Friday, August 31, 2012

In Rides Trouble (Black Knights #2) by Julie Ann Walker: Slightly Early Review

Rebel with a Cause 
Becky "Rebel" Reichert never actually goes looking for trouble. It just has a tendency to find her. Like the day Frank Knight showed up at her door, wanting to use her motorcycle shop as a cover for his elite special ops team. But Becky prides herself on being able to hang with the big boys-she can weld, drive, and shoot just as well as any of them. 
Man with a Mission 
Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank's way of life. The last thing the ex-SEAL wants is for one brash blonde to come within fifty feet of anything that goes boom. Yet it's just his rotten luck when she ends up in a hostage situation at sea. Come hell or high water, he will get her back-whether she says she needs him or not.

 This book has the same sense of humor and sense of adventure as the first book, Hell on Wheels. This is the story of Becky and Frank, two characters we were introduced in the first book. Frank is also one of the stubborn heros that you will want to kick in the arse in the first book. Not only does the humor and the adventure feels familiar as the first, but so does the misunderstanding that keeps the couple apart. I think this one is a bit more successful than the first since it concentrates on only one couple. The first split it's attention a bit too much, but not so much you got lost.

As with the first one this is a fun smexy type of book. Some of the nagging elements were easy to figure out, but I don't think that detracted from the story at all. I just had fun waiting for all the characters to catch up. I also like the character of Angel, an ex-Mossad agent. Not everyone is thrilled to have him aboard but he proves to be a sweet if not deadly character. I hope that his romance is in the next book or at least down the road. Not many Jewish romances out there and that would be different.

I give this book 4 stars. Its a bit more successful than the first, but just as fun. I recommend this one for those that like adventure and hard won romance. This book will be published on the 4th.
I received this eARC from the Sourcebooks and NetGalley and no compensation for my review was given.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Real Wolfmen: True Encounters in Modern America by Linda S. Godfrey

The U.S. has been invaded – if many dozens of eyewitnesses are to be believed – by upright, canine creatures that look like traditional werewolves and act as if they own our woods, fields, and highways. Sightings from coast to coast dating back to the 1930s compel us to ask exactly what these beasts are, and what they want. 
Researcher, author and newspaper reporter Linda S. Godfrey has been tracking the manwolf since the early 1990. In Real Wolfmen she presents the only large-scale cataloguing and investigation of reports of modern sightings of anomalous, upright canids. First-person accounts from Godfrey’s witnesses – who have encountered these creatures everywhere from outside their car windows to face-to-face on a late night stroll – describe the same human-sized canines: They are able to walk upright and hold food in their paws, interact fearlessly with humans, and suddenly and mysteriously disappear. 
Godfrey explores the most compelling cases from the modern history of such sightings, along with the latest reports, and undertakes a thorough exploration of the nature and possible origins of the creature.
 This is a reporters collection of myths, folklore, and eye witness accounts of wolfmen or dogmen. It's not your typical hollywood or smexy shifter beast that we encounter in contemporary entertainment, but a collection of stories that have something simular with each other. It's this simular reporting that caught Godfrey's attention to write this book.

Now, before you scoff at the stories, the author does her homework. She does try to debunk when possible and she does not also come to a conclusion as to if the wolfmen are in fact real. It's just a presentation of stories and she allows you to come to your own conclusion. I find the fact that she took from so many sources and had certain aspects come up in a eerily consistant pattern interesting. She even looks into blatant hoaxes and how she identified several of this nature.

The most interesting part of this book for me was when she looked at the Native American mythology. Not just one aspect, but several. She didn't just get her information from unnamed sources, but actually talked to tribal leaders to get this information.

I don't know if I believe in the wolfman or dogman, but then while it remains unproven, it has not been disproved as well. All I know is that I personally do not have all the answers in the universe and while I remain skeptical, I also remain open to the possibility. What if there is more to the world than what we know? If nothing else, it is a fun curiosity.

I give this book 3 stars. I think I would have liked it better categorized within the chapters, but I did love the fact she did not lead you to a conclusion. I recommend it to anyone who loves eye witness accounts, folk lore and mythology concerning this paranormal phenomenon.
I received this ARC from the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Janus Affair (Ministry of Peculiar Occurences #2) by Pip Ballentine and Tee Morris

Evildoers beware Retribution is at hand, thanks to Britain's best-kept secret agents 
Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance... with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown. 
The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure. And though their foe be fiendishly clever, so then is Mr. Books... and Miss Braun still has a number of useful and unusual devices hidden beneath her petticoats.
This is the second book within this series, with Phoenix Rising as the first. This is a delightful steampunk as was the first book. Those that have complained that some books in this genre not having enough interesting devices won't have to worry about this series. It has some fantastical and unusual machinery without being overly technical. It's just a fun fantasy ride.

Now, can you read this book first? Yes, you can. However, I do suggest that you stick to order with this series as a proper introduction (Books would be proud of me saying that) to the characters occurs in the first. You will get so much more out of the story that way.

And speaking of characters... I really enjoyed that about this book. We not only get to know even more about Eliza, but we get to know the taciturn Welly (Books). He is much more emotional in this book and that is to the stories benefit. We also get to know a lot more about his background and that he also has a bit of a romantic soul after all.

