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Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ If You Can’t Stand the Heat …

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Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews is a weekly feature where we’ll share some mini-reviews Alice-style.


Hidden Embers (Dragon’s Heat #2) by Tessa Adams

Deep in the New Mexico desert there is a secret race on the brink of extinction—the pure-blood shapeshifters of the Dragonstar clan. And they have one last, desperate hope for survival…

Quinn Maguire is a powerful Dragonstar healer at a tragic loss, unable to cure the insidious disease killing off his people. Yet even in such dire circumstances the conservative Quinn is secretly disapproving of the alternative: Dr. Jasmine Kane, enlisted by the head of the Dragonstar clan to help abort the virus. She is a wild card. She is an outsider. She is human.

Decked out in black leather and a tough attitude, Jasmine clashes with Quinn in more ways than one. And when destiny chooses her for his Mate, he doesn’t know whether to rejoice or rebel. Because while Jasmine makes him burn hotter than any woman—dragon or human—ever has, their differences make a relationship impossible.

But when a rival infiltrates the clan and attacks Jasmine, Quinn becomes desperate. Jasmine is now the first human to be infected with the disease—and Quinn must do everything he can to find a cure, and save the woman he has grown to love.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: He was tired. {Quinn}
Closing Line: It was more than enough. {Quinn}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

Quinn Maguire, a 471-year old dragon, is the Dragonstar clan’s healer. He has been struggling to find a cure for the mysterious illness that has been killing his family and friends. Dylan, the clan leader, makes another bold move by allowing his mate, Phoebe to bring in her friend and hematologist to help. Jasmine (Jazz), on her way to the clan’s residence in New Mexico, has a tire blow-out and meets a sexy stranger in a bar. Jazz has no idea that the handsome stranger is Quinn. Thinking of their magical night as a one-night stand, she’s surprised to find, once she arrives at the clan residence, he’s the doctor she’s supposed to be helping. Their relationship is bumpy for much of the book. Jazz has had a rough past and refuses to let a man control her. Quinn does his best to deal with her ups and downs and his attraction to her, all while working day and night to save his people.

Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations” ~ Alice

Tessa Adams is not a new2me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

This series is super hot. It’s classified as erotic romance and rightly so. The thermostat is set to high from the start and only continues to get hotter as the story progresses. So, if you can’t stand the heat, this is not the series for you. If you like your dragons extra spicy with a side of saucy, this is absolutely the series for you. The Dragonstar clan’s plight is heartbreaking. Their fight to save their people balances out the highly charged sex nicely. This series quickly became one of my favorite PNR reads. I look forward to reading Forbidden Embers, which tells Logan’s story, when it is released in Oct 2011.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves” ~ The Dutchess

Reaching a hand out, she tangled her fingers in Quinn’s shaggy black hair, savoring its silky softness as the strands wound themselves around her fingers. His eyes darkened to the lush, verdant green of the rain forest at twilight, and his mouth – that sensuous mouth with its full, kissable lower lip – parted on a harsh, indrawn breath.


“We are all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat award for the intense roller coaster of emotions it evoked in me.




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ Psychics Make Mistakes Too

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Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews is a weekly feature where we’ll share some mini-reviews Alice-style.


Killer Insight (Psychic Eye Mystery #4) by Victoria Laurie

When a childhood friend of Abby’s from Denver, Colorado, finds herself short one bridesmaid, it doesn’t take a professional psychic to see the opportunity for a much-needed getaway. But one bridesmaid after the next is mysteriously flying the coop, and Abby’s intuition tells her their final destination isn’t pretty. With the wedding party falling apart and her gift of sight never quite so foggy, Abby has to save the date-and herself from becoming the next taffeta-clad target.









