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Friday, November 30, 2012

[Review] Ironskin (Ironskin, #1) by Tina Connolly

Title: Ironskin
Series: Ironskin, #1
Author: Tina Connolly
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: October 2, 2012
I received an ARC from NetGalley.

Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

I'm not familiar with the story of Jane Eyre, so I can't comment on how well (or poor) of an interpretation Ironskin is, but I can say that it is a pretty good book on its own. I did find the story to be quite slow, and there was nothing that really compelled me to keep reading, but I still liked it for some reason.

Dorie, Mr. Rochart's daughter whom Jane is governess to, creeps me out! She was born with fey powers, since her mother was killed by fey while pregnant, which is pretty cool (her powers, not her mother's death!). But the way she behaves, and why she can't keep a governess, makes me very uncomfortable. Children with special powers, especially when they don't talk, are down right terrifying to me! I was glad when Jane finally got through to her, and she started behaving more normal. Not just because I was happy she's making progress towards a normal life, but because she became less creepy.

While I loved the whole concept of a war with the fey which left people with curses, I just wish more time had been spent on how this war came about and it's effects. It was mentioned that humans were trading with them for fey technology, but that's about as much as we get. We do get a glimpse into the world of the Ironskin, people who wear various metal garments to contain their curses, but it wasn't much. This was most of the books appeal for me, so I was disappointed.

The one thing I hated in this book was the romance. Yes, you read that correctly. I hated a romance, which is rare. I don't even think it can be called a romance. I was very shocked and confused when all of a sudden about two-thirds in, Jane exclaims, "I love Edward!' What? Where did that even come from? He's not around for most of the book, hiding away in his studio doing whatever it is he does. They have very few interactions, so I felt like I had missed something major when Jane pronounces her feelings. Of course, he returns these feelings and they kiss.

All in all, I liked this one enough. I was bored a lot, and annoyed at the "romance," but I still think it had a good foundation. There were some super disturbing scenes near the end, so I'll definitely read the next book to see where this all goes.

Favorite Quotes

It was not her disfigured side that made her throat clutch and her anger rise; it was her good side. The reminder of how she should look. (5% eARC)

"If the witch drowns, she wasn't a witch," Jane said wryly. (30% eARC)

"I resent being labeled a victim."
"I don't think of you as a victim. As a survivor."
"I resent having had something to survive." (86% eARC)

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

[Review] Crewel (Crewel World, #1) by Gennifer Albin

Title: Crewel
Series: Crewel World, #1
Author: Gennifer Albin
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: October 16, 2012
I received an ARC from NetGalley.

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

Crewel is a highly unique addition to the YA Sci-Fi genre. It's some strange combination of Utopia and Dystopia. I know that sounds weird, but it's true. On the surface Arras looks like a nice place to live. There's no crime, just peace, but this is actually accomplished through weaving time and matter, done by Spinsters. Adelice is 16 years old and has just been recruited as a Spinster despite her's and her family's attempts at hiding her gift. She doesn't want to be responsible for every single aspect of people's lives, including removing those who deviate from the tapestry of life.

One thing that really bothered me about Crewel was all of the talk about gowns and cosmetics. The Spinsters live a very glamorous lifestyle, but why? Their clothes and makeup didn't add anything to the story except a bunch of empty words. I much rather would have been reading more about their job and the compound. They can manipulate space and time, so who cares what they're wearing?! Even Adelice doesn't care very much about the glitz and glamor, so why does the author spend so much time talking about it? It just became irritating about a third of the way in.

The world, Arras, was what I really wanted to learn more about. It's an extremely fascinating concept to have a world where everything can be altered at a simple touch. But it's not very clear how it all works, and even the character don't know. There's plenty of "we're still working things out," and "it wasn't explained" or "that has now been forgotten" and other phrases to kind of push the world building aside. I want to know how this all works! If the Spinsters must weave everything pertaining to life, who weaves the Spinsters? Why the looms? Why do some girls have the gift and others don't? If women ultimately have all of the control, why are they run by men?! Some answers start popping up in the last third, but they also sparked more questions about this complex and compelling world!

As for the plot...I was less interested, but there wasn't much of a plot to start out with anyway. The first two thirds are essentially just Adelice being "tested" by a jealous head Spinster and basically being told to "shut up and look pretty" by everyone who knows about her special talent. Of course, there's also the love triangle, but we never really get any real scenes of the boys and Adelice doing anything lovey related until a random kiss with one of them. It's more implied though, since she's never been around boys before and now all of a sudden there's two set to guard her and cater to her.

