Broken (Reflections #1)

Broken

Author: Dean Murray                                                                                                  Published: December 25, 2011                                                                                                 Pages: 352

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

Adri Paige is too busy dealing with the emotional fallout from losing half of her family to deal with boys. At least she thought so until the two most intriguing guys in her new school take an interest in her.

Both boys are gorgeous and blessed with obscene amounts of money. They should have the emotional depth of note cards, but instead display undercurrents she doesn’t fully understand. Rumors the pair destroys peoples’ livelihoods seem ludicrous until she gets caught in the crossfire and her family almost loses their home. She’s increasingly unsure either boy is really human, and their rivalry is rapidly turning deadly.

Review:

This book was hard to follow. There were parts I had to retread a couple times and still couldn’t understand what happened. This story is about a girl named Abri who is emotionally traumatized because she lost her father and twin sister in a car accident. She is an extremely weak character who constantly faints, has panic attachs, detaches from the world, and is helpless. Her mom moves them to another state and even though the main character is no longer eating and having all these attachs, the mom leaves her for days at a time to go take photos.

This story reminded me the Twilight series. Where the hottest guy in school is interested in no one but then can’t stop thinking about about the new girl. This book was not good. I looked at the reviews before reading thinking it can’t be as bad as everyone is saying but it is. The book was a really slow read because I was constantly trying to clarify what was going on. And as a reader, I can only handle so much of the self loathing, weak attitude before it turns me off from the book. It’s really to bad because there were some aspects of the book that held an interesting mystery that I wanted to uncover. But not enought to dive into the second book.

Tigers Curse (Tiger Saga #1)

Tigers curse

Author: Colleen Houck                                                                                                   Published: January 11, 2011                                                                                                   Pages: 403

Stars: 3 out of 5

Synopsis:

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.

Review:

To be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this book. The plot was amazing. It was creative and a mix between romancing the stone and Indiana Jones. The romantic side of the story is what irritated me. The main character is 18 but the way she acts, It’s almost like she is a thirteen year old girl who has just come across her first crush. I think the author was trying to have the reader feel some sympathy for the main character but I had the opposite reaction. Because of her insecurities, she pushes away an attractive prince but then cries and gets mad at him because he is upset with her constant cold/hot/cold behavior. It wasn’t until the last chapter that I understood why the main character couldn’t be with the prince. But the book might have been better if this understanding was made clearer.

Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson #2)

Second Grave

Author: Darynda Jones                                                                                                Published: August 16, 2011                                                                                                     Pages: 307

Stars: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis:

If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Complicated is her middle name. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible.
When Charley and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Cookie’s friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier.

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…well, let’s just say it wouldn’t be pretty.

Review:

This book starts off quickly with Charley’s best friend/secretary asking to help her find her friend Mimi who has been missing for five days. Charley’s life becomes instantly complicated when Reyes falls through her sealing and is covered in blood. Charley soon discovers demons have found Reyes and have hurt him severely in hopes of either killing his mortal body so he goes back to hell or Charley finding his body so the demons have access to heaven. But once again, Reyes is not forthcoming with information and is still a mystery to Charley if he is a good guy or bad. Let’s not forget he is the son of Satan.

To make matters more complicated, Charley’s uncle has put a tail on her in hopes of discovering where Reyes has disappeared to. And low and behold the ‘spy’ is Garrett. The case Charley is working on is extremely dangerous. It was a little disappointing to see how dumb Charley’s character was being. For example, she wakes up one morning to a note pretty much threatening her that if she doesn’t quick her investigation, she will turn up dead. But what does she do, she acts as though it is no big deal and ignores the threat.

In this book, Charley used her sarcasm/wit way to much. I was starting to get annoyed with how often she did it. But the author did an amazing job bring the otherworldly character of Charley slightly more into a realistic character with the encounter with her father at the police station. The story the author creates in this scene is hard to believe. Part of me wishes the author would ended it differently, instead of the happy family ending. Oh well. I was shocked by Reyes in the end of the book. The ending of this book defiantly leaves the reader wanting more and wondering what’s next.

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1)

First Grave

Author: Darynda Jones                                                                                                  Published: February 1, 2011                                                                                                  Pages: 310

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Charley Davidson is a part-time private investigator and full-time grim reaper. Meaning, she sees dead people. Really. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (like murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an entity who has been following her all her life…and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely. But what does he want with Charley? And why can’t she seem to resist him? And what does she have to lose by giving in?

Review:

Wow! This book was amazing. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was not disappointed.

This is the first installment of the Charley Davidson series. Charley’s character isn’t so much complicated as she is relatable. Throughout the book Charley struggles with others accepting who she is and the mistakes she has made. Charley is a strong, brave, and witty character. At times her wit can be over the top and not appropriate but I think she uses it as more to flirt and as a defense mechanism.

