Friday, August 31, 2012

TV TALK: Pretty Little Liars Season Finale

Pretty Little Liars Season 31

Pretty Little Liars has come to an end... forever. No I'm just kidding. It'll be back in January and there's a Halloween special coming in October (YESH!). Pretty Little Liars was amazing! That ending left me reeling and I'm still an emotional wreck. There will be spoilers ahead so you've been warned. We found out who Maya's killer was. It was Nate, but Nate was really Nate. Remember how Maya used to talk about a stalker well guess what? Nate is the stalker and after kidnapping Paige and was going to kill her because she wouldn't return his love they ended up in a fight to death in a lighthouse. It was a pretty intense fight, but Caleb came and helped save the day. Only to be shot in the process. I hope he's OK because well I love Caleb and I would die without him. Just kidding I would probably just cry a lot and scream and holler. Nate ended up dying in the fight so we don't have to worry about him anymore. But we have to worry about the A team. Mona was walking out of asylum parading around the place in a nurse outfit and we see her conversing with someone that a plan's changed. We don't know what's changed, but I know one thing I'm absolutely heartbroken. The face we saw turn around in the hood was *Ba ba ba boom*



Yep Toby is on the A team. I'm hoping he's like Snape and is playing everybody, but I have a feeling the only one being played is Spencer. She was right all along which is hard for me to believe because all I can think of is how broken he was in the previous seasons and how much he seemed to love Spencer. Maybe we've all bee wrong, but I'm still on an emotional roller coaster. I'm looking forward to next season because well I have to know everything and hopefully maybe we get to see the bad side of Toby because I don't think I've ever seen him evil before. I mean look at that face it just isn't Toby! I can't wait for next season. I need more PLL and I need it now.

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

Generation Dead

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters

First in the Generation Dead series

4.5 stars


Phoebe Kendall is your typical high school Goth girl. She wears the clothes, the makeup, listens to “Goth” music, and loves black. She and her BFF, Margi, have a common bond when it comes to all things black and combat boots. Her best guy friend is Adam (who is finally realizing that he is in love with her and of course Phoebe is completely oblivious to this). Now she has mixed feelings toward a guy… but he’s not just any guy. He’s a zombie! Teenagers all around the U.S. have been sprouting out of graves and morgues, coming back to life. The catch is these zombies aren’t after your brains they just want to be treated like they are still alive. It’s refreshing to find a zombie book. Every now and then I need a break from vampires and werewolves for zombies or faeries or even witches. A friend of mine from school recommended this book to me and she was raving for a whole four minutes about how good it was and we have similar tastes so I decided that it was worth the shot. I then find out that my neighbor owned this book and she let me borrow it. Me being the book lover I am when I borrow books from people I try to read them as quickly as possible because I hate being separated from my books and I’m sure people feel the same. Giving Generation Dead a chance was a great idea. This book is supposed to be paranormal, but I felt that it touched on an important issue we face at least once in our life, discrimination. A big part of this book was the discrimination against zombies. They were constantly called names, pushed around, harassed, rejected from groups and clubs. This book properly executed a touchy subject in a light way. The book focused mainly on Phoebe and Adam. Phoebe and Adam are childhood friends and Adam is starting to realize he has feelings for Phoebe that go beyond friendship. They both had alternating POVs, which I’ll touch on my thoughts later. There was another POV, from Pete, one of the meanest guys in school. I’ll talk about thoughts on POVS in character sections. The writing isn’t the best writing, but it’s easy to read and light.


The main female character is Phoebe. Phoebe is supposed to be the star of this novel, but she seems to get just as much spotlight as even minor characters do. Phoebe was hard to connect to at times, but I still liked her character and thought she had an interesting voice. Phoebe wants peace between the zombies and people, but she realizes that it’s easier said than done. I don’t think Phoebe knows what she wants when it comes to boys. I felt that she loved Adam and Tommy only has friends. I know they are supposed to be her love interests, but it’s hard for me to believe she could end up with either of these boys.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8


The main male characters are Adam and Tommy. Adam gets his own POV and I didn’t like him at first, but as the story progressed and he became more accepting of zombies and broke away from what everyone else thought and became his own person I started to like him a lot more. He’s a great guy but it takes a while to realize that. Tommy is the zombie boy. I liked Tommy just as much as I like Adam. I think he’s a great character and I want to find out more about him because I feel like there’s still more to him. The discrimination he faced in this novel was heartbreaking. I like both of these boys and if I had to choose who Phoebe ended up with in the end I’d say neither because I like them and don’t think they need to face more heartbreak or unfairness.


Swoon Worthy Scale: Adam- 8.5 Tommy-8.5
 



The Villain- Pete is the villain of this story and he gets his own POV. I love when villains get their own POV and I love even more when you don’t know what their plans are for evil. A villain POV in YA is rare, at least to me it is become I haven’t come across it often. Pete is a truly complex character. I hate him so much, but at the same time I want him to be happy. The one girl Pete loved more than anything died around the time that the zombies started to rise and he hoped she would rise too. Of course you can guess that didn’t happen and then that’s pretty much where his hate for zombies stemmed. Pete was already a bully and I think he’ll always be one, but he is very discriminative towards zombies. Pete is a character that makes you think about what can cause such hate towards a race, religion, or disorder. He is the perfect villain for this story.


Villain Scale: 8
Margi is Phoebe’s best friend and she annoyed me a lot, but I eventually started to like her more than I originally had. Karen and Colette were two zombies that were mentioned a lot in this novel. Karen was cool and I look forward to getting to know her in upcoming books and Colette is Phoebe and Margi’s best friend. I think she should’ve played a bigger role than she did. I felt she didn’t get to shine like she should’ve.

Character Scale: 9


This was a great novel and I feel like the only thing that really made it lack the five start rating was the lack of character depth. I think there could’ve been more. I did enjoy the characters, but I also feel they were lacking. The problems talked about in this novel are well done and should be taken into consideration. Overall I enjoyed Generation Dead and that ending left me wanting to know what happens next.

Cover Thoughts: I like the cover. It’s not a girl in a dress, yes she’s in a cheer uniform, but I feel like it fits the story in a way. The cover is well done.  

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)

Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

Second in the Black dagger Bortherhood series

5 stars

*Small spoilers may be ahead, but not big enough to effect you if you haven’t read the book*
We are once again back in Caldwell, New York where the war between vampires and lessers is still raging. Rhage deals with the constant battle between the beast inside him that he acquired when he angered the Scribe Virgin. Rhage is known for being promiscuous and a ladies’ man, but not for the reasons we thought. Rhage knows that his beast can come unhinged one day but the question is when. Mary Luce has survived many things thrown at her and when she is thrown into the vampire world under Rhage’s protection in the worst time possible the last thing she wants is love. With enemies coming closer, more problems await the Brotherhood. This book was amazing, just as amazing as the last and I’m pretty sure it shows what the next books will be just as amazing. So much drama, I love these books. Now let’s move onto the review without fangirling.


The main female character is Mary. Mary has it rough in this book. She is thrown into a world she doesn’t want to be in at the worst time possible. She finds out she’s sick again and I just wanted to give her a hug. Mary needs a hug and she needed life and laughter. Rhage gave that to her and I’m glad she got that. Mary was an awesome heroine. She had insecurities that could sometimes get annoying, like how she couldn’t believe Rhage was with her because she wasn’t attractive after being sick, but I understood why she had these insecurities. She was also extremely realistic about the situation between her and Rhage and knew that there was no way he loved her within a day, but I guess vamps fall faster than humans. Mary was still strong after all the stuff hurled her way and for that she’s awesome.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8.5

The main male character is Rhage. Rhage is known as the ladies’ man. He always has a girl chasing after him and he’s nickname is Hollywood, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. Rhage hates having meaningless sex. *gasp* Rhage is headstrong and he’s very impulsive, but hats off to him for constantly having to struggle with the beast. By the way, did anyone else think the reason he pissed off the Scribe Virgin was hilarious or was that just me?


Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5


The Villain- This time we get to delve into the mind of Mr. O, another lesser who is under Mr. X. Let me just say this Mr. O is sick and twisted, but at the same time I felt bad for him because he wanted to be human again. Why I felt bad for him I don’t know because I think he’s a terrible excuse for a human when he was human, but I felt bad for him and then he did what he did at the end and now I hate him. I hate him just as much as Mr. X and I’m sure in the near future I’m going to end up hating him more because of his evil, sick, twisted, sadistic mind. I like these villains because they are sadistic. In my opinion you aren’t a true villain unless you’re sadistic. The Joker was sadistic and he’s was scary as hell so why shouldn’t Mr. O and Mr. X be any different. Ward makes good sadistic villains; I always end up being afraid of them.


Villain Scale: 9

Zsadist and Beth… I want to read more about them. I love them together and I want more. I need Lover Awakened now. In my hands, but I have to go to the library first. We get to see Wrath again, but hardly any Beth. Wellsie and Tohrment play a big role in this one and I think they are such a cute couple. Vishous, Phury, and Butch are also back and awesome. John Matthew is a new character. I have heard of John Matthew and have been curious as to who he is and let me say this… I love him. I think he’s going to make a great addition to the Brotherhood and I can’t wait to find out more about him.


Character Scale: 9.5

This book was no letdown and proves just how great of series BDB is. Now I am left fangirling over how amazing this series. I love it and I want more. Lots more and hopefully I’ll get my hands on more soon. Until then I’m off to read more books, but here’s this funny picture that keeps popping up all over my Facebook page. 
Gersberms Pictures, Images and Photos

Just imagine BDB being one of the thousands of books that could be used in this picture.


Cover Thoughts: I like the cover, but why does it look like Mary’s the vampire. She’s human not a vampire. Get it right.

    

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

First in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series

5 stars

Wrath is asked by his fellow brother, Darius, to watch over his half-human daughter during her transition into becoming a vampire. Wrath says no and refuses to have anything to do with his daughter, but the Darius dies. Darius’s death leaves Wrath feeling obligated to take on Darius’s wish. Beth has never known her mother or father and when she meets Wrath, they end up lost in each other’s arms. Beth is thrown into a world where vampires battle lesser (slayers) and her race is struggling to survive. If I had to describe Dark Lover in one word, I think the word I would use would be unique. Vampires aren’t unique in our culture anymore and have conquered mainstream with a vengeance and if you go to the mall chances are you’ll see at least one thing to do with vampires in a store window. But the way Ward presents vampires is captivating and shines a new light onto something I’ve read about many times. I hesitated to buy this book. It was everywhere. All over my Goodreads feed, in my group discussions on GR, in my recommendations on GR, there was a whole shelf dedicated to these books in the used bookstore I go to, at Walmart, at Books a Million, and pretty much anything to do with books I’ve come across this title and series. I love vampires but I didn’t know if I would love Ward. I had heard good things, bad things, and mixed things. I obviously caved into temptation and bought this book at Walmart. Ward made me wish I knew these Brothers. Her writing ability is flawless. It takes me a couple of pages to get used to her writing, but once I’m in I’m in and there’s no escaping. The Brothers are the protectors of the vampire race. The vampires worship The Scribe Virgin, who has a mortal enemy named the Omega. The Omega created lessers which are beings that kill vampires.


The main female character is Beth. Beth is a half-vampire which is supposed to be almost impossible but it does happen every now and then. Beth is one of those special cases. Beth’s father is Darius who is killed very early in the book and she had to face a new world and the fact that her father wasn’t far away and she had never met him. Beth was a great character, she was easy to connect to, and didn’t infuriate me constantly.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8

The main male character is Wrath. Wrath is well Wrath. It’s hard to describe him because he has good points and bad points, but I think that’s why I like him so much. Wrath faced a lot growing up and he had to deal with a lot of changes and bear the responsibility for a lot of things. I just like him and I don’t feel like I really have to justify why.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5


The Villain- Or villains in the world of the Brothers, they can’t catch a break. Let’s start from the top and work our way down. The head-honcho villain is the Omega. The Omega is supposed to a translucent entity, much like the Scribe Virgin. We don’t get very much insight on him and only know that he hates the Scribe Virgin. Then we have Mr. X. who leads the Caldwell area as leader of the lesser. Mr. X isn’t someone I want to meet on the street and I’m sure anyone who met him would be off put by him anyway. The lesser are usually people who were psychopaths, wifebeaters, and your usual run of the muck guys that would be better off in a jail cell than in society. They have an overwhelming smell similar to baby powder and they are white. White hair, white eyes, white pigmentation, white everything.


Villain Scale: 8

The Brothers we are introduced to are Rhage, Vishicious, Zsadist, Phury, and Tohrment. These brothers are very different and I loved them the minute I met them. I can’t wait to read their stories. Butch is a friend of Beth’s and was a possible love interest for her. Butch is cool and one bad ass cop. Marissa is Wrath’s shellan and I felt bad for her because all she wanted was his affection and Wrath didn’t love her, but I hope she ends up with Butch.


Character Scale: 9


The chemistry between these characters is definitely something to take note of. Ward does an excellent job of it with Beth and Wrath. The Brotherhood have inducted their selves into my favorite series. I look forward to where the series and goes and reading all about their lives, loves, and loses.


Cover Thoughts: I strangely like this cover, I usually hate these kinds of covers, but I like this one because it fits the story.  

I read this back in February and I just finished the sequel look for the review coming soon hopefully today. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly

Angel Fire (Angel, #2)

Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly

Second book in Angel Trilogy

4 stars

*Warning there may be will be spoilers ahead*


We are once again introduced to Willow Fields and Alex Kylar, but a new cast characters is thrown in and new villains tango with Raziel. After the disaster of trying to stop the Second Wave, more angels have come to Earth and are preying on people. Hospitals are overflowing, there aren’t enough doctors, and people are still worshipping angels, but now more than ever. Willow has a prophetic dream that tells her to go Mexico City where the Seraphim Council will be. Once they arrive they discover a group of Angel Killers, one of them being Kara, Alex’s old crush. The team is suspicious of Willow because she’s half-angel and it’s becoming obvious that taking down the Council isn’t going to be easy. Raziel is up to scheming but is under the eyes of the Twelve and is walking on thin ice. Willow didn’t mention to Alex that the dream that lead them to Mexico City also showed her a boy who she doesn’t want to be without. When she runs into Seb, the boy from her dream, she never expected him to be a half-angel. With jealous running high and constant new schemes coming to light will Alex and Willow’s relationship survive? Angel Fire was nowhere near as good as Angel Burn and I found Angel Fire to be somewhat of a letdown. The first half of the book was good, but it felt really slow. By the middle of the book I was ready to bang my head against the book because of the constant frustration I faced. The middle was slow and dragged on and on and on. The ending, though, damn it was good. The ending felt like I was reading Angel Burn again because I was so caught up in it. I didn’t want to put the book down and when I realized I was done my heart dropped. Let’s talk about the characters before I get to anything else. I feel like they need to be seriously addressed.


The main female character is once again Willow. Willow changed a lot and not in the way I would hope. She was frustrating. She didn’t know what she wanted and half the time she was constantly conflicted between her feelings for Alex and Seb. She was just not like the old Willow. She hardly fixed anything and she seemed so reliant on Alex and Seb. She lost her backbone. She wouldn’t even stand up for herself when the other AKs were being jerks she let Alex do it for her. What happened to the Willow Fields that told Alex off and stuck up for herself? I want that Willow back, not the one without any backbone. After she and Alex had their fight, what did she do? Well she made out with Seb. That pissed me off so much and then she told him she only loved him as a brother or friend. Would you make out with your brother? No, not unless you are Cathy from Flowers in the Attic. Willow did somewhat redeem herself in the end, but she was still annoying and in the next book she better go back to being awesome and not conflicted without a backbone.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7


The main male characters were Alex and Sebastian AKA Seb. Alex is awesome and I think he’s a great guy. Granted his not the best male character out there but he’s a great one nonetheless. I think Alex’s jealousy was completely acceptable because I would’ve been ten times angrier if the guy was doing what Willow and Seb were doing. Alex is an even better guy because Kara was pretty much offering herself like a virgin sacrifice and he told her no. My hat goes off to Alex for not being a jerk and even though his gf was sucking faces with another guy, he wouldn’t stoop down to her level. We are introduced to Seb in the prologue where is robbing a house. I like Seb usually I’ll pick a team, but I knew Willow won’t pick Seb in the end. I felt bad for him not only because he went to some pretty unfair stuff, which Willow made all annoying because she would start crying like it happened to her, but he has always been in love with Willow. He was in love with Willow before he even knew her name. Sounds creepy right? Actually it’s not. Seb had always known there was another half-angel out there and he knew she was a girl around his age. Seb pretty much spent every waking moment looking for Willow. Once he found Willow he finds out she’s in love with another guy which sucks for him. Not only is he in love with a girl he knows will probably never love him the same way she pretty much toyed with his feelings *see above paragraph if you forgot* but she pretty much told him this
Why Esmerelda is my Hero Pictures, Images and Photos

Seb is a great guy and I hope he finds someone to be with in Angel Fever because he deserves happiness.


