Sunday, July 29, 2012

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Masquerade (Blue Bloods, #2)

Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz

Second in the Blue Bloods series

5 stars

Schuyler Van Alen is different from the other Blue Bloods. She’s Dimidium Dognatus, which means she is half-vampire and half-human. Schuyler’s mother is still in a coma and her grandmother, the only family member she’s ever known was killed by a Silver Blood. Her grandmother’s dying words for her to go to Venice and find her grandfather, Lawerence Van Alen. But the search is harder than she expected and she and Oliver seem to be getting nowhere. While Schuyler is Venice, Mimi Force is getting ready for the Four Hundred Year Ball and she decides to throw an amazing masquerade after-party. Bliss Llewlynn is struggling with recurring nightmares and is starting to have blackouts and sleepwalking. She is also struggling with her kind-of-boyfriend’s death and him being turned into a Silver Blood. Masquerade was slow at the beginning and it dragged on about how hard Schuyler’s search was. But once I got to chapter seven, I couldn’t put it down. The story picked up and was back to its fast-paced writing style. I love reading about the Blue Bloods and Silver Bloods. They have a place in my heart as one of my favorite YA vampires or at least one of the most original when it comes to vampire concepts in YA paranormal fiction.


The main female characters are back and they are a group of hot messes. Schuyler is still one of my favorite characters in the series and she’s just relatable. Aside from the fact that she’s half-vampire she’s a normal person. Mimi is still the vindictive queen bee from last time. There were times I wanted to punch Mimi for her stupidity or selfishness, but we need a girl terrorize Schuyler or it wouldn’t be very high schoolish. Bliss is a hot mess! She has more problems than she count, but I love Bliss. She became one of my favorite characters in this novel and it’s where I started to like reading her POVs.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: Schuyler: 8 Mimi: 5.5 Bliss: 8

The main male characters are once again Oliver, Jack, and Dylan. I still don’t know which guy I want Schuyler to end up with. I like Jack, but Oliver is such a nice guy and he doesn’t have all the emotional baggage that Jack comes with (or a crazy sister). I still love Dylan and Bliss’s relationship and he’s one of my favorite characters in the series.


Swoon Worthy Scale: Jack: 6.5 Oliver: 7 Dylan: 7.5

The Villain- The villains are still the Croatans/Silver Bloods, but it also becomes apparent that there may be Blue Bloods helping them.

Villain Scale: 8.5

Lawerence starts to play a huge role in the novel as does Charles Force.We meet Kingsley in this novel and it's obvious he'll play a big role in the upcoming books.

Character Scale: 9


Masquerade was as good as its predecessor and lived up to my expectations. My love for this series started with this book. Since it proved that it wasn’t just a onetime good book in a series.


Cover Thoughts: The cover is beautiful. I like this one much more than the Blue Bloods cover. The mask is exquisite and it gives off a haunting effect. It’s just a great cover. 

Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Unleash the Night (Dark-Hunter, #9; Were-Hunter, #4)

Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Eighth in the Dark-Hunter series, Second in the Were-Hunter series

5 stars

Wren Tigarian has never fit in with anyone. Wren is different from the other Were-Hunters- he’s a mix between snow leopard and white tiger. Wren being a hybrid makes him judged, hated, and not trusted among the Katagarians; because of this Wren has shut himself off from the world. He trusts no one, until he meets Marguerite. Marguerite D’Aubert Goudeau is the daughter of a prominent U.S. senator and is forced to live in a socialite life that she wants no part of. Marguerite just wants to be able to break away from her father and Wren is everything her father would disapprove of. When someone close to Wren threatens his life Marguerite and Wren have to find a way to fix things together. I’m once again pleased and in love with another Sherrilyn Kenyon novel. There’s something about her work that sucks you in and keeps you trapped until the very end. I wasn’t able to enjoy this book like I usually would because I was busy and had no time to read, but getting back into reading this book I was sucked in and hypnotized by the world. This book inflicted so many emotions for me and it made me dislike people I liked and it created new conflicts for the Dark-Hunter world.

The main female character is Marguerite. I was so hesitant about reading about a main character named Marguerite. Why? Well because when I think of Marguerite I think of the spoiled brat from Ever After that made me so angry.
 

You can’t blame me for thinking Marguerite would be like the one from Ever After. She fits the rich profile, but she isn’t a bitch or hateful. Marguerite is a nice person. She’s not a heroine that will stick with me for the rest of my life, but she’s a great one. She’s witty, funny, sarcastic, strong, protective, caring, overall a great heroine.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 9

The main male character is Wren. Wren has always intrigued me. Whenever mentioned I would think something along the lines of “I can’t wait for his book” or “OMG he’s sexy”. I was fangirling over him before I even got a chance to read about him. This doesn’t happen very often except for in SK novels. Wren is so cut off from the world. I feel bad for him and just want to give him a hug. I don’t want to give anything about him away, because he’s such a great character and I loved reading about him.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9.5

The Villain- Can I just say that the main villain in this novel doesn’t really play a big part in the problem until half way through. *WARNING BIG SPOILER AHEAD DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU*
The real villain is Nicolette Peltier. Bet you didn’t see that. I know I didn’t and I wanted to bitch slap her so hard her head would roll. That or skin her alive and hang her pelt in a cozy mountain cabin. Sorry about the caps.

Villain Scale: 8.5



We didn’t get to see any Acheron in this novel which I thought I would be sad about and I am but we got to meet the leader of the Katagarians and Arcadians. His name is Savitar and he’s a lot like Acheron, but nowhere near as amazing. I wonder if he gets his own novel. *Time for research*
I found this on SK’s website.
Q: Will Savitar ever have his own book?
A: Oh yeah and it’s a doozie. He’s man of a lot of secrets and a lot of back history…
But we have to wait for it. Sorry.
So I’ll have to wait. I can live with that. We didn’t get to see Simi, but we got to see Vane, Fang, Fury, Aimee, Nick, Bill, and Julian. I love seeing characters outside of their own books.


Character Scale: 9

I want to say something about how witty Ms. Kenyon is. There’s this part when Maggie buys Wren a gift with a LSU Tiger on it and not realizing the irony in the situation because she doesn’t know about him yet. I thought that was genius and it made me laugh. I just wanted to mention that. Little things like that are what make SK brilliant. I can’t wait to start Dark Side of the Moon. I hope it’s as amazing as this one.


Cover Thoughts: Wren is sexy and I like how they have the Sanctuary bar behind him. I love the cover and the little fire looking area around the title is great.
 
 

Friday, July 27, 2012

TV TALK:

I'm behind on TV TALK for the past couple of weeks. I'm sorry. I'll try to get back to doing it hopefully next Friday and the Friday after that.

Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sins of the Night (Dark-Hunter, #8)

Sins of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Seventh in the Dark-Hunter series

5 stars

I’m so behind on reviews, reading, and re-reviewing. I only have time to these things this weekend because I go to another camp. So, yay for being a hot mess when it comes to books. Since I’m reading Unleash the Night right now I’m re-reviewing my DH books that I’ve read. Now it’s time to stop talking about my excuses and review (re-review) this book.


