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Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison


Dragons! Yay Dragons!
Totally lived up to the hype.

Pia is on the run after being blackmailed by her loser ex-boyfriend into stealing one of the richest, and most dangerous dragon alive’s– treasure. Everyone knows, you don’t mess with a dragon’s treasure.

Dragos is bored. Life is boring. Wohoo, made more money. Business crisis, yada yada, yada, who cares. What is a bored dragon to do when he finds a piece of his treasure stolen? Take to the sky and smite yon buildings! It’s raining windows! Watch out! Roar!!!

Pia left him a note. Geez. You would think he was mad or something by the way she was lying on the cold ground after hearing the unearthly roar of the dragon from the air. She only took a penny! And she left him her own penny to replace it. And a note. She left a note. Why is he so mad?

On the run for her life, fearing she will be smited on the spot when she is found, she leaves her life behind and cashes in some favors and some of her secret identities and runs. She is a runner for sure. She has secrets. What girl doesn’t?

The book was great. The characters were entertaining and funny. The plot was decent, but wasn’t complicated. What really shines in this book are the secondary characters, and the romance between Dragos and Pia.

I have to say that I am not a huge fan of “Fated Mate” type books. It bothers me when they are sleeping together, professing love and marriage, all within a week of meeting. Now, it didn’t bother me so much in this novel. It was done pretty well actually.

I liked the world building. It was a cool world full of Elves, Fae, Gryphons, Goblins, and witches. I don’t know about Vampires, and there were shifters, called Wyres. Dragos is a Wyre Dragon, Rune {His best friend, first mate, and sentinel) is a Wyre Gryphon.

I have a secret love affair with these Gryphons 🙂 Can’t wait for more of them!

Not to say there weren’t any issues with the book, there were a few things that bothered me, and that weren’t explained at all. Such as what Pia’s True Name is. We should know this. She told Dragos, as readers, we should have heard it as well.

Some of the “OMG what did you do to me’s” towards the end of the book were annoying, but I understood poor Pia’s position.(heee, hee say that three times fast I dare you!)

Here are some quotes: Love it!

“I think you’re my hero,” she said. Only half kidding.
He stared at her, the picture of incredulity. “Most people,” he said, “think I am a very bad man.”
She studied his eyes to try and find out if that bothered him. He didn’t seem bothered by it. He seemed discomfited by her. “Well,” she said at last, “maybe you’re a very good dragon.”

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“I snarled at you. I didn’t mean it.”
“Don’t be ridiculous; of course you did.” She stroked his hair and pressed a kiss to his cheek.
“You cringed from me. Don’t ever cringe from me again.”
“Dragos,” she said in a sensible voice. “If you turn on me and snarl like a wild animal when I’m not expecting it, I think I might cringe again. Call me a girly girl if you want, but that’s just how it is.”

“I won’t do it again,” he whispered.

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“You’re not afraid of me at all anymore are you?
“so what if I’m not?”
“I think if you’re not it’s a very good thing. It gives me all kinds of license to to do bad things to you. With you. On you. In you.”

When we do find out what Pia is, I was all fan girl and yelling awesome!! We don’t see THAT much in books nowadays! Woot!

There were also a few teary places in this novel. Namely when Pia and Dragos are captured by the Goblins, and he is telling her what to expect from them. They will hurt her, and they do. It was sad.

I liked Pia a lot. Dragos too.

Can’t wait for Rune and Gray’s book. I saw that Tiphon and Tricks’s book are next!

Paranormal Romance fans, and fans of dragons, hot hero’s, awesome world building, wicked awesome characters, and did I mention DRAGONS!!!

Oh, and to cement my love of Dragos:

It means, you stupid woman, that I am learning too.  Now you listen to me.  I never stop thinking about you.  You’re with me everywhere I go but I miss you when we’re apart.  I’ve already shown that I will kill for you.  I would also die for you. You make me laugh.  You make me happy.  You’re  my miracle and my home.  If you as much as twitch, I get a hardon.  I will always come for you, always want you, and always need you. We clear?”

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She went there, she did.


I am an admittedly emotional reviewer, and this book really pissed me off.  I’m sorry if this sounds harsh, and I have no ill will towards the author, Ms. Neill.  I mostly enjoy these novels, but I cannot get behind cliffhangers.  I know that if you read this review Ms. Neill, that you will take this personally, because you are human, and you are the creator of this universe in Merit Land, but I ask you to put aside your personal feelings, and know that I don’t know you personally.  I’m sure you are the nicest human being ever, and maybe you help old people cross the street, pick up garbage on the side of the roads when your not writing, and donate all your money to charity.  Still?  This book pissed me off.  I’m sorry.  It’s not you.  It’s me.

Really? You went there? Seriously? Have you been talking with Karen Moning? Didn’t you read any reviews, blogs or pissy conversations about how fans truly HATE cliffhangers and this type of plot device? Or maybe you have been talking with Kim Harrison? She did a similar thing with Kistan. You ask us to trust you, why should we? Because you have a grand plan?

