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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!


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Review ~ The Last Survivors Trilogy by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Last Survivors Trilogy by Susan Beth Pfeffer

   

First off, I have to say that I have a crush on these covers.  They are stunning and provide a perfect visual for the world these characters are living in.  Second, I devoured these books in two days.

Although I believe these three make up a trilogy, I noticed the author is scheduled to release The Shade of the Moon (Last Survivors #4) in 2012.  I am not sure if that book will start a new trilogy or if the books will become a series.

Book #1 ~ Life as We Knew It

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We are introduced to Miranda Day, her two brothers, Jonny (age 14) and Matt, who is away at college, and her mother.  She’s a typical 16-year old and has typical worries until the moon is struck by a meteor.  Everyone is aware it’s headed for the moon, many people are even excited to watch it happen, but it’s what happens after that turns the world upside down. The impact caused the moon to shift closer to Earth and out of its normal orbit.  That in turn causes major devastation all over the world – tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

I was so impressed by her mother’s forethought and planning that I felt like I should be taking notes.  She had the presence of mind to buy up as many supplies, food items and clothes as quickly and as soon as she could in hopes of keeping her family safe during the coming months.  Others weren’t so lucky.  Many people all over the world are dying and as winter approaches more are sure to.

It was very interesting to be able to see Miranda and her family life pre-devastation.  While she struggled, as anyone would – especially teenagers, with the changes forced upon her and her family, she grew throughout the story.  Her brother, Matt, makes it home from college and she would like nothing more than to have him taken care of the family.  But, she learns to take some responsibility for the safety and well-being of her family.  Her father and step-mother, who is pregnant, set off to find their parents.  Miranda begins to wonder if she will ever see them again.  The story is written like Miranda’s diary entries and takes us through the first year.  It is so realistic in parts that it is truly scary.  Scary because you know this is something that would possibly happen.

Book #2 ~ The Dead & the Gone

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This story introduces us to Alex Morales and his two sisters, Julie and Briana.  The Morales family live in an apartment building in New York City.  Their father left for Puerto Rico prior to the meteor/moon shift and their mother is at work during it.  Neither return, so Alex, who was looking forward to going to college, must take charge of his family and do whatever it takes to keep his sisters safe.

I had serious issues with this book.  Mainly, WHY was Alex so worried about staying in his apartment when it wasn’t safe?  WHY wouldn’t they break into other apartments (or use his father’s super key?!) to check for food, clothing and other necessities?  Most everyone is dead or dying, there was no reason for them to suffer as they did.  They may not have found much, but it would’ve been more than they had.  I also did not like or understand the relationship between Alex and his Uncle Jimmy.  Jimmy comes to Alex’s apartment to ask if he can take Briana with him.  It would really help them out (babysitting).  Alex says no, he wants to keep his family together.  Jimmy doesn’t say much else, even when Alex tells him that his parents are most likely dead.

So much of this series feels very realistic to the point of being frightening, but the ending of this one just didn’t fit for me.  It seemed very convenient that a former, not-so-close friend’s father is able to quickly and easily get Alex and his family passes for a safe haven.  If this book had been the first in the trilogy, I probably would not have continued on.  But, after realizing that book #3 brought these two families together, I couldn’t wait to read it to find out how Miranda and her family were doing.

Book #3 ~ This World We Live In

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It’s been a year since the moon was struck.  Miranda and her brothers are scavenging for food and supplies while mom stays at home.  They are getting low on food and begin rationing even more.  So, when Miranda’s dad, pregnant step-mother AND three strangers arrive at her house she’s surprised, relieved and angry.  While she’s thrilled to see that her dad and step-mother are safe, she’s angry because they just don’t have the food to split between SIX more people.  Lisa, Miranda’s step-mother is pregnant, so she’s being fed extra.

While they do make some smart decisions in this one, there are still moments when I got frustrated with their lack of doing even more.  At this point, they are on the verge of dying from starvation, their home is not entirely safe and they STILL don’t move to a better location.  They are having to take more risks in order to find food.

A constant throughout this series was the fear that something like this could happen.  It wasn’t like your zombocalypse (which Shamblin’ Dave did actually did make me wonder about), but rather an event that made you really think what would I doWould I surviveWould I be willing and able to do what it took to survive?  I think my answer to all would be HELL YES! But, don’t we all?   Overall, a very quick read and an intriguing look at one event that threw the world into death, destruction and chaos.  I really enjoyed it.

