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Friday, February 8, 2013

[Review] The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

Cover Rating: ★★★★★
Title: The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Author: Ruth Frances Long
Pages: 363 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Dial
Release Date: August 16, 2012
Source: Won

A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she's lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack's help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she's faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice--and not just her own.

The Treachery of Beautiful Things was one of my most anticipated novels last year, but I didn't get to it until now. The fae are quickly become one of my favorite paranormal creatures, and I tend to love fairy tales, so I was hoping this one would be a winner for me. Unfortunately, it was a little disappointing.

Jenny is one of my least favorite type of characters. You know the ones who are thrown into a new situation or a new world and they act like they know better than those who have always been there? Yep, she's one of those. Whenever Puck or Jack tell her to do something, or not to do something, she always has to do the opposite and when they save her her response is something like "But I had to!" No, you didn't have to, and you almost got yourself killed! What she thinks is bravery and taking control of the situation is actually recklessness and stupidity. Less than 1/3 into the book I found myself severely irritated with Jenny.

However, I loved the world! Faerie is hidden within the forest in the mortal realm, and it's full of creatures both beautiful and terrible. It's impossible to tell who's dangerous and who's not, since the most beautiful of the fae can be the most deadly, while the most hideous could save you from certain death. Jenny, of course, learned all of this the hard way. The trees were my favorite part. They're alive in more ways than one. The forest is always watching and protects its own.

The story was also good, too, when Jenny wasn't driving me bonkers. She's out to save her brother who was stolen by the forest seven years prior. However, she gets caught up in the games of Queen Titania and King Oberon. Each wants her for their own selfish reasons, and neither is willing to let her go so easily. Jack, a forest guardian, has debts to both of the rulers, but he also a duty to protect those who get lost in the forest. Jenny isn't sure if she can trust him, since his loyalties may lay elsewhere, but who else is she suppose to trust in Faerie?

It keeps up a good pace, so I was almost always engaged in the story. There's quite a bit more action and violence than I had expected, but nothing too over the top. I do think I would have loved this one if there had been a more likeable heroine. Or maybe if it had been in 1st person POV, so I could at least understand what Jenny was up to when she made her horrible decisions.

Favorite Quotes

"Nature is hard, unforgiving. It can destroy as much as it can create. That's -- that's its nature." (pg 88)

"Beware a kiss," he told her. "Kisses are powerful things. You expose part of your soul. Have you learned nothing?" (pg 247)

Can you get tetanus in fairyland? she wondered idly. Or something worse? (pg 292)

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

[Review] Hysteria by Megan Miranda

Cover Rating: ★★★★★
Title: Hysteria
Author: Megan Miranda
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Walkers Children
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Source: NetGalley

Mallory killed her boyfriend, Brian. She can't remember the details of that night but everyone knows it was self-defense, so she isn't charged. But Mallory still feels Brian's presence in her life. Is it all in her head? Or is it something more? In desperate need of a fresh start, Mallory is sent to Monroe, a fancy prep school where no one knows her . . . or anything about her past.But the feeling follows her, as do her secrets. Then, one of her new classmates turns up dead. As suspicion falls on Mallory, she must find a way to remember the details of both deadly nights so she can prove her innocence-to herself and others.

In another riveting tale of life and death, Megan Miranda's masterful storytelling brings readers along for a ride to the edge of sanity and back again.

I'm not normally a reader of thrillers, but this one sounded really good! Unfortunately, I should have stuck with gut and passed on it. First, the blurb is a little misleading. We don't know what Mallory doesn't remember everything from the night she killed her boyfriend. We get bits and pieces of the story throughout the book, but it isn't until the end when Mallory mentions that she's remembered something new. Also, her past does indeed follow her to the new school, since someone there does know what she did and why she had to transfer, and they know her from the past. So that blurb isn't totally accurate.

One of my first problems with Hysteria was that the writing felt very repetitive. Almost every chapter or tense scene ends with some variation of "And then I was running" or "I ran away." Mallory was always running from something, all the time. She'd go to class, overhear something on the way to her dorm, pop some sleeping pills, think she sees something and runs away. Lather, rinse, repeat. It got boring fast.

