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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Darkest Seduction (Lords of the Underworld, #9)The Darkest Seduction by Gena Showalter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've been waiting for a new Lords of the Underworld book for what seems like forever, and boy was the wait worth it. Not only is the cover the hottest one yet and that's saying something since all the books have great cover art. This book answers questions that we've had since this series started, it wraps up story lines and creates a few new ones. I seriously hope she's not done with this series yet her writing is so beautifully put together it breathes across the pages of her books and sweeps you into a totally different world where gods are at war and angels and demons are real. I love this series because its about so many things, but I am partial to the love stories and redemption the Lords get. Not only does this book have tons of action but the hot and steamy romance that's going on sets the pages on fire. This book is Paris's story and boy is he due a happily ever after ending he's put so many other people before his own wants and needs which is funny considering the demon he has housed in his body. None of Gena's books are just about one of the lords we get to see in every book what's happening with the lords and other much loved characters that surround them. There is so much going on in this book I feel like more happens that in any of the other books in this series. The plot is great and twist so unexpectedly I almost fell over with some of the plot twists that happen in this book. For avid readers of this series you will love this book and cry out for more as soon as it's done. For readers looking for a new series you really need to check this out it's one of the best paranormal romance series I've come across, Gena Showalter really knows how to set a story and leave you wanting more.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

No Werewolves Allowed (Night Tracker, #2)No Werewolves Allowed by Cheyenne McCray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This the second book in the Night Tracker series, was full of action, romance, and frightening situations filled with cruelty and torture.
I really enjoyed the plot for this book and how we are learning more about the paranorms with ever passing novel. Nyx is still the main focus of this book and I was fine with that I like her characters no nonsense attitude and kick ass solutions to her problems. We find out in this book if she is able to fix how her relationship with Adam ended in the first book. We are privy to more information about Nyx's abilities, and we learn about some of the other trackers abilities as well. This story was a little hard to swallow at times only because it's about werewolves who are being abducted and some of the abducted were's are children. Reading about anything horrible happening to children difficult and I usually try to steer clear of stories where children are abused. Besides the children being involved it was a great story. Fast paced action, steamy romance, and a lot of awesome fight scenes. I think anyone who likes paranormal romance would get sucked into this story and not give up until it was done. If you haven't read any of this author's books I highly recommend you check her out.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

A Perfect Blood (The Hollows, #10)A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is another great Kim Harrison Hollows book. I literally haven't wanted to put it down since I started it last night. This was a nice change of pace from some of the other books where we got to see a lot of character growth and Rachel actually accepting what she is, and responsibility for her choices. I've always been a Trent fan and have felt that Rachel needed to get over some of the "crimes" of the past but of course who doesn't love a bad boy and in this series he's right up there on the list of yummy bad boy's. Since Pale Demon Trent has been obviously doing things to help Rachel out, in this book he's right there by her side trying to keep her out of trouble (like anyone could) and helping her kick bad guy butt. I loved that we got a softer side to the Hollows series this time, it's a side we don't often get to see when all hell is breaking loose and everyone is either fighting or running for cover. We find out a lot of big reveals this time and it's great to know Kim Harrison won't be wrapping up this series anytime soon she has wrapped up some of the cliff hanger story lines, only to throw bigger and badder plot twists and crazy's our way. This was a great read I can't wait to see where she takes us next.

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The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey (Forever Girl, #1)The Forever Girl: Sophia's Journey by Rebecca Hamilton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just started this book earlier this evening and I got so sucked into the story I stayed up until I was finished. The writing style was just so smooth and flowed very nicely. It was easy to get stuck in Sophia's world, plus the many twist and turns kept me guessing the whole way. With all the plot twists I just had to get to the end so I would know how it all turned out, honestly it wasn't anything that I had expected. This is a wonderfully written book with intense characters and even more intense situations. This book probably has one of the most normal romance's that I've read in a long time, no falling into bed on the first meeting it was a nice gradual progression into a more physical relationship. This doesn't make the love story any less intense or meaningful, actually made the story more believable more me. If you like to read paranormal romance then you need to read this story at first I thought it was a YA story but the girl in the story is outside of her teenage years which was a nice break for me. If I had to choose a classification for this book I'd say it sits in-between YA and adult and I feel it would be interesting for lovers of both genre's to read. If you haven't read anything by Rebecca Hamilton yet you are truly missing out.

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The 58th KeeperThe 58th Keeper by R.G. Bullet
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Archy Bass is a foster kid that gets stuck at a boarding school called Rushburys, For Archy this school feels more like a prison. After getting into trouble for something Archy didn't do he meets Vincent, a smart mouthed sarcastic boy that becomes Archy's fast friend and occasional partner in crime. Because of their growing friendship Archy gets an invite to go on holiday to Turkey with Vincent, and Vincent's family. It's not long into this trip that things start going badly for Archy, first he gets taken for all of his food money and only gets a smelly rug that suppose to do magic. Knowing he should have kept a better eye on the rug seller doesn't help Archy later when he needs to use this trick to hide. It is at this time that he finds out that Vincent's brother George, isn't exactly what he seems. Archy desperately wants his money back and gets his chance when he runs into Alturus, the rug seller at at the airport. What Archy doesn't count on is the bad guys that are out to get him and the rug. His first hiding attempt is successful stuffing himself under dirty smelly clothes he eventually gets on the plane. This is the point that Archy can look back and say his life change for ever, cause even though he's gotten away somehow the big scary bad guy finds his way back into Archy's life again and again.

The book was exhilarating I can't wait to follow Archy and his friends on more of their adventures. The author does a great job of creating meaningful characters, that make you care about what happens to them and the outcome of their story. This seems like a great YA book and I can't wait to pass this on to my 14 year old I think he will enjoy going on an adventure with Archy and his friends.

