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Thursday, January 31, 2013

[Review] Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon

Cover Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Title: Dragonfly in Amber
Series: Outlander, #2
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Pages: 960 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Dell
Release Date: January 1, 1992
Source: Library

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ...and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ....

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves ...

I feel like I'm going to be reviewing three different books here, but based on the length of Dragonfly in Amber, I could be! But seriously, each third of the book is very different than the others as Claire tells her story. The book starts out in 1968, which definitely threw me off, despite reading the description. I couldn't help but wonder why the heck Claire is in the future, with a 20 year old daughter who looks like Jaime.

The answer to that comes fairly quickly, as Claire asks Roger to help her research some of the men she knew. She wants to know if Jaime had died in battle, before she reveals the truth to her daughter. Of course, I feel like the answer to that question is fairly obvious since there's more books to come, and it's the main reason why this wasn't a 5 star read for me. However, it was still interesting to see what led Claire to return to modern times.

The first third of the book was a little strange, other than taking place in the 60s. It flip-flops between 1st and 3rd for the first six chapters as the story follows either Claire or Roger. It was a little annoying, but it didn't last long, for which I was grateful. Then once Claire is telling about her time in the 18th century, it was a little slow. She and Jaime are in Paris, and are on a mission to stop a battle that results in the death of many Scots. The author is quite wordy, but I could easily picture everything taking place, even if it wasn't the most exciting or interesting.

The middle third is fantastic! There's plenty of Jamie and Claire, and everything that can go wrong does go wrong. It's heartbreaking watching them go through these things both together and separately. This isn't a happy section of the book at all, but it is the best part, in my opinion. We see Claire and Jamie challenge each other, as well as support each other. They go through so much together during this period, but their love never falters!

Once the battle begins the book slows down again. The final third involves a lot of Claire tending to injured men and traveling. There are a few tense scenes that added some action though. It felt like a waiting game, since I knew we were getting close to the point where Claire has to travel back to her time. It doesn't happen at all how I thought it would, but it does happen in a way that's consistent with the characters. It really is a heartbreaking scene.

The ending isn't shocking or unexpected at all, like I already said, but it does involve a major cliffhanger, and of course I'll be continuing this series! There's also some fun connections to the first book which I wasn't expecting. Well, this review is getting quite lengthy, so I'll just end by saying this is a nearly perfect sequel to a fabulous book!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

[Review] The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Cover Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Title: The Mad Scientist's Daughter
Author: Cassandra Rose Clarke
Pages: 400 (Paperback)
Publisher: Angry Robot
Release Date: January 29, 2013
Source: NetGalley

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is the heartbreaking story of the journey from childhood to adulthood, with an intriguing science fictional twist.

There’s never been anyone - or anything - quite like Finn.

He looks, and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task is to tutor Cat.

When the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Cat has always been different. Her parents kept her out of school, until they decided that her father's robot assistant, Finn, should tutor her. As a little girl, Cat's only friend was Finn, and then as she grew up, her parent's were worried about that and sent her off to high school. Sure, she made some friends, but Finn was always the one she came back to. Of course, that friendship grew into so much more, at least for Cat. Can a robot fall in love? Finn doesn't think he can, but the way he behaves with Cat suggests otherwise.

I was madly in love with this book from the very beginning. It reminded me a lot of Bicentennial Man, which happens to be one of my favorite movies. Both have seriously heartbreaking plots that I just can't help but be drawn to. Falling in love is hard enough without having to wonder if the other is even capable of it. Cat also struggles with the fact that it's not normal to love a machine, and she tries to fit into society as much as possible. This causes her to make some bad decisions throughout her life, and Finn even points out some of her bad behavior, which she just shrugs off.

Through the entire book we never know exactly what Finn is thinking or feeling, much like Cat. However, I do think his actions and choice of words easily express the more complex emotions that he so matter-of-factly says he does not experience, mainly jealousy, love, and frustration.

While the story did drag in the last third, I still am very much in love with this book. I kept hoping that things would work out for Cat and Finn, and I couldn't put my Kindle down until I found out. The ending made me cry like a baby, and I am so glad that I randomly requested this one! Five star reviews are so hard to write, so let's just say I loved it and suggest you all go read it.

Favorite Quotes

No surprise could be worth waking up in the dark empty time before dawn. (7% eARC)

"People do lots of things that aren't good for them." (31% eARC)

"Well, if you believe in ghosts, then it's not so scary for someone to die, because you can still see them. You know, they'll keep on being there." (86% eARC)

Title Quotes

"Making gifts is not something to be taken lightly, Mad Scientist's Daughter." (50% eARC)

The mad scientist's daughter, they were saying, in their lazy honey-drawl voices. The mad scientist's daughter, back from the dead. (64% eARC)

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Wishlist Wednesday [20]

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, January 29, 2013

[18+ Review] Monet Love, An Erotic Love Story by Blue Knight

Cover Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Title: Monet Love
Author: Blue Knight
Release Date: May 17, 2012
Source: Author

Monet Love, a hardworking nurse, has everything in her life but the man of her dreams. Sparks fly as an unexpected, passionate encounter makes it so that Monet goes from having no man in her life to having to choose between two disarmingly handsome and skilled lovers. This sizzling, erotic romance will keep you guessing until the end. Monet Love contains sexually explicit scenes between consenting adults and is intended for mature audiences only.

Monet Love is a very short and very disappointing story about a women, Monet, who has no idea what she wants, or who she wants. She started out as a confident woman who just wanted sex, then turns into some spineless woman who runs away with a man she doesn't even like. This story spans a year or two, I don't even know, since the time jumps are not clear at all, and Monet seems to end up in the same place as she started. It's all very underdeveloped, even for a short story.

