Thursday, December 18, 2014

Beautiful Collision: Review

From Goodreads:
Eighteen year old Gray McAllister is on the run. Leaving her dangerous past behind her is easier said than done, even when she finds herself at last able to forge a new life.

But then the planets align and Gray finds herself bumping into super-hot Thane Blackwell. Drooling over him from afar is safe but that's only until she is forced to look after Thane while he recovers from surgery.

Being holed up in her apartment is a bad, bad idea. Can Gray control the fire that Thane seems to light inside her, or will she give in to her deepest desires. Can Thane achieve his goal without hurting Gray in the process?

The stakes are impossibly high, but love and lies don't play nice with each other. Will Gray's past catch up with her first? Or will Thane's own secrets explode and tear them apart?

My Review:
So this is the first book by T.G. Ayer that I've read that doesn't have a paranormal aspect. And that was a change, and it's a mix of good and bad-new horizons, but none of the exploring of slightly known, but mostly obscure religions that I've gotten from the other 2 series that I've read!

Gray and Thane were just awesome! I mean, she shoots him, and yet they still develop this relationship that could hurt them both, and yeah, while they did try and fight it, they're just the kind of couple that really should be meant to be!

These were individual characters, from Gray with her past with the Russian mob, and Thane with all his baggage, and they were separate, and interesting to know about, and to follow them on the journey that this book takes them on!

And that ending! Oh, my, such a cliffhanger! I really need the next book, like, now, but I know there's a wait, so I'm just going to think about all that was revealed, between all the action that was just so epic!

Enjoyed this book so much, the wait for the next one is going to be evil!

Author: T.G. Ayer
Series: Desperation #1
Read: December 17th, 2014
Source: Dowel's Place Events Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good, I've enjoyed her other books, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Infinity Ink Books
Published: December 7th 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Bio:
I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes... I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It's a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves - it works wonderfully...

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands - I shall forever remain crosseyed.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pieces of Revenge: Review

From Goodreads:
A weapon. A broken life. A humanity lost. 

That is all Anastasia knows, that is all that she is. As an eleven-year-old, she witnessed her family's brutal murder and she's been on the run ever since. She's spent her life training and planning for the day when she can take her revenge. 

Kallos Enterprises is a well respected corporation, set on improving the genetic structure of an individual. Or so they say. Anastasia knows, first hand, what kind of monsters lurk behind the pretty walls of those skyscrapers. Armed with combat skills and a beyond perfect memory, she heads to Chicago to uncover the answers to questions that plagued her for years. 

After arriving in the city, she meets Logan, a boy from her past who changes all the rules. She doesn't remember him, but he remembers her. His position at Kallos Enterprises is useful, his presence is unnerving, and he makes her question everything she knows about herself to be true. If her perfect memory can't remember Logan, what else about her past is wrong? 

Time is running out. Anastasia has nowhere to turn, but to trust the one person who's a memory she should have, but doesn't. With a madman threatening their every step, Anastasia and Logan must uncover the truths behind Kallos experiments and hope that the answers they find won't destroy the world forever. 

My Review:
Oh, I really enjoyed this book! Pretty darned action packed, and when there's a memory story, with someone/something that isn't remembered, it's interesting, like Unforgettable, though in a different way, because of various ages, reasons why, and that kind of thing!

Anastasia was really interesting! I wanted to know more about her, about her life, and watching her struggle through everything that was going on, between her need for revenge, Logan, and everything else, it was just so entertaining!

I had some suspicions about Logan, I mean, that he remembers her, but she doesn't remember him, and she's the one with the memory thing? That just screams, conflict, because hey, someone had to do that to her, and the first guess is him!

Really enjoyed how it ended, it has my want for the next book pretty high, and I want a lot of sequels, and have a lot of books on my mind! Even if I personally can't remember, the internet in the form of this blog, and Goodreads are there for me!

Yeah, this was a fantastic book, really enjoyed it so much, and I can't wait for more!