I give this story 4 stars. I enjoyed this second book in the series and I suggest it to anyone who enjoys steampunk, mysteries, detective work and fun characters. I also enjoyed what happened at the end and figured it was bloody good time (sorry, the book affects you... ) ;)
I bought this book for my own enjoyment and it was 99¢ for the ebook at the time of purchase.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Imperfect Bliss by Susan Fales-Hill

Jane Austen meets the Bachelorette in this twenty-first-century comedy of manners about a suburban family, their four eligible daughters, and what happens when reality TV comes to town.With her acclaimed first novel, One Flight Up, author Susan Fales-Hill is on a roll, already leaving her chick-lit predecessors “in the dust,” as the New York Post put it. Now, in Imperfect Bliss, she offers up a hilarious take on genteel family life with a cast of irresistibly eccentric characters. Meet the Harcourts of Chevy Chase, Maryland. A respectable middle class, middle-aged, mixed-race couple, Harold and Forsythia have four eminently marriageable daughters—or so their mother believes. Forsythia named her girls after Windsor royals in the hopes that one day each would find her true prince. But princes are far from the mind of their second-born daughter, Elizabeth (AKA Bliss), who, in the aftermath of a messy divorce, has moved back home and thrown herself into earning her Ph.D. All that changes when a Bachelorette-style reality television show called The Virgin takes Bliss’s younger sister, Diana, as its star. Though she fights it at first, Bliss can’t help but be drawn into the romantic drama that ensues, forcing her to reconsider everything she thought she knew about love, her family, and herself.
I have to admit I was a bit worried I wouldn't like this one because of the reality tv angle, but still wanted to give it a try since it was supposed to be a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I did see many of the similarities within the characters as it contrasted those within Jane Austen's novel, but it was a story of it's own. I also didn't mind the reality show angle as it brought to the surface "selling" oneself in marriage as Jane felt in the original. I thought it was a cleaver way of doing just that.

I loved the fact that Bliss's family was of mixed race and dealt with all types of prejudice. Even the kind we direct at ourselves. That in itself really makes the book for me, more so than the relationships within the book. In fact, that brings me to my biggest complaint... the relationships.

If you are looking for an uplifting book about relationships, this may not be your book. Now, don't get me wrong, there is an HEA in that area. Our intrepid "Darcy" known as Dario and Bliss are perfect in that regard and so is Victoria with her mate (I don't want to spoil who that was, but I did love the twist!). However, the rest is full of cheaters, gold diggers, and liars. It sort of makes you wonder if love really exists in this book's world. The ending does give you hope, but after so much, I think I just needed a bit more.

I give this book 3 stars. It's a good retelling of Pride and Prejudice and I have to say I love the way the author brings it into the contemporary scene. I suggest this book for those that love these sorts of retellings as well as those who enjoy chick-lit.
I received this book from Atria Books and no compensation for my review was given.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Rot and Ruin (Benny Imura #1) by Jonathan Maberry

Nearly fourteen years ago, a freak virus swept across the world turning the living into the undead. Benny Imura was only a toddler, but his last memory of his parents is tainted by the image of them becoming zombies, and he blames his older brother, Tom, for not saving them. 
Now Benny is fifteen, and Tom wants them to put their difficult relationship behind them and work together in the “family business”: as zombie killers. It’s the last thing Benny wants to do, but he needs a job and he thinks it’ll be an easy ride. 
But when they head into the Rot and Ruin, an area full of wandering zombies, Benny soon realises that there’s more to the job than just whacking zombies. And, as he’s confronted with the truth about the world around him Benny makes the most terrifying discovery of all, that the worst monsters you can imagine might actually be human...
When I first heard of this book, I thought it might be your typical zombie novel. I was wrong. Of course there are zombies. In this version, they are mindless and slow moving. Everyone is already technically infected and so if you die in any manner, you need to be "quieted" or you will be come a zombie. The bite of a zombie only hastens your transformation immediately.

However, these are not the monsters of the book. Like some zombie novels, it's an exploration of the living humans and what monstrous deeds they are capable. The ones who give conscious thought to being evil. The zombies do it mindlessly; the humans with full thought and action.

My biggest criticism does have to do with the beginning of the book. However, it is a light criticism. I just didn't get involved with the character, Benny Imura at the beginning. Not until he and his big brother Tom go to the "Ruin" (where the zombies outnumber the living) did I get interested and invested. However, although I might have liked that beginning shorter, I don't think it could be left out. It was important information about Benny and how he viewed others including his brother.

I give this zombie tale 4 stars. I really suggest this book to those that don't often read zombie novels. It's more about the human condition and what we allow and how we keep ourselves caged because of fear. It's also about what happens when we are set free of fear. I really can't wait to read the next one in this series.
Jonathan Maberry talks about Rot and Ruin

I won this book from Mel at Mel's Random Reviews! I finally got a chance to dive into it! Thanks Mel!!

Sunday, August 26, 2012


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Friday, August 24, 2012

Shadows (Lux #.5) and Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. 
Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable. 
Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. 
Captivated. Lured. Loved. 
Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.
This is the novella of what happened before Obsidian. This is where we find out what happened to Dawson the smexy twin we don't get to know in the next book. Although not all answers will be revealed.

I have to admit, I did not connect to Dawson and Bethany like I usually do with Jennifer L. Armentrout's characters. Like I have, for example, with the characters in the Covenant Series. Although I did enjoy it, I just wasn't thrilled with the almost insta love happening within these pages. And then...

The ending! Oh my what an ending! I was throughly caught up in the adventure and craved more! Oh yes, the ending sold me on this series.

I give this novella 4 stars. This one ends with a bang and sets you up nicely for the next book!

Starting over sucks. 
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring.... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. 
And then he opened his mouth. 
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.
Oh yea... I couldn't wait to dive into this book after reading the novella, so I was so happy I had it on hand. In this book we get to know Daemon (Dawson's identical twin) who runs hot and cold with everyone around him. Determined to protect his sister and his people, Daemon's attitude leaves a lot to be desired. However, you know what they say about that hard outer shell. It often hides a soft heart. And despite how he treats Katy, you know feelings he would rather not have rear it's ugly head for him to deal with.

Now despite what some of you have heard... endless amount about Daemon, I felt this was really Katy's book. Her growth, finding the courage she never knew she had. Oh and I LOVED this character! She is the YA character you often wish was in these books! She had the courage to look the hot alien in the eye, ignore her hormones and demand to be treated with love and respect. Oh yea... Katy is my hero by just doing this in this story. I also loved that she didn't put up with Daemon's crap.

I give this book 5 stars. It has a heroine I just loved and some great action scenes as well. The secondary characters also rock. I recommend this one to anyone who loves PNR YA and strong heroines!

