Monday, May 27, 2013

Splintered (Splintered, #1) by A.G. Howard

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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I liked this book a lot. There were moments where I found that Jeb was too over protective, or Morpheus acted a little too childish to be believable as an ancient being, but the creativeness of the story always seemed to blur those moments over in my mind so that I quickly forgot them. Howard's Wonderland is definitely a more morbid place than the one we've all grown up thinking about as children. The description of Rabid White for instance...yikes. And the flowers...gruesome. Which was awesome. It was easy for me to picture this twisted Wonderland because she supplied such vivid details of it all, and I loved seeing familiar characters morphed into these crazy, somewhat vile, creatures. Alyssa was curious, which made her fit in with the Alice part wonderfully in my line of thinking, and I believed that she would do anything in order to help her mother. Killing off bugs because they spoke to you seemed sort of cruel in my mind, but it definitely added another dimension to her character. I also loved how she at least used the bodies in her art, giving them a purpose other than she just wanted them to shut up. Many of the events from Alice in Wonderland are touched in this book, like the mention of Alice crying out a river of tears. Things are given new light, and other aspects of Wonderland that we've never dreamed of before are presented. A down side, I found, to the book was, again, certain actions by the two male characters. The ending especially didn't seem to really match up to me, because if she made that sort of wish, then all the events of her trip should have been altered too dramatically for her to have ended up in the same place. Sorry about being vague there, but I don't want to give it away. Jeb acted over the top sometimes, so that instead of thinking he was protective, I thought he was acting like a control freak. Alyssa can clearly handle herself, for the most part anyway. However, he does come to this realization towards the end, and that was satisfying. Morpheus was awesome most of the time, but then didn't seem fleshed out enough others. I feel like there could have been a lot more explanation behind his motives, as well as how and why he was so attached to Alyssa. Was he as attached to her mother when he tried to convince her? I'm hoping these questions will all be dealt with in the next book, if not, then at least by the end of the series. I recommend reading this if you're interested in Alice and Wonderland, fairytale retelling, and/or fantasy. You don't feel bogged down by romance in this one, but there's just enough of it mixed in with the action and adventure. There's also the mystery aspect, and some creepy almost-spider looking creatures that will more then likely give you nightmares. Can't wait for the next book, that's for sure.



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1) By Caragh M. O'Brien

Review By Jacey

Birthmarked (Birthmarked, #1)IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future. 

In the future, in a world baked by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother's footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and hand a quota over to be "advanced" into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.
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So I picked this up, first thinking how awesomely eerie the cover looked, second that the excerpt on the back (which describes the main character performing a c-section on a woman who's just been hung) sounded equally creepy, and third, because I am an avid admirer of sci fi and dystopian literature. When I started reading it, I was ENTHRALLED by the elegance in vocabulary and description; not over the top but just enough. Even when I began to feel a few pricks of annoyance towards our main heroine's sporadic thought processes, which flip from subservient midwife in the first 30 pages to raging rebel some odd pages later, I was geared up for the eventual unveiling of what REALLY went on in the Enclave. Because, you know, that's usually what happens with a seemingly perfect society in literature, there's like some big secret that shocks the reader some way, it could enlighten us or frighten us, or even disgust us. Anyway, this could just be one blogger's opinion, but i feel like the awesome thing about dystopian novels, or maybe just novels that lean towards sci fi, is the shock factor when we find out what's going on behind the scenes, or even in front of our noses. As I hit page 200 though, I began to realize that this shock was never to come. In fact, this book seriously pretty much unveils the nastier side of the Enclave within the first few moments that Gaia passes through the Wall. Not only that, but the reader pretty much knows what the "Big Secret" is by Chapter 13, and can pretty much predict the rest of the book. All it is is going from point A to point B from there. 
***************************************************SPOILERS******************************************** But, not really...even so if you're still interested in this after reading my initial description, please scroll down to the number of suns I give it and make your judgement from there.

Anyway, what I thought was really aggravating in this book was how dumb the government behind the Enclave seemed. i mean, first of all, if you form an Enclave in a post-apocalyptic world and the author claims it's an "advanced" society, how could they miscalculate how many people they would need in order to diversify the gene pool? And foremost, WHY WOULD YOU NEVER KEEP BIRTH RECORDS OF THE BABIES YOU'RE LETTING INSIDE??? I mean, duh, of course there's going to be inbreeding if you don't keep track of that. I mean, even in this world we have birthing records, and you would think that in a smaller, more dense society which prides itself as advanced AND what it's author AKA O'Brien purports it as, would also make them smart enough to prevent inbreeding. 

