Book Review: Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts

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I never thought I would pick up a Nora Roberts novel. I don’t know why. I just never really thought of it. I read so much J.R Ward and other such novels, that Nora Roberts never crossed my  mind. I love romance, I guess I just thought her books weren’t for me.

Until recently, I had NO clue she wrote fantasy and vampire stories.

And my mother, my sweet, almost 78 year old mother, adores The Circle Trilogy. Featuring a cast of six people fighting against vampires. How could I not read the books after my mom telling me about them, and exclaiming “They are right up your alley!”.

Book Blurb:

In the last days of high summer, with lightning striking blue in a black sky, the sorcerer stood on a high cliff overlooking the raging sea…

Belting out his grief into the storm, Hoyt Mac Cionaoith rails against the evil that has torn his twin brother from their family’s embrace. Her name is Lilith. Existing for over a thousand years, she has lured countless men to an immortal doom with her soul-stealing kiss. But now, this woman known as vampire will stop at nothing until she rules this world—and those beyond it…

Hoyt is no match for the dark siren. But his powers come from the goddess Morrigan, and it is through her that he will get his chance at vengeance. At Morrigan’s charge, he must gather five others to form a ring of power strong enough to overcome Lilith. A circle of six: himself, the witch, the warrior, the scholar, the one of many forms and the one he’s lost. And it is in this circle, hundreds of years in the future, where Hoyt will learn how strong his spirit—and his heart—have become…

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So, while the book had its flaws, I adored it! I basically devoured it over the weekend, and as soon as I see my mom, I am borrowing book two in the series.

My main annoyance with the book is the writing style. Since this book is older, the rules of writing were different than they are now.  The PoV changed back and forth quickly. Instead of a scene or chapter in one character’s point of view, there were usually a couple per page. Aside from the couple of times we seen Lilith’s PoV. When we see the evil vampire, it was for a scene, before it cut back to the main six.

I also found that not all the characters were fleshed out. My favorite was Cian, Hoyt’s twin brother who was turned vampire. I found his character had more detail and depth then the others.

I loved the mishmash of fantasy. You have an 11th century sorcerer, a witch, shape shifter, a bookworm who could give The Green Arrow a run for his money, as well as a warrior and a vampire. All prepping for a fight against the evil vampire Lilith, who wants to rule this world and other realms.

It was a fun, light read and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book!

 

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Book Review: Dark Beneath The Moon by Sherry D. Ramsey

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Here I am, with my first book review of the year- woot woot! I should note this is more of a lighter/mini review. A few key points I enjoyed about the story.

So yes, I spent this weekend like any good weekend should be spent: curled up with a good book and snuggled up with a cat.

We all have authors that we just have to read. That author whose books we buy as soon as a new one hits a shelf. Sherry D. Ramsey is one of those authors for me. She writes a variety of genres, and I always find myself engrossed in the worlds she creates.

When I had my reading slump, that didn’t stop me from buying books and adding to my collection. Dark Beneath The Moon was one of the books taunting me to get out of my slump.

Here is the book blurb:

Luta Paixon has plenty of trouble on the Tane Ikai, with relationships in flux and the sticky problem of two captains on one ship. But when an alien artifact, the remnant of a long-ago war, shows up on the other side of a newly-discovered wormhole, the crew also find themselves pressed into the service of the Nearspace Protectorate. The Tane Ikai‘s task: covertly deliver an alien historian to the site to decipher its meaning—and possible threat.

Jahelia Sord is a woman with a grudge against the world, and against Luta Paixon and her family in particular. She has her own secrets to guard, and an alliance with the notorious PrimeCorp—one she’ll keep only as long as it suits her own hunt for vengeance.

When a mysterious attack leaves them stranded in an uncharted new system, Luta, her crew, and Jahelia must try to put their differences aside and decide who to trust, while they uncover a shocking truth about the Chron war and what their old enemies are so afraid of…

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This novel is the second in the Nearspace series, being the sequel to One’s Aspect To The Sun, which came out a few years ago.

While I am not typically a reader of sci-fi, I found myself hooked from the start and had a very hard time putting the book down.

I love all the characters, especially Captain Luta. She is a strong, kick ass, smart woman who leads her crew with confidence. She is also very stubborn, so I often found myself grumbling at her as I read. If only characters would listen to you, right?? 😉 All the characters have their own individual voice, flaws and strengths.