PS... Gimmie Onyx NOW!! ;D
I want to thank Kristi of the Book Faery for gifting me both these books. She's awesomesauce with extra sauce... ;)
The Book Faery
Note to the author, Jennifer L. Armentrout: 
Okay, I get it... the first heroine was a painter. The second was a book blogger. I know what that means. It means that I should be dating a hot alien. Well, I'll be waiting for you to make him real for me. Just make sure you make him over 21. I mean I'm not a total perv... ;D

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Susan Wingate: Author of Spider Brains with Giveaway!

Under the Spell of Susie Speider
By Susan Wingate

Thank you to "Books and Things" for hosting my debut Young Adult novel, SPIDER BRAINS: A LOVE STORY while we go on blog tour this month of August.

While developing this story, I fell completely under the spell of the main character, Susie Speider. Her unique teenage voice crystallized in my mind. Her situation in high school brought back treacheries I'd long suffered myself--stealing my way through concrete halls of the school. Trying so hard to avoid the stoners, the cowboys, the Crip-wanabees, and all the other gangs who they themselves were just hoping for a little protection.

But, as it turned out, protection wasn't quite so needed in the halls as it was in the classrooms. Where the teachers berated students if they answered a direct question with nerves and stammering--who the teachers felt didn't perform as well in class as other more social (or possibly, more confident) students. Teachers who rolled their eyes and made sarcastic remarks about them. All the while, covering their cruelties as "just poking some fun." No matter that these same students suffered issues at home too with possible divorces or family members dying. The teachers didn't care. They had problems too. And they took their problems out on the students.

Enter Ms. Morlson, Susie Spider's science teacher. A teacher who doesn't hide the fact that she has it in for Susie (maybe even hates her), to the point she has been trying to fail Susie and hold her back a year, destroying any chances for a good start in college.

To me, SPIDER BRAINS is a mix of Meg Cabot's "The Princess Diaries" and "Spiderman"—but as a girl and not in that goofy latex outfit!

This is the blurb: After her father’s death last year and, now, in the throes of a gnarly teacher’s whim, a small black arachnid bites fifteen-year-old Susie Speider on the finger. The bite sends her nights into fantastical dreams about taking revenge on the teacher who, ultimately, holds her college aspirations in the palm of her cold calloused hand. But after Susie figures out the dreams are real, she begins visiting the teacher regularly… as the spider! And, oh, by the way! Who is that boy spider munching on flies, hiding over there in the corner?

A story of loss and forgiveness, tolerance and kindness, in SPIDER BRAINS, Susie Speider deals with the death of her father while Matt Ryder–the new neighbor boy–has just lost his mother. Ultimately, this story poses some important questions about how to treat Attention-Deficit-Disorder and is a tale of hope, transformation, transition and inspiration.

Thanks again for hosting me today. It's quite an honor to be a feature author on this amazing blog. -Susan Wingate.

About the Author:

Most recently, Susan Wingate’s novels, SPIDER BRAINS and DROWNING each reached Amazon Bestseller status in 2012. DROWNING won the 2011 Forward National Literature Award for Drama. She would love for you to read her books. You can find them all under the tab on this site labeled “Books”. SUSAN has written eleven novels, two short story collections, a few plays, one screenplay and tons of poems. Her latest 2011 novel DROWNING (contemporary women’s fiction), won 1st place in the 2011 Forward National Literature Award and also won a finalist award for the category of Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit in the 2011 International Book Awards. A vibrant public speaker, Susan offers inspiring, motivational talks about the craft of writing, publishing and marketing, and how to survive this extremely volatile (e-)Publishing industry. She presents these lectures for private groups and at writing conferences, libraries and bookstores around the country.

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About the Book:

If one were to bake the story SPIDER BRAINS into a cake, they should sprinkle in Charlotte’s Web, toss in one Jellicle Cat, then stir in a little Spiderman—but as a girl and not in that goofy latex outfit! A tale of hope, transformation, transition and inspiration.

After her father’s death last year and, now, in the throes of a gnarly teacher’s whim as she thinks ahead to college (or really just dreams of getting into college), a small black arachnid bites fifteen-year-old Susie Speider on the finger. The bite sends her nights into fantastical dreams about taking revenge on a teacher who, ultimately, holds her college aspirations in the palm of her cold calloused hand. But, after Susie figures out the dreams are real, she ups the ante by visiting the teacher regularly… as the spider! And, oh, by the way! Who is that boy spider munching on flies, hiding over there in the corner? A story of loss and forgiveness, tolerance and kindness, Susie Speider deals with the death of her father while Matt Ryder–the new neighbor boy–has just lost his mother. Ultimately, SPIDER BRAINS poses some important questions about how to treat Attention-Deficit-Disorder.

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Don't Fear the Reaper Read a Long: Week 4

Questions Week 4 
Chapters 17-21 
Questions from by Rainy Day Ramblings

1. One of my favorite aspects of this book are the witty snippets at the beginning of every chapter. I especially like the t shirt quotes. My favorites are:


Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered.

Do not disturb. Already there.

What is the funniest t shirt or bumper sticker you have encountered? If you had a t shirt that best described you what would it say?

One of my fave shirts says: "Zombies like me for my brains". However if I had one that described me best, probably it would just say "Lunatic Asylum Patient".

2. Charley is constantly helping ghosts throughout the book. Would you like to be able to talk to ghosts and bring closure to their loved ones? How would you feel about all the ghosts popping up at all times day or night? Would you like to have a ghost like Mr. Wong in your house? 

No, to Mr. Wong. Aunt Lillian might be fun on occasion tho...

No, I don't think I would like to do that. Especially if they were to "pop" in on you at any time. If I had to do it, there would be some ground rules...

3. Kim reveals some rather shocking and sad details about Reyes' past. Do you agree with her decision to adhere to her promise and not intervene? Would you be willing to keep your word and let a loved one die if it was their wish?

I don't know. I mean in Reyes's case, it may be worse to have let him linger even if you thought he was just human. The bullet went through his brain and he may not ever be able to have gained consciousness. There are worse things than death. It really depends on the circumstance. Of course, Reyes isn't human... ;)

4. In Chapter 19 Charley confronts the bad guy and finds herself in yet another situation where she gets her ass kicked. Do you like the fact that Charley consistently ends up getting her butt handed to her? What are your overall thoughts on Charley?