The 58th Keeper is a must read for anyone who likes their books filled with action and suspense humor. I hope there will be many more stories to follow about Archy, his friends, and his amazing rug.

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I grabbed this book because I have had the author recommended to me on more than one occasion. So I thought for this inexpensive price I would read one, and I'm very glad I did this is a fast paced exciting story and I was really disapointed when I got to the end of this prequel but luckily for me the first book Half blood is out so I just bought it so I can continue this story. If you haven't read Jennifer L. Armentrout books I highly recommend you pick one up, although this prequel is full of information it is a big tease and ends on a cliff hanger so be prepared to buy the next book right away your going to want to continue this story. This is a link to the next book in this series. Check it out Half-Blood

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Hollywood and WineHollywood and Wine by RM Pala
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is filled with some pretty heavy topics that I'm not sure if the author's writing style gave justice to. The story of Linda McLean, orphaned and sent to live with family. Linda was neglected and abused by her Aunt and Uncle, right before her birthday she is suddenly free of them, rescued by her long lost Aunt Vera Sinclair. Vera is a wealthy and successful Hollywood actress.
Linda suffers from what I would call night terrors, which she remembers very little detail, this seems to affect how she interacts with other people and she cannot really stand to be touched. Linda meets a young actor who’s instantly smitten with her and he is determined to help rid her of these nightmares.
I thought this romance went rather quickly especially for the era it was written in, and when you add in her issues with physical contact this makes it even more out of context with how a normal relationship would progress. Their interactions seemed clinical and awkward.
The author needs to work on what writing style she wants to use, and remember that your suppose to paint a picture with words including smells, sights, and sounds, letting us build the image in out imaginations not forcing it on us in a very abrupt manner.
I loved the era in which this book was set, it was great to run across the little touches of old Hollywood while reading this story.
Now I know Pala is a new author and for that I'd say this was very well put together story that has a lot of potential. I think the writing could have flowed better and the editing needs some work. She seems to have a great imagination, and isn't scared to take on a hard topics.
Over all I did enjoy this story it was just hard to finish.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Caught Forever BetweenCaught Forever Between by Adrian Phoenix
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this short story set in the same area as Adrian Phoenix as her voodoo books series. This story sucks you in right away and even though it's short I felt for the characters before I even got a chapter in Adrian's writing really brings out the emotions of her characters and lets you roll around in them until you feel them too. This dark and creepy story of revenge is a great read while you wait for her next book to come out.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Resurrection, a YA Paranormal Romance (Book 2 of The Guardians of Vesturon)Resurrection, a YA Paranormal Romance by A.M. Hargrove
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book starts out right at the cliffhanger that Survivor book one ended at. Maddie hurt and broken trying to decide between her parents and Rayn. This is a book fraught with emotional turmoil, and danger. Each character goes through major growth and changes in this book. Maddie finds out so much about herself through out this book she goes through growth and change, finds out an interesting mystery about her family tree, and pushes herself physically and mentally during the whole of this book. There is a lot more action going on in this book than in the first more plot twists, and more characters to meet and interact with. I really enjoyed this book and getting to know the characters more in-depth. If you enjoyed Survivor you will really enjoy the sequel Resurrection, I highly recommend that you pick up this book and read it. The Author's writing style is more put together and she's doing more showing than telling this time around, which is great I'd rather have the words used to paint a picture for me than a manual.

This was a free book given to me by the author for a fair review. Thank's for the book I really enjoyed it.

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Survival,  YA Paranormal Romance (Book 1 of The Guardians of Vesturon)Survival, YA Paranormal Romance by A.M. Hargrove
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had a little bit of a hard time getting through the first part of this book, the stories timeline was a little confusing with how it bounced around at times I had to backtrack to figure out that we had switched scenes again. The switching between characters and times got smoother as the story advanced, I also think it improved for me when the plot picked up speed and we got more into some of the action sequences. It was at this point that I got really engrossed in Maddie's and Rayn's story. I really enjoyed getting to read the story from both of their perspectives, and seeing that the feelings were just as strong from the beginning for both of them. This author has a way of writing that really brought out the emotions and turmoil that the characters were feeling and making me feel them too. This book is an emotional roller coaster ride you kinda just have to hold on and hope you don't fall off. I think the author tried to embed some really good morality lessons into her story, and the belief that the Rayn has in the deity is refreshing the author brings God into her book but not in an overbearing preachy way. While I was reading it I kept thinking this is a great way to get an alternative choices out to a YA market without making it overwhelming. The romance was intense with out having to bring sex into it and both main characters have made choices to wait until marriage, even so the author was able to put across the intense feelings these two have for each other. Over all I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to book two in the series.
I received this book as a free book from the author for a fair review. Thanks for the entertaining read. :)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Gatekeeper (Phantom Lovers, #1)Gatekeeper by Debra Glass
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a good book, an easy read for sure. It had a good mystery to it that I wasn't able to figure out right away but I did figure out before the big reveal. The main character and her sister are both psychic and one is very open with her gifts and uses it every day while the other is shut off and scared of the abilities she has. The story was a pretty cut and dry suspense. The only thing a little unusual about it would be the main love interest isn't by any means conventional. I did enjoy this book and the writing style was pretty good. I have to say it has alot of adult content and its pretty descriptive every time it happens. So if you don't like sex in your story this book isn't for you. Otherwise it doesn't detract from the story and makes the love story more believable.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Demons Not Included (Night Tracker, #1)Demons Not Included by Cheyenne McCray
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story is about Nyx a half drow half human princess, that is a tracker. Nyx keeps the world safe from paranormal bad guys, and sometimes human. This is the first book in the Night Tracker series. Having read other books by Cheyenne McCray I was looking forward to starting a new series by her, I was totally caught up in this story right from the start. This is a great book full of all different types of paranormal creatures, and action. If you've read her magic series then you'll recognize Nyx's parents from that series, and if you haven't I recommend that you gran it and read it. All of Cheyenne McCray's book have a quality about to them that makes it easy to get lost inside of her characters, and story. She writes books from special ops to paranormal romance, with a few other styles thrown in too.
This story has action, romance, suspense, and mystery. Throw in hot powerful male leads and you've got yourself a winning combination for any paranormal romance. Her characters are so well rounded that at times it's almost like you can feel them breath, they go through emotional high's and lows and you are right there with them rooting for things to work out.
Demon's are attacking the town, and Nyx's is out to stop them. Unfortunately things go from bad to worse rather quickly, and the trackers are being hunted instead of the hunters. The sheer number of demons requires Nyx's to use outside help in the form of her P.I. partner Olivia, and her Police liaison Adam. Nyx doesn't want to use humans for help scared they will be hurt or worse, but she has no choice in the matter they need all the help they can get if they want to send these demons back to hell.

