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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Book Review: Supernaturally (Paranormalcy #2) by Kiersten White

Author: Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy
Number in Series: 2
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre:Young Adult/Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy










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Synopsis from Goodreads

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be...kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.

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     Second book in the Paranormalcy series, Supernaturally, Evie seems to have the life she has always wanted. She has Lend, friends, family, a job and most importantly, her own locker. Things seems to be looking up. But after one day, the life she thought she left behind creeps back on her when she barely escapes an apparent kidnapping. Then coincidentally, Raquel shows up from the IPCA not offering for to come back fully, but to be more of a consultant for IPCA. Problem is, Evie doesn't want anyone to know she is working for the same company that she nearly lost her life for and have ruined plenty of others. She is trying her best to adjust to her new life, but she isn't sure if her semi-normal life is best for her or not.

     I do love this series a lot. Kiersten White's style is so funny and fast-paced. It is hard for me not to be a fan. As I said in my first review for Paranormalcy, this is perfect for us Buffy fans. With that being said, Supernaturally had a different feel to it than Paranormalcy. The plot focused on Evie's life and how she feels it is not as exciting as it once was. Things aren't as exciting as they are on her Easton Heights show. Evie has all she wanted, but it still doesn't feel like enough and that leaves her to questioning herself about everything and to make some questionable choices. The IPCA wanting her back made sense because I think Raquel generally loves her even though she doesn't express it. But Lend's family has every right not to like them given what they have done. She is getting kidnapped by supernaturals she has never seen and everyone believes the IPCA is involved. So Evie lies to everyone around her instead of telling them the truth. She also knows the truth about Lend's mortality, well immortality. She lies to him (by omission) and is scared that if he knows, Lend will leave her.

     I still love Evie, don't get me wrong. But I do miss all her Buffy-ness. I do love that the IPCA is changing their practices and that they are showing Evie that they are listening, but what about Evie? Where was Tasey for Christ's sake? In Paranormalcy, she wouldn't be caught dead without it, in this book, Tasey never made an appearance instead Jack was always there to save the day. I really liked Jack. He was crazy fun, I mean really crazy fun. He likes jumping off of things, doing flips and tricks. He definitely had a lot of spark. He is human, but definitely not of this Earth, which he isn't. He was raised by the Fey. While Evie thinks he is nuts, she constantly goes where he goes and I didn't understand why. She doesn't know Jack and she is always babying him. I understand he could easily attract trouble, but still. Lend is off to college and he doesn't have that big of a role in this book and when he does, something would happen to cut the time short. It made me mad because Lend is the closest thing to perfection and I wanted my Lend time. We also get an appearance from Reth who reveals something very big to Evie that was very sad. We also get more about Arianna, Evie's vampire roommate. This was odd for me because she was definitely going through something and I wished Evie did more for her. She does reveal something to Evie that was also very sad. But we don't get more on it, I hope we do in the next book.

     Now I do love where the book goes. It was a really good ending and I hope Evie has learned her lesson. I want the old Evie back; a secure, spunky little badass in pink. We got some of that, but this was more about her trying to find herself and adjusting to her new life. There is also this little side story of the supernaturals stalking Evie. This book doesn't fully go into that, but more like hints at it. I don't think it is paranoia, something is going on for sure. I can't wait to find out what is going on. But even with my issues, I loved this book. White's writing is amazing. This book was action packed, emotional, and very funny. Evie still has a mouth on her, dropping her clever lines like no one's business. I love this series and have book 3 in the library queue. Also White has a new paranormal series coming out called Mind Games which is said to be darker than this which I will be getting at Netgalley. So still a high recommendation but with some bumps along the way.


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 *This book belongs to the following challenges* 
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2012
BCC's Speculative Romance Challenge 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Book Review: The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #1) by Julie Kagawa

Author: Julie Kagawa
Series: The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten
Number in Series: 1
Format: PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Pages: 504
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance













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Synopsis from Goodreads

Don’t look at Them. Never let Them know you can see Them.

That is Ethan Chase’s unbreakable rule. Until the fey he avoids at all costs—including his reputation—begin to disappear, and Ethan is attacked. Now he must change the rules to protect his family. To save a girl he never thought he’d dare to fall for.

Ethan thought he had protected himself from his older sister’s world—the land of Faery. His previous time in the Iron Realm left him with nothing but fear and disgust for the world Meghan Chase has made her home, a land of myth and talking cats, of magic and seductive enemies. But when destiny comes for Ethan, there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.