Alexion is a man, but he’s not human and he’s not a Dark-Hunter either. What is Alexion? Well Alexion is the pretty much Acheron’s right hand man when it comes to keeping DHs in line. When the Dark-Hunters turn Rogue, Acheron sends him to be the judge, jury, and executioner. Alexion can’t feel anything and lacks all emotion. At least he thought he did until he met Danger. Dangereuse St. Richard AKA Danger is a Dark-Hunter and she’s stuck right in the middle of an almost-war between Dark-Hunters and Dark-Hunters wanting to revolt against Acheron. But the question Danger has to answer is which side is will she choose. The answer means everything because Alexion will have to kill her if she chooses the side without Acheron. Will Alexion be able to kill Danger even though he finds himself to start to feel things again when he’s around her and will Danger choose DH or Rogue DH? When I finally got my hands on this book it seemed like it had been forever since I read Seize the Night. The library never seemed to have it and then when day I was stalking the SK section like I do every time I go to the library and I saw it sitting there on shelf hiding from me. When I saw it I literally think angels starting singing.
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 I’m not exaggerating. I’m being honest, I was literally that excited. I loved this book, but at the same time it felt different from the other DH books even the one Were-Hunter book I’ve read. It felt like I was in another world and really I was for a good part of the book ‘cause Alexion lives with Acheron and Acheron lives in another dimension so I was just dumbfounded. It just felt kind of weird and a little bit déjà vu-ish.


The main female character is Danger. Danger is the first female DH we’ve gotten to read about. We encounter some Amazonian ones in Dance with the Devil, but our DHs have been male. I appreciated Danger and the fact that she seemed so human at times. Danger isn’t my favorite heroine I’ve come across, but she isn’t the worst. She’s really sort of average and she’s nowhere near as I-can-kick-your-butt-to-the-moon-and-back as Tabitha from Seize the Night. I think that’s what disappointed me the most about her. I was expecting this strong, but relatable heroine. I felt a little let down though.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7.5

The main male character is Alexion. Alexion is cool. We’ve never encountered anything like him in the Dark-Hunter world. He’s just awesome and that twist at the end about him. I was shocked. I was OMGing and fangirling all around my house. It was just that awesome and shocking. I hadn’t been expecting that.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 8

The Villain- I’m too tired to go into detail. Let’s just say the villains are as great as usual in the Dark-Hunter world.

Villain Scale: 8


We get to see more Simi. Simi is definitely one of my favorite characters in the series. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned her in the other reviews. I don’t think I have. Well Simi is a one of the last of an ancient race of demons. She lives on Acheron’s arm as a tattoo and he spoils her like she’s his own daughter. Acheron… I love him what can say. I don’t want to say anything about because I want to just talk all about him when I get to his book. But we do get to learn a lot more about him.


Character Scale: 8.5

I was entertained and transfixed as usual with a Kenyon novel. I can’t wait to start reading my book again this weekend. I’ve missed reading. This book was great and I definitely recommend checking the series out.


Cover Thoughts: I love the colors. They are so pretty and they complement each other so well. I guess that means I like the cover. Yeah I like the cover, but Danger (the lady) doesn’t hold my attention, but the scenery behind her does.  

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Hello followers

Hey everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been on here in a while, but this week and next week I won't be getting any reading done. This week I had Rookie Camp which is a camp for new members of the band. Next week I have Band Camp. I'll try to do some reviews this weekend and catch up on the book I'm reading. After next week you should see me on a little bit more, but with school starting soon who knows how often I can blog.
Thanks for reading. :)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon



Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sixth in the Dark-Hunter series

5 stars

Valerius Magnus is used to being alone. When he was alive he was alone and being a Dark-Hunter is worse because most Dark-Hunters are Greek and he is Roman. Tabitha Deveraux is known around New Orleans as the crazy vampire slayer, but when her twin sister, Amanda, married a Dark-Hunter. The family didn’t think she was crazy anymore. The last thing Tabitha’s family wants is for her to get involved with Valerius, but it’s easier said than done and now the evil in New Orleans is heating up again and it doesn’t feel like it usually does. I had low expectations for Valerius’s novel. I know low expectations for a Kenyon novel is like a sin for me because I’m such a fan of her work. Some would say I deserved to be slapped for this doubt.

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I wasn’t a big fan of Valerius in the other novels, but Valerius has won me over and landed a place in my Dark-Hunter Hall of Fame of Amazing Guys. I don’t know why I was so hesitant to pick up this novel, but I’m glad I got over it and picked Seize the Night up.


The main female character is Tabitha. I had always liked Tabitha in the other books and I’m glad she got her own book to shine in. Tabitha is pure awesomeness. She’s funny, cool, and she can kick your butt every day of the week. Tabitha is probably one of my favorite Dark-Hunter heroines.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 10

The main male character is Valerius. Valerius has won me over and like I said earlier is now in my Dark-Hunter Hall of Fame of Amazing Guys. Valerius is a great hero. He and Tabitha make a great team. Valerius always seemed like a jerk, but he was just trying to help and he always felt bad in the end. I felt bad for him. He was another tortured hero in the SK world, but he was a good one. 


Isn't he hot?


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9.5

The Villain- Stryker… nuff said. If you’ve read the other DH books you’ll know who I’m talking about.

Villain Scale: 7.5

I’m so glad that Valerius and Zarek’s relationship is getting better. Marla… I loved Marla. She (or he depending on you) added funness to all the serious of the novel. Otto is one of my favorite Squires, he had me laughing so hard I almost shed a tear.


Character Scale: 9

The action was intense and just great. I shed some tears at the end of this novel, but I still love the DH world and Kenyon has yet to disappoint me.

Cover Thoughts: Valerius is sexy… I love the cover and that’s all I have to say.  




Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Imaginary Girls

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

5 stars

Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone wants to be or be with. When a night at the local reservoir results in Chloe finding a dead body of her classmate, London Hayes, Chloe is sent away to live with her father. A father she has never known and has been just as absent in her life as her mother. Ruby will do anything to get Chloe back and when she finally does two years later, Chloe notices her sister isn’t all what she seems. The relationship between Chloe and Ruby seemed like a normal one that you would expect from two sisters that haven’t had a parent in their life, but throughout the story it seems more toxic than sweet. Nova Ren Suma created something that I had never experienced before. I didn’t know what I was expecting, but I was in for a treat. The writing was flawless and beautiful. Suma has a way of writing that creates a gothic tone to Imaginary Girls and brings the world created to life. I’m still kind of speechless about this book. It was so amazing all I can think about is praise. The book was flawless. I know I’m saying flawless a lot, but it’s because no other word describes this book.


The main female character is Chloe. Chloe is Ruby’s little sister and that’s pretty much who Chloe is. Chloe does what Ruby says and she never argues. Chloe does start to come out from Ruby’s wrath and become her own person, but she doesn’t really make much a drastic change. Chloe is a realistic character. I think anyone that would be raised by someone like Ruby would be just like Chloe. I think that’s what makes Imaginary Girls so realistic aside from the impossibility.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 9.5

There wasn’t a main male character in Imaginary Girls. I love romance, but Imaginary Girls doesn’t need romance. It had suspense and everything else to make the novel complete without a love interest. There was a love interest though. His name was Owen. Owen is a jerk and I’m glad Chloe didn’t stick around fawning over him. I just wish she would’ve realized he was a jerk sooner. This book is swoon worthy all on its own and doesn’t need a male hero or protagonist to make it a great novel.


The Villain- Ruby is definitely the villain of the novel, but even though she’s the villain it’s hard for me to dislike Ruby. Ruby is such a brilliant character. She seems like your typical queen bee, but she’s so much more. Ruby is manipulative, vindictive, protective, controlling, and pretty much everything you would expect from a girl with so much power and control. Ruby reminds me of Regina George and every other mean girl I’ve seen in movies or on TV, but she’s also different from the other girls. Ruby has a certain power over the people of her town that all she has do is snap her fingers and you do it. Ruby is probably one of the most complex and brilliant villains I’ve ever read about. I don’t want to say too much about her because I don’t want to spoil the novel. I find it ironic how the girl that couldn’t be caged in the end was caged and trapped.

Villain Scale: 10

Character Scale: 10


Imaginary Girls was pure brilliance. I would have never expected this book to be the way it was and I’m glad I picked it up at my library. I strongly recommend it. That's all I'm going to say because I don't want to give anything away.


