Monday, February 27, 2012

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

3/5 stars

This is a hard review for me to write. Anne Rice has always been one of my favorite authors and her books opened a whole new genre for me as I'm sure she did with a lot of people. I wanted to love this book, but I had to settle with just liking it. I really just couldn't get into the story and even set it aside to read another book. I even at one point skipped pages because I started to not care what Reuben thought about the scenery or the Man Wolf or even what he feels for Laura. I'm not even sure if I'll read the sequel (if there is one).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

World on Fire by Hayley B. James

2/5 stars

This book drove me crazy. It should've taken me just a couple hours to read, but I had to keep putting it down and it ended up taking me almost three days to read. The way the main character, Lucian, jumped from topic to topic just wasn't something I really liked reading. While I understood why he did it, it made me want to grab him and shake him. I didn't even really like either main character. Lucian was just to flippant and Cole was just boring. I did like Victoria and Henry and the way they interacted with both Lucian and Cole though. I guess this just wasn't my type of book because a couple reviews I've read were all 4 stars. So my advice is to read plenty of reviews before deciding if you'd like to read it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Firelight by Kristen Callihan

4/5 stars

I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I started this book, but I am so happy I read it. It was a fresh approach to the paranormal genre. It kept me guessing through the whole book and drove me a little crazy cause I wanted more clues about what was under the mask! Every time I thought I had it figured out some little clue would change my mind.

Miranda Ellis is afflicted with the gift of fire, though it's an unstable gift that caused the downfall of her family's fortune. Forced to marry a man she knows only by the rumors that are spread throughout London, she's not sure what to think of the masked man. Lord Benjamin Archer on the other hand is very taken by Miranda and has been for a number of years. The two must learn to live together and soon find friendship is easy, it's the other emotions that are hard to deal with. Add in a secret cult, the murders of old friends and one mysterious woman and this book is a great start to a new series that I can't wait to read more of.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner

3/5 stars

Well, this book kinda confused me. I really liked the concept of it, but it didn't really explain enough of the back story for me. I mean it says that these creatures or entities came through a rift from a different dimension to become vampires, werewolves or demons by hijacking a body. Okay, I get that part but how do they come through? It just said a is it like their soul and they just jump into the first body they find or do they get to shop around for a host or what? Like I stated earlier I liked the concept I just wanted it explained a bit more.

Now, about the characters. I got really tired of hearing about Nix doing tai chi. I think it was mentioned on every page. I get why she did it, I just don't need to hear about it consistently. Other then that I really liked her and her issue of an old lover popping up, her job being on the line and dealing with her mother made the story move right along. Tobias was very by-the-book to start with and tried staying professional but since he's still in love with Nix he ends up bending the rules to solve the case. Nix and Tobias have a history together and that brought sexual tension into the relationship, but it didn't seem as if their earlier problems were resolved before they decided to try again. One minute they're at odds with each other then everything is "honey" this and "honey" that.

I'll try the next book in the series because I really liked Dante and really want him to have a HEA.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

King of Darkness by Elisabeth Staab

4/5 stars

Thad, the vampire king, needs to fulfill a prophesy of finding his mate to unlock his powers so he can lead his people and keep them safe against the wizards. After looking for her for weeks he finds her in a club and finds she's not to willing to accept the whole prophesied mating thing. Though they are attracted to each other the real test is whether they can make it work. After having to flee to Thad's compound Isabel finally realizes that in order to survive she needs to take the biggest chance of her life and trust in Thad.

What a cool new series this is turning out to be. There are vampires and humans of course, but the enemy this time is wizards. Not just any wizards, but dark, power stealing, vile wizards. I'm really looking forward to more books in this series, because there are a couple of really good characters that I'd like to read more about and I'd like a chance to see more of the world this book took place in. For a debut novel it had me hooked and wanting more so I'd really recommend this to anyone looking for something new in this genre.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel by Samantha Grace

4/5 stars

What a great start to a new series! The series will revolve around four men in Regency England that pretty much has anything they want. This debut follows Lord Andrew Forest, who is the type to be upfront about what he wants, which is usually a very short affair. All that changes when he meets Lana Hillary, a woman he can't get out of his mind. What follows is Drew chasing after Lana in an attempt to prove his love for her and convince her to marry him. It was nice to see that Drew was chasing after her and not the other way as in most historical romance novels I've read lately, it was definitely a nice change. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Rogue Pirate's Bride by Shana Galen

5/5 stars

This is the third book about three brothers who were seperated during their childhood due to the French Revolution. It can be read as a stand alone, which is good cause I have a bad habit of reading books out of order. This book centers on Bastien, also known as the pirate Captain Cutlass and Raeven who just happens to be a British admiral's daughter. Once I started reading this book I couldn't stop! The action was non-stop and the passion between the two was pretty hot. This was a great pirate story from Ms. Galen and I can't wait to read more from her.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Deliver Me from Darkness by Tes Hilaire

5/5 stars

I have found a new series to drool over and this is it. At first I was confusing this book with series by Alexis Morgan, but these are very different worlds. These Paladins are charged with policing the fallen and vampires. This debut is about Roland, a former Paladin who has been turned into a vampire and has been struggling with himself over his lost soul for over 80 years. His only friend is Logan, a Paladin, who shows up at his loft to drop off a strange woman. Of course he becomes attracted to her and figures out that she is his mate. I did find a few things confusing, mainly the vampire girl, Gabby. Her character must play a bigger role in the next book. I can't wait til the next book comes out so I can learn more about these Paladins.