Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Review: Kiss of the Night (Dark-Hunter, #5) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Goodread summary:
Wulf is an ancient Viking warrior with a useful but extremely aggravating power—amnesia. No one who meets him in person can remember him 5 minutes later. It makes it easy to have one-night stands, but hard to have a meaningful relationship, and without true love he can never regain his soul.

When he finally meets Cassandra, the one woman who can remember him, she turns out to be the princess of the cursed race he's sworn to hunt—and forbidden to him. The two of them must face ancient curses, prophecies, and the direct meddling of the Greek gods to find true happiness at last.




Oh, oh, oh this book was so awesome! I can't believe how much better it was. It was so exciting to read it.
It was so much different than the previous books.. mostly because of the characters.
This time their past wasn't as heartbreaking as Zarek's story and the main heroin wasn't a normal human or nymph.. The combination of the one of a king Dark-Hunter and the half-Appolite heiress of Appolo was incredible.
The book was action packed and the events that took place were very unexpected. I was constantly surprised with every next chapter and I loved it.
Let's talk about the characters...
Wolf Tryggavasen is a Viking that was turned into a Dark-Hunter but not the traditional way. He was tricked into this life and he is so much different than any other hunter we've seen so far.
Wolf is also cursed to be alone forever. His contacts with the human world are seized after the cures and no one would remember him mare minutes after leaving his presence.
That's a truly awful way to spend eternity but fortunately Acheron was able to find a loophole for him and to help him stay sane. He just had to made sure that his brother's bloodline continued through the generations...
I believe I've told enough of his story and I hope I haven't revealed too much for you... I'm just so excited from the book. I loved it so much and I want to let it all out but I'll try and not spoil the fun for you.
Anyway.... now it's Cassandra's turn. She is half-Appolite and half-human. Her mother and her sisters have all died before their time and she was the last Appolite of her bloodline, which a bad thing because if she dies, so does everyone else on the planet.. Not pressure there Cassie! :D
Her story is just as complicated and as interesting as Wolf's and they both had rough past and the both were so fierce in their believes. They were complete opposites and yet there was such a strong, undeniable connection between them that it was impossible for them to stay away... You'll see what I mean by that if you read the book, I'll just say that it was pretty awesome.

I am still stunned by the way things escalated to the full blown chaos that it was in the end. It was so nerve-wrecking and exciting at the same time. I grew fond of the characters and I really had no idea how things would turn up. There were a lot of twist and turns along the way and there was a fair share of mystery... I loved it.
I wish it wasn't over so soon and I know that it's not the last time that I'll see those characters but I am really fond of them now and I want to see just how impossible Wolf is with certain people and how caring and overprotective he is... I want to be just there and to what the story unfolds more and more.... but oh it's time to move on to the next book and I hope in that one there is going to be another piece of the puzzle that is Acheron.
In Kiss of the Night he was absent at fist because of the timeline the story was in( it started the same time as Talon's story started at the coffee shop and the phone talk with Wolf then it proceeded trough Zarek's story to come to it's own time when the backup was available.). The timing was very cool because we didn't skip ahead into the future and we got to see thing for another perspective...
I can't wait to learn more about Acheron. He is the most infuriating character in the series because of the whole mystery around him and his true self. I mean, he is more powerful than the Dark-Hunters and some other creatures but Artemis is clearly scared of him when he's in one of his bad moods and that strike me as odd... Oh, well see when the time is right(that totally sounded like something he would say)...

All in all this is sharing the first place with Dance with the Devil for my favorite book of the series..

 I give it:


You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

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And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.

Here are the other covers I found:







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Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry


Goodread summary:
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

"An edgy romance that pulls you in and never lets go. I was hooked!"-Gena Showalter,  New York Times bestselling author of the Intertwined series.