The Beginning ★★☆☆☆
I immediately didn't like Monet. There's a fine line between confident and cocky, and she crossed it. I like when female characters are happy with their appearance, but Monet just takes it a little too far. I also found the dialogue quite awkward, and some of the things Monet and Dwayne say to each other during their sexual encounters made me cringe.

Island Steam ★★☆☆☆
The story jumps to about 6 months later and Monet has moved to St. Thomas to get away from Dwayne and her other ex, Miguel. I would have liked to see more of Monet and Dwayne's relationship, rather than seeing their first hook up and the next page they've been broken up for 4 months. Also Monet seemed to get a personality transplant. She was in control in Part 1, and now she doesn't even consider saying no to Miguel despite not wanting to be with him? I don't think so. This part caused a lot of eye rolling, since it's all just unbelievable.

Resolution ★☆☆☆☆
Wow, that was a super rushed and unnecessary conflict. Monet continues to have no backbone, and there's another two time jumps. The first shows Monet wondering if she should be getting married to Miguel, whom she clearly doesn't even like, and of course running to Dwayne again. Then another jump to next Super Bowl where she's not friendly with Dwayne. What just happened? I have no idea.

Monday, January 28, 2013

[Blast] Leopard Moon (Moon, #1) by Jeanette Battista

Title: Leopard Moon
Series: Moon, #1
Author: Jeanette Battista
Pages: 206 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: March 7, 2012
Purchase: Amazon (FREE) || B&N

How do you disappear when you come from a family of predators?

A wereleopard, Kess is forced to flee her home and family in Miami once her brother's obsession with her turns violent. She runs from city to city, trying to stay one step ahead of the investigators her family has dispatched to bring her home. Kess ends up in the mountains of North Carolina and attracts the attention of Cormac, a young man with a secret of his own. As she attempts to live as normal a life as her were-nature allows, her brother Sek continues to hunt for her. He believes she is the key to revitalizing their weakened clan and is driven to extreme measures to ensure their continued existence. As Kess' relationship with Cormac deepens, Sek closes in, threatening Cormac's life and Kess' freedom.

When the moon rises, the hunt is on…

Guest Post:

I'll be honest--I wasn't planning to write a book like Leopard Moon. I had an entirely different story in my head at the time, but it just wasn't coming into clear focus. That's the funny way writing works though: there I am, sitting at a red light on my way to meet my friends for a birthday martini and pedicure, listening to Florence + the Machine and WHAM! The song Howl comes on and this whole lovely scene just starts unfolding in my head. There was Kess, running through the woods, ripping off of her clothes as she triggered a change into a black leopard. And there was Cormac, standing in a different part of the woods being beaten mercilessly by the villain. I didn't know Sek was going to turn out to be Kess' brother, but I did know who he was as a character and what he wanted.

It was truly a gift: the entire final fight scene just unspooled itself along with the song lyrics. Each beat of the song matched a key point in the fight. The more I listened, the more I realized that the lyrics could apply to all of the characters in the main triangle at some point in the story I suddenly wanted to tell. And I wanted that story to be more than just boy meeting girl--I wanted that story to be about girl saving boy, but more importantly about girl saving herself. The song Howl gave me Kess first and Sekhmet second, so a lot of what I tried to do with them was to show them as two halves of a whole, two sides of a coin. Howl, at least to me, wasn't a love song at all--it was a song about possession and obsession and all of those things that show up in our animal drives. that we'd like to forget exists.

So when I began to craft Kess and Sek, Howl played on a continuous loop. And though the song speaks of wolves, I knew these two had to be cats. Wolves have a more social nature and are more easily understood by us--I think it comes from them being a a precursor to our beloved dogs. Cats are an unknown quantity, strange and separate, even if they choose to share space with us. I wanted real darkness there, not just a brief bit of danger that would be easily resolved. Obsession and mental illness gave Sek that scariness, but also--I hope--a bit of sympathy. He really does love his sister and wants what is best for her and his clan. I never intended to excuse his behavior, but I did want to try and understand it.

Just like the song made me understand that narrator of that story. I can only hope I did half so well.

About the Author:

Jeanette Battista graduated with an English degree with a concentration in medieval literature which explains her possibly unhealthy fixation on edged weapons and cathedral architecture. She spent a summer in England and Scotland studying the historical King Arthur, which did nothing to curb her obsession. To satisfy her adrenaline cravings—since sword fighting is not widely accepted in these modern times—she rode a motorcycle at ridiculously high speeds, got some tattoos, and took kickboxing and boxing classes. She gave up the bike when her daughter came along, although she still gets pummeled at the gym on a regular basis.

When she’s not writing or working, Jeanette spends time with family, hikes, reads, makes decadent brownies, buys killer boots, and plays Pocket Frogs. She wishes there were more hours in the day so she could actually do more of these things. She lives with her daughter and their ancient, ill-tempered cat in North Carolina.


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[Review] What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know, #2) by Sonya Sones

Cover Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Title: What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know
Series: What My Mother Doesn't Know, #2
Author: Sonya Sones
Pages: 291 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 5, 2007
Source: Library

My name is Robin.
This book is about me.
It tells the story of what happens
when after almost 15 pathetic years of loserdom,
the girl of my dreams finally falls for me.

That seems like it would be
a good thing, right?
Only it turns out to be
a lot more complicated than that

Because I'm not gonna lie to you --
there are naked women involved.
Four of them, to be exact.
Though not in the way you might think.

Don't get me wrong -- my girlfriend's amazing.
But the way things have been going lately,
I'm starting to believe that the only thing worse
than not getting what you want,

is getting it

I really enjoyed What My Mother Doesn't Know, so I was excited to pick up its sequel. In What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know we get into Robin's head. Getting the male perspective is somewhat rare, especially from female authors, so that definitely intrigued me more. I was also curious about him from the first book, since he was loner, and his classmates used his last name, Murphy, as an insult.

