March 7, 2017

Author Update Rachel Caine!

 

Heads up this week's posts will be a little slim. However, great news just popped into my mailbox from author Rachel Caine.  


Ink and Bone  (The Great Library #1)Rachel is very pleased to announce that the Great Library series, which was originally planned for three books, is now extending to five volumes ... because when you're telling a story this big, you need a bigger canvas. If you haven't started the Great Library series yet, you're Paper and Fire  (The Great Library #2)in for an epic read: a journey through a rich alternate world where the Great Library of Alexandria never burned, books are sacred, and knowledge is the ultimate power.

"I'm thrilled to get to expand and continue Jess's story," says Rachel. "It's such a huge world and concept, and as a writer, Ash and Quill  (The Great Library #3)getting to play with concepts like these, and characters I love, is a dream come true. Can't wait for you all to read ASH AND QUILL, and I'm hard at work on Book 4 this summer!"

I faithfully buy each book, but I haven't read them yet. Normally I get nervous when a trilogy expands. So I hope it fits well. Either way I'm excited for more lovely covers.

Congrats Rachel Caine.

March 3, 2017

Cover Coveting (5)

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

Actually not sure what random thing to put here. So I'll cut to the chase: Let's look at the last batch of covers for the week!


Exiled by Amanda Carlson

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Exiled (Phoebe Meadows #3) by Amanda Carlson Series: Pheobe Meadows, book 3

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Urban Fantasy/PNR

Shera’s thoughts:

Ooooooooo, the cover art keeps becoming better with each new release!

Love this one. Not to mention the title!

Ringer by Lauren Oliver

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Ringer  (Replica #2) Series: Replica, book 2

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Shera’s thoughts:

Fits the first book well. I wish the body of the butter fly was there. It feels off that the antenna is there without it.

Spellbinder by Thea Harrison

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Spellbinder (Moonshadow #2) by Thea Harrison Series: Moonshadow, book 2

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Shera’s thoughts:

Meh. Except why he is he wearing a jacket at all? It just looks stupid. Made the shirtless man covers worse.

The Hawkweed Prophecy by Irena Brignull

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Hawkweed Legacy Series: N/A 

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: N/A

Shera’s thoughts:

I'm confused if this is a new cover for a makeover or not. The way it's listed in both amazon and goodreads is odd.

It is lovely, but I truly like the original cover. This one is a stunner though.

Wicked Kiss by Rebecca Zanetti

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Wicked Kiss  (Realm Enforcers #4) Series: Realm Enforcers, book 4

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Paranormal Romance 

Shera’s thoughts:

Yikes. I liked the first 3 covers. This is bad. What is with all the overlays.

March 2, 2017

Review: Mechanic

Mechanic (Breeders, book 2) by Alexa Riley

Mechanic  (Breeding #2)

Genre: Contemporary Erotica (Breeder genre)
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Mechanic (1)

Everything was fine until that innocent little rich girl walked into my garage. Since the second I laid my eyes on her, all I've wanted to do is get my dirty hands on her pure body.

There's one minor obstacle standing in my way, but I've got a plan. All I've got to do is claim her, and she’ll be mine forever.

Warning: This book is over-the-top, insta-love. There's nothing but steamy scenes, babies trying to be made, and an obsessed bearded alpha hero claiming a virgin who will be his forever. If you want it hot and dirty, this is it!
*whispers* There's a sweet smutty surprise at the end!


Review:

So I picked this one up to get the same giggles out of it as I did with Coach. I was also a bit curious. Sadly where I found the geek humor hilarious in Coach there wasn't too much I could laugh about here. In fact, I think the whole book took itself a little too seriously. This was a darker tale.

I did however find other things about the book funny. Such as her legs being called “stems”. Something about his penis smiling and other things. So . . . it was more because it was bad writing and horrible sexual descriptions.

There is a nice short story in the back for the other couple in this book, so that's nice. Though I have to wonder, yes the appeal is Breeders. BUT why do all the girls have to be virgins? -_- I get it, it's a genre onto itself. Yet, it always seems to be the way.

