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{Review} Bad Boy Werewolf (Bad Boys Of BDSM)

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Bad Boy Werewolf By Leigh Foxlee
Bad Boys Of BDSM
Read August 2016
2 stars

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Synopsis

A year and a half ago, the lead singer of garage rock band No Mercy mysteriously disappeared, and his girlfriend and band mate, Merry, never thought she’d see him again. She moved on and hooked up with the band’s lead guitarist. Then one day he stumbles back into her life and literally falls at her feet!

Noah Wilder returns with dark secrets and a curse—he’s become a werewolf. Merry is plunged into a world of monsters and deception and becomes caught in a love triangle. Can she help Noah break the grip the Dark Moon pack has on him, and will she be forced to choose between her new love and her high school sweetheart?

Review

I’m a little at odds with this story. Was it enjoyable? Yes but it wasn’t anything memorable thou. I felt like the story was finishing up; and it could have and then the author decides it add a two weeks later section. Nothing wrong with that, but when reading it just felt like an add on not a continuation of the story.

The little mystery in the story is what keep me reading til the end, but overall I’m left wanting more.

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{Review} Marked In Flesh (The Others #4)

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Marked In Flesh by Anne Bishop
The Others #4
Read March 2016
5 stars

Synopsis

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community…

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

Series Reading Order

#1 Written In Red ~ my review
#2 Murder of Crows ~ my review
#3 Vision in Silver ~ my review
#4 Marked in Flesh
#5 TBA

Review

After the ending of the last book I couldn’t wait to get my paws on Marked In Flesh. The wait between books is just too long, but it was oh so worth it in the end. As soon as I started this book I was sucked back into the world of The Others and the human pack like no time had passed between the release of Vision In Silver and Marked In Flesh.

Anne Bishop really has a way with words and this story in no different. There is just something so captivating about the characters she creates and the world that she builds around them. As a reader, I feel as if I’m really there with the characters going through everything that they are going through at the same time.

Marked in Flesh starts out a little differently to the rest of the books in the series so far. There are a lot of POVs to consider and while it may be a little confusing as to who is say what and when, but it all makes sense the more you read. I loved reading about how different characters were reacting to the events around them. It really opened my eyes the world that Ms Bishop has created for The Others.

“We will give you some time to decide how much human the terra indigene will keep”

This books also focuses more heavily on The Others and Humans First and Last movement. The struggle between the two has hit an ultimate peak and the consequence from the actions of the HFL were felt by both sides when the Elders decided to take matters into their own hands.

After the way the last book ended I was really excited to see where Meg and Simon’s relationship would go. However with everything else that was going on, I felt that they had very little on page time together. I really wanted to see more of them. Just when I thought something major was going to happen and it didn’t, I think my heart gave out. You can do this to me. It is so unfair. I’m living for the next book. Please hurry I must find out what happens next.

PS. For some strange reason when I finished reading Marked in Flesh the first thing that came to mind was the song ‘Colours of the Wind’ from Disney’s Pocahontas. As strange as it may seem, there are lyrics in there that relate very well to this story.

{Review} Vision In Silver (The Others #3)

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Vision In Silver by Anne Bishop
The Other #3
Read April 2015
5 Stars

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Synopsis:

The Others freed the  cassandra sangue  to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

Series Reading Order:

#1 Written in Red ~ my review
#2 Murder of Crows ~ my review
#3 Vision in Silver
#4 Marked in Flesh
#5 Untitled (Book 5)

Review:

It was so great to be back with Simon, Meg and the rest of the gang in the others series. I have missed them so much. However now I have to wait another year for the next chapter in their story. So not fair, but I will wait. How could I not? Everything about this series is so captivating. This is urban fantasy at it’s best.

The first half of the book focuses on giving the reader lots of information about everything that has already happened and happening with the Human First and Last movement. Some new charters are introduced, both good and bad and some that I’m still unsure about and would like to know more about.

