Sunday, December 8, 2013

Rosemary and Rue

Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not normally a fan of books that delve into the world of the fae, just because of how overdone it's all becoming. But, I was really surprised with this book. The way it's written reminded me of early Laurell K. Hamilton, or Jim Butcher. It's a gritty crime novel set in the world of faerie.

October "Toby" Daye is a PI in the world of fae, who finds herself cursed into a fish for fourteen years. When the curse breaks, she takes herself from the world of faerie. But the death of a close friend pulls her back in suddenly, probably sooner than she could handle. Now Toby is racing to find the killer before more people die... including herself.

Will Toby be able to integrate herself back into the world of faerie? Will her friends and family forgive her for alienating herself? And will she be able to stop the killer before it's too late?

This book was a real surprise. Toby is a smart ass detective changeling (half-fae) who trusts no one but herself, and her two cats, and who is forced into a situation that she really doesn't want to be in. She is totally relatable and likable, and you find yourself rooting for her the whole time.

The different kinds of fae she runs into, and their different knowes (worlds or kingdoms), create a changing tableau that keeps the story fresh, but still easy to follow. The crime will keep you guessing right to the end, and once you've read it, you'll want to read it again.

This book was awesome, and I can't wait to get the second in the series. If you like faeries, or have never tried reading faerie stories, this book would be a good one for you. Pick it up today, and I promise, you won't be sorry.

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Death of the Mad Hatter

Death of the Mad HatterDeath of the Mad Hatter by Sarah J. Pepper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Death of the Mad Hatter is a retelling per se of the story of Alice in Wonderland. But it's also not.

The Red Queen has killed her king, and banished the only person who knows the truth to the "Otherworld," aka our world. Alice, who has been to Wonderland many times, has befriended the Mad Hatter, and agrees to help him with his plans. But with some prophecies that are made, the Queen becomes paranoid that her Reign will soon come to an end.

The Queen sends Alice to the Otherworld to find the one person who could possibly fit the prophecy, Ryley, the nephew of the former King. But Alice finds herself inexplicably drawn to Ryley, and he to her. Will she be able to hold out against the Queen's demands? Or will threats on her life prove to be too much for her to bear? Will the prophecies hold true, and "the girl with a boy's name (or was it a boy with a girl's name?)" end the Queen's reign?

This is a completely unique retelling of the story of Alice and Wonderland. The character of Alice is much more like the character of the Mad Hatter in the beloved story by Lewis Carroll. Ryley is very much a teenage boy. But both characters are completely relatable and lovable. I really was unable to put this book down after I picked it up.

If you're a fan of the classic tale, be ready for something completely different, and completely wonderful! Sarah J. Pepper has really outdone herself with this one! Do yourself a favor, and get lost in Wonderland!

*Review copy provided by the author

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dark Light of Day

Dark Light of Day (Noon Onyx, #1)Dark Light of Day by Jill Archer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The apocalypse is over... the demons won.

Welcome to a world ruled by demons. The non-magical people, called Hyrkes, worship them and give offerings, as one would to a god, while the magical people, or the Host, keep them in check, and enforce their own laws on them.

Noon Onyx was raised with her twin brother as Hyrkes, because they were born with a deep secret. Noon was born with waning, or death magic, and Night, her brother, was born with waxing, or life magic. This is completely unheard of, as all men with magic are born with waning, and all women with magic are born with waxing.

Noon's mother enrolls her in St. Luck's law academy, and her time is coming to declare her magic. All magic-wielders must declare their magic by Bryde's Day of their twenty-first year, or they will be killed. Noon is still hiding as a Hyrke at St. Luck's when Ari Carmine figures out her secret. Ari is a gorgeous Maegester in training, which is what Noon should be, instead of a Hyrke barrister. But declaring would mean coming out to the world as a waning magic user. Could she face her greatest fear?

When Mederies, or waxing magic users start to go missing, the council faces a rogue demon on the loose, and no one can seem to find it.

Will Noon declare her magic, and if she does, will she be shunned? How will she handle these insane feelings about the yummy Ari Carmine? Will the council be able to stop the rogue demon before any more lives are lost?

SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ PAST THIS POINT IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS!

This book really could be divided into two parts. The first part is when Noon gets to St. Luck's, and tries living as a Hyrke, and the second would be after she declares. This doesn't detract from the book, in fact, it makes it more suspenseful leading up to Noon's declaration.

I really liked this book overall. It has a truly unique concept in the idea that the world lived through the apocalypse, and evil presided. The characters were all interesting, and emotional, and fun to read. Noon was so torn before her declaration, hating herself as she is, and wishing she were a Mederi instead. And really, that never changes for her.

The steam between Ari and Noon is amazing. And while this book does have sex scenes, Ms. Archer really downplays them, while still making them hot. This book honestly could be shelved in the teen section with little outcry.

All in all, if you're looking for something new and unique, and just a good read overall, pick this book up. I guarantee that you will be happy you did.

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mad Hatter Release Party

So, I'm beta reading a book called Death of the Mad Hatter. And the author, because she's super awesome, is doing a release party/giveaway on Facebook. So, you should totally go check it out! :D Review of the book is coming soon! :)

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fallen Tears

Fallen TearsFallen Tears by Sarah J. Pepper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I got this book as a giveaway from the author with Goodreads. I liked the blurb, and liked the premise of the book. I was so not disappointed.

Miriam is an Angel of Death. She gives mortals the Kiss of Death, and takes their souls to the gates so they can move onto the next life. When she is tricked into taking a soul before its time, she becomes a Fallen, stripped of her wings, and cast down to earth.

