Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Demon's Fury,Demon's Vow, and Inner Demon by Jocelynn Drake

Title: Demon's Fury
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Series: Book 3.1 in the Asylum Tales
Published By: Harper Voyager (October 14, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Book Description:
Jocelynn Drake continues her successful urban fantasy series, Asylum Tales, with Demon’s Fury, set in a world where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires walk free among humanity.

Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters – but at a price. Now he must join forces with his nemesis Gideon to stop an unknown entity who is using old magic to commit gruesome murders. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer … who might be targeting tattoo artists.

Title: Demon's Vow
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Series: Book #3.2 in the Asylum Tales
Published By: Harper Voyager (October 21, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Book Description:
Tattoo artist and warlock Gage is having a rough week. He’s trying to track down a mysterious murderer in Low Town while also chasing a powerful entity using forbidden Death Magic across the nation. When Gage discovers the two forces may be trying to unite, the stakes get even higher. With Gideon’s help, Gage is determined to stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt – including his girlfriend, Trixie.

Title: Inner Demon
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Series: Book #3.3 in the Asylum Tales
Published By: Harper Voyager (October 28, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Book Description:
Gage is a powerful warlock in Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, goblins, and vampires walk free among humanity. But there are two dangerous entities murdering families and children, and Gage needs to stop them before anybody else gets hurt.

When Gage discovers a demon locked away it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom – a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy … except he’s running out of time.

Even though these are three separate installments to the series, I am going to review them as a whole because they all start right where the first left off.

As some of you may know I was taken by surprise with this series when I first picked it up last year. Not only is this told entirely in the male point of view, Gage's (which is fantastic) is also a lot more rough because of it. Gage doens't hold anything back. He is who he is and you take it or you leave it. 

I was so excited to learn that book three wasn't the end of his, Trixie's and Bronx's tale because I wasn't quite ready to let go of them yet. 

One of my most favorite quotes from the collection of shorts was from the first book Demon's Fury:

"Trixie was my heart, but Bronx, he was my rock."

It shows jut how close this friendship is and how much they love and respect each other. Which in there world is rather unique considering they are all different species. One a feared wizard, another an elf, and the third a troll. 

It is funny how you don't even realize how much you can miss a world, a book, a series,  until you see another book is coming out and all those feelings and memories come flooding back to you.

That is what happened to me with The Asylum Tales. I missed Gage and the dark gritty world that Drake created and I didn't even realize how much so until Demon's Fury was in my hands and I dived right back into the world she had created. 

And even if I did guess early on some of the things that were going on, I still had a fabulous time with these reads and I can't believe that then end of the third book Inner Demon is all that is left to the story. In fact, it can't be. I just won't accept it. I need to see everyone settled and safe and together again.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that it wasn't the end and that Drake will once again surprise us with a fourth book or even so more shorts because I truly would love to see it happen.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

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Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings: Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga
Beth@ Curling Up With A Good Book: Compulsion by Emily Goodwin

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: Someday Maybe by Ophelia London

Title: Someday Maybe
Author: Ophelia London
Series: Book Two in the Definitely Maybe Series

Published By: Entangled Embrace (October 20, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Some guys are impossible to forget.

Rachel Daughtry has a 10-year plan that leaves no room for mistakes. Or not-so-serious boys—including Oliver Wentworth, the freshman boyfriend she's never forgotten. Now she's back in San Francisco with an awesome-slash-scary new job. Unfortunately, The Plan doesn't cover things like meeting her best friend's new “secret” guy...Oliver.

Fortunately, no one knows that Rachel and Oliver were ever together, and endless bikini wax torture couldn't make Rachel hurt her friend. But it's killing Rachel. She's not over him. Not even a little. And as her 10-year-plan crumbles around her, Rachel realizes that maybe—just maybe—Oliver feels the same way.

Now Rachel is on the verge of losing all control. And her best friend. And the love of her life...

Someday Maybe is a modern take on Jane Austen’s Persuasion that proves a second chance at true love is always worth the risk.

I absolutely adored London's modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice when she wrote Definitely, Maybe In Love so there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to not only get another dose of her great writing but also to get another modern twist of my second most favorite Austen's tale, Persuasion. 

