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Review: Throne of Glass

Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Source: NetGalley – Get your own copy from The Book Depository

I fell head over heels with the cover, of course. Look at it, how could you not? It’s absolutely bad ass! The blurb, by itself, has potential and is quite appealing. And all the glowing reviews out there, well, my expectations were jacked up out of proportion.

Celaena was way too perfect for me – she’s really good at what she does (and I mean, really really good), she’s drop dead gorgeous, there’s a mixture of the kick-ass heroine and yet there also exists the giggly swoony girly girl in her. Maybe I’m just having a case of the green-eyed monster but I just couldn’t like her, much.

I may have mentioned the other month that I’m totally over YA love triangle? I think that was one of the reasons why I didn’t really enjoy this book as it was pretty blatantly obvious which triangle exists and that someone is bound to be hurt. At the end, thought, it wasn’t really that obvious ‘how much’ hurt was experienced but… I’m hurt 😦 – I liked this character the best in this book!

The problem lies with my expectations plus over publicity… I made the mistake to ‘like’ the Throne of Glass FB page before reading the book and everyday there is some feeds from the page and I was over the book before I began – it was my fault, I should’ve waited but the cover looks so good!! I’m the one who’s really sorry that I didn’t enjoy as much as others – makes me out to be an outcast too! ;p

Thank you Netgalley & Bloomsbury for the opportunity provided

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Review: Moonglow

Moonglow
Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb

Once the seeds of desire are sown . . .

Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy’s door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors . . .

Their growing passion knows no bounds . . .

Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect the beautiful, fearless Daisy, who awakens in him desires he thought long dead. As their quest to unmask the villain draws them closer together, Daisy has no choice but to reveal her own startling secret, and Ian must face the undeniable truth: Losing his heart to Daisy may be the only way to save his soul.

My Blurb

As I may have previously mentioned, I am usually reluctant to read a series based on settings (worlds) rather than characters. This series is one of those! Of course, I didn’t realise when I started as I usually don’t check out the 2nd book before I read the 1st, in case of spoilers. And today, I think I figured out the source of my reluctance. I am scared of seeing the main character from the 1st book (whom I have attached my affection to) from another character’s view and not liking her / him!

Well, there certainly some annoying Miranda bits but only a little bit. In fact, she was barely there at all (yay!). In the end, though, it didn’t matter. Ian & Daisy totally eclipsed Miranda & Archer. Firelight maybe smoking hot but Moonglow is explosive! Ms Kristen Callihan, I think you’ve outdone yourself! I can’t wait for the third instalment, Winterblaze.

Daisy is just coming out of a society-imposed mourning period and she intends to live life to the full. Unfortunately, on her first night out sees her in danger of losing her life. Nonetheless, it lead the enigmatic Ian Ranulf to her rescue. Whilst she feels the attraction to him right from the very beginning, she also knew what he tried to do to Miranda & Archer. And yet… is that enough to make her stay away from him?

I love this part – she’s just thrown the gauntlet…

She eyed him over her shoulder. “Me, you mean?” she asked coolly, as if her heart was not bounding like a frightened rabbit within the cage of her ribs.
His square jaw bunched as he gave a sharp nod. Speechless for once. What a thought.
“You’re welcome to try, my lord.” She shoved him with her shoulders, catching him off balance, and he faltered back a pace. Daisy opened the door but stopped to look at him.
Northrup’s broad chest heaved with the rapid breath of a man in a temper, his vivid eyes flashing while his fists clenched at his sides. It ought to have frightened her, but it served only to send an unwelcome bolt of heat straight at her sex.
“However, I doubt that you could handle me. Somehow I think you prefer your women either unavailable or subservient. I am neither.”

Ian has lived many a lifetimes and past hurts have led him to close his heart & self from many others, especially mortals. But, Daisy stirred something in him he thought have died long ago. Her life is in danger from one of his kind and he will do all to protect her. But, will he be able to keep her in his life? Can he, once again, open himself to love?

I love the ‘forever’ romantic angle in this book. There were a couple of surprising twists (I love surprises!) but there were also a couple of things I wished were better or more developed (for example, Daisy’s unhappy marriage and her secret). Still, it made an enjoyable fun and sexy read.

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Blog Tour: Chosen -a Review + Giveaway

Book Blurb

Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma’s never needed help before. And even though she’s learned to trust her son, it doesn’t mean she trusts Will.

Mercenary Will Davenport lives in the moment. Hauling Emma to South Dakota should have been an easy job, but his employer neglected to tell him about Emma’s freaky son and the gunmen hot on her trail. Instinct tells him this job is trouble, but nothing can prepare him for Jake’s proclamation that Will is The Chosen One, who must protect Emma from the men hunting her power. A power she doesn’t know she has.

Will protects Emma and Jake on a cross-country chase from the men pursuing them, while struggling with memories from his past, his apprehension of Jake, and his growing attraction to Emma. Will’s overwhelming urge to protect Emma surprises him, especially since it has nothing to do with his paycheck and possibly everything to do with the tattoo Jake branded on his arm. Rich and powerful men are desperate to capture Emma, and Will must discover why before it’s too late.