Going back to the whole not-so-surprising elements in this story; the purpose behind the blue ribbon was pretty much said at the beginning of the book, and while I was reading, I was mentally thinking "ok, I get it, the Enclave wants the family records...what else is there?" And I kept waiting for that 'what else' until about page 200...when I realized there was nothing else to be known. There was no secret. This was going to be one of those books where I wasted my time watching the characters running around from point A to point B for the rest of the the book (it's 361 pages). What made it more infuriating was that the writing itself was very sophisticated, and actually really well done. I just felt that O'Brien had played all of her plot cards, and then occasionally would throw some unneeded spontaneity in character's personalities. Not only does Gaia show some erratic mental changes, she suddenly gets the entire society within the Enclave to question what's going on, and people are suddenly wanting to help her out, even though she's not the first one to break in and be seen. Yes, her actions with the woman with the inbred baby (who gets passed off by the heroine's male counterpart to the frickn black market. Gaia breathless thanks him) were heroic, but still, there's not way after this place has existed for about 600 years that people would suddenly start helping her out, which happens often in this book. 

Speaking of inbred babies; O'Brien also creates some REALLY muddled emotions between characters. Like ok, I'm glad that Gaia saved that baby, and yeah, it's kind of messed up that the Enclave wants to control who people marry, but...isn't that better than having potentially miserable and messed up babies? Yes, people should marry who they love, and is execution a valid mode of punishment? No, and now you've killed two people who could have found other partners and thus diversify the population (another stupid point goes to the Enclave government). Still, I found myself feeling like "well, no Gaia, I don't think people should love their brother and sister if they're going to have very unhealthy inbred children." I apologize if I'm being really insensitive, but I couldn't help but see the Enclave's view on this, on wanting to strengthen the gene pool in a post apocalyptic world. Which I don't think the author intended. Additionally, characters' personalities towards the end of the book just seemed to change suddenly and completely in such an inappropriate way that I couldn't help but think maybe the author just in the mood to write venomously and chose that character to speak as such.

Finally, our main heroine's character just comes out flat for almost the entire novel. Her sporadic mood changes just don't portray any growth that she made in the novel. Additionally, I kept finding myself saying "Ok, Gaia, we get it, you've these delivered babies to the government without question before, oh no, what have you done, we get it, you regret it," like the reader hadn't heard it the first time. It would have been ok if it was written in a way that she was feeling regret habitually, but no, the author writes every one of these moments like it's a revelation to both Gaia and the audience, EVERY. TIME. It's so repetitive that in the last stretch of the book, I fell asleep three times before I could finish it. I'm not gonna lie, I forced myself to skim the last few chapters. I felt like I was wasting my time, already knowing what was going on and what was happening. I hate giving this book a low score, because O'Brien's writing style was so neat, and her vocab was just gorgeous. According to the About the Author note, this is her first Young Adult novel, so maybe I can give her a break, because the language was definitely up there, but all in all, the ideas and emotions between characters were heavily disorganized. Maybe younger audiences will enjoy this. I'm not interested in the next book, unless I hear some REALLY good reviews. The idea behind this was really good, and I'm sorry that the author couldn't seem to utilize its full potential.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Demon's Captive by Stephanie Snow

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Charity is almost through with college when war breaks out and the planet is decimated. Charity is alone, without family or friends and she has eluded capture by the warriors in the sky.

Commander Melmanon is furious that the Earth woman has been able to elude capture. Melmanon is known for his terrible bloodlust and ability to torture his captives. His pride has taken a beating and he visualizes his revenge on his enemy.

When Charity is finally captured by Melmanon, she is terrified when she sees he looks like a demon. Fearing pain and a slow death, Charity submits to Melmanon and he is surprised that her submission brings him great pleasure. He makes Charity his torture slave so he can keep her with him longer. Nobody is more surprised than Charity when she finds herself liking Melmanon’s attention. But Charity’s loyalties and feelings are put to the test and she will soon have to make difficult decisions. But not as difficult as those Melmanon will have to make…