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      The Lost Prince follows the little brother of Meghan from the Iron Fey series (this is technically Iron Fey #5). Ethan is now in high school and is quite the loner considering all he sees. He knows and sees the Fey and tries his very best to avoid them. He wears iron, knows spells, and avoids any connection with the Fey at all costs. One day though, he meets a boy named Todd who uses the Fey to play tricks on the bullies that harass him everyday. Ethan warns Todd about making bargains with them and tries (reluctantly) to help Todd. But Todd ignores Ethan's warnings about them. Ethan is then inadvertently thrown deeper into the Fey world he discovers faeries are disappearing. So him and a very stubborn girl named Kenzie must contact Meghan and warn her about what is happening before more faery vanish.

      First, I want you guys to do something. Just stare at that cover for a few seconds. Embrace it. It is so damn good, it brings a tear to my eye. I must say, I have not started the previous books in the Iron Fey series. I know, I know. Everybody raves about them, it kills me. People say this is one of the best YA series they have ever read. Now I see why. I just got the first book after I finished this because I couldn't believe I waited so long. I love Kagawa's style which I discovered from The Immortal Rules and I must have more. I loved this book. Ethan was just pure perfection. I loved how much he cared about his family even though they didn't truly understand him. He is still haunted by when he was kidnapped and taken to the Iron Realm and has no intention of returning or knowing any of the Fey. He hates them for taking him, for nearly killing him and for “taking away” his sister. It was really easy to connect with Ethan. Although he has moments where he is a total jerk. I understand why he acted that way, but it was a bit much especially towards Todd and Kenzie.

      Kenzie was amazing. Nothing fazed her. Even though Ethan had his moments, she still wanted to know him. I won't lie, I was suspicious of her at first specifically with why the football players were sticking up for her so much when they didn't seem like the type. But that changed quickly when we actually get to know her. She was bubbly, but not in an annoying way and had a backbone. Even as a human, she took on the Fey like nobody's business. Definitely my kind of female lead. I love what we find out about her and why see is the way she is. We also meet Keirran in the Iron Realm. I loved him. He was playful and a bit sneaky. But he has reasons for his sneakiness, reasons I won't mention, but are they are huge!!!

     I love this story of disappearing Fey and how much of an impact it makes on Ethan. His hate for them has pretty much blinded him. All he sees is the bad in them. This was all about seeing how will Ethan adjust being thrown back in to the Fey world. Will he help a half-breed or will he leave him be and not want anything to do with it? Ethan is scared, but he hides it well. I love how much we see of Ethan and how effected he has been with what happened to him in the past. I also love the connections he has with Kenzie and Keirran.

      This was an incredible read. One of my favorites this year. Kagawa is an amazing storyteller. She knows how to grab your attention and keep you hooked to the end. The Lost Prince story was fun, scary, and action packed. The characters were to die for. Ethan and the gang were incredible. I am dying to have more Ash and Puck especially Puck. I hear Puck is one of the greatest things about this series. Every book I read with Puck in it is always loads of fun and this was a favorite. The moment he showed up the person I thought of was Damon from The Vampire Diaries. I loved this so much. I had a blast. Kagawa, I apologize for taking so long to read your work. I have been foolish. Highly recommended especially for Young Adult lovers. The Lost Prince is as drool worthy as its cover.


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*This book belongs to the following challenges* 
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2012
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2012
BCC's Speculative Romance Challenge 2012

 

Indie Book Review: The Ultimate Guide To Talking Dirty - How To Talk Sexy And Dirty To Your Man by Denise Brienne

Author: Denise Brienne
Format: ePub
Release Date: April 11, 2012
Pages: 68
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Erotica/Romance/Self-Help

















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Synopsis from Amazon:

Good dirty talk can rev up your relationship like nothing else. If you’re ready to learn, you’ve come to the right place!

From the very beginning of our lives, our words are anticipated. The smallest “coo” when we are babies is listened to with baited breath. That first giggle is often enough to provoke gales of laughter and maybe even tears of pride.

At some point, we realize that our sounds can give us what we want. Babies quickly learn that if they cry about something, Mommy and Daddy will be there to take care of the problem. One of the first things we learn is the power behind our voices!

Then we begin to talk. Oh, what a glorious day that is! Parents and doctors wait anxiously for that first comment, and when it comes, it’s cause for celebration. They call friends with the good news, tell strangers at the grocery store, and break out the video camera. Our first words are show-stoppers.

