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January 2015 Reads

Here we go again. :) Another month of reading done and I got more books in than I thought I would :)It was a good month for books :) Burned by KMM was finally released after about two years of waiting. I also started the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews and I'm so glad I did. This series is just awesome and is now one of my favorite series out there.

For February, I'm plan on finishing the Kate Daniels Books that are released until the next one. Also JLA has a new series starting this month so I will be reading The Return. Can't wait to get back into the Covenant world or rather the Titans this time around I suppose.

Richelle Mead also has the final book in the Bloodlines series coming out which is The Ruby Circle, so I plan on reading that as well. 

After that I will dig into some review copies.I don't know what comes after that but I'm sure I will find something in my TBR Pile ;) 

Okay now to the round-up , as always you can find the buy links in the reviews that are linked here. 

Thank you and happy reading :) 

 

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Doctor Mars by T.A. Uner

 

Doctor Mars

 

Synopsis:

 

In the early 22nd century, Mars has been fully colonized and terraformed by humans. On this new Earth colony the members of the MCPF (Mars Colonial Police Force) keep the peace. Liberty Rise is a gifted mutant with the power to manipulate time using her “mind-shifting” technique. As a member of the Mindcop division, she must use her skill to solve paranormal crimes.

When a recluse scientist named Dr. Andreas Hitzig threatens the safety of Mars, Liberty and the MCPF must intervene

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4★

 

My Review 


The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

 

The Witch of Painted Sorrows

 

Synopsis:

 

Possession. Power. Passion. New York Times bestselling novelist M. J. Rose creates her most provocative and magical spellbinder yet in this gothic novel set against the lavish spectacle of 1890s Belle Époque Paris.

Sandrine Salome flees New York for her grandmother’s Paris mansion to escape her dangerous husband, but what she finds there is even more menacing. The house, famous for its lavish art collection and elegant salons, is mysteriously closed up. Although her grandmother insists it’s dangerous for Sandrine to visit, she defies her and meets Julien Duplessi, a mesmerizing young architect. Together they explore the hidden night world of Paris, the forbidden occult underground and Sandrine’s deepest desires.

Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter. Then darker influences threaten—her cold and cruel husband is tracking her down and something sinister is taking hold, changing Sandrine, altering her. She’s become possessed by La Lune: A witch, a legend, and a sixteenth-century courtesan, who opens up her life to a darkness that may become a gift or a curse.

This is Sandrine’s “wild night of the soul,” her odyssey in the magnificent city of Paris, of art, love, and witchery.

 

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3 ½ ★

 

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Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

 

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Synopsis:

 

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

 

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4★

 

 

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Betting On It by Violet Blake

 

Betting On It

 

Synopsis:

 

Recent college grad Blair Bartlett thought she had it all—until one near-death experience destroyed everything. Now she’s starting over halfway across the country with zero confidence, zero trust, and zero in the bank.

On the eve of her canceled wedding, her so-called friends formulate a bet to dig Blair out of her rut: in the next thirty days, she has to complete ten erotic dares that would make most married women blush. The stakes are high, and this is one bet she can’t lose.

Wary of messy entanglements, she recruits her best friend’s older brother—and longtime friend—Sawyer Callahan. Deemed Colorado’s most eligible bachelor, he’s successful, fun-loving, and knows exactly how to make a girl, um…swoon.

But as the weeks tick by, Blair knows the friendship has become much more than she’s bargained for. And something dark in Sawyer’s past is threatening to ruin their future before it even had a chance.

 

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3 ½ ★

 

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Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

 

Magic Bites

 

Synopsis:

 

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up paranormal problems. Atlanta has two factions struggling for power. Masters of the Dead are necromancers who control vampires. The Pack are a paramilitary clan of shapechangers. When Kate’s guardian is killed, she is caught between.

 

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4 ½ ★

 

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Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews 

 

Magic Burns

 

Synopsis:

 

Down in Atlanta, tempers – and temperatures – are about to flare…

As a mercenary who cleans up after magic gone wrong, Kate Daniels has seen her share of occupational hazards. Normally, waves of paranormal energy ebb and flow across Atlanta like a tide. But once every seven years, a flare comes, a time when magic runs rampant. Now Kate’s going to have to deal with problems on a much bigger scale: a divine one.

