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  • Le Cirque De Magie on Dec. 22, 2011

    To be honest i'm quite disappointed. Oh the story isn't bad but it lack something. I would have loved more explanation about the powers from the different character like for example do the suparna have a special link with animal. Is that why the dog go to him? Also...i didn't see many things to make us understand that's in 1920 ( ok the absynte but apart that the time of the story isn't well show so we don't know if it's important) The character have their own personnality that's great but it's to short to understand them and "live" the story with them. Also as for the title in french...i was a bit bohered by it. Now with the story read i understand a bit more but i would have prefered something like " le cirque magique" for example seems more appropriate. So in the end, i think it could be a great story if it was completed.
  • Distracted on March 24, 2012

    Great book and quite funny, Erin was the one to keep Stephen on track and she completely succumbs to his life’s style. I spent a good time and even if I know absolutely nothing about boat that wasn’t a problem at all. Erin is a woman that isn’t sure of what she wants. I think that she is so afraid to be alone that she accepts anything. She still lives and sometimes shares the bed of her ex because it’s facile and sure?! Who is that sure when she left him because he was sleeping around? Also she gives in to quickly for my tastes in Stephen. I don’t really appreciate how she acts. She isn’t sure of her priority either. Stephen is a playboy, gentleman sometimes, jerk another ^^ but when he decides to seduce a girl, I’m sure it’s not easy to resist. However, even if Erin isn’t the type of character that I love; I was immersed in the story and that means something. The plot was well done and I enjoyed seeing the consequences of their actions and how it takes some months for the story to come to its conclusion. It’s a story that I liked and I’m happy to inform you that the last book is free at the moment. To recommend to romantic lovers who want a short but good time with HEA.
  • I Loved You First on June 26, 2012

    I admit that I was a bit reticent at first to try this book because the topic isn’t my cup of tea, I was unsure. Now I can say that I don’t regret reading this story. Reena Jacobs wrote moving picture of the troubles adolescent can go through. It’s remarkably well done. I could sympathise with Alex and I loved how she is mentally growing at the end of the book. She has learned that she must first and foremost love herself and that you must always be true to your feeling if you don’t want to hurt someone else or/and end hurting too. It a story about acceptance, friendship and true-shelf that could be really helpful to some young ones that are feeling alone or too different one that reminded me something I’ve read a long time ago and that says that loving someone if to offer him/her the best gift: us but if we really love him/her and want the gift to be real we must first love ourselves because giving something we don’t like isn’t a real present. Alex didn’t know at first what she was really doing to his friend and what their relation was making her loose; She knew what he was doing wrong but she didn’t see she wasn’t helping either. I think that in the end the book they are better friend to each other than ever because they finally learn what that means. Really a good novel.
  • The Athena Effect on Feb. 18, 2013

    I was really happy to receive a copy of this book for review because it caught my eyes on goodreads before so this opportunity to discover this series was fantastic and if I hadn’t be unwell I would have read and reviewed it before now. The great thing is that I wasn’t disappointed at all despites my high expectations of this book! The story starts with 2 teenagers on the run, they seems really scared and not healthy but deeply in love. Then we go forward 17 years, nearly 18 in the future and we discover they become the parents of a very special young girl called Cal as a diminutive for Caledonia. Cal is a little savage, she loves being is the wild surrounded by animals and nature however she is also educated, loving to read anything she comes by in a scheduled house. She knows she is special, that not every one has the same power as her being able to see the emotions of living creatures and to influence them. The fact that her parents are hiding didn’t escape her, but the nature of their nightmares eludes her. They protected her, taught her lots of things but also warned her to be cautious, that there were dangers lurking around without telling her which danger or to tell her how to avoid them though. So when they die in a tragic accident, Cal is left alone without knowing how to act in the big city where she is sent to live with her aunt she never knew. She has a vast knowledge literally but in practise she didn’t use electricity before so everything seems new. Cal don’t like living with her aunt who didn’t really want to take her in even only for the few month until she turns eighteen, worse she always sticks to her boyfriend whose intentions are a little too clear. To avoid troubles, Cal prefers to stay as little as possible at home when her aunt is working but that means spending the night out wandering. When one night she sees a boy being bitten she jumps at his rescue without hesitation. Calvin thought the girl who saved him wasn’t real, used to having a different girl on his arm each day; he is playing the playboy to hide his pain and suffering. However, when he discovers that the new weir girl at school, avoiding everyone is the girl who came to his rescue he gets curious. Even more, she is the girl how managed to calm his brother‘s pit-bull. He starts to follow her, trying to get to know her but slowly feelings grow for this girl so different so intelligent, stronger that she looks and kind but also so innocent. He is drawn to her. For Cali, Cal is a boy to avoid. She doesn’t like his attitude with girls however when he ask for her help, she can’t refuse; she even starts to confide in him what even her parents never knew. In this new world she is facing, Cal becomes a friend and a support for her. He is kind and takes time to show her things, take her to the fair and museum, soon Cali accept her growing feelings. Unfortunately for them, the past is coming back full force and what Cali’s parents feared has come. Someone discovered her existence and knowing Cali’s power and will do anything to get his hand on her. Cali is confronted to what she wasn’t prepared for; she learnt the reason for her parents’ crisis, the reason for her power but can’t fight alone. She finds allies she didn’t hope for and Cal is determined to protect her even if it means leaving for the unknown. One thing that bothered me a little is the fact that Rufus didn’t react during the abducting, even if he was in a closed room or anything he should have barked madly when strangers entered and thus Cal would have been awaken, even more knowing how much he cares for her. Another detail bothered me, the fact that Cal and Cali get involved a little too quickly to my taste, I mean he says he will wait etc and at the same time they jump on it the same night. Yes it’s wasn’t they first day together etc but it seemed to fast for me with Cali Background., but the story as a whole stay really good of course^^ The plot is sometimes predictable but Derrolyn Anderson’s writing style is clear and fresh so once you start the story you don’t want to put it down even when you guess what could happen you just want to be sure and to read more. I enjoyed the parallelism between the prologue and the epilogue, like the life is a cycle the characters find themselves repeating some schema and I can only hope it will be for the better. It’s really enjoyable, it’s a very good YA fantasy book and I’m curious about the rest of the series because while there isn’t really a cliffhanger , the tension is still there and you want to know what will happen to the different protagonists. To recommend!
  • The Light Within Me on May 19, 2013

