December 6, 2016

Review: Ice Planet Barbarians

Ice Planet Barbarians (Ice Planet Barbarians, book 1) by Ruby Dixon

Ice Planet Barbarians  (Ice Planet Barbarians #1)

Genre: Science Fiction Erotica  
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Ice Planet Barbarians (1)

You'd think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you'd be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they've left their cargo of human women - including me - on an ice planet.
And the only native inhabitant I've met? He's big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me...


Review:

“To think I haven't dressed properly for alien abduction.”

One of the great things about this book was it's humor. Whether it was being clever, or down right dirty and clever. The raunchy humor may have been way on the nose, but it's just right. Because this book doesn't take itself too seriously and still at the same time has just enough world building to keep it interesting. I enjoyed the perfect balance of alien smut and actual plot. Yeah!

The whole idea of being abducted and finding out their cargo, and then being abandoned on a strange planet is cool. However, it quickly turns into alien happy time. Georgie is the brave girl who is the only one able to go out and explore the ice planet. After she gets snared she wakes up to a scary alien monster. Thankfully he doesn't want to eat her, just eat her out. * winks *

There's a population of big blue furred aliens with horns and their current population is going down as they don't have many females. Let's just say they're super excited to see lots of woman crash land on their planet. Soon the girls find out they need a parasite implanted in there bodies so that they don't become ill and die. The parasite likes to choose who can mate with whom and won't rest until they make babies! Oh, and it alters their bodies so they can survive. (Though that seems like a happy side effect. Ha-ha.)

So basically this is an alien breeder erotica.

I could go on and on about how lame it is that these girls are basically having sex to get knocked up. However, it's part of the story and I wont' judge. (Even though preggos as a turn on point is definitely not my cup of tea.)

What I will say is that the humor and girls are awesome! The world is fun and I do enjoy that Dixon makes this a pretty well developed sci-fi verse. I'm one of those people who can't just have tons and tons of sex scenes. I need more!! What I really love is that the girls making up the core cast are interesting and I can become invested in them. Not to mention I like kinky alien porn. A lot of time I feel like science fiction erotica takes itself too seriously. So if you want a crazy-ass-sexy-time with hot furred-horned-blue aliens jump on board!

Content Warning: Oh, lot's of explicit sexual content and humor people! Alien porn. People are abducted and there is rape. Some graphic violence scenes.

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


Previous book(s) in series:
Reviewed on BW: Amazon: Goodreads:
Ice Planet Barbarians (1) 
Barbarian Alien (2)
Barbarian Lover (3)
Barbarian Mine (4)
Barbarian's Prize (5)
Barbarian's Mate (6)
Barbarian's Touch (7)
Barbarian's Taming (8)
Barbarian's Heart (9)
Barbarian's Hope (10)
Barbarian's Choice (11)
Ice Planet Barbarians (1) 
Barbarian Alien (2)
Barbarian Lover (3)
Barbarian Mine (4)
Barbarian's Prize (5)
Barbarian's Mate (6)
Barbarian's Touch (7)
Barbarian's Taming (8)
Barbarian's Heart (9)
Barbarian's Hope (10)
Barbarian's Choice (11)
Ice Planet Barbarians (1) 
Barbarian Alien (2)
Barbarian Lover (3)
Barbarian Mine (4)
Barbarian's Prize (5)
Barbarian's Mate (6)
Barbarian's Touch (7)
Barbarian's Taming (8)
Barbarian's Heart (9)
Barbarian's Hope (10)
Barbarian's Choice (11)

December 5, 2016

Cover Coveting (4)

 
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***All cover art may not be final.***

I'm a huge Redbox user and a couple of really good movies came out that I think bookworms will be happy to watch. Pete's Dragon and the one I'm really convinced readers will love is The BFG.


The Crown's Dog by Elise Kova

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The Crown's Dog  (Golden Guard #1) Series: Golden Guard, book 1 

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

Kova really picks out great covers. This one is simpler and I love just the touch of magic.

