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  • Of Witches and Warlocks: The Trouble with Spells on April 08, 2011

    This book was a nice surprise. Being almost 30 myself, I often feel that I am too old to read books in the Young Adult genre. I love them anyway though! This particular book had me hooked from the beginning. Portia finds out that she is a witch on her 16th birthday. Vance, who is a warlock, has fought an attraction to Portia for 2 whole years - waiting until she found out about her heritage before even approaching her. Poor Vance had such a tough childhood, and is such a lonely person. There is just something about him that makes your heart melt - he is perfect boyfriend material. Portia and Vance are both really mature for their age and are waiting for marriage to become intimate.They fall in love very quickly though, and there are plenty of romantic and passionate scenes in this book. There is also plenty of danger lurking around to make things exciting. The ending has left me almost heartbroken. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book in this series! I'm dying to know what happens next!!!
  • To Kill A Warlock on April 12, 2011

    This was a really good book! It contained a lot of different paranormal creatures, including a fairy, witch, goblin, vampire, etc... I liked the character of Dulcie, who is a fairy. She got out of a bad relationship, which has caused trust issues. Because of this, she hasn't even gone on a date during the past year. She somehow ends up having 3 different guys drooling after her. My favorite of the 3 is Knight, though Dulcie is reluctant to get too close to him (or anyone). I found myself wanting to see more happen between the two of them, I'm not sure why - half the time he was a jerk or cocky. Sometimes sparks just fly between 2 characters and you just have to go with it. Not only does Dulcie work in law-enforcement, but she is also a writer. When her historical romance novel was turned down by publishers, it was suggested that she try the paranomal genre. I loved her reaction to that: "Paranormals, I mean, come on. Who the hell reads those?" Ha, ha, ha.... I think that was my favorite line. I'm not sure I've read a book where the main character is an author. I mean, it's the perfect thing for an author to write about. They know first hand about all the ups and downs of writing and getting published. It gives the reader a small glimpse of what being an author is like - all the rejection and feelings of discouragement. Anyway, Dulcie's main job is in law-enforcement - and because of that, there was lots action and suspense. There was a lot of humor in this book as well. Dulcie's sassy attitude contributed to a lot of entertaining moments. I absolutely love the covers of H.P. Mallory's books. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but when I saw this one I just knew it would be a fun and sassy read. I wasn't wrong!
  • A Tale of Two Goblins on April 15, 2011

    Another great book from H.P. Mallory! There is non-stop action and suspense through pretty much the whole book. Dulcie seems to get herself into quite the situations! She definitely proves what a great friend she is in this book by risking her life and doing some crazy things. She has also finally begun to see what a great catch Knight is. I liked him a lot more in this book. He wasn't as cocky, and he showed a caring side to him. Now, one piece of advice: When reading a book about a Dreamstalker, who can kill their victims in their sleep, you might not want to read this right before going to bed. Just sayin' ... Anyway, this series actually kind of reminds me of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series. Well, in the early days anyway when they were more about suspense and horror than sex. The heroine in both series are strong, stubborn women who work to solve cases, and both series contain a lot of thriller aspects. However, the Dulcie O'Neill series also incorporates a lot of humor to make them more of a light, fun read. Here is a paragraph that just struck me as funny, and shows you the way that Dulcie thinks: "Hydras were water serpents and they were known for their foul tempers, as well as their multiple heads. Luckily, this nurse just had one—I’d never been comfortable making conversation with more than one head—I never knew which one to focus on. And Hydras with two or more heads—they could argue with themselves for hours. Trying to interview one about a case wasn’t easy, much less, fun." Just when the book was going in the direction I wanted, it ended! Authors are just cruel, huh? They either leave you with a cliffhanger, or end it once it gets really good. What am I supposed to do until the next book comes out??? Read her other series, I suppose :)
  • Destiny Divided (Shadows of Destiny Book 1) on April 20, 2011

    This is a really good book, I really enjoyed it. I just love finding new authors and was lucky enough to have Leia Shaw contact me for a review. The character of Sage is not exactly a likable character at first. She has a major attitude problem, she lies, and she's a thief. However, these traits are due to a rough childhood. After she meets James, her attitude slowly tones down and she slowly warms up to him. Very slowly actually - which lead to some frustration on my end. There is a lot of sexual tension and you start to wonder if these two are ever going to get together. Of course, that is what kept me from putting down the book because I was just sure in the next chapter they were going to admit their feeling for each other, lol... Sage and James have a lot of differences, but somehow it just works. They are really good for each other and both bring out positive characteristics in the other. It's a fun book really - Sage's snarky comments bring out a lot of humor in the book. I'm really looking forward to the next book which comes out this summer. It features Marcello, who is a vampire in Destiny Divided that we got to see a little bit of, and I enjoyed his character. I really think that anyone who is a fan of paranormal romance would like this book, though because of some sexual content I would recommend this for ages 18+.
  • Of Witches and Warlocks: The Demon Kiss on May 17, 2011

