Sunday, March 31, 2013

Not your Ordinary Faerie Tale ~ Christine Warren

Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale (The Others, #5)Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale by Christine Warren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had read the first book in the seires and thought it was just ok. After deciding to give it another try, as part of my 2013 challenge,  I'm glad I did. This one was great. It actually reminded me that sometimes a series is worth another shot.

Summary:

After her two best friends marry a blood-sucking vampire and furry-faced werewolf, Corinne D’Alessandro is making a vow of her own: NO interspecies dating. But when her editor asks her to investigate “leprechaun” sightings, the sassy New York reporter finds herself on the trail of the hottest story of the year—and the sexiest man alive…
His  name is Luc, and he’s as gorgeous as any Prince Charming in any bedtime story. There’s just one problem: He’s not human, he’s fae. A captain of the Fae Queen’s Guard, Luc is on a dangerous mission—and he could use the help of a certain leprechaun-hunting reporter. But when their two worlds collide, the sparks begin to fly. If Corinne and Luc can’t control their lust—and focus on the villains in this story—their faerie-tale romance won’t end happily ever after.


My Take: The characters were well developed and interesting. The storyline moved at a good pace. The "romance scenes" were not over the top. I enjoyed Warren's take of the Fae and how they handled themselves in the human world. Overall it left me with the feeling it may be worth picking up the rest of the series!




Monday, March 25, 2013

The Hobbyist ~ Darryl Shelly

The HobbyistThe Hobbyist by Darryl Shelly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this novel for an honest review. Although the content is out of my usual scope I did enjoy it. It is not very often I read novels from the man's perspective, especially when that man is a confessed sex addict. 

Summary:The Hobbyist is a coming-of-age story masked as a sex addict's roller coaster. Based upon true events, the author authentically chronicles sexual awakening from a man's perspective as he pulls back the curtain, and with staggering honesty, invites you into his private world of decadence. Not to be confused with a book on recovery, this raucous account is a cautionary tale of heartbreak and hilarity as a young man rises to manhood and into the throes of full-blown, sexual addiction in New York City.

My Take:
The characters were well done and believable. The writing flowed nicely, making you feel as if you were hearing and witnessing someones confessions as apposed to reading a work of fiction. This is an intense personal story but not for the faint of heart, he is after all an addict. Sex or drugs, addiction is never something to be joked with. The novel helps the reader explore the seriousness of this particular addiction without the need of a quick fix solution. That I think is what makes it such a good story. The kind of unending realism we must all face when dealing with our own personal problems


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Doctor Who : The Forgotten by Tony Lee

Doctor Who: The Forgotten (The Forgotten, #6)Doctor Who: The Forgotten by Tony Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved it! Since I'm on the countdown for the new season this was just what I needed. I will mention to you this is a series and you will get the most enjoyment if you read them in order, so you know what is going on.

Summary:Stranded in a strange Museum that's dedicated to him, and with no TARDIS in sight, The Doctor and Martha must make sense of their surroundings, hindered by one small fact - The Doctor has lost his memories of every one of his previous incarnations! With items relevant to each Doctor in their possession, The Doctor must try to use them to regain his memories before it's too late, starting with his earliest incarnation's memories, involving Susan, Barbara, and Ian... but quickly moving on to Zoe and Jamie, and more. This all-new series written by Tony Lee (Starship Troopers) features artist Pia Guerra in her first monthly comic since Y The Last Man


My Take: The artwork was fantastic and the story a lot of fun. It was nice to "see" 10 back in the action again! They even nailed Martha's hair do. A must for Doctor Who fans. If you are a long time fan you will enjoy the melding of the Doctors different re generations. They even do some of the pages in Black and white to keep the feel of the individual Doctors. What could be more fun?


Immortal Craving ~ Kendra Leigh Castle

Immortal Craving (Dark Dynasties, #4)Immortal Craving by Kendra Leigh Castle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this one up as a netgalley, having read the book right before this also as a netgalley. I have to say this is a fun series. The characters are original, albeit a little confusing at first.

Summary:Wild, uncontrollable, and powerful, the lion-shifting Rakshasa were hunted down by vicious rival vampires who feared their dark, magical abilities. Somehow one survived, and now, after centuries of hiding, Tasmin Singh reemerges as fierce and fearless as ever at the door of the Lilim queen, seeking answers . . . and sanctuary.