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Hmm...what to say about this book. There were parts of it that I really liked. The details for one where great. It was very easy to picture the war torn earth, the ships, and of course, erm, the scenes (I believe we all know which ones I'm referring to). Both of the main characters were, for the most part, likable. Even though Charity could be considered "weak", it's still hard to dislike her for it. In many instances, I'm sure most people would react the exact same way. Survival instinct kicks in when it's needed, and she wanted to stay alive. I don't see anything wrong with that. Melmanon starts off as kind of a brute, then you like him, and then he has this one moment where I sort of hated him, then back to liking him. That moment I'm talking about is one where he clearly takes things a little too far and ends up hurting Charity on purpose. I'm not really into that kind of thing, so it didn't really do it for me, however if you're into rape fantasies and/or dark erotica, then I doubt you'll have a problem with it. I think the issue that I had with this one is that at times it moved way too quickly for my liking. It felt rushed in the emotions department, so hard for me to buy into. I was glad that he ended up falling for her and turned it into more then just her being his torture slave, but I also would have liked to see more communication between them to help spur this along. Though, I guess when the mind reading abilities it wasn't overly necessary like it would be in a typical relationship. There were many things that could have afforded to be fleshed out with this one, but if you're just in it for the sex scenes then this is for you! ;)



Sunday, May 19, 2013

All You Desire (Eternal Ones, #2) by Kirsten Miller

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Haven Moore and Iain Morrow have been living a blissful life in Rome, an ocean way from the Ouroboros Society and its diabolical leader. But paradise is not to last. The mysterious disappearance of Haven's best friend, Beau, sends the pair running back to New York, where they encounter the Horae, an underground group of women who have spent centuries scheming to destroy Adam Rosier. Only they can help Haven uncover the secret to Beau's whereabouts in one of her past lives. But their help comes at a price: Haven must infiltrate the Ouroboros Society, charm Adam Rosier, and lure him into a trap. It's a plan the Horae believe will save the world-but Haven and Iain fear that it may destroy the happiness they've been chasing for two thousand years.

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So to add something different this time around, I decided to also post here the notes I made on goodreads.com while reading this book. If you haven't read my review for the first book in this series, The Eternal Ones, I suggest you do so before this one ;). Anywho, here are the notes, followed by my review.

05/12 page 152
35.0% "It's better than the first one so far, however there are still parts where Haven seems too naive."
05/12 page 271
64.0% "Still better then the first one. I really wish she and Iain had better communication skills though. Things would be so much simpler for them, and their love would be more believable."
05/13 "Also, it's spelled Opossum. With an O."
05/14 page 357
84.0% "Haven is so stupid. The book was good up until she went back be being incredibly dumb. All she ever does is jump to conclusions without really thinking things through. You'd think that after all of those lives she's lived she'd have figured out how to look at both sides of a story before passing judgment. Seriously, half the shit that goes wrong with her wouldn't if she'd just stop and think."


Like with the first book of this series, I didn't hate it, but found myself annoyed with a lot of the goings on. I gave this one four stars instead of the three I gave to the first book, and I'm still not entirely sure why. I think I liked it more, but it's so hard to tell. Starting with some of the reasons I liked it, Haven was clearly a really great friend to Beau. She went out of her way to ensure she could find him and keep him safe. She put all of her energy into doing so, and wasn't afraid to do anything in order to reach that goal. I liked this about her, and it helped that we got to see more sides to her. The story had more turns and twists then the first, as well as more players to keep track of. It made figuring out who was telling the truth a little more complex then with the last book. The writing style of this author also, is really good. I think that's probably why I keep coming back for more despite the things I don't like about these books. I find myself dragged in deeper and deeper even when I'm frustrated out of my mind. Speaking of, Haven was annoying. Again. For most of the book she's fine, and I was thinking it was a great improvement, but then all of sudden she does a one-eighty and reverts back to that person she used to be before. She's naive, and stupid. She buys into everything people tell her, without even thinking twice about it. After living so many lives, seeing both sides of the story should come as second nature to her, but instead she remains narrow minded and judgmental. What I did like was that we got to see more Adam, and more of their past together, though again I would have liked more explanation. For one, why did he fall so in love with her? I mean, I get that he saw her dancing and it was like love at first sight because she made him feel when no one else had, but why did she continue to be the only one able to do that? Two thousand years is a long time to spend chasing after one person and shunning the rest. He didn't once even think perhaps he'd found another who could elicit emotions within him? I wanted to see/know more about why Haven is so great that two men are so madly in love with her, and have been for centuries. Adam is an interesting character though, and it was the aspects about him and his motives that kept the book so entertaining. This time, all the finger pointing really worked out, because as the reader even I was a bit unsure of him in places of the story. I'm wondering if he's supposed to be the original Adam from the Bible. It would make sense, considering we were originally created to live forever and then once he and Eve sinned were cast out of the garden and given mortal lives. It makes me even more curious about him. Leah and the Horae were all interesting characters, and I liked to see that play out, though certain aspects of the latter was intensely obvious, and again if Haven had only opened her eyes she probably would have realized early on. There's less Iain in this book, but Adam sort of makes up for it. It's sort of funny how in the last book Haven spent all her time second guessing Iain, and in this book she did so second guessing Adam. Seriously girl, just make up your mind. Make a decision and stick with it. Have some conviction. Also, at the end, did she seriously think she was just going to go in and say thanks to him? Did it ever occur to her that had he been in there, he'd want to leave with her this time? Especially considering she'd all but disbanded his enemies. All of the new characters and the mystery behind Adam was what had me turning the pages on this one, less so all the stuff about Beau and where he might be, because that was obvious from the get go. There was a nice somewhat twist at the end regarding that however that I enjoyed. I do also have a question now however, because while in the first book it's implied that not all souls come back, in this one it was a little more iffy. Before, I had the understanding that someone was only reborn when they felt a strong tether to this world, or some unfinished business, but in this book a few of the lines seemed to imply that everyone comes back for more than one life. Not sure I really like that. I also didn't like how so many people seemed to be Eternal Ones. It kind of detracts from the specialness and importance of the Ouroboros Society, as well as Haven, Iain, and even Adam. All in all, I do suggest reading this book, as well as the first in the series.


