Monday, February 28, 2011

Review: Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams

Rogue Oracle
Author:Alayna Williams
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Pocket
Delphic Oracle Book #2
ISBN: 1439182817
ISBN13: 9781439182819
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Author for Review

Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around - and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn't need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.

Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards - and Tara's increasingly ominous dreams - suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationships with the mysterious order known as Delphi's Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen...

The Delphic Oracle Novels are so unique. I wasn't sure the whole tarot card oracle storyline would work for me but Alayna Williams does a wonderful job in explaining and laying out all you need to know so that you aren't lost with all the card she pulls.  I loved the police like investigating, some of my favorite novels have that in the story and they are always entertaining and attention grabbing. There is plenty of action and the story comes along at a good pace. The characters are enjoyable to read about and follow along with. Im looking forward to seeing what comes in the future for Alayna and Harry's relationship as well as what is in store for Cassie as she is thrust deeper into getting ready to take of as Pythia.

I gave it a 4/5 Stars

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Week in Review 2/20-2/26

Books Ive Bought/received

*Blood Red Road by Moira Young- ARC- From Shelfawareness

*Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead- Purchased from Borders

*This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost- Purchased from Borders

Books I read

Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams
Dead on Delivery by Eileen Rendahl
This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead

Other reviews posted

Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix
Demon Song by Cat Adams
Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams

*Want to know what people are reading? Check out and add to my "What are you reading?" post

*New Releases for the week.

* UFI will have a 2 guests this coming week. Alayna Williams will be joining us with a guest post and giveaway on Wednesday 3/2 and Dianne Duvall will be joining us with a giveaway and Interview on Thursday 3/3. Make sure to stop by to see what they have to say as well ask any questions you might have. For future guests visit here.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Review: Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams

Dark Oracle
Author:Alayna Williams
Release Date: May 25, 2010
Publisher: Pocket
Oracle Book #1
ISBN: 1439182795
ISBN13: 9781439182796
Genre: Urban Fantasy

 As a criminal profiler, Tara used science and her intuitive skill at Tarot card divination to track down the dangerous and depraved, including the serial killer who left her scarred from head to toe. Since that savage attack, Tara has been a recluse. But now an ancient secret society known as Delphi’s Daughters has asked for her help in locating missing scientist Lowell Magnusson. And Tara, armed with her Tarot deck, her .38, and a stack of misgivings, agrees to try. 

Tara immediately senses there is far more at stake than one man’s life. At his government lab in the New Mexico desert, Magnusson had developed groundbreaking technology with terrifying potential. Working alongside the brusque but charismatic agent Harry Li, Tara discovers that Magnusson’s daughter, Cassie, has knowledge that makes her a target too. The more Tara sees into the future, the more there is to fear. She knows she has to protect Cassie. But there may be no way to protect herself—from the enemies circling around her, or from the long-buried powers stirring to life within. . . .

DARK ORACLE is fast paced, filled with great characters, action, mystery, and science with a touch of romance on the side. The main character and storyteller is Tara who is a Oracle who gets her intuitions and predictions from her tarot cards. She uses her tarot cards throughout the story and everything is explained expertly to help bring you better understanding of the tarot so you aren't completely lost. Tara is also a retired Criminal profiler so there is a ton of law enforcement type investigating. All together a great new Urban Fantasy.

I gave it 4/5 Stars

Friday, February 25, 2011

Early Review: Demon Song by Cat Adams

Demon Song
Author:Cat Adams
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Tor
Blood Singer Book #3
ISBN:  0765324962
ISBN13: 9780765324962
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher for Review 

In a world where magic is real and the supernatural is almost normal, bodyguard Celia Graves has survived a vampire attack which made her a half-vampire and awakened her latent Siren abilities. She’s battled a Siren Queen to the death and twice faced down a demon that wants to kill her--slowly. She’s also had her heart broken--twice--by her old flame, magician Bruno DeLuca.

