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Greywalker (Greywalker, Book 1)
Kat Richardson
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Question: If The Easter Bunny Could Leave You One Book, Any Book, What Would It Be?


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You want me to pick only one book? SERIOUSLY? I’m pretty sure we’ve been over this before… how impossible it is for me to narrow down pretty much anything that has to do with reading to just one choice. Plus, I LOVE chocolate, so as much as I would be psyched to receive a novel for Easter, if it came down to an either or type situation I’d probably pick the delicious bunny.

I just finished reading Sierra Dean’s COLD HARD SECRET earlier this week, so right now I’d have to say A SECRET TO DIE FOR just because I’m still reeling from the former’s cliffhanger ending. But, if I look at the “big picture”, I’d have to go with VISION IN SILVER, the next installment in Anne Bishop’s THE OTHERS series. Or maybe MENAGERIE by Rachel Vincent?

Ok, I’m going to stop at three before I get carried away, and instead ask YOU to pick only one read (if you can!).


What book do you wish the Easter Bunny brought you?




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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/04/question-if-the-easter-bunny-could-leave-you-one-book-any-book-what-would-it-be.html

Reading progress update: I've listend 362 out of 728 minutes.

Greywalker (Greywalker, Book 1) - Kat Richardson

It's similar to Kalayna Price's ALEX CRAFT series. In a good way.

Review: Generation V by M.L. Brennan

Review: Generation V by M.L. Brennan
Generation V
Series: American Vampire #1
Author: M.L. Brennan
Publisher: Roc
Published on: May 7 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 319 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.

But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.

But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him.…

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I want to say upfront that this book rocked my socks off. It REALLY did—most potential I’ve seen in a new(ish) UF series in a LONG friggin’ time.

 

Don’t forget that.

 

Fortitude Scott is a pushover. He lets his coworkers dump their responsibilities on him without uttering a word of protest. his roommate isn’t paying his share of the rent (and hasn’t for months), and when his girlfriend belatedly informs him that they have an “open” relationship, he does nothing.

 

He’s also a vampire.

 

Kind of.

 

Baby vampires are made when Mommy or Daddy vampires create host parents via MASSIVE blood-exchanges, and afterward have the hosts make a baby the old-fashioned way. The blood-exchange fundamentally changes the host parents DNA, so that any offspring have more genetically in common with the vampire than the modified humans. The baby vampire grows (MOSTLY) like a normal human child, until he (or she) “transitions” into full vamphood sometime after physical maturity.

 

Fort is 26 years old, and desperate to hold-off his transition for as long as he can, to the bafflement of his mother and siblings.

 

He also refuses to acclimatize himself to the supernatural world, preferring to live and work amongst humans. But when an Italian vampire comes to visit, and young girls begin to disappear, Fort throws himself head-long into the world he’s thus far avoided to try and save them.

 

My issues:

 

1. One of my #1 RAGE buttons in books is when Bad Things happen to children. Bad Things happen to children in this book. VERY Bad Things. To little girls. I don’t like it.

2. I don’t NEED all of my MCs to be hardcore, kick-ass, take-sass-from-nobody types. Those types do tend to be my favorites, BUT I have a healthy appreciation for intelligent, out-smarting types too. And quiet, I-shall-not-be-moved types. AND committed-to-the-cause types . . .

 

Fort is none of these.

 

Fort, as I stated earlier, is a PUSHOVER. A passive-aggressive PUSHOVER.

 

Admittedly, the passive-aggression is oftentimes downright hysterical—really guys, I can’t remember the last time I lol’d this much while reading a book. Maybe First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones?

 

Anyway, the point is that MANY times while reading this book I was disgusted with Fort. He was such a damn pansy. When his cheating bitch-of-a-girlfriend shows up at his apartment for the first time in three weeks, instead of forcing a Talk like he wants to, he allows himself to be distracted by her manipulations and taken advantage of. Again. He recognizes that his roommate has a lot of money for eating out since he’s not paying rent, but keeps letting Roommate put him off.

 

Did I mention that the retroactive “open” status of Fort’s relationship with his girlfriend came about after he caught Girlfriend and Roommate having sex?

 

Oh, yeah. That happened.

 

Me<——D-I-S-G-U-S-T-E-D.

 

So this was by no means a perfect book.

