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Review: Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton

Rating: ★★★★★
Series: Anita Blake, #1
Pages: 355
Genre: Paranormal Romance

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“Pity is an emotion that can get you killed. The only thing more dangerous is blind hate, and maybe love.”

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Anita is an animator, she brings the dead back to life, even for a brief moment.  She also Kills the not so friendly neighbourhood vampires when they get a bit out of hand.

Only now, something is killing the Vampire’s and Anita has been called in to help then find the Killer of the dead.

with the help of Old, and new friends, Anita will need to fight whatever a 1000-year-old Master Vamp will throw at her.

“Important safety tip – never look a vampire in the eye.”

I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while now, but the series is on, book 26, so it’s a commitment.

I liked Anita. Often when a series is around just one character I can imagine it’ll get a bit tedious, but already she has so many layers I actually think I am going to love the series.

In some ways the series reminded me of TrueBlood/Southern Vampire Mysteries. Vamps out of the coffin, were-animals, bad case of religion.. etc, but Anita has much more dept.

Overall the writing is quick paced and whilst a lot is inner monologue, it perfectly describes Anita’s World.

Other characters; I loved Phillip. He was vulnerable in places like a child addicted to candy. I wanted to cuddle his big muscles.

I’ve heard Jean-Claude is a big thing in the rest of the series, but he mostly in a coffin for this one, but I am looking forward to the character development.

Such an interesting introduction to a world I know I am going to love. I cannot wait to get my teeth sunk into the rest of this series..

I Don’t date Vampires. I kill them. 

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Review: The Vampire’s Kiss by Cynthia Eden

“I give to you my blood, my life. Take it, become one. One of the chosen. Be of the night. Be of me.

 

30251450Rating: ★★★★★

Series: None

Pages: 199

Genre: Paranormal Romance

 

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Savannah Daniels needs to die in order to execute vengeance against the monster that murdered her brother and his wife. Enter William Dark, a vampire who promises eternity and revenge in exchange for her company… for eternity. 

 

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REVIEW:

For me, this is the quintessential Vampire Romance. It has everything that a good vampire novel should have.

After the wake of such Vampire pop culture as Buffy and Twilight, vampires tend to have a soul. They fill pages and pages feeling guilty about what they’ve done and they brood! – A lot! Which is fine.. for a while. Then you get a book like this with a character like William and it changes things. When I read this it was shortly after I had read Twilight, and William was my introduction to a more naughtier Vampire. Okay, sure at some point William is not happy to condemn her soul.. yadda, yadda.. But I am glad to see that about 4 paragraphs into it; he don’t care!! To say the least, it was refreshing for me.

This book also kicked off for me my true love for Paranormal Romance, so for this I am eternally grateful (get it!!) This was also the first Cynthia Eden book that I read and have been hooked ever since.

This book had the right mix of romance and action and was very sweet, but hot at the same time, and I Loved it!!

I no longer fear the darkness.
-Entry from the diary of Savannah Daniels de Montfort,
January 1, 2005.

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Paranormal, Reviews, YA

Review: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Vampire Academy, #1

Pages: 332

Genre: YA Fantasy, Vampire,

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“Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies.”

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I couldn’t review Twilight & Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, without adding a review for Vampire Academy.

I love the Red/Black cover, it’s very striking and the whole series stands out on my bookshelf really well.

Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .

The novel starts halfway through the story. Lissa’s parents & brother have been killed, and they’ve been on the run for the two years. quickly, the story evolves, into a face paced adventure into their world.

High school Bully, cliques, Murder, Body Changes, and secrets are all adding up to a very sinister, funny, Young Adult fiction.

Paranormal, Reviews, YA

Review: Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Princess Diaries meets Twilight

Rating: ★★★★☆

Series: Jessica, #1

Pages: 351

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Jessica gets a visit from a Romanian enigmatic vampire Prince – he’s also her fiance. He is there to win her heart, and take her home to prevent a war, and rule the Vampires.

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The cover and the title, makes it sound like yet another YA vampire book, and although its both of those things, it is also quite an emotionally charged book.

I’ve read more Adult Vampire Books- eg, Black Dagger Brotherhood, but I felt that Lucius was far more intense.

“…If anything else, all I ever did was love you….”

The Book was really funny.

“Why?”

“Because…because he’s so tall,” Mindy explained, like height was proof of good character. “And did I mention European?”

“Yes. It’s so much better to be stalked by a tall European that an American of average height.”

