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 (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