Sunday, November 21, 2010

Chosen by Jeanne C. Stein



Anna Strong, Book 6

In this book, Anna is back and becoming more and more vampire by the day. Now she's faced with these feelings that can range from pure rage to overwhelming lust. Her newest ability is sensing bad people ... Or vampires ... And when I mean bad people I mean people who are completely malicious, have committed heinous crimes and all of the above.

While trying to balance out the vampire side of her life with her real life, there is David, her partner, who hired someone, behind her back, to pick up her slack at the office (bounty hunting) when she's MIA. Although I was angry for her at first, the new bounty hunter (female) seemed to be a pretty decent gal.

Lance, her model vampire-boyfriend, plays a bigger role in this novel. Anna finds herself falling in love with him just in time for her to meet his sire, who is a son of a bitch. I can't say more without giving it a way, but damn ... *smh*

Daniel Frey ... They fight an attraction in this book due to the fact that he has a shape shifting girlfriend. I found myself wanting him to dump her because he seems better with Anna to me.

Good Point 1: We get some more of that sexy model Lance ...

Good Point 2: The story didn't drag or lack. I love being in Anna's head, even when no one else is allowed in.

Gripe 1: I feel Judy got off too easy in this book, but it opens up more novels to come in the series.

Gripe 2: Normally, I don't ever have a gripe about David but I'm starting to feel like he's pointless. However, he is her main connection to the human world and that has to be cherished. After what happened with him in this book, I just wish she would go on and tell him she's a vampire.

Overall, I thought this book was much more solid than all the rest. Good on Stein for that. It was a page turner, I loved the throat ripping and sassy comments throughout. Loved it, can't wait for the next.


4 Stars

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hunting Season by Shelly Laurenston



Hunting Season, The Gathering Book 1

The very first thing that caught my attention was the fact that our heroine has short hair. Dr. Denise Lawrence, PhD is 6 foot 1, some ethnicity that is Black, and has short short hair with kind of long bangs. That is my dream woman! If I were a lesbian, she would be my dream woman. I have wanted, my entire life, to be that build. I'm 5 foot 10 and not far from it, but still ... Anywho ...

The Crows and the Ravens sort of fight on the same side. The Ravens, males, serve Odin while The Crows, females, serve Skuld. The way the two groups interact with each other make my day. Some act more like a brother/sister combo while others are fighting off a mild and new attraction ... Then there's Neecy and Yager. Neecy is stubborn as hell and Yager just wants her to let him love her. It's a hard task when you think of a woman like Neecy.

I love her interaction with The Crows as well as The Ravens. I love her mind in any way it comes and she has got to be one of my favorite heroines to date.

Gripe 1: This book leans towards Erotica, which I don't like, however, it's so good that I didn't mind.

Good Point 1: Neecy has short hair. How many heroines can you say have short hair? None ... Definitely a different quality.

Good Point 2: The Crows all have distinctive personalities. They're not just a mesh of people the author threw in to fill space. These are characters that could easily carry their own book as Neecy had.

Good Point 3: Mike and Tye meant more to me than Yager. Sure, Yager was the hero, but there's so much more I wanted to know about Mike and a story that could develop with Tye and one of the Crows.

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I find it disheartening that the author has not decided to continue the series. Thinking of how it ended in reference to Neecy's new job and Arri's gift, I feel like the author should have provided her fans with at least a free read to tie up the loose ends of this. We get nothing ... Thanks a lot. But still, it's a great book and I'm glad I got the chance to read it.




4 1/2 Stars
IR: Neecy (Black)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Within The Shadows of Mortals by Rae Lori



Ashen Twilight, Book 2

Ariya is pulled back to her own Aziza realm and find that there is a threat she must deal with. In the midst of it, all immortals in the Earth realm are being attacked, killed or taken. We find later that those taken are used for experimental purposes. How they're taken, the procedures and Ariya trying to figure out what to do, is basically the entire book.

The action in this book is miles better than the first and this one didn't move as slow either. Ariya is a force moreso in this book than the first and you come to respect her much more as well.

Spoiler: Because of things that happened to Jace, he and Ariya have a hiccup that is quickly cured. Well ... Not cured ... But at least she was allowed to 'doctor' on him.

In the next book, I'm hoping to find out the answer to Ariya's question regarding Jace's wounds. And I'm also eager to find out how this relationship can work despite Jace's change of attitude. I'm also hoping it's a bit longer too ...


3 1/2 Stars
IR: AA(Ariya)/W(Jace)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Kindle Review

I FINALLY GOT A KINDLE! Ahhh! Once they dropped in price ($139) there was no reason I shouldn't get one. I actually bought mine from Best Buy instead of buying straight from Amazon which wasn't a big deal. The only thing was, I had to register it on Amazon so my books could be sent to it. Still no big deal.

Pro's:
1. No glare ... I haven't yet had a glare on the screen. Sure there is a really faint one in buildings with bright lights, but its nothing that will keep you from reading.
2. Battery life ... 1 month! Can you believe that? I was using Kindle on PC, and once I got an IPad, I was using it there. Since the Kindle devoted only to reading and not a million other things, I can enjoy books for a month before I have to charge again.
3. File types ... The kindle assigns an email address so that you can email files to your Kindle. HOW AWESOME IS THAT? It supports multiple formats from PDF (i wouldnt suggest that one) to DOC's, TXT and more ...
4. Wifi ... You can shop on amazon directly from your kindle, purchase and it will be delivered in less than a minute.
5. Ease of transfer ... If you have Kindle for PC, iPhone or iPad, amazon allows you to transfer the books you've purchased, to your handheld Kindle at no charge. I sent 20 ebooks to my Kindle and they all downloaded in less than 30 seconds.
6. Take your books anywhere! ... No one wants to tote around multiple books on vacations, in the car or even just going up the street. Thank goodness, this thing holds up to 3500 books on one device. I'm loosing my mind because of the awesomeness!
7. The value ... More and more books are written and not printed. Those that are not put in print are put in e-format for us to enjoy. Not only that, but those are always cheaper. Even books that come in print, will come in Kindle format and will be cheaper than purchasing the physical book.
8. Preview ... A lot of books on Kindle will allow you to sample the first chapter free.
9. Ease of use ... If you need the words to be bigger, you can make them bigger. If you want your device password protected, you can do that.

Con's
1. PDF ... Ive heard that other readers support PDF files. Kindle does also but it's not very good. When you open a PDF file on your Kindle, it shows you the entire page on that screen so the lettering is VERY small. In order to maximize it, you have to do it by percentage and pick what area you want to maximize ... Basically ... One square of the entire page will show on your screen once you maximize and you have to use your arrows to move it from left to right, up and down, to read your PDF file. I don't suggest dealing with a PDF file on Kindle.
2. Screen savers ... Kindle comes with screen savers already added to the Kindle. You get pictures of Ralph Ellison and Mark Twain and other old authors. You can't customize this feature.

