Friday, February 20, 2015

Review: Bayou heat series by Alexandra Ivy and Laura Wright

Bayou heat series

First, let me explain why I decided to do a review of a whole series instead of one book at a time... Each book in this series contains two short stories. It would be hard to write a review about just one story, because it's a little bit to short for my taste :) before you can really dive into the characters, the story is over... :) but I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself... so, back to the main topic :) I believe that it's better to give you my opinion about this whole series (at least about the books that were published at the day that I wrote this, because there will be more), because after reading it, I feel like the books are just another chapters of a bigger story, and they can be treated as one :)

The whole series is about a tribe of Pantera, who live deep in the bayou. They are a myth to most of the people. In each story, we get to know more and more about their world, fractions inside of the tribe itself and connections between them. Each story is focused on one couple, but main players appears throughout all of the books. There is also one bigger arch in the first few books. It ends, I don't want to spoil you and say when exactly it happens, but very fluently we dive into another very interesting arch :) and there are gonna be more books, so I'm that more curious where this whole story is going... :)

I think, that a big plus to this series is even though it's written by two different authors, you don't see it in the stories. They go very well together, and when you read them, if you didn't see at the beginning of each story, that there are two authors, the idea of that, would never crossed your mind :) it's hard to achieve so bravo for the ladies :)

And although the stories are short, because let's not kid ourselves, ten chapters are rarely enough to tell a story, it's still actually good :) the characters are really likeable, and very quickly you find yourself rooting for them :) to be honest, I wished sometimes that some of the stories would be like two or three times longer, when I particularly liked the couple, but I was satisfied with how the story progressed. Some may say that there are moments when it feels like action is a bit more rushed, but all in all, it's not that big of a complaint.

So if you're looking for a fun read, and maybe you already are a fan of Alexandra Ivy or Laura Wright, you should definitely give it a try. And even though it might be your first taste of writing of those lovely ladies, it's still worth a try, especially if you're looking for a short, but still sweet and satisfying read :)



Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review: "The hook up" by Kristen Callihan

Book 1 of the series: Game on
Main characters: Anna Jones and Drew Baylor

Main characters are both seniors in college. We meet them at the beginning of their last year, during one of their classes. There is definitely very hot chemistry between them from the start, but she doesn't want anything from him, since he's a star quarterback, and a very popular guy around campus, so she feels it's not gonna turn into anything serious, so why bother? He does not share her opinion, so, as the title of the series suggests, the game is on ;D

This is a straight up romance. No paranormal elements... no fantasy creatures... no crime solving teenagers running around in shorts... :) but it's a sizzling hot, exceptionally well written romance... I had a big smile over my face for most of the book (most, because there are some serious moments) because of this witty banter between main characters. Anna is not some stupid, shallow girl, she's smart, even though she's not very confident... but the conversations between Anna and Drew... my oh my... they are brilliant :) 

And did I mention this a sizzling hot romance...? :) Because I do mean it's hot... like I-don't-recommend-to-read-it-in-a-public-transportation kind of hot... because believe will squirm in your seat... and blush... and start to wonder, what the hell happened that it just got so much hotter in here... :) so it's hot, but not in a vulgar kind of way... hey, I'm totally not judging, but when I read a romance... I want to feel the chemistry... and heat... but I definitely do not want to feel like I'm reading creepy porn... :) but that's just my opinion :) 

A big plus of the book is something, that I'm usually against, the dual perspective of writing. We get a chapter, or part of a chapter, from Anna's perspective, and then from Drew's. It rarely works for me, because it's hard to do it well. Sometimes one perspective feels forced, and for me as a reader, it's like a scratch on the board with nails... annoying as hell... I get bored, or angry, for interrupting the part that I'm really interested in... but that is so not the case here... :) both perspectives are written so gooooood... :) I definitely wasn't bored, or angry when I got to sneak inside of Anna's and then Drew's mind :)

Although the book is the first one in a series, you can read it as a standalone. There is even a cute little epilogue in the end, so you are satisfied :) We do get to know characters that can potentially get their stories (and some of them definitely will, since the second book should come out this spring, and third in the end of the year). I'm absolutely, impatiently waiting on the edge of my seat for the next installment, to see if the author can catch my attention that well for the second time :)

Last but not least, as a little nod to my little sister (who is younger just by 2,5 years, but I will still call her that when we are old and gray :D ) who suggested this idea to me, a few quotes to bring a smile on your face :) it's just from the prologue, because believe me, it just gets better and better, and when I tried to find something from like the middle of the book, or at least a chapter 7 or something, I kind of read a few chapters again and lost track of time, so it's too dangerous for me to go back :) you just have to take my word for it and give it a try :)

When Anna meets Drew for the first time and stands across from him: 
Annoyed, I straighten my shoulders and force myself to look aloof. Shit, what does "aloof" look like?

