Thursday, April 17, 2014

Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison


Description:

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, two mates find themselves on different paths, torn between their duty to the Wyr and the passion that binds them…

Before she met Dragos, half-human/half-Wyr Pia Giovanni was alone and on the run. Now she’s mated, pregnant and heading south to repair the Wyrs’ frayed relationship with the Elves. Being separated from Dragos is painful, but for the good of the Wyr demesne they need to figure out how to be partners—in more places than just the bedroom.

In New York to preside over the Sentinel Games, Dragos is worried about his mate, but knows that finding two replacement sentinels is essential to show the rest of the Elder Races just how strong and brutal the Wyr demesne can be. But as the Games heat up, Pia’s negotiations with the Elves take a turn for the dangerous, straining her bond with Dragos and threatening everything they hold dear…

Review:
Lord's Fall by Thea Harrison
5 out of 5

Pia seemed to be really whiny.  That was not very appealing and did not encourage me to like her as a character, which was the exact opposite of her in the first book.  And even by the end, I don't know if she was a character I'd want to read about again.  


Now, Eva was a hoot.  She was strong, mouthy, and even occasionally funny.  Which was definitely a nice change of pace from whiny Pia.  

I love that Johnny is a cross-dresser and offered to help Pia with her makeup.  That was awesome, especially as a lot of books portray cross-dressers as more effeminate, which Johnny wasn't.  

I still loved Liam/Peanut.  I definitely feel like he is going to be too smart for his own good... but I kinda like that about him.  

I find it interesting that it was revealed that Dragos was a god as well as King of the Wyr.  And unlike the other gods, he didn't make a god machine.  I liked that about him.  

At first, the book moved a bit slow... But once the fire started things really picked up.  I was so glad that Pia and Dragos got back together then.... Made the book so much better.

The loss of the Woods was horrible.  It made me very sad and angry.  

The idea of the god machines was definitely a strange and dangerous plot twist... I wonder how much we will see those items coming back in this series.  
The sentinel games were an interesting point in the story... I can't wait to see what will happen with Aryal and Quentin....

Overall, this was a good book, though it was not my favorite in this series.  I do recommend this book, just for the fact of catching up on Pia and Dragos.  

Happy Reading!

Cana

Monday, April 14, 2014

Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison


Description:

He will watch over her...

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, an untested young woman must claim her place as the Oracle—and contend with a powerful Djinn who has decided to become a part of her life...

As a second daughter, Grace Andreas never had to worry about the intrigues of the Elder Races. But when her sister, Petra, and Petra's husband are both killed, Grace inherits the Power and responsibilities of the Oracle of Louisville, as well as her sister's two young children—neither of which she is prepared for.

Yet, she is not alone. Khalil, Demonkind and Djinn prince of House Marid—driven by his genuine caring for the children—has decided to make himself a part of the household both as their guardian and as an exasperating counterpoint to Grace's impudence toward the Elder Races.

But when an attempt is made on Grace's life, she realizes that Khalil is the only one who can protect her—and offer her more than a mortal man...

Review:
Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison
5 out of 5

Grace is officially my favorite character from this series (so far... I know that this might change).  She is a human up against immortal creatures, and yet she doesn't back down.  She is carrying a heavy burden of following tradition, caring for her niece and nephew, and dealing with the loss of her sister, yet she still takes the time to help and care for those who seek her assistance.  I love that about her.  

Khalil is so adorable.  Worldly, knowledgeable, yet in some ways he is so innocent of things in the world.  But he learns what it means to be human with the help of Chloe and Max.  It was so precious.  

For the first time in this series, we get a real good introduction to the only mortals in the Elder Race, the witches.  You know that the witches run the gamut in types.  Then combine it with the curiosity and mischievous way of the Djinn, there was definitely some trouble awaiting every character involved. 

There are some moments where we catch up with several characters from the previous books.  It was nice to be reminded that the stories aren't finished for Dragos/Pia and Rune/Carling.  It was also nice to see some changes in them, change is always nice.  

What an adventure between the powers of the oracle, the storms, and the Djinn, and the plots going on, you can't help but be pulled into the action.  

Phaedra was a small part of this story, but I want to know more.  I hope that we will see how Phaedra fairs after being healed.  

OMGoodness!  The showdown between Grace and Soren was amazing.  It showed Grace's strength and her love for Khalil.  Plus it showed that she was just as bright at bargaining as a Djinn.  I loved it!

Overall, this was a great book!  I highly recommend it!
Happy Reading!

Cana

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Serpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison


Description:

In the latest Novel of the Elder Races, a Queen on the brink of sanity has no one to rely on except the Wyr warrior whose conviction is every bit as strong as his passion.

In order to save his friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai made a bargain with Vampyre Queen Carling—without knowing what she would ask from him in return. But when Rune attempts to make good on his debt, he finds a woman on the edge.