Cover Thoughts: This cover is absolutely gorgeous. It’s one of my favorite covers ever.



Friday, July 20, 2012

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)

Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz

First in the Blue Bloods series

5 stars 



The Mayflower set sail in 1620 it carried men, women, and children who would shape the new world called America: Miles Standish; John Alden; Constance Hopkins are some of these few. Among the Pilgrims was something not pure of heart and they were the reason the Pilgrims fled to America. The thing they were running from isn’t human, but neither were some of the Pilgrims. They were vampires. The vampires rose quickly in the New World gaining power, money, and influence; they were celebrated blue bloods of American society. The Blue Bloods vowed that their immortal status would remain hidden. Now in New York City the secret is starting to come out. Schuyler Van Alen is a sophomore at the most prestigious private school in New York. She’s different from the other girls she attends school with. Instead of designer clothes, she prefers baggy, vintage ones. Schuyler is a loner with only one friend, but she likes it that way. When she turns fifteen there are visible blue veins on her arm, she starts to crave raw food, and she is having flashback of ancient times. When a popular girl from her school is found dead… drained of all blood. Schuyler doesn’t know what to think, but as she learns she’s a Blue Blood she thinks they are keeping secrets and she wants to know what hides behind the vaults they other Blue Bloods try so hard to hide. I was expecting just a regular normal vampire YA novel, but I was in for a surprise with this one. These vampires aren’t just vampires they are angels, but I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about that in this review. There was so much drama in Blue Bloods it reminded me of a paranormal Gossip Girl. The clothes references and other mentioning of surroundings would get annoying at times, but I was so engrossed wanting to know what would happen next I barely paid attention to it. Quick note I read this book last summer, but I’m rereviewing the books I read and I’m trying to make this book sound as close to the way I felt when reading it.


The main female character is Schuyler. I love her name it’s fun to say and it has a nice ring to it. Schuyler was a relatable teenager. She was down to earth and not at all like the other girls. Schuyler has dealt with a lot in her lifetime for a fifteen year old girl. Her mom is comatose, her father died before she was born, she doesn’t fit in at Duschenese, and aside from all the other things she goes through in this novel, but Schuyler wasn’t the only main female character. Aside from the description there were two other POVS. Mimi Force is the queen bee of Duschenese and she knows what she wants and how to get it. Mimi is very vindictive and possessive when it comes to her twin brother Jack. Mimi is spoiled and not a very nice character. She’s judgmental and arrogant. Everything that spells trouble is rolled up into Mimi Force. Then there’s Bliss; the new girl at Duschenese. Bliss is a stereotypical Texan girl with the big hair and all. Bliss is a great character, but it’s obvious something isn’t all there with her.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: Schuyler: 8 Mimi: 5 Bliss: 7


The main male characters are Jack Force, Oliver Hazard-Perry, and Dylan Ward. Jack Force is Mimi’s twin brother and is also her bondmate. A bondmate is something that two angels (Blue Bloods) shared when in heaven and the Blue Bloods carried out their tradition bonding each other together. It’s hard to explain. I know what I’m talking about when I say bondmate, but if you haven’t read the series it might be confusing. Jack also becomes Schuyler’s love interest which creates problems later on the series (a lot of problems). I like Jack, but he isn’t a main character that inflicts feelings. I don’t hate him or love him. Oliver is Schuyler’s best friend and Conduit (human servant to the Blue Bloods). Oliver is a sweet guy and I don’t like when him and Schuyler fight. I don’t have a side in the Blue Bloods series. I’m not team Jack or Oliver. It doesn’t matter to me who Schuyler ended up with (although I was hoping it would be Jack). Dylan is Bliss’s boyfriend and friend of Schuyler and Oliver. Dylan is so cool. He is definitely my favorite male character in this novel. Dylan and Bliss’s relationship was my favorite in the novel. I don’t know why I just thought it was sweet.


Swoon Worthy Scale: Jack: 6.5 Oliver: 6 Dylan: 7.5

The Villain- Croatans or Silver Bloods, these are the Blue Bloods that feed off of other Blue Bloods causing a change in them that is drastically different from Blue Bloods.


Villain Scale: 8


Schuyler’s grandmother plays a huge role in this novel. Jack and Mimi’s cycle father, Charles, is introduced towards the end of the book as a huge role in the upcoming books. Allegra, Schuyler’s mother also plays a role, but not as big of one as Charles.


Character Scale: 8.5

Blue Bloods is definitely a YA novel to look for if your end for a light read, but also want a series. De la Cruz’s writing style fits perfectly for the world of the Blue Bloods and flows.


Cover Thoughts: I like the cover it has a certain feel to it that fits perfectly with the world created in the book. The tone is perfect and the picture of a neck with fang marks fits wonderfully with the concept of Blue Bloods.




So this was a really long review thanks for reading  if you did.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

Angel Burn (Angel, #1)

Angel Burn by L.A. Weatherly

First in the Angel Trilogy

5 stars

Willow has always known she was different from other girls and just because she’s a pro at fixing cars. Willow can see the future and know people’s dreams, hopes, regrets, and their paths that can be taken just by touching them. She doesn’t know where this power came from. Alex, an assassin, knows. Alex isn’t just any assassin he’s an AK (Angel Assassin). Angels aren’t heavenly beings they suck out human energy leaving cancer, mental illnesses, and other diseases in their wake. Willow is a half-angel. Something that isn’t supposed to be possible and now Willow and Alex are on the run. When Alex finds himself falling for Willow he starts to see that not everything is black and white. This book was amazing. Pure, absolute awesomeness and I’m just dumbfounded. Even though this book was somewhat predictable I wasn’t expecting the ending and I need more now. The plot was fantastic and the whole concept of angels being evil completely new and fresh. I loved it. Being introduced to new ideas like this is what makes reading so enjoyable. The writing was a little hard for me to adjust to, but I have the same problem I pick up a J.R. Ward novel, but I usually absolutely love her works and I loved Angel Burn it was just fantastic. Really the only thing that bothered me was the writing at first after that there was no problems for me. I thought this book was perfect and I loved it.


The main female character is Willow. Willow is a great heroine. She has a backbone and when Alex was being a jerk she didn’t let him push her around like some heroines in YA would. I respect her struggle with her coming to terms with the fact that she’s half-angel. Willow was just a good YA heroine and I can’t think of very many faults and the ones I can think of aren’t worth mentioning.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 9.5

The main male character is Alex. Yes he was a jerk to Willow, but since we got POVS from Alex’s POV I understood why he pushed her away. I like Alex. No, I’ve come to love Alex. He’s very protective of Willow and I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9.5

The Villain- The Angels, but if we want a specific villain let’s say Raziel. Raziel is the ringleader of the angels and he has a strong hold over humans and angels.

Villain Scale: 8

Jonah was another POV. I liked Jonah and I have a feeling he’s going to be a big help in defeating the angels in the next books. I like Jonah, but I hope he doesn’t become a love interest for Willow. I highly doubt he will, but I don’t want a love triangle.


Character Scale: 9.5

I’m happy to inform there was no insta-love. There was a connection, but for a while they ignored each other and Willow was mad at him (I don’t blame her), but their hate turned to love then friendship then love. I didn’t think it was rushed. They spent so much time together I would’ve been shocked if they hadn’t developed feelings for one another. I’m so glad I picked this book up at my library. I can’t wait to read Angel Fire. My expectations are high and I’m going book hunting. Hopefully my library has Angel Fire. Angel Fire I need you...

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Cover Thoughts: I like the cover. The girl looks like she’s standing next to a fire and it’s captivating, but my favorite part of the cover has to be the little design around the title. If you’ve seen the cover in person you’ll know what I’m talking about.




Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers #1)

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean

First in the Love By Numbers Trilogy

5 stars

Calpurnia (Callie) Hartwell has always been a wallflower and has always followed the rules. Since meeting Gabriel St. John, the Marquess of Ralston, she has been in love with him. Callie is tired of being thought of as plain and passive, so she writes a list of 9 things that break all the rules of what women should do. Callie’s first thing on the list involves Gabriel and that meeting leads to a new adventure beyond what Callie could have imagined. This book was a fun romantic read. It wasn’t serious, but good lighthearted fun. I’ve never really had a taste for historical romance novels until I read Lisa Kleypas. I found this book as an expert in the back of The Vampire and the Virgin by Kerrelyn Sparks and that little expert held my attention for over two years with me wondering if I would ever find this book. I did find this book at my library along with the other two sequels to this series.


The main female character is Calpurnia AKA Callie. Callie was a great character. I love he relentlessness in wanting to finish the list of scandalous things that good women shouldn’t do. There wasn’t a time in this book when I didn’t like Callie and she didn’t bore me.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 9.5

The main male character is the Marquess of Ralston, Gabriel St. John. I hate pleasantries and titles they are always so lengthy so I just call everyone by their first name. Gabriel was a great hero for Callie. He changed his promiscuous ways and it really showed how much he cared for her. I love Gabriel and even though he had his faults I still enjoyed him.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9.5

I liked how MacLean introduced Gabriel’s sister, Juliana and her possible love interest for her book.

Character Scale: 9.5

I didn’t talk about a villain because I didn’t feel like doing one for this particular book. I’m happy I got a chance to read this book. MacLean is a great writer and I’m so happy I got to read one of her books.


Cover Thoughts: I like the cover. It’s elegant and regal looking. I really like the stepback though it’s so cool and I’ve never seen a stepback take up two pages. 

  Sorry I didn't write a review yesterday. I'll be trying to catch up, but I'm going to be really busy the next couple of weeks, so there might be a long absence.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Night Play (Dark-Hunter, #5; Were-Hunter, #2)

Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fifth in the Dark- Hunter series, First in the Were-Hunter series

5 stars



Bride McTierney is heartbroken after her boyfriend of six years breaks up with her. Even if he was using her from the start of their relationship it still hurts. Then a man who takes her breath away steps into her store. Vane Kattalakis is a Were-Hunter and he thought he would never see Bride again. The first time he saw her she didn’t notice him while he was protecting Talon’s girlfriend, Sunshine, but he couldn’t stop thinking about her. Vane has more enemies than he can count and he doesn’t want to risk putting Bride in danger, but the Fates have other plans. I was in anticipation to read Vane’a book ever since I met him in Night Embrace. When I finally found the book at my library I ran off with the book in my hands and checked it out. The minute I got home, I jumped right into the book and was sucked into the world Kenyon created. This was a really good book. Is it my favorite in the series? No, but I love it.

The main female character is Bride. Bride’s name is pronounced Bree-dee. Bride is a normal human being. It’s nice to read about a human without psychic powers or an immortal. Her being human made her easy to relate to and she had normal insecurities, even if they got annoying at times. Bride isn’t my favorite heroine, but she is definitely a good one.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8



The main male character is Vane. I love Vane and he’s one of my favorite males in the DH world. He has a lot of problems and family issues. I mean his parents relationship is messed up (I’ll talk about that later in the review). Vane is a great character and he’s definitely swoon worthy.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9.5

The Villain- Vane’s mom is the most prominent villain in this novel, but I’m not going into detail about her craziness.

Villain Scale: 7

Vane comes from a big family. There’s Fang, Anya, Fury, Dare, and Star, Eli is also his half-brother. Fang and Fury are my favorite of the family and I can’t wait to read more about them, especially Fang. The family dynamic is just messed up. Vane’s father is Katagarian, which are animals that can shift into human form during puberty and his mom is Arcadian, which means they are humans who can take on animal form. The Arcadians think that the Katagarias are animals, but I think the Arcadians are the real animals.


Character Scale: 9



I love the Dark-Hunters, but the Were-Hunters are getting my attention too. I can’t wait to get back into this series, but I have two more library books to read before I can start Unleash the Night. Sherrilyn Kenyon doesn’t disappoint and the Were-Hunters are definitely something to look out for.


Cover Thoughts: Vane looks sexy and I like the blue and the moon. I think the cover is eerie and sexy, but not too much.

 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

Everneath (Everneath, #1)

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

First in the Everneath series

3.5 stars

Last spring, Nikki Beckett went into the underworld known as the Everneath. The Everneath is inhabited by Everlings, mortals who discovered a way to acquire immortality by sucking emotions out of humans. Nikki has returned to the “Surface” where she has six months to make everything right before the Tunnels come to clame. Nikki spent that century in the Everneath hanging on to the face of her boyfriend, Jack. She just wants everything to be somewhat normal, but Cole the Everling that brought her to the Feed wants to bring Nikki back and make her his queen. The first half of this book was confusing. I didn’t know anything about the Everneath, Forfeits, the Feed, Everlings, or the Tunnels and to be honest I still don’t know hardly anything about them other than that they are there. I wanted to love this book because it is based on a myth and I love Greek mythology, but this book was lacking. I’m not sure what it was but something felt off or left out. I want to talk about the characters we were introduced to.

The main female character is Nikki. I don’t like Nikki. I think she’s selfish and stupid. I’m tired of her constant lying to protect Jack when it only makes things worse. There was this one quote at the end of the novel that made me laugh, here it is. “You’re stalwart in your selflessness, to the point of self-destruction.” Let’s talk about this. If stalwart means brave, strong, or valiant and Nikki is none of those things. I think she’s stupid and this stupidity causes her so called “bravery”. Selflessness, Nikki is not one of those things, if she was she would’ve kept her butt in the Everneath or went straight to the Tunnels instead of causing all these people unwanted grief and misery. Self-destruction, I agree with that a 100%. There was a point where I thought Nikki might bring out a razor and start cutting because her life is oh so unfair. I tried to like her, I did, she’s not a Mary Sue she’s just a dumb selfish heroine that I just couldn’t connect or have any sympathy for. I used this gif in one of my status updates and I think it explains my feelings toward her so well.
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Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 3
The main male characters are Jack and Cole. Jack isn’t anything special. I’m just glad he’s not an egotistical jerk that pushes Nikki around because if she went back to the “Surface” for that I would’ve been pissed. Jack was a pretty dull character to me, but because of what he did at the end I like him a lot more and he’s the selfless one not Nikki. Cole, I thought I would love him because of the description, but no, he didn’t elicit any strong swoon worthy feelings. Cole had his moments of gold and I probably would’ve liked a POV for him. These male characters weren’t developed and I didn’t learn anything about Cole’s past and Jack wasn’t all that well developed either.


Swoon Worthy Scale: Jack- 6 Cole- 6.5

The Villain- I guess you could consider Cole the villain or maybe the Tunnels, but there wasn’t really an actual villain. There was no one to cause Nikki problems and amuse me. I think the author threw in this Lacey chick (that’s her name right?) just because it was expected in a YA novel.


Villain Scale: 2




Jules wasn’t a developed character either. In fact, it was hard to believe her and Nikki were best friends before the Feed because they hardly talked and when they “made up” it was like three paragraphs and we didn’t even get any meaningful conversation. Nikki’s family wasn’t well-developed either. They were just there and I have nothing to say about them.