I never went to bed last night and I just slept for an hour or two this morning but ever since I woke up I was avoiding this moment.
I simply can't do that any longer but I have no idea how to start describing the raw emotions that racked my heart and soul while I was reading the book. I know that these are strong words but if you don't get it then you haven't read the book. This morning after my tears dried up I was trying to sum up something that will make you guys understand how much I loved this book but I'll just improvise now...
If I had to describe the book in a few words they would probably be real, believable, easy to relate to, emotional, heartbreaking! It made me smile, it made me cry and it settled in my heart as my favorite book so far. Definitely the most meaningful book I've read in a while!
It's really and unbelievable read. The way Ketie McGarry has described her characters, the world she's build around Echo Emerson and Noah Hutchins, that it was so easy to slip into their lives and experience everything right along with them (and when I say everything I mean it, the love, the heart-wrecking pain, the anger...).
The two main characters, were so different from each other at the time they met. Before their lives fell apart they were pretty similar but right now they are both living and their own personal hell, going trough it day by day. They were wrong for each other but the connection between them was so strong, due to the fact that they felt that pain I mentioned earlier. The both new loss and the were there for each other liken no one else could be for them.
Echo was the girl everyone new about, everyone talked about, everyone wanted her life and then she lost everything she cared about in just a few months. Her life changed inevitably after her brother's death and the horrible accident she can't remember.
Now her life consists of having very little sleep, doing what her father wants her to do, pretend she's normal at school and hiding her scars from the rest of the world. Simple, but that routine changed very quickly when the gorgeous, incredibly sexy and completely off limits, Noah Hutchins walked into her life teasing and trying to rattle her cage. That's when everything changed again for her, maybe this time for the better...
When you look at Noah, you see the sexy body, you see him as a stunner, a guy who uses girls for sex and that's all. But deep inside he is scarred just as Echo is on the outside. His fate was to lose his parents in a fire and his brothers to the foster system. A system he hated and fight with everyday. His one goal in life is to save money, find a semi-good job and take custody of his brothers. He can't stand the fact that he can't see them and he is hurting but by the way he acted with everyone you wouldn't be able to understand his pain. Only Echo did, she was the only one besides his friends that managed to break through the wall around his heart and she stole it away with her siren smile and guarded actions.

What I loved most about the book was the sincerity of the characters. Noah had a f****d up life and swearing was his a constant part of him. He rebelled and he messed up and he was far from perfect but he was real.
I particularly love one of his lines and here it is:
"It had been so long since I'd let myself fall for someone. I gazed into her beautiful green eyes and her fear melted. A shy smile tugged at her lips and at my heart. Fuck me and the rest of the world. I was in love."

I don't know what is it about bad guys that makes them so appealing. There is something amazing in each of them. In the end they turned out to have the biggest. kindest hearts and maybe that's because they've already been trough hell and the tough demeanor was his way of coping. But they always doubt themselves when it comes to being with the good girls and they always try so hard to prove that they're worthy. That makes them so sweet and gentle and pretty much every girl's dream. They don't even see the goodness inside themselves. Noah was just like that, trying, having doubt, expecting that Echo will snap out of her momentary daze and she'll leave. Little did he know, how much she loved him.
Everything in Noah made me smile from how good he is with Echo, and his brothers, to his love for Beth and Isaiah, to his tattoo as a tribute to his family(oh that tattoo alone made me cry).
And here's the quote that broke my heart:
"I want my mom and dad," I couldn't suck in air. "I just want my family back."

It really is impossible for me to describe just how I feel about this book. It was the best book I've read in a while, so full of love and heart-wrecking pain. It was an emotional roller-coaster and constant struggle but the characters fought their battle and survived! I loved every f*****g second of it! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!!!

I want to thank

Harlequin (UK) and NetGalley

for providing me with an E-ARC of this fabulous book. It was really the best!
 I give it:



You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

 The Book Depository, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.

Here are the other covers I found:





See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,

Sunday, July 29, 2012

In my mailbox (11)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted and created by Kristi at The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.
Freebies form Amazon:
Glimpse by Stacey Wallace Benefiel


Received for review (from NetGalley)

Vampires, Banshees and Angels  (collection of previews)
authors: Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, Michelle Rowen, Kady Cross

and

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Already read, my review will be up on Monday! 

Won:

Eden's Root by  Rachel Fisher


and

Talented by Sophie Davis






I borrowed:

Unleash the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon


and

Dark Side of the Moon by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: A Dark-Hunter Christmas (Dark-Hunter, #4.1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Goodread summary:
This is the special Christmas story that features the gangster Gallagher and Simi when Gallagher is temporarily relocated to New Orleans to help battle Daimons.

Written as a gift for DH fans, it originally appeared in the back of the first edition of Dance with the Devil. It's found in its entirety in The Dark-Hunter Companion. And you can read the whole thing as an excerpt on this page.