Now living on Earth as a Fallen, Miri is forced to consume human souls to survive. She lives an existence she hates. Until she meets Lincoln. Lincoln could be Miri's way out of her hateful existence. But will her Fallen mentor Atossa let her?

As Miri hunts Lincoln, she starts to fall for him, and wonders if she can do the deed that will allow her to move on to a new existence. Will Atossa declare war on Miri and Lincoln? Will Miri be able to kill the man she's falling in love with?

I loved this book. While it does have some religious undertones, hey, angels, I get it, it's not preachy at all. This book takes an unlikely heroine, one who is actually not a heroine at the beginning.

The only real detractors from the books were some minor typos throughout, and the fact that at the very beginning of the book, Miri came across as a wooden character. Miri's character quickly comes through though, and I warmed up to her.

The story is completely original, and the author's writing style is also very unique. I cannot wait to read more of her books! Do yourself a favor and pick this book up!

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, November 8, 2013

Darkness Becomes Her

Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters, #1)Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I didn't know what to expect when I started this book. Maybe just another Post-Apocalyptic YA Romance novel. What I actually found was an action-packed New Adult Fantasy/Romance. This book is awesome! I was unable to put it down.

Ari was abandoned by her mom when she was four years old. Now that she's seventeen, she's tracked her mom to an insane asylum outside of New 2, the city that used to be New Orleans, before the hurricanes flattened it. Now it's owned by nine wealthy families called the Novem.

But there's more to Ari's story than what meets the eye. As soon as she leaves the asylum, someone tries to kill her. Ari decides to go into New 2 to see what's going on, and to find out the truth about her past. She finds help from a rag-tag group of outcasts, and the very sexy Sebastian.

But will the truth about Ari's past be more than she can handle?

This book is awesome, as I said before. It takes place in one of my favorite lit cities, New Orleans, and the characters are just perfect. Each is a little bit different, which will draw you to them. There are a few sensual moments, but nothing over the top. Ari and Sebastian are great together. Violet is my favorite character of the whole book though. She's a small girl obsessed with Mardi Gras masks, and a small albino alligator named Pascal.

Do yourself a favor and pick up this book. It's a super quick read, and you won't be sorry.

~♥~
Lady D

Kiss of Steel

Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk, #1)Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my first delve into the world of Steampunk, and to be honest, I've always avoided steampunk books and movies because I had no interest in it. But now? I'm wondering why the heck I waited so long!

This book was awesome! It has action, steamy romance, and to my great surprise, vampires! Honoria "Honor" Todd finds herself in the Rookeries of London, hiding from her past, and the man who seeks her for his own sadistic means. Before long, she is brought before Blade, the Rookery leader, and the man known as "The Devil of Whitechapel."

Honor needs protection, and is willing to do almost anything to protect her family. But will her uptight upbringing allow her to bend before this man who asks more than she is willing to give?

When murders start happening in Whitechapel, Honor seeks Blade out to compromise, since she will do anything to keep her young brother and sister safe. But will Blade's price be too high? Will he be able to keep her safe from the Echelon and the monster they've unleashed?

I was drawn into this book from page one. I loved the character of Honoria Todd, an uptight upperclass lady brought to her knees by betrayal and poverty. She and Blade brought sparks to the page with their wit and their passion. I will not only be reading books two and three in the series, but I will hungrily devour every book that comes after as well.

Pick up this book for yourself, and see what all the hype is about. You will NOT regret it.


~♥~
Lady D

Fair Game

Fair Game (Alpha & Omega, #3)Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is the best in the series yet! Anna and Charles are called to Boston to help with a serial killer case, and Anna isn't sure that this is what Charles needs. Charles has been struggling with his personal demons, and pulling away from Anna.

When it's discovered that Fey is the problem, Anna and Charles aren't sure that they can handle the consequences on their own. Will they be able to find the latest missing victim before the killer kills her? And will Charles be able to overcome his demons before they drive a permanent rift between him and his mate?

This book is by far the best in the series. The thriller aspect of the book keeps you guessing, while you're aching for Anna and Charles and the pain that they're dealing with. No one said mating with an Omega would be easy, but Charles and Anna will figure it out eventually.

At the end of this book, there's a twist that I was totally not expecting. I cannot wait for not only the next book in this series! Patricia Briggs has done it once again!

~♥~
Lady D

Endless Knight

Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles, #2)Endless Knight by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Arcana Chronicles. In it, we find Evie and Jack fighting through the post-apocalypse, with help from the other Tarot.

But the calls from Death are getting stronger, and Evie fears when they'll finally meet. Matty keeps showing her more of the other Empresses, and through those glimpses, she's also learning more about Death. When they meet, will Evie be able to escape him?

This book is way better than the first. The action is heavier, you meet new Tarot, and Evie and Jack's relationship amps up. Also, this book is where we meet Death.

This book was full of so many twists and turns though, that I'm not sure what I can really say without giving spoilers. Pick up the first book, pick up this book, and I promise you, you will not be disappointed.

~♥~
Lady D

The Witch's Daughter

The Witch's DaughterThe Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book, I can honestly say, is not what I expected. I was expecting a paranormal book, when what I got was a semi-historical romance with bits of magic.

Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith is turned into a witch out of necessity after her mother turns to witchcraft to save her daughter's life. When her mother is taken and murdered as a witch, Elizabeth must turn to Gideon to help her.

But Gideon is not all he seems to be. Elizabeth soon learns that there's more to being a witch than just magic, and she runs from the darkness that Gideon represents. But Gideon is not willing to give up on his new student so easily. He follows Elizabeth over the years, in each of her lives. Will she ever be able to be rid of him?

The book wasn't bad, overall. I really liked the glimpses into Elizabeth's different lives, since I love historical romances. But I just wasn't a fan with the way witches were portrayed in this book. Elizabeth's portrayal as a "White Witch" were good, but I loathed the way they portrayed Gideon. I actually stopped reading it a bit after his reveal.

