April 18, 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.***

Talon. Julie Kagawa. Talon by Julie Kagawa. She’s done the faye, vampires, and now dragons. What a cover, it makes me go into give-me-now-book convulsions of joy. Sigh.

Some great covers! Thurman’s Downfall cover doesn’t feel as slick as previous ones, something about the typography. But The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire looks A-mazing. The shirt, it’s like a blood shirt!

Next week I’ll start doing the usual format so no one can miss out on what I think of each cover. Because I can’t stand not praising or hating the cover art.


Another One Bites the Dustdownfall

Another One Bites the Dust by Chris Marie Green Goodreads | Amazon
Downfall by Rob Thurman Goodreads | Amazon

Dreamer's Poolpriestessdreaming

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier Goodreads | Amazon
Priestess Dreaming by Yasmine Galenorn Goodreads | Amazon

Sparrow Hill Roadstardawn

Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan McGuire Goodreads | Amazon
Stardawn by Phoebe North Goodreads | Amazon

stone-cold-loverstorm_bound

Stone Cold Lover by Christine Warren Goodreads | Amazon
Storm Bound by Dani Harper Goodreads | Amazon

super-villianSuspicion

Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain by Richard Roberts Goodreads | Amazon
Suspicion by Alexandra Monir Goodreads | Amazon

sweet-unrisetake-back-the-skies

Sweet Unrest by Lisa Maxwell Goodreads | Amazon
Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon Goodreads | Amazon

TalonThe Spiritglass Charade

Talon by Julie Kagawa Goodreads | Amazon
The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason Goodreads | Amazon

The Turning Season,The Winter Long

The Turning Season by Sharon Shinn Goodreads | Amazon
The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire Goodreads | Amazon

The Young Elitesthegirlwhoneverwas

The Young Elites by Marie Lu Goodreads | Amazon
The Girl Who Never Was by Skylar Dorset Goodreads | Amazon

theinfiniteseaThe-Kiss-of-Deception

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey Goodreads | Amazon
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Goodreads | Amazon

themimeorderthe-rules

The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon Goodreads | Amazon
The Rules by Stacey Kade Goodreads | Amazon

April 17, 2014

Review: Red

Red (Transplanted Tales, book 1) by Kate SeRine

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Edition Reviewed: eBook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Red (1)

“My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”

Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little—a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood—has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned—she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Red’s new assignment threatens to be short on happily ever afters…

Someone is murdering transplanted Tales in gruesome fashion. The list of fictional characters capable of such grisly acts is short and includes more than one of Red’s old flames. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another complication, in the form of sexy, enigmatic Nate Grimm, the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. Used to following her own rules and living life on the edge, Red has managed to avoid taking on a partner until now. But Nate’s dark side makes him perfect for a case like this. That is, if she can trust him. Because if there’s one thing Red knows for sure, it’s that believing in the wrong person can have big, bad consequences…


Review:

Red was a title I put on the back burner of my TBR, in fact I hadn't even bothered to add it! It looked like another random romance title from the cover. (Yes, I haven't learned my lesson yet. So judgmental.) Then I saw a friend reading the third book, and it hit me, “Fairy tale beings brought to our modern day world?” Yep. Sold. Done. And, so done.

A few friends asked me if Red was a rip-off of Once Upon a Time, and I can truthfully say that Red ripped nothing off. There are plenty of titles where make-believe legends come to the modern world. Red hasn't stolen anything, in fact I think it's the best thing to come out with that kind of story concept in a while. Just think about it Red Riding Hood is a kick butt heroine, Snow White owns a brothel, Cinderella is in a loveless and heart breaking marriage, Boy Blue is quite the yummy mobster, Dracula is present in modern day hunky vampire fashion. That's not all readers! Other stories besides fairy tales have been pulled in. Austin characters (hello the Darcy's anyone!), Shakespeare, and more!

This is a debut for not just the series, but the author. There's some shaky ground ahead for the first bit. Right now I'm going to say this to save readers some confusion. No regular humans, or Ordinaries, do not realize that Tales, people from the stories, are among them. At first that's really clear, then all of a sudden Red's grandma has a TV show. And she's interviewing Peter Pan and Wendy? Um . . . muddling the lines there. There are some details that aren't thought out all the way, or explained. That was a little hard for me to stomach. Because I'm a reader who NEEDS the world to be flawless. Despite that, Red was still an addiction.

The twists of what really happened for each fairy tale story is awesome! Reds “true” story was wonderful and I loved how fierce Red was. She's a member of FMA, or Fairytale management Authority. Law enforcement for the Literary and Nursery Rhyme characters. They help them with character protection and placement adjusting to the real world. And dealing with them when they get naughty. Red's latest case leads her into dealing with her exes. The Big Bad Wolf, Dracula, and a surprise character from a Shakespeare play that I'll let readers find out about. What I loved is that Red has had a dating past. She's not ashamed of it, she can have sex and not be a slut! Thank you. (Sorry I read too many books in a row like that.) She might have iffy taste in men—well except for the yummy Boy Blue. This story is gritty and dangerous. No one is safe. The “master minds” behind the evil was clear to me the instant I met the characters.

Sexual Content: Sexual humor, sex, but nothing too there.

  
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Red (1)
The Better To See You (2)
Along Came a Spider (3)
Ever After (4)

Red (1)
The Better To See You (2)
Along Came a Spider (3)
Ever After (4)

Red (1)
The Better To See You (2)
Along Came a Spider (3)
Ever After (4)

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.


howthewhitetrashzombiegothergroovebackoutcast

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

penumbrapoisonfruit

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

renegaderevenant

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

revolutionruins

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

serpant's_kisshadowbound

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

 

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