The tone of this book is very different than the previous. Sophie's book was light and humorous, but Robin's is heavy and slightly depressing. Their new relationship has not been easy, as their classmates ridicule them, some even think it's some kind of joke. Even Sophie's supposed best friends give them dirty looks and refuse to hang out with her as long as she's dating "Murphy." I felt so bad for Robin, since he's worried about how this is effecting Sophie despite the brave face she puts on. He's used to be shut out by others, but now he's bringing her with him. Also while sweet, it was also a little sad how Robin did things just to make Sophie happy. It was like he was trying too hard to make her like him, even though she clearly already does.

It's not all gloom and doom. There's still some very funny lines sprinkled throughout, especially when Robin gets a crash course in life drawing (and we're not talking trees!). Although when things seem to looking up, they actually crash to rock bottom. I felt more of an emotional connection with this one, and enjoyed it a lot more than the first. I'll definitely be checking out more books by this author.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

[Review] Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Cover Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Title: Nobody But Us
Author: Kristin Halbrook
Pages: 272 (Paperback)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: January 29, 2012
Source: Edelweiss

Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

I immediately knew I wanted to read Nobody But Us. It sounded like one of those heart breaking, gut wrenching stories that I love so much. I was also hoping on shedding some tears. Well, this book is sad, but I didn't cry. In fact, the end left me feeling confused. I read this straight through in one afternoon, so I did enjoy it. It had me hooked from the beginning, but I'm still not sure how I feel about the ending and the book as a whole.

The story follows Zoe and Will, two very damaged teenagers who are in love and want to get away from their lives. Will just turned 18, so he's been kicked out of his group home. He's leaving and he takes his 15 year old girlfriend with him, since she's abused by her alcoholic father. They're excited to run away together and be free, but Will also spends their whole trip paranoid about the past catching up with him. He's made some awful mistakes, and makes even bigger ones once they've crossed a few state lines.

I had this horrible feeling the entire time I was reading. I knew something awful was going to happen. Then about half way through, things appeared to be looking up. I started feeling hopeful right along with Zoe and Will. Then things take a turn for the worse. It was clear from the beginning that their story could not end well, but I didn't want things to go the way they did. I was actually mad at Zoe near the end. I know she does the right thing, but I was so emotionally invested in these two, that I couldn't believe what happened.

At the end I was mad, confused, and sad. I expected a bad ending, but not what actually happened. It was shocking, but also unsatisfying. It seemed like a shock ending for the sake of a shock ending. There is a hint of hope at the end, so that's good. I just wanted something more out this book, but I didn't get it. It's still a worthwhile read though.

Favorite Quotes

I guess it was just a case of the old stain on a hidden part of the wallpaper. When you see something often enough, it becomes invisible. (8% eARC)

A wolf can take down a buffalo if it needs to. (25% eARC)

Why can't being happy, being free, be the right thing? (81% eARC)

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Friday, January 25, 2013

[Review] Wings of Arian (The Solus Trilogy, #1) by Devri Walls

Cover Rating: ★★★★☆
Title: Wings of Arian
Series: The Solus Trilogy, #1
Author: Devri Walls
Pages: 486 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: StoneHouse Ink
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Source: Amazon Freebie

Kiora thought she had never heard a lie until she was sixteen. But she was wrong. Her entire existence was based on nothing but. She thought that evil did not exist. Lie. That magic was not real. Lie. And that the land of Meros was all there was. One more lie.

With Aleric telling her that evil is knocking on the door and that she is the only one who can stop them she has a choice to make. Refuse, or start the wildest most painful ride of her life.

She reluctantly dips her toe into her new existence of magic and threads, dragons and shapeshifters, and the person who wants to take control of it all: the evil Dralazar.

However, this journey was never meant to be hers alone. She will be accompanied by a Protector. To her disbelief, and utter irritation they name the hotheaded, stubborn, non-magical, (albeit gorgeous) Prince Emane. They will have to trust each other with their lives, but right now Kiora would settle for a non hostile conversation.

And now it comes down to this, If you had never heard a lie, would you know when you heard one? Is knowing good from evil innate? Kiora finds herself having to decide who lives and who dies on those very questions.

The cover totally screams Paranormal Romance, not High Fantasy, but that's okay because it's a genre that I'm growing to love. But the description is also quite misleading. Lies do not make up as huge of a part as it makes it out to be. Yes, Kiora has been lied to in a sense, but the actuality of the situation is that no one talks about magic where she's from, since no one knows it exists. At least not until an ancient prophecy is coming to life, and even then only those involved learn about the magic.

I did enjoy this book, but let's start with what I didn't like. Number one being Kiora. She's just not an interesting heroine, at all. She's the chosen Solus, who is a magical human that is suppose to banish evil once and for all. Of course, she's also the most epic magic user in history. However, she has no flaws, unless you count being overly good, sweet, innocent, and caring as a flaw. Throughout the book you always know that she's going to do the nice thing (not necessarily the right thing) no matter what. Evil creatures are about to kill them, they have been disarmed, does she kill or even injure them so they can't get her? Nope, she just leaves and pleads with everyone else whose lives are in danger to just leave them be. Sure that's nice, but it's a war! They will kill whoever they can as soon as they're able! She also cries a lot, about everything.

The second problem is that the story isn't that memorable. I read parts of this over three different days and found that I couldn't remember what had just happened during my previous reading session. That's not good. There was nothing that kept me excited to keep reading, which is why it took me so long to finish.