“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: As I looked down the black barrel of the .38 pointed directly at my chest, and into the familiar eyes of my killer, all I could think was, I’m a friggin’ psychic, for Pete’s sake! {Abby}
Closing Line: “Deal,” he said, and we shook on it. {Dutch}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

Abby and Dutch have, what she’d hoped would be, a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. But, when things don’t go as planned and Dutch tells her that he needs a little time to work on a major FBI case, she feels like he’s blowing her off and they split. She heads to her best friend’s wedding in Denver. There she reunites with her BFF’s older brother and Abby’s former crush, Duffy. When Abby sees a picture of Gail, one of the bridesmaids, she realizes she’s dead. Abby tries to help Sheriff Duffy find the body and the killer. She starts to believe the killer is her BFF’s fiance. Not exactly the relaxing vacation she’d planned.

Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations” ~ Alice

Victoria Laurie is not a new2me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

I always enjoy reading books in this series. The characters are a hoot and the relationship between Abby and Dutch has been fun, up until this book that is. While anyone who has read this series knows, Abby is a trouble magnet. Her psychic abilities while strong are not infallible, but that is one of the things that makes her more “real”, IMO. The start of this book had me flying through the story to find out who the killer was and what was really going to happen to Abby. It was a 4★-read for me until ROLL-OVER SPOILER That just didn’t fit for me. I’m interested to see if this has further impact on their relationship in the future installments. What I did like was getting more info on Abby’s relationship (or lack thereof) with her mother, Claire.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves” ~ The Dutchess

“Top? Or bottom?” {Dutch} “Side to side.” {Abby}


“We are all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat award for reminding me that psychics make mistakes too.




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ Things That Make Ya Go, Hmmm

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Iron Crowned (Dark Swan #3) by Richelle Mead

I like this UK cover better than the US version

Shaman-for-hire Eugenie Markham is the best at banishing entities trespassing in the mortal realm. But as the Thorn Land’s queen, she’s fast running out of ways to end the brutal war devastating her kingdom. Her only hope: the Iron Crown, a legendary object even the most powerful gentry fear…

Who Eugenie can trust is the hardest part. Fairy king Dorian has his own agenda for aiding her search. And Kiyo, her shape-shifter ex-boyfriend, has every reason to betray her along the way. To control the Crown’s ever-consuming powers, Eugenie will have to confront an unimaginable temptation–one that will put her soul and the fate of two worlds in mortal peril…




“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: Don’t confuse fairy queens with fairy princesses. {Eugenie}
Closing Line: I looked away, not meeting his eyes—because I had a crazy feeling he was right. {Eugenie}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

We pick up where Thorn Queen left off. Dorian and Eugenie are united in their fight against the Rowan Queen. Eugenie sets out on a quest to find the Iron Crown in an attempt to end the war. That’s where the story starts to get … odd. I was happily surprised to find I was actually beginning to like Genie’s sister, Jasmine. Dorian remains my favorite character throughout this series. He is who he is and you know what to expect from him. Genie on the other hand was all over the place in this installment. She was frustrated with her “unwanted powers”, but equally paraded it about shouting how powerful she is as the Thorn Queen. There was also a lot of back and forth between the two worlds. While I enjoy a pop-in to check on the roomie, business, etc, this one had me wishing she’d stick to the fae realm.

Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations” ~ Alice

Richelle Mead is not a New2Me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

Kiyo is back and boy, are the fans a roar. Not in a good way though. This book has definitely ruffled some readers’ feathers. While I didn’t hop on the “I hate Eugenie” bandwagon, I was stumped by her decisions. I’m holding out faith that the next installment, Shadow Heir will reunite us with the Genie we first fell in love with in Storm Born. This book did one thing extremely well, it got the fans talking and spreading the word about the series.
Honestly, I am not quite sure how to rate it. Since I’m undecided on 2.5 or 3 demons, I’ll round up to 3 since I haven’t fully given up hope for Eugenie.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves” ~ The Dutchess

This quote is Eugenie’s Iron Crowned experience in a nutshell.


