Monday, July 6, 2015

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

Series: Silver in the Blood #1
358 p.
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Published: 7/7/15
Source: NetGalley and publisher for review
Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate . . . or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might. 
With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.
My thoughts:

I really enjoyed the setting in this book. It is mostly set in Romania and there is a mystery to be solved. One that was maddenly present in the beginning since you knew that the knowledge was forthcoming, but very slowly. When you finally find out what the secret was the girls would be tangled with, it wasn't a surprise but it did lend another layer to the story that was needed.

The book was written simply and was a very quick read. It felt as it needed more depth to the main characters, Lou and Dacia and I had a hard time with how the POV shifted. Not so much to take me out of the story but enough to make me stop from time to time. Some of the shifts from the present to the recent past (as we get the information from another POV) didn't feel smooth and sometimes things just felt out of place. I think this is why it was simply written. If it was otherwise, the shifting elements would have become confusing. It just didn't feel smooth.

I give this book 3 stars. I really enjoyed the setting and not everything is resolved in this book. We are still left with questions which I do think that the forthcoming books will provide us with needed answers. I recommend this book to those that enjoy PNR YA and who want a different tale on the Dracula stories.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Product Review: PUR VoxBox

I was chosen for the Influenster PUR VoxBox.
What came int he box was only one item:
Pic from Amazon.com
I am so glad I received this product. I have been filtering my water for a while now and it saves on bottles and helps with cooking. I also use it for another reason that isn't often talked about. I make sure my dogs get filtered water. Our city water is pretty good but it does have a distinct chlorine smell. Also, with all the nearby flooding, it is a good thing to have your water filtered. I noticed that when I started giving my dogs filtered water they drank more. I think that speaks for itself. 

I got this product for review purposes only and have not been compensated for my review.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On My Wishlist: Charley Davidson

Yea, I just put Charley Davidson on the title since if there is a new one out or going to come out, it is a sure bet that I want it. ;)

The Dirt on Ninth Grave
by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #9
352 p.
Publisher: St. Martin Press
Published: 1/5/16 (JAN??? *sigh*)
In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around. 
But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her—even from her new and trusted friends—the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.
I have yet to read the 8th but already know I NEED this one. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Darksider by Erin Kellison

Series: Reveler #3
124 p.
Publisher: Fire Flower Publishing
Published: 6/9/14
Source: From author for review
She has always been his dream…

Chef Serafina Rochan believes her recurring nightmares of pursuit are a symptom of her anxiety about opening her second restaurant. But when the stalker appears in the waking world, she swallows her pride and calls the one man she trusts to go into her dreams, even if it means risking her heart.

When Marshal Harlen Fawkes receives Sera’s call, nothing else matters. Time has not eroded the power of his feelings for her. After years apart, they go Darkside together and cannot resist the longing and desire their connection evokes. The past and present collide, and Sera abandons all reservations to embrace Harlen again, if even for one night.

In order to protect her, Harlen aligns himself with disavowed friends, and in so doing is drawn deeper into the secrets and perils of the dreamwaters. As the tide of darkness rises, Harlen faces his demons…but not without Sera, who fights just as fiercely for the dream of a life together.

Dream dangerously.
My thoughts:
I really got into the last book and was curious about this one. We meet a new couple, Harlen and Sera. I immediately liked both of them and they are old lovers reconnecting because Sera is being haunted in her dreams. One that has come true and she finds herself being stalked. We get enough background with this couple to connect to them and it helps that they had this past with such a short book. It works. The mystery seems to be growing from the other books and so this is a series that should be read in order. The mystery arc builds from one book to another.

I really was into this book and then *bam* ending. Cliffie! NOOooooOOOO! I hate cliffies especially when I'm enjoying the book. I wish this one was longer but I'm also glad that the next one is out now. I need to read it. I don't think it needed a cliffie to make me want to read the next book but it still worked. :p

I give this book 3 1/2 stars and recommend it to those that love a dark PNR.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Challenges Update!

I almost forgot to post my challenges! It's been 1/2 way through the year (can you believe it?) and here is how I'm doing so far. YaY! Right now I'm meeting my goals.
Hot Listens/2015 Audiobook Challenge
13/15 audiobooks
I'm surpassing what I thought I would do in this category! I will have no problems completing it. I will then see how many I can get done within the year.

Geeky Bloggers Book Blog
13/24 library books
I actually thought I'd have more books in this category, but I keep getting distracted with all the new shinys. :D However, I seem to be on track here. YaY!

Hm... I was thinking on doing a post on how I listen to audios. What do you think?

How are your challenges going?