While there didn’t seem to be a ‘big’ action event towards the end of the book, there was still some pretty major things to happen. I couldn’t believe when I was reading it that the terra indigene would like to go that far with the humans, but they do take threats very seriously. It was just a bit of a shock really.

The relationship between Simon and Meg. This is a whole other thing. It’s there but at the same time it’s not. There is just something about this couple that is so intriguing. Can’t wait to see were they are heading.

And the ending is just beautiful.

Since the series was originally 3 books, I can see how this book could be more of an information filler in the series, but I wouldn’t be skipping over it because I may have just miss something that is important in the next books. No author does world building quite like Anne Bishop. I love it so much. Can’t wait for the next one in the series now.

{Review} Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica #1)

jessicas guide to dating on the dark side front coverJessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Jessica #1

Read January 2015

4 stars

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Synopsis:

MARRYING A VAMPIRE DEFINITELY DOESN’T FIT INTO JESSICA’S SENIOR YEAR ‘GET-A-LIFE’ PLAN.

Enter a bizarre new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu who claims Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth and he’s her long-lost fiance. He’s arrogant, officious, embarrassingly overprotective, and, well, incredibly hot.

Armed with a copy of Growing up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica tries to imagine the transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But just when things start to heat up with Lucius, a devious cheerleader sets her sights on him.

Soon Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war – and save Lucius’s soul from eternal damnation. All of which leaves her to wonder: Wouldn’t life be easier if she could just fall for a nice mortal boy?

Series Reading Order:

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Rules the Dark Side

Review:

I have had this sitting on my TBR pile for about 3 years now; always looking at it but never quite sure whether I really wanted to read it or not.

The title made it sound like a bit of a teenage fluffy duffy vampire romance novel. However I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t like that at all. Sure there is still romancing between of the main character, but there is also much more.

Just when things are starting to look like everything is heading for the sweet romance between a vampire and high school girl, oh look out the plot thickens. New characters come into play and so everybody is in for themselves.

Ending up really liking Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark side despite my initial reservations. Will be reading the next book in the series for sure.

{Review} Murder of Crows (The Others #2)

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Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
The Other #2
Read April 2014
5 stars

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Synopsis

After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard – Lakeside’s shape-shifting leader – wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.

As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet-and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.

Series Reading Order

#1 Written In Red
#2 Murder Of Crows
#3 TBA

Review

Meg’s story continues on from ‘Written in Red’, the first book in ‘The Others’ series. However this time the danger comes in the form of two new drugs on the market and people murdering crows just for fun. It is up to everyone in Lakeside to figure out a way to stop it before the ‘bomb’ goes off.

It feel like I have been waiting forever to read this book and was not disappointed; loved it from start to finish. The story is captivating, with most of the same characters returning from the first book, along with new ones. The danger is growing more and more and hopefully the next book will bring some more answers.

Do any of them realize that Simon Wolfgard is falling in love with Meg Corbyn? Monty wondered. Does Wolfgard understand his own response to the girl? What about Meg? How does she feel? What would the rest of the Others do if one of their kind did fall in love with a human?

The only downside is the wait for the next book now.

Okay. I picked up a movie to watch tonight. You can watch it with me if you like. It’s a chick movie. Merri Lee said that means girls like it, not that there are small birds in it.

 

{Random} Book Dedication: Her Vampire Husband

This has to one of the best book dedications I have seen in a while. It is taken from ‘Her Vampire Husband by Michele Hauf’. (ISBN: 978-1921-68570-5)

To Jeff: Because I know you would slay a dragon for me.

You are the only knight I will ever desire. Love You.

But really? Because that dragon carcass in the front yard could get just nasty, not to mention you’d always complain about having to mow around the tail. And do you think I’d let you hang the dragon’s head on the living room wall? I don’t think so. Thought we could have a grand backyard BBQ. And just think of the money we’d save on the grocery bill, not to mention our new dragon leather attire.

{Review} Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1)

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Dinner With A Vampire by Abigail Gibbs
The Dark Heroine #1
Read August 2013
4 stars

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Synopsis:

One moment can change your life forever…

For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape…no matter how hard Violet tries.

Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.

Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price…

Series Reading Order:

#1 Dinner with a Vampire
#2 Autumn Rose

Review:

‘The sexiest romance you’ll read this year’ is a big statement to make and I don’t think it did the book any good. While there was romance in the story, it is definitely not the sexiest book I have read, far from it.
The story line was intriguing and flowing enough to keep me wanting more.
I was a little disappointed that there were not more chapters written from the Kasper’s point of view. It is always interesting to see what the lead male character is thinking.
All in all, a very enjoyable read.

{Review} Written in Red (The Others #1)

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Written in Red by Anne Bishop
The Others #1
Read August 2013
5+ stars

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Synopsis:

Meg Corbyn is on the run. Alone and desperate, she stumbles into the Lakeside Courtyard, where the Others reside. Meg knows entering a Courtyard is a dangerous risk – most people who tangle with the Others end up dead – but it’s the only place she’ll be safe from the people chasing her.

For Simon Wolfgard, leader of the Others residing in Lakeside, Meg is a puzzle and he has to decide if she is worth the fight to keep her in the Courtyard. It will be a fight not just with the humans hunting her down, but with some of the Others – as well as a fight with his own confusing feelings towards Meg.

For Police Officer Montgomery, Meg is the property he’s supposed to recover – and the spark that could start a confrontation with the Others that would wipe out the human city of Lakeside.

And for Meg, who has seen her own future, living in the Courtyard is a chance to have a life – for what little time she has left.

Series Reading Order:

#1 Written in Red
#2 Murder of Crows
#3 TBA

Review:

There is nothing I didn’t like about this book. I just feel in love with everything; the characters, the plot and the world that Anne Bishop can so easily create.

While there are a lot of characters in the story and names to remember, it doesn’t get messy and everything is easy to follow. The plot doesn’t lag and there is a surprise upon every turn of the page.

I found it was the prefect fantasy read, with a bit a paranormal thrown in just to keep things interesting.

{Review} City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #3
Read August 2013
5 stars

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Synopsis:

Amid the chaos of war, the Shadowhunters must decide to fight with the vampires, werewolves and other Downworlders – or against them. Meanwhile, Jace and Clary have their own decision to make: Should they pursue the love they know is forbidden?

Series Reading Order:

#1 City of Bones ~ my review
#2 City of Ashes ~ my review
#3 City of Glass

Review:

Where do I start?
There is so mush going on in the city of glass, yet it never seems too much. There is just enough action and drama to keep you turning the page to the very end. I was never bored along the way.
Clary, Jace and all the shadowhunters are pushed to their limits in the ultimate show down with evil. It was nice to see the shadowhunters and downworlders come together. Good truly does win but it take a lot of doing to get there.
Everybody gets to have their happy ending now, or do they?

{Review} Last Blood (House Of Comarre #5)

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Last Blood by Kristen Painter
House of Comarre #5
Read August 2013
4 stars

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Synopsis:

In the final showdown between the forces of dark and light, Mal and Chrysabelle face not only their old master, the vampire Tatiana, but the ancient evil that now controls her: the Castus Sanguis. Chrysabelle gathers her friends and family around her, forming a plan to bring an end to the chaos surrounding them. But the Castus is the most powerful being they’ve ever come up against.
Defeating such evil will require a great sacrifice from someone on the side of light. One of them will change sides. One of them will die. No one will survive unscathed. Can Chrysabelle save those she cares about or will that love get her killed? What price is she willing to pay to draw last blood?

Series Reading Order:

#1 Blood Rights
#2 Flesh and Blood
#3 Bad Blood
#4 Out for Blood
#5 Last Blood

Review:

I hate that feeling you get when a series comes to an end. I didn’t want to read the last book knowing this was going to be the case. However read it I did.
While there was not one big action scene that I thought there would be, there were still many twists and turns. Nothing is ever easy for Mal and Chrysabelle. If everything were I wouldn’t be reading these books.
A beautiful conclusion to the series. One I will surely read again.