“I told you that long ago, that the Oak King’s own agenda will always come first. As will the kitsune’s. But, unsurprisingly, my mistress chooses to ignore the only sound advice given to her and instead listens to those who use affection for their own purposes.” {Eugenie’s demon, Volusian}


“We are all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book almost got the Queen of Hearts award, but I am planning on continuing the series.
So, this book receives the Cheshire Cat award for characters who evoke such strong reactions from fans – whether good or bad.




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ Meow!

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Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews is a weekly feature where we’ll share some mini-reviews Alice-style.


Here Kitty, Kitty! (Magnus Pack #3) by Shelly Laurenston

What do you do when you’ve got a hillbilly tiger by the tail? Or maybe the question should be: what wouldn’t you do…

Nikolai Vorislav likes his single life just as it is. Simple, relaxing and quiet. What he doesn’t need is some foul-mouthed Texan hellcat living in his house, eating his food, flirting with his idiot brothers and shooting holes in his home with his granddaddy-s gun. But those long legs, dark eyes and lethal tongue are making Nik insane and he fears he may be caught in the sexiest animal trap ever.

Angelina Santiago doesn’t know how she got from Texas to North Carolina in a night or how she ended up in some hillbilly tiger’s house wearing only a sheet. What she does know is that she doesn’t like good ol’ boys with slow, sexy drawls who can’t seem to stop rubbing up against her. Yet in order to protect her friends, Angie has to stay with a cat who seems hellbent on finding all sorts of delicious ways to make her purr.

Warning – this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and strong violence.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: He didn’t actually see the wall until he walked into it. {Prologue: Nikolai}
Closing Line: For life. {Nikolai}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

Big cats have always been my favorite animals and Nikolai Vorislav has now proven they are among my favorite shifters as well. Nik is happy being unattached. He was perfectly fine alone until his brothers brought the long-legged beauty, Angelina Santiago, into his house. She was attacked by hyenas, rescued and kidnapped all in the same day. She demands they take her to Sara & Zach, but the pack asks her to wait a bit because they have their hands full at the moment keeping a pregnant Miki safe. True to form, she tortures Nik with her over-the-top purchases (using his money) and constantly calls him a hillbilly. Nik’s mom and dad are monogamous, but that’s not typical with big cats. His sister, Kisa and cousin, Reena tease him when he starts displaying signs of a man/shifter who has found his mate. The pairing is once again a perfect match. These two balance each other out with her spicy attitude and his sweet Southern charm. (I do love it when a southern man says, “Sugar.” Mmmm)

Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations” ~ Alice

Shelly Laurenston was not a New2Me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

Shelly really knows how to write spicy hot shifters. I have had so much fun reading this series!
I am looking forward to reading her Pride series next.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves” ~ The Dutchess

As always, there is no shortage of LOL and/or sizzlin’ hot quotes. These are just a couple of my favorites.


“Because, Sugar… you make me purr.” {Nikolai}
“Claws! Claws! Claws in my ass!” {Angie}
“Dammit, man … You’re a cat. Act like one!” {Ban, Nik’s brother}


“We are all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat award for making me wish I had a 700-pound Siberian tiger to snuggle.




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ Welcome to the Apocalypse

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Enclave (Razorland Trilogy #1) by Ann Aguirre

WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE

In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: “I was born during the second holocaust.” {Girl15}
Closing Line: “When she opened the door to us fully, we went inside.” {Deuce}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

I listened to this audiobook and it made it so easy to visualize myself in Deuce’s post-apocalyptic New York. Deuce lives in the Enclave where there are set rules and everyone has a job. They do not question those rules. At least she doesn’t, not until a boy from Topside, Fade, arrives and is partnered up with her. He follows the rules when they go along with his own plans. Death is the penalty for breaking the rules. Deuce is a skilled hunter. What are they hunting? Zombies! They are called Freaks in this world. While they used to be George Romero bumbling idiot types, now they are becoming smarter and more terrifying. Deuce is having a hard time trusting Fade, but when you’re outside of the Enclave – just you and your partner – it’s either fight together or die alone.


Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” ~ Alice

Ann Aguirre was not a new2me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

The only thing not to like about this book is its length. It was over too quickly. Ann’s writing pulls you into her stories, whether they be set in space (Sirantha Jax) or down below a devastated city. The audiobook felt like I was watching a movie. The narrator, Emily Bauer, did a fantastic job of bringing Ann’s story to life. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must watch the book trailer; it’s a very good visualization. On her website, Ann has also posted drawings of the main characters, be sure to take a look at her vision of Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan. You can also read the first two chapters in pdf or ePub format and listen to an interview with Ann about Enclave and her reasons for writing about the apocalypse.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.” ~ The Duchess

This quote sums up the life or death situations they face together.


“I have your back. I didn’t mean only when it’s easy. All the time.” {Fade}


“We’re all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat award for Ann’s amazing ability to bring her characters and their worlds to life!




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ Vamp Noir

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Bloodshot (Cheshire Red Reports #1) by Cherie Priest

VAMPIRE FOR HIRE

Raylene Pendle (AKA Cheshire Red), a vampire and world-renowned thief, doesn’t usually hang with her own kind. She’s too busy stealing priceless art and rare jewels. But when the infuriatingly charming Ian Stott asks for help, Raylene finds him impossible to resist—even though Ian doesn’t want precious artifacts. He wants her to retrieve missing government files—documents that deal with the secret biological experiments that left Ian blind. What Raylene doesn’t bargain for is a case that takes her from the wilds of Minneapolis to the mean streets of Atlanta. And with a psychotic, power-hungry scientist on her trail, a kick-ass drag queen on her side, and Men in Black popping up at the most inconvenient moments, the case proves to be one hell of a ride.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: “You wouldn’t believe some of the weird shit people pay me to steal.” {Raylene}
Closing Line: “I couldn’t help but smile. Life was getting back to normal again … God help us all.” {Raylene}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

I had the best time listening to this book! The narrator, Natalie Ross, sounded so familiar to me. Then, I realized she’s Mac from Moning’s Fever series.

Raylene is an absolute hoot! She’s a vamp for hire and, up until recently, has spent her time hunting for people’s odd missing items. She’s also a thief extraordinaire. She meets Ian, a blind vampire (she was surprised that was possible too), who wants her help retrieving a government document. Along the way, she meets a former Navy Seal turned drag queen. Together they hunt down the document, learn about some scary supe experiments and become friends.


Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” ~ Alice

Cherie Priest was a new2me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

There wasn’t a single thing about this book I didn’t enjoy. It is one of my 2011 favorites. The series can go anywhere – so many possibilities! I cannot wait to see what’s in store for Raylene next.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.” ~ The Duchess

There were a TON of LOL lines throughout this book. Here are just a few of my favorites.
And, whenever a book references “The Princess Bride”, it gets extra points.


“I hadn’t heard him come inside, but that’s no surprise.
I wouldn’t have heard an air horn up my ass while I was feeding.”
{Raylene}

“I wanted to pin him down and demand that he say, ‘My name is Inigo Montoya-you killed my father, prepare to die.’ But, I suspect that would’ve been deeply inappropriate in any number of ways….” {Raylene re: Adrian}

“Vampirism is like Photoshop for the flesh – it fills out, rounds off, smooths over, and brightens up everything.” {Raylene}


“We’re all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat award for it’s superbness! 🙂
I am desperately awaiting book #2, Hellbent, which is due out August 30th.




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ There Be Dragons

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Destiny Kills (Myth & Magic #1) by Keri Arthur

Desire calls. Danger Lurks.
But…

When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has—and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game.