 

HOWEVER, Fort does finally grow a pair (at the very end), and the Bad Guy is of course vanquished. Don’t get mad—pedophile Bad Guys never live to the see the next book. And without those two problems, this book is spectacular. Anyone who enjoys a good Beta character will absolutely love this book. And the transformation is not a transformation—Fort is, and will always be, a Beta. He just won’t sit there and take it (whatever “it” is) anymore. I can live with that.

 

There are also a lot a interesting secondaries, Suzume Hollis being my favorite of the bunch.

 

Suze is a kitsune. What’s a kitsune?

 

A kitsune is fox-shifter from Japanese folklore. They are tricksters that often fall under the same umbrella as Coyote and Loki, and like Coyote and Loki, kitsune can be categorically vicious. Brennan paints a particularly vivid picture of this in Suze who can be alternately cute-as-a-button and absolutely terrifying. Mostly she’s just funny. The combination of Fort’s sneaky, undermining younger sibliing-like antics and Suze’s pranking and hilarious observations gets ALL the funny points.

 

So ultimately, I HIGHLY recommend Generation V by M.L. Brennan. I had to make myself stop reading Iron Night (book 2) and write this review, so the books wouldn’t run together. Not happy about that. Going back to reading right . . . about . . . now . . .

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/04/review-generation-v-by-m-l-brennan.html

Reading progress update: I've listend 203 out of 728 minutes.

Greywalker (Greywalker, Book 1) - Kat Richardson

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Review: Finder by Connie Suttle

Review: Finder by Connie Suttle
Finder
Series: First Ordinance #1
Author: Connie Suttle
Publisher: Indie
Published on: March 24, 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Format: 241 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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A dead god.

A dying world.

A girl never meant to be sentient.

Siriaa is dying. A poison is spreading throughout the planet and none know how to neutralize it. Finder, working in King Tamblin's castle kitchen most of her life, has never spoken. A child of questionable parentage, Finder is an orphan assigned to perform duties nobody else wants.

While others plan intrigue, murder and invasion to escape the poison's effects, Finder watches all in mute acceptance. Will she be the key to Siriaa's salvation, or will it die about her, without knowing why?



This book was recommended to me by a blogger friend and since we usually like the same sort of books, I read it. Very quickly! And very happily, as it turned out.

Finder is an orphan that was left at the King’s palace kitchen when she was two years old. She spends her time non-stop working and lives a life of a drudge. Her name comes from her ability to find anything that is missing. What no one knows is that she has all sorts of abilities that she hides from everyone. That she knows when bad things are going to happen is just her normal. And oh yes, Finder is mute. The reader begins to wonder early on who Finder really is-is she really an orphan or could she be much more then that, and no, I am not necessarily referring to her special abilities.

The world the author has built seemingly takes place in a time pretty close to or similar to the Middle Ages, or close enough. The author has also built two more worlds in this story. I found each of these worlds to be fascinating and very well done. Due to spoilers, I really can’t explain or the book could be ruined for the reader. Suffice it to say that not everything involves the first world’s time period.

I absolutely loved the character of Finder. She was a completely different sort of character involved in new and way different types of worlds then I normally read about. The pages just flew by as I immersed myself in each of these worlds that Finder gets involved in. Along the way, there’s murders, kidnapping, assaults, abuse, and mega amounts of intrigue. Villains almost outnumber the good guys in some of these worlds.

Connie Suttle is a wonderful story teller, and this is actually the seventh book I have read by her. She knows how to pull you into the story and keep you totally invested in both the story and the characters. My only issue with this book is the number of characters and the names of the characters that you have to keep up with. At about 75% of the way through the book, I became lost at times. Some of the names were so close to being the same names, I became even more confused. It took a little away from the book for me but not a lot. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the cliffhanger. Not a fan. I still really enjoyed the book and actually can’t wait for the next one.

If you like a young adult read with a very imaginative story, you may want to check this out. Due to violence and abuse(not sexual)I would suggest it for older teens to adults. I want to also mention the beautiful cover-not only is it a great cover but I think it has a lot to say about Finder and her abilities.


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Paranormal New Releases: April 22nd

Paranormal Romance:

East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye
East of Ecstasy
(Hearts of the Anemoi #4)
by Laura Kaye
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Annalise Fallston made peace with postponing her big-city dreams to care for her ill father, but lately she’s been filled with a restlessness not even her beloved painting dispels. Worse, the colors don’t speak to her as they always have, and all her efforts produce dark, foreboding images of a dangerous man and a terrifying future.