My other problem was why she was sent to a boarding school in the first place. It seems like a strange decision for parents to send their teenager away after she's been through something terrible. Out of sight, out of mind? Definitely. Mallory does not do well at the new school at all, so clearly it was a bad decision.

As for the mystery aspect, I was intrigued. Is Mallory suffering from hysteria, or did someone really follow her to her new school? Or is Brian haunting her and leaving bruises on her shoulder? I was surprised by the answer to these, but once it was revealed I still had questions. I can't say what those questions are without spoiling anything though. Then there's the whole murdered student plot. Of course, Mallory is the number one suspect, but who else could have done it? I didn't figure this one out either, but the big reveal was really lame. I still don't understand what the motive was, and the whole thing felt incomplete. What happened to the murderer(s) at the end?

In the end, this one left me with more questions, instead of resolving everything. I am just really bothered by the lack of reason or motive behind the murder and other crimes committed, which kept me from enjoying this one.

Favorite Quotes

"So," Krista said, speaking carefully again, "Lord of the Flies is really just a metaphor for bad fashion decisions?" A few giggles escaped around the room.
Mr.Durham grinned. "Or maybe it's just one big allegory for high school." (30% eARC)

Go back. A do-over. Like this was all a game. Like what you do doesn't count unless you want it to. (61% eARC)

"You can't know you've forgotten something until you remember it." Then she scrunched up her mouth and said, "That was either really profound or really dumb. I can't decide which." (85% eARC)

Title Quotes

See also: Somatoform disorder. Hysteria.
Reid slept on while the words seared themselves into my brain. Psychological. Hallucinations. Hysteria. (50% eARC)

Long, lanky strides. Hair lit in the moonlight. Brian. Hysteria, I though. In my mind. Hallucinations. (62% eARC)

I couldn't see, even though I could look. And in a brief moment of clarity I thought, Hysteria, even while the rest of me refused to process. (65% eARC)

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Moving to WordPress: RSS Feed

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[Review] Pantomime by Laura Lam

Cover Rating: ★★★☆☆
Title: Pantomime
Author: Laura Lam
Pages: 392 (Paperback)
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Source: NetGalley

R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

I'm totally conflicted about my feelings for Pantomime. At first it reminded me too much of The Night Circus, which I didn't like. It wasn't just the circus theme that was similar, but the alternating between past and present and extremely slow pacing. However, the plots are completely different, and once things started getting going I enjoyed it much more. This is he second book I've read this month where the protagonist repeatedly brings up the fact that there's something different about them, but refuses to say "what" they are until a quarter or more into the story. It's extremely annoying rather than intriguing, and I didn't see this point of it in Pantomime since it's super obvious what Micha's medical condition is. Not the specifics, which we get later, but the general idea is clear early on.

If you think the secret is going to be a spoiler, you should stop reading this review, since I'm going to talk about in the next paragraph. So STOP reading now if you don't want to be "spoiled" but like I said it's revealed fairly early so...

I've never read about an intersex character before, so I was definitely interested in learning more about Micha/Gene. Gene has had to hide her "condition" from everyone for fear of being called a monster, but one day she up and leaves, and joins the circus. She feels like a freak, so why not run away to be with more freaks? Once she gets there's though, she's Micha, a boy, which is easy for her to pull off due to having a fairly boyish figure.

I also really enjoyed Micha's struggle with her sexuality. Would she be dating as a boy, a girl, both, or neither? Did that really matter? Is she attracted to boys, girls, or both? Does she have to choose one? It was all very confusing for her, but it was nice watching her discover who she was and who she wanted to be with. I do think that the author handled these topics very respectfully.

I also really liked the world. It's a fantasy realm, but it's very much like our Victorian era, especially in the fashion and social etiquette. However, there's magic and Chimaera! At the beginning of each chapter there's little excerpts from different texts that are about the circus, ancient magic, social lessons, etc. I'm almost always a fan of little tidbits like this, so I definitely enjoyed that touch to the world building.