Perhaps the worst thing was the discovery that Celia’s life has been warped by a curse laid on her during childhood--the cause of everything from the death of her little sister to the murder of her best friend the same night that Celia became an Abomination.

An ancient rift between the demonic dimension and our own--sealed during the destruction of Atlantis--begins to open, threatening to loose all the demons of hell on humanity (including the one personally bent on destroying Celia). Celia’s hellish recent experiences have given her the unique combination of abilities needed to close the rift. But to overcome the curse, which nearly guarantees her failure, she’ll need to join forces with people she no longer trusts...and put people she has come to care about directly in harm’s way. 

I have really enjoyed reading all the books in the Blood Singer series. Celia just can't catch a break, even though there are so many people against her she still is the one to always save the day and shes resilient enough to keep her head up. If you have enjoyed the other books in this series you wont be disappointing in continuing it. The drama and romance is kicked up a notch with a love triangle, the action is continued while Celia continues to kick the bad guys back to where they came from. She has fantastic loyal friends by her side to help her at every turn. We get some sad closure on some things and new beginnings with others. The ending makes it clear that Celia still isn't going to catch that break she so deserves in book 4 and I can't wait to see what she does next.

I gave it 4/5 stars

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Review: Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix

Etched in Bone
Author:Adrian Phoenix
Release Date: January 22, 2011
Publisher: Pocket
The Makers Song Book #4
ISBN:  1439137307
ISBN13: 9781439137307
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source: Publisher for Book Tour


More beautiful and powerful than any creature the world has ever seen, Dante Baptiste has become the supreme target of the three worlds that spawned him. The mortal agents of the Shadow Branch have tried to control his mind through psychological torture. The vampire elders who guide nightkind society have plotted to use him in their bloodthirsty bid for power. And the Fallen have waited for millennia for Dante to claim his birthright as their Maker. But Dante belongs to no one—except the woman he loves. . . .


Determined to face the Fallen and the world on his own terms, Dante hopes to piece together his shattered past and claim his future, with FBI agent Heather Wallace at his side. But in Heather’s human family awaits an unexpected enemy. One who could rip Heather from Dante’s heart and fill the holes with bullets. One who could force Dante to choose his darkest destiny—as the Great Destroyer. . . .

Adrian Phoenix absolutely rocks but OMG the frustration she makes me go through. Why am I frustrated? Because this is one of those book starts at one point and ends at the same point so that you read through the whole book devouring all the information and awesomeness only to find out you will have to wait for the next book to get the details you want so darn bad. AHHHHH. This is one of those reviews I'm having a hard time writing because of spoilers. ETCHED IN BONE is fast paced, the writing style is brilliant as always to bring you book full of suspense, action and great dialogue. I love Adrian Phoenix's books but I really hope book 5 doesn't leave me as frustrated at the end.

I gave it 4/5 stars

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Review: A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

A Mortal Touch
Author:Leah Clifford
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Planned Trilogy Book #1
ISBN:  0062004999
ISBN13: 9780062004994
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Goodreads First-reads win

Eden didn't expect Az. 

Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick-up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And not his wings. 


So long, happily-ever-after. 

Now trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven. 

She may lose everything she ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else's game. Her heart is her own. 

And that's only the beginning of the end. 

I had a hard time getting into A TOUCH MORTAL. I found myself wanting to put it down or skip sections throughout most of the book. It was a bit confusing at times and there are a lot of names to keep track of that are kinda just thrown into it without enough explanation. I enjoyed the main characters personalities and the storyline was unique. There is a lot of action towards the end which was nice, but the first half of the book seamed to drag and drag. I also wasn't crazy about the ending, I felt there was still a lot left undone which left me unsatisfied. I'm at a loss of anything else to say It just wasn't for me I guess. I dont think I will continue the series at this point but I will check out the blurb for book 2 when it comes out.

