Sunday, March 31, 2013


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Friday, March 29, 2013

Shattered Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #6) by Linda Robertson

After her werewolf boyfriend, Johnny, tried to kill her, Persephone Alcmedi finds herself in the comforting arms of powerful vampire Menessos. She’s trying to sort out her feelings for the two men, but not even Seph is above the confusion of tangled emotions. All Johnny wants to do is mend their relationship and reveal the life-altering news he’s recently received, but his new responsibilities as the werewolf king take up most of his time.

Does this mean Menessos can finally make his move?

Meanwhile, unknown to Seph, her beloved foster daughter, Beverley, has been playing with a magical artifact and making dubious friends on the other side. When Beverley disappears, Seph must seek help from a supernatural being so potent that even Menessos fears him...and such aid always comes with a very steep price.
Eep! I see that the last book was leading us up to this one! All that confusion continues in this book and it is all captivating! We also get to find out who one of the characters introduced to us in the last book really is! Now I need to know what will happen next! *bounces up and down*

We also get multiple POV in this book. It's not confusing and it helps bring the story into full understanding. However, the most interesting parts were Persephone's adventure and when it would switch POVs I would want to yell. At the same time you wanted to know what was happening so you are kept in the loop. Yea, I can say that switch also ramped up the anticipation of what was going on and how Seph was going to get out of her predicaments.

Oooohhhh~ I wanna tell who Creepy is, but I can't spoil it!
*tapes mouth and fingers shut*

I have to say I do like the ending and yet I didn't. I love how it came about, but it was a bit too sweet for me in the end. Still, I did like the idea of it. Even so, I have to say it was one huge adventurous ride.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars and I can't wait for the next installment. I recommend this whole series. I recommend someone read this series and talk to me about it so I don't spoil it for anyone else! I also recommend it to those looking for a different and fun UF. As I said before in other reviews, there is a triangle, but it is worked into the story so this one does make sense as to why it is there.
I received this book from Pocket books and no compensation for my review was given.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Eli Monpress

Meme hosted by Melissa My World in Words and Pages. It's about books that are already on the shelves and are waiting to be read. Go to her website to join in!

I read the first book in this series (The Spirit Thief) and enjoyed it. I had wanted the other two and one day saw this omnibus on a good sale at Amazon (the big sale I had is gone, but it's still a pretty good price!). It's the first 3 books! Unfortunately  I haven't gotten to it yet. So my submission is:

The Legend of Eli Monpress
by Rachel Aaron
Eli Monpress is talented. He's charming. And he's a thief. 
But not just any thief. He's the greatest thief of the age - and he's also a wizard. And with the help of his partners - a swordsman with the most powerful magic sword in the world but no magical ability of his own, and a demonseed who can step through shadows and punch through walls - he's going to put his plan into effect. 
The first step is to increase the size of the bounty on his head, so he'll need to steal some big things. But he'll start small for now. He'll just steal something that no one will miss - at least for a while. 
Like a king. 
The Legend of Eli Monpress includes the novels: The Spirit Thief, The Sprit Rebellion, and The Spirit Eater.
So any omnibus books on your tbr waiting to be read? 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Kitty Rocks the House (Kitty Norville #11) by Carrie Vaughn

On the heels of Kitty's return from London, a new werewolf shows up in Denver, one who threatens to split the pack by challenging Kitty's authority at every turn. The timing could not be worse; Kitty needs all the allies she can muster to go against the ancient vampire, Roman, if she's to have any hope of defeating his Long Game. But there's more to this intruder than there seems, and Kitty must uncover the truth, fast. Meanwhile, Cormac pursues an unknown entity wreaking havoc across Denver; and a vampire from the Order of St. Lazaurus tempts Rick with the means to transform his life forever.

 This book is #11 in the Kitty series, but I do think you could read this one and not be too lost. Of course, you would miss Kitty's transformation from bottom of the pack to alpha wolf as well as all her adventures while coping with lycanthropy. So, even if you did read out of order, I do suggest you go back and witness her character growth. You would not be disappointed.