The Complex by Laura Thalassa

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The Curse Catcher  (The Complex) Series: The Curse Catcher

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Genre: New Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

This cover feels more sci-fi or futuristic than anything else.

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

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The Wood Series: N/A 

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

I love fall leaves! The dripping blood is a nice touch.

It kind of has a tacky look, but it looks good from afar.

Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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Wonder Woman Warbringer  (DC Icons) Series: DC Icons

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Genre: Young Adult Fantasy  

Shera’s thoughts:

Looks bad ass. I don't quite care for the artwork of her face, they're trying to shadow it so she's not so defined. It just looks odd. Especially with the glow of the WW logo.

December 2, 2016

Review: Hunting Season

Hunting Season (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, book 4) by Annie Bellet

Hunting Season

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Hunting Season (4)

Demons. Assassins. Angry druids. Just what gamer and sorceress Jade Crow needs to help her days feel complete. All her hits will have to be crits to get out of this one.


Review:

First off I am disappointed in Tess's role. Okay, so her role was pretty epic and moving. The issue was that Tess was everything and more than what I hoped she could have been. I get her role in Jade's hero's journey, but still. I love Tess.

Another thing is the ugly truth is out. Jade isn't really a comic book owner, she's a translator. Ha-ha. Okay so she's both, but I loved how she grudgingly admits it at the start. It's also fun that her supernatural gift is used to make a living so mundanely.

Rock to mud. I couldn’t remember all the details of the spell, though I knew there was something in there about not working on magical stone. Fuck that, because the manual wasn’t a spell book, not in reality. In reality, I just needed to have the power and the belief I could do it.

Sorcery magic still leaves me just a little confused. Jade is still crappy at magic so I'm guessing it's her unconscious doubt. That she's not believing? Why does she need all the fancy stuff? It makes it easier for her to believe? I don't like that it's not addressed fully. Though I do think I am on the right track.

“Curiosity is known to kill cats, Ms. Crow,” he said, raising an eyebrow in a gesture that looked utterly practiced and precise.

“Satisfaction brings them back,” I said, letting go of my magic. I didn’t want to accept what my brain and senses were telling me. “Do you sparkle in sunlight?” I asked.

“No,” he said. “I burn.”

I'm also very thrilled in all the magical creatures being introduced in this entry! Yeah for vampires, druids, and other things! Yippee! The more magical creatures the better. Not to mention unicorns! The world of The Twenty-Sided Sorceress is becoming so awesome. Doesn't heart with The Last Unicorn jokes. (No really I was obsessed when I was younger. Kind of still am.)

Alek and Jade are truly starting to grow for me as a couple. Finally the build up is becoming enough that I can buy it. I enjoy their frank talks and such.

In my nerd obsessed mind I am under the complete belief that Jade and I, not to mention all her friends, would be besties. The references to all things nerdy here just kept me laughing. Especially poor Tess's cruel introductory to sci-fi shows. Poor girl. The look through Tess's eyes to the big bad was also interesting, as you really see how sad and pathetic he is. Yeah, we want him crushed.

Content Warning: Clean sex scene, sexual humor, realistic homosexual relationship (I want more dang it!), nothing to gory though I guess to some extant since we are dealing with heart eating beings ^_-, and overall nothing really stood out.

 
4/5- Great! Really enjoyed it.


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

Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)
Magic to the Bone (7)
Dungeon Crawl (8)

      

Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)
Magic to the Bone (7)
Dungeon Crawl (8)

Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)
Magic to the Bone (7)
Dungeon Crawl (8)

December 1, 2016

Review: Pack of Lies

Pack of Lies (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #3) by Annie Bellet

Pack of Lies  (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #3)

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Pack of Lies (3)

Let sleeping dogs lie. Wolves, on the other hand…

Recovering from a broken heart and coming to terms with her family history, all sorceress Jade Crow wants is to resume running her comic book store and gaming with her friends. With a town full of strange wolf shifters, a hundred-and-fifty-year-old peace accord hanging in the balance, and the Justice who broke her heart back in her life, Jade’s plans go out the proverbial window.

