Review: Burned by Karen Marie Moning


Title: Burned
Author: Karen Marie Moning
Series: Fever, #7
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Pages: 475
Rating:

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. 

Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil gets blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

I better get rolling on my review before it never gets written and while the book is still in my mind. BURNED took how many freaking years to write, two years or something and my most anticipated book turned out to be such a disappointment. Don't get me wrong it was still good, semi-halfway decent, but really?! This is the turnout of the book I was waiting so long for? I am so not impressed! I think my thing was compared to Fever books #1-5, this book was so different compared to those, that my expectations were so high. But it wasn't that bad. Let's just say it was half and half good and bad.

First of all when I first heard this book was going to half a dual Mac and Dani POV I was very excited, and also as well as Muliple POV's of different characters. We had Dani, Lor, Unseelie King, Christian, Kat. Either you know how to make the Multiple POV the fit or you don't. And obviously KMM didn't. It didn't work in her favor. The book seemed all over the place, with so much going on that it didn't not work at all and the book suffered because of it. Mac POV is the majority we get. And I have to say I probably wouldn't be able to get through the book if not for her. I love things from her perspective and it saved the book. Even with Mac being the center fold in this book, it still felt like it was all over the place and was a big huge mess with the POV's. And Dani? Really, KMM? How the hell can you say that the primary perspectives are that of Mac and Dani. Dani is basically in the first chapter and that's it.

The part of the book that really saved it all for me, was the second half, it was pretty awesome because you really get an inside look into Ryodan, Barrons, Lor and the inner working of Chesters and get to catch some conversation between the three which we probably never would've got. I mean, that is what I freaking live for. Learning more about the Nine. Please, KMM, keep writing more inside looks into the Nine. I need to know more about this mysterious group. And as a Mac and Barrons fan, I am disappointed with the so little interaction between the two. Out of the whole book, they had a few conversations. What the hell? Their whole Mac and Barrons dynamic that I loved in the Fever Series just disappeared. I just expected since they are finally together, we would get more, not less.

I suddenly can't find enough oxygen in Ryodan's office to breathe. My hand flies to my mouth as I stare, staggered..... 

And oh.my.fucking.god. Please do not even get me started on that shit ass excuse for a cliffhanger. Really? You're gonna end it there? I know the next book is said to be out October of 2015, but come on. Do you honestly believe it will be out this year. Based on KMM, actions it could be out in the next two to three years. Who knows. With BURNED we were left with more questions than answers and incompleteness. At this point I don't even want to associate these spin off Fever books with my previous Epic Original Fever Series, but I have been nothing but disappointed thus far. I am begging. Please do not screw up Book #8! But me being me, I do have hope for the next book, even though this feels so different from the original fever series, I am open-minded for it being different and am excited to read more!



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Review: Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost


Title: Bound by Flames
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince, #3
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Pages: 342
Rating:

Play with fire, pay the price.

Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…

“You aren’t just my weakness, Leila.” Vlad drew me next to him, one hand sliding along my jaw while the other caressed my back. “You are my destruction, because if I were to lose you, it would finish me.” 

I couldn't write my fabulous review without spoilers, so be warned. I swear the books in the Night Prince Series get better and better with every book. I am highly impressed. BOUND BY FLAMES has got to be my favorite in the series and at this point I am so glad that Frost decided to extend the series to one more book. Frost, let me tell you, just keep writing more, because you're doing awesome with the the World of the Night Huntress. I could definitely do with another book on Mencheres and Spade.

In BOUND BY FLAMES, Leila and Vlad and still on the hunt to find Szilagyi. Vlad finds out early on that Leila had been careless and reckless at one point to the hunt for Szilagyi and decides to permanently remove her from the situation, which enrages Leila. But eventually make up and finds themselves face to face with Szilagyi in the end only to find they have maybe an even greater threat than Szilagyi.

Compromise Lesson One: Pull a dick move, and your dick gets denied. Every woman knew that, and now, so did the vampire sitting next to me. 