Swoon Worthy Scale: Alex- 9.5 Seb- 8


The Villain- Raziel is back and he’s got a plan that could destroy the world, humans and angels. Raziel is a very manipulating, condescending, controlling, and calculating villain. He’s everything most villains try to be. The thing his Raziel knows he’s most of these things, which makes him even more awesome. Most writers want a villain like Raziel and they try too hard or not hard enough. I don’t think Raziel is overdone or underdone, he’s perfect. If I say him coming down the street I would probably run away. He and Devina from Covet and Crave could be best friends. His goal in this novel is to kill the Twelve (Seraphim Council) and this may or may not kill every single angel. Charmeine is his accomplice but she’s also proven to be another worthy opponent for Raziel in the next novel.


Villain Scale: 9.5


We didn’t get to see any of Jonah in this novel, which I think is BS because he should be an AK. The AKs we do meet are Kara, Sam, Trish, Liz, Wes, and Brendan. Kara was supposed to be Willow’s rival for Alex’s affection but Kara was really just annoying and she was stupid. What was the point of the scene she pulled before the battle she just looked f-ing stupid? Sam was cool, Trish and Liz were really just there to give snide looks at Willow, Wes and Brendan hardly even had time to get any say in anything and I forgot all about Brendan and had to look up his name to remember who he was. I’m expecting the surviving AKs to get some more face time in the next novel, but I can do without Kara she’s just too impulsive to be a good hunter.


Character Scale: 8


My biggest problems with the book were the pacing and the characters. I also couldn’t stand the time spent in that AK thing it was boring and pointless. I felt like it was there to be an “obstacle” for Willow, but it failed at. I think it made the book weak and they could’ve been doing something more interesting. What about Willow’s mom and aunt? Their supposed deaths were mentioned at the beginning of the book, but then it seemed like once at the AK place she completely forgot about them and didn’t remember them until the last 8 pages. The best part of this book was the last 200 pages and since they redeemed this book I have high hopes for Angel Fever. Angel Fever you better make me proud.


Cover Thoughts: I don’t like this cover. Angel Burn’s cover was 10x better than this. The dress is ugly and I just don’t like it. The only cool part is once again the actual title art because it looks so awesome.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Most Dangerous Game (Book and Movie Review)

The Most Dangerous Game

The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

4 stars

The Most Dangerous Game is a short story about a hunter who falls overboard and ends up on an isolated island where he discovers a mansion that looks like a castle. The owner of the mansion is a hunter as well and he wants to hunt play the most dangerous game with Rainsford. I had to read this for school and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It’s a wonderful short story with vivid pictures of the island and the way the story is told is suspenseful. Even though from the very beginning my class started guessing at what was going to happen (I was hoping cannibals and a human sacrifice) and though most of us seemed to have a valid or close guess the story was still enjoyable. I feel immature for saying this but I laughed at how Rainsford ended up becoming shipwrecked. I mean me and my friends were pretty much making fun of him for about the rest of class. I would recommend The Most Dangerous Game if you’re in for a short read and one that’s entertaining and somewhat suspenseful.


MOVIE REVIEW:

I watched this movie today in class, well watching it isn't the correct term because well here's my explanation. When we learned we were watching this movie in class the whole class erupted with joy. I love watching movies in class and it gives me a break from the constant note taking and lectures. I had enjoyed the story and was interested in watching the movie. The most current adaption of The Most Dangerous Game was in the 1920s so that meant we were watching a black and white movie. The acting was ridiculous and the characters didn't fit the descriptions at all. Ivan was supposed to be this scary Russian who I pictured to look somewhat like an old fashion hit-man, but in the movie he didn't look menacing at all. Rainsford was different from the character in the book, but probably the closest character to the actual book character. General Zaroff didn't have red lips or fangs. I know red lips isn't going to work in black and white, but I was expecting fangs/ pointy teeth. He also didn't look as sadistic or twisted as I pictured him while reading. There was this one part during the movie where he shined a flashlight on his face when Rainsford realized what he hunted but it was not menacing or the way it was revealed in the story. That bothered me too. I think the movie should've followed closer to the story. I always thought the original movies were the ones that followed close to the story or novel, but I have been proven wrong. There were also a lot of new characters that I found unnecessary like the brother and sister who were irrelevant and I could care less about. That girl was only put in the movie to be a love interest for Rainsford. I don't want a love interest I want Rainsford being hunted scouring up a frickin tree not holding some Mary Sue's hand as he plays hero and tries to save her life. If I wanted that I would've watched Batman or some other superhero movie (probably Batman because I think he's the best of the classic superheroes). I stopped watching about 15 minutes in though because the voices were annoying and overdone. I also didn't see the point in all these random people helping Zaroff on his island. Zaroff is only supposed to have one helper and that's Ivan, who is the option you go up against if you don't participate in the game (he's a knottier).

Overall this movie was a let down and if they ever remake it I hope it follows the story more.

I give this movie

2 stars because it wasn't all that bad and had some redeeming qualities.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romane 2 edited by Trisha Telep

The Mammoth Book Of Paranormal Romance 2

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2 edited by Trisha Telep

4 stars

I’ll review this similar to how I reviewed The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance. I was looking forward to this collection since I had enjoyed the last one so much. I felt that this one fell short of its predecessor and it could’ve been better… way better.

To Hell With Love by Jackie Kessler

2 stars

When Caitlin’s sister opens a gift that was meant for Caitlin from her ex-husband, Caitlin and her ex must travel into her sister’s mind to retrieve her. I wanted to like this story. I did, but it was just, well, bland. It lacked originality in some areas and I was just mostly bored with the story and the way it was executed.


Princes of Dominion by Ava Gray

5 stars

Camael, an angel falls for a human woman and won’t give her up. His love comes with a terrible sacrifice, not just from him but from his fellow angels as well. This story was amazing. I really enjoyed it. I think that this would’ve been better as a full length novel though. I mean that ending was just like saying “Hey, look you could start a series!” I would definitely read that series. I’ve never heard of Ava Gray before this, but she’s a great writer definitely checking her out.


Spirit of the Prairie by Shirley Damsgaard

3 stars

R.J. is a reporter doing a story on a Native American cultural center and discovers more than she bargained for. I liked this one, but I don’t know it felt lacking. The shapeshifting aspect of the novel was excellent though and I feel like it was the stories strongest point. I had heard of Damsgaard and want to read her Ophelia & Abby series, but I’m more hesitant because of this story.


The Demon’s Secret by Nathalie Gray

2 stars

Cain is a Harvester, someone who collects secrets leading the way to Heaven and Hell, competes with Bethany, another Harvester, but only ends up helping her. I couldn’t get into this story and I was disappointed by it. From the reviews I’ve seen people have also struggled with it. I was guess I was expecting something more since I hadn’t love the previous story, but was just disappointed.


Marine Biology by Gail Carriger

5 stars

A closeted gay Alpha werewolf has to go back home and face his family. He ends up meeting an old high school crush that turns out to be a mermaid and has to deal with a ghost that just wants to meddle in his father’s life. I have been wanting to read something by Carriger since I discovered her Parasol Protectorate series (that I still haven’t gotten my hands on) and I was so excited to read this one. This story was so funny and cute. Carriger is a great writer and I can’t wait to get my hands on her other work.


Zola’s Pride by Moira Rogers

4 stars

Zola was thrown out and chased away by her mother’s Pride and she left everything behind including the man she loved and Walker is back and needs her help. I have not read the Southern Arcana series or have heard of it, so that’s probably why I was confused every now and then while reading, but I did enjoy the story.


