Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Blood Chills by Marie Treanor

Blood Hunters, Book 5

If you haven't been keeping up with this series from the start, it shouldn't be hard to start in the middle. Yes, their are references to things that happened in past books but it doesn't stop you from figuring out what happened and enjoying this one. Blood Chills is about a vampire hunter named Cynthia, she gets sick to her stomach every time a vampire is in her presence. She and her band of merry hunters are hired to take care of a problem that involves someone brutally killing women in the area. While they are on the trail of a vampire, Rudy, her best friend/father figure/vampire hunting partner, is taken down hard with a gruesome bite. Finding out who dare hurt Rudy becomes personal for Cyn. Her search leads her to Bela, a Hungarian vampire who plays in a band. Long story short, he is hot for her, she gives in, the killer is caught and all ends well.

Yes, the ends are tied up quite nicely that way with more detail, of course. I enjoyed this book and it almost makes me want to start it from the beginning. The vampires have nice character but the humans are kind of boring. I also thought this was cliche ... The human who is repulsed by vampires falls into bed with one. We just knew it would happen from the very beginning. That is literally the gist of the story, aside from the murder they need to solve. Cyn's mother ends up being attacked but that broad showed her attacker a piece of her mind, or lack there of. They then come to the conclusion that the killer is now after anyone Cynthia cares about. Can it get any more personal? They track him down all the way to another country and get some good advice from a vampire there. Only after they miscalculate how a plan will go, is when they really figure things out in the end.

Really decent book, love story is very cliche, but still worth the read.

3 Stars
IR: Cynthia (AA), Bela (Hungarian)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson, Book 8

First of all, I'm pretty ticked that I had to pay $10.99 for the Kindle version of this. I was about to get seriously pissed off but remembered I had a Kindle gift credit to use so that knocked the price down for me. Still not happy about that but whatever ...

And here we meet Christy.

Remember that Adam, Alpha and Mercy's husband, was married before? To a human named Christy? Who dumped their daughter, Jesse, on him when she decided her life was more important? Yea, Christy shows up in a big way.

Christy calls asking for help. She needs to get away from a guy she'd been seeing because he was hurting her. Immediately, half the pack is up in arms and ready for her to come while the other half has their issues with her flitting around like she's queen. When she gets there, their emotions are justified. Christy comes into the house, bruised and all, and takes charge. She's up in Mercy's kitchen so much that Mercy won't even eat at home. Pack members are falling all over her because she's helpless Christy who just needs to be somewhere safe, and maybe stay. What? Yea, she thought about staying.

Later, we meet Gary LaughingDog and find out some interesting details about his parentage, learn that he's also a coyote walker, and has 'Seeings.' Basically, visions. Mercy goes on a mission to meet him when a fae Gray Lord comes to her demanding the walking stick. Gary doesn't say much in the way of information on how to contact Coyote, but shows up later to give her some pertinent information about something that's plaguing the pack. Other information comes from bits and pieces she could pick up from Kyle and her own knowledge. Kyle telling her why this guy is so obsessed with a person and Mercy putting together why he could be obsessed with Christy.

Christy's ex is Juan Flores, a non-human who liked to beat on her. What kind of non-human, you ask? I won't tell you, but it's pretty difficult to deal with because one upcoming confrontation between him and a few pack members has them all hugging each other because they think they're going to their death. That's how lethal this guy is. Seeing as how this guy tried to get the best of Mercy, and nearly succeeded before Tad and Adam intervened, is not good news. I've always had my issues with Mercy seeming weak but something about this part of the series changed and I saw her, finally, as a worthy fighter and worthy to be Adam's wife. Not only is Honey on Mercy's side now, but she's on it in a major way. She showed the pack, and Christy, the video of she and Juan's fight in the garage and it had Christy cringing for reasons you will find out later. Not to mention, that after the fact, Mercy had gotten so sick of tip toeing around Christy, that she let her have it. And I was so on board! Btw, I would love to have Christy and Mercy's mother in the same room together and see what happens.

And btw, I am now an enemy of Coyote.

The end fight was actually unexpected but good. What happened to Mercy will certainly catch you off guard and I am fully looking forward to book 9.

Dare I give it 5 stars? Yea. Finally.