I lose faith in authors who do this, and I hope that it is not just for Shock value that you went there.

Now then, I have some ideas on where I think you might be going, and what you did, and with whom. I’m interested to see if my brain is heading in the right direction, but really feel like I should tell you that I didn’t need this type of ending to make me want to read your next novel. I was already invested in Merit, Ethan and the gang.

Oh, and Death to the GP!!! Bunch of wankers.

I debated ranting and raving like a book reading lunatic, but I just can’t summon the energy.  I seem to be zapped and tapped.

I really hate cliffhangers. Have I mentioned that?

The Hard Bitten Chloe Neill, and Sookie Stackhouse


Hey All,  So, Tuesday the 3rd was a big release day, I’m a bit behind.  Sorry about that.  The new Sookie Stackhouse book came out (Charlaine Harris) and Hard Bitten came out (Chloe Neill).  I own both.  I haven’t started either yet, which if you knew me at all, is odd.  I’m generally chomping at the bit and crack open new releases at daybreak on release day, but I’m hesitant with these two.

I’ve been reading and hearing outrage on behalf of Merit, and fans are baring pitchforks at Ms. Neill.  That alone bodes ill.  The last book Twice Bitten had me so freaking mad at Ethan Sullivan.  To hear it told, this one is way worse.  Oh Joy.  I guess the good news is that it’s not as bad a cliffhanger as Karen Moning’s “Dreamfever”, but could be on par with the cliffhanger of “Changes” By Jim Butcher.  Greeeeat.

I own these two books, and haven’t even started them.  The last Charlaine Harris book Dead in the Family  was such a huge disappointment.  Having said that, the reviews thus far for Dead Reckoning have been slightly better, but I can’t help but feel that Ms. Harris is being influenced by the rabid fan base of True Blood picketing for Bill and Sookie.  Can I just say that If Bill and Sookie end up together, I will be right pissed, and will never read another Harris novel again!  For reals, I won’t.  I swear it!

I should really just crack them open and begin reading, despite reservations to do so.  I really hate cliffhangers, as you can tell if you read any of my reviews that end in cliffhangers.  I don’t understand why authors and publishers are so gung ho about them.  Do they sit around the tables and brainstorm ways to torture their bread and butter?  If I’ve purchased book two, three, four or twenty, then I am OBVIOUSLY invested in the darn series you are writing/publishing, therefore you can almost guarantee that I will buy the next one, so why torture me?  Is your life that boring you feel the need to torture others for an entire year?  UGH!.

Ok Off to read, reviews to follow, look forward to rants and swears, I have a feeling they are coming.

Hunting Human, by Amanda E. Alvarez


Release date: March 28th, 2011

What a great Debut Novel! Very promising shifter series. It had a few FBOS (First book of series) issues, but they were minor.

We start out in the past by a few years.

Our heroine Elizabeth, has a spine built of steel. While on a vacation with her best friend Rachel in Europe, they find themselves kidnapped and at the mercy of monsters. Literally. Men who turn into wolves, and force them to run for their lives through the woods while they hunt human instead of deer.

Flash forward to present day.

Our hero Braden is strong and sexy, and a more beta than alpha Werewolf. While visiting his friends mom at her coffee shop, he is immediately drawn to the new employee, and he and Beth begin dating.

They both have secrets. Secrets they should have shared, but didn’t and boy do they come and taser the shit out of them both.

I loved all the characters, and the way they were all written and interacted with each other. I didn’t find any shallowly written characters, which was refreshing.

I thought the villain(s) were terrific monsters, and uber creeptastic.

The climax was done well; aside from one TSTL moment, on the part of Braden. I understand why this particular too stupid to live (TSTL) moment occurred, but Braden was written smarter than this, and it felt like perhaps it could have been written differently. However the story was still good.

I hope Amanda Alvaraz continues on with this world she created, and with this group of wolves in particular. I would love to see Chase, Lucy, Caleb, and even Mike, get HEA’s (Happily Ever afters)

Green Eyed Demon, by Jaye Wells


This is the third novel in the Sabina Kane series and it was…stilted. The book started out well, minus a few too many “Bitches” and other words that were used far too often.

This is not a stand alone novel, and you need to read the previous book to figure out what on earth is going on.

Sabina, Adam and Gigi are on a mission to find and rescue Maisie from the clutches of Lavinia.

It was good in the beginning, really slow in the middle, and really fast at the end.

I did get a little teary at the end, with what happens to Adam, Maisie and Sabina.

The end was open, not exactly a cliffhanger, but it means there are more books planned now I guess. I originally thought this was a trilogy.

For most of this novel, I didn’t like Sabina. She yelled at everyone, bitched at everyone, and still kept everyone at arms length. She finally figures her shit out at the end, but by then, it’s pretty much too little too late.

