Saturday, September 27, 2014

Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles Book One

Irradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles - Book OneIrradiance: The Dream Guild Chronicles - Book One by David Bruns


This book was provided by the author for an honest review.

I tried so hard to like this book. It was right up my alley, had everything in it that I normally like: sci-fi, fantasy, a strange world compared to the one we're in. An interesting storyline... until I realized all of a sudden that I didn't know what the storyline was.

This book I got halfway through before I realized that I had no idea what the storyline really was. In these type of books, there are three scenarios as to how the book is going to be: Too much world-building too quick, too little world-building throughout, or just an amazing book. This book unfortunately takes you and drops you in the middle of a world and doesn't build it up at all.

The writing is awesome. The characters have depth, and are interesting, but there is no world-building. So you feel like you're lost in the middle of a city that you know nothing about, and have no map. It's truly a shame, because as I said, I was really excited to try this book. I did not finish this book, and I don't think I honestly ever will.

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, September 15, 2014

Dark Skye

Dark Skye (Immortals After Dark #14)Dark Skye by Kresley Cole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been waiting for Lanthe and Thronos' story since we first heard about them in Sabine and Rydstrom's. I have to say, it was WELL worth the wait.

Melanthe of the Deie Sorcerei Family, or Lanthe, is the Queen of Persuasion... when she can get her powers to manifest that is. She also has the ability to cast portals, but again, her powers are a little "off" sometimes. And who can blame her? She's all but spent her life draining her power of persuasion to make her sister heal from the life-threatening injuries their mortal enemies the Vrekners have dealt her.

But what few know is that Lanthe is the fated mate of Thronos Talos, one of the Vrekner Princes. They were once in love as children, but when Thronos betrayed Lanthe's trust, or so she thinks, she used her powers to make him jump from a tall cliff... and not use his wings. Now with the help of The Order's power-nullifying collar, Thronos has Lanthe just where he wants her... or so he thinks.

Can Lanthe and Thronos stand to be near each other long enough to escape the dangers facing them? And will they be able to fight the love that once was there, and could rise again? Or will they be fated to remain star-crossed lovers?

Lanthe was a bit of an enigma for me. There were times that I could totally relate with her, and was on her side, and there were other times that I just wanted to bash her head into a stone. But then again, the same could be said about her fated mate, Thronos. This book, while right up there with some of Ms. Cole's greats, was a bit of a tough read for me. Don't get me wrong, I ended up loving every second of it, but especially at the start, I had a bit of trouble getting along with our two main characters.

If you've read books by Kresley Cole before though, you know, just as I did, that things were set to be action-packed, and super steamy, and I soon got over my qualms. If you've not yet dipped a toe into the IAD series, know that each book can be read standalone, but they're much better (not to mention more coherent) if read in order. So do yourself a favor and continue the IAD series, or go and pick up book one, and inhale them until you get to this book, and give it a try!

This book is as steamy as it is an escape from everyday life, and you'll love the mini-vacation you end up taking.

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, September 8, 2014

Magic Breaks

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best book of the series to date, and honestly, probably the best book I'll read all year.

Kate Daniels has finally settled into her life as Consort to Curran, her lover, and the Beast Lord of Atlanta. They are the ruling Alpha couple of The Pack, which is the ruling body of shapeshifters for Atlanta. But Kate holds a secret about her family, and if it were to ever come out, everyone and everything that she knows and loves will pay the price of it.

When Hugh D'Ambray shows up just as Curran heads out of town with several of the big members of the pack, Kate knows something is up. Hugh is her father's pet warlord, and someone she and Curran thought that they had killed several months before. When Hugh tries to start a war between the People, the ruling vampire faction in Atlanta, and the Pack, and threatens to expose Kate's secret, she realizes that she'll do anything to protect those she loves, even if it means finally coming face to face with her father.

Can Kate keep things in check until Curran gets back? Or will the Pack be facing war with the People? And when Kate finally faces her father, will she really be able to kill the man that gave her life?

If you have not read the Kate Daniels series yet, but love Urban Fantasy, well, shame on you. This is one of my favorite series, and honestly, it's amazing. As I said at the start, this is the best book of the series to date. The last book, Magic Rises, seemed like a bridge, and was almost stagnant compared to the other books... with the exception of the end. But this book was not in any way like that. This book was non-stop action from start to finish, and it will leave you breathless and on the edge of your seat. I started it yesterday, and basically could not put it down.

Ilona Andrews has another winner with this book, and honestly, I'm eagerly awaiting what comes next! Note: This book does have a hint of finality to the ending, but the author, Ilona Andrews, has said that it is not the last book, for which I am eternally grateful! So, go pick up this book, and if you haven't already, go pick up the whole Kate Daniels series!

~♥~
Lady D

Friday, September 5, 2014

Voyager

Voyager (Outlander, #3)Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having found out that Jamie did indeed survive the battle of Culloden, Claire decides to head back to Scotland to find the only man she's ever truly loved. When she gets to Scotland, she fears that he's started a new life without her, and that maybe he won't want her... but what she finds is quite the opposite. While his life has moved on, it has definitely not moved on without her.

