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review 2017-06-25 03:48
CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS BY: MARTINA MCATEE
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things - Martina McAtee

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best friends

 

 

This book was AMAZING! I rarely give a first book in a series 5 stars, but if I could give this book a million stars I would!

 

 

all the stars

 

 

The world building was TOP NOTCH. I kept telling my friend this was Ilona Andrews level world building. For those that don't know, that is like the be all end all of world building, in my book at least. It was so vast I kept thinking I could stay in this world forever. I can see where there would be no shortage of stories to be told in this world that McAtee has created. There was a supernatural POWERHOUSE in this book, with plenty of beings that are familiar, shifters, witches, demons, necromancers etc. and some new and fascinating beings I haven't read about before! I enjoyed the fact that Ember was new to this supernatural world too so you got to learn everything about this new mesmerizing place and all its colorful inhabitants side by side with her.

 

 

 

The characters were so diverse and plentiful. There were a lot of people in this story, and there wasn't one that didn't have me completely engrossed in their life. I could not get enough of them! We get a few different POVs in this story, and they are perfectly executed. I am so particular about multiple POVs. If they aren't clearly recognized each time, rather by each voice being distinguishable and unique enough to stand on their own obviously, or by marking it at the chapter changes, I tend to be disappointed. I had no problem with that here. I was honestly kind of blown away how seamlessly the shift was made each time, and even more impressively, how loveable each person was! I was always happy to spend time seeing things through any of their eyes and that is no easy task!

 

 

I love YOU!

 

 

It also needs to be said that this cover is stunning as well! I really can't even do this book enough justice with a review. I loved everything about it, plain and simple. And if any of this sounds even remotely like something you may enjoy, pick this book up because I have a feeling you are going to fall in love with it too.

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review 2015-12-07 02:09
SACRIFICIAL LAMB CAKE BY: KATRINA MONROE
Sacrificial Lamb Cake - Jaimey Grant;Wendy Swore;Rita J. Webb;Paige Ray;Jeanne Voelker;K. G. Borland;Gwendolyn McIntyre;Katrina Monroe;S. M. Carrière

 

 

    Well, I can definitely say that this story was one HELL of a ride. *Bad pun intended!* I have to admit that when I was asked to read and review this, I was slightly hesitant. I'm not typically keen on heavy religiously themed stories, but honestly, the blurb and the way the author described it won me over. Especially when I started thinking that it sounded vaguely similar, with the modern day comedic based religious theme, to one of my favorite movies...Dogma.

 

 

 

So yeah, that solidified it for me. I know what you're probably thinking...

 

 

 

and with that, I say to you

 

 

Okay, Okay, back to the story. So I went for it, and honestly I am glad I did. The hilarious plot line of a tattooed, orange haired, trucker mouthed, lesbian being the second coming, and the big G and his disciples being the heads of a huge corporation, and Judas as the ultimate anti-hero, I loved every second of all of that!

 

 

Even with the comedic awesomeness aside, the characters were compelling, the action scenes were engaging, and the visuals that the author painted were extremely vivid, whether it was the urban setting, an exceedingly grotesque foe, or even a steamy little romp. Monroe seriously knows how to tell a story. The sarcasm, and medium use of profanity were just extra little perks, like the yummy cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae.

 

 

 

I also appreciated that you didn't have to be well versed in the bible to get a lot of what was going on and who key players were. I would say that even a person with very little biblical knowledge would easily be able to follow along and recognize most, if not all the big names.

 


I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2015-08-07 00:15
EVERY LAST BREATH BY: JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
Every Last Breath - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

    Okay so I am a pretty big JLA fan, and while I mostly enjoyed this series....it wasn't really my favorite. I think my biggest issue with this series as a whole was, quite frankly, Layla. I liked the idea of her more than I actually liked her. The idea of this person who quite literally was both sides of the token, both "good" and "evil" sounded great to me! But I think where it fell short with me is that, with the exception of a few badass comments here and there in this last addition, Layla really only embraced the "good" side of herself. And to be honest, it was a little disappointing. Now I was glad to see her finally accept herself in this book, but I really would have liked to see more of that throughout the series, and turned up a few notches too boot. I mean look at Roth, he's a demon who, besides having Layla's back, was pretty much up to no good on a regular, and you know what, I loved it! I get that a huge point of this story was that no one is really all good or bad, I get that. I guess I would have liked to see Layla not only accept that, but to blatantly OWN it.

 

 

 

    I have to say I really enjoyed the side characters more so than the main character. Well, with the exception of Roth, he was pretty awesome, and always entertaining.