Character Scale: 6

These characters were terrible and they were underdeveloped and I felt like it was all about Nikki when she isn’t really a great character. I want to discuss the love triangle. There were I consider two love triangles. The first one is Nikki, Jack, and Cole. This love triangle was expected and not well executed at all. I don’t hate love triangles, but I’m not a fan of them especially if it’s an underdeveloped one that’s severely lacking in the romance department. The second love triangle is Jack, Nikki, and Jules. I think Nikki should have stayed in the Everneath and become Cole’s queen. Jack and Jules should’ve gotten happiness. They were hurt and they were each other’s shoulder to cry on. Nikki just had to come and mess everything up. I would’ve liked this book if Nikki would’ve been a cool heroine and became queen of the underworld. Do you know how awesome of a book that would’ve been? I think it would’ve been downright amazing. I guess I was expecting to be blown away, but really I wasn’t. I liked Everneath and I’ll continue the series, but I didn’t love this book and it is one of my favorites.


Cover Thoughts: I think the cover is beautiful, but I don’t like the yellow. I would’ve like it if it looked like Nikki was getting sucked into the Tunnels. I think those are the Tunnels, that’s what I pictured them to look like.
 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Time Has Come...Black Bird (Volumes 7-10) Review

Why hello there. I met my deadline early so here are the reviews for volumes 7-10 of Black Bird by Kanoko Sakurakouji

Black Bird, Vol. 7 (Black Bird, #7)

Black Bird volume 7 by Kanoko Sakurakouji

5 stars

I love Black Bird; it’s one of my favorite mangas that I’ve ever gotten my hands on. It’s completely captivating and I enjoy every single hot sizzling second between Kyo and Misao. I love Kyo. You can call him a jerk if you want and disagree with me, but I love him and I think he’s sexy too. That’s a bonus… don’t get me wrong he has his jerky moments but I actually find those moments laughable. I want to know who this new guy thinks he is trying to break up Misao and Kyo.
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He shall be punished for this. I don’t like him, but he is kind of cute, but still no one breaks them up. I’ll probably start the next one tonight or tomorrow depending on how busy I am. I didn’t talk about what this manga is about… I’ll do it in the next review of volume 8.


Black Bird, Vol. 8 (Black Bird, #8) 

Black Bird volume 8 by Kanoko Sakurakouji

5 stars

Since I said in my last review of Black Bird volume 7 that I would talk about what this book is about instead of raving about it, here goes. Black Bird follows Misao a schoolgirl that can see demons and ghosts. One day she comes home and finds Kyo her long lost neighbor that she has no recollection about and he’s a tengu, a demon, and she’s the Senka Maiden a person demons will be after to gain power. OMG! I’m so addicted to Black Bird… I think it explains why when I do shop for manga (which I only do in the summer) I buy out most of the volumes and indulge in the mystical world created. Kyo… I love you… it’s a simple as that…OK well maybe not simple, but I love him. Misao has her good and bad moments like most heroines, but I always seem to like Misao even in times where I should want to smack her. Raiko was growing on me, I started to like him. Now I respect him a villain in this series, but he can rot for being mean to Kyo. I hope not giving anything away. I’m trying not to but it’s really hard. These books are my addiction and that’s all I shall say for now.


Black Bird, Vol. 9 (Black Bird, #9)

Black Bird volume 9 by Kanoko Sakurakouji

5 stars

Dear Kyo,
Why were you a jerk for most this volume? I shall forgive you, but don’t give Misao the cold shoulder after you two have finally done the dead. I hate guys like that, don’t be like that. Since you are insanely awesome and bring out the fangirl in me, I’ll let you slide.
Sincerely,
Me

They finally did it and now they are considered marry by demon law or something like that. Why is everyone always trying to break them up and eat Misao, they can never catch a break. Kyo’s dad showed up in the last chapter of this volume and I was like, “Oh snap, he knows who the traitor is. Maybe he is the traitor.” So much suspense, I’m not going to start volume 10 until later today. I’ll live with the torture of suspense. I don’t know what I’ll do without volume 11, which my bookstore decided not to get when I was there. That’s all for now, I’m trying not to spoil anything.


Black Bird, Vol. 10 (Black Bird, #10)


Black Bird volume 10 by Kanoko Sakurakouji

5 stars

I’ve finished the Black Bird books that I bought… and I need more so, so bad. That ending was fricking amazing. Sakurakouji is an amazing storyteller. The world she creates is beautiful. Being a gifted artist is amazing, but also being blessed with the amazing gift of storytelling makes her a double-threat (I’m sure she’s a triple-threat, but I don’t know much about her). I love the tengus. They will forever hold a special place in my heart as one of the best paranormal entities I’ve been introduced to. This isn’t the final volume of the series, but it feels like it to me because they only had volumes 7-10 at my bookstore and I only read mangas in the summer. I can’t wait to indulge myself next summer in the rest of the Black Bird series. This series is really heating up right now. We got a lot more insight into Kyo’s mom, who has hardly been mentioned in this series and Sho. Sho, you sly devil, you’re one of my favorite villains. Misao why is it when Sho is introduced again you start thinking about him and you know it pisses Kyo off. I would be mad to if I was in his shoes. Kyo… I love you, but tone down your jerkiness. Although since you admit to being a jerk I have respect for you. Most jerks won’t admit to being jerks. I love Black Bird and if you have never read manga before I suggest this be the one you try. This series is amazing and it won’t disappoint. It's the end... at least until I get my hand on these books next summer.
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That is all for now on Black Bird. I really do encourage you guys to check it out and thanks for reading.(:




 

Friday, July 13, 2012

TV TALK: Ghost Adventures

Guess what's on TV tonight? It's a new episode... I bet you can't guess.
Drum roll please




This is one of my favorite shows on TV. I am a huge Ghost Adventure fan ever since I discovered them one lonely Friday holiday and it was a marathon about a year ago. Ghost Adventures is one of the best ghost hunting shows on TV. I'm not a fan of most ghost hunting shows on TV like this certain one on Syfy that I won't mention because they are repetitive and seem to say the same thing for a whole hour in one episode. Not something I want to waste my time watching. Ghost Adventures is my guilty pleasures on Friday. Even the reruns keep my night entertained and hoping for more. Zak, Nick, and Aaron go to haunted locations just the three of them no cameramen and get locked down for a whole night till dawn.

Ghost Adventures plays on Travel Channel at 9/8c

News (Well it's not really news, but here it is)

I'm reading (catching up) on one of my favorite manga series. I recently bought volumes 7-10 of Black Bird and I decided to do just one big review on my blog of the books. If you want to read the reviews as I go along you can find them here (I'll update this post after each new read):

Black Bird Volume 7

Black Bird Volume 8

Black Bird Volume 9

I hope to read volumes 8-10 before next Wednesday. That is deadline I'm setting, but hopefully I'll be done before then. Until then happy reading. :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Kiss of the Night (Dark-Hunter, #4)

Kiss of the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fourth in the Dark-Hunter series

5 stars

Wulf is an ancient Viking warrior with a useful but extremely aggravating power—amnesia. Only the people in his bloodline can remember him everyone else instantly forgets him once he leaves their presence. Then he meets Cassandra at a club. Cassandra starts to have dreams about Wulf, vivid dreams that make her remember him. Cassandra isn’t human… she’s half-Apollite who is destined to die in eight months. She doesn’t want to continue her bloodline because she thinks only terrible things will happen. I hesitated to read Kiss of the Night because of the description in the back, I mean an Apollite and a Dark-Hunter made me hesitate. Then I got bored and finally decided to pick it up and read it. I’m so glad I did. Just think of the incomplete life I would live without reading this book. It wasn’t as amazing as Zarek’s but it was still really good. This book made me feel so many emotions. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to throw things, and break someone’s face. This was a roller coaster of emotions, but the emotions were good emotions when it comes to a book. I should stop rambling, let’s move onto the characters.

