Read in March, 2013 UPDATED ON 3/3/13 (ReRead) Read for fun (paperback/kindle) Overall Rating: 3.50 Story Rating:3.50 Character Rating: 3.50 UPDATED thoughts: I mostly agree with my original assessment of the story but felt the first half was an easier read the 2nd time through. The initial sex still happened way too soon and the romance wasn’t as prevalent as I would have liked. I do think it did a good job of setting up the series though. I am excited to see where the series goes. The series is complete now and I have all of them. I expect that I will be burning through them pretty quickly! Original Review May 10, 2010 My review of this book is going to be 2-fold. What I loved: The story was unique. The characters were well thought out and executed. The action was intense. The amount of research and thought put into creating a history for this book and tying it to real history was amazing. The fact that at the end I couldn’t wait for the second book, tells you just how much I enjoyed it. The author is a very good writer and storyteller. What took a bit to warm up too: The main couple but mainly because at first it felt a little rushed. What was confusing (and almost made me rate the book a 3): In the beginning, I had to read the first chapters 3 times. Now I have had this problem with Fantasy novels–Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time being a good example–trying to keep who is who straight. Is that the author’s fault, no, so I don’t hold it against them. There is a 2nd time in the book where a whole bunch of characters are thrown at you and it takes a bit to get them all straight. She does an excellent job of detailing them out just enough but this is one of those books where a companion would be great for a reader like me. Overall: I am glad that this is a series! I really enjoyed the first book and already have the other 3 that have come out to follow up. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes a little bit of supernatural fantasy with their history.
Category: 2010 Read
From Goodreads: At the crossroads of death and desire, a woman tastes a pleasure no mortal is meant to survive . . .In the frozen Alaskan wilderness, former state trooper Jenna Darrow survives an unspeakable breach of body and soul. But with her narrow escape comes an even greater challenge. For strange changes are taking place within her, as she struggles to understand–and control–a new hunger. To do so, she will seek shelter in the Boston compound of the Order, an ancient race of vampire warriors whose very existence is shrouded in mystery. Perhaps the most mysterious of them all is Brock, a brooding, dark-eyed alpha male whose hands hold the power to comfort, heal . . . and arouse. As she recovers under Brock’s care, Jenna finds herself drawn to the Order’s mission: to stop a ruthless enemy and its army of assassins from subjecting Earth to a reign of terror. Yet in spite of their resolve, a purely physical relationship without strings soon binds Brock and Jenna together with a desire fiercer than life and stronger than death itself–until a secret from Brock’s past and Jenna’s own mortality challenges their forbidden love to the ultimate trial by fire. Publisher: Dell Purchased: Bought on Amazon and from Virtual Signing What I Loved: I loved how this book was a huge catalyst in pushing forward the story of the fight between Dragos and The Order. Most of all though, I love the story of Brock and Jenna. This is probably going down as my second favorite love story in the series. Both of them had so much they needed to heal from past relationships and so much they had to handle in the present, that theirs was such a classic love story. Could love conquer all? She was not a breedmate only human, neither were interested in love, and most of all were the ramifications they were having to deal with based on what happened to Jenna at the end of the last book. I won’t give anything away but their journey to each other was just a wonderful read! What I Liked: We got to reconnect with all the Breed and their Breedmates. The book personified why I am a series reader, I love seeing what characters I care about are doing now. This book also opened up a huge realm of possibilities on where the series can go from here: from what is happening to Jenna (the ramifications of the attack from the last book) to what happened at the end (which I won’t give away). I am excited to see what happens next. Complaints: I wasn’t a big fan of the abrupt end but I kind of see where there was no other choice. I will be waiting for the next book! Why I gave it a 4: I realize this book is one that mostly just pushes the story forward but to me it is one of the best love stories of the series. Brock and […]
