Review: A Touch of Crimson (Renegade Angels #1) by Sylvia Day

 Adrian Mitchell is a powerful angel leading an elite Special Ops unit of Seraphim. His task is to punish the Fallen-angels who have become vampires-and command a restless pack of indentured lycans. But Adrian has suffered his own punishment for becoming involved with mortals- losing the woman he loves again and again. Now, after nearly two hundred years, he has found her-Shadoe-her soul once more inhabiting a new body, with no memory of him. And this time, he won’t let her go.

It was the cover that attracted me to A Touch of Crimson, that and the fact that I have a real soft spot for angels.

I found it easy to get into the story, even though I seemed a little disorientated with the mythology at first. I don’t particularly like it when a book has a glossary at the beginning of the book… Okay maybe for subsequent books in the series for reference, but not the very first book. I just think that the information should be woven into the story. If I see a glossary I automatically think the story must be confusing, and to be honest I don’t actually take the time to read it either.

I liked Adrian. I loved the power that oozed from his every pore. Lindsay was easy to like and like her I did. The other characters were well rounded and interesting.

I’ve read reviews on Goodreads which complain that it was a slow burner, and it took them awhile to get into the story, but I can honestly say (not that I’d be dishonest, mind) I didn’t find that at all. The first meeting between Lindsay and Adrian had enough chemistry to keep to keep things interesting. Nor did the opening get bogged down with to much information either. I’m easily distracted and I wasn’t distracted reading this.

The sex had a little too much dirty talk for my liking. It kinda reminded me of bad porn dialogue, and I found that calling her vagina ‘her sex’ just as jarring as saying the dreaded C word. And It kinda got a little crazy there at the end.

I first thought I’d found another author, and series to compare with the Guild Hunter series, but I was wrong. The world building isn’t as impressive and the story not as intricate but I still enjoyed it and I will definitely be reading the next book, and continuing the series.

Rating: 4/6 – Really Liked it

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Review: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.
R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Not just another zombie novel, Warm Bodies is funny, scary, and deeply moving.

I was a little sceptical about reading a zombie romance. I first I thought that it was going to be some kind of zombie survivors romance, but no, it’s most definitely a Zombie romance.

R is a fresh zombie (just R because he can’t remember his name. Zombies don’t have great memories, ya know), which means that’s he’s not as ‘rotted’ as most; his flesh isn’t dropping off and his organs aren’t showing. Hot, right? He can speak a few one syllable words if he really, really tries (although practice makes perfect). R’s bestfriend is M. M likes porn and women, only he doesn’t quite remember what to do once he’s naked. None of them do. So he spends a lot of time standing around naked with zombies of the lady variety.

R is more coherent than the average zombie. He gets married and obtains 2 children (this was a shock to me too, and seemed to come from nowhere). He wants the 2.4 children kinda simple zombie life, but then he manages to complicate things by rescuing a young woman and deciding he wants to keep her ‘safe’ in a boeing 747.

Part of the story is told by Perry. This happens every time R nibbles at Perry’s brain; he get visions of perry’s life. I found this a little confusing at first, especially towards to end. I’d be reading then realise I didn’t have a clue what was going on.

There’s also a zombie school where they teach zombie kids how to properly kill a living human. We wouldn’t want them to starve would we! Again, like the marriage, I found this a little left field.

So, in between talking the kids to school and keeping the wife happy, R goes and falls for the stupid human. Taking her on ‘dates’ and entertaining her. Don’t feel too sorry for the wife tho, she’s at the church stepping out with some other rotter. In fact don’t feel too sorry for any of them. Emotions are a distant memory so they’re not really bothered.

Julie, the human, is a tough little cookie and gives off some serious attitude, which gets on my nerves a little (read quite a lot). I don’t know which is worse, romance between 2 zombies, or one between a human and zombie. No, actually I do… :/

However, even though I felt all kinds of icky I wanted to keep reading, I couldn’t stop.

The continuity was a bit baffling. At some point I was told that they don’t have sex because there’s no blood pumping through the body, so you know, it was kinda impossible. And even putting that aside, they can’t remember how to do it anyway. But then he’d wake up to his wife having sex with her ‘boyfriend’. I don’t want to know if he’s limp or that she’s dry. Yeah, I did say icky :s

I was a little confused when R had a vision and was able to talk to both Julie and Perry, and they him. And I was a little EWW when julie asked R if he wanted to sleep in the bed next to her, because, really?! Even when bugs crawl out of his mouth in the morning? Takes morning breath to a whole new level.

