Review: Strange Angels (Strange Angels #1) by Lil St Crow

In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

I’d had this book on my TBR pile for quite a while. It was definitely something I wanted to read but something else would always catch my eye and I would forget about it for while. Well nothing else did this time.

I liked it right from the off. The tone and the pacing felt just right. I really liked Dru. She’s tough, savvy, and didn’t whine and moan like some lead characters do.

It reminded me of Supernatural, only with a female lead. Obviously there’s nothing wrong with that, I love Supernatural – I then read other Goodread reviews that said the same thing. I took to Graves right away as well, but I can’t believe that he took everything in his stride as well as he did. Dru’s reaction to her dad dying and then coping with the events afterwards were more realistic.

I would have liked more dialogue. This is my first time reading Lil St Crow so I don’t know whether this is just her style, but I felt that the long narration sometimes had me biting at the bit. Don’t get me wrong, I actually did liked the narration. Dru’s voice was great but so much of it in a continuous chunk was a little monotonous at times.

Then things started to go a little airy. Around 60% of the way in, so slightly over the halfway mark, it just kinda started to lose it. The characters started to really annoy me. It was like the Author got to a certain point and thought shit! What now? Then threw everything together no matter how ludicrous it sounded. It was either that or someone else started writing it. I really had to force myself to finish it. I couldn’t believe my quickly my feeling towards this book changed.

It was on it’s way to earning itself 5 stars, but I just totally disconnected from the characters and the story. It saddened me as I was really enjoying it. However, it did kinda settle again right toward the end. I liked it more than I didn’t so I’m definitely going to continue with the series.

Right, time to go empty the dishwasher 😉

Rating: 3/6 – it was ok

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

Review: Divergent by Veronica Moss


Beatrice “Tris” Prior has reached the fateful age of sixteen, the stage at which teenagers in Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago must select which of five factions to join for life. Each faction represents a virtue: Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity, and Erudite. To the surprise of herself and her selfless Abnegation family, she chooses Dauntless, the path of courage. Her choice exposes her to the demanding, violent initiation rites of this group, but it also threatens to expose a personal secret that could place in mortal danger. Veronica Roth’s young adult Divergent trilogy launches with a captivating adventure about love and loyalty playing out under most extreme circumstances.

I read this in July 2011 and July was a great month for reading. I’d been seeing reviews for Divergent pop up here and there before I really took any notice (I’ve kinda developed a thing for dystopia since, and as of yet it’s never disappointed me), so once it was put on my TBR pile it wasn’t long before I picked it up.

I’ve only read a couple of Dystopic stories before this but I’ve really liked the few I’ve read and I had a feeling I’d like this too, but saying that I’ve been a pretty bad judge of new books lately (unknown to me authors). However, I wasn’t surprised to find my first thought was right. I loved it.

The story was engaging and I really liked the tone and pace. I settled into it quite quickly, then found myself carried along.

I liked Tris. Her attitude fitted her real well and was believable for someone in her situation. Both Four and Eric caught my attention early on. I thought Eric was interesting and Four intriguing. I really wanted to get to know both of them better. I liked that at first I didn’t know who to trust out of the two, or if in fact I could trust either of them.

I enjoyed reading about the other characters as well, and the world building was really effective. I don’t want to say much for fear of giving anything way. I loved that I didn’t know much about the story before I I started read it.

Divergent is the first in a series (I’m not sure how many are expected to be written), but it could be read as a stand alone. I hope it’s just the start though as I really do want to read more by this author.

Edit: Insurgent is just out (May 1st 2012)… very late posting review

Rating: 6/6 – Loved It

Review: Kiss of Snow (Psy-Changeling #10) by Nalini Singh

Since the moment of her defection from the PsyNet and into the SnowDancer wolf pack, Sienna Lauren has had one weakness. Hawke. Alpha and dangerous, he compels her to madness. 