Now for the good stuff. I loved the magic! It was interesting to watch Kiora learn about her magic and read parts of the ancient text that she's studying. This was also the only time Kiora wasn't perfect. She would sometimes mess up spells with disastrous results, or accidentally do something really awesome. I think the way magic works was explained very well without being info dumpy.

Shapeshifters, Pegasus (Pegases? Pegasi?), and dragons, oh my! I adored these mythical creatures! Arturo, the Pegasus, has so much attitude! He steals almost every scene he's in! The shapeshifters were also especially awesome. They can morph into anything they imagine, including things that don't even exist (Drustan turns into something hilarious at one point). My favorite part of the book was when Kiora and Emane were staying with the shapeshifters. There's also a budding romance, but that hasn't gone very far yet, so I don't have much to say about it.

Overall, this was an enjoyable enough read, if not very memorable. The plot is the typical good versus evil, but I'm still not sure I know why Dralazar is doing what he's doing, but there's still two more books. I hope things clear up sooner rather than later. I'm definitely looking forward to more magic, more Arturo, and more romance! Hopefully in the next book Kiora becomes less goody-goody, too.

Favorite Quotes

"You are all the same," Morcant's voice was growing louder, booming through the trees, "thinking that you are better than the rest. You humans have no idea what is in the world around you and yet you claim your superiority over it." (20%

Seeing the future was worse than the past she thought. Seeing the future made you think you had a chance at changing it. (34%)

"I would rather wait a hundred years to her you say those words, and know that you mean them, rather than hear them now and never really know."
"That's not fair to you," she whispered.
"It is. When I hear those words I will know that you mean them. I will wait, Kiora." (56%)

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

[Review + Giveaway] Transfusion (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, #1) by Nikki Jefford

Cover Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Title: Transfusion
Series: Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, #1
Author: Nikki Jefford
Pages: 242 (Paperback)
Release Date: November 27, 2012
Source: Amazon Freebie

If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn’t hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand.

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?

The blurb for Transfusion had me at "glorified chew toy"! Aurora Sky has a rare blood type that, when mixed with a cocktail of pathogens, causes paralysis in vampires when they bite her. Of course, the government wants to make use of her in their fight against the bloodsuckers. After a car accident, the government rescues Aurora in exchange for her services, and immediately begin her training. Aurora is of course reluctant, and wants to be a normal teenager.

I really liked the twist on vampirism that the author uses. Not all of it is new, like a virus causing someone to become a vampire, but a lot of it I hadn't read before. For example, the different vampire ailments such as sensitivity to sunlight, garlic, and no reflection are caused by whatever virus they've contracted. And only people with AB- blood can be changed. I always like when there's a scientific basis to the supernatural, and this one is simple but still interesting.

The plot is fast paced and action packed. Aurora gets to kill a few evil vampires with no help from her hunky partner, Dante. There's also a romance blossoming between Aurora and her classmate, Fane. Their chemistry is sizzlin', but they're not without their problems. I can't say more without spoiling it, but it does become quite obvious early on in the book. It was still fun to read though.

I enjoyed this one much better than the other book I've read by this author. Maybe it's just my love of all things vampire, or this book is just better as she grows as a writer. No matter the reason, this is a great start to what looks like it's going to be a fabulous series. I can't wait to see what comes next for Aurora!

Favorite Quotes

"I don't want to go back home. She'll want me to decorate and eat cookies."
Fane laughed. "Clearly you come from a dysfunctional family." (12%)

"Want to hang with us in the library?" Noel asked.
I hesitated. This badass group hung out in the library? (27%)

"Yeah, and nice boys aren't always nice, either." (43%)

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About the Author:

Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. She writes edgy teen fiction, including the Spellbound Trilogy and Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter.

Nikki married S├ębastien, the love of her life, while working as a teaching assistant in France during the 1999/2000 school year. They now reside in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands, 70 miles northeast of Forks, Washington.



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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

[Review] Sucker Bet (Vegas Vampires, #4) by Erin McCarthy

Cover Rating: ★★★★☆
Title: Sucker Bet
Series: Vegas Vampires, #4
Author: Erin McCarthy
Pages: 296 (Paperback)
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: January 2, 2008
Source: Purchased

A night of indulgence can feel like an eternity. Gwenna Carrick has a history-900 years of it. As the vampiress ex-wife of the notorious vampire Roberto Donatelli, she must keep a low profile. Not easy when you're bathed in the neon glow of Las Vegas--especially when there's a whole online group of vampire slayers bent on dealing you your last hand.

A wild night with a stranger was not in the cards for Gwenna. But that's what happened when she met the ruggedly handsome detective Nate Thomas. Their passion made her feel alive again. But when Donatelli catches wind of the tryst, he's determined to clean house, with Nate the first on his To-Off List. Gwenna knows she hit the jackpot with Nate and won't let anyone stand in the way. But both soon realize they have far more enemies than Donatelli--both on the strip and underground.

I was hoping that this book would be focused on Kelsey. She's had an ongoing story through the previous three, and I do think she and Ringo had potential. They have a lot of problems that would be interesting to read more about it, but instead this one is about Gwenna, Ethan's sister. We don't know much about her other than she's been living alone in a castle for hundreds of years after her three century marriage to Donatelli. Now she's starting to let go and live life. She even starts up a hot affair with Detective Nate Thomas!

This one is a bit different than the others, in that there's an actual mystery to solve! Complete with dead bodies, sexy detectives, suspicious foreign women, and vampire slayers! While it's a quite morbid plot, I still had fun trying to figure out who was behind it all and why. I never figured it out until the very end, and there's a bunch of twists and connections along the way that I wasn't expecting.

We do get some of Ringo and Kelsey, and they're just as screwed up as ever! I definitely wish there had been more, since they're problems range from serious to silly. Their connection to the murders was unexpected. The vampire world sure is small.