Okay, so this is a short story about the relatively new Dark-Hunter Gallgher how is about 100 or so years old. It basically shows a little of his life as a human. We got to see how he gets himself involved with the mafia to support his family after his father's death and then how he turns into this cold person that is alone and detached from his loved once... The turning point in his life comes when he meets his wife and his the only good thing he has but at the night of the birth of his son he dies..
As you can figure out he became a Dark-Hunter to revenge his death and because he never got the chance to really be with his son.
The reason behind the short story is what comes next for him, actually and that's spending Christmas the way the other Dark-Hunters do... He got the chance to spend his with the Peltier clan(the bears) and some other creatures that just happened to be at the Sanctuary at that time..
It was a sad story but it the end it got really sweet when Simi came and started to talk about family and what it really means to have one and all that... and coming from the demon, it was precious!

 I give it:


You can find the book as a short story in book three.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.







See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (11)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

  Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
Expected publication: July 31st 2012
Harlequin Teen

Synopsis:
"I won't tell anyone, Echo. I promise." Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. "You didn't do that-did you? It was done to you?" No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other...and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

I've been seeing this one around the blog-sphere for quite a while now and I've got to say that it sounds amazing. I have a good feeling about it and I think it's going to be a very interesting and addictive book. I'll have to wait for a while to get it of course to find out but I hope it's good.


Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
(Crossfire, #2)
 Expected publication: October 2nd 2012
Penguin Group (USA)


Synopsis:
Gideon Cross. As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn't stay away. I didn't want to. He was my addiction... my every desire... mine.

My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We'd never work. It was too hard, too painful... except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity.

We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession..



I just recently (like a few days ago) finished reading Bared to You and I absolutely loved it. I actually posted my review of the book yesterday. See it here.  I am really looking forward to this one because I can't wait to see what happens to Gideon and Eva. With how things ended I'm not sure what to expect but I hope it's at least as good as book one.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: Bared to you (Crossfire, #1) by Sylvia Day

Please, beware that the book falls in the Adult genre, so read on if you're over 18...


Goodread summary:
Our journey began in fire... Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness-beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I'd never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily... 
Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other's most private wounds... and desires. 
The bonds of his love transformed me, even as I prayed that the torment of our pasts didn't tear us apart...

I'm not even sure how to begin writing this review... I'm very emotional about this book and it's probably going to come out as ramblings but there is no way I can concentrate long enough to try and write a more serious review.
Before I started I had a pretty good idea what the book was about, but even that wasn't enough to prepare me for what I witnessed in it. I can't believe I let myself start reading a book so intense and addictive. It took me less than 12 hours to read it because I literally couldn't leave it for more than a few minutes. Maybe I should have slowed down and let myself have a few days of it or I should have waited for October to come so Deeper in you would come out.. I didn't and as I was reading I'm not sure I could've. Once I started it everything was too hard and too fast. There were so many emotions, so much passion between the main characters, Eva Tremell and Gideon Cross, and yet as the book progressed they were both a mystery to me. For the better half of the book we didn't really know anything about the characters and by the end of it there was only Eva's story that we learned about.
Gideon Cross is still a mystery to me and to everyone, but the funny thing is that I didn't realize that until the book was over. It was the only bad thing in the book and it wasn't so noticeable while reading it so it didn't really matter at the time, but now that I have nothing else to think about I'm going crazy.
Whatever Gideon was going through, whatever gave him nightmares that nearly destroyed his relationship with Eva a few times, it was horrible and he never said a word about it.
As I said before, the book was so intense. The characters were all actively involved in the storyline and there were such strong emotions flying between all the them, that it was impossible for me not to feel them too, and to feel them with the same intensity as the rest.
I was sucked into the story right from the beginning and I absolutely loved every second I spent reading it. It was definitely a book that will be well loved by Christian Grey's fans, yeah the one from E.L. James' absolutely stunning Fifty Shades trilogy.
The raw power in Gideon, his need to control everything, his lifestyle (closed off and cool) it all hit too close to home and I immediately made the connection between him and Christian. It's hard not to, when Gideon is so unbelievably hot and his powerful presence is really hard, damn impossible to ignore. And just like Fifty, Gideon has dark and dangerous secrets that could qualify him as 'fifty shades of fucked-up'.
Eva on the other hand is almost nothing like Ana. She is too described as the submissive in the relationship( though it's nothing like Christian and Ana's, there is no BDSM) but Eva is stronger and/or at least she tries to be. She works hard to forget or deal with her past and you'll realize just how hard that is when you find out what happened to her. Eva's past is filled with too much pain and I was very shocked from it. I really didn't expect it. I though it was maybe drugs or something like that but.. oh was I wrong or what?..

