Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Where is Hunter Kiss?

I was in bed almost asleep and my eyes popped open. I'm not joking. I thought ... WTF Marjorie Liu, where is Hunter Kiss?

   

I've been waiting on book 5 for a long time. Book 4, The Mortal Bone, came out December of 2011 and I read it January 2012. Next month will be 2 years since I've seen or heard from Maxine, Grant, Raw, Zee, Dek, Aaz and Mal.

Marjorie ... Where for art thou?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Black Arts by Faith Hunter

Jane Yellowrock, Book 7
Release Date: Jan 7, 2014

I need to say a few things before I begin my first review in months.

1. YAY!
2. My new Kindle is the standard 6" display but is nice and lightweight. I miss the big bulk of my Kindle Keyboard but this one is great.
3. I swoon over new Jane Yellowrock book covers because the model is just wonderful.
4. I'm back. YAY!

Book 7 of the Jane Yellowrock series is a little more emotionally taxing on Jane than the others. The action level was low until a little after the middle of the book but it makes sense because Jane is going through a lot. Evan Trueblood, and his children, pay Jane a visit and tell her that Molly went missing on a mission to see Jane.

Ah hell.

As soon as you find that out, you can feel Jane's heartache. Little Evan isn't so little anymore and Angelina has growing, scary, magic that she shouldn't even have yet. She's working spells without knowledge of how the stuff should even work. It's natural and she's powerful. Angelina has been one of my favorites from the beginning of the series and I just knew, in my soul, that she was going to be a big deal. I know many things are in store for her in the future.

Jane has to deal with Molly being missing, plus two of Katie's witches going missing, plus a "gather" going down that Leo obviously doesn't want, attempts on her life and anyone in her home, and Ricky-Bo coming in to make Jane's heart pitterpatter.

I'm not sure how to rate this one against the others. It was good, but not Death's Rival good but still good. This one feels more like we're getting some things out in the open. No, that Jane is getting some things out in the open about herself, accepting them, and finally moving on without the weight she constantly carries. Their is a moment ... and boy is a moment ... With Rick ... Lord ... I won't tell you how I felt or how Jane felt but honey, you're going to feel it too.

Overall, it's an emotional trip worth being taken on that ends with a decent showdown that could be seen as interesting or anticlimactic depending on what you're into. It was a little of both for me but it fits with the theme of the book. Black Arts comes out January 7 so make sure you get your copy. The kindle version is $5.99 and the Paperback is $7.99, both on Amazon.com

Happy Reading


3 1/2 Stars
Lots of races represented.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My Kindle ...

IS HERE!

I shall begin reading immediately!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Black Friday ...

I said before that I'd been able to read on the Galaxy tablet. It worked for a bit but I hate the battery life and, well, it's my kids, and she was going crazy because it was not at home when she was there when I wasn't and couldn't ask me where it was, lol.

Sooooooooo I had to give it up.

But! *holds up finger*

Black Friday was good to me and Best Buy had a Kindle for $49. It will be here this week and I will get to you all, I promise. I'm so freaking excited to get back to reading.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Yay me!

I found a work-around for the problem with the Galaxy and books given to me. So guess what ... I'M BACK TO READING! Yay!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Deva ... Where have you been?

I've been extremely MIA and I apologize. My Kindle is dead. When it died, my heart broke. I've been reduced to using the app on my phone or the 7 inch Galaxy tablet I have and the Galaxy won't allow me to send files to it. Only those purchased through amazon. So those nifty books I get from authors and netgalley, I have to use my phone and I hate doing that. *sigh* ... I plan on buying myself a new Kindle (hopefully a Paperwhite) and once I do, I'll be back to my regularly scheduled fun.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson, Book 7

Big thanks to my library for having the entire series and not even batting an eye when I checked out the whole thing.

Because this series isn't exactly new, even though it's current, I hadn't planned on reviewing all the books because I felt like sooooo many people had already read them, and I was so late to the party, that I didn't need to. The series, as a whole, is really lacking a lot for me. My biggest problem is our heroine, Mercedes Athena Thompson. She's a coyote walker who was raised by a pack of werewolves and can talk to ghosts. She's married to an alpha wolf, become friends with a vampire and fae, and has to fight for her miserable life in every single book and get saved every single time.

Why is Mercy my biggest problem? Because she's weak. I love it when things are different but I'm hard on female lead paranormals because I feel like the heroine should be kick ass. I look at Jane Yellowrock, Damali Richards, and even that annoying little thing Jayne Heller and basically compare everything to them. They set the standard for how kick ass a female is and Mercy can't even come close. I do, however, think the author was smart. She crafted a heroine that was weak in body but strong at heart. That don't work for me, though. Every single time she has to be saved by someone. Generally, it's a guy, because in this series, female wolves are few and far between ... And the ones they do have, they don't like Mercy because she's a coyote and not a wolf.

This last book, Frost Burned, was definitely a favorite. At one point I was thinking that their was so much going on ... It was like Explosion! And then death! And then eating! And then ROAR! And it was awesome! Why couldn't the rest of the series be this kick ass?

We'll start off with Adam's entire pack being virtually kidnapped. Now Mercy has to get Jesse, Gabriel, and his family to safety while saving Kyle, nursing Ben, trying not to get assassinated, and breaking the ties this special vampire has made with dead folks during a fight involving Marsilia. See? So much crap is going on! This one is a nonstop ride and worth sticking through the series for. But still ... The problem is Mercy. No one else. She's just a human woman who does a neat trick. She doesn't get super strength or anything and that's why she can't save herself. She's a 30 pound coyote vs. everything else that can kill her in half a blink. It is boggling my mind. But it took 6 books in for this to be decent. Silver Borne was good but not great and River Marked sucked so hard. Now that this one was good, I wonder how the rest of the series will fare as Briggs writes it. Yes, I'll get the next one just because I know everyone so well but I really freaking hope Mercy gets her ish together.


