REVIEW: “Tangle of Need” by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #11)

Hardcover: 422 pages

Publisher: Berkley

Release Date: May 29, 2012

Series: Psy-Changeling #11

Adria, wolf changeling and resilient soldier, has made a break with the past–one as unpredictable in love as it was in war. Now comes a new territory, and a devastating new complication: Riaz, a SnowDancer lieutenant already sworn to a desperate woman who belongs to another.

For Riaz, the primal attraction he feels for Adria is a staggering betrayal. For Adria, his dangerous lone-wolf appeal is beyond sexual. It consumes her. It terrifies her. It threatens to undermine everything she has built of her new life. But fighting their wild compulsion toward one another proves a losing battle.

Their coming together is an inferno…and a melding of two wounded souls who promise each other no commitment, no ties, no bonds. Only pleasure. Too late, they realize that they have more to lose than they ever imagined. Drawn into a cataclysmic Psy war that may alter the fate of the world itself, they must make a decision that might just break them both.

My thoughts

With this installment, Nalini Singh manages to bring even more interesting bits and pieces to the table and I’ve enjoyed this story immensely.

The book features Riaz and Adria, both soldiers for the wolf pack SnowDancer, but we are also treated with many scenes from other past main characters such as Hawke, Sienna, Mercy, Riley and many others. I knew this book was coming out on May 29, so I pre-ordered it for my Kindle and woke up early to start reading, and boy, was I not sorry.

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“Lover Eternal” by J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood #2) – Review

Paperback: 441 pages

Publisher: Signet

Release Date: March 7, 2006

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war raging between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret bound of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Possessed by a deadly beast, Rhage is the most dangerous of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. 

Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant to Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…”

My thoughts

Oh man! Rhage, also known as Hollywood, has got to be the funniest of the Brothers. There’s never a dull moment in this book, and I found myself laughing over and over again. This man is truly a sweetheart, and he’s completely won me over.

This book was simply a pleasure to read and I couldn’t bear to let it go. Rhage is not only a very hot and charming vampire warrior, oh no, he’s a man cursed for a rash decision made in the past, and he now has to live with the risk of hurting those around him, because, if he doesn’t release the pressure inside, he’ll turn into a dragon that can kill anything, including his brothers.

Mary Luce is also not your typical heroine. From what I gathered, she’s not really good looking, just a plain woman. She’s also got a life-threatening disease. So when Rhage takes an interest in her, she’s bound to wonder what he sees in her. What she doesn’t know is that her calm nature calms the beast inside of Rhage.

Their love story is so emotional and so beautiful, I just had to cry in the end. I loved it! It’s got to be one of my favorite books in the series, and it finally introduces more of the brothers. The writing remains consistent throughout the whole series, and as always, you’ll probably need a slang dictionary, but I think that’s what gives it charm. There aren’t many books written in this particular way, and it gave me an insight into the New York life.

All in all, it’s a really good sequel to “Dark Lover” and I’m happy I took a risk and bought the boxed set with the first six books in the series. At least I didn’t have to wait for all these books to come out! Now is as good a time as any to start this wonderful series.

Make sure you read my review for “Dark Lover” a few posts back if you’re planning to start reading this series.

Rating: 🌙  – a golden moon!

REVIEW: ‘Hush, Hush’ by Becca Fitzpatrick

Paperback: 391 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Release Date: May 27, 2010

Series: Hush, Hush #1

A FALLEN ANGEL…A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Falling for the fallen…

For Nora Grey, romance was never part of the plan. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgement.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora isn’t sure if she can trust him. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and know more about her than her closest friends. And when she tries to seek answers, she discovers she is right in the middle of a centuries-old battle between the immortal and the fallen…and it’s time to take sides.

My thoughts

When I first bought this book, I was mainly attracted to the cover. The story sounded interesting enough and I love myself some angel novels so I gave it a shot! First impression: creepy!

It was a sort of dark supernatural story, and Nora, the main character, was constantly afraid, and for good reason might I add. I was never sure if Patch was the good guy or the baddie. It made him hard to like, if I’m honest. The setting also gave me a sense of deja vu, and all you Twilight fans will know what I mean when I say biology class. Yep, it was pretty similar for me.

I’ve heard that this was the kind of book that you either love or hate, and except for the extremely funny quips from Vee, Nora’s best friend, I found myself getting pretty bored with the story. The plot was lacking the “je ne sais quoi” and except for a few potential interesting facts, there was not much to go on.

