Jul 10, 2012

Review - Strange Angels by Lili St Crow

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, July 10, 2012 8 comments
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Released: May 2009
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Pages: 293
Sexual Content: Minimal
Source: Purchased

GoodReads Summary:

In Strange Angels, Dru Anderson has what her grandmother called “the touch.” (Comes in handy when you’re traveling from town to town with your dad, hunting ghosts, suckers, wulfen, and the occasional zombie.)

Then her dad turns up dead—but still walking—and Dru knows she’s next. Even worse, she’s got two guys hungry for her affections, and they’re not about to let the fiercely independent Dru go it alone. Will Dru discover just how special she really is before coming face-to-fang with whatever—or whoever— is hunting her?

My Thoughts:

I've only read one other by this author but I already know I will keep buying books by Lili St. Crow. I gotta give St.Crow props for writing this with the same feel as a adult novel. I have seen many a author who write a YA novel after writing adult novels then the YA novel is dumbed down or there is less of the author's selves in them. Especially in the violence department. Night Shift (by Lili St Crow) had all the action and violence I tend to crave in an Urban Fantasy and I honestly did not think her YA novels would have the same punch. Much to my surprise Strange Angels did.

One of my favorite parts of this book was when Dru's father comes home as a zombie. Dru has to come to terms pretty quickly since her dad is now trying to kill her. The details just put me right in there. I think if it were me, I couldn't have found the strength. I just found this scene powerful. Dru is definitely a character you'll want to cheer for. Different than Jill from StCrow's Night Shft. While I think some found Jill to be a bit harsh (I loved her), Dru was a bit softer. Her father obviously was trying to keep her out of the "Real World" as Dru calls it, the world of all things supernatural, so she has a bit of vulnerability to her. Graves, the main guy in this book, I also loved. The fact that he was just the type of person to help a complete stranger out made him a hero in my eyes. I loved that he kept on pushing Dru into letting him into her life and he wouldn't take no for answer.

Overall an extremely enjoyable read. I would recommend this for older teens and adults alike who enjoy action packed urban fantasy.

Strange Angels Series

Book #1 Strange Angels
Book #2 Betrayals
Book #3 Jealousy
Book #4 Defiance
Book #5 Reckoning

Jun 12, 2012

Review - Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, June 12, 2012 7 comments
Raised By Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Released: 2010
Rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Pages: 418
Sexual Content: None
Source: Purchased

GoodReads Summary:
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?

My Thoughts:
It's pretty rare that I read the first few pages of a book and instantly fall in love with it, but that's what happened with this one. I'm not entirely sure what it was about this book, I think it was Bryn herself, I thought she was so bang on, she was fierce and fun and I couldn't help but like her. Bryn's family was murdered by a Rabid werewolf when she was just 4 years old, Callum the local alpha werewolf, got there is time to rescue Bryn, and she was raised with the werewolves ever since. Bryn has had to learn how to survive living with a bunch of overprotective, possessive werewolves. She grew up training with them, learning to fight and to stay strong, all while trying to keep her grades up at school and not get into too much trouble with the Alpha, which she has a habit of doing.

Things for Bryn start to get weird when Callum's overprotectiveness takes on a whole new level, requiring Bryn to have a 24/7 escort and a curfew at sundown. Bryn's dying to know what has caused this and manages to slip her escort and break into Callum's house. There she finds a boy/werewolf newly changed and she feels an instant connection with him. Of course this is what Callum was hiding from her as he's newly turned and hasn't gained full control of his wolf side yet.

Bryn must uncover the mystery surrounding this boy and the Rabid werewolf how changed him. Along with a scrappy band of friends they set out on a journey that will change their lives forever.

I got wrapped up in the setting of this book and the characters. The world was well drawn and I felt completely inside of it. I could not put this book down! It safe to say I will definitely by buying the next in the series and I would highly recommend to any werewolf story fan especially fans of Nightshade by Andrea Cremer.

Raised By Wolves Series

Book #1 - Raised By Wolves
Book #2 - Trial By Fire
Book #3 - Taken By Storm

May 25, 2012

Days Of Blood and Starlight Cover Reveal !!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, May 25, 2012 3 comments
The Cover is here! It's what all we've been waiting for. It looks fantastic and personally I think it's better than the first book. 

In this stunning sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.”

