Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sherrilyn Kenyon--The Guardian (Dream Hunter series)

Paranormal romance-mythology

Dream-Hunter Lydia has been charged with the most sacred and dangerous of missions: To descend into the Nether Realm and find the missing god of dreams before he betrays the secrets that could kill her and her kind. What she never expects is to be taken prisoner by the Realm’s most vicious guardian…

Seth’s time is running out. If he can’t hand over the entrance to Olympus, his own life and those of his people will be forfeit. No matter the torture, Seth hasn’t been able to break the god in his custody. Then there’s the beautiful Dream-Hunter Lydia: She isn’t just guarding the gates of Olympus—she’s holding back one of the world’s darkest powers. If she fails, an ancient curse will haunt the earth once more and no one will be safe. But evil is always seductive...

{5 stars}
I started out thinking this was just a 3 maybe 4 star book, but the more I read, the more I loved it. It's why I love Kenyon so much. I read to escape, and with Kenyon I can fall into the story and forget about everything else around me. The characters become important and you find yourself hoping for the happy ending. Even though you know most likely they will get it, the path the story takes is impossible to skim through. Seth's vulnerability makes him an amazing character. How can someone suffer so much and still care about someone else. Lydia could be annoying at times, but she was the perfect balance to bring Seth back to life. Hell is not always what you think it is, it can be the Hell you live with in your head more than the torture you feel in the physical world. As the story developed, I am reminded of the Kenyon world as a whole, but can't remember Jayden's story. I know we have seen him before. We get a glimpse into the Egyptian Pantheon a little, and I hope we get to see more in the future. But as a whole, I really enjoyed this book, it reminded me of the old Dark Hunter books. Definitely a keeper!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Larissa Ione--Immortal Rider (Lords of Deliverance)

Paranormal Romance-all kinds of crazy supernatural characters

Born of a match between good and evil, four siblings stand between hell's minions and everything they want to destroy. They are the Lords of Deliverance, and they have the power to ward off Doomsday....or let it ride....

Sexy, powerful, and immortal, Limos is on a crash course with destiny. She's been marked as Satan's bride and her jealous fiance' wants her all to himself. The only way this Horseman can keep herself--and everyone else--safe is to keep her distance.

Arik Wagner knows the saying "love hurts" better than most, yet he never thought stealing a kiss from Limos would land him in Hell. Literally. It takes all his military training to survive the demon torture, but once he's topside, Arik realizes that the agony has just begun. With the Apocalypse looming and Satan demanding his bride, will Arik and Limos surrender to the desire smoldering between them? Or will giving in to their passion unleash hell on earth?

{4.5 stars}
Wow, what a ride. This book is over 400 pages, and usually that would keep most people away, because most authors can not keep your attention for that many pages. But most authors are not Larissa Ione. She has a lot to say. And it takes time and pages to weave the storyline she spins. There are layers and layers going on in this one. At first, I really didn't like Arik. He had a lot of attitude, wasn't a likable character, but I guess spending time in Hell can mellow a person quickly. He turned out to be a great "hero" with a lot of 'hotness' going on.  Limos has spent her 5000 years lying to everyone around her, but when Arik survives Hell for her sake, she starts to soften. She skirted the edges of becoming the wheepy woman I rarely like. But Ione keeps Limos in-between the scary Horseman and the woman Limos wants to be. It worked. This book is an important part of the series, there is truly so much going on that I would compare it to riding a horse thru a mine field. Sometimes things blow up, you fall of your horse, you pick yourself up, and race to the end. It was quite a ride! And if you haven't read the Demonica series, I suggest you start there so you know who ALL the characters are because we see most of them frequently in this one. And we are given a good head start into the next one with the events surrounding Than's drama. I love this series.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Keri Arthur--Darkness Rising (A Dark Angels Novel)


Risa will go to any lengths to avenge her mother’s murder -- even if it means making a pact with the most evil vampire she’s ever met. Lethal and powerful, Madeline Hunter is leader of the vampire council, and will put her resources behind finding the killer -- for a price. The venerable vampire requires the assistance of Risa’s psychic powers. Quid pro quo.

Someone -- or something -- is targeting the elders of the local council, cursing the immortal vampires to rapidly age, sink into madness, and die. Risa must track down the vengeful being responsible. But Risa’s father, a rogue Aedh priest, also enlists her in a dangerous mission. And not even the great Madeline Hunter may be able to protect her from the shadowy forces that desire nothing less than Risa’s destruction.

