Jul 28, 2011

TBR Thursdays

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, July 28, 2011 2 comments
In which I post a book that I currently own and I can't wait to read but just haven't got to yet

This week's pick:

Alien Tango by Gini Koch

Why I Really Want To Read This:

If you've read Touched by an Alien, then you know why I want to read the sequel. The first was awesome and I can't wait to see what Kitty does next! I highly recommend these books, even if you read the premise and you go "aliens, this isn't for me", trust me, if you like kick ass female protagonists, you'll like this one!


It's been five months since marketing manager Katherine "Kitty" Katt started working with the aliens from Alpha Centauri, and she and Jeff Martini are getting closer. But when an experimental spacecraft is mysteriously returned to the Kennedy Space Center, Kitty and the rest of her team are called in to investigate. Now the team must survive murderous attacks, remove a space entity from a group of astronauts, and avoid an unhinged woman with a serious crush on Kitty's high school boyfriend. And that's all before evil masterminds decide Kitty's extermination is vital.

Jul 27, 2011

Review - Hunting Kat by PJ Schnyder

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, July 27, 2011 0 comments
Hunting Kat by PJ Schnyder
Released: July 4, 2011
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
25,000 words
Source: Provided by NetGalley in eBook format
Sexual Content: Two detailed sex scenes


As a mercenary, Kat Darah doesn’t have to pass for a normal human. On the edge of the solar system, she’s just another biped. Most of the time.
Nearing the end of his military tour, Lt. Christopher Rygard debates the idea of hanging up his uniform for good. Looking for answers at the bottom of a glass of scotch, he meets Kat. One shared night of mutual desire seems harmless. But when their tryst is interrupted by attackers hunting Rygard, Kat must reveal her other form, the predator beneath the human fa├žade. Together they embark on a dangerous mission—a race against time to meet the enemy’s demands, while trying to deny the passion between them. Rygard is faced with a terrible choice in the face of duty: Report the existence of a human turned shape-shifter. Or forget he ever met her.

My Thoughts:

I would think that some would says that the story line of this book is the romance, and yes that definitely has a big role to play in this, but I loved the parts surrounding it. There was quite a bit of action and the story never dragged. It never had any of those moments where the romance makes you want scoff and say 'that's just not believable'. The characters were real, and I felt that where the relationship ends up was right on. I was also surprised by how rounded the characters where. Especially Kat, the main character, she was strong, but she had her flaws and I could see her grow as a character.

Because this was a short read, we don't get a lot of world building, but I felt it wasn't needed. I could easily picture their space ships and space stations. It gave me a Firefly/Battlestar Galactica feel, which of course are two awesome shows that take place in space so I found the world of Hunting Kat to be right on par.

I've never read a Sci-Fi Romance before, generally I'm pretty picky about what type of romances I read because I tend to get bored with the sex scenes in them. Not that I'm against there being sex in books, it's a very personal preference for me, but I feel that in most cases that the sex goes on too long and into too much detail. Now this book does have sex in it, and I thought it did go on a little long, and I did think that having the two main characters jump into bed with each other shortly after meeting was a little silly, but all of that aside I really did enjoy the story line of the book.

Overall I'm really glad I was able to read this, it's not something I would normally pick up, but I definitely think it has cross over potential for those who like Paranormal/Fantasy Romance. I will be looking forward to more from PJ Schnyder.

Jul 26, 2011

Review - Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, July 26, 2011 0 comments
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
Released: May 2011
Genre: Historical/Regency Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pages: 384
Source: Purchased (Book Depository)
Sexual Content: Some Sex


Honoria Smythe-Smith, the youngest daughter of the eldest son of the Earl of Winstead, plays the violin in the annual musicale performed by the Smythe-Smith quartet. She's well aware that they are dreadful but she's the sort who figures that nothing good will come of being mortified, so she puts on a good show and laughs about it.

