Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Happily Ever Afterlife


Happily Ever Afterlife
Happily Ever Afterlife by J.A. Campbell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



The Baron and the Firebird by J.A. Campbell

Somewhat entertaining but I didn't feel connected to any of the characters so I didn't particularly care about their happiness but it was creative and different and I had a good time overall.

In the Belly of the Wolf by Amanda Carman

Well, this one was well written but slightly depressing. Scratch that. Deeply depressing. Not exactly my cup of tea.

Blood Borne Pathogen by Shoshanah Holl

More hopeful and cheerful than the last despite its grim note. Sweet too. Really well done.

The Glass Coffin by Emmalyn Greyson

First thing I noticed were the spelling mistakes. Then I noticed the plot didn't make much sense and then it ended and made even less sense. There's an HEA tho. Another thing I didn't like, the death of some of the brothers. Only characters I liked.

In Spite of Fire by Tilly Boscott

Didn't really understand the story. I wasn't familiar with the tale of the tinderbox before and now..well. Still don't understand much. Either way, the characters weren't very interesting for me and I wouldn't have missed it if I hadn't read it.

Clara and the Coon by M.K. Boise

Quite weird. Can't really say I'm happy with Clara's HEA either. She was pretty bitter regarding her misfortune and tried very hard to made other people bitter like her. Overall while I recognize the point of this story, I don't really like it or any of the characters.

Hans and the Best Day Ever by G.L. Jackson

Okay, I laughed. Probably shoudn't have 'cause I'm pretty sure there's a moral to the story and it was serious but I couldn't help it. It was a completely ridiculous mix of tales.

The Angel by Troy Lambert

Damnit. I cried. Long and hard. Incredibly well written story. Amazing depth. I wasn't previously familiar with it but I liked this rendition a lot.



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Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: The Devil Stood Up


The Devil Stood Up
The Devil Stood Up by Christine Dougherty

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Dark, forbidding and violent but also full of kindness, goodness and hope. It's a tale about Lucifer who has been thrust into the role of punishing sinners for eternity and is currently feeling overwhelmed and tired of The Litany (the flow of knowledge of every sin mankind commits). And so, when a young woman kills her baby son and an ambitious upcoming lawyer manages to get her acquitted of her crime, he decides he doesn't want to wait for them to die to punish them and goes up to Earth inside a suicider's body (Mark) to find and bring their souls to Hell sooner. On Earth he meets Kelly, Mark's adopted sister and falls in love.

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This is not a HEA. They do not end up together happy ever after. Kelly is thrust in a very violent world full of demons and barely manages to survive and Lucifer leaves right after doing what he came to do in the first place. He resigns himself to live his existence as God wanted him to since God gave him Kelly's life. There's is no kiss, no coming together or tearful goodbye. Simply a story told and I liked it. It was very well achieved, very well written. Amazing characters and amazing depth. There is a heavily hand regarding religion, so be forewarned. The devil also plays a good part or as good as the Devil ever could so if you're set in your religious ways..better give this a wide berth.



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Review: Dead Gorgeous


Dead Gorgeous
Dead Gorgeous by Daniel deLoite

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Only complain I have? Too darn short. That's it 'cause I certainly enjoyed it. Great writing. Fun, dark and sexy.



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Review: Bound to the Unicorn, Part #1


Bound to the Unicorn, Part #1
Bound to the Unicorn, Part #1 by Marcus Phoenix

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Well. It was one hot and steamy sex scene but no more than that.



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Review: Not My Wolf


Not My Wolf
Not My Wolf by Eden Cole

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Can't say I understood their relationship, if there was one, but I mostly enjoyed it. It was focused on sex tho and because it was so short I can't really say for sure they had a connection. Did seem dysfunctional tho.



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Review: Bad Boy: Ravaged by the Hunky Hoodlum


Bad Boy: Ravaged by the Hunky Hoodlum
Bad Boy: Ravaged by the Hunky Hoodlum by Carla Kane

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



So ridiculous you wouldn't believe me if I told you. Completely unrealistic.



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Review: Demon Heart


Demon Heart
Demon Heart by Sable Grey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Entertaining but the plot was completely unrealistic even for a fantasy book. The connection between characters isn't even there. 'twas just sex. Ok. So it was hot, sweaty sex but still just sex. I seriously did not see why Adrian would reform himself for Annie. The writing is very good tho. It flowed very well and it's the reason why I gave a three star rating.



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Review: A Touch of Greek


A Touch of Greek
A Touch of Greek by Tina Folsom

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Ridiculously romantic and over-dramatic. Complicated too. But it was also fun, I guess. Surely entertaining. Of course the story in itself is ridiculous and the main reason I found it funny at all.
If you told me Triton still had his powers...I would've believed him able to manipulate Sophia and her situation but without them? Are you kidding me? And wasn't there a easier way?
And her? How a supposedly independent woman turned out to be so insecure and fragile is beyond me. Kind of took most of the fun out of things. Always doubting herself, her feelings and her actions. Tiresome after some time, for sure. Michael, the bad guy? Another tiresome aspect of the book. Seriously. Could he be more of an idiot? Overall it was just anti-climatic. No big fight. Nothing. Let's just get together and pop some babies.



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Review: Baehrly Breathing


Baehrly Breathing
Baehrly Breathing by Elizabeth A. Reeves

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



It's good although I would have preferred not to deal with another romantic triangle. It's so darn clich├ęd. Who do I love more? Who understands me better? Bleh.

But...


The characters, even tho they're not very fleshed out yet, seem to be amazingly complex and interesting. I think it will be nice to keep knowing them more and more. I also liked the plot and how it was written. Very creative and compelling. The world-building was incredible too. I was a little disappointed tho 'cause everything seemed to point to how bad-ass Goldie really was and then she had her ass kicked by an Ordinary. Okay, so the guy was a psychotic serial killer who knew how to steal magic from others but...she said to everyone she could take care of herself and then had to rely on Kodi and Donovan. Ha. I would've thought it funny if I wasn't feeling so cheated. She wasn't bad-ass at all. A real shame.



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Review: Vampires, Warlocks, And Exes ~ Oh My!


Vampires, Warlocks, And Exes ~ Oh My!
Vampires, Warlocks, And Exes ~ Oh My! by Laura Lee

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Why is this woman always yelling? Why? She screams, she shrieks, she just can't have a normal conversation in normal tones. And she's always either fighting or horny and wanting to have sex. My head hurts. Seriously. I cannot stand one more exclamation point. This book, these characters really drain me emotionally. Messy, childish and simply grueling at times. Uh. And can I just say her romantic situation between Vance and Leo is just disgusting right now? Vance suddenly going all friendly with Erica is even worse. The whole conversation in how Eri can't be with Karli now because it reminds her of everything that happened? Yeah. I'm not buying that Erica.
Which only reminds me of Karli having sex with Vance to forget things too at the end. Should I just call you a slut and be done? Specially considering she left him asleep in bed right afterwards and then ran right to Leo. Poor Leo. Really. I don't know what he sees in her. She's obnoxious, insecure, loud and dumb. I just can't...not anymore. This book is even worse than the first. No character evolution at all. In fact, it appears they actually went backwards emotionally.



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