The human best friend to a vampire queen, Bay Harper traded her quiet, comfortable life for a world filled with immortal assassins, warring werewolves . . . and this hauntingly sexy shifter. Only Bay's gentle touch can subdue Tasmin's inner demons, even as he brings out a passion and sensuality she never imagined she could feel. But when a bloody struggle threatens to tear them apart, can Bay risk everything on her faith in him-or will his dark side be stronger than even their all-consuming desire?

My Take:
 In the beginning the author gives you a breakdown of all the different kinds of Vampires. I kind of just skimmed past it at first but it was nice to have it there just in case I wanted to refer back to it.
This story follows the strong willed but very caring dog groomer as she tries to handle the world of Vampires which seems to have fallen at her doorstep. Along the way she finds herself drawn to a man who no one is sure about, which of course makes him all the more attractive.
I love a story with a strong give and take between the leads and this one fit the bill. With originality and smart characters I think this series is one you should add to your TBR pile.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Joy-Worthy ~ Julie McGrath

Joy-Worthy: A Mother's Guide to More Joy, Less Stress and No GuiltJoy-Worthy: A Mother's Guide to More Joy, Less Stress and No Guilt by Julie McGrath
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book. It kind of reminded me of the Girlfriends guide to pregnancy in the fact it was funny and honest all at once. 

Summary:
No matter where you are on your beautiful, often exhausting journey through motherhood, Joy-Worthy gives you a plan to put yourself first without guilt and rediscover what gives you joy. If motherhood is sucking the joy right out of you -- or you fear it might -- joy coach and licensed social worker Julie McGrath offers down-to-earth guidance on how to get your own needs met so you can be a better mother and create the fulfilling life of your dreams. You don’t have to put your happiness on hold -- you can learn how to be happy right now, because you are joy-worthy!

My Take:
I think I'll be keeping it on my bookshelf to refer back to certain sections when I need a little mom down time. I especially loved the chapter on Martyrs and the non-worthy women. It really hit home! If your a mom you should have this book, I think it will really lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. Even if your not yet a mom it might help you appreciate all of the women in your life a little more.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Goodnight, Brian ~ Steven Manchester

Goodnight, BrianGoodnight, Brian by Steven Manchester
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I will warn you this is an emotional read. This was another heart wrenching, heartwarming novel by Steven Manchester.

Summary:
Fate was working against little Brian Mauretti. The food that was meant to nourish him was poisoning him instead, and the doctors said the damage was devastating and absolute. Fate had written off Brian. But fate didn’t count on a woman as determined as Brian’s grandmother, Angela DiMartino - who everyone knew as Mama. Loving her grandson with everything she had, Mama endeavored to battle fate. Fate had no idea what it was in for.

An emotional tale about the strength of family bonds, unconditional love, and the perseverance to do our best with the challenging gifts we receive, GOODNIGHT, BRIAN is an uplifting tribute to what happens when giving up is not an option.


My Take:

 Somehow Steven has the ability to weave the human experience into a beautifully done novel. At times it was totally inspirational. Other times it was nearly heartbreaking. This families story reads so true to life you may find some similarities in your own family. I know I did. I think this is one of Steven Manchester's gifts as a writer, to take fiction and make it impact full to anyone who reads it. This was one of those novels you will think about for years to come.


Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Bride by Moonlight ~ Liz Carlyle


Wolf Majick Reviews is happy to host A Bride By Moonlight today as part of the Virtual Book Tour hosted by Bewitching Book Tours! Lets check out the novel....

A BRIDE BY MOONLIGHT  
Liz Carlyle

Genre: Romance 

Publisher: Avon

ISBN: 9780062100283
Number of pages: 432

Book Description:

Royden Napier, Baron Saint-Bryce, is tall, dark, and ruthless—and on the hunt for a dangerous beauty . . . On the eve of her escape to the Continent, bold, beautiful Lisette Colburne accepts a proposal she dare not refuse: masquerade as the future bride of the steely-eyed Royden Napier and help him solve his most dangerous case. Soon Lisette is in even greater danger—of losing her heart to the one man with the power to destroy her . . .

