Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Between the Land and the Sea by Derrolyn Anderson

Between The Land And The Sea (Marina's Tales, #1)Between The Land And The Sea by Derrolyn Anderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the blurb:

Marina is a privileged girl who’s had an unusual upbringing. Traveling the world with her scientist father, doted on by her wealthy and glamorous neighbor Evie, Marina’s life seems perfect.

Everything changes in the summer of her sixteenth year when she is sent to live with her Aunt Abby and Cousin Cruz in the lovely seaside town of Aptos, California.

Only a few weeks after arriving, sixteen year-old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can manage to survive some increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might be able to unlock the mystery of her past and appease the mysterious forces that want something from her...

And maybe even find true love along the way.

When I was approached by the author to read and review her debut novel, I took one look at the blurb and jumped at the chance. Mermaids? Mystery? Heroine in possible peril?

Yeah, I'm reading that.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)Grave Mercy by R.L. LaFevers

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first saw the summary for this book, I was excited. Assassin Nuns? Heck, yeah - sign me up. And then NetGalley offered it as an auto-approval? Heck, yeah!! Sign me up right NOW!!!

From the blurb:

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae's most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under-prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Stolen Moments by Ariel Tachna

Stolen MomentsStolen Moments by Ariel Tachna

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the blurb:

After a year apart, teacher Jacob Peters and county judge Beau Braedon decide they can’t live without each other. There are just a few small obstacles to their Alabama love story. Jacob resents Beau’s paranoia about being outed, but Beau is convinced he’ll lose his seat on the bench if he admits to their relationship, and as a teacher at a Christian school, Jacob’s job is even more at risk. They could relocate, but Beau’s mother has Alzheimer’s and can’t be moved. And then there’s the tiny issue of Jacob’s infant son, Finn, and his mother, whom Jacob wed out of duty. In short, they are stuck.

But Beau has a long-term plan, and he’s prepared to swallow his fears and compromise with Jacob, because sharing stolen moments is no longer enough.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Vlad The Paler by Malthea

Vlad the PalerVlad the Paler by Malthea

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a hilarious read.

A young man living on the Eastern Coast of South Florida visits a nightclub and meets a guy who turns out to be a vampire. Who then bites and Turns him. These are not Stephenie Meyer's vamps though. No sparkling at all, unless you include the somewhat flamboyant nature of their dress code.

Anyway, newly Turned, our young man has not a clue what to do and how to act. He does know, however, that Cyrus is not a vampire name so for now, he goes with Vlad. As in Vlad Drakul, the original Dracula.

And hilarity ensues.

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