Saturday, January 17, 2015

Updates and Reviews: Light my Fire by GA Aiken, Bound by Night by Larissa Ione, Reaver by Larissa Ione, Clifftop Fantasies, When Darkness Come by Alexandra Ivy

Good Evening,

How are all of my fellow bloggers doing tonight. Hope all of you are well and are enjoying the new year. I know I am excited for the new year and for new experiences. With that being said lets move on to the updates. As everyone knows, Eternal Light and DarKnight are available on Amazon and Barns and Noble. I am currently working on the next books in the series. As usual progress is slow and my characters talk to me when they feel like it. But, I guess that is the case when you are dealing with several different worlds and a countless array of characters. On the other hand I have been working on each book's cover and other images. I'd like to say I've made great progress and I can't wait to show you guys the covers a little later on. To be honest, that is pretty much all for my updates. So I guess I can move on to the reviews... and man, there are a lot of them. (Note: that some reviews might be longer or shorter than others.)

Light My Fire by G.A. Aiken

Ok, so first up is G.A. Aiken's Light My Fire, the newest addition to her dragon kin series. As I have said before this is one of my favorite series and one of the only ones I am currently up to date on. Every time I pick up one of the dragon kin series I know I am in for an entertaining and amusing ride. Such is the same with this newest book. Celyn the Charming has instantly become one of my favorite of the dragon family. Granted his question asking even got to my nerves in the book but it only added to his character and personality. Loyal, inquisitive, intelligent (more so than his other kin), and good in both bed and battle, I found myself longing to be with him. lol. The heroine of the story, Elina Shestakova (that is the short version of her name), is a good match for Celyn. She is strong, independent, and resourceful, granted her hard headed and distant behavior annoyed me at certain points, I still found myself liking her character. But with a mother who wanted you dead and a tribe that thought of you as nothing but a weakling, I understood her need to prove herself not only to those around her but also to herself. 

To be honest, there was so much world development and sub plots and characters running around that I found myself drawn more to their stories than the main one. But I love how Ms. Aiken can combine every single event in her book into the main plot and connect everything almost flawlessly. The royal brothers are still the gorgeous assholes they have always been and their woman are still strong and able to handle them perfectly. Annwyel (hoped I spelled her name right) indeed has a houseful of noisy, nosy, busy, loving and dangerous family. Their personalities add a sense a humor and togetherness (even with the constant bickering of brothers) to the world that coincides with the darker issue looming in the background. War and the threat of a new and dark god has caused all the characters to grow up and become closer even if they didn't want too. We are able to see much more of the dragon queen and her mate, which add another dangerous but humorous side to the story.There is a new character that is introduced that adds another air of danger and mystery to the world. Everyone seems to have children running all over the place with unknown powers. But it is the twins and their cousin that i can't wait to know more about. I can't wait to see how their stories develop as war is brought closer to home and their powers continue to grow. 

There is so much going on in this book that if I wrote anymore I would give away major points and good events that happen. I wont say that at one point I felt as if too much was going on, but I got over it in a few seconds and was glad to see what my other favorite characters were up to. 

Rating: 4/5

Would I recommend? Yes



Bound by Night by Larissa Ione

This one is a new one for Larissa Ione and while I didn't fall in love with the characters as I did with her demonica series I did enjoy this new series. Like always Ms. Ione delivers an amazing and sexy story. One thing I like about Ms. Ione is that her characters have diversity within them when dealing with their sizes. Nicole Martin, the daughter and CEO of her father's company isn't a model type woman but a nerdy scientist who was attacked by her household vampires and witnessed the death of her beloved nanny at the hands of her lover while she was a small child. A traumatizing and obviously life changing moment in a child's life. Then there is Riker, the lover of her nanny and the vicious vampire that killed her nanny (or so it seems), is tormented and hates humans and the Martin family. It was entertaining to watch these two battle each other and go from hating each other to falling in love. While this couple wasn't my favorite characters in this new series (I am more interested in the vampire leader) they were an excellent team. With betrayals and life altering secrets being revealed they had to overcome many hardships in order to build their relationship. For me, Nicole was definitely the type of woman Riker needed. She wasn't weak or needy despite the fact she had an illness. She was able to think on her toes and help the clan. She was a strength that Riker needed and she was the same for him. For me I didn't see Riker as a macho masculine male character, but he was still just as dangerous and deadly as any vampire. I don't know why I wasn't completely attracted to him and more towards his hot headed leader. Maybe its the hot headed attitude I like. 

There isn't much I can say about this book other than it is a good start to what I think could be another great series, And I am excited to start the second book in the series: Chained by Night, to see how the vampire leader fairs in his quest to save his people. 

