Throwback Thursday- Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn

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With 259 pages, Kitty and the Midnight Hour was an entertaining read. It was first published in November of 2005 but has received over 24,000 ratings with an average rating of 3.66.

Kitty and the Midnight

Synopsis:

Kitty Norville is a midnight-shift DJ for a Denver radio station – and a werewolf in the closet. Her new late-night advice show for the supernaturally disadvantaged is a raging success, but it’s Kitty who can use some help. With one sexy werewolf-hunter and a few homicidal undead on her tail, Kitty may have bitten off more than she can chew?

What I thought:

For the first book in the series, this was a good one. If you are looking for your normal paranormal romance book, this is not it. The author provides the reader with a fresh twist on werewolves. Kitty was attached by a wolf and struggles to keep ahold of her human side along with her wolf. In the beginning of the book, her character is weak and she is at the bottom of the pack. But throughout the book, she discovers who she is or who she wants to be and her character starts to change. This book is full action, romance, and the book is never dull.

What I really enjoyed about this book is that throughout it, the author asks the question- is a behavior right, morally, because it is instinctual? 

Quotes:

“I’m a werewolf trapped in a human body.”
“Well, yeah, that’s kind of the definition.”
“No, really. I’m trapped.”
“Oh? When was the last time you shape-shifted?”
“That’s just it – I’ve never shape-shifted.”
“So you’re not really a werewolf.”
“Not yet. But I was meant to be one, I just know it. How do I get a werewolf to attack me?”
Stand in the middle of a forest under a full moon with a raw steak tied to your face, holding a sign that says, ‘Eat me; I’m stupid’?”

 

Throwback Thursday- The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

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This week I would like to talk about a series, The Selection. This series is in the Young Adult category and although I don’t always enjoy these books, I did enjoy this series.

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Somewhat of a synopsis:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for the main character, America, this is not her dream. As she struggles to discover herself, she is tossed into a world full of manipulation, lies, cruelty, violence, and of course love. But not just the simple kind of love. You see America doesn’t willingly or want to fall for Prince Maxon. Not when Aspen is a constant reminder. Before you know it, a love triangle forms and the reader is left in a constant ping-pong arena: Prince Maxon or Aspen..

This series is about injustice, overcoming great obstacles, finding and allowing yourself to love, and the idea of dreaming of something more.

By the end of the series, the author adds unexpected twists but a somewhat predictable ending. And although I felt the ending was an easy way out with questions still unanswered, if  you allow yourself to get swept away in the fairy tale then you will enjoy this series.

Quotes:

“True love is usually the most inconvenient kind.” – The Selection

“You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes.”- The Selection

“He stood and went to read my pin as I approached. “America, is it?” he said, a smile playing on his lips.
“Yes, it is. And I know I’ve heard your name before, but could you remind me?” – The Selection

“Your Majesty- Tugging my ear. Whenever.”- The Selection

“I sighed. “Actually, Mom, we argue pretty regularly.”
“What?” She gaped at me. “Well, stop it!”
“Oh, and I kneed him in the groin once.” – the Elite

“America Singer, you get back here.” He ran in front of me, wrapping an arm around my waist as we stood, chest to chest. “Tell me,” he whispered. I pinched my lips together. “Fine, then I shall have to rely on other means of communication.” Without any warning, he kissed me.”- The Elite

“I want everything with you, America. I want the holidays and the birthdays, the busy season and lazy weekends. I want peanut butter fingertips on my desk. I want inside jokes and fights and everything. I want a life with you.” – The One

“Maxon: “To be clear, no one agrees with you.”
America: “To be clear, I don’t care.” – The One


 

Ok, I want to hear from you. Have you read this series? What did you think?

Throwback Thursday- To Kill a Warlock (Dulcie O’Neil #1) by H.P. Mallory

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Today’s Throwback Thursday is the first book in the Dulcie O’Neil series- To Kill a Warlock.  The book is a quick read (210 pages) and was published on January 1, 2010

To Kill a Warlock

Synopsis:

The murder of a dark arts warlock. A shape-shifting, ravenous creature on the loose. A devilishly handsome stranger sent to investigate. Sometimes working law enforcement for the Netherworld is a real bitch.

Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator—a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim.

Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie. Between battling her attraction to her self-appointed partner, keeping a sadomasochistic demon in check, and fending off the advances of a sexy and powerful vampire, Dulcie’s got her hands full. As the body count increases, Dulcie finds herself battling dark magic, reconnoitering in S&M clubs and suffering the greatest of all betrayals.