Author: Valia Lind
Series: Titanium Series #1
Read: December 16th, 2014
Source: Good Choice Reading Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Self Published
Published: November 20th 2014
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Bio:
Name: Valia Lind
Occupation: Superhero by day, Writer by night.
Place of origin: St. Petersburg, Russia
What I write: Anything that comes to mind
Favorite color: Anything bright
Favorite flower: Lily
Favorite book: Persuasions by Jane Austen (among others I can't think of at the moment)
Favorite time of the year: Winter (I love cold, and snow)

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Waiting on Wednesday #189, December 17th

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Expected Publication: January 13th, 2015
From Goodreads:
Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols
Expected Publication: January 13th, 2015
From Goodreads:
Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?


The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall
Expected Publication: January 13th, 2015
From Goodreads:
To fight her destiny as the missing heir to a powerful and dangerous secret society, sixteen-year-old Avery West must solve an ancient puzzle in a deadly race across Europe. Forbidden love and code-breaking, masked balls and explosions, destiny and dark secrets collide in this romantic thriller, in the vein of a YA DaVinci Code.

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada at the Champs-Elysees when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. 

They are part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle of Twelve, and Avery is their missing heir. If they discover who she is, some of them will want to use her as a pawn. Some will want her dead. 

To thwart their plans, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the landmarks of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul and through a web of ancient legends and lies. And unless she can stay one step ahead of beautiful, volatile Stellan, who knows she’s more than she seems, and can decide whether to trust mysterious, magnetic Jack, she may be doomed after all. 

Oh, another great week in books! I can't wait for January! What about you guys? Happy reading!

WWW Wednesday #192, December 17th

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

Thanks to MizB of Should Be Writing for starting and hosting this meme!

I'm reading A Dark Champion, and I just love Stryder and Rowena's story! So good!
I'm also currently reading Polaris, and it's just so fantastic! Must read more!
I read Midsummer's Knight, it was so good, loved rereading it!
I'm going to be reading Beautiful Collision, can't wait, looks so good!

What about you guys? Happy reading!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Daughter of the Fallen: Review

From Goodreads:
Honors student May Krieg has recently learned a few things:
- Those shadows she catches out of the corner of her eye are real.
- She can hurt people just by thinking about it.
- A part of her likes it.
- She never should have gone on that ghost hunt.

My Review:
Oh, that description above is different from the one that was there when I signed up for this review tour, but both take parts of the book, and makes it interesting to read! And yeah, it was a pretty great, entertaining book!

I don't read too, too many ghost story books, mostly because right now, I'm mainly reading reread books, and eARC's, so yeah, it was a pretty nice treat to be able to read this book, it was pretty darned great!

I enjoyed May's journey, from someone who yeah, doesn't really do ghosts, but then does, and yeah, those darker notes in the book, of her being able to hurt people, most of the time, that'd be all it'd take to label as a bad guy, But May's not. She just has this power, and you know the saying!

And just the idea of the competition between her and Jack? Yeah, it could've gone in 2 directions, for me, either they were competing because they'd be perfect for each other, or he would be, well, a nemesis of hers! And I liked which direction her and Jack went!

Yeah, really enjoyed this book, it was a great creepy, paranormal YA, and yeah, just so good!

Author: Madeline Wynn
Read: December 15th, 2014
Source: Pump Up Your Book Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good! And it's a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Madeline Wynn
Published: November 1st 2014
5/5 Hearts
4/5 Books
4/5 Stars

Bio:
Madeline Wynn holds a master's degree in procrastination. When she's not writing, she can be found ghost hunting, gardening and parading around her home state of Connecticut with her husband, dog and two kids. Her latest book is the YA paranormal, Daughter of the Fallen.

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Teaser Tuesday #192, December 16th

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
•Grab your current read
•Open to a random page
•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
•Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today's teaser comes from The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, page 34.

"Smith is what my first slaver called me. It's not my name. It's Arin."

Ok, I know that's more than 2 lines, but the last 2 are short! And all 3 makes them together more important! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Monday, December 15, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #184, December 15th

It's Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week...and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well...you never know where that next "must read" book will come from!

What happened in the past week:

It's Monday! What Are You Reading #183
Teaser Tuesday #191
WWW Wednesday #191
WOW #188
Will the Time Come #184
Third Sentence Thursday #174
Random Reads #160
First Lines Friday #180
The Reward Challenge Update #169
Follow Friday #162
How Well I Stuck to It #13
Wrote that Review Update #18

Week 50 Reviews:
Pale Demon
A Perfect Blood
Into the Woods
Trouble on Reserve
Ever After
The Undead Pool
The Witch With No Name
Sudden Backtrack
The Darkest Touch
Taming the Scotsman

Tours:
Beautiful Curse: Review
The Sham: Review
The Letting: Review

Random:
Write on Review-a-Thon December Sign Up

OK, so I got 23 posts in 7 days, and yeah, I got a bit done, I hope I got a few more, and yeah, I have a pretty good week coming up, too! What about you guys? Happy reading!

