Friday, June 23, 2017

Drawing Dead by SM Reine

I'm going to be honest. I wasn't enthused when I found out a book was being written with Dana as the lead. Although I'm familiar with her, I just didn't see her as protag material but of course SM Reine proved me wrong.

Dana is basically female Arnold Schwarzenegger. She's a tank and a complete badass. This series even FEELS different from the other series' by this author. This one feels like straight up action movie beauty. Not only is the cover of this book amazing, but I could have seen this on the big screen as well.

Dana is turning into a vampire but she's trying to stop it. And if you know anything about Dana, you know she is not here for that vamp mess. It's a short read but well worth your time. I'm actually looking forward to future installments.

I give this book 4 stars because the ending was lackluster and Nissa is just the worst. I get it. I know how the opposites attract thing is supposed to but ... She's almost insufferable. Then again, I still think Riley is insufferable despite being the alpha.

Overall, I really can't believe how well this turned out and I'm excited for the next one.

4 Stars

Preview of book 2 cover ... God, I love this model.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Book 2 of Hidden Legacy Series

I'm in love with Ilona Andrews. Although I haven't been posting about it, I've read (or listened to) their entire stock. It's quite possible that Kate Daniels has overtaken Jane Yellowrock as my favorite heroine. That freaks me out but it is what it is. With all that said, I'm still not a hundred percent sure about the Hidden Legacy series but there is so much about it I love that I will just remain unsure until I can come out of hiding about it.

If you have not read book 1, this will be full of spoilers for you.

Nevada Baylor is a Truthseeker Prime who is coming into her powers. In book 1, we had to deal with Adam Pierce, a Prime level Pyrokinetic, who was looking for a trinket to turn his Prime level powers into God level powers. Nevada, at the time, had no idea that she really had any power, and was tasked to bring this Prime in alive or her business and home will be forfeit to the company that owns it. A company owned by a Prime Illusionist, Augustine Montgomery. During the course of tracking down Adam, she meets and is kidnapped by Mad Rogan, a Prime Telekinetic, who has a horrible reputation and is most feared among all Primes.

In book 2, Nevada and her family of PIs take on a case to solve the murder of Nari Harrison, the wife of a Significant Animal Mage, Cornelius Harrison. Working this case finds her in the middle of several houses trying to bring down a system, or so they thought. This also leads her right back into the arms of Mad Rogan and more danger than she faced in book 1. If you can tell by the cover, this series is 'hot' which isn't my thing, but the sex didn't last long and I skipped over it. Thankfully, Ilona Andrews doesn't sacrifice a page count for sex, there is still way too much story to be told to hang onto a sex scene for too long. Despite the fact that I do like Rogan, Augustine, and Cornelius, I find myself liking Nevada now. I didn't really like her in book 1. I thought she was boring and bland, but now she's getting some BadAssery and I tend to like that. The end of book 2 has us wondering about her family and how they stack up to other Houses. Spoilers if I give details so I won't but I will say that the young family members are so cool that I salivate at the thought of what we'll get to see from them in book 3. The action scenes are really well thought out. If I were watching them as a movie, I would literally be turning my head every which way to catch everything because it's so descriptive.

As always with Ilona Andrews, the world building and character development are top notch. I always love the family that is created around the protag. I originally wanted to say the diversity is lacking but I think, judging by what I've seen so far, we'll get more in the coming books. Right now, we have a few latino and asian background characters surrounding Mad Rogan. We have a decent black power character that is on the neutral side of things, and possibly a dangerous black House to look forward to in the future. And then again ... I don't remember any diversity in The Edge series or The Innkeeper Chronicles. Although it's been a little bit since I've read either of them, which is a shame because I actually like Innkeeper. I think maybe the cop in Innkeeper or a neighbor is ethnic.

Overall, I give this book 4 stars just because I'm not completely sold on it yet. Most of that is due to the fact that I'm too hooked on a Kate Daniels, Damali Richards, Jane Yellowrock type of heroine that one that has no combat skills kinda kills me a little. Still ... I'm waiting anxiously for book 3 to come out next month that I will definitely be purchasing the Audio.

I add this picture at the bottom because it's cute. If anyone knows who the artist is, let me know. I love this cover because I thought the original book cover (above) had Mad Rogan as a naked jaybird.

4 Stars

Friday, May 12, 2017

Cold Reign by Faith Hunter

I've had this book for a couple of months. I realized that I always need time to process a new Faith Hunter novel before I even begin to type out a review. Netgalley provided me with this book but I purchased the audio version when it was released because the narrator is phenomenal.

Beware: This contains spoilers.

Anyway ... The European Vamps are being sneaky and starting sh!t in New Orleans. A lot of Leo's coveted are going missing or are being forcefully removed from his care. Meanwhile, a crazy storm is raging and fights are breaking out all over the place. Jane has to deal with all of it.

