About: Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice, can’t concentrate in class, and has terrifying dreams about Lissa. But Rose has an even bigger secret …. She’s in love with Dimitri. And this time, it-s way more than a crush. Then Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, and Dimitri is taken. Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but keeping her best friend safe could mean losing Dimitri forever… Actual 3.5 What I loved: I really enjoyed the ghost storyline in this book and finding out more about Anna (how she relates to Rose). The history of what has happened before and how it is correlating to events happening in the present was well written and enjoyable. I also liked the friendship growing between Christian and Rose. The ending of the book was emotionally powerful–will only tell you to grab a hanky! What I liked: I liked the whole book but it wasn’t as good a read as the first two. Then again, I think it really served it’s purpose to move along the story, give you some background, and give you a glimpse into what is in store for Rose/Lissa after graduation. I think it also grew some of the characters that were minor before but growing in importance: Adrian and Eddie. What was so-so: Lissa–maybe it was because this really showed the strain that the bond has on Rose but I thought Lissa was being selfish this book. I know Rose is her guardian but the end scene between the two made me want to scream at Lissa to quit being a spoiled little princess(up until then–I think I gave her slack due to Rose not being communicative about the bond, the stresses, and other things going on in her life). Why I gave it a 3.5: This is still a very good book just not as strong as the others. I think the series will go back to the 4 range in the next book. I would recommend this to any YA or PNR reader (please read in order though). Author Website: http://www.richellemead.com/
About: HIS NAME IS DANTE. Dark. Talented. Beautiful. Star of the rock band Inferno. Rumored owner of the hot New Orleans nightspot Club Hell. Born of the Blood, then broken by an evil beyond imagination. HIS PAST IS A MYSTERY. F.B.I. Special Agent Heather Wallace has been tracking a sadistic serial murderer known as the Cross Country Killer, and the trail has led her to New Orleans, Club Hell, and Dante. But the dangerously attractive musician not only resists her investigation, he claims to be “nightkind”: in other words, a vampire. Digging into his past for answers reveals little. A juvenile record a mile long. No social security number. No known birth date. In and out of foster homes for most of his life before being taken in by a man named Lucien DeNoir, who appears to guard mysteries of his own. HIS FUTURE IS CHAOS. What Heather does know about Dante is that something links him to the killer — and she’s pretty sure that link makes him the CCK’s next target. Heather must unravel the truth about this sensual, complicated, vulnerable young man — who, she begins to believe, may indeed be a vampire — in order to finally bring a killer to justice. But Dante’s past holds a shocking, dangerous secret, and once it is revealed not even Heather will be able to protect him from his destiny…. Bought from Amazon What I Loved: (in no particular order) Heather- she is one of the best non-paranormal heroins I have read in a long time. The fact that she not only holds her own against the para’s in the book but never once gets over shadowed is a testament to how well written she was. Lucien- I wanted more about him but he was my second favorite character. He was strong yet vulnerable and even though he coulda/shoulda/woulda said something earlier than he did, I think that just boils down to trying to do the right thing. E- HATED him but that was what I was supposed to do. He truly was the creepiest creep I have read in a long time. What I Liked: Even though most of the characters were extraordinary, they were all very “ordinary”. They dealt with issues as they came, made good and bad decisions, and stayed true to who they were. Dante was a character I liked but not loved. I definitely felt for him and the things he had to go through in life. He was an excellent character to follow though because most of the time he was as out of the loop as the reader. What was So-So: I have to say I never warmed up to the third person storytelling but I don’t hold that against the author as that is just a personal reading preference. Why I gave it a 4: It was truly enjoyable to read! The fact that I probably would not have picked it up if not for a book club made it that […]
So a week ago I went to an author signing and it was the FAB Jaye Wells! If you have never heard of her (and you read UF), you should check her out pronto. Book 1 in the Sabina Kane series: In a world where being of mixed-blood is a major liability, Sabina Kane has the only profession fit for an outcast: assassin. But, her latest mission threatens the fragile peace between the vampire and mage races and Sabina must scramble to figure out which side she’s on. She’s never brought her work home with her—until now. This time, it’s personal. See what I said about here (I gave it a 4) Book 2 in the Sabina Kane series: 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. (This is sitting on my Kindle just dying to be read during my Witchy Month of July) This was a fantastic book signing! Jaye was down to earth, funny, and she brought beer/wine! I took tons of pics so be warned. If you ever get a chance to go out and meet her make sure you do! She pretty much answered any question we threw at her and gave out prizes to boot. BTW–I asked the silliest question of the night of “How did you pick a hairless cat?” but hey he is probably my fav character after book 1! There was a very nice size crowd on hand! Oh in case you needed a better reason to like Jaye, other than the things I already said here, she signed 2 books that I will be giving away next month! So bottom line: check our Jaye Wells Sabina Kane series! It is well worth the read!