If you're looking for a paranormal romance, this book is not for you. But if you're looking for a historical romance with a slight magical twist, this might be for you.

~♥~
Lady D

Shadow's Claim

Shadow's Claim (The Dacians, #1)Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Princess Bettina is a half sorceress, and a half demon. When she is ruthlessly attacked by vrekners, her guardians decide that she needs a permanent protector in the form of a mate. The decide to hold an all-out cage tournament with the winner gaining the amulet that summons Bettina. They also win the crown of the realm.

Trehan Daciano is a vampire assassin who is the keeper of the secret of his realm. Any time someone breaks the rules of Dacia, he is sent to dispatch them. When he follows his pray to one of the demon realms, he is not prepared to meet his fated Bride.

Trehan knows that he must kill his quarry, or he'll be forced to give up his home. But his Bride calls to him, and he enters the tournament, risking his life to have her as his. Will he be able to win the battle, and her heart?

This is a stand alone novel set in the world of the Immortals After Dark series. Kresley Cole is a master of romance and passion, as well as angst, and she does it once again with this novel. The passion all but makes the book steam in your hands, and you cannot help but crave the love that these two seek.

If you are an IAD fan, pick this up, you totally will not be sorry. If you've never read IAD, what are you waiting for? Go check it out!

~♥~
Lady D

Second Grave on the Left

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2)Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charley Davidson is an investigator who happens to have the talent of seeing ghosts... but only because she's the Grim Reaper. She and her co-worker Cookie set out on an investigation to find a missing woman who's old high school classmates start turning up dead.

Meanwhile, Reyes is haunting Charley. He's left his corporeal body and is haunting her, each time getting pulled away by the demons who are torturing him. Those Demons want Charley, because she would be their gateway to Heaven. Not to mention he still makes Charley burn for him.

Can Charley find Reyes before he ends up a demon snack? And will she and Cookie be able to find this woman before she ends up the next victim?

If you're a fan of a sassy heroine, pick this series up! Charley is full of snark and wit, and I just love her! And Reyes, oh, don't get me started. He is a world of yum! This series is hilarious, and if you haven't started it, you're missing out on the fun!

~♥~
Lady D

Magic Rises

Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the latest of the Kate Daniels installment by Ilona Andrews. When two girls from the pack start to go loup, and none of the miracle medicine the Europeans make can be found, Kate and Curran despair... until miraculously, a European pack asks Kate and Curran to come mediate on a dispute. The payment? The medicine that they need. Kate and Curran know it's a trap, but they have little choice.

In Europe, things are definitely not going swimmingly in any aspect. Kate and Curran's mating is on the rocks, and who shows up but Hugh, Roland's Warlord. Can Kate figure out what Hugh wants before she and Curran end up calling it quits? Will they get the medicine the two girls need?

I love the Kate Daniels series. Kate is a kick ass heroine who wields a sword, and doesn't let anyone get in her way. Curran is her Alpha male, and the sparks they make from not only their passion, but also their bickering is perfect.

There were some down time moments in this book that made me wish that there was more action, and since the book was set outside of Atlanta, that was another difference, but not necessarily a bad difference.

The big climax between Roland and Kate is coming, and it is starting to build. I cannot wait to see what the next books have in store! If you're a Kate Daniels fan, check this book out. You totally won't be disappointed. If you're not a Kate Daniels fan, pick up the series and start reading it! You don't know what you're missing!

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A game of thrones is a book based on the lives of several people through the events of one kingdom. Bran Stark, Catelyn Stark, Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, Jon Snow, Eddard Stark, and Daenerys Targaryen. The book is called Game of Thrones due to a battle for the throne of the land in the past, and the battle that will be in the near future.

The Starks have a saying, "Winter is Coming," because in this land, while this current summer has lasted years, normally summers are short, and winters are brutally long. Winter is coming for all those in this land, and they'd better be ready.

Game of Thrones is an interesting book. If you're not used to jumping POV's, this book might not be for you. All of the people I mentioned above each get their own chapters in the book, and it switches POV from chapter to chapter. For example, one chapter will be Catelyn's, and the next will be Jon's POV. Having read a different series that had a tendency to do this, I wasn't bothered.

Game of Thrones is an epic book. And I mean epic as in, epic sagas of the past (i.e. Beowulf). The books are a massive undertaking, each being around 1000 pages each, but it's a super quick read. George R.R. Martin is an amazing story-teller, and I can't wait to get into the second book, A Clash of Kings.

~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Innocent Mage

The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, #1)The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the first of a duology by Karen Miller. This book starts the story of Asher, an Olken, who lives in the small fishing village of Westwailing. He has a large family though, and wants to have his own fishing boat for him and his father. So, he decides to set out for the city of Dorana, the city of the Doranen, a magical race. Asher leaves word with a friend, and flees in the middle of the night.

In Dorana, he manages to make his way into the royal household as a friend and assistant to Gar, the non-magical prince of the land. His close friend, Matt, the stable master, and Dathne, a local bookstore owner, are there to guide and help him in his transition. But they're not all that they seem.

All the while, evil lurks on the doorstep of the peaceful country of Lur, since the Doranen made this their home years ago to flee Morg, an evil magic user. Asher and Gar both seem to center in helping fight off this evil, but neither yet knows it. Barl, the ancient Doranen who gave her life to make a wall to protect the people of Lur, left behind a strict set of rules to keep the magic whole. Will these rules stand? Will the evil spread?