Enter Trae Wilson, a master thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own. Destiny and Trae both have powers far beyond the human—and both are running for their lives. Together they’re riding a tide of danger, magic, and lust…but with killers stalking their every move, they must use any means necessary, even each other, to survive—until the shocking secret of one woman’s destiny finally unravels…


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: “Some things I remembered.” {Destiny}
Closing Line: “That sounds like a damn fine plan,” I said, and kissed him. {Destiny}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter

For me, the beginning of the story was the best part. Destiny wakes up on the beach next to a dead man with little to no memory of who she is or why she’s there.

Destiny does know that she must leave, but go where? Why? She’s not really sure. The rest of the story involves Destiny trying to regain her memory. Once she does, she remembers she’s a half-sea, half-air dragon who had been held prisoner in a testing facility and she must get to her father before he dies. Along the way, she meets Trae. I enjoyed the romance between the pair and their banter along their journey together.


Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” ~ Alice

Keri Arthur is not a new2me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

Trae had a tendency to repeat the phrase “Trust me” over and over again, which was a bit irritating.
I realized, while I enjoyed this book, I like Keri’s UF series (Riley Jenson) more than her PNR.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.” ~ The Duchess

Destiny and Trae are in the ocean at night; Trae says they should go inside.
{Destiny} “Or we could stay here, and talk about whatever pops up.”
{Trae} “Sweetheart, you may not feel the cold, but I’m fucking freezing.
Trust me, nothing worthwhile is going to pop up on a night like this.”

{Destiny} “Really? *looks down* That seems pretty worthwhile to me.”
{Trae w/a smile} “Trust me, it’s only a halfhearted effort.” Oooolala! 😉


“We’re all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat award for introducing me to Keri’s PNR series featuring dragons.




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ They Call Me Nasty

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Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved Trilogy #1) by Cate Tiernan

Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something’s got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.

Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe–until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.

Cate Tiernan, author of the popular Sweep series, returns with an engaging story of a timeless struggle and inescapable romance, the first book in a stunning new fantasy trilogy.




“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: “Last night my whole world came tumbling down.” {Nastasya}
Closing Line: “I was done running.” {Nastasya}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter


Immortal Beloved drew me in right off the bat. Clubbin’ immortals that take their “we can do anything” mentality to the extreme, who wouldn’t be interested in reading more? Nastasya (Nasty, as she known to her friends) can’t believe her eyes as she watches her immortal mates take things a bit too far. She’s shocked and doesn’t want to be a part of their games any longer. She’s about to hit bottom and realizes she needs to get away. But, where to go??

She packs her bag and heads off to a place she remembers someone telling her was a sanctuary for immortals called River’s Edge. From there it’s like an immortal rehab story, but one that you enjoy reading, not like “Celebrity Rehab” where you gape and shake your head at their foolishness. Well, not too much like it anyway.


Rating:



“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” ~ Alice

Cate Tiernan was a new2me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

Only complaint was Nasty’s tendency to become Wendy Winer. But, after living for more than 400 years, I cut her a bit of slack. I enjoyed the interesting take on immortals and the older YA feel of the story.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.” ~ The Duchess

“The good thing about being immortal is that you can’t literally drink yourself to death, as frat boys can. The bad thing about being immortal is that you can’t literally drink yourself to death, so you wake up the next morning, or maybe the day after that, and you feel everything you would be spared feeling if only you’d been lucky enough to die.”
{Nastasya}
“Being good is something that you must choose over and over again, every day, throughout the day, for the rest of one’s life … A day is made of a thousand decisions, most small, some huge. With each decision, you have the chance to work toward light or sink toward darkness.”
{Asher}


“We’re all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat rating for introducing me to a new author and YA series that didn’t suck. I am looking forward to the second book, Darkness Falls due out the 5th of September 2011.




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ Beware of Biting, Horny, Little Unicorn!


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews is a weekly feature where we’ll share some mini-reviews Alice-style.


A Brush of Darkness (Abby Sinclair #1) by Allison Pang

The man of her dreams might be the cause of her nightmares.

