Thursday, September 29, 2011

Review: Gena Showalter – The Darkest Surrender

Lords of the Underworld:
Book 8:


The Darkest Surrender: Strider/Defeat and Kaia Skyhawk




Summary:
Strider is the Keeper of Defeat, he has to Win! Every challenge thrown his way or he suffers debilitating pain. No one challenges him more than the harpy Kaia; the sister of Bianka and Gwen. Strider and Kaia have been thrown together in life and death situations often. Always he has been able to resist the beautiful vicious harpy, until now… Over 1500 years ago at the age of 14 Kaia made the biggest mistake of her life and let the consort of her fellow harpy Tabitha loose at the Harpy Games. In doing so there was a massacre that the Harpys had never experienced before or after. The shame got her and her family banned from the games and Kaia became the most hated Harpy in existence. Only her mother’s reputation kept her from being slaughtered. Now after all these years Kaia and her sisters have been demanded to participate in the games and with all harpidom after Kaia and wanted blood Kaia need Strider more than ever. Strider doesn’t like the fact that Kaia considers him her consort, all he wants in his life is a little peace and there is no way her would ever get that with Kaia, but even he isn’t so unfeeling that he would let Kaia go to the games without her “consort” what’s a couple of weeks as a blood donor? He can do this, and keep his hands off the delectable harpy, right? When the first prize is announced Strider realizes that more than Kaia’s life is at stake but his as well as all the other Lords lives as well. Now all he needs is Kaia to stay alive and Win! This is the challenge of his life.


Review:
I really enjoyed this book! This was a Gena Showalter book! This is what I expect to read when I pull one her books from my “bookshelf”. It was funny, action packed and steamy. Kaia and Strider keep you entertained through the whole book with their wit and battle of wills. You also get a deeper into the Harpy culture and I likes what I see, these ladies are funny, loyal and completely vicious! They will not hesitate to destroy any threat to themselves, one of their family or their consort. They can hold a grudge for centuries as poor Kaia knows from first-hand knowledge. It’s not easy being Kaia the Disappointment and to be the most hated Harpy in existence all because of one teensy mistake when she was 14. Now all she has to do is survive the games. The physical and mental trails Kaia must face keep this book moving right along and having a gorgeous smart ass demon possessed man like Strider by her side does not hurt. I love how supportive Strider was of Kaia, he knows his woman is fierce and helps her believe it too. I didn't think I would like Strider as much as I did, but I was hopeless against his egotistical, smart ass charms.  I have to say he has become one of my favorite Lords and that's saying a lot. Kaia does a lot of growing in this book and I enjoyed the journey. I also enjoyed reading of all the sisters again. Now I really hope that the oldest Skyhawk sister gets her HEA! It’s going to be fun watching the Cold Hearted fall! So I really hope she gets a book with someone! Maybe Torin?? Hmmm…


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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Amazon Kindle Fire Annoucements: New Kindles, New Price Points

Kindle

Kindle Fire: $199.00
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
Content: 18 million movies, TV shows, apps, games, songs,books, newspapers, audiobooks, magazines, and docs
Web: Amazon Silk, cloud-accelerated browser  
Display: 7" Vibrant Color IPS
Battery Life: 8 hours continuous reading or 7.5 hours video playback
On-device Storage: 8GB for 80 apps plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books
Weight: 14.6 ounces


Kindle: $79.00
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
Content: Millions of books, newspapers, magazines, games, and docs
Display: 6" E Ink Pearl
Battery Life: 1 month
Storage: 2GB for 1,400 books
Weight: 5.98 ounces


Kindle Touch, 3G: $99.00, $149.00
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Free 3G + Wi-Fi
Content: Millions of books, newspapers, magazines, audiobooks, games, and docs
Display: 6" E Ink Pearl
Battery Life: 2 month
Storage: 4GB for 3,000 books
Weight: 7.5 ounces, 7.8 ounces


Kindle Keyboard, 3G: $99.00, $139.00
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Free 3G + Wi-Fi
Content: Millions of books, newspapers, magazines, audiobooks, games, and docs
Display: 6" E Ink Pearl
Battery Life: 2 month
Storage: 4GB for 3,500 books
Weight: 8.5 ounces, 8.8 ounces