When Drew calls her in that same scene a "Big Red" (I know, "big", really? :) awesome pick up line):
I ought to walk away, but I've worked myself into a lather now. "I mean 'Red'? Seriously?"
He just gapes at me. This time dumbfounded, as if he can't believe some mental chick is berating him.
"Why not be original?" I go on as if I'm not mental. "Why not call me Blondie?"
White teeth flash in a quick smile. "An esoteris approach, eh? Could work. Though it veers a bit too much toward sarcasm for my taste."

At least he knows how bad that was ;) :
Yeah. Shoot me now. What the holy hell had I done? What the fuck did 'Big Red' even mean? My min screamed, Do something, you idiot! Apologize! Retreat! I swear I could practically hear an alarm blaring, a call to activate shields and arm the photon torpedoes.



Monday, February 16, 2015

Books I can't wait to get my hands on ;) march edition

Since we are officially in the second half of february, I thought I will share with you (as it is in the title of this post) books that I can't wait to get my hands on :) march edition ;) so it's close and I can start countng days without falling into the miserable pit of depression "it's so far away from today... how can I wait that long?!?" ;)

First of all, the book that I'm waiting for the most is "Vision in silver" by Anne Bishop. It's the third book in her Others series and I can't wait to see what's gonna happen next. It's kind of an urban fantasy series, but it's hard to describe, since I never read anything like this before :) I'm not gonna go into any details, because I don't want to spoil anything in case you haven't read it yet (in which case I have to ask: what the hell are you waiting for?!? ;D ). Another great news is that there are gonna be at least two more books :) excuse me for a moment while I go and do a little dance of joy :) Ok, I'm back :D

The second book I'm impatiently waiting for is "Rock hard" by one of my all time favorite authors, the incredible Nalini Singh :) (seriously, that woman can't disapoint, every one of her books is amazing). It's the second full novel in her Rock kiss series, and I was waiting for that particular story since I read the first book and met Charlie :) it's straight up romance, without any paranormal or supernatural elements (beside the super hot main hero of course, cause that goes a little bit into the science fiction part ;D )

The third choice is "Of silk and steam" by Bec McMaster. It's kind of a conclusion to one bigger story arch in her London steampunk series and I'm really interested how she's gonna solve all of the plot points :) as it is in the title, it's a steampunk series (victorian kind of an era with better technology) plus supernatural creatures (but I don't want to spoil too much, you just have to take my word for it, that it's a breath of fresh air in this genre, and it's nothing like you've ever read before ;D )

And last but not least is "The shadows" by J. R. Ward. It's another book in her fascinating Black dagger brotherhood series about this group of kick-ass vampires (and none of them sparkle... I'm sorry, I just had to ;p ). And since few of her last books involved not only one, main pair, but more interactions between more people, I can't wait to see where all of those actions are gonna end (or you know, it's gonna abruptly end in the most interesting part, as in the last one ;) )

Honorable mention: "The skull throne" by Peter V. Brett. It's the fourth book in Demon cycle, this incredible, epic, fantasy series. I'm waiting for that one, because the last one ended in a mega-giant-ginormous-how-could-you-do-this-to-me-this-is-the-last-page?!?!?!? kind of a cliffhanger :) Plus, wouldn't it be awesome, if someone (I'm looking at you HBO) turned it into a TV show, in this amazing way that they did "Game of thrones"? I so would love to see those demons come alive on screen... :)



Saturday, February 7, 2015

PBD (Post Book Depression) ;)

Wind is just howling outside my window... I think that there's also snow involved, but it moves too fast, so you can't really see clearly... :) so in other words it's the best weather to curl up under a blanket, espacially a blanket with sleeves ;) and read... :) not that I need an excuse ;)

Today I want to write just a little bit about PBD :) PBD (Post Book Depression) is a term that I recently read about on someones facebook page :) it's definition is something like this: "it's a sad feeling, that you get, after finishing a good book" and I have to say, that I fealt really good when I read it... I thought, finally... someone put a name to that feeling that I know all too well :)

It hits me especially after reading an amazing book, with a paranormal or fantasy vibe... when the world inside of it is that much different than mine... when that kind of a book is well written, it swallows you whole... so that you completely forget about all that surrounds you... until the very last page... and then comes the rude awakening... what?!? I have to go back to my normal life...?!? But how?? How is it possible....?? That feeling of course slowly vanishes over time... or when you start to read another great book and you immerse yourself into another world :)

I didn't want to give any examples today, just wanted to share with you a name for that feeling, that we, readers, all know... maybe it will put a smile on your faces, as it did with me :)