So this week I want to read SolsticeUnstrungDeath SwornDeath Marked, The Fall, Fan Art, Daughter of the Fallen, Bridge of Snow, The Winner's CurseSunrisePolarisThe Nightmare DilemmaTake Back the SkiesThe Darkest MindsWhisper of JasmineCity of JasmineHer Dark CuriosityLiars, Inc.The Nightmare DilemmaSnow Like Ashes, Pieces of Revenge, Midsummer's Knight, A Dark ChampionThe Gospel of WinterCaptiveMy Last Kiss, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, Rites of PassageUnbreakableEternalAngels & DemonsWither99 DaysDark Metropolis, Beautiful CollisionAngels in the DarkFallen in LoveRaptureSinner, Witchrise, Lie for Me, Find Me, Remember MeAfter AnthologyLove is a ChoiceDefy the Dark AnthologyAcross the UniverseDream DarkBeautiful DarknessGlow, Exquisite Captive, Dead Over Heels, and Viviane Divine Is Dead.
Honors student Mae Krieg has recently learned a few things:
- Those shadows she catches out of the corner of her eye are real.
- She can hurt people just by thinking about it.
- A part of her likes it.
- She never should have gone on that ghost hunt.
A weapon. A broken life. A humanity lost.

That is all Anastasia knows, that is all that she is. As an eleven-year-old, she witnessed her family's brutal murder and she's been on the run ever since. She's spent her life training and planning for the day when she can take her revenge.

Kallos Enterprises is a well respected corporation, set on improving the genetic structure of an individual. Or so they say. Anastasia knows, first hand, what kind of monsters lurk behind the pretty walls of those skyscrapers. Armed with combat skills and a beyond perfect memory, she heads to Chicago to uncover the answers to questions that plagued her for years.

After arriving in the city, she meets Logan, a boy from her past who changes all the rules. She doesn't remember him, but he remembers her. His position at Kallos Enterprises is useful, his presence is unnerving, and he makes her question everything she knows about herself to be true. If her perfect memory can't remember Logan, what else about her past is wrong?

Time is running out. Anastasia has nowhere to turn, but to trust the one person who's a memory she should have, but doesn't. With a madman threatening their every step, Anastasia and Logan must uncover the truths behind Kallos experiments and hope that the answers they find won't destroy the world forever.
Eighteen year old Gray McAllister is on the run. Leaving her dangerous past behind her is easier said than done, even when she finds herself at last able to forge a new life.

But then the planets align and Gray finds herself bumping into super-hot Thane Blackwell. Drooling over him from afar is safe but that's only until she is forced to look after Thane while he recovers from surgery.

Being holed up in her apartment is a bad, bad idea. Can Gray control the fire that Thane seems to light inside her, or will she give in to her deepest desires. Can Thane achieve his goal without hurting Gray in the process?

The stakes are impossibly high, but love and lies don't play nice with each other. Will Gray's past catch up with her first? Or will Thane's own secrets explode and tear them apart?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Wrote that Review Update #18

Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!
If you want to participate, set a certain amount of reviews to write, and once you make that goal, you can get a reward!

My reviews to reward is 25 to 1, and I motivated myself to write my review for ,  so I have  of 25 reviews written! My reward is !

And this week, I want to review !

What about you guys? Happy reading!

How Well I Stuck to It #13, December 14th

So I decided that I should have accountability on sticking to what should be in a week, so I'm doing How Well I Stuck to It every Sunday, because my schedule should be fixed in by now!