But somewhere along the way, those fantastic words become commonplace, and the magic disappears. Discovering new words becomes a non-event. Even learning a new language isn’t all that impressive. After all, everyone does it. Learning a new language has become the trendy thing to do.

But there is a different language, one that only seasoned adults can handle. It’s the language of love. More specifically, the language of lust.

It’s the language of dirty talk.

It’s all about taboo phrases, naughty curse words, and innuendo that would make a porn star blush. It’s all about making your partner anticipate what comes next. It’s about making him so eager, so hot, so turned on, that a single word from you can tip him over the edge of desire. With an ear for adventure and an open mind, you can have him hanging on every word.

There was a time when you learned that your voice and your words had the power to move people. Your words had the power to get what you wanted, and to get it fast. Now that you’re an adult, you have that same power, just ready to be discovered all over again. Your dirty talk can give you what you want in bed -- you just have to learn the language.

Read on and find out how. You know you want to!

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      WARNING! Must be 18+ to read this. This is a guide for couples who want to spice things up. Brienne did a wonderful job with this guide. I won't lie, I was nervous to read this and I love that Brienne writes this in a way to ease you into it. I love that she says if you are laughing while reading or saying anything, it is good to get all that nervous energy out. I couldn't stop to be honest. I am yet to be in a relationship, so this was very left field for me. But they are great pointers for the future. I will memorize everything. I am sure my future husband will appreciate it immensely.

      Brienne covers the importance of intimacy and how dirty words can make a big difference in the bedroom. It helps to spice things up and to get out of a bedroom slump. Not once did I feel like I was reading porn and that was nice. This isn't a go to the bar and find someone to make you feel happy for a night. This was handled responsibly, but with some giggles and rightfully so. You will be happy with this. This was sexy and passionate. I had a lot of fun with this. Highly recommended to couples. You will enjoy it a lot, I guarantee it.


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
Dead Book Darling's The 2012 Short Story Challenge!

 

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Newfoundland Vampire Tour: Character Interviews and Teaser with Charles O'Keefe

Book Blurb from Goodreads
Like every other geek alive, Newfoundland native Joseph O’Reily secretly wants to be a superhero. At thirteen he fantasized about being a vampire, and ten years later he’s still fantasizing – but mostly about a beautiful redheaded woman who has eyes only for him. The one thing different about Joseph’s adult fantasy is that, amazingly, it comes true one night when he goes to a local university pub. Cassandra Snow, literally the woman of his dreams, invites him to her place for an evening of personal pleasure. Of course he’s not going to say no. But when strange things start happening afterward, Joseph quickly learns that not all dreams should come true.

Cassandra has plans for him – forever. And those plans don’t include daytime activities. An animal lover and recent vegetarian, Joseph wrestles with all the weird changes he’s experiencing after his encounter with Cassandra. Eternal youth and amazing power come at a price that is perhaps higher than he can afford. The constant hunger for blood and the secrets Cassandra harbors test his resolve and his mental and physical limits. And then there’s the fact that a two-hundred-year-old vampire is after his head – literally.

Joseph’s night vision improves dramatically, giving him a glimpse of the darker side of the world and the terrible evil of vampires who walk among humans. As he tries to balance his regular life with the new reality of his vampire existence, he is determined to hold onto his personal convictions and what he values most – his humanity.


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Teaser for “The Newfoundland Vampire Book 2: Killer on the Road”

Joseph is still adjusting to vampire life, he just had a fight to the death with his girlfriend’s estranged husband, John Snow, and now he is experiencing his first ménage a trios, as only a vampire can. As if all of this was not complicated enough he has been charged with hunting down an killing a vampire, Donald Rathmore, who just happens to be the secret creation of John Snow and an evil misogynist killer in his own right. Donald also decides that while vengeance is not of any concern to him, killing a female vampire that he deems suitable for his “list” is.

While Donald continues his murderous spree, Joseph and Cassandra always seem to be one-step behind him. The chase is further complicate as they encounter other vampires and learn more about the mysterious nature of the vampire council and the coming war between good and evil.

Joseph is only beginning to trust Cassandra and his trust will be terribly shaken when he discovers she has even more secrets and that her idea of justice and morality is sometimes at complete odds with his own. Despite all his powers and growing skill, Joseph is tested physically as a vampire and emotionally by Cassandra and this time the answers and challenges may be too much for a young man to handle. 

