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Book Review Sunday

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Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

I am a sucker for a good retelling of one of my favorite fairy tales. This is a very dark and gothic retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

I was quickly swept up in this book, the story is beautiful and it is romantic. I am not a fan of romantic stories, but I am a fan of this romantic story.

I found myself loving Nyx, she is not the typically “Beauty” in fact she is gritty, she is dark, she is angry. I loved it. She is half of a set of twins, she is the twin chosen to die and she is not happy about it.

In fact, unlike other fairy tales, she is PISSED at this, she doesn’t want to accept it. Which is why I loved her. Her feelings are authentic.

Ignifex is one charming little demon. I am not easily schmoozed by characters, and this one schmoozed me right over. I am normally anti male characters. I think a lot of times female characters loose themselves when it comes to a male character. Well needless to say I am so prop Ignifex I am ok if that would have happened… Not saying it did… but I am not saying it didn’t either.

Overall this book is proudly going on my favorite books of 2014, list thus far. This book has a little bit of mythology thrown in just to make the story that much more complex and fantastic.

If you are like me and love retelling of classic fairy tales, go read this book. Like now.

I proudly give this book 5 AMAZING stars.

Book Review Sunday

before there was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, there was Anita Blake.  When I decided to start trying to read this series.  I did not expect the delightfully disgusting moments in

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Man this book juicy. Really juicy.

Anita is of course the usual badass that you know and love in the prior books.
Jean Claude is the manipulative vampire he is in the prior books.

What made this one special to me is the fact that it had some juicy gut wrenching moments.

The cringe worthy moment is the detailed watching of a SPOILER ALERT snuff film END SPOILER. AS I was reading that scene my stomach was feeling sick. I was not expecting this scene, and I really hope I can get the images out of my mind.

So anyway, yeah I wanted to warn you of that, because I wish someone would have warned me on that.

Why did I love this book. Richard and Jean Claude.

I think Richard is a great fit for Anita and I think Anita needs Richard to maybe drop a little of guard.

Jean Claude is a great vampire. In fact I would say with all the vampires out there…. he is the best (except for maybe Spike) He is how I expect vampires to be written, cold, demanding, protective, cruel, manipulative and hot… not ummm SPARKLY. I will never understand the sparkly vampire thing.

Also I am loving the alpha male battle going on between Jean Claude and Richard right now.

I say if you like a little gore, read this series, but honestly you can do without reading that snuff film scene. That was gross and I seriously wonder Hamilton dreams about.  This book was by far the most graphic of the books I have read in this series, but I think that is how a book should be, especially when it comes to things that go bump in the night.

My rating?

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Succubus Shadows by Richelle Mead

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The more I read this series, the more I LOVE this series.

 

This book was a good one; we get to see more of Georgina’s past, or at least what is implied as her past.

 

We get to see how the men in her life really care about her… it is yummy . . . and seriously I LOVE Roman.

 

After reading this book, I just really wish she would get it on with Roman.  I know everyone loves Seth, and sure Seth is great, but MAN I just want her to have one last juicy fling with Roman. Minor Spoiler Alert*** After THAT ending I don’t think we will see it***END SPOILER***

 

Carter. Oh Carter.  I am not sure if it is because I am a bad human or what, but  harbor a secret.  I have a little hope that Carter & Georgie will hook up.  I know Bad Jen.  I know.  I just love Carter, I mean come on how can you not love Carter? He burned up a Christmas Tree at Georgina’s House with his cig.  I just love Carter.

 

Jerome. We find out how much Jerome does care about Georgina, even if he is a demon he clearly cares about her, in his demonic way.

 

Seth. I get it, that is her main love interest, but I have always just been indifferent to Seth.  He is not a character that just screams best love interest to me.  I wish he would go away, but clearly he is not.  This does not ruin the story for me though. I mean it isn’t like Seth is some controlling A-hole,  that is wrapped up in a neat hot package.  (example Cullin, Grey… you ge my point)

 

All in all, I am ready to start the next book… asap.  I love this series, and while I am excited to find out what happens FINALLY in the last book, I can say without a doubt I am going to be very very sad it is over.

 

I give this book

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Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris

Those of you that know me, know that I do whatever it takes to not think about work. I am not always able to get out and travel and explore, because of that delightfully evil thing called money, but I can excape in a good book.

Sunday is always a big reading day for me. I pretty much read every day, but I can often find myself lost in a book on Sunday. Sunday is my super quiet lazy day and that allows me to get lost in the story. So when I was thinking about adding something new to the blog, I thought why not review a recently finished book on my current Reading List?

So today I bring you, my review on

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Now let me start off by saying I loved the first few books in the series, to the point that when the show came on, I could barely contain my excitement that a book series I cherish is going to come to life on the big screen.

After season 2, I realized my dreams were destroyed. The show is horrible. I really do only watch it because of Joe Manganiello and the hopes of seeing that god like body and because of the show, I stopped reading the series. I will say had I not read the books I think I would LOVE the show. I know, walking contradiction. As the book series just ended I decided I needed to finish it because I needed to know how Ms. Harris really wanted it to end, not the way HBO wants it to end. I need to know what happens to the characters I love.

and then I read this. Spoilers ahead. You have been warned. I really was hoping my faith in the series would be renewed, which is why I am semi sad that I am giving this book a

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THe fairy wars are over, and Sookie is still with Eric. I have never been a fan of Eric, I am not sure why, but he has never screamed Sookie you must be with Eric. AS Eric, was not quick to come to Sookie’s rescue I was really hoping she would kick him to the curb but nope he explained he was practically being held hostage and could not come to her aid. All is forgiven and they love each other. I also felt like Eric was a lovesick child in this book, but not the Viking who oozes power & control.

Which brings me to my next issue. Sookie is written as such a strong woman. that is one of the reasons I adored her as a character. She is a strong role model . Yet in this book she seemed whiney. Really whiney. Granted I know she was tortured and all that, but still she has been nearly killed before and still came out strong.

Ok let’s talk Bill.  I had HUGE issues with his story line.  Bill is dying from blood poisoning but doesn’t want to contact his sister? So Sookie solves the problem with an email? Come out Ms. Harris, you can write better than that!

Claude has a larger role now too. Now I must admit I love Claude. I like the direction Claude took in this book. I felt Claude has a place in the series now, and I like the development that occured.

The ending also was just Eh… It left me wanting more, which is why I will start the next book. I felt like it was this big dramatic ending, but just so so plot development up to the end.

Overall I just felt this book was lacking the usual charm of the other books… and when she mentioned Jace Everett’s Bad Things in the book, I rolled my eyes. I really hope she is not writing the story to match the TV show, cause let’s be honest if you have read the books you know the TV series is so far gone, it might as well be it’s own thing. Which is how I treat it now.

I just feel the book lost it’s charm, and I am concerned this is going to continue into the next two books.

Those are my thoughts on the book, what are yours? Did you love it? Hate it? Felt like I did? Please share!

Until Next time

XOXI

Jen