Recently, Carling's Power has become erratic, forcing her followers to flee in fear. Despite the danger, Rune is drawn to the ailing Queen and decides to help her find a cure for the serpent's kiss—the vampyric disease that's killing her.

With their desire for each other escalating just as quickly as Carling's instability spirals out of control, the sentinel and the Queen will have to rely on each other if they have any hope of surviving the serpent's kiss.

Review:
Serpent's Kiss by Thea Harrison

5 out of 5

I loved Rune!  Personally, I like griffins best anyways, but he is the best.  I think as a "between" creature, he gave a good idea of what it means to be so.  


Carling was one cool character.  Both strong and fragile.  And like Python said, Carling and Rune couldn't have been a better mated pair.  

I loved the epilogue!  To see the changes, the end result was great.  But funniest thing was really Rasputin and his actions.  
It was nice to get an introductions to the Oracle, especially since she will be in the next book.  


Loved getting to see Pia and Dragos!  They were so cute and fierce.  Pia, the reasonable one as usual, and Dragos, the angry and protective one, were definitely an added perk to this book.  

I did get a bit confused with the time traveling parts... especially the last one.  But once I got it, it was understandable what was going on.  

I loved getting to see ancient Egypt through the eyes of an ancient that has become modern.  Very interesting perspective.  

I loved the story of how Carling got her name.  It couldn't have been a more beautiful story, the meaning behind it was so loving.  

Overall, this was a great book.  I highly recommend this book!
Happy Reading!

Cana

Monday, April 7, 2014

Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison


Description:

He's a Wyr warrior, a god of storms. She's the heir to the Dark Fae throne. But desire will bring both to their knees in this all-new Novel of the Elder Races.

During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle's death, there are those who don't want to see her ascend to the throne.

Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. His massive build and thunderous power make him one of the Wyr's best weapons. And he's sent to protect Tricks when she's almost assassinated in Chicago.

Soon, both Tiago and Tricks will fall prey to the stormy hunger that engulfs them—a passion that will shake the very foundation of all the worlds.

Review:
Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison

5 out of 5

Tiago is really a great character.  Once he realized that he didn't know what the heck he was doing with Niniane, he asked for help (which was humorous!).  And once he knew that he wanted her, he did everything he could to get her (which was very sexy!).  Plus, his He-man act was kinda cute.

Niniane was one big ball of emotions.  If she wasn't feeling sad, sorry, or lonely, she was feeling happy, in love, and horny.  Sometimes all at the same time... Which got confusing.

Speaking of confusing - what is up with not being able to keep the same name between the book description and the actual book... Didn't like the confusion it caused....

Naidia - wow!  I didn't trust her when she was introduced.  But I really didn't like her in the end.  

There was a lot of intrigue, mystery, and death in this book.  You don't know what characters to trust, who will live and who won't.  Kinda like a normal royal court.  

Carling seems to be such a mystery.  Ancient to the point of being as old as many other supernatural beings, she was originally a human.  She holds so many secrets though.  And I think she is more than just a vampire/succubus, I think she might even have visions... Or just be able to really see things.  

I liked getting to know Rune and Aryal better.  They definitely are becoming my favorite characters.  

Overall, such a good book.  I'm definitely looking forward for the next book in this series.
Happy Reading!

Cana

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison


Description:

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.

As the most feared and respected of the Wyrkind, Dragos Cuelebre cannot believe someone had the audacity to steal from him, much less succeed. And when he catches the thief, Dragos spares her life, claiming her as his own to further explore the desire they've ignited in each other.

Pia knows she must repay Dragos for her trespass, but refuses to become his slave—although she cannot deny wanting him, body and soul.

Review:

Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison
5 out of 5

I loved the first chapter.  Pia definitely has a snary personality, and I love how it shows in that chapter.  


Dragos is an interesting character.  He is a Wyr-dragon trying to understand the changes going on for him.  What is great (I think) is that Dragos is actually learning to be human, how to be in a relationship.  And I loved that it showed how hard it is.  

Peanut is so cute!  Stubborn like his father, but has his mother's gifts.  He was definitely a surprise character, but an awesome one at that.  Can't wait to see what he does next.  

I think Graydon the griffin is my favorite.  He was the perfect combination of brain, brawn, and sensitivity.  I think it was perfect that he would be the one to befriend Pia.  

I love how this book is in an alternate universe where the magical world has been blending with human society since the Golden Age of Elizabeth I.  

Omgoodness!  Does this book have some hot moments!  I loved how the attraction was immediate, but there was still resistance from Pia.  But when they finally let go!  Yes!  Fireworks were sparkling everywhere!  *Fanning myself* Makes me want a Dragos my own!

I think this book is a great introduction to this world.  You get to meet dark & light fae, Elves, Goblins, Wyrs of assorted shapes and types, and the halflings in between.  Plus, you get to see Other Land steeped in magic.  Absolutely loved it!

I think it was great getting to discover what Pia was.  I tried again and again to guess what she was, but was still totally surprised at what she was.  A great twist to this novel!

