Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Smart Smut

Seduction & Scandal by Charlotte Featherstone
Mystery, Drama, Romance and SEX.... Hot, angsty sex.

Can't ask for anything more. To be honest this is the first Featherstone book that I really enjoyed.

Although, I didn't NOT like her other novels, they just seemed lacking something for me. This was the first Featherstone I felt connected to.

It was paranormal without screaming it out loud.

Overall, an enjoyable getaway.

Happy Reading

A Little Bit of Genius

Lady of Hay

I had been told my droves of people to read this book.... The size, and synopses was one that threw me off... I am not one for anything in current times... When I read a book, especially one of this quantity I need for it to sweep me away to another time, another place, another world.
Barbara Erskine achieved this with style, and an amazing ability to capture this readers attention and hold on till the end.

Happy Reading

Wickedly Awesome

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Wicked Years, #1)

LOVED THIS ENTIRE CONCEPT... What a great read. Elphaba was a little peice of everyone, and my heart broke at how misunderstood she was. Very human, and realistic approach to a classic fairy tale proving to us all that there is ALWAYS two sides to every story.

Obviously Forgettable

The Taker

Okay... So this is a first for me.
It dawned on me that I have been slacking in a major way on my reviews, so I thought I would go through my list and catch up on my 'read' list...
I read this book less than a month ago, and I rated it 4 stars... I remember liking it. I found the premise, (which I must admit I only recalled when re-reading the synopsis) original and intriguing.
Problem is, I don't remember much more about it. This literally never happens to me...
I must have liked it enough to give it the 4 stars however... just wished I could remember what posessed me to do so.
Happy Reading

Midwife Fell Flat

Midwife of the Blue Ridge

It started out great... Had all the elements I look for in a book. History, Struggle, Friendship, Loyalty, and Love.
An awesome beginning, a wee Scottish lass full of spunk and brains signs up as an indentured servant, heading for the New World to escape the hardships of Scotland after Culloden. Authentic Scottish prose, Hilarious and Charming banter, and an overall feeling of possibility and hope.
Its beginninf was reminiscent to some of my favorites stories, and was succesful in grabbing my attention, and tugging on my heart string, however it tapered off at the end. I am not able to pinpoint where the disconnection happened, it was quite sudden really. One moment I was loving it, the next moment I was yawning. It was a strange transition.
Over all, a sweet story, decent writing and fairly engaging love story. Could have used more detail into Tom and Maggie though... There love seemed as abrubt as my loss of interest.
Happy Reading.

A Discovery of Something Rad

A Discovery of Witches

This book had it all... Witches, Vampires, Daemons, all in keeping paranormal interest alive. Mystery combined with awesome historical elements to intrigue the inner budding historian, while dashed with a perfect amount of love story to appeal to the hopeless romantic, without dominating.
In short... I LOVED This book, sharing a likeness with many of my favorite stories, while maintaining an originality all of its own.
I refuse to say anymore on the basis that everyone should pick it up and get lost within its pages as much as I did and can do so without getting any spoilers from me. 
Simply can not wait for the next installment... Summer 2012 can not come soon enough.
Please Ms Harkness, if you would be so kind as to kick your publishers a** in gear, and get it to us sooner~ it would be much appreciated.
Happy Reading~


The Restorer (Graveyard Queen #1)

Creepy Galore, with Rad sexual tension, a smart mystery and original Paranormal plot... Love, LOved, LOVED IT...
Amelia Sees Dead People... Literally... and no, not of the sexy vampire variety... like the real deal, Sixth Sense sorta dead people...
2 rules for someone who can see the dead,... Never EVER, let them know you can see them... and Stay clear from the Haunted...
Amelia, meet Devlin... Devlin is a cop... and Hot... and brooding... and possibly dangerous. Oh and lets not forget the fact that he is HAUNTED.  And did I mention HOT????
Too Bad Devlin exudes sexy from his pores...Makes it a tad bit tricky to follow rule number 2....
What is Amelia going to do??? Well we have 3 awesome books to this series, and I for one can not WAIT for November when the next is released....
Happy Reading

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Another Series Winner

I was just saying to my reading buddy, Rhonda, that I was tiring of the typical.. 'Privelaged girl meets Privelaged boy, having to endure the constant snear of society, all the while trying to (and always failing) to maintain ones virtue' stories.

Don't get me wrong, I love those books as much as the next guy..er.. uhm girl. It's just that lately I have been craving something 'more'. More angst, More struggle, (beyond what color of dress to wear to the society ball), more 'REAL'.

I definatly found that in 'The Tea Rose'. A magnificent story, of love and loss, struggle and survival, and the determination to be more than what life has handed you. A beautiful 'life and love' story, that felt very real for me. Nothing fairy tale-ish about it, just a handful of people willing to work there butts of to make it in a cruel world.. and the people along the way, some who hindered, many who loved unconditionally and helped ease the way.

I adored this book.. Can't wait for The Winter Rose (The Tea Rose, #2)

Beautiful~ Soul Shattering

Quite possibly, THE MOST heart wrenching novel I have read to date.

Cleverly written, with the perfect mixture of fact and fiction, and a level of reality that reminds us all that at times it does in fact, Bite.

Cathy Buchanan has more than succeeded in creating some enduring, and incredibly lovable characters, so much so that the events you live through with them, are all the more real, and all the more soul shattering.

My only critisicm, which I mean as constructive.. Is I would have liked more insight to Bess and Tom.. More details of their love, their life. The History of the Niagara Falls (as amazing as it was) seemed to overshadow them too much. I wanted to adore Tom, like I have Jamie (Outlander), and Alexander (The Bronze Horseman).. And I believe he is a character that potentially could've held his own among them as company, if only the Author developed him, and his relationship with Bess a little more.

I really, really liked this book.. But it will be one I won't be able to read again.. It bruised too much...

Hmmm~ Not so much

Repetitive~ This is the word that comes to mind when attempting to review this book. 'Easy Read' is another term best to describe~
While it was entertaining~ In its sexually charged atmosphere, tipping the scales of the steam meter with it's hard core porn feel (Erotica is it's genre after all)

Outside of the incredibly hot, sometimes over the top sex scenes, I found the story lacking~ In fact I found the characters extremely annoying at times and not in the least believable.

Now~ Allow me to explain~ I LOVE a dark, troubled, brooding hero as much as the next gal~ However, I have discovered there is a definative fine line between sexy and just plain rude. This dude pissed me off~ He was just raunchy~ Which left very little to endure himeself to me. I certainly didn't find him 'sexy'~ UNTIL the last 80ish pages~ But this is where the true crux of my issues with this book lie~

Where the hell did the demeaning, overtly egotistical maniac go? Seriously~ He was there, literally dominating the pages with his pure and utter selfishness and then 'Poof' just like magic~ He disapeared replaced in an instant by a 'truly, madly, deeply' love struck 'gentleman'~ I don't get it~ I feel it was poorly executed and written with an almost amateur tone.

Now that I laid out all my negatives~ On to the positive~ For it's genre this book does deliver~ It is super hot~ With very detailed sex scenes~It does manage to make you feel tingly all over which is one of its main purposes after all.

And~ I did manage to finish it in its entirety, without skipping pages or skimming the words~ Which several other novels in this genre have not been able to accomplish with this jaded erotica reader~ So for it's ability to keep my interest in spite of my many bones picked~ This book definatly deserved the 3 stars for keeping my attention, and managing to entertain me regardless