Estranged from his aristocratic family, the enigmatic Napier has forged a reputation as Scotland Yard's most relentless police commissioner. He's vowed to bring Lisette to justice—but with every forbidden kiss and every tantalizing touch, he finds himself becoming less convinced of her guilt . . . and more certain he must have her. But when danger touches Lisette, can he save her?

http://www.avonromance.com/book/liz-carlyle-a-bride-by-moonlight


My Take:

This one was a little more traditional romance than I usually do. It started a little slow, I think it takes you a bit to adjust to the speech patterns, but it does pick up the pace. The characters were well done and the romance aspect believable. I think if you enjoy historical fiction you will enjoy this novel. As part of the tour the publisher will be giving away one print copy of the novel. Simply leave a post with your email address if you wish to win a copy!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Vicious Grace ~ M.L.N Hanover

Vicious Grace (The Black Sun's Daughter, #3)Vicious Grace by M.L.N. Hanover
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok, so I feel bad for Jayne her she is thinking she saving the world and well now what is she supposed to do. I don't love this series but I do like it enough to want to know how it ends so I just ordered the next one on Amazon. It feels like the story is going someplace, I hope it gets there soon.


Summary:
When you’re staring evil in the eye, don’t forget to watch your back . . . For the first time in forever, JaynĂ© Heller’s life is making sense. Even if she routinely risks her life to destroy demonic parasites that prey on mortals, she now has friends, colleagues, a trusted lover, and newfound confidence in the mission she inherited from her wealthy, mysterious uncle. Her next job might just rob her of all of them. At Grace Memorial Hospital in Chicago, something is stirring. Patients are going AWOL and research subjects share the same sinister dreams. Half a century ago, something was buried under Grace in a terrible ritual, and it’s straining to be free. JaynĂ© is primed to take on whatever’s about to be let loose. Yet the greatest danger now may not be the huge, unseen force lurking below, but the evil that has been hiding in plain sight all along—taking her ever closer to losing her body, her mind, and her soul. . 

My Take:

This is an interesting story with lots of twists and turns. It is very unique which is one of the reasons I keep buying them. I do think that Jayne is starting to come into her own and I have a feeling the next one is gonna be an eye opener.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Beast Behaving Badly ~ Shelly Laurenston

Beast Behaving Badly (Pride, #5)Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun, fast paced and sexy! This was another one that made me laugh out loud more than once. I am so glad I was able to grab this one as a netgalley.

Summary:
Ten years after Blayne Thorpe first encountered Bo Novikov, she still can't get the smooth-talking shifter out of her head. Now he's shadowing her in New York-all seven-plus feet of him-determined to protect her from stalkers who want to use her in shifter dogfights. Even if he has to drag her off to an isolated Maine town where the only neighbors are other bears almost as crazy as he is...

Let sleeping dogs lie. Bo knows it's good advice, but he can't leave Blayne be. Blame it on her sweet sexiness -- or his hunch that there's more to this little wolfdog than meets the eye. Blayne has depths he hasn't yet begun to fathom -- much as he'd like to. She may insist Bo's nothing but a pain in her delectable behind, but polar bears have patience in spades. Soon she'll realize how good they can be together. And when she does, animal instinct tells him it'll be worth the wait..

My take:


Loved it! I am seriously considering buying the whole series and just reading them when ever I need a good laugh. Of course if the rest are anything like the two I've read so far I will have to make sure I only start reading them when I have the time to read the whole thing. I was up till 12am reading and only went to be because my kindle died. It was fully charged when I started so as you can tell I just couldn't pull myself away.

Anyways this story follows an unlikely couple the OCD Bo and the zanny all over the place Blayne. No matter how much they fight their attraction they seem to have gotten under each others skin. Now Blayne keeps trying to fix Bo and Bo just wants to get Blayne to wear a watch that works. In the end though their passion wins out.
This was a heart warming and hysterical novel. Very fun and very exciting all the way up to the end. 



Saturday, March 9, 2013

Frost Burned ~ Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, #7)Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it! Maybe my favorite book in the series, besides the first.
Mercy is back and kicking some butt!

Summary:
Mercy Thompson’s life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman—the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack—has made her a stepmother to his daughter Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy’s life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more…

After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can’t reach Adam—or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They’ve all been abducted.