Hawke is used to walking alone, having lost the woman who would’ve been his mate long ago. But Sienna fascinates the primal heart of him, even as he tells himself she is far too young to handle the wild fury of the wolf. 
Then Sienna changes the rules and suddenly, there is no more distance, only the most intimate of battles between two people who were never meant to meet. Yet as they strip away each other’s secrets in a storm of raw emotion, they must also ready themselves for a far more vicious fight… 

A deadly enemy is out to destroy SnowDancer, striking at everything they hold dear, but it is Sienna’s darkest secret that may yet savage the pack that is her home…and the alpha who is its heartbeat…

It feels like I’ve waited for this book for so long. I adore this series. Nalini singh is the author I use to judge all other paranormal romance by. In fact she has spoiled me. I was introduced to this series at the start of my foray into PNR/Urban Fantasy by a friend and it set the standard. Sometimes I wish I’d read Christen Feehan first, because at least then I wouldn’t have something good to compare it too. No one can beat Nalini Singh. No one. Hers are the only books I don’t ever roll my eyes too (okay admittedly maybe once during the first book!). They are the only books I’ve come across that have great romance coupled with an interesting and kiss ass plot. No other series/book combines the two quite as well, no where near as well.

Hawke’s story is one that has been slowly burning away in the background from book one (Slave to Sensation), and one I’ve been desperate to read. I’d read excerpts/quotes on Singh’s website and on Goodreads and they only whetted my appetite.

I wasn’t disappointed. It was everything I’d hoped for and more. Hawke and Sienna’s history being what it is, every look and interaction was filled with sexual tension. Both of them were at breaking point. The second romance between the pack healer, Lara and, Walker Sienna’s uncle, was an added bonus but I do wish they had their own book. I think they deserved that. There was also the birth of Sascha and Lucas’s baby which was lovely, and I enjoyed seeing the Changelings reaction to this.

There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered surrounding the Psy, and to be honest I was far more interested in the Changelings this time round. I really need to reread the book again (maybe slightly slower this time 🙂 ) to enable me to take more information in.

A fantastic read.

Rating: 6/6 – It Was Amazing

Review: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews

Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job. 

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate. 

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price.

I re-read the first 4 books in the Kate Daniels series in January (for the 3rd time). Mistakenly thinking this was due out the beginning of February. I was wrong and I was only slightly annoyed that I had to wait another few months (yeah this review is kinda old).

I love this series. I love Kate and Curran, and I love Ilona Andrews. Although I didn’t get ecstatic over the scenes from Curran’s pov, I did enjoy them.

Magic Slays was released on the same day as Kiss of Snow, the 10th Psy-Changling book, and another favourite series of mine. I ended up reading Kiss of Snow first because I’ve been impatiently waiting for that one for what felt like ages, but that’s neither here nor there regarding my preference.

The one thing about this series I’d forgotten about was the humour. In those short months I forgot how funny these books were. As with the other books, Magic Slay had me laughing out loud. I love Kate’s and Curran’s relationship and how they bounce off each other. The one thing that jumped out at me though was how violent they can be together when Kate is super angry. They get very physical and sometimes it’s hard to read.

As usual the story felt very visual. I love the world building of this series, and Andrew’s ability to put you in her world so easily.

A great read, and if you haven’t started this series yet, what are you waiting for?

Rating: 6/6 – It Was Amazing

Review: Hunted By The Others (H&W Investigations #1) by Jess Haines

Shiarra Waynest’s detective work was dangerous enough when her client base was strictly mortal. But ailing finances have forced her to accept a lucrative case that could save her firm – if it doesn’t kill her first. Shiarra has signed on to work for a high-level mage to recover an ancient artifact owned by one of New York’s most powerful vampires. As soon as Shiarra meets sexy, mesmerizing vamp Alec Royce, she knows her assignment is even more complicated than she thought. With a clandestine anti-Other group trying to recruit her, and magi being eliminated, Shiarra needs back-up and enlists her ex-boyfriend – a werewolf whose non-furry form is disarmingly appealing – and a nerdy mage with surprising talents. But it may not be enough. In a city where the undead roam, magic rules, and even the Others aren’t always what they seem, Shiarra has just become the secret weapon in a battle between good and evil – whether she likes it or not.