Rating: Between a 3.5 and 4

Would I recommend? Yes

Reaver by Larissa Ione

Speaking of Ms. Ione's demonica series, Reaver (I am a book behind in this series) was an excellent and exciting book. Granted that if you have been reading the series and paying attention to Reaver's character it wasn't hard to figure out just exactly who he was and just how powerful he was. What I enjoyed about this book was taking the journey with him and Harvester down their past and their future. I think these two are the perfect pair for each other. Though if you told me when I was only in the second book of this series that the two of them would fall in love I wouldn't think it was possible. Both Harvester and Reaver have done horrible things to each other, unspeakable things yet they are two very strong characters that launch the demonica world into its next phase. I didn't think i could love a character more than I loved Ares for Eternal Rider, yet Reaver slid in and won my hear, granted I think Revenant, which is the next book of the series is going to steal me away from Reaver, because let's face it the bad good guy just pulls me in every time. He is like Reaver but a much darker version and just as strong for reasons that any one who has finished the book would know. But I digress, back to Reaver and Harvester and the horsemen. 

I have always liked Harvester, even when she was vile and evil. I always felt there was something more to her. And what do you know I was right. I respect Harvester for the strong woman she is and the powerful angel she became. Watching her bring a powerful being such as Reaver to his knees was a pure delight. Harvester's life and her back story is not for the weak of heart, especially since she is Satan's daughter. (Side note: I love how there is a difference between Lucifer and Satan, as they are two different beings and not one). Through the story we watch as Harvester goes from a frightened and tortured female (thanks to her farther) to the smart talking, kicking ass and taking names woman she had always been. 

I don't want to give away the main plot, especially since it involves the horesmen, but this book is another great addition to the series. 

Rating: 5/5

Would I recommend? Yes

Clifftop Fantasies by Cassidy Browning

Ok, so this is a book I brought when I went to the convention and I must say this was a very good read. Granted the main character Allie got on my nerves a majority of the time because of her constant insecurity and worry, but I understood where she was coming from. Now, this is the first BDSM book I have ever read and I must say that it got hot and heavy and I loved every minute of it. The author did a very good job of explaining the power structure of a Master and Submissive relationship. At one point during reading this I found myself wondering if this was the type of relationship I needed for myself... something to think about isn't it. lol There's not much I am going to say about this book other than go and read it... that is if you can handle hot and heavy sex scenes and are easily offended. 

Rating: 4/5

Would I recommend? Yes  


When Darkness Comes by Alexandra Ivy

And for the last book on my review list. This will be another short one since I have drained my reviewing powers. 

This is the first book that I have read by Alexandra Ivy, I picked it up because I had met her at the convention and she had been such an amazing and nice person that I decided to give her books a try. As always with most first books in a series this book was a great start. Abby who is the heroine of this story, after working for a wealthy employer who has a sexy man in the house with her is thrown into a world she knows nothing about. Vampires, demons, witches, wizards and Abby handles it like a champ, Taking the monsters on, though she might be scared she wouldn't run away. Aside with being basically cursed, she is now bound to the very man, who she learns is a vampire, that she has secretly been yearning for. Dante, (which is one of my favorite names), is a powerful and dangerous vampire, though not as dangerous as his friend Viper apparently. (Side note: Viper is actually my favorite character so far.) A chained and tamed beast lives inside of him, one that wants nothing more than to protect the woman he loves and destroy everything out to hurt her. Their journey takes them down a road where the impossible can happen and they are forced to acknowledge their weaknesses and strengths and protect what is most important to them. I will be buying the second book to this series. Like I said this review was going to be short.

Rating: 4/5

Would I recommend? Yes

Now with all my reviews out of the way, I am off to work on my own writing so that I am ready for this convention and ready for you guys to meet the new characters of my worlds. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Update and Reviews

Hey there fellow bloggers and followers, how are you guys doing tonight? I know it has been a while since my last post but things have been a little busy for me between work and writing. As everyone should know both Eternal Light and DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines are up on Amazon.com and Eternal Light is on BN.com. As of right now I am working on about four different tittles, all of which I am currently in the beginning/middle part of them. I believe I told you the titles but just in case I didn't here they are. The first one is Eternal Earth, which of course is Adien's story and the second book in the hound series. Yup that's right everyone Adien is finally talking to me again and man, oh man, does this book have some surprises in store. I am super excited to finish it. If you liked Radien's story then you are going to love Adien. The second is DarKnight: Dawn of the Red Sun, which, like Eternal Earth , is the second book in a series. DKDRS, is the continuation of Alexos's story and the climax of the battle. If I ever manage to get off the first chapter and merge the chapters I have already written I would probably have half of the book written, but as you know me and my writer's block. I am stuck on the first chapter. The other two stories are new stories that I believe I told you about: SnoWolf and Twisted Midnight. Those are going well and I am excited for everyone to meet these enticing characters. Another thing that I have been working on since coming back from NOLA is my website which is taking me much longer than I expected to get up and running. I had no idea so much could go into creating a website. Hopefully, I can have that done by the end of the year. And that is basically it for what I am doing with my writing.

Now it is time for the fun part, so lets get to the reviews. I have a couple of books that I have to review so lets get to it.... and here we go:

Review: The King by J.R. Ward


I must say that J.R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one of the only series that I am currently up to date with. Which says a lot. I remember when I first heard of this book coming out I was so excited to see what was going to happen next in the Brotherhood. And, as per usual, Ms. Ward did not disappoint. Even though this book is not introducing a new couple as the main characters it is an awesome book that continues not only the brotherhood story but Beth and Wrath's story as well.