Week 51:
Saturday: Solstice by Jane Redd, Unstrung by Kendra C. Highley, Death Sworn by Leah Cypress, Death Marked by Leah Cypress, The Fall by Bethany Griffin, Fan Art by Sarah Tregey, Daughter of the Fallen by Madeline Wynn, Bridge of Snow by Marie Rutkoski
Sunday: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Sunrise by Mike Mullin, Polaris by Mindee Arnette, The Nightmare Dilemma by Mindee Arnett, Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, Whisper of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn
Monday: City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn, Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd, Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes, Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch, Pieces of Revenge by Valia Lind, Midsummer's Knight by Kinley MacGregor
Tuesday: A Dark Champion by Kinley MacGregor, The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely, Captive by Aimee Carter, My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal, The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand, Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley, Unbreakable by C.C. Hunter
Wednesday: Eternal by C.C. Hunter, Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, Wither by Lauren DeStefano, 99 Days by Katie Cotugno, Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore, Beautiful Collision by T.G. Ayer, Angels in the Dark by Lauren Kate, Fallen in Love by Lauren Kate
Thursday: Rapture by Lauren Kate, Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater, Witchrise by Victoria Lamb, Lie for Me by Romily Bernard, Find Me by Romily Bernard, Remember Me by Romily Bernard, After Anthology, Love is a Choice by Beth Revis, Defy the Dark Anthology
Friday: Across the Universe by Beth Revis, Dream Dark by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stolh, Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stolh, Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan, Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, Dead Over Heels by Alison Kemper, Viviane Divine Is Dead by Lauren Sabel

Tour Books: Daughter of the Fallen, Pieces of Revenge, Beautiful Collision. Check.

Review Books: Solstice, Unstrung, The Gospel of Winter. Check.

NetGalley: Sunrise, Take Back the Skies, City of Jasmine, Captive, My Last Kiss, Dark Metropolis, Witchrise, Dead Over Heels. 8 which means I can have 5 extra rereads or new books. Check.

Edelweiss: Death Sworn, Death Marked, The Fall, Fan Art, Polaris, Liars, Inc., Snow Like Ashes, The Last Time We Say Goodbye, Rites of Passage, 99 Days, Remember Me, Exquisite Captive, Viviane Divine Is Dead. 13 which means I have have 11 extra rereads or new books. Check.

Meme Books: The Nightmare Dilemma, Her Dark Curiosity. Check.

Rereads: The Darkest Minds, A Dark Champion, Angels and Demons, Wither, Rapture, Across the Universe, Beautiful Darkness, Glow. 8. Which means I used up 3 of my extras from above. Check.

New Books: The Winner's Curse, Eternal, Sinner. 3, but 2 are exceptions, which means I used up 0 of my extras from above. Check.

So a slightly bigger week then the past 2, because it is getting into the holidays, so I should have a bit more time, but that most likely means that I might be able to read what I had before, not now! What about you guys? Happy reading!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Write on Review-a-Thon December Sign Up

Write On Review-a-Thon

So the December review-a-thon, hosted by The Book Vixen, and yeah, I'm signing up, because yeah, most of 2012 and 2013 reviews still really have to be written! And I have to keep 2014 current!

Review-a-Thon Details:

-Reviews can be of the written variety or in video format.
-This event is not limited to book reviews. If you write/vlog reviews for movies, super cool gadgets, or anything else, you are welcome to participate.
-To participate, create a post on your blog with a list of reviews you need to complete. Don’t forget to grab the official blurb (above) and event button (grab code below). If you don’t have a blog, you can announce your intent to participate via social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.) with a link back to this sign up post so others can join in as well.
-Add the DIRECT LINK to your sign up post to the linky found at the end of this post. The sign up linky will be open until 11:55 pm PDT on 12/20.
-On 12/20, get working on those reviews!
-There will be a wrap-up post linky here on The Book Vixen on 12/22.

Goals: I want to write 20 reviews, again. My goals are any Week 51 reviews, and depending on how many reviews I write between now and the start up, either November 2013 reviews, or March 2012, or both, and reviews for books that I reread this year and had the first review in a year that I didn't post of the above!  And maybe some NetGalley reviews, because I want to get my numbers up! Yep. What about you guys? Happy reading (and writing reviews!)

Week 50 Review: Taming the Scotsman

From Goodreads:
To avoid the dreadful fate of marriage to a man she does not love, Nora, niece of Eleanor of Aquitane, implores Ewan MacAllister, a man that both her father and betrothed fear, to help her seek protection with her aunt. Against his better judgement, Ewan agrees to whisk Nora away to England, fully intending to hand her off to his brother. Despite Ewan's tortured past and Nora's perilous situation, they soon find themselves helplessly drawn to each other. Dare they risk the wrath of clansmen of Nora's powerful father, or are they willing to chance all for the promise of true love?

