Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Book Review: Demon's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood #1) by Alexa Egan


Demon's Curse (Imnada Brotherhood #1) 
by Alexa Egan
Release Date: December 26th, 2012
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
A fast-paced and captivating debut—the first in the dark and sexy Imnada Brotherhood series about shape shifters in Regency-era England.

A rising star on the Covent Garden stage, Bianca Parrino believes she has everything she wants. Independence. Wealth. And a life finally free of her violent, abusive husband. But when her close friend, Adam, is murdered, and Bianca is suspected in his death, she is unwittingly drawn into the search for his killer, and soon must question everything she believes—about her friend, about herself, and about a world she never knew existed.

A member of the mysterious race of shape-shifting Imnada and part of an elite military unit, Captain Mac Flannery gathered intelligence during the Napoleonic wars. As a result of a savage massacre, Mac and the men he served with are cursed. Now one of them has been found murdered, and Mac suspects the existence of the Imnada has been discovered at last. His only link to unearthing the truth is the beautiful actress who turns up unexpectedly at Adam’s funeral.

Before long, Mac has more to contend with than Bianca’s overt mistrust, his ill-fated attraction to the haughty and beautiful actress, and his ongoing search for an end to the curse. Because Adam’s killer is back, and Mac is next on his list.

My Review:
A very big thank you to Edelweiss and Pocket Books for providing me with an ARC of this book.

Demon's Curse by Alexa Egan was brought to my attention when my fellow book buddy Maria did her weekly meme, Stacking the Shelves. I saw the sexy and gorgeous cover and was attracted to it. I further went to investigate by browsing Goodreads. I was further pulled in by the blurb and premise of the story. I was really exhilarated when my request for a copy of it was approved by Edelweiss. It was like Christmas. LOL. 

The fey and shapeshifter mythology and ideas surrounding the story were actually really good and great. I always had a penchant for historical settings and was intrigued that Demon's Curse will be set in this Regency era. The prologue was interesting and mysterious. Surprisingly, I had to slow down a bit while reading the prologue because all the information and jargon were being revealed. I was really intrigued by all of it.

I enjoyed reading about Mac, David, Gray and even Adam. Mac was the typical hero. Handsome, brooding, dangerous, brave and cloaked in mystery and pain. Who could ask for a better hero?

Bianca was a interesting heroine. One who survived a terrible marriage but came out with her spine of steel; masking herself in a cool and arrogant facade to avoid from further pain and hurt.

Unfortunately, the pacing was kind of slow. Even though many things were revealed rather quickly, I still felt like it was hardly moving at all. There was no excitement and anticipation while reading. I applaud the author for her unique idea but I thought the execution was rather dull. 

I was rather disappointed by Adam's murder. I was expecting it to be one of the main arcs of the story but it was obvious who murdered him. The villains were introduced and unmasked right from the beginning. There goes the suspense. The characters were actually pretty good but at times they appeared kind of stiff and I really couldn't be bothered by Renata's repetitive "I will have my revenge!" mantra. That is just my opinion anyway.

Although I did not enjoy it as I wanted to, I will still recommend this title to anyone who loves a historical suspense and romance in the supernatural setting.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Book Review: Archangel of Mercy by Christina Ashcroft

Archangel of Mercy 
By Christina Ashcroft
Release Date: December 4th, 2012
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
Between an angel and a desperate woman comes salvation and a raw passion that challenges them at every turn…

When Aurora Robinson attempts to open a rift between dimensions to embrace her true heritage, an arrogant Archangel is the only one who can save her from the jaws of hell. And while she owes Gabriel her life, she's determined not to fall at his feet-despite the desire she feels whenever they're together.

After his wings were brutally destroyed millennia ago, Gabriel has no compassion for humans like those who ruined him and betrayed the ones he loved. But when he inexplicably finds himself defying ancient protocols to rescue a woman from a fate worse than death, he is shocked by the searing attraction he feels for a mortal.

As the ancient forces that seek to punish Aurora for her actions close in, Gabriel offers the tempting woman protection at his private sanctuary. But as they both succumb to their desires, they discover an even deeper connection-one that threatens to consume them.

My Review:
After reading
A very big thank you to Netgalley and Berkley Heat for providing me with an ARC of this book.

As you see from the GIF below, I was really ecstatic over the approval I got plus Christina is such a nice author. I had fun tweeting with her and she actually mailed a swag to me all the way from Australia. So sweet. Now, back to what I think of the book.

Gabe has the whole package. He is the tortured Alpha hero that I didn't fall in love with at first read. He was too alpha for my taste - at first. He was so rude, dismissive of Aurora, so snobbish and I just couldn't stand his bastardness. He is the type that needs some getting used to. He is an acquired taste. To me, he is like bitter gourd. I didn't like and fancy it at first but I grew to like it as I consumed it more. Gabe is just like that.

 Aurora is the heroine I love. Tough, courageous and possesses a sheer force of will. She isn't easily intimidated and daunted by anything or anyone. She has a mind of her own, doesn't shrink from speaking what she thinks and doesn't allow anyone to trample all over her.

I like the concept behind the angels mythology. It veered from the usual religious based background. It is a great touch to the whole thing. Overall, Archangel of Mercy is a story that you need to plough through and then you'll find that it is enjoyable after all as it does suffers the first-in-a-series syndrome.

