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

Guest review by Rameau of Galley Proof by Eric Arvin

Galley ProofGalley Proof by Eric Arvin

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Everybody has read those books–usually they come with horrendous cover art–that start with an apparent self-ironic scene that tries to justify using a cliché. It's some trope that has been beaten, hit, struck, battered, hammered, trashed, pummelled, and flattened to the ground ages ago. And for a while it works.

The author works his ass off and makes the first person past tense voice of his character sound like something hilarious, something new, refreshing, and witty. Then he crosses the line from a fine comedy to unadulterated spoof and ruins the effect. If you, the reader, are very lucky the narrative still sounds entertaining enough to carry through to the end and lets you finish a book instead of feeding your DNF pile.

If you're very, extremely, exceptionally, not-that-uncommonly-at-all unfortunate, you'll end up with a WTF face and whole lot of wasted hours. Hours of your life that you'll never be able to reclaim. At which point you either decide to move on and give this author a wide berth in the future, or you decide to give something back to the reading community and write a longwinded review that starts with a handful of meta-paragraphs sure to annoy innocent review readers.


Welcome to my life.

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?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Foundation of Love by Scotty Cade

Foundation of Love (Love, #4)Foundation of Love by Scotty Cade

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From the blurb:

Years ago, Wes Stanhope fled his hometown of Charleston to escape the constraints of society and his controlling father, Colonel Robert Lee Stanhope IV. After completing medical school and building a successful practice in pediatric oncology in Seattle, Wes is called home for his mother’s funeral and presented with an opportunity to build and run a children’s hospital—his mother’s legacy—a choice he ultimately makes despite his misgivings about his father’s role as chairman of the hospital’s board of directors.

When Wes begins to build his team, he is introduced to a young, handsome black architect named Tyler Williams. Sparks begin to fly between the two men, and although Wes doesn’t identify as gay, denying his attraction to Ty becomes impossible. But Ty won’t be a dirty secret: if Wes wants to build a relationship, he’ll have to come out, brave his father’s racism and homophobia, and risk his chance to continue as the hospital’s CEO and realize his mother’s dream.

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.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Sempre by J.M. Darhower

SempreSempre by J.M. Darhower

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's taken me most of today to figure out what I want to say about this book but I'll give it my best shot.

First off, yes - I am aware that once upon a time there was a Twilight fanfiction named Emancipation Proclamation. I didn't read it. Not one single sentence. While I may have had an inkling what it was about and how well it was received, the subject, at the time, didn't interest me. So, I'm not going to be able to compare this book to what was to my knowledge a massively long story. I do not want to incite any ragey comments on this review. This review is NOT about the former fanfiction story.

Secondly, I was offered a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I jumped at the chance for two reasons. A)I know the author from the fandom and was always impressed with the way she promoted causes to stop human trafficking and spoke out against this horrid practice, and B)I'm a curious person by nature and wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Oh boy! After spending the last 5 or so days with Carmine, Haven, Dominic and Vincent, I have to say that Ms. Darhower has delivered a story that will stay with me for a long time.

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