Anyway, the focus was on Gwenna and Nate, two people who have gone through hell. Gwenna is still grieving her daughter after 900, and Nate loses his sister at the beginning of the book. They happen to meet when a Gwenna finds the first dead body, and soon enough they find comfort in each other's arms (and other places). I really liked these two together, and I said it before but I'll say it again, the author sure does write some steamy sex scenes!

I enjoyed this one a lot. Maybe not as much as Bled Dry but it was still a good addition to the series. I just found out that there's two more books, so I'm going to need to hunt those down!

Favorite Quotes

"I can't and shouldn't control the length of my life, but I can control what I do in the time that I'm here." (pg 80)

"Are you telling me the entire band is undead? Is the whole audience full of vampires?"
"No." Kelsey looked at her like that was an idiotic suggestion. "Why would the audience be vampires? They're a vampire band pretending to be vampires so no one knows they're really vampires. But since we're vampires, we know they're vampires, of course." (pg 119)

"Then when we're done being British and shagging, we can fuck like Americans." (pg 142)

Waiting on Wednesday [30]

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, January 22, 2013

[Review] Bled Dry (Vegas Vampires, #3) by Erin McCarthy

Cover Rating: ★★★☆☆
Title: Bled Dry
Series: Vegas Vampires, #3
Author: Erin McCarthy
Pages: 284 (Paperback)
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: May 1, 2007
Source: Purchased

Hooking up with a vampire has its risks-but getting pregnant usually isn't one of them. Tell that to Brittany Baldizzi, who finds herself in the family way with no father in sight. After their one night of passion, vampire Corbin Jean Michel disappeared off the face of the earth-or at least off the Vegas strip.

Corbin is a vampire with a cause, secretly trying to find a cure for his condition. But when he finds out Brittany is pregnant with his child, Corbin can't keep his paternal instincts from trumping his bloodsucking ones. Even when showing his hand could cost him the woman he can't help but love.

I'm not usually one for stories of pregnancy, but when the mother is half-vampire and the father is a vampire, the results can be very interesting. Brittany is known as an Impure for her hybrid blood, but what will her baby be? Things get really scientific in Bled Dry and I loved it! This one is definitely the best so far.

I adore Corbin. He was such a broody loner in the previous books, but he really comes alive (figuratively) in this book. Brittany's bubbly personality definitely rubs off on him. He still has his moments where he doesn't consider her feelings, which is frustrating to me and to her, but he's been alone for 200 years; he needs time to adjust. There's also the matter of his research to find a cure for vampirism, which also gets tangled up with his interested in his baby's genetics. We finally find out who Brittany's father is! I figured it out early on in this book, but I definitely hadn't been expecting.

Unfortunately, I didn't care for the Kelsey/Ringo/Donatelli plot this time around. I was really growing to like Kelsey, but I just didn't get her decisions in this book. Ringo is a complete jerk to her and yet she still claims to love him and follows him around like a sick puppy. Ringo's scheme to weasel some money out of Donatelli also just seemed to add pages, not really anything to the story as whole,since Donatelli essentially found everything out on his own anyway. Luckily these things were only a small part of the book.

This one was much more fun than the others. Watching Brittany and Corbin try to figure out parenthood was sweet and funny. They're chemistry is through the roof, so they're sex scenes were pretty darn good, too! I loved the little twist at the end, and I can't wait to see how this series ends!

Favorite Quotes

"A stray hair here or there, a glass left sitting there with saliva, skin, blood..." He trailed off at Carrick's expression.
"That is just wrong, Atelier. That's stealing."
"It is not. If you leave your DNA lying about, it becomes public property." (pg 38)

Apparently vampires were used to disposable time, because Corbin moved like molasses uphill in a snowstorm." (pg 177-8)

Monday, January 21, 2013

[Review] The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner

Cover Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Title: The Maze Runner
Series: Maze Runner, #1
Author: James Dashner
Pages: 374 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 6, 2009
Source: Library

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he’s not alone. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade—a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

Just like Thomas, the Gladers don’t know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they’ve closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the lift.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up—the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers.

Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.

I am not quite sure how to review this book. My initial reaction to The Maze Runner was "huh?!" My final reaction was similar, "wait, what?!" It was a major mind trip, and I'm pretty certain that I have more questions now than I did at the beginning. Absolutely nothing was solved or answered or made clear in any fashion, which is frustrating. But I'm most definitely compelled to read the following books, and I think I loved this one, despite my frustrations.

This was a hard story to get into. There's some weird slang and I had no idea what the heck was going on. I felt as disoriented as Thomas did! How did he get there? Where is there? Who are these other boys? Why is there a giant, ivy covered maze full of monsters? Plus many more questions were running through my head. The other boys tell Thomas to stop asking so many questions because they have no answers, so I stopped too and just went with the flow. Until the girl shows up! Then I was even more confused!

The entire concept of a life threatening maze really intrigued me. I tried really hard to figure out what was happening, but of course, I never did. It's all too twisted and weird, and even at the end I wasn't completely sure what was going on. One thing is clear though: the world is not a happy place. That's it, and the boys (and one girl) are somehow the key. But why kill most of them off by slimy, mechanical monsters? I have no clue.

I just kept reading and too soon, I was at the end. The only thing I didn't like about The Maze Runner was the ability that Thomas and Teresa share. It felt random and out of place, and just not needed. I know this whole review is really vague, but the book was also really vague. I guess this is one of those series that just keeps building and building and then there's a huge explosion of answers at the end. The only way to find out is to get the other books!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Showcase Sunday [61]

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, January 19, 2013

[Review] Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost

Cover Rating: ★★★☆☆
Title: Halfway to the Grave
Series: Night Huntress, #1
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Pages: 358 (Mass Market Paperback)
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: October 30, 2007
Source: Library

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father--the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner--are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

It's about time that I got around to this series! I kept reading how awesome it is, and how sexy Bones is, and Night Huntress this and that, but I kept pushing it aside. Well, now I've finally read it and yes, the hype is warranted!

