Archive | April 2013

Bout of Books 7.0 – I’m there!

 The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team YAY!

MY GOALS:

  • Read at least 5 books!
  • Participate in at least one chat (hopefully all of them!).
  • Comment on as many blogs as possible.
  • Read lot of books and have fun!!
I will be posting my reading pile closer to the date !
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Astarte’s Wrath (Kythan Guardians 0.5) by Trisha Wolfe

Astarte's Wrath

ebook
215 pages
Published March 2nd 2013

A tragic love story.

Two thousand years before Dez Harkly developed her secret powers, Guardian Astarte was vowed to protect by the binds enslaving her to the Egyptian pharaohs. Discover the prophecy that originated from a very different time, and spans generations to link two very different girls.

This is the beginning.

Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Actium, in the city of Alexandria, Star struggles with her guardian duties as her feelings for the newly named pharaoh of Egypt grow deeper. Not only is Caesarion her duty, he’s the son of Cleopatra, and he’s human. All of which makes their love forbidden.

But when a conspiracy linked to Caesar creeps into Alexandria, Star must choose between helping her fellow Kythan free themselves of their servitude, and protecting her charge—the last pharaoh—while Egypt burns around her.

New Adult/Mature YA: sexual content, drinking, drugs, violence, language, death, and other mature content intended for readers 17 and older. Astarte’s Wrath is a companion novel to Destiny’s Fire, but can be read as a standalone novel.

 I will be doing a review for this book on my vlog on YouTube in the next couple of days.  I would also like to thank Trisha for so generously providing a copy of her book for review.

My Thoughts:

First off, I was a little disappointed that this wasn’t the sequel to Destiny’s Fire because I have been waiting for it anxiously.  Then I read this book and I was blown away by how amazing it was.  I knew Trisha was a really good writer but now I known Trisha Wolfe’s writing is just amazing.  Her words move you to the point of awe and then they take to the point of heart-break at the same time.  Not many writers can write and make feel so many emotions at once.  I have reread this book twice and still want to read it again so I can experience the amazing feelings I got while read it.  This book takes the historical and the mythical and combines them into a very compelling story that is without a doubt is one of the most unique stories that I have ever read.

Honestly, this novel is  so intense  that I was just not able to put it down either time I read it!   The battle scenes were phenomenal and the betrayal was so completely shocking that I actually found myself yelling at the book.  Although, for me it was the romance that had me flipping pages as fast as I could just to see what was going to happen next.  To explain how intense this book was I thought it would be good to include a couple of my favorite quotes.

Quotes:

“Would you trade a long, nearly immortal life of servitude in exchange for a short one…with me?”

“I would give up my crown if it meant finding a way to free you, Star.”

“Cocky little king. You assume you’re the only one that gives me satisfaction?” His smile widens as he lifts one of my arms and kisses the sensitive skin of my wrist. “If there is something in this world that can please you more than me,” he says, his warm breath caressing my skin, “then I’ll be extra diligent in my duties tonight, my queen.

That is just a little glimpse of how incredibly sexy and emotional this book is.  There are many more but I think that if I included them it would end up spoiling the book for you.

The Characters:

Astarte is a heroine that you can relate to because she is a guardian but she is also very real.   She has her duty that she feels very strongly about but she also is very much a women in love with a man she shouldn’t be.  Then you have Xarion the prince of Egypt who I have to say made me swoon all through out this  book.  He was thoughtful brave and very loving just what a man should be.  I couldn’t help falling for him a little myself.  It also, had  a long list of other amazing characters that helped make up  this very passionate story.

Recommendation:

I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who has read Destiny’s Fire.   It is a fantastic addition to the series.  This contains the back story to the Kythan race and why they serve Egypt.  I also think that those who haven’t read Destiny’s Fire will just love this series and will want to read it after reading this book.

Simple put Astarte Wrath is packed full of action, romance, heart-break and just completely amazing!  I think everyone should put this on their list to read along with any thing that Trisha writes, I know I will!