No I don't like it, and I really think she should be taking lessons on how to kick arse much better. :) However, it makes sense in the story. I like Charley. We should become gal pals... I'll make a pot of green chili, she can introduce me to Reyes... *sigh* uh what was I saying? ;)

5. Chapter 20 is a big, hot, smoking chapter. We finally get some answers on Reyes. Does the revelation change your opinion of him? Do you think he can overcome his "nature" and be a good person or is Charley in big trouble?

If he has free will, he can be who he wants. I think he is trouble, but what a nice package for trouble to come in... ;D

6. Did you enjoy this book? Will you be continuing the series?

Um... let me think... YES! and YES! :D

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.
Okay, I finally got to read this book and see what all the fuss is about. I have to admit the fuss was pretty accurate. I really enjoyed this book and the almost 500 pages just flew by for me.

In the book Tris is who we follow in this adventure. I really did like Tris, but found her quite difficult and almost too stubborn at times. She was smart, but sometimes you just wanted to shake her to make sure some of those braincells were working. Granted she was in a completely new world and discovering how to think for herself, so I can understand why it took her so long to finally start to take someone else's advice. Still... it frustrated me from time to time. So, I'm glad her counter was Four. I really enjoyed his character and can't wait for more of him. Of course this also means that those who crave romance within these adventures won't be sorry. ;)

The world is in a sense a typical dystopian. Formed out of fear, and ruled by that fear. In this one you have factions and the faction-less which reminded me of a caste system. One, once chosen, becomes your family and station in life. What makes this dystopian and other successful dystopians is that it sometimes hits close to home and you can see it happening in society today if we let fear win. Think of the labels we place on others and then on ourselves. Think of how hard it is to shake a label once it is placed. It is just in this world, the definitions are more clearly defined.

I give this book 4 stars. The book ends with a bang. The ending isn't a cliffie, but I guarantee you will be wanting the next one ASAP.

I was given this book by the lovely Ashley of The Bookish Brunette. Now do I hug her or curse her for given me another series to covet? ;) HUG!!
 The bookish brunette

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Jennifer Estep Widow's Web Excerpt with Giveaway!


     I walked over, leaned against the desk, and pointed my paintball gun at Owen. “You should have known better than to let Finn talk you into drinking so much at Northern Aggression. Drunken challenges issued to assassins to have them test your security rarely end well for the challenger. Or challengers, in this case.”

     Finn stopped trying to scrub the paint off his shirt long enough to glare at me again.

     “As I recall, I wasn’t drinking alone, and you and I had quite a bit of fun later on that night,” Owen said in a husky voice.

     “Maybe.” I agreed with a grin. “But Finn was the one who bet me dinner at Underwood’s that I couldn’t kill you both by the end of the month. So you only have yourselves to blame.”

     Finn sniffed his displeasure. “You still didn’t have to ruin my suit.”

     “No,” I agreed. “I didn’t have to ruin it. That was just an added bonus.”

     He narrowed his eyes, but I just gave him my most innocent, gracious, beautific Southern smile.

     “Well, it’s getting late, and I’m supposed to head over to Bria’s,” Finn said. “And I obviously can’t go looking like this.”

     I rolled my eyes at his put-upon tone, but Owen just laughed.

     “Go,” Owen said. “Get cleaned up. We can finish our business tomorrow.”

     “Say hi to Bria for me,” I added in a sugary-sweet voice.

     Finn grumbled something under his breath about what I could do with certain parts of my anatomy before packing up his papers and briefcase and leaving.

     “Well,” Owen said after Finn had shut the office door a little harder than necessary. “You got us both, just like you said you would.”

     I grinned. “That’s what people pay me for. Or used to pay me for.”

     He raised an eyebrow. “Good to know retirement hasn’t lessened your skills any.”

     I shrugged. We both knew I couldn’t afford to let myself get rusty. Not now, when so many folks in Ashland and beyond would love nothing more than to see me dead. Back in the winter, I’d finally managed to kill Mab Monroe, the Fire elemental who’d run the Ashland underworld for years. Pro-fucking-bono, as it were. Mab had murdered my mother and sister when I was thirteen, and her death had been about revenge to me more than anything else. But the Fire elemental’s demise had left a power vacuum in the city, and now every lowlife and not-so-lowlife was clawing for that power, position, and prestige. Some of them thought the best way to do that was by killing me, Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider.

     So far, I’d put all the challengers in the ground along with Mab, but they just kept on coming. A few weeks ago, I’d brought up the idea of testing and updating the security at all the places I frequented, including Owen’s home and office. There was no point in making things easy for my would-be murderers. Then, Finn had piped up and suggested we make it into a contest—with him and Owen trying to outwit me. Of course, that hadn’t turned out exactly like Finn had planned, but I was happy with the outcome. I always liked to win, no matter what game I was playing.


Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author. Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Widow’s Web, the seventh book, will be released on Aug. 21. Visit for excerpts and more information about her books.


Oh poor Owen! I'll help clean you up. I don't mind at all... *fans self* Guess I should be careful since Gin isn't getting rusty... *nervous laugh*


Jennifer Estep is generously giving away the newest in Gin's adventures, Widow's Web!! Just fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter. It's US only. Good Luck!!

Widow's Web 
I used to murder people for money, but these days it’s more of a survival technique. 
Once an assassin, always an assassin. So much for being plain old Gin Blanco. With every lowlife in Ashland gunning for me, I don’t need another problem, but a new one has come to town.

Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but she’s really a dangerous enemy whose water elemental magic can go head-to-head with my own Ice and Stone power. Salina also has an intimate history with my lover, Owen Grayson, and now that she’s back in town, she thinks he’s hers for the taking.