I stopped reading the series after the second installment, which I have to say annoyed the hell out of me. Becca Fitzpatrick ruined my favorite character out of the whole series! Well anyways, as I said, you might completely disagree with my point of view, or maybe even think worse of it, but yeah, I’m sure I won’t be reading any other books coming from this author.

Rating: ★★ – 3 stars!

REVIEW: ‘Shadow Kiss’ by Richelle Mead

Paperback: 448 pages

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: November 13, 2008

Series: Vampire Academy

WHAT IF FOLLOWING HER HEART MEANS ROSE COULD LOSE HER BEST FRIEND FOREVER?

“Rose knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa – the last Dragomir princess – must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…
Then a strange darkness begins to grow in Rose’s mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy’s iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most…but will her choice mean that only one can survive?”

My Thoughts

As you’ve probably noticed, I don’t like talking about what happens in a novel during my review cause I don’t want to spoil the fun for other readers. I remember that I DEVOURED the whole Vampire Academy series within 6-7 days and as practically all books, I had parts I loved and parts I didn’t like quite so much.

I loved that Rose’s character developed a lot in this installment and she shows us her more softer and vulnerable sides. The events that happened in the first two books are starting to take their toll on our ‘little Dhampir’ and she needs help from the two people she cares about most, Lissa and Dimitri. Rose never loses sight of who she is or what she stands for though! Each book shows us another side of hers and it gives us the same experience as getting to know another living being.

The third book in the series is my second favorite from the whole Vampire Academy saga with the last one, ‘The Last Sacrifice’, picking up the number one spot! Why isn’t this book better than the last one? Well, it depends on what you like and how you see everything. I personally like happy endings and with the regret of spoiling your fun, the ending of this book disappointed me a lot. Maybe not exactly disappointment, but I was literally shocked that Richelle Mead could do such a thing!!!

It gets better during the next few books, but I would have probably written just four books instead of six. VA fans will probably want to choke me, but I would have changed the ending in book #3 and did something similar to ‘Last Sacrifice’ in book #4. If you haven’t read any of the books from the series, then you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. All I can tell you is: read the whole series, cause it’s worth it!

As a reviewer I also have to talk about the parts I disliked and even though some people may not always agree with me, I hope there will be no hard feelings. Just to make myself clear: I am not saying this is a bad book, on the contrary, it’s an amazing novel and I would recommend it to anyone who asked me if they should read it. I personally couldn’t put the book down and read the whole series twice.

 So all in all, I think Richelle Mead has outdone herself with this book and it’s far better than the first two books in the series. I kept thinking all day what rating I should give this book and I really have to stomp on my foot and go over my pride and give it a 5-star rating! Read it, it’s worth it!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ – 5 hearts!

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REVIEW: ‘Frostbite’ by Richelle Mead

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: April 10, 2008

Series: Vampire Academy

WHEN LOVE AND JEALOUSY COLLIDE ON THE SLOPES, WINTER BREAK TURN DEADLY…

“Rose has serious guy trouble. Her gorgeous tutor, Dimitri, has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason has a huge crush on her, and she keeps getting stuck in her best friend Lissa’s head while she’s making out with her boyfriend, Christian.
Then a nearby Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose – and her heart – are in more danger than she ever could have imagined…”

My opinion

‘Frostbite’ is the second book in the Vampire Academy series and with it, Rose’s situation gets more complicated.  The first books of a series always start slower cause introductions have to be made and you have to get the feeling of the story world you are going to experience. The sequel is always more action-packed and that is also the case with ‘Frostbite’. I love how Richelle Mead managed to introduce new characters like Tasha and Adrian and increase the love tension between Rose and Dimitri. Lissa at least gets a break and I find her relationship with Christian totally adorable. Because being a vampire is not only about falling in love with guys you shouldn’t, we also have some baddies showing their ugly faces, but alas, what would a book be without its own personal baddies?

I always find myself laughing at all the funny lines Rose manages to deliver and I can certainly imagine myself when she’s near Dimitri…argh, men are sometimes so annoying!! (no offence ^.^)
You could never mistake a line from Rose with a line from any other character from this book simply because Rose has such a strong voice that no one would be able to imitate her good enough.
All in all, it’s a good book, of course, and the ending really makes you want to read the next book. It sort of leaves your mouth dry, but in a good kind of way, cause it leaves you thirsty for more and that’s what a good author has to do!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥½ – 4.5 hearts!

