Sep 30, 2012

Showcase Sunday #1

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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.

My first SS post! Yay!


Bought for Kindle and Nook

  

I'm in love with the Lux series and I'm excited to read the prequel, Shadows
Sweet Venom is Greek mythology so I am hyped to read this. Medusa? Oh yeah.
Ashes, Ashes is a purchase from Amazon by a fellow blogger that I can't wait to read.



Received from NetGalley

 

Ever by Jessa Russo (Goodreads)
The Gathering by Lisa Collicutt (Goodreads)



Sep 29, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Splintered by A.G. Howard

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Publication Date: January 1, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Splintered #1
Source: ARC from NetGalley

DeeJay's rating: 4/5 Stars



This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on.

There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

I was pretty excited when I received this eARC from NetGalley, and I’m happy to say I enjoyed it. It was full of vibrant imagery, witty dialogue, and lovable characters. I liked Alyssa right away and thought her personality was totally “bad ass meets sweetheart”. Great combo. I liked Jeb, her crush, though I didn’t find him swoon-worthy or anything. He was just...cool. I LOVED “M” (A.G. Howard calls him “M” outside of the book, so I will too), and thought his role in the story was magnificent, even though he was an underhanded, plotting prick.

Sep 17, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Gaia's Secret by Barbara Kloss

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Gaia's Secret (A Pandoran Novel, #1)Gaia's Secret by Barbara Kloss

DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS

Eighteen-year old Daria Jones feels trapped in the cow-strewn suburbs of Fresno, California. And with a dad so overprotective he’s installed video and thermal surveillance down the street, she doesn’t get out much. Until the night he disappears. Following the trail of notes he left, Daria gathers three things: someone’s after her, her dad’s gone to another world on a cryptic mission, and the only one left to trust is her ex-best friend, Alex.

After a heart-wrenching break and three years of silence, Alex is the last person she wants to see. But the more she learns about her dad’s absence, the more she realizes she must go to that other world to find him. Even if it means trusting the guy she hates. She agrees to follow Alex through the nearest of seven portals—the heart of Yosemite National Park. But finding her dad in a magical world isn’t easy with a brigade of dark sorcerers chasing her trail.

Amidst a world of diabolical creatures, ancient magic, and bizarrely intuitive vegetation, Daria discovers the truth of her past. But unless she conquers the dark force that’s hunting her, Daria will never see her dad again. And if the dark force gets its way, the world as she knows it will never be the same.

It took me way to long to finish this book, several months. It wasn’t because the book was bad, it was because I was reading slow.

I liked Gaia’s Secret, though I had several issues with it. I liked the characters a lot and felt they each added their own distinct flavor to the book. Daria, the main character, was feisty but hard-headed and earned all of the trouble she got herself into. But I still liked her and thought her chemistry with Alex was cute. The prospect of a romance between them is really what drove me to finish this book. I liked Alex and thought he was very patient with Daria and tolerated her strong will and dangerous inquisitiveness with maturity. I thought the relationship between Sonya and Cicero (Alex’s parents) was darling, and even though he was absent for most of the book, I liked Alaric (Daria’s father).

Sep 13, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward

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Lover Eternal (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #2)Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #2)

Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He's the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant to Rhage's protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage's intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves...


I don’t like Rhage. I really don’t. Mary? She makes me want to gag. If it wasn’t for the promise of my man Zsadist and Bella in the next book, I don’t think I would’ve made it through.

That’s a lie, but it was definitely one of the harder books to read in this series.

Sep 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #6 – Poison Princess by Kresley Cole


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Hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine


I am anxiously awaiting...
Poison Princess
By Kresley Cole
Publication Date: October 2, 2012


Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…

I've read the ENTIRE Immortals After Dark series, so I have high expectations for this one! Hope I'm not disappointed!

Sep 8, 2012

"The Brothers are sexy, dangerous, wealthy, and downright gangsta..."

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Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1)Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #1)

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

I’ve read this entire series but have shamefully only written a real review for Lover Reborn (BDB #10). I just could not let that stand any longer. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series is just too good and is my favorite paranormal romance series ever. So I’m going to do a review of each book starting with Dark Lover.

I was drawn into this book right away by JR Ward’s writing style. It’s just so...hardcore and grabbed me from the jump. I wasn’t too sure I was going to like this book when I read the synopsis, but after I got a feel for Ward’s way with words, I was like, oh hell yeah.

Sep 5, 2012

"I was creeped out for most of the book..."

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The ultimate lucky break gives John Harris and his family the opportunity to fulfill their wildest dreams. But all dreams have a darker side, and John's past is never far away, ready to reach through to cast its shadow.

One hundred years ago, their new home was the scene for strange events that cannot easily be explained. As John feels his past draw ever nearer, he knows that he must face up to his deepest fears if he is to prevent history repeating itself. And as the past and present collide, a force beyond his control or comprehension is looking for one, final battle.

When I received the request to review this book, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like it at all. But I took a chance (because I hardly ever read horror/suspense type books).

I’m so glad I did.