I so was not wrong to pick this up, I loved it from the very beginning and how could I not love Spring and Henry's cameo! Yay!

Oliver and Rachel were perfect, everything I would picture in a very modern Fredrick and Anne (love that those were their middle names!). In fact, I am going to go so far as to say that I liked this even more than the P&P retelling. It is by far my favorite Persuasion retelling to date. I loved everything about it. 

You could see the insecurities, the heart break, the longing, the love, the resentment, the jealousy. So many emotions so beautifully thought out and displayed. 

I completely devoured this in one sitting. I just couldn't get enough. And even though I knew how it would end, I was still biting my nails in anxiety hoping like heck it was a happy one. 

Wonderfully done! 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

WoW Pick of the Week

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It is a chance to share those new releases were are super anxious to get our hands on and read.

I love Lauren Oliver's work. There is just something about it. She knows how to write and her words are almost lyrical at times.

I am always excited when something new from her comes out and her new book looks so good.

Take a look at it and tell me what you think. :)

Release Date: March 3, 2015

Book Description:
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Compulsion by Martina Boone

Title: Compulsion
Author: Martina Boone
Series: Book One in the Heirs of Watson Island Series
Published By: Simon Pulse (October 28, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy/Paranormal
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead--a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

This was one of my most highly anticipated reads for fall. I loved everything about it from the gorgeous cover to the alluring synopsis and I couldn't wait to dive right in and discover all the secrets of the Watson Island.

I am so glad I picked this up, sometimes intuition pays off and a pretty cover and synopsis isn't just a pretty cover and description, it is something great and fun and so worth it to read.

I really loved Lo and Barrie (Bear). There was just something so..perfect about them. Their instant connect (NOT insta love) didn't make me roll my eyes or want to gag like so many insta loves do these days, it just fit the entire feel of the story and made complete sense.

The mystery behind the Fire Carrier and the curses and gifts was so captivating. Combine that with the mysterious and beautiful Southern gothic setting and this whole storyline just called to me.

Throw in a plantation that seems to take on a life all it's own and you truly have a read perfect for this time of year, or any time really.

We don't get all the answers because, after all this is only book one but we get just enough to whet our appetites and crave more and I was left craving more by the end.

I simply can not wait to see what happens next. I loved Eight, Pru, Mark, Barrie, Mary, and even Seven so very much and I devoured this read. I wasn't ready for it to be over and I will be on pins and needles waiting for book two to be out.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour Blitz and Review: Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton

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This is my stop during the book blitz for Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3) by Ripley Patton. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 20 till 26 October, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.
So far this series contains 3 books: Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1), Ghost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2) and Ghost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3).

Ghost Heart coverGhost Heart (The PSS Chronicles #3)
By Ripley Patton

Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age category: Young Adult
Release date: October 14, 2014

In the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, Jason and Passion are on the run. Marcus is lost beyond reach, and The Hold is in shambles. If that weren't enough, Olivia Black has been taken by the CAMFers to be used as Dr. Fineman's personal lab rat in his merciless quest to uncover the mysteries of Psyche Sans Soma once and for all. But only if he can break her.

They are scattered.
They are devastated.
They are ruined.

Their only hope is Olivia's stubborn determination to thwart her captors and unlock the secrets of her ghost hand before Dr. Fineman can. Will she finally find the strength within herself to embrace the full power of her PSS?

And will it even matter if Marcus has already betrayed her?

You can find Ghost Heart on Goodreads.

You can buy Ghost Heart here:
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Earlier books in the series:
ghost handGhost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1)
By Ripley Patton

Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age category: Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

You can add Ghost hand to your to-read list on Goodreads.

You can download Ghost Hand for free here:
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ghost holdGhost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2)
By Ripley Patton

Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Age category: Young Adult

Olivia Black is back.

Only this time she's not the one in need of rescue.

Samantha James, rich, popular, and an award-winning composer at age seventeen, is the next target on the CAMFers' list. In order to convince Samantha to come with them, Olivia and Passion must pose as cousins, blend into the most affluent high school in Indianapolis, and infiltrate a mysterious cult known as The Hold.