Needless to say, as with all J. R Wards books the writing is excellent and well done. Her characters, both the main characters, and secondary characters grip you and have you wondering what is going to happen next. I must say that I love Ms. Ward's ability to write three stories in one novel and yet not take away from the main story. This way of writing gives her more room with her stories and characters, letting her pick and choose which character's book will be next. Granted her next book is another one that I am excited to read about.

Going back to the story of Beth and Wrath, The King was an excellent continuation of seeing how this couple is deal with the stress of not only Wrath's blindness but also his life being in constant danger. While we all know this is a paranormal romance, reading the story and how Ms. Ward shows that even fated couples have issues, makes the characters feel even more real and relate able. Reminding us that they are still individuals even while being mated. That they do not lose themselves to the other but are able to stand strong in the face of danger and everyday life. There are huge surprises and twists and turns in this book that had me at the edge of my seat, or better yet wishing I read faster so I can see what happens next. There is even a new character that is introduced and I have a feeling he is going to fight with Rhage for the first place spot in my heart. This book was definitely worth buying in hardcover and paying the extra money. Which is the way I feel about all Ms. Wards books. The evolution and changes in her world are amazing and getting more complex with each new novel.

There is no doubt that J.R. Ward is my favorite author. If I had the chance to meet her in person I would just tell her how amazing and inspirational her writing is to me.

Rating: 5/5

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes, definitely

Review: The Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter

I have mixed feelings about this book. It is definitely not one of my favorite books my Gena but I
have read worse from a author that I like. And it had nothing to do with poor writing or editing or anything like that, because as we all know Ms. Showalter's books are very well written. However, unlike her Lords of the Underworld series and her other Assassins novels, this one failed to pull me in. For this book I was able to put it down for days at a time and come back to it later. Many times I wanted to put it down and start anew book but I forced myself to finish it. I don't know if it was because I female character was too whiny at certain moments or the fact that the majority of the book took place in a cage and the male lead was drugged and weak during a majority of the book. I don't know. I feel there is something missing from this book. I didn't fall in love with the male lead,for me he was lacking the usual pull Ms. Showalter gives with her characters. His heroine just got on my last nerves constantly whining. I didn't truly get a feel for her other than she was an abused woman who seemed to latch on to the first male that showed her true kindness. Also I didn't feel as if there was any real growth between the characters as their relationship progressed. For my it was more interesting reading about the bad guys then it was the main couple.

Being that this is the first in her new series,  it was a let down. But I have brought the second book in the series and I hope it is better than the first. The is one of the first times that I can say that I did not enjoy a book written by Ms. Showalter.

Rating: 2.5 or 3/5

Would I recommend this to a friend? No, not really


Review: Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione

Finally, I have read the last of the four horsemen stories. I must say the Ms. Ione did an amazing job
telling Resph's story. Granted, I never pictured one of the four horsemen and probably one of the most dangerous of them as a house husband and farmer but it worked well for the story. The heroine was well suited and very strong a perfect combination for Resph and the type of woman he needed after everything that happened to him. With him as Pestilence you really couldn't feel to bad for him, granted his darker half was a character I loved even though he threw the world into chaos.

Resph was definite eye candy, and if I found a handsome naked man in the woods I don't know I just might take him home with me too. This book provided a great segment into Reaver's book and also dropped a bombshell on us that I was thinking about but I wasn't too sure about. And because I don't want to give away any spoilers for those who haven't read this book yet I wont say what it is. But it was definitely a nice surprise.

Like always Ms. Ione's world is filled with passion and danger and keeps you entangled in the pages of the book until the very last page.

Rating: 4/5

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yup



Saturday, May 10, 2014

Update: Covers, Bookmarks, and Markings....

Hello there fellow bloggers. How is everyone doing? It has been a little more over a year since my last post. Whew, that's a mighty long time. But I am back now and with awesome news for everyone. Tell me, how do you like my new blog design? I was looking for my own saying and I came up with "Oblivion is just the beginning". Pretty cool right. Anyway moving on. First things first, as you all know I have been constantly telling you guys about Eternal Light (for years now) and DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines for a while now. And I have been promising you the photos of their books marks and their covers. Well good news is not only am I ready to show you guys the covers and bookmarks, I also have a picture of Radien's and Melody's markings to show you, as well as brief character profiles and blurbs. At the moment Eternal Light is back up on Smashwords:

(Here's the link...go to it) https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210615.

 Awesome thing is I found this grammar and spell checker program called Ginger and I believe it helped me catch whatever little snags I missed the first couple of times around. So, yeah, go and check it out. A little warning though, there have been minor changes to certain scenes and events in the book. However, the main story stays the same. So no worries. As far as DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines, I am currently going through the last edit with the program I brought and I hope to have it up and in your hands before I leave for the RT Convention in New Orleans this upcoming week. See, didn't I tell you I was making moves. And I must say I am nervous because I will be going alone to a city I have never been before, but I am also excited because not only to I get the chance to be around people who love books like I do and know the authors I am talking about, and also, getting to meet some of my favorite authors. I am also excited because this is a huge step for me and my chance to network and make new connections that could help me in the future. I just hope I have the courage to not hide from the challenge. I get to explore New Orleans and I have no idea where to go to eat or sight see. But I will figure that out later, lets stay on track. So here we go, these first pics are the book covers (I think they are pretty cool...)