Six months ago, Abby Sinclair was struggling to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Now, she has an enchanted iPod, a miniature unicorn living in her underwear drawer, and a magical marketplace to manage. But despite her growing knowledge of the OtherWorld, Abby isn’t at all prepared for Brystion, the dark, mysterious, and sexy-as- sin incubus searching for his sister, convinced Abby has the key to the succubus’s whereabouts. Abby has enough problems without having this seductive shape-shifter literally invade her dreams to get information. But when her Faery boss and some of her friends vanish, as well, Abby and Brystion must form an uneasy alliance. As she is sucked deeper and deeper into this perilous world of faeries, angels, and daemons, Abby realizes her life is in as much danger as her heart—and there’s no one she can trust to save her.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice

Opening Line: “Cat piss and cabbages.” {Abby}
Closing Line: “And CrossRoads help me, one day so would I.” {Abby}


“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter


A Brush of Darkness introduces us to Abby Sinclair. Her boss, Moira, has taken off and left Abby in charge. Sounds normal until you throw in the fact that Moira’s a faery, who hasn’t been in touch in four months. Abby is her TouchStone. She’s kinda winging it, hoping Moira returns soon when sex Brystion walks into the shop. His sister has disappeared and he needs Moira’s help. Since she isn’t around, Abby does her best to help him find her. In a nice twist, he’s hot for her, but she keeps turning him down … for as long as she can anyway. 😉

The best parts for me were the horny, biting unicorn, Phineas, and the super hot incubus, Brystion. The addition of so many different and unusual types of supernaturals was a major plus for me.

This was a fun introduction into what I hope will be a great UF series.

Rating:


“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” ~ Alice

Allison Pang was a new2me author.


“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare

Pro: I love Allison’s sense of humor! New supernaturals around every corner!
Con: A lot going on with minimal explanation. I hope to learn more about TouchStones in the second installment.


“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.” ~ The Duchess

Where to start?! This book was FULL of LOL one-liners and funny scenes. Here are just a couple of my favorite quotes. My favorite scenes would be too spoilery to share. You’ll just have to read the book!


“Stick a ribbon on that ass and you could mount it on the wall. It’s damn near a work of art by itself.”
{Melanie says to Abby}
“If you masturbate, would that make you an incubator?”
{Abby asks an Incubus}


“We’re all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat

This book receives the Cheshire Cat rating for introducing me to such a fun series & a new author. Abby is a hoot, Ion’s hot, Phin is a devilish little unicorn. I’m looking forward to learning more about Sonja and all the very colorful other supporting characters. I look forward to continuing the series. When’s the next coming out?




Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!

Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews ~ Out of the Ordinary Edition


Manic Monday | Drive-By Reviews is a weekly feature where we’ll share some mini-reviews Alice-style.



Primal Hunger {Pendragon Gargoyles #1} by Sydney Somers

When the sun goes down, passion is unleashed.

Kennedy Beaumont loves her bartending job, even if her spirited nature sometimes gets her in trouble. Like threatening to hose down one of Pendragon’s co-owners. When it comes to Tristan, she could use a good hosing down herself—maybe it’ll help her stop casting him as the star of her wickedest dreams. Since he goes out of his way to avoid her, it ought to be easy to put him out of her head—until he reluctantly offers her a ride home.

Gargoyle shape-shifter Tristan Callaghan hasn’t had time for anything other than recovering the mystical dagger that was used to permanently lock his brother in a prison of stone. The cat inside him should have stopped craving Kennedy’s touch long ago, but now that she’s sitting next to him in his car, his very human need for her is sharper than ever.

The distraction is costly. In a split second, Kennedy finds herself thrust into a dangerous, millennia-old hunt for Excalibur. A hunt that marks her for death—and leaves Tristan with a painful choice—sacrifice his family, his quest…or the one woman meant to be his.