    Again a series I discover when it’s finished or nearly … I missed the 6 first books and now that I’ve read book1 I do regret not having read it before. Carly Fall created an interesting universe and I enjoyed a lot her vivid descriptions of SR44 where the inhabitants are made of colourful smoke, she took the time to describe their environment but also their culture and ways of life and the history. For this story I think it was something really important because without it I couldn’t have related to the six saviours, I wouldn’t have understood their dilemma, their mindset as well as I did. It’s the first book but it gives us solid background info to immerse ourselves in the universe she created. Noah is a warrior but a disillusioned one … he lost hope to go back on his planet one day since it’s only possible if they complete the mission that was assigned to them. Unfortunately, the one who prepared the said mission didn’t take a lot of things into account … if it was really short one the absence of contact with their world and family was understanding but the situation they are confronted to is way worse than the one they were told and believed… hundred years later the mission is far from completed and like all warrior Noah is wearing down. He still has pride and he does it job but he is dull. Worse they were told they couldn’t love or they would loose their immortality or slow aging and their original form making a return impossible. So when the bad guys are reproducing and killing, the good one are alone with only their mission as an objective. Really, I had some difficulties to understand why they didn’t give up before and I admire their courage… alone in another world without anything from home that must be hard and I can’t understand that those who send them didn’t think of something if it was longer than they expected, no they are just left to themselves. Noah is their elected chief, so it’s even more responsibility for him but until now he managed. However when he meets Abby, he is attracted to her and her voices without understanding why…for the first time he is smiling again and hoping even if he is fighting his attraction putting his duty before everything else. Abby is different from other, she never really fitted and the dead of her mother when she was a child didn’t help. While her mother supported her love for knowledge and difference, the orphanage made her depressive. Now an adult she still lives a little isolated, with a few impersonal contacts. She isn’t happy with her life but she goes on, her work as a reporter isn’t satisfying her anymore but it pays the bill and she still hope it could help her to find her mother’s murderer. When she sees Noah on a picture of a crime scene she is knows she saw him somewhere but more than that she can’t resist the need to contact him and the connexion is immediate she trust him and can reveals secret to him however even if she loves him when he make it clear that he won’t be completely in the relationship, she prefers to stop there. When she hears the truth, her decision doesn’t change, she loves him and because of that she can’t ask of him that he renounces to what he is…. But she is different and when she attacked, Noah won’t resist anymore he must protect her even if his brothers in arms don’t agree. I appreciated that the romance took sometime, after all a lot is in the balance and after years of putting is job as his sole priority I couldn’t have imagined Noah to make a 180° after a few hours. He is torn between his pride, his honor and Abby that make him feel alive for the first time. What i regretted is sometimes the jump in time, for example when Rayner explains what could save her, we don’t see the ceremony just the result after and i would have loved to get more details. The action is fast, the tension high at moment and the romance sweet, I couldn’t resist. If you are looking for a steamy sci-fi romance, a paranormal romance with aliens, this is a good try and even better you can get it for free on smashwords so no reason for not giving it a try. I really hope i will get an opportunity to read the rest of the series Score: 4/5
  • Mafia Secret on Aug. 06, 2013