The main female character is Cassandra. When I read the description that she was a half-Apollite I was just baffled.
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I hadn’t been expecting that at all from Kenyon. It was risky and bold, but an excellent decision. Why I hesitated to read this I don’t know but it was so good. Cassandra was a really good character. Aside from her having vivid dreams and being an Apollite she seemed pretty human to me. I liked Cassandra and I don’t want to spoil anything about her so moving on.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8.5


The main male character is Wulf. Wulf was a surprisingly great character. I really liked him and he was fun to read about. It was great to read about Wulf and Cassandra’s relationship. I think they are a great couple. Again I don't want to spoil anything. It's such a great story and read.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9

The Villain- So much villainy goodness and that’s all I have to say.

Villain Scale: 8

Character Scale: 9


This was definitely one of the best Dark-Hunter novels and it left me craving more. This is kind of Kenyon novels that I look forward to and enjoy.

Cover Thoughts: The cover is cool, but why does Wulf look like he was sketched in front of a club scene. It works, but it’s still kind of weird looking.  

Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter, #3)

Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Third in the Dark-Hunter series

5 stars



Dance with the Devil takes place right after Night Embrace. Zarek has been sent back to Alaska after just getting out and being sent to New Orleans. Now he has Squires and an unknown creature after him that only Acheron and Artemis know where it came from. Not only that but Artemis has her evil heart set on him being executed, but Acheron wants Zarek proven innocent. So Astrid a nymph judge who is the sister of the three fates to judge Zarek’s innocence. Astrid’s judging comes with a price… becoming blind. The last time she fell in love with a Dark-Hunter it ended badly and she’s not letting Zarek get off without a fair judgment, no matter how sexy he sounds. Dance with the Devil is probably my favorite Dark-Hunter novel so far into the series. I have a little fangirl obsession with Zarek and I can’t help but get giddy when he’s mentioned. This book came back with a vengeance. If you’ve read my last review of Night Embrace you’ll know I wasn’t all that impressed with the main characters, but Kenyon brought it this time. Everything in this book was absolutely perfect. Argue with me all you want but I love this book and my judgment shall not be swayed. See what I did there; if you didn’t think about it for a second a read my quick summary.


The main female character is Astrid. Astrid was a pretty cool character. I have respect for since she was blind for pretty much the whole novel. Astrid was perfect for Zarek and I’m just glad she wasn’t a bitch or a crappy heroine.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8



The main male character is Zarek. Zarek, Zarek, Zarek. Omg I love Zarek. Here’s a picture of him from SK’s website.

Zarek’s life has been completely unfair. He’s constantly misjudged and he’s been in isolation for a bazillion years (I’m exaggerating, but it was a really long time). I love Zarek’s POV and he’s just such an interesting character.

Swoon Worthy Scale: Broke My Scale♥

The VillainSeriously read the book; there is more than one villain and I'm too lazy to talk about them all.

Villain Scale: 7.5

The supporting characters were just as amazing as the main characters. Sasha, Astrid’s shape-shifting wolf and best friend was funny. Simi, Acheron’s demon, is one of my favorite characters of the book and after progressing more into the series she has become one of my favorites. Acheron who is always a delight and I can’t wait to read his book. Valerius plays a big role in Zarek’s life and I wasn’t a big fan of him in this book.


Character Scale: 9.5

I think this book is amazing and words can’t describe how much I adore this book and neither do any cute gifs. So here are some pictures of Astrid and Zarek’s kids from SK’s website.


 Bob (Menecaeus) and Kyra.
Aren't they adorable?

Cover Thoughts: The cover I have on my list isn’t the one I read. I read the first one published that is absolutely hideous and I hate it. I like this one much more so I’m using it for my review and shelves. The man on the cover doesn't do Zarek justice. *shakes head*


 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, #2)

Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Second in the Dark-Hunter series

4.5 stars

Talon was sitting in a coffee shop enjoying coffee and beignetes when he spotted a group of Daimons terrorizing a woman. In the process of saving the woman he ends up almost getting run over by a Mardi Gras float. Sunshine Runningwolf is a free-spirited and beautiful. She doesn’t eat sugar or wear shoes and she dances to her own beat. After a night (or day) stand with each other everything changes for Talon and Sunshine. I liked Night Embrace, I did, but there was something missing. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Night Pleasures and the main characters didn’t hold my attention. My attention kept going to the sexy side characters like Acheron, Vane, Zarek (OMG I love him), and even Bride who I knew was going to end up with Vane and I couldn’t wait to read their story. Aside from the snag in main characters it was thrilling and I loved all the drama and constant suspense of what-was-going-to-happen-next-anticipation that Kenyon brought to the table. I was reading some reviews and saw a lot of complaints that they didn’t like how many characters are constantly being introduced, but I love it. I mean think about it, if you weren’t meeting all these characters and getting a little bit of depth on them you probably wouldn’t be looking forward to the next book and I all I have to say to those people that didn’t think about that is
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I’m just kidding. I love Kingsley and wanted to use a gif with him in it. He’s become a new obsession. On to the main characters:


The main female character is Sunshine. I’m not against her name at all but dang can you get any more hippie; Sunshine Runningwolf it’s like saying “I have hippy parents and I’m vegan”. After a while it grew on me now I like her name, but just because I like the name doesn’t mean all the kids she went to school with did and I’m from Louisiana I know how kids are here. Anyhow let’s stop talking about her name and talk about her as a person or character. I didn’t really like Sunshine all that much. I really wanted to, but she lacked depth. Compared to Grace and Amanda (heroines from Fantasy Lover and Night Pleasures), she wasn’t nearly as interesting or kick-ass, but she was still a tolerable heroine and I feel like if she would’ve had more substance I would’ve loved her. OK, let me just say this… I’m not spoiling anything, but for the people who have read this book who agrees with me that her family history was completely random and just kind of thrown in there?


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7.5/b>
The main male character is Talon. I liked Talon in the other books. When I heard he had frickin’ pet alligators I was like “Now he’s cool.” Aside from him also driving a motorcycle and having pet alligators (which sound adorable, but I wouldn’t get in a fifty foot distance of) he was a pretty laid back Dark-Hunter. But he came with a lot of baggage, like when you have Squires giving you shirts that say “I See Dead People” I think it’s time to let go. BTW I didn’t spoiler that, it happened in the last fricken book. I liked him more than Sunny to say the least because his character was a lot more developed.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 8

The Villain- Dionysus and Camulus, don’t know who they are then why don’t you read the books and find out.
 

Villain Scale: 8

Character Scale: 8


It saddens me to say that I wasn’t as impressed as I had hoped to be with this book, but that didn’t stop me from diving into Dance with the Devil, because let’s face it I lurve Zarek and I wanna marry him. Thanks for putting up with my sassiness for this review. I'm actually like this in real life, but I don't feel like being serious right now so since I'm in a IDGAF mood you should go listen to Blood on the Dance Floor's song "IDGAF" that way we can be in this mood. Oh btw there's a lot of cursing and all that so if you don't like that stuff don't look them up, but if that doesn't bother you look 'em up.


Cover Thoughts: Talon looks all fierce and ready to kick some Daimon ass. I really like the green it’s cool. Overall it’s a good cover and I like it.  

I'm Sorry I Went Missing for Two Days or is it One?

Well whether I haven't posted or gotten on my blog in either one or two days depending on your time zone, I wanted to say sorry but it's not my fault I decided to catch a 24-hour virus Tuesday morning and woke up with the room spinning and nausea. Today I had to catch up on Facebook and Goodreads so I didn't get to my blog as fast as I hoped. I hate being sick. I absolutely hate it probably more than the next person. Why? I have valid reasons but the big one that really pissed me off was the fact that being me all sick made me miss a colorguard practice and I was not happy about that. I love colorguard and I hate getting behind because it's a lot of work to catch up. Anyway I'm sorry for not blogging but I'm about to do a book review to make up for it.

