Friday, April 20, 2012

Bloodfever

Bloodfever (Fever, #2)Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok, so, I was reading this book, and I just kind of got bored. The overall storyline of the series is great, but this book kind of seemed like a filler to me. In this book, Mac is continuing her search for the Sinsar Dubh, with Barrons' help, but the book just kind of seems all over the place to me. It doesn't really have a solid plot line, which kind of turned me off of the book. I did end up finishing it, and towards the end, I really started to get into it.

In this book we learn a little more about several of the characters that had been presented in the last book, including Jericho Barrons. We also learn a bit more about Rowena, and get to meet a new character named Dani. We see whether or not Malluce is really dead, and the Lord Master makes another appearance, so does V'lane. So, it's continuing the story, but it's just kind of filling the gap.

Now, as I mentioned there are some tasty tidbits that happen at the end, and I'm not going to give any of it away, so, you'll just have to read it. I'm definitely going to continue the series as certain things that happened at the end have my interest piqued. I guess we'll just have to see where Ms. Moning is going to take us.

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Lady D

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dragon Actually

Dragon Actually (Dragon Kin, #1)Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dragon Actually is the story of Annwyl the Bloody, and Fearghus the Destroyer. Annwyl is my type of heroine. She's a kick-butt, take no-nonsense battle lord, who is fighting to kill her brother, Lorcan, the ruler of Garbhan Isle.

But when Annwyl meets Fearghus, she thinks she's about to die, from an attack of some of Lorcan's men. Fearghus, who normally wants nothing of humans but a late night snack surprises even himself by saving Annwyl. Annwyl awakes in Fearghus' cave, and learns to care for her dragon.

But the dragon has a trick up his sleeve. He has decided to help Annwyl learn to fight so that she can take on her brother without dying. So he shifts into his human form to teach her how to fight. But, before he can explain to Annwyl that he and the dragon are one in the same, she decides she wants to know nothing about the knight who helps train her.

Will Fearghus be able to explain to Annwyl who he is, and win her heart for good? Will Annwyl be able to defeat her brother and go on to rule Dark Plains?

G.A. Aiken is a gem! The banter between her main characters is absolutely wonderful! Annwyl has a sharp tongue, and a mean wit, and Fearghus matches her stroke for stroke. The sex scenes are wonderfully hot, and yet, sweet as well. This series is one of the few that I have a tendency to re-read over and over and over.

This book also contains a short story called "Flames and Chains," which is the story of Queen Rhiannon and Bercelak the Great. Queen Rhiannon is the mother of Fearghus, and all the main dragon royals in this series.

This story starts with Rhiannon being given to Bercelak, a Cadwaldr male whom Rhiannon thinks is far beneath her notice. But her mother, a great dragon mage has trapped Rhiannon in her human form. Rhiannon's mother is hoping that Bercelak, who has a reputation for being a horrible brute, will kill her daughter, and rid her of the nuisance.

On the contrary, however, as Bercelak is trying to win Rhiannon's love, and show her that she's strong enough to defeat her mother, and take the throne. Will he succeed?

This short story was very good, and very well written for only being a short story. Honestly though, I don't care overmuch for the main characters. After reading it the first time, I tend to skip reading it over and over as I do the first part of the book.

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Lady D

Sunday, April 8, 2012

UTC Challenge Update #4

Sorry that I'm a bit late on the update for this month guys, I kind of forgot about it. *grins sheepishly* Anyways, without further ado, here it is!

Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. Envy- J.R. Ward
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

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Lady D

The Dragon Who Loved Me

The Dragon Who Loved Me (Dragon Kin, #5)The Dragon Who Loved Me by G.A. Aiken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is Rhona and Vigholf's book. Rhona is a Cadwaldr female dragon, which means she fights, she is far from lady-like, and she doesn't let anyone stand in her way. Vigholf is a lightning dragon from the North, which means when he sees a female, he thinks she should be as far from danger as possible, since female dragons are so scarce in the North.

Rhona and Vigholf get sent on a mission to find Annwyl, the missing Mad Queen of Garbhan Isle. Annwyl has apparently gone off into the heart of the enemies her country is fighting, in hopes of finding a rebel King to help them defeat the evil dragons of the Provinces and end the five years' war they've been in the middle of.

This book was better than the last book, which I had a hard time getting through, but it still wasn't the caliber of the first three books. G.A. Aiken writes steamy scenes, but her books aren't only about sex. They're gritty semi-period pieces with blood, swords, and dragon-shifters. This book does not disappoint in that aspect.

I had a hard time relating to these characters mainly because Rhona was a bit out of our "normal" circle of characters. While we had heard of Vigholf before, he was also not a main character, and therefore, I had little interest in him. But, this book does also continue along with the other characters from the previous books, which is what kept me going.

The next book however, is the long awaited Izzy/Eibhar book, and I'm chomping at the bit for that one! Since I'm rereading the series, stay tuned for reviews of the other books! :)

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Lady D

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mockingjay

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not going to lie... I cried. This is the toughest and most gritty of the books.
Mockingjay starts out where Catching Fire left off; Katniss is in District 13 with Gale and Haymitch. The rebels were unable to retrieve Peeta from the games.

Katniss is learning to deal with her new life, and her new role as the Mockingjay. She aches for Peeta, and what he must be going through in the hands of the Capitol, but there's nothing she can do. The war is raging, and the rebels seem to be holding their own. But who will win this war? And when they win, what will be left?

This book completely and utterly tore me apart. Suzanne Collins completely and utterly has a way with words. This book is truly about rebellion, and the struggles and pain of war, and death. Katniss is left with almost nothing but her family, and she needs to learn to deal with it. Honestly, she doesn't do a very good job at first, but she ends up managing alright.

This book, being the final in the trilogy is of course the most epic. This book will make you sit on the edge of your seat, and it will also make you cry. This series is one that everyone needs to read at least once in their life, since it touches every part of you, and also lets you know a few things about yourself that you didn't know before. I'm sad the trilogy is over, but Ms. Collins could not have ended it in any better way than she did.

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Lady D