Short Story Review – The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011, Short Stories 0 Comments

Short Story Review – The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley ColeThe Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #1
Published by Pocket Books on November 22, 2011
Pages: 185
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Poison Princess

three-half-stars

The Warlord Wants Forever…the sensually charged novella that started it all, now with an exclusive excerpt from MacRieve!

In this scorching series opener, #1 New York Times bestseller Kresley Cole introduces the captivating Immortals After Dark series. The eBook also includes an exclusive extended excerpt from MacRieve, the highly anticipated next installment in the series.

The Warlord

Nikolai Wroth, a ruthless vampire general, will stop at nothing to find his Bride, the one woman who can “blood” him, making his heart beat and filling him with strength. Coldly interested only in the power his Bride will bring, he can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted awakens him body—and soul.

The Seductress

Famed throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, Myst has devoted her life to protecting a magical jewel and to fighting the vampires.Wroth provides her with the perfect opportunity to torment her sworn enemy—for with his new heartbeat comes a consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her. Denying him, she flees, struggling to forget his searing, possessive kiss.

The Hunt is on…

She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen her enchanted jewel, giving him absolute power over her. Now that she’s his for the taking, he intends to make her experience first-hand the agonizing, unending lust she subjected him to for half a decade.Yet when Nikolai realizes he wants far more than vengeance from Myst and frees her, will she come back to him?

Good little introduction story to the series.  I’ve been waiting to read this series for so long and am finally giving it a shot. The Warlord Wants Forever introduces Nikolai Wroth, a general in the rebel vampire army, and Myst, a Valkyrie. Nikolai has been searching for his Bride, the one who will make him strong again, and he’s finally found her…

I’m not usually a fan of paranormal romance in general but I’ve heard great things about this series and this short story gave me a good idea whether I would enjoy the remaining books or not. It did come off as being a bit rushed and would have benefited by being a full length novel but I’m looking forward to continuing reading the Immortals After Dark series and getting into the actual novels.

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Early Review – Accidents of Providence by Stacia M. Brown

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Early Review, Read in 2011 0 Comments

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Early Review – Accidents of Providence by Stacia M. BrownAccidents of Providence by Stacia M. Brown
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on February 14, 2012
Pages: 277
Genres: Historical Fiction
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one-half-stars

Rachel Lockyer is under investigation for murder.

It is 1649. King Charles has been beheaded for treason. Amid civil war, Cromwell's army is running the country. The Levellers, a small faction of political agitators, are calling for rights to the people. And a new law targeting unwed mothers and “lewd women” presumes anyone who conceals the death of her illegitimate child is guilty of murder.

Rachel Lockyer, unmarried glove maker, and William Walwyn, Leveller hero, are locked in a secret affair. But while William is imprisoned in the Tower, a child is found buried in the woods and Rachel is arrested.

So comes an investigation, public trial, and a cast of extraordinary characters made up of ordinary Londoners: gouty investigator Thomas Bartwain, fiery Elizabeth Lilburne and her revolution-chasing husband, Huguenot glover Mary Du Gard, a lawyer for the prosecution hell-bent on making an example of Rachel, and others. Spinning within are Rachel and William, their remarkable love story, and the miracles that come to even the commonest lives.

Accidents of Providence is absorbing historical fiction for fans of Fingersmith and The Dress Lodger. And Rachel Lockyer, a woman wronged by her time, is a character neither history, nor we, will ever again forget.

Accidents of Providence is a historical fiction novel which tells the story of Rachel Lockyer’s arrest after she is accused of killing a newborn child that was found buried in the woods. The novel started off a little dry and the storyline wasn’t in the least bit interesting, but I suppose that should be expected with historical fiction. There was a bit of a mystery going on so that helped make it intriguing.

The investigator in charge of the case goes through deposing the witnesses involved for the first few chapters and then it delves into the ‘romance’ of Rachel and William Walwyn. This was my major problem with the book: this supposed ‘remarkable love story’ between these two was extremely lacking. William was a married man with FOURTEEN children and Rachel was an unmarried woman but other than William caring for Rachel out of simple obligation and his continued desire to sleep with her, I couldn’t see the love.

The overall writing style of the novel was very hard to read in large quantities. I found myself continuously having to take breaks from it because my brain was having trouble comprehending. The writing style is very 16th Century England and isn’t modernized like many historical fiction novels. Some of the lines were just plain strange: “Fixing her attention on the horizon of his face, she distracted herself by trying to name all the sounds creatures make when they are in trouble. She ran the noises around in her head. She wished she too could roar and whistle and screech and bleat and rattle and all those other noises a woman could not make unless she wanted the world to declare her an animal, a creature of unreason, a dreamer of false dreams.” I’m sorry… what?