The plot isn't really much of a plot at all. Once we know "what" Micha is, the only thing left is whether or not he's going to get caught and dragged back home. I desperately hoping not, since Gene's parents are pretty awful and selfish people, and she deserves so much more!

In the end, I liked Pantomime but it failed to wow me. I absolutely LOVED the concept and the themes presented, but the lack of an interesting plot and the slow pacing stopped me from loving it overall. It's most definitely an amazingly unique story though, so I would recommend it simply based on that. I'm just wondering if this was the first book in a series or not. The ending is quite open for a sequel, but it could also be seen as a standalone. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Favorite Quotes

"What is your biggest fear?" he asked.
I was quiet, thinking. There were so many things I was frightened of. "Not being accepted or loved for what - who - I am." (29% eARC)

I did not trust secrets. [...] Secrets, once spoken, have a way of running away from you. They cannot be gathered in again. (69% eARC)

"But life is a circus, and one player is rarely missed. You should bear that in mind." (91% eARC)

Title Quotes

The pantomime planned for Imachara was a retelling of the classic romance Leander Iona, one of those stories where the young man and woman must overcome the obstacles blocking their love. (66% eARC)

If Bil could pull off the pantomime and the various acts in Imachara, I had no doubt that if would be an extraordinary circus. (69% eARC)

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Waiting on Wednesday [31]

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, February 5, 2013

[18+ Review] The Nightlife: New York (The Nightlife, #1) by Travis Luedke

Cover Rating: ★★★☆☆
Title: The Nightlife: New York
Series: The Nightlife, #1
Author: Travis Luedke
Pages: 172 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: August 8, 2012
Source: Amazon Freebie

Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, gangs, pimps and corrupt cops, the Nightlife of New York is never boring.

Is she a beautiful blond guardian angel as he imagined, or something else entirely? When Michelle saves Aaron's life she shares the benefits of her blood (after getting him shot accidentally). He awakes a changed man, living in a purgatory of eternal night, never to see the sunrise again.

Michelle drags Aaron through a hardcore learning curve of vampiric slavery. Forced to adapt to servitude, Aaron is subject to her authority of compulsion. She orders him around like a puppet on a string, a dog on a very short leash. First things first, he must learn to feed properly without creating bloodslaves (humans addicted to the powerful drug-like effect of their venomous bite).

And then she puts him to work-a male escort in the sex trade-same as Michelle. Aaron walks a tightrope of strictly controlled feeding regiments and intensely erotic sexual adventures while catering to the neurotic control-freak tendencies of his new master. It's do or die, Michelle vows to eliminate him if he proves too difficult to control. The real kicker-amidst all these shocking and degrading adjustments, Aaron finds he's falling in love.

Can he maintain and keep a sliver of his humanity intact? Innocence is a luxury few can afford in the decadent nightlife of New York. In a world where sex, blood, and power over women is so readily accessible, Aaron struggles against the predatory instincts deeply rooted in his new psyche. He must find his way quickly, practicing rigid self-control, or risk the consequences of Michelle's wrath.

The Nightlife: New York is a fun addition to the vampire erotic genre. Although nothing about the vampires is something we hadn't seen before, I did like the combination of features that the author used. When Aaron gets shot one night, Michelle finds him and brings him back to her apartment. Aaron thinks she's his guardian angel, but really she's a vampire, and the only way to save his life is to turn him. This forges an unbreakable bond between them, one that Aaron doesn't really understand the full extent of until Michelle begins to abuse it.

I hated Michelle! She's arrogant and controlling, but she was a lot of fun to hate! She's lonely so she's happy to have Aaron in her life now, but she does take advantage of the power she has over him. About halfway through the book, I wished that I had vampire speed and strength so that I could whisk him away from her! Aaron believes he loves her, even when he feels betrayed by her. Their relationship was complicated and interesting.

There was also a side plot involving some crooked cops who are after Michelle. I felt like this plot was really unnecessary and took away from pages that could have been spent on Michelle and Aaron's dysfunctional relationship and other more interesting points. I definitely would have liked to see more of the "addiction" that vampires can cause when they drink from a human for too long. This could have brought in some more fun and sexy scenes. Plus I just love seeing vampire mythology at work!

