Dec 30, 2012

Showcase Sunday #9

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week


BOUGHT:

 

1. Once Burned (Night Prince, #1) by Jeaniene Frost––Read in like 2 days. 4 STARS. Review coming soon.

2. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover––I'll be done with this one very soon. Another 2-day read. Sheer brilliance. 


FREEBIES:


1. From NetGalley– Not even sure what this is, but it was FREE.


FOR REVIEW:


Angels of War by Finian Black– I liked the first book of Black's, The Nightmare Stone, that I read and reviewed, so I expect to like this one too.


Dec 27, 2012

My Top Ten Books of 2012


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Like jumping off a bridge, everyone else is doing it. So here I go.



10. Splintered by A.G. Howard

Series: Stand-alone novel
Genre: YA Fantasy
Cover Rating: 5/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Fave Character: Morpheus. Sneaky prick.
What I liked most: The world-building. A.G. Howard has a great imagination. See my review!


9. Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

Series: Night Prince, #1
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Cover Rating: 3/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Fave Character: Duh. Vlad. He's sex on a stick.
What I liked most: The sex scenes were smoking!


8. The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

Series: Marriage to a Billionaire, #1
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Cover Rating: 3/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Fave Character: Alexa. She was funny. She was confident. She was fierce. Loved her.
What I liked most: That the book was written from both Alexa's and Nick's points of view. Love when authors do that. My review!



7. Fall Into Winter by Eden Baylee

Series: None, but its companion book is Spring Into Summer.
Genre: Erotica
Cover Rating: 5/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Fave Character: Stella in "Act Three"
What I liked most: That it's an anthology and we get four sexy stories instead of just one. My review.


6. The Queen's Blade by T.C. Southwell

Series: The Queen's Blade, #1
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Cover Rating: 4/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Fave Character: Blade. He was so on point with the daggers!
What I liked most: That I could not stop reading this series and blew through all six in like two weeks. My review of the entire series!


5. Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole

Series: The Dacians: Realm of Blood and Mist, #1
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Cover Rating: 4/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Fave Character: Trehan Daciano. Total babe, he was.
What I liked most: Like all of Kresley's IAD books, I love how the female is always in denial at first, then comes around. It's so cute and funny, even if it is a bit cheesy.


4. Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Series: Dani O'Malley, #1; Fever, #6
Genre: Adult Fantasy/Romance
Cover Rating: 5/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Fave Character: Ryodan, cuz I always like the men the best lol.
What I liked most: The characters. There weren't any that I disliked. Wish I could've had more Mac though. And Barrons. Yes, definitely more Barrons. My review!


3. Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance
Cover Rating: 4/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Fave Character: Torn between Xhex and Lassiter. But if I have to choose––Lassiter.
What I liked most: The Brothers! There is nothing that is not fantastic and sexy about them! Can never get enough. Review here!


2. Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Series: Slammed, #1
Genre: YA Romance
Cover Rating: 2/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars
Fave Character: So hard! I loved Lake and Will, but the fave award will have to go to Kel and Caulder. They were hilarious!
What I liked most: The romance. So real, so exciting, so passionate. It was intoxicating. See me rave and swoon on my video review!

And last but not least...

1. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: Lux, #2
Genre: YA Romance/Fantasy
Cover Rating: 3/5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars
Fave Character: Daemon Black. Whew, he's hot. 
What I liked most: The neverending, laughed-till-I-cried banter between Katy and Daemon. I never wanted it to end! Watch me gush on my video review!


Man, this was a hard list to make! And I realized, most of my top ten are romances! Who woulda thunk it?

Dec 24, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Opal 
by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Series: Lux, #3
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS
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No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger... and they know it..

Something was missing with this book. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It couldn’t hold a flame to Onyx and barely to Obsidian. Maybe it was the fact that the sexually frustrated banter between Daemon and Katy was blatantly absent. Maybe because the action factor was majorly lacking, Dee was annoying, and you-know-who was so hard-headed and kept wanting to do stupid, irrational stuff (though he had a perfectly good reason to act this way).

IDK. I just wasn’t feeling it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m hooked like a trout on the Lux series. Nothing could make me stop reading it. I just wanted so much more from this book and didn’t get it. Katy was cool as usual, though her little jealous rants were annoying. Daemon had done nothing to betray her trust, so I was like, WTF Katy? She had always been pretty confident (to me), but in Opal she was a much more unsure Katy. Maybe this was supposed to reflect the circumstances and how everything was so up in the air. Again, IDK, but I didn’t like it. Daemon was sweet and that was a nice change though I missed snarky, flippant Daemon like crazy. He didn’t make nearly enough conceited and/or blush-worthy comments to me. And the kissing. They never stopped making out! Every chance they got. Lips. Attached. I rolled my eyes a few times.