Thanks for reading♥

Monday, July 9, 2012

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)

Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas

First in the Hathaway series

5 stars

When Amelia Hathaway’s older brother Leo gets an unexpected inheritance and it elevates her family to aristocracy, Amelia discovers that taking care of her younger sisters and older brother is becoming harder since they were graced with the title and Ramsay estate. Aside from the challenges of remodeling Ramsay estate is her attraction to Cam Rohan, a handsome Gypsy who is everything Amelia tries to stay away from since her vow to not marry. Wealthy beyond most men’s dreams, Cam has tired of society and longs for his “uncivilized” Gypsy roots. As Cam contemplates where his freedom lies and when he’ll find it, he can’t help but want Amelia. I always seem to read Kleypas’s series out of order, which isn’t my fault because I read Married by Morning before I knew it was part of a series. Now I wish I would’ve at least read this before I read Seduce Me at Sunrise. I went through so much trouble to find this book. My library didn’t have it and I’m not going through all the trouble of requesting one book, if it was more than one book in the series I would’ve. I was so happy when I finally found this book at a used bookstore because that’s where I’m able to rack up on books for good prices. The fact I read Seduce Me at Sunrise before I read this got rid of all the tension and the whole what does it mean that Cam and Merripen have a pooka on their bodies mystery, but I still loved reading this book. Kleypas has a way of writing really good historical fiction. I’m not a fan of historical fiction, but I do read it and when I do I expect it to be amazing and Kleypas never fails to disappoint. Her writing is always descriptive and it entrances you into a spell making you want more. Let’s talk about the characters.


The main female character is Amelia. I have always loved Amelia and saw her as a mother figure for the Hathaways. It’s so nice to finally read her story; she’s a lot different for a good portion of the book from her usual self in the other books. Amelia’s pricklier and her being compared to a porcupine is perfect. Amelia is as every calls her “a mother hen”, but I like her protectiveness and constant concern towards her family.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8.5

The main male character is Cam. Cam’s some-what of a jerk compared to the other books. He’s much more nonchalant towards Leo and his antics. If I hadn’t had Leo’s book before Cam’s I probably would’ve felt the same way, but I have a soft spot for Leo. Cam is a great hero and I love that he’s so protective of Amelia and he starts to warm up to her family, even Merripen.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5

The Villain- I consider Christopher Frost the villain in this book. He’s a real jerk to Cam and I don’t like how everyone’s so hateful towards Cam because he’s Romany. Christopher’s prejudice isn’t the only thing that makes him a jerk though and I just don’t like him or sympathize with him in fact I wouldn’t mind slapping him. 
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Villain Scale: 5.5

I love the Hathaways. There’s nothing else to say about this amazing brood that can bring smiles to your face and make your day, especially Beatrix and all of her pets.

Character Scale: 8.5

I’m sad my experience with the Hathaways has come to an end. It’s weird saying this since it’s the first book in the series, but my last book I read in the series. Since I’ll be re-reviewing the other Hathaway books I’ll get to spend some time with them. I will always love the Hathaways and I’m happy that I decided to give historical romance a shot and broaden my range. Thank you, Ms. Kleypas for giving me this amazing this series to experience.


Cover Thoughts: I love the cover. Amelia’s dress is so pretty and I like how it looks like she’s lying on it. The stepback is beautiful and I love it, but Amelia has waist length hair in the book and on the stepback her hair is only to her shoulders and that bothers me. Other than that I love the stepback and think it’s amazing.



Sunday, July 8, 2012

Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Night Pleasures (Dark-Hunter, #1)

Night Pleasures

First in the Dark-Hunter series

5 stars

Kyrian of Thrace is a two-thousand year old Dark-Hunter who works alone. After the last time he fell in love he refuses to let that happen again and turns away most women and only sees them as one-night stands. Then he wakes up handcuffed to Amanda Deveraux. Amanda is an accountant with a wacky family who only wants a normal life and nothing to do with the paranormal. But fate has another plan for Amanda and Kyrian whether they like it or not. After reading Fantasy Lover I immediately picked up this book and went on a SK binge (which I do a lot). This book was amazing. When I read who the book was about I was all like
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It was smart idea to have Kyrian as the main character after reading about Julian. Sherrilyn Kenyon never disappoints me (I think I say that quite a lot, but I say it because I mean it). I love the mythology and world created. Daimons, Appolites, Dark-Hunters, Were-Hunters, or Dream-Hunters I love ‘em all. The mythology of these vampires is absolutely brilliant and when I read it I looked like this 'cause I was really confused,
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Then it clicked and I was all like.
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Thumbs up Ms. Kenyon. The Weasley brothers approve of this awesomeness
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It’s such an amazing book and a great start to a series (it’s not a short series either). The romance between Kyrian and Amanda was enjoyable and just fun to read.


The main female character is Amanda. Amanda longs for normalcy, which is kind of understandable. She’s surrounding by a family of witches/ fortune tellers and her twin sister is vampire hunter and all she wants is a normal life. I liked Amanda, she was a likeable heroine and I enjoyed her POVs.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7

The main male character is Kyrian. Kyrian had the worst luck when it came to love when he was alive so it makes sense he doesn’t want a relationship. I liked Kyrian, but not as much as Julian, but I still liked him. Kyrian’s POV got a little boring at times, but it usually picked right back up after a little snag.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 8

The Villain- I love the Daimons. They are absolutely amazing and ruthless.

Villain Scale: 9.5

Character Scale: 8


This book made my love for the Dark-Hunter books and I will be eternally grateful and happy that I discovered these books. That's all I have left to say on this book. I definitely recommend it.


Cover Thoughts: I like it, but I don’t love it. Kyrian looks annoyed… but he’s still cute.
  
I'm sorry I haven't written a blog post in a while (two days I think), but I've been really busy so I haven't had time to read or re-review the books I'm hoping to re-review. Sorry... I'll try to catch up this week, but in the next couple of weeks I'm going to be super busy so I might skip a couple of days of blogging.

Friday, July 6, 2012

TV TALK: awkward.



Awkward is on its second season and I absolutely love this show. It's funny, sarcastic, and there's boy drama. This show never bores me and even though the season finale last season had me wanting to throw stuff and cry (TEAM MATTY). So far we have had two wonderful dramatic episodes and I can't wait for more. Jenna found out who wrote her the letter causing her life downspiral and had people thinking she was suicidal. She is no longer hooking up with Matty and is now seeing Jake.

I love Jenna she's one of my favorite characters on TV and her witty thoughts and commentary never fail to make me laugh. Her best friends, Tamara and Ming, are just as funny and entertaining. Sadie is still being her snobby self. Lisa Jake's ex is trying to get forgiveness from punching Jenna in the face. Matty is still lusting after Jenna and being adorable. Jake is still blissfully ignorant and complete dumbbutt. Seriously Jake you are so stupid. It's pretty obvious who Jenna was with before you.
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Jenna's mom has some explaining to do and I can't wait to see where this season goes.

awkward. plays Thursdays on MTV at 10:30/9:30c




Vampire Knight Volume 13

Vampire Knight, Volume 13

Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino

Volume 13 in the Vampire Knight series

5 stars

Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. The catch is the Night Class are vampires. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret. I hadn’t picked up a manga in a year or over a year I’m not sure, but I decided to go out and buy a couple to review and all that. Mangas only take me a day to read and I flew through this book and its beautiful art. I love the Vampire Knight series. It’s my favorite manga/anime series and I am a huge fan (but not obsessive). The art never fails to make me squeal with joy and they storyline is engrossing and I just don’t want it to end. The characters are always facing some dilemma and I love them all, but my favorite is Kaname and I’m sure he’ll always be my favorite. I can’t wait to read the next volume.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)