In Dreams by Elissa Wilds

5 stars

A woman learns how to astro-project and meets a mysterious man in her dreams that begins to take over her life. This story was fantastic. I’ve never read anything about astro-projection, but I really liked it. I enjoyed how the story ending and was just so… thrilled that I read something new and enjoyed it.


The Gauntlet by Karen Chance

3.5 stars

Gillian is an imprisoned witch and leads a riot with the help of Chris Marlowe, vampire, to break free of her captors. I have heard of Chance and have been wanting to read her for a while, but this story seemed to drag. There’s no doubt in my mind that she’s a talented writer, but this story lacked and seemed to fall short. The story had action, but that was all the story had. I love good action but not when it’s over done. Hopefully the next time I try Chance I won’t be let down.


The Getaway by Sonya Bateman

4 stars

Jazz and her part dijinn boyfriend, Gavyn, go on a romantic getaway, but end up stranded where people seem to disappear frequently. Pretty good, but I was just kind of like, “What???” at the end and the “villain” was, well, annoying.


Mr. Sandman by Sherri Browning Erwin

5 stars

Eve retreats to her aunt’s bed & breakfast and finds a man suffering from amnesia lying naked on the beach. Mythology! Yes, mythology plays a role in this story and it plays its role well. I loved this story. It was intriguing and I want more.


The Sin-Eater’s Promise by Michele Hauf

4 stars

A soul gatherer hunts down a sin eater that has been intercepting his souls and finds himself caring for the woman he has to kill. I enjoyed this one, but I didn’t love it like I hoped I would.


Fragile Magic by Sharon Ashwood

5 stars

A half fae woman that hides her heritage rescues a baby gargoyle and ends up taking him a vet where she meets a hunky werewolf. I loved this story. It was cute, funny, and the baby gargoyle was the best. I want a gargoyle now.


Nigthdrake by Lara Adrian

5 stars

Nisha the Heartless is a transporter and is caring cargo she can’t wait to get rid of. But when her cargo starts talking, she can’t help but talk back and discovers a Drakor, a dragon. I loved this story. Since reading it I have read another of Adrian’s work, but I didn’t like it as much as this one. This story was great and different; just overall fantastic.


The Sons of Ra by Helen Scott Taylor

5 stars

Trisha returns to Paris to get help from the Comte de Montgatine, a man she loved and lost almost twenty years ago. I loved the whole aspect of this story it was fascinating and completely different. I want more of the Sons of Ra.


Eve of Warfare by S.J. Day

3.5

Eve is torn between Alec Cain and Reed Abel. Apparently this is the short story promised to readers since the writer is no longer continuing the Marked series. I know who she chooses, but I want to read the series because well I think if I read the series I would enjoy this ending a lot more.


The Majestic by Seressia Glass

3 stars

A story between two people who get a second chance at love. This story wasn’t anything special and I felt it could’ve been a lot better.


Answer the Wicked by Kim Lenox

5 stars

A nurse is caught in the middle of a battle between immortal beings and a man desperate to enslave humans. I don’t know why but I just loved this story. It was great and I want more.


I didn’t like this one as much as the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, but there were stories I did enjoy and love. I was expecting a lot more from this collection and a lot of the stories fell short. Some of the stories didn’t even have any romance at all. I suggest the next mammoth book should be The Mammoth Book of Mythological Romance. I would read it, buy it, and probably and hopefully love it. I want a big book full of mythology and I want it soon.


Cover Thoughts: I don’t love the cover. The guy on it is unappealing and why does it look like there’s a planet behind him. I just don’t like the cover very much, but I do like the colors. So the cover is likeable, but could’ve been better.

Friday, August 24, 2012

TV TALK: Adventure Time



Yep that's right I watch Adventure Time. So judge me, but I happen to think the show is amusing and idiotic. I love shows that can make laugh at the pure stupidity of it. I'd rather watch this than reruns on MTV. Adventure Time is like my go-to show when I need a smile or to feel better. I haven't watched it as much since school started, but I hope to start watching it again. There's no real storyline for Adventure Time since it's all pretty random and just out there. If you ever need to a laugh I recommend Adventure Time because well it's more appropriate for little kids than some shows *cough Family Guy cough*.

Adventure Time usually plays on Cartoon Network at 6:30 on Mondays but you can catch it periodically throughout the day if you know the right time to tune in.

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance edited by Trisha Telep

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance

The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance edited by Trisha Telep

4.5 stars

I’m doing this review differently. I’ll list the title, author, my rating on the story, what it’s about, and thoughts (if I have particular ones). This is a collection of 24 short stories that focus on the paranormal. Let’s move on to the first story.


The Temptation of Robin Green by Carrie Vaughn

3 stars

This story focused mainly on selkies. The story was interesting and I think I could’ve loved it if it hadn’t been lacking in characters and depth. It’s not every day in the paranormal world you find a story about selkies, but when you do you hope they are amazing since they are such a rarity, but this one didn’t live up to my standards and was extremely lacking.


Succubus Seduction by Cheyenne McCray

5 stars

This story focused on a succubus (Lilin) and an ex-incubus (Archer {it’s a long story}). This is one of my favorites of the collection. I loved the storyline and just everything all together. The story was intriguing and I was just swept away by how fantastic it was.


Paranormal Romance Blues by Kelley Armstrong

4.5 stars

This one is about Melanie, a half-demon and a string of vampire murders being investigated and she ends up meeting a human named Carter. I had expected a lot more from Armstrong. I’ve heard such amazing things about her work and was a little disappointed. I had been expecting an amazing story, it wasn’t terrible, but it was nowhere near what I was expecting.



John Doe by Anna Windsor

5 stars

This story focuses on angels. This story was absolutely amazing. I mean amazing, I was blown away. It was just so good. Shant and Dutch were such an interesting couple. I wish this was a novel, because it was just way too short.


Taking Hold by Anya Bast

3.5 stars

This story focuses on a human helping a wolf pack find a young boy that went missing. I liked the chemistry between Lilin and Mac, but I felt the story was missing something when I was reading it.


How to Date a Superhero by Jean Johnson

5 stars

The title should say it all. I thought it would be some regular human dating a superhero. Nope it was two superheroes. This story was really interesting and I definitely enjoyed it. I just wish there would’ve been more action, but the romance was nicely done and the story was cute and won me over.


Daniel by C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp

4.5 stars
Daniel is a vampire and Karen is his lover. I think the only reason I’m giving it 4.5 stars is because I’m a fan of Adams & Clamp. If it wasn’t for that I would probably only give it about 3 stars. The story wasn’t all that interesting and I didn’t feel much attraction between Karen and Daniel, but that ending was totally awesome.


Light Through Fog by Holly Lisle

5 stars
This story is about two humans in love, but as we go through the story there’s a big twist. Sam and Sarah knew they were meant for each other. When Sam dies in a car accident Sarah is torn, but when she visits her and Sam’s special place and meets his ghost, they spend the night and as much time together as they can. There was also a parallel universe thrown in where Sarah died and Sam was alive and Sarah was the ghost. I loved this story. It was beautiful, heartfelt, touching and I cried. This story was beautiful and amazingly told.


The Tuesday Enchantress by Mary Jo Putney

4.5 stars

A Guardian is basically a type of magic user. The relationship between Charlie and Maggie is cute, but it was way too short. I actually really enjoyed the aspect of the Guardians and their world. I’ll definitely check out the series.


Trinity Blue by Eve Silver

5 stars

Sorcerers/ vampires would be the easiest way to sum up what this novel is about. Jen and Daemon are an interesting couple and I really enjoyed this little story. I read one of Silver’s works before I read this and was somewhat disappointed with it, but I really loved this story. I wish this story was an actual novel. I loved everything about it.


Grace of Small Magic by Ilona Andrews

5 stars

I had heard marvelous things about Andrews, but have always been iffy about adding her books to my TBR list, but this changed any doubt I had in my mind. Grace comes from a family that works for revenants (I don’t want to give away the story, since it’s just so good) and when she is summoned to compete in a dangerous game with Nassar it’s time she try to set things right. I loved this. Andrews in an amazing writer and I regret being so hesitant about reading her work, the story was fast-paced at times, but I thought it fit well with the story. I wish the relationship between Grace and Nassar would’ve been touched on more, but it was just starting to develop which is understandable when it comes to writing a short story. I’m definitely looking forward to picking up her work in the future.