This was a great read and I hope you will pick it up and give Author Cheyenne McCray a try, if you haven't already you are missing out on a wonderful author.

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The Mayfair Moon (The Darkwoods Trilogy, #1) by J.A. Redmerski GIVEAWAY OPEN : Internationally Date of Enter : 20/02/2012 to 23/02/2012 Winner Announcement : 24/02/2012 Copy Available : One Format : Signed Paperback Note : The book will be directly send to you by the author herself
After a nightmarish encounter with a werewolf, seventeen-year-old Adria Dawson loses her sister, but gains the love of a mysterious young man and his legendary family. Strange and tragic things begin to happen in the small town of Hallowell, Maine: residents come down with an unexplainable ‘illness’ and some disappear. In the midst of everything, Isaac Mayfair is adamant about keeping Adria safe, even from her sister whom he has warned her to stay away from. As unspeakable secrets unfold all around Adria, impossible choices become hers to bear. Ultimately, no matter what path she takes, her life and the lives of those she loves will be in peril. As she learns about the werewolf world she also learns why her place in it will change the destinies of many. The giveaway is being hosted on Pages From My Thoughts blog Make sure you check it out it ends on the 23rd good luck everyone.
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Deeper into the VoidDeeper into the Void by Mitchell A. Duncan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from the goodreads giveaways.
This was an intensely fast-paced scifi thriller/mystery. It held my interest and made it hard to put down the entire time I was reading. There was only one thing that made this a little off for me, and that is the unusual take on the dialogue. This was great for ensuring the reader knows what exactly is going on, and who is saying what. As much as I liked being able to follow the story line so easily, the dialogue also read more like a script than a book at times and successfully took me out of the flow of the book. I could not have guessed the ending of this book until I arrived at the last page. The mystery behind the lost team and the suspense of the characters psychological state was at time intense. Over all this was a good story.
You follows a team that has come to Mars to discover what happened to the last crew of the fledgling Mars base that suddenly cut off communication. When they arrive, the base has been abandoned and there is an unknown "presence" that begins to wear on the sanity of the new crew. They start to question everything including their own sanity and the sanity of their fellow team members.

Overall, The story flowed well and the characters were developed decently for the length of the story.

this was definitely has a few unexpected twists. It was a fairly quick read plus I enjoyed the story, setting, and mood of the story. If you are looking for a well paced and written SciFi thriller, then I would recommend you give this one a chance. You won't be disappointed.

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Mass Effect: DeceptionMass Effect: Deception by William C. Dietz
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, also I am not familiar with the Mass Effect series. Plus I entered to win this book for my 14yr old son who loves these video games. Now I asked him to read it and then post a review on his own goodreads acct. He has refused to finish this book, and after reading it I can't blame him. I'm more irritated that I can't get the time back I wasted on reading this book that read like a 11yr old wrote it. Having Korbyn point out all the discrepancies didn't help me love this book after having it brought to my attention I couldn't ignore them.
So first off the writing is horrible and full of mistakes, I'm wondering if this book was even edited before printing, or did they just leave all the editing solely up to the author if so he needs to take an English class that goes over punctuation and grammar. Due to the unimaginative and weak writing the story is detached and sometimes hard to follow.
All the characters are flat, boring and lacking in any personality. They also have many times through out the book acted in ways contrary to the characters personality or previous action. They talk to themselves sometimes for no reason what so ever and even if they answer it's ignored which why have them hold a conversation with themselves if it leads no where?? The action sequences are unrealistic, with main characters walking through battles with little to no injuries, while all around them people are being killed but somehow always missing out on killing the main cast. I guess since its written off a video game at these points in the book that the characters got some sort of invincibility boost?? So they could over come anything that stood in there way. Its funny to me to be saying this seeing as they kill off 3 major characters by the end of the book. From what I gather from my son, the author has greatly altered the characters ages and sexual preference for this book, what was the point to this?
This book succeeded in ruining me reading any books based off of video games. I'm stunned that this author has other books published when his writing and researching is so sub par. I've read some self published books that would blow this one out of the water. It makes me angry to think of how hard the indie authors are working to just get there name out there and books read, and this guy makes it into paperback with someone else picking up the dime??? I would love to be compensated for my time reading this book since the publishers just throwing money down the toilet why not pay me back for the brain cells this book obviously smothered with its horribleness. I am amazed that a major publisher and video game maker allowed this book to be released in the first place did no one proof read this before publication? If there going to make a habit of accepting this kind of work then I've got some great ideas, you can throw some money my way and I promise I write and reread my stuff before saying it's done, which is more than they got for what they paid this author.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

