Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Review of Dire by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Gage was the first guy I ever wanted. He was my first crush and my first fantasy, but he wasn't my first in any other way because he never saw me as anything more than a friend— at least not until the night that changed everything.

It was all Gage's fault. He insisted we drive through the storm and take the back roads. By the time the storm hit full force we had no chance. One night of snowbound sex changed our relationship forever. The problem was at the same time I caught another guy’s attention. This other guy happens to be the alpha of a pack of shifter wolves.




Yummy! Gage is the sexiest character and I understand why she practically swooned around him. Then there is Hunter. I'm not too sure about him yet, but I'm already dying for book 2 so I can find out!
The book was so good, I read it in one sitting over a matter of hours. I devoured the words page by page until there was none left to read. Alyssa pens a good book and this is no exception. 
The storyline was so different, yet I really enjoyed the journey. I liked all of the supernatural elements and the twists and turns.
Overall, this book is a must read and I don't know if I'm patient enough for book 2! Dire gets five glittery stars for being an awesome read!  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Book series of the week!

Everyone should read this fabulous grown up style Buffy series! The Lily Drake series is by T. Michelle Nelson and is three books in total. Don't miss out on the awesomeness that is Lily Drake!

For Lily Drake, slaying vampires is easy...Dating them is the hard part.

Lily Drake is your everyday hard-working single mom…until a gorgeous vampire shows up on her front door who she mistakenly assumes is her blind date for the evening. As one crazy scenario after another unfolds, Lily finds herself falling in love with two vampires, slaying the evil ones, and being prophesied as the savior of the entire undead race.
Deciding between pizza and Chinese take-out will no longer be one of the hard decisions facing Lily Drake once she is emerged into vampire society. Humanity or immortality? That doesn't hold a candle against this question - which of the two handsome vampire cousins?

The Life and Death of Lily Drake is not your typical vampire love story. It’s a tale about the humorous mistakes a woman makes simply trying to survive not only life, but the dating scene. How will Lily manage working full-time, taking care of her young son and fighting the undead at every turn?
Lily will have to figure it out, but who better to save the world than a mom?

My Review:

WOW, just WOW! This book blew me away. I loved it. This author has just moved up my list of favorites.

The book started out with a punch and then lulled a little through the second third of the book, but quickly got back on track. The writing was flawless.

This series reminds me very much of popular urban fantasy series like Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill, Women of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong and even The Hollows by Kim Harrison.

Nelson is really onto something with this book. It has all the good stuff in it, like vampires, love triangles and a strong heroine. The guys were sexy, there were a few steamy scenes and a lot of ass kicking.

The storyline was intriguing and boy, the end was great! I was so stoked to read book two!! I highly recommend this adult paranormal romance series! It gets an awesome five glittery stars!

With a doting husband and a new job training a vampire military, Lily Drake was living up to the prophecies of being the best. Her life was seemingly perfect, until tragedy strikes bringing her a loss she's not sure she can endure.

The hard-working super mom / vampire slayer, Lily Drake, has just learned problems still exist even after you become immortal.

As everyone knows, even if you find your soul mate, you don't always get a happily-ever-after. Lily may have found temporary happiness being a newlywed, but the honeymoon is over. When she finds her husband going out for late night bites with another woman, Lily has to fight to try and regain what she wants most, love and a happy family.

If Lily thought being a single mom was hard, she’ll find being married can be a bloody mess.

My Review:

I LOVED book one of this series. I devoured both books in a matter of two days. I loved the way book one ended and book two began.

I will admit, I was a little pissed off at Nelson about a third of the way into the book, but she really twisted the plot into an interesting direction that I wasn't expecting. I read this book a week ago and I still can't form into words the awesomeness that is the Lily Drake series.

There was so much imagination used in this book. The creativity made for a gripping read. Nelson pushes all the boundaries in this series and I'm honored to have read this book early. The only problem with that, is now I have to wait longer for book three!

Boy, this second book left off with one hell of a cliffhanger. I am going to be at the edge of my seat until Nelson can pen more. I HAVE to know what is going to happen next.

If you love vampires, action and romance, then you MUST pick up this series. It deserves more than the five glittery stars I have to give!

In the conclusion of the Lily Drake series, Lily must choose not only what is best for herself and her son, but for her people. Her sword will be stained with blood through her efforts to preserve the lives of the people she loves, but she won’t be able to save them all.

When a devastating loss crushes her will to live, can Lily go on and be the leader she has to be? What is she willing to sacrifice to save others?

Death comes to everyone...even the Queen’s house...

What doesn't kill you will make you wish it did...

My Review:

I have mixed emotions on this final book. On one hand, the whole trilogy was epic. I LOVED the story and ADORED the characters. On the other, I was very unappy with a few twists in the story. I understood why they were but that doesn't mean I agreed. Overall though, this is a series not to be missed. I give this final installment four glittery stars for wrapping up an awesome story! 

Add them to Goodreads here: T_Michelle_Nelson

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #103

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga's Reviews, that features books I've received/purchased/borrowed during the current week. 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Review of Reborn by C.C. Hunter

Return to the beloved world of Shadow Falls, a camp that teaches supernatural teens to harness their powers—and where a vampire named Della will discover who she’s meant to be.

For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn't just a camp: it's home. As a vampire who's never fit in with her human family, it's the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn't careful, he just might succeed.  When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?


More Shadow Falls? More mysteries to solve? More of the girls and their sexy guys? YES PLEASE!
It took me a little bit to get into Della's pov, but once I did, I was hooked. Her character is so spunky and there is a lot there for the author to explore. I'm glad she got her own book finally (other than a novella).
Boys. Boys. Boys. Della's love life gets complicated when Steve insists they should be together, yet the new guy at Shadow Falls seems pretty drawn to her. You will be wavering at the end, because nothing turns out as it seems.
This book was very well written and I can't wait to read Eternal, the next book in the series this fall. Overall, this story had everything I was looking for. I have to give it five glittery stars for its pure awesomeness.

Wishlist Wednesday #1

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.  This meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Book: The Collector's Society

Author: Heather Lyons

Release Date:  October 23, 2014

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

*This is the first book in a series