Once a Demon by Dina James

4 stars

Kyle is an ex-demon who recounts his story to Katrina about a love gone wrong and the consequences it came with. This story was really sad, but I felt it was lacking a certain something. I did enjoy reading Once a Demon, but I didn’t love it. The world created wasn’t really touched on and it bothered me, but Kyle’s story made up for it.


Night Vision by Maria V. Snyder

4 stars

Sophia a lightbender who doesn’t go out into the sunlight or interact often with humans, on a random night she witnesses something she wasn’t supposed and meets, Mitch, a man who can help her get over her fears. I liked this story and enjoyed reading it, but I didn’t really like the romance between Mitch and Sophia. It was supposed to be a romance, but it just felt like a developing friendship. Sophia’s ability to bend light was very interesting and probably one of the most unique things I’ve come across in PNRs.



Pele’s Tears by Catherine Mulvany

3 stars

Pele’s Tears focuses on Dillan and Noelani who embark on a mission to prove that Noelani’s grandmother didn’t commit suicide and encounter the goddess, Pele, along the way. I liked Pele’s Tears and I usually love anything with mythology, but this mythology was lacking and I think it was just thrown in for the sake of the collection it was featured in. If the mythology would’ve gone in the story more, flowed, I think this book would’ve been at least 4.5 stars.


Pack by Jeaniene Frost

5 stars

Marlee is attacked by a werewolf and starts to experience the transformation. Daniel is her enforcer and watches her every move. Marlee’s choices are to be a werewolf or to be killed because they can’t risk their secret getting out. I have never read Jeaniene Frost before! I know, I know that’s a terrible thing to say if you’re a fan of adult PNR. Every time I go to the library to get a book from her they never have the first one in the Night Huntress series, so it’s not entirely my fault. Jeaniene Frost is amazing! I can see why everyone raves about her, she’s a gifted writer and she creates such a vivid, unique world in area that’s common. I liked the place these werewolves lived, but I especially liked Daniel. I wish this would’ve been a novel. I have absolute faith it would’ve been an amazing one.


When Gargoyles Fly by Lori Devoti

5 stars

Mord is a gargoyle who has been asleep for thousands/hundreds of years and Kami who has a unique ability to awaken gargoyles and their enemies the chimera. I’ve never read about gargoyles before, but I’m quite impressed. I like gargoyles for some strange reason and wish there were more novels about them because they are just so interesting. Chimera, you say? Sounds familiar, well if you read Daughter of Smoke and Bone it should be. The only complaint I have is that I want more of this story because it felt somewhat rushed and short. I want more gargoyles!


The Lighthouse Keeper and His Wife by Sara Mackenzie

4 stars

Isabel “Izzy” is a reincarnated human to Ezekiel “Zek”, a lighthouse keeper. I liked the story, but I was kind of just like “What, wait, why is Neptune here and where did he come from, better yet whose this Sorceress lady?” I liked the story and the romance, but it was really out there and random.


Blood Song by Lynda Hilburn

3 stars

Grace is a human with a special ability (healing with her voice in song) and Ethan is a vampire that falls in love with Grace. I liked the story, but it’s not worth raving about and it was average, cheesy, and weird. Why does Grace have this ability and what exactly happened at the end? The end hardly made sense and I had to reread it five times.


The Princess and the Peas by Alyssa Day

4.5 stars

Faeries! Yes, faeries. I like faeries because I don’t read very many faeries stories because I don’t want to get tired of them. Lucy is a human servant to this bitch-princess (I forgot her name) and Rhys a fae comes to the court to make peace with Lucy’s race. I liked this story it was adorable and cute, but why did Rhys have to be who he turned out to be it seemed so weird and misplaced? That’s pretty much my only complaint with this story, but other than that I pretty much loved this story.


At Second Bite by Michelle Rowen

5 stars

Julia is at a club when Evan Frost walks up to her and starts sprouting sonnets and talk of how they are soulmates. While running away from him she bumps into his brother, Henry, who wants Julia dead. This story was hilarious and I loved it. I had come across Rowen on Goodreads and was curious about her work. It’s obvious she’s a talented writer and she can come up with great, unique story lines. Henry was sexy and I was rooting for him the minute he was introduced. I like the bad boys. ;)


Blue Crush by Rachel Caine

4 stars

Jo is a Weather Warden (I don’t really know what that is since I have yet to read the series) and her boyfriend, David is a Dijinn (genie), they are relaxing on the beach when a strange drowning occurs and they uncover something that is a lot worse than they sound. They encounter merpeople.
Merpeople From Harry Potter GOF Pictures, Images and Photos

They look similar to that not like Ariel, sorry. I’m definitely interested in the Weather Wardens now and will be looking for them whenever I get the chance.


The Wager by Sherrilyn Kenyon (written as Kinley MacGregor)

4.5 stars

The story is really hard to explain and I think the easiest way is Merlin. Yep that’s right Merlin. I’m slightly curious in reading this series, but I don’t know if I want to. I love Kenyon, she’s probably my favorite author, but I don’t know if I’ll like her series as much as her others because I didn’t really connect with the characters.


In Sheep’s Clothing by Meljean Brook

4.5 stars

Emma Cooper was on her way back home when she was attacked and she rekindles a relationship with her ex, but first she has to reveal a secret… she’s now a werewolf. I liked In Sheep’s Clothing, but at the same time I don’t feel the need to rave about it. Read it and decide for yourself if you love, like, or hate it.


The Dream Catcher by Allyson James

5 stars

Natalia is the black sheep in her society and is constantly being judged when she goes to a party and is publicly humiliated by having Ochen a dream catcher read her thoughts. I loved this story. I have never read something so unique before. I mean dream catchers are this really cool race in this story and I just don’t want to ruin the awesomeness. This story was just so good; all I want to do is gush.


I was introduced to a lot of new authors and I’ll definitely try to check them out, some I’m more interested in others, but I definitely want to get my hands on a Jeaniene Frost and Ilona Andrews novel more than anything. Fingers crossed that once I get my hands on these writers work they’ll blow me away.


Cover Thoughts: I think the cover is sexy. I don’t know it’s just something about it that makes me want to howl at the moon. :D


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Broken Wings by V.C. Andrews

Broken Wings (Broken Wings, #1)

Hey you guys. I've finally written a review. Enjoy!

Broken Wings by V.C. Andrews

First in the Broken Wings Duo

4 stars 


Broken Wings follows three girls: Robin, Teal, and Phoebe. These girls are different from one another, but they have one thing in common they’ve been sent to a facility for girls who should be in jail. Each girl recounts her story of how she got to where she is and why. Robin has a mom who’s more into her singing than taking care of her daughter. Since Robin’s left on her own she’s pretty much done whatever she wants. When her mom makes her pack her bags and move to Nashville for her mom’s career, Robin only finds trouble. Teal is a rich girl who will do anything to get her parent’s attention… even break the law. After she goes too far in breaking the rules for a guy she cares about, Teal loses the only little bit of trust she had. Phoebe is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She moved in with her aunt to make a fresh start in hopes of making her dad proud and not being like her mother. When she trusts a charming rich boy who ruins her life and reputation, she concocts a plan to make him pay. Broken Wings was told in three parts and each part focused on one of the girls and her story. I enjoyed Broken Wings, but I did some reservations about it. I think my biggest one was Teal’s story. I skimmed through her story and I didn’t find it interesting, which is why it’s only four stars instead of five. 


The main female characters are Robin, Teal, and Phoebe. Robin was my favorite character of the novel. Yes, she had flaws, but isn’t she supposed to? The whole point of the story is to tell the story about these girls who lives are a mess. I don’t think Robin’s mistake at the end of her story was a good choice. I understand her desire for attention, but what she did wasn’t a good idea and it made me disappointed. Teal was my least favorite character. I just didn’t like her. I started her story and she was already wasted and I was just like “Why? It seemed pointless.” I tried to get into her story, but by the third chapter of her story I just started skimming. Phoebe was a very raw character and she definitely made me feel more emotions than the other characters. Her story was truly heartbreaking. Phoebe’s life was just so unfair and heartbreaking. I cried for her and I’m not ashamed to admit it. She had it rough and not because of where she’s from, but because of all the things she had to put up with.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: Robin- 8.5 Teal- 5.5 Phoebe- 8

The main male characters were Keefer, Del, and Ashley. These boys were the catalyst for these girls’ problems. They literally pushed or helped pushed them over the edge. They were already pretty messed up and it seems likes these boys just made their problems worse. Keefer was my favorite boy of the three. Mostly because even though he was a jerk I liked him and somewhat sympathized with him at times. Del was nothing special and I completely forgot about him and his part in the book. Oops! I hate when I do that, but I did with Del he was nothing special or interesting. Ashley was the definition of jerk. I hated him for what he did to Phoebe and I wish he would’ve gotten hit by a bus.


