April 16, 2014

Author Gossip

Normally I do a Wednesday Wishes post, but I decided to shake things up a bit! (And it’s been a long while since I’ve done a AG post!)

Shake, shake, shake!


magicbreaksMagic Steal’s, a novella for the Kate Daniels’ universe is officially completed! Die hard fans will not want to miss it! It will be featured in the anthology Night Shift (Amazon | Goodreads). There are some other amazing authors included in the anthology such as Nalini Singh, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane (AKA Meljean Brook). Should be released on November 25th, 2014.

Also, while I’m thinking about Ilona Andrews news. Is anyone else totally jazzed that Kate Daniels’ books 8 to 10 are on Goodreads? I know they said on their blog that it’s official. But somehow seeing them all shiny and waiting makes it real! broken

Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld series (Amazon | Goodreads) has been over for a while now. But fans should know that there actually are some deleted scenes of their favorite books. Armstrong just posted about some for Broken (Amazon | Goodreads). Now I used to be one of those readers who hated deleted scenes and short stories. They used to be sad excuses for publisher to make money off of fans. However, I’ve found with many favorite series, and authors, that they can be so valuable. So here they are: “the one about the pregnancy test” and “the one where blood-winterElena & Nick play parents-to-be”.

Enjoy!

Horngate Witches series, by Diana Pharaoh Francis, has some exciting news! (Amazon | Goodreads) Seemed as though Pocket Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, would not be continuing the series. (Which sadly happens to a lot of good series. T.A. Pratt’s Marla Mason books anyone?) Now Samhain Publishing is officially contracting two more books for the series, which I’ve confirmed on the author’s blog! The titles are Bone Dreams and Stone Thaw, which will be written in 2015. No release dates are being put out there as of yet. Congrats to Francis! (And get well wishes to boy, who’s sadly still sick. Hope he feels better soon.)


Short and sweet, but I figured this was a good start to getting myself back in the swing of these posts. Which I’ve missed so much!

April 15, 2014

Review:MacRieve

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark, book 12) by Kresley Cole

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Genre: Urban Fantasy 
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: MacRieve

In this pulse-pounding Immortals After Dark tale, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole delves into the darkest mysteries and deepest passions of Clan MacRieve. . .

A Beast In Torment

Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.

A Beauty In Chains

Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A Full Moon On The Rise

With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?


Review:

Fans of Immortals After Dark have been looking forward to some MacRieve twin time for a while. Or at least I have. They're both amazing and after a glint of Uilleam, or Will, trying to escape from some Succubus. To be honest it was time for some Lykae loving.

The instant I met Will and his tragic past unveiled I was in love. He's the perfect kind of angst that me likes! When he met his fated woman on a chopping block he immediately swoops in to save her. Chloe is an impressive woman, and I loved her. She's worked hard for everything she's wanted and it's finally paid off when she gets a chance to play soccer at the Olympics and represent the USA! That is until she finds out she's turning into an immortal. When events lead her to being up on the auction block and into Will's arms. Will can forgive her being the daughter of his enemy, but when the mystery of Chloe’s immortal side is “revealed” . . . well things go south for me.

Of course, we all knew what it would be. It’s classic Cole plot drama, if the reveal shocked you . . . shame. More classic Cole plotting this reveal then makes the circumstances make them feel like the other betrayed them, then they actually do. They fight, torture each other, and then overcome it all and fall in love. Yeah. Except this time Will is an unmitigated-toxic-horrendous jerk!! Will takes an amazing woman and pulls her apart. He nukes her, the wreck left behind is awful. Then this amazing woman Cole has created takes it all. No really. She justifies Will's every move. At one point she does get to the point where she's had enough. But she comes back for more.

Chloe is too strong of a woman to just sit back and take that crap! To justify what Will is and has done to her. Sure Will realizes that he's prejudice and what he 's done to Chloe is wrong. It happens in every Immortals After Dark book. It's the formula that we the readers come begging back for. This time it goes to far and I personally can not handle it. There is no way someone like Chloe would take that crap and make excuses! No. It's like she was transformed into a new character. There's being kind and smart, knowing that there is something dark driving the man you thought you could love. Then there's just plain cruel abuse that no one should put up with.