I tried but failed to take to julie for the first half of the story. She was just too hard faced for my liking, but she grew on me and by the end, and even though she kissed a zombie, I liked her.

The ick factor kinda faded as the story proceeded, and if you like the sound of the above this book is for you. I couldn’t bring myself to dislike it because of it. Over all it was a quick, fun read. I really did enjoy it.

Rating: 4/6 – I Liked It

Review: Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

I’m Trella. I’m a scrub. A nobody. One of thousands who work the lower levels, keeping Inside clean for the Uppers. I’ve got one friend, do my job and try to avoid the Pop Cops. So what if I occasionally use the pipes to sneak around the Upper levels? The only neck at risk is my own…until I accidentally start a rebellion and become the go-to girl to lead a revolution.

I went into Inside Out with no expectations whatsoever. I’d just finished Working Stiff (after much struggling I have to admit), and I’m pleased to say that, like with every other Dystopian story I’ve read so far, I really liked it. I found that it was just what I needed to get me back into reading after my little slump.

I found I flew through this book which I’m quite happy about. I hated being in a slump and watching the books I needed to read to keep up with my reading challenge go up and up was depressing. I think I’m currently behind by 17 (make that 25) 😦 but hopefully now I’m back I’ll get through quite afew of those.

The difficulty I have when I like a book and get into it is that I end up not writing any notes, so I then struggle writing the review. Not good. I have a soft spot for Dystopian fiction and haven’t yet read a book I didn’t like, or struggle to finish.

It was no different with this book. I liked Trella and took to her right away. I like that she was ‘The queen of the Pipes’. I thought that maybe I’d have trouble visualising the Cube they lived in but I didn’t. I had a clear picture in my head.

That’s all I can say really. Sorry about that! (Although it’s not like my reviews are ever essay like) I liked it. It was a quick, enjoyable read and I recommend you read it 🙂

Rating: 4/6 – I Liked It

Review: Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl’s unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts–for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she’s rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can’t continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There’s something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

As with a few of the books I’ve read recently, I was really looking forward to this book. I wasn’t very happy about the price of the kindle version though. £9.36 +_+ almost double the usual price, and a few pounds more than the physical copy. (Edit: the average price of ebooks has now gone up since I wrote this review, a lot of them are now £7+)

Although the price seemed extreme most of the reviews on Goodreads were really good, and even though I was still on my zombiefest I was looking forward to reading it. It was slow to get going, with lots of exposition and I found myself skim reading. Once it hit the halfway mark the info dumps petered out, and the story got going.

Alice is surviving on her own as the story opens. I liked Alice’s independence, the fact that at 16 years old and she survived on her own for over a year, this is thanks mainly to a survival book she had the savvy to pick up along the way. I liked Aiden but I felt that, as with Del and Sammy, he could have had a little more depth. All the face and hair touching was sweet but there needed to be more to him than the fact he liked Alice.

The book felt like a start of a series, and it would be a good book to start one, and although it does stand up on its own as well it definitely felt like it could have been the beginning of something. I really hope there is a second book because I wasn’t satisfied with the epilogue of Ashes, Ashes.

Over all not a bed read at all

Rating: 4/6 – I Liked It

Review: The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood and The Duchess Of Northumberland

Jessamine Luxton has lived all her sixteen years in an isolated cottage near Alnwick Castle, with little company apart from the plants in her garden. Her father, Thomas, a feared and respected apothecary, has taught her much about the incredible powers of plants: that even the most innocent-looking weed can cure — or kill.n the right dose, everything is a poison. Even love . . .When Jessamine begins to fall in love with a mysterious boy who claims to communicate with plants, she is drawn into the dangerous world of the poison garden in a way she never could have imagined 

I saw this reviewed on The Book Smugglers and quickly added it to my TBR list. It sounded really interesting and very different from the books I’d been reading recently.

I loved it’s tone and I really liked Jessamine. Weed was interesting but the father drove me crazy. You definitely got a feel for the era. It was easy to read, even when I was busy my stopping and starting didn’t jar the story. I felt it got a bit silly towards the end but all in all it was quick, easy and fun to read.

