Friday, September 21, 2012

Dragon's Heart by Laverne Thompson

Brethren, Book 1

I have been, for a long time, looking to get my hands on a really good piece of dragon fiction. I've been met with 2 dragons in other series' that I adore but would love for them to get a spinoff of their own. CE Murphy's 'Negotiator Trilogy' has a dragon named Janx that I really like. Also, Allyson James' 'Stormwalker' series has a dragon named Mick and his story was touched on really nicely during the course of the current series. Both dragons I really freaking love and am stoked to find out that CE Murphy is expanding her series to dig more into those sub characters.

I'm a little off topic.

Dragon's Heart is the story of Mya and Draakar. Thousands of years ago, dragons roamed free on the Earth, only to be pushed out by man with the help of a dragon they end up calling The Betrayer. When the dragons decided to leave Earth for their home realm, Akgon, some decided to stay behind and assume normal human lives. Skip ahead a few millenium and we find that The Betrayer, who was thought to be dead, is alive and on Earth. Along with that, the Dragon Lord, Draakar, and his son, Talon must travel from Akgon to Earth at great expense to find their truemates. When a Dragon finds his or her truemate, their powers are intensified and they become completely interlinked. Mya is a business owner visiting Ireland who walks up on a boy, Talon, laying in an area surrounded by some raised stones. Soon after, her inner dragon is awakened and after a ton of annoying questions, she gets over it and the story moves along.

1.) First, Mya annoyed me to no end. I swear she asked 25 versions of 'who are you' and 'what am i' and 'huh' to the point where I was ready to throw my Kindle away. Thankfully, she became bearable as the book went on.
2.) I loved the hero, Draakar. He was a massive man with jet black hair that fell waaaaay down his back. The same went for Talon. Though younger, he had long blonde hair that I would probably want to roll around through naked. Thank you, Laverne.
3.) I thought The Firsts were utterly useless. Basically, they served as the royal guard. They were hyped up so much but when it came down to it, they couldn't do jack.
4.) All you romance lovers out there will love all those mushy moments that come later in the book when Mya's guard is let down. I hated it, only because it REALLY slowed the book down to an unbearable speed. On the flipside, the sex scenes were nicely done and I could get through those with no problem but JESUS ... If you're gonna be mushy, don't slow down my life to do so.
5.) I'm not a fan of the ending. It was pretty anticlimactic and could have been done much better. I think getting to the end slowed down too soon and way too much. Their was still time for something else to kind of gut punch you with before the book ended but it didnt. I mean ... They dropped some nice info about the next generation but it still didn't help with the ending. The only thing that saved the ending was the Epilogue. That Epilogue is the only reason I'm really looking forward to book 2. I would, of course, buy book 2 anyway but I am very interested in Talon and his truemate.
6.) Someone finally met me on the court. I always talk trash about how if a guy is so badass and all powerful, why can't he just do wtf he wants? Drakaar hits the ground and creates himself a castle ... Like a boss. He creates money ... Like a boss. He creates a company to back up that money ... Like a boss. He implants memories and work experience and the entire 12 freaking yards ... Like a boss. If you're gonna be a boss, do it the right way and Draak did it the right way.
7.) Their wasn't enough time spent in dragon form. The authors description was dead on because I could really see the dragon forms and my mouth was watering but I never got to eat my dinner! Well ... The appetizer came and it was hot and nice but not the entree. I still want my food, Laverne. Bring me my food!

**) One tiny complaint I have is about Mya. Yes she annoyed me but the way she looked bugged me even more. This is no shade to the author because PLENTY of authors cop out this way. Why does Mya have to have those nice bouncy curls for hair? Why can't she have regular black folks hair like I have but lay that mess with a relaxer from time to time? I've always felt like authors either go completely natural and rock the locks or they go with a hair type that's anything other than the hair type I have? I, in no way, have that 3C or 3D type hair. I'm a definite 4A and want to see some relaxing going on or some straight textured hair. Dang! Come on authors, meet me on the court for this one!

Overall, it's a decent piece of dragon fiction and a series that I will stick with.

3 Stars
IR all over the place

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Burning Bush by Kenya Wright

Santeria Habitat, Book 2 (release date Sept 19)

First, I want to say thanks to Kenya for providing the ARC. I would have purchased it anyway had I not been given it because I'm addicted.

Book 2 is chucked full of shit, son! It definitely outweighs book 1 all around and was so happy to read it. A definite page turning that took me only 1 day to get through because I had nothing to do and wasn't going to do JACK until I finished it.

Annoying Habbie Rivera is back again, giving Lanore a new crime to solve. Why? Because he's painfully incompetent and likes to blackmail mixbreeds apparently. A burning bush with a girl in the center is put on the doorstep of the 'police station' and Rivera calls Lanore to figure out what's going on. I will remind you that living in the Santeria habitat, race isn't an issue, but what kind of supe you are is. If you're a mixbreed, you're at the bottom of the pile and get no recognition. The same goes for the police work. A well-to-do pureblood comes in, dead, in this burning bush and that's when Lanore gets called ... Not when the mixbreed, dead, inside the burning bush came days before. B!tch. Lanore is now out dealing with these murders while a cute blonde, Cassie, is tailing her. Cassie happens to be a big fan of Lanore, proves to be helpful, and is the little sister of Zulu. Watching her with Lanore was so much fun and I wished I could get more in the future.

The lingering issue of Zulu's claim is still hanging in the air and KIND OF gets resolved ... Yea kind of but not so much. I like it that way. I sense hesitancy on her part but satisfaction on his. And then ... There's Meshack ... Who still claims Lanore is his mate. Yall know I'm team Meshack but after Zulu is rocked with a tragedy and goes into Prime mode, I fell in love. With Prime. Prime is intelligent and dead sexy with it.

Aside from Cassie, we finally get some Graham. Oh yes, you're gonna love Graham. Graham is Lanore's dad and a strong-as-sh!t son of a b!tch. I just kinda felt like NO ONE could do anything with this man. Granted, what was going on annoyed me ... I still like home and hope to see more of him in book 3.

Hey Kenya, when's that gonna come out? :-)

Dante is a big part of this book and for some reason, I actually ended up liking him by the end of it. Weird ... I still don't know how but I want some!

Keep your eye on a couple of familiars, have some tissues handy and put on your big boy pants!

Dare I give it 5 stars? It's more like 4.75 due to the fact that Lanore can't fight. But I'm giving it 5 stars anyway.

5 Stars
IR all over the place