Binding Krista (Fallon Mates, #1) By Jory Strong

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

For Adan d'Amato and Lyan d'Vesti, only a shared bond-mate will ensure the continuance of their race. The Council scientists have found a match in Krista Thomas—a genetically compatible human. By Council rules Krista must be willing and the binding must be done immediately before she is brought back to their world, because once she accepts the bond, she will know that Adan and Lyan are not natives of Earth. For the warriors, it's a simple quest—go to Earth, bind their mate to them, then return home.

There's only one catch—Krista is on the run and she's afraid to involve anyone else in her life.

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There was a decent plot in this story, revolving around a human woman, Krista, and two aliens, Adan and Lyan. While I would have liked to learn more about their species, and why the split in the past, it was a good enough story that I don't feel like I was cheated out of too much information. Also, because this is a series, I assume that we'll be getting more explanations in later books. Each of the characters had their own personality, which was nice. They weren't all the same, and Krista wasn't a pathetic, naive, weakling like some female lead characters in books like this. Her past was a twisted mess, and I kept wanting to read on to find out more about it and how she'd gotten herself in trouble in the first place. Of course, this being an erotica, there were loads of sex scenes, and each one was written well. I'm not overly found of ubber Alpha males who talk down to women and think they can control every little thing they do, so I was pleased to find that while alphas, neither Adan nor Lyan were jerks or over the top controlling. The story as a whole was wrapped up nicely, and I'm interested in seeing where the rest of this series is taken. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants a steamy read that also includes plot.



Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Eternal Ones (Eternal Ones, #1) by Kirsten Miller

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Haven Moore can't control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan, and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother's house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then, an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is and who she was. In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves¸ before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

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At first I all but hated this book. It was slow, somewhat dull, and even annoying. It wasn't until a good hundred or so pages in that things started to get interesting. I love the concept of reincarnation, and even more so the concept of reincarnation happening because of love. The Ouroboros Society adds even more intrigue to this idea, and I was always very curious to see more about the members there and what goes on. The flashbacks that Haven had were all well placed, and it was always interesting reading about them. The down side was that we were also given glimpses of another man early on, yet didn't really get to discover much about him until practically the end of the book. That was an issue I had. There wasn't enough Adam. I don't say this because I love him, because I can't really. I don't know enough about him or their past together to either love or hate him, though I do aim more towards the latter considering the six corpses he's got chilling in a set of drawers. Yeah. That's creepy. There really needed to be more explanation of the two of them, how their past interacts with the one she shared with Iain, as well as how everything all started. We get the basic outline of their story, but the rest...it's a mystery. It left me feeling like there were a lot of unanswered questions that needed to be settled in this book in order to convince the reader into reading the second book. Because we didn't get enough, the whole punch line fell flat. Why is Adam so in love with her? Why is Iain for that matter? There's problem number two I had with this book. Haven. Sometimes I liked her; she was good to her friend Beau and determined to go off on her own and discover the source of her visions. The down side was that she was always so quick to judge. She changed her mind so often, that it was annoying trying to follow her logic. Seriously, one minute she believed Iain and the next a virtual stranger tells her something and she just automatically buys into it. Why? Who knows. It was naive and foolish, which really detracted from my enjoyment of this book. No wonder she died horrible deaths in so many of those past lives. She's not very bright. The obvious totally alluded her almost at every turn, things that someone with half a brain would have been able to pick up on. That was ridiculous. Iain with all his secret keeping wasn't much better half the time. He should have just come clean about everything so that there was never any room for her to doubt him. Honestly, I'm not really sure why I liked the book even as much as I did all things considered. It might have something to do with the concept, as mentioned earlier, and the fact that I was still drawn into the world of the Ouroboros Society. I do plan on continuing with this series, and would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in past lives.