Olivia doesn't expect it to be easy, even with the PSS guys backing them up. But what she discovers over the course of the mission will call into question everything she ever believed about herself, her family, and especially about Marcus, the guy she is undoubtedly falling in love with.

You can add Ghost Hold to your to-read list on Goodreads.

You can buy Ghost Hold here:
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- Barnes and Noble
- Kobo

Ripley PattonAbout the Author:
Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.

Ripley doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.

You can find and contact Ripley here:
- Website
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- Goodreads
- Google +

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- a set of signed cover posters (US only)
- a $10 Amazon gift card (international)

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So much happened in book two, in fact so much so that I felt I needed to reread it so I could remember everything. I knew I was nervous about what was in store for Olivia, Marcus and the gang and I just knew that after the cliffhanger ending of Ghost Hold that I was going to be in for quite the ride.

I have loved this unique well written story from the very first page and was anxious to see how it would all end. Endings can be so bittersweet. Except, this wasn't an ending like I thought, not even close in fact, it was a beginning.

So much happens in this that I really don't even know where to being. This had a slightly different feel than the others books, mainly because it was told in multiple point of views which was both great and frustrating at the same time. 

It was nice getting into Passion's head it was also frustrating because I wanted more of Olivia and I was dying to know more about Marcus so when Marcus' POV came I was super excited but also somewhat sad. I don't think this story ever went in the direction I thought it would go. It was constantly surprising me and at times made me feel like I was a yoyo with the ups and downs of it all (in a good way, I assure you). 

I honestly have no clue where the next book will lead but where ever that may be, I will follow because I need to know how it all comes together and where it goes from here.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was given an ARC copy of this in exchange for an honest review. I was not in any way compensated for this review.*

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Mini Review: Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Title: Not in the Script
Author: Amy Finnegan
Series: Book Three in the If Only Series
Published By: Bloomsbury Kids (October 7, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!

Book Description:
Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

This novel in the deliciously fun If Only romance line proves that the best kinds of love stories don’t follow a script.

The If Only series is quickly becoming my go to series when I want a fun and light read that will bring lots of smiles to my face and lots of the feel good moments we all crave once in a while in a sweet read with characters that are every bit as lovable as they are realistic feeling. 

This is the third book in the series by as many authors and I loved it every bit as much as it's predecessors. 

Jake and Emma were a wonderful couple and I just adored them. I was rooting for them the whole way through their story and loved that this was in dual POV so we got to see both sides of the story.

Bloomsbury has outdone their selves with these fantastic, light read that truly are just so much fun to read. I can't wait for more.

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Title: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: Book Three in the Raven Boys
Published By: Scholastic (October 21, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars!

Book Description:
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

For some unimaginable reason I thought Blue Lily, Lily Blue was the last book in the Raven Cycle series and even though I am thrilled that we will get yet another beautiful written, beautiful imaginative story, I would be lying if I didn't say I am somewhat sad at the same time that all of my questions weren't answered in this installment. I was looking forward to seeing where it would end and of course seriously hoping for some lip on lip action for Blue.

Having said all of that though, this wasn't a disappointment, not in the least. Steifvater once again stuns us with her beautiful imagery and prose. With her ability to lead us down one path only to put a huge fork in the road and make us all confused again about the direction we are going in.

I love her riddles, the sneaky foreshadowing and most of all, I love Blue and her Raven boys and the craziness that is 300 Fox Way.

Better characters, more fierce determined, driven characters, would be hard pressed to find. I love their camaraderie, their willingness to help each other even when they can't stand one another. Their tenacity, their friendship and I love the crazy quest that is constantly changing and growing and becoming something so much more than finding a sleeping king.

Stievfater never ceases to amaze me with her ability to weave a story. A story whos answers only lead to more questions and mystery and you are okay with that because the darn thing is so compelling that you don't even care. You are completely sucked into it and nothing even matter anymore except that they find what they are looking for and yes, that poor Blue gets that kiss she so sorely deserves.

Who will die? Who will survive and who will forever be changed, maybe even for the worst? One thing is for sure, it is going to be great no matter what happens and once again Stievfater will sweep us into the story and make everything else obsolete in the process.

And that ending? It only makes me more anxious for the next book, maybe even more so than any of the others have been capable of doing thus far. 

*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

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