 

Love Sucks! (Bite Me #2) by Melissa Francis

Love Sucks! (Bite Me, #2)

Paperback
285 pages
Published July 27th 2010
by HarperCollins
AJ Ashe is moving on. Sure she still has not-so-sisterly feelings for Ryan, her ex-boyfriend-turned-step-brother, but there’s a new vampire in town and his name is Alexander Archer. Caught between the desire to move forward with Sexy Lexy and being drawn to her past with Ryan, AJ thinks life couldn’t get anymore complicated. Yeah, right. When her mother’s pregnancy is threatened, it looks like AJ’s long lost father is the only person who can save her. But Dad’s help comes with a price. AJ is forced join the evil side of her family, and a very creepy shape-shifting demon is there to make sure AJ cooperates. All this and she’s still got to plan the prom. Being a teenager is tough, but being a teenage vampire just flat out sucks. Pun totally intended.
This Book Contains: Violence, Family Struggle, Death, Magic and Romance.
My Thoughts:
I didn’t like this book as much as the first.  I felt that the story was rushed.  I think the author wanted to wrap this up and it definitely felt that way.   Over all though it was an enjoyable read and it wrapped up nicely.
The Book:
This picks up five months after the first one.  AJ and Ryan are trying to adjust to their new family situation.  While trying to protect their family from AJ’s vampire father and their clan.  AJ is finds this hard to do because the clan seem to be entering her dreams.
The addition of the two young men that come to help train AJ was a really nice touch.  I think that the author could have taken it further than what she did.   I really had problems with Ryan and his attitude through out this book.  So when everything got settled I was a little disappointed that AJ did tell him off for the way he had been treating her.
The good thing is that everything was tied up nicely by the end of the book.  I liked that there was no need to write a third and with all the series out there it is nice to have one wrapped up in two books for a change.   Although I think the author could have put a little more into the book so it didn’t feel so rushed.
Recommended:
I would recommend reading this book if you read the first.  I do like the series overall and think it is well worth the read.

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux, #2)

Paperback

366 pages

Published  August 14th 2012

by Entangled Teen

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

This Book Contains: Violence, Sexual Situations, Colorful Language, Romance and Death.

My Thoughts:

Just when I thought this series couldn’t get better, boy was I wrong!   I want Daemon to call me Kitten instead.
Daemon is even more incredibly sexy and still extremely cocky.  Although, now we get to see the nice side of Daemon.  He is now determined to show Katy how he feels which, had me giggling like a little girl.   He decides to pursue Katy which made for some of the steamier scenes in the book.

There is also somewhat of love triangle in this book which, just amps up the sexual tension in this book.  There are a lot of twist that you don’t see coming and some that you do.  The action is more intense than the first and the danger even feels more immediate. The characters really grow as individual but also as a group.  They are even more determined to protect each other from the dangers that are coming.
The writing just seems to be getting even better and more intense.   I picked up Onyx and couldn’t put it down until I was done reading!  This series will have you addicted and screaming for more.  It will have you wanting to check out everything that Jennifer L. Armentrout writes to see if  it’s as good.   I for one have to say that all the thing I have read that she write is fantastic.

Recommend: 

This series is fantastic and not just because of the romance.  This book will appeal to a lot of different reader.  It is extremely action packed with major kick but action.  It has science fiction aspects with government cover ups and lots of plot twist which will keep you on your toes.  So, I highly recommend this book to just about everyone who likes a great read.  I don’t think anyone will be disappointed.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1)

Hardcover
372 pages
Published September 29th 2011
by Putnam Juvenile

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

This Book Contains:  Death, Mystery, Violence, Ghost and Romance.

To start of I just want to say this book was not for me.  I was not at all intrigued by the Jack the Ripper killings.  I am not a person who likes all that blood and gore.   A lot of the book was interesting but the plot it self did nothing for me.