Rating: 4/6 – I liked It

Review: The Restorer (Graveyard Queen #1) by Amanda Stevens

My name is Amelia Gray. I’m a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. In order to protect myself from the parasitic nature of the dead, I’ve always held fast to the rules passed down from my father. But now a haunted police detective has entered my world and everything is changing, including the rules that have always kept me safe.

It started with the discovery of a young woman’s brutalized body in an old Charleston graveyard I’ve been hired to restore. The clues to the killer—and to his other victims—lie in the headstone symbolism that only I can interpret. Devlin needs my help, but his ghosts shadow his every move, feeding off his warmth, sustaining their presence with his energy. To warn him would be to invite them into my life. I’ve vowed to keep my distance, but the pull of his magnetism grows ever stronger even as the symbols lead me closer to the killer and to the gossamer veil that separates this world from the next.

I’d been looking forward to reading this after seeing the cover a few times on various book blogs (I can’t actually remember where). I love the cover and it sounded really interesting. The concept of a cemetery restorer really intrigued me.I hoped it wouldn’t let me down like The Demon Trapper’s Daughter and it didn’t 🙂 from the first sentence to the last, I was hooked.

It’s really well written, and the characters felt real. I liked Amelia and took to her right away, but even though I liked Devlin, I didn’t really feel connected to him like I did with Amelia. I can’t wait to see what happens between them.

It didn’t seem like I was reading an urban fantasy book. It reminded me somewhat of a Dan Brown novel; the symbolism, secret societies, intrigue and suspense, and with an interesting but non sexual relationship.

I liked it even though it wasn’t what I was expecting to read. I will definitely read the next book in the series, The Kindom, which is expected to be released some time in October.

Rating: 4/6 – I Liked It

Review: Shady Lady (Corine Solomon #3) by Ann Aguirre

I’d spent my whole life settling, trying not to attract attention, and generally doing whatever it took to keep other people happy. I didn’t want to do that again. Not when I was finally comfortable in my own skin. Sure, there were certain challenges, like a drug lord who wanted me dead, and the fact that I owed a demon a debt that he could call due at any moment. But everybody’s got problems, right?

Whenever Corine Solomon touches an object, she immediately knows its history. But her own future concerns her more and more. Now back in Mexico, she’s running her pawnshop and trying to get a handle on her strange new powers, for she might need them. And soon. 

Then former ally Kel Ferguson walks through her door. Heavily muscled and tattooed, Kel looks like a convict but calls himself a holy warrior. This time, he carries a warning for Corine: the Montoya cartel is coming for her—but they don’t just pack automatic weapons. The Montoyas use warlocks, shamans, voodoo priests—anything to terminate trouble. And Corine has become enemy number one.

I don’t know where to start, I really don’t. If I split the book into 3 parts I can say that I love parts 1 and 3. I still have a wtf face about part 2.

I was actually glad that there was no love triangle. It gave me a break from the ‘no pay off’ from books 1 and 2.
The plot seemed tighter. If I’m being honest I’m still disappointed by the end of Hell Fire. Chance is out of sight out of mind. He’s mentioned a few times but one of the times really didn’t do him justice at all. But I’ve stopped trusting Corine when it comes to her emotions. She was wrong abut Chances feelings towards her in book 1, then she just seemed so confused in book 2, and now she’s saying she didn’t love chance, but I think she does, deep down.

There may be spoilers ahead…

Let’s now talk about part 3. Hmm. It seemed to have took a turn into generic young adult fiction with all the archangel talk. “[She] has yet to choose her path…” I’m not a great fan of Kel, not really. I don’t mind him I just think he’s dull, and I’m surprised THAT happened. Really surprised. I saw that kiss coming a mile off, but not THAT. It just left me feeling icky.

“With all this moaning I’m doing you’d be forgiven for believing that I’m not a fan f this book, but you’d be wrong. I think it’s very nearly my favourite out of the three”. Yes, that’s what I wrote while reading. I can’t say that now. Part 2 was just too left field. I’d now say book one, Blue Diablo is my fave.

A few thoughts…

I couldn’t take the torture scene seriously. Wow. Want lime to go with that? If that’s all Good has to offer, Evil is going kick their ass.

Well let just say just say I didn’t expect that turn of events. Again, wow.

Kel’s started to bore me. At first he seemed dangerous, then mysterious, but now after hearing him talk he’s getting boring :/

“Once, I’d done a little E…” Seemed a little out of the blue. There was another drug reference later on (by Kel). Yes drugs are bad, no I don’t mind them in my reading (hello there Unholy Ghost), but it just came out on nowhere.