Salina’s playing a mysterious game that involves a shady local casino owner with a surprising connection to Owen. But they call me the Spider for a reason. I’m going to untangle her deadly scheme, even if it leaves my love affair hanging by a thread.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Widow's Web (Elemental Assassin #7) by Jennifer Estep

The seventh book in the hugely popular Elemental Assassin series by New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jennifer Estep—Gin Blanco is back and ready for action. 
My name is Gin, and I kill people. It’s something I've been doing for years as the assassin called Spider, but now, it’s turned into a necessity on my part just to survive all the lowlifes in Ashland who are gunning for me. The underworld is still in turmoil, and I seem to be on everyone’s hit list these days.

To add to Gin’s problems, her lover Owen’s ex is in town. Salina is back in Ashland to reclaim an old family legacy—and she thinks that Owen is hers for the taking. Also in the mix is Phillip Kincaid, a casino owner and all-around shady character who has a mysterious connection to both Owen and Salina.

Salina might seem like a sweet Southern belle, but there’s more to her than meets the eye. Her water elemental magic makes her a dangerous enemy—and someone who can go toe-to-toe with Gin’s Ice and Stone power. But Gin is determined to get to the bottom of Salina’s deadly scheme, even though it just might cost her everything... including Owen.
When I first got this ARC, Jennifer Estep warned that some people may not like what was going to happen. I worried about that statement a lot while reading Gin’s latest adventure.

In this one we meet another bad element (forgive the pun) in the form of Salina who also happens to share a past with Owen, Eva and even a big underworld player, Kincaid. We find out quickly that Salina is not as she first presents herself. She is egotistical, and evil. In fact not only does she do her own killing, she revels in that fact. We also get a bit more background on Owen. I loved that peek into his past.

Ah, but where do I go from here so I do not spoil a thing? So much I want to say. I will address the first statement Yes, I was not completely thrilled in what happened, but it makes absolute sense. In fact, it would not have felt real if it didn’t happen. What is it? Heh... don’t you know me by now? I’m not going to tell. You’ll just have to read this installment to find out. I will tell you that it has made me want the next few books NOW just to find out what plays out with this little event. Yes, I said books. I’m not even sure if it will play to it’s conclusion in the next book.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed my time with Gin and her almost impossible enemies that she must defeat. This one filled with a lot more emotion for Gin. I can’t wait to be back in Ashland again.
I received this eARC from the author and no compensation for my review was given.

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Worth Dying For by Cindy Gerard Excerpt and ebook Giveaway!

A two-volume collection featuring Into the Night and Man Around the House—two early classic romances by New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard, now available again in eBook! 
Into the Night –Winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award! 
It began as a gimmick to promote their new radio show, but the spirited sparring between Jessie Fox and Tony Falcone soon has listeners demanding to know more about their steamy romance. Jessie swears that the fire burning in Tony’s eyes can’t be real—until he sets a seductive trap she can’t escape. Can Tony persuade Jess he’s never letting her go?
With an irresistible blend of humor, passion, and a bit of suspense, Cindy Gerard creates a memorable love story to cherish.

Man Around the House –Winner of the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence and a RITA Award Finalist!
Answering his neighbor’s cry for help, Matthew Spencer finds himself rescuing a sassy blue-eyed temptress. Katie McDonald is a walking disaster who falls off ladders into his arms and awakens his hunger with the speed of a summer storm, and her infectious spirit has him rediscovering the joy in life. 
Matthew makes her feel too much, want more than she can have, and dare to dream of being loved, but Katie knows she’s all wrong for a man with a child. Despite the passion between them, Matthew needs someone nice and normal, not wild and reckless. And once he learns her deeply buried sorrow, can he love her for all time? An unmatchable blend of tenderness, humor, and light suspense as only Cindy Gerard can write it!
Worth Dying For by Cindy Gerard

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Capturing Angels by V.C. Andrews Excerpt and ebook Giveaway!

V.C. Andrews, queen of Gothic fiction for twenty-five years, explores a new genre in her women’s fiction debut—available exclusively as an eBook. A young mother struggles to keep her marriage together in the wake of her daughter’s kidnapping… and to keep hope of her return alive.
Grace is the doting mother of Mary, an angelic five-year-old who charms everyone around her. But in one tragic moment at a local shopping mall, Grace looks down to discover that Mary is no longer at her side…and can’t be found anywhere. She and her husband wait by the phone for a ransom demand that never comes. For months Grace believes that Mary is somewhere, alive and safe, waiting to come home to her—but as her family and friends give up hope, Grace’s marriage begins to crumble. Only one detective, Sam Abraham, shares her determination to find Mary…but could his motives be less than altruistic? 
As Sam and Mary work together to track Mary’s disappearance, they discover clues that this was more than a random kidnapping—and that Mary may have been special to more than just her mother…
Capturing Angels by V.C. Andrews

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Friday, August 17, 2012


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Jackie H.!

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The Wake of the Bloody Angel (Eddie LaCrosse #4) by Alex Bledsoe

Twenty years ago, a barmaid in a harbor town fell for a young sailor who turned pirate to make his fortune. But what truly became of Black Edward Tew remains a mystery—one that has just fallen into the lap of freelance sword jockey Eddie LaCrosse. 
For years, Eddie has kept his office above Angelina’s tavern, so when Angelina herself asks him to find out what happened to the dashing pirate who stole her heart, he can hardly say no—even though the trail is two decades old. Some say Black Edward and his ship, The Bloody Angel, went to bottom of the sea, taking with it a king’s fortune in treasure. Others say he rules a wealthy, secret pirate kingdom. And a few believe he still sails under a ghostly flag with a crew of the damned. 
To find the truth, and earn his twenty-five gold pieces a day, Eddie must take to sea in the company of a former pirate queen in search of the infamous Black Edward Tew…and his even more legendary treasure.
When I received this book I had no idea it was part of a series and #4. However, after reading Mel's review from Mel's Random Reviews, I discovered that I would have no problems in coming in the middle of a series (not that it ever stopped me before...). She was absolutely right. I had no problems with this book which can be read as a stand a lone.

Although this is a fantasy book, I would suggest this to people who love mysteries. Someone wanting to try something a bit different, but want that mystery to solve. That is how this read to me. A mystery set in a time with pirates and sword wielding. It was a fun adventure that had me guessing as to what happened and what was going on.

