Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Teaser Tuesday #18


This is a post for Teaser Tuesday, which is where I randomly pick a page of the book I'm reading at the moment, and share with all you lovelies two sentences off that page, with no spoilers allowed. This is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. The button is supplied by the lovely Kylee of Babbling of a Bookaholic. 





 This week I'm reading A Cutthroat Business, by Jenna Bennett, which is first in the series of Savannah Martin mysteries. 

69%

I forced myself to be firm. "Are you ready to tell me what happened?"
She shook her head.
"You can't just call me and ask me to come to bail you out, and then refuse to tell me what's going on. That's not fair."
She sniffed. "I don't want to talk about it."





Has anyone read any books from this series? This first one is free, so its great to see if you are going to get hooked in, or not bother with the rest of the series. As usual,  I'd love to know your thoughts. 
See you next week!

Top off Tuesday #7- Marked

Top off Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading and Felicia from Geeky Blogger's Book Blog. Every Tuesday, participants post their favourite book covers featuring partially dressed hunks. I heartily approve of this practice, and so am joining in!






Fantasy becomes reality if you carry the mark...

Chloe Bryant doesn’t know what to expect when she enters The Wolf’s Den. Drawn to the werewolf tattoo parlor for reasons she can’t explain, she soon discovers the sexy man from her dreams isn’t a figment of her imagination. Not only is Jackson Donovan real, but he explains the dreams they shared are due to their destined mating. It can’t be possible. She’s not a werewolf. Even if he swears the mark on her wrist indicates otherwise.

Jackson is stunned to discover the beautiful minx from his dreams isn’t a full-blooded werewolf but a Halfling. The only way to uncover Chloe’s past is to stake a claim to her future. By taking the delectable female into his bed, he’ll unlock every secret she has to hide -- as well as awaken the passion she’s tucked away for too long -- by exploring her mind, body and soul one sweet inch at a time.


Merry Christmas! Just to mess with the status quo, here is a non-christmassy cover for all of you. Enjoy. Be sure to leave a comment, preferably one that would embarrass your nan if she saw it.

Mini-Review- In a New York Minute, by Eleanor Moran

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee a mini review of In A New York Minute by Eleanor Moran (and twelve drummers drumming, etc.)


  • A short story following Amy, an English woman working in New York on Christmas Eve, counting down to her flight home that evening. The whole project is going wrong, and her extremely good looking co-worker is being an ass.
  • Kind of choppy way of telling the story, but it means a lot of character background information is packed into just a few pages.
  • Not too sentimental, and definitely not insta-love, which I thought was a nice change from most short stories I've read recently.
  • Ends at a really nice point, leaving the story open for the reader to decide how it will all end for Amy. 6.5 stars.

Monday, 24 December 2012

Mini-review- The Santa Thing, by Robert Freese

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee... a review of The Santa Thing, by Robert Freese, (and eleven pipers piping etc.)


  • So for the last few days I've been complaining about predictable books designed to invoke fuzzy Christmas feelings.... this is definitely not one of those books! 
  • Think Call of Duty, Day of the Triffids, Aliens and the Futurama Christmas special (with evil Santa and victimised elves), all mushed into one, and add in some mutated reindeer, and you are kind of getting on the right train of thought with this book.
  • Grotesque, hilarious, twisted, and certainly not fuzzy, this horror is definitely a guy's read.
  • Franklin Cortez Morris is a supernatural bounty hunter, tracking down and disposing of evil and creepy stuff ever since his sister was murdered. His most recent job takes him to the North Pole, where Santa has been acting weird, taking over by aliens, or spores from outer space, or something. 
  • I'm not sure that I can give this a rating, as it is such an odd read, especially for a Christmas book. 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Mini-review- All I Want For Christmas Is You, by Lisa Mondello

On Tenth day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee, a mini review of All I Want For Christmas Is You, by Lisa Mondello (and ten Lords A-Leaping etc.).