5 Stars
Some IR, not much.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: Broken Soul

Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire—but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs.... When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price—and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath. Leo, however, doesn’t mention how this new job will change Jane’s life or the danger it will bring her and her team. Jane has more to worry about than some greedy vampires. There’s a vicious creature stalking the streets of New Orleans, and its agenda seems to be ripping Leo and her to pieces. Now Jane just has to figure out how to kill something she can’t even see….

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Labyrinth of Stars by Marjorie M. Liu

Hunter Kiss, Book 5

I finished this book about a week ago and hadn't posted a review until I really knew how I felt about it.

I found out the book was out on accident. Every now and then I do an amazon search for my favorites and see if they have any dates posted and this was already on sale. *fist pump*

Grant and Maxine have a property full of demons. 4 different types that Grant is 'feeding' are living there in preparation for an upcoming war. There is really no point in being long winded so I'll give you the short version. We know that Maxine is pregnant. Blood Mama tells her what we already know, the aeters and whatevers are coming for her and that child ... Especially that child. Everyone starts getting sick, Jack is brought back (and we find out something about him that will make you do some heavy cursing), and the baby? Well ... You can read it on your own. Maxine has to figure out how to deal with this sickness that seems to be affecting not only her, but her demons, so the brunt of this story is trying to figure out the deal with this disease while trying to avoid the unborn child being murdered. In order to keep something from happening, Maxine makes a deal with the darkness within and well ... The end results are pretty horrific. If you remember in one of the previous books, Maxine ended up bald at the end. This one will have you going, 'are they gonna leave it like that? Oh ... They are.'

4 Stars

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

An Arrangement of Love by Kenya Wright

Let me start by saying that this is not paranormal. It's a contemporary romance. Their is sex but I don't have to throw anything at the author because while it was sexy, I wasn't drowning in bodily juices like I thought I would be.

Now ...

Jasmine Montgomery is a Harvard University graduate who came from the hood. She's a pretty girl with high hopes for herself and is called for the job of a lifetime, to be the executive assistant to Chase Stone. Chase is, or could have been, the boss from hell, but he had ulterior motives ... Getting Jasmine in bed. She is soon presented with the opportunity to join his unique arrangement. Chase is engaged and has 2 other girlfriends, and he's looking for Jasmine to be number 4 in the house. Unfortunately, to the dismay of the women already there, Chase begins breaking all the rules his fiance have set in place to keep the house, and the women, in line. While Jasmine is going back and forth trying to figure out why she is going along with this horrible arrangement idea, her best friend is sleeping with Jasmine's twin brother ... And that's a story for another day.

Dawn is basically HBIC at the house. She's his fiancee and therefore number 1. I can't remember the order of the other two but I'm guessing Lucy is number 2 because they've been friends for a very long time. She's not with Chase for sex, just companionship. Wendy is an alcoholic and a hypocrite, in my opinion. The previous 3 number 4's have all died or been killed. You'll have to read to find out which one. The mystery of who Jasmine's birth father is has been solved, even though it was a little obvious by the end. I still didn't even think twice about it until the end. Then I went ... Oh eww.

Overall ... It pains me to say that I really liked this novella and am looking forward to the next book because it clearly isn't ending after just this 1. Damn you, Kenya. You make me sick.

3 1/2Stars
IR all over the place
Interracial Romance Series

Sour by Uzuri M. Wilkerson

Bitten Series, Book 2

Sour is an understatement.

I dont know if the author was reading my mind about Jay or what because he was only in the book a small percentage. Great!

Anywho ... In book 2, we come across a new group of 'hunters' who make Jay and his crew look like pansies. Where Jay and the hunters were all out killing vampires, this new crew is torturing with glee. Milo is still a threat but he's a little ... Short armed ... This time around, and I chuckle every time I think about it. There was a lot more action to book 2 and man ... When I tell you ... Cillian makes me happy. Yall ... Please. Get with Cillian. Cillian has a new friend in the house who turns out to be nearly as cray as he is. They're on Celia's ass like you wouldn't believe. I nearly felt bad for her this time around until ... I met Michael.

Michael is the light of my life. He's what a woman would consider sexy as hell but I just think he's adorable. He turns out to be someone Celia can count on and someone I wouldn't mind seeing her with if things went sour with Victor.

Getting back to Victor.

Just when I was thinking about writing him off in book 1, Wilkerson graces us with a beautiful book 2 that glorifies Victor and his relationship with Celia.

My review is vague. I did it purposely. I don't know what the hell is wrong with yall that you didn't enter the giveaway for book 1. You're missing something amazing. I'm reopening the giveaway until the end of March.