In this book we get a bit more of a glimpse of the "long game", the war that is brewing within the paranormal community. It's also a book about odd allies and knowing who to trust and how to handle things so you don't burn bridges when you might need the help in the end. No, the war hasn't come yet, but all indications tell us that it is coming and even if it takes a couple more books, it is on the horizon.

Although this book is leading up to a war, it really is more of a character book for Kitty. It's more about how she balances her wolf, responsibilities to the pack and family as well as work and gathering allies. I can see why the book was dedicated to these things. If it was packed into another book, it would have been too much. Still, there is adventure to keep us interested and invested in Kitty and Ben (who I just love together!).

I give this book 4 stars. It's a book that should not be missed. I also recommend this series for anyone who enjoys UF genre as well as a strong, intelligent female heroine.
I received this ARC from Tor and no compensation for my review was given.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Deadly Sting (Elemental Assassin #8) by Jennifer Estep

Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot.
Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me — Gin Blanco, aka the Spider — it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place.
Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.
Can you believe that we are now at #8? Still, I can't get enough of this series! Again, being Gin.. the Spider, doesn't leave much for down time. Adventure and excitement keep her on her toes and we get into it just by shopping with Finn. However this is only the beginning...

We also get a lot of adventure with another nemesis. One that we hadn't seen before, but also shows Gin that she not only needs to be the elemental with strong magic, but also finesse. We also don't just get a simple... "here is the bad guy, defeat him and it's over". Oh no. As with the other stories Jennifer Estep also creates a story with finesse and twists about who was involved and why. We also get introduced to another thread in her adventures for future stories. Yep, Gin won't be vacationing any time soon.

This book was mostly Gin's tale. We get a bit of Owen and Finn, but not much else. The secondary characters that play hard in the other books are more background in this one. Although I didn't mind it for this story, I do hope for more secondary character action in later books because I enjoy them so much. I'm also hoping for a short on Sophia especially and Phillip as well.

I don't want to give too much away. However, let me just say that if, like me, love this series... you will not be stress free after this book is over. I do think that some people will understand what I'm talking about and others need to read the books to find out. :) I still hope I didn't give too much away. /cryptic paragraph.

I give this book 4 stars. It's just another fun... and bloody... good time (pun intended). I recommend this book to those that enjoy kick arse females as well as UF series.
I received this book from Edelweiss, Pocket books and the author and no compensation for my review was given.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Author Blog Post: Deadly Sting Excerpt and Giveaway by Jennifer Estep!

Red is definitely my color. Good thing, because in my line of work, I end up wearing it a lot. 
Most people shy away from blood, but for an assassin like me — Gin Blanco, aka the Spider — it’s just part of the job. Still, it would be nice to get a night off, especially when I’m attending the biggest gala event of the summer at Briartop, Ashland’s fanciest art museum. But it’s just not meant to be. For this exhibition of my late nemesis’ priceless possessions is not only the place to be seen, but the place to be robbed and taken hostage at gunpoint as well. No sooner did I get my champagne than a bunch of the unluckiest thieves ever burst into the museum and started looting the place. 
Unlucky why? Because I brought along a couple of knives in addition to my killer dress. Add these to my Ice and Stone magic, and nothing makes me happier than showing the bad guys why red really is my color.

I grabbed some tissues out of a box in the fitting room and spent the next ten minutes scrubbing the dwarf’s blood off my skin. After peering at my reflection in the mirror to make sure I’d gotten as much of it as I could, I put my clothes on, tucked my knives back into their appropriate slots, and tied my boots.

That electronic chime sounded again, telling me that someone new had come into the store. So I stepped out of the fitting room and went into the front of the Posh boutique.

Finn was once again standing in front of the jewelry case, but he’d been joined by Detective Bria Coolidge. Bria wore her usual black boots and dark jeans, along with a light blue button-up shirt. A silverstone primrose rune rested in the hollow of her throat, while her gold badge was clipped to her black leather belt, along with her gun.