4 Stars
IR: Everywhere

Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Book Sale



Grab your $0.99 copy of Fire Baptized, Echo, Don't Call Me Angel, and other titles from Dragonfairy Press!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson, Book 3

I skipped on doing a review for book 2 because I felt as though my review for book 1 still stood. However, I'm doing a review on book 3 because it was much better than the first two.

In book 1, we dealt with the wolves in detail, in book 2, we dealt with the vampires in detail, in book 3, we're dealing with the fae. Some fae end up dead and Mercy is called in by Uncle Mike, and Zee, to give them a clue as to who could have done it. How? By using her nose. In coyote form, she has an excellent sense of smell. So good that she found out who killed the fae. When Zee went to confront the killer, that's when things hit the fan. A fae walking stick keeps finding its way to Mercy and she doesn't know why, but gets good intel from Tad, Zee's son. Tony is proving to be pretty useless and I'm wondering how his character will continue in the series when I feel like he doesn't even need to be there.

Her 'relationship' with Samuel is dealt with as well as Adam. Ben changes his tune and it also gives us a big AH HA moment as to why Ben is the way he is. By the end of the book, Mercy's will is taken away and she suffers horrible because of it. But I'll give her a big pat on the back for taking the time she needed to herself, then deciding it wasn't going to affect who she was.

The story was more interesting for me this time. I didn't feel like the author tried to make it complicated and just make something up where something didn't need to be there. That was a big problem I had with books 1 and 2. It just seemed like she made the reasoning up. All of Mercy's breakthroughs in information came in the form of her hunches that really made no sense in the first place but, by the end, they did, only because the author needed them to. Meh ...

The culprit, I thought was a little obvious, but still this was way more exciting than the last book.


3 1/2 Stars
Fully Diversified

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Mercy Thompson, Book 1

When I asked for recommendations on an Urban Fantasy book to read with a non-caucasian female lead, this one popped up more than once. I'd been overlooking it for years because I didn't like the cover. Yes ... I don't like the cover. Yall know me ... Lol.

Although I'm sure majority of you have already read it, Mercy is a half Native American Skinwalker. Her animal is coyote. She was raised by the head of the werewolves and lives on a pack alpha's property.

This is going to be hard to review because I know that tons have already read it AND because I didn't really like it even though i felt that I should.

Briefly, someone is stirring up trouble among the wolves. Since Mercy has been placed in the middle of it, she finds that she has to deal with it even though she was told, by the nearby pack Alpha, not to do anything. But then again ... She's not pack so why should she obey his order? Adam is the pack alpha. Hes a hard ass but ... Then again ... The wolves in this series are a little more hard core than I've encountered before.

I can't get my thoughts together so I'm going to stop trying. The book was good but I won't remember it a month from now. Mercy wasn't very much of a badass at all. She was just a chick who could do a trick. I don't think I'm used to my supernatural heroines being so ... human. The main storyline was good and the book is fully diversified, but the ending 'date' seemed a little forced and that made it end on an awkward note. I don't know ... I'm definitely going to get book 2 (the library has them all for my Kindle), because I am hoping the series will get better. Probably will ... I hope.


2 1/2 Stars
Mercy (NA), Darryl (AA), David and grandsons (AA), Tony (Latino)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Author Spot: Jen Greyson


A huge thank you to Deva here at Urban Paranormal for letting me visit and talk about my choice for a Latina lead. I love that this blog is dedicated to books with ethnic characters—something I’d like to see a lot more of.


When I first starting a book, the character is like a mannequin: very generic features, very generic face, no hair, no eye color, and as I write the story, parts begin to fill in. She gets an eye color, a hair color... her body starts to change shape. I figure out what she likes to wear, how she talks, how she moves. Her backstory and fears fill in and I learn where she came from and who she is; why she makes certain decisions, what she’ll do when backed into a corner. I’m notorious for sticking my characters in tough spots and seeing what happens.

Lightning Rider was the same way. I had the idea of a story, but wasn't really sure who my Lightning Rider was. And this story went through about four different variations. In the beginning, Evy’s father, Vic, was the lead, but that never quite felt right, so I’d trash the book and go work on something else. But this book was like a phoenix; every time I’d burn it in some heated emotional fit, I’d find it the next morning on my desk, waiting for me to get it right.

Even before I had Evy’s facial features and hair color, she always had the same backstory, I just wasn’t letting her tell the story from her point of view. Once I got out of her way and pushed everyone else aside, the story bloomed into color and there was no burning it. Evy’s attitude and strength was there from the very beginning, and as her features filled in, it was very clear she was one smart, sassy Latina who wasn’t going to take crap off anyone.

There wasn’t really a conscious choice to make her Latina, more of a conscious choice to let her become who she truly was. There was no molding her into a blond Barbie, even if I’d wanted to (and who would want to). What I loved—and didn’t expect—in this story was how Evy’s relationship with her family would play such a large role. Book two in the Lightning Rider Alterations spins off some very interesting incidents with her family that would have been detrimental without the tight family bonds.

Latinos will always be main characters in this series, and I can see several other ethnicities playing large supporting roles. (spoiler alert) The Italian, Constantine, will be around for a long time, Evy’s alterations are going to take her around the globe and she’s going to need a large supporting cast of locals.

I’ve been delighted to see the reader response to Evy’s ethnicity, and hope they’ll stick around for the rest of her journey. To read about Evy, her family, and how she saves the future, check out Lightning Rider, book one in the Lightning Rider Alterations, available everywhere May 31, 2013.

Thanks again for having me and letting me share a little of what goes on in my writer brain as characters come to life.

To find out more about Jen Greyson, click below.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Graveyard Child by MLN Hanover

Black Suns Daughter, Book 5

It seems like a lifetime goes by before another BSD book comes out. Geeze!