Eternal Light Cover

Eternal Light Back Blurb
DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Back Blurb

DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Cover
So these are the covers I worked so hard on for the last year or so. I really like them. Its all kind of exciting.
Next are the bookmarks:

Eternal Light Bookmark Back (Radien)

Eternal Light Bookmark (Radien)
DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Bookmark Back (Alexios)

DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Bookmark (Alexios)
DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Bookmark (Tara)

DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines Bookmark Back (Tara)

So here go the bookmarks. You can't really see what's written on them, but I wanted to show everyone the pictures. The back of the bookmarks say the same thing as the back blurb of the book for the most part.

And lastly, before I get into my reviews, I can finally show you Radien and Melody's markings. Are you ready? The moment has finally come....

Radien's mark that takes up his back. I know it's probably not what everyone was expecting.
However, i think it represents his powers well. Since he can control lightening and energy.
Sharp points and what not. I know it looks rather demonic doesn't it. Lol. I love it though. 

And this is Melody's marking that is on her shoulder. As you can see it is the middle/core section
of Radien's marking. I think her's look more demonic then Radien's but somehow it suites them. As you
can guess the descriptions of their markings have changed to match with these images.
So there you go. This is what I have been working on for the last year or so, along with other projects as well. I hope you guys like them. You have no idea how long I hunted on Google then toyed with Photoshop to get things just the way I wanted, along with the help of my graphic designer and my editors (who are my close friends) I think we did very well. 

Side note: Here are some of my favorite book covers... notice I said book covers not favorite books. 
I've loved this cover since it was first revealed. I think Gena Showalter is an amazing writer. Her books
always pull me and have me wondering what's next and wishing these warriors were real so I could have one lo.
FYI...I haven't actually read this book yet. 

Another awesome Gena Showalter cover that I love. Just look at it,
the power reflected there, the mysteriousness of the man with the hidden face,
and oh, those muscles....add to that the tittle of the book. How can you not
want to read that. For the record I have read this one and it was amazing. I think I did a
review on it a while ago. 

As we all know I love JR Ward and usually her covers are not what draw me to the book, but
their back blurbs and how she is able to capture my attention with just a few words.
However, with her latest and recent covers I must say I do like them. Especially this cover for
The King and the re-released cover for Dark Lover.  

I just love Larissa Ione and while, once again, I haven't read Reaver's story yet, this cover is awesome
mainly because I have a perfect image of Reaver that makes me want to just lick the cover. 

These covers are just a few that I love. There are many more but that would take me all night to post and write about those covers. I guess I can add more on random posts. 

Anyway, now that I am no longer distracted, I was going to do a book review but I am tired now so I will save it for later. Promise it wont be for a year just a few days. With that being said. Enjoy your night, Sweet dreams. 

-Layla-



Thursday, May 9, 2013

Update and Reviews: Lover at Last by J.R. Ward, How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G.A. Akin, Blood Vow by Karin Tabke, Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Hello fellow bloggers how have you all been? I know I have been gone for a while but a lot of things have been going on, or well at least I am trying to get things moving forward. So i guess I will update everyone. Eternal Light, I have given to a few people to read and edit for me. I also have someone doing a new and improved cover for me. I am trying to get it posted on Barnes and Noble for the masses. Don't get me wrong smashwords is great but Barns and Noble will get it to way more readers and different opinions. But first it has to be edited again by real editors and formatted, which will be the last thing I do once I have the cover and editing done. I am hoping to have this done by June or the end of June. Hopefully I can get everything done by then. As far as the other books are concerned I am working on those as well. For DarKnight: Ancient Bloodlines, I am almost done writing that. Just a few more chapters and it will be ready for the editing process. But I keep getting writers block or because I am writing at work I keep getting distracted. But I have begun to create profiles for the characters and trying to find pictures that could represent what they look like just so the readers can have an visual. SnoWolf is coming along as well just a little slower because I have been focused on the other two books. I also started working on a collaboration with another writer so that story is in the works. That one is called Twisted Midnight. That is actually going to be a short story or novella I guess, at least that is what I am aiming for but we will see it might be longer though. Well that is pretty much what i have been doing these past few months. Oh and I have a few reviews to give you guys. So shall we get started? And here we go...