Sunday, September 25, 2011

ARC Review: Jessica Anderson - Lord of the Wolfyn

Royal House of Shadows Series:
Lord of the Wolfyn: Prince Dayn and Reda Weston
Summary:
The night of the attack Prince Dayn was out tracking a Wolfyn riding out his anger at having to give up his woman of common birth, he is expected to marry someone of noble blood. When his father mindspeaks with him as vampires can do he sees the carnage that has become of the castle and his heart breaks that he was not there to help protect his home and family. His father manages to tell him before his death that he is being sent away for 20 years, then a female guide will appear and she will have four days to return him to Elden to unite with his siblings and then Dayn finds himself in a strange realm where the mythical shape shifters Wolfyn (the shape shifting is a mere myth in Elden) rule and and realm traveling is a common occurrence.  Human cop Reda’s foundation was rocked to the core when her partner was killed and she just stood there when they were on duty, she never thought of herself as a coward until that fateful day. Now unsure what to do with her life she clings onto her past, in particular a book that her mother gave her,  a one of a kind version of the Wolfyn and “Little Red Riding Hood”. Dreams leading up to finally getting her hands on the book show her, her “woodcutter” but suddenly Reda is being sucked into a strange land and suddenly her woodcutter is alive and demanding her to take him someplace, this must be a dream. It takes several brushes with death before Reda believes this is all real and she is to take her sexy woodcutter to some place called Elden to save his kingdom.  With her cowardice haunting her, she is determined to help her woodcutter Dayn reach his home, but with a dark witch and the Wolfyn after them it’s not looking good. Reda and Dayn know they only have four days together and despite the constant danger they are determined to make the most of those days an steamy nights, until Dayn’s secrets catch up with him and Reda is betrayed…
Review:
This is a great spin on “Little Red Riding Hood” dark and dangerous with a sexy male lead.  Dayn is sexy enough to lick and bite, and flannel never looked so good. Well in my mind anyway. There is evil and danger lurking in every corner in this book and made for an interesting read. The love scenes were erotic and hot, you won’t be disappointed there.  I do have to admit there were times when Reda annoyed me and I wanted to yell “Man up and grow a pair” at her; however, she did make up for it when she saved her prince. And hey any women that is that good with a bow and arrow is ok in my book. I also wondered what did happen with Reda’s mother, did she really die, did she get taken into one the vortexes? You never really find out, but that is more one of those vague, hmmm moments that is besides the fact and doesn’t really affect the book at all. One other thing that had me going hmm was in the first book, Nicolai said Dayn was mindspeaking with him to come help him, but in this book, Dayn could not reach anyone to mindspeak with, again doesn’t affect my enjoyment of the book but one of those small inconsistencies that can happen in multibook series that I picked up on. This book was full tilt action and sexiness and you won’t be disappointed in this installment of this series. Jessica Anderson is going on my list of authors to check out more books by as soon as possible. Overall, a good read.
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*This book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.


Review: Jill Monroe - Lord of Rage

Royal House of Shadows Series:
Lord of Rage: Princess Breena and Osborn
Summary:
Princess Breena is a witch and a dreamwalker, but her dreamwalking never quite worked. Her dreams only ever lead her to one man a dark warrior that she has started to consider her dream lover. It is her dream lover she is thinking of when her castle is attacked and she is flung somewhere out in the wilderness. Osborn and his two brothers are the last three of the proud race of the berserkers.  His entire clan was massacred by what appeared to be vampires from the Kingdom of Elden. For the past years since the massacre Osborn has hired out his sword and tried to do the best he could with his brothers. Now, those same people who hired Osborn have turned on him so he returned to his peoples land to raise his brothers and live in peace, the only thing he looks forward to his the torture and pleasure he receives in his dreams each night. Breena finds herself walking and walking for how long she has no idea, but when she finds herself in a clearing with a small house. When she enters the house it’s to find food and three beds, hungry and exhausted she helps herself to both.  Osborn and his brothers enter their house to find their food eaten, the chairs broken and a strange woman in Osborn’s bed. Almost at once Osborn realizes it’s the woman from his dreams, and she wants to use him like every other person. Breena realizes her dream man is real and a hell of a lot more mean in person, not only will he not help her, he kicks her out of his home. What happened to chivalry, shouldn’t he want to help her?  Desperate, Breena manages to convince Osborn to let her stay at least one night. Osborn knows he’s made a huge mistake by letting her stay…
Review:
I really enjoyed this book. Jill Monroe is a new author to me, which is all part of the master plan for this series, to get you to read someone you might not have read before by tempting you with Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh, and I fell hook line and sinker and that was a good thing. I really enjoyed Breena as the protected princess turned warrior, her determination and grit is admirable. She was sheltered her entire life and wished for more and when her life falls instead of give up and wilt away she blossomed as a warrior. I love berserkers, in fact I don’t think there are enough books about berserkers. There is this one, one by Karen Marie Moning and one by Kresley Cole and I can’t think of any others, which is a damn shame. (Readers if you can think of any others please let me know in the comments because I want to read them.)  Osborn was cranky and irritable, he hasn’t had much good happen in his life since his people were massacred but he has tried to the best he could for his brothers and he fears it hasn’t been enough. When Breena shows up he knows he’s not good enough for her but she doesn’t make it easy for him to stay away and he grumbles the whole time he’s helping her and despite himself their passion burns brighter then even in their dreams. I really enjoyed this pairing of pampered princess and the untamed berserker.  Where there isn’t as much direct action as some of the other novels in this series it was in no way boring. Breen and Osborn along with his brothers kept things entertaining as well as their internal struggles. Now, what confused the crap out of me through the whole book and series was the timeline of this book and where it falls. This book probably should have been released first, I think it would have made more sense as the first book of the series; I definitely would have worried less about the timeline.  Other books appear to take place 20 years in the future yet this one seems to take place right after the attack, at least I think it does, and it doesn’t add up with the rest of the books. To this day, even after I’ve read all four I am still not sure how this timeline fits in with the rest of the books, unless Breena was just chilling with Osborn waiting for 20 years. I don’t know, it just doesn’t fit, but it’s still a fantastic book and one of the best of the series.  
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*This book was provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.