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Four Of A Kind: A NovelFour Of A Kind: A Novel by Valerie Frankel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads, having never read anything by this author I'm very glad that I won.
Valerie Frankel's writing style lays her characters bare for the world to see flaws and all. These four women not only share their weakness's with us, but also their inner strengths that have developed through their friendships and the importance of those friends. This is not a surface friendship. This is a bonded relationship that is just what these women needed.
This book reveals those inner thoughts, dilemma's and fears that run through most women's brains 24/7. Granted the thoughts are different from person to person, but it's that fear of not really being heard that keeps these inside, and I'm sure it's not a totally unfounded fear. Like other married women out there my husband tends to tune me out regardless of what I'm telling him. This is where good friends come in and pick up the slack. This is part of what this book is trying to put across, we need our friends to make our other relationships successful, unless your one of the lucky ones whose husband clings to every word and you feel like you can tell him anything, then just count your blessings. :)
This book also goes through the daily struggles that these four have going one everyday. Like organizing your children's schedule and still being able to just get to an appt on time. This is just a small exsample of the turmoil and chaos involved in running a household smoothly. There is so much going on in this book but I don't want to ruin it for anyone so I will just leave you with this, This is a great writer that really knows how to draw you into a story, and hit home the point of how important it is to have friends.

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Far From HereFar From Here by Nicole Baart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I won this book from Goodreads.

I started this book and was a little confused by the husband's name, it actually kept drawing me out of the book in confusion going husband?? But I'm glad I pushed past the strange name choice and finished this book. The authors writing style is exquisite the use of beautiful prose, really added to my enjoyment of this book I love when an author can describe something in a way that I can either feel it or see it in my mind it gets me more involved in the story and more lost in the world they have opened up for me.
Over all this book was filled with overwhelming emotional turmoil and really hard decisions and life choices. It made me ask myself what would I do if my husband just suddenly vanished, and couldn't be found. This is precisely the horrible situation that Danica Greene finds herself in when her husband Etsell leaves their home to help a friend in Alaska. It is on his last trip that Etsell and his plane vanish into thin air. Dani's life is thrown into chaos. Along with the women who are closest in Dani's life. Dani travels to Alaska to search for her husband, and finds out more than she bargained for.

This story opens the doorway to loss from many different points of view. What happens to the people left behind? Dani finds herself caught in this strange in between state, with no real answer for what she is suppose to do, or how to move on from here. Through out the book she is forced to deal with all of these possibilities and questions that have come up about her marriage, and her life. Is she a widow? Did her husband simply vanish to be with another woman? What happened to the man she spent the better part of her life with? Did she ever really know him? She does eventually answer these questions and more. The author often switches from a first person perspective to third person, which I actually enjoyed cause it gives you more insight into the story and surrounding situation. I'm ending this review with a quote that was just beautiful and moving at the same time. I hope you pick up this book and read it. I don't want to spoil it for anyone but I found this story rather touching, and the ending wasn't disappointing for me either.

Dani "I don't want to live like nothing ever happened. I want to live because everything has."

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Dark MatterDark Matter by Christie Rich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After reading Five Five
I just had to know more about this story and thank god there is a second book already out. Now my only problem is I read it in a day :( and there is no third book to appease my dying curiosity. The Second book ends on a cliff hanger of mass proportions, having said this that is the only complaint I have about this entire book. Like with most writers Christie seems to hit her stride with her second book. The writing is smoother and paints a more vivid picture. This story so intrigued me that I didn't even notice I was coming up on the end of the book, the end took me by such surprise I had to scroll back to make sure I hadn't accidently skipped a page. The story line is wonderfully paced with just the right amount of information to action sequences. The romance continues and the main character is actually being wooed by more men than ever before. I'm a little on the fence about Rayla's choices of men I'm not even sure with how the story is playing out which one to vote for her to end up with. There is a one that is a front runner for me that I would gladly pick if I could only find him lol. I fell in love with this story and its characters I just wish we got a different perspective sometimes than just Rayla's, or that she would learn more about the men and other people that surround her everyday life. You find out a lot of information in this book but I'm still dying to know more there are so many things left hanging that Rayla seems to forget about once the action starts, I can't blame her for getting distracted she's constantly in danger of being malled, molested, stolen, or killed. Rayla is really coming into her power in this book but with all the action she was a little behind the times for trying to use it or learn about herself. I think for a bit she got to dependent on someone always rescuing her, when she finally figures out she's strong enough to rescue herself and everyone around her the book shortly comes to an end. I think book three is going to be filled with amazing revelations *fingers crossed* I really liked the book cover on this book also it is beautiful. If you haven't read this series I defiantly recommend you go buy it the first book is only .99cents on kindle and the second is $2.99 this is a steal!! You wont regret getting lost in this story.

View all my reviews Ali's ArtAli's Art by JT Harding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I won a Signed copy of this book on Goodreads. I had put it in my pile of books to read and kinda forgot that I had it. Then I saw it the other day and thought I could use a break from the other genre's I was reading. I have to say right off I don't usually read straight erotica I think that much sex ruins any chance for an actual story line to happen, and most erotica ends up having no point to it anyway. When I got further into this book I realized this author can actually write and not just sex scence. Shockingly the author has created a story, a plot and characters, while still having a great deal of sensuality to her books. This is unusual in an erotic genre I think most of these authors tend to throw in a sex scene if they run out of other ideas, but JT Harding actually stuck with her plot and made a romantic love story.
Ali and Tom are both greatly developed characters. Ali's seems geuinely curious about everything and pretty carefree. Sometimes the way she acts towards Tom in the beginning of the book made me question the fact that she says she's a lesbian. Tom started out a little immature for my taste but you can tell that when he finds out she is gay that he wants to respect that and tries to control his feelings for Ali. They over time seem like the perfect match for each other.
I really liked the view from which the book is written, There are a few slow spots, but that didn't detract from the whole of the book.
I had no clue this was a self published book until I read it on line it doesn't come across in her writing style, I don't know if this is the authors first book it is very well paced and put together if it is.
Thanks for the free read I really enjoyed it.