Marcus Holroyd is the best friend of Honoria's brother Daniel, who lives in exile. Marcus has promised to watch out for Honoria, but he faces a challenge when she sets off for Cambridge determined to marry by the end of the season. She's got her eye on the only unmarried Bridgerton, who's a bit wet behind the ears. When her advances are spurned, can Marcus swoop in and steal her heart in time for the musicale?

My Thoughts:

I'm a long time Quinn fan so I automatically buy her novels as they are released. I got this one pretty much as soon as it was out and gobbled it up quick. I love pretty much every one of her novels so I kind of rate these based on others written by Quinn. I gave this a 4 mainly because it wasn't quite as funny as the last two that came out, but it of course is still excellent and rated against any other book by another author it would get a 5 rating. I was so happy when I read months and months ago that the Smythe-Smith girls were getting a series. Anyone who has read past Quinn novels would know all about the Smythe-Smith annual musicale. The girls are famous for having no musical talent but forced to preform in front of their peers each year. I loved seeing behind those closed doors. In the previous books where the Smythe-Smith girls have been mentioned you have no idea how they feel about preforming and it was nice to see that they hated playing just as much as the audience hated hearing them. My only qualm with this book was the time spent on Marcus' illness, while I did like that Honoria and Marcus spent the time together learning about each other it went on a little long. I would have liked to see them in London a little bit more. Other than that this book delivers classic Julia Quinn style. The writing is excellent as always, and it has the added wit that I find most regency romances lacking. I would highly recommend to any fan of historical romance, especially those who have enjoyed the Bridgerton Series also by Quinn.

Smythe-Smith Quartet

Book #1 Just Like Heaven

Book #2 TBA

Book #3 TBA

Book #4 TBA

Jul 21, 2011

TBR Thursdays

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, July 21, 2011 3 comments
In which I post a book that I currently own and I can't wait to read but just haven't got to yet

This week's pick:

Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Barnes

Why I Really Want To Read This:

Werewolves! Nuff said!


Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two.

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she's shaped?

Jul 14, 2011

TBR Thursdays

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, July 14, 2011 3 comments
In which I post a book that I currently own and I can't wait to read but just haven't got to yet

This week's pick:

Mermaid In The Basement by Gilbert Morris

Why I Really Want To Read This:

I have had this on my shelf forever. I do really like the premise of the story and it combines a few of my loves. Victorian times and a good mystery. I especially like the strong female heroines in books that take place during at time when women didn't have the freedoms we have today. I'd like to think that I wouldn't conform to society if I lived during that time.


A wealthy widow of a nobleman, daughter of a famous scientist, and skeptic who only trusts what can be proven.

Meet Serafina Trent. A woman about to take 19th Century London by storm.

It's London, 1857, and everything is at stake for Serafina Trent. A woman of means...but not the typical Victorian lady who feels her place is to be seen and not heard. When her brother's most recent female dalliance, a beautiful actress, is found murdered, all evidence points to him. Especially since the actress had just rejected him in a most public manner. Now everyone believes Clive is headed for the gallows. Everyone, that is, but Serafina.

Determined to prove her brother's innocence, Serafina finds herself working with unlikely allies--including Dylan Tremayne, a passionate storyteller and actor with a criminal past. This novel will hold fans of mystery and history spellbound until the very last page.

Jul 13, 2011

Review - Magic To The Bone by Devon Monk

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, July 13, 2011 1 comments
Magic To The Bone by Devon Monk
Released: Nov 2008
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 3 out of 5
Pages: 355
Source: Public Library
Sexual Content: Some Sex


Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user - maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster - and Allison Beckstrom's the best there is.

Daughter of a prominent Portland businessman, Allie would rather moonlight as a Hound than accept the family fortune - and the strings that come with it. But when she discovers a little boy dying from a magic Offload that has her father's signature all over it, Allie is thrown into the high-stakes world of corporate espionage and black magic.

Now Allie's out for the truth - and must call upon forces that will challenge everything she knows, change her in ways she could never imagine ... and make her capable of things that powerful people will do anything to control.