  • Lauren Alexander's daughter Kristen has one thing on her Christmas List this year- A Daddy. Kyle Preston, this year's mall Santa, hates to let a kid down, but he has to tell her that delivering Daddies isn't Santa's bag. And then he see's Lauren, and is suddenly intrigued by this woman, abandoned by her family after choosing to keep Kristen.
  • But this Santa has a plan...Kyle Preston knows what it is like to be abandoned too. Luckily he found the support of loving adoptive parents and has turned himself into one of the most successful Real Estate developers in town.  Building a house is easy. Building someone's trust is a whole other story. But a little Christmas magic can make all the difference in the world.
  • So a lot of Christmas themed books that I have downloaded for free all seem to be about women who are single mums, who meet amazing men who fall for them instantly, and understand them, and spend all of the book trying to help fix their insecurities. This is one of those books. in a clichéd nutshell.
  • Ok, there were some nice bits (I'm avoiding spoilers, so I can't fill in the deets there too much), but overall, it was a pretty standard read. It was aiming to fill me with warm squishy feelings of Christmas Magic... and it kinda failed. Lauren didn't seem to exert any personality except in relation to her daughter and her long buried issues, and that bugged me.
  • Lauren and Kyle share one or two sob stories from their past, (after an obligatory period of Lauren pushing Kyle away) and its all romance and perfection, where everything is fixed, quickly.
  • Ok, but nothing that I've not seen before. 5 stars.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Mini-review- Christmas Without Holly, by Nicola Yeager

On Ninth day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee, a mini review of  Christmas Without Holly, by Nicola Yeager (and Nine Ladies Dancing etc.).


  • Chick Lit with just a hint of Christmas... more like a pre-Christmas read
  • Oh Dear God, if I have to read one more Christmas book with a character named Holly. Gah! So not original. 
  • Holly has booked herself into a luxury spa for 3 days- a much needed pampering before going to stay with her fiancé Clive's pain in the ass family for the holidays. Clive has been away working in Hong Kong for months as well, so she wants to look nice for him, or something.
  • As soon as she relaxes and is surrounded by the unfaithful rich wives that frequent the spa, Holly begins to doubt her relationship, her lifestyle, and her future. Plus, there is James, the masseuse who she is getting to know...
  • Kind of boring, rather predictable, and not very Christmassy. Ended at the point where it was just getting good (and any continuation of the story would have probably improved it). 3 stars

Friday, 21 December 2012

Mini-review- The Christmas Bake-off, by Abby Clements

On the Eighth day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee, a mini review of The Christmas Bake-off by Abby Clements (and Eight Maids A-milking etc.)


  • Short story about a small village's bake-off at the annual Christmas Fair, and the run up to the judging from the perspective of several of the contestants.
  • Accompanying short story to Abby Clement's new book, Meet Me Under The Mistletoe. 
  • Didn't really leave a lasting impression
  • Romance added a nice touch, but predictable
  • Small bit of drama very easily resolved.
  • Nice but boring. 4.5

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Mini-review- The Winter Wish, by Jillian Eaton

On the Seventh Day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee... a mini review of The Winter Wish, by Jillian Eaton... ( and seven swans a-swimming, etc.)


  • Sarah has one wish: to gain the attention of Devlin Heathcliff, the handsome Viscount who she has loved for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately for Sarah, she is plain, quiet, and embarrassingly shy – the exact opposite of the type of woman Devlin is attracted to. All hope seems lost… Until her best friend's meddling and encouragement push her into Devlin's life, and desires.
  • Ok, this one is so bad its good. It has typos and editing problems, and the end of the story is just barf-tastic. And there is the fantastic typo of "nViscounty" which appears several times, where all of the "Earl" references have been changed en masse to Viscount.
  • There are some research errors (which is the kinda thing that bugs me). A single woman in the regency era wouldn't wear a deep red dress, or any dark colour. I'm being fussy, I know, but the devil is in the details.
  • There is a hilarious overuse of italics in the sex scene to bring emphasis to things that can't be mentioned directly by the rather innocent Sarah... not that she remains innocent for long...
  • Actual story, there is some kind of potential there, but its not quite utilised properly, and the ending is just too much of the sickeningly happy that only regency novels seem to be able to embody. 
  • Overall, all the problems and regency novel cliché just don't work well in this novella. 3 stars