Wolves are killing wolves, innocent human lives are caught in the crossfire, and not everyone in town is who they appear to be. As the bodies stack up and the doubts build, Jade and her friends race to find the true killer.

And then Jade’s evil ex-lover makes another move…


Review:

There's this huge thing that annoys me in Urban Fantasy books, especially PNR. What is it? When the lead and the love interest have more relationship happening off the pages. Such as Mercy and Adam from the Mercy Thompson series. They had ten years to know each other prior to the start of the series, so for me it meant I wasn't involved in their romance. Briggs had to bring it now, during the current timeline. Not just saying they had all this history. Well The Twenty-Sided Sorceress series is doing this. There's some time between books, while not a huge amount, it's still enough that we're missing parts of Jade and Alek's relationship. In the case of Murder of Crows and Pack of Lies I think we missed some key things. Especially since Alek leaves and the two kind of seem to be broken up.

So when the big heart on the sleeve moments happened, I was all “Ahhhhhhhh, so sweet.” But my heart wasn't in it. I'll need more time for them to become a real couple.

Now, my last true gripe. Editing. Editing. Editing. It's really clean for the most part. However, there is some awkward wording. No it was not slang. The biggest oopsie was a wrong word moment, that was kind of awkward. Ha-ha. I wish I would have highlighted it because it totally made my day. Yes, I know my reviews and posts have errors. Heck, I have a better time spotting errors on someone else's work all the time. Still, I think just beta readers would have been able to catch those. Overall though Annie Bellet has some of the cleanest self pub books for editing quality. So thank you.

Gripes done.

He said that the Punisher would kick Batman's ass in a fight”

. . .

Then put you hand here and repeat after me,” I said indicating the slipcase. “I solemnly swear that Bruce Wayne is the bestest superhero ever and I will never profane his name or legacy by suggesting anyone could kick his ass. Because they can't. Because he is the fucking BATMAN.”

Ah, I do love the humor and whit behind these books. As I've said some of the nerd goes over my head, but a lot of it I get and I just love it!!! Ha-ha, the Spider-Man joke about a certain famous quote just tickles me. Everyone always talks about how quotable Ilona Andrews' works are. Well I'd say this series is just as much so.

Yep. Definitely worth risking life, limb, and heart for.” - Jade

Even though my heart wasn't in the romance, Alek and Jade are a very cute couple and they balance each other out well. Not to mention that I love how they openly talk with each other and concede when they're wrong. So there is that.

So much for hoping we were going to wreck some love tryst. Why couldn't my life be full of sex instead of violence?”

Pack of Lies was a great mystery! While it's kind of clear from the introduction who dunnit, it was an interesting concept and a better look into Justices. Maybe we'll get to meet a new one each book? That would be bad ass.

You don't feel good because you are good.”

Pack of Lies was a great way to find out about Jade's moral ground and where she stood. After Murder of Crows a few things where up in the air for me at least.

“Magic for sorcerers is something we are, not just something we do. Unlike a witch or warlock or other human spell-user, we own the raw power—we are the raw power. Which meant if I could conceive of it and channel enough power into it, whatever it was, I could make it happen.

The mental game was the issue.”

Now, I've been iffy about a sorcerer's powers. Because of that whole “conceive” it part, then they can do it. But it doesn't seem like her power works that way. Because she can't just heal. No. In fact, she has to pull from the memories of the hearts she's ate to do the spells she wants. Her tracking spell and other things fine. So I'm thinking it's more of a short cut thing? She still has to use the bases to make spells, but can skip a few steps. Because if you conceive it and make it happen, why do you have to even do rituals or anything? Shouldn't you be able to draw a random symbol and believe that it will repel something? Or is it more that Jade can't do the mind over matter bit?

So I like that it's confirmed that Jade has some inner power which she's been instinctually afraid of. Though that's kind of annoying. It feels like almost every main character has some special thing locked away that they're not ready for. They suddenly awaken it and then “Got back to sleep” and we're teased for a while. Though I think whatever is up with Jade is going to be very cool. It would just be nice if Jade was a powerful sorceress who needed to grow with experience.