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

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


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!

Review: Killbox by Ann Aguirre

Killbox (Sirantha Jax #4)
by Ann Aguirre

Talk is cheap when lives are in jeopardy

Sirantha Jax is a “Jumper,” a woman who possesses the unique genetic makeup needed to navigate faster than light ships through grimspace. With no tolerance for political diplomacy, she quits her ambassador post so she can get back to saving the universe the way she does best—by mouthing off and kicking butt.

And her tactics are needed more than ever. Flesh-eating aliens are attacking stations on the outskirts of space, and for many people, the Conglomerate’s forces are arriving too late to serve and protect them.

Now, Jax must take matters into her own hands by recruiting a militia to defend the frontiers—out of the worst criminals, mercenaries, and raiders that ever traveled through grimspace…



Details:
Paperback, 353 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Ace
ISBN#: 9780441019410

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Read: 19 May 2011

Killbox, the 4th in Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series, was one of my favorites of the series. One downside … the wait until September for Aftermath #5 following a cliffhanger. I knew and still I still I read, so I only have myself to blame. 😉

This edition finds Sirantha and her merry band of space warriors dealing with slavers, pirates and the continued battle between the Syndicate and the Conglomerate post-Farwan collapse.

Sirantha also finds herself dealing with the fact that she’s slowly, but surely becoming more … more realistic in her decision making, more a part of the team and more ‘other’.

The pace is set high early on and doesn’t let us catch our breathe, making this a page-turner you find yourself blowing through without realizing it.

March is asked by Councilor Tarn to be commander of a Conglomerate armada, giving him access to much needed funds and allowing him to build it as he sees fit. Knowing it’s their best shot, he accepts. Of course his tried and true space mates are first to join up with him.

Thus begins yet another self-imposed wedge between March and Sirantha. The relationship between these two continues to be one in which one or both push the other away. But, they always seem to find their way back to each other, even against all odds. So, I’m hoping this case will be no different. ROLL-OVER SPOILER

We, as readers, can feel the heartbreaking effects of war as the characters battle their way from jump to jump. Ann does a wonderful job of creating stories in which you immediately find yourself walking through the pages with them, feeling their losses and enjoying their moments of celebration and love.

I continue to be intrigued by Vel. I cannot wait to learn more about the full story behind the tattoo. Their relationship to date has been one of trust, respect and platonic partnership. You can definitely see what a major part of Jax’ life he has become since he found her as a bounty hunter. I have really enjoyed seeing their relationship grow. ROLL-OVER SPOILER I also liked the addition of the trainee jumper (who’s name escapes me at the moment).

I’m so happy I finally started this series. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in the series, Aftermath!

Series Reading Order:

Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1) Wanderlust (Sirantha Jax, #2) Doubleblind (Sirantha Jax, #3) Killbox (Sirantha Jax, #4) Aftermath (Sirantha Jax, #5)

Endgame – Rls Sept 2012

I had a number of favorite quotes throughout this one, here are some:

% = % of way through the book

95% “Men can be very stupid,” he says bitterly. “We cease to value what we have until it’s gone, and only then do we realize the gold we glimpsed in distant hills paled as dross compared to treasure we had in hand.”””

79% “Grimspace is a bitch mistress who carries unearthly delight in one hand and a crop in the other. We bear the latter to receive the former.”

73% “I’m Sirantha Jax, and I have had enough.”

53% “I don’t see why Jax says stuff like, ‘I would never say this aloud, not even to March’ or thinks she can keep stuff from him. Isn’t he ‘always in her head’ and wouldn’t he know what she was thinking? Or is it that he knows, but hearing her say it would be worse than knowing she’s thinking it?”

49% “White wave will never forsake brown bird.”

20% “A relationship shouldn’t impose limits—and if it does, then it’s wrong. A lover should help you exceed your potential, not clip your wings.”

15% “I’ve learned what some people never do—not to take for granted what I have, while I still have it.”

12% “There’s something sweet, if suicidal, in this. We’re bound by chains of love, but they don’t weigh us down. Instead, they allow us to be bigger and better than we are.”