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta’s paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest – and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can’t stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive…

 

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5 ★

 

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Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews

 

Magic Strikes

 

Synopsis:

 

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with these days. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that’s saying a lot.

But when Kate’s werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games—an invitation only, no holds barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament—she and Curran, the Lord of the Beasts, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta’s shapeshifting community…

 

 

 

 

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5 ★

 

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Burned by Karen Marie Moning

 

Burned

 

Synopsis:

 

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.

 

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 4 ½ ★

 

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Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews

 

Magic Bleeds

 

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Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose.

Kate Daniels works for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, officially as a liaison with the mercenary guild. Unofficially, she cleans up the paranormal problems no one else wants to handle - especially if they involve Atlanta's shapeshifting community. When she's called in to investigate a fight at the Steel Horse, a bar on the border between the territories of the shapeshifters and the necromancers, Kate quickly discovers that there's a new player in town. One who's been around for thousands of years - and who rode to war at the side of Kate's father. This foe may be too much even for Kate and Curran, the Beast Lord, to handle. Because this time Kate will be taking on family.

 

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5 ★

 

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Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews

 

Magic Slays

 

Synopsis:

 

 Kate Daniels narrates Atlanta detective agency start with best pal Andrea, half-beast rejected from the Order. Kate's passionate Mate is Beast Lord Curran, so Keep politics intervene. She won't kill children, so Aunt B assigns half-bouda bodyguards, spoiled Ascanio 15, Derek 19. First case is vanished inventor and Doomsday Device. Ward Julie runs from school, again.

 

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 4 ½ ★

 

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review 2015-01-29 17:10
Looking for Trouble - Victoria Dahl

Easy reading, good writing, high steam level.

When Alex rolls into town to attend his father's memorial service, he finds himself wrapped up in a fling that nearly defines 'forbidden love'. As Alex and Sophie tear through their clothing (and secrets) and hide from everyone, they figure out the trouble they cause is just the sort they need.

I made a comment (joking) while reading that the title should have been "Looking for Closure"...and that's partly true. This is truly a story about two people who are closing the door on the monster of their pasts.

A really good beginning, slowing toward the middle, their story picked back up with some upper echelon drama toward the end. Heavy on the feels - I was sobbing at one point because I felt for Sophie so damn much.

My issues with the story are personal. I'm not sure Alex really redeemed himself in my head. I feel like I get where he was coming from, but still thought he handled everything so poorly. And Rose's character was extreme - even with the explanation.

In a way, I didn't see how Sophie and Alex could have their HEA, but Dahl really got down to the nitty gritty and worked it out - with everyone - fathers, brothers, mothers...everyone.

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review 2015-01-23 18:30
This was Bound to piss me off...
Bound - Lorelei James

...and I wonder if I should quit reading this romance sub-genre. I think my last rage review was about a book labeled 'erotica'.

 

This book is a mess.

 

I guess I should first say that I'm going to read the sequel, and here's why; The book left off on a highly emotional unresolved note and, usually, if I dislike the book I could care less about the HEA and happily put it aside. But in this case, the ending 'fight', which was really a monologue from the mouth of Amery, was so good that I am intrigued.

 

I am not intrigued that Ronin can somehow fix her justifiably hurt feelings, but rather, how Amery could EVER come back from what she says and forgive him.

 

Because everything she said was pretty kick-ass. I'll sum it up as 'You are horrible and I don't need you'. Right on. If this was a stand-alone book that ended as such, I might have given it an extra star because her walking away would be good HEA here -- I do see however that there is a sequel, so no such luck.

 

Also, of note was the inclusion of the artistry of Kinbaku/Shibari. It was so interesting to me that I actually Wiki'd it. The BDSM world is very, very hazy to me, and believe me, I'm 100% okay with that. So when I hear the term 'bondage', I think of something nearly medieval. This is so not the case here and perhaps for that reason only, I continued to read through umpteen various sex scenes that make up most of this book.

 

So those are the positives. Why the 1 star?

 

Like I said, this book is a mess.

 

The first third is so silly it's nearly a joke.

 

First was the case of lust at first sight - at 5%:

 

"They stared at each other, locked in an eye-fuck that was better than any sex she’d ever had."