Review: Lover at Last by J.R. Ward
From the moment I was introduced to J.R. Ward and the Black Dagger Brotherhood I have been hooked on each and every book. Granted some were better than others but each of her books I have loved and this one is no exception. Like all of her books I could not put this one down. Like most all of her followers and readers I have waited years for Blay and Quinn's story and now that I finally have it I was free to indulge myself in them. Man the wait was worth it. This book made me laugh, cry, get frustrated, laughed some more.
     Quinn is by far one of my favorite characters. Just watching him grow and mature into a true male of worth was epic. From having a troubled past with his family, to finally accepting himself and his love of Blay, Quinn in truly a heroic character. He had to struggled with his jealously and assumptions about Blay like any other male would have done and in his own way he dealt with it as best as he could. One of the things that I like about Ward's writing is that she provides an atmosphere that makes you feel as if you are at the compound with the brothers and you are actually feeling and seeing what is going on with them. Quinn's love, frustration, confusion, and loneliness seeped out from the page and gripped me from the very beginning.
     Blay as well. He is the perfect match for Quinn. From the very beginning he was the one always there for the warrior and forcing him to be more than what he was yet at the same time accepting him for who he was. Yet Blay as well as Quinn had his own troubles with himself for being to open and honest with Quinn. Even though he did start a relationship with another male we all knew that it was Quinn he wanted. Not just from the fact that the book was about the two of them and their journey to get to each other but also because the love that Blay held, the love that Ward painted long before this book had already solidified the foundations for the two of them to get together.
    Through the massive book there were many obstacles that the two of them had to over come, not just with themselves but with the others around them. I will try my best not to give away any spoilers for those who didn't read the book but I will say that this book is full of surprises that forced each character to grow up with more than just their feelings.
     As with any Brotherhood book the brothers and everyone else is there and in full effect. As always I am always happy to get a glimpse of Rhage (who is still my favorite brother) and the other brothers. Like always Ward does an excellent job on filling us in with what the brothers are doing and what is going on in the world of the Caldwell as each book progresses. She has introduced new players and old enemies that has me wondering what her next book will be about and who will star in it. Now that all of the bothers have their own books who is next? I have my ideas that it will involve the Chosen but I have no idea which one. Though I do have a fondness for Layla and Xcor. I am really interested to see how  they will come together with Xcor having a hit out by the brotherhood on him. Then there are the twins who provide even more mystery to the storyline.
    Like always the story revolves around the king and those plotting to take his throne and the lessers. Wrath is awesome and though he prefers to be on the battlefield I think he is an excellent king. He rules with a strong and iron fist and he will not bow down to the whims of those that still live in the past with no hope of moving forward. Yet at the same time he has a softer side when it comes to his brothers and his mate. Because I don't want to give anymore away I will stop here with Beth and Wrath, but like I said before I am looking forward to the next Brotherhood book and what is going to happen next.

Rating: 4.9/5

Would I recommend this to a friend? Without a doubt, I recommend the entire series and anything else J.R. Ward has written

Review: How to Drive a Dragon Crazy by G.A. Akin

This is another book that I have been waiting for since I first started the series and was introduced to Izzy and Eibhear the Blue. These to have been fighting their attraction to each other from the very beginning and watch the Blue dragon finally come to his senses was the greatest thing ever. Like always with a Dragon Kin book my eyes were glued to the page and a giant smile was plastered across my face as I watched Izzy kick ass left and right and bring the giant dragon down to his knees. But don't get me wrong Eibhear was just as strong as Izzy and just as funny. He actually gave in quicker than I thought he would have, even though he followed her to hell and back. Like J.R. Ward, G.A Akin and her dragons are one of the only series that I am currently up to date with and loving every moment of it. Being transported from one world to another is great. Passion and stalker tendencies capture the reader and pull them into this world. All the titles of each book fit the stories perfectly because Izzy definitely did drive Eibhear crazy. But their passion had me damn near fusing myself with the pages of the book.
     Not only did these two have to deal with their own emotions but their families as well. Actually not really because it seemed that their kin knew this was going to happen and were all for it, that is of course except for Izzy's adoptive father and Eibhear's older brothers. They were not to happy and watching them try and bully their younger brother like they used to and get their butts kicked was hilarious. The antics of the families provided for many of the funny scenes of the book.
   My favorite thing about G.A.Akin series is that just like Ward's brothers the world of the dragons is always changing and each book fills in the gaps of the years that pass between each book so that the reader never feels lost or confused, especially if they haven't read the books in order. Though it is much better if the books are read in order so the reader can get the full extent of the characters personalities and the strength of their relationships. Needless to say I am extremely excited for the next book in this series, especially when I have no clue who is going to be next because the brothers all have their mates but their family is so big and interesting that any one of the dragons could have their own book. I have a few characters I would love to see get together but I guess I will have to wait and see.

Rating: 4.9/5

Would I recommend this to a friend? Damn Skippy

Review: Blood Vow by Karin Tabke


There was nothing better than watching these two alpha males get brought to their knees by a strong woman. I loved this trilogy from the very beginning. And though who my favorite brother is constantly switches I love both Lucan and Rafael equally just like Falon. I wondered after reading Blood Right how Mrs. Tabke was going to pull this hot threesome off, especially with Falon having a secret like she had. And boy oh boy did she pull it off. Egos of alphas are no joke. But I will say that Lucan was more cooperating that Rafael was but once he came along Falon and the reader were taken on a wild ride that had me fanning myself from the heat on the page. Together they faced obstacles from their races and the council to their own personal issues. Rafael had a little control issues as well as Lucan yet the younger brother proved to be a little more understanding than his older brother. A truly steamy book that brought hears and bodies together.
    Not only was the romance and love between the three captivating, but the storyline and the twists and turns in the book were just as good. It turns out that though the bad guys were bad their reason behind their actions were somewhat understandable. From being an outcast hated by all to being programed by DNA to hate something that you truly didn't understand. Once every thing came out to the open, all the betrayal and the truth only then were the characters, all of them< able to truly unite as one pack and defeat their enemies. There were many touching scenes in the book but for me the most heartfelt one was (this is going to be a spoiler) when Falon finally faced off against her father and learned of his true feelings and yet she still had love and understanding for him. Great moment in the book and showed Falon's true strength and why she was indeed the only woman who could tame the two alpha's and unite the pack.