Switched by Amanda Hocking

First in the Trylle trilogy

4.5 stars

Wendy Everly has always felt different and there are a bunch of reasons, a big one being the fact that her mother tried to kill her when she was six years old on her birthday and being kicked out of schools constantly. Then she meets Finn and she thinks he’s a creeper since she shows up everywhere. When Wendy finds out the truth about herself she is shocked and doesn’t want it to be true. I love vampires, but I’m glad this book isn’t about them. Sometimes I need a break from all the bloodsucking and find some new paranormal craze. I had always been curious about Amanda Hocking. I mean she has made millions over being self-published and that alone is something quite amazing. I never could read one of her books because I don’t own any tablet, nook, or kindle and I was ecstatic when I found out her books were being published by St. Martin’s Press. I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the book two days before it was released because my bookstore had them out. I’ve never read about trolls. I have always thought trolls lived under bridges and you know the usual fairy tale stuff. I pretty much thought they looked like this
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I know this one isn't that ugly. I found a really ugly one, but it scared me and everytime I looked at it I started to feel queasy.
Apparently they are beautiful and live in mansions and all that fancy jazz. I was really into this book the first half, but once she got to Troll Village (I can’t remember what the place is called) it got boring and all descriptive. I get it you’re a troll princess living in a fancy palace and whatnot but gosh calm down I don’t need to know everything about the Formica bathrooms.


The main female character is Wendy. Wendy was pretty cool for a while. She was all like Finn “Why are you all up in my koolaid?” She was like stop stalking me and I was like you go girl. Then she got all Finn, oh look now there’s another guy love-triangle. I still liked her, but she got really boring during her time in the palace/mansion.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7.5

The main male character is Finn. I liked Finn he was cool, but showing up unexpectedly at a girl’s house when she is in danger is a little creepy. I was also getting fed up with his whole it’s my duty to protect you we can’t be together crap. Serious if you like her then just be with her and tell her mom off or something.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 7


The Villain- Shh… read the book and find out. Just kidding they are a group called the Vittra, but I’m not telling you about what they do and all that.


Villain Scale: 6

Rhys, I liked him well-enough but him liking Wendy is kind of weird since in a way they are brother and sister.

Character Scale: 7.5

I was also graced with a short story in the back, so here are my thoughts on that.

The Vittra Attacks

4 stars


This story gave us a closer look into the minds of the Vittra (Wendy’s attackers/Trylle enemies). The story is in the point of view of Loki. I really like Loki and I hope he can break free of the King and get to be happy. I hope to see more of him in the other books. I liked him more than Finn.


I’m looking forward to reading Torn and Ascend. Hopefully the next books will be even better than Switched.

Cover Thoughts: I love the new cover. There was nothing wrong with the old one, but the new one is beautiful. I love the red it’s so pretty and gives off this ominous effect.
 

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunter, #0)

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Prequel to the Dark-Hunter series

5 stars

Julian of Macedon was trapped in a book two thousand years ago by Greek god as a sex slave, forced to please any woman who summons him. Grace Alexander’s friend Selena gives the book to Grace hoping to make her more trusting of men. Grace summons Julian as a joke to please Selena. Grace is shocked when Julian pops up in her house. Reading the summary I just typed made me laugh. This book was pretty cheesy, but I loved it anyway. Kenyon’s a great writer but this book was a cheese fest (which is fine by me because I love cheese).


The main female character is Grace. I really liked Grace. She wasn’t an I’ll-kick-your-butt-if-you-so-much-as-look-at-me-funny heroine, but she was a good heroine. Plus her reaction to finding Julian was priceless and it made me laugh.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8


The main male character is Julian. Julian is a definite swoon worthy male and he isn’t a jerk to Grace which is a big bonus. Julian went through some unfair stuff, but he got a happy ending.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9

 
The Villain- That would ruin the adventure of the story if I said who it is.

Villain Scale: 7.5

Selena, Grace’s fortune telling friend was hilarious and her scenes were always funny.

Character Scale: 9

I don’t know what it is about Sherrilyn Kenyon’s books, but I always seem to love them and get sucked in. I’m glad I read this, because it introduced me to the world of Dark-Hunters and a series I love dearly.


Cover Thoughts: The cover is OK. I’m not a fan of it, but I don’t hate it.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Born of Silence by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Silence (The League, #5)

Born of Silene by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fifth in The League series

5 stars



Kere is the second most infamous member of the Sentella. He’s an explosive engineer who can scare even the toughest assassins of the League and it doesn’t hurt that he has a bounty on his head worth more than imaginable. But no one has ever seen Kere’s face, except for his other leading Sentella members, so no one knows who Kere is. Zarya Starska is a daughter of a traitor and hardly has any family left. As the leader of the Caronese Resistance she tries to overthrow the feared Arturo. The only person she trusts is Kere, a man whose face she’s never seen, but she has fallen deeply in love with. But Kere is actually Darling Cruel, heir to the Caronese empire and constant victim of his uncle, Arturo’s, hatred as well as anyone else who sees Darling as a punching bag or a cheap joke. In order to protect his mother from execution Darling has built his life on a lie that only one person knows the real truth about. But after being betrayed on the deepest level, Darling’s out for revenge and he wants blood and lots of it. Anyone that has hurt him in the past, present, or future as hell to pay including Zarya. Now Zarya has to figure out a way to save a man whose heart she destroyed and bring him back from the black rage that has consumed his entire being making a killing machine. Sherrilyn Kenyon’s League series is back and it hit hard with a vengeance. The last two books in the League series were great, but they had been missing something, but this book. OMG!!!!!! This book was absolutely amazing! It had everything: action, sex, blood, murder, love, betrayal, and everything amazing that you would expect in a Kenyon novel. Words don’t even describe how many emotions I felt reading this book. It was a roller coaster ride of awesomeness. Ms. Kenyon pulled a fast one on us the last books of the series having us think Darling was gay. We have been misguided and for that Kenyon you are a great writer and story teller. (But I already knew that.)

The main female character is Zarya. I had really liked Zarya the first part of the book, but then I wanted to bitch-slap her for what happened with Darling and her constant ignorance and slight stupidity. But she regained my favor and I forgave her. She’s a well-thought character that makes you feel emotions toward that isn’t just hatred or one particular feeling which IMO makes her a great heroine. Here's a reenactment of my feelings:
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I'm sorry I wanted to slap you
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But why do you make me feel conflicted  
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Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8.5
The main male character is Darling. Darling was an even more thought-out character than Zarya. He was absolutely amazing. Darling made me feel what he felt and I felt so bad for him and all the injustices he went through. I’m sorry to say this ladies, but Darling was a more tortured hero than Syn. I mean think of the horrendous stuff he went through during the book and what happened to him in the past. Darling had been handed all the bad cards, but he finally got a good one and I’m so happy he did.
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NO! I said Kere, dang it I mean Darling;)
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Swoon-Worthy Scale: 9
The Villain- I love the League novels, because they usually have multiple villains and it makes more problems and a better story and I wasn’t disappointed when it came to villains.


Villain Scale: 8

Maris, I loved him. He was such a great character and I felt bad for him, because of his love for Darling that would never be returned, but he still stuck by him. Maris got a happy ending. YAY!

Character Scale: 10

I was blown away with this book.
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I’m so excited for Hauk’s book. I can’t wait for more of the League and their swoon worthy guys. :) I highly recommend giving this series a shot and if you weren’t impressed with the previous novels give it a shot anyway, because it is an amazing read.


Cover Thoughts: It reminds me a lot of Caillen’s cover, but I don’t care because I love the cover anyway.