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review 2016-03-03 23:13
More than a pretty cover
These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman,Meagan Spooner

This book was released late in 2013 and after all this time, I don't know if there's anything left to said that hasn't yet been said.

The world building isn't very developed, besides the whole sci-fi/distant future vibe to it, but honestly I couldn't care less about it.

 Why?

Because of the two main characters: They are absolutely well developed!

 As for the main plot of this book, the trope isn't new: two very different people who find themselves having to rely in one another, but it was done exquisitely so. Especially the second part of it.

 

The biggest asset in this book has to be the fact that Tarver isn't your typical alpha male teenager. Look, I don't have patience for a thirty something male character behaving all He-Man, so don't even get me started on the possibility of an eighteen year old following that same route. Because that is not going to happen. I have read more than my share of alpha asses. I am done with them.

 

So Tarver, he is respectful and caring, despite his occupation. A recently promoted Cpt.

As for Lilac, she is much more than a spoiled brat and a pretty face, so when the two of them have to start working together, their interactions just feel real enough, in light of their backgrounds.

 

These broken stars is mainly a survival story, with portions of paranormal in it, told in a sci-fi set.

As a survival story, it does suffer from what I like to call "journey through Middle Earth". -_-

Yeah, they walk a lot! Thankfully by then, the paranormals aspects start getting more visible _ or audible... yes, pun intended _ so it does become bearable. lol

 

The paranormal aspect was definitely creepy and mysterious, so I honestly had no idea of what was going to happen. Always a positive point.

 

The romance was swoon worthy and heart breaking. YES, HEART-BREAKING.

Have I told you guys that this book was offered to me by a friend?

Well it was! 

Thank you, Isa, for all the ugly tears that I cried at four AM in the morning!

me when I read about poor fred in the "deathly hallows": 

Thankfully for our friendship,... both authors really know how to write. ;)

And yes, this is definitely well written.

Definitely recommended... that is if you still haven't read it by now, because the hype is definitely real.

 

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review 2016-01-01 05:23
The 9th Girl
The 9th Girl - Tami Hoag,David Colacci,Brilliance Audio

By: Tami Hoag

Narrator: David Colacci 

Publisher:  Brillance Audio

Publication Date:  6/8/2013 

Format:  Audio

My Rating:  4 Stars 

 

Tami Hoag delivers another cleverly plotted mystery crime thriller THE 9TH GIRL (Kovac and Liska #4). Its New Year’s Eve in the brutal winter, a woman’s body in a trunk.

Brutalized and named Zombie Jane Doe. Unrecognizable, is she the 9th nameless female and victim of the madman and serial killer, Doc Holiday?

My favorite partners in crime duo, Nikki Liska and Sam Kovac are on the case. Crossing America, Doc Holiday chooses his victims, snatching them and leaving them in another city, while on holiday. Is this a copycat or is this the work of Doc? Who is the 9th girl? What is her story? Two cases?

I have read all the books in the series and listened to this one via audio, narrated by David Colacci (one of my favorites),delivering a suspenseful heart-pounding performance. I read this one back in January; however, failed to write my review.

A timely exploration into the world of young adults, teens, bullying, school, peer pressure, teachers and administrators and Nikki’s own son. Nice tie in. As always, the author delivers plenty of suspense, twists, and turns.

Love Liska and Kovac. Hoag is always a master with her twisted plots and wit. Nikki’s personal life becomes involved, and her own family; which will change the course of her career in upcoming THE BITTER SEASON.

Never fear, the duo still have face time when cases connect.One you will not want to miss!
 
 

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1174939018
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review 2015-12-07 11:00
★★★★★ Review: Reaver
Reaver (Lords of Deliverance #5; Demonica #10) - Larissa Ione

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

 

Reaver by Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of the Underworld #5
Published by Forever on 17 December 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 383
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase


Reading Challenges:
2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge,Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015
5 Stars

WARRIOR OF HEAVEN

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before...to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

ANGEL OF HELL

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood...

What can I say? Reaver was an amazing story, with a long trek through Sheoul, lots of innuendos, some nasty angels, good demons and so much intrigue my head was spinning.

 

My Reaver review:

I have started reading this series completely out of order, so I may have missed a thing or two – however, as you can see, I still loved Reaver! The writing is so good, and the characters grab your heartstrings from the beginning without ever letting go. There are incredible fights, both verbal and physical, romance, and of course a level of intrigue that is very hard to find. Reaver definitely showed a new side of himself here, especially because he managed to stay calm and actually do something constructive by trying to save Harvester. And for once, possible because she’d just endured months of torture, she didn’t have all her shields up, so she was much less prickly than usual.