Red and Blondie stood against the wall behind the case, arms crossed, eyes narrowed, glossy lips puckered with displeasure. They were none too happy about my sister’s arrival. Even in her cop clothes, Bria was quite lovely, with her shaggy blond hair, rosy skin, and vivid blue eyes. Not to mention the adoring way Finn looked at her. He might flirt with every woman who crossed his path, but Bria was the one who made his eyes soften and face brighten in that warm, special way. She was the one who had his heart, and Red and Blondie could see it just as easily as everyone else could.


Jennifer Estep is a New York Times bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Deadly Sting, the eighth book in her Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series, will be released on March 26. For more information, visit or follow Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Can you see why I love this series so much??? My review will be up tomorrow which is this book's birthday! Oh and guess what? 

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Bookish Deal: Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep and sad news

Touch of Frost, the first in the Mythos Academy series is on sale until 3/25 for $2.99! So, if you have been wanting to read this great series, now is the time to start!

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My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest. But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things. Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died...
Btw, I also have some sad news. A UF series I LOVE is not being picked up. I'm SO bummed! It's the Charlie Madigan series by Kelly Gay. This is such a great series with great characters (like Charlie who is a great mom which you rarely see anymore) and even a lovable hellhound. The world building is superb and you do have a swoony character in Hank. This series really is SO good and I think that everyone should read it.
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Friday, March 22, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Notes From Ghost Town by Kate Ellison

They say first love never dies... 
From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there? 
With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.
Notes From Ghost Town Review:
The book starts out as a sweet YA. Two friends who have known each other since they were very little start noticing each other in a new way. Both are embarking on their own adventure, just starting out in life. The sweetness of this beginning only enhances the horror to come. Lucas, aka Stern, is dead a week later and her mother is accused of his murder. In the midst of it all Kate loses all color. Everything is grey and it's not just her circumstances of what is happening around her. It's something as an artist she can't seem to fathom and is afraid she is becoming like her mother, schizophrenic.

This is just the start of the book. Not only do we have the mystery of Kate's illness, but we also suddenly get the appearance of Stark back in her life. Stark's ghost who claims that Kate's mother had nothing to do with his murder. Kate starts looking for clues trying to not only save her mother, but in doing so, she is also saving herself.

As far as how the mystery plays out, I'd have to say I was captivated. I enjoyed the way it unfolded and even how Kate seemed to find pieces of herself at the same time. I would have to say that there was only one loose end involving a lawyer, but even though I noticed, it did not take away the fun of wrapping up the rest of the mystery.

As a side note, I did have one thing that went through my mind about Kate's inability to see color. I thought that it would actually end up making her a stronger painter in the end. She would be able to concentrate on contrasts without the distraction of color. However, I understand why she may not have seen it the same way especially when she was really worried about becoming sick like her mother. Oh and yea.. I'm probably the only one who thought of that while reading the book. What can I say, I'm strange like that. :)

I give this book 4 stars. It's a good mystery that doesn't start out with one but builds as you go on Kate's adventure.
I received this ARC from Media Masters and no compensation for my review was given.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Rotten by Michael Northrop

Jimmer "JD" Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer "upstate." No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it's pretty clear that he has something to hide. It's also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away---a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their newfound bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny's powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog.

This book feels like it really is geared toward boys, but I do think that girls would also like it as well. But then again, I'm an unusual girl who loves big puppies... ;) It's also written simply so that MG readers wouldn't have problems with it, but it does depict boys 16 years and they do talk about sex and alcohol. So, it would depend on the kid. I would suggest parents read it first for younger YA kids. However, for the older kids, it's fine. Nothing graphic, just boys being boys. It's also a quick read and I also think that would appeal to those that may be otherwise reluctant to read (not that we can understand anything about that... LOL).

