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{Review} Tears of Tess (Monster in the Dark #1)

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Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark 1) by Pepper Winters

Rating: 5 out of 5

Tears of Tess is intense, gripping and I never wanted to put it down.

I couldn’t believe that this was Pepper debut novel. I would never have known it was. Everything just flowed so beautiful, like she has been writing for years. It was just….. I don’t know, if this trying to get over it really. My mind is still lost in the book somewhere.

This book is not for everyone. If you want hearts and flowers between the main character look else where. However strangely enough Tess and Q do have some lovely-dovey moments. Yet most of the time the novel deals with some pretty dark themes.

Tess is one strong gal. With everything that she has to deal with I’m surprised she didn’t break earlier. She is the kind of person you want fighting with you, not against you.

Two things I wanted most in the world: for Q to die a miserable death, and for him to fuck me

The first time Q appeared on the scene, I immediately got goose bumps. There was just something about his presents. The way that he holds himself. I just wanted to know all his secrets. He is one complex man.

He was smooth water—effortless in refinement but just like still water, dangerous if you couldn’t swim

I may be a monster but I was her monster.!

Upon starting this novel, I knew what I was heading into, well at least I thought I did. Now having finished it, it was totally different to how I thought it was going to play out. I’m kind of glad, I like a story with a good surprise or twist. Keeps me guessing and coming back for more.

I promise to protect you, ravage you, hunt those who hurt you, and give you the life you deserve. My fortune is yours. My secrets are yours. And I will give you the corpses of the men who hurt you.

{Review} Zenith Hotel

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Zenith Hotel by Oscar Coop-Phane
Read November 2014
1 star

Synopsis

Review

This was totally not what I expected at all. It sounded so promising having won some highly placed awards and lots of people raving about it. Truthfully I could barely get through it. It was such a struggle. I was going to put it down and strike it out. But it’s only a short story so I finished it. Now I wish I put that time into another book.

The story follows a dirty, ‘real’ street whore and the lives of the people she meets. And that’s all I really seems to get from it. I didn’t feel connected to the story at all. The main character is just boring. Her days are always the same. Not much of a story really.

Hey, maybe you will read it and like it. But thus one was not for me.

{Meme} Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit (whether fictional or real)

1) Paris, France (Hotelles)
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2) The world from the black jewels by Anne Bishop
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3) San Francisco (Wallbanger)
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4) House of comarre series world by Kristin Painter (an alternate Miami)
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5) Canada (Gabriel’s inferno)
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6) New York (Crossfire Series)
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7) Spain
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8) Ireland
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9) London, UK
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10) Romania
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{Review} Casino Royale (James Bond #1)

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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
James Bond #1
Read August 2013
4 stars

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Synopsis:

Le Chiffre is a businessman with expensive tastes, and SMERSH’s chief operative in France. But as his dissolute lifestyle threatens to ruin him, his only hope is to risk his paymasters’ money at the card table.

James Bond, the finest gambler in the service, is given a deadly new mission: to outplay Le Chiffre and shatter his Soviet cell.

Amidst the opulence of Casino Royale, the two men face each other for a game with the highest stakes of all.

Series Reading Order:
original series only

#1 Casino Royale
#2 Live and Let Die
#3 Moonraker
#4 Diamonds are Forever
#5 From Russia With Love
#6 Doctor No
#7 Goldfinger
#8 For Your Eyes Only
#9 Thunderball
#10 The Spy Who Loved Me
#11 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
#12 You Only Live Twice
#13 The Man With The Golden Gun
#14 Octopussy & The Living Daylights

Review:

“Above all, he liked that everything was one’s own fault. There was only oneself to praise or blame. Luck was a servant and not a master. Luck had to be accepted with a shrug or taken advantage of up to the hilt. But it had to be understood and recognized for what it was and not confused with a faulty appreciation of the odds, for, at gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck. And luck in all its moods had to be loved and not feared. Bond saw luck as a woman, to be softly wooed or brutally ravaged, never pandered to or pursued. But he was honest enough to admit that he had never yet been made to suffer by cards or by women.”

I have been a fan of the movies for a long time now and have always wanted to get around to reading the books. I was not at all disappointed either, which is saying something since I know the movies and books are very different in some areas.

Casino Royale is Bonds’ first mission after gaining his Double-O status. There are the good guys and the bad and everyone else questioning which side they really belong to. It may be a little hard to following is some areas where the characters are talking about which agency they work for and who the double agents are. Once the characters have been developed everything else just falls into place.

I think the biggest shock for me was how different Bond is compared to what is portrayed in the movies. In the movies, he gets the jobs done and get the girl (Oh Bond!). Whereas the books, he is self centered, the best gambler in the service and so focused on the job that women really are just an afterthought.

“These blithering women who thought they could do a man’s work. Why the hell couldn’t they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men’s work to the men.”

For those that have seen the movie, the torture scene really is on the book and it is still as unpleasant to read it, as it was watching it.

“He was utterly a prisoner, naked and defenseless. His buttocks and the underpart of his body protruded through the seat of the chair towards the floor”

An enjoyable first novel and I will be sure to read the rest of the series now that I have dipped my toe in.

{Review} The Vampire Narcise (Regency Draculia #3)

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The Vampire Narcise by Colleen Gleason
Regency Draculia #3
Read July 2013
3 Stars

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Synopsis:

Regency England stands defiant against Napoleon. But battles among men mean little to those who live forever – especially when the Dracule are waging their own war.

Skilled in the seduction of men both mortal and immortal, Narcise Moldavi is the greatest weapon in her twisted brother’s war among the Dracule. Until she falls for Giordan Cale.

Her first searing encounter with Giordan brands them as soul mates for their eternal lives. But Giordan’s vow to help Narcise excape her brother’s rule is followed by a betrayal more agonising than sunlight.

And the Dracule never forget a wrong – nor do they forgive.

Series Reading Order:

#1 The Vampire Voss ~ my review
#2 The Vampire Dimitri ~ my review
#3 The Vampire Narcise

Review:

While the first two books in the series were very captivating and were read very quickly, I struggled with the last one.
The story and characters were intriguing, but the time frame was all over the place and it was hard to keep up with in some spots.
It was still an enjoyable read, but it was a disappointing end to a good series.