    This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure My opinion: I love it! I expected to like it but I enjoyed it a lot more than that, if I didn’t have to take my medicine I would have read it in one sitting. Angie Derek really wrote an excellent story and if I had suspicions about the culprit it’s probably due only to my experiences in watching cops series on the TV… she managed to keep the suspense all along. Lessa is young and independent woman, she grows up never knowing she was the daughter of a mafia’s boss…so when a man she never saw suddenly appears to tell her that her father died two days ago it comes as a shock and she doesn’t believe it at first. Confronted to some evidences she finally accepts to grant her father his last request and come to attend his funerals and meet her family. It doesn’t really go smoothly, her family never knew she existed, her father’s killer is still on the run and change of power in a mafia family isn’t a quiet moment at all. Thrown in it, she can only rely on Marc, her bodyguard, late lieutenant of her father to keep her safe and to tell her whet she must know or to be exact what he think she should know. Preferring to keep her in the dark as long as possible to offer her the possibility to go back to the life she always knew, what Marc didn’t take into account was his attraction to the new Mafia’s princess. Quite innocent, speaking her mind she attracts him like a moth to a flame and he can’t stop touching her which isn’t helpful when he must find the killer. But danger was already on Lessa before she met Marc and it just keep growing Marc isn’t a member of the family per say, he was a trusted man of Lessa father, on of his lieutenant. He came from the outside and slowly, during years he made his place. So he knows perfectly when what entering the family entails and he doesn’t want to impose that to Lessa. He is loyal, honest and yes a criminal too^^ he do what he is ordered to do but he doesn’t take pleasure in it which makes him even better. I really liked him and how he was trying to find what he needed to do to keep Lessa by his side and protect her… he took risks but he didn’t impose himself… a good alpha^^ Lessa’s family is quite a group… Jio is the elder and the new head. He respect his father‘s wishes but perhaps too much … since he married not by love he could be unfaithful even if we still haven’t real proof, his behaviour tend to it. Still he looks like a good man, Tony is the rebel one, he wants powers and trust no one but the family doesn’t trust him either. Then come Clarissa, same age as Lessa, she was the only girl until then and she wants nothing to do with the family, promised to Marc she doesn’t hesitate to break off the engagement as soon as her father is dead and she doesn’t want her inherence. Leery of men she however knows that no matter what ,she is part of the family. Edoardo is the younger one; more an artist and kind soul he would love to leave the family too without really dreaming to see an opportunity. Nina is Jio’s wife, kind she is the first to welcome Lessa, I really love her. This story is a stand alone and I think I would love it to stay that way, yes I ‘m tempted to lean about the other’s family member but perhaps then the novelty will wears off, ..; I don’t know but right now if you love suspense romance, have a little thing for mafia, I really recommend this book! Score: 4,5/5 Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review i can't wait for an opportunity to discover her paranormal stories now!
  • Midnight Conquest on Aug. 15, 2013