In a way this is a story about secrets and relationships. Not in a major philosophical way, but in a relatable down to earth kind of way. The plot is predictable, but still entertaining. JD, the main character has a major secret that he is keeping from his friends and even though he catches hell for revealing that secret, it is also freeing. It's also a relationship of a boy and his dog. Both reluctant to trust each other, but extreme circumstances slowly bring them together. Yes, you can safely say I loved that dog as well. :)

The secondary characters were also well drawn. There was even an urge to see the traitorous friend in a compassionate light. Although, I admit, at 16 I would be hard pressed to so easily forgive even knowing the circumstances. I should also mention something about that... reading the blurb and knowing that many of you feel the same way I did about animal books... here is a spoiler: *highlight to read* After a bite and a law suit, Johnny Rotten (the rottie) is being threatened to be "put down". He isn't... and all turns out well. *end spoiler* Yea, I did flip to the end of the book to know that. :D

There were just a few things that bugged me in the story which may be more specific to me personally (warning it's about dog training... non-doggy peeps might want to skip this):

  • The dog needed training and I would have liked to have seen the novice dog owners (his mom and JD) get some professional help from a positive dog trainer. Positive training because the dog had fear agression which can also be quite serious. Also, at one time the mom and JD both grab Johnny's collar when he is upset at a new person in his area. That one bugged me the most because it's a good way for JD or his mom to get bit and kids could emulate it. They needed to learn specific techniques to calm the dog and I don't think it realistically could have happened in the way it was presented. 
  • There was a scene in which JD growled at Johnny to get him to pay attention. If a fearful dog doesn't take it as agression and want to defend himself, he might also take it as a play growl and you'd still get overexcited behavior. Neither is acceptable while trying to calm him down. 

However, despite those problems, I did LOVE that the author took so much time to try to demystify the "bully" breed a bit. Loved that JD took the time to research how people and the courts often sentence a dog without knowing the circumstances.

I give this book 3 1/2 stars. I really think it is a good book for teen boys especially. The problems I had really run secondary to the story and if you aren't into dog training, it would not bother you in the least. It also has a cute puppy (yes, I said puppy... they are all puppies to me!) what more do you want? :)
I received this book from Scholastic and the blog tour and no compensation for my review was given. 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wicked Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #5) by Linda Robertson

The fifth in the exciting urban fantasy series featuring Persephone Alcmedi, a modern-day witch with a sexy werewolf boyfriend.

Persephone Alcmedi has helped her waerewolf lover Johnny unlock his powers. Now she must come to the aid of Menessos, the vampire overlord she has secretly marked. Beset by a trio of truth-seeking vampire sisters so dangerous their own kind keep them confined in stone, he now needs her more than ever...and she realizes her need for him. Seph has magical promises to fulfill for the waeres, multiple mundane family challenges to meet, vampire politics to confront, both the supernatural males in her life to balance, a dragon to deal with...and then a government investigator shows up to complicate matters.
This book was filled with a lot of action and introduction to a few new characters. It also felt more like a crossover novel. It is attention grabbing as the others, but it also has a lot to deal with in terms of family, professional and internal strife, and every day living. It is almost overwhelming, but does not become too much to take. It is not the best book to start with in this series and, in fact, this is one series I would suggest you read in order. Mostly because of Seph's growth expounds on the lessons learned in the last book.

We also get Johnny's POV in this book. Previously it was only Persephone's POV we were privy. I'm glad we get a glimpse into Johnny because it helps me not want to totally kick his arse. Na, still want to kick it... besides it's supposed to be a nice one and it might be... uh... nevermind... *clears throat* Yes, Johnny isn't the complete swoony guy we have known in the previous books. *sigh* I also have to blame that for swinging me more toward Menessos's camp and that may not be forgiven. That vamp would give you whiplash trying to figure out if he is good for Seph or not.

Yes, there is a triangle, but there is a set reason for one. So even though I don't love triangles, there is purpose to it in this one.

There is also some danger Persephone is going to get into. Secrets start to come out about the trio's relationship, but not all the details. This will lead to some very bad conclusions and you can already see how it is going to affect our heroine. Oh yea, that does put you on edge knowing where things are heading. Can't wait to see the twists in that plot!