    Wow, this series is just awesome. This is the second book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series. This book takes you on a roller coaster ride - making you feel just about every emotion imaginable. The author has an awesome way of somehow making you feel what the main character, Portia, is feeling. The story has a great plot and wonderful characterization. You'll love all the characters - well, expect for the ones you're not supposed to love! Ok, first I want to warn you that this review may contain spoilers if you haven't read the first book in this series. I will try my best to not spoil anything for you in this book, which is really hard to do sometimes. The book begins with Portia's friends being there for her, and risking their own lives to go in search for Vance. Vance is Portia's soulmate. They are perfect for each other, and the sparks are unimaginable. In this book, Portia is feeling upset and angry with Vance for leaving her to search for his father. Everything that Vance does is to protect Portia, and you can't help but love him for that. If you loved Vance in the first book, you'll love him twice as much in this one. Seriously, almost every scene between Vance and Portia gives me butterflies and I feel ridiculously lame for it. They make me feel like a giddy school girl swooning over her crush, and I'm a married mother of 2 who has been out of school for *cough* 12 years. Not that I have any issues about feeling old or anything... See how easily distracted I am? Ok, now back to the book. Not only does this book have an abundance of romance and passion, it has plenty of humor, suspense, and adventure as well. This book just goes non-stop and when you get to the end, you'll be begging for more.
  • Of Witches and Warlocks: Blood of the White Witch on June 10, 2011

    *This review will have spoilers if you have not read the previous books in this series Wow, this was an emotional book! This book starts off with Portia and Vance getting married. Now, Portia is only 16, so this may seem strange. Portia seems older than that though so somehow it just works. Vance and Portia have been waiting for marriage to be intimate, which is really sweet. Not that many teens wait these days. Vance and Portia are soulmates and are just perfect for each other so it was nice to see them finally be intimate with each other even though they are young. I would still consider this a young adult book though - the sex is not graphic at all. I really enjoy the chemistry that Vance and Portia have. Even though they've been together for awhile, and they've kissed hundreds of times, it is still just as passionate as it was in the beginning. I love how the author is able to keep that passion so strong between these characters. Once again, Vance and Portia go through a lot of challenging situations together. There were some extremely sad moments that will make you cry. You can't help but feel all these emotions with Portia. There was a major twist at the end of the book that had me stunned. Be prepared for a major cliffhanger. I can't wait to read the 4th and final book in this series!
  • Dirty Blood on June 18, 2011

    I loved this book! It's a wonderful young adult romance about Werewolves and Hunters. It's about a high school girl named Tara who finds out that she was born to kill Werewolves. Honestly, I'm not exactly sure how old Tara is - maybe I missed that part? I'd say 16-17, old enough to drive anyway. In the beginning of the book, a wolf attacks Tara and instincts just take over. She somehow manages to kill the wolf, who then turns back into her human form. Tara starts freaking out when she realizes she has killed a human, and this is where Wes comes into the story. Wes will have any young girl or *cough* older girl swooning. He calms Tara down, takes her to her house, and later reveals that she is a Hunter. Of course, Wes in a Werewolf so they shouldn't be drawn to each other - but they are. I just love romances where 2 people know they shouldn't be together, but can't help themselves. Really, there was only one thing that bothered me about this book - the wolves can talk while in wolf form. I'm sure the author was just trying to be a little different from all the other wolf stories out there, but it was kind of weird to me. There is a lot of action in this book, which basically starts at the beginning. It's fast paced, and kept me interested the whole way through. I really liked Tara - she's spunky, stubborn, adventurous, and a very realistic representation of a teenage girl. You have the mother/daughter fights, boyfriend troubles, and other things that teenage girls can relate to. However, Tara is at the top of a list of people who want her dead because of her abilities. This keeps the story action packed and interesting. I was bummed when this book came to an end. There was a bit of a cliff-hanger and now I'm dying to know what happens next. I'm sure I read somewhere that there will be another book, but I don't know when. If Heather asks me to review her 2nd book, I will jump at the chance *hint*hint :)
  • Break Away (Away, Book 1) on Oct. 21, 2011