It's time for a family reunion ... OF sorts. Jayne heads back home to get some questions answered but is met by resistance from her father and some others that decided to crash the party. This is a book of really revelations. Jayne finds out what's inside her, details about the Black Sun and the Black Suns Daughter, why it's there, how it was put there and questions if what went on was the work of something else or the bad person she thinks, Eric.

Jayne's brother, Jay, is getting married. His girlfriend, Carla (who is latina), is pregnant. You can only imagine how that went over with the Hellers' super religious upbringing. What's the problem? Something visits Carla and tells her something about Jayne, then Carla is kidnapped and shit hits the fan. Moving on ... Graveyard Child is the name of a rider. A scary strong rider with tons of personality that had me giggling when the battle took place. During that final battle, Jayne gets help from an unlikely source ... Because, let's be honest, she was getting her ass kicked. Their are lots of twists and turns in this one. I love that Jayne will be on her way to sleep, and sit up remembering something or realizing something that means a whole hell of a lot.

If I say one little thing, it's going to give away everything and you'll probably figure it all out before getting the book yourself.

I must say ... I complained a lot about Jayne during the beginnings of the series but the character has grown and matured into someone I like. So if you are like I was and hated the series after book 1 or 2, I promise that it gets better.


4.5 Stars
Carla (Latina), Chogyi Jake (Asian)

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lord Of The Abyss by Nalini Singh

Royal House Of Shadows, Book 4

Liliana is the ugly, and slightly deformed, daughter of a man called the Blood Sorcerer. She casts a spell and ends up in the Black Castle. Not only does she drop out of nowhere, but she drops almost in front of the Guardian of the Abyss. Instead of killing her, like I thought he should have considering his reputation, he throws her in the dungeon to decide what to do with her later. Why? Because she doesn't cower in fear.

I can dig that but it's been done a lot. Anyway ... We find out that Liliana is on a mission to keep the kingdom of Elden from dying and the way to do that is to get this Guardian to remember his old life.

Liliana is described as being dark skinned, hooked nosed, whip backed, and has one leg shorter than the other, but the Guardian ends up thinking she's the most beautiful thing he's ever seen. Of course. This, plus her tales, cause him to begin to remember his life and fall in love with her in the process.

Once all that lovey stuff is worked out, they start their journey to Elden to face Liliana's father and reclaim the land. Thankfully I 'saw' every single detail of this novella. It was quick but it wasn't lacking anything. I could do without the sex. I'm sick of sex in books. I just want to read the story, get in the middle of a fight, and have a good nights rest. I don't understand but anyway ... Aside from the sex, the novella was actually pretty decent. I'm still not a big fan of Nalini's work, but maybe I'll get there one day.


3 Stars
Liliana (Dark Skinned) Guardian (White?)

Book Sex


I may regret my words but I can't stop myself right now.

I am frustrated beyond mention.

Why is it so hard to find a decent paranormal that is not drowning in sex? I'm beginning to think that Paranormal and Erotic mean the same thing. WTF, why? I am sick to death of the words 'cock' and 'pussy.' Authors that I've read in the past have slapped me int he face and can't seem to stay away from it. It's like ... Oh ... This person has a new book out, can't wait to buy it ... Then part way through, cocks are being thrown like rocks to a glass house.

I'm willing to bet these are the same people who read 50 Shades of Grey but yet won't allow their husbands to watch porn.

Idiots.

It's no secret that I can't stand erotic books but why can't I stand them? It takes away from the story. You're gonna cut from the action, much like a commercial, to have sex, then tuck yourself back in and go back to telling stories. GTFO.

My tolerance for this is very low. Obviously.

Some I can get with if it's written in a way that's not nasty. LA Banks is by far my favorite. I read all of her sex scenes. R Tezak is a newer favorite if I'm going to deal with sex at all. Great Paranormals with very little to no sex ... Jane Yellowrock, Hunter Kiss, Shadowchasers, Black Suns Daughter, Lightning Rider, Santeria Habitat, Anna Strong. Probably a few more, but damn ... Just those few out of all the Paranormals that are out ...? *sigh*

Every time I get disappointed I say, "I need to finish writing my own book," and then my ADD kicks in and I start doing 3 other things and I get lost. *sigh*

What is the point of this rant? None at all ... I need a nap.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Scorpion by Aleksandr Voinov

Memory of Scorpions, Book 1

Let me start off by saying that I'm not much of a fan of romance. I avoid it all costs when it comes to books. Usually my favorites are books that avoid copious amounts of it and just give me a lot of blood and guts. This was the complete opposite.

Kendras wanders into a tavern after having clearly been in battle. His foot is nearly crushed, he's limping, tired, and has no idea where his men are. There he is approached by a grey-eyed man who pays him a silver coin for sex and offers to take him with him to rest and heal. When Kendras and Steel, the grey-eyed man, make it to the place Steel and his mercenaries are staying, he is tended to and fed so that he may heal for the purpose Steel has in mind. Still, all the while Steel needs him for something, Kendras' only need is to find his officer and the surviving men of the Scorpion unit.

It came across like Steel wanted Kendras to be his sex toy but not go so far as acting as a slave.

I can't get my thoughts together ...

After he touches base with the surviving men, theirs this awkward moment between Kendras and Steel that changes how they view each other and themselves. My heart broke a little, especially considering what the officer saved Kendras from before he became a Scorpion because it messed with his head a bit and nearly had him doubting himself. It's when the reader realizes that Steel wants Kendras to stay with him, be loyal to him, and maybe even love him.

Ok ...

After the officer is found, everything changes. He goes from just being the officer of the Scorpions, to Adrastes who is a big freaking deal. By the end of it, Kendras has to decide if he will go with the Scorpions or stay with Adrastes and still be a Scorpion.