 

Then the sass-mouth attraction - at 8%:

 

"Your attitude . . . intrigues me.”
“What attitude?”
“Defiance. Especially since I don’t think that’s a natural reaction for you.”

 

Because this has never been done before. Because being a bitch the first time you meet a guy is totally cool and hot. Because...give me a freakin' break already.

 

So yeah, after some sassy conversation and that earth shattering 'eye-fuck' (roughly 5 minutes of their lives right there) we now can trust a guy with your safety as evidenced here - at 8%:

 

"Molly’s gaze darted to the right.
“Master Black said he’d be happy to handle it for you. That’s okay, isn’t it?”
“Of course it’s okay,” Chaz inserted. He squeezed Amery’s shoulder. “She’s exhausted and who better to trust her safety with than her self-defense instructor?”

 

Okay, and let's talk about Chaz - one of her self-proclaimed 'besties'. Here's thing. I am not normally or easily offended when it comes to race/ethnicity/orientation in books or lack thereof. I'm one part naive and one part ignorant, but mostly I'm color blind. I don't give a friggin' fig if the guy or girl is black, white, mulatto, Asian, Korean, Brazilian or from Mars. I typically find intelligence, wit and charisma sexier than the package they're wrapped in anyway. And as for orientation, whatever! It's just ONE PART of who people are, so please, dear author, hash out the rest for me. So, given my blaise attitude, imagine my surprise when I was geniuinely offended by the token gay friend AND, to be fair, the OTHER bestie is a lesbian - at 8%:

 

“Did she call you and your lesbian Mafia connections for help?” Chaz asked snottily.
“They could protect her better than that gay brotherhood you hang around with,” she shot back."

 

WTactualF. And if you want to know, every cliché I've read before is in here - Chaz is a complete man-whore who cheats and is a selfish bastard towards his friend Amery. Actually, every friend Amery possesses has a selfish dick moment in the book. Is it impossible for a girl to have normal, even-keeled friends? I...can't even go on.

 

Oh, and not to be left out - @ 8%

 

"The African-American cop approached her while the other cop, a young Hispanic woman, talked on a phone."

 

I don't even effing know why the race of the police officer was important to the story. Maybe because later in the book, the losers who try to jump Ronin and Amery are Hispanic so we have to show some equality.

 

And along the lines of me being offended - Amery is an idiot. Ronin is a whatever-level-I-don't-even-know black belt, owner of a dojo and all around martial arts expert. This is heavily played on. Amery, in her infinite classiness, calls Ronin a ninja all the freakin' time - and everything out his mouth is 'so Zen':

 

"I learned many skills there, including finding the balance between what I need and what the world requires from me.”
Amery sighed. When he said Zen stuff like that, she wanted to curl into him and absorb his strength and wisdom, while surrounding herself with his enticing scent."

 

Ronin is an idiot too though - he's so cardboard for the first half of the book. I suppose that's what 'ZEN' is, having complete clarity and  delivering your dialogue much like Tarzan.  "Me Ronin. You Amery. Me, Master. You, get naked."

 

He also can get EVERYTHING done by calling in a favor - in true billionaire (though not, as yet, revealed here) fashion. Here, with a standard health test - @ 39%:

 

“You have my word.” Ronin rolled on top of her. “I’ll set up the appointments for Monday afternoon. We should have the results the next day.”

“That fast?”

“A guy owes me a favor."

 

Because waiting 5-7 days to get your STD results like the rest of the world would just...totally throw off the pacing of this book. We must get condom-less now for the boinking from here on out. This just annoyed me.

 

As did this -

 

“No, I mean like ivory. There aren’t many moles or freckles to mar the perfection.”

 

I'm am so sick of perfection. This is a completely personal annoyance. I'm freckled to the hilt. I hate the fact that this chic is unrealistically perfect skin (Nicole Kidman is an exception to the rule people) and that oh-so-rare strawberry blonde hair.


So, after this I sorta quit highlighting and numbed out to just finish the book. I already figured that I spent way too much time thinking about source material that was meant for the brainless. So, I got into the spirit of things and went with it.

 

Besides all the crap mentioned above, there was a part in the middle that really bothered me - after Ronin binds her the first time (after declaring that she has 'no boundaries' with him), she completely freaks out. Her reaction, which was that she thought he was going to KILL her, was so out of left field that I was a little disturbed. She then throws some pretty heavy accusations at him and storms off without explanation.