Despite that Cole still pulls off a hot, steamy, read. It's hot. How-why-who-knows? It was weird loathing the romantic story—which is the whole point of this read—but still fanning yourself from the flames. The supporting cast was amazing. Especially getting back into the Lykae world.

In the end, this is the first time I actually found myself disliking a book in the Immortals After Dark series. Yes, the couples tend to be really rude, abusive, and horrible too each other until they can accept one anther. Usually bordering the line and always allowing redeeming qualities to shine through. Not so much here. Will did not deserve Chloe, and I loath that Chloe was introduced as a strong and smart female to only be altered into a doormat. Thankfully the other characters and the world around the characters were enough to help make things tolerable. Looks like maybe the other MacRieve twin is up later—thought who knows when—and here's hoping things get better. From the setup, and that huge cliffhanger of wonderful cruelness, things are looking up for this series.

Sexual Content: Steamy-steamy ladies. Though some of the sex is degrading.

  
2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:

A Hunger Like No Other (1) 
No Rest for the Wicked (2)
Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night (4)
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge (5)
Dark Desires After Dusk (6)
Kiss of a Demon King (7)
Pleasure of a Dark Prince (8)
Demon from the Dark (9)
Dreams of a Dark Warrior(10)
Lothaire (11)
MacRieve (12)
Dark Skye (13)

A Hunger Like No Other (1)
No Rest for the Wicked (2)
Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night (4)
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge (5)
Dark Desires After Dusk (6)
Kiss of a Demon King (7)
Pleasure of a Dark Prince (8)
Demon from the Dark (9)
Dreams of a Dark Warrior(10)
Lothaire (11)
MacRieve (12)
Dark Skye (13)
A Hunger Like No Other (1)
No Rest for the Wicked (2)
Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night (4)
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge (5)
Dark Desires After Dusk (6)
Kiss of a Demon King (7)
Pleasure of a Dark Prince (8)
Demon from the Dark (9)
Dreams of a Dark Warrior(10)
Lothaire (11)
MacRieve (12)
Dark Skye (13)

April 14, 2014

Cover Coveting()

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

Still feeling lazy, simple CC format! Ooooo, some really lovely covers! The very first cover (what a mouth full) is awesome! Every time I see a cover for the White Trash Zombie covers I feel guilty for not reading them! Brigg’s books never fail to get amazing covers, even if it’s just a short or anthology. So pretty!

Which ones are you faves? Reborn and Snow Like Ashes definitely caught my eyes.


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How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diane Rowland Goodreads | Amazon
Outcast by C.J. Redwine Goodreads | Amazon

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Penumbra by Keri Arthur Goodreads | Amazon
Poison Fruit by Jacqueline Carey Goodreads | Amazon

Rebornredblooded

Reborn by Cherie Reich Goodreads | Amazon
Red Blooded by Amanda Carlson Goodreads | Amazon

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Renegade by Antony John Goodreads | Amazon
Revenant by Larissa Ione Goodreads | Amazon

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Revolution by Jenna Black Goodreads | Amazon
Ruins by Dan Wells Goodreads | Amazon

Sacrificesnowlikeashes

Sacrifice by Brigid Kemmerer Goodreads | Amazon
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch Goodreads | Amazon

Salvageseduction

Salvage by Alexandra Duncan Goodreads | Amazon
Seduction by Molly Cochran Goodreads | Amazon

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Serpent's Kiss by Deborah Cooke Goodreads | Amazon
Shadowbound by Dianne Sylvan Goodreads | Amazon

shatteredshiftingshadows

Shattered by Kevin Hearne Goodreads | Amazon
Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs Goodreads | Amazon

silver_shadowssky-pirarotes

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead Goodreads | Amazon
Sky Pirates by Liesel Schwarz Goodreads | Amazon