May 10, 2012

Review - Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Thursday, May 10, 2012 3 comments
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: Dec 2011
Rating: 1 out of 5
Genre: YA PNR
Pages: 266
Sexual Content: Some kissing
Source: Purchased

GoodReads Summary:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My Thoughts:

This is another...I just moved to a small town with my single parent who works a ton so she doesn't have to be in the scenes very often..seriously can't a MC (Main Character) have parents that are actually involved in the child's life? How many boarding school books are out there..this to me is a cop out..just so the parents don't have to be developed.

Another...Jerky guy being a total jerk to MC..seriously where is the appeal in this? I don't understand..I'm sorry but just because you didn't want Katy to be friends with your sister for fear your alien secret would be revealed doesn't give you a free pass to Douch-land. At one point Daemon actually says he would have no qualms in killing Katy if that meant keeping his family safe...ummm I don't think I would still be hanging out with this guy after a comment like that, but hey maybe I just value my life a bit more than Katy value's hers..

Another... Mysterious things are happeing that the MC can't explain but she just writes it off as imagining things. Seriously I'd like one MC that has the lady balls to just say "What the FUCK is going on here?! I will not be friends with these weirdos unless they tell me the truth"

Another...Almost getting killed by a truck, but being saved by male MC's superpowers. And almost getting killed by a bear. I've read at least 3 books recently with bear attacks. I've come across at least 4 bears this year alone while hiking, I have yet to be charged by a bear, or a coyote, or a cougar...Maybe I just need to be hiking with hunky hero in order for a bear to attack...

Another..female MC that can't stand up for herself..lets herself get treated poorly. Whatever happened to female independence! At one point she goes to the school dance with a side character and Daemon keeps telling her he's bad news. She goes, which I don't have problem with, but then when they get to the dance Katy realizes her date's been drinking and she's already planning in her head to go home with someone else. Well, then Daemon comes over and offers to drive her home, but oh no Katy can't allow Daemon to tell her what to do so she says I'm going to the party with this drunk guy anyways! That'll teach him to tell her what to do! Stupid move Katy! Do you value your life at all?

Another..female MC that thinks she can help defeat supernatural bad guys! I'm sorry but I have problems with this, if I ended up in a middle of some supernatural showdown I would be getting out of dodge pretty quick..But no, not Katy, she can help! (In case you don't know that last remark is sarcastic)

Another..female MC that thinks the male MC is sooo Hawt..and has constant thoughts about how hawt he is

I picked this up expecting a unique alien story instead I got a Twilight-Roswell(TV Show) cross.

Even though from what I've written above it seems like I really didn't like this book..and maybe I didn't but I did still have this strange urge to get home from work and keep reading, like I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. I have a feeling though that this strange urge was the same one you get when you see a car wreck on the freeway..you just have to slow down and look. It's also the same urge that has made me see the twilight movies way more times that I needed to. It's entertaining, but not in a good way.

If you're looking for a book that is quite similar to a lot of stuff out there then I have no doubt you'll enjoy this one. While I personally don't mind some similarities, after all is any idea really original anymore?, this one just had too many similarities to books I didn't particularly enjoy for me to get on board with the story.

Lux Series

Book #1 Obsidian
Book #2 Onyx (May 2012)
Book #3 Opal

Feb 13, 2012

Review - The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, February 13, 2012 3 comments
The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff
Released: 2009
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 368
Sexual Content: Minimal, mostly off screen.
Source: Purchased

GoodReads Summary:

The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, and they like to keep this in the family. Alysha Gale is tired of having all her aunts try to run her life, both personally and magically. So when the letter from her Gran arrives willing her a "junk" shop in Calgary, Alysha jumps at the chance. It isn't until she gets there that she realizes her customers are fey. And no one told her there's trouble brewing in Calgary-trouble so big that even calling in the family may not save the day...

My Thoughts:

If you've ever read anything by Tanya Huff, you'll be familar with her style. It's very unique and I have not read another author that comes close. You're very much thrown right into the action pretty much with little explination. It's like watching Star Wars for the first time, but you didn't get the words explaining whats going on floating through space first. You eventually catch on and figure out whats going on with this book, but I always finish reading them feeling like I've missed something. Don't get me wrong though I'm a big Huff fan, but I feel like I've got to be in the right mood before I pick one of her books up.