Before reading
My request for this was finally approved yesterday after waiting for a month. Feels like Christmas!!!
                                                

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) 
By Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 8th, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rating: ♥ ♥ 1/2

Blurb from Goodreads:
Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013. The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

My Review:
Well, the scenes I enjoyed were basically Simon and Izzy's as well as Jordan and Maia. I didn't really care for the J.S.C trio. I was rather ambivalent about Magnus and Alec. I just thought that both of them were too stunted emotionally to be in a committed relationship. Alec was too insecure while Magnus was holding back something somehow.

I feel so relieved to have finally finished this book. I had to practically drag myself through it. I thought the series ending at CoB was just perfect because my interest started waning from CoFA onwards. The plot wasn't as solid and exciting anymore; it was like watching a soap opera. Without Simon, I don't think I would have pulled through this melodrama.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Book Review: Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl


Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4) 
By Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Release Date: October 26th, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate always dreamed of leaving the stifling Southern town of Gatlin.

But he never dreamt that finding love with Lena Duchannes would drive him away. Lena is a Caster girl whose supernatural powers unveiled a secretive and cursed side of Gatlin, so powerful it forced him to make a terrible sacrifice.

Now Ethan must find a way to return to Lena - and Gatlin - as she vows to do whatever it takes to get him back. Even if it means trusting old enemies or risking their loved ones' lives.

Can Ethan and Lena rewrite their fate and their spellbinding love story in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series?

My Review:
"Here Endeth The Caster Chronicles". 

I think my heart just broke a little when I finally turned the page, saw the words and finally accepted the fact that this crazy journey has indeed finally come to an end. 

It has been a crazy and roller-coaster ride and I loved every second and minute of it. The Caster Chronicles is one of the weirdest and eccentric yet very creative series I've ever read. 

The ending was bitter sweet. All I have to do now is to keep pressing the replay button on the movie trailers and wait for it to be released.



Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: Devil in the Making (Devilish Vignettes #1) by Victoria Vane


Devil in the Making (Devilish Vignettes #1)
By Victoria Vane
Release Date: November 6th, 2012
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
Every devil has a beginning...
A rebellious young nobleman's prank with the king's lion goes comically awry, leading to a startling chain of events.

A riotous Georgian romp in the tradition of Fielding's Tom Jones and a prequel to the Devil DeVere series.
**This title is NOT a romance**

A Note from the Author:
When I first conceived A WILD NIGHT'S BRIDE, a Georgian set, Hangover-inspired romantic comedy, I had no idea that one devilish secondary character would spawn an entire series, but Ludovic, Viscount DeVere, proved to be a dream come true. This larger than life character has captured the hearts of so many fans who have begged for more DeVere.So without further ado…. Here is how it all began….

My Review:
A very big thank you to Victoria Vane for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. You know I love you lots ♡

This is a short story/novella reliving the younger days of DeVere, Ned and the introduction to Simon, our hero in the forthcoming Jewel of the East. I enjoyed getting to know Simon and his lewd poetry writing skills.

DeVere was insolent and as devilish as ever and we get a glimpse into how his father was like. Terrible. Worst than terrible and he deserved to go rot in the depths of hell. I mean, virgin cleansing to cure pox? What more with a mere child? Thank god DeVere was back in time to prevent this abomination.

I'm on the fence regarding his mother though. I don't approve of what she did, abandoning her children to seek her own happiness but can't really blame her as how she got married to DeVere's father was another horror all of its own.

The episode with the lion and Freddie were cute and funny, especially at the end. DeVere was sure daring, defying the king like that.

As always, it is a pleasure to read Ms. Vane's works and I'm seriously looking forward to Jewel of the East and The Trouble With Sin. Imagine the hallelujah feeling I had when I found out The Devil's Match was not the end of DeVere and Co.

I recommend reading the Devil DeVere series first before starting on this one as it'll guarantee to enhance the reading enjoyment.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Book Review: Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1) by Lara Adrian


Kiss of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1) 
By Lara Adrian
Release Date: May 1st, 2007
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.

Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . . .

My Review:
The introduction/prologue was really good. It gave off a mysterious and creepy feeling. I had high hopes for it. Although Midnight Breed was duped to be similar as Ward's BDB series, it has its own mythology and unique world building.

Unfortunately, KoM lacked the oopmh and hilarity. I didn't like Gabrielle at all. She was the dullest and uninteresting heroine I've read to date. I couldn't see what Lucan saw in her. I know that he connected to her lonely and lost soul. Other than that, she did not shine out at all. She was so utterly boring and I just couldn't stand her. She had no character.

I didn't enjoy this as much as I wanted to. I didn't see as much interactions between the Breed warriors as I would have like. I couldn't see the closeness between them. There were hardly any LOL moments. Everything was grim.

I'm sad to say that I'm not really that eager to delve into the rest of the series.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Book Review: Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1) by Maya Banks


Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs #1) 
By Maya Banks
Release Date: September 25th, 2012
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
This sinfully sweet new romance from Maya Banks features a remarkable woman whose rare gift teaches a gruff Scottish warrior how to listen with his heart.

Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but considered "touched" to outsiders. Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Eveline taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft, content to stay with her family. But when an arranged marriage with a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, she accepts her duty—unprepared for the delights to come. Graeme is a rugged warrior with a voice so deep and powerful she can hear it, and hands and kisses so tender and skilled he awakens her deepest passions.

Graeme is intrigued by his new bride, whose silent lips are ripe with temptation, whose bright, intelligent eyes can see into his soul. As intimacy deepens, he learns her secret. But when clan rivalries and dark deeds threaten the wife he has only begun to cherish, the Scottish warrior will move heaven and earth to save the woman who has awakened his heart to the beautiful song of a rare and magical love.