Jamie and Claire spend the first part of this book relearning each other, and the second part of the book on a grand voyage. For when Ian, Jamie's nephew, is kidnapped by pirates, it's discovered that they're bound for the West Indies (Caribbean Islands). Will Jamie's stomach be able to handle the sea voyage ahead of them? And will they be able to recover young Ian before it's too late?

Diana Gabaldon once again hits home with a great continuation of the Outlander series. My heart soared at Jamie and Claire's reunion, and I loved seeing all the "old" characters come back; Jenny, Ian, Jared, Fergus. And some new friends that we get to meet; Yi Tien Cho, Young Ian, Innes, Marsali.

Once again, Ms. Gabaldon spins a great web of historical fact and locations with a highly entertaining story, spinning around two people who could not be more in love or more perfect for each other. While I loved reading about Scotland and France, I love that Ms. Gabaldon is able to take us new places historically, such as the Caribbean Islands, and we get to see what took place there as well during this time.

This book will not disappoint, just like the two before it did not. If you have not read this series, you're truly missing out, and if you have read it, you really should re-read it... As I'm re-reading it, it's like I'm experiencing it all again for the first time!

~♥~
Lady D

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dragonfly in Amber

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After saving Jamie from the clutches of Black Jack Randall, Claire is faced with a tough battle... while she may have saved him bodily from harm, there is now the issue of that body healing the damage, as well as the mental scars that Claire cannot see.

She and Jamie head to France, where they find themselves embroiled in the political schemes of Charles Stuart, and Claire reveals to Jamie what is to come, and the battle that all Scots will face at Culloden... and they decide to try and change history, and stop Charles from trying to retake his throne from the English.

Claire and Jamie relentlessly pursue this mission, and as they go along, they learn a lot about each other, and themselves that they had not known before. While they will have their own demons to face, they have each other, and will hopefully come out stronger for having faced them together.

But the question remains, will Claire and Jamie be able to save their loved ones, as well as a whole country from a period of slaughter, starvation, and suffering? Will they be able to stop the Bonny Prince from trying to reclaim his throne?

Once again Ms. Gabaldon has a page turner with Dragonfly in Amber. I do have a warning: When you pick up the book, do not be confused. You are indeed reading the next book in the series. Book 2 starts out in 1968, and since this was the second time I've read the series, I remember before, as well as this time stopping, and thinking; "Wait, this isn't where we left off..."

Ms. Gabaldon does explain shortly though, and once again, you will be transported back in time to a love that will break your heart with its tenderness. I all but screamed when this book ended, with the way it ended, but I was super relieved that the next book was out already and I had it on my book shelf so that I could continue the story and see what happened.

Jamie and Claire are who I want my husband and I to be everyday. Their love, and how tender and loving they are to each other is how I try to be in my life. I love it.

But once again, the romance is only part of the story. The history and background that Ms. Gabaldon weaves will suck you in and leave you gasping for more. Any history buff will be panting with lust at the way she is able to describe the times.

This is a great continuation of the series. If you have not yet read this series, you need to do so... it will become your new favorite!

~♥~
Lady D

Outlander

Outlander (Outlander, #1)Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In 1945, Claire Randall and her husband Frank take a second honeymoon to the highlands of Scotland in order to get reacquainted after several long years apart due to WWII. However, shortly after the start of their journey, Claire "falls through" some cairn stones, and finds herself in 1743 Scotland... right around the time the Bonny Prince Charlie was making his name infamous.

She is abducted by a group of Scots almost immediately, and taken to a castle far from the stones she came through. She, being a nurse, finds a way to ingratiate herself in that she is able to help heal a young man, Jamie MacTavish (Fraser). Claire finds herself in a world of turmoil trying to blend with the time while making her way back to the stones.

SPOILER ALERT!

In a twist of fate, Claire is wedded to James Fraser, and finds her new husband a bit of a bear as she tries to get away from him, while still trying to help him.

But will Claire be able to help herself from falling in love with Jamie? Will she be able to make it back to the stones and her "Real" husband Frank? Or will she be stuck in 1743, with a man whom she doesn't know that she can really trust, facing a war that will have dire consequences on the country that she presently calls home.

END SPOILER

Outlander is a wonderful tale that allows a person living in the present to escape. Their is wonderful romance, but the whole store isn't really focused on that, and I wouldn't call it as a whole a romance novel.

The history in the novel is amazing, and from someone who's family came from Scotland in the early 1900's, it's amazing to be able to read about early Scottish history, and it really allows me to feel closer to my heritage.

Ms. Gabaldon has a way of weaving a background that really makes you feel like you're there, and I promise, from the first sentence, you will really care what happens to these people.

Every person who has read these books that I've talked to cannot help but fall in love with them. They may seem imposing at first, since they're all over a thousand pages, but they're very much worth the read.

Allow yourself to fall through time and voyage with Claire, and before long, who knows, maybe you too will fall in love with the highlands, and a young Scottish Highlander.

~♥~
Lady D