Rating: 4.5

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes, it is worth the read if you don't mind steamy love scenes

Review: Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Lastly, if you haven't noticed I've listed these by favorites, is Retribution. I was hesitant to read this book given the way I was disappointed with the previous books and this one was no exception. Better than both Bad Moon Rising and No Mercy, Retribution was still lacking. The story line for Sundown was too out of the blue for me, especially being that we rarely saw his character in the other books, well enough for me to be interested in his story. This book took us from New Orleans to Vegas and to some unknown Indian place. I understand the purpose of this book was to give a little on Mrs. Kenyons Indian background but I believe it could have waited a little until we saw more of Sundown in other books. With that being said the book was not a complete let down. I do like Sundowns character through he really didn't pull me in. This book I was able to put down and walk away from and return to a few days later (which is what I did).
     There was a lot of great action scenes in this book however and the secondary characters provided good entrainment. TO be honest I much rather find out more about Ren and ShaSha than Sundown. I believe Ren book is the one after this so i will be getting that one soon. Needless to say I am still disappointed in the current dark hunter books, which is why i am just now reading this one and have fallen behind.  It seems to me that her books that have nothing to do with the dark hunter world are better than dark hunters. The league novels are great and so are the other series, the chronicles of nick are also good. I really don't have too much to say about this book because it was not worth remembering sad to say. I hope the next one will be better.

Rating: 2.5/5

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes and No, yes because it is part of the serious but no because I feel this one can be skipped for the most part.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Update and Reviews: Eternal Rider and Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione

Hey follow bloggers what's the tea? Lol Don't mind me, I just recently watch this sitcom Noah's Arc, and I've been wanting to say "What's the tea?" since seeing the show. But anyway, I have been writing a little bit more. I have been working on SnoWolf and I am up to chapter 6. Chapter 6 is going to be a pretty long chapter and its gonna be the first love scene between the characters. This is supposed to be a short story/novella and not a full length novel so I am only writing about 15 chapters for this story. I was thinking about maybe making it a novella series...or maybe not now that I think about it. I think for this one I will tie everything up in one shot. Especially since all the new books I am working on are part of series. It's crazy because even as I am writing this I am picturing how all the events are going to play out in the next chapter. I think in chapter 6 and in chapter 7 is when all the secrets the other characters have been hiding are going to come out since they are snowed in the house until the storm passes. Yeah I think that is what I am going to do, because I really don't want to make this a series because this doesn't seem like a series book....Well now that I worked that out and talked about SnoWolf let me update you on The Faye Princesses, wellll there really isn't much to update you on. I have written a little on the current chapter and added a new character that you will see more in one of the other books. But other than that I haven't been writing anything new for this book. I have some writer's block about what has to happen next. There's a lot going on in this world and I am forgetting in what order everything has already happened, though when I reread the chapters it seems to flow easily. As for the Hounds I still haven't finished editing Eternal Light, nor have I been working on Eternal Earth. It was suggested that I should focus on one book at a time. They might be right but how can I fight when I am working on one project and a scene for another book comes up. I have to write it out because I will not remember what is supposed to happen. Trust me I have tried to remember what happens and I have lost a lot of good scenes that way.....But anyway moving on. Lets get to the reviews (I swear sometimes I don't know why I don't read more and get lost in the world of warriors and ancient legends)