Lucius was funny, considering he was so serious, he was also quite funny.

“I like pink.”
Lucius sniffed. “It’s just red’s sorry, weak cousin.”

“Jessica. For god’s sake,” he said. “Allow me to do at least one common courtesy for you. In spite ow what ‘women’s lib’ teaches you, chivalry does not imply that women are powerless. On the contrary, chivalry is an admission of women’s superiority. An acknowledgment of your power over us. This is the only form of servitude a Vladescu ever practices, and I perform it gladly for you. You, in turn, are obligated to accept graciously.”

I really loved this book, it was funny, a clever premise, the only problem is that the novels stopped at two. It needed more into the world. furthermore, there was no real ‘Guide’ feel to it, and there was no real dating either, but with a different title, I could have given it 5 stars.

Now whether the title was the publisher/editor change, I’m not sure but it doesn’t seem that the author had this title when writing the book.

I think the author could develop the series a bit more, but is very delightful read. 5 stars

Paranormal, Reviews, YA

Review: Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Twilight, #1

Pages: 498

Genre: YA Fantasy,

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Bella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her Father, Charlie. She attends the local high school, where she meets Edward Cullen.

Edward is unlike any teenage boys his age, he has ice cold hands, his eyes change colour, he talks like he’s from a different time, and he is super fast. Bella is intrigued by him, but he gives the impression he hates her, and she doesn’t understand why.

Until she finds out that he is a Vampire. As are his family.

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.”

I read Twilight quite a few years ago, probably about 11 years ago, and it spurned what I call my second wave of book obsession… Previously when I was at school I read Night world, and Vampire Diaries, but they hadn’t fueled my obsession yet.

I was hooked, I consumed every book as soon as they came out, equally I loved the films so much.

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What I connected mostly was Bella’s awkwardness. She was socially inept. So was I. she preferred to read. So did I. I was 19 at the reading the first, and I was just happy that I could identify with a character who was a similar (at the time) age as me.

Edward- well, I loved him too. not so much in New Moon, but that’s for a different review!! Everyone pretty much knows the story now, of how the lion fell in love with the lamb, but as I get older I find myself wanting to re-read Twilight again.

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An amazing phenomenon of books and movies that have had mixed reviews since its inception. I personally love them, both as a teenager and now, and I feel very grateful, that because of this Genre of books, I have found further books, I feel so lucky to have read.

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Review: A Fault in our Stars by John Green

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: No

Pages: 313

Genre: Contemporary, YA

“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

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John Green has captured something so rare in a book. Although this book is predominantly about dying, it’s kind of had the opposite effect on me. It made me feel so much and some things weren’t always positive, BUT I have never felt so much in one book before. To me, that is a sign of a good book.

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

I sobbed my heart out for this book. A book had NEVER EVER done this to me. It wasn’t shocking, but it was incredible. I have never read anything by John Green previously, an I haven’t yet, I am a little bit worried, he’s going to make me cry again… Damn man.

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.”

When I was reviewing the book on Goodreads, one of the reviewers has a very negative reaction to this book. That doesn’t bother me, everyone is entitled to their own opinion BUT the comments were bordering on cyberbullying. That is not cool. It is the first time in my Social Media Experience have I witnessed that, and from Book Fans, I am horrified… sorry rant over…

Stupid heart-breaking book!!

 

 

Fantasy, Reviews, YA

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: The Folk of the Air, #1

Pages: 384

Genre: YA Fantasy

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I received this as part of January 2018 Fairy Loot subscription Box. It was a book I was already super excited for because there was this HUGE hype about it.

Accompanying the book, Fairy Loot also included a candle called Prince Cardan, and very talented artwork of said Prince.

So, here I was Fangirling already because I thought YES– A book to fill the space between Sarah J Maas Novels– more Fae Warriors.. whoop whoop!.

Nope…

I had never read Holly Black before, I thought her novels were usually a bit young for my taste, but I had heard great things about her writing.

The Cruel Prince is about three sisters, taken by Fae’s and forced to live with the one who murdered their parents. The story mostly focuses on Jude, the middle sister. Brought up by the Fae, she is often bullied especially by Price Carden – The Cruel Prince.

Basically, the King is due to step down, a new prince to take his place, but with rivalries between his sons, the court is deadly. Jude is caught in between when she agrees to become a spy, in order to save her sisters.

“If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.”