We also don't even get to know Erik that well at all, so it's almost like he doesn't exist until he's needed as eye-candy. I did like Jost though, but he was also the more fleshed out of the two love interests. This isn't really surprising though, since our heroine is a pretty bland character, too. In short, the world and the concept completely out shine the characters and the plot, and ultimately, it's what kept me interested, if not invested.

By the end I was getting a headache trying to figure everything out, and things started getting very weird and slightly creepy. There's some explanations about the history of Arras, but it's still confusing as heck. Plus there's all kinds of random things that start popping up seemingly out of nowhere. Overall, Crewel is an interesting read even if the plot, characters, and romance are lackluster. Will I read the next book? Most definitely! Would I recommend this one? Yes, if you're looking for something really out there and can overlook my complaints.

Favorite Quotes

It's one thing to be catty about others' misfortunes but harder to admit your own. (21% eARC)

"I'm dead already. We all are."
"Death is peaceful," he growls. "This half-life is worse." (27% eARC)

"Perhaps there was a purpose to the natural order of things," I say in a soft voice, but he ignores me. (85% eARC)

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[Blitz + Giveaway] Veer (Clayton Falls, #2) by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Title: Veer
Series: Clayton Falls, #2
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Release Date: November 29, 2012

Only when you let go can you learn to live. Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it's been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet.

Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer. When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

[Review] Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Title: Monstrous Beauty
Author: Elizabeth Fama
Pages: 304 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: September 4, 2012
I received an ARC from NetGalley.

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.

Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

Mermaid books have yet to impress me and even Monstrous Beauty, which is a fabulous mix of fantasy, folk lore, and mystery, failed to wow me. It's beautifully written and drew me in from the prologue, but then fell off somewhere in the middle. The mermaids in this book are beautiful, yet terrifying, and a bit tragic. The overall tone of the book is on the darker and more mature, but I liked that a lot.

The story alternates between past and present which is something I really enjoy. Hester is our present day heroine, who is afraid of her family history. All of the women seem to die shortly after childbirth, so Hester is determined to avoid love and sex at all costs. She's also taken an interest in the so-called church hauntings. Are there ghosts or something else? And do her ancestors have something to do with it? Then we have Ezra who lives in 1872 and falls in love with a mermaid who nearly kills him. His tale is full of loss and sorrow, and I enjoyed his chapters much more than Hester's.

While it starting off quite promising, around the midpoint it felt like the author was trying to do too much with the story. There were mermaids, sea witches, forbidden love, ghost hauntings, reincarnation, and all kinds of other things thrown out there. Somehow I also got bored with it towards the end. I had figured many things out before Hester thanks to the historical chapters, and it just became a waiting game to see when she'd figure it out and when we finally get the whole story.

Another reason why I think I was let down by Monstrous Beauty was that it became too much of a ghost story. I've had pretty bad luck with ghost books, so combined with my less than stellar track record with mermaids, it was a recipe for disaster. Luckily, the concept for this one was so unique and I enjoyed the writing that I was still able to enjoy it.

In the end, Monstrous Beauty is most definitely not a bad book. It's beautiful and complex, but it became something I just didn't particularly care for. Fans of mermaids, ghosts, and mysteries are certain to love this one. I just happen to be iffy about those three genres.

Favorite Quotes

"There is no satisfaction in eternity," she said. "There is only loss." (10% eARC)

She was more powerful than he could have imagined. He was more fragile than he'd thought. (14% eARC)

How strange the world was, that a necklace should exist virtually forever, and a human life, worth so much more, should be short. (53% eARC)

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Waiting on Wednesday [26]

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It's so we can show what pre-published books we're anticipating! So what title am I featuring this week...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [35]

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!

[Cover Reveal] The Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater and Kody Boye

Title: The Midnight Spell
Author: Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye
Designer: Phatpuppy Art
Release Date: February, 2013

Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas. The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.

On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the best friends realize that finding a boyfriend is the least of their worries. Soon Adam and Christy will have to battle a force of darkness that has killed in their town before, and will again.

Monday, November 26, 2012

One Year Blogoversary!

First, thank you to everyone who has followed, subscribed, read, commented, or even just viewed my little blog! You're all awesome!

Another big thank you to all of the bloggers whose blogs I follow, especially those of you who post blogging tips, tricks, and advice. I never would have gotten to this point with out your help.