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My summary will never do this book justice. Kendras is part of a group of people called the Jaishani who are dark skinned with blue eyes. Steel is a grey eyed blonde and the rest of the men are varying shades of white or black. It's M/M. I thought, initially, that I wouldn't like it. I thought their needed to be a warning or something ... I don't even know what ... But once you get into it, the fact that it's M/M doesn't even matter. These are men. Real men. They're strong, they're amazing fighters, fiercely loyal, and even loving. Their are relationships and beautiful dynamics to them. It's romantic but not in a M/F kind of way. It's just strong. It's manly.

This is not your typical M/M book. This is a real story that connects you with all the characters in an intimate way. You want to go on the journey with Kendras, you want to find out what Steel is up to, you want to rip Steels head off for how he treats Kendras, you want to feel the confusion when a certain person meets his end during a kingly battle ... You feel every single word of this. Everything.

Beautifully written. The world building was on point. I 'saw' everyone. Nothing was overdone. It's just ... Perfect. I cannot wait for book 2.

I requested this book from Netgalley because of the cover alone. I'd complained lately that I couldn't find anything (other than street lit) that had a black male lead ... Especially not for anything remotely Paranormal. This is a fantasy novel (or maybe high fantasy. Is their a difference? I'm new to this genre) so their is nothing paranormal about it but it kind of falls along the way of not being historical (because their is no real history here), but not something I'm used to so I'm going for it. Anyway ... Black male leads I've read in the past can't touch Kendras at all. Things that matter right now, like race and sexual preference, are not an issue in the world Voinov has constructed. Kendras is a man. Yes, he may be dark skinned, but he's a man first.

Now usually I shy away from sex in books. I can't stand anything erotic. I skip those pages if I happen to be reading one of those books. But this ... I can't even say it's erotic despite the amount of sex. Why? Because it wasn't excessive. I mean yes, their was a good deal of sex that happened, but it never took up too much space or diverted from the story. It wasn't nasty at all ... Ever! EVER! I wish their were more of this to read.

I apologize if this review doesn't make sense. I'm still blown away.



5 Stars
Kendras (Black) Officer (Black ... :-) )

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Queen's Revelation by M.T. Harrte

Alexis Wolfe, Book 2

Before I can begin, I must address how much this book cover disturbs me. The series' main focus is a loc'd black female wolf shifter, yet the cover ... Looks like this. To get to the bottom of it, I asked the author if the choice of cover was that of the publisher or if it were her decision, why put a white male on the cover.

"It was actually my choice. Alexis has quite a few men in life and I wanted one to be represented. The next book will be of Alexis or possibly her and a male."

I suppose I could understand this logic if their were a second POV or more time spent with the other male outside of Alexis. She was literally everywhere with everyone in the scenes so IMO it doesn't warrant one of her guys getting the cover when she (Alexis) hasn't even had a cover and the series is about her. This may not be an issue to anyone else but me, lol. I'm that person who does judge a book by it's cover. Literally. Plus, I would love to see a sista with locs on a book cover.

Anyhow ...

The Queen's Revelation picks up at the search for Alexis' daughter, Anastasia. Anastasia was kidnapped by the former queen, Samirah, and Alexis' mate, Mason. Since they're having no luck, Ethan, the ghost, wants Alexis to garner support from all those in her court so that they will WANT to help her find her daughter. This comes with problems. The big one being Samirah's assassination attempts every time Alexis goes to visit with the other supernaturals. Aside from that, we get a new character named Orrin who is a troll. He's huge, ugly, super strong, pretty fast and has lots of fighting tricks up his sleeve. Not to mention, he is very kind and now completely devoted to Alexis.

Now here's my problem. Why is she throwing her goods around? She tried to get laid 3 times before she finally won that battle. One of those times was with Orrin. She actually thought she was about to have sex with a super big troll, with an erection that is eye level to her ... He even explained that some troll women die during sex. This heffa gonna tell him that she's still wolf and can bend her body in plenty of ways.

I threw my Kindle away ... In the trashcan ... For about 5 seconds before I panicked and got it out.

That was such a forehead slapping moment.

Anyway ... It's fast paced and never dull but the writing still needs a little work. It's easy to follow, yes, but it's really ... Simple (for lack of better word). It reminds me of a children's chapter book. I finally got better descriptions of some people but not many. Ethan was described in detail several times, right down to his clothes. I got a better sense of what Alexis and Thadius looked like, plus I know what the trolls and goblins look like quite well ... And even the newer character, Deacon. Some of the rest are still a mystery. I still like Alexis as much as I did in book 1 but she was very annoying this round with throwing her pu**y around at every turn. It kind of made me chuckle every time she didn't get laid. What else? Hmm OH! By way of personality, Palo and Orrin were the only ones that seemed different from the rest this go round. Alexis and Thadius are virtually indistinguishable and hopefully book 3 will give them their own personality, mannerisms and even way of speaking. But still, I'd like to see how this Samirah thing plays out. I hope it doesn't continue to drag, though ... I'll be reading the next one and pimping it out since their aren't many black female shifter protags out there.


3 Stars
Alexis (Black), Thadius (Greek), Palo (Samoan)

A - Ariel


I saw a blog about an A to Z Blog Challenge. Went to sign up, but the sign up was closed. However, I still want to do this. On to the blog!

A is for Ariel. Growing up on Disney, before things became complicated, I have a million fond memories of The Little Mermaid. Even now as an adult, I still know every single word, every single song, every facial expression ... Just ... Everything. I didn't realize how much I'd missed those Disney movies until I was waiting in a pediatric office with my kid, and this movie was playing. She kept shushing me because she couldn't listen to the movie and me at the same time.

And let's face it, how much more diverse can you get? We have a human Prince in love with a Mermaid who has a surrogate father who is a crab ... A Jamaican crab at that.

I blame Disney for my need to escape reality and pour myself into a world that makes no sense, and is completely real at the same time.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Blood Trade by Jane Yellowrock

Jane Yellowrock, Book 6

Helloooooooooooooo Faith Hunter fans! Thanks to a goodreads.com giveaway, I won a copy of Blood Trade but I just couldn't wait to get it so I bought the Kindle version anyway. Hehe. Now ... where do I start?