This is an interesting book. The author creates a whole new world, where there are two races. The Olken, or non-magical people, and the Doranen, or the magic-users. Dorana is the main city of magic users, and also where the royal family lives. Gar, one of the main characters, was born without magic. So, his father appoints him the Olken Administrator so that there is a go between for the Olken and the Doranen.

Asher is a normal fisherman, who does one small thing, and manages to make his way into the heart of the prince. Throughout the book, they really become more like brothers than friends. Asher is Olken, so, he has no magic, but as the book goes on, there's hints that that might not necessarily be true.

The first three quarters of this book are just life in Dorana for Asher, and getting used to his position in the royal household. But, while it's fairly mundane, it's not boring. Even though there wasn't a lot of action, I still found myself turning page after page.

The last quarter of the book is the buildup for the next book, and really the climax of the overall story. I did not see what was coming with Durm, although I knew that something was going to happen, I never expected that. And what comes from that? Nope. Had no clue. This author really doesn't give much away in foreshadowing.

Ms. Miller leaves this book on a cliffhanger, and I cannot wait to start the second book! If you're into fantasy books at all, this will be right up your alley! Be sure to pick it, and it's sequel, The Awakened Mage, up today!

~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Black Rose

Black Rose (In The Garden, #2)Black Rose by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Black Rose is the second book in Ms. Roberts' In the Garden Trilogy. While Stella and Logan still feature in this book, as do Hayley and Harper, this book is focused on Roz.

Roz is the mistress of Harper House. She is also one who seems to have the ghostly attention of Amelia, which as we'll learn in this book isn't without reason.

Roz recently came out of a bad relationship, and really isn't looking for anything with anyone... until Dr. Mitchell Carnegie comes along. They start out as just friends, but when that sizzle starts, neither of them can resist it.

But with Amelia in the background, and Roz's past to contend with, will Roz and Mitch find their happy ending?

Black Rose is my second favorite book of the trilogy. My favorite is the final book, Red Lily, but this one is a very close second. Roz is a very strong character, and even though she's in her late forties, she's still totally young at heart.

It's interesting to read a story whose main character is much older than I am. But it didn't turn me away from it, or make the story any less. If anything it made it more.

If you enjoy Ms. Roberts, this is definitely a book and series you won't want to miss!

~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blue Dahlia

Blue Dahlia (In The Garden, #1)Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stella Rothchild moved to Tennessee after losing her husband in a plane crash. She and her two boys, Gavin and Luke, are looking to start fresh in a new place.

What Stella didn't count on are the amazing friends she'll meet in Rosalind (Roz) Harper, Hayley Phillips, and her unborn child, David Wentworth, and Harper Ashby, Roz's son. She also didn't count on meeting Logan Kitridge.

Stella's new job as Roz's nursery manager is working great, even though she and Logan, Roz's landscape designer seem to be bumping heads at every turn. But all of a sudden, things start to heat up between her and Logan, and those feelings stir something malevolent within Harper House, the manor that Roz lives in, and that Stella moved into as part of her employment agreement.

Will this malevolent presence keep two people apart? Guess you'll just have to read it and find out!

Blue Dahlia is book one of Ms. Roberts' In the Garden trilogy. It is my second favorite trilogy by Ms. Roberts. As always, Ms. Roberts is a great writer. Her characters are all very down to earth, and feel real. You feel yourself getting caught up in their lives, and you actually begin to care about what happens to them.

This book series has a bit of suspense/mystery to it that begins to reveal itself more in the next book, Black Rose. But the mystery is present in this book as well.

Since this is a romance novel, the sweet part of the romance makes you want to melt, and the hot side of the romance is HOT. But, I was reading these books in Jr. High, with my mother's approval, because Ms. Roberts does very tasteful love scenes.

All in all, this is a great introduction to the In the Garden trilogy, and, if you've never read Ms. Roberts before, a great introduction to her books. Be sure to pick it up!

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, May 3, 2013

Archangel's Kiss

Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2)Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Guild Hunters series. Elena Devereaux awoke from what should've been death for her as an angel. Now she's coping with this, and learning how to be an angel from her lover, and one of the most powerful Archangels, Raphael. But, when the most ancient of all the Archangels, Lijuan takes an interest in Elena, things take a turn for the deadly side. Combine that with threats on her life from another Archangel as well as a mysterious person, and Elena has a lot on her plate. Will she be able to survive Lijuan's curiosity? Will she and Raphael be able to figure out who's behind the threats on her life?

This book started slow for me. Elena is learning about angels, and how to be one in a place called the refuge. She and Raphael are also learning how to be a couple. While there are some interesting characters that we get closer looks at, all in all, the first part of this book for me was boring.

Then, all of a sudden, almost out of nowhere, bam! Action, excitement, and also, Elena and Raphael finally seem to click as a couple. Everything starts to fall into place, and we also start to see the climax of the book.

If you've read the first book in the Guild Hunter series, give this a read. If you haven't, pick it up. It's an interesting read, with a completely new ides behind the series. As for this book, while it wasn't great at the start, I ate the end up in one bite. It left me very much wanting more!

~♥~
Lady D

UTC Gena Showalter Challenge Update #4



Heh. I'm sure I'll work on this challenge at some point.

Atlantis Series
1. Heart of the Dragon
2. Jewel of Atlantis
3. The Nymph King
4. The Vampire's Bride

White Rabbit Chronicles
1. Alice in Zombieland
2. Through the Zombie Glass



~♥~
Lady D

UTC Update # 4



How're your lists coming?