Devlin Eston, black-souled son of the evil Anemoi Eurus, is the only one who can thwart his father’s plan to overthrow the Supreme God of Wind and Storms. But first, Dev must master the unstable powers he’s been given. Distrusted and shunned by his own divine family, he never expected to find kindness and passion in the arms of a mortal.

But Devlin’s love puts Annalise in the path of a catastrophic storm, and in the final Armageddon showdown between the Anemoi and Eurus, sacrifices will be made, hearts broken, and lives changed forever…or lost.

 

Secrets in the Shadows
(The Guardians of the Night #2)
by Jenna Black
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Secrets in the Shadows is the second installment in acclaimed author Jenna Black’s Guardians of the Night paranormal romance series.

Jules Gerard has always thought the vampire who betrayed and turned him was dead. But when he discovers that Ian Squires may still be alive and killing in Baltimore, Jules’s long-dormant thirst for vengeance is reawakened.

After Hannah Moore’s fateful encounter with the Broad Street Banger, the petite PI has vowed to keep as far away from the Guardians of the Night as possible. But when her best friend and former business partner asks her to help save Jules from himself, Hannah reluctantly agrees to track Jules down and convince him to return to the Guardians.

Jules doesn’t want help from anybody, much less a stubborn, bossy mortal who doesn’t seem to realize how much danger they’re really in. Unfortunately, he soon discovers that Ian is far too powerful to take on alone.

Caught in a deadly game that quickly spirals beyond his control, Jules must choose: Vengeance or love? Damnation or redemption?



Steampunk:

The Inventor’s Secret
(The Inventor’s Secret #1)
by Andrea Cremer
Steampunk
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

New from Andrea Cremer, the New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade novels, comes an action-packed alternate-history steampunk adventure.

In this world, sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth, they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery. Perfect for fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners, Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel, ScottWesterfeld’s Leviathan and Phillip Reeve’s Mortal Engines.

 

The Kraken King Part II (Iron Seas #4.2)
by Meljean Brook
Steampunk
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

As they continue their expedition across Australia, Ariq is determined to stay close to Zenobia and figure out what kind of game she’s playing—even as his admiration for the enigmatic woman starts to override his suspicion.

For Zenobia, revealing her identity to a man who once made his living outside of the law is out of the question—even though Ariq’s dashing looks and blunt manner are distractingly appealing.

But before anyone’s secrets or desires can be exposed, an unexpected attack threatens to destroy them all…



Young Adult:

The Hunt (Project Paper Doll #2)
by Stacey Kade
Young Adult
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Book Description

Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

But accepting Zane’s help means putting him in danger.

Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?



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Blog Barrage – Hunger by Felicity Heaton

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I’m organizing a blog barrage from May 10th until May 18th 2014 for the eighth installment in Felicity Heaton’s VAMPIRES REALM series, HUNGER. Each post will feature an intro piece, blurb and cover, excerpt, author bio and links, plus information on a huge giveaway Felicity will be hosting that week on her website to celebrate the release of her newest book. Individual international giveaways will also be available to each tour participant, just so long as they use Rafflecopter, and are willing to include some of the author’s social media as extra entries. Advanced copies are available for review as well.

The book is scheduled to release on May 10th, 2014. It’s a Paranormal Romance, can be read as a stand alone, is 75,000 words in length, and contains detailed love/fight scenes.

Every participating blog in this barrage will be entered into a giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card (or UK equivalent). The giveaway is international, and the prize will be drawn at the end of the barrage at random from a list of all blogs who posted as scheduled during the event, and the winner will be notified via email.

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Betrayed by one of her own and turned into a vampire, hunter Eve is consumed by her hunger for vengeance and has spent five years surviving hell, driven to take the life of the man she once loved. But just as she is about to close in on the hunter-turned-vampire, an event is set in motion that threatens to see him slip beyond her grasp forever. Her twin sister, now leader of their vampire bloodline, has sent an escort to bring her to the family’s mansion. To a nest of the very creatures she once hunted and loathes.

A vampire assassin hardened by centuries of service, Tor is a man of discipline and loyalty, never straying from his mission or the rules set out for him, and has purged all his weaknesses, including his emotions.

But the moment he meets the broken, fiery female he is to escort to Oslo, something dangerous awakens in him, something possessive and powerful, and when he is pulled into a deadly game of cat and mouse with the man who betrayed her, Tor discovers he will do anything to protect the woman slowly claiming his heart and give her the vengeance she desires—even break all the rules.

