Archive for September, 2013

Dublin 1

4-stars

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1) – Samantha Young

Synopsis:

Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well—until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

Braden Carmichael is used to getting what he wants, and he’s determined to get Jocelyn into his bed. Knowing how skittish she is about entering a relationship, Braden proposes an arrangement that will satisfy their intense attraction without any strings attached.

But after an intrigued Jocelyn accepts, she realizes that Braden won’t be satisfied with just mind-blowing passion. The stubborn Scotsman is intent on truly knowing her… down to the very soul.

Review:

I enjoyed this book.  It is a little slow and anti-climactic but the story is good.  It kind of reminded me of Fifty Shades only insofar as one main character has intimacy/trust issues and the other tries to help, age difference, there’s an “agreement” to how the relationship will work and he’s rich and powerful.  There are several parallels to Fifty Shades.

Both characters are very relate-able and easy to fall for, especially “Braden”.  He is a very sexy character (to me anyway).

The writing kind of felt like I was reading a diary.  The tenses switched every now and then which made it felt like someone writing in a journal.  I kind of liked it that way.

The only thing I could complain about would be that it took entirely too long for the 2 main characters to come together.

It is a very easy read, I finished it in one day.

I would recommend this for adults who like romance.  There is a lot of language and descriptive sex situations.

List of Books in Order:

On Dublin Street (On Dublin Street #1)

Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2)

Around Jamaica Lane (On Dublin Street #3) – Release Date: Jan. 7, 2014

covet 1

4-stars

Covet (Novel of the Fallen Angels #1)- J.R Ward

Synopsis:

Redemption isn’t a word Jim Heron knows much about-his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option.

Vin DiPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he’s good with that-until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking, Harley-riding, self-professed savior. And then he meets a woman who will make him question his destiny, his sanity, and his heart-and he has to work with a fallen angel to win her over and redeem his own soul.

Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  I thought that the storyline was original and well thought out.  There were only a couple things that I wish were different: 1.  It took me over 40 pages to get into it and I really had to push myself, but once I did, I was hooked.  2.  There really wasn’t any clear descriptions of the characters (if there was, I totally missed it) which made it very hard to picture anyone.

Keep in mind this is only the first book so I am only going off what I have read so far…the formula for this SEEMS to be that each book will be a new set of characters, except for the main fallen angels and demons.  I don’t know how I feel about that since you spend an entire book falling for the “victim/s”, for lack of a better word, only to leave them behind in the end.

It is a relatively fast paced book which makes it an easy read although it is long (at least to me it was…it took me 2 days to finish), 482 pages.

I would recommend to adults who like paranormal/fallen angel/supernatural romance books.  There is pervasive language and sex.

List of Books in Order:

Covet

Crave

Envy

Rapture

Possession Expected Publication Date: Oct. 1, 2013

evermore 4

3 stars

Night Star (Immortals #5) – Alyson Noel

Synopsis:

Haven still blames Ever for the death of her boyfriend Roman, no matter how hard Ever’s tried to convince her it was an accident. Now she’s determined to take Ever down…and destroy Damen and Jude along the way. Her first step is to tear Ever and Damen apart — and she has just the ammunition to do it.

Hidden in one of Ever’s past lives is a terrible secret about Damen — a secret that illuminates new facts about her relationship with Jude, but that’s so dark and brutal it might be enough to drive her and Damen apart once and for all. As Ever faces her greatest fears about the guy she wants to spend eternity with, she’s thrust into a deadly clash with Haven that could destroy them all.

Now it’ll take everything she’s got — and bring out powers she never knew she had — to face down her most formidable enemy. But in order to win, she must first ask herself: Is her own survival worth dooming Haven to an eternity of darkness in the Shadowland? And will learning the truth about Damen’s past hold the key to their future?

Review:

These books have gotten VERY mixed reviews and I understand why.  I think they would have been so much better had they been planned a little better and shortened to maybe 3 or 4 books.

This book was so much better than #4.  It has a slightly faster pace and “Ever” finally starts to grow up and act like an adult.  This series does tend to drag a little and there is A LOT of meditation, crystals, balance, ect to get through.  It felt a little “new age-y”, if that’s a word.

I did find that in the synopsis it states that “Damen” hides a very big secret that could destroy everything but I didn’t think it was that big nor would it have been a deal-breaker.  That was a little mis-leading, to me anyway.  The truth was kind of a let down.

I still have no real connection to any of the characters but that’s ok.  I think the basic storyline is good but it is taking way to long to get there.

I still would recommend to young adults and teens who are looking for a fast, uncomplicated read.

No real language and only hinting at sex.

List of Books in Order:

Evermore

Blue Moon

Shadowland

Dark Flame

Night Star

Everlasting

evermore 3

3 stars

Dark Flame (Immortals #4) – Alyson Noel

Synopsis:

Ever is trying to help Haven make the transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and acting recklessly, she poses the ultimate threat — exposing their secret world to the outside. But Ever’s struggle to keep the Immortals hidden only propels Haven closer to the enemy: Roman and his evil companions.

At the same time, Ever delves deeper into dark magick to free Damen from Roman’s power. But when her spell backfires, it binds her to the one guy who’s hell-bent on her destruction. Now there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, and no matter what she does, she can’t stop thinking about Roman — and longing for his touch. As she struggles to resist the fiery attraction threatening to consume her, Roman is more than willing to take advantage of her weakened state…and Ever edges closer and closer to surrender.