Overall another great entry into a super fun series! The characters, humor, and fun of each book just keeps getting better. Especially as we learn more about everyone. I love the introduction of the new characters and the end, and I'm very curious as to Tess's role in the whole thing! Samir feels like an epic build up of a villain, kind of like the Marvel Universes' ones. Let's just hope he doesn't pitter out, or get defeated, like those ones do.

Content Warning: Mild sex scene and sexual humor. Some murder and mayhem. Nothing super graphic though. (Oh, I guess I should mention that there are some homosexual characters, I like how realistic they are.)

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


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

Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)
Magic to the Bone (7)
Dungeon Crawl (8)

    

Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)
Magic to the Bone (7)
Dungeon Crawl (8)

Justice Calling (1)
Murder of Crows (2)
Pack of Lies (3)
Hunting Season (4)
Heartache (5)
Thicker Than Blood (6)
Magic to the Bone (7)
Dungeon Crawl (8)

November 30, 2016

Wednesday Wishes

Currently watching You Before Me. Um. Wow. Kind of happy I didn't read the book. I think it would have broken me.

So I'm off to find a tissue.


Anti Stepbrother by Tijan

Anti-StepbrotherGet it: Amazon | Goodreads
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Series: N/A

He told me to 'settle, girl.'
He asked if 'something was wrong with me?'
He said I was an easy target.
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.
He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother s fraternity brother.
Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.
I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?"

This New Adult title popped up in my Goodreads updates and has pretty awesome reviews from my friends. I'm always on the look out for NAs that can hit the right balance. A lot of time they're too much YA or too much SEX. Ha-ha. NA should have the best of both worlds.

November 29, 2016

Cover Coveting (4)

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

Honestly I thought that I wouldn't be able to find any covers this week! I got lucky though.


Firebrand by Kristen Britain

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Firebrand  (Green Rider #6) Series: Green Rider, book 6

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Genre: High Fantasy

Shera’s thoughts:

This is truly lovely. However, I am disappointed that the art style has changed for the series. It won't match the current books that I have.

Still so pretty.

Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

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Mafiosa  (Blood for Blood #3) Series: Blood for Blood, book 3

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Genre: Young Adult Contemporary (Mafia)

Shera’s thoughts:

So I like these for some reason. Maybe it's because the covers remind me of tacky 90s movie and book covers. You know what I'm talking about.

Points for matching the series well.

Starfall by Melissa Landers

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starfall Series: Starflight, book 2

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Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Shera’s thoughts:

Yes-yes-yes-yes!!! S'cuse me while I take a cold shower.

This is sci-fi cover porn. Thank you.

It looks like light speed! Right!

The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

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The Ends of the World  (The Conspiracy of Us #3) Series: Conspiracy of Us, book 3 

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Genre: Young Adult Contemporary (Spy)

Shera’s thoughts:

It's not just another dress cover, apparently it's starting to change into fancy  hair as well.

The covers I'm envisioning in the future.

November 28, 2016

Review: Reap the Shadows

Reap the Shadows (Steel & Stone, book 4) by Annette Marie

Reap the Shadows  (Steel & Stone #4)

Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Edition Reviewed: Ebook
Amazon: Paperback | Kindle
Goodreads: Reap the Shadows (1)

Piper is feeling a bit overwhelmed. With Seiya and Lyre missing, Ash recovering from near fatal injuries, and the Gaians picking fights with daemons all over the city, a girl can’t help but think she might be in over her head. And this time, she’s on her own.

Before she even has a chance to investigate the Gaians’ new stockpile of mysterious, high-tech weaponry, an old enemy ambushes her: Samael’s henchman Raum. He wants Ash’s help and won’t take “get lost” for an answer. She doesn’t know if she can trust Raum, but even more than that, she can’t trust herself with Ash. Sooner or later he’ll catch up to her, and she fears she won’t be able to walk away from him a second time.

