Saturday, April 23, 2011

Review: Crown of Crystal Flame by C.L. Wilson

Product Description

A Song of Love won her heart.
A Song of Darkness haunted her soul.
A Song in the Dance would seal her fate.

Seers had long foreseen an extraordinary destiny for Ellysetta Baristani. Already she had won the heart of the Fey King—the magnificent Rain, ever her ally, eternally her love. She had saved the offspring of the magical tairen and fought beside her legendary mate against the armies of Eld. But the most powerful—and dangerous—Verse of her Song had yet to be sung. As the final battle draws nigh and evil tightens its grip upon her soul—will Ellysetta secure the world for Light or plunge it into Darkness for all eternity? As she and Rain fight for each other, side by side, will they find a way to complete their truemate bond and defeat the evil High Mage of Eld before it's too late, or must they make the ultimate sacrifice to save their world?
Fantastic fantasy series and as far as I am concerned the author saved the best for last in this series. I loved that even though the we've already had Rain and Elly's HFN they get their HEA in this book. And that she and the rest of family were brought back together had me cheering at the end of this book. This book just goes to show becareful what you wish for or at least that was the case for the baddie the High Mage of Eld.
If you love fantasy, strong heroines, Fey, Tairen, shapeshifters, men that are honorable warriors that love with their whole heart then this book is for you. If you like any of these things you definitely need to give this series a go. And lucky you can read the whole series from start to finish. I envy you. I think I'll do that myself.  Yeah it was just that good lol. I give this book 4 1/2 stars and I bought and paid for this my own self. I am wishing that the author has more books in this world. There are some secondary characters I'd love to check up on.

Review - Winter Wishes

Tangled Tinsel

By Vivian Arend

She's the cat's meow, and he's ready to pounce!

Five miles of leather-clad leg is all it takes to lure Kyle Branegan out from his carefully hidden lifestyle as part of the Cougar Corp, a secret branch of the Shifter Enforcer League. He's hoping for a night of fun and frolic, cat-style, no strings attached. With a sultry swing of her hips, Eloise Scott tangles him up in her ball of tricks, and just when he thinks he's about to get lucky, she cuffs him-naked-to her bed.

An undercover cop in the human police force, El's been given a top-secret mission to keep the big cat under her paw until he's needed to testify in court in the New Year. Her decision to take him home for a quiet Christmas in her sleepy hometown turns out to be far more interesting than she expected. Her parents are suddenly rich, her old boyfriend is sniffing around and all six-feet-plus of sexy cougar male is sleeping in her bed.

And that's before they announce their fake engagement...

No Angel

By Vivi Andrews

When Sasha's boyfriend, Jay, is sucked through a fiery vortex to Hell, an angel reveals that Sasha's been chosen as the Champion of Virtue in the battle for his immortal soul. As a perennial offender on Santa's naughty list, Sasha can't believe she's anyone's idea of a girl fighting on the side of the angels. But if she doesn't save Jay, he'll be stuck in Hell forever!

Jay-aka Jevroth-isn't surprised to find himself back in Hell. His visa to visit the mortal plane expired three months ago, but to steal more time with Sasha he's been ignoring his mother's demands that he come home to spend time with his new stepfather: Lucifer.

Sasha has until dawn on the twenty-fifth of December to fight the Legions of Hell and rescue Jay, or be trapped there for eternity herself. But now she must decide if the lying son-of-a-demon is even worth saving...

Freeze Line

By Moira Rogers

She can't survive in his world; he can't stay sane in hers

A twenty-first century ice age dulls the magic that emanates from the earth. Shane Sullivan is a lone wolf above the freeze line. He has no desire to join the packs that range closer to the border, where feral instincts can turn a man into a monster. Not until the winter solstice, when he stumbles across a dying witch who needs his help to get back to her people-and her magic-in the south.

Nadia is a powerful woman in her own world, but she's been drained by her escape from captivity in a northern lab. She knows it's foolhardy to trust a werewolf, but he's her only chance to survive the vast white wilderness. The farther south they travel, the harder it is for Shane to keep the beast within under control, and as their mutual attraction intensifies, Nadia's no longer sure she wants him to.