As I read the book there were a few quotes that got my attention but I singled out only one...:
'Eva... If you just tell me what you want- ' His throat worked on a swallow. 'I can get better at this, if you give me the chance. Just don't... don't give up on me.'

The level of devotion and need to make things work in such an early stage of their relationship was breathtaking. I was stunned by how many times Gideon let himself show weakness in her presence. And it was all the more powerful because that's coming from a man that prides himself to be cool and distant but when Eva's involved he can't seem to put a wall between them, he doesn't want to.
There were so many beautiful moments in the book and so many that almost made me cry...
It was unbelievable. I love it, love it, love it. I'm probably going to start re-reading it very soon and I'm going to obsess about it for a while and then I'm going to sit back and patiently wait for book two to come out so I can devour it as fast as I did this one.

 I give it:


I don't give this a lot and I save it for books that leave a deep mark in my heart... this one is one of those books. I absolutely loved it. It was beautiful, fast, passionate, hot, it was everything a book should be!

You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

 The Book Depository, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.

Here are the other covers I found:






See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,

Sunday, July 22, 2012

In my mailbox (10)

IMM is a weekly meme hosted and created by Kristi at The Story Siren and was inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie.

I got a copy of Bared to You by Sylvia Day

I post the two covers because I can't pick just one. They are so pretty. I already read it and after I do some adjustments to my schedule, I'll post it next week. Let me just tell you, it was an absolutely amazing book!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter, #4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Goodread summary:
Zarek's Point of View:

Dark-Hunter: A soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude.

Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don't suffer from my insanity-I enjoy every minute of it.

Trust: I can't trust anyone...not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to hurt anyone who gets in my way.

Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I'm tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled-I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Astrid (Greek, meaning star): An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters.

Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?




This is no doubt the best book so far. I think that it will remain as my favorite even after I read the rest but I we'll see. I just know that it was incredible read even though I wanted to cry for the most part.
It was so heartbreaking. Learning bit by bit Zarek's story. Reliving his memories through his nightmares and through Astrid's dreams... I have no words for it. I nearly cried at those parts. To see the reason for Zarek's hatred and fury, the person behind the scary face.
After you guys read the book you'll see an entirely different person.

Again, I absolutely loved the mythical part of the book but the most I loved Zarek's P.O.V. It was a firsthand experience of his past and so far... I think he's suffered the most.
I feel like I say this after every review but it's the truth. Zarek is the outsider that nobody likes and everyone fears. He is the psychopath and the killer. At least that's how everyone sees him and his life gets even harder.
The way he thinks, the way he lives, it's sad and heartbreaking and I still can't gather my thoughts to write something meaningful. I'm just shocked by what I read it the book.
I mean... Zarek literally had a horrific childhood and then what happened after he got turned into a Dark-Hunter and then the exile in Alaska. It's awful...
I actually am a little scared to read the next one because as I said, I started to repeat myself saying that every next book is better and the characters have it the worst. After reading Zarek's story I expect something even worse for the next guy and I am not sure I want to see the horrors of his human life.
That's a bunch of guys with f****d up lives and I don't know how much worse can it get.

There was a little bit more about Acheron and that was awesome. I start to get answers to some of my questions about him but at the same time so many more pop up and I'm at loss again...
It's an amazing book, this one, and the series is unbelievably awesome so far. And even though I'm scared of starting the next one, I can't wait to start it!

 I give it:


You can find the book on Goodreads,

And purchase it from:

The Book Depository, Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
And you should check out the author on Goodreads and her website.

Here are the other covers I found:






See the rest of my reviews here.
Until the next time,

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waitng on Wednesday (10)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

 Cold Fury (Cold Fury #1) by
Expected publication: July 24th 2012
Putnam Juvenile

Synopsis:
Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure

Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance--until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).

Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies--a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense--hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.

Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.

As always the first thing that I noticed about the book was the cove and I fell in love with it because it is gorgeous. Then I read the summary and I am still interested it reading it. The book will come out in few weeks and I can't wait. Hopefully I'll get a chance to read it soon after it's release! I'm really looking forward to reading this one!

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