I give this book 3 1/2 stars. I enjoyed myself here, but it is more of a crossover novel as I had previously stated. It is a necessary book for the series but really shouldn't be read as a stand- alone. I think you would be confused by it if you did read it that way. So glad I have the next here so I can read on and see where this series is heading.
I received this book from Pocket Books and no compensation for my review was given.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Highlander Most Wanted (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks

In Highlander Most Wanted, a reclusive woman content to live in the shadows shows a Highland warrior the true meaning of love.
Genevieve McInnes is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen’s rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress—something warm, wicked, and tempting.
Bowen seizes his enemy’s keep, unprepared for the brooding and reclusive woman who captures his heart. He’s enchanted by her fierce determination, her unusual beauty, and her quiet, unfailing strength. But wooing her will take more than a seasoned seducer’s skill. For loving Genevieve, he discovers, means giving her back the freedom that was stolen from her—even if it means losing her forever.
This is the second book in the Montgomerys and Armstrongs saga and no, I did not read the first. I blame Felicia of the Geeky Blogger since she has always told me about how good Maya Banks was so when I had a chance to pick up this book, I took it. :) You can read it as a stand alone and not be lost for a second. I also read this book in one day.

Genevieve has spent a year in hell. Abused in every manner possible by Ian McHugh. Ian is dead now and she sees her salvation in the Montgomerys and Armstrongs coming to take the keep and kill Ian's father. However, the father has fled and left Genevieve and others to defend for themselves. Bowen steps in as temporary laird and tries to set what was wronged to right. It's a hard test for Bowen especially since the McHughs are anything but trustworthy. Plus, the lass, Genevieve has him twisted and really doesn't know what to think about her.

I have to say that most of this book had me in tears. Genevieve had suffered so much abuse and hate and continued to suffer it after her "rescue". She was scarred inside and out. Every time someone showed her a huge amount of kindness I would tear. That kindness was also enhanced by the cruelty she suffered by the animosity from the McHughs even though she had done nothing to warrant such behavior. I can't believe that the author made me tear so much! Oh yea, there were times I wanted to kick Bowen in the arse for being a... well, arse.. but he totally won me over with his willingness to listen and weigh his judgement carefully even if he had to have his bouts of doubt and anger first. Made it a bit more genuine.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed the scarred female/ ultra hot male twist. This one was done well and it won't be my last one in the series. I so need to pick up that first one.
I received this eARC from Ballentine and NetGalley and no compensation for my review was given.

I'm also nominating this cover for:
I have been enjoying this meme on Felicia's The Geeky Blogger's blog and have finally found some time to join in. I'm trying to do this meme alternating between Tell Me Something Tuesday. The other players are Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi fromSmitten with Reading. Button made by Missie at The Unread Reader

Even though you don't get the full chestal (it's a word!) area you still get a nice arm and a smexy pose! :D
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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Lass Wore Black by Karen Ranney

He was her Highland lover, but would he be her savior?
Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world...and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile.
No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona's darkened world began to have color again. Thorburn, secretly the heir to an Earldom, claimed he was a footman. But Catriona didn't care about the scandal their passion could cause... for this very touch sparked her back to a life of sensuality, one she thought she'd never have again.
Little does she know that Mark is part of a masquerade. One that will end when they become the target of a madman set on revenge. Mark realizes he will have to do more than win her love...he will have to save her life as well.
Ah Highlanders... yep, you know I jumped at a chance to read this one. However, although he was technically a highlander, no kilts to be had. No checking to see what was worn underneath one. *sigh* Still, I was in the mood for a historical romance so on I read.