A lot of pro's and not a lot of con's ... I love my Kindle. I purchased a case for it from Wal-Mart for $15 and purchased a skin (a pretty blue butterfly with black sparkles) on ebay for $10. Amazon sells both skins and cases but they are more expensive.

Again ... I love my Kindle. I love my Kindle ... I LOVE IT!

Updated ...

Finally got around to updating my reading selections ... Check those out. If anyone has read them, let me know what you thought.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Adrienne by D. Renee Bagby



We begin the story with Adrienne, a black female college senior who is attacked on campus one night and saved by the handsome Malik, the asian king of a kingdom in the Bron universe.

Good Point 1: They didn't fall in love in a day. My major problem with a lot of romances is that they fall in love SO FAST. Not in this book.

Good Point 2: Its a real page turner. From the moment you begin, you can't put it down. I finished it in one day.

Good Point 3: I found her immediately like of Feyr very cute. The same with Rena and Mischief. I loved reading any parts dealing with Adrienne and those three.

Bad Point 1: Not enough action. Malik was supposed to be a super powerful ruler but I got no action until the end of the book.

Bad Point 2: I don't like the time travel but then again I do. Its hard to really decide if I do or I dont. The fact that time travel was used made the ending of the 'fight' too easy. If there wouldnt have been any time travel, I think things would have turned out better as far as the action sequence goes. In contrast, adding the time travel added one of those 'oooooo' moments to the book and I love having those moments.

Bad Point 3: The descriptions were vague. I never got a clear vision of what Adrienne or Malik were supposed to look like. I got a better vision of Feyre than I got of any of the people. As far as Adrienne went, all I got was 'cinnamon brown skin and black hair' while for Malik, all I got was 'Slanted eyes, obviously Asian.'



3 1/2 Stars
IR: Adrienne (AA) Malik (Asian)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I'm Really Trying To Read This ...



I have been trying for months to read this book. I've picked it up three different times on three different days and have still failed to enjoy it. I'm putting it down. For me it was very slow. The style of writing was fine, but I thought it was just too boring to continue. I even skipped a chapter or two, in hopes that things would pick up, but I couldn't get into it. If anyone else had a better experience with it, I'd be happy to share your review with others.


0 Stars

Friday, August 13, 2010

Shadow Chase by Seressia Glass


Shadowchasers, Book 2

Recently, I'd re-read book 1 so I could be ready for this one and I definitely enjoyed it more the second time around. Not only that, it really got me ready for this one.

This book starts only days after Kira and Khefar came back from the dead and were given new positions but the higher powers of Isis and Ma'at. This book outdoes the first in more ways than I really could have imagined. Honestly, I didn't think it would be better than the first book and was looking for a huge fail.

Key points: It wasn't as repetitive as the first book.
We get lots of new background information on Kira. Thank goodness!
Bernie shows up again in this one.

Sidebar ... I really wish we could have gotten some flashbacks or something to learn more about Kira and Bernie's relationship. I only say that because in book 1, it still felt to me like it was just a really nice work relationship they had, nothing that would scream father/daughter. We get that in book 2 but it would have been nice to get a little more on that

Key points: It moved so much faster than the first book.
There's more drama in this book.
The action is tons better in this book. LOVED IT!

Things to look for in the next book: SPOILERS! There are some things dealing with Bernie I feel like will come and bite us in the butt for the third book. Apparently he had some special artifacts that only Kira is to see and use her extrasense on. Ooooo, I was so hoping we would get to that in this one but I guess I have to wait until the next one. Also, the shadowling/avatar bitch that Kira faced in Between ... Definitely has to be back for the third.

I was also waiting for Kira to slip further into the dark side but surprisingly, her good side has just as much fight as her dark side. YAY!

This book just never left me feeling empty or bored. It was a page turner that I finished in a day and a half and am SO GLAD I read this. Yikes it was great. So for those of you who weren't into the first book, please make sure you get this one, it's great.



5 Stars

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Wild Light by Marjorie M. Liu


Hunter Kiss, Book 3

First let me say ... I gave books 1 and 2 shining reviews. However, over the past month, I reread them both and didn't like them nearly as much. I was basically upset with the fact that I loved the books in the first place. On my second reading, I give book one 3 stars and give book two 3 stars as well. Meh ...

Book 3. I preordered this baby last month so I was ready for it when it came out. I'd already re-read books one and two and was looking forward to this. In book 3 we get to see more of big bad Maxine. I have to say that there is a ton more drama in this book than in the previous books.

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Good Point 1: We get some background information on our smaller characters like Byron, Jack, other Hunter ancestors (some stuff that will knock you out!) and the little demons that hug Maxine's body (thats where the drama comes in yall, and its good).

Good Point 2: Grant is still the sexiest crippled man EVER. I always thought he was sexy but now that otherworldly creatures are afraid of him (and Maxine) that makes things even better.

Good Point 3: Im so invested in these characters that I will continue with the series despite it being really mediocre.

Gripe 1: Sex scene ... There were no sex scenes in the first two books. The first two books only implied they were getting it on while in this one ... Oh yes you read about how they got it on.

Gripe 2: Info dumps. Every book will have a lot of info dumps, especially in a series. But this one had SO MANY info dumps that it was killing me to read it. I wanted to skip so much because it was really very boring but I knew I needed to read it. SCRATCH THAT ... It wasnt the info dumps ... It was Maxine's thought process. Maybe that bugged me.

Gripe 3: I felt like things moved way too fast. This book seemed really rushed and I don't know why. It almost seems like she was trying to hurry and end the series but that's not the case judging by how things turned out with the veil and all.

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Maybe my tastes have changed because The Iron Hunt was literally the first paranormal book I'd ever read. I think the problem is there's hardly any dialogue ... Or maybe not. I don't know ... I was just so pained to read this at moments but I really WANTED to keep going. It's a page turner but I can't figure out why. Oh yes I know why ... The little demons, they keep me coming back.

SPOILER!!!! There is a werewolf ... And I kinda like it.



3 Stars

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Kiss of Ashen Twilight by Rae Lori


Ashen Twilight, Book 1

It took me a little bit of time to get into this book because I bought the Ebook and not the print version. That's not always a good idea for me because I like to take books with me. Anyhow ... I'm so glad I read this.

I've had the pleasure of conversing with Rae Lori on my IR Goodreads Group and I've gotta say, she's a wonderful woman.

On to the book ... Ariya is a Fairy Queen from the Aziza Realm and Jace is a Scottish vampire from the Earth realm. The chemistry between the two is like that 'oh hurry up and have sex already' so when they finally do you're like 'oh thank goodness.' Lol. The book seemed really short but then again, I haven't been able to stop reading it since I started it earlier today and I had nothing to do all day, lol.