Swoon Worthy Scale: Keefer- 4 Del- 2 Ashley- 1 


The Villain- I think the villain can be considered the girls’ own mentality towards things and just everything in general they went through. The main problem with these girls though is their longing for love, attention, and affection. That’s what they’ve been lacking in their life and they crave it deeply. I’m sure they don’t even realize this, but it’s a common theme in each story. Or maybe you can consider the parents the villains. They neglected their kids. Robin's mom was even nicknamed Mother Dearest by her own daughter and she was just so nonchalant when it came to Robin. Teal's parents were obviously only worried about money and appearances. Phoebe's mom was a hot mess and her dad, well he tried the best he could. I don't think Phoebe's aunt helped Phoebe at all. In fact I think she just made it worse.


Villain Scale: 5

Character Scale: 7


Broken Wings was a really good read and I don’t think it’s something V.C. Andrews would’ve written if she was alive, but I still enjoyed reading this and look forward to reading the sequel (whenever that may be).


Cover Thoughts: I don’t like the cover. I just don’t. Yeah it is original in some ways, but I just don’t like it. You know how there are just some things you look at and you just don’t like, well that’s how it is for me when I look at the cover.

Friday, August 17, 2012

TV TALK: TEEN WOLF



Monday was the Teen Wolf season finale and that was freaking amazing. I was literally on the edge of my seat. I had done a TV Talk on Teen Wolf previously and it was the reveal of the Kanima. So for those of you that don't know the Kanima's master turned out to be Allison's crazy stalker and then Allison's grandfather took over the role as his leader 'cause the man was twisted as hell and sadistic. I'll get to him later. So Allison's psycho bitch mom kidnapped Scott and was gonna kill him and Derek ended up saving Scott and biting Allison's mom in the process. Allison's mom committed suicide 'cause she didn't want to be a werewolf and then Allison believed everything her grandfather said and turned crazy and went on a manhunt for Derek and his pack. Lydia ended up bringing the old original alpha back from the first seas (the one who turned Scott), Derek's uncle. I forgot his name. Anyhow, I guess he's apart of Derek's pack now and he's not scary like he used to be but he can still be kind of creepy. Jackson almost died and I started crying like a big baby and Lydia was all "I never stopped loving you and blah blah blah." I was just so sad mostly for Styles because I love him and I know he loves Lydia. I just want him to get a happy ending. Jackson finally got the one thing he wanted to be from the moment he found out Scott was a wolf. He got to be a wolf because well he's no longer a complete jerk and he's human again which means he's a wolf. It's all confusing. Girourard is Allison's grandfather and he's nuts. He reminds of an older version less clown-like Joker.

See the resemblance?  They both have a psychotic gleam in their eyes. So Girourard almost died because Scott saw right through him from the beginning and tricked him. The show ended with Derek's pack finding a pack of alphas. Hmmm... I wonder what that'll bring next season.

Look for my reviews tomorrow. I hope to post a few.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Sorry You Guys

I'm sorry that I haven't been posting reviews lately, but I've been so busy since school started Friday. I have been so tired and I just don't feel like writing a review right now. Hopefully this weekend I can write at least four or five to make up for my lateness.

I want to give a huge thanks to all of you have a followed my blog and I'm thinking about adding the subscribe to me by email for all of my followers that don't have a blog and can stay updated and such. I'm just so grateful to everyone who has looked at my blog, followed it, or read it. Reading just one of my reviews makes me so happy and leaving comments makes me feel special (hint * hint). Thank you all for all the support. Hope to write more reviews soon. :D

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Night World Volume 2 by L.J. Smith

Night World, No. 2 (Night World, #4-6)

Night World Volume 2 by L.J. Smith

Fourth, fifth, and sixth in the Night World series

5 stars

I haven’t written a review in forever. OK, maybe not forever, but it was since Friday or Thursday… I lost track of my dates. Night World Volume 2 is a collection of the fourth, fifth, and sixth novels in the Night World series. The first (or fourth) novel is Dark Angel. Dark Angel follows Gillian who dies and is saved by an angel. When the angel starts to make requests that turn violent she begins to question if he is an angel. The next novel is The Chosen, which follows Rashel. Rashel is a vampire hunter who can resist mind control and ends up meeting her soulmate, Quinn, a vampire while on a hunt. The last (sixth) novel in the collection is Soulmate. Soulmate is about Hannah who has dreams of an apocalypse and learns that she is the Lord of the Night World’s soulmate. This collection was a thousand times better than the first one. Even though I enjoyed the first one I didn’t love it. These three stories were just a lot more interesting and held my attention more than the first Night World novels.

Book Four- Dark Angel

*Read the summary for a refreshed memory*

The main female character is Gillian. Gillian’s story consists of her struggle for wanting to be seen and heard. Gillian is very small for her age and people have always thought of her as a kid and when she dies and the angel offers her a chance to be heard she takes it. Gillian was a relatable heroine. I think almost everyone teenage girl has felt like she wasn’t being heard or seen by her peers. I’ve felt that way a time or two and I guess that’s why I could somewhat relate to her, but I think some of the stuff she did was way to over the top and made me shake my head at her.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8

The main male character is David. David is really nothing special, but he isn’t a complete jerk. In my opinion he didn’t really need to be in the novel. I thought he was just thrown into the novel because a main part of the Night World series is soulmates, but I don’t think he needed to be Gillian’s soulmate. I think I would’ve liked it if Gillian had stayed single.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 5

The Villain- The villain is Angel or at least that’s what he tells Gillian to call him. Angel is a good villain because he had depth. Towards the end we got to learn about him and I just wish he would’ve gotten more spotlight than David.

Villain Scale: 8


Character Scale: 7.5

Final Thoughts: Dark Angel is probably the most relatable novels of the Night World series and I really liked it. I sped through it and was engrossed in Gillian’s voice. I want more background on Gillian’s witch heritage though. I feel like it was just mentioned and brought up, but not really dug into.



Book Five- The Chosen

The main female character is Rashel. Rashel is probably one of my favorite heroines in the Night World series. I just really liked her and enjoyed her story. I didn’t want to talk about her, but I feel like I want to just say one thing or two. Rashel is the most feared vampire hunter and has been nicknamed ‘The Cat’. Rashel can kick butt whether it’s vampire or human. She’s one girl you don’t want to mess with.

Kick-Butt Heroine Sale: 9

The main male character is Quinn. He’s one of the first vampires ever, which means he wasn’t born a vampire, but turned. I liked Quinn and thought he was pretty cool. I don’t really swoon over these males in this collection, but Quinn is one of my favorites.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 7.5
The Villain- A man whose name I forgot, but I do remember that he killed two people close to Rashel (not saying who) which made her become a hunter.

Villain Scale: 6.5

Character Scale: 8

Final Thoughts
: I really liked The Chosen. I think it was my favorite read of the three.


Book Six- Soulmate

The main female character is Hannah. Hannah has a pretty much perfect life and then she started to have nightmares and write notes she had no recollection of writing. Hannah was a good character, but she wasn’t an amazing one and to be honest she never stuck in my mind and I forgot about her while reading Thierry’s POV.
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 6

The main male character is Thierry. Thierry is so cool. He was definitely my favorite male of the three stories and he was definitely an interesting character.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5

The Villain- Maya… I don’t like her and that action scene at the end wasn’t that bad. It was pretty interesting.
Villain Scale: 8

Character Scale: 7.5

Final Thoughts
: I really liked the story. It was mainly about reincarnation and I thought it was a really good story. This story seemed to really start to set the tone and show that something bigger was about to happen than people just finding soulmates. I think that’s what I liked most about it. The story had a purpose and it wasn’t just a story.