April 11, 2014

Review: Dying Bites

Dying Bites (The Bloodhound Files, book 1) by D.D. Barant

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Paperback
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Dying Bites

Her job description is the “tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers.” What this really means in FBI profiler Jace Valchek’s brave new world—one in which only one percent of the population is human—is that a woman’s work is never done. And real is getting stranger every day…

Jace has been ripped from her reality by David Cassius, the vampire head of the NSA. He knows that she’s the best there in the business, and David needs her help in solving a series of gruesome murders of vampires and werewolves. David’s world—one that also includes lycanthropes and golems—is one with little knowledge of mental illness. An insane serial killer is a threat the NSA has no experience with. But Jace does. Stranded in a reality where Bela Lugosi is a bigger box office draw than Bruce Willis and every full moon is Mardi Gras, Jace must now hunt down a fellow human before he brings the entire planet to the brink of madness. Or she may never see her own world again…


Review:

This is a title that kept me going “Heck yes!” throughout the whole read. With “Oh, no she didn't!” Then at the end I was a little shocked that more of my reading friends had yet to read this one! A lot have it on their TBR piles, yet no read. The few that read it are giving it glowing ratings and praise! Dying Bites is the perfect intro for The Bloodhound Files.

Jace ends up getting pulled over to an alternate world from our own earth. They don't have any one with job description is the “tracking and apprehension of mentally-fractured killers.” They try to pull it off that they don't have such killers like we do in our world, but the truth comes out. What they don't have is too many humans, and they need a human view point to solve this. Vampires and werewolves are dominate and in the last world war it wasn't Hitler trying to purify the world from Jews, it was Vampires and Werewolves trying to turn the human populace. Soon after that Jace is faced with the chilling reality that humans face as the food source to vampires. Some try to protect them on reserves, and others just want to farm them. Humans are weak and at the bottom of the food chain literally.

Jace is investigating ritualistic killings being done by a human. The victims are vampires and werewolves. It soon becomes apparent that these aren't just random killings. Each murder site has power and in some way shows Jace horrors that occurred to the human race in this new world. The killer wants to wake up a god to make the world anew. It's beyond refreshing to see the moral conflict that Jace is going through. As she has to decide whether or not to take sides with the “monsters” or the humans. Because I certainly identified with the humans, and at times I could see where they were coming from. What's more is how the magic works in this world. Especially magic so powerful that guns and other such weapons are magically spelled out of everyone. Jace is the only one who can handle her gun and everyone else is still stuck using swords and arrows. Which makes you wonder who would have spelled that to happen, especially since modern weapons is what would even the odds for humans.

Even better is how certain things changed in this alternate reality. From wars to musicians. The way that vampires and werewolves changed some of the basic things in life. Such as full body suits to avoid the sun for vampires, and how a werewolves smell can be admissible in court.

So it's clear that I adored this world. Even better is that I adored the cast of characters introduced, it was great being presented with vampires and werewolves that showed humanity. Then the heinous ones that made you want to bear arms with the the human extremists (AKA Free Human Resistance). My favorite character actually ended up being Jace's Golem sidekick. The mythology behind Golem's is awesome, since they're the weapon advancement since modern weaponry as we know it doesn’t exist. The Golem is witty funny, and at times the most human thing in Dying Bites. Which brings to question what really makes a human, well, human?

This is told in first person so readers can sink straight into Jace's mind. It's refreshing to see such a strong woman faced with the reality that in this world she's fresh meat. I look forward to her duking it out with the bad guy, discovering more of this world, some of the romances kindling up, and of course time with my favorite Golem. The Bloodhound Files is definitely a Urban Fantasy that everyone should add to their collection. After reading the first book I made sure I owned all following books. That good, my bookworms. That good.

Sexual Content: Jace has sex, and she’s not conflicted! Yes. Sexual humor and some darker themes.