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Mini-review- Six Geese A-Laying, by Sophie Kinsella

On the sixth day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee... a review of Six Geese A-Laying, by Sophie Kinsella (and six geese a-laying etc...)... see what I did there...


  • Modern day twist on A Christmas Carol, with Scrooge being replaced by six heavily pregnant women, called  Ginny (the narrator), Grace, Gina, Georgia, Geraldine and Gabby, who are all attending an exclusive pregnancy class together.
  • These women are all infuriatingly decided about how they are going to parent their poor unborn children, and need to be taught a lesson.
  • Super short story- literally a 10-15 minute read.
  • Ginny, the narrator, is annoying, which is a trait I really can't stand in a narrator, especially as she is so confident and judgemental. 
  • Overall, not that impressed, but wasn't terrible. Just a bit "meh". *Shrugs*. 4 stars.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Teaser Tuesday #17


This is a post for Teaser Tuesday, which is where I randomly pick a page of the book I'm reading at the moment, and share with all you lovelies two sentences off that page, with no spoilers allowed. This is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. The button is supplied by the lovely Kylee of Babbling of a Bookaholic. 





 This week I'm reading Christmas Without Holly, by Nicola Yeager. 


26%


It's stupid, but I always expect people to reply to texts instantaneously, as if you're actually talking to them in real time. I stare dumbly at my mobile but, predictably, nothing happens and I chuck it on the bed.





Has anyone read this book? It's one of the free ebooks I'm featuring this week in my 12 Christmas reviews. As usual,  I'd love to know your thoughts. 
See you next week!

Mini-Review- One Snowy Night Before Christmas, by Pamela Fryer

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee... a mini-review of One Snowy Night Before Christmas, by Pamela Fryer (and five gold rings etc.).


  •  Jessica Jeffries hates Christmas, and she has more reasons than most to hate it; she's been robbed, dumped, caught pneumonia, broken her leg, and this year she's ran over Santa with her truck.
  • Tom Dunham's holiday isn't going to plan at all. His 6 year old daughter Amy, who he hasn't seen for years, has been placed in his custody, and she is blaming him for ruining Christmas (as Santa won't be able to find her). And to top it all off, his car breaks down in the snow in the middle of nowhere. 
  • Luckily, Jessie is on hand with her tow truck to rescue Tom and Amy. Suddenly, the holidays are looking up for all of them, at least until Jessie runs over an old man who holds an eerie resemblance to St. Nick himself.
  • Chemistry between Tom and Jessie is good but not electric. It was nice and all, but I couldn't help but want some more steam.
  • Not super exciting, but nice enough fluff. I keep coming back to the word Nice, which at the moment seems to be my word for "not terrible, but generally underwhelming". 
  • Ending left open, indicating a Happily Ever After, but not dealing with any of the impracticalities of the situation.
  • There's just enough Santa Christmassy magic going on to invoke a bit of the warm fuzzies to rescue this one from a really rubbish score. Erm. 4.5 stars

Top Off Tuesday #6- All I Want For Christmas

Top off Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading and Felicia from Geeky Blogger's Book Blog. Every Tuesday, participants post their favourite book covers featuring partially dressed hunks. I heartily approve of this practice, and so am joining in!

Naughty or Nice

A blizzard leaves Kate Carson stranded in Chicago on Christmas Eve. When she finds she’s without a place to stay for the night, billionaire Derek Worth tempts her with an offer she can’t refuse, and she finds out it’s a lot easier to stay warm being naughty instead of nice.


