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Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)Spider’s Bite by Jennifer Estep
 
 
Book Stats:
 
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format Reviewed: E-book
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: January 26, 2010
 
Series: Elemental Assassin #1
Source: Personal Purchase
 
My name is Gin, and I kill people. They call me the Spider. I’m the most feared assassin in the South — when I’m not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don’t use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.
Now that a ruthless Air elemental has double-crossed me and killed my handler, I’m out for revenge. And I’ll exterminate anyone who gets in my way — good or bad. I may look hot, but I’m still one of the bad guys. Which is why I’m in trouble, since irresistibly rugged Detective Donovan Caine has agreed to help me. The last thing this coldhearted killer needs when I’m battling a magic more powerful than my own is a sexy distraction…especially when Donovan wants me dead just as much as the enemy.

Why I Read this book?:  I had been wanting to read this series for a long time.  I saw that The Book Vixen was co-hosting a read along for this series and though I’m not actually participating I decided to start reading this series.

What I Liked about this Book?:  I loved pretty much everything about this book.  I really was sucked in from the first line “My name is Gin, and I kill people.”  It’s catchy and it had me extremely excited to see what was going to happen next.  Gin is a very like able character even though she has a pretty despicable job.  The host of secondary characters were really great too.  Besides Gin I loved her makeshift family very much – Fletcher, Finn Sophia and Jo Jo, and in my opinion bring a little something extra to this story.

I really enjoyed reading about the relationship between Donovan Caine and Gin.  He’s a straight laced cop in a police force pretty much owned by Mab Monroe, one of the villains of the book.  Gin did something in the not so distant past that Caine can’t seem to see past and that mixed with his morals makes the whole relationship VERY interesting.

The action in this book was AMAZING!  Right from the very first couple of pages through the end it was an action roller coaster.  One thing that really attracted me to the story initially was that the REAL bad guy wasn’t obvious.  You think you have it figured out and then things change and you weren’t even close.

Overall, I’m really kicking myself that I’ve waited as long as I have to start reading this series.  Gin is an AWESOME heroine who has her own set of issues.  I can hardly wait to see how Gin and her family grow through the rest of this series.  If you haven’t started this series yet I definitely recommend Spiders Bite.

What I didn’t like?: At time’s I thought there was a little bit too much detail when Gin was doing her thing.  That was really the only fault that I could find with the book and it was only on a couple of occasions.  Other than those occasions I can’t really think of anything else that I didn’t care for in this book.

Rating: 5/5

 

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Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1)

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Series: Elder Races #1
Source: Personal purchase

Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful-and passionate-of the Elder races.

Why I read this book?: This series was recommended to me a little while ago by the lovely ladies who blog together on The Book Vixen.

What I liked?: I really liked how this book started off. Pia has just stolen, which she was blackmailed into doing, from Dragos and is on her way to deliver the item to the “shithead” (aka her ex). Once Dragos figures out he’s been stolen from he goes into a rage and that is when interesting things start happening.

Pia Giovanni, has spent her whole life trying to keep under wraps that she’s half-human and half-wyr. She’s also spent her whole life purposely trying to avoid drama. She’s been on her own since her mother died when she was 19, she’s now 25. Then she meets Keith (aka the “shithead”) and that’s when her life starts to spiral out of control.

One thing that really drew me to Pia was that even though she is Dragos’ calming force she doesn’t take any of his handouts. She wants to keep her life her’s as much as she possibly can under the circumstances. She’s more than capable of taking care of herself and she makes no bones about showing that to Dragos.

Dragos Cuelebre has been around a long time, like since the beginning of the universe. He’s demanding. He’s also tall, dark and handsome AND VERY MUCH an Alpha. He’s so used to getting his way that he completely flipped his top when he was stolen from. Then Pia comes into his life and he’s thrown for a total loop because she won’t put up with any of his crap.

There is mystery and humor through out this book that kept it engaging and a total page turner for me. Pia’s heritage is revealed in the book and it was a shock to me. Though I will admit to being a little bit confused about whether Pia actually knew what her wyr-half really was. She knew enough that she kept as much information about herself to herself but I wasn’t 100% on if she knew “herself” as well as she seemed to think she did.

The romance in this book was really great in my opinion. In the beginning I thought it started on deceit but once Dragos and Pia got together things started to build at an even keel. What I really loved about the developement of the romance was that Pia didn’t let Dragos push her around and forced him to go at a pace that she was comfortable with.

What I disliked?: I got nothing!

