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5 stars

Illuminate (Gilded Wings #1) – Aimee Agresti

Synopsis:

Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything changes when she is awarded a prestigious internship at a posh Chicago hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous strangers: the powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

Review:

This book has gotten VERY mixed reviews but here is my take…
I loved it and found it to be a very “tame” relative of The Devil’s Advocate with a little early Buffy thrown in.

This first book is very description heavy and can be a little slow and repetitive but it was worth it. I thought it was worth the patience and besides that I love story rich books.
The author is very good at descriptions and making you feel like you know EXACTLY what something or someone looks like.  It is a dark, mysterious and dangerous story.

I felt like the story was very wall thought out and paced relatively well.

I think “Haven” showed great growth throughout the book as well as her friends.
I absolutely fell for “Lance” and the description that he is a Clark Kent type. I am still not sure how I feel about “Lucian”.

The skill in imagery she used added a lot of depth which was fantastic.

I would love to see this brought to screen. If they could do it in imagery heavy Devil’s Advocate they could certainly do it with this book and in this day and age they could make it beautifully dark and somewhat whimsical.

I would recommend for teens and up…I don’t remember any language and there was no sex.

List of Books in Order:

Illuminate

Infatuate

Untitled (Release Date: March 2014)

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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

carnival

3 stars

Carnival of Souls (Melissa Marr)

Carnival of Souls is a place where there is a strict class system.  Once a year the daimons are allowed to fight to the death for the chance at becoming part of the elite ruling class.  Aya and Kaleb both fight but for different reasons.

Enter Mallory…a girl who is cared for by a witch. All Mallory knows of The City is that her “father” fled from there years ago.  “They” are after her and she spends her time, not with friends or partying but with training to become lethal and defend herself against anyone who comes looking for her.

The inhabitants of The City have plans for her.

I mostly enjoyed this book but I wish someone would have told me that this was going to be the 1st book of a series.  It does not implicate that anywhere on the book or in the synopsis…so be forewarned.

Melissa was quoted as saying:  “It was supposed to be a stand alone but it outgrew the book.  There will be at least 1 more book in the story.”

I loved the idea of this story although I had a very hard time being able to picture the surroundings.  I don’t know if it was a fail on my part or on the author’s way of describing things.  I could not picture it.  I also had a hard time with the way women are treated in The City.  It didn’t even really seem to me that anyone was trying to change it either.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book because the story was original and I will read the next book.

Be aware that this is considered a young adult novel and that the fighting during the Carnival can be a little rough and there is some pretty explicit sex situations.

For Nook Readers you can get the first 6 chapters for free here 

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5 stars

The Watchers Series ( Lynnie Purcell)

I loved this series and wholeheartedly believe it should be made into a movie.  This is going to be one of my favorites and I will probably read it over and over again.

I downloaded this book (at least the first book) because it was free on Barnes and Nobel and I am so glad I did.

I loved every character in the series, they are easy to identify with and easy to fall for.

The story follows Clare Michaels who follows her mom back to her mom’s childhood home.  Clare already knows she is half angel and that there are two sides vying for her to join them.  She is not your typical heroine.  Clare is a punk chick who pretty much sticks to herself.  She is a character that relies on herself more often than not.  She doesn’t take crap from anyone and does what she has to, to get the job done.

The ache that she and Daniel feel for one another is palpable and their witty banter back and forth is hilarious.  They are so well matched as a couple.

The romance in the book was heartwarming, the story is very well developed and the secondary characters a very likable as well.  Lynnie has a remarkable gift for storytelling.

Highly recommend!

As of right now (May 12th 2013) the first book is a free Nook download on Barnes & Nobel…you can get it here

List of Books in Order:

The Watchers

The Seekers

The Saints

The Last

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