Charley is a grim reaper who not only helps the dead cross over, but she is also a private investigator and consults for the police- mainly her uncle. When three dead layers show up and refuse to cross over until there family has closure, she is forced to work with a skeptical but flirtatiously attractive Garrett Swopes.

The mystery of the investigation is occasionally interrupted with Charley’s complicated love interests. Throughout the book, Charley and Garrett share a flirtatious banter that could possibly lead to more if it wasn’t for the character “Bad” showing up in what would appear to be an act of jealousy. All the while, Charley is having nightly romantic visits in her dream where where she is left with mind shattering orgasims from a mysterious being. This being she discovers to be Reyes Farrows and is also connected to who she refers to as “Bad”.

This book is a mix of mystery, romance, and a splash of comedy. The author did a nice job creating an entertaining plot that was easy to read. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for the next installment in the series.

Caged in Darkness (Caged #1)

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Author: J.D. Stroube                                                                                                     Published: July 29, 2011                                                                                                      Pages: 172

Stars: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis:

A witch raised in a cage of darkness…

Savannah Cross was born into a life of isolation and abuse. As a child, she witnessed her parents perform acts of malevolent evil, and now feels permanently tainted by their dark deeds.When a coven discovers a tear stricken child, wounded on their elders lawn, they offer her a sanctuary she has never known. Savannah spends the next several years shattered, continuously looking over her shoulder, waiting for the darkness to claim her.

On her 16th birthday, Savannah’s life takes a drastic turn. She is consumed by overwhelming power that forever alters her emotionally and physically. She must choose between two loves; the one who taught her to smile or the darkly seductive stranger who tempts her towards another path.Savannah must decide between the coven that was her haven and another one vying for her initiation. Just as Savannah begins to grasp what fate has in store for her, an evil looms over her loved ones; coming to claim an unbreakable debt.

Review:

The story starts off as journal entries, then skips ahead to present day. Then later throughout the book, the author adds clips from the main characters journal. While the book is in present day, the story switches perspective between three characters: Savannah, Ash, and Liam. The main character, Savannah, was abused as a child. Her parents were cast out of there coven because they practiced extreme dark magic. The first nine years of Savannah’s life was spent in a cage where her parents would practice dark magic on her, stealing innocent parts of her soul. When her parents let her out of the cage to shower, she ran away by sneaking into the back of a truck and hiding. Savannah found her way back to the town of her parents old coven and was accepted into the house of Maye and her son Ash.

Liam is from a dark coven called sacred moon. His mom, the high priestess, tells Liam to seduce Savannah and have her pick there coven. Savannah falls for Liam but at the same time she falls for Ash. While her old house from her childhood is about to be sold, Maye convinces her to return to the house and collect things that belong to her families coven. While there,Savannah accidentally releases a demon who begins killing people, including one of her good friends. While the demon is on a killing spree, Savannah reads her moms journal to find out how to stop the demon. While reading the journal she finds out she is part angle and part demon and a really strong witch. She also find out that some of the torture she endured from her parents wasn’t torture at all but them trying to make her more powerful to one day stop the demon. Savannah and her friends try to kill the demon but not before she learns that her feelings for both Liam and Ash were actually for the demon. The demons inhabited there bodies and played on Savannah’s emotions so the demon could get close to her.

I’m not sure how the demon felt about Savannah in the end. The end of the story was kind of weird and confusing. Savannah no longer feels a pull to either Liam or Ash but was completely heartbroken by having to kill the demon. The story had some grammatical errors and misplaced words but it wasn’t to difficult to figure out which words the author mean to write. Overall the story was entertaining. It was a quick read.

BirthMarked (BirthMarked #1)

Birthmarked

Author: Caragh O’Brien                                                                                                  Published: March 30, 2010                                                                                                 Pages: 361

Stars: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be “advanced” into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

Review:

This story was surprisingly good. Although, I did feel there were times the author added pointless filler information that really slowed the book down. But overall the depth of the main character was remarkably realistic and refreshing. The main character Gaia has a scared face and her whole life she has been treaded like a freak. Because if this, she doesn’t feel like anyone could truly like or lover her outside her one friend and her parents. Gaia lives outside the wall and is a loyal midwife until her parents are put in prison. Getting captured after sneaking over the wall to see her parents, her loyalties begin to shift. This is especially true once she meets Leon. While imprisoned she is asked to crack the code her parents left. Once she does, she realizes the horror of what she has done. Gaia loses everything inside the wall but she grows stronger and more determined to survive.

This story asks the reader to see both sides of the question: what is morally right? Is it right to focus on the individual or try to save the whole, meaning the entire community? If certain people have the genetic makeup to save the population, how far would you go to save your friends, family, and town?