Can Eve embrace her new vampire nature in order to have her vengeance and find a reason to live again in Tor? Can Tor and Eve stop the man who betrayed her and the deaths of thousands of innocents? Or will he succeed in creating a new army of hybrid vampires who will rise up against the purebloods?


The Vampires Realm Series
Prophecy: Child of Light Prophecy: Caelestis and Aurorea Prophecy: Dark Moon Rising Winter's Kiss
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Author Bio

Felicity Heaton writes passionate paranormal romance books as Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you’re a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, Felicity Heaton’s best selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series she writes as F E Heaton or any of her stand alone vampire romance books she writes as Felicity Heaton. Or if you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try Felicity Heaton’s new Vampire Erotic Theatre series.

In 2011, five of her six paranormal romance books received Top Pick awards from Night Owl Reviews, Forbidden Blood was nominated as Best PNR Vampire Romance 2011 at The Romance Reviews, and many of her releases received five star reviews from numerous websites.

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Audiobook Review: Hunted by Kevin Hearne

Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book Six) - Kevin Hearne

Hunted
Series: The Iron Druid Chronicles #6
Author: Kevin Hearne
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published on: June 25, 2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 9 hrs & 52 mins, Audiobook
Provided by: Purchased
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For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.

Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.

Don’t miss Kevin Hearne’s novella “Two Ravens and One Crow” in the back of the book.

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I first discovered how amazing this series was in audio at the end of November of last year, and I’ve been listening to a book every two weeks ever since. And, as much as I’ve enjoyed each new installment, I haven’t had the urge to say “holy shit that was good” since HOUNDED, until now. I may even go so far as to say that I have a new favourite IRON DRUID novel! HUNTED took off running (literally—well, Atticus, Oberon & Granuaile did anyway) and continued to gain momentum with every page. The stakes are higher than ever, Hearne continues his indiscriminate secondary character killing spree, and this series receives a fresh injection of intrigue. Ooh how I am going to miss Luke Daniels’ voice in my ear between now and June when SHATTERED hits shelves.

This audiobook has the most “omg I can’t believe Hearne just did that” moments to date. One of the things I love most about this series is the author’s willingness to do the unexpected. He’s not afraid to piss readers off by rocking the boat a little. Of course, my heart breaks every time a beloved side character bites the dust, but I respect Hearne for having the balls to go there. I REALLY want to talk about the who/why surrounding this latest fatality, but it’s a major spoiler so I’ll resist. Atticus’ life is usually on the line as well and even more so in this installment, so hold on to your pants because this listen is seriously wicked!

For the first time, there are some scenes written from Granuaile’s POV, and Oberon is font-and-center more than usual too due to some extenuating circumstances. I’ve been dying for more 1-on-1 with both of these characters, so I was ecstatic that the author delivered on all fronts. Originally I thought that the Forest of Hearne was a clever cameo appearance, but as it turns out, it’s actually an English folklore. As usual, the mythology is rich and varied, and the humour continues to be pee-your-pants funny. It’s ill-advised to listen to these audiobooks in public because YOU WILL laugh out loud.

Luke Daniels’ narration skills are put to the test yet again with a larger number of female scenes, several different languages, and Ahriman’s cackle borderline purr. Every line is read like it’s the most important one, and I’m seriously beginning to think that there’s nothing this guy can’t do audiobook-wise. He’s definitely my favourite male narrator. Daniels remains consistent from book-to-book, is well-suited to Kevin Hearne’s writing style, and brings something extra to this series that’s all his own.

HUNTED’s epic-ness will blow your freaking mind, and have you shouting ATTICUS IS THE MAN! He has a charm for everything, he really does. This is an auto-buy series, by a very talented author, with a superstar narrator; do you need another reason to listen to this audiobook? I didn’t think so.


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Reading progress update: I've listend 689 out of 689 minutes.

Sin Undone (Demonica Series #5) -

Loved Sin & Con's story!

Reading progress update: I've listend 462 out of 689 minutes.

Sin Undone (Demonica Series #5) -

#Listening - Werewolf apocalypse!

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Cold Hard Secret (Secret McQueen) - Sierra Dean

Only one more book, and then this series is over. *cries* 

Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian

Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
The Wicked We Have Done
Series: Chaos Theory #1
Author: Sarah Harian
Publisher: Penguin
Published on: March 18 2014
Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction
Format: 272 pages, ARC
Provided by: NetGalley
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Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.