I have to admit I had several problems with this book. First was the "bad" guy. At the beginning we know that someone is after Catriona. A spurned lover. Still, I didn't get why he had to kill her. I did get it later, but not at the beginning. Everyone kept saying it was because of unrequited love. Uh, really? Catriona at least got that the guy was obsessed and not in love, but still it didn't prevent others from saying it was because the guy loved her and she didn't love him back. Seriously, what kind of sick definition of love does her friends have? The guy was obsessed, yes... but it was control not love the guy was after. *off soap box*

Still, this wasn't a book about strange love definitions as I think was sometimes submitted. So, I didn't feel that the book preached it even if I felt our heroine's friends were a bit insane. :) Oh and btw, this book did have great secondary characters. I have to say Mark's grandfather and the change in Artis, a maid, were both very interesting. Maybe even more so than the main characters.

I did have a small problem that stemmed with Mark. He's quite judgmental (he is reprimanded for it) and doesn't get that leading on another woman with silent promises and giving your word without follow through gets you an angry female. Then he has the nerve to be confused by the whole thing. Really? You don't get why that has nothing to do with male/female reactions? At the same time he is demanding that Catriona not act spoiled. Really dude? He does come clean with the other woman so he redeemed himself since he realized what he did. At least my problem with Mark really only stemms from this part of the book. Otherwise, I really liked the determined hero and he often carried the book.

I should also mention Catriona specifically. Throughout the book she laments her lost beauty in an accident. I know some people would get tired of her lamentations easily. However, it made sense to me. In a society in which she was trying to be a part of so she would not starve... for survival... perfection, or as close to it, was her gold. Her ticket. Yes, it was vain, but so was the society people coveted. So, when people started acting like "what's her problem?" and "she should be over it by now"... all I could think was it was understandable and it takes time to learn a new way of life. If it was quicker, it wouldn't have felt genuine when she did start to change. So, despite how annoying it might get for some, I liked the slow progression into someone who is compassionate. Then I did get a bit tired of her lamenting what she lost when she was supposed to have dealt with that issue. :)

There was at least one smexy scenes in which you might go... what? Won't say why since I wouldn't want to spoil your "what-ness" (it's a word!). :) Still, was steamy enough. I have to also say that I liked Mark more at these times because he wasn't always talking about how ugly she became. He was straightforward, but not insulting.

I give this book 3 stars. I was entertained by this book regardless of the problems I had with the book. I liked the idea of the heroine as the scarred and damaged person (rather than the hero which is often the case) and the extremely handsome man accepting who she is and what she looks like. I really enjoyed that twist. I also enjoyed the secondary characters. Catriona does grow in character in this book and I also recommend it for that growth.
I received this book from TLC and no compensation for my review was given.

Sunday, March 17, 2013


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Friday, March 15, 2013

Targets of Revenge (Jordan Sandor Series #2) by Jeffrey S. Stephens

COUNTRY FIRST. All the bureaucratic scolding in Washington cannot stop resourceful CIA Agent Jordan Sandor when he’s hungry for revenge. This time he’s on the hunt for the cold-blooded sociopath known as Adina, whose indiscriminate slaughter of innocent people, including Sandor’s close friend, represents man at his worst.
Mobilizing a team of skilled and dedicated agents to carry out his secret operation, Sandor flies in the face of his superiors’ stern warnings—ultimately crash-landing in the heart of the Venezuelan jungle. Armed with little more than a combat knife and a deadly automatic weapon, he infiltrates Adina’s camp and discovers that the ruthless terrorist is smuggling not only cocaine into the United States, but also a deadly substance that could cost tens of thousands of lives.
Sandor develops intel that leads him to Egypt and then Moscow as he fights to prevent this disaster, but after he lands on Interpol’s list of international fugitives, the truth becomes clear: Adina’s evil web extends to the far corners of the globe. Meanwhile, someone Sandor trusts could very well be feeding the agent dangerous lies as he struggles to stay on Adina’s trail.
More focused than ever, Sandor refuses to end his perilous mission, even after he has been taken captive. In the end, when he uncovers the realities of Adina’s deranged plan for a catastrophic assault on New York City, Sandor has no choice but to risk his life to protect his country’s safety and freedom.
This is actually the second book in the series, but I did think it was the 3rd. The first book, Targets of Deception was actually the prequel but reads like one of the books in the series. And as I read these in order, it really feels like the 3rd book as past events are mentioned in this book that happened in the prequel. In other words, I personally consider this the 3rd in the series for those that have to read in order. Those that take chances like me, don't have to worry and can read this as a stand alone.

