Saturday, April 4, 2015

Quick Thought Reviews

Sometimes I read a book where I just don't have a lot to say about it. Hence the name quick thought reviews. These will be short and sweet.

Forged in Fire
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
The Vessel Trilogy Book #1
ISBN:   1619227819
ISBN13: 9781619227811
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
She never knew this demon world existed. Now she just wants to survive it.

Genevieve Drake never needed a man to come to her rescue. Not until the night of her twentieth birthday, when some dude nearly chokes her to death in an alley behind a New Orleans Goth club. And a hot stranger splits the guy in half, rips a monster from inside, and incinerates it into ash.

The hunky rescuer? Jude Delacroix—Dominus Daemonum, Master of Demons, now her guardian, whether she likes it or not. But she’s seriously beginning to like it.

Her would-be murderer turns out to be only the first of many minions of the demon prince, Danté, who has all kinds of lascivious and sadistic plans. Which means when the formidably beautiful Jude offers his protection, Genevieve has no problem accepting it.

For Jude and his fellow demon hunters tell her she is a Vessel, one who is born to serve the Light, but can be corrupted into a weapon of darkness. And to survive, she must trust a man whose unearthly eyes promise heaven…but whose powers unleash hell.

I have found that you can't go wrong with anything from Juliette Cross. I have enjoyed her characters, her writing and the great worlds that she has created for her stories.

I really liked Gen. She had a great personality, is easy to like and really stepped into her new life. Jude is a bad boy and very protective of his new charge. You can definitely feel the romantic connection between the two.

The secondary characters are just as important to the story. There is a great pace set from beginning to end. Book two has a lot to live up to!

I gave it 5/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Apollo Academy
Release Date: February 22, 2015
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Genre: New Adult Science Fiction
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
Take off with this dynamic, thrill-seeking, sexy New Adult Science Fiction series debut. Welcome to the exclusive Apollo Academy, where Aurora is about to discover that achieving her dream is only the first step towards her future.

As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. But all she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-infested life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the exclusive Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting.
Flying is everything she ever dreamed, her best friend also got into the Academy, and the paparazzi is banned from campus. Everything would be perfect, but for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

The most important education doesn’t happen in the classroom…

As an heiress Aurora has grown up in the spotlight, but all she wants is to be left alone while she pursues her dreams of flying. THE APOLLO ACADEMY reminded me a little bit of BREAKING SKY. They both have flying female teens and I found that I really enjoy that type of storyline.

 I wasn't crazy about the multiple POVs, but THE APOLLO ACADEMY had great characters, a suspenseful and mystery filled storyline, a little bit of romance and nice world building. Great start to a series that I can't wait to read more of.

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Release Date: April 24, 2011
Publisher: Self-Published
Universe Unbound Book #1
ISBN13: 9780983531913
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Review Copy Source: NetGalley
Sixteen-year old Mia Winterborne is destined to be special. Details are sketchy, though, as her dad disappeared with all the answers when she was five. Mia only knows that she will inherit her kickass superpowers on her seventeenth birthday. Helping Mia prepare for her anticipated ascendancy is Loie Bryce, her best friend and eternal sidekick extraordinaire. The girls' intense friendship has never wavered until now, when Andreas arrives in Salcey Ridge. They both fall hard for the British hottie, who quickly becomes a fixture in their lives. When they discover that Andreas is not who he appears to be, the frightening reality of Mia's powers finally hits home. The nearer Mia's birthday draws, the more the danger escalates and long-buried lies are exposed, putting the girls on a path that they never expected.

WINTERBORNE made my quick thought review segment because I enjoyed it so much that I immediately jumped on Amazon and bought book 2 and 3 to continue the story and now they are all in my head which makes it hard to just review book 1.

So, why did I love WINTERBORNE.. The connection between Mia and Loie. They come from different worlds, but grew up together and have a sisterly connection you can't help but be jealous of. There is a lot of different paranormal creatures introduced and you are left wondering what could come next. There's a hot and mysterious boy next door. There is plenty of action and secrets. Finally you can't help but want to go out and buy the rest of the series so you don't have to stop reading. 

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.