I gave it 2.5/5 stars

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Releases Feb 21-Feb 27

Tuesday Feb 22 

  American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely #5) by Melissa Marr 
Darkness Becomes Her (Gods & Monsters #1) by Kelly Keaton
Dead Waters (Simon Canderous #4) by Anton Strout 
Etched in Bone (The Makers Song #4) by Adrian Phoenix
Green Eyed Demon (Sabina Kane #3) by Jaye Wells

Haven by Kristi Cook  
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf #1) by Molly Harper

Hunger Untamed (Feral Warriors #5) by Pamela Palmer
Iron Crowned (Dark Swan #3)by Richelle Mead
The Iron Thorn (Iron Codex #1) by Caitlin Kittredge
Pale Demon (Rachel Morgan/ The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison
Rogue Oracle (Oracle #2) by Alayna Williams  
Serpent's Storm (Calliope Reaper-Jones #3) by Amber Benson
This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5) by Jeaniene Frost 
Xombies: Apocalypso (Xombies #3) by Walter Greatshell

 If you see a mistake or know of another release that is not listed let me know!! Happy Reading

What are you Reading??

This was pretty popular last week for the first time so I thought I would do it again this week. 

I am currently reading Dead on Delivery by Eileen Rendahl

Monday, February 21, 2011

Review: Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield

Author:Sophie Littlefield
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Luna
ISBN:   0373803362
ISBN13: 9780373803361
Genre: Dystopian
Review Copy Source:

The world’s gone.
Worse, so is her daughter.

Awakening in a bleak landscape as scarred as her body, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls surviving something terrible. Having no idea how many days—or weeks—have passed, she slowly realizes the horrifying truth: Ruthie has vanished.

And with her, nearly all of civilization. Where once-lush hills carried cars and commerce, the roads today see only cannibalistic Beaters—people turned hungry for human flesh by a government experiment gone wrong.

In a broken, barren California, Cass will undergo a harrowing quest to get her Ruthie back. Few people trust an outsider, let alone a woman who became a zombie and somehow turned back, but she finds help from an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. Smoke is her savior, and her safety. For the Beaters are out there. And the humans grip at survival with their trigger fingers. Especially when they learn that she and Ruthie have become the most feared, and desired, of weapons in a brave new world...

 What a fabulous book set in an apocalyptic world.  From the beginning AFTERTIME had me glued to the pages. Cass has a troubled past and was trying to make herself better to get her daughter back in her custody when the world went to hell. She wakes up in the middle of nowhere, in pain and scarred having lost a bunch of time and not knowing what happened to her daughter. She doesn't trust anyone or let anyone in and prefers to be on her own. Smoke is a mysterious man that offers to help Cass find her daughter for his own reasons. This book seriously rocked. I have not read many Zombie books but if they are anything like AFTERTIME I think I will have to start reading them more. Emotional, shocking, high-stakes, zombie filled awesomeness is in your future if you pick up this book!! And YAY its the first in a series.

 I gave it 5/5 stars

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Week in Review 2/13-2/19

Books Ive Bought/received

*Rogue Oracle by Alayna Williams- Signed- From Author for review on her blog tour

*Dead on Delivery by Eileen Rendahl- From publisher for review

*Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting- Purchased from Borders

Books I read
Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield
A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Dark Oracle by Alayna Williams

Other reviews posted

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Blood Wyne by Yasmine Galenorn
Green Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells
Dead, Undead, or Somewhere In between by J.A. Saare
Girl Found by Lisa Hall

*Winners of the Follower Love Giveaway hop have been posted. Congrats!!

*New Releases for the week.

*I must say how happy I am that my local Borders is not on the closing list. I recently purchased the Membership plus programs and I would be a tad upset if I couldn't use my in store coupons. Is anyone affected by a closing?

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Review: Girl Found by Lisa Hall

Girl Found
Author:Lisa Hall
Release Date: November  2010
Publisher:  Self Published
Syndicate Stories Book #1
ISBN13: 9781456354602
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Author for review

Ellen Morris, she plans to finish college before starting a career as a chef. Until the National Bureau of Investigation picks her up off the street outside her house. Agents Jones turns everything in her life upside down. Ellen no longer has a life, only a past she knows nothing about.