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Here’s my rule about spoilers:

 

If it’s in the blurb, or if it’s in the first 5(ish)% of the book (and therefore available for download BEFORE you purchase the book), it’s not a spoiler.

 

And that’s my disclaimer.

 

Meet Evalyn Ibarra. As The Wicked We Have Done begins, Evalyn is saying goodbye to her mother and 5 y.o. brother before being taken to the Compass Room (à la The Hunger Games). Evalyn lives in a future version of our world in which the scientists have created an arena, I mean testing ground, where violent criminals are monitored both visually and emotionally/hormonally (via neck implant), while being subjected to various reenactments of the crimes that put them there in the first place. All of this to determine their guilt, and all of this to keep the tax-payers from having to provide for the upkeep of inmates while they sit in prison and/or on death row.

 

B/c it would be so much cheaper to build several 8-miles-in-circumference testing zones, complete with hovering robot spheres capable of emitting enough radiation to EXPLODE a body (among other things, like morph into vines, ropes, chains, whatever is deemed necessary for the reenactment—mighty versatile, those spheres . . . ), not to mention pay all the high-salary scientists to “observe.”

 

Ridiculous.

 

And what did dear Evalyn do to wind up bound for the Compass Room (Compass! As in moral compass! I see what you did there . . . )? She participated in a school shooting that ended in the death of 56 professors (and students?).

 

Yes. She did.

 

Not a spoiler. I already told you my rules.

 

As soon as I learned this, I knew, I knew, that there was absolutely nothing that could rationalize away her part in the crime. I knew it. But I held out hope that I was wrong, that there was some clever twist that would make it all okay, that I didn’t have all the information . . .

 

Well, I didn’t have all the information, but guess what? Getting it didn’t change a damn thing.

 

BUT you’re supposed to think it does. Harian goes to great (and by “great” I mean “mediocre”) lengths to use a disconsolate Evalyn to elicit an emotional response. You’re supposed to be thinking to yourself, “She’s SO sorry! Poor girl! What pain she suffers! How could she possibly be responsible for this crime?” so that when the Big Reveal happens, you can say, “See I knew there was a reason!”

 

C-O-D-S-W-A-L-L-O-P.

 

Even if you feel that Evalyn made the only decision she could given the circumstances, and that could be debated until the end of time, it doesn’t change the fact that she consciously chose to take a life. She pulled that trigger, she is responsible for that death, and no one will ever be able to convince me that she should get a get-out-of-jail-free card. Prisons are full-to-bursting of criminals who are sorry for what they’ve done. And yet, they’re still sitting there in prison.

 

Evalyn, sweetheart, you made your bed. Now lie in it.

 

Disregarding how tacky it is to suggest that a participant in a school shooting should be pardoned for their actions—I tried to tally-up how many teachers and students have been killed and wounded in school shootings in America, but lost track in the 100s (it was 323 in in the 15 years preceding 2007 according ABC news), I can, however, tell you that there were 44 more in the first six weeks of 2014 alone. This is not a thing of the past, and I find it to be incredibly insensitive to fictionalize this topic in any capacity, but especially in an attempt to make a sympathetic character out of the culprit. What’s next? Someone’s family is being held hostage by a terrorist organization, and that’s why they flew that airplane into that building? I felt bad for Mickey in Star Trek Into Darkness when the only way to save his daughter was to blow up that building. Doesn’t make it okay that he BLEW UP THAT BUILDING.

 

Right. So disregarding that, the book is still terrible. The situations the characters found themselves in, the dialogue, the relationships, ALL exaggerated and/or stock, ALL a complete waste of my time.

 

The Compass Room runs with groups of ten criminals at a time and has a 25% survival rate. Evalyn’s group is made up of the Angry Lesbian, the Pretty Little Thing that becomes smitten with the Angry Lesbian, the Teenage Geek Who Knows More Than You, the Savior, and the Savior’s Love Interest. There are also token Red Shirts like the Rapist and the Sociopath. The only atypical typecasting in this group is that Evalyn is the Savior and the big, strapping male is the Savior’s Love Interest, but even this is such an obvious and lazy switcheroo that I can’t appreciate it.

 

There are not one, but TWO cases of severe insta-love (yes, insta-love—Casey had issues with Evalyn for less than 24 hours before he began to change his tune, and that my friends, is insta-love), AND all of the melodramatics that go along with it. Dramatics like the fervent belief in the people surrounding you, even though you’ve only known them for two weeks (or less), and even though every single one of them is a murderer in some capacity.