As far as the plot goes, like I said, I couldn’t put the book down. There was always something going on: new aliens, a mystery illness, a character with suspicious motives, and more. There was a lot going on, but the story flowed really well and nothing was confusing. I found it very engaging. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, but I think this one is my favorite.

This book also introduced three new alien types. The Lobor ( a wolf-humanoid), the Chron and the Corvid (a crow-like being).  Each were unique in appearance, communication and technology. The Lobor is my favorite, I think, because it appeals to my supernatural side.

The third book, Beyond The Sentinel Stars, is now available.  Which is great because I so need to get my hands on it! 😉

If you like spacecrafts, aliens, adventure and unique characters, this series is for you.

What books have you read lately?

 

From The Book Pile: The Shadows

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I spent the wee hours of this stormy day finishing off my latest read. At 4 a.m as the wind howled outside and the snow piled up around us, I felt a little bit heartbroken and yet happy at the same time. That’s what happens when you are routing and hoping for the best for two brothers.

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Personal opinion: 4 out of 5 stars

I am a huge fan of J. R Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The Shadows is book thirteen in the Black Dagger Brotherhood. As always, the book is well written  and each character had their own defined voice. Which is hard to do when you are writing with so many personalities.

This book took me longer then thought to read. For starters, this book focuses on Trez and iAm, Shadows from the s’Hsibe. While I am a huge lover of iAm, his brother Trez was far from my favorite character. So it was (at first) hard to get into.

Also, when you get hit with a migraine or two, the last thing you do is strain your eyes and make your head worse by reading. That’s if you can actually keep your eyes open while in the middle of one.

But the last few days I have had my head down in the book, lost in the world of my favorite vampires.

In the beginning of the series, the points of view are few. Usually the Brother whose story it is, his mate, a villain and maybe another character is who you would be in the head of. But as the books went on, more and more PoV’s were added. I wasn’t happy with the last few books. In one book I skimmed much of it because I had zero interest. I didn’t see the purpose of that character having a PoV.

In this book however, the PoV’s were ones I wanted to see, for the most part. I didn’t skim as much as I had in the last book. I was anxious to know what was happening and a bonus: my fave character finally had a PoV again. If you have read the books, you know Rhage hasn’t had a real PoV in awhile. Which I know is also setting things up for the next book which he is the main focus. (I admit, if that book is “watered down” with a ton of different view points, imma be pissy. I need a dose of my book boyfriend 😉 )

I grew to love Trez, and my heart broke for him. (No spoilers). While in the past I felt Selena, his mate, was a cardboard character. But in this novel she was more in depth and I  enjoyed her much more.

iAm is a character I felt bad for in the past. He has taken care of his brother for so long. Putting his life on hod in some ways so he can be there for Trez. After all he has done, the Shadow was due some happiness.

All in all, this was a good read. If you have read The Shadows, what did you think of the book?

From The Book Pile: The Seventh Crow

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Nothing says I am back in the book realm like staying up until 2 a.m reading a book. I am back in my reading groove and it is thanks to this novel by Sherry D. Ramsey, which is published by Dreaming Robot Press.

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This YA novel is great for tweens and adults.

 

I bought this book about a year and a half ago when it first came out. I was very excited to get it and start reading it. But thanks to my reading slump, it never happened until this past week. (Tsk tsk, I know).

Tuesday night I stayed up until 2 a.m, because like any bookworm knows, it is hard to put a good book down. The following day after work, I ate supper and sat down to finish it. I suffered through heavy lids (gee, I wonder why I was so tired 😉 ) in order to finish it because I JUST HAD TOO.

This is a blurb about The Seventh Crow:

When you can’t remember most of your life, you’d better be prepared for anything. The day a talking crow meets her on the way home from school, fourteen-year-old Rosinda is plunged into a forgotten world filled with startling revelations: magic ability flows in her veins, she’s most comfortable with a sword in her hand, and the responsibility for finding a missing prince rests solely with her.