My biggest complaint is that they might have been a bit too accurate with the pirate hygiene. I have Johnny Depp dancing in my head... smelling quite nice. I want my pirates roguish with lots of deodorant. Okay so that isn't how it was... but that is why it's fantasy! Can't swoon when you have to hold your nose. Wait... I guess you can, but it's just not the same. ;)

I give this book 4 stars. And in all seriousness, I really suggest those that want to try a fantasy try this one. Those that want a different type of mystery try it. I also have to say you won't be lost even for a second even though this is #4. I do want to read the rest of the books in this series. Not because I feel like I missed important information, but because I want more adventures with Eddie.
I received this book from Tor and no compensation for my review was given.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true.
They are.
The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?
As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove—and what she would risk to stay there….
This is an imagined retelling of Jane Eyre, of sorts. In some ways many of the characters are familiar, situations the same, but quite modern and mixed with some paranormal. We have Jane, our heroine who is stuck on being plain but finds reasons to made her life better by sheer will and tenacity. She wants nothing more than to survive, but finds that her heart really wants more to life than mere survival. You could even see a bit of Rochester in Jack. You also have a fire and a crazy woman to deal with, but the resemblance ends there. Oh you can also see the other characters as amalgamations of various characters but I find the secondary characters to be a bit more flushed out than the original tale. Not criticizing the original, but there is that difference.

There are moments in this tale that you may hate. There are moments you are yelling at her to wise up and see what is really going on. However, it would not work any other way. Jane may be mature intelligently, but her emotional growth was severely stunted by past pain and abuse. She had to learn in increments and she does so. You'll be happy to know that by the end she does get it and I feel her emotional growth read pretty realistic. In fact this quote reveals who Jane is when she arrives at Birch Grove:
     By the time I'd left Helmsdale City Central High, I'd transformed myself from an inarticulate loser foster kid to a college-track student who aced every test. I still sat in Hosea's old place in the cafeteria, but the others didn't ignore me anymore.
     Now when people met me, they saw an unassuming, hardworking, well-spoken girl. But inside I was still shrieking with rage for everything that I'd had to do merely to have the crumbs that the others carelessly dropped.
     I'd pressed down my fury until it metamorphosed, as soft messy carbonate does, into a diamond so hard it can cut through steel and with such clarity that I could use it as a lens to see the world as it truly was, cruel and capricious.
     It was rage that got me to Birch Grove Academy for Girls and out of Hellsdale. I nestled into my bed, knowing that rage would help me survive here, too. (p. 32)

I do want to say something about Jack. Our Rochester. He really reminds me of Pan. The mythical Pan of the woods. He even latches on to that first accusation Rochester gave Jane of being a fae. I found that interesting and even more so when the author expounded on that idea. Oh I wanted to know more about that!

I give this book 5 stars. I don't think that everyone will love it as much as I did, but I do think you'll enjoy this re-imagining. It's a journey about growth and having the veil lifted from your eyes and seeing situations and people in a new light. Oh there really is so much more I'd love to say about this book but won't because I'm in danger of spoiling it for you. So if you are in the mood for a dark tale, give this one a try.
I received this book from TorTeen and no compensation for my review was given.

Don't Fear the Reaper: Week 3

Questions Week 3 hosted by Jen @ In the Closet with a Bibliophile.

Chapters 11-16 

1. I do have a soft spot for Charley's Aunt Lilian. She is sweet and soft while somehow also being a little dirty and I find that hilarious in an aunt. Do you have any relatives dead or alive that remind you of Aunt Lillian? If not, tell me about your favorite deceased relative. 

I loved Aunt Lillian. What a card... although I don't think I'd like her coffee.

My cousin who was like my big brother but not Lillian like. He was protective of me when we were kids and had a great sense of humor. He will always be missed. Okay, on to the next question before I tear.

2. In these chapters, we get a little closer to Reyes and his secrets. Neil, the warden at the prison where Reyes is currently incarcerated - and a high school mate of Charley's - tells a story about how Reyes ended up in the Coma and something he witnessed. What do you think of the story? What does this lead you to think about Reyes?

It made me think that Reyes was a special person who took care of the weaker. He had a good heart. That will twist you up later... LOL

3. One of the things I love most about Ubie and Charley's relationship is that Ubie aka Uncle Bob has absolute faith in our Charley. Maybe it's because Charley's been solving murder cases for ages and Ubie knows that Charley knows things. If you could pick a super power, which one would you choose? Seeing the dead? Invisibility?

I've always said I'd love to defy gravity. Flying, no bras... lol (had to throw that in there) freaking the doc out when they weigh you... lots of fun. :D

4. Okay, in my opinion, there is nothing better than walking into your living room and seeing the god-like creature of your dreams standing there waiting for you. If you were in Charley's shoes, who would be standing in your living room?? 

First, what size shoe does she wear? Hm... And second... REYES... duh... ;D LOL

5. We get a surprise visit from Rosie's husband and we find out some information about Reyes...that he and The Big Bad are the same guy. What are your thoughts? Were you surprised about Rosie's husband or did you feel that one coming? What about Bad Reyes, had you already made the connection? 

If I remember when I listened to this the first time, I knew that Big Bad and Reyes were the same. I knew what was going to happen to that jerk, Rosie's hubby. I'm surprised he survived tho.

August 23rd: Chapters 16-20 hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry Review and Giveaway

"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked. 
So wrong for each other...and yet so right. 
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
Okay, *clears throat and stands up* I have an admission to make... one of the reasons I don't read contemporary YA very much is because of all the talk about popularity. I honestly don't understand it and it often comes off as whining. However, I was curious about this one and I'm so glad I tried this book.

So, after my confession you may be wondering if there was that age old popular kids against the downtrodden? Yes, there was and no, I didn't like it, but it didn't mess with my enjoyment of the book and I will admit the author did use it skillfully to enhance other areas of the book. Plus, the book wasn't about this, it was about the two well developed and realistic feeling characters of Echo and Noah.