Jane, Eli and the Kid are in Natchez Mississippi dealing with Big H. In Death's Rival, we never got to meet Big H but we do this time. He has some Naturealeza vamps that Jane is being hired to deal with for 40k a head. Also, some witches have gone missing and ... Do you ever think about what would happen if Vampires could be "Zombies?" Oh it's something freaking cool. So now Jane has to deal with all this shit on top of being depressed about her failed relationship with Rick.

All Jane Yellowrock books seem to have some riddle that needs to be figured out before Jane can rescue someone or do what she needs to do. The one we're dealing with here has to do with ... Ah crap I can't say ... But the one piece that remains busy, I'm sure will be dealt with in book 7. So ... Jane has Eli running around with her, trying to kill these crazy vampires and find the witches but now she has a child in her care. Someone came back into her life that she was familiar with in her childrens home, and now that woman's child is in Jane's care. It produced a lot of 'real' moments for Jane. The biggest one being Beasts' desire to have kits, and Jane's desire to have a child ... Knowing it can't really be possible based on her life so far. The other 'real' moment is when ... Rick ... *smiles* ... *sigh* ... And then she and Evan Trueblood work their shit out. FINALLY. I mean ... Jane finally said the things I felt she's needed to say for a long time, and because of that, she may have gotten Molly and Angelina back. I sure hope so.

Since Eli has been downgraded to brother-status, I won't hold out hope for he and Jane anymore. However, Bruiser now has an interesting life to lead since he's Onorio now. :-) What will that mean for him and Jane? What will that mean for Rick and Jane? I think they just need to have a threesome and gtfover it. OH and Jane has yet to deal with the binding. CRAP ... So much still to do.

It seems like every time I get my hands on a Jane Yellowrock book, I can't even think straight after reading it enough to give a decent review. It was just awesome. I wanted more action earlier on but it was still good. Awesome. I love you, Jane.


4 1/2 Stars
Jane (NA), Eli (B/W), Soul (B), Rick (French/NA)

P.S. I am super interested in finding out what's up with Soul.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Captured By Kenya Wright


Vampire King, Book 2

I just realized ... Just now ... That I didn't post the review for book 1. It kind of doesn't matter since I'm putting this review up and it's basically the same so here goes.

From book 1, Samuel is an undercover vampire prince who helped a domina escape the confines of the Quiet King's castle. According to this vampire tale, domina's are certain women who can have children by vampires, and can hold 6 fetuses at once. The Quiet King uses the births to raise the number of his army, but their is a catch ... If a male is born with black lines down his legs, that means one day he will be strong enough to over throw the current king, so the Quiet King has them killed. One, however, was smuggled away ... Samuel. Now, in book 2, we learn that Brie's red hair is significant. Turns out she's a blood mage. A blood mage is basically a woman with very special blood. It can make a prince turn into a king at a very fast pace and also SPOILER make humans turn to vampires END SPOILER. Now because of this new information, Samuel, Brie and a few others are going back to the castle to sniff around to get answers about the Quiet King's first queen, Phinova, who had hair like Brie and blood like hers as well.

Now ... On to the review. This is an erotic book so I'll just skip over that part. I like the way the vampire is depicted in this series. It's different but not so over-the-top different that you can't even believe it (despite the fact that they're not even real to believe in). It's written well, of course. Kenya Wright does a fabulous job with everything she writes so I don't have an issue there. My issue is with Samuel. I feel like he just completely underreacted. Have you ever met a person who overreacts at the stupid things and almost doesn't react when it really counts? If your woman was caught with a man with SPOILER two dicks, END SPOILER what would you do? Would you ask her what was going on? Ask him what was going on? Back down at all? Well that's what he did ... But yet ... He ripped someones head off for even voicing a desire. That aggravated the crap out of me. After that, everything was smooth sailing. I will say that I'm not a fan of Brie. She brings nothing to the table. She's just a woman. Lol. I suppose in these types of romances that the big strong men want the meek gorgeous lady ... Reminds me of Black Dagger Brotherhood. Another comparison ... Maybe I missed it in book 1 but ... Is everyone white? I guess since this isn't Urban Fantasy (even though BDB is urban fantasy and Ward happens to be racist with a slash of sexist) that Wright may have decided to craft a world where everyone is one color. I hope I'm wrong. Someone correct me and I will edit this.

Overall ... The series itself is good. I was hoping for the worst for Brie by the end but I guess I can hold onto that feeling until the end of book 3. Can't wait to get into that one.




3 Stars

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lightning Rider by Jen Greyson

Alterations, Book 1

What a surprise!

Lightning Rider is about Evy Rivera. A latina woman who builds motorcycles for a living. For as long as she could remember, storms were her enemy. She would be completely riddled with pain when lightning would tear through the sky and never knew why. When her mother receives a package in the mail, and it is opened, Evy finds herself transported to 1927 Spain, THEN Spain 143 BC, while her father is taken to New York in the 1930s.

The lightning serves as her vessel to time travel and effect timelines. Her ability to travel and lightning ride throws a hell of a job in her lap. The lightning will pull her to where she's needed, to effect a timeline for a certain outcome. Evy's first 'alteration' is to make sure someone dies. What will happen if this person does or doesn't ... I shouldn't reveal, but boy did Evy have a hell of a time even getting to a place where she and Constantine could get the job done. Most of the problems are due to a certain 'guide' who may have his own agenda in place. That's the book! Of course this makes it sound boring but it was quite interesting. The world building was great, Constantine was hot, and Evy is a woman I like. I got to the end hoping something new would happen but *sigh* I must wait for book 2.


