save My Soul by Zoe Winters

Save My Soul
Preternatural series #2
Zoe Winters
Paranormal Romance

All he's asking for is her soul.

After buying the antebellum home she's fantasized about since childhood, Anna Worthington discovers Luc, a dangerously seductive incubus who has been trapped in the house by a fifty-year-old curse. To rid herself of her problem house guest she'll call on a priest, gypsies, ghost hunters, and the coven of witches from lust bunny hell. All she has to do is resist him long enough to break the spell so they can go their separate ways. If she doesn't, she could die. And that would be the best case scenario.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Dark Rising by Lacey Weatherford

The Dark Rising
Book 4 in Of Witches & Warlocks series
Lacey Weatherford
YA Paranormal Romance

When Portia Mullins discovers the love of her life is still alive her heart soars. But reality sets in immediately causing it to plummet when she realizes he doesn’t remember his past life with her. Unwilling to give up, she embarks on a loving quest to restore his life to him. Vance Mangum sees the beautiful girl claiming to be his wife, and while he can’t remember her, he can’t deny the intense pull he feels between them. Not knowing where else to turn, he agrees to give her the time she’s asked for and to assist her in the effort to recover his memories. The two quickly reconnect, but dark surprises are lurking in the wings when Vance discovers a desperate longing for something he feels he can’t withstand. Will he be able to resist? Or will evil raise its head in a new form, leaving Portia as the prey of the very man her heart desires? Darkness reigns supreme in this haunting tale of love and desperation, Of Witches and Warlocks, The Dark Rising.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Romance Diva: Unearthly, by Cynthia Hand

Official Blurb:
In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.
Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.
As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?
Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

What I thought:
I've wanted to read this book for a while.  I find myself rushing out to buy books hot off the presses and it usually turns out to be wishful thinking on my part.  My hectic schedule always seems to get in the way of my guilty pleasures.  Anyway, I finally set down to read this and I have to say it almost killed me.  Because of my schedule, I read when I should be sleeping, and when a book is good I get caught up in it and it's hard for me to put it down.

Yep.  That's what happened with this book.  Not being one to give up, I propped my eyelids open with some toothpicks and kept on reading!! ;)

I really loved this story.  It dove right into the whole thing, not messing around with a bunch of unnecessary stuff.  I enjoyed getting to the know the characters and I realized right away that I was going to have a "conflict of interest" with the love interests in this book...mainly being that I felt some good chemistry from both of the awesome guys.  There was clearly one I chose over the other.  But I will let you read it to figure it out. 

All of the aspects of this story moved along easily.  I never felt that moment where I thought....boring...I will just skim this part.  Nope!  Didn't happen.  The book kept me enraptured the whole time.

The character development went well also, and I have to say if I had a hot guy like _____ taking me out into the woods all the time, I'm afraid that I would have never left the forest and instead just kept on making out like a fiend.  Because really, we all know there is NOTHING like hours upon hours of hot kissing!  Am I right?  I'm a pure advocate of the idea that there's nothing a little tongue can't cure!!   I mean really...there was a reason I was called "Hot Lips" in high school!  So yeah, I would have been out in nature slobbering up with Mr. Hottie....I'm sure that's why I resonated so well with the character! HA!

I was near death from lack of sleep as I came closer to the end of the book, but for the life of me I couldn't put it down and come back to it.  I had to know what happened.  The ending came in an exciting rush and I have to say my only complaint about the book was right here.  The ending, while revealing somethings I already suspected, never wrapped anything up.  No questions were answered and the reader was left with about as much knowledge as they had to begin with.  This wasn't a distraction to the story at all, but rather just a disheartening moment since we know the story will continued on.  Ending it this way left things kind of in a "now what?" situation.

Don't let me telling you this make you think it ruined the story for me.  It didn't!  I loved it, I was excited about it, and started telling people to read it right away.

So now I will tell you.  This was a great young adult story.   The setting, story, characters and premise were all very well done.  I liked it and I can't wait to read the next one!

My Rating:

Lacey Weatherford