Told in alternating POV you get a glimpse into both lives you become entwined with them both. You really feel what happens in their lives and I have to say that even the foster care scenarios felt real to me. The way the characters played out was realistic and what I really loved is how this whole story ended. You were left with knowing ALL the players and their motivations. While it was an HEA, all story problems were solved, but not all of life's problems. It was a very satisfying ending. I loved that we got to know the motivations of all the players including the ones we thought would end up as one dimensional bullies.

This was also a bit of an emotional ride. Both main characters had considerable losses. I admit to tearing up and having to put the book down when Echo was finally dealing with her brother's death. It also had a lot to do with invisible scar tissue. The kind that life gives us as well as those we give ourselves. My favorite quote about this came from Noah:
The worst type of crying wasn't the kind everyone could see~ the wailing on the street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. for people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life. (p. 278)
I give this contemporary YA 5 stars. I admit I was totally captivated by the lush characters and I loved the completeness of the ending.
I received this book from the Media Masters Publicity and no compensation for my review was given.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Demonocity by Royce Buckingham: Review by AimeeKay

Seattle’s local Demonkeeper, Nathaniel Grimlock, is lost at sea. In his absence, the demons have taken over the city! 
It’s up to his delinquent apprentice Richie and Nat’s two competing girlfriends to prevent Seattle’s destruction until he can find his way home to face the most powerful demon of them all.

Demonocity picks up right after Demoneater ended. Careful if you haven't read Demoneater there are spoilers go read it real quick then come back here and read the review of Demonocity. The demons have taken over Seattle and Nat has gone hunting out at sea.

 I wasn't sure on this one in the beginning. I really didn't like Lilli in the previous book. She was annoying and just selfish. She seems to be rubbing of on Richie in the first few chapters as well. And I liked Richie so seeing him act like Lilli and not want to help contain the demons really got me annoyed at both of them. But by the end of the book Lilli had actually become slightly less annoying, and Richie had returned to being Richie so I was happy. Nat of course just proved he could be a tool repeatedly, and I pretty much hoped he'd at least get slimmed by something by the end of the book. (not killed mind you, just covered in garbage or something)

Overall I really loved this book and the previous one in the series. They were both fun and had a lot of action. I love how the author has worked the demons into the modern world. (Really would like to know what's up with those ducks though!Awesome but creepy!) I liked the characters he has created. Even Nat, although I don't think he is as good to Sandy as he should be and hearing his inner confusion over the two girls in both books just makes me think he is wishy-washy. I don't think he needs to be over the top romantic or whatever, that would ruin the story, but picking one would be nice.

I think both books are great if you are interested in a new series. (I haven't read the first one yet, but I am eagerly looking forward to picking up a copy.) Also the books are great for younger readers as well as grown ups. Plus there's more pics at the end of this Demonocity, just like Demoneater, showing the different places from the book. I'm hoping to get a copy of Demonkeeper and read it while I'm on vacation.

Til Next Time!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Demoneater by Royce Buckingham: Review by AimeeKay

(Mel's note: Sorry I couldn't find a bigger pic of the cover. Thought it was cute!) 
Seattle’s demons are scared and wreaking havoc in the rainy city. They’ve burned their way through the Seattle underground, threatened to topple the Space Needle, and sent a twenty foot statue rampaging downtown. 
It’s up to Nathaniel Grimlock, the teenage Demonkeeper, to control them, but when he discovers what’s stirring them up—a legendary monster known as the Demoneater—he finds that he’s in over his head yet again!
Loved this one, finished it in one day! Buckingham did an amazing job. I loved how he worked his demons into the modern world, even including real world land marks. The troll under the bridge is an awesome example! Plus there are pictures at the end of some of the places in the book!

I have to admit I haven't read the first book in the series. After having read this one it has definitely made me want to get a copy of Demonkeeper. But even though it is the second book in the series, I think it is capable of standing on it's own. I don't feel as if I was missing any important information and I wasn't at any point.

I really liked his characters too. Sandy and Ritchie were both smart and funny. I wasn't too sure about Nat at the beginning. Sorry I think the way he treats Sandy is kinda toolish, I did start to like him in the end though. I really liked the different demons and their different personalities as well.

I kinda figured out who the villain was early on in the story, but it really didn't take away from my enjoyment. In fact I couldn't wait to get to the part when the heroes finally figured it out.

Over all I think this book was awesome! I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an awesome new read. I can't wait to get to the third book which is quietly waiting on my Kindle. (thank you Melissa!!) and I plan on picking up a copy of the first book asap. Also I think it is readable for both younger readers as well as adult readers. There's nothing inappropriate for younger teens/pre-teens and there's lots of action. But there is also a lot that would interest us older kids as well.

Til Next Time!

Sunday, August 12, 2012


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UnGuarded by Ashley Robertson is...
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Shadows Before the Sun (Charlie Madigan #4) by Kelly Gay

The electrifying sequel to the acclaimed urban fantasies The Better Part of Darkness, The Darkest Edge of Dawn, and The Hour of Dust and Ashes! 
After filling out mountains of paperwork, Detective Charlie Madigan sets out for a death-defying trip into heavenly Elysia to rescue her partner Hank and bring the siren home. Of course, she doesn’t expect to leave behind an all out siren revolution or return home to find that jinn crime boss, Grigori Tennin, has begun a massive search for the divine being, Ahkneri. Tennin’s tactics set off a chain reaction that puts Charlie in the crosshairs of the shadowy creature known as Death and awakens Ahkneri from her long sleep. And when Vengeance rises, Atlanta will never be the same.
 Leaving this world after The Hour of Dust and Ashes I was totally bereft. I needed to know what happened right after. I needed this book! Oh so when the publisher asked me to review this book... I admit... *hangs head in shame* I squeed myself. Then I impatiently awaited this book. What? Don't you camp out at the mailbox when you know a coveted book is to arrive? I know you do... *looks at everyone suspiciously*

OMG. Can I say it again? OMG! This book was everything I waited for and more. Yes, my favorite UF mother is back (I mean that literally... her daughter is so adorable and smart). My fave characters were back as well. Oh and the conclusion to what happened at the end of The Hour of Dust and Ashes totally fulfilled me (don't worry, I'm not going to spoil anything for those that have yet to dive into this series). There are also other parts that were left open through the series that also had a conclusion. I was a bit surprised and pleased about that. Oh yea... this book answered a lot of questions and posed at least a couple more. No cliffies, just curiosity and open threads to pick up the story in the next book.

