Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Grasping at Eternity Review

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily Series, #1)Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you to Karen Hooper for providing me with a copy for review! It was an honor.

As mentioned before I started reading, this book was My Name is Memory meets X-Men. I was a bit skeptical but excited, because I really didn't like the ending of Memory, however I love the X-men (especially Wolverine)! I was surprised at how well it exceeded my expectations, and the ending was beautiful and touching. The at times heartbreaking/roller coaster romance pulled at my heart strings. I finished this book in little over 4 hours, couldn't put it down. Whether you like a good romance or paranormal book, Grasping at Eternity is a must read.

Maryah's life was turned upside down one night, as she soon finds herself in Arizona at the home of her godmother. Everything she has known is gone; sometimes, it seems, her sanity is gone as well. She has dreams of a green-eyed death angel.

That angel turns out to be Nathan, the son of her godmother. Unbeknownst to Maryah, Nathan has loved her for a very long time and is devastatingly heartbroken that she choose this decision. Nathan's problem is believing in fate and that true love will conquer all.

Meanwhile, Maryah struggles to fit into her new family, deal with the issues with her past, while trying to manage the ups and downs of her relationship with Nathan. As she inches closer to the truth, so do the people that that wish to do her harm. Can she find Nathan in her heart before someone else harms her...

I loved the opening quote that Karen Hooper used, "If you love someone, put their name in a circle; because hearts can be broken, and circles never end. -Anonymous" <3!!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Tri-Realms Saga Books 2 & 3 Review

Fledgling (Tri-Realms Saga, #2)Fledgling by K.C. King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Legacy (Tri-Realms Saga, #3)Legacy by K.C. King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It took me a while to get used to the writing style of K.C. King, but after I did I enjoyed this series. I like the paranormal aspect, the plot, and characters in the book. The thing I loved about this book is how balanced it was.. which is funny because that is an aspect of the book.. to find balance. It had its ups and downs, even the last chapter left me wanting to cry tears of sorrow, then immediately tears of joy. The Tri-Realms Saga was thoroughly a delight to read.

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Anomaly Review

Anomaly (The Tri-Realms Saga, #1)Anomaly by K.C. King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked the plot and story line of this book. I think it is nicely written. I did however, feel that her writing could be a little down to earth, there were some scenes that I had to reread... causing me to disconnect with the main character. With that said, I thoroughly enjoyed the direction of this book and the kissing scenes :)

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

New World Order Review

New World Order (War of the Fae, Book 4)New World Order by Elle Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was yet another great continuation of the series. This book has light and dark moments, causing tears of humor then of sadness. One scene in particular had me laughing so hard, I had to reread it to make sure I didn't miss anything. I have to say, that there was finally a bit of resolve with this book, that was missing from the rest. I kind wish that the "spirit" element would have happened a bit sooner in the book to spice things up, because I kind of guessed it would happen. But I loved it and the series as a whole.. well was obsessed with it!! I read all 4 books in 24 hours.. I am now a huge Elle Casey fan or stalker.. whichever comes first :P

"Spike was my first victim. And when I say victim, I mean victim. He walked out of there looking like he had gotten into a fight with a chainsaw.. and lost." This is the point in the book when I totally lost it!

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Darkness & Light Review

Darkness & Light (War of the Fae, #3)Darkness & Light by Elle Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely love this book series.. and even that is an understatement. This book is a great continuation to the series. I wish I could write more about this book, but I was so engrossed I read all 4 books in a 24 hour time frame, so it's all blurring together. I will say though, that if you like the first two then you'll like this one.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Call to Arms

Call to Arms (War of the Fae, #2)Call to Arms by Elle Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The second book in this series didn't disappoint! The story line is serious, but the author has such a sense of humor in her writing, I was in stitches the whole time. I read both book 1&2 in a day! Elle ended the book on a cliff hanger, but I wish there would've been a little more resolve to it. I guess that will ensure that I read book three..

Jayne and her fellow changelings are trying hard to fit into the Fae world. They have to learn about their new world, as well as how to manage their powers. Jayne finds it harder to accept her new life/powers and deal with loosing her best friend. Since she is elemental, the Light Fae don't really know what she is capable of.

As if attempts to fit in and manage her powers aren't bad enough, she finds that the Dark Fae are after Tony. Jayne has to save him, but can she be the bad ass superhero?

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The Changelings Review

The Changelings (War of the Fae, #1)The Changelings by Elle Casey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! This book has been one of my favorites to read thus far. The author, Elle Casey, definitely has a way with words, especially the well placed curse word. I loved it that she's not afraid to use them. Her writing is also full of humor. One scene in particular, literally had me LMAO!! This book is a definite must read, in my opinion.

The main character Jayne is a foul-mouthed, outcast at school. Jayne and her best friend Tony, decide to run away from their troubled home life. The two find themselves boning with a group of other runaways. The group decides to participate in a “fitness trial” for $500.

The teens find themselves in the midst of a strange forest with nothing but a backpack, a weapon, and no rules but to finish the obstacle course. This forest is no ordinary forest, and the teens are no ordinary teens. They all have to stick together to make it out alive. In the end, Jayne winds up with a new family and an affinity for hugging trees.