A special thank you (again) to Jenny @ Into the Morning Reads / Inside the Kaleidoscope, who has unfortunately left the blogosphere, for my beautiful blog design! I would be stuck in the realm of stock and generic if not for you.

And a HUGE thank you to all of the authors that I've had the chance to work with in my first year!

2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge

 Seriously, how could I resist a Paranormal Reading Challenge?! It's my favorite genre! But the point of this challenge is to read at least one book for each of the paranormal creatures listed. It's all about variety! I'll add my books as I read them along with my rating and review.


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(ie: sirens, unicorns, centaurs, timetravel etc.)

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Showcase Sunday [53]

Showcase Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits, and Tea to show off our newest books and book related goods!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

[Review] Claus: Legend of the Fat Man by Tony Bertauski

Title: Claus: Legend of the Fat Man
Author: Tony Bertauski
Pages: 327 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: June 19, 2012

The Christmas story you never heard.

In the early 1800s, Nicholas, Jessica and Jon Santa attempt the first human trek to the North Pole and stumble upon an ancient race of people left over from the Ice Age. They are short, fat and hairy. They slide across the ice on scaly soles and carve their homes in the ice that floats on the Arctic Ocean. The elven are adapted to life in the extreme cold. They are as wise as they are ancient.

Their scientific advancements have yielded great inventions -- time-stopping devices and gravitational spheres that build living snowmen and genetically-modified reindeer that leap great distances. They’ve even unlocked the secrets to aging. For 40,000 years, they have lived in peace.

Until now.

An elven known as The Cold One has divided his people. He’s tired of their seclusion and wants to conquer the world. Only one elven stands between The Cold One and total chaos. He’s white-bearded and red-coated. The Santa family will help him stop The Cold One. They will come to the aid of a legendary elven known as...Claus.

Even though I don't celebrate Christmas, I was still eager to read Claus, because I do enjoy holiday stories, and it seemed like a fun read. It ended up being an interesting mix of Fantasy and Science Fiction with some adventure elements thrown in. Unfortunately, I didn't fully grasp my attention and was missing that special holiday magic for me.

At the beginning, I wasn't sure about it. I liked the elven who lived under the ice, the blue "leaping" reindeer, the technology, and the on going war between the elven, but something seemed off to me. Part of it was the language used. No one sounded like they were from the 1880s. Claus, Jack, and the over elven, I can understand since they live in more advanced society, but Nicholas and his family? Not really. They also didn't seem surprised by the technology that the elven had even though it wouldn't have existed for them yet. This was something that continuously nagged at me.

I didn't enjoy this one as much as The Annihilation of Foreverland, but it was still a pretty good story. It was a little stranger than I was expecting, but it was clearly a unique and well thought out retelling of the origin of Santa Claus. I just felt a little lost at times, since there seemed to be a lot going on. The ending was also quite predictable once the main elements were introduced, so the ending lacked that wow factor. Overall, it just wasn't what I was hoping for, but if you're looking for a holiday tale that's really different, I'd say give this one a try.

Favorite Quotes

"Magic is what you call something you don't understand." (6%)

No matter the size, anything that can't harness the mind is very small. (24%)

"To walk along the path of truth can be very uncomfortable. Truth does not seek comfort. It does not reject pain. It asks you to be present at all times." (68%)

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Friday, November 23, 2012

[Review] Just One Drop (The Grey Wolves, #3) by Quinn Loftis

Title: Just One Drop
Series: The Grey Wolves, #3
Author: Quinn Loftis
Pages: 239 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: February 4, 2012

Jennifer Adams, best friend to Jacque Pierce and Sally Morgan, spicy, out spoken, a little crazy and human...or so she thought. Jen has just found out that human DNA is not the only thing that resides in her veins, she happens to share that little pesky werewolf gene, although it isn't more than just a drop. Now that she and her friends are living in Romania with Fane's pack, she is also oh so conveniently stuck with the object of her affection, the fur ball Decebel.

Drawn to each other by something they don't understand Jen finds herself frustrated by the lack of mating signs between her and said fur ball. Not only is she dealing with that not so un-frustrating problem, she now has been informed that because of that little drop of werewolf blood in her she is now required to attended a multi-pack gathering for un-mated wolves. This type of gathering hasn't taken place in over a century but with a shortage of females among the werewolf population the males are getting worried they won't ever find their true mates.