4 Stars
IR: Evy (Latina) Constantine (Italian)
Publication Date: May 30th, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bloodlight by Harambee Grey-Sun

The Apocalypse of Robert Goldner, Book 1

What would happen if God went insane?

While you try to answer that unfathomable question, I will give you the answer ... Read 'Bloodlight.'

Harambee K. Grey-Sun crafted something completely new. Religion and storytelling is weaved through a YA book about a black high school wrestler named Robert Goldner. The setting seems to be very current but society has changed a lot. Racism is a huge issue. Not that it isn't now, but it's basically regressed. The visible divide isn't there, but yet it is. It's kind of hard to explain.

Robert is that black kid who wants to do well. And because he wants to do well, and be better, he gets takes a lot of shit for it from the other black kids who think he doesn't act like he should. Let me say that the one giving him the hardest time acts mostly like a classic buffoon. So not only is their this white/black thing but theirs also a black/blacker thing ... Plus ... Theirs the light skinned/dark skinned thing. Robert is a star wrestler at his high school. One of only 3 blacks on the team. At a huge meet, Robert 'trips' and nearly destroys his opponent. The things that begin happening to him are completely beyond his control. For a long time, it frustrated me because the reader is given no explanation. I got about 60% along before anything started to be explained, even a little. Hallucinations, skin conditions, and tricks of the light make Robert think he's losing his mind.

In the beginning of Bloodlight, Robert finds his friend, Davin, looking strung out outside a party. He's taken away to a hospital that no one wants to go to. And by my account, it's that hospital the government would take you to when you have a mysterious disease they want to study (of course it's explained differently in the book but that's the lamens gist of it). By the end of Bloodlight, Robert has kind of become self-aware and ready to embrace what's happening while learning what he can. Albeit ... He's most likely about to see Davin in book 2.

Most of anything else I can tell you would be a spoiler (outside of the first line of this review) so I'll just say that the author has written this beautifully. The world building is on-point, I 'saw' every single character with clarity and felt everything Robert went through right down the accusations of his sexual preference. I gotta say, Robert is mature for 16-17. I think that's a huge reason why this is one of the first YA books that I've read and have not been annoyed by the main character in some way. A bit of a warning ... The book drags quite a bit up until the halfway point, but once you're past there, it's smooth sailing. All I want now is book 2.



3 1/2 Stars
IR: Robert (black) Leigh (W/A)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Thunderbird Falls by CE Murphy

Walker Papers, Book 2

It seems to be odd that I'm starting out a brand new series from book 2 instead of book 1. Theirs a reason for that.

I continued to hear so much about Joanne Walker ... About this beautifully tall and kinda thick Native American/Irish woman who was ruling Seattle with her Shamanic works. I was feeling some separation anxiety from Jane Yellowrock, and since Joanne Walker and Jane Yellowrock are like kindred spirits, I figured I would talk myself into the series. Not to mention, CE Murphy is the same author of the Negotiator Trilogy that features a black female lead. Anyhow ...

I began reading book 1 about a month and a half ago. As the weeks went on, I realized I had no desire to continue. I ended up DNFing book 1. I felt like Urban Shaman (Walker Papers, Book 1) is a great example (in my own personal opinion) of why I say that beginning a series is difficult. Information is chucked full in book 1 that you need to survive the rest of the series, and sometimes that information overload may turn some people off. I'm one of those people that is turned off by that information overload even though I acknowledge that it's incredibly necessary. However ... I'd already gotten books 1 and 2 from the library, and since I still had time left before I had to return book 2, I decided to start it.

Joanne begins looking for her spirit animals. She's new to Shamanism and this whole new world and needs a lot of guidance. Judy, a NA woman she meets during her trances, is guiding her and helping her find her way as a Shaman. However, that guidance becomes questionable as this book presses on. During the course of book 2, a dead woman is incorporated into the entire premise of it. It's what kicks off all the shit that hits the fan. In order for me to give a proper review, I would have to give you some bits of information about all that happened. So keeping it in the nutshell as much as I possibly can, I will say that a coven needs Joanne to help them complete a task. It's a task that Joanne has to decide, on her own, if it's right or wrong and how to go about dealing with it. The ending actually turns into this beautiful 'trip' we're taken on with a Thunderbird.

The main thing that really stuck out to me was Gary. Gary is this 70something year old cab driver that Joanne met in book 1. Apparently, over the course of book 1, they forged kind of a BFF/FatherDaughter type of relationship that speaks volumes. I love how beautiful it is without it being weird or awkward. Secondly, their is Detective Billy Holliday and his family. Billy is a crossdresser who is married with 4 children (and 1 on the way). What I liked most about Joanne's interaction with he and his family is that it's genuine. The way his children respond to Joanne is great, plus, it doesn't hurt that Billy's wife trusts Joanne which is refreshing considering how women can get.

After the beautifully written lessons taught by Judy and the conflict resolution, I'm looking to get book 3 from the library and can't wait to get started on it.



3 1/2 Stars
IR: Nothing yet to report other than Joanne being NA/Irish

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by JL Murray

Niki Slobodian, Book 1


I saw a series of 3 books with really cool titles. I found they were free for Prime members on Amazon.com so I started, of course, with book 1.

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea follows Niki Slobodian, a nearly destitute Abnormal who stops at a bar, Deep Blue Sea, for a drink. There, she is approached, by Sam, who offers her a job. Niki can see and talk to ghosts. Because of this Abnormal ability, she was placed on a registry that branded her an Abnormal and therefore made regular life very difficult for her. Niki takes the job, gets the partner, and begins tracking down something that was let out of hell called a Dark. After the Dark, there is Abaddon, and that is a whole nother set of problems.

