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.)

Oct 19, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Luca's Magic Embrace by @KymGrosso

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Luca's Magic Embrace by Kym Grosso

Publication Date: October 18, 2012
Series: Immortals of New Orleans #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Author for review
DeeJay's Rating: 3/5 STARS


An erotic paranormal romance…

Sexy vampire, Luca Macquarie doesn’t do love; especially not with humans. Yet, ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can’t deny the enigmatic attraction he’s developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he’s determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

Samantha doesn’t want to be a witch, yet that’s exactly what she is. After failing to elicit her magic, she escapes to the mountains in an attempt to resume a semblance of her previous human life. When an arsonist torches her cabin, Samantha’s worst fears are realized. Aware that her life is on the line, she reluctantly agrees to return to New Orleans with Luca.

In the Big Easy, Samantha and Luca embark on a spellbinding journey, searching for a mystical amulet that promises to release her obligation from an ancient, lethal vampire who’s been threatening her life. With cryptic clues and clandestine allies, will Luca and Samantha destroy the dangerous amulet before others acquire it, setting forth a chain of catastrophic consequences? And will Luca give into his erotic desire for the witch who magically captures heart?

I liked Luca from Kade’s Dark Embrace. I thought it was pretty awesome that there was a vampire who was not turned on by humans at all. I appreciated the fact that he was cold and offish (just like vampires used to be before we all fell in love with them) and I was pretty excited to hear his book would be next.

Too bad cold, offish Luca is not the Luca I got in Luca’s Magic Embrace. Instead, I got sensitive, ‘I care about your feelings’ Luca. I’m cool with him having a softer side, except I felt that’s all I got. I’m sorry. Vamps aren’t soft, nor are they sweet. If they are, you got lucky. I felt Samantha (the witch/love interest) was able to win Luca over way too easily and she didn’t even really do anything to win his heart except exist. That didn’t really work for me since in KDE, Luca was dead set against falling in love with any humans.

However, I liked Luca and Samantha together even though I felt their romance was kind of formal and cheesy. They were still cute and I had a good time reading about their encounters. This book was definitely more racy than KDE at times, but I was perfectly okay with that. Tristan added his own wolfy-spice to the novel and readers are introduced to a new character, Leopold! Definitely want to see more of him.

Overall, it was a nice read. I will more than likely finish the series because I really want to know what happens to all of the characters. And as a last thought, the cover to LME is HOT. Totally feeling it.



Oct 16, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

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Point of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: September 18, 2012
Series: Slammed #2
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating: 4/5 STARS


Hardships and heartache brought them together…now it will tear them apart.

Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will’s past re-emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge…how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop ‘carving pumpkins.

I loved Point of Retreat, though not as much as Slammed. It was really great to see the characters a year or so later and learn what had become of their lives.

The love between Lake and Will was just as emotionally explosive and sexually frustrating as the first book. In fact, it was worse, but in a good way. Kel and Caulder are causing more trouble than ever, and now they have an accomplice! A girl named Kirsten who has moved into the neighborhood and outwardly curses, uses adult vocabulary and is WAY more mature than any kid her age. She was awesome though and added just the right amount of humor to the book.

Problems start when Will’s ex-girlfriend decides she was an idiot and wants him back. Lake catches Will and the ex in a compromising position and the shit hits the fan! This is where my problems with the book start.

Will turns into this sort of whiny, desperate guy and basically thinks smothering the hell out of Lake will get her to forgive him. He was pretty much pathetic and I gagged a few times. Lake annoyed me with her stubbornness and refusal to get over herself. But then again, I could relate. If I had caught my boyfriend in that kind of situation with his ex, I would have FLIPPED OUT.

On the other hand, Will’s commitment to Lake and their relationship was made known. He loved her like CRAZY, and in the end, who doesn’t wanna be loved like that?