My Blurb

I really wasn’t expecting the book to be so fast-paced!  I’m not complaining; I love it!  Emma & Jake have been on the run for years although usually they have been able to avoid being captured.  One day, as they were about to run, Will practically jumped into their car and forced his help on Emma.  Hhmm, suspicious much?  Emma did not have time to argue and when she did object, Jake insisted that she needs Will.  There are powers at play of which no one knows much of, except maybe Jake.

It was a thrilling read when things kept happening one after the other with nearly no breaks in between.  There is, of course, a bit of romance & humour to lighten the mood but the chase, shootings, overall actions kept the suspense pretty much throughout.  Close to the end, the chase kind of peter off but that’s where we find things are a lot more complicated.

Umm, seeing that it’s only book 1, I really still have no idea what’s going on – on the paranormal side of things, the secret society side of things, and I really do not have a clue where it’s going to go!  What I can tell you though, that I’m really interested.  I have really enjoyed this book, an action-packed thriller with a touch of the supernatural, and a dash of romance.

About Author

Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.

You can find out more about Denise and her other books at www.denisegroverswank.com or email her at denisegroverswank@gmail.com

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Giveaway

Denise will give away a digital copy of her paranormal YA, Here, to one commenter at each stop and a $50 Amazon Gift Card to one randomly drawn commenter from the tour.  So, comment away (here & other stops too to increase your chance of winning!).

Review: Monster in My Closet

Monster in My Closet
Monster in My Closet by R.L. Naquin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb

I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn’t imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I’d seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?

After all, I’ve always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don’t get me wrong, I like helping people—and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course…

My Blurb

I don’t remember ever being scared of monsters, whether in closet or not. However, my little one is currently having a similar problem though he is afraid of ‘cowboys’ (I don’t know how / why since he loves Toy Story!). This is why I was interested in this book, not because that I’m hoping it will give me some tips as to handle it, far from it, I was definitely hoping for some distraction, it hasn’t been easy.

And what a great distraction! Monster in My Closet was a light-hearted tale of otherworldly creatures. When Zoey was 5, she was scared of the monster in her closet. She’s in her late 20s now and has stopped believing in monsters until she found one (the one from her childhood) in her kitchen, drinking coffee, reading the paper and baking the most delish muffins. His name is Maurice; he’s been kicked out of home and needed a place to stay. Zoey has never been one to turn away those in need and thus begins the revelation of all otherworldly things for Zoey…

I love Zoey’s fun, bold & quirky sense of fashion! I wish I could carry it off myself but I think I’m going to have to stick with being ordinary. Zoey is kind generous and warm to all – but there is more to her than just the ‘ordinary’ human. At first, it seems that Zoey just can’t say ‘no’ but that’s because she has that extra sense which makes it hard for her to assert herself sometimes. As she discovers more of herself though, she is even more lovable than before.

The story is filled with a slew of otherworldly creatures (even including one Hot Reaper), many dead bodies, and one stinking demon. It’s a story to while away your day in the sun; it’s light, it’s fluffy, and it’s pretty much clean (ie. no steamy stuff). A good satisfying read for me.

Thank you Carina Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to view and review.

Note: There was one part where Zoey was setting up a date on a Saturday and then at the bottom of the page, she said that she has a date on Friday. As my copy was from Netgalley, this may be un-corrected proof at the time.

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YA of Omnific Week: Destiny’s Fire by Trisha Wolfe – a Review

Welcome to my stop of The YA of Omnific Week Blog Tour hosted by A Tale of Many Reviews.

For the month of August, all Omnific’s Young Adult etitles are on sale this month for $2.99.

Destiny’s Fire (Kythan Guardians #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Book Blurb

It’s the year 2040, and sixteen-year-old Dez Harkly is one of the last of her kind—part of a nearly extinct race of shape-shifters descended from guardians to the Egyptian pharaohs. Her home and her secret are threatened when the Council lowers the barrier, allowing the enemy race to enter the Shythe haven.

As the Narcolym airships approach, Dez and her friends rebel against their Council and secretly train for battle. Not only is Dez wary of war and her growing affection for her best friend Jace, but she fears the change her birthday will bring. When Dez’s newfound power rockets out of control, it’s a Narcolym who could change her fate… if she can trust him.

Dez’s guarded world crumbles when she discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, and she’s forced to choose between the race who raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.

My Blurb

Like a badass heroine?  Dez Harkly is the one for you!  I don’t mean badass as in drug / alcohol indulgent but as in she seriously kicks ass (literally!).  Dez is strong beautiful and caring.  She has to be strong because she’s really not who she seems to be.  She’s got a lot to hide but will it stay hidden?  Her secret will rule her life and someone out there is determined to use it.