Meanwhile Decebel struggles with the emotions he is feeling towards Jen. He tries to keep his distance but there is just something about the mouthy blonde that keeps him coming back for more of her verbal abuse that he just can't seem to get enough of...go figure

Jacque and Fane are now properly mated (and married), and they're back in Romanian with the rest of the pack and Jacque's two best friends. Jennifer got a huge shock during her friend's blood rites ceremony: she has werewolf blood, too! It's just one drop, but it's enough to make her part of the pack. She's now one of the very few females that can be mated to the male wolves. Of course, she already has her eyes set on one in particular, Decebel, who's been watching her back.

My favorite part about Just One Drop was that we got to delve deeper into werewolf history and customs. In the first two books the plot was almost completely focused on the romance, but this time we get some actual world building. An old tradition is being reinstated, where all unmated wolves come together for The Gathering. Jen and Dec are not happy about having to attend, since they won't be able to spend time along together. They would if the mating signs would appear, but they haven't, so to the other packs they are not true mates.

Since Jen is the star of this book, there's a whole lot of scheming going it. This one is a lot more fun than the previous two since Jen makes sure something is always happening. The nefarious plot doesn't really start until around 80%, and then it ends on a cliffhanger! That is not fair at all! We also get to know Sally better this time around, and of course there's something special about her, too. Now, I guess I have to get my hands on the fourth book!

Favorite Quotes

"Note to self, lock bedroom door at night to keep perky morning people out." (7%)

Is he going to kiss me? Am I ready for him to kiss me? Jen laughed at that question. Has Joan Rivers had enough plastic surgery to qualify as a plastic figurine? Enough said. (42%)

"Everyone has a destiny and no matter how many times they wander, they will always find their way back to the path that will fulfill their purpose." (69%)

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

[Review] Blood Rites (The Grey Wolves, #2) by Quinn Loftis

Title: Blood Rites
Series: The Grey Wolves, #2
Author: Quinn Loftis
Pages: 246 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: November 18, 2011

With the challenge complete and the corrupt Alpha of Coldspring defeated Fane is now free to complete the mate bond with Jacque and perform the Blood Rites. Although the challenge is done, the affects are far reaching. Once it is known that Vasile, one of the strongest Alphas in the world is in America, specifically Coldspring, TX, there is one Alpha who cannot over look the significance of this. An Alpha who happens to share Jacque's DNA, but is this the one she needs to fear?

With her mom driving and her two best friends, Jen and Sally in tow, Jacque sets off for her happily ever after. She will soon realize a plan has been put in motion that will change her course and possibly tear her from Fane's grasp forever. It will take a wolf pack, her mother's love, her two best friend's unrelenting determination, her own will to survive and the undying love of her mate to bring her home. The question remains, if she fights, if she endures, who will she be, what will be left once she is back in her mates arms?

Blood Rites starts out with a bang! Literally! There is an explosion! Even though Fane won the right to the bonding ceremony, there is still someone out there who doesn't want to see Jacque bonded to him. That someone? Her long lost father's Beta. Why is he going through all of that trouble? Apparently, Jacque is a hot commodity among werewolves, and Logan is in desperate need of a mate. Any mate, at any cost.

I enjoyed this one much more than Prince of Wolves. It was faster paced as the action starts in the very beginning. It was a little disorienting at first, since the POV randomly jumped around in the first third, but it smoothed out as soon as all of the major players were together. The plot was also better, and there were actually some scenes where I caught myself holding my breath. Not because they were particularly suspenseful, but just because of the awfulness of the situation.

This second book also introduces a new blossoming relationship: Jen and Decebel. Jen has been a source of much hilarity and annoyance, but she's really growing on me. The way she constantly provoked Dec had me smiling, especially when he had no idea how to respond to her. She also had some more vulnerable scenes near the end that show she's not just a horny teenager with no filter between her brain and mouth. I'm definitely look forward to seeing more of her in the next book.

While I did enjoy this one more, it seems like this series as a whole could use more editing. The dialogue wasn't quite as bad as the first, but there are a lot of typos and choppy transitions. Since there was a slight improve between this book and the last, I hope that trend continues.

Favorite Quotes

"You will make her happy. You will also make her mad, sad, and annoyed, probably a little claustrophic at times, but you will make her happy. Your wolf will step in when your human side steps out of line. The wolf only sees black and white, all he understands is that she is your mate, that you must love her, protect her, provide for her, play with her, and make her content. Your human side will fill in the gap of emotions the wolf does not understand." (pg 23)

"Pack members talk, Vasile. You know how it is. A group of wolves together is worse than a beauty shop when it comes to gossip." (pg 56)

"Do you have any idea what it's like to be alone? To be empty on the inside and feel like you are being consumed by it? That is why I''m going this. (pg 208)

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Why I Love YA

The super amazing Beth Revis is having a giveaway for a TON of signed YA books. As one of the entries we're suppose to post about why we love the YA genre, so here is what I have to say.

