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review 2014-06-14 22:43
Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

As broken as Celaena Sardothien felt after the death of her dearest friend, Nehemia, and after breaking her relationship with Chaol, she thought that she couldn't feel any worse, or that she will never feel again expect for self-loathing and numbness that covered her heart and soul. But as her heritage is being brought up and she has to face who she is and what she represents and who she was born to be, the anger and fear inside her have no bounds and just like the numbness are trying to swallow her whole.


While Celaena fights her own battle with herself, Prince Dorian is fighting his own. The magic inside him grows stronger with each passing day and he has no knowledge and no means to stop it surfacing, and if his father ever found out about it, he and anyone close to him, would be killed. Estranged with Chaol, because all the secret both of them started to keep from one another, Dorian has no one to talk to and no one to save him from himself.


In the meantime Chaol is struggling with the knowledge that Celaena left him with. With a secret of her real identity. Chaol has to make serious choices about who he should serve and protect.

Will they all find the answers to their questions? If they do, will they embrace their fate or will they crumble and hide? Find out reading Heir of Fire. This book kept me on emotional rollercoster through the whole book. Great read and unexpected developments. Just read and enjoy.




















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review 2014-01-04 10:07
"Broken Dove" by Kristen Ashley
Broken Dove - Kristen Ashley


Ilsa never had the easy life. Her parents didn't really care about and her father always had a negative view on world and everything around him, so when one day she met Apollo "Pol" Ulfr, handsome and powerful man, who showered her with gifts and affection, no wonder she decided to marry him and get away from her home. She didn't even care that he was a Drug Lord, because she was finally happy and free to do whatever she wanted, at least that was what she had thought. Very quickly her fairy tell turned into nightmare. Constant biting and mental abusing manage to do what her father didn't, they had broken her.


Now 3 years on the run from the man, she thought she loved at some point, she's alone and scared, but what is worse, he managed to find her. This time she is ready to defend herself, or at least she is ready to die trying rather than come back to him. When nothing goes as she had planned, and she is about to be taken back, the unimaginable thing happens. There are two Apollos standing in her room and they are fighting each other, and next thing she knows she's on a soft bed somewhere with the "good" Apollo. She than learns that she was taken to the other world, the world where everyone have a twin to people from her's, and that she is a twin to "good" Apollo's wife, and that Apollo is the one who took her out of her world. How fantastical is that?


Unfortunately from the very beginning it is clear, that Apollo regrets taking Ilsa 'cause she is a reminder of his loss. He can barely look at her and not see his beautiful but dead wife so he tries to distance himself from her and leaves her with his man to look after her. But Ilsa, free for the first time of her life, takes this opportunity to start her life a new, and discover who she is or who she want's to be in this new, fantastical world. 

Everything is going fine until she meets with Apollo again and tells him, she wants to leave his care and stand on her own. She is sure there would be no problem with Apollo letting her go, since he can't even stay with her in the same room without wanting to be gone as soon as possible. So she is shocked when he denies her request and tells her she is to stay with him or she can go to his home and look after his children and those choices are the only one she gets.


Not able to face the unknown children, she goes with Apollo. When the desire between them stirs, witches to meddle in their business, and a war on this new world brews near, will Ilsa and Apollo be able to put their past behind them and face the future together, or will their past destroy what they could had have?


My Thought

Great beautifully told story of a broken woman and a broken man. Story of "love conquers all" kind and, from now on, one of my favorites of Kristen Ashley's books. I recommend it to everyone who is a fun of K.A. works and to all who loves good love stories. I literally couldn't put the book down.








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review 2011-02-26 00:00
Unchained by Sharon Ashwood
Unchained - Sharon Ashwood

Possible spoilers for the first two books!


Previously, in Fairview...Ashe Carver -- Holly's older sister -- came to town intent on staking her vampire brother-in-law, convinced he had Holly in his thrall. Instead, she ended up joining forces with Alessandro and Mac to save the Castle from destruction. Holly gives Alessandro some very unexpected news.


Six months later...


Madame Librarian: Ashe has officially retired from the monster slaying biz. She's got her daughter Eden with her now, and she wants to prove that she can be a good mother. To that end, she works at the library, located in the local mall. Now the only battles she routinely engages in are ones with the bookstore clerks, consisting of pranks and practical jokes. But Holly and Alessandro have a new baby in the house, so Ashe is willing to pick up her weapons, on their behalf, to keep Fairview safe for all law-abiding beings. She ends up partnered with Captain Reynard, chasing an invisible and deadly creature through the botanical gardens. And that's just the beginning of their problems.


