Thursday, July 31, 2014

Grimspace

Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1)Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grimspace is the story of Sirantha Jax, a former Corp "jumper;" a person who can propel space ships through a section of space called Grimspace, which allows long distance space travel fast. When her ship crashes on Matins IV, killing everyone on board, she becomes the scapegoat for the Corp. But Sirantha can't remember what really happened... Did she cause the crash and deaths of 82 people, including her lover?

When she's busted out of a Corp psyc facility by a Pilot named March and his motley crew, she finds herself on the run, with bounties on her head. Now she's trying to figure out what happened on Matins IV, while helping March and his crew with their project as well.

Will Sirantha be able to figure out what happened to her before it's too late? And what about March, is he a man she can really trust?

Grimspace, and the world it takes place in reminds me a bit of the world of Firefly. March et al remind me of the crew of the Serenity, and Sirantha is a tough as nails chick who takes no shit from anyone.

I totally got into this book from the first sentence I read, and I didn't want to put it down! And when Jax and March butt heads, sparks leap off the page.

Ann Aguirre's writing is gritty, suspenseful, and addicting, and I can't get enough! I've already started Book 2, Wanderlust, and I can't wait to see where she takes Jax and Co.

If you like space/sci-fi thrillers with a touch of romance, pick up this series!

~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Frost Burned

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been in love with this series from the first moment that I started reading it. This book is no exception! Mercedes Hauptman, mate and wife to the local werewolf Alpha Adam Hauptman once again seems to find herself in a spot of trouble... but this time, the trouble doesn't seem to be focused on her.

While out on a Black Friday shopping trip with her step-daughter Jesse, Mercy finds herself in a small car accident, and she can't seem to reach any of the Pack for help... mainly because someone has taken the ENTIRE Pack hostage. Who would kidnap a Pack of werewolves?

Mercy slowly starts to uncover the mystery, with the help of the werewolf mating bonds, but things seem to run deeper than what was just on the surface... soon Mercy finds herself embroiled in a heap of trouble that has very little to do with the Pack at all. Will she be able to fix things before they get out of hand?

Frost Burned is the latest installment of the Mercy Thompson series written by Patricia Briggs. If you haven't read the series up until this point, you're missing out, and you really need to catch up before you read this book. But most of the books are short, around 300 pages, and they're super fast reads... mainly because you can't put them down.

This book is no exception. I did not want to put it down. As always, Ms. Briggs keeps you on the edge of your seat for the whole book. While some bookstores may shelve this in romance, there are no sex scenes, and the romance between Mercy and Adam is very underplayed, as it has been in the whole series... this is not really a romance series so much as it is a paranormal suspense series.

And while I'm not really into the suspense genre, if you can't tell from my reading list, I'm addicted to this series. If you haven't read this book yet, you need to! As I said, pick up the rest of the series first, and give it a read! You WILL NOT be sorry!

~♥~
Lady D

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France

Priscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime FrancePriscilla: The Hidden Life of an Englishwoman in Wartime France by Nicholas Shakespeare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**Advanced Reading/Review copy provided by the author/publisher for an honest review**

I won this book through the Goodreads giveaways, and I was honestly intrigued by the whole concept. I've read many WWII books, from the perspective of the Jewish people who perished in Nazi concentration camps, and from historians who were doing research on the U.S. Soldiers and what they faced in the European and Pacific Theaters, but I'd never read one from the perspective of just a person who lived through it in Europe.

The story centers on the author's Aunt, Priscilla, who was the daughter of the at the time famous radio personality SPB Mais. Priscilla grew up in England, under her parents' unhappy marriage, until they finally split. She dealt with her mom's awful boyfriends and flings, and grew apart from her father. Her best friend Gillian is all that really helped her through most of her teen years.

Priscilla married a French noble very young, and soon found herself in a loveless marriage. During the occupation, Priscilla was with a lot of men, which helped her survive. She depended on German sympathizers for support and protection, and yes, she was in relationships with quite a few of them. They didn't all help her though, as she ended up finding herself in a Nazi internment camp for foreign women who happened to find themselves in France.

After the internment camp though, she was back with her various men. After the war, Priscilla suffered from PTSD, and did end up finding love with a man who ran a mushroom farm. She slipped into alcoholism as she suffered through her stress from the war, and eventually died of a brain tumor.

This book was a very interesting book, but not really what I thought it was going to be about. I expected to see a lot of day to day stuff, such as dealing with food shortages, and dealing with Nazi personnel, and while that was touched on, what this most focused on was how Priscilla chose men to help her survive. The author muses at one point about how to most people his aunt would be considered a loose woman, but that was what some women did to survive the occupation. We can't really judge them, since we weren't there.

I love biographies, and I love WWII, so, this book was right up my alley. As I said, it wasn't quite what I expected, but it was still an interesting and entertaining read, and I'm glad I picked it up.

~♥~
Lady D

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MacRieve

MacRieve (Immortals After Dark, #13)MacRieve by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

MacRieve is the story of Uilliam (Will) MacRieve, a strong, handsome Lykae male, and his human/soon to be Immortal mate, Chloe Todd. Will as a child was abused by a succubus, and because of his young age, ended up losing both his parents, and his unborn sister. Haunted by their deaths, he has a... hard time coping with his life, and with relationships.

Chloe lives with her widower father, and is a professional soccer player. One day, during a huge match, in which Olympic scouts are in the stands, she notices something strange... REALLY strange... her hearing is all of a sudden magnified. She also starts noticing other issues, all seemingly super-human. When she tells her dad about the strange call she heard him on during the game, he disappears, but only after revealing a secret world of Immortals that she never knew about.

With her father gone, one night Chloe gets kidnapped by witches, and set to be sold at an auction, since she has turned out to be the daughter of Preston Webb, the Order's head. Will and his twin Munro, go to the auction in hopes of buying the Daughter of Webb, and making Webb pay for what he did to MacRieve. But while there... he realizes Chloe is his fated mate...

Chloe and MacRieve are perfectly happy together at first... he's a super awesome guy. But when Chloe's transition happens, she begins to turn into MacRieve's worst nightmare... With the full moon approaching, will Will be able to get over his hang-ups, and love Chloe for who, and what she is?

Of the Immortals After Dark (IAD) series, I tend to like the Lykae books more than any others... the Lykae are strong, wild males, who are total Alphas. Their books, with the exception of maybe Conrad Wroth's, also tend to be darker in nature. MacRieve's is no exception. Their are undertones of sexual abuse, but it's handled very well.

The sex, like every of Ms. Cole's books is super hot! Will and Chloe SCORCH the pages. And Ms. Cole makes you feel the anguish of the couples as always.

You do get to see glimpses of some of your old favorites... Mariketa, Regin, and of course, Nix. All in all, this book definitely keeps pace with the IAD series, and while maybe not my favorite of them all, is definitely up there! If you've never read the IAD series, you're missing out! Definitely go pick it up, and read it, especially since Dark Skye is coming out VERY soon! You WILL NOT be sorry.

~♥~
Lady D