My Review:
A very big thank you to Netgalley and Random House/Ballantine Books for providing me with an ARC of this book.

My very first read from Maya Banks was her wonderful McCabe Trilogy and fell instantly in love with the series. When I was hounding Maya Bank's website and Goodread's author page, I saw her new Scottish romance series. I was instantly sold, what more when I saw the tender scene of the cover and the irresistible blurb.

Never Seduce a Scot was a sweet, sexy and emotional read. It was really good and I could hardly put my e-reader down. I actually slept at 3.40am. It was that good and engrossing.

I adore Eveline. I have a penchant for deaf heroines who are considered "daft" and "touched" just because they are different. Eveline had a delicate and fragile appearance, like a porcelain doll, but boy, she was persistent, determined, optimistic and most of all, she had a big heart and generous spirit. I totally enjoyed reading about her. She was like a breath of fresh air. My favourite scene was of her trying to drag her chests and satchels to Graeme's chamber.

Graeme was an interesting and great hero. I respected how he was fair and just in treating Eveline. Even though it was a forced marriage, he did not let out his anger or revenge upon innocent Eveline. I really like how he was a different romance hero than most as he was mostly celibate and did not simply sleep around with every women just because he can. It was really refreshing to read that he considered the least attractive among the brothers and I just love him more because of these. He just had a very huge and strong presence.

I thought the pace of the story was perfect. While there are others who commented that nothing basically happened until a 3/4 of the story, I beg to differ. It was so romantic and amusing to read about Graeme and Eveline's interactions and how they fall in love. Graeme was such a tender and understanding husband and lover. Their love scene was so sweet. I just can't help sighing dreamily while reading it.

Did I mention that I adore Rorie? I love her relationship with Eveline and her mischief. One of their most amusing scene was how she ended up dozing off when she was supposed to stand guard while Eveline took a bath in the river.

Another refreshing aspect was how Eveline was so loved and protected by her parents and brothers. It was so sweet, really. Other than that, I'm really looking forward to reading about Eveline's and Graeme's brothers.

I only regret having finishing it in just a day. Now is the agonizing wait for the sequel, Highlander Most Wanted.

Never Seduce a Scot was a great start to a new series and highly recommended.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Book Review: The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1) by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1) 
By Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 23rd, 2012
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2

Blurb from Goodreads:

Don't look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase's unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he's dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister's world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myths and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

My name is Ethan Chase. And I may not live to see my eighteenth birthday.

My Review:
A very big thank you to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with an ARC of this book.

I was really excited when Julie tweeted that The Lost Prince is available on Netgally. I was really ecstatic when my request was immediately auto approved. I read it that very night and finished in the early morning. Yeah, I couldn't sleep because I wanted to keep reading it.

I could see some similarities in style to The Iron King in the sense that Julie's first book in a series always seemed to start slow. In The Lost Prince, we get to see inside Ethan's head - it's in his POV after all which is really cool frustrating. The pace of the story flowed from day to day, we get to know more about Ethan and actually see what happened to the cute 4 years old I fell in love with in The Iron King. At 17, Ethan is no more the happy and bubbly kid we knew. He has grown hostile, lonely, bitter and totally messed up. Ethan kept everyone, including his parents, at arm's length; afraid that anyone associated with him will be used and get hurt by Them to get to him.  His attempts to push people away with his deliberate hurtful and thoughtless remarks made me want to wring his neck. It was frustrating. Ethan has also grown bitter and very angry because he still felt that his sister, Meghan, chose Them over her own family. Poor Ethan. He really missed Meghan, his older sister.

Kenzie. It actually took time for me to like her. In the beginning, I found her okay when she boldly approached Ethan for the first time. After that, I grew annoyed with her relentless questioning, stubbornness, determination and persistence in "chasing" after Ethan for an interview. Maybe I was affected by Ethan's emotions regarding Kenzie. He was irritated and at the same time attracted to Kenzie. But anyhow, I grew to like her as the story progressed. She was really brave, intelligent and funny. She changed Ethan in lots of ways as the story went along as Ethan began to understand why Meghan did what she did. She kept on pushing Ethan and dragging him out of his protective shell. She understood Ethan and accepted all the weirdness with a level head. But, I could already guess her secret early on in the story. I wonder how Julie will go about it. Hmmmmmm.......

Todd, the half-breed was awesome. I loved him the moment he was introduced. It was so refreshing to have a character who was cheeky and hilarious. I was really sad to see him out of action throughout Ethan and Kenzie's journey in the Nevernever. I really hope he will remain as one of the main characters throughout this series. It was devastating to see what happened to him in the end.

There was also Kierran and Annwyl. I won't tell you who Kierran is because it'll be no fun if I spoil the surprise. I will just say that Annwyl is an exiled Summer faery who was taken in by Leanansidhe, the Exile Queen. They were an interesting pair and their romance was bittersweet. You'll know why when you're reading it.

Other than that, the former characters from The Iron Fey reappeared. We get to meet Grimalkin, Glitch, Ash (YAY!!!), Meghan, Leanansidhe, Puck (Woo-hoo!!) and the beloved gremlin , Razor.

The Lost Prince was a good read in a way. The actions only come later in the book but there is just something magical about Julie's writing that keeps you engrossed. At the end of the story, you'll realized that it is just the beginning of a big battle soon to come and I'm pretty sure it is just not the end of those glamour-eaters.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Book Review: The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) 
By Richelle Mead
Release Date: June 12th, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Blurb from Goodreads:

The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

My Review:












Sunday, August 5, 2012

Book Review: The Devil's Match (The Devil DeVere #4) by Victoria Vane


The Devil's Match (The Devil DeVere #4) 
By Victoria Vane
Release Date: August 24th, 2012
Format: Ebook (ARC)
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 

Blurb from Goodreads:
Once burned twice shy… but when old flames come together…passion reignites...