 

 

Seriously though can we get like a Cayman novella or something out of this?! I honestly loved the demons so much better than the Wardens! Each demon we came across was interesting to me! I would have loved to see a story more focused on them! The whole Warden holier than thou attitude was off putting to me. Yet another area where I thought they were better in theory, at least for me. One of my absolute favorite things in this story were the familiars! Omg can that please be in real life one day?! These magical animals that bonded with their hosts were all kinds of amazing. And Bambi the Warden eating monster snake was at the very tip top of my favorite list! At one point in this story I actually teared up at a scene with Bambi. I felt immediately transported back to my childhood years where I pretty much felt more for animals than I did other humans lol.

 

 

    Ultimately if you've already read the other two you don't want to miss this one, lots of stuff goes down....Layla finally chooses between Roth and Stoney, which was a huge thing with the fans in war over which one she should be with! Things wrap up rather nicely. It was a fitting conclusion. And you even get a brief encounter with the Boss at one point, which was way cool! I really liked the world JLA created here, and I think it would be sweet if we got to explore the darker side of it more in a future book. Who knows, maybe one day!

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review 2015-07-23 02:34
TIED BY: LANEY MCMANN
Tied (A Fire Born Novel) (Volume 1) by McMann, Laney (2013) Paperback - Laney McMann

 

 No. Just...no. You ever haul ass through a book in less than 24 hours just so you can be done with it and move on with your life and precious spare time? Yeah. That just happened. It's a real bummer to considering how excited I was to start this book. I'm sorry but if I had to sum this book up in one word it would be disjointed. Everything took WAY too long to come together and even attempt to start making sense, and quite honestly if you have to wait until the last pages to have things start coming together, something isn't right. I had exactly 5% interest in this story by then, sorry.

 

 

    The characters were just as muddled as the plot. I had no investment in Layla, the MC, whatsoever. She was so annoying throughout the entirety of this book, at least that held true through and through...I guess.

 

 

Seriously, she was rude to everyone that cared about her, she whined ALL THE TIME, and she was just so naïve! I'm not sure there was a character that I enjoyed, maybe the Grandmother, who was in the story for about 2 minutes. Yeah, she seemed okay.

 

 

I couldn't even consider Max as a character I might have liked for the simple fact that he found enough things about Layla to actually love. What the hell? Where were these redeemable qualities? Is there some kind of decoder ring and secret text I wasn't aware of?!

 

    Onwards to the plot.....or the severe lack of one in my opinion. I get that Layla was being kept ignorant of pretty much everything, for her safety or whatevs, but no way does that make it acceptable, or any way enjoyable, for the reader to be forced to be content with absolutely nothing cohesive until the very end. 70% of this book was Layla whining about not knowing anything, which I almost want to sympathize with since I felt kind of the same whilst reading this. Through in there some weird events happening, but them being so short and clipped that you, much like the MC herself, couldn't even be sure that they actually happened!!

 

    Ok so I did bump this up to 1.5 stars for the fact that at the very end, once things started actually happening, they really exploded. There were a lot of good ideas there, but the execution was severely lacking. It was as if, no not as if....you literally got bombarded with an entire universe and all of it's otherworldly inhabitants. I didn't see the world building here, I got knocked upside the head with a world explosion.

 

 

 Even though there were some potentially great concepts there, which there were, I was too far removed from everything to have it bring me back. And it was just too much information to take in all at once. The otherworldliness was the highlight of this story, there was some real creativity in there, I wish it would have been at the very least sprinkled throughout the story so I would have had a hope of getting invested and not have been so overwhelmed once it did happen.

 

 

 Unfortunately not series I would likely continue on with.

 

     I received a copy of this book from J. Taylor Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

 

 

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review 2015-06-20 23:35
WHITE HOT KISS BY: JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
White Hot Kiss - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

   You know, I think my favorite thing about this book was Roth. He was funny, naughty, and at the same time always seemed to be there and come through for Layla. Ironic that he was literally the demon of the story. Also pretty awesome that his bad ass snake's name was Bambi.

 

   I really liked that this story was about Gargoyles. I have never read anything involving them before, so that was definitely unique. It was neat that they were basically the defenders of humanity against the demons. I liked that they were already out in the open amongst the humans, but the demons were still operating under the radar. It made it interesting to see how they worked at eradicating the demon problem while still keeping humans unaware of the demonic presence.

 

   I'm still kind of on the fence about Layla, to be honest. She's a little more meek than I expected, but I think there is going to be some character growth there in the coming books, so I can get on board with her if that is the case. And I have to say it, Zayne wasn't all that for me either. I felt like there was more tell and less show when it came to him being so close to Layla. He seemed pretty busy doing his own thing in a lot of this book. There is a definite huge set up for a love triangle, which I usually don't mind so much, but I typically prefer to actually struggle myself with which one I think the heroine should go for, and in this book there wasn't even a question, it was Roth hands down.

 

    I have pretty high hopes that the next book, Stone Cold Touch, will be even better. I am a huge JLA fan so I have faith that the next installment will deliver her usually touch of awesome.

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