“Um, hello, Tree. I’m Jayne… and this is Becky. We want to hug you, so here we are. You’re.. um.. a really nice looking tree, so that’s why we picked you. I mean, all the trees here are nice looking and all…”

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Monday, June 18, 2012

The Seeker Saga Review

Forbidden (The Seeker Saga, #2)Forbidden by Sarah Swan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like the Seeker Saga so far. The second book, Forbidden is fast paced and full of excitement. However, I am missing the love part of the story, I would like to see more of a love story between Tracy and Rob. I did like the direction the story went, but would like to have a few more questions answered. The author explains the science behind the crystals, but not much of what they can do. And what about the triangle? That kinda got dropped from the equation. I also would have liked to see a little more resolve at the end. But all in all, I would recommend this saga, its a short read and full of action!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

The Forever Girl Review

The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey (Forever Girl, #1)The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey by Rebecca Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved reading this book, I thought it was thoughtfully written and had a good story line. It had sat in my vast “to-read” book shelf for a few weeks now, until yesterday, when I won a free copy from Rebecca. I wasn’t really sure that I could relate to Wiccan aspect of the main character, but she explained everything so that I didn’t feel lost. I am now kicking myself for not reading it sooner; it is definitely going on the favorites bookshelf!!!

Fresh out of college, Sophia is living in her grandfather’s house and trying to get her life in order. To start, she had to get the buzzing noise out of her head. She began a ritual to clear her head, and it went awry. The buzzing changed to muffled noises, she sees people outside of her house, and gets attacked at a club, in the process meeting Charles.

He saves her from impending danger, but it only trusts her into more danger. Sophia learns that she’s been a witch for quite a long time, and there is a vast paranormal world. That world that seems suddenly interested in her. She learns to harness her powers to try and save the ones she loves, but sometimes things don’t always go as planned.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Here Review

Here (On the Otherside, #1)Here by Denise Grover Swank
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this book, and think it was very well written. I would give it a 3 1/2 stars. The first few chapters were very full of emotion, and it was enthralling. I thoroughly enjoyed the sci-fi aspect of it. Granted, this is a YA book, but I feel the age range is truely for middle school students. If you are looking for a quick read, and awesome love triangle I would recommend this book.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

In the Shadow

Come play with me in the shadows.
Make the light dance upon my skin.
Press me deep into the darkness.
But pull me ever back into the glistening light. 
Help me to seduce the gloom that swallows us so very ardently.
Aid me in my endeavor, to make love to the illumination that hails us back with just as much desire.
The obscurity hungers for the cries of our passion let us surrender to it readily.
The gleam calls us still equally eager to hear the melody of our glorification, we should concede.
Concede with me, and let the light and dark vie for our affections.
Come play with me in the shadows.

Frey Review

Frey (The Frey Saga, #1)Frey by Melissa Wright
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is absolutely riveting! I couldn’t put it down. I haven’t read a book quite as mysterious as this one. I couldn’t have guessed where this book was going to take me. The book is well written, and doesn’t center the plot around a love triangle. (Which, don’t get me wrong, I love a good love triangle.. but my heart needs a break every now and then.) I got this book for free on Amazon, and would highly recommend it. Usually I would write more about the story, but I stayed up all night reading. : D

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sleeping Beauty Series- Review

Sleeping Beauty Box SetSleeping Beauty Box Set by A.N. Roquelaure
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

These books were recommended to me, as research for the book I am writing. I was told that it would help me understand what total submission meant. And that it delivered. Anne Rice put such a twist on this fairy tale, that it is hard to look at my nieces Sleeping Beauty dolls.

Favorite Quote, "He used love as a means to suffering, as if it were a weapon.

The story is perverse “Hunger Games” of sorts. Princes and Princesses are sent as tributes to serve as sex slaves to the Crowned Queen, in order to maintain an alliance.

The first book Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, followed Beauty after she had been awakened from her long sleep. Immediately, she is thoroughly sexed by the Crowned Prince and marched naked to his castle to be his BDSM slave. Beauty is treated to a variety of punishments but still can’t seem to comprehend the meaning of submission. One night, handsome Prince Alexi, seeks her out to tell her his story of submission. It was one of gang raping, and having foreign objects shoved into him. Shortly after that night, Beauty sees that Prince Tristan was being sent to the village for punishment. For reasons unknown to Beauty, she ran in order to be punished as well.

The second book, Beauty’s Punishment, was told in two POV’s, Tristan and Beauty. I found it weird that one was told in the 3rd person and the other in 1st. The punished princes and princesses were put on the auction block and sold to the highest bidder. Beauty to an Inn owner and Tristan to a man that works for the queen. Both end up gaining some sort of affection for their masters and their firm discipline. Just when they were becoming content, they were captured along with Prince Laurent, and taken to a foreign land.