I’ve given the book five stars because I loved it; I really did. It wasn’t Sarah J Maas, and I was right that Holly Black appeals to a much younger audience than YA.

The only issues I had was that the book was called The Cruel Prince because he was barely in it. I really hope his character improves in the next novel – The Wicked King which is due out 8th January 2019.

Most of all, I hate you because I think of you. Often. It’s disgusting, and I can’t stop.

Paranormal, Reviews

Review: Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Rating: ★★★★★

Series:  Guild Hunter, ‘#3

Pages: 324

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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The Third Installment of the Guild Hunter Series starts after Elena & Raphael get back to New York, fresh from the fight. ( No Spoilers)

Problem is the weather is getting crazy and so are the residents! From Vampires going on Killing sprees to archangels going mental.. It all signifies one thing. An Ancient Archangel is rising from Sleep. Whilst dealing with the usual crap from her father, the craziness is creating a dangerous situation for innocents close to her.

Each Guild Hunter book builds on Elena’s secrets in her past, and also her relationship with tall, dark & winged.

“You are mine, Elena. If you choose to sleep in another bed, I will simply pick you up and bring you home.”

It was great to see both sides of their relationship and also the utter faith that they will fall with each other. Nalini Singh has this amazing ability to build a well thought out world and an achingly beautiful romance that screams of passion & trust. AGH! I want an angel..

That made her pause. “Husband” was too human, “partner” factually wrong for a being as powerful as an archangel, “mate”…perhaps. But none of it was quite right. “Mine,” she said at last.

He blinked and when he raised his lashes again, the blue was liquid fire. Yes, that will do. “But for public consumption, you are my consort.”

“Consort,” she murmured, tasting the word, feeling it’s shape. “Yes, that fits.”

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Review: Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Van Alen Legacy, #1

Pages: 302

Genre: YA Fantasy

Blue Bloods is the first in the Van Alen Legacy Series. It stars the lives of Fanged & Fabulous kids from Manhattan, who find out they are actually Blue Bloods- Vampire’s. So pop the Champagne, and take a trip inside the lives of the super rich & privileged ‘It’ Crowd.

I have read this book several years ago, but the series is now complete. I have a few Teen Vampire Romances, and I LOVED them.. They are addicting.

The cover, is simply genius: pearls and bite marks- perfect for the lifestyle of these young and fanged.

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The book starts out with Schuyler Van Alen and her Best friend Oliver, at a club called the Bank. The club next door, Palladium, features the IT crowd, Mimi & Jack Force, and Bliss. The lines between cliques become really blurred as their fellow classmate from Duchense is killed that same night.

Schuyler & Bliss are then invited to the Committee, where they find out they are Vampires that are reincarnated after their physical shell dies after about 100 years. Except that Schuyler is different, she’s a new soul, instead of a reincarnation… & that’s not a good thing. There is something out there killing the vampire’s, and they will not be recycled.

Overall, it’s a good premise and start to the series, however, the romance between Jack and Schuyler is redundant. He’s a first class Jack-ass- and what is happening with him & his sister??!!

It was a great beginning to a series and it was filled with mythology, and overall 5/5 sparkles

Distopia, Reviews, YA

Review: Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Rating: ★★★★★

Series: Hunger Games, #1

Pages: 374

Genre: YA, Distopia

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I am the Biggest fan of the Hunger Games movies.. in fact I love any film where people are rising up in rebellion against the system. I don’t know what that says about me.. maybe I am a secret rebel..

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Anyway, back to the review… I have started to read Hunger Games about 4 times. The first, I was taking a bath, feeling very smug that I was doing that book bath thing they do in movies and TV, and PLOP!! Straight into the water… no amount of hair dryer and swearing helped the situation.

I then brought the paperback again, and I also have the audiobook, so I started again.. and OMFG.. why didn’t I read this sooner.

Katniss is a great heroine. Her ability to put Prim over everything else is just so admirable, and heartbreaking. She has this ability to be single-minded in her ability to feed, love and protect her family, so much she knows she would die for them.

What I absolutely loved about the book and IMHO was the absolute answer to this book was the reaction of Peeta & Katniss to the capitol and the Hunger Games.

It’s very easy to be persuaded by an author to see something as right or wrong.. that’s just good storytelling, but what I respected was Suzanne Collins ability to make the author feel shocked by the awful events the capitol forced onto the Districts. It was small simple things. Effie’s change in demeanour, the bread from Rue’s District, the splitting of one crown into two.

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