Well with that being said, the this I did like were the boarding school english setting.  I also, enjoyed Rory and her friends.  I think I liked Boo the best. She was funny, forceful and very good friend to Rory.   I could have read this whole book and enjoyed it a lot better if you took out the whole Jack the Ripper thing..

The things I didn’t like were the murders and of course the killer himself.  I also didn’t care for the twist on the killer.  I do not think that I will be reading the sequel to this book unless the plot is very different from this one.  Which, is a shame because I really enjoyed Rory and her friends.  So, I will be hoping for a better plot in the sequel.

Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Kindle Edition
287 pages
Published November 29th 2011
by Entangled Publishing
Starting over sucks.When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

THIS BOOK CONTAINS: Violence, Death, Sci-fi, Sexual Situations, and Romance.

My Thoughts:

First off, let me say girls and women everywhere will go crazy for Daemon. This book was fantastic and truly met all my expectations.   I enjoyed the fact that the romance didn’t feel like it does in a lot of novels. because the relationship developed slowly over time.   You didn’t get that love at first sight thing that happen in a lot but you did get a little instant lust on the part of  Katy.  Although who can really blame her Daemon is just so incredible hot.  I keep telling every one that he is my new book boyfriend.

About the Book:

First off, this novel is a YA paranormal romance involving aliens.   Which is a fresh new diversion from all the vampire novels on the YA market. Jennifer L. Armentrout writing style sucked me in right from the beginning.  The characters were very well-developed and very believable.   The setting really helped to make  this story believable.  Everything was just really well done and made this book exceptional.

Characters:

Katy is a book blogger which is just the perfect character for someone like me.   I love that she loved to review books as much as I do.  She even did a Waiting on Wednesday  on her blog which as a blogger I thought was incredible.  Mrs. Armentrout really out done herself by incorporating all the little details to Katy’s character to make her very realistic.

Then you have Daemon the sexy sarcastic boy next door.  He is the ideal bad boy or  at least Katy thinks so until she finds out that he’s an alien.  Well, she still thinks he’s a jerk but at least then she understands a little bit better why he is the way he is.  Daemon feels he has to protect his sister and his kind.  In order to do that he feels that he has to keep humans away from them.

Recommendations:

Obsidian is a fantastic read and one of the best alien novels I have ever read.  I do recommend having Onyx the sequel to Obsidian handy because it has a huge cliff hanger and you will want to start it right away.  I know if I would have had to wait it would have been complete torture.

 

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls, #1)

Paperback
284 pages
Published March 20th 2007
by Hyperion (first published April 1st 2006)
The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women is a fairly typical all-girls school, that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE, the latest in chemical warfare in science; and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes computer class. So in truth, Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses, but its really a school for spies. Cammie Morgan is a second generation Gallagher Girl, and by her sophomore year she’s already fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti.) But the one thing the Gallagher Academy hasn’t prepared her for is what to do when she falls for an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, and track him through a mall without his ever being the wiser, but can she have a regular relationship with a regular boy who can never know the truth about her? Cammie may be an elite spy in training, but in her sophomore year, shes beginning her most dangerous mission; she’s falling in love.
My Thoughts:
My over all impression of this book is that it was a lot of fun.   I thought it was on the younger YA side but still a very good read.  I couldn’t help smiling while reading this book.  I think that happiness is one of the most important things you could find in a book.  I loved it and I think it was a really good book to share with a friend.
The  Themes:
The theme is about girls learning to take control and what better way to do that than being a spy in training at an elite spy school.  This book also has girls trying to be normal teenagers.  Part of being  a normal teenager is falling in love but this can be really hard when you are supposed to be keeping your real life secret.  The girls are still just that teenage girls with specials skills but first they are still very much teenage girls!  With all the emotions that all girl face at that age.
My Recommendations:
I think most anyone can enjoy these books.  They are definitely family friendly books.   I know if you like spy books that are more traditional than this isn’t for you.  This is just a book that deals with younger teen girls but with the spy school twist.  So if you like fun fast reads then you will not be disappointed with this book.