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Character Interview with Joseph O'Reiley



Like every other geek alive, Newfoundland native Joseph O’Reily secretly wants to be a superhero. At thirteen he fantasized about being a vampire, and ten years later he’s still fantasizing – but mostly about a beautiful redheaded woman who has eyes only for him. The one thing different about Joseph’s adult fantasy is that, amazingly, it comes true one night when he goes to a local university pub. Cassandra Snow, literally the woman of his dreams, invites him to her place for an evening of personal pleasure. Of course he’s not going to say no. But when strange things start happening afterward, Joseph quickly learns that not all dreams should come true.

Published by Penumbra Publishing and written by Charles O'Keefe

*Skype sessions opens*

Cro:
I'm sitting here with Joseph O'Reily, vampire and main character of the book "The Newfoundland Vampire" written by yours truly. Joseph is kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to talk with me and readers of this blog. Joseph, hello and a pleasure to meet you.

Joe:
Thanks for having me. Umm you know I'm a vampire and now you're telling everyone? *looks from side to side and whispers* isn't that kind of foolish?

Cro:
Well no not really, you're an imaginary character that I made up and vampires aren't real either.

Joe:
Not real huh? *his eyes flash red for a full two full seconds* I beg to differ. What do you mean made up? I'm sitting here aren't I? You're just lucky I'm a vegetarian.

Cro:
*smiles* Yes I know me too. You are aware that I'm you and you're me, correct?

Joe:
Well I suspected something along those lines but I'm the younger, more handsome and happier version of you. Have you seen my girlfriend? She is a total knockout. Inventory manager? What kind of shitty job is that? Oh and by the way that combover, really not working for you.

Cro:
Hey now! That was a low blow and yes I have seen her many times in my head, Cassandra is the woman of my dreams as well you know. But we're way off track here. Tell me how your life has changed since you were turned, what have you learned?

Joe:
Yeah sorry about that, it's easy to forget that everyone else will get old while I'll be young forever. Good question, well I've learn a lot. First off women are mysterious creatures, vampire or human it doesn't matter. Second being a vampire isn't easy aside form the need for blood I have to deal with others of our kind, at least one of whine wanted to kill me and just the other day I meet a vampire on is council who commands us to track down and kill another of our kind. My life has changed in oh so many ways..I couldn't resist that's from a Beatles song.

Cro:
Good one, I know, I love the Beatles as well, please continue.

Joe:
Oh yeah, I forget we're so similar. Anyway while I'm still in touch with my friends and family I had to drop out of university with all the pressure being a vampire brought me, I had to cope with letting a woman die and while he got what he deserved I have to keep a certain criminal act a secret. As if all that wasn't enough I have to keep quiet about the fact that I am a vampire and one day take on a new identity. It makes Dungeons and Dragons even more appealing than before. Speaking of, do you still play...at..um your age?

Cro:
My age? I'm only 36...sigh I remember being 23 and thinking anyone over 30 was old and yes I still play. Oh and by the way I do agree with you about my job, it's boring as hell. Lots of regular people have dull jobs, I can't wamboozle people out of their money and let my super-rich immortal girlfriend pick up the slack, I've got bills to pay.

Joe:
Sounds like someone's got regrets and maybe needs to write another book. I can relate to the regret part though and just to be clear, I never ask for money, she offers and you know what they say never...

Cro:
...look a gift horse in the mouth I know. I do have one big advantage over you though.

Joe:
Oh yeah what's that?

Cro:
I know what happens next for you. *evil grin*

Joe:
*gulps* You wouldn't kill me? I'm you in another world, as you say.

Cro:
You'll have to wait and see. Thanks Joseph for taking the time to talk with me and the whole wide world on the Internet. We'll talk to you soon.

Joe:
*in background woman calls out "leave your computer device alone and come to bed, I promise to make it worth your while"* Yeah I need to go anyway. You're welcome, keep me around for a while ok? Being a vampire can be a lot of funs sometimes.

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Character Interview with Cassandra Snow

*Skype sessions opens*


Cro:
I'm sitting here with Cassandra Snow, vampire and other main character of the book "The Newfoundland Vampire" written by yours truly. Cassandra is kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to talk with me and readers of this blog. Cassandra, hello and a pleasure to meet you.

Cass:
Can you see me? I’m not sure about this computer chat thing, it’s rather new to me and oh I understand you’re on this screen as well. Oh my aren’t you a handsome man, you remind me a great deal of my progeny Joseph.