 

Fever (Breathless #2)

Fever

Author: Maya Banks                                                                                                    Published: April 2, 2013                                                                                                      Pages: 416

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re powerful, they’re imposing, they’re irresistibly sexy, and Jace and Ash share everything—including their women. When they meet Bethany, Jace begins to feel things he’s never experienced before: jealousy, and a powerful obsession that threatens him, overwhelms him—and excites him beyond control.

Jace isn’t sharing Bethany—with anyone. He’s determined to be the only man in her life, and it’s jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Ash. Bethany will be his and his alone. Even if it means turning his back on his best friend.

Review:

I was really disappointed in this book. I felt like the story plot was too similar to the first book. In this book, Jace falls complelty head over heals for Bethany but doesn’t even know her. He feels this uncontrollable and absolute love for her after just meeting her. I hate stories like this where the characters are utterly in love but they have no history together and hardly know each other. In the first book, it was understandable for Gabe to be in love with Jace’s younger sister, they have history. But this book was just ridiculously. The sex scenes were good as expected. But if I am going to read a book, regardless how great the sex is, I need at least a half way decent plot and ideally one that is original. I need something tangible and this book feel short. If you are looking for a book that is almost identical to the first, then you would like this second installment in the breathless series.

Rush (Breathless #1)

Rush

Author: Maya Banks                                                                                                     Published: February 5, 2013                                                                                                   Pages: 396

Stars: 5 out of 5

Synopsis:

Gabe, Jace, and Ash: three of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the country. They’re accustomed to getting anything they want. Anything at all. For Gabe, it’s making one particular fantasy come true with a woman who was forbidden fruit. Now she’s ripe for the picking…When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires.

Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s fourteen years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

As Gabe pulls her into his provocative world, she realizes there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him or how exacting his demands can be. Their relationship is intense and obsessive, but as they cross the line from secret sexual odyssey to something deeper, their affair runs the risk of being exposed—and vulnerable to a betrayal far more intimate than either expected.

Review:

Wow!! This book was absolutely amazing!! If you are looking for a book with lots of sex in it, then here you are. Maya Banks did an amazing job creating a story that is full of passion, sex, and yet still kept a good story plot. The sex in this book is not your traditional vanilla sex. If you aren’t intrigued by or into BDSD, you might not be to interested in this book. But I swear, Maya Banks opens a world of sexual fantasies that I doubt there are few who would not be turned on by this book. The main characters in this book is Gabe and Mia. Gabe takes on the dominant role in and outside of the bedroom. Although Mia plays the act of a submissive, she stands up for herself and doesn’t let Gabe complelty walk all over her. I really enjoyed this book!

Immoral: Tales of a Vampire Hunter

Immoral

Author: Zander Vyne                                                                                                    Published: September 16, 2013                                                                                          Pages: 138

Stars: 1 out of 5

Synopsis:

A VAMPIRE HUNTER BREAKING ALL THE RULES

In a time when humans are captivated by imaginary vampires, real ones hide among you, kept in check by vampire hunters like me. Falling for the mysterious vampire girl is crazy, but my forbidden passions compel me to make my own rules. The black sheep of my family, I’ve never been much of a rule follower anyway.

A VAMPIRE DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS

From the moment we meet, I see the dangerous and damaged soul inside the charismatic vampire hunter—so much like my own. I cannot resist him, and soon I need him as surely as I need my heart to beat. I know to love him is to die, but I cannot imagine life without him.

Review:

I can’t read this book. I was a couple chapters in and put the book down. I looked up the reviews and can’t believe the book was rated so well. This just isn’t my type of book. It’s so ridiculous! The story is about vampire hunters who kill vampires by having sex with them and stealing there soul. Really?? It’s just a bit to far fetched for me. I am sure if this is your thing, you will love the book.

Ignite (Midnight Fire #1)

Ignite

Author: Kaitlyn Davis                                                                                                   Published: December 16, 2013                                                                                           Pages: 395

Stars: 2 out of 5

Synopsis:

When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they’re keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan’s lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

Review:

I went back and forth between two stars or three. But ultimately ended on a two star rating  because the story plot was not creative or unique in any way. If you have read twilight, then you have read this book. Throughout this entire book I could not help but think of how close this story was to twilight. Everything from new girl at school, hot vampire guy every girl at school swoons for but only has eyes for the new girl. There’s a love triangle and even a dance. The main character falls complelty in love with the vampire who is also in love with her but for no apparent reason.

The writing was captivating and the story was fast paced. But There wasn’t any part of the book I could get lost in and the story plot was unrealistic. I walked away from the book thinking ‘What a disaster’. I would not recommend the book