Overall, I did like this book, even the awfulness that is Michelle. Unfortunately, I had to drop a star for that ending. I was highly disturbed and grossed out. That scene was not needed at all. I feel like it was thrown in for shock value. Michelle could have done something else to teach Delia a lesson, anything but what she did. I am curious to see what Las Vegas holds for Aaron and Michelle though.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

I'm moving to WordPress!

Yep, another Blogger blog is moving away! I just felt like it was time for me to have total control over every aspect of my blog, and there's no better time than the present. Plus the move will probably be easier while my blog is still small.

At the moment I've only purchased my domain, got a host, and installed WP. I'm playing around with the WP dashboard and getting familiar with everything before I start the major stuff. I'll likely do the importing of my entries tomorrow or the next day, then take things from there.

In the mean time, this blog is still going to be active. I have plenty of scheduled posts that will appear while I'm working on the new blog. I've been doing a ton of research about migrating from Blogger to WordPress and setting up a WP blog in general, so I hope the process goes relatively smoothly.

This of course means that GFC will no longer be a means of following me. There is my RSS feed though, and I'll be sure to update you all with that once everything is up and running!

[Review + Giveaway] Wings of Tavea (The Solus Trilogy, #2) by Devri Walls

Cover Rating: ★★★★☆
Title: Wings of Tavea
Series: The Solus Trilogy, #2
Author: Devri Walls
Pages: 450 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Stonehouse Ink
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon || B&N

Kiora is rapidly learning that evil and lies come in shades of black and white and swirling greys, but nothing could have prepared her for the shock of leaving Meros.

Kiora and her protector Emane step through the pass into a world they never knew existed but were always meant to save, only to find it far worse than they could have ever imagined. Good has been forced into hiding for its own survival, while the rest of the land bows to the Shadow, a force that pushes any remaining thoughts of Dralazar from Kiora’s mind. This land is full of new creatures, each more dangerous than the last. Her visions have taken on a deadly twist, and magic, or what comes of it, was never so real. And then there is Alcander: a Tavean, their guide, and an entirely different kind of trouble.

I enjoyed Wings of Tavea more than the previous book. I had been worried about the Middle of a Trilogy Syndrome, but it only moderately had some of the symptoms. The main one that I can think of is that this book served as more of a set up for the last book rather than moving the plot significantly forward. Luckily, it wasn't boring though!

We're through the gate and out of Meros, into a land that is based entirely in magic. Here there are many more types of magical creatures, most of which are more dangerous than the last. There's giant birds who feed on magic, so of course Kiora would make a delicious meal. Probably worse than those are the Illusionists. If you believe in the illusion they're casting, the more solid and real it becomes, so if you think you're really face-to-face with a dragon, you're toast! Also over there, Shifters are slaves, which does not make dear Drustan happy, especially when he has to pose as one for his own safety. Needless to say, Kiora and Company have a lot more dangers to face than just Dralazar.

Speaking of Dralazer, he's still just evil, with no real motivation other than power and being evil. He does some pretty despicable stuff this time around. He has Kiora's sister on this side, and I just can't believe how blind with hatred she is! I couldn't feel sorry for her at all, despite how Dralazer treats her. In addition to him, we're also introduced to the Shadow, which essentially ruins everything it touches and not it wants Kiora! This book truly takes the good versus evil battle one step foward.

One thing I was looking forward to more of was the romance. I can't help it, I just love romance! In some ways there's more of it, but also less of it in this book. Less because Kiora and Emane are separated for much of the book (I won't spoil why), but more because there's the introduction of a love triangle. I love love triangles when they're done right, and not just thrown in for the sake of a love triangle. This one, I'm not too sure about. There's no "OMG I love you, but I love him too!" from Kiora, it all kind of sneaks up on her. There's also a new element of magic that gets introduced along with this budding relationship, which is quite interesting. I am curious to see where that goes, even though I don't think the new guy stands a chance!

