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by Jeffe Kennedy


Published July 16th 2012 by Carina Press

 

 

Summary:

This is no fairy tale…

Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiance, I impulsively walked out of my life–and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price–my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…

With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils–including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…

 

 

Review:

I am a bit iffy with this book. Normally I totally LOVE Carina Press books, but this one was more on the ok to not like level. I can’t say it was good, but I can’t say it was bad either. Basically, there was very little development of any of the characters in this story; it was more like a novella, or a short story in an anthology, than a novel. It was very superficial, even the plot was not very developed, or even really believable. I know it is a fantasy/paranormal romance and that it is totally a fiction story, but a well written fiction can make you feel like the events are real, at least while you are reading the story, this book did not do that for me. The events or scenes in this book also felt disconnected, I was really not invested in this story.

As for the characters, I didn’t feel any connection to them either. Gwynne did things that just seemed so out of her character that I couldn’t even believe that she would do the things she did, for example, how she got into fairy. Rogue, well, I am not sure I have ever disliked a male lead that I am supposed to like and fall for so much in my life. He had no redeeming qualities, at least that I could see. He just seemed like a total douche bag, except that he was hot.

I also hated the abuse scenes in this book. They were very disturbing. Ugh, just thinking about a good chunk of the book where she was sexually abused as part of a fair trade/punishment for something she didn’t even know she had done until after it happened (using her powers)- before she was given back to Rogue to be yet again abused by being forced to have a child with him, just disgusts me. The way she was “broken” was just disgusting and totally not needed. It went way beyond S&M. It was the kind of thing that if read about in the papers we would all be calling for the perpetrators to be severely punished, not rewarded, as they were in this book. I wish I had not had to recall those parts to even write this review, but, you, as a potential reader, need to know this. A big part of this book is EXTREMELY disturbing.

If there is a second book in this series, I might read it if I could get it for free, just to see if the author polishes up her writing style for her next book. I probably would not recommend this book, unless it was free, or like a $2.00 or less book. This is an adult only book, I would not allow my teenage child to read this, ever, under any circumstance, they might have nightmares, or think the events in this book sexually were acceptable.

I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

Please read more of my reviews on my blog: sarahereads(dot)wordpress(dot)com

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Rapture (Fallen #4)

 

 

by Lauren Kate

Published June 12th 2012

Summary:

The sky is dark with wings . . . .

Like sand in an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past they must find the place where the angels fell to earth. Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again.

Yet together they will face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed. And suddenly Luce knows what must happen.

For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now will be the only one that truly matters.

In the fight for Luce, who will win?

The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.

Review:

I wanted to like this book, I wanted to love this book, I really did, but, I was extremely disappointed in this ending.  Really, I found very few redeeming qualities to this story, the only two I can think of is that there was a huge plot twist, one I never saw coming and well, that this series, that I kept wanting to get better, but never did, is finally over.

This book makes Daniel look like an even bigger jerk/misogynist/overprotective guy than any of the previous books did.  Luce is the worst female role model I have seen in a YA book in quite a while.  She is weak, whinny, annoying, and indecisive, doesn’t get much worse for a female lead that we are supposed to love and care about than Luce. Good characters, characters that we had grown to love, die to protect this special and sacred “love” that Luce and Daniel reportedly have, in my opinion, for no good reason.  I don’t see any reason or proof that they love each other, maybe lust, or maybe interest, but Luce just jumped from one bad relationship right into another, this relationship is far from an example of a healthy relationship.

Lastly, and in some ways the most annoying this about this book for me, was that God was a woman.  As those of you who have followed my reviews or have read my profile on my blog will know, I am a Christian, my husband is actually a priest, and I feel very strongly that God wants us to recognize Him as a male.  I am not sure why writers feel the need to make God a woman, like it somehow makes their story better or more revolutionary.  Well it doesn’t, it actually annoys me and makes me strongly dislike their works.  I did not expect this book to follow any Christian doctrine, but come on; this is an important fact in my book.

In conclusion, if you have read the previous books, you kind of need to read this one for the closure factor, but be warned, it really isn’t all that good.  It is violent, but I don’t recall any sex in it.  It is appropriate for teenagers, as far as I can remember.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.

 

 

by R.L. Naquin

Published July 30th 2012 by Carina Press

 

 

Summary:

I stopped believing in monsters long ago. But I knew I wasn’t imagining things when I found one in my kitchen baking muffins. I’d seen him before: lurking in my closet, scaring the crap out of my five-year-old self. Turns out that was a misunderstanding, and now Maurice needs a place to stay. How could I say no?

After all, I’ve always been a magnet for the emotionally needy, and not just in my work as a wedding planner. Being able to sense the feelings of others can be a major pain. Don’t get me wrong, I like helping people—and non-people. But this ability has turned me into a gourmet feast for an incubus, a demon that feeds off emotional energy. Now, brides are dropping dead all over town, and my home has become a safe house for the supernatural. I must learn to focus my powers and defeat the demon before he snacks on another innocent woman and comes looking for the main course…

 

 

Review:

 First, this is most definitely an ADULT ONLY book.  If you were to read just the beginning of the book you would think that this book is perfectly fine for teenagers, especially when you couple that with the title and cover image, but it is most definitely not a kid/teenager book.  The “bad guy” in the book is a demon, a demon who uses sex for fuel, enough said.

Even though there are a few adult scenes, overall this book was not all about sex, it is not a romance novel either, though I kept hoping it would become one.  I would call it more of a supernatural mystery.  Zoey, the main character, has a special ability, one that attracts monsters to her.  Through the interactions that Zoey has you learn that not all monsters are bad, she also gains a good friend and sidekick when Maurice the Closet Monster comes to her for help.  Zoey also makes a bunch of new friends and saves a few lives along the way, though, unfortunately, she is not able to save everyone.

This is a great start to what could be a very promising series.  Just remember, this is a very adult book with a very graphic sex scene near the end, so be aware of this when you recommend this book to anyone.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

Asher’s Invention

 

 

by Coleen Kwan


Published June 25th 2012 by Carina Press

 

 

Summary:

Five years ago, Asher Quigley broke his engagement to Minerva Lambkin, believing she was an accomplice in a scheme to steal his prototype for a wondrous device. Minerva swore she was innocent, though the thief–and Asher’s mentor–was her own father.

Now, sheer desperation has driven Minerva to Asher’s door. Her father has been kidnapped by investors furious that he’s never been able to make the machine work. Only Asher, now a rich and famous inventor in his own right, can replicate the device. He’s also become a hard, distant stranger far different from the young idealist she once loved.

Despite their troubled past, Asher agrees to help Minerva. He still harbors his suspicions about her, but their reunion stirs emotions and desires they both thought were buried forever. Can they rebuild their fragile relationship in time to save her father and their future together?

 

 

Review:

First, I have never ever commented on a cover before, but I love this one! Asher is so super cute. Now that I have gotten that out of the way, I thought I would like this book and I did. Asher’s invention is pretty straight forward. The summary of the book explains the overall plot quite well and tells you enough to get you hooked but not so much that you know the whole story. What the summary does not tell you is that this is not only a love story, but also a mystery.

The plot was quick paced and some of it was to be expected, Asher really is a good guy, Minerva didn’t betray him, ect… but the part that caught me off guard was who the bad guy was all along. I would never have guessed who in a million years. That was a refreshing twist.

I have really come to love Carina Press books, I don’t think I have read one yet that I did not like. They have all been interesting and refreshing. I also love that they are digital.

FYI- for those that want to know, there is mention of sex, but nothing graphic or overly descriptive, and they were engaged at the time. There is the threat of rape, but that term is not used, just inferred. I would recommend this book to adults because of the mention of rape, but, as always, it is up to you what your kids read. Again, I highly recommend this book to adults who like a nice mystery/romance novel in the steampunk genre. I loved it! It is also a standalone novel, as far as I can tell, with a nice ending.

I received this book as an ARC. I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

The Unquiet

 

 

by Jeannine Garsee

Published July 17th 2012 by Bloomsbury

 

 

Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother.

After a suicide attempt, and now her parents’ separation, Rinn and her mom move from California to the rural Ohio town where her mother grew up. Back on her medications and hoping to stay well, Rinn settles into her new home, undaunted by the fact that the previous owner hanged herself in Rinn’s bedroom. At school, her classmates believe the school pool is haunted by Annaliese, a girl who drowned there. But when a reckless séance goes awry, and terrible things start happening to her new friends—yet not to her—Rinn is determined to find out why she can’t be “touched” by Annaliese…or if Annaliese even exists.

With the help of Nate Brenner, the hunky “farmer boy” she’s rapidly falling for, Rinn devises a dangerous plan to uncover the truth. Soon reality and fantasy meld into one, till Rinn finds it nearly impossible to tell the difference. When a malevolent force threatens the lives of everyone she cares about–not to mention her own–she can’t help wondering: who should she really be afraid of?

Annaliese? Or herself?

 

 

Review:

I was apprehensive about reading this book since I knew the main character was bipolar and I know a few people who are bipolar.  I have also read quite a few books over the years written by, about, or to help people who know those with the condition.  So, needless to say, I am familiar with the illness but yet I was intrigued by the supernatural aspect of the story and how the author was going to blend the main character being bipolar with the seeing of ghosts, without making it cheesy.

I was quite impressed.  The representation of Rinn and how she acts without medication is spot on and not overly embellished, well except for the part about seeing ghosts.  The supernatural aspect aside, Miss Garsee portrayed the inner workings of the mind of someone who is bipolar and how they can think and act in a realistic way.

Now for the supernatural aspect; this part was, as was expected, farfetched, but yet had enough “reality” or at least the possibility of the situation being real, to make this part of the story acceptable.  I really loved the whole Annaliese portion of the story.

The third element was relationships.  There was a bit of a “like” triangle, but the whole relationship part got weird, kind of small town- only a few people to choose from kind of thing.  There were secret relationships, people dating friends ex’s, ect…  There was also a lot of secret keeping between so called friends.  This part of the story is very sad and I am not sure I really liked how things turned out for all of Rinn’s new friends, even Nate was affected, though she was able to help him.  Rinn’s mother was also confusing on the relationship front.  It seemed relationships started, but really just kind of stopped, abruptly.  Rinn’s mom definitely had some issues she needed to work through; she was not a good example for Rinn in any way.

Even though this book was geared toward YA’s in high school, there was strong violence and attempted sex- explicitly described.  Basically Rinn was trying to seduce Nate, but he said no.  I would not want my middle school kid to read some of these scenes; I am not sure I would want my high school student to read most of them.  I would recommend this book for 18 and up, no younger, but that decision is up to you.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy and also to assist parents and teachers in recommending appropriate books for your kids to read.

 

 

by Suzanne Joinson

Published June 4th 2012 by Bloomsbury USA (first published May 22nd 2012)

 

 

Summary:

 It is 1923. Evangeline (Eva) English and her sister Lizzie are missionaries heading for the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar. Though Lizzie is on fire with her religious calling, Eva’s motives are not quite as noble, but with her green bicycle and a commission from a publisher to write A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, she is ready for adventure.

In present day London, a young woman, Frieda, returns from a long trip abroad to find a man sleeping outside her front door. She gives him a blanket and a pillow, and in the morning finds the bedding neatly folded and an exquisite drawing of a bird with a long feathery tail, some delicate Arabic writing, and a boat made out of a flock of seagulls on her wall. Tayeb, in flight from his Yemeni homeland, befriends Frieda and, when she learns she has inherited the contents of an apartment belonging to a dead woman she has never heard of, they embark on an unexpected journey together.

A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar explores the fault lines that appear when traditions from different parts of an increasingly globalized world crash into one other. Beautifully written, and peopled by a cast of unforgettable characters, the novel interweaves the stories of Frieda and Eva, gradually revealing the links between them and the ways in which they each challenge and negotiate the restrictions of their societies as they make their hard-won way toward home. A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar marks the debut of a wonderfully talented new writer.

 

 

Review:

Honestly, this was not my favorite book, but it was worth the listen.  I was given this book as an audiobook ARC.  This is the second audiobook ARC I was given to review, but the first one I am going to review.  (The other was so terrible, I felt bad reviewing it, so I declined the review after only listening to about 15 minutes of it, if that.)  Since this is an audiobook, and the written version has been reviewed a number of times, I will focus mainly on the audio part.

I thought the reader, Susan Duerden, had a nice voice to listen too, she has a nice accent.  She didn’t mess up reading at all and left long enough pauses between the different time periods that after you caught on, you were not lost.  FYI- you do need to pay a lot of attention to this book as it is being read to you since sometimes it can be confusing when time periods are switched.  I do not listen to an audiobook straight through, I listen while cleaning, cooking, getting dressed, exercising, so I stop periodically and on a couple of occasions, I had to rewind to figure out what voice was speaking at the time.  It was a very good recording otherwise and I am very well versed in audiobooks having listened to well over 400 over the last several years.

As with all of my reviews, I must inform you that this book has some tough scenes, including but not limited to a death scene and a lesbian scene.  There is quite a bit of talk about and reference to gay sex.  Sex in general is a common theme in this book, the modern day woman having had a long time affair with a married man w/ kids and she doesn’t seem to care about the fact that he has a family at all.

There are quite a few parts of this book that were quite disturbing.  I would not recommend this book for teenagers at all, even though the cover looks fun.  Some adults would enjoy this book, but not all.  It is not a romance and it is not really chick lit either.  It is most definitely not a mindless, fun, beach read.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

 

 

by Graham Joyce

Published July 10th 2012 by Doubleday (first published June 21st 2012)

 

 

Summary:

It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery.

He arrives at his parents’ house and discovers that they have a visitor. His sister Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But twenty years ago Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back and as the years have gone by with no word from her the family have, unspoken, assumed that she was dead. Now she’s back, tired, dirty, disheveled, but happy and full of stories about twenty years spent travelling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim.

But her stories don’t quite hang together and once she has cleaned herself up and got some sleep it becomes apparent that the intervening years have been very kind to Tara. She really does look no different from the young woman who walked out the door twenty years ago. Peter’s parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter and his best friend Richie, Tara’s one time boyfriend, are not so sure. Tara seems happy enough but there is something about her. A haunted, otherworldly quality. Some would say it’s as if she’s off with the fairies. And as the months go by Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family…

 

 

Review:

 I wanted to like this story, and for a little while I did, but it didn’t last.  The story was slow, I kept wanting something to happen.  I kept trying to grasp what was going on for most of the story.  There were almost no happy parts; I don’t really enjoy books with no happy parts.

Some Kind Of Fairy Tale has lots of graphically described sex scenes, especially when Tara talks about Fairy.  They added pretty much nothing to the story.

I would not recommend this story.  Even if you like Fairy Tales or books about Fairies, this just wasn’t all that good.  I would not have wasted my time reading this book had I known what would happen in it and how it would end.

I received this book as an ARC.  I do not get paid to review books; I do so in order to assist you in recognizing books that you might enjoy.

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