Night World Volume 2 was a lot better than the first and if you didn’t love the first I recommend giving this one a chance.


Cover Thoughts: This is my favorite cover of the three. I love the blue coloring and black together. The girl looks so kick-butt (I’m pretty sure it’s Rashel) and it’s like she’s looking into my soul, but it’s not a terrifying or creepy feeling like some covers are.



  

Friday, August 10, 2012

Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dark Side of the Moon (Dark-Hunter, #10; Were-Hunter, #5)

Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn kenyon

Ninth in the Dark-Hunter series, third in the Were-Hunter series

5 stars

Susan Michaels used to be a top-notch reporter until an article she thought was gold turned out to be her worst nightmare. Now she works at a newspaper where their top story is either alien babies or vampires walking around at night. Susan doesn’t buy any of that and when her boss, Leo, assigns her to a job tracking down a blogger who claims to work for the undead her world gets turned upside down. First she adopts a cat that she’s allergic to and then said cat turns into a sexy man in the middle of her living room. Ravyn Kontis is an ex Were-Hunter down Dark-Hunter. Ravyn is different from other Dark-Hunters and Were-Hunters. He’s been shunned by his family and since the last time her trusted a human woman ended up with dire consequences he doesn’t want anything to with Susan. I know this book sounds cliché and totally unoriginal, but you would be wrong to judge it that way. This book made me crazy with emotions. If I wasn’t laughing then I was screaming and if I wasn’t screaming then I was crying (yes I did cry because that ending with that certain DH broke my heart). These characters create so many emotions in me. It’s like a hurricane building up in the Gulf of Mexico inside of me when I read a SK novel. I have never been so invested in a book series so much, especially such a long book series. I only had one issue with this novel which I will address in the next paragraph.


The main female character is Susan. She was my biggest problem with this book. For the first half of the book I had a love-hate relationship with her. I was annoyed by her constant complaining and she was hard to like. I’ll admit there were times during the first where I did like her, but I mostly just didn’t like her for that portion of the book. The second half of the book something change about her and I started to like her more. Maybe she didn’t change and I was just more invested in the novel since I was no longer busy and could just concentrate on that, but I started to like her more. Susan isn’t my favorite Dark-Hunter heroine. In fact she was one of my least favorites for a good while. She still isn’t a character I love, but I do like her a lot more than when I first met her. Aside from that Susan was a strong character. She held her own in a fight and at times reminded of Tabitha from Seize the Night when it came to fighting.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7.5

The main male character is Ravyn. I like Ravyn and I think he’s an interesting character in the DH world; although most of the males seem to be. Ravyn was a Were-Hunter who was brutally wronged and when Artemis heard his cry for vengeance she turned him into a Dark-Hunter. Ravyn has some Were-Hunter powers, but not all of them. He’s lost his ability to time travel and other powers that play important roles for Were-Hunters, but with him losing powers also made him a strong Dark-Hunter with even more enhancement than the others. Here’s an example: his hearing is twice as better than a regular DH because he already had excellent hearing.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 8.5




The Villain- Stryker is the villain once again. I have a soft spot for Stryker. Maybe it’s because he’s such a great villain and I’m curious about reading his story, but I think Stryker is totally kick-ass and he scares me greatly. These Spathis are sooooo evil. And I love it. ;)


Villain Scale: 9.5

Nick Gautier is back! But I don’t love him as much as I used to because I miss his jokes and sarcasm. Now he’s just so… well read it to know how he acts because I don’t want to give anything away. Otto, Kyl, and Leo are such great additions to the book, especially Leo who I really like.

Character Scale: 8.5

This book was such a tease when it came to the ending. God, that ending! I haven’t read such a great ending like this is a while. I was just baffled and completely like
Timon say what Pictures, Images and Photos

I can’t explain how blown away I was by this novel without giving away spoilers (which I don’t want to do). I can’t wait for Acheron’s novel, which I’m getting closer to; because I know it’ll be amazing.Overall I wasn't disappointed and I definitely suggest giving this series a shot.


Cover Thoughts: I like the color, but that’s it. I don’t like the guy at all because I don’t think that’s what Ravyn looks like. The guy isn't hot at all. I wish they would at least try to find models that somewhat fit the description.



Thursday, August 9, 2012

I Finished...

I finished the book I was reading, Dark Side of the Moon. I have a lot going on right now and don't have time to write a review at the moment, but be on the look out for it. Right now I'm trying to start/read Angel Fire. Let's hope it's as good as Angel Burn!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

New Music Video

I think like two days ago the King for a Day video was released, but I've been super busy and haven't had time to watch it. I finally did tonight and here's my thoughts:



I am a huge Pierce the Veil fan. When I first listened to them I was like "Yeah they are OK, nothing special." Then I listened to the songs on their first album, truly listened and I was blown away. After that I've been hooked. I haven't listened to their newest album Collide with the Sky yet because I'm waiting for money for iTunes. With that being said it means I haven't heard King for a Day at all and didn't know what to expect. The video was brilliant and funny. I laughed at what the band did to the bank manager with the guns. Absolutely brilliant. It also doesn't hurt that we get Vic and Kellan form Sleeping with Sirens in the same room and song. :) The song is amazing. I love the song and if their new songs are this good I have a feeling I'll love their new album. I love that Kellan was in the video and OMG his voice was just perfect for this song. I think this is probably one of the best collaborations ever.

King for a Day Music Video

Check out the video and leave your thoughts in the comments. I want to know what other people think. ♥

Night World Volume 1 by L.J. Smith

Night World, No. 1 (Night World, #1-3)

Night World Volume 1 by L.J. Smith

First, second, and third in the Night World series

5 stars

Night World is a collection of the first three novels into an omnibus. Vampires, werewolves, witches, shapeshifters- live among us without our knowing. Their world is known as the Night World, a secret society with strict rules. The number one rule is falling in love with humans and the consequences for breaking this rule can mean death. Secret Vampire is the first novel and is about Poppy who discovers that she has a very rare form of cancer and that she will die soon. Her best friend, James, is a vampire and he’ll do anything to save her. The second novel is Daughters of Darkness. Mary Lynette meets three very odd girls at her neighbor’s house who turn out to be vampires. Then their brother, Ash, comes to town to bring them back home and she has an attraction that she wish wasn’t there to him. The third novel is Spellbinder, which is about Thea and Blaise two cousins who are very different from each other. When they transfer to a new school Thea is attracted to Eric and Blaise wants to toy with him like every other boy. There’s something about Smith’s writing that captivates me. It sucks me in and I finish this huge collection in a day or two because it’s just so good. Her writing and storytelling just traps me and puts me under a spell that not very many writers can do. If you don’t know who Smith is I’m convinced you live under a rock or just don’t watch TV. Her show and series, The Vampire Diaries, is a big hit in the US. I have to admit I don’t see why the Vampire Diaries is a show when it’s obvious that Night World is a hundred times better. My favorite novel would have to be Daughters of Darkness. I’m going to break down each book and my thoughts on it.

Book One- Secret Vampire

*Read summary above if forgotten what it’s about*

The main female character is Poppy. Poppy was a normal teenager and I immediately found her easy to relate to. I think she was very brave for what she went through. Her actions at the end made me think of her as an idiot, but she’s impulsive. It’s part of her personality, so it made her actions understandable, but I still think it was an idiotic move.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 8

The main male character is James. I like James, but I didn’t love him. James is a character that was likeable, but didn’t really elicit very much emotion from. I liked him a lot, but I didn’t love him and he’s not my favorite male character in the collection of stories.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 8

The Villain- Ash… ;) He’s not a “bad” villain, but he’s an entertaining one and it doesn’t hurt that I think he’s awesome.

Villain Scale: 7

Poppy’s twin brother, Phil, is a huge character in this book. I appreciated their relationship and loved how protective he was of her. It’s nice to read about a relationship between brother and sister that seemed real.

Character Scale: 8

Final Thoughts: I liked Secret Vampire a lot, but I wish it would’ve been longer.