Overall Impression: I think that this book is an excellent start to this series and I really want to thank the ladies over at The Book Vixen for recommending this series!

Rating: 5+/5
Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1) Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Book Stats:
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/PNR/Paranormal
Format Reviewed: Mass Market Paperback
Publisher: Ace
Release Date: January 31, 2006
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Source: paperbackswap.com

Werewolves can be dangerous if you get in their way, but they’ll leave you alone if you are careful. They are very good at hiding their natures from the human population, but I’m not human. I know them when I meet them, and they know me, too.Mercy Thompson’s sexy next-door neighbor is a werewolf.

She’s tinkering with a VW bus at her mechanic shop that happens to belong to a vampire.
But then, Mercy Thompson is not exactly normal herself … and her connection to the world of things that go bump in the night is about to get her into a whole lot of trouble.


Why I read this book?: I’ve had this book sitting on my bookcase waiting to be read FOREVER! I finally got around to it and I completely DEVOURED it.

What I liked?: Mercy herself is now an addition to my “favorite heroine” list. She’s a walker, who shifts into a coyote. She was raised for the most part by a werewolf pack from Montana which explains why she knows so much about werewolves. I also LOVED Adam, he’s the Alpha who has a “thing” for Mercy and routinely threatens to eat her cat. Then craziness runs rampant and bad things happen to good people/werewolves. I also loved the host of secondary characters that made this book chock full of AWESOME! My personal favorite was Warren, you’ll have to check out this book to learn more about Warren. Even with all the high pressure situations that all the characters kept finding themselves in there was plenty of humor. I was very pleasantly surprised at how fast paced this book was. I really didn’t want to put it down at all. It sucks when real life gets in the way of my reading!

What I disliked?: I got nothing!

Overall Impression: I am kicking myself that I have waited as long as I have to read this series! It is full of AWESOME!

Favorite Quotes:

“A werewolf tossed me against a giant packing crate while I was trying to rescue a frightened young girl who’d been kidnapped by an evil witch and a drug lord.”

“MS. THOMPSON, it said in heavy block letters, PLEASE KEEP YOUR FELINE OFF MY PROPERTY. IF I SEE IT AGAIN, I WILL EAT IT.”

“I don’t like it when I outweigh my men.”

Rating: 5/5

The Selection (The Selection, #1)The Selection by Kiera Cass

Genre: Dystopian/Sci-Fi/Fantasy/ YA
Format Reviewed: Finished Hardcover, 327 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 24, 2012
ISBN 10: 0062059939
ISBN 13: 9780062059932
Source: Personal Purchase

Rating: 5+/5

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

The Selection how do I LOVE you?! Well, you know those cupcakes with the delicious frosting piled on top? You know the one’s that you know you SHOULDN’T have more than one of but by the time you’re done you’ve had 3 or 4 and you still want more? That is how much I LOVED The Selection. Not only was it delicious, I was left wanting MORE! Now I have to wait for what seems like an ETERNITY for book 2! :(

What I really liked about this book was that it’s classified as a Dystopian novel but it didn’t really have a Dystopian feel to it at all. It had “shades” of dystopia but not hardcore like say Legend or The Hunger Games. Yeah for A-Typical dystopian’s!

In the beginning I was sure how I felt about America. I kind of felt that at the beginning of the book America was maybe a little bit naive about some things…Mainly men and relationships. Then I thought that there were some things that America was right on the ball about…Life outside the palace walls, especially for lower caste citizens. Though as the book progressed I saw a lot of growth in America. Which made me really happy. :)

Can we talk about Aspen for a minute? I’m NOT a fan. I felt that in the beginning of the book Aspen was using America because she was a caste above him. She had a little more food readily available and she was more than willing to share, so felt he took advantage of the situation. Then things happen later in the book and as a result I’m EVEN LESS of a fan.

Maxon!? I’m definitely Team Maxon, all the way! When the ladies of The Selection move into the palace Maxon is WAY out of his element. To the point of being adorably awkward. Then America catches his eye and I want to be America. He showers her with a lot of attention and experiences several firsts with her. Even though Maxon is clearly attracted to America he does end up doing right by the other girls in The Selection as well.

Overall, I was BEYOND impressed with this book! It exceeded my expectations and I can hardly wait for the next book to come out. It has it all! Drama, romance, evil characters you just want to reach into the book and slap, and action to name a few things. If you haven’t picked up The Selection and read it yet DO SO RIGHT NOW!