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Never Smile at StrangersNever Smile at Strangers by Jennifer Minar-Jaynes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This story really grabs you right at the start and does not let go until the very end. It was refreshing to read a mystery that is not truly solved until almost the end. I enjoyed the fact that a few times I was positive that I knew who the culprit was only to discover I was wrong and have a different person I suspected. Jennifer did a wonderful job of keeping the identity of the killer a secret which not a lot of books accomplish, I usually figure it out rather early in a book, and then I'm disappointed cause I still have so much left to read. Sometimes knowing who the bad guy is can ruin a book for you and kill the suspense.
Not only has the author been able to weave a fascinating mystery, she also creates characters who are truly believable, characters that come alive in your imagination. For a debut novel, I was surprised at how well she had pulled it together and how believable the characters actually were. Usually authors seem to have a better grasp on their writing style by the second or even third books. But with this book and author that was evident in her her first book. The writing style is very easy & pleasant to read. I enjoyed the point of view changing and the reader getting a new perspective with each chapter. What I mean is the book wasn't always from Haley's point of view and sometimes you got a glimpse into the killers POV. The chapters were short, which I almost feel made the book much more enjoyable.
This book has some Sexual themes in it, so if you're bothered by reading about sex or abuse, I don't think this book would be good for you. It got rather dark and intense in some places, this didn't get so overwhelming as to bother me while reading this book though.
If you like murder mystery and suspense you will really like this book and I recommend you read it.
If the author writes another book, I would definitely check it out.

I won this book on Goodreads for an honest review. Thanks for the book and opportunity to read a great new author.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

FiveFive by Christie Rich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the story line in this book. I did find the main character a little sheltered, way to trusting. Rayla decides to go to a different town and college than what her aunt had set up for her. Wanting to keep her close to home but not giving her a good enough reason to stay Rayla rebels and get into bunches of trouble that she is totally unprepared for. Her aunt has told her nothing about herself or the reason she would never let her leave there small little town.
I liked the authors writing style, she painted an intriguing world with words that anyone would love to visit. The author must also be a big believer in true love, and love at first sight. The overwhelming love stories that are going on in the background of the main plot are intense and the couples formed an instantaneous connection with each other. I actually liked the romance and love story aspect in the book and I thought the author explained enough about the fey for this to be believable. The only aspect of the story that threw me off a little was Rayla's lack of interest in her own abilities until the end, her trust in complete strangers, and how much of the story line was left hanging at the end of the book. Over all I loved this book and I hope with time the main character will mature and stop making rash decisions. I can't wait for the sequel and I hope it's coming out soon.

Here is a quote from the book that I liked.

"He hugged me to him. It felt right to be in his arms. I didn’t want the moment to ever end, but it would eventually. It was why I couldn't completely give myself to him now. No matter what I did, the slow tick of time would steal him from me, one way or another."
Christie Rich. Five (Kindle Locations 6122-6123)
This was a free book given to me by the author and shut up and read discussion board thanks for the great read!

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The Books I'm reading right now, but not finished with yet

I decieded to post something about the four books I'm currently reading but wasn't quite finished with. So far I'm enjoying all of these books only one stands out for me at this stage, and that's Five by Christie Rich. I wrote some partial reviews for you guys to check out while your waiting for me to finish a full book :) enjoy. FiveFive by Christie Rich
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm not done with this book yet, but I'm having trouble putting it down it's well past 2am and I want to stay up and see how this book ends. The characters, and story already have me interested in the outcome. I can't wait to find out more about Rayla and her powers, I also hope they explain what it means to be an elemental that is made for the fairy kings so far I'm just left wanting more info and irritated that the main character isn't searching her little butt off to get it for me. lol I can't wait to finish this and when I do I will post a full review. :)

View all my reviews The 58th KeeperThe 58th Keeper by R.G. Bullet

I just bought this Ebook this evening wanting to enter to win a Kindle touch giveaway that the author is doing. At first I thought thank god its only .99cents, but then I started reading it and I'm really glad I did. I am surprised I hadn't heard of this author or his two books that he's published before today. I'm not quite done and when I'am I will write a full review, but I had to comment on how interesting this book is already. I really think this author needs more exposure, especially in the YA crowd I think my 14yr old would love this book as much as I do so far lol.

View all my reviews Blood Song (Blood Singer, #1)Blood Song by Cat Adams

I'm not quite halfway through this book, so far I find the main character is pretty interesting but I haven't gotten to a point where I'm getting the answers I'm hoping come later in this book. Unfortunately I have at least 5 books I'm reading right now and this one is one of the ones I'm reading with no obligations to review so no time limit, which means it will probably be the last one I finish. But I will post a full review when I'm done. :)

View all my reviews Demons Not Included (Night Tracker, #1)Demons Not Included by Cheyenne McCray

This is another book I'm reading just for fun. I happen to love her magic series, and I hadn't had a chance to start the first book in her Night Tracker series. Already I love the main character she is strong willed and doesn't take crap from anyone. I do find myself looking for characters from her other series cause it seems to be based in the same world as the magic series, but I think there are a lot of years in between the two series. If you haven't read any of her books I highly recommend that you do you won't regret it and might just have a new favorite author. When I'm finished I will post a full review. :)