 
5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Dying Bites (1)
Death Blows (2)
Killing Rocks (3)
Better Off Undead (4)
Back from the Undead (5)
Undead to the World (6)

Dying Bites (1)
Death Blows (2)
Killing Rocks (3)
Better Off Undead (4)
Back from the Undead (5)
Undead to the World (6)

Dying Bites (1)
Death Blows (2)
Killing Rocks (3)
Better Off Undead (4)
Back from the Undead (5)
Undead to the World (6)

April 10, 2014

Review: Tempest Rising

Tempest Rising (Tempest, book 1) by Tracy Deebs

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Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Goodreads

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her-and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.


Review:

The first 40 pages of Tempest Rising were everything I had hoped this title could be. Tempest being a surfer is part of her character and it was so wonderful to finally read a book that had surfing in it, doing it right. Her character was so fun and I was enjoying getting to know her. Already I knew she wouldn't be one of my favorites, but I enjoyed her company. The world was starting to flesh out. The mystery of the red haired sea witch was tickling my brain. So when Tempest is on the beach in a crazy storm and she spotted something red in the water my thoughts were, “Heck yes, the bitch be scaring.” Then right after the next paragraph my thoughts were, “No. Please no. Not some hunk to muck up this whole book with a horrid love triangle.” The feared hunk rose from the water, from there this book descended into crap.

Tempest Rising was my first pick for finally reading a YA Urban Fantasy about mermaids. The vast majority of my Goodreads friends had given this a glowing review, even the ones who are normally really picky. My peeps led me astray, so astray. A lesson to why no matter the rating you must venture to see if you actually like it. As mentioned there is a love triangle here. Tempest has this amazing human boyfriend, Mark.. He's a gentleman and when he does get a little possessive—nothing like other YA book—I felt he was totally justified. Because Tempest had insta-hormones for Kona right upon him rolling up out of the ocean. The book didn't do enough to flesh out either love interests, but I definitely liked Mark.

Ah, Tempest. Tempest. It's amazing that at page 40 I thought she was a good companion. Then within maybe 20 to 30 pages later I knew I had no respect for the girl. First off she just confesses to her long time boyfriend, and best friend, that she loves him. Ah, so sweet. Then she goes and makes out with Kona. The hunk she doesn't know. Then she goes and kisses Mark again. Then she's back to kissing Kona and beyond the few mentions of Mark we all know the girl could care less about him. No matter how hot authors need to develop the love triangle enough that it's justified for the girl to be cheating on her man. And that she has the guts to tell him up front and to make a decision before making out with the other guy. Trust me I can go on about how horrible a girlfriend Tempest is. Not to mention that Kona is 900 years old, but is the worst fleshed out teenage-not-really guy I've ever read. If he had been Tempest’s age I could have lived with that. Oh, the way the author tries to make Mark look bad at the end was laughable. Just made him look like the better man. Go Mark, he dodged the bullet.

Tempest's other failing is that she has pretty much known from day one that she is going to turn into a mermaid on her seventeenth birthday. She's horrifically afraid of this. So we're supposed to believe that a smart and intelligent girl is going to cling on to denial even with all of the damning proof. Even though with that denial she still knows and has clearly accepted it. Isn't going to do some kind of research. Or maybe I don't know, move away from the ocean? Do something to try and get the right king of knowledge. Because knowledge is power. You know forewarned is forearmed. Nope instead Tempest is going to obsess about her mom leaving her and talk about how she's not throwing a pity party for herself.

“Was this what Mark felt like when I put him off without answering his questions? I hoped not, because it totally sucked.” - Tempest

Now let's get on that. Her mother makes it sound like Tempest can choose to be human or a mermaid. She didn't even bother to give her daughter some advice like, “Hey there's this evil sea witch out there who wants to kill you. I'm going out there to protect you. Ps-Stay away from the ocean at night or the sea witch will try to kill you. Love you, mommy.” This whole, tell-my-children-nothing-so-that-they-can-bumble-around-and-have-their-lives-put-in-danger-do-to-my-lack-of-sharing-knowledge is the worst plot device ever used. Sure some authors are smart enough to have the parents leave some information later on, or to get the kids armed up at some point. (Or the parents simply died and could share this information.) So when Tempest finally realizes she doesn't have a real choice in the matter, it's so tiring. Because even Kona—worst love interest ever—won't give her any thing. For most of the book this is how things go:

“Why can't you just tell me?” It was my turn to reach out for him, to grab his hand.