When I was a teen, I actually skipped the YA genre completely. I went from Goosebumps and Fear Street straight to adult Chick Lit when I started high school. I felt like I had to read more mature books to appear more mature, since I was starting high school at 12 and was often picked on for being young. I love Chick Lit, so I didn't feel like I was missing out on anything. It wasn't until I was 19 and saw Twilight that I picked up a YA book. I loved the Twilight series despite it's obvious flaws! But it wasn't until I joined Goodreads a few years later that I really got into the YA genre.

Even though I'm 23, I identify better with the teenage protagonists. I haven't experienced any of the "adult problems" that sometimes come up in adult books, but I can most definitely relate to high school drama, first boyfriends, balancing friends and school, etc. YA deals with so many problems I can remember facing as a teen, although my first boyfriend was most definitely not a hott supernatural entity!

So thank you to all of the amazing YA authors out there! And Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

[Review] Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves, #1) by Quinn Loftis

Title: Prince of Wolves
Series: The Grey Wolves, #1
Author: Quinn Loftis
Pages: 230 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: June 29, 2011

Jaque Pierce was just an ordinary 17 year old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don't realize the last two weeks of their summer was going to get a lot more interesting. From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels an instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn to is actually a Canis lupis, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate; the other half of his soul. The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, Texas.

Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane's mate and complete the bond between them?

Prince of Wolves introduces a narrative style that I wasn't sure if I was going to like or not. It's alternates between Jacque and Fane's perspectives, but instead of the story continuously moving forward, several chapters are told twice: once by Jacque and once by Fane. This of course makes the story unnecessarily longer (it's still pretty short though), but we get the full story from both sides. I thought it was going to annoy to me to have to read every situation twice, but it didn't. I actually quite liked the "he said, she said" since it's two totally different perspectives and it stopped about half way through the book.

The story is pretty fun, although it's the typical werewolf bond, soul-mate type story, where the girl has no clue what she is until she meets the sexy stranger. I don't read too many werewolf books, so it hasn't grown old for me and I was still able to enjoy it. It moves at a good pace. There always seems to be something happening, but the main conflict doesn't appear until halfway through. Jacque's friends also provide some great comic relief through out.

I have one major complaint: the dialogue is awful! Sometimes it's very stiff and formal, but I kind of expect that from Fane, since he's royalty and English isn't his first language. Coming from everyone else though, it just feels awkward. But Jacque and her friend's also use the most horrific slang! It's so outdated and irritating! I hadn't heard most of these expressions in over a decade, if I'd even heard them before at all. It was just a little over-the-top at times.

Overall, Prince of Wolves has a pretty good story, but it could greatly benefit from more editing, especially in the dialogue department. There's also some annoyance whenever Fane or his family speak Romanian. For some reason the English translation is in parentheses, but then the next paragraph will have Fane translating to the non-Romanian speakers anyway. It was fairly awkward to read. I have the next two books, so I'll be continuing the series. I just hope the writing has improved.

Favorite Quotes

Overall, it was a charming home. A home in which a person would feel comfortable - a normal home. Fane hoped this was the case because "normal" was not usually a part of his vocabulary. He was, after all, from a family of werewolves. (pg 10)

"Sal, if you're going to hear voices why on earth would you hear one that speaks in Romanian?"
"Well, duh, because you have a secret fantasy about running away with a gorgeous Romanian noble to his beautiful ice castle." (pg 62)

"Listen carefully, Lucas Steele, because I will only say this once. I am NOT your mate, I will never be your mate, and if you ever put your hands on me again I will cut them off along with other body parts you might want to use one day. Got it?" (pg 143)

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Wishlist Wednesday [15]

Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper. It's where we get to share books that have been on our wishlists forever or are newly added. I'll be alternating this with Waiting on Wednesday. My Amazon Wishlist is overflowing, so what title am I featuring this week...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2013 Debut Author Challenge

I am super excited to be participating in this challenge again! I discovered so many amazing new authors during the 2012 challenge, and I'm looking forward to doing it all again! This post is serving as my sign up, goal, and tracking post. Listed below are some of the 2013 debuts that have caught my eye and I'd like to read. As I read them I'll add a link to my review.


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