My thoughts:

This book was entertaining and I found myself smiling throughout the book. At the end of the book I was a little undecided about the main character Dulce. Three men in the book are swooning over her but her attitude is anything but desirable. She is often rude, pushes others away, and can be a bit brass. But I can say as the series progresses, I did enjoy her Dulce more.

I also loved the twist in the story! I wish I could say more but I don’t want to give anything away. I can say I never saw it coming. Overall, this book is well written, has entertaining characters, and has the love/hate drama which we all know I love.

Quotes:

“I glared daggers at him, but they just bounced off him like water on a freshly waxed car.”

“Okay, okay. Sheesh, I guess getting changed into a gigantic booger put you into a crappy mood.” “Gee, you think?” My legs ached”

Throwback Thursday- Rush (Breathless, #1) by Maya Banks

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Maya Banks is a well known author in the erotica category, creating sexual scenes that either leave you blushing or falling over yourself trying to turn the page fast enough. And her book, Rush, is no exception. The first in the Breathless trilogy, this book was first published on February 5, 2013.

Rush

 

Synopsis and Review:

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.

If you missed my review, you can find it here: Rush (Breathless #1)

Ok, so why give this book a chance?

Like I mentioned in my review, if you are looking for a book with lots of sex then I think you found it. This book is about forbidden love- your best friends little sister is supposed to be off limits… right?

What makes this book stand out to me is how strong Mia is. Yes, she plays the submissive role pretty well. But that doesn’t mean she lets Gabe walk all over her.. which he tries. What can I say, I am a sucker for strong women.

Again, like most books this one isn’t perfect. There are some eye roll moments and at times I wanted to scream at both characters for being chicken shits. But I will say the book is saved by some amazing sex, a grovel that can never be topped, and a fairytale ending.

So I guess what it really comes down to is this is a great book about sex, an alpha male who is damaged, and a great love story.

Quotes:

“I’m not stubborn. My way is just better.”

“Tell me what you need.”
“You,” she said simply, that one word tearing to the very heart of him. “Just you.”

“If you ever wake up and see the light and decide you want me back? You’re going to have to crawl.”

 

Throwback Thursday- Legend (Legend, #1) by Marie Lu

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This week I am going to talk about Marie Lu’s Legend. This is the first book in a trilogy and was first published November 29, 2011. The plot is entertaining and moves at a fast pace with 305 pages. Although it reminds me of the Divergent and hunger games trilogies, the author created relatable and likable characters.

Legend

Synopsis:
What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths—until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Why I enjoyed this book:

This book is a duel point of view- one from the hunted and one from the hunter. And for some reason, I just loved that the hunter was June, a strong female with slight rebellious tendencies. I like how both June and Day aren’t what they seem to be.

If you have read any of Lu’s books before, you know she is a talented writer and does a pretty good job of creating a world you can imagine. The plot flows effortlessly and before you know it, you are at the end of the book.

But believe me, this book isn’t perfect. What I couldn’t get over was the fact that two 15 year old teens were leading the show. Although at times it was hard to remember they were only 15 by the way they acted. But ultimately, this was too unrealistic.

Quotes:

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time. -Day”

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system.That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”

“What a joke! Poor little rich girl’s fallen in love with the Republic’s most famous criminal.”

“You should have taken me with you,” I whisper to him. Then I lean my head against his and begin to cry. In my mind, I make a silent promise to my brother’s killer. I will hunt you down. I will scour the streets of Los Angeles for you. Search every street in the Republic if I have to. I will trick you and deceive you, lie, cheat and steal to find you, tempt you out of your hiding place, and chase you until you have nowhere else to run. I make you this promise: your life is mine.” – June


I would say this is a good book for young adults and any fan of Marie Lu. Give it a shot and let me know what you think!

Throwback Thursday-Kate Daniels Series

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This weeks Throwback Thursday is actually a series and not just one book. Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series is made up of 8 books but 10 total are scheduled to come out so far. I’ve decided to do the entire series because in the beginning I was borderline to liked this series but I wasn’t sure if I would continue reading.  I have given the books in this series between 3 and 5 star ratings. And I will promise you, the series does get better.

Kate Daniels

Somewhat of a synopsis of the series:

The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.

It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrapers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.  But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.