I don’t know how I feel about the ending. I felt kinda let down. Chances return felt flat after Aguirre’s constant attempt to sell Jessie to me.

This would have gained a higher rating if it wasn’t for part 2.

Rating: 4/6 – I liked it

Review: Hell Fire (Corine Solomon #2) by Ann Aguirre

As a handler, Corine Solomon can touch any object and know its history. It’s too bad she can’t seem to forget her own. With her ex-boyfriend Chance in tow-lending his own supernatural brand of luck-Corine journeys back home to Kilmer, Georgia, in order to discover the truth behind her mother’s death and the origins of “gift”. 

But while trying to uncover the secrets in her past, Corine and Chance find that something is rotten in the state of Georgia. Inside Kilmer’s borders there are signs of a dark curse affecting the town and all its residents-and it can only be satisfied with death.


I was eager to start reading Hell Fire after finishing Blue Diablo. It starts off shortly after Blue Diablo, just long enough for Corine not to have to answer Chance at the end of the last book. I had hoped that we’d have some kind of resolution during some point of this book, but the love triangle was still there, although maybe not as all consuming as previously, but it was there, with no resolution in sight.

I was quite perplexed as to why Chance had done a total 360. If Corine had left him because she didn’t think he loved her, then why was she able to keep him dangling like a love sick puppy in this and the previous book?

I don’t know. Ann Aguirre left me with lots of questions by the time I finished reading Hell Fire, questions that I didn’t really mind not asking during the last one. I think maybe I wasn’t bothered by them in the first book.

The plot was again a little ropey at times, events seemed to come out of the blue, and the world building… Well the world building was slightly off. I don’t know if this is just me but I wasn’t left with a solid grasp of the world Corinne lives in, even after reading 2 books. The good thing about that is that there’s no info dumping, and instead, a fast pace story. Maybe the world is being slowing introduced and more is to come. It is only book three after all.

Sometimes the characters seemed to be bundling along aimlessly, not really knowing what to do, or why they were doing it and that distracted me at times. You know I like to moan about books I really like, and I do like this series, and I did really like this book. It was an enjoyable read, all be it one that leaves me all kinds of heartbroken. (My current mantra: there’s still time, there’s still time, there’s still time…)

Rating: 5/6 –  Really Liked It

Review: Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan/The Hollows #8) by Kim Harrison

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she’s never faced off against her own kind . . . until now.

Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment—her worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom. But trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and a lowlife ex-boyfriend-turned-thief.

I felt less connected to this book than the previous ones, although I was please that there was more real action right from the beginning than usual.

Rachel pissed me off when the church was being attacked. Jeezus I wish she’d stop being so bloody righteous. There was two particular moments when I wanted to give her a slap:

“Damn it, Rache,” Jenks said as he let th fairy drop at his feet. “Why do you make things so difficult?” – Jenks spoke my mind here. And she does. She makes everything twice as hard as it should be. She doesn’t deserve the loyal friends she has.

“…what am I doing? Who are these people I thought I knew, crying for death, lusting for it?” – this really pissed me off. Seriously? They’re the fucking friends who risk death trying to save your lame ass.

I couldnt feel any sadness when you know what because I was too pissed at rachel.

IDK. I felt really disconnected from this book. I started to get bored 2/3rds of the way in. I was actually disappointed and wondered whether it was just met. It most probably was. I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know if it was because I’d read a few other books before this one, or that Rachel pissed me off so much that I stopped caring.

I stopped trusting her, and her judgement.

I kept finding myself confused. There was just too much going on. I didn’t understand her reasoning behind half of the things she did in this book, and she did a hell of alot.

I liked the pacing though, and I did like that things got going from the beginning, I just couldn’t keepthese things straight .

Nick. Ugh. He’s a total slime ball. I can’t stand the man. I think Trent has a little bit of slime in him too, but he has hidden depth. Nick is just horrid

I totally loved the ending though 🙂

Rating: 4/6 – Liked It

Review: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Description (from Goodreads)

Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

Wow.

I don’t actually think I knew fully what I was reading when I first started this book. It was a breath taking read. I read it in one sitting. It’s a short book with some very short chapter (some literally a paragraph long), but it was both powerful and haunting. “Alice’s” voice was strong and unforgettable.

Rating: 4/6 – Liked It