By the end? That subtle ‘mystery’ that kept me reading? Well suffice it to say, it didn’t exist. The revelation of what happened to the child was exactly what was expected, and it was sad, but… I was definitely expecting more. Then the author decides to throw a curve ball that was just strange and… by the end it felt like everything had come full circle and there was absolutely no point to anything. Very disappointed.

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Book Review – Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) by Moira Young

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2011, YA 2 Comments

Book Review – Blood Red Road (Dust Lands #1) by Moira YoungBlood Red Road by Moira Young
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on June 7th 2011
Pages: 480
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: Rebel Heart, Raging Star

four-half-stars

Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries.

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

It took me a good 10% before my brain had finally adjusted to the writing style of Moira Young. Really makes me wonder how long it took the author to write this… if she had to stop and say to herself, “No, that sentence is much too proper. ‘They pretend it warn’t nuthin to do with ‘em.’ There! Perfect.” But really, I don’t think a lot of people will be able to put up with this book for that exact reason. I still recommend giving it a shot though, it may surprise you.

Blood Red Road tells the story of Saba who sets out to get her brother Lugh back after he is captured by a group of horsemen. Together, with her younger sister Emmi, they leave the only home they’ve ever known to travel into the unknown. Saba intends on leaving Emmi with a nearby neighbor (although not neighbor in the natural sense; they don’t exactly live in suburbia), however; Emmi is a stubborn little shit and insists on coming with Saba. At first, the relationship between Saba and Emmi drove me nuts because those two COULD NOT get along and Saba was downright awful to her. Saba had blamed Emmi for their mother’s death because she died giving birth to Emmi. The change in their relationship throughout the book was done in baby steps, but once they started to care for each other it was really touching.

I loved the Free Hawks… talk about one awesome group of kick-ass girls.

The relationship between Saba and Jack… cracked me up, at times. Talk about a love hate relationship. I kept slapping my forehead over and over saying, “MAN! Saba really needs to lighten up! She is way too uptight for her own good.” But, when it came down to it, that’s just who Saba was and it was nice to have a not so typical character for once.

Speaking of ‘not so typical’… hellwurms. They have giant worms in this novel… and they are called hellwurms. (Well, they’re really just big worms but I felt the need to use Saba-talk). I recommend that when you get to the part where they are first mentioned? That you continue only if you have not eaten recently. Don’t know about you but those worms FREAKED ME OUT.

I’ve said too much already. Suffice it to say, I highly recommend this book… give it a shot, don’t let the Beverly hillbilly language throw you off, it’s really a great story I swear.

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Short Story Review – Daimon (Covenant 0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2011, Short Stories, YA 0 Comments

Short Story Review – Daimon (Covenant 0.5) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutDaimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Spencer Hill Press on May 10th 2011
Pages: 62
Genres: Demons, Fantasy, Paranormal
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three-stars

"Love in my world usually ended up with someone hearing 'I smite thee ' as she was cursed to be some lame flower for the rest of her life." For three years, Alexandria has lived among mortals--pretending to be like them and trying to forget the duty she'd been trained to fulfill as a child of a mortal and a demigod. At seventeen, she's pretty much accepted that she's a freak by mortal standards... and that she'll never be prepared for that duty. According to her mother, that's a good thing.But as every descendant of the gods knows, Fate has a way of rearing her ugly head. A horrifying attack forces Alex to flee Miami and try to find her way back to the very place her mother had warned her she should never return-the Covenant. Every step that brings her closer to safety is one more step toward death... because she's being hunted by the very creatures she'd once trained to kill. The daimons have found her.

I’ve recently stumbled upon several series that offer little prequel books like this. I absolutely hate finishing a book, hating it, and feeling like I’ve wasted time in my life that I’m never going to get back so… I’ve begun reading prequels. I feel prequels give you a good sense of how the series is going to go and whether or not it’s worth pursuing. Fortunately, Daimon didn’t feel like a big time waster and I’m actually interested in continuing this series.