Hm... but what more can I say without spoilage? I still want a hellhound. Brim was not in any of the action this time, but *lowers voice so pups don't hear* I still want one. I still think a Brim like hellpup would fit nicely into my menagerie. :) I guess I can also state what I don't like about this book. *deep breath* I don't like that I had to wait this long for the book. I don't like I have to wait more for the next. Yep, that's about all my greedy little heart wants. I want them all NOW! ;)

I give this book 5 stars. It was the story I was anticipating. It was more. I want HANK! I want Brim. Oh, sorry, didn't mean to whine. It's just... if you like UF... you need this series. Go pick them up NOW! Either that or you will be slobbered on by a hellhound. No one wants that. :D
I received this book from Pocket Books and no compensation for my review was given.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Succubus Unleashed by B.R. Kingsolver: Review by AimeeKay

It's not easy being a succubus. 
Brenna O'Donnell and Rebecca Healy continue their integration into the Clan. Learning more about their Gifts and always seeking someone who will love them. After a crash course in learning about her genetic heritage, Brenna O'Donnell has discovered what it really means to be a succubus and has learned to embrace her strange Gift. Her major concern is whether Collin will accept her for what she is. As she adjusts to telepathic society, others in the Clan have plans that will strip the last of her freedom.

The social season is around the corner, including events that Brenna never imagined in her wildest dreams. The succubi, representatives of the Goddess on earth, are at the center of an ancient worship. And if a girl is going to be the center of attention, then obviously she needs a new dress.
Between the romance and glistening balls of the Clan's social events, Brenna and Rebecca discover life is not secure. Telepaths from other Clans are kidnapping young girls and selling them into slavery.
I really enjoyed the second installment of the succubus saga. Once again the author does an amazing job of bringing us into Brenna's world. I loved the descriptions of Ireland and the different places Brenna visits.

There was more of a back story given in the beginning of this novel. So if you haven't read the first book, The Succubus Gift, you won't be too confused or lost. Although I do highly recommend reading The Succubus Gift.

In this novel I really think Brenna is finally coming into her own in relation to her powers and her standing in the clan. She used to be unsure and hid from the world. Now not only is she being groomed to take over the clan, she has also began to accept her abilities and even enjoy them. There isn't as much of her romantic relationship in this one, but I think that is good because it gives us a chance to get to know Brenna the succubus, and it isn't just focused on Brenna the girlfriend. (there's nothing wrong with that either, but it does give a fresh change of pace from just your average romance novel)

I also got to find out more about some of the other clans in the world and how they are run and what influences them. Again I really like the world building that the author has done. Not just the descriptions, which as I said before I loved, but also how the characters interact with their world.

The only issue I had with this book was that sometimes characters would refer to events that happened in the past. Not in the previous novel, but "incidents' in the clans recent history. The events are referred to, but it is never explained what actually happened that makes them so important. It seems that they have some importance in relation to what is happening in the current story, but it is never really explained how. This happened in the first novel also, and while it annoyed me there, I assumed that these events might be explained in further detail in the second book. However this hasn't been the case. Overall though, this I found to be annoying, but it really didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story itself.

Over all I've REALLY enjoyed this series so far, and I can't wait for the third book to come out! I definitely recommend it!

Til next time!

Don't Fear the Reaper: Week 2

Week Two August 9th: Chapters 6-10 hosted by Lila@ Babbling About Books and Stuff.

1 - Shiny objects and old family stories are told in this chapter, including an old nickname for our dear Charley. What was the nickname her uncle Bob gave her when she was little? Do you have an old nickname from when you were a kid? You can share it, and if it's really embarrassing we won't mind. *wink* 

Calamity... as in Calamity Jane. I had group nicknames when I was a child hanging with my cousins, but noting embarrassing. My nicks are the usual ones for Melissa.

2 - In this chapter we met someone. A really special guy named Rocket. Now, my memory is not what it used to be, and I just can't remember what makes him so special. Can you tell me what makes this particular ghost unique among all the others? And how about you? What can you do that makes you special? Anything? Jump on one foot for a really long time counts. *giggle* 

He is like a record keeper for the dead. He also saw the dead when he was alive.

What can I do? Hm... *scratches head* I can make a mean pot of green chili. I also can survive being squashed by a 100 lbs doberman!

3 - Charley is really *cough* not your ordinary girl. She does something that, well, there's no way around it. She named parts of her body and the names are... oh crap, I forgot. Just my luck. *sigh* But I'm sure you guys can say what part of her body she named and what the names were. And, since we are on the matter, have you ever named a part of your body? If so, what was it and what was the name? Come on, don't be shy. *wink+crooked smile*

Her boobs. One was Danger and the other was Will Robertson.

As far as my body part names... like this?:

:D Nope, no wooden legs at the moment... and no, I'm not telling anything else.

4 - We all have our little secrets. Things we don't tell anyone, not even our bff. Char (we became close :P ) is no different, but in this chapter she shared her little (big) secret (S) with her bff. What did you think about her reaction? What would be yours?

I thought she took it rather well. Plus, she already knew some stuff, so it was easier for her to take when the bigger secrets came out. As far as how I would react? I would hope I would believe her... especially since there is Reyes... I'd probably ask if she'd introduce me... ;D

5 - In this chapter, Char continues her heart-to-heart with her BFF and comes up with some theories about our fave badboy/possibly ghost. What do you think of it? Can it be? What do you think about him? Hot? Double chocolate hot? Super duper caramel chocolate cake with a cherry on top hot?

Well, I've actually listened to this one on audio, so I know what Reyes really is... but I will say this: What I think about him? MINE. All you need to know... Now, I'm hungry for dessert.

Week Three August 16th: Chapters 11-15 hosted by Jen @ In the Closet with a Bibliophile