    This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure Arial’s writing style is really easy to delve into and while the story is a historical paranormal romance, you could easy forget the historical part since it’s just part on the setting and not really centre in the story here. Now I do love history so I wouldn’t have minded but here is was even more easily forgotten because you focus on the characters and the story which could have happened anywhere, anytime. The rhythm is just what he should be not too fast, not too slow and action and romance are well mixed ( some really steamy scenes too!!) This is the first book of a series (which will count 6books) but there isn’t a cliffhanger at all, you are left wanting more but have closure for this part of the story so you can be happy. Oh I want to read more and I’m glad to have book 2 and 3 but even if I have to wait I have a feeling of satisfaction which is a great thing once you turn the last page of a story. You have 2 villains in this one… one immortal and one mortal… the immortal one, Angus, is important for the rest of the story and here we learn part of his motivations. Now he does act cruelly, he has a tortured and twisted mind but t the same time, in this first volume, I couldn’t really hate him. I don’t approve what he has done, far from it, I don’t like him for sure but I expected more from him I guess^^ (yes I have sadistic mind more important than the author sometimes;)) …he could have done a lot worse but didn’t so when you takes that into account and you compare with the human Villain Ian…you don’t take long to choose who to hate. Ian, is human and married to Davina but he is all what a man shouldn’t be.. he is cruel , he tortures small animals ( I hate that!!) but also his wife and he doesn’t hesitate to beat her even when she is pregnant… worse even baby are not safe from him….he is the monster without a doubt… Also he is greedy and his motivations are simply that power and money….while I could partly understand Angus motivations those from Ian are simply inexcusable…. I’m not even sure Angus would tolerate him and that saying a lot (but don’t worry like précised in the summary this book does have a Happy end and that include revenge on Ian) I was really interested in the story and it’s only because I had to go to sleep that I stopped reading…the gypsies are interesting characters too, and welcoming and open minded. I hope we will see more of them. .. oki Veronique is the exception but she paid the price so she doesn’t count. Now curiously…one I didn’t appreciate immediately was Davina’s Father…he sounded wrong to me especially since at that time he could have cancelled the marriage after the first hit no question asked. She wouldn’t have lost her dowry (yes that’s something we often forget, at middle age, women had more rights and more protection than later (sometimes we regress… Napoleon fault) he tolerated it just for his advantage and then we learn he was probably even worse. Kerh is loyal brother and he tried to do his best to protect her sister like he did as a child… he would have made a great lord. We also get some information about the vampire system in this universe.. the vampires called Vamsyrian must obey some rules… it’s forbidden to change someone in vampires…each one must make the willing choice, after having heard from both side, to become a vamsyrian or a member of the light, of the army of God, their opposite. One group is immortal, fears the sun and is “ dead” during the day, the other is mortal but has some powers and protection. We don’t really learn a lot about them yet but in next books probably, only that there are some prophecies for both groups. If you love vampires romance, it’s really an excellent book and the author is really kind which is only a great bonus….also since it’s free you don’t have anything to lose so to try. To recommend Score: 4/5
  • Secret Rendezvous on Aug. 27, 2013

    My opinion: So good! I definitively needed something like this short novella and if all the books from the author are of this quality I can only want more. Since it’s a short story and even more the prequel to another book I will try not to reveal too much but that will means a shorter review. To start with something essential in my opinion….yes you can start by reading this even if you haven’t read anything by the author before. From what I gathered all books works as stand alone so yes this story is linked to book 2 in the series and I guess you would be glad o have read it later but I wasn’t feeling like I was missing something, it really didn’t bothered me to jump in the middle of the series so it was perfect. The writing style is as I love it: clear. You got action and quickly ( hey it’s a romantic suspense AND a novella so it’s normal) but it didn’t feel rushed or not enough to stop my reading….and if the action is high level with explosive and all…the romance is steamy and not a little, the balance between the two is really well done and I enjoyed this adventure no matter how short. We discover here, two heroes: Quinn, navy seal, chief all muscles and sex appeal but really loyal, with honor (protecting innocents and all) and protective for those he loves…. but also really dangerous if you are not a friend of him. Then we have Alandra who is also a force in her own way, she is on the terrain but her job is to blend in and gather information, she can defend herself of course but she isn’t in the “assassination” part of the job. After working together for a job, the sparks ignited a passion of the long lasting kind and they have been together since then though they kept that secret. So when during her job, Alandra is captured, Quinn doesn’t follow protocol and jump to the rescue ( sexy^^). The author linked some elements that I think are essential for book 2 (why Quinn didn’t keep the paper!!! Man you have brain too not just muscle), we also see that the cartel is larger that what counter intelligent can imagine. I’m also really curious about who was the one that leaked info on Alexandra because that still unknown. So there is a light cliffhanger yes but since it’s a prequel I was expecting something like that and if I’m honest we do have partly some closure too, kind of temporary happy end, yes problems are building but it will be for another day. So really I recommend you this novella if you have a few minute and want a good romantic steamy suspense romance this is an excellent one and a good way to try an author you perhaps haven’t discovered yet with of course the risk to want more …because now I’m really aching to get book 2 and more of this explosive couple!! And it’s free so don’t hesitate and hurry get it when you can.
  • Finding My Faith on Sep. 03, 2013