 

Obviously, she gets over it after a week and realizes that bondage is so very freeing and wonderful for her. Commence with round 2 of the boinking extravaganza, with ropes now instead of just whatever was lying around before that he'd use (chaise lounge straps, scarves, belts, all of which she was fine with before).

 

Whatever. I said this book was a mess and could have just left it at that, but there were things here so obviously wrong that it made it very easy for my very small brain to point out.

 

 

 

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review 2015-01-19 17:29
Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

Complete fun.

 

Adventure with a capital "A", with just a few lagging, slower scenes.

 

Jim Hawkins was such a delight to read - his impulsive behavior reminded me of my own two boys who follow their crazy whims without a moment of hesitation. Much like L.M. Montgomery's Anne, Stevenson paints a picture of a boy that is all exuberant youth. As a mom who wonders (and is grateful) that her own boys come out of their own adventures unscathed, I recognized his survival as two parts complete blind luck and happy circumstance, and one part determination. I guess there's a dash of loyality and honesty mixed in as well.

 

One thing though, I would have liked to have known how Jim spent his money...

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review 2015-01-14 18:13
What I'm presently calling 'My Re-Training Journey"
The Hungry Girl Diet: Big Portions. Big Results. Drop 10 Pounds in 4 Weeks - Lisa Lillien

The first book in my journey to live healthier, cleaner, and stronger - hopefully with the added benefit of losing 35 pounds.

I was drawn to this book first because of the sentiment that I wouldn't be hungry. There is nothing like sitting around at night with a growling stomach, dreaming about a fresh bag of Doritos.


I'm just being real here. Typing the word Doritos is somewhat difficult.  And they're so bad...but it tastes so good to be bad.

 

So, yes, healthier, cleaner, stronger meant re-training myself. So back to not wanting to be hungry.

 

I needed to get to a place where I knew HOW to eat the right kind of food in the quantities necessary so that I can feel satisfied.

 

Overall, I was unimpressed with this book. But let's start with some good things:

 

 

Positives:

 - The plan is easy, focuses on food, and includes lots of choices.

 - There's little 'cooking' involved, so you won't be slaving away every night.

 - The sentiment that you will not be 'hungry' is a true one. There is a lot of food in the daily plan. I tried three different breakfast options - I couldn't finish one, and the other two were very satisfying.

- It really did help me understand the balance of protein and carbs that work to keep you feeling fueled.

- The reading is not dense or heavy. It was easy to read with the million distractions that is my life. I read while cooking, doing laundry, and helping with first grade homework.

 

Negatives:

- The tone is annoying with it's cheerleading quality. I like being positive and buy into the fact that your mental state of mind goes a long way in your bodily health (not that this is really mentioned here...)but, not every sentance needs to end in an exclaimation point. Fiber is not exciting. Neither is protein. Nor anything fat free - no matter how natural it is. 

- 1300 calories is not enough for someone who is moderately overweight. If you JUST had 10 lbs to lose, this could be accurate -- but otherwise? This was not addressed, even by the endorsed dietician.

- A lot of repetative information - The tips are repeated page after page, sometimes on back-to-back pages. For example, a tip that ground turkey is actually more caloric than ground beef appears on back to back pages.

- There isn't a lot of new information (drink water! what your portions!) If you were BRAND NEW to diet and nutrition, this would be a good starting place. 

- A personal negative -- I was looking to start to eat cleaner and this is not the book to do that with. Microwaved popcorn, fat free dressing, pre-packaged sauces and marinades, tofu products, packaged cereal/protien/snack bars are not for me.

 

So, what this book did do for me is springboard into reading other books and get me going. I've chosen to count calories and I use the app for myfitnesspal.com which I've been pleased with.

 

My takeaway:

- I kicked my drinking habit. DDP (aka Diet Dr. Pepper) was becoming a little too important in my life. I switched to water only based on Lisa Lillien's advice. I did add back one cup of coffee because I find coffee immensely pleasurable and I missed it.

- I tried several recipes (that doesn't include soy products) and have added into my regular rotation  two favorites - tuna stuffed egg whites and yogurt breakfast bowl.

 

 

I'm down 7lbs since starting my little change of lifestyle. Most of this is water weight, but it still feels good.

 

 

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