As for Kiora, I was hoping to see some growth in her. She was very boring and kind of annoying in the first book, and she still mostly is, but now she's starting to realize that she needs to make tough choices. She makes her first kill rather early on in the book. Not that killing is good, but Kiora finally sees that taking one life to save thousands is probably the better road to take. It of course devastates her to do this, but she knows she's the world's last hope in the battle against evil.

So while I still had some problems with this book, I did enjoy it more than the first. It moved along at a nice pace, and the world building was also better this time. We learn about this new magical land full of awful creatures, and there's some history lessons about the Creators which I found very interesting. Even though I predict a happy ending, I do wonder how Kiora and Company will get there, so bring on the final book!

Favorite Quotes

"I have a sense of humor."
"No, you have a sense of sarcasm," she corrected, turning to look at him with a smirk. "It's not the same thing." (12%)

You are not a child any longer, and not everything in this world is black and white. (47%)

"Sometimes," Drustan finally dragged out, "when you spend a lot of time with someone, the love grows so slowly, so unexpectedly, that by the time you realize it--it's too late." (85%)


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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Showcase Sunday [63]

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, February 2, 2013

[Review] Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1) by Katie McGarry

Cover Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Title: Pushing the Limits
Series: Pushing the Limits, #1
Author: Katie McGarry
Pages: 392 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Source: Won

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

Pushing the Limits is one of those books that was receiving a lot of hype, and that made me a little reluctant to read it. However, I love "issue" books and I've really been enjoying the more mature YA books coming out, so I gave it a try. I'm really glad that I did! It's an extremely heavy read, but it pulled me in and I couldn't put it down.

Echo is an amazingly multi-dimensional character. Even though I can't relate to her struggles, I did find myself completely invested in her story. She's utterly broken, but she is trying to put herself back together and return to "normal." She's gone through something outrageously horrific, but can't remember a moment of it. The events of that day are slowly revealed as Echo meets with a therapist, but if only she can get her hands on her file to speed up the process.

Noah is fiercely loyal, but to a fault. Yes, it's possible to love someone too much, if it blinds you to everything else around you. He just wants his little brothers back after the foster care system separated them. He's seeing the same therapist as Echo, and wants to see his file to find out more about his brothers' foster parents. Of course, this forces them to work together, and their relationship develops into something so much more.

Even though their stories are tough, I really enjoyed getting to know Echo and Noah. Their pasts are heartbreaking, and I really wanted them to find some peace and happiness. Thankfully, they find each other. Their relationship isn't easy, since they both have their own personal issues to work through, and high school is an unforgiving place. I was expecting more romance though. The focus is mainly on their emotional baggage with their families, but that's okay. I just would have liked more steaminess!

This was a very emotional and enjoyable read. I'm definitely glad that I have it a chance, and didn't let the hype scare me off. It was a little on the long side and some scenes seemed to drag the pacing down a bit, but it still kept me engaged from page one.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

[Cover Reveal] Forty Days (Neima's Ark, #1) by Stephanie Parent

Title: Forty Days
Series: Neima's Ark, #1
Author: Stephanie Parent
Cover Design: Najla Qamber
Release Date: 2/12/13

The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…

…until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop.

Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive?

With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, Forty Days is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.

Forty Days is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending.

Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that Forty Days may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.

About the Author:

Stephanie Parent is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing program at USC and attended the Baltimore School for the Arts as a piano major. She moved to Los Angeles because of Francesca Lia Block's WEETZIE BAT books, which might give you some idea of how much books mean to her. She also loves dogs, books about dogs, and sugary coffee drinks both hot and cold.


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[Review] Eve and Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate

Cover Rating: ★★★★★
Title: Eve and Adam
Author: Michael Grant & Christina Applegate
Pages: 291 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Source: Won

And girl created boy…

In the beginning, there was an apple—

And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.

Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.

Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?

Eve & Adam certainly starts out with a bang! Literally! I was hooked from the very first sentence. Although I was also quite disturbed since Eve's leg gets ripped clean off, but aside from that, this book is awesome. It's not perfect, but it's definitely a great, fun, unique read.

This is a rare case where I wished for Disappearing Parent Syndrome. Well, Eve's dad is dead, but her mom...OMG, she is Satan! I hated her immediately and just wanted her to shut up and go away. I guess being a bitch comes along with being an uber rich, uber important scientist though. I normally enjoy evil characters, but she had no known motivation, which made her just frustrating rather than interesting.