Category 1: Vampires
1. Guilty Pleasures- Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)
2. Twice Tempted- Jeaniene Frost
3. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
4. Shadow's Claim- Kresley Cole
5. Vamped- Lucienne Diver

Category 2: Angels and Demons
1. Archangel's Kiss- Nalini Singh
2. Torment- Lauren Kate
3. Envy- J.R. Ward
4. The Devil Inside- Jenna Black (re-read)
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae and Magic
1. Unholy Ghosts- Stacia Kane
2. Steel's Edge- Ilona Andrews
3. Spell Bound- Kelley Armstrong
4. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
5. Summer Knight- Jim Butcher

Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Magic Rises- Ilona Andrews
3. How to Drive a Dragon Crazy- G.A. Aiken
4. Alpha- Rachel Vincent
5. You Slay Me- Katie MacAlister(re-read)



~♥~
Lady D

Monday, April 8, 2013

Poison Princess

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1)Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been a big lover of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series for years. So, when I heard that her publisher offered a free 17 chapter view of her YA novel, Poison Princess, I jumped all over the chance to check it out. I totally wasn't disappointed. I ended up buying the full-length novel that same day.

If you're looking for a typical happy-go-lucky YA novel, this very much is NOT it. Kresley Cole takes this book to some dark places, just like she takes her IAD heroines through. This book is YA, so there is no sex, but there are some very steamy scenes between the two main characters.

Evangeline Green is a typical rich southern cheerleader. Blonde, football boyfriend, loving mother, huge mansion. But there's something different about Evie. She has visions, horrifying visions of an apocalyptic nature. Having just come back from a summer in a children's mental hospital in Atlanta, Evie is doing everything she can to fit back in at school.

Jackson Deveaux is new to the school, along with several of his Cajun friends from across the bayou. He is the typical bad-boy. Did a stint in jail, rides a motorcycle, carries a hip flask. And he's totally enraptured with Evie.

Jack and Evie spark at every moment, until something momentous happens... Evie's apocalyptic visions come true. Now Jack and Evie have to depend on each other while Evie learns about who she really is... a member of the Major Arcana. A war is coming, and Evie and Jack will have to do everything they can to survive it.

This book is not your typical post-apocalyptic read. While there are a form of zombies, no government, and humanity turning on itself, there's also a PNR edge to it that Kresley Cole makes shine through. The idea of people being the cards of a tarot deck, their powers based on their cards, is wonderful. Completely unlike anything I've ever read before!

I instantly fell in love with Evie and Jack, although the fact that I still don't quite know where they stand together is a little annoying, it also helps set up the next book. If you've never read Kresley Cole before, this book would be a great introduction! I totally recommend picking it up today!

~♥~
Lady D

Torment

Torment (Fallen, #2)Torment by Lauren Kate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book in Lauren Kate's Fallen series. This book takes up immediately after the last book ends, with Luce and Daniel fleeing from Sword & Cross reform school. Daniel has teemed up with Cam to take on this new threat to Luce, and has let Luce in on close to nothing of his plans. He also takes her to a new school, one where the children of angels and humans, called Nephilim, also attend.

Luce is there without Daniel, however, and that seems to sting a bit. In this book, Luce and Daniel have some problems, which was weird compared to last book. And in truth, I wasn't a fan of the way that there were times, when they have this multiple-lives spanning love, that they use the term "break up" a few times. I'm not sure that that would/could happen. But it seems that it might.

Luce also begins to learn about her past lives in this book through the shadows that we saw in the last book. This was a totally intriguing idea to me, and a totally cool one as well. Able to see past lives just by calling a shadow to you?

In the end, we're left on a cliff hanger, with Daniel and Luce still somewhat fighting, Luce having found out several choice things that Daniel and Cam, as well as the other angels, seem to have neglected to tell her.

All in all, this book was a good continuation to the series, and we see a lot more development of Luce, but we see very little of Daniel at all. The next book promises to be very interesting, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, April 1, 2013

UTC Gena Showalter Challenge Udate #3



Heh. I'm sure I'll work on this challenge at some point. So far this year, I've been doing a lot of re-reading.

Atlantis Series
1. Heart of the Dragon
2. Jewel of Atlantis
3. The Nymph King
4. The Vampire's Bride

White Rabbit Chronicles
1. Alice in Zombieland
2. Through the Zombie Glass



~♥~
Lady D

UTC Update #3



Well, I've knocked a couple books off my list! Just chugging along. How're your lists coming?

Category 1: Vampires
1. Guilty Pleasures- Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)
2. Twice Tempted- Jeaniene Frost
3. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
4. Shadow's Claim- Kresley Cole
5. Vamped- Lucienne Diver

Category 2: Angels and Demons
1. Archangel's Kiss- Nalini Singh
2. Torment- Lauren Kate
3. Envy- J.R. Ward
4. The Devil Inside- Jenna Black (re-read)
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae and Magic
1. Unholy Ghosts- Stacia Kane
2. Steel's Edge- Ilona Andrews
3. Spell Bound- Kelley Armstrong
4. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
5. Summer Knight- Jim Butcher

Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Magic Rises- Ilona Andrews
3. How to Drive a Dragon Crazy- G.A. Aiken
4. Alpha- Rachel Vincent
5.You Slay Me- Katie MacAlister(re-read)



~♥~
Lady D

Pleasure of a Dark Prince

Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, #9)Pleasure of a Dark Prince by Kresley Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lucia the Archer is a valkyrie who suffered great pain in her past, and because of it, the goddess Skathi gave her the ability to be the best archer in the world, as long as she stays chaste.

Garreth MacRieve is a Lykae who has been looking for his mate for centuries, and one day, while he's playing rugby with some demons, he manages to scent her.

Now, Garreth is chasing his reluctant valkyrie all over the world, hoping to convince her that she's his mate, and she will want to stay that way. But what Garreth doesn't know is that Lucia is seeking something called a dieumort. Something that will allow her to face her past and kill a god. Will Garreth and Lucia be able to get over her vows to Skathi? Will Lucia be able to face her past and allow herself a future with her fearsome Lykae?