Spoilers ... There are some people in the Earth realm who basically wiped out Ariya's people in hopes at a shot at her.

During the course of the book, the only thing that bothered me was there was that love formed all too fast. Then again, Im too much of a realist and I have a stone cold heart, HA.

One thing that I loved ... Even though the book lays out Jace as being this really sexy vamp, I didn't get the vibe that he was so dang sexy and that made him very sexy to me. Yes, he was ripped, and yes, he had amazing eyes and yes he probably had the softest brown hair imaginable, but I just felt like he was an average looking guy that likes to work out. However, because of that, he made me happy.

Ariya, being cocoa brown with chestnut hair and a very curvy figure ... I could totally picture a body like that in the corsets she was wearing, BAM that chick was bad!

My hope for the next book is that we see more of the Aziza guards and hopefully Jace goes on a little trip to the Aziza realm. I wonder how that would work out.

Normally, when I read books, I'm so hard on the female because they're always wimps, but not Ariya. Not only is she powerful, but she's strong and unafraid to do anything without consent. She's her own woman, thank goodness!



3 1/2 Stars
IR: Ariya (AA)/Jace(W)

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Nice!



I was browsing through Amazon.com to find something to read and came across this book. I didn't buy the book because I can't stand erotica but I love the cover. It's sizzles ... Fierce!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lover Mine by J.R. Ward


Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 8

My faith in JR Ward has finally been restored. After the last few duds, we got a lot of good meat in this book and boy am I pleased. This book focused on John Matthew/Xhex plus Lash and a couple named Gregg and Holly. Not only that, but we got a lot of flashbacks of Darius's life when he met Tohr and a woman they were searching for.

SPOILERS!!!!!

At the end of the last book, Xhex was kidnapped by Lash. For about a month, Xhex was beaten (if fighting back really well counts towards being beaten counts, go for it) and raped by Lash and was held in kind of like an invisible prison.

John and the Brothers actually find her but because of Lash's powers, they walk right into the room with her and don't know she's there. Basically, John has a nervous breakdown because now he believes his woman is dead.

Blah blah blah they get her back and we learn a ton of shit about Xhex that only makes me love her more. Xhex is the only female out of all the Shellans that can do anything for herself and that is the main reason why John loves her so much. She's strong.

Its painfully evident that John Matthew is Darius reincarnated, but of course the Brother's don't know that and neither does John. This brings me to the flashbacks of Darius's life. The female that he and Tohr saved ended up giving birth to Xhex. Tohr knows this ... Darius even named the girl ... So that makes this all the more sweet.

The Gregg/Holly stuff I skipped some of because I had no idea what the point was until the end. Muhrder.

Thank you, JR for redeeming yourself, I had almost lost faith. Good effing book. Thank you. Except ... Why the hell couldn't Xhex be black? Ugh ...



3 1/2 Stars
IR: Darius (AA, but it doesnt mean shit in this book)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward


Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 7

Definitely the most boring book out of the series. It focused on Rehvenge/Elehna as well as John/Xhex and also Lash. That son of a bitch Lash.

I love Rehv but like always, I hate dealing with the females in these books because they're boring. Xhex, however, is not. I love the fact that John has decided she is his female despite what happened between them in this book.

Im going to keep reading the series because Im very interested in John Matthew, Xhex, Blay and Quinn. Lash can eat my ass for all I care. Lol. But I tell you what, he has a spectacular range of tricks.



1 1/2 Stars

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Woooooo! Excitement!

The IR group on goodreads.com has 9 members now. Yes, Im excited about it having 9 members. If you haven't checked it out yet, please do, full fledge discussion are going on as well as wonderful suggestions. Thank goodness for summer ... no papers to grade so I can read until my hearts content.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Lover Enshrined by J.R. Ward


Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 6

Yet, another dud by my favorite authoress, lol. This book was about Phury and him trying to kick his drug habit while being Primale. I gotta say I like how that whole scenario played out with him being Primale ...

Lash is a son of a bitch.

Quinn, Blay and John are one hell of a trio and I love them to pieces.

Aside from one major event in this book, its nothing to remember a week from now.



2 Stars

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward


Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 5

Meh ... I think this book was worse than Butch's. Well it had it's good moments with John Matthew and Phury. But this book was supposed to be about V. I'll tell you what though, we learn a lot of amazing things about V and his parentage that you don't want to miss. But overall, the book was just BLAH. *sigh* And I was really looking forward to this. But whatever.

The ending ... Just no ... The way he gets his girl ... Just fucking no. This makes me angry, just like with Mary. And John Matthew made a good point, why do they get these women but Wellsie is dead and Tohr is suffering about it? Fuck you, JR, you've upset me with these females.

The only female I want to read about next is Xhex.



2 1/2 Stars

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward


Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 4

I was on this incredible high from book 3 so I just HAD to pick up book 4. Book 4 was a real disappointment. I knew Butch was special, and he definitely was, but it was such a boring story. It seemed as though the other Brothers had this incredible back history while the only thing Butch had that was weighing on his shoulders was the death of his sister. Although, you do find out some interesting information about his father towards the end of the book.

This book had a lot of focus on the Lessers as Butch becomes connected to them. I thought that aspect of this book was really good and I thought JR wrote Marissa's character perfectly. I also really enjoyed dealing with V.

Even though I didn't like this book, V said some things about himself in this book that I can't ignore so I must read the next one.


3 Stars

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward


Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3

My hands are shaking. I just finished this book and I am so incredibly happy that I read it. This book outdoes the first two by miles.

This book focuses on Zsadist, who is my favorite of the Brothers. We learn a lot about his past. JR Ward leaves out no details. I wont spoil it but I was in tears actually at certain parts. Not only that, but so much more happens with the other Brothers in this book that made me cry even more. I mean, right now, my hands are shaking, my emotions are high and I'm just so happy to have read this.

The series should have started with this. Look out for V, Tohr, Butch and Phury. Just ... Yall ... Please ... I'm just a mess right now this shit was so damn awesome. OMG ... and the drug dealer. OMG ... Yall ...

How great this book is, I can't describe it. I don't want to give a single detail away but PLEASE PLEASE ... Please read this.


5 Stars

Monday, May 10, 2010

Spoiled Rotten by Brandi Johnson



First off all ... This isn't a paranormal book at all. It's an African American ... Urban book. Basically it's drama. I usually don't read these kinds of books but when I was in Wal-Mart 2 days ago. I saw the book and bought it only because my favorite video vixen turned rapper is on it. Angel Lola Luv aka Lola Monroe. So anyway, I read the book and didn't completely hate it, but I did at the same time.