Warning: There’s nothing tame about this alpha male hell-bent on claiming his mate. Featuring bone-melting explicit sex, graphic language, violence and a little harmless bite…or two.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice


Opening Line: “What are you going to do, fire me?” {Kennedy}
Closing Line: “How about hocus-pocus?” {Tristan}

“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” ~ Alice

Primal Hunger introduces us to Kennedy Beaumont, a human bartender who’s hot for Gargoyle shape-shifter, Tristan.

Tristan is on a mission to recover the mystical dagger that was used to permanently lock his brother in a prison of stone. He “left town to hunt down a lead as much as to let his craving for the human’s touch pass. One look from Kennedy tonight, one stubborn arch of her brow as she pointed that hose at him …”. Now, he’s back and his cat wants Kennedy.

Don’t think it’s just a “they both crave each other, but don’t know it, yet won’t admit it either” story because there is much more to this tale Sydney’s woven. There are gargoyles, shifters, Arthur and Excalibur, curses and more. It was a refreshing, super sexy read and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

Rating: ★★★★☆

“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter


Sydney Somers was a new2me author.

“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare


There wasn’t anything about this book I didn’t like. Some may find it a bit too smexy, but not I!

“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.” ~ The Duchess


Favorite Quote: “It’s sarcasm or rock quietly in the corner. Forgive me for picking the option that doesn’t involved a strait jacket.” {Kennedy}

“We’re all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat


This book receives the Cheshire Cat rating for introducing me to a unique paranormal romance with hot shifters in a very interesting world. I’m “mad” about super sexy pendragon gargoyles! 🙂
I look forward to continuing the series.



The Taste of Night {Signs of the Zodiac #2} by Vicki Pettersson

Equal parts Light and Shadow, Joanna Archer must fulfill a destiny she never wanted. Once a photographer and heiress to a casino fortune, she is now dedicated to the cause of good . . . but susceptible to the seductions of evil.

A deadly virus is descending on Las Vegas—a terrifying plague unleashed by the powerful overlord of Zodiac’s dark side: Joanna’s father. Chaos and panic grip Sin City as agents of Light fall prey to the terrifying epidemic. Death reigns supreme—and Joanna stands at dead center of an epic and terrible war long foretold, the last hope of a damned world.

But first she must somehow conquer the malevolence that grows all around her . . . and within.


“Curiouser and curiouser!” ~ Alice


Opening Line: “It’s funny how a name can change the world’s perception of you.” {Joanna}
Closing Line: “Trembling in skin that was supposed to be mine.” {Joanna}

“What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?” ~ Alice

The Taste of Night picks up where The Scent of Shadows left off. Joanna, as Olivia, is still trying to adjust to her life with the merry band of superheroes that battle the Shadow Zodiac. She continues to hunt down her rapist Joaquim, a big baddy with the Shadow.

Meanwhile, in Gotham City Vegas, the Light is chillaxin’ in their hideout with the belief that things are quiet because the Shadow must regroup and all is well. Joanne doesn’t agree and does what she does best – disobey orders to stay put.

When a super deadly plaque is released on Vegas killing thousands, the Light try to find a way to stop it and save those who are sick.

Rating: ★★★★☆

“Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you’re at.” ~ Mad Hatter


This is my second book by Vicki Pettersson.

“That’s just it. If you don’t think, then you shouldn’t talk.” ~ The Hare


There wasn’t anything about this book I didn’t like. In fact, I liked it more than book 1, The Scent of Shadows.

“Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves.” ~ The Duchess


Favorite Quote: “Cellulite waits for no ass.”{Suzanne}

There were SO many great one-liners in this book!

“We’re all mad here.” ~ The Cheshire Cat


This book receives the Cheshire Cat rating for providing a nice respite from vampires and shifters. I’m “mad” about these zodiac superheroes! I look forward to continuing the series.


Until Next Week ~ Happy Reading!