Sunday, January 23, 2011

Review: Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn


Kitty Norville, Alpha werewolf and host of The Midnight Hour, a radio call-in show, is contacted by a friend at the NIH's Center for the Study of Paranatural Biology. Three Army soldiers recently returned from the war in Afghanistan are being held at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs. They're killer werewolves—and post traumatic stress has left them unable to control their shape-shifting and unable to interact with people. Kitty agrees to see them, hoping to help by bringing them into her pack.

Meanwhile, Kitty gets sued for libel by CEO Harold Franklin after featuring Speedy Mart--his nationwide chain of 24-hour convenience stores with a reputation for attracting supernatural unpleasantness--on her show.

Very bad weather is on the horizon

I love this series. Kitty is a great heroine. She may be a werewolf but she's like a normal person too and has the same insecurities and  feeling that just regular folks have but she also has a wolf to control on top of that. In this book she has to help the government help, stop, or contain the four werewolves that were created not by the government but a werewolf that was special ops. Who when he died left four weres in a pickle and nobody around but Kitty to help them or alternately have them put down. On top of this she has to deal with a sorcerer who uses his power to create natural disasters. And she finds out that Cormac has picked up a buddy in prison. This book has all the usual suspects and we learn more about some of them. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
I purchased this book for my own personal use and I give it 4 stars.

Review: Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter

New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter enthralls with a dark, tantalizing world of humans, otherworlders, powers beyond imagining, and a seductive vampire undone by his insatiable hunger for one woman. . . .Growing up poor on New Chicago’s meanest streets, Ava Sans had two options: be the predator or be the prey. No contest. Now, working for Alien Investigation and Removal, she’s been ordered to capture the biggest, baddest warrior of all—a vampire too beautiful to be real, with the ability to manipulate time. Once the leader of the entire vampire army, McKell has been deemed savage and unstable, spurned even by his own kind.To McKell, humans should be nothing more than sustenance. Yet the petite, golden-skinned Ava is a fascinating contradiction—vicious yet witty, strong yet vulnerable, lethal but fiercely loyal. Against his better judgment, McKell craves that loyalty, and much more. When the chase leads to seduction, McKell and Ava will race to discover the truth about his past. But the answers will come at a price, even for a woman who thought she had nothing left to lose. . .

If you like heroines that are bitches that wouldn't be caught dead in heels then Ave Sans is your girl. She mean, devious, snarky, and hell on wheels not to mention that she would make a great bff if you are the type of girl that your bff could call you a fat ass cow and make you laugh.  She also will not be caught dead in designer anything and would take the world on for her people. She grew up poor and she's very possessive of her stuff.. Her and her bff/partner Noelle are tasked with bringing in McKell but he gets the drop on them. But he doesn't hurt them and for some reason becomes enamored with Ava. And Ava has nothing on a possessive McKell. He's all about the mine.  while they are dancing around each other he has to avoid these doorways that try and suck him in and she and Noelle and the rest of the AIR agents try and apprehend the Schon Queen so she will quit spreading her disease.

I love this series and am so looking forward to Noelle's book. I'll read anything that Gena Showalter writes cause she is just that good. I purchased this one my self and I give it a 4 1/2 stars.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Winner: Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

 Congratulations! The winner of my giveaway is Latishajean. Please send me your address and your two choices in books to scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com. If I don't receive your info in 48 I'll have to choose another winner.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

January 14th to 17th

I am giviing away winners choice of 2 books in the following list. The only request I make is that you follow my blog. You can earn one extra entries by posting on facebook or tweeting about this contest. Just leave the links in your post or in a seperate post your choice. If I come across some more books that I have duplicates of or I've already read  I will update this list accordingly.  Contest ends Midnight on January 17th.


Whisper Kiss by Deborah Cooke

Deadly Intent by Kylie Brant (signed to me)

Fire at Midnight by Lisa Marie Wilkerson

Dark Needs at Night's Edge Kresley Cole

Triple Play by Rhyannon Byrd (adult)

The Magic Knot by Helen Scott Taylor

Haunting Jasmine by Anjali Banerjee (Arc)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Review: I'll be Slaying you by Cynthia Eden

Cynthia Eden returns to the realm of the Other, where the supernatural bounty hunters of Night Watch work hard and play harder...

Sandra "Dee" Daniels is a vampire's worst nightmare. Sure, she couldn't get up to five-six in the highest heels money can buy--not that she ever wears heels. But the monsters in her past and the stake in her boot are enough to keep most bloodsuckers interested in staying undead out of Baton Rouge.

But there are changes afoot on her turf. Rumors of a Born Master in town--a vampire so powerful he can make the streets run with blood. And a new face in Dee's dive bars and alleyways--Simon Chase, a strong, sexy shadow with a haunted past of his own. Simon knows a lot about the dark side of Dee's work. He knows even more about how to make her body spark with desire. But the hot lust shimmering between them is only the beginning. Because Simon also knows a secret that will change Dee's life--if she can live long enough to uncover it.

Man Dee is a firecracker. I've heard that dynamite comes in small packages and she more than proves it.  And oh man this book puts her through hell. How would you like to become the thing you loathe. The thing that killed your family and made you watch. Well that happened to DeeAnn but she smart and mean and she learns that not all vamps are evil especially not Chase her lover and partner. I wanted Dee's book since I first read about her a couple of books back. and I wasn't disappointed. If you've not read this series you'd better hurry and catch up. Cause the next one is I hope is about a demon and hopefully a witch.  Zane needs his happy every after and I hope that it bites him in butt first lol.