{3.5 stars}
As much as I loved the first book, this one lost my attention about halfway through. Risa is given a task by Hunter to find who is killing off council members. But that only takes up a small portion of the book, and we are back to finding the "keys" again. In all honesty, the "key" storyline is where I am getting bored. I love Azriel, don't trust Lucien, and am just getting bored with the rest. This book could be considered an extention of the first one, instead of a new installment in the series. And yes, I realize that the hunt for the "keys" is the underlying theme for the series, at least for now. But it's not keeping my attention. I put this one down twice to read other books before picking it back up and forcing myself to finish it. And even though it didn't appeal to me this time, I will continue to read this series. I think Risa and her friends are worth the momentary "bored" speed bump. Risa is just as compelling a character as Riley Jensen, and worth sticking with it. Besides, I really want to find out what will happen between Azriel and Risa.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

J.D. Tyler--Primal Law (An Alpha Pack Novel)

Paranomral-shifter-special ops

A Top Secret team of shifters, founded by a group of former Navy SEALS, employ their Psy and shifting abilities to seek out and eradicate the world’s most lethal human and non-human predators. These men are thrill seekers whose appetites for danger are equaled only by their unrepentant, raw sexuality.
Yet these tough warriors are hesitant to engage their hearts, and fear they’re destined to forever walk alone. Their universe is a dangerous place, their lives constantly at risk, futures uncertain. But they’ll brave hell itself to claim the mates they love…

After a massacre leaves Jaxon Law crippled, he must relearn how to fight -- and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when Jax rescues a beautiful woman who awakens his primal instincts, he is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead. Soon he must decide if the deep connection he feels with Kira is worth defying the ultimate shifter law...

{4 stars}
I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The base story line of shifters either being recruited by the military or military men being turned into shifters is not new. But Tyler adds her own twists with a cast of extras that really made this book sweet. I know sweet doesn't sound like its a passionate romantic story. But its the best way I can describe it. Kira falls head first into this world and seems to roll with the otherworldly changes like a true champ. Jax has a lot of regret to overcome and can't quite seem to come to terms with his feelings for Kira. They seem to almost have this first love, kind of thing going. Sweet really, but their passion breaks through all his hangups and they let passion take its course. Throw in the cast of paranormal refugees, Blue and Chup Chup,  and its a very charming, almost simple book (even with the rescues, bullets, and life risking drama).  Kept me captivated all the way through and I can't wait to read the next one. J.D. Tyler is an author to keep an eye on.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Darynda Jones--Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2)

Paranormal romantic suspense

When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown. They show up at the coffee shop, but no Mimi. But Charley finds a message on the bathroom wall. Mimi left a clue, a woman’s name. Mimi’s husband explains that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old friend of hers from high school had been found murdered a couple weeks prior. The same woman Mimi had named in her message.

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He’s left his body because he’s being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can’t let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they’ll have a portal to heaven. And if they have a portal to heaven…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty. Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Will Cookie ever get a true fashion sense? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel them as they do?

{5 stars}
OMG, Charley what have you done?

As usual, Charley is neck-deep in drama, injuries, and cases. She just can't get a day off. This book picks up where the first left off, running full sprint into another complicated case, while Charley is still searching for Reyes. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. I'm 100% hooked into this series. It has so much going on, you can't possibly get bored. Charley's cases, much like her life, are multi layered. Following the trail of Mimi, while trying to locate Reyes' body is a fulltime effort. Not to mention the mix of bad guys thrown in, from the ones after her Dad to the ones trying to stop Mimi from sharing her secret. I really love it when I can't guess the end or who the bad guy is, it makes the puzzle that more fun and captivating. Not to mention all the extra details we learn about Reyes along the way, and without giving any spoilers away, all I can say is "Charley what have you done?" I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait for the next book!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chloe Neill--Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires)

Paranormal romance-vampires

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and recently turned vampire Merit can't tell if this is the darkness before the dawn or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times haven't been this precarious for vampires since they came out of the closet. If only they could lay low for a bit, and let the mortals calm down.

That's when the waters of Lake Michigan suddenly turn pitch black-and things really start getting ugly.

Chicago's mayor insists it's nothing to worry about, but Merit knows only the darkest magic could have woven a spell powerful enough to change the very fabric of nature. She'll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who's behind this, and stop them before it's too late for vampires and humans alike.

{5 stars}
Wow, you really have to appreciate the supernatural world. Only then can things you never imagined would happen, actually happen. The rules that govern humans and the "normal" world don't apply, and sometimes that makes everything alright again. I managed to NOT read any spoilers about this book, and I'm so happy I did.  As usual, Merit's world is in utter chaos, Chicago is under some kind of magic trauma. The lake turns black, the sky turns red, and the earth starts popping up like mini-mountains in the middle of downtown.  There is a new mayor in town, and she is a real b*tch! Tate is in prison, but we still don't know what he trully is, and the "bad guy" in this story......I didn't see coming until the last 1/4 of the book. The middle of the story is slow going, whether it was because I was in a hurry to get to the end, I don't know. But I really, really want to scream out my happiness about this book (at least the ending). But I really, really don't want to give any spoilers away. So i will leave you with this, Neill has a way of spinning us in a different direction with each book, and this one sounds like it is going to send Merit off into a whole new adventure for the next one. I can't wait!!