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REVIEW: ‘Vampire Academy’ by Richelle Mead

Paperback: 336 pages

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: August 16, 2007

Series: Vampire Academy

ONLY A TRUE BEST FRIEND CAN PROTECT YOU FROM YOUR IMMORTAL ENEMIES…

“Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a Dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by. Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…”

Other short reviews

“Unique and mesmerizing…Readers will bite on this series for some time to come” – VOYA
“Absorbing…” – Booklist
“Truly engaging…” – SLJ
“The obvious heir to the Twilight throne” – The Daily Beast

 My opinion

I got this book as a birthday present from a really good friend of mine from the university I attend (thank you Sabine) and I was so excited when I read the description you can also read above.
Right from the beginning, the book hooks you up and I remember being really excited when Dimitri, a.k.a the Russian God, captured Lissa and Rose. I could already form plots inside my head and I can assure you that if you buy this book you will not be disappointed. You don’t get bored at the beginning and it keeps you guessing during the whole book. I found it really difficult to figure out who the baddie was and it took me by surprise when it was finally revealed.
If I love a book, I usually need about 7 to 8 hours to finish it. This book was so good that I had to force myself to stop reading cause I wanted to have the other 5 parts ready and waiting.

The best part, however, was the characters. A character driven novel is usually really good, because the characters create the world they live in and they take their own decisions that form their future. Rose Hathaway is AH-MA-ZING! There really isn’t any other word to describe her. She’s stubborn and she’s not afraid to fight for what she wants. She can be reckless and impulsive sometimes, but hey, who isn’t like that sometimes? Readers can totally identify with Rose and I also found myself enjoying and rooting for other characters as well.

This series is a must-read for all paranormal romance lovers out there. You won’t be disappointed!

Rating: ♥♥♥♥½ – 4 and a half hearts!

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REVIEW: ‘Darkness Calls’ by Marjorie M. Liu

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Ace

Release Date: June 30, 2009

Series: Hunter Kiss

HAUNTED BY THE PAST, DETERMINED TO CHANGE THE FUTURE

“Nomad born and bred, demon hunter Maxine Kiss has always relied on herself to fight the darkness that surrounds her, and the predators – human, zombie, and otherwise – who threaten the earth. One man has managed to get through her protective isolation, but Grant isn’t just special to her. He’s the last of his people, and can use music to control any living creature…including demons. And now that they’ve found him, his life is in danger. 
Maxine follows Grant’s trail through night-bound cities and underground clubs, ending up in an ice palace lost in a fold of time. She comes to understand that to save Grant, she has only one choice – to lose control, and release her own powers of darkness. But a great evil is coming, and Maxine has more to lose than love.”

Praise For The Hunter Kiss Sequence
‘From the imagination of one of today’s most talented authors comes a mesmerizing, darkly disturbing world’ – Romantic Times
‘Excellent…I look forward to reading the further adventures of Maxine Kiss’ – sfrevu.com

My Thoughts
‘Darkness Calls’ is probably the best book from the Hunter Kiss series. It certainly took a while till the story and the characters grew on me, but the sequel to ‘The Iron Hunt’ is remarkable!
The plot, the new characters, and the ever-present Maxine and Grant made this book a success! I loved every minute of reading this book and I finally understand how Maxine works. She’s a very complex character and it took me some time to get to know her. To some it might seem pretty straightforward, but the inner conflict Maxine had to face this time, was utterly mind-blowing.
We all know love is complicated, but when you have to fight a darkness inside you, and keep the person you love safe, all at the same time, it becomes almost impossible. Maxine had to face that and so much more! Of course, she still had the help of the little demon bodyguards: Zee, Raw, Aaz, Dek and Mal – I love these boys, I’ll definitely be thinking about them for some time now. Because of them, I’ll always start laughing when a Bon Jovi songs comes on the radio.
Grant is also not your normal human as I thought he was. As some of you may recall from my previous reviews of the series, I was not very fond of Grant. Past tense. He has a bigger role in this book and I understand now why Marjorie M. Liu paired these two! I used to think Maxine didn’t really need Grant, he didn’t really complete her. He was just the guy she liked and she was this bad-ass demon hunter.
I won’t say more because I’d hate to spoil the fun for you all, but this is definitely a great book and I can’t wait to read the next part in the series.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ – 4 hearts!