Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Grunt by Latrivia Nelson

Every now and then, I go off on a tangent and read something I wouldn't normally read. I went on today just to see what else had come out that I'd been waiting on. This definitely wasn't on my list but I clicked on it just to check it out. Why? I liked the cover a lot. When I saw it, the first thing I said was 'he is really all up on that titty' and then I found out it was less than $3 so I bought it.

This isn't a paranormal. It's an interracial romance so there's really nothing out of the ordinary to keep me reading but it did. Even though the cover was great, I read the synopsis, thinking it would be shit, but I kind of dug it so I purchased.

First ... I love that Courtney is dark. I love that her parents are dark. I love that her brother is dark. Our author didn't kill me and throw in a light skinned heffa with curly hair.

Second ... Our Grunt, Brett, is as normal as they come. I felt like his character was very realistic. I know people who have served the country. We've spoken intimately on a number of occasions and this was so very real to me.

Third ... Cameron is an angel. I've always believed that a child has to be taught that their is a difference. Whether its apples to oranges or black people to white people, a child must be taught. However, this child didn't think anything of the racial difference in 'mommys' outside of the fact that he loved Courtney like she was his mother.

Fourth ... At times I felt like Courtney was too unrealistic but very real at the same time. The type of person she is definitely exists but I don't want to read about it. That's mainly because I'm used to reading about impossible things. No shade to the author about it, I'm just conditioned this way.

Fifth ... I am VERY pleased that Brett and David never went to blows. I kept thinking they would simply because the tension was so high and race was brought up within the family. But I'm really happy our author didn't reduce this book to a race riot. It was dealt with in a really good way.

I'm struggling as to what kind of rating to give it. I always give shorter books a lower rating just because I feel there should be more but this one didn't seem rushed to me at all. I wonder if the rest of her stuff is this good.

3 1/2 Stars
IR: Courtney (AA)

Fae Eye For The Golem Guy by Robert Roman

Book 1

I have nothing actually against the writer or the story but I chose not to continue with this book.

Steampunk is something VERY new to me and thought I could really open myself up to a whole new type of urban fantasy/paranormal world that I never looked into before, but ... I just didn't really like it. Golems are unfamiliar territory for me. When I read Dreams' Dark Kiss by Shirin Dubbin, I also had the problem of not knowing what kind of world I was being thrown into. I know about vamps and all the other good stuff but I just couldn't get into golems and all the other things I was unfamiliar with. So because of that, I lost interest, tried to pick it up, but still couldn't finish.

Again ... Nothing against the story or writer ... I just don't really like Steampunk.

0 Stars

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Shadow Fall by Seressia Glass

Shadowchasers, Book 3

This review is going to be biased because I've found out recently that this series will no longer be continued. CLICK HERE to get info. The link is to an interview Seressia Glass did and she said that there would be no more of this series ... Leaving us hanging like hell.

Alright ... I'm just a tad bit disappointed with this book. I went back and re-read the 2nd book to prep myself for this one so i could make a clean transition. I loved the 2nd one and had very high hopes for this one. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but not as good as the 2nd one. Then again, I do believe I'm viewing it differently because I know this is the end of a series.


In this book, we get some answers but we're also still left hanging with a lot.

Bernie had an artifact that proved to be SUPER important to Kira and thus inspired the chain of events that brought him to his death. Not only that, but we got a lot of good information about Kira's birth parents so she gets closure as far as that is concerned. Anansi leaves Kira and Khefar to visit his wife but basically doesn't return and doesn't answer calls from Khefar around the same time Balm goes silent. Although we reunite with Balm again, we never get to find out why Anansi never reappeared. Theirs conflict with Wynne and Zoo that doesn't get resolved. Section chief Sanchez is still a bit of a mystery to me. I don't trust her and neither does Kira. Hell, neither does Khefar. We meet up with some were-hyenas. One in particular asks to be a Shadowchaser. Kira brings it up to the section chief but since the series has ended, we won't know what happens with that, what went on with the shadow-touched were-hyena. Whats going on in Atlanta? Apparently an Illuminator being staffed in Gilead East was a big deal. We won't find out what's going on there.

And the big issue ... How the hell is a relationship going to work between Kira and Khefar since Khefar basically can't die. *crickets chirping*

This isn't a proper review ... Of course none of my reviews are proper reviews seeing as how I'm way too scatterbrained (I have ADD) to give one. So I really think my rambling is justified and I'm not quite sure if I liked it.

No ... yes ... I liked it ... The action was good, the twists and turns were good ... But knowing this is the last of a series and questions won't get answered ... I can't give it 5 stars. Dammit ... And I love me some Seressia ...

3 Stars (just because it's an unjustified end)