Saturday, February 22, 2014

Just One Sip (Dark Ones, #4.5) by Katie MacAlister, Jennifer Ashley, Minda Webber

Just One Sip (Dark Ones, #4.5)Just One Sip by Katie MacAlister

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From a Moravian Dark One who must take on zombies and an angst-ridden teenage vampire to win the love of his soul mate, to a sunbathing vampire who finds the woman of his dreams in Vegas, this hilarious collection of paranormal romances celebrates the lives and loves of the immortal undead.

Contains "Viva Las Vampires" by Jennifer Ashley, "Bring Out Your Dead" by Katie MacAlister, and "Lucy and the Crypt Casanova" by Minda Webber.


This book was okay. I have already read Katie MacAlister's "Bring Out Your Dead" in another anthology. While I have not read any of her other Dark Ones books I did find the story enjoyable and look forward to seeing some of the characters again.

Jennifer Ashley's "Viva Las Vampires" was probably my favorite read, although I think that it went a little heavy on the 'master' aspect. Overall the story was interesting and I feel like it could become a full novel with all of the different characters.

Minda Webber's "Lucy and the Crypt Casanova" was just too silly for me. It was not a very cohesively written story and Lucy's comments and behavior was just too ridiculous to even been funny. Definitely my least favorite story in the book.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

My Zombie Valentine by Katie MacAlister, Angie Fox, Lisa Cach, Mari Mancusi

My Zombie ValentineMy Zombie Valentine by Katie MacAlister

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four women who are about to dig up the truth!

Tired of boyfriends who drain you dry? Sick of guys who stay out all night howling at the moon? You can do better. Some men want you not only for your body, but your brains. Especially your brains.
It's true! There are men out there who care--early-rising, down-to-earth, indefatigable men who'll follow you for miles. They'll take the time to surprise you, over and over. One sniff of that perfume, and you'll have to use a shotgun to fight them off. And then, once you get together, all they want is to share a nice meal. And another. And another.

Romeo and Juliet, eat your hearts out.

"Bring Out Your Dead" by Katie MacAlister
"Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo" by Angie Fox
"Zombiewood Confidential" by Marianne Mancusi
"Every Part of You" by Lisa Cach


Decided to read this since Valentine's Day was around the corner. I enjoyed all of the stories but my favorite had to be 'Every Part of You' by Lisa Cach. Not a typical zombie story but an interesting one nonetheless. How can you not love a zombie who craves sweets and not brains? lol

I liked 'Zombiewood Confidential' by Marianne Mancusi simply because it was more of a typical zombie story with the brain eating zombies of horror novels as opposed to the lovestruck zombies in the other stories. The story itself was a bit cheesy, but it is Valentine's Day after all.

Though I have not yet read any of Katie MacAlister's 'Dark Ones' books, (I do have them on my TBR mountain though) I still enjoyed 'Bring Out Your Dead'. I look forward to reading more about the characters that I met briefly in this story.

'Gentlemen Prefer Voodoo' by Angie Fox was a sappy love story, but perfect for a Valentine's Day read.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen

The GardenerThe Gardener by S.A. Bodeen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mason isn't supposed to know about the Greenhouse. He isn't supposed to meet the beautiful girl who is part of the experiment, and who doesn't need food or water to survive.

Now, Mason is on the run with the girl. And the Gardener who is the mysterious mastermind of an institution that grows humans, wants them both, dead or alive.


This was an okay read. The idea was a good one, I just felt like the follow through came up a bit short. I tried to keep in mind that this is a book intended for older children/young teens, but it still seemed a bit immature to me.

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***My 14 year old dd read this first and she loved it. She insisted that I read it because she enjoyed it so much!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Stolen (Women of the Otherworld, #2)Stolen by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was in Bitten, Kelley Armstrong's debut novel, that thirty-year-old Elena Michaels came to terms with her feral appetites and claimed the proud identity of a beautiful, successful woman and the only living female werewolf.
In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, she is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game. But when Winsloe captures Elena, he finally meets his match.


I enjoyed this second book in the Women of the Otherworld series better than the first one. It was great to see Elena and Clay working together and I loved meeting the new characters that I know will be the focus of future books in the series. I hope that we see more of Elena and Clay in future books as well. Looking forward to more in this series.

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Living in Toronto for a year, Elena is leading the normal life she has always dreamed of, including a stable job as a journalist and a nice apartment shared with her boyfriend. As the lone female werewolf in existence, only her secret midnight prowls and her occasional inhuman cravings set her apart. Just one year ago, life was very different. Adopted by the Pack when bitten, Elena had spent years struggling with her resentment at having her life stolen away. Torn between two worlds, and overwhelmed by the new passions coursing through her body, her only option for control was to deny her awakening needs and escape.

But now the Pack has called Elena home to help them fight an alliance of renegade werewolves who are bent on exposing and annihilating the Pack. And although Elena is obliged to rejoin her "family," she vows not to be swept up in Pack life again, no matter how natural it might feel. She has made her choice. Trouble is, she's increasingly uncertain if it's the right one.

An erotically charged thriller, Bitten will awaken the voracious appetite of every reader, as the age-old battle between man and beast, between human and inhuman forces, comes to a head in one small town and within one woman's body.


So I pulled this book off the shelf because the television series based on the book has started and I was advised to read the book before watching the show. I am happy to say that I followed that wonderful advice and have enjoyed the series very much after having read this book.

Enjoyed the story line and the main characters. I have really enjoyed watching the story come to life on the television show.

I like Elena, but kept wanting to hit her over the head and say, "You have all of that now!! What you are so frantically try to have in Toronto, is already at Stonehaven".

Looking forward to reading more about Elena and Clay as well as seeing how the television series plays out.

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