While dark forces hover in the background and four forgotten war gods from Earth’s past plot to reclaim long-lost power, Rosinda struggles with waves of slowly-returning memories as she searches for clues about her past and the true identity of her family; a search that takes her back and forth between two worlds. In a race against time to recover her memory, find the prince, and rescue her loved ones, Rosinda has only her friend Jerrell and an unusual trio of animals as companions. And as the gods prepare to bring her world to war, Rosinda is unaware that the shadow of betrayal lurks within one whom she trusts the most…

If you are a person who loves magic, quests, adventure, secrets, kick ass girls, talking animals, fantasy, then this novel is for you! Seriously, get it now. I fell in love with the characters and I hope that someday there will be a sequel.

After finishing it, I mulled it over for sometime. Thinking of what Rosinda would do next, wondering what her companions would be like were they to stay by her side. I spent the rest of the evening thinking about this and other things. The story stuck with me.

One aspect I loved was that the story line was fast paced. I love fantasy but often the books I pick out drag on. I stay with them because between all the pages of scenery description there are wonderful fun moments. With The Seventh Crow, I wasn’t bored.  It is just the perfect kind of fantasy for me to read.

As much as I love a good plot, I am very character driven. These characters were all unique in their own way, and all played a part. I especially loved Rosinda. If you read this novel, you will too. Trust me.

 

Book V.S TV Show-Let The Disappointment Commence

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Last weekend I went to visit my mom and stayed for the night. She doesn’t live far from me, but some weekends I don’t get to see her so I like spending the extra time with her when I can.

My mom is also a bookworm like me. She has a pile of books beside her comfy chair almost at all times. When I went to visit her this past Sunday, my eyes widened as I spied a copy of ‘Zoo’ by James Patterson and Micheal Ledwidge.

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That evening as she picked up her book, I snatched up ‘Zoo’. I stayed up until 1 am reading. As soon as I woke up, I grabbed the book and finished off the 400 page novel.

I. Fucking. Loved. It.

I haven’t devoured a book like that in a long time. I was hooked from the start. If you haven’t read the book or have seen any of the show, basically animals are rebelling against humans. My NEED to know what the hell was going on is what kept me going page after page.

When my fiance picked me up that evening, I told him I had read the book and later on we sat down to start the tv show.

I was excited. I didn’t get my hopes up extremely. After all, how many times has a beloved book get messed up in one way or another on tv or the movies?

I’m five episodes in. And I am pissed!

I could see why new characters were introduced. After all, the book is done mainly in Jackson Oz’s point of view. The first episode wasn’t too bad, but then it started getting very off kilter. In the book, his parents were never mentioned. In the show, we see his mom and his dad. In the book, Oz was the one who knew at some point the animals were going to rise up against humans. In the show it is his ‘crazy father.’ These are just a couple of the many changes that are in the show.

Ever read a book and a small detail was important to you? For me, that detail is Attila, the chimp that Oz rescued. We even see his POV every so often during the book. I also loved the relationship Oz had with him in the beginning. It showed a lot about his character and also the mind of the animals. And so far, there’s no Attila in the show. Bummer.

Every so often Mr. C will ask “Is that in the book? Did that happen in the book?” My answer is ALWAYS the same: “nope.”

So tell me, have you read the book or watched the show? (Or both?) I would love to know what others think. I devoured the book and think it was the best book I have read in a long time.

Half Book Review, Half Rant

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So this past weekend I finished reading “The King” by J.R Ward. It is the 12th book in the Blackdagger Brotherhood series.
the king 2Now, anyone who knows me (or have read some of my reviews of the series), knows that I LOVE these books. In fact, I am obsessed over them and I have claimed Rhage as my book boyfriend.

I usually devour these books quickly. While I have had issues with a couple of the books in the past (with so many books, not every one of them will be your favorite), but this book…this book took me ages to read.

Like, over a month. I just couldn’t get into it.

When I heard about ‘The King’, I was very excited. I had loved Wrath’s book (Dark Lover, #1 in the series) and I was very much looking forward to reading his next book.

But what I hoped for and what I got was two different things.

For starters, I found the book was diluted down with too many side stories. (I swear if this happens with Rhage’s book next year- The Beast- I will be one unhappy girl.)

For instance, I think that Sola and Assail would have been much better off in another book entirely. I found their scenes in ‘Lover At Last’ felt as if they were just randomly thrown in there. I pretty much skipped those scenes since I wanted to get back to the ‘real’ story.