I don't like reading plain African American urban books because they're so stereotypical of what white America thinks black America is like (even though a black person writes them). I hate that shit.

Basically, we've got this high school girl called Trouble (Candria) who digs Dariel. He has a stalkerish, pregnant, ex girlfriend named Jameelah and she has a wonderful older, drug selling, brother who's been raising her for years. Drama, drama, drama. The pregnant ex keeps hating on Trouble and tries to take Dariel. The brother gets killed, Trouble has sex with the brother, then has him killed. In the end, shes pregnant by her brothers killer and Dariel accepts the baby, now feeling that she understands his situation with the ex girlfriend/mother of his child, that he hates.

I think that if the book had been written better that I would have liked it. But there was no UMPH to the book. You read a Urban Fantasy or a Paranormal and the imagery is out of this world plus the descriptions are amazing as are the use of words. So yea, the book would have been good had it been written better.

2 1/2 Stars.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward


Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

++++ MAJOR MAJOR SPOILERS COMING ++++

Alright ... This book was centered around Rhage. Rhage aka Hollywood ... He stands roughly at 6'7'', built Ford tough with an asymmetrical swing type of haircut ... Blond hair and electric blue eyes. He's nicknamed Hollywood because of his reputation with the ladies, plus the fact that people mistake him for a model and/or actor. Anyway ... Rhage is also the brother with a dragon tattoo on his back, that happens to come to life if he doesn't 'release' in some way. The best way to keep it at bay is to have sex. But when he gets EXTRA pissed, he turns into the dragon and eats everything.

The first book, I thought that feature was pretty damn cool, however, in this book, I think I was mostly put off by how boring the main female was.

In this book, we have Mary Luce ... She has leukemia, works at a suicide hot line and is an assistant at a law firm. She comes in contact with a boy, by the name of John Matthew, who's mute, and is actually a vampire who hasn't yet gone through the change.

Ok no I wont give away everything in the book.

I thought Mary was boring as shit. But at the same time, I feel like Rhage needed a boring, and average looking woman to offset his good looks and way of living.

I really want to say something about the ending. Ok yea I'm gonna say it. No I wont. *sigh* ... The ending, I actually hated but I realize it has to be that 'happily ever after' type of ending so us female readers can feel satisfied. Not this one, but whatever.

Will I get the next book? I don't know. I said I wanted to get book 3 to read about Zsadist but now I kinda don't want to. Although he probably will have the best story out of the whole set of brothers, I just don't want to deal with another boring female who turns a tough Brother into a bitch.

Oh ... John Matthew ... Yea, you know him.



3 Stars

Monday, May 3, 2010

Book Switch

I put down Crate and Peril and picked up Lover Eternal. I tried my hardest to get into Crate and Peril and like it but I can't. I'll try again on another day, but as for this day, just no ...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

So this Crate and Peril book ...

I'm trying to get into it but it's not happening. I put it in my Currently Reading box and read up to chapter 3 while I was getting a pedicure. Im not really into it at all right now. Nothing about it is sending me signals, its just ... MEH ... I dont know, we'll see what happens in the next few days. I hope my books come in the mail soon, it's taking forever.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell



I cant ... I just ... That ending sucked ass! I am so angry right now!

SPOILERS, MAJOR SPOILERS

Satha is a 24 year old virgin girl from a darker skinned clan and she marries Loic, an 18 year old chiefs son from a mid-toned skin clan.

*takes a deep breath*

They marry ... Become pregnant ... Satha is raped and the child she is carrying dies ... She gets angry and tells her husband to avenge her and kill the man who raped her. He goes off to find this man ... Satha is kidnapped and sold into slavery with the white skinned people ... Loic becomes trapped by evil spirits at a house hold ... Satha agrees to have her slave holders child because his wife cant have any more children ... Loic learns the ways of the Creator and the Creator is going to keep him safe and deliver his people from the evil white skinned Angleni ... Satha has a child, a boy, like her owner wanted ... years later his wife has a boy successfull and Satha (plus her son) are cast out into the desert ... *sigh* ... Loic frees himself from the bonds of the evil spirits and ends up finding Satha ... They go home, yay yay yay ... No one wants to bend to the new ways ... Loic continues to tell them that if the 3 tribes don't follow The Creator, shit will happen ... The shit happened ... They were all enslaved by the Angeleni people ... Book over.

BULLFUCKINGSHIT!!!!!!! I am more than extra super sized pissed right now. These two people literally went through got damm living hell and still came up fucking enslaved. BULLFUCKINSHIT I HATE THIS SHIT I HATE IT. Bullfuckingshit.

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The book started off slow but picked up by about chapter 3. It was definitely a page turner and I couldn't put it down, however, I found that a lot of the conversation between Loic and 'elders' was very boring and I would skip a page to get passed it. I loved reading about their struggles though but felt like ... They went through all this and got nothing out of it. There was no green grass ... Just more poverty and enslavement despite The Creator (and Loic) being the good guy. In all fairness, it wasn't Loic's fault that they failed, the three tribes were not interested in the Lost Book, only the tainted version that the evil spirits had been feeding them.

Still, I'm just so disappointed, this thing really pissed me off. Could have been a 5 star book but it's not. I just ... I cant.



3 1/2 Stars ... Bullfuckingshit

Monday, April 26, 2010

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward


Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

First let me say. This was a jammin ass book. I just finished and the only thing I can say is 'fucking good shit.' Pretty vulgar, I know, but it's just that awesome. First, let me go through the good points.

Good Point 1: The Verbage: Everything was 'my brother,' or 'you feel me?' ... The slang was out of here. Group of white vampire warriors jamming to Notorious BIG among other rap music that wasn't named. How cool are they?

Good Point 2: It's a wonderful change to read about vampires who aren't so traditional. They're hip, they're big, they're young(ish), they're strong and they're so fucking fly. I could bed them all (including Z).

Good Point 3: I love all of their personalities and the extra 'powers' that each of them possess uniquely.

Alright, now it's time to go through my gripes for the book.

Gripe 1: Darius is one of the Black Dagger Brothers ... Apparently he's big and very black and killed early on in the book (go figure).

Gripe 2: Darius has a daughter who is plain ass white. That bothered me the entire way through. The book described her skin as 'pale cream' ... When I read that part, I actually put the book down for a day. I had to collect myself, get past it and keep going because the brothers are so sexy.

Gripe 3 & Good Point 4: Wrath turned into a bitch when he fell in love. That angered me because I felt like ... Here's this guy who's so fucking macho, but he gets with a woman and turns into a puppy dog. I mean he's 'i love you leelan, i love you wife, kiss me, never leave me,' and all that b.s but .... when it was time to kick some ass, he whooped that ass! So apparently, being in love didn't make him soft when it counted.

