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My passion is reading. I dislike writing book reviews, so what you will see here are product descriptions and then why I did or did not like a book. Also, There are read a like lists as well. Thanks for visiting my page!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Victoria Aveyard's debut novel "The Red Queen" is awesome for readers of Hunger Games and Graceling

*******************Thank you Edelweiss for a review copy of this title!**************
Description from Amazon.com:

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.
From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

Holy. Cow. So, if you like.. Hunger Games.. Throne of Glass.. Graceling.. this is a book for you. I absolutely loved this book. Reds are pretty much slaves while Silvers are royalty. Reds bleed red and do all the grunt work while Silvers bleed silver and have magic.

Mare is taken on as a maid but during a Kings banquet, she unleashes a magic power that she shouldn't have. She is a red, and red's don't have magic. The King and Queen force her into being a "Silver Princess" a long lost silver lady to hide the fact that she is a red with power. She is also betrothed to the King's younger son. 

She knows that everything is just wrong. She meets with the rebels and comes up with a plan to try to help the Reds. In the meantime she trains to be a lady and trains to use her magic. She has to master it or she will end up dying in the training ring. If anyone sees her Red blood, chaos will happen. 
This book was absolutely awesome. I haven't read a book this good in awhile! And oh my gosh, there is such betrayal at the end! I'm going to go nuts waiting on a second book, and this book isn't even out yet! I won't elaborate more on this, just go read it ! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Patience Griffin returns with a new Kilts N Quilts novel, Meet Me in Scotland

Description

You can run from your problems, but you can’t hide from love in the Scottish seaside town of Gandiegow....

When a video of her calling happily ever after a foolish fantasy” goes viral, marriage therapist Emma Castle is out of a joband off to Scotland. The tiny town of Gandiegow is the perfect place to ride out the media storm and to catch up with her childhood friend Claire. But also in Gandiegow is the one man she hoped never to see again.

She’s successfully avoided Gabriel MacGregor since Claire and Dominic’s wedding, only to find he’s now the village doctorand just as tall, dark, and devilish as ever. Claire and Dominic’s blissful marriage, however, is not what it used to be. Soon Emma and Gabriel find themselves taking sides even as the sparks begin to fly between them. Can Emma help her friendsor regain her careeras she struggles with her own happily ever after?

Emma has never liked Gabriel and his womanizing ways. He left their friends' wedding with several bridesmaids! Her parents are world reknowned marriage and sex therapists and they have huge shoes they expect her to fill, but a scandal breaks out so Emma runs to Gandiegow to hide. Little did she know that Gabriel is now the town doctor and Claire sends him to get Emma at the airport. Which frustrates Emma to no end.
On top of that, Claire and Dominic are having major marriage issues because Claire wants a child desperately and Dom refuses to cooperate. Claire gathers the town to support her and shun Dom until he changes his mind, but that certainly doesn't help the financial reasons Dom has for not having a child right now. Gabriel has sided with Claire on the issue and eggheaded Emma sides with Dom. Then Dom and Claire get it into their heads that Emma and Gabriel belong together...
On top of that, the town decides that since Emma is a therapist, she should be helping the people of the town, as well as forcing her to learn to quilt the Gandiegow quilt.  Life is getting alot more complicated than Emma thought it would in the tiny, coastal town of Gandiegow.

I really liked Emma. She was smart and funny with just enough spunk. I'm glad she finally stood up to her parents, it would have driven me nuts if she didn't lol. I like Gabriel. He always seemed to know the right thing to say at the right time. It was great to see Deydie and Mattie and Caitie again! And all the quilters. I never had an interest in quilting before now. I don't see myself picking up the habit, but I love to read about it, lol!