Dez is about to face the biggest change in her life when her world is turned upside down.  The Council made a Peace Treaty with their enemy and her world is now invaded with those whom she has been brought up to hate.  But are they really whom they were portrayed to be?  Her best friend, Jace, is determined to hate them and to uncover their evil plot -to rule the world of course 😉.

It was action-packed culminated in a battle (yes!) with some flyaway sparks (literally) of romance which was totally engrossing to read.  I was most appreciative of the twists and thrilling suspense in uncovering Dez and the evil plot.  Nearing the end, I really thought it was going to be a cliff-hanger ending and to my relief, it wasn’t.  Nevertheless, I was highly strung til pretty much the end :p

I’ve not read that many steampunk novels (in fact, I could probably count them on one hand!) however I have a certain notion that it has to be in a Victorian era.  Destiny’s Fire contains many corsets but it hasn’t the Victorian feel for me.  It does still fall within the steampunk genre but rather more dystopian in setting. What really drew me to this book was, of course, the cover (I’m so superficial!) and the Pharaoh’s reference (my love for Ancient Egypt is probably rooted in Stargate).  Unfortunately, there wasn’t much about the Pharaohs or Ancient Egypt, however I have my hope that maybe in the next installment…?

I think I may be over love triangles!  The love triangle was just on too high a level on my pain threshold that I was really getting uncomfortable (about halfway through the book), I was contemplating whether I could go on!  Thankfully, the dial was turned down a bit or I really would have cracked it.  But… it wasn’t off, and I really didn’t know where I was and who to cheer for…  I’m really grateful that I wasn’t left hanging at the end.

A little note at the end, I just wasn’t sure about how to read / spell “Shythe”, I keep reading / spelling it wrong in my head and it makes it sound pretty bad (my bad! :p)

Giveaways

Omnific is generously hosting a giveaway for one lucky person to win the Entire Omnific Young Adult Catalog! That’s a whooping 7 ebooks to gorge yourself on!!  Go to Omnific Publishing to enter.

In addition, you can also win an ebook copy of Destiny’s Fire (only), by leaving a comment letting me know your thoughts on ‘steampunk’ or ‘love triangles’ and a winner will be chosen by the ‘randomizer’.  Please do not include your email address in the comment section.  Only leave your email address on the comment form (as I will be able to access that but it will not be visible to the public).  Ends Saturday, 11th August 2012.

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Review: Persuasion

Persuasion
Persuasion by Brenda Joyce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb

Betrayal Tore Them Apart Amelia Greystone was deeply in love when the earl of St. Just abruptly ended his courtship and left Cornwall ten years earlier. So she is stunned when Simon returns, recently widowed. Now she must forget the past they shared and his betrayal and console him as any neighbor would. Simon has changed-he is dark and haunted now-but he can still make her reel with a single look. When he offers her the position of housekeeper, Amelia knows she must refuse. But for the sake of his children,she throws all caution to the wind…. Passion Will Reunite Them A British spy, Simon Grenville is now playing both sidesin a time of war, his goal to keep his sons safe. Yet when heis brought face-to-face with the woman he once loved, he realizes nothing about his feelings for Amelia has changed-if anything, they are even stronger. Still, Simon knows he must stay away from Amelia; his life is too dangerous now. But sometimes passion is too strong to be denied….

My Blurb

I’m feeling sad, at the moment, because I’ve finished reading this book! Seriously, it’s 393 pages but it really didn’t feel like it. I thought I was in a rut as I found myself reading one paranormal romance after another and I started this book (courtesy of Netgalley) without much expectation. The first 100 pages flew by and I had to force myself to put it down to go to sleep early this morning. I kept sneak-reading this book for the rest of today and I couldn’t believe I’ve finished it.

I don’t read very many historical romances, maybe about a dozen or so in a year (out of my 200+ reads) but I went through a Georgette Heyer phase plus I. JUST. LOVE. The Scarlet Pimpernel. What’s this book gotta do with Scarlet Pimpernel you ask, well, granted it does not have the masked hero but… what interest me from the book blurb was that Simon Grenville is a Spymaster in the time of the French Revolution. That little bit of similarity to Scarlet Pimpernel was enough to piqued my interest. Plus that dark & handsome brooding hero in need of salvation… *sigh*, my kind of man 😉

It was a very easy read, one thing after another happened and before you know it, you’ve read over 100 pages! Things slowed down a little but the romantic suspense was there pretty much ‘til right near the end. The ending is slightly disappointing. I am happy but it was just an average sort of ‘romance’ ending which was wrapped up pretty quickly.

I wish there was more action. Actually, I Want some Action. The only two exciting happenings were a near-abduction and a loaded gun being totted around. Aww, c’mon! Surely, surely, some sort of action-adventure could’ve been fitted in this book, he’s a Spymaster!

Still if you are looking for an easy fluffy engaging romantic fling, this book may just do it for you. The key is to NOT have too high an expectation 😉 I thoroughly enjoyed my reading and kinda sad that it’s over. “Next!”

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