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Easy by Tammara Webber

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…


He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.


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Wow, I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. When I decided to buy it, it was mostly because of the good reviews it had received, and the fact that I thought, that in the off chance I was in the mood for something not paranormal, it'd be handy to have a book on hand. Tammara Webber BLEW ME AWAY. Seriously. I am now a huge fan, and will literally buy anything she comes out with. I don't even feel the need to read a blurb of her next book. I'll buy it no matter what it's about, that's how good this one was. The characters all had a lot of depth, and were extremely well rounded. It was, no pun intended, easy to see the differences in them, and not a single one was a filler character. They each had a purpose, without making it seem like they were only a means to an end that the author created. I never once felt like someone was written into the story merely to keep it moving, or to get from point A to B. It was also clear that the author did her homework and researched the topics discussed in the book. I feel like I learned a little bit more about self defense just by reading it. And I'm in love with Lucas, if he was a real boy, I'd probably attempt to steal him away. I loved that they each had something unique that they were interested in and good at, him with his art and her with her music. In a way that creative drive really helped to bond them. The plot itself was great, with nothing over the top happening that felt unbelievable. That's an issue that I have, where authors who aren't writing something paranormal tend to make things happen that aren't believable at all, things that are clearly just plot devices. Webber didn't have any of these, and I was sucked right in. I wanted to know what has going to happen between her, Lucas, and even Kennedy. The latter was extremely well written as well. While he was a jerk, there were still obvious redeeming qualities about him so that as the reader I never once stopped and went, "well this doesn't make sense. Why the heck was she with him in the first place?". I can see why she was in love with him, but also why it's best for her to move on. He does some pretty messed up things, and his reasoning for their break up...yeah. Jerk. All in all, I seriously recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a story about the basics without all the flashing lights and vampire stuff. Love, self acceptance, confidence, and even some kick ass self defense moves, this book has it all. Oh yeah, and did I mention, Lucas has tattoos? I don't know about you, but that just makes me swoon. ;)



Friday, May 3, 2013

Our Souls to Keep by Gary A. Caruso

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

After seventeen-year-old Wake Reynolds agrees to trade his life to prevent the damaged soul of his suicidal mother from the fiery tortures of Hell, Satan strips him of his humanity and forces him to become a demonic collector of souls. With no memory of his human existence, Wake preys on defenseless teenagers until they willingly end their own lives.

After many years of loyal service, something inside Wake is changing. Images of a forgotten life, lost human emotions begin to emerge. As Wake struggles to keep these new sensations hidden, Satan orders him to corrupt the soul of a pregnant girl, Annemarie. Beautiful, gentle Annemarie. From the moment Wake sees her, she brings lightness to his blackened heart. If he chooses to defy Satan and spare the lives of Annemarie and her unborn child, his mother’s soul will writhe in Hell’s deepest pit for eternity. Annemarie or his mother? It’s a choice no one should have to make.


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From the start of this book we're thrown into a world where bad things happen, and even worse beings make them happen. It started off much darker then I anticipated, with a lot of graphic details about death and souls being tortured. Once I got over the surprise, I quickly fell for the vivid and lush way Caruso weaves a story together, and more importantly, an imaginary world. It was clear from the get-go that Hell has its own rules and hierarchy to "live" by, which helps make the whole thing believable. I get swept away by the story, and the characters, finding it easy to imagine all of the things that Wake sees and experiences. I think that one of the main reasons this book is so good is because it has a strong foundation; this world that Wake belongs to seems so well thought out and real there's no way I could question anything about it. Annemarie was easy to like from the start, and the way she was presented made me all the more curious about her as the story progressed. The only issue I had with it is I would have liked to see more of Wake as the "bad ass" he constantly claims to have been before the start of this book. We start off with him having doubts right away, so we have only his word that you used to want that promotion, and used to be less hesitant. I would have liked to see that part of him so that his transformation would have had more of an impact on me. Other than that, this was a great story, with a well thought out plot line. I'm trying to keep it vague to avoid giving anything away. Basically, you should really read it, there's action, romance, and a little retribution (in my personal opinion). :)

