Nocturne by Syrie James
- Mass Market Paperback:288 pages
- Publisher:Vanguard Press; Mass Market Edition edition (Aug 2 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-1593156749
- Genre: Paranormal Romance
“When Nicole Whitcomb’s car runs off a Colorado mountain road during a blinding snowstorm, she is saved from death by a handsome, fascinating, and enigmatic stranger.
Snowbound with him for days in his beautiful home high in the Rockies, she finds herself powerfully attracted to him. But there are things about him that mystify her, filling her with apprehension. Who is Michael Tyler? Why does he live alone in such a secluded spot and guard his private life so carefully? What secret–or secrets–is he hiding?
Nicole has secrets of her own and a past she is running from–but Michael understands her better than anyone she has ever known. Soon, she is falling as deeply in love with him as he is with her–a profoundly meaningful experience that is destined to change their lives forever.
As the sexual tension between them builds, however, the clues mount up. When Nicole learns her host’s terrifying secret, there is nowhere for her to run but into the blizzard raging outside, and Michael may be the only one who can save her life.”
I was largely underwhelmed by this book to be honest. I’d heard so many great reviews about it and I found it quite “ho-hum”, or too “Vanilla” for my tastes. A woman’s car runs off the road in a remote location in a snow storm and she is rescued by an enigmatic man who lives alone on the mountain right where she has the accident. He takes her to his house, cares for her and they fall for each other while trapped in the house because of the blizzard. They both have secrets, and they eventually find out what they are.
There was absolutely nothing new or exciting about this story for me. The characters were reminiscent of a million other characters only they reminded me of the male/female stereotype of Harlequin romances from the 80’s. Actually, this story could have been one of those romances from the 80’s and the supernatural element was just worked in to it. The plot was the same type of plot I’ve read a million times, the pacing was steady and the dialogue was average and to be expected. I knew what was going to be said and what would happen before it was said and happened in the book.
If you like a safe and predictable sweet romance, then go for it. I had a hard time finishing this one. I like my paranormal romance filled with excitement, spice, daring, danger, action and surprises. This was not it. That being said, this was not a bad book nor was it badly written. It just didn’t work for me personally.
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(No offense is meant towards the Harlequin romances or those authors who wrote them back in the 80’s. They were “hot” back then.)
I’m actually kinda looking forward to this one! Snow White and The Huntsmen. It sounds and looks like an interesting “re-mix” on the Snow White fairy tale and is obviously an adult version in that it’s a lot darker in tone. I got a good laugh when I read in one of the comments: “so Hancock’s wife hires Thor to hunt down and kill Bella”. Pretty funny if you think of it that way! 😀
What movies are you looking forward to?
Saved by Allegra Skye
- Format:Kindle Edition
- File Size:183 KB
- Simultaneous Device Usage:Unlimited
- Sold by:Amazon Digital Services
- ASIN: B0057QNNP6
- Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
“In SAVED (Book #1 of the Shadow Vampires), Keira and Amanda, twins, move with their family to a new town, and start their senior year at a new high school. But though they are twins, the girls have different fates. Amanda, beautiful, popular, is sought out by everyone. Keira, who has always lived in Amanda’s shadow, is smaller, awkward, different. Even her mother, who is so close to Amanda, doesn’t know what to make of her other daughter. Keira turns to books, and to her journal, for solace, and to find out about other worlds.
Amanda makes friends easily at the new school, and quickly finds a boyfriend, while Keira is left alone, an outsider. But very quickly, it is clear that something strange is going on in Everstock. The town and the school are very divided. The popular, rich kids act as if they own the school and have nothing to do with the other kids, who are poorer and live in a different part of town. Not only are the kids meaner here, but an unknown infection has gripped the town, with more and more people going to the hospital. Something here is terribly wrong. But things change suddenly, as there is a terrible accident involving the twins. Not only are Keira and Amanda’s lives changed forever, but a new dimension of life begins to open to Keira.
As Keira recovers, she begins to change in ways she can’t expect, receiving new and mysterious powers that no one can possibly understand. At the same time, a gorgeous, mysterious new boy, Cooper, appears at the school, who grips her imagination, and who refuses to tell her what secret he is hiding.
As Keira and Cooper grow closer to each other, it soon becomes apparent that destiny has brought them together—and that they may each have to sacrifice it all if they want to stay together…
Book #2 in the Shadow Vampire series (TOUCHED) is now also available.”
I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book. To my delight, this book was a really awesome read. I could not put the book down. I loved the story line and loved the characters in the book. I have never read anything by Allegra before but she is an awesome writer. She writes with a lot of emotion and you can feel the emotion flow through her books and characters.
I really loved Keira. I could tell from the beginning that she was very special and I felt the heartache she went through every day in having to try to live up to her twin sister, Amanda’s image. Never being popular or fitting in like her sister does at school. Never being truly loved and accepted by her parents for who she really was. Despite everything, she truly loved her sister and parents. Her character was amazing. Keira never complained about her situation or tried to change who she was. She just wanted her sister and parent’s love and acceptance.