Wow. I feel like I haven’t said anything good about this book. It was good, just not what I expected. I almost feel like nothing happened really, not until the end. The ending was...shocking. I can only imagine the things that are going to happen in Origin. Let’s just say Daemon is about to act a straight-up fool and I can’t wait.

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Dec 22, 2012

Showcase Sunday #8

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.


BOUGHT:

 

1. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead–This book had better be as good as everyone is saying it is. I bought a paperback and everyone knows I'm the eBook Queen. So...

2. Hot Flash by Eden Baylee–I mean, look at that cover. Says everything to me. I adore Eden Baylee's books and can't wait to devour this one.

3. Scarlette by Davonna Juroe–I saw this on YA Novelties and had to get it. Angie gave it a rave review and Angie's word is law. *lol*


FREEBIES:

  

1. Nordic Fairies (Nordic Fairies, #1) by Saga Berg– Got it as a free download for my Nook. Thanks to Stephanie at Bookfever for this. She loves this series so there's a good chance I will too (Check out her review). Just started reading it so here's hoping.

2. The Afterlife Series by Willow Rose– Got this as a free download for my Kindle. Book has terrible reviews in general and word is, it's jocking Harry Potter. Always a fail. You cannot recreate that greatness people! Give up already! Probably will not read this series until the real apocalypse comes and no more books are being written. But who knows.


Dec 14, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Iced by Karen Marie Moning

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Iced by Karen Marie Moning

Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Series: Fever, #6; Dani O' Malley, #1;
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Source: Bought

DeeJay's rating: 4/5 STARS

The year is 1 AWC—After the Wall Crash. The Fae are free and hunting us. It’s a war zone out there, and no two days are alike. I’m Dani O’Malley, the chaos-filled streets of Dublin are my home, and there’s no place I’d rather be.

Dani “Mega” O’Malley plays by her own set of rules—and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the rare humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

Dani’s ex–best friend, MacKayla Lane, wants her dead, the terrifying Unseelie princes have put a price on her head, and Inspector Jayne, the head of the police force, is after her sword and will stop at nothing to get it. What’s more, people are being mysteriously frozen to death all over the city, encased on the spot in sub-zero, icy tableaux.

When Dublin’s most seductive nightclub gets blanketed in hoarfrost, Dani finds herself at the mercy of Ryodan, the club’s ruthless, immortal owner. He needs her quick wit and exceptional skill to figure out what’s freezing Fae and humans dead in their tracks—and Ryodan will do anything to ensure her compliance.

Dodging bullets, fangs, and fists, Dani must strike treacherous bargains and make desperate alliances to save her beloved Dublin—before everything and everyone in it gets iced.

*If you haven’t read the “Fever” series, don’t even bother.*

Let me just start by saying that KMM’s Fever series is one of my FAVE series ever, so Iced was a total no-brainer.

I really liked Dani in the Fever series, so I knew I would like her in Iced. She was a lot of fun! I adore the way she talks, and how naive, brave, and arrogant she is. She’s a doll! I did find her to be annoying at times (as all teenaged girls are), but she was allowed to be so. Living in the AWC world is tough and Dani is out there taking care of herself, protecting her precious Dublin, knocking off every Unseelie unfortunate enough to cross her path, and tolerating Ryodan!

Ah, Ryodan. Anyone who deals with Jericho Barrons on a regular basis is someone I can hang with. He’s a tough, intolerant, hard-ass which I think is hot even if Dani doesn’t (at least, not yet). What can I say, I go for the bad boys every time! But he’s smart and saavy, and immortal (UGH! KMM, can you PLEASE stop torturing me and tell us what the hell Barrons and Ryodan are?!) *ahem* I even think Ryodan has a caring side and cares for Dani even though she’s too young for him to “care” for her like he really wants to. Ha! I love it! Thought it was kind of sweet that he was willing to wait for her to get to the proper age. Hey, Ryodan’s immortal so what’s a few years to him right?