Cro:
Well that makes sense. He was based on me and I did create him. You though are a little more unique as you’re a combination of a real person, Catherine Mandeville Snow, and what I imagined you’d be like now as a vampire.

Cass:
Hmm, how fascinating. So am I everything you’d hope I’d be? I must thank you for my hair and figure, they are quite nice. You would make a fine vampire yourself, slightly older and more distinguished. I’ll have to ask Joseph to try growing a partial-beard as you have, it adds a nice dash of mystery to you. Oh my there is no secrets with you! *laughs* Yes I am the same woman who had her neck stretched oh so many years ago. Innocent of course, the courts back then were a farce.

Cro:
Oh yes naturally. You’re welcome for your…umm…attributes I guess I have a thing for red hair. I’m not sure if the real Catherine had red hair and a shapely figure but I made sure you did. We’re way off topic here though. So in your..umm..historic lifespan what would you say is the most important thing you’ve learned?

Cass:
Oh a direct man who gets right to the point, I like that. Oh and I appreciate the wording, while I have been alive over 200 years I am by no means old but to your question. It’s interesting perhaps 100 years ago I would have said power, money, freedom to do what you want but I can see now that those things matter little. The most important thing to be now is having a companion, something to spend eternity with and I will do anything to protect him. *eyes flash red for a second*

Cro:
What is it with you two and intimidation? I’m not the enemy here. I created you two after. An interesting answer, thank you. We’re running out of time here so one more question. If you had to do one thing different what would it be?

Cass:
Did my eyes flash? Oh sorry sweetie, purely an accident I assure you. Well now, that is a bugger of a question. I suppose by greatest mistake was underestimating my estranged husband John, it’s one I shall not make again I assure you.

Cro:
It has been a pleasure speaking with you. Enjoy your evening and I hope you enjoy what I have planned for you.

Cass:
The same to you good sir and no matter what happens to me, look after my beloved Joseph.

*Skype sessions ends*


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Charles O'Keefe Bio:

Charles O’Keefe lives in the beautiful province of Newfoundland, Canada, with his wife and two feline ‘children,’ Jude and Esther. He works as an inventory manager and enjoys many hobbies and activities that include writing, reading, watching fantasy/science-fiction movies and television shows, gaming, poker, walking, acting, and of course fantasizing about vampires.
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Charles O'Keefe Interview HERE  

Monday, December 24, 2012

Book Review: Boyfriend from Hell (Saturn's Daughter #1) by Jamie Quaid

Author: Jamie Quaid
Series: Saturn's Daughter
Number in Series: 1
Format: ePub (Edelweiss)
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Pages: 387
Publisher: Pocket Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy














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Synopsis from Goodreads

They say justice is blind. But Justine isn’t.

Justine (Tina) Clancy is just an ordinary law student with a faulty arrest record, a part-time job in Baltimore’s radioactive Zone, and a family secret so bizarre even she doesn’t believe it. That is, until in a fit of fury she damns her boyfriend to hell—and it’s exactly where he ends up.

Much to her own surprise, Tina is apparently one of Saturn’s daughters, with the power to wield vigilante justice. But poor Max didn’t deserve to go up in flames, even if he did almost run her over with her own car. Tina’s convinced someone cut the brakes—and now a relentless nemesis is stalking her through the Zone’s back alleys, where buildings glow, statues move, and chemical waste exposure comes with interesting consequences. Tina’s usually a loner, but now she needs a posse like no other: a shape-shifting kitten, an invisible thief, a biker gang, a snake-charming private detective, a well-meaning cop, and her sleazy, sexy boss. But in between freeing Max from hell, saving her own neck, and solving a mystery that threatens the Zone and her newfound friends, how is she ever going to study for finals?

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      Boyfriend From Hell is about a young woman named Justine aka Tina. Tina lives in a different kind of world. She is studying to be a lawyer and she works as a bartender/accountant. She works in a part of Baltimore that has suffered from a radioactive spill. So things in the Zone are a bit...abnormal. While out running an errand for her boss, she witnesses a car running into a kid (while almost being ran over herself) and getting money stolen from her. She is shaken up, but she wants to find who the culprit. She is waiting for her not-always-dependent boyfriend to pick her up, but instead he tries to run her over. Out of well justified anger, she damns him to Hell. Come to find out, her fit of rage truly sends her boyfriend to Hell. Tina is now trying to figure out the mystery of her boyfriend who keeps showing up in her mirrors and the crimes that are taking place in her town especially the crimes against her.