Review: Gena Showalter - Lord of the Vampires

Royal House of Shadows Series:
Lord of the Vampires: Prince Nicolai and Jane Parker
Summary:
“The Blood Sorcerer” decided that he should be a King and over took the castle of the Kingdom of Elden.  Terrified for their children the King and Queen of Elden combined their magic and sent their four children to far off lands, implanting the need to survive and revenge, the only thing that made the journey with each of their children was their timepieces that would count down the time to their return.
 Prince Nicolai is the eldest child and the heir to the throne; he is a day walking vampire and has his own powerful magick. Nicolai has always been the darkest of the children and considered quite the seducer of women. When Nicolai lands in a strange kingdom he finds himself with no memory and an overwhelming need for revenge. Worse yet, his magick has been repressed, his timepiece stolen and he has become a sex slave to the two princesses of Delfina, with dark sexual appetites.  Time passes for Nicolai, but he has no idea how much, however he has found a way to summon a woman to come to his aid. Jane is a human scientist in her own realm but has knowledge that there is at least one other realm out there.   She has spent years trying to figure out how she could travel between those realms. After a brutal car accident almost a year prior Jane is just pulling her life together when she starts having dreams of a dark gorgeous man and then a book arrives, unable to help herself she reads from the book, only to be pulled into another realm disguised as a princess. Nicolai immediately knows the woman he summoned for has arrived and now all they have to do is escape and figure out what… Nicolai has no idea, but he knows time is running out. What ensues is the fight of their lives.
Review:
Ok, what is good about this book is that it is action packed and it moves along quickly. You barely have time to catch your breath before something new happens. In typical Gena Showalter fashion Nicolai is a gorgeous alpha male type that you can’t get enough of and there are plenty of steamy scenes to keep anyone satisfied. It’s a quick read that will leave you wanting more.
Ok, now what I felt was missing was there was something missing from a usual Gena Showalter books that makes it hers. Her trade mark humor was missing and something else that I can’t quite put my finger on but that something that makes it a Gena Showlater novel that we all love and adore. It may just be that this is a short piece, longer then a novella, but by no means a full length novel so it feels somewhat rushed and not as flushed out. Also, it feels like the novel just abruptly ends, I literally was confused when I went to turn the page and expected a new chapter but found one of G. Showalters previous books instead. I was like Huh?? Where’s the rest? Timeline wise I really think that this book should have been third in the series rather than first, but I understand the marketing ploy, put PNR heavy hitters Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh at the beginning and the two relatively new to PNR in the middle, makes sense.  This was also the only fairytale of the four books I could not place, I never would have known which one it was if I hadn’t seen it on genashowalter.com.
Overall, it was a good read, I wouldn’t say it was fantastic, but I definitely wanted to continue to the next book to see what happens to the rest of the children.
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*If you have not yet read this series and are looking to start it the reading order I would read it in if I was to start all over again would be: Lord of Rage, Lord of the Wolfyn, Lord of the Vampires, Lord of the Abyss


Review: Linda Wisdom - Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend

Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend: Declan and Margit "Maggie" O'Malley