However, if you do read the other books you know why Jordan is seeking revenge and why he is out to assassinate Adina, the all around evil guy. As he nears his target, new information comes to light and Jordan abandons his attempt to solve a new puzzle Adina has given him unwittingly. Now it's up to Sandor and his colleagues to unravel what has happened and what is going to happen. A lot of innocent lives depend on his success.

This book is full of political intrigue as much as the others. The twists in this puzzle keep you on your toes and trying to figure out if you can stay a step ahead of someone who always has a contingency plan. In fact, for most of the book, you think it may not be possible because as soon as you discover one part of the plan, it changes.

Jordan is also a likable character, and he seems to genuinely care for the innocents that get caught in the crossfire. This helps humanize a almost indestructible character, but I admit I would like a bit more. I would actually love to see him be a bit vulnerable. Perhaps he meets a woman of intelligence and falls hard for her. Doesn't even have to be a romance, but perhaps a child from one of his one night stands and even if he can't be a true father, perhaps he just wants to make sure the child is well taken care of and loved. Just something to bring him further down to earth. That usually makes the harrowing parts a bit more harrowing. Especially if there is something major to be lost. Of course this also makes me want to throw the book... but in a good way. LOL His friends do give him some vulnerability, but that would just push it over the edge.

I give this twisty book 4 stars. If you like political thrillers, or good spy stories, do pick up this whole series. I don't think you'd be disappointed.
I received this book from Gallery Books and no compensation for my review was given.

Books in the series:
Targets of Deception
Targets of Opportunity
Targets of Revenge

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday: A Breath of Eyre

Meme hosted by Melissa My World in Words and Pages. It's about books that are already on the shelves and are waiting to be read. Go to her website to join in!

My submission this week:

A Breath of Eyre
by Eve Marie Mont
In this stunning, imaginative novel, Eve Marie Mont transports her modern-day heroine into the life of Jane Eyre to create a mesmerizing story of love, longing, and finding your place in the world... Emma Townsend has always believed in stories-the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates. Perhaps it's because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn't come close to filling the void left by her mother's death. And her only romantic prospect-apart from a crush on her English teacher-is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma's confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre...

Reading of Jane's isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane's body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she's never known-and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane's story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own...
Reading of Jane's isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane's body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she's never known-and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane's story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own...
Of course I loved Jane Eyre, so I have to read this one. Just need that time.
So, what are you wanting to read and is still stuck on your tbr?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

AimeeKay Review: Masquerade by Sarah-Jane Lehoux

Never trust a liar, especially when they’re telling the truth 
Starting over isn’t easy, especially when the world isn’t ready for you to change. Sevy, thief turned assassin turned mercenary, isn’t having any fun adjusting to a normal, law-abiding life. Luckily for her, an old partner in crime arrives with an irresistible proposition: a getaway to a tropical island, an adventure of a lifetime, and an amazing friendship ready to blossom into an even more amazing romance. 
Things are looking up for Sevy. That is, until a pack of maniacal fairies with a taste for human flesh arrive on the scene. 
Now she must unravel a web of magical intrigue hidden behind the outwardly idyllic atmosphere of the islands of Belakarta. Nothing is as it seems, and no one can be trusted. Trapped under the spell of a handsome and mysterious stranger, Sevy must fight fairies and tricksters to regain her freedom. 
Or spend an eternity as a sorcerer’s plaything.
I love a good series. Every time a new book comes out it feels like getting together with an old group of friends. Limoux has created just such a series. I love the world and the characters that she has inhabited it with. Masquerade is the third book in the series about Sevy and her adventures. Once again Lehoux has hit this one out of the park! Let me warn you though, Masquerade is an emotional roller coaster!