The new colonies are being expanded every day. Those that can have found a new life off-planet. Nick's not waiting for a ride - he's building his own future right here. The Avenues of New Chicago are transforming Earth into a hedonistic getaway spot, and making Nick rich in the process. With the government weakening and his rivals falling into chaos, it’s a matter of time before he controls New Chicago. Everything is working to plan.

Until a rival's secretary drops a file on his desk…the heiress. Twenty years ago the heirs to Morelli house and Agostino house married. A year later they died, a hit rumored to be from inside one of the houses. Their daughter died with them. That's what everyone believed. Now Nick was looking at evidence that wasn't true. Was the file real, or bait?

If the girl, now a young woman, was rule of blood she controlled two Syndicate house seats. A lot of people would be very unhappy.

The rule of blood. Live by it or die for it. Time to make a choice.

In the first half of the book the situations were a little jumpy going from one to another, there were a lot of names of people thrown into the mix all at once and it was a bit confusing trying to remember everyone and who exactly they were related to or what there role was. I enjoyed Arianna the only issue I had was that sometimes I found myself forgetting how old she was because she came off younger than she was with the way she acted, Of course going farther into the book she grew quite a bit as the situations changed and she had to stick up for herself and what she wanted. The world Lisa has created for the future was easy to believe and easy to get into. The emotions of the characters were conveyed well and I found myself being mad, glad, sad right along with the characters. I genuinely hope that Lisa decides to continue her stories of the Syndicate and that they continue to follow Ellen aka Arianna as the main character as I'm defiantly intrigued enough to keep reading.

I gave it a 3/5

You can get an ebook copy through your Nook or Kindle as well as a hard copy through CreateSpace

Friday, February 18, 2011

Review: Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between by J.A. Saare

Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between
Author:J.A. Saare
Release Date: February 7, 2010
Publisher: Mundania
Rhiannons Law Book #1
ISBN:  1770650229
ISBN13: 9781770650220
Genre: Urban Fantasy

One bad corpse can ruin your whole day. No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy. She’s left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she’s managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her – until now. 

The deliciously good-looking vampire Disco knows her secret, and when he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, she discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no. 

But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.

There is nothing simple about Rhiannon and she doesn't seem to get a break. She had a troubled past and she hides behind a tough-girl attitude and a blunt and crude mouth. There is a ton of character development that helps you get to know the various characters and there are quite a bit of them. There is a bit of slowness in the beginning of the book but I'm telling you to stick in there because it picks up fast and will blow your reading mind. Now the ending has a HUGE Cliffhanger, If I could use an emoticon It would be the guy with it's eyes bugging out. I mean HOLY CRAP, Why do authors do this to us poor readers its ridiculous I tell you. And for those who already read the book Who the heck would pick that number?? Really?? THE RENFIELD SYNDROME cant come out soon enough.

 I gave it a 4/5 Stars

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Early Review: Green Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells

Green Eyed Demon
Author:Jaye Wells
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Orbit
Sabina Kane Book #3
ISBN:   031603777X
ISBN13: 9780316037778
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Review Copy Source:

The clock is ticking for Sabina Kane. Her sister has been kidnapped by her grandmother, the Dark Races are on the brink of war, and a mysterious order is manipulating everyone behind the scenes.

Working on information provided by an unlikely ally, Sabina and her trusty sidekicks–a sexy mage named Adam Lazarus and Giguhl, a Mischief demon–head to New Orleans to begin the hunt for her sister. Once there, they must contend with belligerent werewolves, magic-wielding vampires and–perhaps most frightening of all–humans.
But as much as Sabina is focused on surviving the present, the past won’t be ignored. Before she can save those she cares about most, she must save herself from the ghosts of her past.

