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Book Review – Poison Princess

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Title: Poison Princess

Author: Kresley Cole

Genre: Young Adult Post-Apocalyptic Supernatural Romance

Length: 369

Rating: 5 Star

Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3

Description/Synopsis:

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Just inject this story into my veins.

Oh Kresley Cole, though I love your smut you did have me worried with the last book when you started mentioning things like ‘steaming semen.’ I could tell you wrote the book at certain sections, such as the main character being a confused girl with untapped power (check) and the allure of bad boys with attitude problems (check), but most the book seemed like it was written by a completely different author. Well done! That shows great skill to me. It was amazing to see how much you can focus on creating such a world and the people in it when you dont have to focus on throbbing penises popping up all the time.

Right from the get go I was snagged in the story. I loved the approach of slowly introducing everything and everyone in three different time frames. The 1st, the present after ‘The Flash,’ then through story telling the days before the flash, and finally all the days after the end of pretty much everything that lead our main character Evie to where she is at the beginning of the book. Though I was snagged from the beginning, the second I think I realised that the book was seriously going to hit me was before the Flash even happened. We are introduced to Evie’s best friend Mel at a number of points. After she did something that just made me love her character thinking “My Gods I love Mel,” straight after it was followed by “holly crap and shes totally going to die in the next couple of pages…” That moment right there sealed the book for me. Its one thing to make me laugh (which it did), its another to make me sad. I was seriously depressed and completely heartbroken. There was also another point which nearly had me in tears.

As people will probably work out quickly is that I am never a fan of zombies, which seem to be completely unavoidable when it comes to post-apocalyptic stories, so that was a downfall for me. Though they didn’t call them zombies and they didnt eat brains, they were pretty much the same. They were called bagmen and they were gross slimy creatures that just want to suck up the remaining water from the earth and thusly attack people for the water in their bodies. However I really liked  the idea of people embodying Cole’s interpretation of the Major Arcana Tarot Cards, and gaining power from them and engaging in epic battles that seem to repeat throughout the ages.

Jackson – The only character that we are properly introduced to that doesnt get a card. He probably doesnt need one though because his tough attitude and willingness to beat a man to death kind of helps him live. Im not really all that keen on Jack personally, he had just way too much teen drama going on for my liking, and everytime he said things like “A man has needs and if you dont give them too much ill get them somewhere else” I wanted to slap him. Of course, I wanted to slap Evie more for still pining after him when he said stuff like that to her.

The Empress Card is Evie – Evie is the main character, and I have bits of mixed feelings about her character. I loved the fact that she was a preppy popular cheerleader rather than a quiet girl who doesnt like the spotlight. Through most the book she was fighting and denying her awesome power which lets her control and grow plants, because she doesnt want to become the evil lady from her dreams. But then at the end of the book she has a dramatic change and totally embraces it and the idea of being the evil lady. How quickly this happened didnt work for me, and I found it annoying that she thought that if she practised her powers she had to be an evil person… She could have totally just embraced her powers and used them to put plants back on the earth, rather than using them to rip a guy in half.

Death – He is the big bad that is trying to kill Evie. Though we didnt get as much as I would have liked of him, he is probably one of my more favourite characters. Apparently for the next book he is going to be in the book more because a love triangle forms between him, Evie, and Jacks because past cards have had a love connection between the Empress and Death. I really cant wait to see how that turns out.

The Fool is Matthew – Completely bonkers and completely loveable. I dont know why, but I have a soft spot for characters of the crazy sort. You would be crazy and annoying too if you saw everything, past present and future. He is in my top favourite characters, even though I can completely understand why some of the other characters wanted to hit him. He requires much patience.

The Hermit – His character was slightly annoying to me. His character of being a super bad guy who tortures girls felt just way too forceful. Someone of such a sick personality could easily have been conveyed far better if it was said in less obvious ways without to repetition.

The Moon and The Magician – I didnt really get to know these characters to have much of an opinion of them, though at this time I like the Magician more than the Moon.

Be warned, the book ends on a major cliff hanger and many things go unanswered, and I don’t know if this is an attempt by Cole to make people buy the next book or not, but its going to be really painful for me to wait until October 1st to read the next instalment!