 

*rolls eyes*

 

That’s it. I’m done.

 

I’m waffling between 1.5 and 2 stars b/c I can’t decide whether or not how quick a read this was should warrant an entire star. Yes, I found The Wicked We Have Done to be completely unbelievable and in poor taste, but it only took a few hours of my life vs several days, so that’s something. And, you know, every reader brings something different to the table. I’ve read several good reviews of this book by bloggers whose opinions I respect, so just b/c I hated it, does not mean you will hate it. If you’re interested in NA Dystopian then it might be the perfect book for you. And hey, forewarned is forearmed.

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/04/review-the-wicked-we-have-done-by-sarah-harian.html

Reading progress update: I've read 43%.

Cold Hard Secret (Secret McQueen) - Sierra Dean

I've highlighted way too many fab quotes already. Sierra Dean's one-liners FTW!

Review: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger

Review: Immortal Hunter by Kait Ballenger
Immortal Hunter
Series: The Execution Underground 2
Author: Kait Ballenger
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Published on: April 1, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 384 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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Hunters of the supernatural, the Execution Underground are an elite group tasked with protecting humanity...but at what price?

As an exorcist, David Aronowitz grew up the target of demonic assassins. Now he's a member of the Execution Underground and hellspawn everywhere fear his name. But when a demon slips into the seductive body of the only woman he's ever loved, David must confront the heartbreak of their past to save her.

The piece of her heart Allsún O'Hare gave to David so long ago left her trapped between two worlds: the Fae and the human. And when David comes to her rescue, fate reunites her with her greatest temptation--and her biggest mistake.

Now, as they're swept together into a wicked game with the demon who controls her, David must decide if saving Allsún's life is worth sacrificing his own--and the future of humanity itself.



Immortal Hunter, is the second in the exciting Execution Underground series, where all the members have different supernatural policing specialties. I read the first one, Twilight Hunter, and really enjoyed Jace and Frankie’s story. This one was about David and his ex-fiance, Allie, and I have to say it was a solid entry into the series but not quite as good as the first one, at least that was my take on it.

David is a demon exorcist that has been in love with Allie since they were teenagers. Unfortunately, five years previously, the two had a horrible fight and nothing was ever resolved. This book starts with Allie still hospitalized due to the coma she has been in after being tortured in the first book. As the last of the Fae remaining in this world, Allie is a natural enemy of demons.

Demons are attacking and killing families with babies. And the deaths are pretty horrific. David is not only a hunter but he also is pretty much a detective too. When Allie wakes up from the coma and turns up at one of the crime scenes, she comes face to face with the man she has never stopped loving, David. Long story short, he becomes her protector since the demons are hunting her. Actually not just hunting her,as they have plans to use her as a vehicle to unleash an ancient evil upon humanity.

I had some minor problems with this book. The couple would be at a horrible death scene, and they would end up in a deeply personal conversation, just steps away from gore. That just didn’t work for me. The other thing was, David is acting as her protector, and then when things are bad between them emotionally, he leaves her alone for the night. Really? That was right out of a scary movie when you are yelling at the girl to not go to the basement. She does it anyway. I was yelling at David(in my head) to not leave her. Sure it moved the story along but didn’t make sense with how protective of her he was. And he left her alone more then once.

David and Allie were a good couple but it took awhile to get to there. Neither one of them ever fell out of love with the other. There was a major misunderstanding in the past and the author takes the reader back in time at different points to tell what happened five years before. Most of it was pretty heartbreaking and very necessary to the story.

This story has lots of gory moments and steamy ones as well. I liked the idea of a demon hunter but I just enjoyed Jace’s and Frankies story more. Maybe it’s because I like werewolves much more then demons as a supernatural character and that is certainly not the authors fault. She definitely is a good writer and I really do look forward to the other hunters stories-Shane in particular,and we may have met his HEA in this book.

I feel like this was well written with only some minor problems but it just could have been a bit better. My main reason for this, and my true test for a great book-it just didn’t make me read non-stop like my favorite reads do. I do believe that most people will enjoy the read and actually, I did too, mostly.


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/04/review-immortal-hunter-by-kait-ballenger.html

Reading progress update: I've listend 369 out of 689 minutes.

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Enjoying the sharp writing, and priceless one-liners.