      I had a lot of fun with this book. Tina was an interesting lead. She was tough as nails and sassy as hell. She has a messed up leg, thin hair and messed up teeth. But for some reason, every time she gets angry, something happens to change her appearance. Nothing ever seems to faze her though and she doesn't let anyone walk over her. Her boss, Andre, is very shady and likes money. But he is also sexy and may know more about what is going on around the Zone. I actually enjoyed Andre, he was quite the enigma. Tina didn't trust him and she may have a reason to, but I liked him. He was smart and actually charming.

      I can't reveal too much about the plot. But it was awesome. Everything falls downhill after the incident with the kid getting ran over. It seems that a politician is behind it all and knows that Tina is on his tracks. Tina does her best to fight against those that have done wrong and figured out that she has powers. Her anger and thoughts make certain things happen, some big and some small. Tina slowly realizes that the politician and his “friends” behind the violence of the city may want to take over the Zone due to its special powers.

      The book was a lot of fun. Although the Saturn's Daughter part of the book is not explained 100%. She makes these wishes, unintentionally (and intentionally), giving people their due. But is it because of the city or is it because of she is Saturn's Daughter? Or does the Zone enhance her powers. This isn't a huge problem since this just building the world really. I believe this will be cleared up the further along we go. 

      This book was a fun read. The characters and the dialogue between these characters made this book a blast. You will leave this book with a smile on your face. It is more UF than PNR. But my “problem” was that I would have loved a bit of romance on this book. I really liked Andre and could see the chemistry between him and Tina. Quaid definitely wants that slow build up to romance, but with the way this ended, I at least deserved second base. That is right, I said it. Come on, one more chapter Quaid, just one more. Nonetheless, I am dying for book 2, I cannot wait.
  

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*This book belongs to the following challenges*

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Indie Book Review: The Strange Loyalist by Mian Mohsin Zia

Author: Mian Mohsin Zia
Format: PDF
Release Date: December 15, 2009
Pages: 138
Publisher: Createspace/Self-published
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Contemporary









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Synopsis from Amazon

This book is inspired by true events and based upon real people, places and events. Out of many, Mike Zander is the one: the only one. He had fame, love, success and admiration; he hated them all. He lost everything he ever had for a sister that was never his; one that slipped through his fingers like one slipped on bloody tiles. Scars of loyalty seared themselves into his soul; scars that force him to remember them when he only wishes to forget; he left them many years ago, but still, they follow him. How long will they continue to pester the present and fiddle with his future? Mike Zander is a loyalist; caring about others more than he does about himself. Having applied and been accepted into the most prestigious educational institute the country has to offer, Mike enters the quixotic world of SOS. SOS - the prestigious School of Scholars or, as Mike quickly learns to rename it, the School of Scoundrels. It is here he learns how easily the outside beauty of people can mask their inner ugliness and infestations, and how the exact opposite can apply. It is here, at SOS, that he learns to determine in whom to put his trust and whom to avoid. It is at SOS that he observes the death of his sister and is arrested as her murderer. Upon his exit from jail, Mike vows to find her murderer, yet who is the woman who bears his sister's exact name? Mike has to find the answer to this question and many more before his revenge is complete. Mike, as said, is a loyalist. What are you? Will you journey with Mike and find out whether you are a loyalist like him or a quixotic like the rest of the campus population?

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      The Strange Loyalist follows a man named Mike who is starting his first year of grad school. He got accepted into SOS, School of Scholars. He is very happy to know that his hard work has paid off given that they only accept 125 students. But Mike's excitement quickly wears off when he realizes the school isn't all it is cracked up to be. Mike sees he is surrounded by people who are are willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead. The same thing goes for the teachers. Things take a huge turn for Mike when his favorite teacher's son dies and his relationship with the teacher grows. They become family and many don't approve including those he is close to.

      I hated and loved this book. Mike was a good character to follow He was very smart and helpful. But his helpfulness worked against him since he makes “friends” with people who have no problem using him. Not only are the students of questionable characters, but the teachers are also questionable. They discriminate against the students. There seem to be some who favor the female students over the male students. I did like through all the adversity Mike went through, he had Madam Shirley. She was there for him when no one listened to him (beside Marlboro). They become like best friends despite their age differences. Madam Shirley was such a sweet woman and I loved how she was there for Mike. Well, how they were there for each other, specifically after Madam Shirley's son, Adam, commits suicide.

