Book 100: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost (Rating 3.5 Wine Glasses)

Book 100: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost (Rating 3.5 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Some things won’t stay buried . . . at grave’s end It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger. As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave. Publisher: AvonPurchased: Bought on Amazon What I Loved: The epic love story going on between Cat and Bones.  I actually after this book felt that her love for him was as intense as his love for her.  The last time I read a consistent epic love story was Jaime and Claire in Outlander.  This rivals their story (which is really high praise because I love Outlander)!  What I Liked:  Juan—there just needs to be more Juan.  That boy can make me giggle even in the most dire of situations.  I truly hope nothing ever happens to him.  Tate is also proving to be a very complex but loyal character that I really do hope finds his own True Love!  The cast of side characters that I think probably make the book more than Cat and Bones: Her mom, his grandsire, Spade, Ian, Don, Denise, and several others (too many to name).  Jeaniene has written such a fantastic world with fantastic characters it is hard not to love them all. Complaints: None really, this was a well rounded book! Why I gave it a 3:  (Actually 3.5) I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first two in the series but still really enjoyed it.  I would tell anyone to read it because it is well worth the time! Who I would recommend it too: PNR readers (though I think I am the last to read it) and also UF readers because it is edgier than the typical PNR. Author Website: http://jeanienefrost.com/

Posted October 8, 2010 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Book 99: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by HP Mallory (Rating: 3 Wine Glasses)

Book 99: Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by HP Mallory (Rating: 3 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin. Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend. Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life! Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand. Purchased: Received for review from author What I Loved: The characters and the world that HP created are very entertaining.  They are each unique with their own pros and cons.  I felt you really got to know the key players really well and a lot about the society in which they lived. It is a very interesting world that has a richness that I only think we have seen the surface of. What I Liked: I think HP incorporated almost every kind of “supe” there is into this story.  There really is something for everyone.  I like how she doesn’t exactly follow the rules but the traits are very recognizable for each type. Complaints: Really only 2: 1) Not enough Sinjun who was by far the most interesting character in the book to me and 2)I just felt like the story ended in the middle of an arc.  Why I gave it a 3: This is closer to a 3.5 (I really should consider getting a half scale LOL)!  It was a fantastic read with engaging characters and a wonderful start to a new series. Who I would recommend it too:  Urban Fantasy readers–this doesn’t have an HEA but it does have a bunch of hot guys and good heroin.  PNR readers would probably like it too as it isn’t quite as dark as most UF books. Author Website: http://www.hpmallory.com 

Posted October 6, 2010 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Book 98: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Book 98: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind. Being around him awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline kick of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard she tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever . . . and that Bones won’t let her get away again. Publisher: AvonPurchased: Bought on Amazon What I Loved: Bones! I am also starting to warm up to Cat 🙂  This was even better than the first book.  I laughed more, blushed more, and rooted through the fights more.  This story was good from beginning to end and not a part of it disappointed.  Bones was even more Bones and yes this was the book with the infamous Chapter 32 (I think I blushed while reading).  My favorite part of the book was the wedding that happened near the beginning–I will leave at that because I don’t want to give anything away. Fav character of this book: Rodney the Ghoul because well he really stepped up! What I Liked: The Team!  Juan was hilarious.  Cooper came around brilliantly.  Dave was just awesome, especially how adaptable he was (just read the end to know what I mean).  Tate, I think is a good foil to Bones because he is really a good guy.  Heck, even Don grew on me.  My boy Spade wasn’t in the book long enough but that is ok, his part was really good 🙂 Complaints:  Why I gave it a 4:  Actually more like a 4.5 but since I do a whole number scale I went with 4.  This was even better than the first book and a thoroughly enjoyable read! Who I would recommend it too: PNR readers (though I think I am the last to read it) and also UF readers because it is edgier than the typical PNR. Author Website: http://jeanienefrost.com/

Posted October 5, 2010 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Book 97: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Rating: 4 Wine Glasses)

Book 97: Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Rating: 4 Wine Glasses)

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From Goodreads: Flirting with the grave…  Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father–the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership. In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner–are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her new found status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat. Publisher: Avon Purchased: Bought on Amazon and Audible What I Loved: Bones! I really love that the roles were a little reversed in this book. Bones was much more comfortable with who he is and how he feels than Cat was. It made their interactions unique because usually both are apprehensive. I also loved what a total gentleman Bones was in every sense of the word. Yet, he was plenty alpha type of male and had his “bang on the chest” moments. I also enjoyed the ma …more Publisher: Avon Purchased: Bought on Amazon and Audible What I Loved: Bones! I really love that the roles were a little reversed in this book. Bones was much more comfortable with who he is and how he feels than Cat was. It made their interactions unique because usually both are apprehensive. I also loved what a total gentleman Bones was in every sense of the word. Yet, he was plenty alpha type of male and had his “bang on the chest” moments. I also enjoyed the main “case” (for lack of a better word) that they were working on. It was quite the thriller and through that story you learned a lot about the Vampire world that Jeaniene has created. What I Liked: I really liked Spade, though he wasn’t in it enough. I also really liked how all the supporting characters each added something needed in the story. Even the characters I thought were annoying were needed. Complaints: So did not like the end but I have book 2 already so it will make it all better, right? Audiobook specific review: At the beginning, I had a hard time with the voice for Bones. He sounded like a really old man but after getting used to it, it was fine. I thought the “reader” did a really good job with everyone else in the story. Even Bones, after hearing where he was from and how old he was, her voice for him made sense. It was just a bit creepy in the beginning. Why I gave it a 4: […]

Posted October 2, 2010 by Felicia S in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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Book 96: Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

Book 96: Taken by Midnight by Lara Adrian (Rating 4 Wine Glasses)

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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 […]

Posted September 30, 2010 by Felicia S in 2010 Read / 0 Comments
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