Oh ... And we finally find out why Celia tastes so sweet.

I mean I'm cool with it, I just thought their would be a better reason. Maybe she's atypical. We just won't know until book 3. I'm so excited for this series. Thanks again, Uzuri, youda youda bes!

4 Stars
IR all over the place

Monday, February 17, 2014

Rumors of Wars by RL Craven

Of Wars, Book 1

I have some crazy mixed feelings.

Immediately I liked it. Perish Blackburn is the type of heroine I like. She's almost on point with Jane Yellowrock. Almost. Jane is much smarter. Anyway ... Perish is your stereotypical bad ass female with snarky attitude, cool powers, and very few friends. I generally like those. I like Perish. It's Pride I take issue with.

Perish is a bounty hunter. She lives with a woman named Calamity who is often called Princess Buttercup. PB is kind of a mother/sister/annoyingfriend figure in Perish's life. I'm getting off track. A group of wizards need Perish to retrieve something for them. The problem is where the item is. While Perish and Pride decide how to go about dealing with the wizards, they make some stupid decisions about how to put the ball in their court. One of those decisions gets Pride turned into a cub. He's a werewolf but him being changed into a cub is quite cute. There is even a run in with a vampire and a succubus and honey ... The scene with the succubus is GLORIOUS.

I realize that as I'm typing this that I'm not going a good job of convincing anyone to buy this book when I really think everyone should. It's written well and the world building is good, but Pride lacks personality. Here's the deal ... When we first met Pride, he just FELT like a wolf to me. His demeanor was all wolf. But as the book went on, he was just a normal person walking around in a thousand dollar sweater trying to be funny. I don't know, this is difficult.

The book is good. Perish is a badass but not very smart. Pride is supposed to be the smart one but he's just trying to follow Perish around.

OMG this just isn't working. I don't know why I'm having so much trouble writing a review for this.

I just really WANT to like this so much. I want to give it 5 stars but the characters just seemed so generic. Hopefully things will change in book 2. I'm definitely getting book 2 because this is the type of stuff I like. No sex. Light romance. Action. And then I had problems seeing Perish. I knew that she was 6 feet tall, skinny, and with dark hair but that's all I got. I realize later that we're told, in so many words, that she MAY be black/white, but I still don't know what she looks like. I saw Pride, Trick, and Grace quite well, but not Perish.

Ok seriously ... My review sucks because it's just me rambling. The book is great. It really is. I plan on putting this author on my list of authors to be hounded for new books right next to Faith Hunter and Aleksandr Voinov. Seriously ... It's awesome. If you don't need the mushy stuff and just want a great story and action, this is for you.

4 Stars
IR: Perish (black/white) Pride (Brazilian/Samoan)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Author Spotlight: Alicia Sparks

Book 1 in the Primitive Series

PRIMITIVE FIX – Meet two brothers, tiger shifters, and the women who bring out the beast in them.

Part 1 - Kenyon
Sage Villalobos has been destined to marry Kenyon Maddux since the day she was born. As the second-born in her wolf clan, she came into this world owing a debt to the family of shape-shifting tigers who rule the Louisiana swamps in the Atchafalaya Basin. Kenyon is the only man she’s ever wanted, the man who sets her blood on fire, but she’s tired of being indebted to his family for something she didn’t do. She wants him to choose her because he loves her, not because he owns her. When Kenyon’s brother, Nik, is taken prisoner, Kenyon turns to Sage for help. Using her unique skills, she knows she can help him free his brother, but there will be a price. If she agrees to do this, she wants Kenyon to release her from her debt. However, the only thing Kenyon wants to do is hold on to her and never let her go.

Part 2 - Nik
After months of captivity as part of a roadside attraction, Nik Maddux is finally able to escape. Injured and at death’s door, he makes his way through the swamp only to collapse near Juliette’s home. Juliette pulls the naked man into her cabin and begins nursing him back to health, marveling at the black stripes which cover his body and the feline features of his face. She knows he’s not quite human and realizes she may have found a kindred spirit, someone whose secrets are as deadly as her own. When Nik awakes, his attraction to Juliette is instant. While she heals his body, he wants to heal her soul. But danger is lurking in the swamp, and the longer they stay together, the more likely they are to lose everything.

**Content Warning: May contain graphic content and sexual situations. Intended for 18+ Audience