Captain of the Guard: Reynard is everything you'd expect in a hero from a historical romance novel, as if he had stepped from the pages of one. The second son of British nobility, destined for the army. Unrequited love for a woman who chose another. The rakish good looks and behavior. But life as a Castle guardsman has changed him -- over 250 years in the prison has made him more disciplined, honed his skills and his sense of duty, and smothered all the feelings and desires from life outside the Castle. Leaving the Castle to hunt the creature is dangerous -- the longer he stays in the world, the harder it will be for him to return to the nothingness of his existence in the prison.


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review 2008-11-27 00:00
Holiday with a Vampire II (M. Lovelace & L. Devoti)
Holiday with a Vampire II - Merline Lovelace,Lori Devoti

This anthology features a story by one of my favorite Nocturne authors, Lori Devoti. In a departure from her other Nocturnes, this one is about a vampire, not shape-shifters. Though this is a Christmas anthology, the holiday has very little presence. If you're looking for a book that's doesn't have all the trimmings (carols, gifts, decorating, etc.), then this book is a good choice.


"A Christmas Kiss" by Merline Lovelace

From the Back: Vampire Delilah Wentworth's hunt for a dentist on Christmas Eve lands her in the arms of Sergeant Brett Cooper, a mortal who gave up on the Christmas spirit, and on love, years ago. Incapable of returning home by herself, Delilah needs Brett's protection for the night -- a night that leaves her aching for a forbidden mortal romance, and leaves Brett questioning whether he has truly given up on love after all.


I really liked Delilah. Born in 1888 to a career military officer, her only goals in life were to marry a dashing lieutenant and have lots of babies. She isn't a sultry, bad girl vamp; she's almost ordinary. Delilah only feeds on the willing and only takes what she needs -- not a killer nor in the habit of creating more vampires. She's also compassionate, going -- with Brett -- to the aid of a young, single mother with a case of food poisoning.


I wish the story had been longer. I thought Brett's acceptance of Delilah was too quick. I also would have liked to have seen more of Delilah's sire, Sebastian.


"The Vampire That Stole Christmas" by Lori Devoti

From the Back: On a mission for revenge against his adoptive family, vampire Drystan Hurst needs daemon Aimee Polk to help him put his plan into action. But Drystan doesn't expect to fall in love with Aimee -- especially when it means choosing between her affection and the ultimate family payback he has always dreamed of.


This is a story about two individuals -- a vampire and a daemon -- who must learn to accept themselves for who and what they are. Drystan has a lot of anger and resentment towards the Myhres. He's bent on getting revenge and he sees his foster brother's fiancée, Aimee, as the way to publicly humiliate them. Aimee, a daemon of light, has recently failed to save the life of her most recent charge. She's decided that it's best for her not to be one any longer, and will try to do good through Ben, who is politically ambitious. She senses the darkness in Drystan, and her first instinct is to absorb it, but she knows that won't help him if he doesn't take the first step.


This story was my favorite and I liked that both characters were supernatural. It made their acceptance of each other smoother. I also liked the twist on vampire mythology.


Started: 20 November 2008

Finished: 27 November 2008


Disclaimer: I purchased this book.


(Cross-posted from blog)

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review 2008-09-06 00:00
Twist by Colby Hodge
Twist - Colby Hodge

Abbey Shore is a struggling architectural student.  She "flips" houses to pay for school.  Her current renovation project is her dream house, the one she plans to keep.  She officially meets Dr. Shane Maddox when she goes to the ER for stitches.  Until then, he was just the cute guy she saw every morning on the El, and ran into at a coffee shop.  Abbey's attracted to him, but she has never had the nerve to introduce herself.  He seems interested in her, too.  He flirts with her in the ER, walks her home the next morning, and asks if she'd like to meet for coffee that night.  Abbey happily accepts.  However, just when she's about to leave the house to meet him, Abbey decides to investigate the noise coming from behind the wall in her living room.  She unearths a strange object and ends up 100 years in the future, though she doesn't know that at first.


Abbey is understandably confused.  There are strange men in her house trying to kill her and nothing looks familiar -- shops are boarded up, streets are deserted.  After escaping from the men, she's "rescued" by another group of strangers who think she's a "tick".  When she finally meets Shane, he insists that it's the future and everything's her fault.  He's bitter, angry, and ready to kill her.  Only when Shane sees her re-opened wound, the one he himself stitched up, does he come to the realization that she might be telling the truth; that she is not in league with the local tick queen and that she is not a tick herself.  For her part, Abbey still isn't convinced she's in the future, based on Shane's assertions alone.  After all, Shane looks the same as he did that morning.  He explains that he was "turned" by one of the ancient and original ticks.  Shane is now one of them -- a life-sucking immortal; a creature that inspired the vampire myths (except they don't suck blood or have fangs).

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