Archive | October 2011

Tiger’s Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) by Colleen Houck

Tiger's Quest (Tiger Series, #2)

Hardcover
 457 pages
Published
June 7th 2011
by Splinter
        Kelsey Hayes is no ordinary college freshman. In fact, the eighteen-year-old girl has just returned from India, where she risked her life—and her heart—to rescue a handsome Indian prince from a terrible curse. Back home in Oregon, Kelsey is determined to move on, despite the lingering feelings she has for the man she left behind. She meets Li, a completely average guy who offers the promise of an ordinary, curse-free life. But just when Kelsey is ready to move on, Ren reenters her life, on a quest to reclaim her heart. Danger threatens their newly rekindled love and to save him, Kelsey must journey with someone else—a man who wants her for himself. The saga begun in Tiger’s Curse continues in Tiger’s Quest, as Kelsey finds herself in an epic battle between good and evil. From the shores of the Pacific Northwest to the jungles of India, the mountains of Nepal and Tibet, and the mystical realm of Shangri-la, this suspenseful tale of love, sacrifice, and redemption is not to be missed.
This book was even better than the first and that is saying something!   Let me just say that I a m a big fan of Ren but I am also,  liking  Kishan more and more.  I have to say that if I thought that the first book left me devastated then this book had me on an emotional rollercoaster.  I don’t want to give up any spoilers so I will just say that there are several men competing for Kelsey heart and through out the book you become attached to many of them.  I love the realm of  Shangri-la and all of the very graphic descriptions throughout this book.  Colleen is just an amazing writer and very good at making you feel like you are there and that what you are reading could really happen.

Angel Burn (Angel #1) by L.A. Weatherly

Angel Burn (Angel, #1)Hardcover

449 pages

Published May 24th 2011

by Candlewick Press

original title

Angel

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces, and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love with his sworn enemy, he discovers that nothing is as it seems, least of all good and evil. In the first book in an action-packed, romantic trilogy, L..A. Weatherly sends readers on a thrill-ride of a road trip – and depicts the human race at the brink of a future as catastrophic as it is deceptively beautiful.

They’re out for your soul . . . and they don’t have heaven in mind.

I have been very impressed with the types of Angel books produce within the last few years.  Although none have been as unique as this particular one.  Angels are thought to be every thing good and righteous but that is not the case in this book.  This book is definitely a new take on angels.  These angels are not from heaven but from a different world altogether.  These beings are evil, so evil that they feed off humans.  They suck away you life essence and leave you feeling as if you have been given a divine message.  When in fact they are depleting what makes you, you.
I loved how they have Willow the main lead who is part Angel and human as the one capable of destroying the angels.  Although, I am not sure how she is to fight the angels if all she can do is keep them from killing her.  I think her character is a little under developed.  I hope as the series progresses that she will discover more powers or strengths that she can use against the angels or I am not sure what the point is.
Alex by far is my favorite character.  I liked the fact that he is an AK and that he has been training since he was a very young boy to fight the angels.   By far he is the most complex of all the characters.  His struggles to accept Willow for who she is instead of what she is, has to be some of my favorite moments in the book.  There relationship and how it evolves is just so sweet that is just makes you warm inside.
The only negative thing I have to say about this book is the ending.  I felt that the ending was a little vague on some points and that it lacked this big show down that it was building up to.  Although given that there is more books to come it does explain the ending somewhat.  I just felt the things could have been written in away that was a little more clear.
Over all I enjoyed the book immensely and I can’t wait to continue the series.  I have very high hopes for future books and can’t wait to read more of Alex and Willow.

The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen

The Vampire Stalker by Allison van Diepen Hardcover

272 pages

Published June 1st 2011
by Point

What if the characters in a vampire novel left their world–and came into yours?

Amy is in love with someone who doesn’t exist: Alexander Banks, the dashing hero in a popular series of vampire novels. Then one night, Amy meets a boy who bears an eerie resemblance to Alexander. In fact, he IS Alexander, who has escaped from the pages of the book and is in hot pursuit of a wicked vampire named Vigo. Together, Amy and Alexander set out to track Vigo and learn how and why Alexander crossed over. But when she and Alexander begin to fall for each other, Amy wonders if she even wants him to ever return to the realm of fiction.

I read this book on vacation and I read it in a day.  I so could relate to this book.  There are so many books that I find myself immersed in that the characters become real to me.  How many of us would love to just be able to climb right in to the book and become part of the story or have the characters become part of our world?

Allison really captures that need or that feeling to want to know or be with the characters in this book.  First off I found this idea to be so original but I am not sure why someone hasn’t written about this before or if they have I just havent heard of it.   I loved this book from beginning to the end.

I have read other books by Allison van Diepen and I have yet to be disappointed.  Her written style is unique and fresh.  I alway find myself unable to put the book down until the end.  Even after I am done with her books I am still thinking about them for quite sometime after.  I recommend this book to anyone who has ever wished that their favorite character was real.