There were some great battles going on in this novel.  Places where you gasp with shock and awe.  I loved it!

Overall, this is an amazing book that will have you gasping with joy, guessing what will happen next, and fanning yourself while you look for a glass of ice water!  I highly recommend this book and I'm definitely going to be reading more of Ms. Harrison's other books!
Happy Reading!

Cana

Monday, March 31, 2014

MacRieve by Kresley Cole


Description:

A Beast In Torment

Uilleam MacRieve believed he’d laid to rest the ghosts of his boyhood. But when a brutal torture revives those ancient agonies and destroys his Lykae instinct, the proud Scot craves the oblivion of death. Until he finds her—a young human so full of spirit and courage that she pulls him back from the brink.

A Beauty In Chains

Seized for the auction block, Chloe Todd is forced to enter a terrifying new world of monsters and lore as a bound slave. When offered up to creatures of the dark, she fears she won’t last the night. Until she’s claimed by him—a tormented immortal with heartbreaking eyes, whose touch sets her blood on fire.

A Full Moon On The Rise 

With enemies circling, MacRieve spirits Chloe away to the isolated Highland keep of his youth. But once he takes her to his bed, his sensual mate becomes something more than human, evoking his savage past and testing his sanity. On the cusp of the full moon, can he conquer his worst nightmare to save Chloe . . . from himself?

Review:
MacRieve by Kresley Cole

5 out of 5

OMGoodness!  The hotness of this book!  It was full of hot-chocolate-covered-in-yummy-goodness moments, and I hate that this book had to end!  Especially the way it ended!  ARGH!  Ms. Cole, you are driving me mad!

Poor MacRieve!  All the shit he went through, all the misconceptions that he and the others created... I felt rbad for him.  But once he figured out what he needed to do, and once he learned and saw the truth of what it would men to be with Chloe eternally, the book went from somber and dark to wall-rocking awesomeness.  

Chloe is such a strong character.  Even when MacRieve was verbally bashing her, she kept proving that she was stronger than even she knew.  And personally, I loved her spunk!

I loved getting to learn about the Incubi, Succubi, and the cambion of the Lore.  Definitely eye opening and a fresh take on those creatures.  I especially liked meeting Nieve and Gisela.  They definitely didn't fit the stereotype of a succubus. 

Nix is forever keeping the Lore moving the way she sees that it needs to.  I love when she messes with things.  She adds a spice to the lives of others, though it might make you a bit crazy because of it.  She is one of those that makes you go, "I like her spark".  :0)

Poor, poor Monroe.  Will his mate survive?  Or will she be lost?  I hate not knowing... And having to wait.... Sigh!

I cannot wait for the next book!  Omgoodness!  The wait is going to kill me.  Overall, this is a great book, and I highly recommend it!
Happy Reading!

Cana

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Black and Blue by Gena Showalter


Description:

He is every woman’s fantasy…

Corbin Blue is a man of many talents. One of the most powerful otherworlders ever born, he is wealthy, a professional football star, and a legend in the bedroom. But only a select few know he is also a black ops agent…and there is no better killer. When he and his crew are attacked and separated, he’s forced to turn to his boss’s daughter for help—a woman with even more secrets than Blue.

She becomes his only obsession…

Evangaline Black has always been wary, guarded. No man has ever breeched her walls. Until Blue. He has never been denied something he wants, and now, he’s decided he wants her. As he sweeps her into his double life of seduction, intrigue, and danger, he helps her see beyond the darkness of her own past. But as an enemy closes in, Blue will have to let Evie go to keep her safe—even though he'd rather die than live without her…

Review:
Black and Blue by Gena Showalter

5 out of 5
OMGoodness!  This is such a good book.  Like chocolate-covered goodness with whipped cream on top.  And it was just the perfect book to read!

I liked getting to know Blue better.  In the previous book he appeared to be (to quote Evie) a "man-whore".  But in reality he really wanted monogamy.  

Evie was an irritating snob, until you really got to know her.  Once you did, she became a very enjoyable character.  She is smart, strong, and capable.  You ended up cheering her on and hoping for a happy out come.  

It was great to learn about the Arkedians.  Learning more about what powers they have, what they are capable of, and especially learning what Blue can do was very enlightening.  

Poor John No Last Name.  The torture that he endured was horrible.  But I want to know more about him, and I want to know what happens to him next.  How will he heal from the trauma he has experienced as both a child and as an adult.  

What a great story, finding out that the Stars were behind it all, and the play of trying to infiltrate the Star's home for information about John.  Definitely felt like a supernatural spy thriller, which was great!

I loved getting to see Vika & Solo!  I fell in love with them in the first book, and loved seeing them still so in love.  And expecting!  I can't wait to see what happens next for them!

The cover of this book!  OMGoodness!  It is amazing!  

Overall, this is a great novel.  I loved it thoroughly and I highly recommend this book.  I also am looking forward to reading the next book from Ms. Showalter!   
Happy Reading!

Cana