Anywho. Even for laughs I don't think I'll be reading the next book. It's going to be more awkward sex wording, breeder awkward stuff, and virgins. (Just watch the next one will have a girl who actually slept with one other guy.) Yeah, I think I'm out.

Content Warning: You guessed it sexual content.

  
1/5 - Couldn't finish it or wished I hadn't.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Coach (1)
Mechanic (2)
Thief (3)

Coach (1)
Mechanic (2)
Thief (3)

Coach (1)
Mechanic (2)
Thief (3)

March 1, 2017

Wednesday Wishes

Currently watching The 9th Life of Louis Drax, apparently it was a book. I figured out the twist, but it was still ambitious. If you want something different I suggest it.


Shattered Souls by Delilah Devlin

Shattered Souls  (Caitlyn O’Connell #1)Get it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Caitlyn O’Connell, book 1

When her mentor is brutally murdered by a supernatural force, an alcoholic former cop turns to her past lovers—her ex-partner and a powerful sorcerer—to help her hunt down a demon terrorizing Memphis.

Caitlyn O’Connell had it all: a career with the Memphis PD, a passionate marriage, and the satisfaction that her work made a difference in the world. But she also had a secret, a supernatural “gift” that cost her everything. Now she scrapes by as a private investigator, taking cases the cops won’t touch and counting down the minutes until happy hour. But when Sam Pierce, her former partner and estranged ex-husband, comes to her for help with a bizarre murder case, Cait can’t say no. And not just because Sam is still as irresistibly sexy as he was on the day they met. Something sinister—and demonic—is terrorizing Memphis, leaving a bloody trail of bodies and clues only Cait can read. Together she and Sam will venture into a dark world of magic and unholy terror, hunting a killer who will lead them to the brink of reality as they know it—and back into the thrall of their stormy past. Steamy and suspenseful, Shattered Souls is the pulse-quickening new offering from romance author Delilah Devlin.

Another title I completely forgot about it. Dug this one up out of my poor future purchases pile.

February 28, 2017

Review: Coach

Coach (Breeders, book 1) by Alexa Riley

Coach  (Breeding #1)

Genre: Contemporary Erotica (Breeder genre)
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Coach (1)

Retiring from the NFL was the right decision, and at thirty years old, I've done things most people could only dream of. After all I've accomplished, coaching high school football should be easy...but when you've got a distraction in the form of a nerdy girl with curves, things can get complicated.
She's a student, she's barely legal, and she's my best friend’s daughter.
I didn't know what desire was until Megan. I had no idea obsession could drive someone insane, until I saw her. I wasn't prepared for the fact that once I laid eyes on Megan my life would really begin.

I have to have her, no matter what the cost. I have to breed her and bind her to me so tightly she can't ever get away. She'll be mine, even if I have to take her.

Warning: this book is ridiculous, over the top, completely unbelievable, and pretty much just about breeding the heroine. If you're okay with that, welcome to my dirty, dirty book! Just remember, I warned you.


Review:

Breeders. Who knew that was a thing? I didn't. However, after discovering the crazy world of monster erotica nothing should surprise me at this point. Childbearing has never been something that has interested me. The whole idea, ordeal, and result does not thrill me. Imagine my surprise upon finding that I was curious after reading the synopsis and wanted to find out what Breeder Erotica was like.

In the hands of another author I probably would have bashed out my brains right away. Instead I felt like I was reading a comedy! I laughed so much. From the hilarious female lead's geeky humor and the sex scenes. I'm sure I was supposed to take the sex parts more seriously, but I couldn't. Don't get me wrong the writing is not bad, however the sexual descriptions and terms weren't for me. So I ended up laughing more than anything else.

Which is fine. I think sex and comedy go hand and hand. Heck there are tons of humorous erotica themed books out there. Normally I don't find them funny. More like they're trying too hard. However, I think because Coach is probably not supposed to be a total comedy is why it felt effortlessly funny to me.