Defiance (Strange Angels #4) by Lili St. Crow

Defiance (Strange Angels, #4)

Paperback
 304 pages
Published April 19th 2011
by Razorbill

Now that sixteen-year-old Dru’s worst fears have come true and Sergei has kidnapped her best friend Graves, she’ll have to go on a suicidal rescue mission to bring him back in one piece.That is, if she can put all of Christophe’s training to good use, defeat her mother’s traitor, Anna, once and for all, and manage to survive another day. . .

Drew and her buddies are at it again and as alway there is a lot going on in this book. Of course this book picks up from the cliff hanger of the last book were Drew is desperate to find Graves.  Also, there is still the gorgeous Christophe in the back ground and the conniving  Anna and evil Sergei.  All the cast and characters that you have grown to love and hate.
This was a freaking fantastic ride from beginning to end.  I am also very impressed with the way Mrs. Crow writes.  Her characters seem to make you care and want what is best for them.  I am so in love with these characters that when they are in danger my heart actually seems to race.  I am glad that I waited to read this book because her next one in the series comes out in a couple of  weeks so I don’t have to wait for the next one.  Although, I do know that my logic is flawed because once I read Reckoning I will still have to wait for the next one in the series.  Well that is just how it goes but I will try to take comfort in the fact that  I can reread the books at my leisure.  

Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, #1) by Gena Showalter

Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, #1)

Mass Market Paperback
 281 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Harlequin(first published August 22nd 2011)
 
Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out….

Nicolai the Vampire was renowned for his virility, but in a twist of fate “The Dark Seducer” had become a sex slave in the kingdom of Delfina—stripped of his precious timepiece and his memory. All that remained was a primal need for freedom, revenge—and the only woman who could help him.

In her dreams, a wanton vampire called to Jane Parker, drawing her to his dark sexuality and his magical realm. But for a human, all was not a fairy tale in Delfina. Jane was the key to Nicolai’s memory…but exploiting her meant dooming the only mortal he craved.

Gena Showalter has written another outstanding book!  I received this book on Netgalley and I have to say I enjoyed it so much that I went and bought it from the store so that I could have a copy for myself.  This is a four of five book calibration series with Gena writing the first.  This book covers Nicolai the heir to the throne and his struggles to reunite his family and regain their kingdom after it is taken from them by an evil.   This book is sexy and is action packed it will keep you on the edge of your seat.  I cant wait to read the next book in this series and I hope the author of the second book will do as an amazing job with her character as Gena did with hers.  This is a must read for fans of Gena Showalter.

Bloody Valentine (Blue Bloods #5.5) by Melissa de la Cruz

Bloody Valentine (Blue Bloods, #5.5)

Hardcover
 160 pages
Published December 28th 2010
by Hyperion Book CH Vampires have powers beyond human comprehension: strength that defies logic, speed that cannot be captured on film, the ability to shapeshift and more. But in matters of the heart, no one, not even the strikingly beautiful and outrageously wealthy Blue Bloods, has total control. In Bloody Valentine, bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz offers readers a new story about the love lives of their favorite vamps – the passion and heartache, the hope and devastation, the lust and longing. Combined with all the glitz, glamour, and mystery fans have come to expect, this is sure to be another huge hit in the Blue Bloods series.

Also, witness the bonding of Jack and Schuyler.

 
Anyone who is a fan of the books will have to read this small little novel type book.  This book not only has the bonding ceremony of Jack and Schuyler but it also takes a look at Schuylers parents and how their relationship came about.  Although my favorite story line was Olive’s because that one ties the new series that Melissa is doing in with these books.  So if you are a fan I say you will not want to miss this book.
 
 
 
 

Illyria by Elizabeth Hand

Illyria

Hardcover
 144 pages
Published May 13th 2010
 by Viking Juvenile
 
 
Madeleine and Rogan are first cousins, best friends, twinned souls, each other’s first love. Even within their large, disorderly family—all descendants of a famous actress—their intensity and passion for theater sets them apart. It makes them a little dangerous. When they are cast in their school’s production of Twelfth Night, they are forced to face their separate talents and futures, and their future together. This masterful short novel, winner of the World Fantasy Award, is magic on paper.
 
 
This was a hauntingly romantic  book.  I know many people  will find the relationship between Madeleine and Rogan to be immoral but that really never crossed my mind while reading this book.   I felt while reading this book the author was alway skirting around the supernatural.  This book makes you feel that Rogan is something other than human and without Madeleine he will die.  There is also the magical theater in the wall that the author doesn’t fully explore.   I just felt that even though this book is good it could have been a lot better.  I think the author touched on a lot of things that she was leery of adding to the book in order to take away from the realistic feel.  I liked the book but I just feel it lacked the true story and maybe that is what the author was going for.