I had the opportunity to meet Patience Griffin at my local library not to long ago. I have to say, not only is she a fantastic writer, she is an awesome person. She was very nice! I've met some nice authors and some not so nice authors, but Ms Griffin is my favorite by far! I can't wait for the next Kilts n Quilts novel.This has been my favorite series since Fools Gold by Susan Mallery!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Kerrelyn Sparks ends the Love at Stake series with "Crouching Tiger Forbidden Vampire"


**********Thank You Edelweiss for an Advanced copy of this Title*********

Oh no!!!!!!!!! It's over!! Sparks has ended the Love at Stake series with this book,  Russell's book. She says that she still has more ideas for maybe later but for now, she has other plans. 
So, Lets get this started.

Description:
Russell woke from a coma to find he’s become a vampire. Now he has a thirst—for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he’s used to working alone . . . until he meets Jia. She is after the same vampire for murdering her parents and insists she can help Russell on this mission. Reluctantly, he agrees, and sets up some ground rules: 

Rule #1: Their partnership is strictly business. If he holds her a little too close . . . if she looks at him with those exotic eyes . . . well, that has to stop. 

Rule #2: He’s in charge. Jia isn’t used to taking orders and questions every move he makes. So he stops her the only way he knows how. 

Rule #3: Don’t Fall in Love. But the kiss that was supposed to quiet her awakens something else in him . . . something forbidden. Because Jia is engaged. To someone else. 

Russell wants revenge. Master Han turned him into a vampire and left him in a coma for years. All his family died without him being there for them. His ranch gone. He has nothing left except for his revenge. 

 Jia is a tiger princess, her family murdered by Master Han, and she too wants revenge. She secretly trained her whole life to be able to take him out. Russell stumbles upon her and saves her instead of taking out Master Han. Something about her keeps bringing him back to her, even though she is engaged to a tiger prince. A betrothal she knew nothing about until now. Jia is drawn to the vampire, even though she grew up thinking all vampires were bad. Many tiger shifters still have that view, even though the vampires have been helping them to find and kill Master Han. 
Master Han has kidnapped the dragon boy and, trying to get in his good graces, treats him like a son. But the boy knows thats not who Master Han really is. He communicates with the birds to try and tell his friends where he is, but the demon finds out and kills all the birds. His hopes of rescue are dwindling, but Russell and Jia find him and make a horrible discovery as to who Master Han really is. 
This was such a great book! I love Jia and Russell was so cool. I won't spoil it and tell you who Master Han is, but hollllllly cow what a shock to everyone! I am so sad to see this series end as it has entertained me for many years. I look forward to her future works!

John Flanagan's Brotherband Chronicles returns with "Scorpion Mountain"

*************Thank You Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this title*******
Okay seriously, this is the most fantastic youth series (outside of Harry Potter) that I have ever read. The Ranger's Apprentice and the companion series the Brotherband Chronicles are so well written and fast paced and interesting! My eleven year old son is almost finished with "The Royal Ranger". It took me three years to get him to read this series, and we have such awesome conversations about the books! Its great to have something in common with him!

In the last book, Hal and the Herons sailed to Araluen for a year of service to King Duncan. They rescued a dozen slaves from slave sales in Socorro and now are sailing to meet with King Duncan about a new mission.

The new mission is to protect Princess Cassandra. A new cult called the Scorpion Cult have assassins trying to kill her. Hal, Gilan, and the Herons set sail to Scorpion Mountain to find a way to cancel the contract on Cassandra. And away they go again.

As always, this book was absolutely fantastic. The books are fast paced, always something happening to keep your interest. The only thing I can say about this author is.. GO READ!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

G.A. Aiken brings on the humor and romance with "Light My Fire"

**********Thank you NetGalley for an Advanced Copy of this Title*******
Description:
The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months--and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!
But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.
Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