The book is short. Not as short as a novella (in my opinion), but definitely lacking a lot to be called a novel (again, just my opinion) so I should have gotten through this rather quickly ... Only I didn't. It was the equivalent of just over 100 pages but it took me about 5 days to get through. Why? It just wasn't interesting. Well ... It could be. I can absolutely understand why someone would like it ... Love it ... But it was just very corny. From saying things like 'listen, buddy' to 'you go it, sis' almost made me cringe. I don't know ... I just couldn't dig it because of the corniness. The story was good but I couldn't feel it. I didn't know what anyone looked like, for one. For two, Niki's father was supposed to be some badass but I never 'got' that. Her partner, Gage, just seemed like one of those guys who really wants to be friends with everyone all the time ... And her ex boyfriend, Eli, was just very extra ... He didn't really help or hinder anything ... He was just there.

The most interesting characters were Sasha, Niki's father, and Abaddon, the big bad demon they were after. I didn't care about any of the characters except Sasha ... Which is a shame because I wanted to care about Niki. Everyone kind of seemed the same. Copy/Paste with a different name and gender. Aside from that, our heroine didn't do it for me. It's a shame because this was really the type of book I would like but it didn't speak to me.



2 Stars

Monday, January 28, 2013

Awakened by Khadija Craddock

Wak, Book 1

Hello all, it's been a while ... Or it just feels like a while. Anywho, I got an email from Khadija Craddock who sent me her book for review so thank you so much for this.

Awakened is the story of Alaya, a track star teen with a heart condition. During a race, she went into cardiac arrest and has been struggling ever since. She sleeps through her classes but bursts open on the track. Thanks to her best friend, Tori, their is at least some bit of normalcy. But that's where things get fuzzy. We meet Octavious, an intense dark skinned young man. Her crush, Shemroy, who is nothing but a ladies man and an array of teachers who just want her to be her old self.

What is a Wak? SPOILER --> A vampire. <-- END SPOILER. I couldn't believe it. This book references African mythology and Waaq ... Things I'd never heard of ... But I thought it would be something cooler than this. Not that these aren't cool ... But I didn't see it coming. That could be seen as a good or bad thing. For me, it was a bad thing because I thought I was going to find out about something I had no idea about. I know nothing of African Mythology references outside of what I've gotten from LA Banks and Seressia Glass so I thought I was in for something new and exciting ... But it's just these guys. Granted ... The details are interesting ... But still just this. Anyway ... Once Alaya is 'awakened,' her life changes and things she previously didn't notice before are front and center. I can't give you more information than this because it would give away too many things about the book and the ending.

This is book 1 so I won't be too harsh because first books in series' usually hold tons of boring information that is pertinent for you to understand the books to come. But the book did a lot of dragging. A lot. I had a very hard time getting through it and I basically forced myself when I had nothing else going on. Theirs lots of typical teen things going on like the mean girls and the hot shot guy ... That doesn't change.

I didn't feel like the mean girls were very mean ... They were more annoying than anything and not even that annoying. I felt like Alaya was quite hard headed but I guess teens usually are. I haven't been a teen for a very long time but I was never that hard headed, lol. I do, however, appreciate that their was no sex going on. The last thing I need in a YA book is raging hormones. That just pisses me off. Some people were incredibly obvious with their 'difference' so when some things happened, I wasn't surprised at all. Their were other things but my memory is not working with me right now since it took me a while to read it.

I think maybe I would have enjoyed the book more if it weren't riddled with grammatical and punctuation errors.

Examples of Errors:
"It was so quite ..." <--- Should have been 'quiet.'
"Right on her tale ..." <--- Should have been 'tail.'
"His words managed to singe the fine hairs on my arms that which makes us mammals." <--- What?
The use of the word PARISH instead of PERISH in terms of death.
"Holding onto the balcony railing for dare life ..." <--- 'Dear.'

After a while, I got tired of marking things on my Kindle but you get the idea.

Overall, I know some folks that will enjoy this. It's the first in a series and the abrupt ending really leaves you hanging but they should enjoy it and probably really want to get with book 2, but I don't think I can.


2 Stars



EDIT: Corrections:
*Authors name is Khadija Craddock (I'd misspelled her first name)
*Author thinks I don't know the difference between Cardiac Arrest and a Heart Attack. I do. I apologize for the misinformation.
*Author also wanted me to make a note that the synopsis does not indicate African Mythology as I stated earlier. It is merely a reference. I think I mixed it up when in her initial email to me she said she INCORPORATED african religion and mythology. Again, I apologize for the mix up.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Concrete Savior by Yvonne Navarro

Dark Redemption, Book 2

Disappointment has set in. After reading book 1, I just knew book 2 was going to be even better. Yes, book 2 was good but doesn't come close to the first.

First problem is that their are so many characters' POV's to keep up with. That's really the main problem. In book 2, a different demon is using a Nephilim and a seer to get the dirty work done. I liked the concept a lot ... Here is this woman, Georgina, who sees things but is being used for her ability. Why? You would need to read it to find out but her visions involve saving people who are slated to die. A whole host of problems erupt from that. Aside from that, we meet the Nephilim involved, someone connected to Georgina that is the fire behind her help, and a relative of Eran's that pops up deciding to take Brynna from him.

This book jumps around A LOT from POV to POV so the meat of the book isn't even focused on Brynna and Eran anymore. Most of it is set up to where Brynna and Eran would really come in. I still like Brynna as my heroine even though she nearly lost a fight ... But come on ... She was outnumbered. I didn't like the way the big fight ended AT ALL. I thought it was just too easy and a cop out and it has me wondering how a big fight will end in the next book ... Whenever it's released.

I'm really on the fence because I should have enjoyed it but I just didn't all that much. I think I may keep with the series but it won't be on my stalker list.



3 Stars

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Highborn by Yvonne Navarro

Dark Redemption, Book 1

Hello Yvonne, it's nice to meet you. I'm a new fan.

Brynna Malak is a fallen angel ... Demon ... Who is on Earth working towards God's forgiveness so that she may re-enter Heaven. Although Brynna isn't her real name, it's a name she created when she was confronted by a cop, Redmond, who questioned her about a murder that took place directly in her face. Now, Brynna hadn't spoken or dealt with people in a very long time so her being socially awkward was very cute.