What I loved about these books:

I have to say Ilona does a fantastic job on character and world building. What she describes in her books draws you in like nothing else. You are able to easily visualize as you are reading along.

In the beginning, the books are tailored more for action/fantasy. But as you get further in, a romance begins to develop. And by that point, there is no turning back because the love between Kate and (sorry, can’t say. Don’t want to give it away) is deep, powerful, and pulls you in without mercy.

I also loved how Ilona doesn’t hand everything over right away. She gives you clues throughout the different books and piecing them together is almost as fun as finding out the answers.

With a final note, what draws me to this series is Kate. She is strong, feisty, and so so stubborn. But she isn’t perfect and she doesn’t always win. Her struggles are realistic and if you allow yourself to fall into this crazy world, then her accomplishments aren’t all that far fetched. Kate has had a difficult life and doesn’t trust easily. But when she decides to trust, she will be the best person to have your back.

Quotes about the Series:

“I have read a lot of books, and there is nothing like this series. The story is set in the future, where there are “magic and tech waves”. On minute your chilling around enjoying the technology and the next a magic wave hits and gas powered cars, guns and phones don’t work. Awesome!!!” – anonymous  goodreads user

“The world and characters keeps developing and getting better and better with each new novel. Typically I find that series wane after the first book or two, but this series does the exact opposite! Love it! “- Kat

“Sparrowlicious, my only advice is to keep reading… I don’t want to give you any spoilers, but a lot of what you don’t like about the first book is taken car of in the next few books!! :-)” – anonymous goodreads user

“I wasn’t too fond of the first one, but with each book, I’m loving this series more and more. I think the world building is awesome and I just adore Kate.” – Cassandra

I’m curious to see what others think about this series. Have you read it? Did you like it?

If you haven’t picked up this series, it’s a must. Just keep in mind the first book isn’t perfect or close to a five star rating. But push through because I promise it is worth it!!

Throwback Thursday-Reckoning (The Breach #1)

 

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Todays Throwback is Katheryn Avila’s Reckoning (The Breach #1). This book is a really short read (216 pages) and was first published on May 19, 2014

Reckoning

Synopsis:
After discovering suppressed psychic ability, Lexia struggles to keep her family safe, learning more than she bargained for along the way.

As demons and wraiths break their way through to the human world, she does her best to stay in control – unaware that the supernatural war dates back to before she was born.

Why I love this book:

Reckoning is a story filled with the supernatural, demons, psychics, reapers and much more; behind all of this is a fantastic forbidden love story. The characters were very well developed, with histories and connections that grew at a good pace, not rushed and not too long and drawn out. The supporting cast was a perfect fit to the characters, just enough to keep the story interesting without getting lost in their stories.

Review:
This story is complex, well written, and simply amazing! The author did an outstanding job keeping the reader constantly wondering what will happen next. The story at times was intense and always changing to where it was difficult to figure out where the author was taking you. The twists in the plot were unexpected and the ending caught me completely off guard! There aren’t many authors who take the risk and are able to pull off an ending like Katheryn Avila did! I can’t help but hope the story doesn’t end with this book!

The author created such a unique plot! The main character Lexia is extremely strong. She is smart and independent but fights everything she hears or knows. There is no easy solution when it comes to her or her problems. This book is about destiny and believing things happen for a reason- regardless if you want them to or want to accept the outcome. Hands down, this is a fantastic book full of action, love, and everything I between.

Like I said, the main character is named Lexia. After losing her family, she is sent to live with her eccentric aunt Karen and her two identical sons Adwin and Saxon. During the wake of her parents funeral, Lexia runs into Sarah. Sarah is someone no one else has been able to see. But her aunt Karen is able to see/talk with her and confronts Lexia with the fact that she is psychic- meaning she can see what others can’t and hear others thoughts. When Lexia’s parents come in ghost form to say goodbye, the author did a magnificent job creating an intense emotional scene. As the reader, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the emotional turmoil and wonder what it would be like to lose my own parents at such a young age.

The story continues at a quick pace and is broken up into three parts. I don’t want to give away too much information because you really should read this book! The ending of the story is terribly sad. Lexia has struggled her entire life to fit in but always felt alone. Overall, I was happily surprised by this book. I hope there is a sequel!

Quotes:

“I shouldn’t even exist. Neither should they. What’s the difference between destroying me and destroying them?” – Lexia Graham