When burned once… 
Arriving in London as her goddaughter's chaperone, Baroness Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley wants to avoid her erstwhile lover at all costs. Once nearly consumed by passion, four years has reduced the former inferno to bitterness and ashes.
By an old flame... 
A world-weary master of seduction, Ludovic "The Devil" DeVere is bored with his chosen life of debauchery. When Diana's charge disappears, she is forced to seek help from the devil's lair, and their mutual desire reignites with undeniable ferocity.
Fire is best fought with fire… 
While DeVere is hell-bent to have her back for keeps, Diana is equally determined to bring him to his knees…by acquiring some sensual secrets of her own.

My Review:
A very big thank you to Victoria Vane for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. You know I love you lots ♡ 

After those fateful moments, four years later, Diana has grown angry and bitter. Expecting too see her attraction to Ludovic wane and diminish after all these years, she was dismayed that it has grown stronger and fiercer than before but she was very adamant in avoiding and denying it.

On the other hand, Ludovic has traveled abroad during those missing years and engaged in every manner of debauchery to purge himself of his feeling of something for Diana. Alas, it failed as when he meets her again, he becomes restless and bored of his usual activities. They became meaningless. All he could think of was wanting Diana.

It was awesome to see the fiery interactions between our beloved hero and heroine. I was also glad to see that our main characters from the first two books were regulars in this book. I had only two issues for this book. Salime played a pretty distinct role somewhere towards the middle but she quickly disappeared from her role after that as I was pretty much looking forward to Diana dancing. Another is the transition to the "fourteen months later". I didn't mind the time transition. I just thought that the flow towards it was rather abrupt. But these are just very, very minor issues because I A.D.O.R.E.D the epilogue. It was really sweet and utterly complete.

The Devil's Match has been a delightful, exciting and naughty read. I can definitely say that it is the hottest and sexiest book among the rest in the series. I am really sad to this amazing series finally come to an end. I hope Victoria Vane will continue to deliver many more tantalizing treats of the same kind in the near future.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Book Review: How to Romance a Rake (Ugly Ducklings #2) by Manda Collins

How to Romance a Rake (Ugly Ducklings #2)  
By Manda Collins
Release Date: July 31st, 2012
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Blurb from Goodreads:

You can lead a wallflower to the ball, but you can’t make her bloom—unless one daring young bachelor turns up the heat…

DANCING WITH DANGER

What’s a nice girl like Miss Juliet Shelby doing at a place like Lord Deveril’s ballroom? With her shy demeanor, she’s a total stranger to the dance floor and a source of mockery for the ton. So imagine her surprise when Deveril gallantly comes to her defense—and offers to teach her to dance! Juliet can hardly believe the most handsome bachelor in London would notice her, until he takes her in his arms and sets her heart ablaze…


PLAYING WITH FIRE

Lord Alec Deveril has never felt such a spark of attraction for an unmarried lady before. Unlike the “fashionable” ladies he’s accustomed to, Juliet possesses a generous spirit, a fiery intelligence—and an explosive secret. Deep in the London underworld, a dear friend has vanished, and Juliet fears the worst. Deveril insists on helping, escorting her through the darkest alleys in town. But he too is hiding a shocking secret—and the only way he can defeat the devil in his past is to seduce the angel in his arms…

My Review:

It is just soooooo good and I'm so sad to have finished it in one seating. I was really impatient for the release of How to Romance a Rake and pre-ordered it in Amazon Kindle. Doesn't matter that it's priced the same as a paperback because by the time the paperback arrives, I think I've already wilted from the waiting.

How to Romance a Rake was a really sweet, cute and romantic read. I always have a penchant bluestocking heroines and Juliet was one along with her other two cousins. What more that she was crippled in one leg - which is a huge defect in the eyes of the ton - and made her more appealing in my eyes. Juliet was a wonderful heroine who was known to be the most animate among her three cousins before the fateful accident.

Alec was in no way rakish at all. He just gave off that illusion to people. He was a real gentleman, sweet, kind and thoughtful. I enjoyed Alec's and Juliet's scenes together. The romance between Alec and Juliet was so sweet and romantic. *Sighs dreamily* The mysteries were really good, the missing women, Lady Shelby's push to get Juliet married to Lord Turlington and the secret of Juliet's Vienna accident. They kept me guessing and I had several theories all at once.

I enjoyed How to Romance a Rake immensely and as usual, the secondary characters were wonderfully fleshed out. It was so cute to see her cousins playing matchmaker to Juliet and Alec.

Thank you Manda for this amazing story and series. I think I may love you. *grins impishly* I really look forward to How to Entice an Earl.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Book Review: The Devil You Know (The Devil DeVere #3) by Victoria Vane **18 Yrs Above**


The Devil You Know (The Devil DeVere #3) **18 Yrs Above**
By Victoria Vane
Release Date: July 27th, 2012
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Blurb from Goodreads:

When dealing with the devil it's easy to be burned… especially when passion ignites the flames. 
Who can find a virtuous woman… Beautiful, respectable, and dutiful, Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley has long resigned herself to her decade-long loveless and childless marriage to a feckless husband…until his gambling pushes them to the brink of financial ruin.

Sometimes the devil is in disguise…as a gentleman… Viscount Ludovic, "The Devil DeVere", is a man accustomed to taking what he wants according to his whim and heedless of the cost…until he encounters a woman who won't be had at any price.