Interested to see where this goes in the future, but this is being taken off my “Must buy the day the book comes out”, shelf

How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, by Molly Harper


From the Publisher: I purchased this novel, release date Feb 22, 2011

Northern Exposure

Even in Grundy, Alaska, it’s unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem. Her surly neighbor Cooper Graham—who has been openly critical of Mo’s ability to adapt to life in Alaska—has trouble of his own. Werewolf trouble.

For Cooper, an Alpha in self-imposed exile from his dysfunctional pack, it’s love at first sniff when it comes to Mo. But Cooper has an even more pressing concern on his mind. Several people around Grundy have been the victims of wolf attacks, and since Cooper has no memory of what he gets up to while in werewolf form, he’s worried that he might be the violent canine in question.

If a wolf cries wolf, it makes sense to listen, yet Mo is convinced that Cooper is not the culprit. Except if he’s not responsible, then who is? And when a werewolf falls head over haunches in love with you, what are you supposed to do anyway? The rules of dating just got a whole lot more complicated

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When I read a Molly Harper Novel, I know these things:

1) I will be entertained
2) I will Laugh
3) I will be invested in her characters happiness
4) I will love all the characters
5) There will be some type of light mystery

Now, I’m not saying these novels are formulaic, I’m just saying that I know what to expect, as far as quality of writing, and enjoyment factors.

Mo, our leading lady, is running away (at 29 years old LOL) from her over-bearing and pushy parents, and is intent on “Finding Herself”

Cooper, our resident werewolf and leading dude, is a very gruff, withdrawn, but honorable male with bark.

Sparks fly when they meet, but Cooper doesn’t really know how to communicate… he’s kind of an ass. You could call him a slightly tortured hero with a side of Woe is me, and you wouldn’t be wrong. I liked him though.

It was really funny learning Mo’s full name, and O.M.G I can’t believe what some parents do to their children in the name department. Geesh!

So, overall if you are a fan of Harper’s, or just a fan of light, easy to read, contemporary romance with a side of werewolf, you will like this book, especially if you like to laugh.

The Greyfriar, by Clay and Susan Griffith


From the Publisher:

Vampire predators run wild in this exciting steampunk adventure, the first in an alternate history trilogy that is already attracting attention. In 1870, monsters rise up and conquer the northern lands, As great cities are swallowed up by carnage and disease, landowners and other elite flee south to escape their blood-thirsty wrath. One hundred fifty years later, the great divide still exists; fangs on one side of the border, worried defenders on the other. This fragile equilibrium is threatened, then crumbles after a single young princess becomes almost hopelessly lost in the hostile territory. At first, she has only one defender: a mysterious Greyfriar who roams freely in dangerous vampire regions.

 

 

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Hm. 3.5/5 but I’m rounding up to 4 stars.

I loved the cats!!

The world was interesting, and I enjoyed the take on history, vampires, and the technology humans had to re-create after the great killing in 1850ish.

I enjoyed the characters, Adele, the Heroine was strong, capable, and an intriguing woman. She has a quiet inner strength I admired, and I liked how she grew throughout the book.

Greyfriar was awesome. Sure he’s a bit cliche albeit a cross between Zorro and robin hood, but I liked him, and his secret life.

The political ramifications were cool and interesting. As were the steampunk elements. They were well done, without being in your face and all Whoohoo I’m a steampunk Novel!

Senator Clark… I’m not entirely sure I like him 😉 He is the Heroine Adele’s intended. She has never met him, only heard tales of his American Vampire Kills, and as part of the politics to unite the two empires, her father arranged the marriage. He could care less about her, only ruling the massive empire.

The vampires were pretty darn awesome. Flay was ruthlessly vicious and cool.

Overall, it was pretty good. I did have an issue with some of the wording the authors used, they seemed to change names a lot. It was written in third person, so sometimes they would refer to Adele as Adele, then in the next paragraph as the princess, or the girl, the young woman etc. It was confusing and I wished they had just stayed with Adele.

Big Release Day!


Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can’t-or won’t-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman’s safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara’s life

Lover Unleashed by J.R Ward

From the Publisher:

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, warrior cloth as her brother: A fighter by nature, and a maverick when it comes to the traditional role of Chosen females, there is no place for her on the Far Side… and no role for her on the front lines of the war, either.

When she suffers a paralyzing injury, human surgeon Dr. Manuel Manello is called in to treat her as only he can- and he soon gets sucked into her dangerous, secret world. Although he never before believed in things that go bump in the night- like vampires- he finds himself more than willing to be seduced by the powerful female who marks both his body and his soul.

As the two find so much more than an erotic connection, the human and vampire worlds collide … just as a centuries old score catches up with Payne and puts both her love and her life in deadly jeopardy

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I have mixed feelings on the Warden books.  I’m afraid to read Lover Unleashed.  I have it here, I’m about to crack it open.  I hope I don’t want to scream when I’m done =)

I can’t wait to read Eternal Rider by Larissa Ione.

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