Summary:
Maggie is a powerful witch and a member of the elite Hellion Guard, a police force made up of Sups to protect the supernatural world as well as humans, whether or they know it or not.  Job takes Maggie into Damnation Alley a demon owned bar that caters to the supernatural. There Maggie destroys the club and meets Declan the very sexy half Fire Demon who owns the club. Sparks fly from the first meeting and Maggie knows that this is one demon she should avoid at all costs. The fates have decided something else for these two entirely. When Declan’s sister starts having visions of big evil the Hellion Guard steps in and all of the sudden Declan and Maggie are thrown together to save a human teenage girl from being a sacrifice and to stop a Mayan God from rising.
Review:
This is the first book I have read by Linda Wisdom and I have to say I enjoyed it. I may have to go back and read her Hex series as well; I believe this series is a spinoff of that series. Maggie and her spider companion Elle are very likeable and entertaining. Maggie is a kick arse female, she is the leader of an elite squad in the Hellion Guard little phases Maggie until… a human teenage girl. Now she has met her match for wills, and is like a fish out of water. Declan is dark and brooding any everything you want from your alpha male. He has deep protective instincts, great power, an intense demeanor and knows what he wants and makes moves to get it, not taking “no” as an answer.  The plot moves you right along, there is a plenty of action and laughs. All of the side characters have their own personalities and keep things interesting. I definitely enjoyed this book and the world L. Wisdom created. I am looking forward to reading more by L. Wisdom!
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Review: Nalini Singh - Archangel’s Blade

Guild Hunters Series:
Book 4:
Archangel’s Blade: Dmitri and Honor
Summary:
Dmitri has lived close to 1000 years, enough time to ensure he has plenty of enemies. You don’t get to his position of power as one of the most powerful Archangels Second without collecting a few. Now one of those enemies is closing in on Dmitri and he needs the skill of a Guild Hunter. The last thing Honor wants to do is consult for a vampire, she is barely holding onto her sanity as it is after being brutally tortured by several vampires for months. She was lucky to come out of the torture alive, let alone with her mind fully intact. She knows she is not ready to face the most brutal vampire in the United States but when she arrives at the tower she finds herself as intrigued by the man she has seen from afar over the years as she is frightened by him. Dmitri finds himself drawn to this scared, but strong woman more than any other woman in the past 1000 years. She stirs emotions in him that he thought long dead, but he knows this woman will end up in his bed one way or another. Once Honor meets holds her own with this sinfully sensual but deadly vampire she realizes she is stronger than she thought, and is now determined to reclaim her life. Dmitri knows exactly what Honor is feeling and knows exactly what she needs, Vengeance, and he decides he is just the man to help her claim it, but in the process with Honor claim more than her Vengeance and claim  Dmitri’s heart?
Review:
I am so glad that N. Singh decided to branch off and start tackling some of Raphael’s Seven! Although, I like Elena and Raphael I was ready to move on. His Seven have intrigued me from the beginning. Although, Jason and Venom are my two favorites so far, I have always liked Dmitri. After this book I went from liking Dmitri to loving Dmitri. I loved the way he handles Honor and helps to give her, her life back and just sticks with her through it all, even after her several stabbings. I mean come on, what man sticks with a chick after she stabs him a couple of times? Not man, so you got to love Dmitri for that alone. I loved Honor from the beginning, following her from being clearly scared out of her mind to finding a deep strength she didn’t even know she had. She has been brutalized in the worst sort of way, but finds her strength and even has the presence of mind to help soothe Dmitri. Together these two come a long way emotionally. You also get more glimpses of supporting characters. Ashwini is featured more and she is my favorite Guild Hunter, I so cannot wait for her and Janvier’s book! I hope it’s not a novella but a full length. And I have a feeling about a Venom/Sorrow pairing. There are lots going on in this book so you won’t get bored! I think this is my favorite of the Guild Hunter books so far.
Rating:
4.5


Thursday, September 1, 2011

H.P. Mallory - Great Hexpectations Release

Great Hexpectations


So I have noticed that there have been some searches done regarding where is H.P. Mallory's book Great Hexpectations. On her website it was shown a release date of August 31st and as those of us who looked for it on that release date noticed it wasn't there to download. So I did some snooping. This is from H.P. Mallory's FaceBook Page:

H.P. Mallory: Sooo...I have a little bad news. Well, not bad necessarily but news...I have to delay the release of Great Hexpectations because I have to finish a novella in the Jolie series. And I think you all are really going to love the novella because it's going to be in Rand's point of view. The novella will be released in December wtih Random House and I believe it will be pre-orderable (is that a word? LOL). I don't have an updated release date yet for Great Hexpectations but that will come soon.... UPDATE!! H.P. Mallory announced that Great Hexpecations will be released Oct. 31st on halloween!