When dealing with the devil, it's easy to be burned… When Diana discovers a secret that shatters the carefully built façade concealing her private pain, she seeks aid and comfort from the most unlikely place…the devil's arms. But will a single night of heavenly passion damn them both forever?

My Review:

Oh, my, my, my. Viscount Ludovic DeVere has played a vital role in the first two novellas as a "matchmaker". He was a very interesting character and I was somewhat surprised that Diana and he had something in the past. Before this, I would never have thought of this coupling but The Virgin Huntress hinted at that and The Devil You Know revealed the events that happened four years ago.

On the surface, DeVere gave off a very nonchalant, confident, devil-may-care and I-live-by-my-own-codes attitude but this book showed us a glimpse of the lonely DeVere. He actually really cared for Diana and felt something he never felt before when with other women.

I'm really glad that our heroine is Diana as I absolutely adore her. She was a fiery, fierce and strong character and the perfect match for The Devil DeVere. The Devil has finally met his match but alas, it was short-lived. The effing duchess ruined everything.

Gah! I wanted to strangle the duchess. She was a true b****. I hate her with my whole being. It was a heartbreak and I almost teared up when DeVere presented Diana with his parting gift. I won't say more because I don't want to spoil the story. It was really saddddddddd after that because this scene actually revealed how DeVere actually felt for Diana.

I feel blessed and fortunate to have gotten my hands on this book earlier. A BIG THANK YOU to Victoria Vane for this lovely ARC. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I was so ecstatic over it and now it's torture to have to wait for The Devil's Match. I comfort myself that I just have to wait a month for it and not a year.



Book Review: A Wild Night's Bride (The Devil DeVere #1) by Victoria Vane **18 Yrs Above**


A Wild Night's Bride (The Devil DeVere #1) **18 Yrs Above**
By Victoria Vane
Release Date: April 25th, 2012
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurbs from Goodreads:
WITH THE DEVIL IN CHARGE...THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY... 
What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a bored and machinating rake? 
She’s a lonely lady down on her luck... 
Phoebe Scott, alias Kitty Willis, is a struggling Covent Garden actress with a bruised heart and a closely guarded secret. 
He’s steadfast and eminently respectable... 
Sir Edward Chambers, Ned to his intimates, is guilt-ridden over his beloved wife’s death and avowed to live out a rustic and mundane life … of celibacy. 
With the devil in charge — there will surely be hell to pay. 
Devil in disguise, Viscount Ludovic DeVere, is determined to return his best friend, Ned, to the land of the living. His meddling machinations result in a night of mind blowing passion after which “dull dog Ned” awakes to find himself in the King of England’s bed! 
A WILD NIGHT’S BRIDE, a sexy, rollicking Georgian romp!

My Review:
** Only $.99 in Amazon Kindle!!! **

This is my second novel by Victoria Vane after A Breach of Promise and she has come to be another one of my favourite historical romance authors.

A Wild Night's Bride was extremely well written and indeed, quite naughty. Once again, Vane has managed to capture readers' attention and interest with her well rounded characters and engrossing plotline. I truly applaud her for her astounding skills in fleshing out her characters so well for a novella. 

Victoria Vane always leaves me wanting and begging for more.



Book Review: A Breach of Promise by Victoria Vane **18 Yrs Above**

A Breach of Promise 
By Victoria Vane **18 Yrs Above**
Release Date: December 23rd, 2011
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Blurb from Goodreads:
When charm and persuasion fail...only seduction remains... 

On the night of her betrothal, Lydia Trent receives just a taste of what ecstasy will be at the hands of her fiancé…and then he leaves her wanting. After waiting six years, and tired of being neglected by her exceedingly reluctant husband-to-be, Lydia decides to break it off.

When Marcus, Lord Russell, receives Lydia’s letter requesting a release from their contract, he is stunned by her audacity. Confident he’ll have her eating out of his hand with his usual wit and charm, he’s determined to repair the damage. However, the headstrong woman she’s blossomed into is equally determined to thwart his every effort to win her back.

Marcus discovers, in spite of her conviction to end the union, Lydia is more responsive to his touch than he ever imagined. He just needs to get her alone to unleash the promised passion he sees within his wanton virgin. Marcus will use any tool in his arsenal to exploit her weakness—his kisses, his hands, his mouth…her own body. In short, he’ll just have to ruin her!

My Review:
This was a truly sweet, tantalizing, romantic, hilarious and sexy read. It left me wanting for more and dissatisfied for good reasons.

I totally loved Lydia's strength of character. She was an intelligent and delightful heroine.

While Marcus was a full of himself pompous prat and rake, you just couldn't help loving him. He was a good rake.

I also enjoyed reading about Nicholas and Mariah. Their dishevelled appearances towards the end hinted at something much more. It would be lovely if Miss Vane decided to pen a story about them.

And also not forgetting Marcus's mother. She was adorable, smart and persistant in her subtle and sly attempts to reengage Lydia and Marcus.

This novella is so well written. I am astouded and amazed at Miss Vane's ability to fully flesh out the characters in less than a hundred pages. How I wish it was longer.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Book Review: How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings #1) by Manda Collins

How to Dance with a Duke (Ugly Ducklings #1) 
By Manda Collins
Release Date: January 31st, 2012
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Blurb from Goodreads:

What’s a wallflower to do when she’s suddenly in need of a husband? Use all the pluck and moxie she can muster to get what she wants…

Miss Cecily Hurston would much rather explore the antiquities of Egypt than the uncharted territory of marriage. But the rules of her father’s exclusive academic society forbid her entrance unless she weds one of its members. To clear her ailing father’s name of a scandalous rumor, Cecily needs to gain admission into the Egyptian Club—and is willing to marry any old dullard to do it.