Despite her feelings, it will take their combined strength to face a frightening discovery about the Gaians. She and Ash begin to realize that the daemon war is coming to Earth, and they might be the only ones who can stop it — if it’s not already too late.


Review:

You fear neither Ashtaroth nor your inner daemon, but you should fear both. All that remains is to wait.”

Holy cow! I loved it! But can I first grumble about how much time the characters, especially Piper spend getting kidnapped and then running away. Though to be honest it's all part of the thrills. Sure I wish that time could be spent doing other things and exploring other ideas. However, this series has always been about racing the clock. Kidnappings just up the ante and get things going even if it's an easy starting place.

You’re a weak link that must be protected. But if you are strong enough to fight beside him, then you are no longer a liability.”

Piper has grown a lot as a character. True. But I also feel like in some ways she hasn't learned anything from prior events and now has confused some of her experiences into the wrong kind of street smarts. Many times I became frustrated with her and I had though she'd learned from the last book about how to handle situations. Piper has a thick skull which makes it hard for things to get through, but that's why I love her. She is still trying, and despite it all, she's only human. Mistakes are natural.

That was her problem: not that she was weak, but that she was willing to be weak when someone stronger was around to save her.

Other characters have grown indeed. Seiya, kind of. Though I think the growth was actually in the short story before this book. So I advice reading Feed the Flames first. I was super disappointed by how Lyre treated Piper. Piper truly thought Lyre was a friend, but he tells her off when she wants to know more about him. In fact, I think he pretty much states they're friends because of Ash. Through the series I thought Lyre was a true friend of Piper, but some of the conversations and actions tossed that all out the window.

Good news is Feed the Flames let us see into Lyre a bit more. Better news is that I don't think Lyre and Seiya will be a couple. Actually I thought maybe hints of Miysis and Seiya being something was teased. (Or was that my extreme dislike of Seiya coloring things?)

Piper's battle with using the Sahar is a freaking adrenaline rush. Let's be honest the battle is with Natania. Natania isn't some evil being though. I totally get where she is coming from and feel for her. Besides that she's been trapped in that stone for ages with the memories of the men she loves betraying her. She's cray-cray for vengeance. All that combined means she's now coo coo for male draconian daemon. Boy do I fear for Ash because Natania has focused the cray-cray and coo coo on him. It really makes me nervous. Piper isn't nervous enough.

Just for tonight, I want to forget about it all and just be with you.”

Speaking of Ash and Piper: fans will be happy! Their romantic build up has been a true treat. Each book they've discovered more about each other and I'm totally invested in them. Thank you Annette Marie for giving me a romantic build up and sexual tension that spans more than a single book.

Just for tonight,” he whispered, “and for as long as you want me.”

Another solid entry to one of my favorite series! I'm saddened that there is only one book left, but author Annette Marie is gonna give me at least one last wild ride! The huge plot twists with Piper's parent's seemed very off—as in predictable. Not to mention Piper's dad apparently acting out of character, which I didn't pick up on. That's all we've seen him be. Though the big ender shook me still. The final battle is coming! It's gonna be epic. Personally I'm on team destroy the Sahar and let Natania free. After all Natania deserves it and dead woman can't disturb (or hurt Ash) things.

Man the final book is gonna be a killer. Can't wait.

Content Warning: Killing and violence, noting to explicit and is the usual for the series. Sex scene that is not explicit and of course the usual sexual humor.

 
5/5- Fabulous, a beautiful obsession!


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

Chase the Dark (1)
Bind the Soul (2)
Yield the Night (3)
Feed the Flames (3.5)
Reap the Shadows (4)
Unleash the Storm (5)

  

Chase the Dark (1)
Bind the Soul (2)
Yield the Night (3)
Feed the Flames (3.5)
Reap the Shadows (4)
Unleash the Storm (5)

Chase the Dark (1)
Bind the Soul (2)
Yield the Night (3)
Feed the Flames (3.5)
Reap the Shadows (4)
Unleash the Storm (5)