The Enchanted Emporium is no different, you're kind of thrown into the Gale family life, for a while I had trouble figuring out their family dynamic. There are like 50 aunts, maybe more..they are all loosly related, but the title Aunt is more about your level of power than having a sister or brother that has kids. Those in the Gale family that are called Aunts have the most power. Alysha is not an Aunt yet, but she has plenty of power and when her Gran dies she is sent to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to investagate. (I do so love that most of Huff's books take place in Canada). She runs her Grans store that was willed to her, which is mostly a junk shop, but also carries unique magically items as well as clientel. With the help of some unusal characters they begin to unravel the mystery and what's going on in Calgary.

I do so love all the female character's in Huff's book. They are always strong females that don't let any man walk all over them, Alysha is no different, she can diffently hold her own. Overall I enjoyed this book and I will be picking up the next in the series.

Gale Women Series

Book #1 - The Enchanted Emporium
Book #2 - The Wild Ways

Feb 7, 2012

Review - Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, February 07, 2012 6 comments
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Released: Jan 2011
Rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: YA PNR
Pages: 435
Sexual Content: Some Kissing
Source: Amazon

GoodReads Summary:

In the beginning, there's a boy standing in the trees . . . .

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn't easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place—and out of place at the same time. Because there's another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make—between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

My Thoughts:

Clara's part angel, all angel-bloods have a purpose. Clara's purpose is sent to her in the form of a vision. Starting slowly at first then giving more details the closer it comes to when the purpose should be fullfilled. Clara gets the vision many times in the book and it's kind of played on repeat. It didn't annoy me until I read the end which kind of made the purpose moot.

Clara's visions take her family to Jackon Hole where the vision is supposed to occur, she soon meets the boy, Christian, she sees in her vision at her new school, she spends time trying to get close to him so she can figure out what her purpose is. She's making progress when Christian leaves for the summer. Clara then falls in love when another boy, Tucker, at her school. I liked Tucker, he was sweet and funny. There romance was by far my favorite part of the story, them falling in love.

Clara's vision is to save Christian from a forest fire, when it comes time to it, she hears that Tucker is also trapped in the fire and Clara has to choose.

Now I would have been fine if that was it to the story, but its seems to me these days that having a girl who's an angel with a divine purpose plus a love triangle isn't enough..they have to go in and add Black Wings. "Evil" angels that want to kill the White Wings, the "good" angels. I find this whole part of the story superfluous. It didn't do anything for me as far as story went and I think the book would have been completely enjoyable without it. I'm assuming there will be more about this in the next one, but I don't think I was drawn in enought to want to pick it up.

I thought overall this was a cute light read, the writing was good, the characters were fine, but I had a few issues with the story line. There was nothing really wrong with this book, it just wasn't for me but I think many out there will enjoy it, especially those fans of the Fallen series

Book #1 Unearthly
Book #2 Hallowed
Book #3 TBA (2013)

Jan 30, 2012

Mini Reviews - Love In The Afternoon and Until You

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, January 30, 2012 0 comments
Just thought I'd post a mini sort of review on a book that I'd finished but didn't find overly entertaining and one I couldn't finish.

Love In The Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas

A cute historical romance read, nothing really grabbed me about this one. I did like the fact that the herionie loved animals and she had the patience to help those in need even if they didn't want it. The hero was your typical historical romance hero, falls in love with the girl but there is something that the herionie must help him over come before they can be completely happy together. I'd give this a 3 out of 5.

Until You by Judith McNaught

I did not finish this, so I don't want to say too much because I can't really give an overall opinion. It just didn't grab me. I'm pretty particular when it comes to historical romance and this just wasn't one for me.

Jan 27, 2012

Daughter Of Smoke and Bone Sequel Title Reveal!

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Friday, January 27, 2012 0 comments
As some of you may know Daughter Of Smoke & Bone is an absolutely fabulous book and anyone who has read it is waiting on baited breath for the sequel! And YeaH! today Laini Taylor announced what the title to the sequel will be..insert fan girl scream here! So there it is Days of Blood & Starlight!

