Sunday, March 22, 2015

Review: "Marked" by Elisabeth Naughton


Title: "Marked" 
Book 1 of series Eternal guardians 
Main characters: Casey and Theron

This is the first book by Elisabeth Naughton that I had the pleausure to read and I have to say I was not disappointed. It's sort of an urban paranormal romance... with a mythology twist :) we meet the main characters in a very exciting place... a strip club :) and from that interesting place stuff just keeps getting better and better ;)

I don't want to spoil too much of the details of what's happening when, because it would definitely ruin some great moments, but I will tell you this... there is some very good world building in this book... we don't know much from the start and it's a plus because of two reasons... first, we are not overwhelmed with too much complicated details in the first 50 pages... you know that feeling? When you have to go back to those pages ten times because you just can't remember all the rules and names... because I hate it ;) and second, I really loved the fact that we were discovering this whole new world along with Casey... thanks to that she felt more genuine in her reactions... and I felt more connected to her :) and I really like how the relationship between the characters was building through time... and not like oh-my-I-just-saw-you-across-the-room-so-we-belong-together-till-the-end-of-time sort of thing... because in most cases that is just totally unbelievable to me... sure, give me werewolves, vampires, descendants of mythological heroes and immortals... I will read about it without a hesitation, but I have a problem with a quick relationship ;) and because in this book we meet so much more characters that will definitely have their stories (they will, I checked ;D ) now I'm even more curious... ;) especially since I have no idea how in the world some of these people will come together... :) but those kind of stories, if written right, are the best... :)

The best way for me to describe to you my feelings about this book is to compare it to meeting a new person... at first, you're careful... you don't know if you're going to like this one... will you get along? Or maybe it will just be awkward and disappointing so you're gonna have to pretend to have a family emergency and just escape through the bathroom window ;) but in this case it was a great connection and we hit it off from the start :) so I will absolutely want to meet with this one again :) so it's very good that more books are already available :)



Saturday, March 14, 2015

A little dream come true... that I didn't know I had ;)

When I started this blog a few months ago I did it for me. I love books and I wanted to write about it and share my love of them with others... but I never expected that people will actually read it ;) I know, it's a contradiction, but I never said it's a logical feeling... ;) I think it started when I posted about it a few times on facebook :) and slowly, day by day... I can see that people all over the world are reading it... well it's not like hundreds or thousands, just a few here and there, but hey, you have to start somewhere :)

You have no idea what an amazing feeling it is, when I log in and see that someone in Spain or Canada, or Ireland, or Australia saw my blog :) it brings this huge smile on my face, to know that someone actually read some of my posts :) it gives me this positive energy to write even more :) so I wanted to thank you so so so much :) and I hope that you will help me and spread the word about this if you like it :) and feel free to leave a comment :)

And that is not even the best part :) I was feeling brave and particularly proud of a review of Nalini Singh "Rock hard" book (plus it's just an awesome book, that everyone should read ;D ). So I decided to post about it with a link to my blog on Nalini Singh facebook. Can you imagine my surprise when the next day she posted a reply? A reply that actually showed that she read it :) I was over the moon :) it made my day :) I always imagined that she is nice and this amazing person, because she writes fantastic books and I can see that she has this awesome interactions with her readers but still :) just a few words, and it made a huge difference for me... ;) so excuse me for a moment, while I do my happy dance :)

As a bonus I have to share with you a fabulous cover of Nalini Singh next Guild hunter book that she unveiled today... it's just perfect... I think it's the best one yet... and it fits so perfectly to the main character... can't wait to get to know more about Naasir ;)



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review: "Rock hard" by Nalini Singh

Author: Nalini Singh 
Title: "Rock hard" 
Book 2 of the series Rock kiss 
Main characters: Charlotte "Charlie" Baird and Gabriel "T-Rex" Bishop

I have to admit... I devoured this book in two days... and it took me that much time only because I had previous stuff that I couldn't cancel... ;) damn it, why did I read it so fast?!? Don't answer that, it's a rhetorical question... ;)  Because it was absolutely perfect, that's why... ;) and I just could not put it down... ;)

The book was absolutely, utterly perfect... I would not change a thing... well... maybe add a few more chapters, but that's only because I never have enough when it goes to miss Singh writing style and stories that she's telling... I love it :) This book was funny, sexy, adorable, romantic, cute, hot, smart, witty and a lot more adjectives that would take too much space to write them all in here :) but then again, I'm never disappointed when I read one of Nalini Singh books... each and every one of her stories is like a meeting with a wonderful friend... sometimes one that you already know, and sometimes with someone new, who surprises you in a most wonderful way :)