Cat is a half-vampire vampire hunter on a mission. She goes out on the weekends to kill any vampire she happens to stumble upon, all in the name of revenge. She's the result of a horrific union between her mother and an evil vampire, so Cat's one goal is to rid the world of vampires in her mother's name. That is, until she meets Bones, a vampire bounty hunter. They have the same goal, kill vampires, but for very different reasons. Bones also challenges Cat's belief that all vampires are evil and should be gone from the world.

Bones, Bones, Bones. Wow, what can I say about Bones? I thought his awesomeness was being exaggerated, but no, he is amazing. He can kick some serious ass and he's sexy as hell. The English-Australian combo accent doesn't hurt either! He says and does things that will you set you on fire! The sexual tension between him and Cat is electrifying, and when they do come together...Holy crap! Those scenes are seriously hot! I can't get enough of those two!

The plot is great, too! It's fast paced and action packed. Evil vampires have teamed up with evil humans and are up to no good. Cat and Bones work day and night trying to hunt down who exactly is behind the kidnapping of dozens of young women in the area. There's lots of bumps along the away, plenty of stakes and silver throwing stars, and of course some breaks for super steamy romance. And even though vampires have been done to death (pardon the bun), I really liked the biology and social structure that the author has created for them int this one.

Halfway to the Grave is everything that Urban Fantasy should be: fast paced, funny, sexy, and exciting. I could barely put it down! That ending though, heartbreaking! I do have hope though. Now I just need to get my hands on the next book.

Favorite Quotes

"Are you telling me bloody caramel apples and books taught you how to kill vampires? Is that what you're saying?"
He started to pace in short, rapid lengths. "It's a damn good thing most of the recent generations are nearly illiterate or we'd all be in serious trouble. Blimey!" (pg 18)

"Don't kiss me like a woman if you're going to treat me like a child." (pg 120)

"No, I'm too tired to run, and you're too fast. You'd only catch me."
"That's right, luv." Softly, but with unyielding resonance. "If you run from me, I'll chase you. And I'll find you." (pg 202)

Friday, January 18, 2013

[18+ Review] Above the Dungeon (Dungeon, #1) by SM Johnson

Cover Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Title: Above the Dungeon
Series: Dungeon, #1
Author: SM Johnson
Pages: 211 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: April 14, 2010
Source: Author

With the ink barely dry on his Ivy League diploma, Dare is expected join the family business, marry his high school sweetheart, and commit his life to conservative suburbia. But in a moment of panic he runs away to NYC where his cousin gets him a bartending job at a club called Above the Dungeon. The basement of the club houses legendary BDSM Master Roman's dungeon. And Roman's interest in the newest bartender challenges Dare's lifelong perception of his own sexuality.

As he draws Dare into the world of BDSM, Roman has to contend with the feelings and insecurities of Jeff, the 24/7 slave he has at home.

Alternately told from points of view of Dare and Jeff, Above the Dungeon is a series of highly erotic BDSM scenes tied together with tight plot and intense relationship dynamics.

Above the Dungeon contains depictions of M/M and BDSM couplings which are to be considered erotica. Consider yourself warned.

Above the Dungeon is another book that I can add to my list of annoying 1st/3rd person narrative flip-floppers. But I think I must be getting use to it since that didn't bother me nearly us much as it has in other books. I actually think it kind of works, since Dare, whose chapters are in 3rd person, is kind of an observer. He's not totally part of the action. Then there's Jeff, who has the 1st person chapters, who is a 24/7 slave to Roman, the club owner and Dare's boss. These two POVs are extremely different from one another, and the narrative style definitely exaggerates that fact.

At first it feels like there are two separate plots happening here. We have Dare, who is quite up tight, and stumbles into a job as a bartender in a gay club. Roman decides to take him under this wing and give a tour of the BDSM lifestyle. While this does interest Dare, he's struggle with what it means for his sexuality. Eventually he learns that sexuality is not set in stone or black and white; there's a whole spectrum of gray. Meanwhile, we also have Roman and Jeff's long term relationship. Jeff longs to fall in love again, and wishes Roman would, too. But there's the issue of jealousy and what bringing a new man would mean for Jeff's position as Roman's slave. Eventually these two plots merge together seamlessly.

I found the glimpse into a 24/7 slave relationship very interesting. I hadn't read about that before, so I felt like I was learning right along with Tristan (another man considered into the Roman/Jeff relationship) and Dare. Even though it's a whole different lifestyle, Roman and Jeff do have some of the same issues as "normal" couples. I enjoyed reading about them. I also loved watching Dare open up. He was very wound up, but Roman knew exactly how to loosen him up.

I ended up really enjoying Above the Dungeon. It was only my second M/M erotic novel, but I found that I didn't even think about the fact that it was only men. I just liked the overall story.

Favorite Quotes

"Sexuality is fluid when you get beyond the notion of right and wrong." (16%)

"Limits are for people who know what they're negotiating. Your fear makes everything a limit. Which really means you don't have any limits. Yet." (45%)

"Trust and obedience will set you free." (46%)

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Feature & Follow [20]

Q: Who is your favorite villain from a book?