The first story Tangled Tinsel in this book cracked me up. I love how El keep getting to Kyle with and without his permission. These two character were great for each other. He brought out the playful kitten in El and she tamed the tom right out of him. Love it and hope there is more stories in this world.

The Second Story is No Angel and it's not funny at all. It is full of angst an anxiety as Jev is keeping some big ass secrets from Sasha that have come back and bit him in the ass. He gets sucked into Hell and she either has to rescue him or cut him loose. With some issued of her own and all the other demons in hell against them it does have some harrowing moments. But we get to meet Lucifer and if I had to put up with his new wife it might make me a cranky assed devil too.

My favorite story in this book was Freeze Line. But then again I don't think I've ever read anything by Moira Rogers that I didn't like.  Nadia is a powerful witch below the freeze line but she's virtually defenseless above it and Shane though a werewolf is not your typical one in this world. He's one of the good ones and helps Nadia to return to her world even though she's not sure who there betrayed her to the people who captured her. I love the interactions between during the trip home as both of them fall for the other. I just wish this one had been much longer lol.

I was given this book by Netgalley to review and I give it 4 stars.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Guest Blog: Jennifer Estep

Greetings and salutations! First of all, I want to say thanks to Pam for having me on the blog today. Thanks so much, Pam! ;-)

Reading is one of my passions in life, so today, Pam asked me to talk about some of the good books that I've read that I've enjoyed, both for adult and young adult books. Here goes:

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You by Ally Carter: This YA book focuses on Gallagher Academy, a spy school for teen girls. I'm a sucker for spy books, and this one is just a fun read.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: This epic fantasy tale focuses on a princess who has a unique grace, or special talent - she can kill people. It's just a lush, elegant story and features a great romance between the princess and the guy who finally wins her heart, with lots of adventure and a truly evil bad guy.

White Cat by Holly Black: This YA book is about a teen who's from a family of conmen curse workers who can do everything from kill someone with a touch to erase people's memories. I love books about con artists, and this one is really clever. The second book in the series, Red Glove, is waiting for me in my TBR pile. Now I just need to find time to read it ?

The Eddie LaCrosse series by Alex Bledsoe: I love detective stories and fantasy, and this series combines them both. Eddie is a sword jockey (think private investigator) for hire, and the books have a great, noir feel to them. Start with the first book, The Sword-Edged Blonde.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch: This is the first book in Lynch's fantasy series about Locke Lamora, one of the coolest and most clever thieves around. It's a great mix of fantasy world building, action, and cheeky characters. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series, which will be out later this year.

The Dortmunder series by Donald Westlake: Speaking of thieves, this series focuses on John Dortmunder and his friends, who are perhaps the unluckiest thieves in the world. It's always fun to see how the hangdog Dortmunder and his eccentric crew get out of their latest jam.

So there you have it. Some authors and books that I like. As if you didn't have enough books in your TBR pile already. LOL.What about you guys? Which books are you looking forward to this year? Share in the comments.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed the Spider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she's not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals - Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.

Books in the series are Spider's Bite, Web of Lies, and Venom. Tangled Threads, the fourth book, will be published on April 26, while Spider's Revenge, the fifth book, will be released in October.

Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object's history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.

The first book, Touch of Frost, will be out in August, while the second book, Kiss of Frost, will hit shelves in December. First Frost, a prequel e-short story to the series, will be out in July. Visit for excerpts and  more.                                                                      

Monday, April 4, 2011

Revew: Demon from the Dark by Kresley Cole

Product Description

From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this scorching tale of a demon outcast poisoned with vampire blood and the vulnerable young witch he vows to protect—even from himself.
Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard.
Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving.
In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

I loved this book. Malcom and Carrow history are both tortured and with Carrow worrying about Ruby and the rest of her friends back at the compound makes this a fast paced adrenaline race from the start.
It was fantastic catching up on the the other characters and am looking forward to Lothaire and Nix's books.
I give this one 5 stars  and bought this one for my own personal use.