Rogue (Shifters #2)

Rogue

Author: Rachel Vincent
Published: April 1, 2008
Pages: 394

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Okay, so cats don’t always land on their feet. I know that better than most. Since rejoining the Pride, I’ve made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride, and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I’m working harder than ever, though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on- and off-duty.

But not all of my mistakes are behind me. We’re beginning to suspect that the dead are connected to a rash of missing human women and that they can all be laid at my feet–two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear…

Review:

Again, this book started out slow but when it picked up, you didn’t want to put the book down. As I predicted in the last book, Faythe had accidentally turned Andrew, her ex. But I did not expect the way the author took the story.

I was expecting more of a love triangle between Faythe, Andrew, and Marc. But instead the accidental bite ended Faythe’s relationship with Matc and Faythe having to kill Andrew. Although Faythe’s character was more mature, she still reacts selfishly at times. I feel bad about her and Marc’s breakup. Faythe defiantly overreacted about the ring but Marc said some cruel things. I’m glad Faythe didn’t get away with biting Andrew. I am interested to see where the author takes the next book in regards to Faythe’s trial and her relationship with Marc.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. The characters are interesting and the plot was exciting.

Stray (Shifters #1)

Stray

Author: Rachel Vincent
Published: June 1, 2007
Pages: 618

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

There are only eight breeding female werecats left… And I’m one of them. I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds. Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I’d been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back… for my own protection. Yeah, right. But I’m no meek kitty. I’ll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — ’cause I got claws, and I’m not afraid to use them…

Review:

At first I really didn’t care for the main character. She came off more of a bitch than anything else. I think the author was aiming for a strong feminist character but Faythe sounded more like a spoiled girl holding a grudge. Throughout the first half of the book, Faythe complained about her mistreatment based on the fact that she is a female, how no one took her seriously because she was a female, and how horrible her mother was because she would rather cook for her family than draw blood from another person. When in reality, no one took Faythe seriously because she threw tantrums and acted like a spoiled brat. And her mother was just as strong and held feminist characteristics even though she perfered the kitchen. This is a perfect example of how feminism gets a bad name. I’m not sure if Faythe’s character grew, she backed off on her tantrums, or the plot became to interesting and I ignored her less than ideal characteristics but the second half of the boom was really good!

Overall, the second half of the plot saved the book. I’m willing to read the second book in this series but I’m not sure how far I will get.

The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1)

Beautiful Ashes

Author: Jeaniene Frost
Published: August 26, 2014
Pages: 384

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate. Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

Review:

Jeaniene Frost is an amazing author! I found myself sighing after a couple chapters, thinking finally, an author who not only writes well but is able to create a plot that seems to flow effortlessly.

The beautiful Ashes is an entertaining story about angels and demons and the ultimate war between good and bad. Two star crossed lovers whose fate has already been predicted with betrayal and death, are not only caught in the middle of the war but also expected to save or destroy the world. I do t usually go for angle and demon books but I love this authors writing that I was willing to give it a try.

The book is captivating with one hot scene between Ivy and Adrian. I was able to follow the book relatively easy except for the end when supposedly Adrian betrays Ivy. I either missed this betrayal or didn’t think the action was much of a betrayal to registrar in my brain. Overall, I enjoyed the book and will read the next on but this probably won’t be one of my favorite series.

Blue Moon (Anita Blake #8)

Blue Moon

Author: Laurell Hamilton
Published: September 24, 2002
Pages: 418

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

When she chose master vampire Jean-Claude over her ex-fiancé, alpha werewolf Richard Zeeman, Anita learned that sometimes love is not enough. But though she and Richard won’t be walking down any aisles, she can’t turn her back on him when he’s arrested on a rape charge in Tennessee. Anita knows firsthand that Richard has the morals of a saint—or at least a boy scout. But his guilt or innocence is not the issue. He’s behind bars, and in five days a full moon will rise…

Review: 

This book was completely different from the rest of the books in this series. This book was all sex and violence. Richards character has almost done a 180 and I hardly recognized him. In this book, Anita went further than she thought she ever would, her and Richard got back together, and secrets were revealed.

I’m glad that Aniat is giving Richard another chance but there relationship is an open one. It’s hard to decide how I feel about this book. A lot of things happened in this book and at times I felt like the author was only going for shock value only… This will probably be it for me in regards to this series.

Burnt Offerings (Anita Blake #7)

Burnt Offerings

Author: Laurell Hamilton
Published: September 24, 2002
Pages: 392

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

“You can’t trust anyone who sleeps with the monsters.”

That’s what I’ve always said. That’s what I’ve always believed. But now I’m the one sharing a bed with the Master Vampire of the City. Me, Anita Blake. The woman the vampires call the Executioner. From part of the solution, I’ve become part of the problem. So it hits close to home when an arsonist begins to target vampire-owned businesses all over town — an arsonist who seems to want to destroy more than just property. It’s the monsters who are in danger now. And it’s up the the Executioner to save them from the inferno…

Review:

Anita can be a frustrating character! This book is the beginning of the series downfall. I felt like the start of this book didn’t add up to the end of the previous book. Supposedly it has only been 6 weeks between the books yet Anita claims she doesn’t love Richard, how she couldn’t handle him being a monster, and the reason she ended things was because he ate the previous alpha. Ok, first off in the last book it was Richard who walked out on her. And Anita is having sex with Jean-Claude who using her words, technically dies every sun rise. And the fact that she watches Jean-Claude tear someone’s throat out and is fine with it… I feel like Anita is being childish in regards to Richard.

Then halfway threw the book, she is claiming she still loves Richard. The love triangle in this book was uncomfortable and depressing. Anita does make a good lupa. It will be sad to see her lose the pack but Richard needs to heal and Anita is toxic to him. Overall, this book was frustrating, sad, but luckily still entertaining. Although, not as entertaining as the previous books have been.

The Killing Dance (Anita Blake #6)

killing dance

Author: Laurell Hamilton
Published: April 4, 2006
Pages: 368

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Dating both a vampire and a werewolf isn’t easy. But just to complicate Anita’s already messy life, someone has put a price on her head. Love cannot save her this time, so she turns to Edward, hitman extraordinaire, for help. But finding the person behind the threat won’t be easy, because as both a vampire hunter and zombie reanimator, Anita has made a lot of enemies-both human and otherwise.

Review:

Anita, Anita, Anita! Oh she defiantly plays with fire in this book. And Poor Richard!! More of her character comes out again but it’s easily missed. I think the first time I read this book, I overlooked it.

Although Anita says she doesn’t like monsters, I believe she is turned in by them. We saw this a little bit in the previous book with Jean-Claude but it is more obvious in this book with Richard. When they go into his room for what Anita thinks will be the break up talk, Richard transforms a couple fingers into claws. Although this scares Anita, she ends up going further with Richard than they have gone before while he played human. It makes the reader wonder what would have happened if they weren’t interrupted. This side of Anita comes out again on her date with Jean-Claude. She wears a sex short dress with a teddy underneath. Anita provides a lame excuse for the outfit but I believe she likes playing with what she refers to as the monsters.

Like I mentioned above, I feel bad for Richard. In this book, Anita bullies Richard into changing, accepting his beast, and killing. But once she sees how scary an Alpha wolf can be, she wants nothing to do with him. It probably doesn’t help that Richard transforms into his wolf right on top of Anita. But did she really have to run and sleep with Jean-Claude? I don’t blame Richard for leaving her. She deserves what she gets even if I wish things to be different.

Anita has all three marks now and will forever be bound to Richard and Jean-Claude.

I’m not sure how I feel about Anita’s actions in this book. She is a complicated character who has a lot of faults.