Overall, I am totally in love with these two books. Hoover is a talented author with a clear vision of what real love looks like. Books like these are what keeps me believing that true love is always possible.





Oct 14, 2012

Showcase Sunday #3

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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


Lost Souls of Savannah, a graphic novel by my good friend, Andre Frattino.


Freebies from NetGalley

  

Devil's Bargain by Rachel Caine
Anything He Wants (Dominated by the Billionaire) by Sara Fawkes
The Lost Prince By Julie Kagawa (Should I read the Iron Fey series first before reading this? Not sure.)


Oct 13, 2012

DeeJay Reviews: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Publication Date: January 5th, 2012
Series: Slammed #1
Genre: Young Adult Romance 
Source: NetGalley


DeeJay's Rating: 5/5 Stars

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.



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I honestly didn’t know what to expect from Slammed when I started reading it. I’d heard it was good, but this book went beyond that. It was FANTASTIC. I loved every minute of it and when I was done, I immediately bought the sequel. It was that good.

I liked Layken aka “Lake” right away. She was mature yet snappy and full of good jokes. Gotta love a good joke. Will was a sweetie pie and I fell in love with him about as fast as Lake did, which was pretty much at first sight. They complimented each other so well and I thought their love for each other was beyond beautiful. Young people in love tend to be more passionate and raw than anybody else and I guess that’s what really got to me.

Their little brothers Kel and Caulder were HILARIOUS. The things they did, they stuff they said, was just beyond what any normal children would ever let come out of their mouths. They kept me laughing the entire book and well into the sequel. If it wasn’t for these two (and Lake’s BFF Eddie, who was just a riot) then I might have cried for most of this book. It was sad and heart-wrenching but I still loved it.

My only complaint is the situation with the parents. Seemed super convenient, no? I mean, I know things like this happen in real life but that doesn’t mean I thought it worked for this novel. Read the book and find out what I mean.

Overall, this novel was brilliant. I devoured it in just days and was equally as greedy with the sequel (that review is coming soon). Expect for that one lil’ peeve, I had no problems with this book. I adored it.


Oct 7, 2012

Showcase Sunday #2

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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 for Kindle


This is book #2 in the Slammed series. "Slammed" (Book #1) was AWESOME, and this one was equally as great. Finished it in like two days and I'll be reviewing it very soon.


Bought at a Sidewalk Sale for $4


It's a hardback too. =)


Freebie from NetGalley


Sounded pretty interesting, so I went with it.


DeeJay Reviews: Steel Wings by Mia Darien

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DeeJay's rating: 4/5 stars



It’s been six months since Jesse Shantel got out of physical therapy. Ten years since she escaped the crumbling colony of Nevarreh. And it’s been three years since she last saw Thomas Jameson. But how long will it take to put the broken pieces back together again?

Humanity has been at war against the merciless space-faring race known as the G’thaar for more than fifty years. In the struggle, Earth has developed heavy battleships known as battle cruisers and outfitted them with spacefighters, and the new breed of pilots that fly them.

Major Jesse ‘Katana’ Shantel is one of these pilots, and one of the best. She’s been retired for three years, but has a second chance on the newly dispatched Perseverance. What she doesn’t know is that the former love of her life, Lieutenant Colonel Thomas ‘Dixie’ Jameson – a love lost before it was ever truly had – is also on board.

There’s one week before the Perseverance arrives at the border between humanity’s colonies and the G’thaar, where the ship will be patrolling. Can the demons of the past be overcome before they encounter the demons of humanity’s present?

How far should two people go to regain the chance of what was once lost?

Steel Wings was a quick, well-written, feisty lil’ read with a bad ass female lead that I liked immediately. Jesse was snarky, flippant, and sure – all wonderful qualities in a woman, right? Dixie, the male lead/love interest, sure seemed to think so. As two pilots (and former lovers) who are forced to work together after many years apart, they find that the chemistry they had before has all but vanished. I liked them together and really wanted to read more about them.