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Overall ... The swag the brothers have is amazing. They're current and just damn delicious. I wish there would have been more action, though, but there was a lot of story that had to be put into this book. I'm thinking 3 stars but leaning towards 4 ... I don't know ... Well yes I know now. But still, great book. I told myself I wasn't going to get book 2 but I ordered it. I can't help it. What happened with Darius is keeping me going back, plus, I'm anxious to get to the book (I think it's book 3) that features Z, he's my favorite. Recommended? Hell yea ...


3 1/2 Stars
IR: Beth (AA/White mixed but really doesn't count because she doesn't look like it)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Escape by Seven Steps



I love that sci fi futuristic type of thing so I thought this book would work for me. The heroine is a black woman on planet Venus where women are apparently the top dog. Theyre so top dog-ish to the point where the only men on the planet are there to work and be servants. Our heroine is in love with her servant, who she's had since the age of 7.

From the very beginning, the heroine, I think her name is Taylor, was annoying as sin. I know I said Jayne (Unclean Spirits) was annoying but this girl takes the cake. Basically, she wants to shout her love to the world but her servant, and love, keeps telling her to shut the hell up because they'll get in trouble. Which is true. I stopped at chapter 3, skipped to chapter 6, read to chapter 7 and then put the book away.

I absolutely cannot deal with a character that hard headed and dumb! This girl made me cringe and feel absolutely horrible for her servant boyfriend. Piece of crap, I hope that girl got killed or somethin cause she wore me out.


0 Stars
IR: Taylor (AA)

Monday, April 19, 2010

Soul Song by Marjorie Liu


Dirk & Steele, Book 6

I put down the Dirk & Steele series after book 1. I picked up book 6 because it was said to be interracial, and it is. I gotta tell you ... I picked it up and couldn't put it down. I'm so pleased that I read it. However, I do have a few gripes.

1. Why is it these people always fall in love so fast? 1 day? Really? ... I know this is Paranormal/Fantasy but ... No.

2. There's no difference in characters. I'll explain.

Although I love the book, I feel like all of the characters are the same. They even speak the same. Kitala Bell is a professional fiddler. She's mixed with black and white, came from humble (broke) beginnings and has a grandmother who was a witch in Louisiana. However, this woman doesn't act black at all. She's very boring. In fact, she acts like all of the other characters in this book. She, M'Cal and The Witch all speak the same way. The only character in the book who's different from the rest is Koni.

I thought it was awesome to hear from Dela and Hari (book 1).

Brief Synopsis ... Kitala can see death, murder specifically. For instance, if you're going to be stabbed in the heart and die as a result, she'll see you walking around with a knife sticking out of your heart. M'Call, the merman was actually sent to kill her, but over the span of a few hours, they realized they loved each other.

I actually really liked the book despite my gripes. There was SOOOOOOOOOO much action that I found myself grinning at every page turn during the violence.

My questions at the end where, what happened to the witch and shark? What happened to Yu and the other guy?

It's a page turner, I definitely recommend it. Yes it seems like I'd give it a bad review but those things stuck out to me SO MUCH that I had to talk about it. Anywho ... Really great book. I hear book 7 features the BMWW combo so I might check that out.


4 Stars
IR: Kitala (AA)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Goodreads.com

As an extension of this blog. I've started a group on goodreads.com ... If you're interested in joining the group, I need members. Click the link below.

Interracial and African American Paranormal Book Group.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Darker Angels by M.L.N. Hanover


The Black Sun's Daughter, Book 2

Thankfully, this book caught me from the beginning (unlike the last book). Maybe it caught me because of where it was set, New Orleans ... Maybe because there was a young girl in the book with the gift of Sight or maybe because it seemed as though Jayne was less annoying than in book one. Either way it goes ... This book is a lot better than the first.

Jayne, Ex, Chogyi Jake and Aubrey travel to New Orleans to help out an ex FBI agent, Karen, who wants to save a girl from being 'ridden.' As soon as I got a good grip on Karen, I already knew it would be a person Jayne would have some kind of a conflict with because she's what Jayne is supposed to be. One thing that I didn't expect was Ex ... WOW.

I have to shut myself up before I give away key points of the book but I will say ... I thought Jayne would have grown up a bit but no, Jayne is still annoying, there is still no mention of Black Sun's Daughter, and although the book has excellent cover art ... It has nothing to do with the heroine. Ugh ...

Definitely better than the first but Jayne still annoys me to no end.


3 Stars
IR: Potential interracial situation ... Just speculation. I believe Chogyi Jake is white, but he said in the book that he doesn't find white women attractive. I'll be looking out for that in the next books to come.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Moon Shadow by Lucinda Betts



This wasn't ever put on my 'Currently Reading ...' box on the side bar, It was on my 'Reading Next ...' box ... I just happened to pick it up when I left Darker Angels in the car and was getting into another.

I bought it because it was said to be interracial witch romance ... I dont know how the hell I didn't see that it was more erotic than anything else. I stopped 3 pages into the first chapter. This woman had to finger screw herself on a heart pentagram to get the spell to work right.

Finger screw herself ...

I tried to get through it but could not ... I love porn but I can't stand reading about sex ... Just no.


0 Stars.
IR: I have no idea.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dark Passion by Sara Reinke


The Brethren Series, Book 3

Is Deva crying like a bitch? Wanted to but no, lol ... Wouldn't get me that easily. I picked up this book late last night and finished it just now ... My mind is blown. All the gripes I had about the second book are non existent when reading the third. I do not know how to put into words how I feel about this wonderful end of the series.

Ok first ... I do have 2 gripes. 1) Lina was annoying as HELL ... 2)Eleanor and the non-tying up of the ending.

Read the book and you'll know what #2 is about.

Anywho ... There were so many questions answered in this book. I wish the book would have been stretched to a book 4 so she could really cover all that information she packed in there ... But at the same time, I think she did a damn good job with putting it in that 1 book.

What else to say? I'm just dumbfounded ... All the info ... Things I'd wanted to know where answered as just ... *sigh* ... So happy with this. The book costs a pretty penny online, but hopefully you can find it cheap at a Half Priced Books like I did ... Its worth scouting for.


4 1/2 Stars.
IR: Lina (AA)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Currently Reading

I'm reading the second of the Black Sun's Daughters ... But I finally got my hands on the third and final book of the Brethren series by Sara Reinke. I swore up and down I wouldn't read the third but since I got it, I thought I would give it a shot ... And got damm am I glad I did. I haven't been able to tear myself away since yesterday. I'll have a full report up on it probably tomorrow.


+++ Deva

Friday, April 9, 2010

Taking Suggestions ...

I searched Amazon.com high and low for an Interracial Paranormal book that I hadn't read. I found a few, but they were on the erotic side and I absolutely can't stand those more than Romances.

