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.