Daimon tells the story of Alexandria “Alex”, a child of a demi-god and a mortal, so not quite a demi-god but still has some of the powers. Alex and her mother have been hoping to escape detection of the daimon’s for the past 3 years while living among mortals after they fled in the middle of the night from the Covenant for a reason that Alex’s mother never explained. After being discovered by the daimon’s, Alex is forced to run away to escape them, but she has nowhere to go. The only place she knows to run is to the Covenant, but it’s the one place her mother always told her she could never go back to. The prequel ended with Alex still trying to reach the Covenant and outsmart the daimon’s chasing her. Very interested story, will definitely be adding the other books to my to-read list. 🙂

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Short & Sweet – Blood of the Maple (Maggie’s Grove #1) by Dana Marie Bell

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011, Short & Sweet Reviews 0 Comments

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Short & Sweet – Blood of the Maple (Maggie’s Grove #1) by Dana Marie BellBlood of the Maple by Dana Marie Bell
Series: Maggie's Grove #1
Published by Carina Press on April 11, 2011
Pages: 236
Genres: Diiiirrrrrrttyyy, Paranormal, Romance
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two-stars

A seduction-gone-wrong leaves vampire Parker Hollis with a new vegetarian lifestyle and on the run from a vengeful witch. Moving to small-town Maggie's Grove, Parker meets a redheaded dryad with green, leafy blood that draws him in a way he hasn't experienced in decades. His new neighbor smells divine, and it isn't long before craving gives in to need.

In a unique community of supernaturals, tree-loving outcast Amara Schwedler has never quite fit in. She's scarred by a traumatic incident and feared by the local townsfolk. She's convinced Parker will look elsewhere for a mate once he discovers she's not one of the O-positive set, and can't believe it when Parker finds her irresistible.

When the witch who's been plaguing Parker's life discovers the newfound attraction between Parker and Amara, she takes out her anger on the town. Can the supernaturals of Maggie's Grove accept Amara and band together in time to withstand the assaults of the enraged witch?

I had really been looking forward to this book, I thought it was going to be A LOT better than it ended up being. The story was extremely fast paced, set in this ‘Stepford’ type society, just with supernaturals, including a vampire, Parker, cursed to be a vegetarian. Go figure he finds a dryad, Amara, that solves that exact problem. Anyways, the crazy ex-girlfriend that put the curse on Parker is still trying to come after him and cause problems, and that’s the story in a nutshell. Sorry, this is half-assed.

The relationship between Parker and Amara was a bit irritating… I have read plenty of novels where the characters fall madly in love almost immediately, but these two were married by date number two. Not only that, but there was no real connection between the two other than the fact that Parker wanted to suck her dry. It reminded me a lot of the relationship between Diana and Matthew in A Discovery of Witches , but not in the best way.

Unfortunately I don’t think this is a series that I will be continuing.

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Book Review – Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet #1) by R.J. Anderson

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2011, YA

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Book Review – Ultraviolet (Ultraviolet #1) by R.J. AndersonUltraviolet by R.J. Anderson
Series: Ultraviolet #1
Published by Carolrhoda Lab on June 2nd 2011
Pages: 416
Genres: Romance, Sci-fi
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Also by this author: Quicksilver

four-stars

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.

Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?

 

‘I realized then that even though I was a tiny speck in an infinite cosmos, a blip on the timeline of eternity, I was not without purpose. And as long as I had a part in the music of the spheres, even if it was only a single grace note, I was not worthless. Nor was I alone.’

Right off the bat this reminded me of ‘My Soul to Lose’ – girl wakes up in mental institution with no idea how she got there. Luckily that’s where the resemblance stopped. Ultraviolet is about 16 year old Alison Jeffries who is placed in Pine Hills, a psychiatric treatment center, with no idea at first of why she’s there. Slowly the memories start coming back to her of an altercation she had with popular girl Tori Beaugrand the same day the police are now claiming she disappeared and hasn’t been seen since.

Alison’s been placed in a mental institution because its believed that something is mentally wrong with her. When just the opposite is true. She has an extremely rare and special ability. Her ability reminded me of the girl off of the TV show Heroes who could see the colors that sounds created, Emma? Anyways, the story was good and and despite the fact that I’m not that big of a sci-fi fan this was hugely enjoyable.

The story builds off of Alison’s gift and you slowly learn more and more about it. She has synesthesia and is such an interesting and eye-opening neurological condition, I highly recommend googling it and reading more about it. Yep, it’s a real thing. By the time the end rolls around the story explodes and becomes something so much more than you could have even begun to anticipate. You finally realize what’s been going on all this time and what actually happened to Tori. Huge shockers. It was fantastic and nothing like what I was expecting.

I ended up editing this review after finding out that this is in fact a part of a series and that more information/answers can be expected. The one thing that I discovered upon editing this review (over a year after reading) was that this was still extremely clear in my head. I read so many books that I find most of them just get lost in the ‘shuffle’ and similar story lines and they all just inevitably blend together. Ultraviolet is still completely clear in my hand and stands in a category on its own in my opinion. This was fantastic and I’m so glad that we have more story to look forward. Highly recommended.

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Short Story Review – Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011, Short Stories 0 Comments

Short Story Review – Hearts in Darkness by Laura KayeHearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye
Published by Self-Published on April 20th 2011
Pages: 102
Genres: Diiiirrrrrrttyyy, Romance
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three-half-stars

Makenna James thinks her day can't get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.

Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he's terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he's trapped in his own worst nightmare.

To fight fear, they must both reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

Hearts in Darkness is a short little contemporary romance about Makenna James and Caden Grayson getting locked in an elevator together for the night… in complete darkness. I really enjoyed this even though I didn’t realize it was contemporary until I was well into the story (not my typical read).

I’m going to have to agree completely with similar reviews that mention how the writing and the point of view shifts definitely threw you off. I can understand telling the story from one point of view and then back-tracking in order to tell the story from the point of view of the other individual… but it lacked something in this story. It lacked flow for one, and also… I felt that the author didn’t need to do this for every interaction between the characters. Blah, I don’t know, I’m having trouble forming sentences this morning.

I liked it, I enjoyed it, I will keep an eye out for more from this author in the future.

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Short Story Review – Unlocked (Turner #1.6) by Courtney Milan

July 16, 2011 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2011, Short Stories 0 Comments

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Short Story Review – Unlocked (Turner #1.6) by Courtney MilanUnlocked by Courtney Milan
Series: Turner #1.6
Published by Self-Published on May 26, 2011
Pages: 180
Genres: Historical Romance
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Also by this author: Unclaimed, Unveiled

four-stars

A perpetual wallflower destined for spinsterhood, Lady Elaine Warren is resigned to her position in society. So when Evan Carlton, the powerful, popular Earl of Westfeld, singles her out upon his return to England, she knows what it means. Her former tormenter is up to his old tricks, and she's his intended victim. This time, though, the earl is going to discover that wallflowers can fight back.

Evan has come to regret his cruel, callow past. At first, he only wants to make up for past wrongs. But when Elaine throws his initial apology in his face, he finds himself wanting more. And this time, what torments him might be love...

Unlocked by Courtney Milan is about Lady Elaine Warren and her constant torture she endures by individuals in society. She was bullied at a young age and it unfortunately failed to cease as she grew older. This story is about her overcoming all and breaking out of her shell.

This was indeed a nice surprise. I love a good romance novel that leaves me with a smile on my face. This novel was so heartbreaking at times but so adorable the next. I loved it! I agree with many of the reviewers comments regarding the length of the novel. As much as I loved it, it would have been nice if the author had gone into the story with a bit more detail.

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Book Review – Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten White

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Book Review – Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy #1) by Kiersten WhiteParanormalcy by Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy #1
Published by HarperTeen on August 31, 2010
Pages: 368
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
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two-half-stars

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she's falling for a shape-shifter, and she's the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.

Okay so the main character Evie is like some Paranormal Agent for the International Paranormal Contaimment Agency (IPCA). Right off the bat this book reminded me of Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series…just with a vampire here and a mermaid there. It’s an easy read but I have a hard time with YA novels that are extremely immature. For example, one of the intro lines about her taser is pink with rhinestones and named Tasey. That was almost too much for me.

The story continues with Evie doing her job to capture paranormals and bring them back to the agency for their protection or if they’re wreaking havoc on humans. All kinds of paranormals too; werewolves, vampires, mermaids, shapeshifters, banshees… hags? There’s also an underlying story about Evie and her kind of ex-boyfriend faerie. I found him extremely creepy and didn’t like him one bit. Or Raquel. That woman sighed way too damn much.

Once the story picked up around the halfway point, it actually got pretty interesting, but there was just something about this story that didn’t click with me. Not sure what exactly. Maybe it was the continued reference to Tasey and her pink knife.

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Short and Sweet Review – Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene Frost

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Short and Sweet Review – Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress #1) by Jeaniene FrostHalfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 30, 2007
Pages: 384
Genres: Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
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Also by this author: At Grave's End

three-half-stars

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

I’ve been waiting to read this series for a while and I finally decided to just go for it. Halfway to the Grave is the first in the Night Huntress Series. It introduces Cat Crawfield, a 22 year old half-vampire half-human born after her mother was raped by a vampire. Cat has been seeking out vampires to kill them since she was 16 as her own way of avenging what happened to her mother and at the same time attempting to find out who her father is. She ends up making a deal with a vampire she meets, Bones, when he offers to train her to become better at what she does in return for her assistance in killing vampires that he needs dead.

I loved Cat, I loved Bones, the book made me laugh… it was great. I loved the relationship between the two as well. Cat’s mother irritated me… she didn’t exactly force Cat to go out and kill vampires to avenge her, but, it seemed like that was the only thing that made her happy and the only thing that she cared about. I think she could’ve cared about Cat’s well-being a little more. The ending didn’t leave off as much of a cliffhanger, but I’m definitely interested in continuing this series.

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