Review: Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

Took me a while before I finally reached into my library and pulled this book out. And oh man, I should slap myself for not picking up War's story earlier. Eternal Rider is the first book in the Lords of Deliverance series by Larissa Ione. This series is a break off from her previous Demonica series and deals with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse  The first book Eternal Rider is Ares story or better known as War before his seal breaks. As everyone should know he is the Horsemen of War, but until his seal breaks he is just Ares, a sexy half demon half angel god on two legs. His heroine is Cara, who is a woman dealing with supernatural powers and pretty much a boring life. I am going to skip giving you the back blurb of this book because you can read that anywhere and if you are familiar with Larissa and her work you already know the back of the book. But I will say in short that the book is about preventing Ares's seal from breaking and for the characters to discover themselves and each other, which is the same with each romance.
     One reason Larissa Ione is one of my favorite writers is because not only is she able to grab and pull me in with the first chapter but she is able to intertwine her worlds in together and piece events from her previous series into the current one and make them all related. She also takes a different approach to Biblical events and makes her own unique story. She creates a giant world where you see new characters and yet the same old character's that you love. Ares's had always been my favorite god/horseman. Just don't ask me why because I don't know. There has always just been something about War that drew me more than the other horsemen in the series. As with all warrior and alpha male arc types Ares is a hard ass and great general. Because he is war he has never lost a battle and lives for bloodshed, it intoxicates him the same way sex does. His character is larger than life and it was a joy watching him be driven crazy be the woman he loves. As we all know by now I love to watch the break down of the Alpha character and this was no exception. However unlike in The Mating (which I previously reviewed) Cara, who is Ares's woman, makes a great match for him. She doesn't take of his mess or his attitude. She frustrates him while at the same time drawing him in. And though in the beginning she was a little shaken up, she is a resilient and strong character. Watching them come together in order to save the world from Ares's brother Pestilence was great.
     There are many character's in the first book, some old and some new, and Larssia does a great job in making sure the reader isn't overwhelmed with all the information. One major character that you have a love/hate relationship with is Ares's brother Reasph or better known as Pestilence  once his seal was broken from the events in the last Demonica book. As Reasph his character is a charming playboy that looks out for those he loves, however once he turns into Pestilence his character is twisted and dark. Larissa knows how to create a great evil character. Like I always say if your going to make a bad guy make him bad and good at it, which is exactly what Pestilence is. He taunts all his siblings and in war's book is doing everything that he can to break his seal, from killing all the Fallen Angles to trying to kill Ares's woman. He wont stop and all the while he is creating diseases and wars all across the world.
     Larissa also does a great job in keeping us informed about what is going on in the background while keeping the focus on Ares's and Cara. She also introduces Thantos and Limos, or Death and Famine  and their characters are just as well rounded as all the other major characters in the story. Immediately after being introduced to the characters I was looking forward to their stories. I couldn't put Eternal Rider down and as soon as I finished it I picked up the next book and finished that in one day. While both main characters grow and progress, Ares's doesn't have as much of a character growth as Cara does. While Ares gets in touch with his emotions and realize that the rage and anger that he has been misdirected , Cara has to overcome her fear of using her power and her past because of that she is able to save no only herself but a whole species and the world.
     Needless to say this was another one of Larssia's great works. As always her characters are engaging and the world captivating. The reader is constantly in a sate of what is going to happen next and keeps the page turning. Since I first picked up the first novel in the Demonica series I have been hooked and seems I will continue to be hooked. With each book the world changes and grows. Events constantly happen that move the plot along and force the characters into situations that develop them.

Rating: 5/5

Would I reccomend this to a friend? Yes



Review: Immortal Rider by Larssia Ione

     Like I said previously once I finished the first book I instantly picked up the second one Immortal Rider which is Arik and Limos's story. And much similar to Ares's book Limos is dealing with her brother turning evil and trying to destroy the world. However Limos book though dark and dangerous seemed lighter than Ares book. It seemed that besides figuring out how to Limos's seal the biggest thing was figuring out how to get her away from Satan, who she was engaged to. I will say that Limos's story held a lot of secrets that upset her brothers yet they weren't secrets that were surprising. Limos character was not as brutal as Ares or Thantos characters. She is much more girly than I thought she would be yet at the same time it can be seen a s a distraction from her pain. Though Limos likes to party and have fun her character is much more depressing and in pain. She hides her pain behind the drinks and fake smiles. Not even her own brothers know about her pain, it seems the only one who can see through her is Arik.
    I found Arik's character to be a little different than what I remember him to be in the Demonica series. But he is much more like able and as resilient as Limos is. From the very beginning they had claimed each other and didn't right it. Yet at the same time I don't think either of these characters were as developed as Ares and Cara. The main point, as I stated before, was to figure out a way to get her out of her relationship with Satan. Which I found pretty interesting and wanted to see how that was going to go. I like how Larissa separated between Satan and Lucifer, by making them two separate beings. It provided and interesting twist to the story.
     Needless to say I look forward to reading the next book in the series and seeing what happens next. I know this review was short and I apologize for that but I am at work and had to cut it short. But it is still a great book.

Rating: 4/5

Would I reccommend this to a friend? Yes

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Update and Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Hello fellow bloggers how are we all doing today? I hope all is well with you guys. As for me I have been working and getting ready for my birthday crusie that is less than a month away. I am so excited. Only problem is I don't know what to do with my dog...I haven't figured out whose going to take care of him for the week that I am gone. It wouldn't be so hard if everyone in the house didn't act like they were scared of him, like he is some giant sized dog that can rip their hands off. But anyway moving on. I haven't written anything new for Eternal Earth yet because I haven't felt anything coming to me. So as of right now Adien and Harmony are officially on pause and also because I still have to finish editing and rewriting Radien's story which has become more of a chore than anything. As far as the Faye Princesses and Alexios's story that is making slow progress. Scenes are coming to me slowly for this part of the book and I know that is because I haven't been working on it, I've been too distracted but the scene I am working on now you get a more inside look into Bozark's mind (somewhat). I am thinking about maybe adding a prequel story of him and Alexios's mother once the Faye stories are done. Also SnoWolf is coming along well. I actually have the next scene in my head that I am going to write (hopefully) once I finish writing this post. With that being said lets move on to the review:

Review: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Well I have finally picked up Lolita and it made for a very interesting read. Mr. Nabokov did a impressive job of weaving the sickened and obsessed mind of Mr. Humbert. His obsession or love with Lolita proved to be perverted and demented yet at the same time captivating. His rationalization and description of young nymphets provided a very vivid picture of the type of young girls that Humbert was attracted too. In a way this book reminded me of Perfume: Story of a Murder by Partick Suskind. What I mean by that is that both Jean and Mr. Humbert were drawn to s similar type of young girl; though clearly for different reasons. While Jean didn't have sex with his victims, preferring to murder them for their scent, it was the scent of young girls right at the brink of puberty that drove him to murder. Humbert case is much similar, though he didn't physically murder Lolita he did in a sense murder her childhood when he took her. She much like the victims of perfume were young and held a forbidden innocence that captivated these men, a temptation. Something forbidden. But enough about with these compassion and back to Lolita. Of course this is a very old styled and well written novel and at times it may be difficult to understand. There were many parts where I had to double read and re-read what was being said (though it might be my fault that some of these passages were unclear because I was misreading some words). Being that this was written in first person we get a in depth view of Humbert's mind, and though he tries to portray himself as a rational person, he actually manages to rationalize his irrational attraction and actions. He is cunning and able to manipulate the readers into thinking that his love for Lolita was pure and that it was true love. However once I was done with the book, I still couldn't bring myself to believe that his love (no matter how much he said it was) was pure for Lolita  It seemed more that it was about power and control. Being that he was an adult male and Lolita a young girl with no mother she was dependent on him. As a child she was his to protect and take care of. in a sense she was his property and in that obsession he developed a false love. For instance while Humbert was married to Lolita's mother he had not control or power over her. Being that she was an adult and able survive on her own Humbert had no true control over her. If she wanted she could leave him, could throw him out of her home. Therefore he held no attraction to Lolita's mother. Also it could be said that his fancy for young girls began when he himself was very young and the love of his life died due to disease she caught while on the beach with him. It could be that in all these young girls that he found so appealing that he was trying to replace the love that he had lost yet he was not able to. And because as with his first love he was not in control of what happened around him Humbert never grew a true sexual connection for adult women. Either way it is hard to believe that Humbert had true love for Lolita. With that being said I will say that the character of Humbert is well developed just as the character of Lolita as a young girl is well developed.

Rating: 3.5/5 

Would I recomend this to a friend? Yes

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Update and Review: The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter

Hello fellow bloggers how are you all doing this evening? I hope all is well with you guys. I have been doing ok. My writing is still going a little slow but I am in a much better mood. And I can finally say that Eternal Light is published!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! no I didn't go through an agent or anything like that but I did go through Smashwords.com and published it as an E-book. I made my own cover and everything. So now that it is out there I hope that it gets good reviews from anyone that reads it. I fear that there will be a lot of negative comments about my book but I put it out there any way. So here is the link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/210615. It's a free download that can be read on almost every device. So read and enjoy....with that being said lets move on to this review before I get tired and decide not to write...

Review: The Darkest Surrender by Gena Showalter

Once again Gena continues to prove why she is one of my favorite authors. With each new edition to her Lords of Underworld novels she adds more to the characters and plot. She keeps the world moving like clock work and her words flow effortlessly throughout the story. I have yet to be disappointed by any book of hers and this one is no exception. I had though Aaron and Sabin my favorite Lords but after reading Strider and Kia's story I must say that Strider ranks pretty high in the list of my favorite Lords. Possessed by the Demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose any challenge placed before him no matter how trivial it might be. His sex appeal, confidence, and arrogance captures the reader and pulls them into his charming ways. His is a strong alpha character that is complemented by the novels heroine Kia, a beautiful, persistent, harpy that challenges Strider in the most pleasurable ways. Gena throughout the novel is able to set the stage and background story for the characters. For instance Kia's past is revealed and why she and her sisters are out casted by their family. Throughout the story we watch as Kia struggled with her own insecurities not only when dealing with Strider but also with her family and other Harpies (who behave like gladiators on steroids). While Kia struggles not only with her feelings for Strider and other things, the reader is given a front row seat as Strider is brought to his knees by the beautiful Kia. He and his demon end up falling in love with Kia.

In an effort not to give anything away I will say that like always Gena does an excellent job with character development. She sets forth the problems of the characters and provides solutions by the end of the novel so the reader isn't left asking what happened. The environments are described enough so that the reader knows where the events are taking place but the do not drag on to the point they bore the reader to sleep. The sex scenes (of which there are many) are steamy and emotional, yet never raunchy.  The Harpy games we much similar to watching Spartacus. There were other characters and Lords involved in the book that provided comical relief at times and reminded the reader that this is just one story happening in a world that was constantly changing. To put it simply this book is a must read for all Lord of the Underworld fans. Unlike another one of the authors (who has written seveal disappointing books) Gena gets better with each next installment.

Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes

Rating: 4/5