Like I said before this BOUND BY FLAMES was so freaking awesome. We have Vlad trying to protect Leila for her own good and her being angered by what he did. I understand both sides, but once Leila hears Vlad's side of things, she understands and forgives him. Awwwww. Vlad can be quite the romantic vampire. I just love how much he loves her and is willing to endure her anger and hatred if it means she is alive.

At one point Leila gets kidnapped yet again, Surprise Surprise!, and had to undergo the ultimate torture. I have to say, the torture really got me, it was sickening to read, it was like I had to close my eyes like I was actually watching it. And, (view spoiler) Szilagyi is one sick fuck! And another thing too, all of this was being video taped and sent to Vlad. Thank god, Vlad reaches Vlad in the end and a bunch of awesome shit goes down. Like I said, great book and looking forward to the conclusion to the, Night Prince Series.



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Review: Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews


Title: Burn For Me
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy, #1
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Pages: 384
Rating:

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

"Now I have something to prove to you," he said. "I promise you, I will win, and by the time I'm done, you won't walk, you'll run to jump into my bed." 

I have been waiting for this book for so long and it's finally here and it was so good. I will read anything that Ilona Andrews writes, because the story is always amazing with great plot, dialogue and characters you will love.

In this new world, it is all about the magic and our heroine Nevada Baylor is forced to take on a assignment that is extremely dangerous and one where she may die where she is searching for fire starter, Adam Pierce, but if she doesn't she and her family loose everything. Mad Rogan is also looking for Adam for entirely different reasons. He kidnapps Nevada to gain any and all information she has on Adam, but Nevada is one tough cookie and won't give in to this man, and so they work together to get Adam Pierce.

“You seem to be under the impression that I work for you and you can give me orders. Let me fix that." I hung up.” 

I loved our heroine Nevada Taylor, she the typical Ilona Andrews heroine. She's somewhat normal and would do anything for her family and to keep them safe, and she's totally bad ass at times. And wants to be with someone who loves her or will truly care for me, but she finds herself wildly attracted to Mad Rogan who she doesn't want to start a relationship with at all.Well, Mad Rogan plans to win that battle with Nevada and have her.

Mad Rogan is kinda a sociopath, but one of those good sociopath's you want to love. He has this idea where he does not follow the law. He basically is the law, if he decides someone is threatening him and he finds them annoying he will kill them, and that is not okay with Nevada. But in someway Nevada brings in strength and light to him in his darkest moments and he is very attracted to her and declares he will win her at any cost.

"I just realized I shouldn't be in the same vehicle with you. In fact, I shouldn't have called you in the first place, so I'm trying very hard to rewind time." He grinned. I"ve amused the dragon. Whee. 

In Ilona Andrew's Kate Daniels series I really enjoyed the run and chase, sexual tension, and "I will make you mine" part of the series, and I am looking forward to that in the Hidden Legacy series as well. For me, it's the best part of books like these. So I am being tortured waiting for next book in this series and I cannot wait to get more Nevada and Mad Rogan.



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Cover Reveal: 3 New Titles!



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I am totally one of those people who hate it when we get different covers right in the middle of the series. Here is my thing. This is the thirdish - fourthish cover model for the Kate Daniels Series. Loved the first, but the previous ones with a little girl on the cover NO!!! I am happy with this new cover, even though she isn't how I picture Kate. LOVE LOVE LOVE! But OH MY GOD! They changed the little girl cover! YEEESSS!!! But now all the Kate books have 4 different models?! LOL.  

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Same deal with this one. This is the third cover remake. But I am okay with that b/c for one every cover redo they have done they have went through with the same cover design for all the books, so you won't have mixed book covers. Yah! This cover is GOD! FANGIRL SCREAM. I am not happy with Iced and Burned hot guy covers, they don't turn me on, they could've done those so much better. But Darkfever?! FUCK! I can stare at this one all day. They did an amazing job on it! I just can't wait to see the rest!!! Me being the crazed fangirl I am will end up buying all the fever books with the new covers too! LOL  

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I have always liked the covers in The Selection Series. They are all so stunning and beautiful and this new cover is no different. Sometimes you think there is no way they can top the look of the last cover and they do! What I would'nt give to try on one of those dresses. I don't know why they don't make this as a spinoff series though, b/c this book is not about Maxon and America, but about their daughter. But still looking forward to it! =)))