I really enjoyed seeing Sevy and Revik again, as well as being introduced to some awesome new characters. I even liked how well the villain was written. There were times I wish I could just reach into the book and slap them silly for all the awful things that were being done to Sevy. I think the only part of the book I didn’t like was watching Sevy be abused. I know there are reasons why she puts up with it and it does make the book that much deeper, but it still upset me. (I won’t get into more detail because I don’t want to spoil the book.)

I also really enjoyed getting to see inside Sevy and Revik’s relationship. ***Spoiler Alert*** One of my favorite scenes was getting to see how Sevy and Revik would have been if Sevy had never met Jarro and if Revik had never met his wife. ***end spoiler alert***

There were even parts that made me cry and parts that made me laugh out loud, sometimes at the same time. I think out of the three books this one is my favorite. The ending definitely promises more books about Sevy and I can’t wait to see where she is taken next. Also I’m curious to see if certain characters will be back, or if they have said their goodbyes for good.

Masquerade is a standalone novel but I highly recommend that you read the previous two books in the series. It helps make the book that much better.
AimeeKay's reviews of the other two books:

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tell Me Something Tuesday: New Adult

Tell Me Something Tuesday, a meme started by CambriaHebert, but now hosted here on Rainy Day Ramblings. It is a chance to get to know your fellow bloggers by sharing fun stuff, discussions and more. Grab the question and post your answer on your blog and link up! Have fun!

The Question:
What do you think of the New Adult category? Have you ever read a New Adult book and are there any you’d recommend?

I'm actually just starting to figure out new adult. I think it's more about the characters age and some of the content is more adult than YA. I've probably read more than I thought, but one I do believe I recognized as new adult is:

Just One Day
by Gayle Forman
A breathtaking journey toward self-discovery and true love, from the author of If I Stay
When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

My review is HERE and yep, I did recommend this one. I really enjoyed the story.

Any new adult recommendations?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Arcane Circle (Persephone Alcmedi #4) by Linda Roberson

Even magic can’t solve everything... After facing down the forces of Fairy in mortal combat, Persephone Alcmedi still must deal with the aftermath. Not only does Seph now possess deadly secrets she must hide from the arcane and mundane world alike, but the dozens of magical creatures who’ve taken up residence behind her cornfield need food and shelter, and there’s still her foster daughter Beverly’s tenth birthday party to plan. 
And that’s not all... Seph’s boyfriend Johnny has revealed himself as the wærewolf Domn Lup, and the ruler of the wære world is en route from Romania to make sure Johnny really is the “king” he claims to be. But Johnny’s hiding a dangerous secret: his magic is locked in his mysterious tattoos. He and Seph must find a way for him to reclaim it—fast—despite those who have no intention of letting Johnny gain his full powers. Seph knows that, in the arcane world, strength is always a necessity and power must be constantly proven, but how far is she willing to go to succeed... and at what cost?
This book picks up right after the last book which is a good thing since a big question was left about one of the characters. Luckily we get to know what happened quickly so we can then settle into the new adventure and deal with the consequences of the last.

We also find ourselves with Persephone's new internal struggle. She must decide if she can forgive her mother who wounded her physically and emotionally when she was a child. She struggles with that particular problem throughout the book and the resolution to this question feels genuine. She also has to help Johnny unlock his tattoos. The twists about that were unexpected and became an interesting surprise.

My biggest complaint was the Rege. He is the head honcho for the weres. His misogynic rantings and how he dealt with women was hard to deal with, but it works for a bad "guy". What my problem was is that Johnny was willing to work with him. Yes, I did get the politics, but I would assume that eventually the dom loup would trump the Rege. Even if it was a harder road to travel, I wouldn't think that Johnny would shy away from it.

I give this book 4 stars. I enjoyed the twists at the end and I'm looking forward to the next book which I have close by! YaY me! :)
I received this book from Pocket Books and no compensation for my review was given.

Sunday, March 10, 2013


The winner for:
(click above for AimeeKay review)
Holly L.!

The winners for:
(AimeeKay's review coming!)
Karen B.
Heather R.
Samantha M. H.


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