    This review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure LOVE it! It was finished in almost 2hours so that said how strongly I was immersed in the story and enjoying it… after reading book one “the light within me” I did have a soft spot for Rayner and learning more about was simply too good. Rayner was quite a bitter character with only his job in mind… from all the warriors he is the one who wish to return to SR 44 the most and he does works for it even if he means flying somewhere else on mission (and he hate flying) In fact, he is one that suffer the most in my opinion, his power sound like a curse for him: being able to see and speak to spirits trapped but not being able to help them has taken his toll on him. In fact he only succeeded once and thus he tried to ignore them. It’s really the opposite as how he was before.. as a child he was carefree, living in the forest, respecting the nature and spirits with his loving family. Rayner wanted some adventures so he left his forest for the city where he met Cohen and Hudson, fellow warriors, and decided to enrol in the military to see the world. However he did promise his mother to come back and that what is keeping him strong and determined… he wants to go back and get once again the warm feeling to belong. I could only smile at how similar it was to Faith growing up…she too lived in the nature with a loving family but took pleasure in exploring, taking risks and in the end by leaving for the city where her life took a drastic turn. The difference between them….Faith hasn’t lost herself yet, she still dreams, hopes and laughs while Rayner forgot it. Both understand the spiritual world and respect it despites some doubts sometimes, like Faith who doesn’t believe how special she is and the prophecy she is supposed to accomplish. They are simply perfect for each other and I enjoyed how they had to discover it and then had to make it works, faith really needed her inner strength to makes Rayner understand and see what was under his eyes. I also loved her parents how insightful they were, how open while still protective. They are some really steamy scenes yes but deeper feelings and emotions are predominant in this one. While the action and romance are there, some humour too, in my opinion it was also more profound, the author make me think and feel things in the character’s perspectives and I was completely hooked and they grew on me. It also means that I was even more angry at the villain. The author closes the story on a happy note, the characters have their happy end, but this being a series we know it can be temporary, but the investigations isn’t complete, yes faith is saved but the culprit, even simply his motives are not sure for our heroes…and that the only reason this book don’t get the maximum score….i don’t like when the bad ones go off easily, the more evil they are the more I want them to suffer.. I think I’ve become really addicted to this series at this point and next book will not be in my hands soon enough. If you want an excellent paranormal romance with a some deepen meanings fitting in the main storyline, a book that can work as a stand alone , but you wouldn’t want to miss book 1, then try Finding my Faith and the Six saviors series… it’s a must read!
  • Reborn on Sep. 25, 2013

    This was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure My opinion: A really good book but so far my least favourite in the series. This book is to me the more violent one or to be more precise, in precedent books we got some gruesome report on colonist’s crimes but we didn’t really assisted in one like we do in Reborn. Oh don’t worry it’s well written, well thought but I couldn’t connect with the characters as much as I hoped I would and I did found this one a little too predictable for me. Hudson seemed to be a pillar of the saviours team while he is in fact one that suffer the most, not only from his past on SR44, but also from event taking place on Earth. He never got over Abby’s Mother, Iris, rejection and that’s mining him. Male from their planet have a really strong link to their mate and if the mate goes missing they can become crazy and suffer physically….i can understand that of course but then I had some little difficulty as why the other didn’t understand his situation and was left to himself. There is different kinds of love true but with what happen it makes me think he fantasized himself in love with Iris when he was only fond of her and it’s kind of strange after all his time on earth he didn’t see that. I guess it’s also a little for that I had difficulties to accept how he acted with Beverly. Beverly is a kind soul she just doesn’t have enough inner strength, more than she thinks but a lot less than Faith for example. As a doctor she wants to help, to save live and thus when she failed to save the one important to her and then had an accident it crushed her. However, it’s also what made her meet the saviours….like it was her destiny. In her medical mode she is really proficient and determined, she immediately see that Hudson is hiding more than he let on and that he can’t be trusted alone…sometimes it takes a broken soul to recognize another , anyway it’s her personal experience that gives her what she need to reach to Hudson and find the right words. They are saving each other but at first she still doesn’t fight for herself, to make him accept her no and that frustrated me. The action is strong is this one and I guessed the identity of the colonist after the first pages, it was well done but it was still evident for me. Then after the event in “ Finding My faith” it was impossible not to expect trouble… there are here just even stronger I mean…he even tell Hudson more is to come and as reader you know what he has done but the saviours done and I really hope they are ready…. I guess if I liked this one less it’s also linked to how I consider SR44….i mean they throw their citizens on a mission but without any contact allowed and no back up and now we see with no information either… this could have been prevented if the chiefs had given them a list with the culprits’ name… but no they just have to find the twelve who escaped… no more explanation just a set of rules really strong, cruel even. In this book I resented this even more because of Hudson…. In a sense they are the sacrificial lambs. The romance is cute but it missed the deepness from the other books…they need to work on their connection in a sense after attraction , learning about each other past they must create something more. I could love this couple but so far it’s just appreciation. Now on a technical level, this is the 3rd book in the series and if it could works as stand alone.. I wouldn’t recommend it to be read out of order. Yes the author give a little background from the universes so you are not lost but this book more than the precedent one is set in a line of events better to be followed so I really recommend you to start with book 1 first and then follow the rest in order to understand the saviours and get the story in a whole because the stakes are growing after each book and the suspense is mounting ( but no real cliffhanger no). A good book for lover of paranormal romance with aliens. Score: 3,5/5