Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Don of the Dead


Don of the Dead
Don of the Dead by Casey Daniels

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Kind of sloppy and inexperient but also good enough for a 1st instalment. Pepper was...difficult to like. I always have a problem with women who jump feet first and think later like her. Not charmed by the whole damsel in distress act much less that of a former white rich girl. I prefer a much deadlier kind of act and seeing Pepper fumble around with the mob just plain gave me the weebie jeebies. Also kind of a big project for a 1st instalment. Made it all seem not only extremely unlikely but also unrealistic as hell. No way should've that ended so well (well being a relative term of course). So...I didn't relate with her, not even when she was getting shot at. The whole thing with both Dan and Quinton didn't help either. Just so...theatrical. The writing is compelling though and the single reason why this even rates a three star rating in my book.



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Review: Autumn Bones


Autumn Bones
Autumn Bones by Jacqueline Carey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Didn't I say screwing Cody was gonna bite her in the *ss? No? Well I thought it. Its a dead end she keeps trying to keep it open and it's annoying as hell. Not saying she should just go with Stefan 'cause he's not exactly a safe choice either and she should definitely think it over before doing anything but..I can't help thinking he'd be a better choice anyway. Maybe I'm wrong tho and it would be a bad thing. Hey, at least this one actually has a chance. Cody not so much and his complacency towards the matter even tho he claims good intentions is even worse. Kinda makes me want to hurl something at his head. Something heavy. Anyway...the whole debacle with Sinclair's family. I would've sent him packing right after his sister first showed up. Trouble just for the sake of trouble. Like I said regarding the first novel, Daisy needs to come into her powers as a Hel agent. I get depressed just thinking about her ignorance and vulnerability. Seriously. There was some growth but nothing much and it's already causing casualties. I sincerely hope this gets addressed soon because it takes quite a good deal of contentment out of the series.




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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: Dark Currents


Dark Currents
Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



It was...nice. Maybe not perfect (Daisy was dumb sometimes and her vulnerability annoyed me a little) maybe not always exciting or even compelling but I ended up liking it anyway. Daisy, which is a crappy name for a hell-spawn, was kind of simple and a little incompetent too. I didn't expect her to be some bad-ass woman with amazing survival skills being a file-clerk for the Police Department but I did expect better from an agent of Hel. There is no reasonable excuse for it either considering she's been doing the job for a couple years too. The whole kidnapping thing was a clusterf*ck of epic proportions. Her damsel in distress act really bothered me to no end. I still can't believe she needed such rescue and her little stunt with the emotions of the ghouls didn't make it right either. Just kinda glossed it over. I really hope she pulls her act together sooner or later. She needs to learn to defend herself instead of only relying in her position as Hel's agent. Grow some b*lls or something. The rest of the characters? I liked the diversity and I really liked the world-building. It was different and well done. I saw myself cheering for the monsters and as well as the humans and that is good writing right there. I specially liked Stephan and Lu. Cody, not so much. The whole pack thing always pisses me off even tho I understand it. Good HEA.



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Review: The Djinn's Dilemma


The Djinn's Dilemma
The Djinn's Dilemma by Mina Khan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



It's not one of the best books in existence but the writing flows very well, the characters were entertaining if not perfect and the world-building was interesting enough to keep me compelled to finish. Only one sex scene and one big fight. Overall? Nice but I probably won't remember this after a few days. Could've been better with a little more work.

Rating: 2.5 ★



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: Dead Girls Are Easy


Dead Girls Are Easy
Dead Girls Are Easy by Terri Garey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Honestly? I was expecting more Supernatural and less Ghost Whisperer. Kinda disappointed in that regard to tell the truth. Not a single vampire, werewolf or zombie. Not even an angel or demon. Where's the fun in that? Nowhere. Only thing that saved the whole book for me was the couple and even then...I was not completely sold. Nicki talks a good talk (which I love) but doesn't do the walk. She's kinda wimpy and blue. Evan was nice? I don't know. Not much basically. I did like Joe, even tho I had my doubts at first and he ended up surprising me. Good choir boy with a little wild streak. But that's all. Granny Julep was not a kind person and Nicki's weakness towards the old lady really pissed me off. The plot wasn't that interesting. Unreasonably convoluted and boring. Almost 400 pages to tell something that could've been told in less than 200 which, in turn, made everything look flat and diluted. Shame.



