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review 2016-07-25 10:47
Full Moon Rising - Keri Arthur
One of the best urban fantasy books I’ve read. Gets straight into the action with effortless world building despite being the first in a series.
There’s a lot of sex and sexual situations throughout the book but amazingly it doesn’t get in the way of the story. The sexy times work alongside everything to progress the plot, which is hard to do!
The mix of science fiction and fantasy, which I don’t usually like, works really well here. At no point did the science stuff make the werewolf stuff seem silly and vice versa.
Riley is an absolutely brilliant character. She’s a fighter without having to prove how tough she is (happens a bit too much in UF/PNR). She’s somewhat of a moral libertine but that seems to be the mindset of the werewolves here. Either way, it’s great to read about a woman that doesn’t act like casual sex with someone she’s attracted to will make her a bad person.
Great start to a series, I’ll definitely continue it.
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text 2016-07-25 10:43
Forever Fae - L.P. Dover
Sadly, this one was not for me. The story was predictable, the romance made no sense, and the suspense fell flat.
The story is told from the perspective of the power couple and the big baddie, leaving no mystery at all to the plot. Knowing each side's game plan made for a pretty boring read.
The romance between Clasita and Ryder developes stupidly fast. I felt no connection between them at all. They said the words but it was as effective as saying them to a tree. I could understand it if they were pushed together by the prophecy but all involved insist it's true love.
The language shifts between a modern dialect and olden-style weirdly, with a fair bit of modern swearing that didn't really suit the characters. I have nothing against swearing it just didn't feel natural here. The mix disrupted the flow of the story, making it seem like some of the characters had a split personality.
The lore was interesting, though. The background for Aladair and the plot for the series intrigued me. I might check out the next book but I'm not in any hurry to do so.
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review 2016-07-05 13:49
The Warlord Wants Forever - Kresley Cole

This is a really quick read, could be read in one day, so it suited me nicely to finish off my TBR reading challenge. As a novella series opener, there’s little world building, but enough to get a good grasp of what’s going on. Most first books get bogged down explaining the different creatures, their history and politics. Cole does it quickly and when necessary so it flows smoothly with the story.
Easily one of the dirtiest books I’ve ever read (not that I’m complaining), lots of sexy times. The plot doesn’t suffer for it, though, and we still get a good understanding of the characters. Myst is protective, independent, and surprisingly modern despite her age. Wroth is honourable, (insanely) possessive, and surprising old fashioned despite his age. They’re both very likeable characters that I would love to read more of. I’ll definitely continue this series.

Source: howlinbooks.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/the-warlord-wants-forever
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review 2016-07-05 13:45
A Hunger Like No Other - Kresley Cole

The beginning of the book was a bit strenuous. I hated Lachlain and Emma was annoying. He was way too pushy and possessive and she was super wimpish. They do get better throughout the book but I still think Lachlain is just a bit too possessive.

Emma grows into a formidable character, though. She learns to hold her own against all the controlling bullshit that gets thrown at her. Lachlain tries his best to reel in the alpha crap but I’m still not all that impressed with him.

Despite my misgivings about Lachlain, I was rooting for the two of them. The story was captivating, thrilling and sexy.

What I really love about this series, is the world Cole has created. The mythology of the Lore is fascinating. I’m really excited to find out more about the various creatures inhabiting it.

Source: howlinbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/01/a-hunger-like-no-other-review
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review 2016-07-05 13:42
Wicked Ride - Rebecca Zanetti

I can’t make up my mind on this one. I enjoyed it. The story was really good but I wasn’t into the relationship between Kell and Lex. Lex annoyed the crap out of me. She was overly stubborn and repeated the fact that she’s a cop to every character and herself constantly.


The lore of the world is interesting. The witches seem to be like werewolves but they don’t shift. They got the whole long life and mating thing going on.

There’s a few instance where they try to explain the magic via science. I hate when they do this in fantasy books. You don’t need to explain it, it’s magic! But that’s just a pet peeve of mine.

I found the first 140+ pages boring, the pacing was slow and action minimal. It picks from half-way point, though, and is worth finishing.

It was good, not great, I’ll probably read the next one but I’m not in a hurry to read it.

Source: howlinbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/wicked-ride-review
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