If you've been a fan of Jane's from the beginning, then I'm certain you can see the growth in her. Jane is much more clever, smarter, and is getting better at what I like to call Vamp Speak. Vamp Speak being her negotiations with mithrans and dealing with them overall. It's almost as is if she's a completely different person, but not at all. Don't get it twisted, Jane hasn't changed, but she's adapted better than anyone could. Jane isn't the only one whose grown. The Kid (Alex Younger) is really becoming a man. There are many moments where Alex is morphing into someone who takes charge and when you think about where he started, it's almost like you feel this sense of pride. For me, because I'm nuts, it's like I helped raise him this way. Lol.

Finally, in this book, we get a small piece of Eli's past because he comes face to face with a reminder that will have you all in your feelings when he reacts.

If you haven't read the Nell Ingram (Soulwood) books, this book will explain what happened with Rick when he ditched Jane for Paka. If you're a fan of Rick (I'm not, but I still like the Soulwood series), then check out the Soulwood series. There's so much Rick related information there that can be applied here.

There are bigger spoilers that I will try not to mentioned but I will say ... Adriana ... Edmund ... Magical artifacts.

Overall, this book is phenomenal. A lot of questions are answered but more are asked. It's completely action packed. I even got to a point where I felt like Jane wasn't sleeping because she was just SO busy. My mind was spinning by the end of it and I'm so happy I got the chance to read it.

5 Stars

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Impending Possession of Scarlet Wakebridge-Rose by SL Saboviec

It took me several months to get through this ... Just to get to something good. But when I got there, I stayed right with it.

This book starts off a little slow. You meet Scarlet, her wife Eve, and daughter Mia. You also meet Father Angelo, Kelton (a douche), Dante and Zoe. The character list is small but I'm happy the author did this.

We learn that on her 50th birthday, Scarlet will be possessed. At some point, she promised a demon he could have her body but that isn't something we find out until quite a ways through the story. For Scarlet's whole life, she's felt some kind of presence around and  now that she's getting ready to turn 50, weird things are happening.  Zoe is a woman who is being used by a demon to help get Scarlet's body. We learn the nature of Zoe's existence, her connection to Father Angelo, AND have to deal with Father Angelo's indecisiveness.

By all accounts, Father Angelo is the weakest link. But in the same breath, he's exactly the way he should be and I wouldn't want the author to change a single thing about him. He's conflicted. He has a troubled past that involved dark magic and turned to God as a way to atone for all that. You always get a sense that he's not fully committed. No. He's committed, but always seems to be walking on eggshells and unsure about almost everything.

There's quite the contrast between Father Angelo and Dante. Dante dabbles in magic, is long lived, and will be there to help Father Angelo with Scarlet's exorcism. He's a small strange man whose primary purpose is to kick Father Angelo into gear. If there was no Dante, I don't see how any of this story could have progressed. He's that important.

Things didn't get interesting to me until around the 45% mark. Scarlet was getting closer to her birthday and learning how the demon had been effecting her personal life. She decides to see a psychiatrist, then turns to church and that's really when things change.

Although I'm not a huge fan of the book, I think it was written well. The world building was great. Character development was spot on. And honestly, it read as if I were watching a movie. Everything you would expect from a demon/exorcism type of movie, is in this book. Past the halfway mark, I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down so I'm a little conflicted as to what rating to give it.

This is a standalone novel so I won't get to find out if anything else pops up in the future, but I am incredibly satisfied with the ending.

3 1/2 Stars

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cast in Godfire by SM Reine

When I tell you that I'm tired ... I'm completely tired.

This book has run me ragged.

Because SO MUCH happens and SO MANY loose ends are tied up and SO MANY questions are answered, I won't give away much. But I will say ...

Everyone is trying to kill Marion. It's unbelievable ... I didn't think things could be this amazing.

The Genesis warp is opening very soon. When we left the last book, Rylie was losing her mind because Benjamin was missing, Seth/Death had gone back to being a God, and Marion was still 'dealing' with Konig. I only say 'dealing' because we weren't exactly sure where her loyalties were. I've read a lot of books (more than what I've reviewed), and I can only think of maybe 1 or 2 series' that weave things together as well as SM Reine did with this. The amount of shit that she had to work through in order to put all this into a 5 book series is beyond me. There are series' out there with 10 and 15 books that aren't half as good as this one. I will say that everything feels like it's been dumped on our lap. Too much hit me too fast.

It took me longer than usual to get through a book in this series just because there's so much to process. I'm so tired!

This book mainly consists of Seth trying to figure out how to deal with Marion and the Genesis warp. Also falling into that is the Benjamin/Nathaniel issue. And wow is that a blow to my senses when I found out how that worked out. Charity and Arawn are still hanging out and it's ... Weird. As weird as you may think it could be. But thankfully, even though Charity is hanging out with him, she's still herself. And even without her magical glasses, and while in Revenant form, she's still our Charity.