Warner is a villain, right? Well, Juliette certainly saw him that way. I just love him! Not necessarily as a villain, but as a character in general. I LOVE WARNER! But you all probably knew that by now...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

[Review] Barbie Girl (Baby Doll, #1) by Heidi Acosta

Cover Rating: ★★★★★
Title: Barbie Girl
Series: Baby Doll, #1
Author: Heidi Acosta
Pages: 189 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: November 3, 2012
Source: Author

The only thing that 17 year old Barbie Starr wants to do is graduate high school so she and her little brother, Everett, can get out of Alabama. She doesn’t care about the rumors that are spread around about her like wild fire. Rumors are nothing new to her. Sure, maybe she could change her reputation, but why bother. She is leaving Alabama as soon as she can. That is, if she can pass algebra and graduate.

The only thing Dylan Knight would like to do is go through high school unnoticed; he has had enough of the drama that is high school. He took the whole of last summer to bulk-up, finally he is not being called names or being shoved into lockers. He wants to remain on the outside of the circle of constant rumors that surround the so-called popular kids who get all the attention. He would not, however, mind if his long time crush Katie took notice of him.

But it is Barbie, who notices Dylan and she offers him a deal he can’t pass up, if he helps her pass algebra, she’ll help him get the girl of his dreams. Dylan agrees, but, as it turns out, nothing is simple when it comes to Barbie. Somehow, she can’t help but draw attention to herself — and to him. Soon Dylan finds himself tossed into the whirlwind of rumors that seem to follow Barbie everywhere. Can he save his reputation and still get the girl of his dreams? Or will Barbie be the one to break through his carefully-built facade?

Barbie Girl is a different kind of YA Contemporary Romance, and it's one that I absolutely adored! This story puts a twist on the typical nerd gets the popular girl plot. We have Dylan who tries to remain under the radar after years of being stuff into lockers, Barbie who has a reputation of being the school slut, and Katie, the typical good girl who's loved by the whole school. Dylan wants Katie, but she has no idea he exists, until Barbie steps in to help him in exchange for some math tutoring.

This is told in my favorite multiple POV! First we meet Dylan, who unfortunately believes the rumors about Barbie and is reluctant to help her at first. He's worked hard to change his image into something less noticeable, so he doesn't want the attention that Barbie naturally attracts.

Barbie is such a great character. She's not at all what she seems. Sure she puts on this tough girl front and makes out with boys under the bleachers, but she's far from the girl her classmates think she is. She's not sleeping around or doing drugs. She's actually responsible for taking care of her younger brother and their drunken mother. It's a struggle for Barbie to keep her small family fed and safe, but she doesn't let anyone see this vulnerable side of her. At least, not until Dylan enters her life.

Oddly, my favorite relationship was Barbie and Third, Dylan's best friend. At the beginning I found him annoying and rude, but then he started to grow on me. He becomes a really good friend to Barbie and doesn't judge her, and he's there for her when she hits rock bottom. He's looking for acceptance just as much as she is, and I'm glad they were able to find each other. This might be one of my favorite friendships I've read in YA so far.

The one bad thing that stood out to me about Barbie Girl was the stiff dialogue that I've begun to notice is common in self-published books. There's also a few typos, but neither of these problems hindered my enjoyment of the overall story. They're just minor annoyances.

Barbie Girl is a wonderful story. It starts as a sweet romance, but then morphs into something much more. There are some heavy issues that I think are handled quite well. I was rooting for Barbie the whole time. She deserves so much more than life has given her, and I admired the strength that she showed. The ending isn't perfect, and I was super frustrated with Dylan. But I was happy to see Barbie in a better place.

Favorite Quotes

My throat aches with the words stuck in it. He thinks he knows me, just like everyone else at this school. They have no clue, how their words are like a knife cutting me deep. "You think you have everything figured out, that everyone has their place, that it is black and white, you fail to see the gray in-between." (15%)

"You have never seen Star Wars!"
She shrugs. "Nope," my mouth is hanging open.
"What's the big deal?" she says nonchalantly.
"The big deal! The big deal is I cannot make out with someone that has no knowledge of what takes place in a galaxy far, far away," I joke. (53%)

"Sometimes people are not what they seem." (75%)

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[Cover Reveal + Giveaway] Corded by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Title: Corded
Author: Alyssa Rose Ivy
Cover Design: PhatPuppy Art

In a world where women are commodities, the only thing more rare than finding true love is a happy ending.

Kayla is in hiding—her only crime being born a girl in a society of 99% men. When her sister and niece are kidnapped, she is willing to do anything to save them. Kayla ventures into the dangerous streets of the city, a place where a woman can be claimed by anyone unless she has been marked by a club.

Desperate, she turns to Mason, a powerful club leader whose help comes at a cost—her freedom.

About the Author:

Alyssa Rose Ivy lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write.



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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

[Review] Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

Cover Rating: ★★★★☆
Title: Uses for Boys
Author: Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Pages: 240 (Paperback)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Source: NetGalley

Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. When she and her mom were a family, just the two of them against the world. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, bringing home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. From Desmond to Joey, Todd to Sam, Anna learns that if you give boys what they want, you can get what you need. But the price is high—the other kids make fun of her; the girls call her a slut. Anna's new friend, Toy, seems to have found a way around the loneliness, but Toy has her own secrets that even Anna can't know.

Then comes Sam. When Anna actually meets a boy who is more than just useful, whose family eats dinner together, laughs, and tells stories, the truth about love becomes clear. And she finally learns how it feels to have something to lose—and something to offer. Real, shocking, uplifting, and stunningly lyrical, Uses for Boys is a story of breaking down and growing up.

I'm not usually a fan of the more flowery writing, but I think it works really well for Uses for Boys. This is not a happy story. We first see Anna as a little girl with her mom, but then as the years go by, her mother kind of disappears. She moves from one man to the other, leaving Anna home by herself for days at a time. All Anna wants is a family, to not be alone anymore. Then at 13, boys start paying attention to her, and it's just want Anna thinks she needs.