Pleasure of a Dark Prince is a great book in the IAD (Immortals After Dark) series by Kresley Cole. You get to see some of your favorite characters, Nix, Regin, Emma, Lochlain, while still moving on with a new story. Lucia's story was very interesting to me because of what she faced in her past. She was broken, and the love of her sister Regin, and her strength is what ended up saving her. But she found herself in debt to a goddess.

Garreth has known pain as well, since he lost his brother to the Horde, a group of evil vampires. But Lochlain is back! So, Garreth is off the hook of being king, and can be demoted once again to a lowly prince... which in his mind is just find. Garreth also begins to know pain, as Lucia torments him at every moment, trying to get him to give up his chase.

My favorite part of the book is when they're on the boat in the Amazon. Not only because of what happens between the two characters, but how richly Ms. Cole brings the Amazon into the readers' mind. It's a great dramatic backdrop.

All in all this book is wonderful! The characters are rich and engaging, the sex is hot hot hot! And the backdrop of the world starting in New Orleans, going to the jungles of the Amazon, and even to the hell of the lair of Lucia's past are all artfully woven. If you haven't read the IAD series before, do yourself a favor and pick it up! You won't be sorry!

~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Twice Tempted

Twice Tempted (Night Prince, #2)Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vlad's distance is worrying Leila. She thinks that she muted abilities, having been all but non-existent since he coated her in his aura are the cause. When Vlad thinks he's showing her that he's not feeling distant, Leila misinterprets and decides to leave him. But when attempts on her life bring Vlad back into the picture, will she be able to ignore her previous feelings for him? Or will they be able to work things out? And if they do, will Vlad and Leila be able to find who's behind the attempts on her life before the person succeeds?

This book is the sequel to Once Burned, and I have to say, I LOVE it! Where I love Cat and Bones from Ms. Frost's Night Huntress series, Vlad and Leila make me hot! Vlad is the Prince of Darkness in all ways, and he has truly met his match with Leila.

While the plot of the book centers around not only Vlad and Leila's relationship but the attempts on her life as well, both were pretty easy to figure out. However, in my opinion, this didn't detract from the book, because, even though you were able to figure out whodunit, finding the person became the next challenge.

I had somewhere read (I thought) that this series was going to only be two books, but it seems, at least by the ending of this book, that Ms. Frost is going to write at least one more book with Vlad and Leila as the stars. Honestly? I. Can't. Wait. Do yourself a favor and pick up Once Burned, and if you do, make sure you buy this book at the same time. You'll be mad at yourself if you don't!

~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

One Foot in the Grave

One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress, #2)One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Four years ago, Cat abandoned her lover Bones, as well as her former life to join a secret branch of the U.S. government that was formed to hunt vampires. She did it thinking it was the only way she'd be able to save Bones from the men that were threatening her.

Now, however, she's facing Bones' sire Ian, as well as a contract on her life, when Bones suddenly reappears in her life. She is overjoyed to see him, but she knows it still won't work. Or will it?

In the second book to the Night Huntress series, we get a lot more Cat and Bones action, more fighting, and some awesome new characters, in Don, Juan, Tate, Denise, and Annette. We also get to see more into the vampire world with glimpses of Ian, Spade, and Mencheres.

I love this book, and honestly, I think it's my favorite of the whole series. It's the only copy I have of the series that's literally falling apart with how many times I've read this.

This book is where we really get to see how Cat and Bones feel about each other, and heh, there's one certain scene where it's really obvious. If you don't know what I'm talking about, pick up the book. You won't regret it, if just for that scene. ;)

We also get to meet what will become some key characters in later books. Don is the head of the governmental operation that Cat is the main "fighter" for. Tate is one of the men who follows her, who also happens to be in love with her, and Juan is another one of the followers, who is obsessed with women (this is not an overstatement. He's really that obsessed). Annette is one of the first vampires Bones ever changed, and Denise is Cat's best friend.

This book picks up in an interesting spot, because when I picked up the book, I thought it would pick up immediately after the last book ended, but it doesn't; it picks up four years later. Which in truth, is a very good thing, since it develops the characters, as well as the scenes more.

All in all, as I said, this is my favorite book of the series. If you haven't read the series, pick up the first book, and be prepared for the magnificent sequel.

~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Halfway to the Grave

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1)Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Meet Cat, the half-vampire wonder. She is human, with vampire traits, and she came about from the union of a young vampire, and a human.

Meet Bones, vampire hitman, and the bane of Cat's existence... until she realizes that not all vampires are bad.

I first read this book back in 2008, and I fell in love with the series. Cat is smart-mouthed, violent, brave, courageous, and wonderful. Her undead lover Bones is, at least in my head, kind of like Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, meets Angel.

When Cat and Bones first meet, they hate each other. Bones gets Cat to join forces with him as he goes about hunting vampires. It's perfect, since she can act as bait since the vampires he hunts are interested in young, attractive women. Cat still thinks of Bones as an evil vampire, but agrees to go along with his plan since she really doesn't have a choice.

But as they spend time together, Cat comes to some scary realizations. But when Bones and Cat get close to the vampire they're chasing, their lives will be torn apart. Will Cat and Bones be able to make it through the tough times that they will face?

If you haven't read this series yet, and you're a vampire fan, you definitely need to! Jeaniene Frost is a wonderful writer who will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book! The sex is hot, the plots are wonderful, and she just has a way of making you really care for her characters. Go grab a copy of this, and dig in!

~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Guilty Pleasures

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1)Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is the first of the Anita Blake vampire hunter series. It was also, many years ago, my introduction to the world of paranormal fiction/romance. Since then, I've kind of become addicted.

