Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Author: Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #1
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: September 7, 2010
ISBN: 0062001221
Pages: 336

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

  I really liked this book. The whole dragon shifter element was refreshingly unique. The author did a great job with the building of romantic and suspenseful tension. At times I was holding my breath. The only thing that I didn't like was Jacinda's indecisive yo-yo mentality. One minute she wanted to stay with her mom and the next she wanted to leave. One minute she is going to be with Will no matter the consequences and the next minute she is ignoring him.  After she yo-yo'd like that a couple of times It  bothered me. But it was written so well that it kept me reading every second I could find. And I think I'm going to be checking out some of the author's adult works also. And yes, I will be buying book 2 the day it comes out.

  I absolutely love it. The coloring is beautiful and the bit of scales around the eye with the dragon pupil. Great job!


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Hex Hall

Author: Rachel Hawkins
Series: Hex Hall #1
Genre: YA paranormal
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Release Date: 3/2/2010
ISBN: 1423121309
Pages: 336

  Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch! It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father-an elusive European warlock-only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shape shifters. By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect. As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

   This was such a fun book to read! What Sophie lacked in maturity she made up for in hilarity. I've never laughed out loud so much reading a book. The world building was interesting and I liked the secondary characters as well. Archer threw me a big surprise and Jenna is always a curiosity. I just picked up the second book in the series and can't wait to see how Sophie handles her demon.

    I'm not really loving it. The model isn't a true Sophie for me and I find the rest of it kind of boring.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Just in case there's a JR Ward fan alive that hasn't heard......
The next Black dagger brotherhood book will be about Tohr!!!

Monday, April 4, 2011


Author: Ann Fortier
Genre:Historical fiction
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Release Date: August 24, 2010
ISBN: 0345516109
Pages: 464


 When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, she is told it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a precarious journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose love for a young man named Romeo inspired Shakespeare’s unforgettable story. As Julie crosses paths with the families who turned medieval Siena upside down, she begins to realize that the notorious curse -- 'a plague on both your houses' -- is still at work.

   I should preface this review by saying that I love Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. I have read it several times, have parts of it memorized and believe it is literary perfection...
So, this book had the potential to suck big time for me . I'm happy to say however that I loved it! The author  wrote a smart, creative, captivating tale. Romantic, mysterious and tragically poetic. It succeeded in  weaving the legend of the real Romeo and Juliet with Fortier's modern characters masterfully.  I'm so happy I sought this book out!

 The cover is just okay for me but I would have liked something more than just a rose, Perhaps an image that was more romantic or had an Italian or historical reference.
yeah,  something a tad more like this!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lover unleashed

Author: JR Ward
Series:Black Dagger Brotherhood#9
Genre:Paranormal romance
Publisher: NAL Hardcover: New American Library
Released Date: March 29, 2011
ISBN: 978-0451233165
Pages: 528

Payne, twin sister of Vishous, is cut from the same dark, seductive cloth as her brother.
Imprisoned for eons by their mother, the Scribe Virgin, she finally frees herself-only to face a devastating injury.
Manuel Manello, M.D., is drafted by the Brotherhood to save her as only he can-but when the human surgeon and the vampire warrior meet, their two worlds collide in the face of their undeniable passion.
With so much working against them, can love prove stronger than the birthright and the biology that separates them?

  I have just been dying for the release of this book. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood and I savoured every word in this book . I loved it! Okay, first I was so pleased Qhuinn's introspection and the changes hes making but I am concerned with the face he recalled and how that will impact his future and of course his relationship with Blay(go team Qhuay)! I loved how Manny and Payne just fell in love without someone fighting it and their inner demons. It was refreshing. Payne's naivete did annoy me at times. The chosen are schooled in sexual arts so I thought  Payne should have had some insight about that subject. She wasn't weak or stupid but it did annoy me slightly. I also grew more accepting of the state of Jane in this book than I have been in the past. And V & Butch, their bond just keeps getting tighter and better. Yes, this book was well worth the wait. I think I'm going to have to re-read the series , like one book a month leading up to the release of the next installment.

  Its just okay for me. It keeps in theme with the other books in the series but Ive always felt that they are slightly lacking.