One thing that stuck out to me that I really didn't like was Konig's physical treatment of Marion. In a previous book by the author there was a scene where this big man absolutely physically brutalized the main female character. I almost cried. Same thing happened here. Konig beat Marion so badly that I put the book down for 5 days. I couldn't handle it.

Moving on ...

I like how things ended up and how things were resolved. Even with SM's other series', she's a master at tying it all up. She's a master at character development, she's a master at making me fucking hate the shit out of someone and she's a master at making me wonder why the hell someone is dealing with the idiot I hate in the first place. And if you've read any review I've done on one of SM's books, you'll know that I hate Rylie with every fiber of my being. And ... Spoiler!!!!! ... In a previous book, Death told Rylie how she would be killed and who by. I want you all to know that I'll be cheering cause the killer is my best friend and twin. Thanks, SM. Lol.

Anyway ... this book is never slow, it's so action packed. I always feel like SM writes her characters correctly. There's a never a moment where I feel like 'this isnt something she/he would do.'

While every other paranormal series out there is focusing on sex, it's really nice to know that someone out there is writing a great story with awesome characters that you can get into, without using filler-sex to make the desired page count.

At the end of this, the author says the next series will focus on Dana McIntyre. I'm not how sure that one will work out considering that she's a forgettable character to me. But I suppose we do need to follow her around a bit, see what Benjamin is up to, and how the Middle Worlds are faring since the fallout fight between Konig and Marion.

Thanks to SM and her team for providing this book in exchange for a review and I look forward to more from her other series' in the future.

4 Stars

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Slowly Coming Back

Just wanted to put up a quick note and say HEY EVERYONE!!

I've been extremely busy and haven't had much time to read over the course of the last few months. I will be posting a new review in the next few days. But for those who have been waiting on a review, I still have your books, I will read them before I take on any more review requests. I have 6 books total that I need to finish and/or put up reviews for so they will come very soon since I think 3 have already been read. I just need to find my notes and type up the reviews.

Outside of that, if you have recently requested a review or blog post, please know that I won't be getting to anything new until I've finished the books on my list. The authors have been so patient and kind, waiting around for me to get my ish together and put those reviews up.

In short, I'm back to reading and reviewing but at a slower pace than before. I'm taking on less classes this semester than last so here's hoping!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Cast In Balefire by SM Reine

Despite the fact that I adore this series, I still hate Marion. That will never change. And now I hate her more than words can say.

This book is more of a rollercoaster than I imagined. There are so many twists that make it hard to explain and some unanswered questions as well.

This book starts with marital issues. If you remember, in the last installment, we find that Konig was being abusive to Marion and things only grow from there. Oddly enough, I found myself really interested in Konig. Before, he was just this man-child that was funny and messed up at the same time, now I'm intrigued by how he's handling his new found abstinence. On top of that, the whispers around the court are saying that Marion is cheating on the king, that they're not in love, and everyone hates her. It's this big scandalous mess that has me rooting for Marion. I wanted her to get some balls and go find Seth and leave.

Instead of her doing what I want, lol, Ariane (Marion's mother) appears and starts f****** things up. Now there is an elaborate plan to restore her memories that involves Marion going to Sheol and reuniting the Seth.

By the end of the book, you are more confused than you ever were in your entire life and you want to cut Marion into tiny pieces and feed her to Arawn. You find out plans that were made weren't made by who you think they were and it really messes you up!

I'm fucking flabbergasted. Like ... I want her dead. But ... At the end, there is a tiny shred of hope. Unfortunately it will lead to more of a cat and mouse mind game between Marion and Konig in the next book.

As usual, SM delivers. This is my second favorite series of hers and I am definitely looking forward to the next book.

4 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Curse on the Land by Faith Hunter

Soulwood, Book 2

I've been sitting on this for a while. I've read it twice but wasn't quite sure how to put the review into words. Faith gets me all flustered sometimes. Lol.

Nell is a Psyled agent now and Unit 18 has been given their first case. It starts off with them investigating some strange animal occurrences while having to deal with Occam and RickyBo acting weird around the full moon. On top of that, Brother Ephraim is still 'swimming' around Soulwood trying to cause trouble but the land isn't having it.

I'm sure you've read a million reviews on this book already so I'm cutting to the chase.

Paka is a queen! Paka is my queen! Paka is your queen! PAKA IS THE QUEEN TO BE!

If you take nothing else from this, just remember that the queen of petty is Paka. In this book, you find out what the deal between RickyBo and Paka is. And it is glorious ... Simply glorious. Like ... Everything I've said or felt about Rick in regards to how things went down with Jane ... like ... I feel like a new person and Paka gave me this incredible feeling.

Ok ok ok ... This book isn't about Paka but there was so much satisfaction there. Anyway ... Nell has grown stronger, more confident and is much more likeable than before. I finally get a better since of all the members of Unit 18 but I have a bit of a bone to pick with Jojo and her attitude. Outside of that, I'm still excited about the series as I have been before book 1 was even finished.

4 Stars