Lucas Dalton, Duke of Winterson, is anything but dull. He’s a dashing and decorated war hero determined to help Cecily—even if that means looking the other way when she claims the dance card of Amelia Snow, this season’s most sought-after beauty. But Lucas has a reason for wanting Cecily to join the Egyptian Club: His brother went missing during one of Lord Hurston’s expeditions to Egypt. An alliance with the explorer’s bluestocking daughter could bring Lucas closer to the truth about what happened…or it could lead him to a more dangerous love than either he or Cecily could have imagined….

My Review:

Oh, my. I'm feeling all dreamy and swoony. How to Dance with a Duke was absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed every moment of it and couldn't help giggling like a silly school girl throughout the book. It was so funny and romantic.

I truly adored Cecily, Juliet and Maddie aka The Ugly Ducklings. They were absolutely delightful to read about. Not forgetting Lucas too. Swoon. I enjoyed the secondary characters as well including the obnoxious Amelia and Felicia.

How to Dance with a Duke was an amazing historical romance spiced up with a dash of suspense and mystery. I'm dying for the day How to Romance a Rake releases as I will definitely be hounding Amazon Kindle.

Manda Collins has become my new favourite author. Weeeeeee!!

P/S: I LOVED the epilogue. I was really holding on to hope that it would happen...and it did. I have a weakness for such epilogues.



Book Review: Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson


Annie's Song 
By Catherine Anderson
Release Date: January 1st, 1996
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
The Gift

Annie Trimble lives in a solitary world that no one enters or understands. As delicate and beautiful as the tender blossoms of the Oregon spring, she is shunned by a town that misinterprets her affliction. But cruelty cannot destroy the love Annie holds in her heart.

Alex Montgomery is horrified to learn his wild younger brother forced himself on a helpless "idiot girl." Tormented by guilt, Alex agrees to marry her and raise the babe she carries as his own. But he never dreams he will grow to cherish his lovely, mute, misjudged Annie—her childlike innocence, her womanly charms and the wondrous way she views her world. And he becomes determined to break through the wall of silence surrounding her;to heal...and to healed by Annie's sweet song of love.

My Review:
I don't think I can find a single fault in Annie's Song. It was too perfect for words.

Oh, god. I had tears in my eyes reading this. I had tissues with me all the time.

Annie's Song was so romantic, deeply moving, indescribably passionate, wonderfully beautiful and truly unforgettable.

And I truly have to thank Suz again for this wonderful read because if it isn't for her review, I wouldn't have discovered this precious gem.

Book Review: Evernight (Evernight #1) by Claudia Gray

Evernight (Evernight #1) 
By Claudia Gray
Release Date: May 1st, 2008
Number of Pages: 225
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2


Blurb from Goodreads:
Bianca wants to escape.

She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful--even when it comes to caring about him.

""I couldn't stand it if they took it out on you," he tells Bianca, "and eventually they would."

But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

My Review:
== May Contain Minor Spoilers ==

I have two book buddies Nikoleta and Maria who were gushing about this series plus almost everyone is swooning over Lucas and Balthazar. Therefore, I decided to take the plunge and was expecting to be swept off my feet. I wasn't really. It bordered on lukewarm and I was holding on hope and wishing for it to burst into the volcanic hot zone.

Bianca was an okay character. I thought she was rather spineless mostly throughout the whole story and I just felt so frustrated over her. I just wanted to shake her up and shout at her to think for herself. I mean, in the beginning, she led me to believe that she did not know who she really was and I actually thought that she was maybe a witch because of those symbolic dreams she had. She behaved as though she didn't know she was a vampire. And then all of a sudden after she bit Lucas, she revealed that her parents had been preparing her all along and she was already aware of that fact. I mean, what the heck was that?


I enjoyed Lucas's character more. At least he had character and was rather consistent. I was looking forward to scenes that had Lucas. Balthazar too but there wasn't much about him for me to fully be all swoony over him yet. He was rarely there in the story. A pity really because Lucas and Balthazar were way more interesting than our deaar protagonist.

The rest of the secondary characters were a pass-and-go for me except for Vic and Raquel. They were cute. I did enjoy the evil demon of a headmistress, Mrs. Bethany though and the sinister secret surrounding the intake of human students into the academy. I had a rather crazy theory about it though. Haha.

Overall, it was a 3.5/5 stars for me.

Book Review: Someone Else's Fairytale by Emily Mah Tippetts

Someone Else's Fairytale
By Emily Mah Tippetts
Release Date: December 6th, 2011
Number of Pages: 310
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
Jason Vanderholt, Hollywood's hottest actor, falls head over heels for everygirl, Chloe Winters, who hasn't gotten around to watching most of his movies. It's the ideal fairytale... for most people. The last thing Chloe needs is public attention. It brings back dangers from the past that she's worked her whole life to escape.

My Review:
**May Contain Spoilers**

I would like to thank Emily Tippetts for being so kind in giving me a copy of her book. Thanks Emily.

Someone Else's Fairytale was a really sweet story. Although the writing and dialogues were a bit choppy, I didn't mind so much because I was really invested in the story and the characters. I love how deep the characters were and how the romance was played out.