Frantic to break the spell before its too late, Ever turns to Jude for help, risking everything she knows and loves to save herself — and her future with Damen…

Review:

First let me start off by saying…I loved the first 3 books but this one fell flat for me.  It took me over a week to get this one finished where normally it takes me about a day or two to read a book.  I just could not get into it.  I felt like most of this book was filler.

To me, there was really never a build up or climax with this book so I was kind of disappointed with that.  Also, the way that “Ever’s” friends treat her gets really old and it is kind of infuriating that these characters act this way.

Alyson’s writing style is, however, easy to follow and normally fun to read.

If you have already started reading the series then please continue because it was only this book that slowed it down for me…the rest are fantastic 🙂

List of Books in Order:

Evermore

Blue Moon

Shadowland

Dark Flame

Night Star

Everlasting

keeper 1

5 stars

The Keeper (Guardian Series #2) – Lynnie Purcell

Synopsis:

Clare has woken up in the desert with no memory of her past and no true direction, beyond the impulse to walk west.

With no clue to the trouble circling her, Clare is headed right where Odette wants her. To add to her a problems, an angel keeps trying to kill her, a Watcher named Jasmine wants to control her, and her only clue to understanding the future is to find a city that does not exist.

Review:

I can not begin to tell you how much I love this series and the previous Watcher series!  I have become obsessed with these characters!  Lynnie Purcell has such a great gift for storytelling.  I love every character she has created.

The wit in these books (as well as the Watcher Series) is just fantastic.  I have not felt that even one of these books has been filler.  Everything has had a purpose and the storyline has been very well planned and keeps your attention.

The only thing I have to complain about is that I wish there was more passion between “Daniel” and “Clare” and that really isn’t horrible for me.  I do however love the fact that the two characters do not feel the need to have to qualify/quantify their relationship every other page.  They are very comfortable and secure with each other and that is really refreshing.  A lot of books now-a-days seem to always have the two main characters who can’t trust the other to really be in love but Lynnie has managed to keep their relationship strong, independant, respectful of each other and never questioning.

I recommend this series for anyone who is a YA fan, Nephilim fan, supernatural romance fan or just a fan of great storytelling!  I can’t really remember any language so if there was it was minor and not pervasive.

I will say it again…SOMEONE SHOULD TAKE NOTICE AND MAKE THE WATCHERS SERIES AND THIS ONE INTO MOVIES!

List of Books in Order:

The Hunter (Guardian Series #1)

The Keeper (Guardian Series #2)

The Hunter Review

wicked 5

4-stars

Wicked Fate (Wicked #1) – Tabatha Vargo

Synopsis:

What if you lived in fear of yourself?

For Mage McPherson being afraid of herself is just the norm. Thanks to that fear, being a loner in a small town never bothered the mysterious Mage. Once she received her secret abilities, she figured being alone was the safest way to be. That all changes during her sophomore year at Summerville High when Adam, her equally mysterious secret crush, starts to notice her.

Afraid that she might harm Adam, Mage must learn to either control or deny herself. With Adam by her side she’s more powerful than she’s ever been, but is she powerful enough to defeat her worst nightmare? She learns a hard lesson about love and magic when her destiny comes to collect.

Review:

I received a copy of this book from the author because I won a Goodreads giveaway 🙂  I am so glad I entered because I loved this book and can’t wait for the 2nd!  I had received it a month or so ago but I have so many books to read I didn’t pick it up until today (9-03-13).  I got this one read in one day 🙂  I didn’t want to put it down!

In the beginning I had a hard time releating to “Mage” because she was a loner and misfit but the more I read the more I liked her.  I easily fell for her love interest “Adam” because he was a very caring and romantic person and it did not come across as sappy.  I could easily see the attraction and passion between them.

It is a little slow to start but that was ok, the story picks up and keeps your attention.  There is ALOT of inner dialogue from “Mage” which can kinda make you feel like the story is not moving but it’s not too bad.  I wish the 2nd book was already out but to my dismay it is not.

The only thing I really wish is that there was more background information given.

I would recommend this for teens and young adults…there is a little language but not overly done.  There is no sex although it is hinted at.

List of Books in Order:

Wicked Fate (Wicked #1)

Wicked Hope (Wicked #2) Releasing Sept. 15, 2013

50 shades

3 stars

Fifty Shades of Grey- E. L James

Synopsis:

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.

Review:

I know what you’re gonna say…”Why the hell would you read that?”  Well, believe me I didn’t want to but one of my friends made me.  She had me read them about a year ago and I think I have read them 6 times since.  I really enjoyed reading this series and have found myself wishing for the same type of unconditional love and passion, minus all the drama-I hate real life drama.

I am in no way saying these books are superbly written but they are a fantastic way to entertain.  I know nothing of the BDSM lifestyle so I have no way of knowing if anything in these books is factually accurate or not.  I am so not usually interested in the whole erotica/mommy porn/ect. genre but I have to say that I fell in love with the whole “damaged guy falls for innocent girl”.  What girl hasn’t dreamed of having that kind of power over someone (even if she is a little stand-offish about PDA’s and emotional expression).

I personally could have done without all the sex (I am not close minded or a prude) but I understand why it’s there.  I just loved the simple story of a broken boy being falling helplessly for a simple girl next door type who gets under his skin enough to break down his guard.

I did love the fact that the entire 3 books were a build up for the climax, no pun intended.  I like that formula, it makes you keep reading until the end.  I have read too many books that climaxed way to early which by the end of the series made you feel cheated or that you wasted your time because you could have stopped in the middle of the series because the most exciting things had already happened.

The writing in these books is not the best and like I said before, it’s purely for entertainment purposes.

Recommended for adult women, there is lots of language and detailed sex situations.

List of Books in Order:

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades Freed