Book Two- Daughters of Darkness

*Read summary above if forgotten*

The main female character is Mary Lynette. I liked Mary Lynette. It took me a little bit longer to connect with her than it did with Poppy, but I thought she was a great character.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 7.5

The main male character is Ash. Yes the Ash from Secret Vampire. I really like Ash and I think he’s awesome. He can be a jerk, but at least admits to it and doesn’t sugar coat anything. I liked reading Ash’s POVs more than Mary Lynette’s.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 9.5

The Villain- I decided to leave that one a secret… and only the people who’ve read it know.

Villain Scale: 7

There were a lot more characters in this novel than in Secret Vampire. There were Ash’s sisters, Jade, Rowan, and Kestrel. Jade was the most prominent of the sisters and I felt that the other sisters should have gotten more of a chance to shine. Then there was Mary Lynette’s brother, Mark. Mark was a cool little brother, but I didn’t understand why he and Jade were a couple it seemed kind of thrown in.

Character Scale: 8.5

Final Thoughts: That ending! I need more of Ash and Mary Lynette. That ending was totally unfair, but also a really good one. The characters were a little lacking, but everything else was perfect.



Book Three- Spellbinder

*Look above for summary if forgotten*

The main female character is Thea. Thea was a good character, but she wasn’t really anything special. I didn’t connect to her and she didn’t feel real to me.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 5

The main male character is Eric. I honestly didn’t see why Thea and Blaise were fighting over Eric. He was honestly nothing special. He was as bland as unbuttered toast. I didn’t feel anything while reading about him and I could care less about his relationship with Thea.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 3

The Villain- Blaise could be considered the villain, but I liked her more than Thea. I feel like the book would’ve been more interesting with alternating POVs between Thea and Blaise.

Villain Scale: 5

Character Scale: 4.5


Final Thoughts: This book lacked and I have a lot of problems with it. The characters weren’t good and didn’t do anything for me. The witchcraft wasn’t really well mentioned and just seemed thrown in because it’s supposed to be paranormal. The romance sucked, but the ending was actually good and the only redeeming quality Spellbinder had to offer.


You’re probably wondering why give this book 5 stars if you didn’t like Spellbinder? I’m giving this book five stars because even though Spellbinder sucked I still enjoyed Secret Vampire and Daughters of Darkness. I also somewhat enjoyed Spellbinder. Mostly I’m giving it five stars instead of 4.5 because of Smith’s writing.


Cover Thoughts: I like the cover it’s simple and I don’t know why but I really like it.

  

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

XVI by Julia Karr

XVI (XVI, #1)

XVI by Julia Karr

First in the XVI series

5 stars

In Nina Oberon’s world girls get a XVI tattoo on their wrist on their sixteenth birthday. Most girls can’t wait to be sixteen- legal, but not Nina. She knows that she has no choice in becoming legal, but if her life continues to be normal everything will be okay. When her mother dies secrets start unraveling and Nina starts to question everything. Everything she believed about her life is a lie and that there’s only one person that can help, Sal, who may be the only person with a key to her past. XVI is an amazing book. It’s as simple as that. This book is what I want most dystopians to be like. While I’m sure most people will disagree I think this book is probably one of the best dystopians I’ve read. Karr’s right was entrancing. I felt sucked into Nina’s world the minute I read the first word. XVI had interesting characters and great plots. The world created was realistic and explained well. I wish the book would have been longer though 325 pages just wasn’t enough.


The main female character is Nina. Nina is a strong character, not as strong as some heroines, but still a strong heroine. There were moments when I didn’t really like her, but the moments were rare.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 9

The main male character is Sal. I’m not a big fan of Sal. I don’t like him or hate him. He just doesn’t elicit emotion from me. Maybe it’s too soon in the series for me to like him. Even though he doesn’t make me feel any emotions I do think he is good for Nina. I’m looking forward to where the relationship goes.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 7.5

The Villain- I honestly don’t want to give this villain away. I feel like if I so much as say one little thing about the bad guy I’ll give away the adventure of reading.

Villain Scale: 9

Nina’s friends played such a great role in this novel especially Sandy. Nina’s sister and grandparents also play great roles in the novel and I’m looking forward to where all these characters go in the future.

Character Scale: 8.5

One thing I really liked was there was no love triangle. There could have been one, but Nina said no (Thank God!). Sometimes books don’t need love triangles and I don’t think this series needs one. Hopefully there won’t be one in the future books. This was a fantastic debut and I think Karr has a lot of talent. XVI really is a great book, but don’t take my word for it. Check it out yourself. I promise you won’t be completely disappointed. I look forward to the sequel, which I can’t wait to get my hands on.


Cover Thoughts: I like the cover and how the words XVI look like scissor cuts on the paper. I don’t really like how the cover looks on the computer though. It looks a thousand times better in person.



Sunday, August 5, 2012

TV TALK: School Spirts

I know I'm sorry I'm late. I haven't done this in three weeks. I'm terrible. :( sorry So today I'll talk about a new series I've started watching on Syfy called

*drumroll please*




This show is about well haunted schools. It reminds me of this show I used to watch when I was little I think the show was called The Haunted. School Spirits interviews people with experiences surrounding spirits at schools. Sometimes the people they interview are just stupid and not scary at all. I like the creepy episodes that give me goosebumps and make me not want to go to bathroom alone or walk down a dark hall. Those are the episodes I watch if they don't do that I usually start to fade away and read my book. I'm reading Dark Side of the Moon right now so look out for that review. It's a pretty good show and I like it. There's nothing on Wednesdays right now so it's nice to have something to watch.

You can watch School Spirits on Wednesdays on Syfy ate 10/9c

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs (Jane Jameson, #1)

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

First in the Jane Jameson series

5 stars

Jane Jameson’s day couldn’t get any worse. First she was fired from her job as a children’s librarian and was paid with a Shenanigans gift certificate. While spending her Shenanigans certificate on alcohol she meets Gabriel. She doesn’t think much about him other than he’s hot and he would probably never go for a girl like her. As she is going home her car breaks down and as she’s walking, she is mistaken for a deer and shot. Gabriel turns out to be a vampire and followed Jane home to make sure she was safe. Gabriel turns Jane into a vampire and now she must face the world of the undead. Let me just start by saying that I love the titles for the Jane Jameson books. They are always so funny. This book is hilarious. I don’t remember the last time I last so much. Harper’s writing is easy and fun which makes the tone of the book light and comedic. This book was a refreshing change from my usual adult vampire romance. I usually tend to read dark ones with comedy, but Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs was light and funny. The relationship between Jane and Gabriel is odd, but it’s not like stalker or an unhealthy relationship odd. Their relationship is just well odd. I like their relationship though and it’s not rushed. It gradually builds up and the end hints to something more. In the Jane Jameson world people know vampires exist. They know about werewolves and other creatures that have come out the closet, but that doesn’t mean they necessarily tolerate them.


The main female character is Jane. Jane Jameson is hands down one of my most favorite heroines ever. She’s funny, witty, sarcastic, and she’s honest. Jane is no Mary Sue. She has a backbone and Jane’s POV is hilarious. Harper has created a brilliant character with problems that can make you laugh and sympathize with. Jane is probably one of my favorite heroines I’ve ever read about.


Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 10

The main male character is Gabriel. I love Gabriel. I think Harper has a knack for creating characters that I either love or hate but can appreciate. Gabriel has his jerk moments in this novel, but he wasn’t that bad. I really like Gabriel and he’s perfect for Jane.


Swoon Worthy Scale: 9

The Villain- Read it and you’ll find out who causes Jane’s problems.

Villain Scale: 7.5

Jane’s recently deceased aunt, Aunt Jettie, who takes up residence in her home is hilarious and brings just as much fun to the novel as Jane. Jane’s best friend, Zeb, balances Jane out perfectly. Andrea, a girl that let’s vampires feed off of her (I can’t remember what they are called) starts to show that she’ll be an important part of the series. Dick, another vampire, is just funny and makes me laugh as much as the rest of the characters. I applaud you Molly Harper for creating an outstanding cast of characters.
Mary Poppins applaud Pictures, Images and Photos

Character Scale: 9.5

Harper is a great writer and she creates great characters, but also an entertaining world. She’s definitely a writer to look out for and if you’re in the mood for a light, funny paranormal novel I suggest picking this up. Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs is a terrific novel and I can’t say more because I don’t want to spoil anything.


Cover Thoughts: I like the cover. I think it is light and fun just like the book. I don’t really like how the guy is standing behind her and it bothers me for some reason.