“Because you're not ready for the answers yet.” -Tempest and Kona

OK, I'll give it to Kona when Tempest finally gets some answers she freaks. But who wouldn't? How is anyone expected to make an informed life altering decision on zero information? Which is an argument that Tempest waits to use until almost the end of the book.

The characters and world are so underdeveloped. What happened after the first 40 pages?! The author actually talks about walking and crab-walking instead of swimming. Which totally took me out of the undersea moments. When Tempest gets to Kona's castle there's no question as to how this castle out in the middle of no where has gotten modern necessities. The underwater world was . . . ugh. The people and society is never explained, expanded on, it's just there. A lot of the plot and information is just there. As if readers shouldn't care about details like that. After all we're only here for the love triangle. A poorly crafted love triangle. If there's more then one book planned, please make an effort. Or better yet, love triangles—most of the time—do not make good books. Very few authors can, and have, pulled them off.

I'm exhausted. Tired of books that have so much potential but simply fall back on all the tropes that the paranormal young adult, and young adult genre as a whole, seems to love to fall back on. Mermaid books are still so rare. There's an opportunity to go outside of the box with the world, society, people, and so much more. By the end of this book I felt insulted as a reader. Readers want more then this cookie cutter crap! OK, I know there are a ton of readers who eat this crap up. I eat this crap up! However, not at the cost of originality and story/character development. This was another valuable lesson that even if the first 40 pages were wonderful, that you should stop when you start loathing the book and the death of a good story.

Sexual Content: Kissing, making out,and some sexual humor.

 
Grudgingly, oh, so grudgingly. 2/5- Average/disappointing, library check-out.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Tempest Rising (1) 
Tempest Unleashed (2)
Tempest Revealed (3)
Tempest Rising (1)
Tempest Unleashed (2)
Tempest Revealed (3)
Tempest Rising (1)
Tempest Unleashed (2)
Tempest Revealed (3)

April 8, 2014

Cover Coveting (22)

 
Cover art is found from Wicked Scribes, ATUF, Goodreads, social networks, and other sources.
***All cover art may not be final.***

Yeah, I know. Behind again. Seems like no matter how hard I try . . . CC is just meant to get lost in the flow!


A Soul to Takebeginnings

A Soul to Take by Emily Taylor Goodreads | Amazon
The Lux Series: Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads | Amazon

Black DogBlack Widow

Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge Goodreads | Amazon
Black Widow by Jennifer Estep Goodreads | Amazon

brokensoulburnforme

Broken Soul by Faith Hunter Goodreads | Amazon
Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews Goodreads | Amazon

bythemagicofstarlightchainedbynight

By the Magic of Starlight by Serena Gilley Goodreads | Amazon
Chained by Night by Larissa Ione Goodreads | Amazon

cityofeternalnightCompulsion

City of Eternal Night by Kristen Painter Goodreads | Amazon
Compulsion by Martina Boone Goodreads | Amazon

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Darkness Falls by Keri Arthur Goodreads | Amazon
Die and Stay Dead by Nicholas Kaufmann Goodreads | Amazon

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Festive in Death by J.D. Robb Goodreads | Amazon
Forecast by Rinda Elliott Goodreads | Amazon

GoleminmyGloveboxGypsy

Golem in My Glovebox by R.L. Naquin Goodreads | Amazon
Gypsy by Trisha Leigh Goodreads | Amazon

hunter'straillowmidnight

Hunter’s Trail by Melissa F. Olson Goodreads | Amazon
Low Midnight by Carrie Vaughn Goodreads | Amazon

maplecroftmemory keepers

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest Goodreads | Amazon
Memory Keepers by Natasha Ngan Goodreads | Amazon

Mortal Godsnightplay

Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake Goodreads | Amazon
Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon Goodreads | Amazon

 

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