I loved all the interactions with the Fae, even with Christian. For some reason, I’m ecstatic that he’s turning into an Unseelie Prince and can’t wait to see what horrors unfold from that. And the whole bit with Cruce? Yeah, sexy and terrifying. KMM knows how to make those two work together. I have a bad feeling about Cruce, which means, I CAN’T WAIT until what we all know is going to happen, happens.

For me, the side stories were far more interesting than the main premise. The whole “HFK” plot was cool, but kind of silly in my eyes. And we still don’t even really know what it was. KMM has a habit of baiting us all along in this way (like with Barrons and Ryodan) and like fish, we keep biting the hook.

I wish we had seen a bit more of Mac, but I understand why we didn’t. Mac is the shit and would have overpowered Dani in her own damn book. But that ENDING! UGH! I wanted to scream. No, I think I did scream. What a cruel, cruel thing KMM did to us. That cliffhanger is so serious, we’ll probably all fall to our deaths by the next book. But I’m going to hang on with my teeth if I have to because I’m simply shaking with excitement for the next book. Bravo, KMM. Bravo.

Dec 9, 2012

Showcase Sunday #7

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.



BOUGHT:




1. Opal (Lux, #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
2. Shadow's Claim (Dacians, #1) by Kresley Cole

I purchased books by two of my favorite authors this week. I'm reading Opal now and AS SOON as I finish I will read Shadow's Claim. Heard characters from IAD show up so I'm totally stoked!

Dec 6, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Water Harvest by Eric Diehl

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Water Harvest by Eric Diehl


Publication Date: September 14, 2011
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Source: Author for review

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS


The continuous harvest of atmospheric moisture by lunar orbiters foments a plan set in place to destroy the Harvest fleet, but it is derailed by a twist that allows time for development of a technological work-around. Time passes, and the ruling Houses are caught unawares by an invasion intended to wrest control of the Harvest. The interlopers are aided by wizard-like practitioners whose hallucinogen-induced evocations bend the norms of nature to their will.

Cairn, heir to Alar, is taken captive and then dispatched to carry the warlord's edict. The Maester Viizar, Gezladorn, has his own agenda, contrary to that of the lunar warlord. The Maester is able to manipulate some of the players through mind-control, pitting them one against the other.

Cairn learns of a human-like species that has always kept to itself in the planet's vast cavern system, and he leads a band of men and UnderWorlders on a subterranean journey to rise into the bowels of House Alar. Alliances fall apart and it becomes unclear who is the true enemy before Alar ultimately triumphs.

First off, I should make known that I am no fan of science fiction novels (or even movies). It’s just not my thing. However, Water Harvest was better than most I’ve read and I actually made it to the end.

The writing in this book was SUPERB. I mean, damn. I was impressed. The level of writing far surpassed most authors in any genre I’ve read, and for that alone I knew this book wouldn’t get less than three stars.

The plot was another story. Although I liked the concept of futuristic wars over water (which could very well be a realistic future for us), I found myself confused a lot. Narrating characters changed frequently and I wasn’t always sure who was telling the story. And the names. The overabundance of characters had such unusual names that I never stood a chance of keeping them all straight. And I have to say that none of them really stood out to me, not even Cairn. Like, I was never really invested in them enough to actually pick a favorite or anything, though some of the things Gezladorn said did make me snicker. He was wise and sarcastic, a perfect combo.

Characters aside, the action was realistic and movie-like. I could picture everything and I could tell the author really studied the mechanics of space flight and proper terminology (not that I would know, but it sounded really good.)

Again, sci-fi and me aren’t friends, so overall, the book was just a decent read. Not sure if I’ll take on a sci-fi book this long again, but I might accept one that’s shorter in length. And who knows, maybe the next sci-fi book will sell me on the genre for life.




Nov 25, 2012

Showcase Sunday #6

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.



WON:


   

Thanks to YA Novelties, Ensconced in YA, and the many authors for these great giveaways! I can't wait to read them!

   

Shouts out to the Masquerade Crew and Renata Barcelos for the giveaway!



BOUGHT:

  

I am indeed a Jennifer L. Armentrout fan! I'm not loving this series as much as the Lux series but I do like it. But c'mon. It's Greek myth. I couldn't resist. I'm excited for "Apollyon" next year!


I ADORE the Fever series, so this was a no-brainer. This is definitely the next book I'm getting into! I also heard through the grapevine that Mac will be narrating the rest of the series. I'm all over this!