I was mad at Chloe over the Matthew situation but I believe that she was not in love with him as she thought she was. It was the familiarity of Matthew that she was drawn to. I was all "Finally" when she realized her true feelings for Jason. The poor lovely guy.

I was as blindsided as Chloe was over that thing. I was wondering what was really going on. The ending was so sweet and sniffle worthy. Made me all dreamy-eyed and wistful.

I ADORE the Vanderholt family.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Book Review: Something Like Normal by Trish Doller


Something Like Normal
By Trish Doller
Release Date: June 19th, 2012
Number of Pages: 142
Format: Ebook
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

My Review:
You know you've hit upon a pot of gold when you find it hard to put what you're feeling into words.


I have all these feelings inside me while reading SLN. I wanted to shake and slap Travis for his stupid behavior with Paige. I wanted to hug and kiss him for all that he has been through. I wanted to punch his dad for being such an asshole and congratulate his mom for stepping it up.  

I wanted to laugh and just chill with Kevlar and Moss. I wanted to get inked for the first time by Ellen and gorged myself like a pig with Jenny's delicious cooking. And I was just loving and cheering for Harper all the way.

Most of all, I wanted to say thank you to Trish Doller for this story and also to Charlie for being so alive in the pages of this book.

Something Like Normal was such a realistic story and I really loved the way it ended. It was right. It was perfect. It was really beautiful.




Monday, June 25, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Book Review: Winter's Light (Winter Saga #2) by M.J. Hearle


Winter's Light (Winter Saga #2)
By M.J. Hearle
Release Date: May 1st, 2012
Number of Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ 1/2 - ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Blurb from Goodreads:
Blake is gone.

He sacrificed himself to save Winter, leaving her alone, unprotected... hunted.

An ancient enemy is rising, but Winter is no longer the innocent girl who was fated to die at Pilgrim's Lament. She will not wait to be saved. She will do what she must to survive, even accept an unsavoury alliance with those who destroyed her love.

In the gathering darkness, the enemy of an enemy is not always a friend, and Winter must find the strength to stand alone and fight for the one she loves. For she is the key to unlocking the secrets beyond the veil of shadows.

And she is Blake's only hope.

My Review:
I was really excited for the sequel to Winter's Shadow and was expecting lots of action and excitement. But somehow, the story fell short for me. The beginning was slow going and I found myself putting it down quite often.

It only got me excited and glued to it when Sedoris and Benedict made their appearances. After that, it was up and down for me. Winter's performance was lacklustre this time around.

I was expecting more maturity and growth on her part but she was mostly depending on Sam and the Bane. She only started to show some steel and strength in the last few chapters. But I forgive her flaws as she was determined and confident of their love.

Blake's absence throughout the book was very apparent. It was pretty depressing. When Winter freed the prisoner and his real identity was revealed, it was utterly devastating.

Winter's Light was more like a setup and a bridge for the final book. I really hope to get lots of Blake and Winter moments in the next one. There just wasn't enough.


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In My Mailbox #11

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

My dear precious followers, a HUGE apology for the extremely overdue IMM. Anyho, here you go. CheerS. As usual, leave me a comment to let me know your IMM for the week.



  • Something About You (FBI / US Attorney, # 1) by Julie James @Goodreads
  • A Lot Like Love (FBI / US Attorney, #2) by Julie James @Goodreads
  • About That Night (FBI / US Attorney, #3) by Julie James @Goodreads
  • Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James @Goodreads
  • Under the Same Sky by Genevieve Graham @Goodreads
  • Sound of the Heart by Genevieve Graham @Goodreads
  • Wicked As They Come (Blud, #1) by Deliliah S. Dawson @Goodreads
  • Extreme Exposure (I-Team, #1) by Pamela Clare @Goodreads

    Ebooks:


  • The Emerald City (Osland Trilogy, #1) by J.A. Beard @Goodreads
  • Conner by Miranda Stork @Goodreads
  • Glamorous Illusions (Grand Tour Series, #1) by Lisa Tawn Bergren @Goodreads
  • Carnal Gift (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, #2) by Pamela Clare @Goodreads
  • Sweet Release (Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy, #1) by Pamela Clare @Goodreads

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Book Review: Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) by J.R. Ward **18 Yrs Above**


Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10)
By J.R. Ward
Release Date: March 27th, 2012 
Number of Pages: 572
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Blurb from Goodreads:
#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s novels of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continue as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…and ventures into an erotic world of dark dreams and darker desires.

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy.

When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquillity of the Fade—he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. But because Lassiter tells him he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed....

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past and a very hot, passion-filled future…but can his heart let go and set all of them free?


My Review:
WOW. I can't believe I finished it in a day. Never doubt the writings of the Warden ever again. She rules.

I think there's nothing to say because everything that needs to be said has been said by so many others. But, I will reiterate. 

I'm so glad for how things turn out for Tohr. He deserved this book. His own story and I totally adore Autumn from beginning till' the end. I really enjoyed reading about these two. 

I really am rooting for the BoB too and hope for the best for these group of bastards. They aren't all that bad. Just maybe, misguided.

One important thing I HAVE to say. It's Layla. I'm glad I took some time off and only began reading this two months after its release date. Time brings things into perspective and you speculate it with maturity instead of negative emotions. 

I think we readers tend to orbit around and focus too much on the Qhuay coupling. We subconsciously, in a way, blame Layla for "coming between" Qhuinn and Blay. We forget that the problem lies in Qhuinn himself who feels unworthy and not good enough for Blay.

I'm for the future young now. They both need something good in their lives in order for them to move forward. They need something that belongs to them.