    This is the first book in Tatiana Vila's Away series. It's a paranormal book without the usual paranormal creatures. The story is about a 17 year old girl named Dafne, who has been deeply hurting since the loss of her parents. When her sister is one of several people who have fallen into a coma for no known reason, Dafne has a gut feeling that it is more than a virus that is to blame. One interesting question arises in this story – Where do you go when you dream? I have to admit that I had a little trouble getting into this book during the first half, though I can't put my finger on exactly why. I guess I didn't really like Dafne's attitude so I had trouble connecting with her. I feel that I connect more with a character when they have qualities that are similar to mine. Dafne grew on me during the second half of the book, and we found out why she has this major attitude problem with Ian – her sisters boyfriend. The second half of the book involved some sexual tension and some heavy kissing, and that's always a good thing in my opinion. Also during the second half, we meet Comus. He's definitely a character that keeps things interesting. The paranormal qualities toward the end caught my interest as well. If I gave half star ratings, I would give this 3.5 stars. I think teens and young adults would really like this. If you're looking for something a little different from the norm, I would give this a try.
  • Galaxy Girls on Nov. 30, 2011

    This is a cute story about 4 women who escape from their planet Keregon to find freedom on Earth. The main character in this story is Phyrne, whose superpower is her ability to make men mega-horny with her strong ovulating hormones. After seducing Hawk, an FBI agent, she ends up pregnant with his baby. One of my favorite characters is Hawk, who is an all around great guy. He spends 6 years looking for this woman who seduced him – he can't get her out of his mind. When he finds out that he is a father, he stops at nothing to keep Phyrne and his daughter safe. The characters in the book are very likeable, I was even interested in some of the secondary characters. My main issue with this book was that I didn't feel fully satisfied. For starters, there are 2 steamy sex scenes in this book but they are quickies. There isn't any romantic love making where the characters connect. Also, during the whole book, the women are all in danger so there really isn't time for any romance between Hawk and Phyrne. There was a potential romance for Phyrne's mom (which I was very interested in), but nothing ever came about it. Another issue is the ending, I just felt like it was rushed and there were some loose strings. I really don't know if this book is part of a series or not – if so then these things may get tied up in the next book. Not only was this book about finding love, it's about family and that unbreakable bond. The women in this story are family and I enjoyed the interactions between them. I recommend Galaxy Girls to anyone that likes sci-fi or paranormal romances.
  • The Ylem (The Ylem Trilogy, # 1) on Dec. 08, 2011

    17 year old Kalista and her father move from New York to a small town in New Mexico. Most teenagers would probably be upset about this disruption in their lives, but Kalista is suffering from a broken heart and thinks that a fresh start might be just what she needs. Things seem to be going well – she makes friends quickly and even meets a handsome boy who intrigues her. Her life gets a little crazy though, when she finds out that some legends are actually true and paranormal beings are living amongst humans. Tristan and Kalista both feel drawn toward one another, yet they both go back and forth from acting hot to cold toward each other. Kalista seemed to have a big issue with Tristan lying to her, yet she lied to everyone around her. Other than that, I really liked these 2 characters. There were definitely some sparks between these two and they seemed really good for each other. There were some chapters devoted to a character named Caleb that had me confused throughout most of the book. The connection was revealed at the end though, and I'm really interested to see what happens with that storyline in the next book. I still feel a little confused though. Tristan still seems to have a lot of secrets and I never did figure out exactly what a ylem is. The last chapters were great and definitely left me feeling surprised. It looks like we have to wait until April 2012 for the next book in this series. I'm dying to know what happens next, the wait just might kill me.
  • Broken Promises on Oct. 17, 2012