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Book Review – Predatory

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Title: Predatory

Author: Alexandra Ivy, Nina Bangs, Dianne Duvall, Hanna Jayne.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Length: 254

Rating: 2-3 star average

Release Date: May 7th 2013

Description/Synopsis:

Four of today’s most exciting paranormal authors take readers into the thrilling realm of vampires, immortals, and other supernatural beings with a thirst for illicit desire…

Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy
Ph.D student Angela Locke has a crush on her sexy professor, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. When she learns he’s actually a Sentinel with extraordinary powers, she joins forces with him to catch a psychopath. But soon, their hottest pursuit is of each other…

Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs
Cassie Tyler agrees to sub for her friend at the funeral home where she works. But she gets more than she bargained for when a group of men attack her and a vampire comes to her rescue. . .

In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall
Immortal Richart d’Alençon can’t forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he saved her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist. . .

High Stakes by Hannah Jayne
When vampire fashionista Nina LaShay’s design contest rival is found dead, she’s the prime suspect. Sexy photographer Pike is number two. He’s the kind of man who makes Nina salivate. But will she have to reveal herself to have him–and to save them both? Or does Pike have a secret of his own?​

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Out Of Control by Alexandra Ivy 2 Star

This section of the book didnt impress me very much and it was very difficult to get into reading the book at all when it had such a poor opening story. To me this was basically just a shorty story version of a porno, just a quick bang that happens for the most random reasons which everyone is supposed to believe it plausible but really never would happen in a million years.The characters come into the story, instantly love or rather lust after one another. I didn’t feel any connect between the two main characters at all and found the overall insistence of the author that they actually love each other annoying because I didn’t believe it. The characters were hollow and I could barely tell the difference between them as I read, and the character Nikolo’s constant reminder that he was this great and powerful Sentinel was horrible. I understood that fact the first or at the very latest the third time you told me. Angela was also supposed to be smart, but some of the dialogue she spewed forth was just so idiotic I actually stopped reading for a bit to get over what had just been said.

Each of the stories in this book are very short but this one suffered greatly for the 60ish page limit each one had. The story really is just meant to a ‘trailer’ for a series of books that will be coming out at a later date, but it really wasnt suited for it. A story that could fit comfortably into a series let alone a full sized novel should not have been forced into such a small space. The idea of turning this book into a preview of ones to come kind of made me angry. The series name shall be Sentinel

All that being said though I have given the story a 2 star rating because if it wasn’t so short and wasn’t mainly focused on the sex, the actual story idea would have been very good. It has very X-Men qualities to it that could be very interesting. I would consider reading at least one book from the actual series to see if it has been presented better.

Ties That Bind by Nina Bangs – 3 Star

I didn’t mind this story so much.Granted it did move a tad quickly, but the stories within this book don’t really have much of a choice in the matter. The story line was enough to keep me interested until the end, but not so great as to leave a very big impression on me once I had finished reading it. The only thing that greatly stood out in this story was that the main character Cassie didn’t seem to have a very set personality like the author couldn’t quite make up her mind about which one persona she wanted her character to take. Other than that however, it was alright and it would probably be worth a read.

In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall – 4 Star

We just keep going up with the star rating don’t we? But I actually loved this story. Though we had very little time with the characters I actually felt like I got to know them and could tell each of the apart and their names weren’t mentioned directly after a section of dialogue.This one is also a sort of preview for a series for books already published called Immortal Guardians, but this one didn’t leave me disappointed or anything at the end.It seemed to span over a greater period of time so the storyline didnt seem so rushed but was left open to more if it wanted. For this one I dare say I was supposed to know the characters before I started reading to know some of the background that was happening/mentioned, but I never once felt like I was missing something. It was very well put together or a short preview.

Also a romance, it didn’t focus on the sex either and the relationship seemed to grow more than something that was slapped together for the sake of it. The only thing really that I have to complain about with this book as that it kept switching character perspective when it wasn’t supposed to, but I don’t know if everyone would pick up on it, and it sure didn’t ruin the story for me. It was mainly something I picked up on because I try to focus on details like that when I send my response to the author that was kind enough to let me read the story before it was published.