I loved Wrath’s parents, seeing them and learning more about what happened to them. I loved JM’s scenes and wished there had been more of them. And of coarse given the fact someone wants the throne, I knew the villain would come into play but sadly his PoV was less often then I thought it would be. I really didn’t like how he tried to take the throne on a political way with the glymera. Not that I wanted him to succeed in his mission, but I found this to be boring.

Also, I was irked from the get go with Beth. Which is why I think I had a hard time getting into the book.

Wrath’s shellen is a strong, independent character. What she pulled off in the beginning annoyed me to no end. She basically did the vampire version of trying to trick her man into getting her pregnant. Which I think is dirty pool, even for humans. Beth tried to kick start her needing by spending time with another female vamp, while Wrath was dead set against having a child.

The book also included Trez’s Pov which sets things up for the next book called “The Shadows.” I’ll be honest, I skipped a lot of these parts too. Trez grew as a character throughout the novel, but that’s all about all I liked. Well, aside from his brother iAm, who I think is the better of the two brothers.

There was lots that I loved about this book too. Seeing Wrath become a dad and what it did to him was fantastic. I felt heartsick for him when Beth began to bleed and having to call Doc Jane. Being blind, the only thing he could do aside from panic was hold her hand and rely on others to tell him what was going on.

And of coarse seeing bits of the Brotherhood, like when Wrath and Beth had a human wedding. There were parts that had me laughing out loud which makes me excited for the new Legacy series, where we will see more of them and the slices of life we don’t get to see so much anymore.

All in all, I give this a 4 out of 5. I did love every minute of Wrath and most of Beth. (I got over being pissed off, and for good reason.) Had it included more of them and less of others, it would have been a better read.

So, have you read ‘The King’? What did you think? Am I the only one who felt like they needed to rant while reading it?

Quick Update and Book Review

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I have spent the last week being very sick. The flu that hit me was the worst one I have gone through in a long time. Nothing like waking up feeling like death for days on end.

And on top of that, Cape Breton had the storm of the century. And just a couple of days later, I am home from work due to a snow day. yet another 20 cm is barreling down on us. Oh. Joy.

During these days, I managed to finish my current book, ‘Lover at Last’ by JR Ward. This is my last JR Ward book for a bit. While I am dying to get into the next book of the series, ‘The King’, I don’t have it yet. Today I started a Stephen King to break things up just a tad.

My mind was pretty wonky when I read ‘Lover At Last.’ Between three days of no sleep (I wish I was joking) and flu meds, my head was fuzzy. But I was able to read it and still enjoyed it.

loveratlasstBack Cover: Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

My Thoughts: When all is said and done, I really enjoyed this book. It was the one I have been dying to get to for awhile. I did feel a bit disappointed in the execution of this novel.

One thing I did with this book that I hadn’t really done with the others (and I am ashamed to admit it) was skim over several scenes. Most of the ones with Assail and Sola. I’m supposed to care about characters and I didn’t care about these two at all. I felt like this wasn’t the book to see their POV. I ended up skipping these parts, to get on with the rest of the story. I felt the attention was taken away from Quinn and Blay and it was supposed to be ‘their’ book.

There was a lot of character development, especially with Quinn. I have loved Quinn since the first time we see him. He is a strong character and in this book does some epic things, including pulling off the mother of Hail Mary’s when flying a plane for the first time, and coming to terms with who he is, and finds the courage to…well, you will have to read the book to find that out.

There were too many different POV’s, but I did love  seeing the POV of Wrath, The Blind King, yet again. I miss seeing the minds of the original Brothers, the ones who the first number of books centered around. The more into the series we go, the less of their POV we see. (That is why I am so stoked about the Legacy series, where we will see the main Brothers yet again.)

Also, I found there was just a bit too much angst. I felt like the end result could have happened a bit sooner so we could have seen some more of the happier moments. I felt for Quinn because he’s already had so much crap happen to him in his life that I just wanted him to be happy already. The guy deserves it.

Overall I loved it. JR Ward is a fantastic author who has created in depth characters, keeps the story going with plot twists, leaves you hanging and wanting more.

As much as I love vampires, I am now into an adventure with the King of Horror. After that, I’m not too sure. What are you reading? What’s next on your reading list?