After the accident, Keira starts changing and becomes stronger. She develops special abilities and stands up to her parents. Her image even changes. Keira then meets Cooper and it’s love at first sight. She starts dreaming about him and can’t stop thinking about him. Cooper always acts so strange when he is around Keira and she doesn’t know what to think. Maybe Cooper doesn’t feel the same way she does?
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. This book was awesome. I would recommend this series to anyone. This book was outstanding. I also love this author. She has a way of writing with emotion.
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There are a bunch of movie trailers that I’ve seen recently that have me all excited, but today I’m sharing with you all the trailer for The Hunger Games which is based on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy. I can not tell you how much I loved these books! I was totally caught up in the world that the author created on paper and am ever so curious to see if the movie will do the book justice. The trailer looks really promising though. If you’ve read the book, what do you think of the trailer and are you excited to see the movie? If you haven’t read the book, what are you waiting for? 😀
The Way by John Whelan-Curtain
- Format:Kindle Edition
- File Size:225 KB
- Simultaneous Device Usage:Unlimited
- Publisher:Wolfspear Publishing; 1 edition (August 12, 2011)
- Sold by:Amazon Digital Services
- ASIN: B005H7LO1K
“Gray’s normal life is about to be shattered. Well… normal may not be quite the right term when you consider that he is the sixteen year old son of the world’s most powerful criminal overlord.
From this “normality” Gray finds himself descending into a world conspiracy and murder and as he spirals into a world of vampires, devastating powers and reincarnation.
The impossibly intense pace of the book follows Gray’s rise to power in a world dominated by what may be the founders of civilization and religion as we know it.”
As I have said before, I am not a big fan of short stories. I find they are rushed and you don’t get a lot of details. I gave this book every chance, but I just could not get into the story. The author jumped around so much in the book and I just couldn’t follow the story. I didn’t really understand what was going on until the end. I was getting very frustrated with the book and thought I would be unable to finish it.
The author had a good idea with the story line but it just wasn’t exciting or very interesting to me. Maybe if the book would have been longer, with a lot more detail, a lot of action, and less jumping around, I would have enjoyed it.
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- Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLC (December 6, 2011)
- ISBN-13: 978-1937044237
- Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
“Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is. “
I really enjoyed this book! Katy and her mom move to West Virginia to make a new start right before Katy’s senior year of high school and she’s resigned herself to having a pretty boring year. Then she get’s an eyeful when she sees her hot new neighbor! Things are looking up all of a sudden, that is, until he opens his mouth. I absolutely loved the chemistry between these two and the originality of the world-building involved in the crafting of this tale.
My only minor complaint is that I found some of the dialogue a bit choppy, but if you think about it, that is how a lot of teens talk now, so it’s realistic in that sense. The other characters in the book were a diverse group and well-rounded. I was totally absorbed in the story and in the characters’ situations. I found myself laughing out loud a couple of times at the great witty dialogue between Katy and Daemon and touched by the heart warming relationships being developed between Katy & Dee and Katy & Daemon.
Jennifer L. Armintrout has created a really interesting world with amazing characters and I can’t wait for the next book in the Lux Series. Fast pacing and the sparks flying between Katy and Daemon kept me flipping the pages until I was done. I would definitely recommend this series to all fans of young adult paranormal or sci-fi with romance!
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Blood Calling by Joshua Grover – David Patterson
- Format:Kindle Edition
- File Size:394 KB
- Sold by:Amazon Digital Services
- ASIN: B005MGBD4E
- Genre: Paranormal
“When Lucy Leary turned 18, her life fell apart. She crashed her car, her best friend abandoned her, her parents divorced, and her grandfather passed away, leaving her a single possession: A vampire slaying kit with a note that said, “THEY’RE REAL. FIGHT THEM.”
Now Lucy must stop the oldest, most dangerous vampire in history, before it can kill her family.”
I found this book very interesting. I love how the author portrays the vampires in this book. Instead of portraying them as the blood thirsty demons that are out to kill everyone, he portrays them as vampires trying to take the pain away from someone who is dying. There were still some bad vamps in the book that just killed whoever they wanted to.
I love all the characters in the book, especially Lucy, who I thought was a very strong character. Her home life was difficult and she just didn’t seem to fit in at school. You could also tell how much she loved her grandfather and when she finds the kit to kill vampires, she pursues the truth despite the danger and warnings.
I also loved Washington and Emma. I thought the author could have made both characters a lot stronger than they were portrayed, especially Washington but I really liked his character. I loved the chemistry that he and Lucy shared. I wish the author would have pursued that a lot more than he did. I felt that he loved her, especially when he chose to change her to save her life. Washington was very protective of her I thought. I thought the author didn’t bring out those emotions enough to the reader.
Emma was also an interesting character but I though she could have been a lot stronger too. She seemed like she was very hard on Lucy at the beginning but then her attitude changed towards her.
I feel like the author could’ve had more emotion and bonding between the characters than what he did. I just felt like that was missing from the book. I like Lucy telling the tale from her point of view. It made the story feel real and believable. I did enjoy the story and I loved reading the book. I found it most enjoyable. I would like to see the author write other books but put more emotion into them.
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