    Broken Promises is the first book in the new Brianna Lane series by Belinda Boring. It's an urban fantasy story about evil Fae invading Earth. They glamour the population to make them violent, and people start turning against each other. When Quinn, the man Bri loves, turns violent – her world shatters. Everything she has ever known has changed, and she will stop at nothing to reverse the hold the Fae have over Quinn and the rest of the population. The night starts out with Bri and Quinn going out on a date. When chaos ensues, Bri knows she must find refuge. The city breaks out into total chaos, but she knows she can't go home – Quinn will find her there and try to hurt her again. Luckily, Bri teams up with others who are unaffected by the glamour. She also finds out some very shocking revelations about her heritage. Bri and Quinn have some major chemistry going on. Even when he changes and wants to hurt Bri, the other part of him wants to seduce her. Every time they come into contact, sparks fly – but Bri knows she must stay away from him for her own safety. I enjoyed the happy memories that came to Bri's mind, and liked seeing the “real” Quinn. My heart broke for Bri – her life turns upside down. There is a lot of action and suspense in this book. The characters are great and it is well written. I think that anyone who enjoys urban fantasy will enjoy this. The ending will make you want to hunt the author down and force her to finish book #2 ASAP :) Favorite line: "Never mess with a woman whose obsession is romance novels." ~Bri
  • Broken Promises on Oct. 17, 2012

    Broken Promises is the first book in the new Brianna Lane series by Belinda Boring. It's an urban fantasy story about evil Fae invading Earth. They glamour the population to make them violent, and people start turning against each other. When Quinn, the man Bri loves, turns violent – her world shatters. Everything she has ever known has changed, and she will stop at nothing to reverse the hold the Fae have over Quinn and the rest of the population. The night starts out with Bri and Quinn going out on a date. When chaos ensues, Bri knows she must find refuge. The city breaks out into total chaos, but she knows she can't go home – Quinn will find her there and try to hurt her again. Luckily, Bri teams up with others who are unaffected by the glamour. She also finds out some very shocking revelations about her heritage. Bri and Quinn have some major chemistry going on. Even when he changes and wants to hurt Bri, the other part of him wants to seduce her. Every time they come into contact, sparks fly – but Bri knows she must stay away from him for her own safety. I enjoyed the happy memories that came to Bri's mind, and liked seeing the “real” Quinn. My heart broke for Bri – her life turns upside down. There is a lot of action and suspense in this book. The characters are great and it is well written. I think that anyone who enjoys urban fantasy will enjoy this. The ending will make you want to hunt the author down and force her to finish book #2 ASAP :) Favorite line: "Never mess with a woman whose obsession is romance novels." ~Bri
  • Chasing Nikki on Nov. 15, 2012

    I've been wanting to read Chasing Nikki for awhile now, and finally got the chance when Lacey so generously offered this book for free one day. I did have some reservations about reading it because I had heard it was sad. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read this though, it was wonderful! Chase is a teen boy who is dealing with depression after a family tragedy. He turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. After being arrested for underage drinking, his mom gets fed up and they move to a small rural town to live with his grandparents. Here, he meets Nikki and he is instantly attracted to her. Unfortunately, Nikki thinks he is a punk and won't give him the time of day. Chase doesn't give up so easily though and Nikki finally decides to give him a chance. They have such a sweet relationship with plenty of swoon-worthy moments. These two have a lot of chemistry together. Nikki is a wonderful girl and brings out the best in Chase. Life is finally going well for him, and then it all comes crashing down. I feel so bad for him – life has dealt him a rough hand. I'm not sure how much more pain one person could take. It is completely heartbreaking. I liked how this was written from Chase's point of view. The plot was great and there are many things in this book that send out a good message. The background characters were very likable too. I'm so glad I waited to read this book until now, because I know the next one is coming out next month and I CANNOT wait to see what happens next!
  • Aversion (Book One of The Mentalist Series) on Jan. 19, 2013

    Aversion is an interesting young adult paranormal romance. It's the first book in The Mentalist series by Kenechi Udogu. Fifteen year old Gemma is an Averter. When somebody is planning to do something that can destroy their lives, Gemma can push thoughts into that person's head to avoid a future disaster. After averting the mind of Russ – a popular guy at school – he can't seem to stay away from Gemma. He feels this need to be around her, even when she tries her hardest to push him away. Gemma is a loner because of her abilities, and isn't used to people wanting to be around her. As her feelings for Russ grow, she wonders if he really feels something for her or if it all has something to do with her averting his thoughts. I really liked the plot, though I had trouble understanding why Gemma's dad has been hunted down for years. I feel like I missed some important part of what this stalker guy has to do with the past. Gemma's dad is an interesting character who seems to be hiding many secrets. Gemma is a very down to Earth, and likeable character. She's a strong and independent person that a lot of teens can look up to. Her blossoming romance with Russ is sweet, thought I would have liked more romance. Russ is a very likeable guy but I feel like we don't know a whole lot about him. The book is very clean and great for young teens. It's a quick read with fast pacing – you'll be done with it before you know it!