Also there is a little teaser she posted so make sure you check that out here

Jan 25, 2012

Just Something To Think On

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, January 25, 2012 3 comments

Jan 24, 2012

Review - The Renfield Syndrome by J.A. Saare

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, January 24, 2012 0 comments
The Renfield Syndrome (Rhiannon's Law #2) by J.A. Saare
Released: Aug 2011
Rating: 5 out of 5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 212
Sexual Content: Some sex scenes
Source: Purchased from bookdepository.com

*Don't Read the following if you haven't read the first one, spoilers*

GoodReads Summary:

Vampires, and werewolves, and demons, oh my. Rhiannon thought facing off against a deranged child vampire was the most dangerous task she would ever have to undertake, but she's about to discover making a deal with a demon is far, far worse. Sent forward into another reality, one in which vampires are now dominating nearly extinct humans, she realizes the sooner she returns to her vampire lover, Disco, the better.pUnfortunately, time changes a lot of things, including those most trusted around her. When she's faced with a loss and betrayal unlike any she has ever known, her focus shifts from severing the debt between the demon that wants to kill her, to exacting a revenge that will bring forth consequences she never could have fathomed. By reaching out to the darkness lingering within her, she'll find the strength to push forward despite the circumstances that would see her dead and buried.pAfter all, when it's all said and done, all that she has left to lose is her soul

My Thoughts:

Fantastic! I love this series and I cannot wait for the next one!

+ Story:

Love the story line, being sent into the future I did not see that coming. Disco is dead in this future and only Paine remains. I'm so so glad that Rhiannon and Paine have this time to figure things out about each other. I was so hoping for this ever since the first one! Don't get me wrong I love Disco, but I thought Paine deserved some happiness.

+ Lore:

Great vampire lore as always, then there are some werewolves through in as well..wonder if we'll see some of those same wolves again? We'll see I guess!

+ Romance:

Talk about complicated, Rhiannon barely has time to accept the fact that she's in the future and Disco is long since dead, even though to her it feels like she'd only seen him a few days before. I felt like Paine kind of pushed her into getting together to quickly and he used her grief to his advantage. Then again he'd been waiting to see her again for 100 years so I guess his patience must have been waring thin. Either way I can't wait to see what happens with this love triangle. Usually I'm not a fan of the love triangle but this one is so good!

+ Side Characters:

Goose and his daughter were my favs of the side characters. Don't have much to say about them.

+ World/Setting:

The future looks grimm in this book. Thought it was well thought out and complete. It must be complicated to write a time travel book but I have to hand it to this author it comes out leaving us wanting tons more!

Nit Picks:

Disco's anger at Rhiannon when she returns to the present day.. I understand it, but I personally didn't like it.

Favorite Part:

All of Rhiannon's kick ass moments!

Rhiannon's Law Series

Book #1 - Dead, Undead, Or Somewhere In Between
Book #2 - The Renfield Syndrome
Book #3 - The Ripple Effect (Fall 2012)

Jan 16, 2012

Review - Black Wings by Christina Henry

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Monday, January 16, 2012 4 comments

Black Wings by Christina Henry
Released: Feb 2011
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 304 Pages
Sexual Content: I can't quite remember, but I don't think there was much
Source: Purchased from bookdepository.com

GoodReads Summary:

As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...

My Thoughts:

I've been really slacking in the reviews lately, and I have a couple books that I've read an enjoyed but since it's been a while I don't remember some of the details so my next few reviews will be brief. Overall this was a good UF read, I will be purchasing more in the series.

+ Story:

Fun and interesting take on angels. I'm getting close to being bored with all the new angel stories coming out but this had a fresh take on the myth and was quite interesting.

+ Lore:

As mentioned above, a fresh take on angels and the lore surrounding them.

+ Romance:

I loved the romance in this, Gabriel is sent to protect Maddy and he absolutely cannot have a relationship with her, it could mean his death since he is a slave to her father's court and is pretty much dirt to them. Maddy of couse doesn't know any of this and when she finds out she doesn't really care since she wasn't raised in a fallen angel's court. I can't wait to see how they'll come together in the next one.

-/+ Side Characters:

Beezle was great, but other than that none of the other side characters really stuck with me.

-/+ World/Setting:

Nothing about the setting in this really stands out for me.

Nit Picks:

I did not like that Maddy's boss ended up having a thing for her.

Favorite Part:

Since it was awhile ago I read this, I can't quite remember, but I do remembering enjoying a few touching scenes with Maddy and Gabe together.

Madeline Black Series

Book #1 - Black Wings
Book #2 - Black Night
Book #3 - Black Howl (Feb 28 2012)


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