Anyway, I now eagerly await the day I can read the actual series and get far more of these characters I fell in love with and the ones I wish I knew more about.

High Stakes by Hannah Jayne 2 Star

I fell asleep 3 times while reading this story. Thats a lot for about 60 pages of writing and having not been one bit tired. I was expecting more from this final story since the other ones seemed to improve the more I read into the book, but this one made the overall rating fall right back. The author tried to make it very hip and now to how people on the internet or some people on the street tend to speak, but what I think the author failed to pick up on that some of those things are really only said by 14 year olds and older people tend to stay away from the ridiculous sayings. It didn’t really work with the age group the book was trying to reach.

Again a preview for an already published series called Underworld Detection Agency, the story itself wasn’t so bad from a how it was written kind of way, and I felt like I was missing things in this story. Our main character is supposed to be a vampire but the only thing that really comes about from this fact in the story is she catches on fire at one point and heals quickly, other than that nothing. It probably would have been better to leave this out all together and have it as a normal human murder fashion mystery rather than a seemingly pathetic vampire that doesn’t really seem to do anything that makes her a kick ass of the night. I feel the series might reveal more, but for this it just wasnt needed to add the paranormal aspect to the story.

Combine all this with a predictable ending, you have a pretty boring story. I guess the second I met a characters sister with the thoughts “The sister did it” before I even knew what it was, that she would be the master behind all the evil. Then sure enough I was right. When I jump to conclusions I would like to be made to feel at least doubtful if not proven wrong by such a judgement.

The Overall Book

I received this book from the publishing company (I think) on NetGalley for my honest review, but If was to go and buy this book, it would only really be for In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall. It was the only section that made it a worthy read really. Or if you feel the other might actually appeal to you, I would suggest that I buy the actual books from the series rather than this book of previews. Its just not worth it for the whole thing.

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Book Review – Losing It

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Title: Losing It [Losing it 1]

Author: Cora Carmack

Genre: Romance

Length: 184

Rating: 5 Star

Release Date: March 28th 2013

Series Review: 1, 1.5, 233.5

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Description/Synopsis:

Love.Romance. Sex. There’s a first time for everything…
As far as Bliss Edwards can tell, she’s the last virgin standing, certainly amongst her friends. And she’s determined to deal with the ‘problem’ as quickly and simply as possible.
But her plan for a no-strings one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially when she arrives for her first class and recognises her hot new British professor.
She’d left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier…

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was immensely happy the entire time I was reading this and just could not put it down. With such obvious passion from the author, it was nearly impossible to not fall in love with her brilliantly crafted characters and get swept away as the story unfolds.

I got this book from the author off of NetGalley, and I am so happy that the author allowed me to read it. Most time these days I pick up a romance novel with the mind set of and now for another trashy romance novel… Regardless of whether or not I enjoy the trashy kind, I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to find it was not the case here. Even though the book seems to start off faced paced, it isn’t at all. It moves along at a pace that the book itself, you, and even the main character Bliss, are perfectly happy to move along at.

At first I was sceptical about our main characters name… Bliss… It certainly didn’t really help me not to think of the trashy kind of romance novel to say the least. But as I read on and got to know Bliss through her delightful and just down right funny inner dialogue I found that she had that name because it was her name. She couldn’t have any other. It was a kind of funny ironic fit considering pretty much nothing ever seems to work out quite as ‘blissfully’ as she always hopes.

Throughout the book I was continuing laughing at things that were said/happening. For example~

‘ “I have a cat! I do!” Damn it… why couldn’t I ever remember my imaginary cat’s gender? “Umm… she’s grey and adorable and her name is…” I said the first thing that popped into my head, “Hamlet.”

I was a genius.’

I can’t even to begin to tell you what that line did to me. Just thinking about it makes me want to just go back and read it again so that the warmth I felt the first time around can be felt over again and last just that little bit longer.

Encase it wasn’t obvious enough, I highly recommend this book. If you are a lover of romance novels and want a heart warming and loveable change from the more erotic sex based books, pick up a copy of Losing It.