Nov 24, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: A Prince from the Shadows by J. Curtis Mace

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A Prince from the Shadows by J. Curtis Mace

Publication Date: May 9, 2012
Series: Heroes & Flame, 
Blood & Myst #1
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Author for review

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS

A reluctant prince determined to be a better man than his father, the king, has ever been, Jeodyn spent his last year alone in the wild studying the banned art of manipulating the Myst, an act of rebellion but more in remembrance of the old ways. Now, everything he learned and everything he’s ever known about himself will be tested, when he’s called to do what his father should but never will: defend their family.

Noirlok, Lord of the ShadowLands and Father of the Night’s rebellion, knows no man will stand between him and his revenge. He'll either have the love he defeated the heavens and waited an age of the world to reclaim, or he'll destroy the House responsible. Since overcoming a mortal death and taking charge of the dark legion known as Shadorym, he has vowed to see the Blood of Vallyn pay for taking that love, and his life, from him.

When Jeodyn's sister, Jynn, disappears, the fight to defend what they all have at stake begins.

I liked this book, but I did have a few problems with it. First, the writing was really good. Mace has a way of forming sentences and statements to perfectly fit the world in which he has created. That always matters to me when I’m reading fantasy books like this. However, the editing was poor, to the point where I came across a character being called by the wrong name. Mistakes like that shouldn’t happen. But with a good editor this book would be back on the right track.

Jeodyn, the main character, was my kind of dude. Brave and admirable, but nonchalant and sarcastic too. Kind of the perfect brew for a prince in my opinion. His sister Jynn, was kind of silly and helpless, hence why the book was centered around Jeodyn having to brave the darkness to save her from herself and a stupid decision she made in the name of love. I liked his mother Maranin, she was beautiful and sweet, but his father Thayne was an ass. I’m still not sure if his reasons for being so are justified or not. I’m leaning more towards “not.” The secondary characters like Leye and Raab, were cool but neither of them stood out to me as special. Jeodyn was my fave character in this book.

For a fantasy book like this, the action and adventure were sort of underwhelming. At times, especially in the middle of the book, the action really dragged and I had a hard time pushing past it. But when the action did come, it was fun to read. I still don’t think I fully understand how Jeodyn’s myst works, only that it puts people on their ass, which works for me, I guess.

Overall, this was an okay book, but not great. Needs a lot more action and better editing. I could read the next book in the series if given the chance because of how the book incorporates friendship, loyalty, and love into the mix, but would expect it to be much more epic than this one, in terms of a true fantasy adventure.


Nov 11, 2012

Showcase Sunday #5

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.


From Netgalley


This book has gotten mixed reviews so I'm skeptical. But I'll read it anyway.

Won:


It's a hardcopy, too =) Unfortunately, it's the last book in the trilogy and I don't even have the first two! SMH. I'll have to get on that lol.


Nov 2, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

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Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones

Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Series: Darklight #1
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS

Things get turned upside down for sophomore Lorelei MacAlister when the Angel of Death starts high school in her small town. What she doesn’t know is that she has been slated to die. It’s simply her time. And Death has been sent to do the deed. But when he touches her, when he peers into her eyes and reaches into her heart, he realizes she is more than what he was led to believe, and he disobeys his orders. He brings her back from the brink of death when he was supposed to push her into it. Because of this, he gets trapped on this plane. And that’s when all hell breaks loose. Literally.

I liked Death and the Girl Next Door, but I have to admit, it wasn’t what I expected it to be. It was cute and funny at times, but the plot wasn’t as exciting as I was hoping for.

Lorelei was a cool main character. I loved the fact that she was super short (as was her best friends Brooklyn and Glitch), because I’m kind of short myself. She was funny and witty and Brooklyn and Glitch were her partners-in-humor. They were very entertaining! The only thing was, I felt that’s really all they were and they didn’t add much to the true plot of the story until the end of the book. And even then, it seemed the author was trying to convince us that at some point she had clued us in to the fact when in actuality, she didn’t.

Oct 21, 2012

Showcase Sunday #4

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Showcase Sunday a fun weekly meme hosted by Vicky over @Books, Biscuits and Tea. It's a great way of showing off what we've bought, borrowed and received this week.


Sort of a slow week for me in the book department. Only purchased one book in the past seven days.


I'm totally in love with the LUX series by Armentrout, so I decided to give this one a try. I've heard great things about it and know it's going to be great (except for the fact that it takes place at a school. Kind of sick to death of this plot point, but whatever. Still gonna read it.)