Sunday, 28 August 2011

Review: Happily Never After

personal copy

by Jeaniene Frost

Isabella Spaga is about to reluctantly walk down the aisle with Mr. Dangerously Wrong…but not if dashing vampire Chance has anything to say about it. As a favor to Bones, Chance has come to derail this wedding of beauty to the beast. Now if only he can keep his hands off the bride. From New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, it’s the wedding of the season…that everyone wants to miss. (Originally appeared in Weddings From Hell anthology)

Not having invested in the Weddings from Hell anthology I was pleased to see that this individual title appeared as an E book on the kindle, I am a sony owner but I didn't let that phase me and simply downloaded kindle for the PC which works GREAT on a netbook. It was only 99p think it sells for $1.99 for those in the USA. Is it worth 99p? ABSOLUTELY

For those of you wanting Bones and Cat, you won't get that, you will get a guest appearance by Bones but you do get an enjoyable short which widens the scope of and our knowledge of the peripheral characters in Bones and Cat's life.

In this we meet Chance, now head of his own line but sired by Bones and when requested he goes all out to help a former 'doner/lover/friend' of Bones, no not Isa but her Grandmother Greta. Chance is your typical charming vamp, gorgeous with a touch of arrogance and no qualms about running about naked. Isa is feisty but trapped into a situation where she can see no way out. Why? Because this situation is not of her making, she is a pawn being used and manipulated, why is she going along with it? To keep her family safe.

You need a quickie little fix of the Night Huntress World then this could be for you, the relationship between Chance and Isa is fun, sometimes funny and certainly full of passion. I recommend this quickie whole heartedly and give it 4 frillies out of 5.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Review: Tempest Rising

Book from ADD Swag

By Nicole Peeler
Living in small town Rockabill, Maine, Jane True always knew she didn't quite fit in with so-called normal society. During her nightly, clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean, a grisly find leads Jane to startling revelations about her heritage: she is only half-human.

Now, Jane must enter a world filled with supernatural creatures alternatively terrifying, beautiful, and deadly- all of which perfectly describe her new "friend," Ryu, a gorgeous and powerful vampire.

It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: a dog can heal with a lick; spirits bag your groceries; and whatever you do, never-ever rub the genie's lamp.

If you love Sookie Stackhouse, then you'll want to dive into Nicole Peeler's enchanting debut novel.

One of the first people I met at AAD was Nicole Peeler and I didn't even know it, I was nervous and chatting away unknowing that I was talking to an author whose book I'd wanted to read for ages and then I looked in my swag bag and there it was! SQUEEEE!

It is true I have been wanting to read this book since I saw across twitter and bloggerverse how much people were enjoying it and when I got a copy it went straight to the top of the pile. I read it sat mostly in Philadelphia airport waiting for a delayed plane and the rest sat round a pool in Las Vegas and I loved it! (FYI if you read books round the pool in Vegas be careful, the glue starts to melt! Don't worry, both mine are safe)

I was totally invested in Jane's world when I read this, you knew from the start she was different and whilst the book introduced her life and friends you were waiting for the supernatural reality to hit, and hit it did, with a BANG! Jane is an intriguing character, quiet and shy because of her past but you know there is a light waiting to shine and those who love her know this. Don't be mistaken and think just because she is quiet she is a wimp, she isn't and when she is given a chance to get what she needs/wants she grabs it with both hands. Much to Ryu's delight.

Ryu is fun, a vamp with a hinted at past, gorgeous and hypnotic, his interest in Jane is not purely professional but we do sense that as much as he cares for her there is something else happening. Not between them, don't get me wrong, just in general, will Ryu be Mr Right or Mr Right now I do not know. But I do know he will defend Jane as best he can from those out to kill her because layered over this paranormal/urban fantasy romance is a good thriller, a who dunnit! Who is out to kill Jane and why? And I quite like the whole will it last forever quandry, it is like life!

Ryu is not her only help, she finds out her best friend is also supernatural and that there are a lot of supernatural beings who live near her under the protection of Nell the Gnome. But it is character Anyan who intrigues me and I wonder what his involvement will be in future books.

A great book which developed a new supernatural world for me, one I want to throw myself into completely, soon as I get back I will be getting book 2! I give Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler 4.5 frillies out of 5.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Review: Forged of Shadows

Book from AAD swag 
By Jessa Slade

After surviving the Irish Potato Famine, Liam Niall was possessed by a demon in search of redemption. Now, he heads the Chicago league of taylan in their fight against evil. Jilly Chan is a mentor to the local homeless youth-and warrior against the criminals who prey upon her charges. She's already half-taken by a demon, so Liam reluctantly tries to guide her into full power.

Even as the proudly independent Jilly tries to remain true to her own soul, Liam's fiercely passionate touch leaves a mark on her desirable flesh as enduring as her new demonic tattoo... from Goodreads

When I started to read this I did not realise it was book 2 in a series, not that it bothers me, I am not the type of person who must start at the beginning and work their way through, if you are, be aware this is book 2. Book 1 is Seduced by Shadows and it looks really good. Could Forged of Shadows stand alone as a book, absolutely and I will say this now, loud and clear, I liked it! There you go, no waiting till the end to find out what I thought... I liked it. Would I have liked it more had I read the first book? I can't answer that, I think having prior knowledge of events would have helped me flesh out some of the scenes more, but this did not mar my understanding.

This is a good book in my opinion, why? It has the ingredients I like in Sci Fi or Urban Fantasy or Paranormal Romance or... *insert own term here*  it is complicated with characters who embrace their complexities and push the boundaries of their story arc striving for more, for love, life a better existence. It is a book about hope, and how love can free you so hope can find you.

The main characters are Liam and Jilly: Liam, a 200 year old former Irish blacksmith who survived the famine but who became possessed by a repentant demon to become a warrior to fight evil and ultimately to lead his motley band of warriors. If you like your heroes lean, tall, mysterious and devilishly good looking (including facial markings) then Liam is the man for you. He takes his role as leader very seriously, determined to do a good job and slay evil with his hammer. When Jilly is thrown into the mix he doubts himself, wondering where this new path will take him, she is irreverent and exasperating and totally a match for him. When they meet explosions happen, physically, literally and metaphorically.

Jilly doesn't suffer fools gladly and after a difficult life and working as a social worker (youth worker) with street kids she has developed a thick skin, a wall about her emotions. She felt she couldn't 'save' her own family so she is trying to save others. Where Liam is the dark and the shadows Jilly is the fire and the speed, rushing in full force and learning as she goes. They truly compliment each other and through many trials develop their relationship. Jilly is a great female character endearing yet forceful and someone you come to care about.

The secondary characters are very interesting too, Archer and Sera who were the protagonists in the first story, and in particular the baddie Blackbird. I don't want to say too much and spoil anyone's reading. I  was lucky enough to meet Jessa Slade after a blogger panel at AAD and she gave me book 3! I shall be starting it soon.

On the whole this is a complicated tale, full of intrigue, stick with it and it will take you on a fantastic journey. A great read, I give it 4 frilly knickers out 5.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Teaser Tuesday!

Inspired by The Book Vixen, who participates in Teaser Tuesday hosted by MizB at Should be Reading I think it is a FAB idea... she said to

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others.
* Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Ok so here goes, my teaser is from page 27 The Countess by Lynsay Sands

"Christiana stared at her with disbelief. “He is dead now, Lisa. After a couple of days . . .” She didn’t finish, it was just too gruesome to say that the man would start to smell."

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