Anita Blake is an animator. That is, she raises zombies for a living. She also moonlights as a vampire hunter, and is on call for the St. Louis Police Department's Regional Preternatural Investigation Team... or RPIT (pronounced Rip-it).

When vampires, who are legal U.S. citizens in LKH's world, start getting murdered, Anita is called to the case by not only the police, but also by Nikolaos, the Master Vampire of the city.

Anita has a serious prejudice against vampires, and at the start of this series, it really shows. She cannot stand vampires. She only agrees to work for them under duress, and only finally solves the crime for them under duress. Not once does she do anything for them willingly.

In this book, we also meet Jean-Claude, who is the owner of Guilty Pleasures, the world's only vampire strip club. He is arrogant, he is gorgeous, and he is French. Anita kind of finds herself minorly attracted to him, but she resists because, well, vampires equal bad.

In the end, Anita does solve the murders. This book mostly focuses on world building and character building, but the plot stays central as well. It's a really nice blend of crime and paranormal fiction. If you haven't read this series, pick up this book. It's a quick read, and a great introduction to LKH's Anita Blake Vampire Hunter. Book Two is on the list to read next, so, stay tuned for: The Laughing Corpse.

~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

UTC Challenge Update #1/2



Just like with my Gena Showalter Challenge, my Immortals Reading Challenge also isn't going that great. But, I still have plenty of time to catch up! :)

Category 1: Vampires
1. Guilty Pleasures- Laurell K. Hamilton (re-read)
2. Twice Tempted- Jeaniene Frost
3. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
4. Shadow's Claim- Kresley Cole
5. Vamped- Lucienne Diver

Category 2: Angels and Demons
1. Archangel's Kiss- Nalini Singh
2. Torment- Lauren Kate
3. Envy- J.R. Ward
4. The Devil Inside- Jenna Black (re-read)
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae and Magic
1. Unholy Ghosts- Stacia Kane
2. Steel's Edge- Ilona Andrews
3. Spell Bound- Kelley Armstrong
4. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
5. Summer Knight- Jim Butcher

Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Magic Rises- Ilona Andrews
3. How to Drive a Dragon Crazy- G.A. Aiken
4. Alpha- Rachel Vincent
5.You Slay Me- Katie MacAlister(re-read)

Anyone reading anything fun right now?

~♥~
Lady D

UTC Gena Showalter Update #1/2



Well, so far, my Gena Showalter Challenge is starting out not so great. But! I have all year to catch up! :D

Atlantis Series
1. Heart of the Dragon
2. Jewel of Atlantis
3. The Nymph King
4. The Vampire's Bride

White Rabbit Chronicles
1. Alice in Zombieland
2. Through the Zombie Glass

How are your reading challenges going?

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, February 22, 2013

First Grave on the Right

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this book up with high expectations. I'd read a review of it somewhere, and it was a shining one, and let me tell you, this book deserves praise!

Charlotte "Charley" Davidson is a private investigator that helps her uncle Bob, a police officer with the Albuquerque Police Department, solve crimes. But, Charley isn't just a normal PI, oh no. She's also a grim reaper.... THE Grim Reaper. So, needless to say, she sees dead people.

I love Charley. She's a smart-mouthed bad ass chick that makes me want to be her. Prime example? She named her breasts "Danger" and "Will Robinson." I love it! She knows she's sexy, but she doesn't let that effect her too much. She does, however use it to her advantage when she needs to. She can hold her own in a fight, she owns her own business, and she's totally independent. Who wouldn't want to be her? Well, except for the whole seeing dead people all the time...

The central plot of this book has two parts that kind of intertwine. The first plot line is that three lawyers were murdered, and they're trying to figure out the whodonit. The second plot line is finding out about this mysterious dream man that Charley keeps getting erotic visits from.

The lawyer plot is ok, but it's kind of just there for me. It shows what Charley does in terms of her PI life, as well as a little bit of the grim reaper side, but to be honest, I was much more interested in dream man.

Alexander Reyes Farrow is Mr. Dream man, and oh does he deserve the title of dreamy. The reason that he's been visiting Charley in her dreams is that he's a bit "lost" and Charley decides to help him out.

Charley met Reyes when she was in high school, and she's never been able to forget him since. And when he starts showing up in her dreams, he begins to remind her of another presence in her life, a presence that she calls "The Big Bad." The Big Bad is kind of a misty protector that has always been there for Charley in her times of need. And now Reyes is starting to do similar things.

Will Charley and Reyes get together in the end? Reyes harbors a secret that will, in the course of the book totally shake up Charley's life. Will she be able to get over this momentous secret? Will she be able to solve the murders of the three lawyers?

Go grab a copy of First Grave on the Right to find out. I promise that you won't be disappointed.

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, February 4, 2013

Unholy Ghosts

Unholy Ghosts (Downside Ghosts, #1)Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was awesome! I love the premise, the world, and the characters!

Chess Putnam is a Church member. She is a Debunker, which means that she goes around trying to prove hauntings as false. See, in this world, there is no religion, only truth. And the Church are the ones who battled the ghosts away at the Haunting years ago. So now they are the supreme rule, and their members are held with respect and awe. When Chess can't disprove a haunting, she banishes the ghost to the City, the underground place where all spirits dwell.

But when she's pulled into a case by her drug lord (she's a secret addict), she might've bitten off more than she can chew. Bump wants her to get rid of ghosts at an airfield. And then a competing drug lord named Slobag, doesn't want her to get rid of the ghosts. While she's working this case, she's also working on a case for the Church. But both cases start having eerie instances, and it might just be too much for Chess to deal with alone, or at all. Will Chess be able to figure out the cases before the drug lords decide she's no good to them anymore?