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Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: Bad Mouth


Bad Mouth
Bad Mouth by Angela McCallister

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Surprisingly good and sweet. It's very hard for me to like PNR's with vampires. Authors either portray them as mild and sparkling or arrogant dip-shits. In fact it's quite difficult to achieve balance and therefore I'm usually turned off by said novels but this one was really good in that. Kade was clearly all male and alpha but he had an honour and sweetness about him that completely captivated me even when he lied through his teeth. Well done. And although Val was completely in love with him she was no shrinking violet either. She had no problem standing up to him and his overbearing attitude. Quite delightful to watch. Great match. Really entertaining and fun.



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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: I'll Be Damned


I'll Be Damned
I'll Be Damned by Casey Keen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



And now you lost me. 20% into the book and I couldn't take it anymore. Anna is an idiot and managed to annoy me to no end in just 89 pages. How? By not doing anything at all in 89 pages that's how. By taking more than a paragraph to describe her makeup and a full two pages to describe whatever she was doing which was nothing like I already mentioned. I was bored to hell. Anna was boring. Janie was...you guessed it, BORING. Martello, her gay friend, talked like this: "Girl, what is you doing? You looks like a damn fool". No. You look like a damn fool for talking like THAT. Her family was...wow. How can I say this properly? Depressing and BORING.

Maybe it gets better. Maybe it's good for someone else. Personally, I am done. Good luck.

Rating: 1.5 ★



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Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: Here Be Sexist Vampires


Here Be Sexist Vampires
Here Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This? This was surprisingly good. When I read the summary talking about Jared being a sexist pig and the MC falling for him anyway I seriously thought it was going to be painful. But it also mentioned how kick-ass Sam was so I just plodded along waiting my doom. I never got there. It was insanely cool. I don't think this can be properly named UF as GR shelved it, more of a PNR, but it's still full of action and just plain fun. Sam is a homicidal bitch and Jared really is a misogynist pig. Both incredibly arrogant (him more than her) but they worked so well together...of course it took them ages to go along with it but still, great story. I really liked them both and their sexual tension was hot. Jared still pissed me off more than not but then Sam would just kick his ass and I'd be happy again so it was all in good fun. Had a awesome time reading it. Recommended for some light entertainment.



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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: After the Fire


After the Fire
After the Fire by J.L. Murray

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



It's good. A very well done first instalment. Not as good as Murray's Niki Slobodian series but I'm sure it'll get there in time. I was a little disappointed by the end though. I expected a little better of Eleni and the other gods. All that tension and it ended so quickly. Seemed like they all failed spectacularly easy. But, I will definitely be reading anything else she puts out. Murray is a great writer and I really love her voice. She tells wonderful stories and I am anxious to get my hands on the next book. Good work.



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Craved


Craved
Craved by Stephanie Nelson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



You know...it wasn't perfect. There were numerous attempts at brilliancy that completely fell flat for me but then you go and kill Gwen's best friend and then have her agree to some half-assed request so the bad guy can bring her friend back from the dead? I was never particularly fond of Gwen before but this totally ruined the story for me. Gwen went from a thoroughly boring character to an exhaustingly stupid one. Maybe it would've been better if the support characters were well written too but they weren't either. They all seemed to only exist near Gwen and even then barely so. The world-building sucks. There is no other word for it. It's confusing and irritating. Nelson seems to devise new rules every paragraph just to have them ignored in the next. Gwen goes most of her life with a simple set of powers and suddenly she's incredibly rare and everyone wants her. Reasons? None. Who cares, right? Who the hell needs sense in this book? Just me apparently. The plot just seems incredibly implausible and I guess her stupidity facing her friend's death just made me give up on the whole thing for good. Not impressed and I want my time back.





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