I found 1 more by D. Renee Bagby that I'll most likely be buying if I can find it at a better price. "Adrienne" ... The male is asian ... Yum!

Other than that ... I'm ultra picky when it comes to cover art. Sometimes, I buy books based on the cover art alone (Unclean Spirits), so the others that I found ... The cover art didn't draw me in. *sigh* ... I should stop that, really.

Any suggestions?

Edit: I just found it on google to read up to page 312 (amazon says there are 320 pages). WHOA! ... Adrienne by D. Renee Bagby.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass


Shadowchasers, Book 1

I had a hard time getting into this book when I first got it. As I said in a post before, it took me a while to just want to read it. But that night, after I wrote that post, there was action ... And it was glorious. Kira is a 20 something (25-26ish) Shadow Chaser who works for the Gilead Commission ... Basically, the good guys. She happens upon a piece of chocolate thunder, Khefar, whom she reads wrong in the beginning, but makes her tingle by the end.

Kira is like a black version of X-Men's Rogue ... Being that she can't touch people or she zaps their strength from them, maims them or kills them. Which is awesome because I always thought Rogue was the business.

This book uses Egyptian and West African folklore and mythology. Which is a major plus in my book because it seems like no one will touch that ... Probably because a lot of people don't pay attention to African mythology of any kind.

My gripes for the book are, it moved a little slow in the beginning ... But I won't count it against the book TOO MUCH because there was a lot of back story that we needed to know about before we could get to the ass kicking nature of the book. However, it was a bit repetitive, like we didn't remember anything. Another gripe would be that the characters are boring. Kira isn't. She's lovely. Khefar ... Who is 4000 years old is a bit boring but yet surprising. I love the fact that even though he's 4000, he keeps up with the Joneses. Lol.

The most colorful characters for me were Wynne and Zoo ... Wynne more than Zoo, but I love them both.

Am I getting the next book? Yes ... Did it leave off at a cliffhanger? No ... GOOD, I hate cliffhanger endings but Glass ended this book in a great way. Tied up the loose ends and the next book will take us through another adventure, as if it were a tv show.


4 Stars.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Other Books on My Shelf Include ...

I've been looking at my book shelf and there are some more books there that I have and never touched. For some of them, there's really no reason in particular, but for others, there are. If you've read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them. I have no motivation what so ever to read them.

Shadow Touch by Marjorie M. Liu --- I didn't pick this up because it's a Dirk & Steele novel and after reading Tiger Eye, I was kind of turned off.

Red Heart of Jade by Marjorie M. Liu - Same reason as above, although I do want to read it since the lead is asian ... is she asian? She looks black but asian ... I dont know.

Riding the Snake - No reason for not reading it ... I bought it during the time I was only reading James Patterson novels. I've read a ton of those.

Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding - I actually started this book and put it down by chapter 2. It seems like it would be good but it didn't keep me. Also, I'm so used to reading interracial (If Angels Burn) or paranormals with severe amounts of asskicking from the start (Skinwalker), that this didn't do it for me.

FINALLY ...

Books that I can think of, that I've written reviews on are posted. A lot of them are months old, some have actually been done within the past month and a half. As the sidebar says, I'm currently reading "Shadow Blade" and kind of having a hard time getting through it. I'm on chapter 5 and I've had the book for over a week now. Normally, I can knock out a book in one day, two to three days tops if I have a lot going on but this one ... I don't know why ... It's just moving so slow for me and I can't make myself WANT to pick it up and read it. Hopefully that changes in the next day or so. I have other books that I really want to get to after this one.

Wish me luck ...


+++ Deva

Stay the Night by Lynn Viehl


A Novel of the Darkyn, Book 7

This book falls on Robin of Locksley and Chris, an FBI Agent. I cant say anything about the book except Alex stumbles upon something huge and your jaw will drop when you find out what it is.

I'm so disappointed that I feel like crying. When I got the book, I couldnt put it down until it was finished. I love Robin of Locksley, Jayr, Alex and Michael ... But for the first time, I was really starting to enjoy John. That's one thing that disappointed me about this book ... Viehl left a huge lose end with John and that breaks my heart immensely. Not only him ... but Guy (Nottingham) as well ... I don't feel like the book is finished ... I dont feel like the series is finished. I think one more book could finish the series off properly but I don't think Viehl really thought this one through ... It was as if she was trying to hurry and push through her next series of books, which I will not be reading.

I want to read them but I'm just so hurt and disappointed with this. It would have ended up being great, but there were too many things Viehl left undone and I can't get past it.

So disappointed.


4 Stars (because I know there wont be anymore coming)
IR: Alex (AA)

One more thing ... I went on Viehl's site and actually asked her about the awkward ending of this series to start another. She informed me that the publisher wanted this series ended ... When she told me that, I fell flat on my back. I wanted to cry at the time, lol ... Can't do anything about it. Just give Viehl a nice pat on the back for a series well done.

Twilight Fall by Lynn Viehl


A Novel of the Darkyn, Book 6

Im not going to lie to you. I dont remember a single thing about this book ... Not even from the end of Alex and Michael. I do know that this was a book I skipped through a lot because Liling was not interesting to me at all. OH wait ... I do remember that she can make flowers grow and they tend to make everyone feel a bit better about life ... Or something of that nature. Anywho ... I might try to re-read it, but if my memory serves me correctly, I wasn't digging it.


1 Star
IR: Alex (AA), Liling (AsA)

Evermore by Lynn Viehl


A Novel of the Darkyn, Book 5

Jayr, Byrne and Robin of Locksley ... Yes, you read that right ... THEE Robin Hood. I thought it was odd when I first found out that he was that Robin Hood but when i tell you that he's something wonderful ... He is. This is the first book of the Darkyn series that I've loved since the first book. Jayr is a scrawny woman, who people often mistake for a boy, however, her Lord, Byrne, knows of her beauty. As Alex and Michael visit, she asks for Alex's help while Michael has to make a big decision about Byrne's future.

So much goes on in this book but it will NOT confuse it. It's a page turner. Every single character in this book is amazing. I skipped nothing, I highly recommend it ... I would read it again. As a matter of fact, I think I will.


5 Stars
IR: Alex (AA)

Night Lost by Lynn Viehl


A Novel of the Darkyn, Book 4

Gabriel and Nicola didn't do it for me in this book. They're supposedly the lead of this book but I couldn't get into their story. I tried very hard but Alex and Michael still ruled all for me. However, it has a very nice twist at the end that you have to read the whole book to understand. It was better than the last book but still not nearly as good as the first.


3 Stars
IR: Alex (AA)

Dark Need by Lynn Viehl


A Novel of the Darkyn, Book 3

By the time this book came out, I was so into Alex and Michael, that I literally skipped through a lot of who the book was supposed to be about. I noticed, reading reviews of the series, that a lot of people gripped about this. I'm one of those people that wants to follow the debut characters around, they're debut characters for a reason.