This is going to be a totally different type of review from me. In fact, it really isn’t a review at all. It is more of an “ode to Jane Austen”. I truly do think she ruined my dating life but I totally forgive her for it 🙂 First question you are going to have is why do I have a picture of Jane (played by Susannah Harker) from Pride and Prejudice on a post about Sense and Sensibility? Answer: I listened to the audiobook version of Sense and Sensibility read by her and it was possibly the best audiobook I have ever heard! Yes better than Jim Dale reading Harry Potter (which I also really enjoyed)! If I am going to review anything in this post that is it. If you get a chance to pick up this audiobook version, you should. She is very good at making each character unique and keeping you engaged the whole book. It is unabridged so 14 hours long but well worth it. Disclaimer: Yes, I have read Sense and Sensibility a few different times before listening to it on audio. It is my 2nd favorite Jane Austen novel behind Pride and Prejudice. So the story is very comforting and familiar. I have the characters I love, the ones who annoy me, and the ones I would like to throw to the wolves. However, as with all great books, it always leaves me with the the hope that in the end the nice guy does in fact finish with the girl of his dreams. Austen is one of the best at taking flawed characters that come from a place of good and making them find each other. This book particularly appeals to me because out of all of Jane Austen’s characters I am probably the most like Elinor. I am a little more open about my opinions but otherwise she is the closest to me personality wise. I would also like to think that out there is an E. Farris for me, as he is exactly the type of guy that I go for. Smart, Off-Beat humor, Loyal, Kind, and good to his word. So reading their rather understated romance always warms my heart. Plus, I love Brandon and his steadfast beautifully portrayed personality. He is the Bingley of this novel but Marianne takes awhile to realize that. So my rating: 5+ My Recommendation: Get thee to the bookstore and read it! If you are not going to read it there are 2 really amazing adaptations of it on DVD So what are you waiting for? Oh did you sign up to win my Jane in June give-away? Author Website: http://www.janeausten.org/
About: Toni Giovanni is a thief although she prefers to call it the high-risk recovery business. Her current job feels suspiciously easy until a mysterious artifact draws her into an ancient prophecy and binds her soul to a spirited dragon named Amethyst.But Toni isn’t quite ready to be taken over by a dragon, even if Amethyst’s appetite for sexy archaeologist Dr. Ben Davis mirrors Toni’s own. And she’s got a big problem on her hands: turns out the prophecy predicts that dragons will end the world and there are many more dragons out there. Toni’s going to need all the help she can get…. What I LOVED: The premise of this book was unique and intriguing. Dragons were not a storyline I have read in a very long time. What I LIKED: I really enjoyed most of this book. Amethyst and Toni were written really well and together they made a great character. Dr Davis was smart (love that LS celebrates the geek in this book), loyal, hunky, and just everything a good love interest should be. It made for a very enjoyable read. What was So-So: It was too short. I felt like a lot of the story was probably left out and it made me want more information. I do hope this ends up being a series so that we can explore more of this world. Why I gave it a 3: The story was very enjoyable and the characters were engaging. I did not feel that it was long enough but for the length it packed quite a punch. I would recommend this to any Fantasy/Paranormal Romance reader who wants a quick and enjoyable read! Author Website: http://www.lshannon.net/