I give this one 5 stars and I won this one in a contest from another blog without any promises made.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Kindle Giveaway from BBB And Desiree Holt

Go to Bitten By Books @ and enter. Desiree Holt is giving away a Kindle and a goody bag with fantastic prizes. You have until the 17th to enter and you can tweet 5 times a day for extra entries.

Kick Ass Heroine Reading Challenge


The Kick Ass Heroine Reading Challenge is hosted by Diva's Bookcase. She has set up a separate blog for this challenge which I think is a fantastic idea! You all know that I love Wonder Woman so when I saw the button for this challenge, I knew I had to sign up! This is my first ever challenge and some of the books I'll be reading are
Shadowfever by Karen Renee Morning
Kitty Goes to War by Carrie Vaughn
Ecstasy in Darkness by Gena Showalter
Not sure what else but I love me some PNR and UF both of which have lots of Kick Ass Heroines

Challenge Rules
Challenge starts Jan 1 and ends Dec 31, 2011
Deadline to enter is Nov 1, 2011
Objective is to read at least twelve (12) books featuring kick ass heroines (heroines do not have to be the main character, but a big part of the story)
Books must be read in 2011
When entering the challenge, you do not have to make a list of books you plan to read. You may add and delete books at any time.
A direct link to reviews of all books read (that have been already posted to your blog or profile-Goodreads, Library Thing, etc) for this challenge must be posted to the review linky to count

Challenge Books
Books can be from any genre
Books can be print, audiobooks, ebooks, advanced reader's copies
Books must be full length novels. Novellas and short stories do not count for this challenge
Books can be crossovers (books read for another book challenge)

Monthly Giveaways
There will be twelve giveaways-one for each month and open internationally (if you'd like to donate, please go here)
Diva's Bookcase will randomly pick a winner from each month's review linky
Prizes may be in the form of swag, books, gift certificates, and other bookish goodies
As of right now, international winners will receive gift certificates from Book Depository,

This sounds like so much fun and possibly addicting. We'll see lol.

Review: Play of Passion by Nalini Singh

In his position as Tracker for the SnowDancer pack, Drew Kincaid must rein in rogue changelings who've lost control of their animal halves- even if it means killing those who've gone too far. But nothing in his life has prepared him for the battle he must now wage-to win the heart of a woman who makes his body ignite...and who threatens to enslave his wolf.

As one of my favorite authors I was so ready for another one in this series and Drew and Indigo did not disappoint. I love that Indigo is her own woman and a leader among the enforcers for the Snow Dancer Pack. An Drew is well he is a league of his own. And this gives Indigo all kinds of problems. She doesn't understand that though she outranks Drew in Pack hierarchy that he may just be her match. Nature thinks so but Indigo is harder to convince. Add in an attack by the Psy and all the change going in with all three species this book definitely goes a mile a second. And for those Hawk lovers like me we get some teasing glimpses of what his book is going to be like.

I give this one a 5 star

Thsi book was purchase by me for my personal pleasure.

Stacia Kane's Downside series Book 2 & 3 review

Product Description


For Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. As an agent of the Church of Real Truth, Chess must expose those looking to profit from the world’s unpleasant little poltergeist problem—humans filing false claims of hauntings—all while staving off any undead who really are looking for a kill. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.

Someone’s taking out the hookers of Downside in the most gruesome way, and Chess is sure the rumors that it’s the work of a ghost are way off base. But proving herself right means walking in the path of a maniac, not to mention standing between the two men in her life just as they—along with their ruthless employers—are moving closer to a catastrophic showdown. Someone is dealing in murder, sex, and the supernatural, and once again Chess finds herself right in the crossfire.
This book just dragged me further into Chess's world. I loved this series and I never thought I'd like a series about an addict and an enforcer for a drug dealer but I do. These two characters are so damaged that I wonder if they can ever make a serious go of it. Its sort of like a train wreck you don't want to watch it but can't make yourself stop. And Ms. Kane world building is like nothing I've ever read. Very original and fresh. Beware this book ends in my opinion with a big ole cliff hanger with Chess and Terrible more like adversaries. But you know what they say there is a fine line between love and hate. And I was never so glad as to the fact that I started this series late and was able to read the 2 and 3 back to back or I'd probably been pestering Ms. Kane for hints. I give this one a 4 1/2 stars.                                  


Chess Putnam has a lot on her plate. Mangled human corpses have started to show up on the streets of Downside, and Chess’s bosses at the Church of Real Truth have ordered her to team up with the ultra-powerful Black Squad agency to crack the grisly case.

Chess is under a binding spell that threatens death if she talks about the investigation, but the city’s most notorious crime boss—and Chess’s drug dealer—gets wind of her new assignment and insists on being kept informed. If that isn’t bad enough, a sinister street vendor appears to have information Chess needs. Only he’s not telling what he knows, or what it all has to do with the vast underground City of Eternity.

Now Chess will have to navigate killer wraiths, First Elders, and a lot of seriously nasty magic—all while coping with some not-so-small issues of her own. And the only man Chess can trust to help her through it all has every reason to want her dead.

In this book we learn more about the Church and its workings. Also in this book finally and I mean finally brings Chess and Terrible together. This happens after much crap happening to and with Chess which almost ended her literally. I'm not wanting to give too much away but this book tested Chess to her limits mentally and psychically. And showed me she is stronger than she knows. I understand that there are more books coming in this series and I am looking forward to them. This one gets 4/12/ stars from me.

FYI I purchased both of these book for my own personal pleasure.

I was so stoked to meet Stacia Kane at Dragoncon this year. Hopefully she'll come back next year now that I've finally read her books.