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

When Copper Suns Fall (Copper Suns, #1)When Copper Suns Fall by KaSonndra Leigh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I fell in love with this story right away. The author's writing is so expressive, it wasn't hard to fall into her world and get wrapped up in the mystery and suspense surrounding Chela. The secondary characters were pretty well flushed out also I'd like to say there were two main characters to this book Chela and Farris, but her two friends (she calls them the Bermuda Three)and some of the other characters were just as involved. This book starts out with Chela breaking one rule after another she seems to be pushed to act out by what's happening with her twin brother. The rule breaking lands her in a sort of reform camp called Minders Camp this sounds like a horrible situation for her to be in but it also teaches her so many things.
I don't want to give away the story so I will just say this is a unique approach to the genre the author has blended a apocalyptic society with the fallen, Chela's world just gets totally turned inside out with the events that take place. It's a wonderfully written YA novel and I would recommend even if you don't like YA that you read this.

"But a person’s spirit sometimes existed long after their physical body was gone. It could haunt your thoughts, sway your decisions, and follow you like a shadow, even if they were invisible."

KaSonndra Leigh. When Copper Suns Fall (Kindle Locations 5349-5350).

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Monday, February 13, 2012

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The Host (The Host, #1)The Host by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book over a year ago or longer. But I felt like I should write a review. I didn't really like her Twilight series. So when my sister gave me this book to read I can honestly say I was less than thrilled. Needless to say I had nothing else to read at the time so I started this book right away. To say this book shocked me would be an understatement I was blown away. I can't remember every having read a book that took me on such a roller coaster ride of emotions. I've also never had a book make me cry and there are parts towards the end where I cried over the what was happening. I really fell in love with this book and it's characters. The only think negative I would say is I was hoping that this was the start of a new series for Stephenie and so far there is nothing you can find anywhere that would suggest that. The way this book is left really leaves it wide open for more books. I whole heartily recommend you read this book even if like me you have no love for twilight still pick this up and read it you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Third CoincidenceThe Third Coincidence by David Bishop
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was unexpected, and astonishing. The plot is well structured, the scenes flawlessly executed. The author's knowledge of his subject, criminal investigation and serial killers seemed to be tirelessly researched. I got engrossed in the characters, They are well developed, strong in when they need to be. This is just what i like in my heroes. The antagonist, was perfectly selected for the job he was so intent on carrying out. I got very wrapped up in this mystery, having not read any books by this author before I was surprised he was able to capture my interest so thoroughly.

David Bishop has just made it to my list of favorite mystery writer.
I received this as part of a giveaway Goodreads.

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Fat TuesdayFat Tuesday by Sandra Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sandra Brown is great at creating a suspense thriller, and this book is no exception. Burke Basile is a cop that was already on the edge. When the man responsible for the death of his partner, Kev Stuart, beats a murder rap. All the things that he has set up in his life, start falling apart around him. This all happens before he even makes it home to find his wife in the shower with another man. I believe this is the tuning point for this character, he basically just jumped over the edge and didn't look back.
Pinkie is the slimy lawyer who got scumbag Wayne Bardo off when charged with Kev Stuart’s murder. Because the lawyer has his slimy little hand in just about every criminal element you can think of he is Almost as untouchable. Burke Basile starts to form a plan that involves kidnapping Pinkie's wife. As plans go this probably wasn't the best idea he ever had. Burke feels like he has nothing to live for. He vows to avenge his partners death, no matter if he dies or goes to prison in the process. This story started out a little slow but it picks up it's pace fast and next think you know your at the end. I started this book and finished it in almost one sitting. Sandra Brown has also created wonderful protagonists, people with deep flaws and personal demons who find redemption in each other. Their love affair comprises only a small portion of this story, but it is no less important for its minimal presence. Remy and Burke had lost hope of having joy in their lives, had even resigned themselves to death, but when they found each other, and this gives them both a very strong reason to live. I

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The China Gambit: A Craig Page ThrillerThe China Gambit: A Craig Page Thriller by Allan Topol
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a tale of international intrigue, and it will grab you right from the beginning. Craig Page is ex-CIA now operating as a private consultant for the Italian government, but keeping an eye on dangerous groups. He saved the United States from a bombing plot at Madison Square Garden. He deliberately disobeying the orders of the CIA head. This resulted in his dismissal. Now his only family is his daughter Franclesca, a reporter for the New York Tribune. He had lost his wife Carolyn to bacterial meningitis.
Now everything is about to change again. While doing some investigating of a story in Calgary, Canada, Francesca is killed in an automobile accident. He Immediately sense's it wasn't an accident. Apparently Francesca had emailed Craig about the story she was working on… an alleged plot between China and some other country, possible Iran, against the US. Craig is determined to find out how and why Francesca died. He is headed for Calgary and he has gained a valuable companion. His daughter’s best friend at the Tribune Elizabeth Crowder, who is determined to go with Craig to follow the story. And Craig still has an ally in the government, President Brewster!
What Craig is not aware at this junction is that the story that Francesca was working on may involve more than just China and Iran…..it may involve a person or persons within the US government? And what he also doesn’t realize is that they are aware of him and his activities. All the answers may lie in Beijing and Craig and Elizabeth must get and stay one step ahead of the people who would kill them. One other main point that they are unaware of is in 7 days, The principal bad guys is a General Zhou and his brother Zhou Yun head of the major Chinese oil company.
I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the plot was to follow. Many spy thrillers are hard to follow and plus remembering all of the players and details. This book had a nice flow to it, and the plot was not overly difficult to follow. I enjoyed it and will definitely read any other books this author puts out.
I won this book from Goodreads for an honest review.