I dont know why but snarky characters always make me love a book more. Sabina continues her kick butt adventures in book 3 GREEN EYED DEMON. The pace is fast and action packed from the beginning of the book. Adam and Sabina are a great couple in my opinion, I love how she opens herself up finally. New Orleans is always a fun city to read about and the extra supernatural flair Wells adds makes it that much better. I am excited to see what some of the new characters we met will bring to future books.  Action, suspense, romance, and tough life changing choices helps make this book a must read. I dont know what the future will bring for Sabina but I'm staying on the ride to find out.

I gave it 5/5 stars

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Review: Blood Wyne by Yasmine Galenorn

Blood Wyne
Author:Yasmine Galenorn
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Berkley
Sisters of the Moon Book #9
ISBN:  0425239748
ISBN13: 9780425239742
Genre: Urban Fantasy

We're the D'Artigo sisters: half-human, half-Fae, we're sexy, we're savvy and we just turned in our badges to the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. My sister Camille is a wicked good witch. Delilah's a werecat and blossoming Death Maiden. And as for me? I'm Menolly, acrobat extraordinaire turned vampire. But being a vamp isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when the Godfather of all vampires decides to play Prince Charming...

It's the holiday season and a vampire serial killer is on the loose. Hungry ghosts are tearing up the town and people are running scared. I strike a deal with Ivana Krask--one of the Elder Fae--and too late, discover strings are attached. But when I turn to Roman, one of the oldest, most powerful vampires around, for help, he offers me more than I ever bargained for.

This is now my favorite Menolly Book. She has grown so much throughout the series. She has had to move on from a horrific past and it is so nice to see her open herself up a little and watch her change. There is a decent amount of action in BLOOD WYNE as well as some sexy scenes. Lots of things happen in BLOOD WYNE that I think are going to shake up all the sisters lives and affect future books. A new character that is introduced is definitely going to shake up Menolly's life and I cant wait to read about it.There hasn't been one book of Ms Galenorn's that I haven't enjoyed reading so far so I would defiantly recommend you pick up one of her series.

I gave it 4/5 Stars

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What are you reading??

I want to know what you are reading, and also what books you plan to buy yourself in the next few weeks.

Me: I am currently reading A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford and I plan on purchasing Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting,Green Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells, Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead, This side of the Grave by Jeanine Frost and River Marked by Patricia Briggs. Some I have already had pre-ordered and the others I will be purchasing soon.

New Releases Feb 14-Feb 20

Monday Feb 14

Angel (Maximum Ride #7) by James Patterson

Tuesday Feb 15

Aftertime by Sophie Littlefield
Angelfire (Angelfire #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton
Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins 

 If you see a mistake or know of another release that is not listed let me know!! Happy Reading

Monday, February 14, 2011

Winner: Follower Love Giveaway Hop

YAY Another sucessful giveaway 
Thank you to everyone who visited and entered



*Arc- Book of Days by James L. Rudart
*Arc- The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Oliver
*Crimson Wind by Diana Pharaoh Francis

The winners chosen by are…

Arc- Book of Days by James L. Rudart


Arc- The Demon Trappers Daughter by Jana Oliver


Crimson Wind by Diana Pharaoh Francis


Congrats!! I have emailed winners who have 48 hours to respond with mailing address' or I will pick another.

Review: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right
Author:Darynda Jones
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Charley Davidson Book #1
ISBN:  0312662750
ISBN13: 9780312662752
Genre: Paranormal Romance

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

You need to pick up your own copy of FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT it was phenomenal. It has about everything you could ask for Mystery, suspense, action, romance, HUMOR OMG you will laugh your behind off, I dont think I went a few pages without laughing in the entire book. Charley's Personality ROCKS she is Witty, sassy, sarcastic, and determined with horrible luck but I absolutely want her to be my BFF. Reyes is dark, mysterious and sexy as can be. He has many secrets and it was fun to be a witness to Charley peeling back some of the layers of him. I can not wait to get my hands on SECOND GRAVE ON THE LEFT it cant come out soon enough for me.