Okay, seriously, anyone who has not read this series is absolutely missing out. It is a medieval fantasy series about dragon shapeshifters. Which is great, but the best part of this series is how absolutely hilarious it is. I laugh through all of them! This book was no different.
Elina is sent by her tribe to kill the white dragon queen. She marches straight up to her and says "I was sent to kill you". The dragon queen thinks this is hilarious so instead of killing her, she has Celyn tuck her away in a safe place. Celyn, takes her to the human prison. And everyone promptly forgets about her. For seven months.
A raving mad cult is gaining support throughout the country, so the queen decides she wants Elina to go back to her tribe and negotiate an alliance. She sends Celyn along to protect Elina.  Oh my gosh.. every time Elina calls Celyn "Dolt"  I can't stop laughing. Elina frustrates Celyn to no end. 
Elina has not told Celyn that returning to her tribe when she failed her mission is a death sentence. But Celyn sees what's happening and saves her. They along with Elin's sister run. They meet up with Anwyl's twins and a creepy old dragon lady named Brigit that everyone thought was long dead. 
Elina has lost an eye to the tribe leader, who happens to be her mother.. When Anwyl finds out that Elina's own mother tortured her, she is absolutely livid and the "mad" queen is back... Celyn and Elina unravel a plot to take out the people important to the dragon queen and Anwyl. 
Aiken doesn't know how to write a bad book, I think. They are all really funny, have a good romance, and usually some fighting. Its great! Come one, come all, try this series!

Blackcoat Rebellion continues with "Captive" by Aimee Carter

**********Thank you NetGalley for an Advanved Copy of this Title*********

Description:

For the past two months, Kitty Doe's life has been a lie. Forced to impersonate the Prime Minister's niece, her frustration grows as her trust in her fake fiancĂ© cracks, her real boyfriend is forbidden and the Blackcoats keep her in the dark more than ever. 

But in the midst of discovering that her role in the Hart family may not be as coincidental as she thought, she's accused of treason and is forced to face her greatest fear: Elsewhere. A prison where no one can escape. 

As one shocking revelation leads to the next, Kitty learns the hard way that she can trust no one, not even the people she thought were on her side. With her back against the wall, Kitty wants to believe she'll do whatever it takes to support the rebellion she believes in—but is she prepared to pay the ultimate price?

When I read the first book "Pawn", I was absolutely hooked. Kitty just wanted to escape the life the government had set for her but she instead ended up having to work for the government she hated. She was forced to take on the roll of Lila Hart, niece of the Prime Minister. 

Kitty has screwed up. She went looking for files in Daxtons office and found what she wanted, but Knox turned her in and she was sent to Elsewhere. Where people are hunted for sport. Everyone in Elsewhere has one goal: to survive. Simple things will get you thrown into a cage with another person and forced to kill or be killed. Kitty makes one friend but no one is as they seem. Everyone is out for themselves and darn the consequences on what happens to others. She does stumble upon a plot to find the codes for the armory so that prisoners of Elsewhere can fight back. She sets out to find the codes and finds Knox instead, and she wants him dead. 

I'm horrible at writing descriptions! This has been one of my favorite dystopian books after Hunger Games. It is certainly worth the read!

Laura Kaye's Hard Ink Series continues with "Hard to Come By"

*******Thank you Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this title*********
This series really grabbed me straight from the beginning.

Description:
Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team--sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek's easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn't trust.

As the team's investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away...

Another awesome story! Okay seriously, the tattoos seriously do it for me. Just had to say that.

Emilie has noticed that her brother has changed since he returned from Afghanistan. One minute hes her normal brother, the next he's ... crazy. She suspects that he has done terrible things and wants to have him committed. 
Derek puts himself in a position to meet Emilie. He needs to know if she is involved in his dealings or not. He immediately suspects not but his teammates find a stash in her basement. 
Derek continues contact with Emilie, hoping beyond hope that she isn't involved, because he is definitely developing feelings for her. And his fake legs don't bother her a bit. 
But when she files for her brother to be taken for mental incompetence, the bad guys find her because they want him.
So much going on in this book. I love this series. Its so incredibly fantastic! Read read read read... Sigh and tattoos :D 

Anyways, This is book number three and I can't wait for number four!