My Thoughts:

I wanted to like this, and I thought I would, but it just didn't grab me. I wasn't a fan of this world, where magic is almost like electricity, it's pumped through the city in pipes and can be accessed by anyone. I feel like I have a hard time getting into books where magic and such is known by everyone.

Most of the book is from Allie's prospective, but there are a few bits from another character's POV which I wasn't much of a fan of. I ended up reading about half way or more of the book, but then skimmed the last bit. I didn't have a problem with the characters or the overall general plot, that someone has framed Allie for murder, but this world was not one I wanted to be part of.

Although this wasn't really for me, I would recommend to those who like UF that centers around magic and to fans of Three Days Till Dead by Kelly Meding as it has a similar feel to it.

Allie Beckstrom Series

Book #1 Magic To The Bone

Book #2 Magic In The Blood

Book #3 Magic In The Shadows

Book #4 Magic On The Storm

Book #5 Magic At The Gate

Book #6 Magic On The Hunt

Book #7 Magic On The Line (Nov 2011)

Book #8 Magic Without Mercy (2012)

Jul 7, 2011

TBR Thursdays

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, July 07, 2011 1 comments
In which I post a book that I currently own and I can't wait to read but just haven't got to yet

This week's pick:

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Why I Really Want To Read This:

The Mercy Thompson series has got to be my all time favorite UF series. This would be the 6th in the series and I can only think of one or two other series that I have actually stuck with long enough to make it to the 6th book. I am dying to read this one, but I haven't got to it yet mostly because the 7th book in the series is not due out until 2013!! That's a long time to wait for the next one so I'm trying to hold of reading this until a little closer to the end of the year or maybe even next year.


Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She's never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River-one that her father's people may know something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help.

Jul 6, 2011

Review - Dark Descendant by Jenna Black

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, July 06, 2011 3 comments
Dark Descendant by Jenna Black
Released: April 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased (BookDepository.com)
Sexual Content: None

My Cover Blurb: "An Exciting New Twist on Old Mythology"


Nikki Glass can track down any man. But when her latest client turns out to be a true descendant of Hades, Nikki now discovers she can’t die. . . .

Crazy as it sounds, Nikki’s manhunting skills are literally god-given. She’s a living, breathing descendant of Artemis who has stepped right into a trap set by the children of the gods. Nikki’s new “friends” include a descendant of Eros, who uses sex as a weapon; a descendant of Loki, whose tricks are no laughing matter; and a half-mad descendant of Kali who thinks she’s a spy.

But most powerful of all are the Olympians, a rival clan of immortals seeking to destroy all Descendants who refuse to bow down to them. In the eternal battle of good god/bad god, Nikki would make a divine weapon. But if they think she’ll surrender without a fight, the gods must be crazy. . .

My Thoughts:

Wow am I ever glad I took a chance on this one! I saw a good review for this somewhere and decided to pick it up, I knew Jenna Black had written some YA books and really had no interest in those but this one piqued my interest enough to try it.

This is excellent! I must say I loved ever minute of this one and so glad I found a new series that I just can't wait for! It seems like I've been reading a lot of books lately with the main character being a P.I. But so far every one I have read has had a different twist to it.

This book was quite a bit different to what I have been reading in UF lately, this having ancient god mythology etc. Lately I've been reading a lot of vampire/witch/werewolves/fae type stuff and this was a nice change of pace.

Nikki Glass becomes immortal quite by accident, she gets put right in the middle of two warring immortal clans. The good guys don't trust her, they think that she killed one of their own on purpose (killing an immortal makes you immortal yourself), and the bad guys just want her so they can use her/her gifts.

I loved the immortals in this, they can feel pain and get hurt, although they heal, it does take some time. If they couldn't get hurt it wouldn't make a war between the clans too interesting. There was a bit a violence in this but it wasn't too much. There was always action the story was always moving forward.

Overall I really enjoyed this and would recommend to any urban fantasy lover.

Descendant Series

Book #1 Dark Descendant

Book #2 Deadly Descendant (May 2012)

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