I read this book a few months ago and I honestly cannot remember anything about the lead characters of this story. I just cant, it was that forgettable.


2 1/2 Stars
IR: Alex (AA)

Private Demon by Lynn Viehl


A Novel of the Darkyn, Book 2

Out of the entire series, this one wasn't a favorite of mine but it was better than others. I will definitely applaud the fact that Viehl keeps Alex and Michael in every book, even if they're centered on someone else. It was actually a bit forgettable until the end but I still read it page for page.


3 1/2 Stars
IR: Alex (AA)

If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl

A Novel of the Darkyn, Book 1

I was on my usual search for Interracial Paranormal books on amazon.com and ran across this. The reviews seemed pretty good so I bought it. This book features a black woman, main character, by the name of Alexandra. She's a famous reconstructive surgeon and she's called upon by a french vampire, named Michael, who literally had his face beaten away.

I gotta tell you ... This is the first interracial paranormal book Ive read, where the black female actually acts like a black female. Other black females in these types of books are kind of sugar coated and I really hate that. This woman is smart as hell, sassy and smartassy (yea i said smartassy). This broad never let me down. Michael is a sexy vampire himself ... I haven't gotten to the 2nd book yet, but I'll be ordering that this week. In the meantime, get this one. I loved it.


5 Stars

Blood Cross by Faith Hunter


Jane Yellowrock, Book 2

Is it better than the first? Maybe just a bit. I'm a big fan of a certain little person in this book who does something very big at the end. I love how Jane isn't alone. A lot of books with a main heroine that have powers, are usually 'alone in the world' but not Jane, she needs those around her and they love her like family.

Jane is kick-ass in this book just like the first ... Faith Hunter deserves a damn good hug for this woman.


5 Stars
IR: Jane (NA)

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter


Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

My best friend purchased this for me for my birthday and am I pleased! 6 foot, Native American woman with a personality. I've always griped about the female leads in paranormal books always seeming so boring (with the exception of Hunter Kiss) But Jane is not! She has humor, flare and also knows how to have a good time. I don't want to give anything away but she is definitely different from a lot of the female heroine's out there right now. She's at the top of the pile.

Another bonus ... NO ANNOYING SEX SCENES ... Just action and story!

Love the style of writing. The style changes when she changes and the way its woven in is absolutely wonderful.


5 Stars
IR: Jane (NA)

Unclean Spirits by M.L.N. Hanover


Black Suns Daughters, Book 1

I decided to buy the book because the premise was something that I could really get into. I loved what the book was about, I loved the story and loved 2 out of the 5 characters, the main character wasn't one of them.

The main character, Jayne, is 22 and whines like she's 12. THROUGH THE WHOLE BOOK she sounds like a whiney brat. You know that child in the mall thats sitting on the bare ground and pouting until she gets what she wants? That's Jayne.

Book One of the Black Sun's Daughter ... Daughter of the black sun ... Black Sun ... Daughter ... is never mentioned in this book at all. I suppose the author wanted to build up to it for the next book but Hanover should have at least given us a page of something that referred to it except for one 1 line.

Upon first seeing Aubrey, her love interest, she immediately knew she wanted this man, and has sex with him the first chance she gets ...

She finds out a few neat details about herself that proves useless through the rest of the book.

If you plan on getting this, Midian is wonderful ... And WHEN I buy the second book, he's the only reason I'm buying it.

Ex is a wonderful father figure and Jayne needs that badly. That girl needs to grow up, because if she acts like she did in the first book, I'm burning it.

Overall ... No, I don't recommend it unless you can take being annoyed.


1 1/2 Star

Serenity by D. Renee Bagby



It was a great story, but I thought it was written badly. The dialogue wasn't so bad but the actual writing of the book was juvenile and lame. It read as if a high schooler wrote the book and that bothered me the whole way through. It felt rushed, the story pulls you in and you definitely want to keep reading til the end but in the end, I feel like I wasted five bucks when I could have only wasted 2.


2 1/2 Stars
IR: All Humans (Brown Skin) and brightly colored Demons.

Ebony Eyes by Kei Swanson



I actually bought this book last week and was excited to get it. I was just looking for something interracial to read. I hate romances. This book is a romance. I knew that when I bought it but I really wanted a black woman/asian man combo so that was my reasoning behind buying it.

I struggled to read 4 chapters of this book before I finally gave up. It was so disappointing. No, it wasn't disappointing, it was just flat out bad. Corie Rickman was rich and well known but annoying, whiny and childish. Laine seemed to be a pretty sexy man but the author continued to make a point of Corie ALWAYS noticing his bulging muscles.

He was the worst cop EVER. He's the type of undercover cop that, if this had been real life, would continuously blow operations on a regular basis. It was just appalling. This book seemed nowhere close to being realistic. This woman was living in her mall bookstore with a cat ... No. Did I mention she was childish and whiny? Oh I did? I need to say it again ... Annoying and childish! There were so many things wrong with this book right down to grammatical errors and repeat descriptions.


0 Stars

Step Into Darkness by Naomi Bellis



I still have no idea how a romance book wound up in front of me. I absolutely despise romances. Actually, I know why I read it ... It said something about magic, so I thought I would give it a shot. The amount of magic in the book is nearly non existent but it's actually a very good story. It's a historical romance, which I can stomach more than regular ones and Gentleman Jack is actually pretty damn fine. But still ... It is a romance.


3 Stars

Monday, April 5, 2010

Retribution by Jeanne C. Stein


Anna Strong Chronicles, Book 5

Now her problem is with Burke and Williams. The girl can never catch a break. When someone in the police department dies, Williams, in essence, goes crazy and blames Anna for it. Rightly so, because she's so stubborn that she won't ask the appropriate questions or sit down long enough with the right people to learn anything. Burke and Williams' anger are tied in together, this one is a pretty good read also.


4 Stars
IR: Max (Sp)

Legacy by Jeanne C. Stein


Anna Strong Chronicles, Book 4

We deal with Gloria in this book. Gloria is the girlfriend of her bounty hunting partner ... And she hates Anna ... Anna hates her. However, in this book, she comes to Anna for help. Not only does Anna help Gloria, for a price, but she has to deal with the werewolf/ghost of her 'special friend' from book 1. Definitely a good read, I liked it a lot ... A lot more than the others, I recommend this one.


4 Stars
IR: Max (Sp)

The Watcher by Jeanne C. Stein


Anna Strong Chronicles, Book 3

In this book, we focus on a witch, Belinda Burke ... Sort of. Belinda was put out of commission too easily for my liking, but she shows up in book 4. Max also comes back into play in this book and now he has a choice to make. This book wasn't as good as the last but still better than the first in the series. Nothing to write home about.