A MacKenzie Christmas

Grant MacKenzie is ready to settle down and start a family. The only problem is the one woman he’s interested in doesn’t seem to be ready for the long haul. But fate lends Grant a helping hand in getting exactly what he wants under his Christmas tree.



EEE!!! It's nearly Christmas, and I'm glad to provide everyone with an early Ab-tastic gift of Abs. Enjoy!

Monday, 17 December 2012

Mini-Review- A White Cougar Christmas, by Eliza Gayle

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee... a mini review of A White cougar Christmas, by Eliza Gayle... ( and Four calling birds, etc.)


  • Niki is a Cougar shifter, who doesn't want to spend Christmas alone- so she heads to a bar, looking for, as she so bluntly puts it "a fight or a fuck".
  • There she meets Dean,  another cougar, who is "sex on legs" with a voice "like warm butter"- and they quickly hit it off.
  • Its a prequel to some other novellas the author has penned.
  • Really nice writing style; sexy and almost artistic, with some creative turns of phrase.
  • I felt like the story needed some more development/ could have continued, so was glad to find out Eliza Gayle has written more about Niki and Dean.
  • Sexy low plot fun, with a little bit of "I'm a shifter, she's my mate insta-love". 4 Stars

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Mini-Review- Silver Bells, by Sadie Hart


On the Third Day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee... a mini-review of Silver Bells, by Sadie Hart, (and Three French Hens, etc)

  • Dash is restoring the wooden animals from the old Carousel in the park one night when Merry, a homeless woman, seeks shelter in the barn where he is working. He admires her for her pride and stubbornness, and they develop a relationship.
  • Dash can no longer hear the musical bells hanging from a harness in the shed- in fact no one else can either, apart from Merry. Dash has to work out what this can possibly mean for both of them (my god its hard to write this bit without spoilers).
  • Insta-love- most of the relationship takes place off page.
  • Interesting twist- supernatural/magical Christmas element to the story
  • Sweet enough story, but I don't normally do sweet very well. 4 stars.

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Mini Review- Mistletoe Mischief, by Stacey Joy Netzel

On the Second Day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee... a mini review of Mistletoe Mischief, by Stacey Joy Netzel, (and two turtle doves).



  • Marissa is chaperoning her daughter Heather's class trip to the zoo when she meets Eric, father the Heather's friend Reece: Hello, instant attraction!! Add in some meddling from both Reece and Heather, as well as Santa (also known at Butch), and some well placed mistletoe, and it looks like the zoo visit is just the start of their relationship.
  • I thought it was a really nicely written, vaguely Christmassy novella (but the Christmassy part wasn't overpowering at all, you could read it whenever).
  • Believable characters- Marissa and Eric both have really accessible personalities and fears.
  • The epilogue skips ahead a few months to provide a proper HEA instead of just a potential HEA, which I thought was a really nice touch.
  • The secondary characters are well thought out and well introduced, and are seemingly being set up for the 2 sequels, Mistletoe Magic, and Mistletoe Matchup.
  • 6 stars

Friday, 14 December 2012

Mini-Review- Bah, Humbug, by Heather Horrocks

On the First Day of Christmas, Rachel gave to thee... a mini review of Bah, Humbug!, by Heather Horrocks... (and a partridge in a pear tree)


  • Lexi Anderson is an up-and-coming TV Hostess (Martha Stewart style), with two kids who love the Jared Strong adventure novels, written by their new neighbour Kyle Miller.
  • Kyle has writer's block- he doesn't know how his latest Jared Strong novel will end, and his deadline is coming up fast. He's having to work through the Christmas holidays to get the book finished; not that he likes Christmas anyway.
  • The two meet in a disagreement over a snowman, become friends, and get all Christmassy together... there's some stuff about creating a sense of family too. 
  • A sweet story, with nicely formed characters, and enough chance/convenience to make the story pull together without being unbelievable.
  • A few cheesy moments- like the naming symbolism part. If it wasn't nearly Christmas, cynical and sarcastic me wouldn't be able to cope with that level of cheese.
  • 6.5 Christmas trees

Thursday, 13 December 2012

12 Days of Christmas Reviews


Starting tomorrow (the 14th December), I'm going to be posting a mini review each day until Christmas. Each book is an ebook available from the Amazon UK website, that was free at the time I downloaded them. Some are novellas, some are really short stories, and some are full length novels, but ALL of them have a Christmas theme. *claps hands with joy* Yay, Christmas! Is there some kind of official Christmas dance/wiggle in my seat that I can do? That's how excited I am about Christmas.

Then, after Christmas, I'm having a few weeks break from blogging, but plan to be back in early January. I have scheduled some Teaser Tuesday posts and some Top off Tuesday posts for the time I'm away, so it'll just be a break from reviews. But, I will be back, refreshed, and ready for more blogging, reviewing, reading, perving on buff topless cover models, and trying to find ways to embarrass my mum within posts. I have a great big pile of books to read over the holiday period, and am looking forward to sharing them all in the new year. There is also the possibility of a give-away coming up for UK followers, fingers crossed.

Here are some of the reviews to look out for in the next few days! Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas etc.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Teaser Tuesday #16

This is a post for Teaser Tuesday, which is where I randomly pick a page of the book I'm reading at the moment, and share with all you lovelies two sentences off that page, with no spoilers allowed. This is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. The button is supplied by the lovely Kylee of Babbling of a Bookaholic.





This week I'm reading Bah Humbug! (A Romantic Comedy Novella), by Heather Horrocks. I'm loving christmas themed books at the moment! Cant get enough of them!

83%
Kyle laughed. "I have it on good authority that the perfect Alexis Anderson is human, after all. You do realize blackmail works both ways, don't you?"
Puzzled, she looked back and forth between the two of them. "What did you see?"



What does everyone think? I'd love to know your thoughts.
See you next week!

Top off Tuesday #5- The Christmas Knight

Top off Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading and Felicia from Geeky Blogger's Book Blog. Every Tuesday, participants post their favourite book covers featuring partially dressed hunks. I heartily approve of this practice, and so am joining in!




Her Only Hope For The Season

With their father gone this Christmastide, Bronwyn de Breton and her two younger sisters are utterly vulnerable at unprotected Hunswick Castle. And their troubles are compounded when a fearsome knight arrives on the king's orders to take Hunswick as his own—and the youngest de Breton daughter as his wife.

Is A Man She’s Never Met

Bronwyn would never let her little sister be forced to marry a man as rough and wild as the new lord is whispered to be. Yet someone must form an alliance with him, or all of Hunswick will be at risk. So she steps forward, pretending to be her own sister.

And A Love She Never Expected

But the new lord is not so easily fooled. He knows Bronwyn is not the woman he has promised to marry. And yet, no matter how duty-bound he may be, there is no resisting the golden-haired beauty who so fearlessly gives herself to him...and awakens a passion unlike any he's ever known.


Yay, a Christmas themed cover this week. Yes, I agree with the tag line... he is "the perfect Christmastide gift". Although he must be cold!


Monday, 10 December 2012

Review: Temeraire, by Naomi Novik



Title: Temeraire
Author: Naomi Novik
Format: Paperback
Length: 342 pages
Genre: Historical Fantasy
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I have to admit that it was the cover art that drew me to this series... But seriously, ships AND dragons! Could anything be more up my street than that?

Temeraire is set in the Napoleonic War, and opens mid battle, with Captain Will Laurence and his crew taking on a French man-of-war. Once the ship is captured, they find a dragon egg inside, the prize money for which the entire crew could probably retire on. There is only one problem: the egg is about to hatch, and the Dragon will need a handler, also known as an Aviator, to take responsibility for the Dragon. So when the dragon hatches and lets Laurence harness him, he fears that he has lost all that matters to him in life; his navy career, his station in life, his fiancée, and his freedom. What he doesn't expect is to find a new lease of life as an aviator, and a friend in the form of Temeraire, the dragon. 

Laurence and Temeraire face many challenges together in this book. Dragons are vital for the war effort, and Temeraire's training starts immediately. But will they be ready for any invasion attempt that Napoleon will launch?

The friendship between Temeraire and Laurence is really sweet in the book- they have a real bromance going on, mixed with Laurence feeling almost paternal over the dragon. Its actually really touching, especially while they are still on the ship at the beginning of the story. 


The plot is interesting, and the book serves well as the introduction to a long series of books (The seventh installment was published earlier this year). Novik's ideas of how the Napoleonic Wars would have been played out differently if Dragons were added into the dynamics of battle planning were really fascinating- especially from the perspective of someone who studied the Navy in that era at university. The battles are described beautifully, and are clearly well planned and thought out. 


Laurence is the perfect embodiment of stiffness and etiquette pushed into a new situation that sees many social rules and regulations ignored. He is entirely balanced out by Temeraire, who is naive and inquisitive, and so unbelievably cute. Yes, I just called a 40 ton Dragon who fights for King and Country cute. 


The book does drag slightly in the middle, and the subplots are touching for character development but not vital to the story (and ultimately have a disappointing conclusion). But, the final 80 pages or so more than make up for the slight slowing of pace before them. Overall, a really good read, and I have already picked up the sequel, Throne of Jade.  The only real problem now is that I really want a dragon of my own. 7.5 stars.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Things I'm Loving #9

Because, sometimes, I do things other than read....

This week I am loving....


Nosy people on trains vs. people holding really private conversations in public places.

Two events have inspired this post.
A few weeks ago, I was on the tube home (which was very crowded), and had the pleasure of overhearing a conversation between two girls in their late teens about their love lives. I might have posted a snippet to twitter to share my amusement.
The highlight was Girl #1 saying to Girl #2 "So, if you could not tell anyone at Church that I slept with him, I'd really appreciate it."
It was so hard to keep a neutral face by this point. Don't tell anyone at Church, but please, let me first announce my sordid activities to the entire group of poor commuters squeezed into this carriage. The thing is though, I absolutely LOVE overhearing conversations like this. I am such a nosy person on public transport. In general actually.

Then there is the other side of the coin....

The other day I was sat waiting for a connection to the overground, and making notes for a review. Some random woman sat next to me, and out of the corner of my eye, I noticed her taking little peeps at my notepad. Now, that just seemed to me like pushing the limits of train nosiness etiquette to the very edge. Serves her right though, as she looked pretty shocked when she got to the phrase "sex shower scene". Silly mare.

Marked, by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Title: Marked
Author: P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Format: Paperback
Length: 306 pages
Genre: Young Adult
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So I read this back at the end of September... and now its the start of December and I have only just forced myself to sit down and actually write this blooming review. That is just how mixed my feelings are towards this book. This entire series in fact. On one hand, I really want to like it, and I feel almost obligated to like it, but on the other hand there are elements that make me want to throw the book into a fire and weep for humanity. Am I being dramatic? Most definitely. 

Zoey is a 'normal' teenager until she is marked as a Vampyre and has to relocate to the House of Night, a vampyre finishing school, and leave her old life behind, including her friends and boyfriend Heath. And if that wasn't complicated enough, her mum and step-dad are being jerks about it all, she has an out of body experience, gets a super special vampyre mark on her forehead instead of a boring standard one, meets a new guy, Erik, and makes a load of new friends who are a large mass of stereotypes, and makes an enemy in the form of Aphrodite, another student. Plus, her body might reject the change at any time, killing her. 

Now, the story is interesting, and the whole book is packed full of plot set up for books in the rest of the series, which is probably why I read the next few books as well. The whole vampy-ness being not a bit poor unsuspecting strangers in alleyways thing really intrigued me. I also liked that there was no "oh, look, vampires are real, and not just fiction" element, which is usually a mainstay of this kind of book. 

But... I had so many problems with the whole thing. There were a few moments when I nearly didn't bother continuing. The out of body experience/dream with the goddess bit about Zoey being special just bored me a bit, actually. There was such a massive cast of ready-made friends waiting for Zoey at the House of Night that, unless you were going to bother with the rest of the series, it probably wasn't worth remembering who was who. It felt too convenient that Zoey had "moved on" emotionally from her friends and family before she even got to the House of Night and then discovered her "real" family.

Now, in general I am a fan of P. C Cast and her books, but that woman can not write dialogue for toffee. It's either too formal, or trying to get "hip" and "fresh" and down with the kids or whatever, and I have to say, its the same in this series, even with her daughter "helping" to make the teenagerisms sound natural. 

And then there is Zoey herself. I'm gonna put it out there that I potentially am more annoyed by her than both Elena from The Vampire Diaries, and Bella from Twilight. Zoey gets kind of high and mighty, and has a massive superiority complex, but in a way that is pretending to be modest. She's friends with all the popular shallow kids before she becomes a vampyre, and has the requisite jock boyfriend, while judging everyone around her constantly. Plus, she judges so many people based on their sexual activities, whilst using her own infinitely superior actions as the measuring stick- her calling Aphrodite a skank and a load of other names, all behind her back, has probably affected boatloads of teen readers and what their standards of "skank" are. I know this has been discussed to death on other blogs, as well as goodreads, so I'll leave it at that for now on the whole social repercussions spiel.


So, overall, its possible to really like this book, and the whole series... if you just don't engage any kind of judgement or thought process whilst reading it. If you overlook all of the preaching that is edged into the writing, and you don't mind the wicca-inspired calling of the elements goddess ritual type stuff, then its actually a pretty good book. Its really hard for me to pick a rating on this one. At the time I finished it, it was probably a solid 7; I wanted to read the next book straight away, and was happy enough with where the book ended. But, the little annoying bits all the way through, and the few moments when I was like, "what the hell am I actually reading?" drag the book down to perhaps a 5.5 overall. 
Yep. That's what I'm going for. 5.5 stars.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Teaser Tuesday #15

This is a post for Teaser Tuesday, which is where I randomly pick a page of the book I'm reading at the moment, and share with all you lovelies two sentences off that page, with no spoilers allowed. This is a weekly event, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. The button is supplied by the lovely Kylee of Babbling of a Bookaholic. 





 This week I'm reading Teasing Trent, by Minx Malone. It is a (free) prequel novella to her series about various males in the Alexander family. 



36%

"Are you sure, Mara?" He kissed his way down her throat, sucking on the soft skin at the curve of her shoulder. "There's no going back if we do this." 
Mara looked up at him, her brown eyes languid and soft. "God, you talk too much."



What does everyone think?  I'd love to know your thoughts. 
See you next week!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Top off Tuesday #4 - Cade, A Mackenzie Novel

Top off Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Amanda from On a Book Bender, Christi from Smitten with Reading and Felicia from Geeky Blogger's Book Blog. Every Tuesday, participants post their favourite book covers featuring partially dressed hunks. I heartily approve of this practice, and so am joining in!









Cade MacKenzie is prepared to give his life to destroy the cartel that killed his lover, but the only way to draw them out is to present them with the perfect bait. 

Bayleigh Scott has no idea who her new neighbor is, only that her body is drawn to him in ways she can’t explain, and the danger that surrounds him isn't the deterrent she knows it should be. 

More than fireworks explode between Cade and Bayleigh when she discovers why he relentlessly pursued her, but by then it’s too late, because she’s already been drawn into a deadly game of desire, deception and revenge.



Wow, what a weapon....

As usual, perverse comments are encouraged.