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Review: Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione


Title: Lethal Rider
Author: Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of the Deliverance, #3
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Pages: 433
Rating:

Thanatos, the most deadly Horseman of the Apocalypse, has endured thousands of years of celibacy to prevent the end of days. But just one night with the wickedly sexy Aegis Guardian, ReganCooper, shatters centuries of resolve. Yet their passion comes with a price. And Thanatos must face a truth more terrifying than an apocalypse-he’s about to become a father.

Demon-slayer Regan Cooper never imagined herself the maternal type, but with the fate of the world hanging in the balance she had no choice but to seduce Thanatos and bear his child. Now, as the final battle draws closer and his rage at being betrayed is overshadowed by an undeniable passion for the mother of his child, Thanatos has a life-shattering realization: To save the world, he must sacrifice the only thing he’s ever wanted-a family.

“Kiss me?” There was a vulnerability in his request that had such a powerful effect on her that she almost choked up. In answer, she lifted her head up and touched her lips to his.

LETHAL RIDER was freaking AMAZING! It exceeded all of my expectations, but of course, how could Thantos not impress me. This book was full of complete EPIC-NESS! You will be AMAZED. I promise you that! LETHAL RIDER takes place about 8 months after Regan betrayed Thantos into having sex with her to get pregnant. Thantos has been in hell, held and unable to move by the hellhound saliva and does not know that Regan is pregnant. He only has hate for her betrayal and at his siblings for keeping him held down for the past 8 months.

“I have some more staff members to interrogate.” He winked. “I’ll try to keep their screams at a minimum.” Yeah, he really did have a quirky sense of humor. Especially because she had no doubt he was actually serious.

Thantos eventually gets free and comes after Regan only to learn that she is pregnant. He has all kinds of different thoughts and feelings on the subject. Firstly, a baby, a family is all he has ever wanted and he could never have. It seems like a dream come true except that the baby is his agimortus and may possibly be the key to destroying Pestilence. Thantos is determined to keep Regan and the baby safe at all costs.

“I wasn’t lying when I said you’d awakened something sexual in me, something that frankly scares the shit out of me. But that’s my problem, not yours. I won’t make you do anything you don’t want to do.”

There were so many moments in the book where I was happy, sad, and angry with rage that it was so funny! Regan betrayed Thantos in the previous book and not only that, but she was going to give the baby to Kynan and Gem to raise thinking she won’t be a suitable mother. She has had a rough childhood. But my problem is that even more than halfway through the book almost that she is still talking about giving it to them. She is attached, and this is Thanto’s kid too, so he definitely has some say. I mean, the Aegis and her took like everything from him.

“Here’s how this goes. No Guardians. I don’t trust any of them, including you. You can have as much ice cream as you want. I doubt I’ll stop ordering you around.” He turned his face away and put his lips to her ear. “And you don’t get your own bedroom. You sleep here. With me.

I thought Regan had a lot of growing up to do in LETHAL RIDER. I liked her as the heroine, but I felt like she was a bit tortured as well and had a lot of growing to do as a character. Thantos was PERFECTION! We get to learn some interesting things about him and not that we didn’t already know this, but HE IS SO FREAKING SEXY! THANTOS IS A GOD! He is definitely my favorite Horseman of the Apocalypse. There were so many moments that I could just rewind and rewind and rewind!

“So ask me again why I’ll win a battle of wills.” “Fine.” She jammed her feet under the covers. “Why?” “Because I’m immortal and you’re a mere human. I have an eternity to out-stubborn you.”

Overall, LETHAL RIDER was JAM-PACKED with nothing but EPIC-NESS! There was so much that happened that I could not possibly explain it all in one single review. I must say this! If you didn’t already hate the Aegis, you will want to murder them and wish the most deadliest and most painful death on them! Trust me, you will! I speak the truth! I am really looking forward to Reseph’s book and I can already tell from the sneak peek chapter that it is going to be an amazing book.



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