3 Stars.
IR: Max (Sp)

Blood Drive by Jeanne C. Stein


Anna Strong Chronicles, Book 2

Definitely a big step forward. This book was miles better than the first on every page. In this book, we come across a young woman by the name of Trish who might have ties to Anna through her deceased brother. This really good plot drags quite a bit, has a lot of sadness as well, and references to child pornography which made things heart wrenching. Great step forward for Anna as she continues on her quest to find out what's so special about herself.

The downside is that this book was as predictable as the last.


3 Stars.
IR: Boyfriend (Sp)

The Becoming by Jeanne C. Stein


Anna Strong Chronicles, Book 1

A friend bought me this book a week before Christmas. She was spot on because she knows what I like to read. I appreciated the fact that it wasn't a textbook romance novel ... No sex scenes ... I was grateful for that. However, I felt the dialogue was just terrible. Anna, the lead character, was actually pretty lame and gullible. The story was alright, I finished the book, but it took me a week to do so ... Im so used to having a book that I can't put down that this disappointed me a little. So yes, the story was alright, the dialogue was terrible and the outcome was predictable. I would recommend it to someone who doesn't read as much as I do, or doesn't expect much from vampire books. I give it 3 stars because 1) I finished it, 2) 'Casper' intrigues me, and 3) I want to find out how she stumbles about being a vampire on her own without the help of the vanquished Avery. I'm hoping the next book is better than the first.

2 1/2 Stars
IR: Boyfriend (Sp)

Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead


Book 2 of the Dark Swan Series.

This goes leaps and bounds over the first book. If I say one thing, I give too much away and I don't want to do that with this book. Dorian is amazing ... Kiyo is wonderful (even though some think he's annoying) and Jasmine is actually a bit surprising in this book. It's definitely a page turner.

Mead left us on a cliff hanger, but not the kind that will have you biting your nails. This book gives you an ending but prepares you for the next. Great job on this one, I love it.


5 Stars
IR: Kiyo (Spanish & Asian mix)

Storm Born by Richelle Mead


I didn't like how it started out, I didn't like the fact that guys were trying DESPERATELY to get her pregnant but once I forced myself to read it, I loved it. King Dorian made my day and really saved the book for me. Also, I fell in love with Volusian. But over all, it's a really great book, great story, love the twist with Jasmine ... This book was pretty good, I just hate it took me so long to get into it. I'll be getting the second.


4 Stars
IR: Kiyo (Spanish & Asian mix)

Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu

Dirk & Steele, Book 1

One of the main characters in this book is a shape-shifter. He goes from Tiger to Human. Now his woman, who got him from a magical box that's 2000 years old, has sex with him ... And once they're done, he turns into a tiger.

It's a paranormal romance ... So weird shit is to be expected ... Its my favorite genre to read.

But the fact that ... They fucked, as humans, and he stayed in her when they were done. This damn book don't tell me nothin about him pullin out when he changed to a tiger ... SO IN ESSENCE ... She had tiger dick in her and was all ... ooo so beautiful.

Bull shit!

And to top it off ... They get ready to fuck again ... And he asks her if she wants him as tiger or man and she says ... I love you either way ... And then he fucks her ... as a tiger.

Book over for me ...

Ok no really I read the whole thing because I loved what the book was supposed to be about ... It's part 1 in a series called 'Dirk and Steele' ... Its the agency that the main character works for. It's a set of people with phenomenal gifts, that was ONE of my initial reasons for buying it. The other reason was that it was supposed to be Interracial. I do believe the male lead, Hari, was some kind of ethnicity ... Although I'm not sure which, I just know that his skin was on the brown side. Like I said ... I loved what the book was supposed to be about ... not how it actually went when I read it ... I hated the fucking an animal part (and shes pregnant at the end of the book).

Yea book over ...

I don't really recommend this ... Which is sad because it's by one of my favorite authors ... Marjorie M. Liu.


2 Stars
IR: Hari (brown skin)

Dark Hunger by Sara Reinke


Book 2 of The Brethren Series

My reasoning for reading the first book was lost in the second. My friend told me about how wonderful Lina and Brandon were together, however, I did quickly grow to love Rene. This book focuses on Rene and Tessa, leaving out Brandon and Lina ... Not completely, but they're only supporting characters. I was really disappointed with it and found myself skipping a lot of what I thought was nonsense. However, by the middle of the book, I was back into it and the end was a shocker. Definitely a cliffhanger. Sara knows how to get you to want to read the third, however, if my first two do not have a large presence in the third, my next review won't be quite as nice.

3 Stars
IR: Lina (AA)

Dark Thirst by Sara Reinke


I had been searching for a long time for a paranormal book featuring a black female 'star' so I was excited about this book and the series. When I bought it, I was disappointed that it was a romance as I'm not really into those. I bought it moreso because of the vampires so I was looking for lots of fangs, necks ripped out and the whole 9 yards. Anywho I liked the book but I found myself ready to skip a lot of it because it was moving a bit slow. But I had to remind myself that this is the first book in a series so a lot of backstory would be in this book. Aside from that, you'll find a character named Lina, who is our centered female. She's a 26 year old black cop while Brandon, our white vampire is a 21 year old deaf/mute but sexy as hell. I didn't really like how into each other they were after about 2 days but it's a book, give a little.

3 1/2 Stars
IR: Lina (AA)

Darkness Calls by Marjorie M. Liu


Book 2 of the Hunter Kiss Series.

The second book in the 'Hunter Kiss' series. The first book, Iron Hunt, was a thrill to me. Sure ... It's not interracial, but the book is just damn good. This second part to the series did, however, leave me a teensy bit disappointed, but I feel like it will pick up later. Anywho ... In this book, Grant becomes the center of attention. That concerned me because I was waiting on Maxine to go effing CRAZY on them boys. But it was definitely a shock to see how much power Grant was holding. I loved how they finally showed us what the hell was up with Mary, cause that heffa was a little nutty ... I loved the archangel being present in this as the 'boss character' ... and as always, Maxine's little demons make me wish I had them for pets.

This one isn't as good as the first, only because they throw SO MUCH information on you and you have to go back and be like ... wait ... what? Also, the inner beast that's manifesting inside Maxine hasn't yet come to full power (that's what I was dying to get to with this book). We saw spurts, but I'm holding out hope that the next one will give us a bit more. I think it will.

4 Stars

Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu

My sister gave me this book because I'd had some spare time during my lunch hour at work. I finished it in about a day and a half ... Just couldn't put it down. It's a paranormal, modern day story about a huntress with an incredible set of powers. Her tattoos are amazing little demon protectors and she has a very hot man in her life that she pays no attention to.

4 Stars