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- The Society of Sinners
on March 28, 2012
I got a copy of The Society of Sinners from the Read2Review program on Goodreads, again I’d like to thank the author for making this available to us and R2R for letting me review it. The book wasn’t so much a novel as it is a collection of interconnected short stories, in most cases a minor character in one story becoming the lead in the next. Except for me as a reader it doesn’t really work. The first story wasn’t all that connected to the second an it is only in the last three stories that it happens, they connect. The format drove me nuts! You just get into the story of one character and then it is over.
The other thing I disliked and again this was because of the format was there was no real back-story, no common enemy not enough tying things together from one story to the next. Either the hero or heroine was buddies with someone in the previous stories. Because the book was essentially a collection of short stories, each story became pretty formulaic; 1. boy meets girl 2. boy thinks girl is hot 3. boy and girl have sex and finally 4. boy and girl get married and live happily ever after. It was too predictable and by the fourth story I was bored with reading the same thing over and over.
The romances lacked tension, after all everything was wrapped up in 60 pages or less so there was no build up no real danger with the possible exception of the last story. This book just didn’t work for me and I can’t see myself going any further in the series.
- A Marked Past
on March 28, 2012
I got a copy of A Marked Past from the author for a fair and honest review…so here goes. Lyla is a typical 16 year old from a good home with loving parents, cheerleader, boyfriend the whole shebang until her father is killed and her world falls apart. Her mother moves them from the Chicago suburbs to her father’s family home in Salem. It’s here she learns her family secrets, that her father didn’t die in an accident but was killed by a man hunting her family since the witch trials. Lyla also learns about her own power and she must learn to use it to keep them safe or they are next. All Lyla wants is to live as a normal teen but her family legacy make that impossible.
I have to say I was surprised by how much I liked this book, I started reading and as soon as I saw the word cheerleader I cringed and thought “oh gawd another YA book I am gonna hate…” and if I am honest it did start out that way. The first couple of chapters dragged and I almost gave up reading, until they moved to Salem and you meet Nathan and the rest of Lyla’s family and learn some of the history of their magic and the price the family has had to pay for it.
I actually really liked the character of Lyla, Ms Deaton actually wrote her as a typical teenager. Sometimes whiny, sometimes selfish and sometimes I wanted to smack her but that’s what made it more realistic for me, her relationships with her friends, her family and her boyfriend were what I expected in a 16 year old. After the first couple of chapters the plot moved at a good pace that kept me turning pages to find out what happened next. I liked the world Ms Deaton created where everything wasn’t black and white and the good guys don’t always win. I will grab the next book in this trilogy as soon as it comes out I want to know what what comes next for Lyla and the crew.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5 I really enjoyed it.
- Howl - Kane Wolves #1
on May 20, 2012
Originally posted on my blog http://ufreview.com/2012/05/20/howl-kane-wolves-1/
I received a copy of Howl from the group Read it and Reap on Goodreads so of course many thanks to the group mods and the author for their hardwork in giving us these great books to review. I have to admit I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, lately I have been into darker, more gritty urban fantasy, more explosions and gunfire and far less romance. In the end though this was a very well written book I enjoyed a great deal.
I have to admit it took a little while to get into this book but when I did I was hooked. The heroine Sophie is a werewolf and comes from a very very close knit family of werewolves and there are rules and expectations for her. First stay away from humans and second she is expected to find a werewolf mate and have lots of babies. She breaks both rules when she meets Jamie and begins a secret relationship with him, defying her alpha and the expectations of her family.
I really liked Sophie, she is a very confused 19yr old trying to live in two worlds, the human and werewolf. She tries to follow her heart with her relationship with Jamie while being torn at having to deceive her family. Daniel also expresses his interest in Sophie and her family is trying to push her in his direction as well, but that boy has some secrets of his own.
The story while fairly short moved along at a good pace and the climax was superb, if you are finding it slow at the beginning keep reading it gets very good very soon! I loved how the werewolves were more human, while they still had enhanced senses there was no immortality or supernatural healing. Yes there is the dreaded cliff hanger ending setting you up for the second book...there had better be a second book. All in all I thoroughly enjoyed Howl and will definitely grab book 2.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 4/5 A great read go grab a copy
on July 20, 2012
Originally posted on my blog: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/370022204
I got a copy of Legacy from the Read2Review program on Goodreads, so once again thanks to the author and mods for making this possible. Legacy is book three in the Thaumatology series and had I realized it was the third book in a series I probably wouldn't have signed up to review it as I haven't read the first two. My bad not the author's, there were a lot of references to things that happened in the previous books that I didn't get, not having read them. So before I can recommend this one I would actually recommend reading the first two. To be honest they sounded far more interesting than Legacy was.
I'm not going to rehash the plot because the blurb is long enough and does that just fine. The book really was just ...meh. It had a lot of potential but it ended up being kinda boring. You have a witch/wizard/ practitioner or whatever Ceri is supposed to be in a realtionship with a half-demon succubus and a werewolf. You have lots of references to sex but very little in the way of actual sex. You have the characters waking up exhausted but yeah not much in they way of a description as to how they got that way. So it wasn't much of an erotic novel or romance either for that matter.
The first half of the book read like "a day in the life of..." and I was about half way through the book before the bad guys showed up. The bad guys weren't even that threatening really, I never really got the feeling that anyone was ever in any actual danger, Lily sort of was but it really didn't feel life or death. The big climax wasn't much of a showdown it was more two parties agreeing not to annoy each other, again no real danger.
I liked the werewolf characters and I read tons of books about werewolves but I never really understood what they transformed into, whether it was wolves or some sort of movie half man half wolf creature, but I think that might have been explained in previous books that I unfortunately didn't read. I liked the characters well enough, but again I missed the backstory that was told in the previous books and other than being perpetually horny they were likable enough.
The magical physics kinda got on my nerves and I mostly skimmed over those parts, there weren't many so really no biggie. All in all it was an easy read, but for me it really lacked action.
♥ ♥ ♥ 2.5/5 Needs more action.