My first review of Taming the Scotsman
My Review:

Author: Kinley MacGregor (Sherrilyn Kenyon)
Series: Brotherhood/MacAllister #4
First Read: February 25th-26th, 2012
Read: December 12th, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a Historical Fiction 2014 Book and a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Avon Books
Published: August 26th 2003
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 50 Review: The Darkest Touch

From Goodreads:
From New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter comes the long-awaited story of Torin, the most dangerous Lord of the Underworld yet…

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin’s every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeley Cael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean the end for her, but resisting her is the hardest battle he’s ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can’t win. 

My Review:


Favourite lines: 21, 23, 24, 30, 33, 36, 39-40, 43, "Extraordinary. A living, breathing Sugar Plum Fairy, Dungeon Edition." Sounds a bit scary, but oh, well!

"'As for random facts about me. My porn name is Doctor Miles Long. I would rather eat the Nephilim I captured than raisins. Sorry, Keys, but raisins are the result of nature taking a s**t.' 'My porn name is Ivanna Longone. And if you aren't careful, I will raise up an army of raisins and we will eat you.'" And I really think she could do that! 222, 245, 251, "Torin had dressed her in a ratty T-shirt that said 'Only One of These Statements is True Ba Gideon Never Lies.'" That is just too hilarious! Really love these shirts! "Anya is a crazy person who has spend the whole of her relationship with Lucien planning a wedding that's never going to happen. She's his non-fiancée fiancée." I love that Torin things the wedding isn't going to happen! "Maddox and Ashlyn made the mistake of asking Anya to babysit. My darling female placed the children in the Cage of Compulsion and commanded them to grow up a little." Oh, Anya, your brain goes to weird places! "I have a PhD is etiquette, sarcasm and fun ways to commit murder." That's a pretty wide range of things in one PhD! "'Children. Who were you challenging this time? Torin?' 'But, Daaaddyyy. WE never get to hurt no one, and William promised we'd get a chance to do serious damage very soon as long as we didn't tell Momma. Well, it's finally very soon and we won't tell Momma. Honest.'" William, what are you doing? "'My friend called you Smurfette. You forced her to kneel before you and cut off her own flesh. Oh, and call herself Blood Mary.' 'Well, then, she got off lightly. I'll hear your thanks.' 'Then a few years later you forced Zeus to give you everything inside the royal treasury. A tax, you said, because you hadn't killed everyone he loved-only half of them.' 'That, I remember. He'd just attacked my fiancé.' 'Yes, the king of darkness!'" Nice things to do, Keeley! "We need to get the kids out of the fortress before she eats their hears for dinner and their spinal cords for desert!' 'Hey! Only eight times have I eaten the organs I've removed, and it was only to make a point.'" And probably not those of kids! "I am. I now, I know, You're honored to make my acquaintance, and you can hardly contain your excitement, but do your best to remain calm. I find bouts of fawning adoration embarrassing-for others." Go, Keeley! "'Are the Unspoken Ones strangers, Daddy?' 'Yes, sweetheart.' 'So I can hurt them?' 'Yes.' 'Oh, goody!'" Go, Ever! So cute! "'Dear diary. It's been three hours since I killed someone Needless to say, life sucks. My gorgeous fiancé refuses to let me kill the most loathsome creature ever. Won't even let me give her a few superficial stab wounds. I'm thinking about breaking up with him.' 'I wouldn't recommend it. He might not ask for you hand in marriage a second time.' 'Lucien. Tell him!' 'I'd ask again.'" Ah, the average day in the lives of the Lords of the Underworld! "'Would it be wrong to pound my chest like a gorilla?' 'Wrong? no. Entertaining? Yes.'" So cute! "'We'll have to postpone the wedding until my hair grows back.' 'Why and I not surprised?'" Because it's happened before? "'Kaia's been pestering me-I mean, asking sweetly. She wants to set up a playdate with Keeley. A girl's night out with murder, mayhem and crap like that.' 'I'll talk to her.' 'You're a lifesaver. But, uh, do it soon. Kaia's pestering-I mean, asking sweetly-can get painful.'" But it's Kaia, so you love it, Strider! "Play with fire. Always get burned. Play with Torin. Always get results." Awesome! "385

Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Lord of the Underworld #11
Read: December 11th, 2014
Source: Bought
Reason Why: Love this series so much! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book, WoW Book and a WR Reward Book!
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Published: November 25th 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 50 Reviews: The Witch With No Name, Sudden Backtrack



From Goodreads:
At long last... The final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series by Kim Harrison!

Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

But power demands responsibility, and world-changers must always pay a price. That time is now.

To save Ivy's soul and the rest of the living vampires, to keep the demonic ever after and our own world from destruction, Rachel Morgan will risk everything.

From Goodreads:
The origins of the elf and demon war have been shrouded – until now. Told from a demon's point of view, join Al as he helps Newt spin the curse that caused the elven downfall… and perhaps holds the beginnings of their own reclamations.

My Review:
I loved reading these so much!

Favourite lines from The Witch With No Name:


Favourite line from Sudden Backtrack: "'Where did you learn to do that?' 'The truth? I have no idea. But it was effective. Perhaps I should write it down. I do know how to write, don't I? I'm not really sure anymore.'" Newt just after she becomes like how we know her! It's sad, but wondering if she knows how to write or not? That sounds like Newt!

Oh, wow, such an increidble ending to the series! I'm still in a bit of a shock, because it's over, and I want more, and yeah, while those that we know about are in a pretty good spot, what about the above people that we don't know? The questions are killing me!

Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #13, 13.1
Read: December 10th, 10th, 2014
Source: Tuebl
Reason Why: Love this series! So sad to see it end, but it's a End of Series 2014 Book, Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book, and WoW Book!
Publisher: Harper Voyager, Harper Voyager Impulse
Published: September 9th 2014, October 28th 2014

The Witch With No Name:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars









Sudden Backtrack:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Week 50 Review: The Undead Pool

From Goodreads:
Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering. 

Rachel must stop the occurrences before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war. However, the only way to do so is through the ancient elven wild magic, which carries its own perils.

My first review of The Undead Pool
My Review:

What I want to say to Landon, is something along the lines of "Which species has a history of slavery, and which one ownership of slaves? Glass houses break faster when there's already cracks in the foundation!"

Favourite lines: "How does the man make chequered shirts and pastels look good?" By being himself? "'When you going to put us all out of your misery and boink him?' 'Don't start with me.' 'All I'm saying is that you've been dating him for three months. Most guys you date are either dead or running scared by now." Which is true, but they don't think they're dating-yet! "Just trying to stay in the background. My god, woman. Your aura is glowing. Just admit you like him, bump uglies, and get on with your life!" With Trent! Whoot! "Dude, it looks like a giant spider scrotum. Damn. Rache! What did you do to it?" Not her, the bad stuff! "I think I broke the course's ward." Which is the beginning of the bad stuff!"That ball would've put you in the hospital and he's griping about me blowing it up?" Yeah, not too smart! "Professional. I was professional. He'd been nothing but professional back to me ever since that kiss, his mouth tasting of win and me breathless and wanting to know how long it took to get him undressed. I knew that he was going to marry Ellasbeth, that he had a standard to live up to that didn't include a local girl with a crazy mom and pop-star dad. But he kept touching me. And I kept wanting him to." But it's not going to work out that way, you're the one that's going to be with Trent, Rachel! "'Where are we going?' 'Bowling!' 'Fine, don't tell me.' I muttered." Uh, he did-you are going bowling! "Even the press could tell there was something between us, but it wasn't as if I could tell them it was the sharing of dangerous well-kept secrets, not the familiarity of knowing if he wore boxers or briefs." But you're going to! And not tell us!