From Goodreads: Sabina Kane doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to family. After all, her own grandmother, leader of the vampire race, wants her dead. So when she arrives in New York to meet her mage relatives, the reunion puts the fun in dysfunctional. Not only is mage culture completely bizarre, but everyone seems to think she’s some kind of ‘Chosen’ who’ll unite the dark races. Sabina doesn’t care who chose her, she’s not into destiny. But the mages aren’t Sabina’s only problem. In New York’s Black Light District, she has run-ins with fighting demons, hostile werewolves and an opportunistic old flame. Sabina thought she’d take a bite out of the Big Apple – but it looks like it wants to bite back. Publisher: Orbit Purchased: Bought on Amazon What I Loved: The whole cast of characters used in this book. Maisie, Adam, Sabina, G, and V were all fantastic. Though, I have to say Rhea is my favorite! I also really loved Micheal and Slade, they stepped it up when they needed too. I can’t really say what I loved most about this book without spoilers but I want to make sure that you understand this is one of the best Urban Fantasy Series that I have read. Jaye does a fantastic job of weaving all elements: good plot, great pacing, humor, kick *ss but tortured heroin, and an amazing supporting cast that you love almost more than the lead. It was one of those books that you can read cover to cover and not want to put down. What I Liked: Demon Fight Club! This was a much needed humor break and to be honest, anything that puts G in the drivers seat is fun. Plus, his last fight was classic! Complaints: Next book already please—you can’t just leave me hanging 🙂 Why I gave it a 5: This was just such a good read. I laughed, had fun, got frustrated, wanted to strangle some characters, and felt like we got to know all the characters for exactly who they are. Who I would recommend it too: UF readers and even PNR readers (though this is a bit more gritty and there is no HEA). Author Website: http://www.jayewells.com/
From Goodreads: Not even the icy temperatures of a typical New England winter can match the bone-chilling scene of carnage discovered at the chapel of Our Lady of Divine Light. Within the cloistered convent lie two nuns–one dead, one critically injured–victims of an unspeakably savage attacker. The brutal crime appears to be without motive, but medical examiner Maura Isles’s autopsy of the dead woman yields a shocking surprise: twenty-year-old Sister Camille gave birth before she was murdered. Then another body is found mutilated beyond recognition. Together, Isles and homicide detective Jane Rizzoli uncover an ancient horror that connects these terrible slaughters. As long-buried secrets come to light, Maura Isles finds herself drawn inexorably toward the heart of an investigation that strikes close to home–and toward a dawning revelation about the killer’s identity too shattering to consider. Publisher: Bantam Purchased: Bought on Audible What I Loved: This one is more intense than the last two (and they were pretty darn intense). I really enjoyed the case with all of its twists and turns. I never really knew what was going to happen. I really love that in a thriller. The case really blew me away with its intensity and cleverness. I really thought it would be one person responsible and I was completely wrong. What I Liked: Really enjoyed getting to know Rizzoli and Isles a little bit more. They are both strong but flawed characters that have enough personality quirks to make them interesting. Complaints: Each book I read/listen to makes me wish the TV Show was closer to these books and amazing characters. Really that has nothing to do with the books but I though I would throw that out there. Why I gave it a 4: This is turning into a series that I can’t wait to read the next book. Tess is very talented in both writing and storytelling. She does a great job of balancing personal lives of the characters with the solving of the case. Who I would recommend it too: People who read thrillers. This is not a series to miss! Author Website: http://www.tessgerritsen.com/
From Goodreads: Dakota Bombay prided himself on his blond Bond image—bad-guy killer by day, lady-killer by night. Then his life gets both shaken and stirred by an irate grandmother demanding a marketing plan for the family assassination business, a precocious six-year-old son Dak never knew he had, and a mysterious redhead who’s erased his decades-old preference for blondes.Suddenly the perennial playboy is knee deep in pie charts and thinking he may have found the perfect mom for his boy. She’s smart, funny, and directs a funeral home no less—what could be better? Now if he can just take out a team of rival assassins without getting killed himself, they can all live trigger-happily ever after Publisher: Making It Purchased: Free from Amazon Kindle What I Loved: This was such a fun premise for a book. It was funny, witty, and just amazingly heartwarming. The family, even though they are assassins, are quite close and such a huge part of Dakota’s life. There are movie quotes, book quotes, and general pop culture references that play well through out the book too. What I Liked: I really liked all the characters, how they were presented, and the different roles they played in the book. The humor was outstanding and kept me rolling the whole book! Complaints: The plot was a little predictable but it didn’t really hinder the story in a big way. Why I gave it a 3: I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a quick read and the only thing I wish is that I had read the first book before reading this one. Who I would recommend it too: Contemporary Romance readers that like humor. The story is mostly told from the guy’s POV which is unique and I really liked it! Author Website: http://www.leslielangtry.com/