The final book, Beauty’s Release, was again told in two POV’s, Laurent and Beauty. They arrive in the foreign land, and were decorated with gold paint and jewels. The Sultan's steward Lexius, was their master, instructing them to please the sultan to please him. Laurent’s love for punishment turned into a love to punish and he decided to show Lexius what it was like to be a love slave. After a short while there, the three of them along with Lexius were rescued. All returned to the castle, but Beauty. She was sent home to choose a suitor.

After all that happens, Beauty decides that she loves the life of a submissive and refuses to choose a suitor. Laurent continues to dominate, when he is placed in the pony stalls for a year. Laurent gets discharged from service due to his father’s death and decides to claim beauty as his. Everyone lived happily ever after... the end.

After reading the first book, especially Prince Alexi’s story, I didn’t think I could stomach the other two books. It seemed to me that gang rape was, one harmful to a human being; and two, I am just not into man on man erotica. However, I gave the second book a chance and liked it enough to read the third. I liked the overall story, I did thoroughly learn about the extreme D/s relationships. One critique would be the overuse of “my sex” as an anatomical description. The other thought that came to my head, is there is no off time for menstruation; and if they are having that much sex, how do they not get pregnant? Other than that, less man on man would’ve gained another star.

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Afterlife Review

Afterlife (The Swarm Trilogy, #2)Afterlife by Megg Jensen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have enjoyed reading the Swarm Trilogy. This series has been a short read thus far, but it remains full of action, love, and deception.

Lianne runs away from her life with her new family to reunite baby Trevin with his mother. She is quickly captured by Chase, and Lianne is yet again thrust into a whole new world of lies. The Malborn want to use her, it seems there is more to her power that she needs to learn. Chase tries to teach her how to harness her new powers and tame her rage. With another impending battle, Lianne tries to save the man she loves. It seems though, that you can’t change your destiny, and Lianne is always ready to put up a fight!

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hyde Review

Hyde (Devil's Roses Series #3)Hyde by Tara Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Again, I cannot say enough good things about this series. I laughed, I cried, and well, you have to read the book to understand the rest. The third book was on par with the second, but brought with it a little more spice. The story is told from the POV of Aleks and Hanna.

Waking up in a trunk, sore, and barely clothed was the least of Hanna’s problems. Memories of a dead girl, the death of her father, then the discovery of treachery by those who raised her, plagued her. She needed answers. Reading through journals written by her father she found an answer, but it was far from the one she wanted. Unable to accept what she was, Hanna accepted the help of her father’s longtime friend Marcus. Marcus’ help came at a price, a few simple drops of blood. But nothing is ever simple.

Hanna gets trusted into the paranormal world, discovering that Marcus is the most powerful vampire ever. He lived up to his promise to help her control her inner rage, meanwhile falling in love with her. In fact, every man she meets is smitten with her, even Aleks.

Poor Aleks, feeling like he ruined Aimee’s life, feels compelled to save her dying friend Giselle. He made a deal with Marcus, and a few of the Roses end up paying with their life. Hanna couldn't help but feel it was all her fault. This book is filled with deception, tragedy, and love.

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Bane Review

Bane (Devil's Roses #2)Bane by Tara Brown
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best way to say it.. I love this book series!!!
I am an avid book reader, having read 34 books so far this year. Bane is one of the best follow up’s I have ever read. It has more action, romance, and characters than the first book. I felt Cursed was slightly predictable, but had no clue where this book was going from chapter to chapter. I read it in one, six hour sitting.

The story begins in the desert, with the introduction of Ari. She’s a plain teenage girl, working at her uncle’s restaurant. Plain didn’t last for long. Ari went out for a run and it ended with her world being split, beyond belief. From that day on, she is plagued with struggles. Luckily she is adopted into a family that can help her learn what has happened. That’s where she meets Aimee, Lucas, and several new friends, and is trained to be a Devil’s Rose. But her problems only begin there; it seems that Ari’s situation worsens when she uses her new powers.

In the meantime, Aimee has to figure out who she loves. The heartbreaking decision plagues her over and over again. She has to shove her personal life aside, to find Ari; who had left because she didn’t want to cause her new family any more pain. When Aimee finds Ari, it seems that the dark side had found her first.

Epic battles, betrayal, love, friendship.. this book has everything!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Cursed Review

Cursed (The Devil's Roses, #1)Cursed by Tara Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is about a high school senior that is dealing with a tragedy in her family. To make things worse, she’s always being overshadowed by her prettier, preppie twin sister. Aimee James is just an uber nerd that loves the chess club, and has never been kissed. Her world gets turned upside down when she goes to her first party, and almost dies because of it. Upon recovery, she faces tough decisions, tough losses, and through it all finds the man she will love for the rest of her life (however long she has left of it).
I really liked this book! I haven’t quite read a book that’s had so much of the writer’s personality in it. (Well, shall I say my personality?) It almost feels like I wrote it, her humor and style is very down to earth and easy to follow. I read the entire book within 6 hours, I couldn’t put it down. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, because I loved the writing, but felt that the story line was slightly predictable. I will probably have the other books in this series read before the weekend is over. I would recommend this series, and I you can’t beat the price I paid for all three of them! ($2 on Amazon)

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