This book was just recently released so go and check it out! Here's a link to Goodreads.com where you can read other reviews, as well as find links to where you can purchase it! :)




Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wanderers of the Night (The Dreamer Trilogy #2) By Tempest C. Avery

Reviewed By Jacey:

Blurb:

Wanderers of the Night (The Dreamer Trilogy, #2)Seventeen-year-old witch, Lily Bryg, is about toe realize there's more to the three realms than she thought. In the past month she's fallen for a werewolf, met a dragon, and found out her life was depicted in an age old prophecy. Now, she needs to figure out how to get into Sidhe, the realm of the fey, in order to rescue a kidnapped friend, all while trying to win a bet she made with an evil king hell bent on making her his queen. Lily doesn't know if she believes in soul mates, but she's torn between hoping he isn't hers and being eerily drawn to him. With the help of her three best friends, a raven, and a white wolf she needs to put her heart aside and focus on fulfilling the prophecy. Everything she knows about faeries tells her they can't be trusted, but when her own coven starts to break apart she's forced to rely on anyone she can get.

If Lily can't save her kidnapped friends and convince them not to fall under sway of dark magic, she'll have to willingly go to the evil kind Ronan. He's been trying to convince her they belong together for years, and she's starting to fear he might be right. Add in the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Lily's task isn't looking any easier. If that weren't mad enough, it turns out she's got a penchant for werewolves.

Can Lily overcome the three realms, or will she succumb to the wanderers of the night before she ever gets the chance?
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So here's my first review in FOREVER. I'm happy to once become again active with the blog, and I apologize to our viewers for being absent for far too long. Hopefully I can make it up to you guys in due time, but for now, here's my review of  Tempest's second book in the Dreamer Trilogy!

As enjoyable as the first book was, its sequel is definitely my favorite so far. Tempest's characters are more badass than ever, and even though little time has passed between the two works, we got to see more of each of them, more vividly than the last. Though there is a long, extensive cast list, Tempest successfully catches us up with all their thoughts, actions, quirks, loves and hates. I was also happily surprised that more love interests were thrown into the mix, which made the main love-story between Larkin and Lily unpredictable and atypically fresh. Additionally I got see more of Ronan, who is definitely a sight for sore eyes...in my mind's eye...? Anyway...I thought Tempest definitely brought out a side to him that readers will adore, and pretty much rooting for Lily to go running into his arms, rather than choosing, as the Dark King might have it, some "mutt" over him.

 Also, I thought it interesting how there's a pervasive theme on family and blood. I'll try not giving anything away, but there are characters in this book that have an intriguing muddled sense of pride but also fear of their dark heritage and/or of their blood ties to others. It begs the question, how much do genes influence children of darkness, and how much loyalty is to be found in their bloodline? Loyalty to friendship and loyalty to blood is consistently tested in this book, which definitely made it for an fascinating read. Vengeance is definitely another aggressive theme that I enjoyed; the weighing of friendship with revenge will have you squirming in your seat til the end.

I don't want to go too in depth with the new creatures and characters you meet in this book, only because I don't want to spoil it for readers new to the trilogy. I will say that the hierarchy of Sidhe was incredibly well crafted. Though some readers might find it strange that the courts are portrayed differently in this book, I thought it brought forth a modernized Sidhe, one that was efficient, with the exception of the Summer Court. I would definitely want to see where Flynn goes in another novel, perhaps outside of the trilogy. Also, LOVED the introduction of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. I kind of swooned every time Cadfael (aka War) came into the picture. I don't know if that's some sort of distorted reflection of myself, but....yeah. LOVED him :) Additionally I loved how  hard it was to disagree with them in their talks with Brid about the Dark King. Though the reader logically knows that the Dark King is not someone to side with, we can't help but sort of shrug our shoulder and go along with what they're saying with similar, reluctant grins on our faces. 

Anywho, overall, this book was cooking, and it just gets more exciting as it speeds to an almighty climax. As usual, Tempest rocks at putting the reader in the events occurring in the book (i swear I could stroke the slimy mane of a kelpie in a showdown Lily has with them. Not that I'd want to...). Can't wait to read the next!