Through their mating bond, all Mercy knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related—and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from any ally she can get, no matter how unlikely.

My take:

Wow there is so much to say here. First off I was so excited to read this one. Mercy is one of those characters who you always love. Briggs has managed to keep the character true to herself throughout the series. Which can be a daunting task when you are this many books into the series. I love how much thought the author has put into the storyline as a collective whole (including whats going on in the Alpha and Omega series). I have a friend who went back and read each book in the series so that she could freshen up her Mercy knowledge. From what she said their were subtle hints throught the series in regards to what was to come. I wish I had the time to do the same, I may put them back in the TBR pile before the next Mercy book comes out.
I can't wait to see what the Grey Lords really have in store for us, oh and if Coyote will show up again. One of the reason I thought this novel was so great was that Mercy was the exact person the readers have grown to love. Smart mouthed, jump in head first, worry about everyone but herself Mercy. Lucky for her she has some old friends who help her along the way. Of course there are some new ones as well, one or two I'd love to see a few side stories on, like Asil. 
I only wish Patricia Briggs was touring the area again this year. Last years book signing was an amazing experience. If you are in an area that she will be visiting I highly recommned you go.

Friday, March 8, 2013

A Highland Werewolf Wedding ~ Terry Spear

A Highland Wolf Wedding (Heart of the Wolf, #11)A Highland Wolf Wedding by Terry Spear
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eleven books in and I still love this series. Hot steam scenes and action packed if your love shape shifter romance this one is for you.


Summary:

Elaine Hawthorn is a gray American werewolf, currently out of work, and on a mission to share in a family treasure. When she arrives in Scotland, she nearly has a head-on collision with one hot, kilt-garbed Highlander, and runs him off the road.

Werewolf laird Cearnach MacNeill isn't happy Elaine ruined his car, but he quickly becomes her protector after a misunderstanding lands her right in the middle of two feuding clans. Now he's out to ensure that this sexy female wolf gets her fair share of her clan's treasure. He knows he should leave well enough alone, but it's too late to leave his heart out of it.


My Take:

Its nice to see all of the MacNeill boys finding their ways to happiness. Who doesn't love some hot highland men in kilts? As usual the story is laced with action, mystery and hot romance scenes. There are even a few twists and turns along the way to keep you guessing. The only thing I thought was odd was the mention of Werewolf in the title. Up till this point Terry Spear has kept her wolves apart from the regular werewolf novels. There was even a time or two that she refered to the Lupus Garou as werewolves. I'm not sure if this is just a one time thing or if its transitional but either way the story was still good. Her wolves are just has lovable no matter what you call them.




Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday ~ Obsession by Rivka Spicer


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

This week my Waiting on Wednesday is the soon to be new release by Rivka Spicer Obsession. This will be the third installment in her Masquerade series. SInce I loved the first two books I am very excited for the release of this one. The fantastic cover was designed by Luke Bailey

Summary: 

Max Hughes is an ordinary guy living an ordinary life. When the manuscript for a book called Obsession lands on his desk, he knows he's got something special. It's so dark, so absorbing, that he finds himself fascinated by the woman that wrote it. He doesn't make house calls for anyone, but Obsession has crawled under his skin and this time, just once, he'll make an exception.

Three years after being turned, Jo is still having trouble adjusting to life as a vampire. Unable to bear the presence of her handsome publishing liaison for fear she'll drain him, she arranges to meet him at the estate where Will and Oceana can supervise her visit.

Their lives collide in the most catastrophic of ways when Max falls over a body on the doorstep as he leaves the house. A prolific serial killer, known as The Avatar, has left an invitation for Oceana out to come and play. 

As they begin a race to save lives and hunt the hunter, Max finds himself entangled in this dark world where vampires and witches are at every turn, and even the professors of theological mathematics are dangerously attractive. Unable to walk away because of his obsession with Jo, he can only contemplate making the ultimate sacrifice. When they discover that there's something much darker and deadlier than the vampires at the top of the food chain, something that may actually come from hell, it's no longer about trying to save lives; they're trying to save the world.

To find out more about Rivka and the rest of her novels you can check her out on  facebook or follow her on Twitter I'm sure she will be posting as soon as Obsession is available.
You can find the reviews on the first two books in the series by clicking on the links below.