      The plot quickly changes after Adam's death and Christmas break She starts to treat him differently and just starts acting differently toward Mike. There is a wedge between the two of them even though Mike has been there for Shirley even after she was sick. An even bigger twist occurs when tragedy also strikes Shirley and Mike ends up in jail for it. Mike takes a turn for the worst and he does whatever it takes to make things right.

      I won't lie, there was a point in this book I got really pissed. Be prepared for a few complaints. When Mike goes to jail, there were just little things that were done that didn't make sense to me. Then when he was released from jail, it makes even less sense. As much as I liked the “brother-sister” relationship between Mike and Shirley, I don't understand why Mike didn't fight for his real family. He could have at least tell them what happened and while in jail, they could have done some investigation. Why not fight for your real family that raised you? Then when he leaves, he meets his friends from before going to jail. They are so happy to see him and they say they miss him. But none of them ever visited him in jail. No one did except for someone who knows he is innocent and suddenly wants to help. Why didn't they do more as well? It makes no sense. Then the biggest thing was that Mike did something very extreme to one of the teachers for doing something quite rude. I didn't like that like specifically because it could have been avoided. I love how dark the book was though and the teacher was scum, but that was uncalled for. It just seem sudden and a bit out of character since Mike still worries about being rude and impolite to people.

      Overall, I did enjoy this book. The last few chapters were amazing and I didn't see that coming. While the reason why Mike gets sent to jail also made me mad (seriously, this is why talking is so important). I really loved the visit to Russia. I would have liked it if the book was set here longer because we meet Tatiana and I really liked her. This book was well written although some of the dialogue was a tad bit formal. I was screaming at the book in the middle, but it did make me happy in the end. Zia's style definitely gives a little twist to the average revenge story and I was glad to have read this. I would recommend this.
 

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Guest Post: The Sins of Mother Superior Two (The Histories of the Sisters of the Order of Chastity #1) by Juliet Baranne





All About Juliet Baranne and Nan



Juliet Baranne, a princess of the lost
Kingdom of Nan

Juliet Baranne is a school principle in Nongbualampoo, Thailand. She was born in Nan. Nan is located in the Highlands far to the north of Bangkok - near the border with Laos.

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Juliet Baranne has lead a life full of adventure. She was forced to flee the kingdom of Nan following the invasions of the Visigoths. She has recently written a history of these cruel vandals.
Juliet fled to the Kingdom of Siam, where she was granted asylum. She then lived in other kingdoms of the Orient.
Juliet Baran lives in Chonburi, Thailand. Her father was born in Paris. Her work is controversial. Her last book was banned in Boston. It was also placed of the List of Proscribed texts by the Holy Office of the Vatican. Her books have been publically burned by the League of Decency. The President of the League, Reverend Jimbo Stomper - has said: "Filth! Her books are salacous [sic] filth!" Father Jose Mather y Lopez has said: "Muy caliente! Infamoso!"
Juliet is currently serving a thirty day sentence in the Birmingham County Jail in Alabama. Her unjust imprisonment was the result of a riot at the Barns & Noble in Birmingham. The Rev Stomper attempted to set a copy of her book on fire. Juliet, however, is an expert in the martial art of Yoo Kan Too! Stomper is still hospitalized.
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Jerome Brooke lives in the Kingdom of Siam. He is the consort of Juliet Baranne, a princess of the lost Kingdom of Nan. He has written The City of the Mirage (Books to Go Now) and many other books.

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The City of the Mirage (Amazon) is a Dark Fantasy, one of the Divine Astarte Histories. Astarte the Great Queen rules a vast empire of the stars. She calls the Warrior to fight at her side.


The City of the Mirage (Books to Go Now) by Jerome Brooke is now on Amazon.
The Divine Astarte is one of the last of her race. Her people sailed to the stars long ago, and seeded many worlds with life. She rules a vast empire of the stars. She calls the Warrior to fight at her side.
Astarte is served by a legion of shield maidens, cruel warriors feared by all. They view men as weak, and commit many atrocities. Captives are impaled or enslaved. The lucky become camp followers.



Juliet, a princess of Nan

Juliet was born in Nan, in the rugged Highlands far to the north of Bangkok. 


The Teak House of the King of Nan

Nan is an ancient Kingdom, and still has its royal family. Many of its people have a few drops of the old royal blood. The kings and magnates had many wives and concubines - over the centuries.



Even now, Nan is remote and hard to reach. Until recently the people of Nan took their laundry to the banks of the River Nan.