The sexual content in this one is quite explicit. Not like an adult novel, but definitely more detailed than a typical YA one. Some of these scenes are hard to read, not because it's a young teen engaging in various sexual acts, but, let's just say not all of them are consensual. There's A LOT of sex in this book, and it's a major driving force in Anna's story as she tries to find her place.

I felt awful for Anna throughout the entire book. She hops from one bad situation to another, and it was heartbreaking. Everyone seems to leave her; her mom, boys, and so-called friends. The worse part is, she just accepts it. She's not very pro-active in any of her relationships. She just kind of stumbles upon the next person, and when they leave her, she just stumbles upon someone new. This girl is so desperate for love that she sees it where it doesn't exist.

Uses for Boys is a story bathed in sadness. It's a very gloomy read, but very real. I was hoping things would get better for Anna about 2/3 in when she meets Sam, but they don't. Not really. The ending was a little abrupt and unsatisfying. I'm not sure if Anna really resolved anything with any of the people in her life or with herself. It seemed like she's still stuck in that cycle of accepting people who use her. However, this was definitely a worthwhile read. I read it straight through in one setting, and it's probably one of my favorite YA contemporaries so far.

Favorite Quotes

Just boys. Just there. Like teachers and desks and powdered soup in the girl's bathroom. (8% eARC)

"What do you call a stepbrother after the divorce?" I ask. I think there should be a name for this. (30% eARC)

She knows how it is with boys. "It's always romantic in the beginning," she says. (46% eARC)

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Wishlist Wednesday [19]

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, January 15, 2013

[Review] Bit the Jackpot (Vegas Vampires, #2) by Erin McCarthy

Cover Rating: ★★★★☆
Title: Bit the Jackpot
Series: Vegas Vampires, #2
Author: Erin McCarthy
Pages: 299 (Paperback)
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: December 5, 2006
Source: Purchased

Politics make strange coffinfellows...

Vampire Seamus Fox is supposed to be the campaign manager for a Vampire Nation presidential candidate. Instead, he finds himself running around Vegas keeping tabs on the candidate's wife and female entourage.

Seamus has had his fill of women: a disastrous and deadly love affair has haunted him for over two centuries. Talk about baggage. But suddenly he finds himself obsessed with a mysterious stripper who dances behind a screen. The sultry yet shy Cara Kim whets his appetite for more, but leave it to Seamus to fall fangs over feet for that rarest of Vegas attractions-a good girl.

After a sudden run-in on the street, though, they may soon have a lot more in common...

Back in Sin City, Bit the Jackpot now focuses on Seamus Fox, Ethan's campaign manager. He's still working on his assigned task of finding out who the president's sister-in-law's vampire father is. Along the way he also tries to end his 200 year celibacy streak. Unfortunately, the woman who gets his blood pumping happens to be a virgin (and a stripper!) with no immediately plans on losing her virtue. And on top of that, he gets her killed and has to change her into a bloodsucking creature of the night; not the best way to woo a lady.

Donatelli is also still out to bringing the President down, but he's switched tactics. If he can't get to the President himself, he's going to take out his campaign manager, which of course fails. But he has a back-up plan: announcing a scandal that will win him the presidency. We get more into vampire politics this time around, and it's apparently illegal to change a mortal. Uh oh, for Ethan and Seamus!

I enjoyed the characters much more this time around. Cara is feisty without being obnoxious like Alexis was. The antics she pulls to get away from Seamus in the beginning are hilarious! I won't tell you what she does, you'll just have to read it for yourself. It's a hoot! She also has an unruly pack of pets, which cause much frustration for Seamus. Kelsey also plays a bigger role this time, and we get to know her better. She has an interesting past and it definitely explains some of her quirks. I even liked Alexis in this book. Maybe because there was less of her, or maybe it was because she seemed to calm down a bit.

Overall, I liked Bit the Jackpot much more than High Stakes. It was hilarious and sexy, and the plot was fast paced with some action thrown in. I'm sure what to expect next from the Vegas Vampires, so I guess I'll just need to pick up the next book!

Favorite Quotes

"Two Labs that think I'm the devil, an obnoxious Chihuahua that thinks he's the devil, and two cats that really are the devil." (pg 61)

It was was like...they were married.
God, it was as horrible as he'd always imagined. No sex and nagging twenty-four/seven. (pg 114)

"It is not the least bit satisfying to hang up a cell phone. You can't even get a proper slamming action when you're mad as hell." (pg 246)

Top Ten 2013 Debuts I'm Looking Forward To

Top Ten 2013 Debuts I'm Looking Forward To

1. Splintered by A.G. Howard: I feel like I've been waiting for this one forever! I absolutely love the idea of Alice's descendant going back to Wonderland!
2. Pivot Point by Kasie West: How awesome would it be to be able to see how your decisions effect your future before you make them?!
3. My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi: I haven't read about HIV before, so I'm interested how the author deals with this topic in a YA novel.

4. The S Word by Chelsea Pitcher: I think this one has the potential to be really touching and I'm curious about the mystery.
5. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu: Honestly, it's the title that grabbed me, not necessarily the blurb. I'm curious how OCD plays into the relationship.
6.OCD, the Dude, and Me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn: Another OCD title, but this time the blurb grabbed me, too. Plus sized girl at an alternative high school? Yes please!

7. The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Eltson: Another topic I've never seen before: Witness Protection Program!
8. That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard: More unique premises: running away to join the circus! I've never been to a circus (terrified of clowns), so I'll have to settle for reading about one.
9. Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller: The Bermuda Triangle and a love triangle, enough said.

10. The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Riber: One last unique premise for the list: genies!