Solo, you are a creep! A super smart creep, but still a creep. His chapters are interesting, and he becomes less creepy as the story moves forward. At first his connection to the Adam Project isn't clear at all, and I couldn't figure out why he was so adamant about bringing Terre Spiker down (aside from her being a crazy bitch of course). But all is revealed close to the end, and it's kind of a shock!

Aislin, the BFF, is a total mess and I suppose she was the catalyst for the big reveal about Eve's medical situation. However, her plot in general was really random and felt out of place. It all involves her gangbanger boyfriend and other thugs running lose in San Francisco and money drops. By the end I failed to see the point of her plot. As a character though, I really like Aislin. She's the opposite of Eve in almost every way and provided some great comic relief.

I don't have anything to say about Eve, so let's get to the plot. I loved it! I am a huge fan of science in books, so of course I was completely engrossed in this one! Genetics isn't my strong suit, but I understand enough. Is what Terra's company doing possible? I have no clue, but it sure makes for an entertaining read! Oh, and of course creating the perfect male specimen is all kinds of fun, too!

All in all, Eve and Adam is a super fun, sci-fi book. I love the science and the technology, and the possibilities that this book presents. It's a very fast read, and I'd recommend it!

Favorite Quotes

I believe death is on the list of acceptable excuses for missing homework. (pg 10)

Everyone should have flaws. Isn't that what makes us interesting? Isn't that what keeps us from just being carbon copies of each other? (pg 77)

Here's the thing though: You can't un-know something once you know it. Once you know, you know. Once you know, you may be compelled to act. Once you act... (pg 161)

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January 2013 Recap

What I Read:

Total Value: $238.58
Total Paid: $11
Savings: $227.58

Reviews Posted:

The Unfailing Light (Katerina, #2) by Robin Bridges [★★★☆☆]
Rhymes With Vampire by Dia Reeves [★★★☆☆]
Broken by A.E. Rought [★★☆☆☆]
What My Mother Doesn't Know (WMMDK, #1) by Sonya Sones [★★★★☆]
The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones, #1) by Laura Bickle [★★★★☆]
A Chance for Charity (The Immoral Ones, #1) by S.L. Baum [★★☆☆☆]
High Stakes (Vegas Vampires, #1) by Erin McCarthy [★★★☆☆]
Bit the Jackpot (Vegas Vampires, #2) by Erin McCarthy [★★★★☆]
Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt [★★★★☆]
Barbie Girl (Baby Doll, #1) by Heidi Acosta [★★★★☆]
Above the Dungeon (Dungeon, #1) by SM Johnson [★★★★☆]
Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) by Jeaniene Frost [★★★★★]
The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner [★★★★☆]
Bled Dry (Vegas Vampires, #3) by Erin McCarthy [★★★★☆]
Sucker Bet (Vegas Vampires, #4) by Erin McCarthy [★★★★☆]
Transfusion (Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, #1) by Nikki Jefford [★★★★☆]
Wings of Arian (The Solus Trilogy, #1) by Devri Walls [★★★☆☆]
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook [★★★☆☆]
What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know (WMMDK, #2) by Sonya Sones [★★★★☆]
Monet Love, An Erotic Love Story by Blue Knight [★☆☆☆☆]
The Mad Scientist's Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke [★★★★★]
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon [★★★★☆]

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Breaking Free (Masters of the Shadowlands, #3) by Cherise Sinclair

This series keeps getting better and better! I loved how this one involved an already trained sub; it was a nice change from the newbies. Beth has been betrayed by her husband/Dom, and Nolan is just the man who help her trust (and orgasm!) again. I liked how he didn't push her too hard, but he also didn't go so easy on her. They were a perfect match. I also liked how there was a bit of suspense thrown in, even though that plot thread was resolved nearly as soon as it started. It was also nice seeing Jessica again, and that she still has a mouth on her, which gets her in some trouble with Master Z!


This book was so unique and heartbreaking and amazing! I cried, so it wins!