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Review: My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking

My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, #1)

❝Teenager Alice Bonham’s life feels crazy after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave, he’s unlike anyone she knows. Then she meets his brother, Peter. Even though he can’t stand the sight of her, she’s drawn to him. Falling for two guys isn’t even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood ❞

My Blood Approves by Amanda Hocking
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

Details:
Paperback, 261 pages
Published March 17th 2010 by Lulu
ISBN#: 9780557364633

My Blood Approves is the first in Amanda Hocking’s series by the same name. One thing it does well, proves that if you want to write a book, do it! You don’t need to fret over publishers and the like, at least not initially. Get your book(s) out there, gather some momentum, as this series (and others of Amanda’s) has and then go for the gold. Since it’s a self-published book, there are some errors that a good editor would’ve been able to catch pre-release, but not so many that it’s unreadable. In fact, I was surprised my OCDemon didn’t fret more over the ones I spotted.

Another negative, already addressed I’ve no doubt, is the fact that this story has a multitude of Twilight similarities.

Some biggies:
~ Names are very similar. You have Alice, who’s the main vs. sister; Mae, the mom vs. Esme; one of the love interests Jack vs. Jacob
~ Ezra, the long lived dad with medical skills
~ YA staple, a love triangle. But, this time the tri is Human Girl + Baby Vamp Bro + Vampier Bro.
~ Basic gist of human girl who is average in appearance is unusually different from what the vamp fam has come to expect and therefore makes her infinitely more desirable to them. “Yeah,” Jack said sheepishly. “Everyone kind of … reacts to me a certain way. And you don’t. It’s refreshing. So that’s what I’m doing here. With you.”

There were, however, differences that helped create enough “what’s going to happen next” to keep me reading. I very much liked the addition of Alice’s younger brother by two years, Milo. And, I say addition because to me, this reads like well done fan fiction, which isn’t a bad thing, just not what Amanda was shooting for, I’d imagine.

In addition to Milo, Amanda has a nice take on why her vamps are not stark white (thankfully they do not sparkle). “We don’t change from when we were turned, and I skateboarded a lot so I was out in the sun. When I turned, my was full of melanin, and now it always will be.”

There were enough differences to keep me entertained. The book was a quick read, so it’s like many hours/days wasted, if you’d like to give it a go. I will be reading #2, mainly because of Amanda’s inclusion of a snippet at the end of this book.

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Review: Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler

❝Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn’t quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new “friend,” Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever rub the genie’s lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you’ll want to dive into Nicole Peeler’s enchanting debut novel.❞

Read: 21 Apr 2011
Rating: 4/5✰

Details:
Mass Market Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Orbit Books
ISBN#: 9780316056588)

Review:

I had a hard time connecting with Jane initially. While the loss of her first love was obvious and the town’s treatment of her was terrible, I just wasn’t, well, interested. Until Jane makes a discovery in the ocean which sets things in motion that change her life forever. And, the addition of one hot vamp, Ryu, didn’t hurt a bit either.

In Tempest Rising, the first book in the Jane True series, we are introduced to Jane. She lives with her father in a very small town, Rockabill, Maine. Many people in the town think she’s strange and they don’t keep their feelings to themselves. But, she continues to go about her life, working in a bookstore ‘Read it and Weep’ (love that name), indulge in her favorite pastime, swimming in the ocean and taking care of her father, doing her best to ignore them.

She knows she needs to get life, but she cannot seem to move on from the loss of her first love. That is until Ryu, a vampire who’s in charge of investigating the death of a tourist, comes to town to talk to Jane. While Ryu and Jane’s ‘relationship’ does seem to move fast, you can’t blame her b/c she’s held back for so long and he sets her hormones a blazin’.

Jane learns that everything, including her family history, is not as it seems. She’s introduced into a life full of the supernatural.

Jane’s internal dialogue was a hoot. She has a witty sense of humour despite all she’s dealt with in the past. It’s fun seeing the “real Jane” come to the foreground.

I loved all the supes in this story. Many of which I’d only ever seen in the movies. I thought they were all written well, many of them are funny and colorful, some are scary, while others are just small-minded. The world building, while slow to be built, was one that I look forward to return to soon.

Once the story picked up, I couldn’t put the book down. I really, really enjoyed it. Had it not been for the slow start, I would’ve rated it 5★. I’m very anxious to read the rest of the series and happy that I have the next two handy right now.

You can read Chapter One of “Tempest Rising” at Nicole’s website.

Series Reading Order:
Book#1 Book#2 Book#3 Book#4
**Book #5 will be called “Tempest’s Fury”; no release date has been set