Friday, November 1, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review of The Forbidden Trilogy by Kimberly Kinrade

Synopsis from book:

 Those inside are special, gifted with unique abilities, abilities that make them dangerous to the outside world. Since childhood, they’re trained to control their powers, to show restraint, and to defend themselves. For years they practice, honing their gifts for one purpose: to be rented out to the highest bidder as a spy, to be used as a weapon against others.
Sam never questions her role at the secret organization dubbed Rent-A-Kid.
Until she meets Drake.
She reads minds. He controls minds. Together, they might get out alive.

My Review:

 The Forbidden Trilogy by Kimberly Kinrade is an amazing story of a group of kids, rented out for their abilities to the highest bidder. The world building, the characters and the plot line are flushed out with a depth that will rock your world.
 Groomed to be spies, these kids are deceived by those in authority, the very ones they’ve been taught to trust. Believing they are building a nest egg with their pay, to be freed upon the world to live out their lives the way they want on their eighteenth birthday, Sam, the main gifted girl in book 1, discovers the deception and escapes. Unfortunately, it only brings a world of pain upon her and the other main character in book one, Drake, the boy she falls in love with. Told with alternating points of view only makes this story more realistic, it brings a unique quality to the table. The characters are complex and each twist and turn in the plot will catch you unaware, make you gasp and quickly turn to the next page, desperate for more.
 A few of the kids in book 1 make it to main character status in book 2. Learning more about them, while continuing the story line from book 1 with Sam and Drake helps to continue building the world they live in, the one we want to continue to read about. Lucy and Luke, best friends to Sam, grow more complex in the second book and we are introduced to even more characters. More of the plot is meted out in dollops that have you begging for more.
 The 3rd book was the perfect ending to this trilogy. It wrapped everything up after taking you on an emotional roller coaster ride you never expected. This trilogy has everything you could want: suspense, action, romance and paranormal. It’s enough to make your head spin, and it does, in a good way. Kimberly shows you the best and the worst of human kind, with or without powers. She digs in deep and isn’t afraid to go where others balk. I’ll be looking for more from this author without a doubt.
 The Special Edition bonus' are just that...BONUS! I loved it. The Discussion Guide really makes you think and who doesn't love that? I can't say enough about the Q & A with Kimberly, it just rocked! The other bonus' will remain a mystery until you buy the book, I can't give everything away! *Grin*

                                            I give The Forbidden Trilogy 
                                                           5/5 Books

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Review of Night Demon by Lisa Kessler

Synopsis from book:

Deep within the Yucatan jungle, a demon has awakened...
Gretchen Finch’s job would be much easier if she weren’t alone in the jungle with a brilliant recluse whose every glance sets her on fire. But the more she focuses on her work, the closer she gets to unlocking the mysteries of a terrible creature—the Night Demon—that threatens the world as she knows it. Though her scientific mind tells her it’s impossible, she’s beginning to believe the ancient Mayan tales as the sinister jungle comes alive around her. Lukas Smith has spent hundreds of years searching for answers to his immortal Night Walker nature. As a series of ancient glyphs become clear, he’s about to find out more than he’d ever hoped, but the more he learns, the more his fate intertwines with the Night Demon, and the harder it becomes to hide his immortal secret from the beautiful, intelligent Gretchen.Together, they must find a way to stop the inexplicable violence and mass destruction surging across the earth before the Night Demon destroys more than just mankind.

My Review:

Another Night Walker, another great book by Lisa Kessler. She’s sucked me in again and kept me reading like a fanatic! This is Lisa’s second Night Walker book, 3rd if you include the wonderful novella she wrote to tide us over until this book came out.
Made a Night Walker by mistake, Lucas considers himself a mistake, his existence a total abomination. Working with his assistant Gretchen, who doesn’t know that he is a Night Walker, he tries to find a way to end his life, his immortal life. The heat builds between these two characters as they work together tirelessly. The building of the relationship is believable and never rushed.
The Yucatan jungle comes alive in this story and the amount of research that has gone into this book is phenomenal. We learn a lot more about the Night Walker history as well, and the world building and characters come to life in a way that will make your head spin.
The story is well written and, as per the norm with Lisa, well paced. Twists you never expected will keep you on the edge and the writing flows as smooth as silk. There is never a dull moment! I loved seeing some old characters from Night Walker and Night Thief, as well as the new characters that Lisa gives us in this installment.
The Night Walker gods come out to visit in this book, to help cage the monster unleashed, and they are not characters that you will ever forget!
A darker story than the first two, the impact of this book will hit you hard. The fight between good and evil has arrived and no one knows who will prevail.
A great addition to the series, I’m already asking myself, who’s story is next Lisa and when will it be out?


                                                      I give Night Demon
                                                            5/5 Books

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Review of "Garda - Welcome to the Realm" by Stacy Eaton

My Review:
   Stacy Eaton’s first novel in the new Guardian Angel Series “Garda - Welcome to the Realm” is told in a first person narrative that makes the story more personalized. It is an exciting read that grabbed my attention from the get-go. Told in “sections” instead of chapters, there is, at times, a bit of overlap in each person’s story. You would think that this might make for a repetitive story, but, in reality, it only helps to express each emotion, each situation, with more clarity and more feeling. It enhances the book in a way that is very difficult to pull off. Kudo’s to Stacy for that.
   Police Officer Coralenna Hamilton (Corey) is well known for her angelic face and body. She is a very strong woman, not only in her field, but also as a person. Falling in love with an unavailable Mitch, her loyalty and strength of character are tested one way after another. When Corey passes away due to an accident in the line of duty, she learns of a whole new level of living, as a Guardian Angel.
   Mitchell O'Reily (Mitch) is a fellow officer who hides his own secrets, secrets that lead to his falling in love with Corey. Also a loyal and fair person, Mitch must fight his own demons. After blaming himself for Corey’s death, will he make the right choices?
   Brock is Corey’s Garda. He has watched over her for many years and must continue to do so after Corey’s passing. Brock too holds his own secrets, ones that could tear the love of his life away from him as he watches over her to help her make the right decisions, ones that could change her afterlife, and his.
   Chase (Mitchell’s son), Beth (Mitchell’s wife), Montgomery (Brock’s Garda) and David (fellow Garda) may not be main characters, but their interactions make sure you will never regard them as bit players either. These characters help give the story more depth and show you a whole new level of loyalty, love and friendship.
   Joey is another fellow officer of Mitchell and Corey. He is more than he seems, but in what way?
   I can’t forget to give a mention to The Maker and the Os Malos. The Maker is a vague but commanding presence that alludes to the creator, but never lets you see beyond what you may have imagined. The Os Malos are the evil ones. They try everything possible to drag the good people over to their side, willingly or not! If you can think of a trick, they will probably already have tried it.
   I really enjoyed reading this book. It was set at a good pace, never boring, but never rushed. I wanted to keep reading long after I was done. It is an action filled book with much emotion. I laughed, I cried and I yelled (although other than my hubby, I don’t think anyone else heard me *Grin*). This book has a romance in it that I can’t wait to read more about. The next book in this series can’t come fast enough. I highly recommend it.

                                      I give Garda - Welcome to the Realm
5 / 5 Books

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review of Night Thief by Lisa Kessler

Synopsis from book: 

After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.
Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.
Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.

My Review:
Lisa Kessler has done it again. Her novella Night Thief is a great read to keep you sane until the next book (Night Demon) in the Night Series comes out in the Spring of 2013.
Marguerite Rousseau, better known as Le Voleur D'or (The golden thief), is a girl just trying to survive, and if she has to do that by stealing from the rich and elite, she’ll do that without hesitation. Getting away from her cruel and heartless “master” with her young cousin is her goal and she is bound and bent she will achieve it at all costs. She is witty, clever, stubborn and personable, even as a thief. She comes across quite likeable, with a sexy attitude that just won’t quit.
Kane Bordeaux, having been around for centuries, is intrigued immediately after seeing her swipe a gentleman’s purse. Kane is an immortal Night Walker who protects humans while keeping alive by feeding on the scourge of the earth. He is oh so much more than a vampire! He is a sweet talking, confident hunk of a man. He too has a sense of humour that makes him much more than likeable! Even though an immortal, he has retained a human sweetness, a generosity and kindness not usually inherent in one similar to a vampire.
Lisa, as usual, builds up the world and the characters with an ease that astounds me. She again sets a wonderful pace that keeps us interested but not left feeling that things were too rushed.
Woven in a historical setting, this paranormal romance will only whet your appetite for more of the Night Series.

                                                        I give Night Thief
                                                         5/5 Books
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Review of Night Walker by Lisa Kessler

Synopsis from book:
He gave up his soul for a second chance to love her...

Two and a half centuries ago, Calisto Terana lost everything when a zealous priest murdered the woman he loved. Now, desperate for another chance to love her, he wants redemption for the mistake that cost her life.

She's haunted by dreams of her own death...

After catching her fiance with another woman, Kate Bradley returns to San Diego to clear her head. The last thing she needs is romance, but after meeting Calisto she's drawn to him in ways she doesn't understand.

They've waited in the shadows for centuries...

Calisto has no doubt Kate is the reincarnation of his lost love, but the Fraternidad Del Fuego Santo has a new watcher with dark ambitions of his own. As old enemies reemerge and a new threat arises, the betrayal that enslaved Calisto to the night might destroy the only woman he's ever loved again.

My Review: 
Lisa Kessler’s book Night Walker grabbed me from the start.
Kate has returned to her hometown, after her fiancĂ©e is caught with another woman and a student at that. All she wants is to be with her old friends and family, to try to get over her heartbreak. Fate has other plans though, and she meets Calisto, a very attractive and mysterious man. Kate is confused and frightened by the strong and pulling emotions Calisto makes her feel. Turns out they are both old souls, destined to be together. Life has given them yet another chance to try to get it right and be together forever. Kate, however, thinks it is too soon to be with another man, not realizing that this relationship has already been started… about 250 years ago, when they were Gregorio and Tala! Talk about setting the scene! Calisto is a Night Walker, a peaceful species, not to be confused with vampires, who are evil beings bent on the destruction of others. Calisto was made an immortal by the old one so that he could one day find Tala in her reincarnated form and love her again.
Kate is a very believable, broken hearted but wanting to be loved woman. She just has to get past her fears, which, of course, our hero will work at diligently.
The seriousness of the story is tempered with touches of humour throughout the book and it only makes it better.
Our bad guy, Jose Mentigo, also a former priest, is the guy you love to hate. His warped outlook makes him the perfect villain.
Told from the present and the past alternately throughout the book, we are able to get a better feel of what went down and what was all involved. I love the way Lisa did this. It makes what Calisto is feeling seem that much more real and believable. He is a hero of love, totally devoted to Kate from the start. This book is a very exciting whirlwind of action and emotion. The story is never rushed but moves along at a good clip, keeping you on your toes. With great character development, world building and smooth writing that flows from one page to the next, I highly recommend this book and will be looking forward to the next one in the series. It is definitely a paranormal romance for the soul.

                                                       I give Night Walker 
                                                                        4 1/2 /5 Books 
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