I gave it 5/5 Stars

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Week in Review 2/6-2/12

Books Ive Bought/received

*Etched in Bone by Adrian Phoenix- From Publisher for Blog review tour

*A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford- ARC- Win from Goodreads First-Reads

Books I read
Blood Wyne by Yasmine Galenorn
Green Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells
Dead, Undead, or Somewhere In between by J.A. Saare
Demon Song by Cat Adams
Girl Found by Lisa Hall

Other reviews posted
Legacy by Kate Kaynak
Bloodshot by Cherie Priest
Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall
Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

*Have you entered my Follower Love Giveaway?? Ends TONIGHT @11:59pm EST

*New Releases for the week.

*I finally got a BOOKCASE woo hoo. And guess who put it together all by themselves? ME ... and let me tell you, there was a LOT of hardware on this baby. Here are some before and after pics of my books.

After: books in new home

Before: All books piled on my dresser

*Like what you read? Make sure to leave a comment.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Early Review: Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton

Darkness Becomes Her
Author:Kelly Keaton
Release Date: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Gods & Monsters Book #1
ISBN:  144240924X
ISBN13: 9781442409248
Genre: Young Adult
Review Copy Source: Simon & Schuster Galley Grab

Ari can’t help feeling lost and alone. With teal eyes and freakish silver hair that can’t be changed or destroyed, Ari has always stood out. And after growing up in foster care, she longs for some understanding of where she came from and who she is. 
Her search for answers uncovers just one message from her long dead mother: Run. Ari can sense that someone, or something, is getting closer than they should. But it’s impossible to protect herself when she doesn’t know what she’s running from or why she is being pursued. 

She knows only one thing: she must return to her birthplace of New 2, the lush rebuilt city of New Orleans. Upon arriving, she discovers that New 2 is very...different. Here, Ari is seemingly normal. But every creature she encounters, no matter how deadly or horrifying, is afraid of her

Ari won’t stop until she knows why. But some truths are too haunting, too terrifying, to ever be revealed.

DARKNESS BECOMES HER is a fresh new read filled with Mythology, action and mystery mixed with the paranormal. It started out with a girl who didn't know who or what she was and ended with a girl with a family history and future I could never have guessed would be revealed. The pacing of the book is fantastic, it moves and flows in and out of situations that leaves you wanting to read what comes next. I loved the setting. Post Hurricane disaster New Orleans is a place all its own, owned privately after the government washed its hands of it and now filled with magic, mystery and unpredictable situations.  Ari is defiantly a young heroine to keep your eyes on.

I gave it 4/5 Stars

Friday, February 11, 2011

Review: Darkness Dawns by Dianne Duvall

Darkness Dawns
Author:Dianne Duvall
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Publisher: Zebra
Immortal Guardians Book #1
ISBN:   1420118617
ISBN13: 9781420118612
Genre: Paranormal Romance

In this dazzling, sensual novel, Dianne Duvall beckons readers into a world of vampires, immortals, and humans with extraordinary gifts. . .where passion can last forever, if you're willing to pay the price. . . 

Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control. . . 

In his nine centuries of immortal existence, no woman has tempted Roland as much as Sarah. But asking her to love him is impossible--when it means forfeiting the world she's always known, and the life he would do anything to protect. . . 

I very much enjoyed it, Didn't want to stop reading it, didn't want it to end. The book starts out with action and mystery and ends with action and mystery. The Chemistry between the 2 main characters is there from the start and builds wonderfully. The romance is off the wall sexy and steamy. We got lots of fantastic information to help us through the story at a wonderful pace. The secondary characters were introduced into the story well so that we are intrigued and wanting to get to their future books to find out more about them. I enjoyed Dianne Duvall's writing style and the world she has created for The Immortal Guardians, great kickoff to a series I will defiantly continue reading.

I gave it 4/5 Stars