The main characters are fantastic, but then again, it's no surprise for me in Nalini Singh books ;) Charlie is a strong woman, especially after suffering through something horrible in her past. And I'm very glad that she gets to find her happy ending (because let's not kid ourselves that it's gonna end with anything else but a happy end ;) and it's no spoiler at all ;D ) with Gabriel... sigh... ;) give me a moment while I put myself together... ;) Gabriel is... he's just swoonworthy... I can't write anything more about him, cause I'm afraid that I'm gonna daydream again and drool all over myself in the process ;) Nalini, why are you doing this to us?!? ;) there are no men like that in the real world... and if they are, can someone point me in the right direction? Pretty please :) Plus, his family is just amazing... I really hope that we will have the opportunity to read their stories some day :)

Maybe I sound overly enthusiastic for some people, but this book was that good... :) but I don't care, I'm gonna go even further... ;) so OMG (I know I'm not 12 anymore, so I should not use this, but again, I don't care ;D ) you have to read it :) it will bring an incredible smile on your face and become instantly one of you favorite read-it-when-I-have-a-bad-day kind of a book :)



Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: "Vision in silver" by Anne Bishop

Author: Anne Bishop
Book 3 of series The others
Main character: Meg Corbyn

First of all, I have to say, that I impatiently waited for this book for a year. This is one of my favorite book series of all time, so expectations were very high... :) And with great pleasure I can say that I was not disappointed at all :) fair warning, there will be spoilers from previous books, so if you haven't read them yet, go and do it right now, you can thank me later :)

In this installment of the series we get to know more what happened with the girls saved in the last book. We can see how the blood prophets are trying to survive in the world... there are also many more interactions between humans and Intuits with Others. Although I identified Meg as a main character of the book and the entire series, these are books with many threads inside of them, and it's very entertaining to read... to see how characters that we already know interact with each other, sometimes in combinations that are surprising :) we definitely get to know more about Humans First and Last movement and their plans. And we can see how much Meg really changed the situation and how important is she to survival of all humans... dun dun duuun.... ;) it's awesome, that is all I can say :)

Im not gonna write more about the world, because it's not the first book (eventually I think I'm gonna write review about it too ;D ) and I trust that whoever reads this, will know what's going on :) but I will never get tired of singing praise to Anne Bishop and her ability to build worlds. She's done it amazingly in the Black jewels series and again here. All of the connections between characters, all of the details of the worlds, it's just.... I have no words... ;) and it does not happen often :)

I have to admit, that there were moments when I was at the edge of my seat, reading between my fingers because I was afraid what's gonna happen next... and I mean it as a compliment... :) this book is a great addition to the series. Written in the same style as the previous ones, and continuing the plot threads. My only one selfish complaint is that I would love to have more scenes between Meg and Simon, but I do understand that when so much is happening, you can't write just about them... ;) especially that I wouldn't cut out anything, just added more :) but I'm just greedy that way :)

Now another waiting period starts, before the fourth installment is here... tantalizingly titled "Marked in flesh" :) but it's another year.... why, why did I read this one so fast...?!? I should have done it one chapter per day... somebody get me a tissue.... ;)



Monday, March 2, 2015

Review: "Christmas pride" in "The mane event" by Shelly Laurenston


Title: "Christmas pride" in "The mane event" 
Part of book 1 in series Pride 
Main characters: Desiree "Dez" MacDermott and Mace Llewellyn

This is one of two stories in the first book in Pride series. It's about 1/2 or 2/3 lenght of a normal book. It's sort of a paranormal urban romance, mainly, because this is our world plus shapeshifters. Dez is human, but Mace is a lion shapeshifter. They were friends in school, but haven't seen each other in years, since Mace went to serve in the Navy. Now she is a detective investigating a murder of one of the guys in his pride. But it's really not the main plot of the story. The "who did it" part of the story takes about 2 chapters and the rest is the romance between the main characters (and by that I mean mostly sex scenes).

Don't get me wrong, there were plenty funny, sarcastic comments in the story. But a lot of parts of the book was... a little over the top for me. I could live with a few details less in certain scenes... and yes, I mean the sex scenes... some of them... again, was a little too much... plus it bothers me that I know so little about the shifters in general, there weren't much world building in this story. Maybe because of the lenght, but either way, after finishing it I was left with only few details. But big plus for the age of the heroine, because a woman over 30 is always a nice change from the standard max. 26 :) And I have to admit that this whole "relationship" between main characters felt a bit rushed. And it's not a problem of the lenght of the story, because I've read stories that were shorter and I didn't have that feeling when I read them.

I think the best way to sum up this story is to compare it to that friend most of us have. That friend who is a little bit too loud and all over the place... when you are in a certain mood, a meeting with that friend is gonna make you smile, you will spend a good time and everyone will be happy at the end. But if you're not in the mood, then it's... well, let's just say it's not what you want... ;) but I will definitely give this series another try, just some other time :) especially cause my sister read like six books in that series in a row, and said that it just gets better and better with each book :)