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What Came AfterWhat Came After by Sam Winston
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ever since reading Stephen King's The Stand I've been a fan of post-apocalyptic stories. This book reminded me more of Robert R. McCammon Swan Song, it was nuclear war that cause the post-apocalyptic fall out not some supernatural entity or some strange disease. I think Sam Winston really paints a dark and terrifying portrait of where we're going. Scary and uplifting at the same time.
What makes his book unique is the source of the trouble is all too real, making this a stunning and provocative expication of what might yet come to pass. He had even added in the down fall of our economy as what I see as a starting point, it's disheartening to look at ourselves in this light. I think everyone should read this book and take this journey with Weller and his daughter to find redemption amidst the ruin. This could be exactly where we are headed as a mass consumption nation that wallows in our gross negligence. I can only hope that this book will lend some insight, and appreciation for what we have as species. Possibly we can find a resolution and try to put a stop to this before there's no way back.

Sam Winston has a beautiful writing style, which might sound odd since he's writing about such a brutal and ugly topic. I Highly recommend this book it's an unforgettable read. This will possibly cause thought provoking conversation, and compelling arguments. His writing by it's self is thought provoking and engaging. You won't be able to put it down once you've started, you will probably stay up late just to finish this book in one sitting.

I received this book as a free book from Goodreads. I plan on convincing my friends to read it as soon as possible to I have someone to discuss it with.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

HelplessHelpless by Daniel Palmer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found myself interested in this story right from the start. There is something scary and compelling about reading a story that can believably take place.
The dynamics of the father, daughter relationship was very believable based on a split home where one parent is trying to pit the child against the other parent. Having the main character struggle to build a relationship with his daughter, while also trying to prove his innocence really helped make this story more believable.
The story itself was interesting and kept me reading until the end. The author touches on some topics that I believe parents are already trying to get a handle on in this day and age. This book really brings into focus just how damaging the internet can be and how eternal the information is that you find online. He brings up the topic of sexting among teenagers. Many of the things from this book are already taking place in our society and should be addressed by parents. If you add in the cop with a grudge who is so blinded by the past that he wants to blame Tom for everything that is happening in his town. Tom doesn't stand a chance at clearing his name alone, so he calls in for help from a friend who works for the FBI. None of his so called friends believe that he's innocent, and there sure not willing to help him clear his name. This makes it difficult to tell who the real bad guys are.
Overall I enjoyed the small town politics, and the story line of Helpless. I recieved this book for free from Goodreads.

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Rainshadow Road (Friday Harbor, #2)Rainshadow Road by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven't read any books by this author before, I was lucky enough to win this book from Goodreads. I'm glad I got a chance to read this wonderful book which is the first in its series. I would whole heartily recommend this author to anyone that loves a good romance with a HEA ending. I enjoyed the way Lisa Kleypas created real and relatable characters, with a compelling back-story that makes them shine. Her characters are shaped by their experiences, and as a result we get multidimensional characters that inevitably captivate you with their story and drama.
I was surprised to find a magical element thrown in and was pleased that the author would use something so unexpected. I enjoyed the elements of magic she flawlessly added to the story. This lent a touch of whimsy to this otherwise normal drama. The combination of very real human emotions, and family betrayals, made this an engrossing and compelling story. This is a fabulous read, I would highly recommend it to romance readers or even paranormal romance readers.

View all my reviews Perfect on PaperPerfect on Paper by Janet Goss
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book tells the story of Dana Mayo, an artist with a love for crossword puzzles. Dana has never been able to let go of her first love, Ray, a married man she was dating after she graduated from college. Now, 20 years later, Dana has begun dating Hank. To complicate matters, Dana has begun a flirtation with a 25 year old crossword puzzle writer named Billy, who she has an instant connection to. Through out the book Dana is trying to decide what to do with her messy love life. She gets into some comical situations, backed by a charming supporting cast of characters. Its fun to follow Dana while she puzzles her way through her romances and eccentric job. I would recommend this book to readers who like their romance novels with a side of comedy.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Point, Click, LovePoint, Click, Love by Molly Shapiro
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I won this book off of Goodreads. I was actually looking forward to this some what new age romance where it describes people using the internet to connect and find love. I wasn't totally disappointed, not being a fan of sex and the city I just didn't really connect to the characters in this book. I think this story might have been better if she hadn't tried to connect the women as friends at all, if I hadn't read the back of the book I wouldn't have known until halfway through that they were suppose to be friends.
Alot of the story just left me feeling depressed for no real reason. I Didn't care about characters & their self-inflicted problems. It wasn't very original and it was full of man-bashing.

The dialogue was choppy in some parts, and rushed in others, it felt like it was dragging the plot forward too quickly for Claudia's story. And Annie's story, one of the most interesting, gallops to a finish. Ultimately, each of these stories end quickly, I would have liked to have them fleshed out more, This might have actually fixed the story for me if her characters just felt a little more alive.

View all my reviews The Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the PlanetThe Man Who Planted Trees: Lost Groves, Champion Trees, and an Urgent Plan to Save the Planet by Jim Robbins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book has a really important message, I for one would have gotten in less pages than they did in this book. The first part of the book is a little dry as we read about the trees and how Mr. Milarch finds them and some of the people he meets on the way. Environmentalists and arborists would really enjoy this section.

The middle part seems to me to be more about the spirituality of trees. It talks about how different cultures have different views about the spirits of trees and their cosmic purpose. For those who believe in spirituality and the lifeforce of nature, this would be the section of the book they would enjoy.

The last part tries to pull the whole book together and really push home why trees need saving and what we can do to help in the process.

This book definitely has a specific audience that it is targeting, and all I could think was is this printed on recycled paper??