Overall I think it depends on the person as to what they'll think. While the way the female lead accepted her relationship makes for a happy ending and fits with the laughability of the book, I think it was very unrealistic. At least a punch should have come flying. Father's should always have the urge to punch the man screwing their daughters. Either way try it out, it's short and at the very least has brilliant nerd humor. (Despite my low rating I feel compelled to laugh at the next book.)

Content Warning: Well there's lots of explicit sex. So she's not a minor, but she was still in school. Laughable sexual descriptions that may annoy some. Unrealistic sexual things and resolved to ending. However, aren't all these sexy time books a fantasy? ^_-

  
1/5 - Couldn't finish it or wished I hadn't.


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Coach (1)
Mechanic (2)
Thief (3)

Coach (1)
Mechanic (2)
Thief (3)

Coach (1)
Mechanic (2)
Thief (3)

February 27, 2017

Cover Coveting (4)

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

What am I watching right now while typing this post? Manchester by the Sea. Yeah. It's an important safety lesson.

Slim picking for covers so I'm breaking the small amount up into two posts.


Ally by Anna Banks

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


ally by anna banks Series: Nemesis, book 2 

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

This is not what I thought it would be for the next book cover. It's cool, don't get me wrong. However, it doesn't really fit the series. I wonder if this means the series is getting makeover or if each book will have a totally different cover.

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Black Bird of the Gallows Series: N/A 

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Shera’s thoughts:

Heck! Yes! This is absolutely stunning. I love what they've weaved and worked into those bird feathers. Very cool.

I also love the typography.

Cormorant Run by Lilith Saintcrow

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Cormorant Run by Lilith Saintcrow Series: N/A 

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Science Fiction

Shera’s thoughts:

This looks awesome. The only thing that screams sci-fi is the gun. Which seems to be the pattern. Either the covers scream sci-fi or it's just a futuristic gun that gives it away.

I love how her body and white sure are blending/blinding away into the white lights.

Oh, and what's with the snake on her wrist?

Devils & Thieves by Jennifer Rush

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Devils & Thieves Series: N/A 

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Biker gangs bookworms! Ha-ha. this is an interesting cover. I really love the texture and feel of the leather jacket. Reminds me how awesome the textures are on the Talon series.

I'm vibing the texture covers. More please?

Also I love that the title is part of the cover art.

February 23, 2017

Cover Coveting (7)

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

"From time to time, you cross my mind!"

I'm still currently on a huge drama binge. If you're a drama fan, can you guess what drama OST that's from? ^_-

Now let us look at some pretty covers. FYI I'm watching Keeping Up With the Jone's and I really like. So funny!


One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


One Dark Throne  (Three Dark Crowns #2) Series: Three Dark Crowns, book 2

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Genre: Young Adult High Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Throne covers are either badass and awesome, or tacky and cheap. This falls into the last. I was really hoping for something more.

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


Royal Bastards Series: N/A 

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Oh, dear. Another throne cover! However, I love the vector style of it.

I don't like the pairing of the type art. The typography is great though.

The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Glass Spare  (The Glass Spare #1) Series: The Glass Spare, book 1

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

I love the idea, but hate the artwork.

The Hunt by Chloe Neill

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Hunt  (Devil's Isle #3) Series: Devil's Isle, book 3

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Oooooooo, I really love this cover! Fits the series well and I feel like the cover model's face is more natural.

Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Ruin of Angels  (Craft Sequence #6) Series: Craft Sequence, book 6

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Genre: Urban Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

This is such a different art style from the previous books. I love it, but I don't like the change away from the other style. (You know I'm stickler for consistency.)

I think the art style is changing because Gladstone is going self pub? I don't see a publisher in the spot.

The Traitor's Kiss by Erin Beaty

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


The Traitor's Kiss  (Traitor's Trilogy #1) Series: Traitor's Trilogy, book 1

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

I have a weakness for flower covers, and daggers. This is such a lovely cover.

I can smell the roses.

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Previous book(s) in series:

Goodreads | Amazon


There's Someone Inside Your House Series: N/A 

Add it: Goodreads | Amazon
Genre: Young Adult Horror.

Shera’s thoughts:

For a book claiming to be the YA Scream I was expecting more. But I don't know what.

Like the simplicity of it. Bold choice.