Layla has been trained as an ehros her whole life as a Chosen and I forget that it is not her fault to how she feels about being useless in her role/duty. Who and what is expected of her have been deeply ingrained. It's not easy to just change your mindset. What she needs is someone who REALLY loves her. That poor girl...Now, I can truly say I feel for her. Truly feel sorry for her. I am really rooting for Xcor and her. They are good for each other.

The last sentence in chapter 76 was very life-altering. Finally!!!! After so many trials and tribulation for these two, finally, we are getting what we want. Right my fellow Cellies?



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #01

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Stormdancer (The Lotus War, #1)
By Jay Kristoff


A DYING LAND 
The Shima Imperium is verging on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of the imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

So, this is my first ever WOW post. What did you think of my choice? Pretty cool huh?!
A Japanese Steampunk!!! Just that term itself has got me hooked. What more when I saw the cover, I'm IN!! *Swoons*
The above cover is the US version. Let me show you the UK version.


Ta-da! When I saw both covers at first, I was so wow-ed and couldn't decide which I like best. I mean, I can only pick ONE. So, I decided the US one was more in tune to the Japanese theme. The font used looks like the Japanese characters plus the girl on the cover with the tattoos on her arm is so very yakuza (Japanese Gangster). The whole thing is just so badass and Japanese. It's a total win!! I need it nowwww!!

The UK looks cool too but it looks more soft and Chinese compared to the US one. Hee~

Book Review: Wicked As They Come (Blud #1) by Delilah S. Dawson

Wicked As They Come (Blud #1) 
By Delilah S. Dawson
Release Date: March 27th, 2012
Number of Pages: 395
Format: Paperback
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Blurb from Goodreads:

Have you ever heard of a Bludman? They’re rather like you and me—only more fabulous, immortal, and mostly indestructible. (They’re also very good kissers.)

Delilah S. Dawson’s darkly tempting debut drops her unsuspecting heroine into a strange faraway land for a romantic adventure that’s part paranormal, part steampunk . . . and completely irresistible.

When Tish Everett forces open the ruby locket she finds at an estate sale, she has no idea that a deliciously rakish Bludman has cast a spell just for her. She wakes up in a surreal world, where Criminy Stain, the dashing proprietor of a magical traveling circus, curiously awaits. At Criminy’s electric touch, Tish glimpses a tantalizing future, but she also foresees her ultimate doom. Before she can decide whether to risk her fate with the charming daredevil, the locket disappears, and with it, her only chance to return home. Tish and Criminy battle roaring sea monsters and thundering bludmares, vengeful ghosts and crooked Coppers in a treacherous race to recover the necklace from the evil Blud-hating Magistrate. But if they succeed, will Tish forsake her fanged suitor and return to her normal life, or will she take a chance on an unpredictable but dangerous destiny with the Bludman she’s coming to love?

My Review:

"Nothing's stopping me, dammit. I can be anything and anyone I want to be. No one's going to tell me what to be ever again."

This was a freaky, wicked, hot and inspirational story. Everything's just so crazy. The ending isn't an ending but another new beginning and I just need the second book RIGHT NOW!!!

Ah, Criminy and his British accent and endearments. Total love and I'm imagining myself in Letitia's place.

This book was truly wonderful and exhilarating. The world of Sang was truly creepy and wildly imaginative. A truly recommended read and the excerpt of Wicked As She Comes, the sequel to this, will just leave you demanding for it now.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

In My Mailbox #10 ~Ebooks Edition 2~

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren

Bought: 

Ebooks




  • Apocalypse Scenario #683: The Box by Mira Grant @Goodreads
  • Unlocked (Turner, #1.5) by Courtney Milan @Goodreads
  • Leopard Moon (Moon, # 1) by Jeanette Battista @Goodreads
  • Jackal Moon (Moon, #2) by Jeanette Battista @Goodreads


Free on Amazon Kindle:


  • Elemental (Elemental, #0.5) by Brigid Kemmerer @Goodreads
That's all for this week. I still have loads more so come back next week to check it out ya?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Book Review: First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

First Comes Love 
By Katie Kacvinsky
Release Date: January 1st, 2012
Number of Pages: 208
Format: Kindle
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Blurb from Goodreads:
Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what’s next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.

But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they’re going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you’re sorry.

My Review:
Wow. This was so awesome. I love everything about it and I just can't pick one quote to share. The whole book itself is a memorable quote. It made me laugh, cry and fall in love with it all over again.

This is one hell of a book and Dylan is one crazy, lovable character. She has all these eccentric and insane ideas. She is full of life and is literally living life to the fullest. She is like a hurricane that tosses you inside out and upside down. She is like the sun that shines so bright you have to shield your eyes. But she stays. You remember her for all her quirkiness because she refuses to be normal. She outshines and she stand out.

Gray is such a wonderful and great guy. He shuts himself off from the world and life itself. He lets each day passes by as it is until he meets crazy Dylan. He is stubborn and determined. He is sweet and adoring. I love his devotion and the depth of love he has for Dylan. He knows what he wants and how he feels. He holds on to it and doesn't let go. He is like thunder and lighting and the moon that orbits around the earth. His chemistry, attraction and love with Dylan are undeniable and like dynamites. It blows up in your face and leaves you breathless, wanting for more.


First Comes Love is truly memorable and a keepsake. The ending left me dreamy and imaginative. It was a perfect end and start of a new beginning. Katie, you are awesome and I look forward to reading more of your writings.

This is one of my favorite quotes. For those who have read this book, you know where it is.
"But I know who I love. And I'm figuring out that might be enough to live for."