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review 2015-07-24 23:43
Now we're talking!
Break You - Claire Farrell

Where the last two books lacked momentum and action, this one has all that. The first two books didn't accumulate a lot of stars, 3 and 3,5, but this book on the other hand, has taken a major jump up the scale.

 

You know when you start reading a book, and you get that feeling where you just have to read a little longer before you put it down? The last two books (again) didn't have that. To put it short: they were slow. Very slow.

 

Dev is still evolving, and all the questions left from "Make You" still stands. Will Base join the hunters? When will "the Big Bad" turn up? Who will live, and who will die?

 

This is a well executed book, my only regret being that the end felt a little rushed. That said: if you can get through the first two books, this one is well worth your time. I loved the Ava Delaney series, and in this book the author presents some of the same writing skills as she did back then (I haven't gotten aroung to read "Lost souls" yet, but I will!).

 

Right now it's actually sad to see the story ends. Now, when it finally turned out to be so well written! Anyways, three books is enough for the storyline, so I guess it's a good thing she didn't try to squeeze out another one, just to keep it going. :)

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review 2015-07-24 12:30
Better than the first one..!
Make You - Claire Farrell

3,5 stars.
I’m sorry to say that this one follows the same recipe as the first installment: No twists and turns, and close to no mystery. A couple chapters in, and you can probably predict who the antagonists are. The whole book is quite predictable. One difference though: this book ends with a sort of cliffhanger – good! There are also more action in this book (on all levels), even if it takes it time getting there. Overall I liked this better than the first book, and I will be reading the third and last one. Meaning: even though I’m critical, I won’t say it’s a waste of time, or that you shouldn’t read it. I’m just saying the author can do better (”Ava Delaney”). Oh, and she really needs to write where the story takes place. Dublin, Ireland. Mentioned in one sentence in book one..

Dev no longer tries to maintain the ”Queen Bitch” attitude, and that’s one of the greatest things about this book. You can clearly see how she has changed from the first book, and how she struggles to live a normal life. Of course there is no such thing for Devlin O’Mara, and deep down she knows it, no matter how hard she tries to tell herself otherwise.

Girls are going missing, the police are getting nowhere, and somehow they’re all connected to Dev. Sully can’t be back. He’s dead. She saw Base kill him. Yet her house is marked with a red x, and people are behaving suspiciously close to the same way they did when Sully was around.

The ending is actually quite good. It’s almost worth reading the whole book just for that. Off to read the third and final book in this series!

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review 2015-07-23 13:30
It's OK, but she can do better
Stake You - Claire Farrell

I can’t really decide what to think of this book. I believe the closest I’ll get is ”it’s OK”.

Despite what some others have mentioned in their reviews, I actually like the main character, with all her obvious flaws.
Devlin O’Mara is called ”the Queen Bitch”, a role she has worked hard to claim and maintain. With her life being the way it is, she needs to be a bitch to survive. Taking care of her alcoholic mother, battling demons from the past, and always keeping people at arms length. That’s what she does. And underneath this all, is a lost girl. A girl longing for normal.

One day a new kid arrives at school. A creep, and a weirdo. An Edward Cullen wannabe, wearing sunglasses and a leather jacket indoors, all day. Normal is no longer an opition.

The story evolves around Devs closest friends and family, and of course the new guy, which she really can’t stand. So far, so good.

And this is where I start having issues with the story. I love the characters and how they are depicted. I love the fact that there is no romanticizing the mythical creatures. And I hate that it takes forever for things to start happening. There are no twists and turns. You don’t have to read for long before you know who is who, and what is going to happen. That in itself isn’t so bad. I can survivet hat, even though I’d like a bit more mystery to the story. The problem is that you have to read two thirds of the book before the protagonists are done talking, and the real action begins. From here on the book is actually quite good. I just wish it didn’t take forever to reach ”the top”.

A major fan of the ”Ava Delaney”-series (which I’m about to re-read), I have to say: this was falling short. I know the author can do better! That said: I hate quitting and read the rest of the series. Not a waste of time, but not the best books I’ve read either. It was OK, plain and simple. Oh, and she needs to tell her readers where the story is taking place! Dublin, Ireland. Mentioned in one sentence, quite a few pages into the book..

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review 2013-08-21 00:00
Wild About You - Kerrelyn Sparks Title: Wild About You

Series: Love at Stake bk 13

Author: Kerrelyn Sparks

Genre: Paranormal

Handsome Howard...
Hunky Howard...
Hot Howard...

It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick...

Howard is not like most men. For one thing, he's a shapeshifter. And he always thought his celebrity crush would never amount to anything more than drooling at Elsa on TV. When his meddling vampire employer gets involved, the star is suddenly within his grasp—and within a hair of her life. For an ancient curse forbids their newfound love, and Howard is suddenly torn between his desire for her and his desire to keep her alive.

Ever since I discovered this series I haven't wanted to know more about Howard and it is finally time to discover more about him.

One of the things I like about this series is the humor and angst that always happens in these books and let me tell you there was those moments in this book.

Howard has always been on of those characters who is there but that we don't know much about. All of that changes however in this book.

Howard is haunted by events that happened when he was a teenager that shaped the rest of his life. While he wasn't happy about living in exile he was content because he thought the person responsible for his exile was dead. When he discovers that to be a lie all bets are off. He's now determined to rectify what happened to his family.

He's also been harboring a secret tv crush on Elsa, a woman strong enough to handle his bear.

Elsa hasn't had an easy life, but she's ok with where her life is at. That is until she meets Howard and then all bets are off. When her aunts show up determined to keep them apart because of something had happened so far in the past no one was sure what exactly happened between Elsa's ancestors and Howard's.

The odds for these two seemed insurmountable, and both Howard and Elsa are determined to protect the other one by staying away, even as they are drawn to each other. With the help of Howard's meddling cousins, and Shanna Howard's boss the two are given times they swear they will cherish forever as they part.

One of the things I love most about this series is the humor and angst that happens not only to the main characters, but also that happen as a direct result of the interference of the other characters, and there is plenty of that in Wild About You.

We also get to see more of the struggle that Shanna is having adjusting to being a vampire, and her mom's struggle as well.

If there is one thing I would like to see it's Shanna's brother show up. He's been mentioned in past books but we haven't seen him.

Overall this was an excellent addition to this series, and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Grade B+
Review by: Heather

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review 2013-05-16 00:00
Wild About You - Kerrelyn Sparks There were moments...where I wanted to throw the book, and there were really good moments. So it's more like a 3.5 or so.

Issues... matchmakers irritate me. The kid appears briefly near the beginning (playing matchmaker and asserting that he doesn't need a babysitter (he's5)), and then was mostly missing, the h freaks about her birthmark and calls her aunt who warns her to stay away from the H (she's 30 or so and 6'2", she's not exactly a child here)... And then there are the aunts themselves.

I'm not sure which bugged me more - them hovering around the h, or her acting like such a ninny. This turned out to be a major obstacle in the H's attempt to even get to know the h. The irony though is that if she hadn't involved her aunts, and had spent more time with him, she might never have been in danger.
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