We also meet in this book Terrible, one of Bump's men, who helps Chess along the way, and who has a bit of a thing for her I think, and we meet Lex, one of Slobag's men, who also helps Chess on the way, and who for sure has a thing for her.

When I read the premise of this book, I was totally intrigued. I finally picked it up, and I'm not sorry I did. The world building lacks a little, in that at times I felt a bit lost, and the way that Lex, Terrible, and Bump talk seemed strange in that they talked that way, without explanation, while Chess and everyone else seemed to speak normally.

The characters are all amazing. I love Chess, which I wasn't sure if I would or not, since she has a drug addiction. I have a personal hatred for drugs in real life, and so I wasn't so thrilled to read that she had an addiction, but the way that Ms. Kane writes it, it doesn't bother me. I love Terrible. He's written like a 50's greaser, and I'm totally hoping he and Chess end up hooking up. Lex is Korean, and kind of punk or metal based on the description. He keeps calling Chess "Tulip" which amuses me to no end. There's kind of a love triangle hinted in this book, so, I can't wait to see where she takes it.

All in all this book was very enjoyable. I did figure out the "Whodonit" before it was revealed, but at the same time, it took me a while to figure it out. If you haven't checked out this series, do so! You won't be sorry! I cannot WAIT to start book 2!

~♥~
Lady D

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

DNF List Cont'd

Another book to add to the DNF list... I was really excited to finally get this book, and to start reading it. I kept up with it through half of the book. Yeah, not going to be able to finish it...

1. Two for the Dough- Janet Evanovich
2. Dead Zone- Stephen King
3. Insomnia- Stephen King
4. Witch- Marie Brennan
5. Memoirs of Cleopatra- Margaret George
6. Alice in Wonderland- Lewis Carroll
7. Go Ask Alice- Anonymous
8. Diary of Anne Frank- Anne Frank
9. Band of Brothers- Stephen E. Ambrose
10. Dragon Wytch- Yasmine Galenorn
11. Forbidden Magic- Cheyenne McCray
12. The Scot, The Witch, and the Wardrobe- Annette Blair
13. A Girl's Guide to Vampires- Katie MacAlister
14. Granuaile: Ireland's Pirate Queen- Anne Chambers
15. Boudicca: Warrior Queen- Alan Gold
16. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe- Fannie Flagg
17. The Freedom Writers Diary- Erin Gruwell
18. Valley of Silence- Nora Roberts
19. One Bite with a Stranger- Christine Warren
20. In Her Shoes- Jennifer Weiner
21. Deja Dead- Kathy Reichs
22. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Alpha

Alpha (Shifters, #6)Alpha by Rachel Vincent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the final book in Rachel Vincent's Werecat's series. And to be honest, even though I've had some troubles with the books over the course of the series, I obviously liked it enough to read them all, and to my surprise, I want to read them again! I want to experience the whole story again! And that to me, is one part of a great series.

So this book starts off almost exactly where the last ends. Malone is vying for council seat, and trying to oust Faythe's father. Faythe's attentions are now split between Jace and Marc, and Marc has made it very clear that Faythe needs to choose one or the other.

Now, in my last review, for Shift, I talked about the dynamic of this love triangle a little bit, and how it felt to me as a reader. I have to say, for some reason, even though it totally bothered me in the last book, in this book, it kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering who the hell Faythe is going to choose.

Now, I have to say, for the first half of the book, I was strictly rooting for Marc. But, there comes a point in the book when Faythe's father says something to her about love, and choosing the one she can't live without, that's when I started to have a bit of a change of heart. I found myself also rooting for Jace, almost more than i was rooting for Marc. Now, I'm not going to give away the ending and say who she chooses, but, I will say that I was definitely satisfied with that aspect of it.

This book is also where we have the climax of the council war. Will the Southern Pride beat down Malone and his Appalachian bullies? Will Faythe have her shining moment and figure everything out?

This book was honestly the best of the whole series. And I did have a little bit of trouble with it in the middle, and I put it down for a few days. But I picked it back up tonight, and I literally just finished it. So, obviously, go get this book. Go get this series. You will not be sorry!

~♥~
Lady D

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Steel's Edge

Steel's Edge (The Edge, #4)Steel's Edge by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the final (for now) book in the Edge series. And in my opinion, it was one of the best!

This book is Richard Mar and Charlotte de Ney al-te Ran's book. Richard is an assassin and a slave-hunter that the slaves call The Hunter, since he hunts them down and kills them in mass numbers. Charlotte was known as The Healer in the circles of the college she trained at, and in the blueblood circles of the Weird.

But when Charlotte's husband abandons her after finding out she's infertile, she uses her magic to harm instead of heal, and chooses to flee into the Edge, where Richard collapses at her doorstep. But after healing him, slavers show up in her life, and her new life in the Edge literally goes up in flames. Charlotte decides to go with Richard to help rid the world of slavers, and hopefully end the evil of the slave trade in the Weird.

But Charlotte is fighting a losing battle with her magic. If she uses it for harm again, she has a chance to become a plague-bringer, someone that will have to be killed. Will her love for Richard allow her to overcome the seduction of the magic?

Richard and Charlotte were so sweet together. They tip-toed around the idea of love for a good while, but when they fell, they fell hard.

I was not expecting the way they ended the book, and I'm sad that it's the end of the series, as they could've really continued it with several characters, such as Sophie, and the Camarine boys, Jack and George. I'm hoping in the future they continue the series, but for now, this is a good ending book. If you're a fan of the series, be sure to pick it up, and if you're not, pick it up anyways, since it's a great series, and you're really missing out!

~♥~
Lady D