 

The contradictions of this story don’t only inhabit Harvester, Reaver has his own, but also, the whole universe where there are angels and demons, and the angels are really supposed to be on the side of ‘good’, there are exceptions to every rule. Fast paced, the story took me first on a long, and quite scary trip to Sheoul, then there were so many other things happening it was hard to remember where, exactly, I was :)

 

Written in third person past tense, mostly from Reaver’s point of view, but also showing the reader quite a bit of what happens inside of Harvester’s head, Reaver is a very solid installment in the Lords of the Underworld / Demonica series. These demons are truly one of a kind, and I had almost forgotten how much I love them!

 

Some of my favorite Reaver quotes:

Enjoy. She was going to enjoy something while enduring and eternity of torture. The very fact that the word enjoy had broken through the gray matter of her brain at all was a measure of how high a threshold for pain and how low a threshold for pleasure she now had.

 

Reaver held harvester’s frail body tight against his as he navigated the final steps of a winding ledge that dropped them into a world of weird.

 

Only Harvester could push someone away while simultaneously keeping them close. She was the most contradictory person he’d ever met.

 

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Source: unconventionalbookviews.com/review-reaver-larissa-ione
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review 2015-12-05 00:06
Cainsville (#1)
Omens - Kelley Armstrong

As sure as the sun eventually rises, I knew that I would read this book one of these days.
When?
Not sure, but I would get to it. After all, it was written by one of my favourite authors.

Strangely _or maybe nor_, it was while I was reading Kelley Armstrong's anthology "Led Astray" that I saw what I was missing out on not having started this series way sooner...although, now, I have the benefit of being able to read three books all in one row. Ahah! :D

So, let's start by calling things by their actual names. Is this an urban fantasy dash paranormal romance novel?
Humm, not really. In fact, if I hadn't read Led Astray that shone some light on what is happening in Cainsville, I would probably be suffering from "what the hell is going in here, people?"
This means that in the end I read this as your "basic" psychological suspense thriller with bits of the odd thrown in, once in awhile.

I love it that the author knows how to keep a story flowing. You don't have to give the reader an info dump once every minute, if you just knew how to do things. And the author sure knows how to.
That way, I was finally able to finish a story in a little over one day: huge thing for me, guys.

Also, I remember that I went to sleep thinking about what was going to happen in the story.
It got me invested in it. What more can I ask?

The characters, as usual, are well developed and interesting. I liked how in this one, they feel more raw. I liked how there wasn't the typical and immediate romance... between certain characters...

Having read "Led Astray" I was really curious about Gabriel and Patrick, so it was "nice" to seem them once again. As well as all the other folks in Cainville.
Definitely recommended to all of you who like a good mystery and who like to be kept on the edge of their seat.

On to the second one! :D

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review 2015-12-01 12:34
★★★★★ Review: Reaver
Reaver (Lords of Deliverance #5; Demonica #10) - Larissa Ione

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

 

Reaver by Larissa Ione
Series: Lords of the Underworld #5
Published by Forever on 17 December 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 383
Format: Kindle
Source: Kindle Purchase


Reading Challenges:
2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge,Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015
5 Stars

WARRIOR OF HEAVEN

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before...to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.

ANGEL OF HELL

Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's been doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood...

What can I say? Reaver was an amazing story, with a long trek through Sheoul, lots of innuendos, some nasty angels, good demons and so much intrigue my head was spinning.

 

My Reaver review:

I have started reading this series completely out of order, so I may have missed a thing or two – however, as you can see, I still loved Reaver! The writing is so good, and the characters grab your heartstrings from the beginning without ever letting go. There are incredible fights, both verbal and physical, romance, and of course a level of intrigue that is very hard to find. Reaver definitely showed a new side of himself here, especially because he managed to stay calm and actually do something constructive by trying to save Harvester. And for once, possible because she’d just endured months of torture, she didn’t have all her shields up, so she was much less prickly than usual.

 

The contradictions of this story don’t only inhabit Harvester, Reaver has his own, but also, the whole universe where there are angels and demons, and the angels are really supposed to be on the side of ‘good’, there are exceptions to every rule. Fast paced, the story took me first on a long, and quite scary trip to Sheoul, then there were so many other things happening it was hard to remember where, exactly, I was.

 

Written in third person past tense, mostly from Reaver’s point of view, but also showing the reader quite a bit of what happens inside of Harvester’s head, Reaver is a very solid installment in the Lords of the Underworld / Demonica series. These demons are truly one of a kind, and I had almost forgotten how much I love them!

 

Some of my favorite Reaver quotes:

Enjoy. She was going to enjoy something while enduring and eternity of torture. The very fact that the word enjoy had broken through the gray matter of her brain at all was a measure of how high a threshold for pain and how low a threshold for pleasure she now had.

 

Reaver held Harvester’s frail body tight against his as he navigated the final steps of a winding ledge that dropped them into a world of weird.

Only Harvester could push someone away while simultaneously keeping them close. She was the most contradictory person he’d ever met.

 

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Source: unconventionalbookviews.com/review-reaver-larissa-ione
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