I’ve been in a bit of a slum these past few days, flitting from book to book. I’d read a few pages of one then quickly leave it for another. Then the cover of Hunted by The Others caught my eye on Goodreads, I saw all the good ratings and thought why not. I’m kinda glad I did, at first.

Shianna is a PI, a PI whose business is in trouble and both she and it, are running in the red. Needing money fast she takes a seemingly easy job for a lot of money and bites of way more than she can chew.

I don’t know how I feel about this book. It started off good but slowly turned into Darkfever #2.

The weapon cave made me think of Batman but nowhere near as cool. There was lots of mundane dialogue, no humour and not very exciting. I don’t get why she was so special that everyone wanted a piece of her. I didn’t feel the attraction/spark between her and Royce either.

I quite liked Shianna but I’d like her more if she’d shown some loyalty instead of switching sides so easily. I get the she was struggling with the fact that there wasn’t a side she wanted to be on, but wow a show of fangs/a slight hint of a threat and she was anyones. A pair of balls wouldn’t have gone a miss.

With frequent info dumps, no excitement and a dull protagonist, I not so much struggled to finish this, more that I wasn’t really interest. After taking 3 days to read the first half of the book I finally seemed to settle into it around chapter 19. I still found the plot up to this point a little lame but I knew if I could get past all the setting up of the story/characters I’d start to enjoy it more because the writing was good.

I did hate the fact the belt could ‘talk’ but I guess I’m nic-picking now.

Chaz was boring and I didn’t trust him, in fact I didn’t really care for any of the characters and I guess that was one of the main issues I had with it.

I may get tempted to read the next installment in the hope of it getting better, but I don’t hold out too much hope.

Rating: 3/6 – It Was Okay

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: Hard Bitten (Chacargoland Vampire #4) by Chloe Neill

Times are hard for newly minted vampire Merit. Ever since shapeshifters announced their presence to the world, humans have been rallying against supernaturals–and they’re camping outside of Cadogan House with protest signs that could turn to pitchforks at any moment. Inside its doors, things between Merit and her Master, green-eyed heartbreaker Ethan Sullivan are … tense. But then the mayor of Chicago calls Merit and Ethan to a clandestine meeting and tells them about a violent vamp attack that has left three women missing. His message is simple: get your House in order. Or else.

Merit needs to get to the bottom of this crime, but it doesn’t help that she can’t tell who’s on her side. So she secretly calls in a favor from someone who’s tall, dark, and part of underground vamp group that may have some deep intel on the attack. Merit soon finds herself in the heady, dark heart of Chicago’s supernatural society–a world full of vampires who seem too ready to fulfill the protesting human’s worst fears, and a place where she’ll learn that you can’t be a vampire without getting a little blood on your hands.

Stupid, stupid me. I only accidentally went and read some reader reactions to this book while on Goodreads. Then, understandably, I was a little scared to read it. But forewarned is fore armed so they say. I just hope that maybe knowing the ending (or thinking I knew the ending) didn’t ruin my enjoyment of it.

I’d originally hoped to re-read Twice Bitten before starting this 4th instalment of the Chacargoland series, but I didn’t get round to it. After reading a few pages I really wished I had as things were a little vague but after a short while it all came back to me.

I love it when Ethan calls Merit Sentinel. I don’t know why, but I do. It sends a shiver down my spine each time he says it. I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed reading this series (after a few hiccups with the first book), so I’ll definitely be reading from book 1 within the next couple of months. I liked Ethan in the previous books, I did, but I couldn’t remember why. I had to go read my old reviews to recap my previous thoughts about him. I knew they’d changed from how I felt during the first book but I can’t really pin point when my feeling began to change. He’s slowly grown on me throughout the series and now I can safely say that after this book I love Ethan.

Hard Bitten is action packed and emotional, albeit a little frustrating but overall it’s a book you have to read.

Oh, bring tissues.

Rating: 6/6 – It Was Amazing

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