Review of If You Dare (MacCarrick Brothers #1) by Kresley Cole

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Review: I was so happy when I found this book at a Half Priced book store, I could not wait to start reading it. But it seems that not all of Kresley Cole’s books are to be good books. All of this was such a let down because I normally love her writing, no matter what it is she is writing about.

If You Dare, had a drawn out plot that got jumbled at a lot of turns in the story, therefore loosing my interest and focus. The characters were also lackluster and irritating.

Even though I love just about anything coming from Cole, I think I’ll hold off on reading anymore of this series and just stick to the ones I’m reading of hers now.

1 out of 5 stars.

349 pages. Paperback.

Adult Romance. Historical. Fantasy. Mature Themes. Mature Content. Fiction.

Published by Pocket Books.

Summary: Kresley Cole introduces a thrilling new romance trilogy featuring fierce Scottish brothers with dangerous lives, dark desires, and a deadly curse.

Can he exact revenge?

High in the Pyrenees, a band of mercenaries led by Courtland MacCarrick wages war for General Reynaldo Pascal. When Court turns on the evil general, Pascal orders him killed, but Court narrowly escapes and exacts revenge by kidnapping Pascal’s exquisite Castilian fiancée.

Can she deny her passions?

Lady Annalía Tristán Llorente despises her towering, barbaric captor almost as much as she does Pascal. Her inexplicable attraction to the Highlander only fuels her fury. But nothing will stop her from returning to Pascal—for if she doesn’t wed him, she signs her brother’s death warrant, as well as her own.

Can there be love between them?

From the moment Court discovers that Anna’s prim façade masks a fiery, brave lass, his heart’s ensnared, and he dares to defy the curse that has shadowed his life—to walk with death or walk alone. But Pascal vows that he’ll hunt the two, never stopping until he’s destroyed them both.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

The Girl with the Windup Heart (Steampunk Chronicles #4)  by Kady Cross

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Review: I was so happy to finally get this book within my collection, that way I could finally read it and know what happens to all the characters. I just love endings to a series.

This book brought all the steampunk-ness that all of the other books have had and a final showdown with the evil villain. The best part of this book was Mila and Jack Dandy’s parts. Why you might ask, well they had the new interesting romance and Jack’s always been a bit of a mystery.

I do wish Kady Cross didn’t make the book feel so rushed, I think that a lot more could have been expanded on and a flare more of steampunk. Mostly in Mila’s parts when she runs away to the circus. Which only a very small part is shown of her life there ( or really the one night). So as I said much more could have been added to make the final book in the series go out with a bang!

3 out of 5 stars.

396 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Steampunk. Fantasy. Paranormal. Historical Fiction.

Published by Harlequin TEEN.

Summary: In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1)  by Megan Shepherd

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Review: I was really looking forward to this series and was really happy to pick it up at the library one day. But as I read the book and saw more and more of what the plot and characters were like, I was not impressed. I was quite let down when I finished reading this book, mostly due to the fact that the book was not as dark as I thought I would be. The characters were kind of awful the more I read about them, but I got that these characters were not suppose to be likable at this point in the series. Maybe its later in the series that I could come to like the plot and characters, but I don’t think I’m going to find out. Mostly due to the fact reading more of this series does not appeal to me at this point in time, maybe later, but I really doubt that.

Although there were many parts that were compelling to me to keep reading. Most of them had me on the edge of my seat just to find out what was going on.

3 out of 5 stars.

420 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Romance. Historical Fiction. Science Fiction. Horror.

Published by Balzer + Bray.

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect.

-Summary from GoodReads.com

Review of Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander #1)  by Diana Gabaldon

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Review: This took me about a week to read, because the first seven chapters are pretty hard to get through. And by hard I mean boring, like super. But after that tough start, it gets very interesting and worth it to keep reading. The biggest thing that will keep you reading is, Jamie, Jamie, and Jamie. He is the best person out of the whole and most likely series, even though the poor guy keeps getting bad stuff happening to him, you will always be on his side.

The show compared to the book is pretty good, Jamie is very hot/ nice to look at and listen to with that accent. Although the show does not follow the book to a T, and it drags on a little more than the book, it is fun to watch.

Claire in the book and show, is not a fun character for younger viewers/ readers to like at first or at all. I watched this show with a couple of my almost 20’s friends and none of us liked her at all. It seems that she is her own main conflict in both show and books, which we understand what she is going through but all the woo is me, gets really old very fast in the 627 pages of the book and the hour long episodes.

3 out of 5 stars.

627 pages.

Historical Fiction. Adult Romance. Fantasy.

Published by Delta.

 

Summary: Unrivaled storytelling … unforgettable characters … rich historical detail … these are the hallmarks of Diana Gabaldon’s work. Her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels have earned the praise of critics and captured millions of readers.

Here is the story that started it all, introducing two remarkable characters, Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser, in a spellbinding novel of passion and history that combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages….

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon — when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach — an “outlander” — in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord … 1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life … and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire … and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives. – Summary from Goodreads.com

Review of Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly #1) by Susan Dennard

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Review: I have heard nothing but great things about this book, but never what it was really about. So I was very happy to find it in my SWAG bag from RT this year, when I got home. So ever since May it has been staring at me and trying to get me to read it, I finally broke a couple of weeks ago and read it. I was not disappointed, but surprised. If I have know what the plot and the book it self was about, I mostly likely would not have read it.

Why? You might ask. I don’t like Zombies. NOT.AT.ALL. ( because it could really happen)

Red hill ruined me from ever picking up another Zombie book again. Although, this book had a deeper depth and was not about the Zombie apocalypse, which was very good for me. Eleanor was a cool badass character, who make it fun to read about her and how she was dealing with running her family and making sure that they could stay afloat and keep their image. Though at times it was hard to follow and I did get lost, I was able to find my way again very quickly. Though, I do have to say that the ending was my favorite because of the shocker that happens to Eleanor that doesn’t really happen to main characters in their books. Which left me wanting for more, and looking everywhere for the next book. Also another part of the book I liked, was that the romance was not a big thing, and also not all ” love at first sight”. To which, I think Dennard will develop more in the second and third books of the series.

4 out of 5 stars.

416 pages.

Young Adult. Horror. Historical fiction. Romance. Fantasy. Steampunk. Science fiction. Paranormal.

Published by HarperTeen.

Summary: Here’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor . . . from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including the maddeningly stubborn yet handsome Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.