On to the nitty gritty. Dozens of random murders are taking place and the cops are stumped. Brynna figures out that all killed were Nephilims (half angel, half human) and it was orchestrated by someone she knew in Hell. That right there is the entire gist of the book. Don't think this isn't enough because it is. Brynna is a badass in it's truest form. She's got major hands. Hot hands at that, can speak all languages and goes a long way to helping the cops close a case.

She would be great in law enforcement. Bashing in skulls. Yep.

The action is good. I love the fights between demons. The fight at Wrigley Field is one to behold. Their was a foot chase that was actually pretty well written. Usually they're all over the place, but not this one. Everything about the action sequences were done quite nicely actually.

Despite the sad ending, something good comes out of it and I'm looking forward to reading book 2.

The only problem I had with his is that I couldn't 'see' our heroine until probably close to the end. I find out about half way through that she's tall and then that shes lean and then that she's pale (which is a far cry from the cover) but it doesn't take away from the character at all because I actually really like her.

Overall it's a definite keeper and I'll be starting book 2 probably tomorrow.


4 Stars
It's not white as rice ... Lots of different ethnicities represented here but our main characters are ... Well ... I'm not quite sure about Redmond. We'll see.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Echo by Alicia Wright Brewster



The day has come and Alicia Brewster graced me with an e-copy of Echo. Thank God, cause I was in a reading funk!

Echo is set in the future where Earth was so jacked that the rich left for Earth-Two, and everyone who wasn't rich ended up winning a lottery to go. Ashara (freaking love that name. I may name a child that in the future) is an 18-19 year old Ethereal. She has control of Ether. The only problem is ... She had no idea she could do that.

Now ... A bunch of Elders are trying to avert a major disaster. That disaster being the end of days. Because of a vision of it, they decided to rewind time in order to devise a proper plan to avert it. Several rewinds later ... it didn't happen. Not because of poor planning ... Well some was poor planning, but their were just a lot of factors that allowed it to not go as planned. That ties into the title of the book Echo. After so many rewinds they began to refer to themselves as Echo's because they're not the original being their were ... In the beginning. All the resets have weakened them a bit and are now only an Echo of their former selves. Anyway ... Now, in this current timeline, Ashara has Ether powers and she's been called to the Council to be trained to kill the things, Mages, that are going to destroy the place.  This becomes a huge problem because she's never done this before and gets trained by her eX, Loken, who is a Bender (manipulates metal).

Along the way, we meet Rey, Ashara's cousin who I absolutely adore. He's a Breather (manipulates air) and is very charismatic. Krin is another Ethereal that Asha meets but by the end, I hate her guts and want her punched in the face. We also finds lots of animosity for Ashara coming from the Elders. That's where we realize their's some huge secret surrounding her and why she was set on the Ethereal Task Force to begin with it. I would give you a hint but I want you to be as surprised as I was. I gotta say though ... After finding out what the deal is with Ashara, and why she's such a big deal, I should have known that's what happened, but apparently the author was so crafty that I overlooked that possibility completely. Point to Brewster.

I loved it. I'm wondering if it's a series ... I completely forgot to ask. The ending suggests not, but could also mean that we'll pick up somewhere else. I think not. Maybe totally not. Not. Anyway ... And that reminds me of the only problem I had ... The ending. Not the entire ending, just the very end of the ending, lol. After the big brawl at the end, I liked how Ashara was handled as far as that went but right after, the ending was so abrupt. No epilogue or anything! I want to know how people fared at least a week down the line or something. But it doesn't take away from the story at all ... It's just me being a nag.


4 Stars.
IR: Ashara (B/W)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2012 In Retrospect

During the course of the year, I read around 40 books. This post is just me ranting about the good ones, the bad ones, and the ones I completely forgot about.

The Good: Consequences by Aleatha Romig, Truth by Aleatha Romig, Death's Rival by Faith Hunter, Sleepy Willow's Loosed Soul by Dicey Grenor, A Taste of Fire by R. Tezak, Burning Bush by Kenya Wright, Nighwalker by Allyson James, Sleepy Willow's Heartless Soul by Dicey Grenor, Sleepy Willow's Bonded Soul by Dicey Grenor, Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright

The Best: Death's Rival ... A Taste of Fire ... Consequences ... Truth

I Read That? Oh Yea ...: Embrace The Highland Warrior by Anita Clenney, Boyfriend from Hell by Jamie Quaid, Queen Of The Storm by Molly Diamond, Tornado Siren by Patrick Gabridge, The Departed by Shiloh Walker

Didn't Finish But Didn't Forget I Sort-Of Read it: Until The Sun Falls From The Sky by Kristen Ashley

Not The Best But Still Decent: Better Off Red by Rebekah Weatherspoon, To Balance The Grey by Janet Eckford, Chosen by Denise Grover Swank, Jack and Djinn by Amber Sweetapple

Biggest Disappointment: Nightborn by Lynn Viehl (which I never finished), Shadow Heir by Richelle Mead

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In 2013, I'm committing myself to finishing my own book. I currently have 3 series' bouncing around in my head with lots of jumbled ideas but I can't sit long enough to focus. This is my year ... I'm going to do it. I decided that ... I read all these books looking for the one book that has everything in it that's just right ... Just freaking right ... Characters, plot, setting ... Everything ... But I haven't found it. Some are close (Jane Yellowrock Series) but it's not what I would write. And since I have yet to read the book that I want to read, I'm going to write it myself and hope someone else likes it too. Lol. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Shadowchasers UPDATE!

I decided a long time ago that I would stop bothering Seressia Glass (author of the Shadowchasers series) about updates on her series once I found out it wouldn't be continued. However ... Someone asked her on her twitter and she responded. Now I'm a happy gal!