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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tempting Evil by Keri Arthur

For Precious...a thank you part 2.
BLURBS:
In a world of sorcery and seduction, the nights bring out the beautiful, the damned, and the desired. Here, Riley Jenson is on her own–half werewolf, half vampire, working for an organization created to police the supernatural races. Trusting her superiors and lovers barely more than she trusts her worst enemies, Riley plays by her own set of rules. Her latest mission: to enter the heavily guarded pleasure palace of a criminal named Deshon Starr–a madman-scientist who’s been messing around in the gene pool for decades.
With two sexy men–a cool, seductive vampire and an irresistibly hot wolf–vying for her attention, Riley must keep focused. Because saving the world from Deshon Starr will mean saving herself–from the trap that’s closing in around her.
THOUGHTS:
This is so far my favorite book in the series. Riley has finally gone into the Guardian training, posed as a thief and an occasional prostitute to get inside Deshon Starr's or shall I say Davern's estate. Got an ally out of Dia and Ikhar the Spider Lizard, and got all the revenge she wants. There's a lot of exciting thing that happened in this book, there' also an equal amount of grossness and weird stuff. Don't ask. At first being totally naked roaming around an estate seems to be over the top, I keep wondering, what the heck is wrong with Arthur, If I am in such danger, I'm pretty sure I wanted to be covered up, but them again I forgot Riley is a Werewolf and the shifting and dressing up part after that takes time, plus I'm sure being naked plays a great part in the aerodynamics in battle. There wasn't too much steamy sex scenes on this one which is good, I am finally getting what I was hoping for more - substance and more on the plot. I am anticipating the love triangle that'll surely fire up between Riley-Quinn and Kellen and the formation of Day Guardians and of course the effects of the drugs that talon has given Riley, but it makes me wonder, is it really because of the drugs or is she really special that this are all a "late bloomer's" way of getting her full power?

Riley Jenson Guardian Series Book 1 & 2 by Keri Arthur

For Precious, thanks for sharing the books girl...
BLURBS:
Full Moon Rising:
Australian author Arthur's fast-paced fantasy-romance, the first in a new series, introduces part vampire, part werewolf Riley Jenson, who works for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, as does her twin brother, Rhoan. When Rhoan goes missing, a naked yet powerful vampire, Quinn, appears on Riley's doorstep and asks for her aid. Riley and Quinn team up to find Rhoan, investigate the mysterious deaths of Directorate agents and determine who's been creating vampire and werewolf clones. Despite their mutual attraction, Quinn—once heartbroken by a werewolf lover—will never fully trust another werewolf, but that doesn't stop him from helping Riley through the lust that engulfs werewolves in the days leading up to the full moon.
Kissing Sin:
Vampire-werewolf heroine Riley Jensen escapes an unknown enemy's breeding pens to kick off the second installment of Arthur's urban fantasy series (following Full Moon Rising). The action and sex come fast and furious as Riley works with her twin brother, her boss at Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, as well as most of her lovers (who include a vampire with werewolf issues, a werewolf with mixed loyalties, an alpha werewolf and a horse-shifter) to uncover and derail a nefarious plot to create an army of super-beings. Strong world-building, vivid personalities and the distinctive cultures of each of the various paranormal strains combine for a rich narrative, and Arthur's descriptive prose adds texture and menace. She also creates strong empathy for Riley, whose vampire half is beginning to assert itself, making her already precarious fertility problems worse. As in her first entry, though, Arthur can occasionally lose her reader amid complicated paranormal plot points, and her publisher's insistence on marketing her as paranormal romance may frustrate; though the heroine's multiple sexual partners fit her werewolf nature, they do not fit romance genre conventions and are better suited to readers of erotica/romance hybrids.
THOUGHTS:
When it comes to the paranormal world of fantasies, the Weres most especially the Werewolves and Werecats are the least appealing creatures for me. There's something about the shifting of human to animal and vice versa that makes me queasy, So reading something about a series with a heroine who has a predominantly Werewolf genes was surprising and I am liking it. Sure I've read about Weres in Twilight, Sookie, Vampire Diaries, amongst other books and series but this is the first time that I have actually read one about them directly as heroine.
On Werewolves sexual nature:
Riley Jenson is part werewolve and part vampire but her genes are more predominantly Were, the whole were culture according to this book was somewhat of a shock, there I was thinking vamps are such horny bastards, I was mistaken of course, the mating process is vital to the Weres as blood is vital to the vamps, The book might come out to be dirty and leaning more on pornographic instead of paranormal/action/thriller/roamnce genre but if you read intently you'll see that it is part of their culture and you should look at it on a different level. Yes, understand the thinking of a werewolf as it is projected in the book. trust me you won't miss it as Arthur was quite repetitive in that sense you'll see how Riley keeps reasoning to Quinn how categorizing werewolves as nothing but whores is just sooo a human way of thinking. The multiple partners (in a day or one after another) and how Arthur projects sex here as nothing more than a part of an everyday scenario is somewhat of an overload, and me saying that is an understatement. And to prudes who can't handle such books you might find that you are attuned to Quinn's way of thinking, reserve an open mind and enjoy the scenes.
Book 1:
Not bad at all to start off a series. If you are a fan of the Anita Blake, Sookie Stackhouse, and Lyndsay Sands Books, you'll immediately identify Riley, she's your typical feisty, adrenaline junkie, sexy, sexual heroine, not quite human but with a heart of a human. As this is the start of a series, the plot's cohesiveness and twist are somewhat in shambles but the thought was all in there, typical and forgivable for the first books. Love the twist on Talon and how this whole series will revolve about some psycho who does cloning. And it makes you wonder, what does Riley have that any other creature doesn't. I mean sure she's a crossbreed but so was his lovable gay twin Rhoan. Hmmmm....
Book 2:
I get it Riley's a Were-Vamp and so her carnal needs are on the extreme extreme side. I fully understand what Arthur is doing on this book, I just have one "human" complain - the exploitation of Riley's sexual prowess, Arthur needs to give her more credit and show readers that while that is in her nature she also have a more stronger power to overcome this horny bastards. I have a feeling the next coming books will show me that, I just can't wait...I also share a tear for Misha's passing and I also share Riley's view on herself on becoming a Guardian, brace yourself people I have a feeling this is going to get crrazzzy.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Kissed by An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler

BLURBS:
An angelic romantic suspense trilogy in one volume! "Kissed by an Angel": Ivy and Tristan have the love of a lifetime--until Tristan dies in a car accident. Now Tristan returns as an angel, but Ivy is unable to feel his presence. "The Power of Love": Tristan has learned that the person responsible for the car crash is after Ivy. Can he cross the boundaries of life and death to warn Ivy that she is in trouble? "Soulmates": Tristan must rescue Ivy, but if he does so his mission will be finished and he will have to leave his true love forever.
THOUGHTS:
I really really love it. I thought the book was sooo amazing. It's refreshing twist on me, this is my first time reading something with angels on it. The story was intense, gripping and worth your time. This book should be placed on a multiple genre - romance, suspense, mystery, thriller, and maybe paranormal. I was also glad that I only get to buy a thick ass book on this one. As far as the characters go, I'd say I love Tristan, he fits the perfect part on being an Angel to Ivy. I wish they had more time together. Ivy was ok, she's strong and definitely the fighter type. I cannot believe she had become so naive, but I understood her position completely because even I, fell for Gregory as well, and I felt completely betrayed, scared and angry when he started showing his motives and true colors by the end of the 2nd book and on the 3rd book. I do applaud for his uncanny psycho character, so composed, so devious. Suzanne and Beth would be your typical girlfriends, one really wild and confident and one really down to earth nerdy type. Eric was just you typical jackass too, who was so messed up and brain fried, he's most likely to die young, which he did, too bad. philip the the cutest sweetest 8 year old boy. I love the ending, it's heart breaking that Tristan has finally finished his mission and obviously went to heaven. I'm glad Lacey finished hers too, by falling inlove, sound so cheesy but totally appropriate. A love story so tender and so sweet you'll sigh once you finish reading it.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Graceling by Kristin Cashore


BLURBS:
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight; she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug. She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po. She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace--or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away. . .a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone. With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.


THOUGHTS:
I like it alot. It's original, inventive and adventurous. The idea of being a Graceling, with unique skills, heterochromia, 7 kingdoms, medieval-ish setting, and the characters they're all Cashore's no one else's. You can never compare it to any book.


It took me a little bit of time getting used to this book. The character names aren't familiar, like it's Celtic, Irish or something really really old that nobody ever use anymore or maybe never been used. It's funny how I have to wrote down all the kingdoms and their kings' name and wrote it in a sticky note for reference so every time I read a name and I would check and say, stuff like - "oh yeah King Leck is from Monsea." it's not only the names, it's also our main gal, Katsa. She's a little too much of a bad ass and so emotionally absent, that I can't relate to her, but then came Prince Po and everything got better. From controlling her anger, to defying her Uncle without a bloodbath, to falling in love and into discovering that her grace is not really killing but...I'd rather not say it. The only thing that I disagree on this book was the ending, I mean really what the heck was that? Po's condition and their relationship, it feels so unconcluded. Will there be a sequel? Because the next book I think goes back 30 or so years ago before Graceling.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hannah's Story:

BLURBS:
Just like any young girl in love, Hannah Tramont thinks she and Bret will be together forever, even after she learns he is a vampire. But when he leaves Hannah for fellow vampire Tressie, the fiancé who broke his heart one hundred years before, Hannah suddenly fears for her life.Tressie is not the only one who dislikes Hannah. When Bret's gang decides she knows too much about their hangouts and weak points, they decide they want to do away with her. Just in the nick of time, Hannah receives a scholarship to Cambridge University in England and leaves San Francisco immediately.
As she settles into a new life across the ocean, and begins a new relationship, Hannah finally starts to feel safe from Bret and his family of vampires. In this suspenseful tale of romantic vampire love gone wrong, Hannah soon learns that her past is destined to catch up with her ... no matter how far she runs.
THOUGHTS:
Can anyone think of a more lamer title? And the most horrible book cover? I dare you beat this book's aesthetic. Vampires again? Don't I ever get tired of reading it? NO!!! Are you people ever get tired of watching the freaking CSI? The show has so many franchise, CSI NY, CSI Vegas, CSI Miami, snore... see what I mean? I stumbled upon this book on booksonboard.com my cyberfriend Precious said they sell cheaper e-books so I checked it out and I saw this. I laughed when I saw the title but I learned not to judge the book by its cover so I read the back blurb, it sounds good enough for a $5.00 book so I bought it. The premise was pretty normal. Vamp finds Girl, Girl fell for Vamp, Bitch ex-girlfriend gets into the picture, Vamp boy did something stupid, Girl did not understand so she tried moving on. I would say this is ok for a short novel (140 pages) it was fast paced, the present was entwined with the memories of the past, no unnecessary character backgrounds and the plot was maintained. I don't agree with the title though because the Vamp dies and she had moved on, so the forever part does not really fit. It's either Spudich can't think of a title or she just decided to wing it and hope that nobody gives a hoof. Good but not great.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

"Eric when I get back being myself, I am going to nail your ass for putting me into a position of being pledged to you."~ Sookie Chapter 6
BLURBS:
For Sookie Stackhouse, the day to day activities of the vampire and were communities in and around Bon Temps, Louisiana, are of vital interest, She's blood-bound to the leader of the vamps, a friend to the local were pack, works for a man who is shifter, and has a brother who is a were-panther…
But for most of the humans in Bon Temps, the vamps are mysterious seductive creatures-and they don't even know about the weres.
Until now. The weres and shifters have finally decided to follow the lead of the undead and reveal their existence to the ordinary world.
At first it seems to go well. Then the mutilated body of a were-panther is found in the parking lot of the bar where Sookie works. The victim is someone she knows, so she feels compelled to discover who-human or otherwise-did the deed.
But what she doesn't realize is that there is a far greater danger than the killer threatening Bon Temps. A race of unhuman beings--older, more powerful and far more secretive than vampires or werewolves-- is preparing for war. And Sookie will find herself an all-too human pawn in their battle…
THOUGHTS:
I have waited the release of this book for months that it kills me to say this, but I am a bit disappointed in a way. There was so many flybys and a lot of scene got left out. There was also so many new characters but there wasn't enough time, that it came out under developed. But even with that little glitch right there I still love the book.
On a positive note, I am glad for so many parts of this book. Of course the 2nd Great Revelation which was the coming out of the Weres was the first. Then there's the sorta-kinda-hitched situation of Sookie and Eric and the sex scene that was due since Definitely Dead and a glimpse of Eric's human life. My favorite Chapter is 10, although Sookie had one of her worst morning she get to have one of the great nights. Is it me or does everything Eric do is so agreeable. Even the negative traits seems to look like a great compliment on his personality. I love everything about Eric. We also got a more clearer picture on how Sookie's fae lineage are more dangerous than her connection with the other supe community. It's a shame that Crystal got murdered by 2 extremely creepy fae, who happens to murder Sokkie's parents as well instead of the ignorant member of FOTS, that would have stir up a more thicker plot in my opinion. I am so mad at Arlene I hope she rots in prison with her current boyfriend, but then again my heart goes out to her 2 kids.
And last but not the least, I have also developed a newly profound respect for Bill Compton, Thank god I thought his character will now forever be left in the background. It's not because he was willing to die to fight for Sookie but because it showed how much he really still loves her. I can smell a repeat love triangle which makes everything so exciting. I can't help but worry on the new Eric in this book I hope he's not turning soft on our Sookie here, that is the biggest and most noteable trait he has and the one that I absolutely love. Being stiff and straight forward (to name a few) marks that huge difference in character between him and Bill. It's bittersweet how all this characters love each other but has to fight hard in every book to stay alive and continue being a part of each other's lives. Naill, Claudine and Claude would be miss, I hope the portal doesnt' really close in the way that I think it would and that somewhere in the future books they would resurface again. I hope to read more about Hunter and more irritating exploit of the FOTS people and probably less horrifying physical damages for Sookie....And now I'm back on waiting till October.
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