"'Damn. It's not any safer over here.' But he was wearing that weird smile I couldn't figure out when I leaned to look." Oh, Trent, you're weird! "Lock on the door? Had I really said lock on the door?" Yep! Subconscious or something taking over your mouth! "'You should have Trent over more often It's nice talking with someone without having to wade through all that estrogen.' 'I'll get you a puppy.'" Yeah, that'll work! Or you could have Trent over more! "His stubble was reddish blond. Cool." "'Hey, I owe you, cookie man. It would have taken me all summer to move those rocks.' 'I said I'd help you with that.' 'Like I said, all summer.'" Oh, that wasn't very nice! "Rache..I can't believe I'm saying this, but you're perfect for each other! You irritate people, and he smooths things out. You have good mojo, and he only thinks he does. You're broke, and he's rich. You've got those weird feet of yours, and he's got them cute ears." Yes, Trent and Rachel have to be together! "'Bancroft is at the top of the FIB building.' 'You mean, like the top, top? Why? Is he threatening to jump?' 'It's hard to tell. Landon says Bancroft tried to contact the divided mystics this morning and convince them to go back to the Goddess. I'm guessing something went wrong, seeing as he's blown out the entire top floor.'" I'd guess so, too! "And someone post a memo that Rachel Morgan can see me any time the thought enters her head, okay?" This is too cute, and nice of Edden to do! "Easy now.I can take thirty seconds to work. I don't want tomorrow's headlines to read 'Elven Holy Man Jumps from FIB Tower.'" Yeah, that wouldn't be good press! "Just what we need. A wave. At least we know it's headed right for us." Yeah, crazy guy might jump off because of it! "I never thought I'd be happy to see a mob of Weres." Pretty much nobody would think that, so you're not alone, Edden! "The mystics currently within me pondered my immediate trust. Some liked her, others didn't, and a tiny, almost unheard faction shouted it was dangerous to like everyone just because they wore no cap." I'm with the tiny fraction, it's dangerous, so be cautious with most new people! "They recognize you from the computer. Congratulations, you've been granted the title of trusted singular. I suggest you refrain from wearing hats." For a very good reason, Trent! "I like walking into a room and seeing your face light up when you see me. I like arguing with Quen over the wisdom of employing a demon to be my security. I want to wake up beside you, see your curls on my pillow. I want a chance at falling in love." And then there's this. "I want to love someone. I think I might already." Yeah, you just might! "'I'm not scared.' I said, terrified. 'I'm a realist.'" Loved how she lied, and lied pretty badly! "The memory of his expression when he found me beaten and struggling under the city swam up, his anger at someone  harming me and his shared pain at my bruises. 'Don't. Don't go. Please don't go. I don't want to be alone anymore.' 'You've never been alone.' 'But I have.'" Oh, Rachel, let go of that pain, and grab Trent! "'I was hoping you would come to stop me. I really think I was.' 'Hell of a way to make a man put his priorities in order.' 'What took you so long?' 'Scared, I think. I have so many eyes on me.' 'I know what you mean.'" I just love this conversation! They are so close! "...and a faint smile crossed my mouth as I wondered if I'd find out if he'd taken Al up on that circumcision curse." Well, I'm wondering how he could, since Al's attitude turnabout again on elves! "Smiling wickedly, ,I jerked his pants down, then shoved them even lower with a foot to tangle about his feet. The question of boxers or tighty whities was answered and I smiled." But won't tell us? That's evil! "Arms wrapped around his neck, I nibbled his ear, knowing he was helpless to stop me, knowing he'd probably do something deliciously wicked to get me back for it." And counting on it? "Ow! Rachel, we need to work on this timing thing." Yeah, it took you 2 years to get to this point! "I began to realize that Trent was sort of an all-or-nothing kind of man, and I apparently had slipped into the all category. I think he had touched me more-loosened up on his iron-clad calm distance-in the last five minutes than he had the entire last year. My slight headache began to dissipate. This...might work out. I needed to be touched, and he needed to touch someone." Uh, isn't he the same with trust? I know that's a favourite line in since Pale Demon! So why shouldn't the same apply here? "God, you're beautiful. How could I have been so stupid? Thank you for waiting for me to smarten up." Well, you guys have been dancing around this like Rachel thought, for 2 years! "Because I'm never going to let you go, Rachel. I don't care how much you push me away because you're scared. I'll just hold you until you get over it." Like that's going to be easy! "I'd just lost a steady paycheck, because I couldn't work for him anymore. Damn it, I was going to be doing his security for free." I don't think that's going to be an issue! "My toothbrush was staying right where it was, but as I looked at him and the way the water sheeted off the smooth lines of his muscles and the memory of his passion arced through me, I think I might buy an extra one. Just in case." So cute!

Author: Kim Harrison
Series: The Hollows #12
First Read: February 25th, 2014
Read: December 9th, 2014
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book!
Publisher: Voyager
Published: February 25th 2014
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars