Sunday, October 30, 2011

Just a little status update - And on my upcoming first giveaway!

Hi guys! Nope, this blog is not dead yet, but it's seems like, doesn't it?

K anyway, next week is gonna be one hectic week for me, all my 'O' Level core subjects are in it - Social studies, geography elective, physics, chemistry, biology, and my additional maths. Ugh, dreading it.

Buuut, I've just realised that I've hit my 50 followers mark! I am so eternally grateful to my beloved followers, and so, I'm scheduling with some authors interviews and yes, giveaways! Be sure to come back check it out!:)

Signing off,


Friday, October 28, 2011

[Another] Cover Reveal and Cover Love -- Threads

I'm so sorry for clogging up my followers' news feed with so many cover reveals... But I've just found this today and I just had to share it.



THREADS is the second book in The Outsiders Trilogy.
The cover is by Claudia McKinney from Phatpuppyart (www.phatpuppyart.com).
It still doesn't have a blurb yet, not that I could find any...

My Thoughts

I just had to enlarge it cause it was just so beautiful. I still have yet to buy the first book and read it, the synopsis and all are so intriguing. You can find the first book HERE. And to save time, here's the blurb of the first book from Goodreads:

" Sixteen-year-old Julia finds herself leaving her London life behind to move with her parents to the Amazon jungle.
A native descendant, she becomes familiarized with her own roots for the first time in her life. However, she never imagined she is about to discover much more than her own past but also just how crowded our little planet is...

I'm not sure why, but it reminds me of FORGIVE MY FINS by Tera Lynn Childs... Maybe it's that surreal quality that they both possess, but... maybe not.

Lol, anyway, what do you think about it?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

[Belated] Cover Reveal -- Black Howl Has A Cover!

I'm so excited!! I wouldn't say I'd recommend this series, but I was seriously hooked when I read it.

So, introducing...

The Blurb

In the latest Black Wings novel, Agent of Death Madeline Black is finding out that some of the spirits of Chicago aren't ready to cross over.

Something is wrong with the souls of Chicago's dead. Ghosts are walking the streets, and Agent of Death Madeline Black's exasperating boss wants her to figure out why. And while work is bad enough, Maddy has a plethora of personal problems too. Now that Gabriel has been assigned as her thrall, their relationship has hit an impasse. At least her sleazy ex-fiancé Nathaniel is out of the picture — or so she thinks...

About Black Howl: This is third book in the Madeline Black series
Release date:  February 28, 2012
You can find Henry at: Her website | Goodreads

My Thoughts

She looks totally kickass, doesn't she? Cause she totally is. And the synopsis says Nathaniel will be back trying to woo her again! Yessss. Lol, yep, that's it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Book Birthday (1)

I was initially feeling so lazy to post a book birthday post, but then I saw two WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL books sprout out in the world, and I just had to get my heavy ass to the com and start up my sausage fingers.


Click on the pictures to go to their Goodreads page and see their synopsis.

NEVER LOVE A HIGHLANDER is the third and final book of the McCabe Trilogy by Maya Banks, and THE IRON KNIGHT is the fourth and also, sadly, the final book in The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. Both books are part of two very amazing series that I had the good fortune to read. READ IT! They are absolutely worth your while.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (5) - The Iron Fey Special [FINAL Part]

A little introduction. The Iron Fey series is written by Julie Kagawa.It has some crazy reviews and ratings on Goodreads, and it is one of my favourite series of all time. You should try it if you haven't..It's like, the new "in" thing now.:)

This Iron Fey "Special" thing is that I will post a teaser on each of the Iron Fey series books every week, leading up to Oct 25th, where the fourth and sadly final book will be released, titled The Iron Knight.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

So, since today is the fourth week of my Iron Fey Special, it would be featuring....

Blurb from Goodreads:
My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn.

I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her.

My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…

Not a very informative blurb, but... Oh well.

My Teaser
Stunned, I opened myself up to my glamour, trying to draw it from the air as I’d always done.

Nothing. No glamour, no magic, no swirling emotions or colors. I felt a deep stab of terror and loss as I backed away, trying to think. Had a binding been placed on me, locking away my glamour? Was there a seal over the area, preventing magic use? I realized with horror that it was none of these.

Even through a binding or a seal, I would have been able to sense my glamour. I felt only emptiness. As if I had never had magic in the first place.

What's happening to Ash? Has he really lost his glamor powers? Well, you have to read it to find out.:)

The Iron Knight releases today! Be sure to wish it a happy birthday when you pass by it in stores.

I loved The Iron Fey series, so I was very sad when it all ended. So, what do you think of this series so far? Wanna discuss?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Patience is a Virtue (6)

For those of you who haven't seen any of my previous Patience is a Virtue posts yet, this is a kind of a meme of sorts where I post the books that have already been released that I can't wait to start on, but can't cause I'm still reading some other books. I know there's another meme going on which is similar to this one, but since I've started this already, I'm UNSTOPPABLE. MUAHAHHA. Ok, I'm just messing with you. But yeah, I don't want to stop.

I noticed that I've been reading a lot of adult fiction novels recently, so I think I'm moving back to YA soon. (I have 3 YA Netgalley books to review!) But I still have so many adult series that I have to catch up on! So yeah, it might take some time. PLUS, today is the first day of my GCE 'O' Level Exams, so I'm gonna be banned from books by my parents soon... But yep.

So, first up:

First in the Warriors of Ankh series.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Eden is a Soul Eater. While that hasn’t meant much to her in the past, she’s pretty sure any minute now she’s going to go all "Carrie" on her eleventh grade class.

Noah is an Ankh. As an immortal Warrior, his purpose in life is to hunt down and kill Soul Eaters.

Eden is Noah’s next assignment. Problem is… this is an assignment with a difference. Eden’s not your average, run of the mill, Soul Eater. Noah’s job? To test Eden for possible redemption.

It’s a risky business.

Especially if Noah awakens Eden’s inner monster.

It would be kind of hard for Eden to listen to the angel on her shoulder when the devil on the other is telling her, her new best friend is a lying, scheming, immortal enemy...

....betrayal is such a bitch.

So is Eden when you get on her bad side.

It's got that dark, mysterious aura going on, and with that hot cover model! Wow.


Second up:

Blurb from Goodreads:
Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.

When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

I have been depriving myself of historicals for some time now, and I do plan to correct that. Oh yes, I do.


Third up:

Blurb from Goodreads:
How did Jackie Brighton get turned into a succubus? She can’t remember – all she knows is that she woke up in a Dumpster. This short story tells the tale of that night, and sheds a little light on her masters’ motivations...

This is the prequel to a book I've just read, called GENTLEMEN PREFER SUCCUBI, and I really, really want to read this now...:(


Ok, I've gotta stop here. I've got some studying to do! So I'd probably won't be posting much for 3 weeks until November 15th, which is my last paper. BIO PAPER 1!!!! Oh man, I can't wait for this book abstinence hellish days to be over! But I'm so scared for it too... Anyway, yep, I'll be on a hiatus, so. Sob. Sniff.:(

Anyway, on to you - what are you cravin' to read now?

Review: Gentlemen Prefer Succubi by Jill Myles

Published Date: December 29th 2009
Finished Date: October 23rd, 2011
Publishers: Pocket

Format: Paperback
Pages: 329
Series: Succubus Diaries #1

My Rating: 3.5/5
Blurb from Goodreads:
Who Knew An Angel Could Get A Girl In So Much Devilish Trouble?Jackie Brighton woke up in a Dumpster this morning, and her day has only gotten weirder. Her familiar B-cups have somehow become double Ds, her sex drive is insatiable, and apparently she had her first one-night stand ever...with a fallen angel. All she remembers is gorgeous Noah's oddly hypnotic blue eyes...and then a dark stranger whose bite transformed her into an immortal siren with a sexy itch. With help from Noah, Jackie begins to adapt to her new lifestyle — until she accidentally sends Noah into the deadly clutches of the vampire queen and lands herself in a fierce battle for an ancient halo with the queen's wickedly hot righthand man. Who just happens to be the vampire who originally bit her. How's a girl supposed to save the world when the enemy's so hard to resist?

My Review

At times, this book made me want to throttle it, and at times devour it. Such conflicting emotions! But oh well, it is the truth. Know why? Cause the first half of the book was dominated by sex-crazed, dumb blondes with a fetish for being disloyal to their supposed allies and hot guys who fall for fat, nerdy girls, but the back was totally jam-packed with surprises, action, betrayal, and some very hot romance (hubba hubba...HEH)!

Let me just give you a quick rundown of the whole deal first.
Jackie Brighton is a fat museum docent with a bad boss and bad sex life. She wakes up one day to find herself in a dumpster and vague memories of a wonderful night of sex with an impossibly handsome man. After several encounters and weird conversations, she finds out that 1) She died and was left to come back to life in the dumpster, and 2) She is now a succubus who has an "Itch" that needs to be "scratched" once every two days. And that "Itch" happens to be this urge to have sex. Well, that's what being a succubus entails.

In case you're wondering what a succubus is, it is a female sex demon who is said to look like every men's dream, and who feed on those lusty desires. So now, Jackie is a crazy-beautiful woman with a huge rack. Lol, just had to add the last part. (My feeble definition. If you don't believe it, check the dic)

Anyway, Jackie gets turned but since she's new to the whole supernatural world, she goes and commits this grave error that started a whole string of catastrophes. At least for herself. She went and let an angel kiss her - which is a very bad thing, cause even tho the kiss suppresses her "Itch", it doesn't come without a catch. The angel, Uriel, told her about his suspiscions about how the vamps are acting suspiciously and since the angels and vamps are enemies, he asked her to fraternise with the vamps to get an idea of what the vamps are up to. And yeah, she failed, got caught by the Vamp Queen herself and was asked to do some other crazier shits.

Ok, back to the very unsatisfactory beginning. Jackie is supposed to be smart! She's a docent, so she must be really qualified (oh, by the way, docent is like a museum tour guide) to actually secure her job, so I thought she would be another kickass, headstrong heroine who stood up for what she believed (a little cliched with the whole kickass heroine thing, but well, there's a reason why it's cliche). But oh nooo, she turned into a gorgeous woman and totally succumbed to the pretty-snob syndrome. She was disloyal to her friend, and she let her sex-drive take control. Not only that, she cowered behind either her boyfriend or girlfriend whenever trouble arises, which pissed me off royally. I mean, ok, don't be a kickass heroine, but don't go whimpering behind your friends when the shit hits the fan; And may I remind you that three quarters of the time, you shitted out those shit that hits the fan, so man up to it.

One incident that I have to dedicate a whole para to: Jackie's friend was being held hostage and was probably being tortured and raped because of Jackie herself, and guess what she goes home to do? You guessed it - she went to get her "Itch" scratched. And you know what that means: sex.

Wow, really Jackie? And she had the audacity to feel hurt when her man thought to go save said hostage friend after her orgy, thinking that maybe her man was insincere and was thinking about another woman while they had their thing going on. Err, right.

Ok, scathing remarks are over, now to the good! (I know it's so ironic. Trust me, I know.)

I was giving thought to chucking this book into my Did-Not-Finish book pile, but then I was stranded in my school with no books to read, so I picked it up again. Imagine my surprise when Jackie morphed into the totally headstrong, loyal, courageous, and loving woman that I initially expected. I almost fell in love with her myself. Lol, kidding there. But yes, the story also picked up its pace, and Myles threw in so much more challenges, deception, romance, action, double entendres....wow! It was such a pivotal moment when I flipped the book open again. Drama, I know.

The boys, Zane and Noah. You can guess who's the vamp baddy and angel hotness already, can't you? Zane is the sexy vamp dude that stole my heart the moment he appeared in this dark room adjoining the vamp club space and the human club space. Sort of like a second layer bouncer system beside the human one out front. He requested Jackie and her friend to raise up their hands so that he could check for unauthorized gadgets, but instead started to feel Jackie up her rack. Pervy I guess, but the way Myles put it... That was sheer cheekiness and sexy. Noah is the calm, cool angel who was always the solid pillar for Jackie. But he chose to sacrifice himself for Jackie when the vamp queen was about to take Jackie away for god knows what, and became the torture-thing for the queen. So he went a little MIA after that, but oh well, I do still like him. But Zane's the man, man. Oh and I forgot to mention, not only is he a cheeky badboy, he actually had a bad past and is a tortured soul, and when he fell for Jackie (I'm sorry I'm spoilering so much)... Oh man, I'm a lost cause.

I loved the second half of the book, I really did. I would've rated this a 4.5, but the beginning's just not good enough.

Anyway, I can't wait to read this book's sequel, Succubi Like it Hot! Oh, and I just found out there's a prequel too, so I can't wait to read it too! Hehe.

P.S. I am not a fan of the book titles, by the way. Just saying.:)
P.P.S. If you're one of those who checked the dic for the definition, feel my flying fist! You doubt my credibility, you? Lol, kidding. But seriously, if you don't trust me, why are you reading this?
P.P.P.S. Sorry my review's so all over the place, I just let whatever comes out of my head flow into my fingers.

My Rating

Random Musings (1): Random Short Story

Oh my god, this very weird story just popped into my head that I just had to do a post on it. Here goes:

Once upon a time, there lived a haggard old woman called Sally. Sally had wished for a kid for a very long time, but she couldn't have one cause she had no husband (being haggard and all).

So she made a wish under the stars and a fairy came.

Fairy took pity on her and gave a flower.

Fairy told her to water it everyday and her wish will come true. And true to her words, the flower blossomed and a kid appeared out of it.

Thumbelina grew up and learnt to fly.

The End

I don't know what came over me, but there you have it. Lol, so... Anyone wish to continue it?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Review: Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair

Published Date: January 13th, 2009
Finished Date: October 22nd, 2011
Publishers: Loose Id LLC

Format: eBook
Series: Masters of the Shadowlands #1
My Rating: 3/5
Blurb from Goodreads:
Her car disabled during a tropical storm, Jessica Randall discovers the isolated house where she's sheltering is a private bondage club. At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interactions between the Doms and their subs. But she's a professional woman--an accountant--and surely isn't a submissive...is she?

Master Z hasn't been so attracted to a woman in years. But the little sub who has wandered into his club intrigues him. She's intelligent. Reserved. Conservative. After he discovers her interest in BDSM, he can't resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, strong BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to bondage, caning, restraints, spanking, etc), exhibitionism, voyeurism.

My Review

My very first BDSM book! And well, I had the guilty pleasure of really enjoying this. HAH, ok, my mom must never find out about this blog.

Club Shadowlands is a night club that on every Saturday, caters to BDSM club members who do not have an outlet in normal society. You see, people frown upon these things, so Master Z came up with this club that has all the facilities and settings and equipments to suit everybody's needs.

Jessica Randall, or "pet", as Master Z likes to call her, is a simple, innocent, and conservative accountant. And accountants do like their hard, solid facts and having control. So imagine her surprise when she stumbles into Club Shadowlands after her car crashed into a swamp in a storm, requests for shelter and this handsome dude led her to a bathroom, stood there and watched her shower, and after that easily ordered her to stand still while he wiped her dry. I wondered about that - if a stranger stands in the bathroom and doesn't look like he's going to avert his eyes or move away, would you even start showering? Huh, Conservative Jess did.

Zachary is a Dom. As in BDSM Dominant, that Dom, and he sure likes his Sub women. He's experienced, he's coveted and the object of lust for so many other women; He's always in control. But never before have he come across such an innocent, brave and curiously sweet woman like Jessica who hides a fiery passion underneath that poise and proper facade. He intended to lure her into his little BDSM world and have her writhing underneath him for a night or maybe 2, but what he DID NOT intended to do, was fall for this one woman, who is compassionate and oddly aroused at being the submissive one in bed...

I loved the, well, steamy-hot sex parts, which is basically the whole book. Really, this is all about the sex - Jess looks at the dance floor and everyone's just short of an orgasm with their hands fondling things that are not supposed to be fondled in public, then looks to the equipments in the far side of the room and sees a woman in her birthday suit pinned to a Saint Andrew's cross (please don't Google it. Not a very nice sight..Not that I did, it's just...The thought is inconceivable..) with a man ready to whip her, and people whippin' people on another side of the room, people having orals here and there. Well, yep, there's the introduction to the main setting of the book - Club Shadowlands.

Next part of the book is where she meets the darkly seductive Master Z, whom she has to address as Sir, and where he will start to seduce her into realising her inner submissiveness in bed, and dominate her.

That's practically it actually, but I didn't expect there to be any substantial romance development in this book initially, so I wasn't disappointed. But Sinclair did try to add the love that was fostered between them, and it felt tangible enough, just... not believable. I mean, you don't go falling for a man you had sex twice with - not really twice actually, but a lot of times in the span of 2 nights - and know shit about. Lol, crude but the truth.

But it was a good book. Haha, a quick fast read for some guilty pleasure. If you asked me to descibe this book, it would most probaby be "guilty pleasure". Cause the visual descriptions left nothing to the imagination. Everything vivid and everything hot.

There was this loophole that Sinclair didn't tie up - it was how Z had this mind reading talent which is not explained, and how Ben, the receptionist, is a troll. Or was that a figure of speech? I don't think so tho, cause Ben is a sweetheart. He prefers vanilla sex and all, not the crazy intense BDSM stuff inside the club.

I would recommend this book, cause even tho I'm not that into Eroticas, I was hooked for this one, and I can tell that this is one of those that we call, "cream of its crops". It is one of the better Eroticas I've come across, and I do have my fair share of Eroticas. Lol, some seriously good stuff.

Random Musings:

Y'know how Master Z describes Jess's physique as "round, soft, and abundant", and sometimes call her hips "lush"? Um, isn't that like putting "FAT" euphemistically? Jess did grieve about that point frequently, but I thought it was just a psychological illness, like anorexia, but from those descriptions, I can really imagine her like some bulging hippo. But apparently she's pretty too cause the other Club Shadowlands' patrons ogle at her. But if she is fat, I don't see how a hot Dom like Z would fall for her.. NOT that I am being mean or anything, it's just the way of life. Like how sorority chicks don't fall for the nerdy geeks, it's all the same principle. Morbid, I guess, but the truth nonetheless.
My Rating

Friday, October 21, 2011

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Lol, I've gotta cut out on my cheesy titles. Anyway, I was thinking of venturing into BDSM and YA sci-fi. Two very varying genres, but oh well, they seem nice.

If you don't know what BDSM means, here's the quote from Wiki:

"BDSM is an erotic preference and a form of sexual expression involving the consensual use of restraint, intense sensory stimulation, and fantasy power role-play. The compound acronym BDSM is derived from the terms bondage and discipline (B&D or B/D), dominance and submission (D&S or D/s), and sadism and masochism (S&M or S/M). BDSM includes a wide spectrum of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships, and distinct subcultures."

Lol, are you feeling disturbed now? I was at first, but once I got used to the idea, curiosity starting setting in.:)

Soooo, now, I am currently reading:

Blurb from Goodreads:
Her car disabled during a tropical storm, Jessica Randall discovers the isolated house where she's sheltering is a private bondage club. At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interactions between the Doms and their subs. But she's a professional woman--an accountant--and surely isn't a submissive...is she?

Master Z hasn't been so attracted to a woman in years. But the little sub who has wandered into his club intrigues him. She's intelligent. Reserved. Conservative. After he discovers her interest in BDSM, he can't resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within.

Oh, and I'm going to be part of this very cool blog tour for this YA sci-fi novel called Two Moons of Sera by Parvati K. Tyler.


Blurb from Goodreads:
In a world where water and earth teem with life, Serafay is an anomaly. The result of genetic experiments on her mother's water-borne line Serafay will have to face the very people responsible to discover who she really is. But is she the only one?

Not a big fan of the cover, but I'm a HUGE fan of the synopsis, so, what's not to love, right?

The tour's going to be for the whole month of November and my blog's stop is on the 21st. So, I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

[Belated] Book Movie News -- The Hunger Games

OMG! I've just watched The Hunger Games official movie trailer, and It. Was. So. Cool!!!

If you haven't watched it, here it is:

Ok, so I am a little outdated with many things now but this is justifiable. It's because of my stinking exams, so don't blame me if I'm catching on the hype late. BUT OMG! It's so cool! Well, at least it wouldn't be coming out around my exam period so, AHH! Can't wait till March next year!!:D:D

Even it's countdown widget is cool! It even has audio! Oh, and if you missed it's animation, refresh this page and then come and look at the widget.

And here it is:

I've put it in my sidebar too cause it's just so freaking awesome. Look at it in my sidebar ---> It's waaaaaayy below everything else, but it's there. It has audio too. Hehe.

Soooo, have you seen all this yet?

P.S. Oh, I've just went to join The Hunger Games website and got posted to District 11..Great, agriculture.. I think I'd probably destroy all the crops instead.-.-

Review: A Touch of Crimson by Sylvia Day

Published Date: October 4th, 2011
Finished Date: October 19th, 2011
Publishers: Signet Books
Format: Paperback
Pages: 344
Series: Renegade Angels #1

My Rating: 4/5

Blurb from Goodreads:
Adrian Mitchell is a powerful angel leading an elite Special Ops unit of Seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen-angels who have become vampires-and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals- losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly two hundred years, he has found her-Shadoe-her soul once more inhabiting a new body, with no memory of him. And this time, he won't let her go.

My Review

Wow, what an experience! This book sure is a refreshing take on the whole PNR-UF-angelic novel genre. I thought the whole "she's my soul mate and I wouldn't let her go now that I've found her again" was very YA-ish, and a little cliched, so I took a little time to get past my prejudices and finally picked up the book. I have to say, I was - am - not disappointed.

Lindsay Gibson's mom was killed and sucked dry of blood right in front of her innocent, toddler eyes when she was five, and has been harboring this vengeance ever since. She wants to help people like her, so she trains and hunts paranormals which she can sense when the wind speaks to her. (And if you're wondering, no, she's not crazy. They really do speak to her. Lol, I thought of that too..)

Anyway, she was on her way to resettling in Anaheim for a wonderful new job when she looks up and catches sight of the most gorgeous man she has ever seen in her life - surprise! - and thus tries to catch his attention. Like every other girl/lady/woman in the airport. Thing is, he looked up and when their gazes met, she felt this sense of deja vu, familiarity, and a tingling of arousal. Lol, aroused in an airport.

Adrian Mitchell, head of Mitchell Aeronautics and Captain of the Sentinels, brings Lindsay to his house for dinner, but on the way, things happened and they were both forced to reveal who they were to each other. One an angel Sentinel, the other a mortal who hunts evil paranormals.

But things aren't all carnal sins and happy reunion, Lindsay actually has 2 souls in her - one of Shadoe, and the other is her own mortal one. Shadoe has been reincarnated many times over the past centuries, and she was Adrian's lover in every one of them. Turns out that she was originally the daughter of Syre - antagonist and head of the Fallen (fallen angels a.k.a. vamps). Syre has, for all the past lives Shadoe had, tried to "retrieve" her from Adrian and turn her into a vamp so that they can be reunited and live as a happy family.

Thing is, Adrian would give up his wings before he lets Lindsay be Turned into a bloodsucking fiend...

I'm not sure how to summarise this as this book presents a special case. You see, I pegged Syre as the antagonist, when there isn't really an antagonist in this book. Complicated, right? But let me enlighten you.

*You might not want to continue cause I may reveal some epic spoilers*

Syre is actually a great, loving father who justs wants his daughter back, not the usual bad guy crazies. No ulterior motives, no greed for power, no shit reasons other than to have his family back. And he is a Fallen only because he fell in love with a mortal woman and fornicated with her.

See my dilemma for word choice now? But then you'd be asking, if there isn't a true antagonist, how can there be a story? Well, leave it to Day to come up with such an engrossing, steamy-hot romance that'll leave you with wet dreams and swoon-faced aftershock symptoms, cause I am telling you, this book is good.

Adrian was HOT. H.O.T, hot! He doesn't reveal any sort of emotions, but Lindsay can tell from the howling winds and stormy weathers that seem to be affected by the Captain's reaction (remember the wind talking thing? Yeah, that's the one) what is actually going on inside that hot male husk of an angel. He is possessive of Lindsay, so the lycans know better than to get overtly friendly with her. He takes care of the people Lindsay calls friend, cause he knows that if they get hurt, Lindsay will get hurt, so he goes out of his way to protect them without her knowing. Oh, and the way he leads Lindsay to sin, WOW. Lol, sounds so wrong but I don't care! He's so... wow...

Lindsay's a cool heroine. I adore her. She is the epitome of self-sacrificing selflessness. She loves Adrian with her whole heart, but pushes him away because to bed him would be to cause him his wings, soul and life(a.k.a. forbidden romance). But above all those feminine traits, she's as tough as any Sentinel warrior. She trains under so much pressure and pushes herself to her limit without a single utterance of complaint, and oh god, I just love how she kicks ass.

However, I am giving it a four because it took some time to get into rhythm with this book. It may be because of my lingering prejudices, I don't know, but it may also be because the book wasn't as interesting at the start because of the instant connection thing that annoyed me. But I LOVED the ending. The ending is a total 6 out of 5 stars. I seriously gobbled up the ending (which is the last one-third of the book) in a span of half an hour. Which is record-breaking since I read at a toddler's pace. (I like to savor every word, thank you very much.)

This is a story of true, unconditional love between lovers and a father and his daughter (ok, not much on the familial love, but it's still there), and how they had to overcome obstacles thrown at them from their past. I would say I'm looking forward to the sequel, A HUNGER SO WILD, but it's going to be about Elijah, whom I sorry to say, am not really interested in. Come on, bring us more Lindsay-Adrian love, pretty please?:(

And anyway, Elijah's a wolf. Shouldn't he be in a Renegade Wolfs series, not Renegade Angels series??

P.S. This book reminded me infinitely of the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh, tho not as great. But if you're a fan of GH, you may want to try this.

P.P.S. Adrian's not a very manly name, in my opinion. Just saying. :)

Random Musing (which you will not understand if you haven't read the book):

Y'know, when Lindsay noticed and pointed out that Adrian doesn't only have 1 pair of wings, but three pairs, I kinda burst out giggling. "You kidding me? He's like a freaking mutated butterfly!"

My Rating

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (4) - The Iron Fey Special [Part Three]

A little introduction. The Iron Fey series is written by Julie Kagawa.It has some crazy reviews and ratings on Goodreads, and it is one of my favourite series of all time. You should try it if you haven't..It's like, the new "in" thing now.:)

This Iron Fey "Special" thing is that I will post a teaser on each of the Iron Fey series books every week, leading up to Oct 25th, where the fourth and sadly final book will be released, titled The Iron Knight.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today's Iron Fey teaser will be onnnnnnn...............

The Iron Queen! Third book in The Iron Fey series.

Blurb from Goodreads:
My name is Meghan Chase.

I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.

This time, there will be no turning back.

My Teaser
1) Drawing my blade, I wheeled Spikerail to face the army - my army, truth be told - and looked out over the taut, waiting forces.
"For Faery!" I called, raising my sword, and the rebels took up the cry.

2) My voice was lost then, as Ash closed the final few inches and kissed me. And in the quiet stillness before dawn, on the brink of a war that could tear us apart, our auras danced and twined in the darkness, coiling around each other until they finally merged, becoming one.

I was aiming for a quote that conveyed how much the book focuses on what. So since it was a lot about how Meghan stepped up to be a mature leader of her own army and about the romance that developed even more between her and Ash, I thought I'd pick those two up there.

Thanks for stopping by! So, what do you think about the series so far?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Review: Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff

Published Date: September 6th, 2011
Finished Date: October 16th, 2011
Publishers: NAL Trade

Format: Paperback
Pages: 302
Series: The Watchers #1

My Rating: 4.5/5
Blurb from Goodreads:
Is life offering fewer and fewer options? Then join the dead.

When Annelise meets dark and seductive Ronan, he promises her a new life-if she has the courage to chance the unknown. Now, she's whisked away to a mysterious island and pitted against other female recruits to become a Watcher-girls who are partnered with vampires and assist them in their missions. To survive and become a Watcher, Annelise has to beat out every other girl, but she's determined to do so, because to fail doesn't mean dishonor-it means death.

My Review

I feel like going up to my rooftop and shout "FUCK" at the bloody top of my voice. Sorry for the language, but my actions are absolutely justifiable. Know why? Cause the story ended perfectly, but then I went on to read the small excerpt of ISLE OF NIGHT's sequel, VAMPIRE'S KISS, and it effing ended in an effing major cliffhanger. And the book will not be out till the effing middle of next year. EFF.

Wow, that... nah it still didn't cool my hackles. But as the saying goes, life gotta move on.

Ok, so. Annelise's, who prefers to be called Drew, life has been a cesspit full of shit and tragedy - father's an alcoholic dickhead, stepmom's evil as hell, constantly spurned by classmates, etc. Fortunately for her, she's got a brilliant mind. Perfect SAT scores, and is practically Einstein's reincarnation (she hangs a poster of him in her room and even gave him a pet name - Al). Drew can't wait to graduate out of high school so that she'll be free of the non-home she lived in all this years to go to one of the top colleges as one of their youngest and brightest scholarship holder.

She enters the registrar's office and sees the world's most gorgeous boy she has ever seen, but well, things just had to spiral down at that moment - the registrar's office doesn't register her name as an official high school graduate (which means she can't enrol into college and gotta return to that non-home), her rusty old Honda will not even start up when she went back to it - all said and done in front of Ronan, said most gorgeous boy. Ronan comes over then and convinces her to get in his sleek sports car and then into this private airplane where he ferries her and 2 other beautiful but crazy evil girls to this remote island far removed from civilisation. Once there, she was ushered into a world filled with horrific nightmares in the form of vampires, and her purpose there was to train to be a Watcher, a vamp "ambassador". And to be one of the exclusive Watchers, you had to be one of the top, which means to eliminate all other competitors. But the thing is, there are 100 odd girls there, and only 5 can ascend to Watcher status...

This book is sorta like a mix between The Hunger Games and Half-blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout. It has the cruel, sadistic and gloomy atmosphere of HG, but the hot guy teaching smart-ass and unique girl aspect of Half-blood. The romance is very like Half-blood too. The rules and regulations too. Lol. Basically, they are very similar.

When I say romance, it was more of the subtle mutual attraction, but there's definitely much less acting upon feelings in ISLE OF NIGHT. It focuses more on the mysterious and dark aspects of the island and its otherworldly inhabitants. So if you're looking for romance, I urge you to turn back now.

The sadistic nature of the girls there, wow! It's even worse than HG. Much, much more action and killing. The darkness and jealousy in the girls' hearts bordered on insanity, and they were just so evil! Lol, I feel so inadequate to describe the whole thing now, but it was so BADASSSSSS! When Drew made her first kill, this cold, unfeeling calm settled over her, and she stabbed at this beast over and over, then dumped him live into a fire. After which she retreated into this numb stupor, trance-like state. But don't worry, Ronan helped pull her out of it.:) Then came her subsequent second kill. It was an accident, but it was also bloody damn cool.

There was this tournament thing going on in the back part of the book which was the ultimately focus of the book. Tournament rule is that you will be pitted against a single opponent, one on one. And let me tell you, IT WAS WICKED! 25 out of the hundred took part (because it really is a scary game, considering that you will be pitted against another girl who will probably be crazy and out for blood), and since you either knocked a person out or kill your opponent to win and the crazy peeps there preferred the former, 13 girls died in the end. I'm sorry I spoilered, but I'm just bursting to tell all this! It was so cool!!

I thought that the character development and world building were superb. I got to know the snarky, smart-ass heroine very well (even tho her sacarsm gets to me sometimes..You don't have to be SO sarcastic all the time, right? And this coming from me is saying a lot, mind you..). Yasuo and Emma, the supporting characters had such varing personalities, but they were perfectly delivered. The island was plain scary. There were "things" hidden in corners all around the looming buildings-mansions, and you wouldn't want to break a rule, lest be eviscerated by any of your teachers or the headmaster like that girl on the first day of school.

Oh one additional point I want to make about Drew is that she is so skepitcal and cynical about everything that it kinda irks me. And the fact that she KNOWS she's smart and sometimes tend to be a little snobby in her thinkings.

Random Musing (which you will not understand if you haven't yet read the book):

Y'know when Ronan told Drew that she will have one private study every day, and that hers will be swimming, and that he will be her tutor, my heart just about burst with laughter and happiness for both of them. Haha. See, thing is, Drew absolutely abhors and is terrified of swimming. So to get the boy that she is falling hard for as her private tutor, how cool is that watch?? Well, in this case it's read... But, how cool is that??

Oh yeah, and am I the only one who finds Alcantara hot? :X

My Rating
       Would give it a 4.5, but I don't have an icon for that so..:(

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Patience is a Virtue (5)

Hmm, it's awhile since I've written a PiaV post, and I've found that there is this other meme going on at other blogs that writes about the same thing. It's called The Time Will Come. But oh well, I'm sticking to my own!! Muahaha. Ok lame, movin' on.

For those of you who haven't seen any of my previous Patience is a Virtue posts yet, this is a kind of a meme of sorts where I post the books that have already been released that I can't wait to start on, but can't cause I'm still reading some other books.

So, without further ado, first up is:

Blurb from Goodreads:
Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.

Young Adult fans of Mermaids, Selkies, Sirens and Gorgons will love this tale of the sacrifice one makes for genuine love. Love that could be lost at any moment to the ever-changing tides.

I have just requested for its ARC and hopefully take part in its blog tour...I'm hopeful! So I'll just list it under PiaV. :) This book will be released in November, and I cannn't bloody wait for it cause look at the synopsis, people! It's so cool!


Next up:

The first of The Violet Eden Chapters series.
Blurb from Goodreads:
I slowly opened my eyes. The sun speared its first bright rays of golden orange into the sky and I leapt from the cliff, with the sorrowful knowledge that no matter what the outcome, at least part of me would die that day...

Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend?

After he gives her the world’s most incredible kiss – and then abandons her on her front doorstep – Violet is determined to get some answers. But nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori – part angel and part human – and Violet is his eternal partner.

Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels. But there’s no denying the strange changes in her body ... and her feelings for Lincoln. Suddenly, she can’t stand to be around him. Luckily, Phoenix, an exiled angel, has come into her life. He’s intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her.

As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity...

It has this very surreal, dream-like quality to it that just attracts me, y'know?


Third up:

Blurb from Goodreads:
In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….

Oooh, mysterious...!


Fourth up:

The first in the Chronicles of Elantra.

Blurb from Goodreads:
Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered -- and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin . . .

Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

But children are once again dying, and a dark and familiar pattern is emerging, Kaylin is ordered back into Nightshade with a partner she knows she can't trust, a Dragon lord for a companion and a device to contain her powers -- powers that no other human has. Her task is simple -- find the killer, stop the murders . . . and survive the attentions of those who claim to be her allies!

"...she learns to fight..", "...Dragon lord for a companion.." WOAH WOAH WOAH, slow down! Is this book true? Is it even possible?? I WANT THIS BAD, MAN.


Actually, there are a lot more other books that I have but can't read - you know how painful that it? It's bloody staring me in my face! - but the post is getting long and I have to eat my brunch. There's only 3 more that I want to bring into the spotlight, which is:

1) Candlewax by C. Bailey Sims - This will be out next year April I think, but it's up on Netgalley already!

3) The Halo Chronicles: The Guardian by Carey Corp - It's an angelic novel which sounds like a mix between The Immortal series by Alyson Noel and The Guardian Legacy by Ednah Walters.

That's it, really. So...what books are you craving to read now which is laughing at your face? Lol.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

Published Date: October 4th, 2011
Finished Date: October 7th, 2011
Publishers: HarperTEEN

Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Series: Carrier Book Two

My Rating: 3/5

Blurb from Goodreads:
Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRís.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

My Review

I am very sorry to say that I was a tad bit disappointed with CotM. I was all hyped up about it when I read the first 6 chapters of it on Inkpop (preordered it and all), and...I got this.

The summary's pretty typical actually. Meghan moved to Ireland, saw the local hottie, Adam, fell in love with said hottie, hottie fell in love with Meghan, Meghan finds out that she's special, they find out they're not meant to be together, bad guys come into the fray, cause some trouble, Meghan does something phenomenal and scarily powerful, saves the day... And voila! You get yourself a cliched Young Adult novel, and in this case, CARRIER OF THE MARK.

Even tho Fallon did make an effort to drag out the sexual tension (ok, this is more of an adult romance term, but it fits the context, so...) for about 7 chapters, I still felt that their relationship progressed a little too fast. Know why? Cause in the hour that their overwhelming supernaturally-induced attraction took the better of them and they actually introduce themselves properly to each other, they started snogging. I'm not kidding. They snogged under some tree. Ugh. That just screams adolescent infatuation. So no, I didn't buy it.

Y'know how the fire element guy's always the one who's fiery-tempered (no pun intended) and out of control? Rian, fire element guy, was just that. Fiery-tempered (again, no pun intended). So when Adam&Co. told Meghan that Rian's going to be the one who's going to teach her control, I was like, "What in the name of...". Then they go on to explain that Rian's gone thru the most control training so far. But well, you can't really fault me for thinking that after Rian flared up more than since Meghan turned up. So I have got to ask this, "How's the control training coming on? What's your training like? Once every decade?"

Meghan's dad kinda disappeared after he was introduced to Adam and gotten his spotlight moments. And Fallon used the convenient excuse of him having met another woman and was busy hooking up and dating. RIIIIGHT, like my dad will abandon me once he found a new girl. That's just wrong, man, on so many levels. You don't just slink out of your kid's life.

The plot was good, actually. Very exciting and there was always something new. I loved the action scene at the end where Meghan got the chance to really kick some ass. She is a goddamn powerful air bender (lol, Avatar-style), and she definitely showed off some cool moves in front of the baddies.

I thought that the first 7 chapters were top class, but it plummeted the moment they snogged under that tree. So when you reach the part where they snog, you can skip reading the middle portion till the final battle. Doesn't make much of a difference anyway since it's just harping on the protagonist couple sucking face and proclaiming their love for each other. But there were some swoon-worthy parts.

Example: I fluttered my hands to my chest. “Well, Rían is devastatingly handsome, with that whole smoldering, brooding-eyes thing he’s got going on. Maybe I picked the wrong brother.”

He grabbed me and pushed me up against a tree. “Oh, I have ways of convincing you that you chose right.” He kissed me with such passion it left me breathless. I felt my legs starting to give way under me.

“Yeah, that could do it.”

WOAH. But it kinda also emphasizes my point on the whole sucking face thing they had going on. So.... Yep. I've made my stand - Ultimately very lukewarm. But I would continue reading the sequel. What can I say? I'm a curious girl.;)

My Rating

Review: Lucifer's Daughter by Eve Langlais

Published Date: August 9th, 2010
Finished Date: October 14th, 2011
Publishers: Liquid Silver Books
Format: eBook
Series: Princess of Hell #1
My Rating: 3.5/5
Blurb from Goodreads:
Being Lucifer’s daughter can be hell.

Hi, I’m Muriel, the only white sheep in a sea of black ones, and a virgin to boot. I am determined to wait for love, but my dad, more commonly known as Lucifer, just wants me to stop being an embarrassment. I’m hoping the hunk that I met in my bar will turn out to be the one–just looking at him makes my insides melt like marshmallows over the coals of hell, but trusting is hard when it seems everyone I get close to ends up trying to kill me.

Not only am I dealing with an extreme case of lust, there’s a new threat in hell, one my dad says to ignore. Something easier said than done since it seems everywhere I turn demons are trying to kill me. But I’m okay with that, because one thing I’ve learned being a princess of hell is that sometimes I have to grab a demon by the horns and slap it around a bit.

A rebellion in hell, demon assassins and scorching kisses, could my life get any more interesting?

My Review

LOL. That's the only word that can describe this book, cause seriously, Langlais is one hell of a joker. She is HEE-larious.

Satana Muriel Something (oops, forgot) is the daughter of the devil himself. One of many actually, and so naturally, she has some serious magical powers stored inside her. Oh, and naturally, she likes pink. Ugh, gayness.

Anyway, she didn't want daddy dearest, or anyone else, running her life, so she exitted hell and opened up a pub - a pub that supernaturals frequented. So therein brings our male protagonist, Auric, into the picture.

Muriel meets Auric and 2 of his hot buddies in her pub and when she first set her eyes on him, her body reacted in ways that she is unfamiliar with. See, she wants her very first time to be with someone special, someone whom she loves, so she was shocked, apprehensive, and a little high all at the same time. But of course daddy doesn't like that much. He'd much rather prefer to see her get laid before her marriage, do some dirty sinnings to up her reputation as his daughter. But that is not the point.

Back to the main story, Auric meets Muriel at her pub, and starts asking questions about the owner of the pub, who was rumored to be the devil's own daughter. Muriel is wary of this, as she should be, but her body just loves to betray her when this hot man comes near. Auric is a kind of mystery at this point; He's not a man of many words, and whenever Muriel tries to ask him about him, he kisses her and that makes her lose her train of thought. (ok.....)

However, things are not looking so good in hell. Daddy's facing a rebellion that actually looks like it does stand a chance of facing Satan off, and betrayals within his kingdom starts to reveal themselves. Muriel wants to help, but 1) Daddy says he doesn't need her help, and made her promise to not interfere, stay at home, and be good. 2) Auric's been captured because of her, and she has to find a way to get to him, before her captors rip her beloved from her even before they have a chance to pursue their happiness together.

END of summary.

To be honest, the story was only so-so, nothing amazing or attention-grabbing. Sure, there were the surprises, hardship, steamy sex, happy moments, stuff like that, but...well, it's not very original, is it? Muriel can fight well, is very gay with her pink outfits and furry boots; Auric also fights well with his wicked blade (which Muriel uses, or should I say, Langlais uses often to make sexual innuendos) and is dropdead gorgeous - according to Muriel. And together, they sure do make for a formidable pair. But how many times have I seen that already? Oh riiiight, in every PNR-UF book that I've read.

Muriel, on top of the gayness that I didn't particularly like, was a lot of talk and little action. We only got to see snippets of her fighting. Only at the end was there any real action. It was cool, so it kinda made up for the front. Auric was a little too feisty in the beginning for my taste. I like my boys broody and reclusive. Typical, but well, DEAL WITH IT. He talked a lot, so I didn't like him. LOL. Ok, I sound shallow. But hey, book boyfriends are supposed to be perfect.XP Aaand, he always kiss Muriel to stop her from questioning him. First few times, uhh ok. Many time later, just fucking let your girl talk, man! Sorry for the language.

They got together after day three. Like really the "He is the one for me" together. That kinda bugged me. So just saying.

Now to my favourite part. THE HUMOR. ROMUH. Ok, now, I'm just going to spam quotes. They are hilarious, but if you want to experience the full impact of the those one-of-a-kind, ultra memorable L.O.L. moments, then DO NOT read any further.

Hilarious quote 1: ...indulge in the horizontal tango. I somehow found that supremely funny...

Hilarious quote 2: I looked at the warehouse-type building in front of us with nary a sign of a restaurant to be seen.

“Is it a secret restaurant?” I asked.

“No, it’s called my kitchen,” he said, unlocking a heavy-duty, steel door. Ouch. Lol.

Hilarious quote 3: “I’ve dealt with demons before,” he said, pulling out a sword from behind his kitchen counter. I had to admit being impressed–his sword was long, shiny, and hard. Wait, that didn’t sound right. Needless to say, he had a big one; and judging by the way he moved it, he also knew how to use it. Damn, I was even hornier than before. Wow, that horny? Dude, you need to see a doc.

Hilarious quote 4: After a few rings, a recording came on. “Sorry, but all the lines to Hell are currently busy. Your call is unfortunately not important to us, and we will not be keeping you in queue. Call back again at your own peril.” Cackling, maniacal laughter sounded, followed by a click. You're not going to earn a good patronage this way, woman.

Hilarious quote 5 (And one of my personal faves): “Bloody damn nervy of them to take you like that,” blustered my father. “When I got to the bar, your man here begged for help to go back and save you. Of course, he looked like shit, so initially I said ‘no’.

Auric rolled his eyes. “Actually, what you said was, ‘Boy, right now you’re more useless than a third fucking tit."

If you don't like PNR-UF books to start off with (which is weird, cause you are reading this review), then you should actually try this one out just for the sake of the humor. It's totally worth it.

Random musing (which you will not get if you haven't read the book):

At the last part where Muriel tried to call Bambi to get her to open a portal to hell, Bambi's message specifically told her to not go to hell to help out in quelling the rebellion. But Lucifer said that she was the first one he would call cause she was one of his best fighters. So...is Bambi acting on her own accord, or is daddy lying? LOOPHOLE!

My Rating
(I feel so torn about the rating..The plot's a 3, but the humor warrants a 4!!)

Review: Touch by Jus Accardo

Published Date: November 1st, 2011
Finished Date: October 1st, 2011
Publishers: Entangled Publishing

Format: eARC from Publisher
Series: Denazen Book 1

Blurb from Goodreads:
When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

My Review

This book epitomizes "epic-ness at its pinnacle"; It is an electrifying, stunning debut.

I don't know what to say about this book, cause frankly, it was perfect, in every sense of that word. The suspenseful, action-packed, complicated but wholesome plot to the professional characterization, they were all wonderfully delivered. The thrill of the chase, hide-and-seek and having to second-guessing everyone's motives, the pain and heartache the characters felt and went thru permeated out of the pages and boy, was it nice to soak up all that lovely Paranormal YA goodness.

Deznee "Dez" Cross is your typical adrenaline-junkie teenager who loves to bungee jump off buildings and to surf trains. Ok, maybe not that typical. But she does have the normal dosage of rebellious-ness blazing within her. She drinks the coffee her dad said was a strict "no"; Dated guys whom her dad said was a strict "no"; Earned a tramp's reputation (not really by action. She spreaded the rumor herself) which - I hope - all dads would say is a strict "no". Pretty much everything her dad said "no" to, she did them. And when fate comes to play, things get real messy and everyone's innermost secrets would be laid in the dirt for all to witness...

And must I elaborate? It came in the form of Kale no-last-name. Kale who didn't know how to put on and remove his sneakers, Kale with the intense gaze, and Kale who seemed like he didn't want to touch anyone. Ok, the last was a dead giveaway, but oh well, now, the leap is yours to make.;)

No one's not without a secret, and when all secrets are out, all hell breaks loose. At least for Deznee.

Well, all I can say is: This is how you write YA. This is how you write Paranormal.

The first thing that I feel obligated to highlight, is the complexity and entirety of the plot. It was so detailed, so well-thought of and planned..it was just amazing, really. All that, and it never got confusing. Mind you, "confusing" and "complicated" are 2 very separate entities. It actually made it all the more believable.

The second most important thing - Kale. The ultimate girl-killer. That tortured, strong, fiercely-protective, strangely innocent soul that was our male protagonist. I've been emailing Stacey (Accardo's publicist at Entangled Publishing), and even she admitted she loved him. @Stacey, ADMIT IT!! Ratting you out. Haha.

Anyway, yes, I loved Kale. He had been kidnapped, tortured, and coerced to kill for the "law" firm, Denazen, but he came out stronger and quicker than ever. Even tho he doesn't know much about the outside world (yeah, Dez gotta teach him what is a kiss by demonstrating the different types of it to him. Loved that scene), he still knew how to survive, kick-butt, and develop some healthy level of looove for Dez, all in good time too. By the way, the cover Kale is perfect. That mysterious, dangerous aura about him suits him perfectly, and well, that's exactly how I pictured him to be - maybe even more accurate than what I imagined him to be in the beginning!

Initially, I wasn't very taken by the whole adrenaline-junkie, all punk-girl attitude that was Dez , but she became mature and she knew how to take matters into her own hands. I liked that about her. Her inner strength and resilience, add to that a funky and funny personality, it all just made her such a likable character.

This series is a very refreshing take on the whole YA Paranormal front, a very impressive debut. A nice little blend between the cool-ness of Xmen and his buddies, a little mix with the big, evil organization of the MINDER series by Kate Kaynak (click to see my review), and add in the fray Dan Brown's awesome mystery skills and you have TOUCH. This book, in its own right, is in a league all on its own.

Random Musing:

THIS BOOK ENDED WITH A CLIFFHANGER!!! NOOOO. Imagine being sucked up into this wonderful wonderful world and being ripped out of it all of a sudden..*pants pants*. Lol, ok a little exaggerated there, but...:( It wasn't really a cliffhanger, not like Aprilynne Pike's Illusion (and definitely not as poorly written), but the sort of thing that will leave you with a little nugget of information that'll leave you thinking and speculating about it..SOMETHING THAT YOU WILL BE DYING TO KNOW ABOUT...*pants pants*. Lol. But yes, I am dying to continue reading and seeing for myself where it'll lead Kale and Dez.

P.S. I want the next book nooowww, yesterday. Whatever. Pronto!!

My Rating

Cyp's Abbreviation Dictionary

DNF = Did Not Finish
HEA = Happily Ever After
PNR = Paranormal Romance
UF = Urban Fantasy
YA = Young Adult

Erotica Reference

BDSM = Bondage/Discipline, Dominant/Submissive, Sadism/Masochism
f/f = female/female
m/f = male/female
m/m = male/male


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