The fields along the River Nan are rich and bountiful

Only recently was it incorporated as a province of Thailand. Jerome and his two ladies were recently on vacation in Nan. The sober Siamese were willing to kindly tolerate the whimsies of a poet and dreamer - one who is clearly a little mad. A dear friend, Kathy, escorted us to the fine museum and art gallery of the town.
   



Jirachaya, beloved by her future subjects, reigns supreme in the remote region. She is the only child of Juliet Baranne. She has been crowned as Miss Superstar 2011. The beauty of Eurasian girls is much admired in the Kingdom.
 


October is the time of the Dragon Boat races in Nan. The long boats may be seen on the River Nan. Nan has a dark history of war.



The River Nan flows - the River Gods oblivious to the wars and travails of the Siamese and the men of the West


The King of Pagan (Burma) carried off the people of Nan into slavery long ago.

Remote - the lost kingdom remains as it ever was
lost in the hills and unknown to the world.

In the remote regions the Hill Tribes eke out a living. The children have little chance of an education or escape. The Siamese view them with disdain - as they do much of the rest of the world!




November 2012

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Indie Review: The Sins of Mother Superior Two (The Histories of the Sisters of the Order of Chastity #1) by Juliet Baranne

Author: Juliet Baranne
Series: The Histories of the Sisters of the Order of Chastity
Number in Series: 1
Format: PDF
Release Date: November 22, 2012
Pages: 106
Publisher: GoodSamaritan Press
Genre: Erotic Fantasy












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Synopsis from Amazon

The Sins of Mother Superior is a collection of the histories of the Sisters of the Order of Chastity. Mother Superior and Brother Innocent embark on a crusade against perversion, unnatural acts and sin. REVIEWS of The Sins of Mother Superior have said - ...This book will appeal to all Marquis De Sade aficionado, onanists, anti-prelates and - basically - to all dirty old men and horny teenage males! It's 'all about' the erection of one satyric man inside the hallowed vales of willing women. Written with some definite lashings of tongue-in-cheek scurrility, there is a throbbing of the knobbing throughout, although - to this reader at least - the culmination - or climax - if you will - is a little rushed into sudden flaccidity. Be warned - the tone throughout is anti-establishmentarian and pro-meta-Reichian frenzy. Which - on reflection - might not be such a bad thing at all, eh. Roberson Vaughan - August 30, 2012 Prior editions of this work have also been published under the titles The Mortal Sins of Sister Severa and the Sins of the Countess.
 

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      Where the hell do I start with this one? Wow, this was a read I never would have imagined. This is not a book for a lot of people. If you are really religious especially if you are Catholic, I urge you to run in the other direction. It is an erotic fantasy, but more like an erotic parody. Baranne takes traditional Catholic practices and turns them in ways that will offend some people. In fact, this story is so offensive, it has been burnt and banned. So you are in for quite the read ladies gentlemen.



      The Sins of Mother Superior is about the many sexual encounters between this priest and the nuns. Father Innocence is trying to cast out demons and impure thoughts with his holy “sacrament” and boy does he have a lot to spare. This book doesn't focus on anything but the priest casting out demons through orgasms. The priest is always ready to serve wherever his services are needed. Mother Superior makes sure he is sent anywhere he is needed to stop the spread of evil.



      Now I won't lie, I was shocked as hell when I read this. Then I thought it was kind of sexy. But then that quickly went out the window. This book was 106 pages (ebook) and about 80 pages of it felt the same. The scenes become so repetitive, I already knew what words will be used. Didn't matter where Father Innocence traveled to, the result was the same, done in the same way. The graphic, shocking sex turned repetitive and dull kind of fast because the story never moved past that. The best part of the book, which could have easily been its own short story, was when Father Innocence met the Three Sisters. They were frowned upon by Father Innocence since he thought they were witches. But his view changes and he is soon converted. This may have been the best part of the book, but it felt rushed. If anything, the “adventures” with the nuns should have been short and the plot at the end should have been the main plot of the book because the book virtually didn't have one until then.



      Overall this book is controversial and clever. Now this is a parody of sorts, but that doesn't take away from the seriousness behind it all. This sort of stuff actually used to happen in the Church, so it is pretty scary. I like that Baranne twisted it up a bit. This wasn't a bad read. I just would have liked the story to move more and to not be so repetitive. This is a series and I would actually like to see more of what happens. I at least would like to know if the plot at the end continues. Not a bad read.


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