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Treading Water on Ripple Creek Farm: LilyTreading Water on Ripple Creek Farm: Lily by Beulah S. Coyne
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a historical fiction story, of what it was like to live on a farm during the 1940s. This book paint a vivid picture and draws each reader into their own memories childhood. Having not been born in the 1940's this book reminded me of playing outside all day making rock forts and only watching television on the weekends. It made me miss the days when children spent all day outside if the weather permitted instead of in front of a television or computer.
Coyne's vivid descriptions of daily life on Ripple Creek Farm make it easier to immerse yourself in this book. She describes everything in detail from the food they ate, chores they did, to the way they worshiped. This book is a wonderful reminder of days gone by. I would recommend it to anyone who loves history.
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View all my reviews Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic RootsUnorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots by Deborah Feldman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Having been raised in a strict Seventh Day Adventist household, I wasn't excited to read about another religion that oppresses its members. I did enjoy Deborah's writing style but found myself irritated at the way women were treated. So to say I enjoyed this book would be a lie. I did however think she painted a rather revealing picture of what life is like bound into a religion that you didn't pick for yourself.
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Life SafariLife Safari by John P. Strelecky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this as a free book from Goodreads. This is an interesting story about Africa. The main character is a 22 year old that sometimes comes across as naive or just younger than his 22 years I thought this was a children's book and I still think with all the information that it provides and the pictures that are in the back of the book that it would make a great early reader for a child that already knows how to read.

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The Vanishers: A  NovelThe Vanishers: A Novel by Heidi Julavits
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was given to me by Goodreads for an honest review.
I found this book and it's main character to be odd, antagonistic, and whiny. Some of this book seemed like unfinished thoughts and I had a hard time following these fragmented situations and plot lines.
The books main character Julia Severn starts out attending a college or workshops that promote psychic learning. She gets ill not long after accepting a job with her mentor and idol Madame Ackermann. Julia comes to the conclusion that she is being psychically attacked by Madame Ackermann, she takes measures to protect herself from this. I found this character to be gullible, and almost child like in her interactions with other people. Willingly taking what people tell her at face value and not checking it out herself.
Julia isn't a very likable character by the time I got halfway through the book I despised her, she is petty and weak. With a tendency to blame her own inadequacies on other people.

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Worth Fighting ForWorth Fighting For by Lisa Niemi Swayze
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed getting this glimpse inside their love story, and yes this is mostly written after Patrick gets diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. But the obvious love they have built there relationship on shines through.I Went along for the roller coaster of emotional up's and down's. This was hard for me to bare witness too. I have a brain tumor that is a constant battle everyday and that made this book hit me a lot harder cause I know how hard this is on the patient, and there loved ones. All in all this was a very inspirational story that shows you that real love last through any trial.
It was a wonderful experience to get to see Patrick Swayze through the eyes of his wife. I was pleasantly surprised that i liked her writing style and found myself wishing there was more too the book.
I just have to say thank you Lisa Niemi Swayze for sharing this difficult ordeal with us. I feel like this gave me a better insight

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Between The Land And The SeaBetween The Land And The Sea by Derrolyn Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, even though it's a YA book I really got sucked into the story and the characters. The author paints an enchanting picture of Marina, who has a total life change when she has to stay for a year with her aunt and cousin. First she's never been to a real school before since her dad is always traveling and she usually goes with him. This causes her to go through the normal ups and downs of teenage angst. Emotionally she is just confused and a little scared. Being so close to the ocean makes some huge changes happen with her and she doesn't have a clue about why she's different.
I don't want to give to much away so I'm going to gloss over some info and hope you still get how wonderful the over all feel of this book was. Strange things start to happen to and around Marina almost right away leading her into a mystery that includes having to find out more about herself and her mother who died while delivering Marina. Her father is to devastated over the loss of his wife to talk about her even after 16 years he still avoids the topic. This makes it hard for Marina to find out anything about her. Soon she's totally wrapped up in finding out who or what her mother is. The romance that starts between Marina and Ethan is so pure and sweet that it successfully reminded me what first love feels like, and a teenagers ability to feel so wholey without hesitation. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the romance between Marina and Ethan bloom into something more than either of them counted on. This is a beautifully written love story with a unique supernatural spin. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
(This was given to me for free directly from the author. Thanks for letting me visit your world I had alot of fun while I was there :)

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Darkness Dawns (Immortal Guardians, #1)Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I accidentally read the second book in this series first Night Reigns. Thank god it didn't give away so much that it ruined reading the first book I would have seriously missed out on a great read. There are some events that if read this series out of order you know before your suppose to but this can't be helped because it wasn't meant to be read out of order :) This didn't make the first book any less enjoyable. After reading the second book I was dying to know more about this world and the characters that live in it, this is exactly what the first book gives you. This series is full of blow your mind hot sexy men not that this has anything to do with the story line I just had to mention it lol. I'm still a little steamy from the sizzling romance between the main characters in this book. There is lots of danger, a little intrigue and fast paced plot to keep you on your toes. That said I really enjoy how Dianne Duvall writes something about her writing style really hooked me. Sometimes I find writers will use to much sex and it seems like there just using it as filler because they ran out of story and had to hit a certain number of pages, then I end up skipping some of the book to get back to the plot of the story. Now I'm not saying there isn't sex in this book I'm just saying it made sense to the story line to have it there it was obvious that the main characters had a connection right from the start I skipped non of this book I was so engrossed in her story that I didn't even realize I was at the end, this was a disappointment only because I didn't want to be done :) I'm going to look and see if there's a third book out and when and if I can buy it. If you like vampire stories and are looking for something a little out of the ordinary I suggest you grab this book she has her own unique perspective on the origins of vampires and the mythology behind them it was a wonderful read.

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