Sunday, June 26, 2011

Review: Sacred Evil by Heather Graham

Heather Graham is a powerhouse. The third installment of her Krewe of Hunters books is already coming out. It is due to by released July 26th, and I got to preview an ARC. The writer is giving us exactly what we want, book after book in a series without the typical year wait in between. The best part is, they are still high quality reads.

In New York City someone is killing women in the style of Jack the Ripper. Lead Detective Jude Crosby is resigned to having the F.B.I. come in on the case, but how can Agent Whitney Tremont help him catch a flesh and blood killer? The "special team" talks to ghosts, and he is sure it will take real police work to find out who is taking out women this way. Whitney was very excited to be first on the ground. Her orders were to play nice with the locals and wait for the rest of the team. How can she deal with this handsome man that mocks her at every turn? Does the answer to the killers identity come from the past, or will they find the answers within their own ranks? A great read that will keep you wondering until the surprising conclusion.

4 1/2 Stars!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Review: Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

This combination of authors is dynamite! Lisa Jackson is one of my "must read" favorites for thrillers. The suspense was engaging, the romance believable, the plot twisted. All of this made for a great couch session of reading.

Laura Adderly has enough to worry about. She is pregnant...with her ex-husbands child. When her brother escapes from the hospital for the criminally insane, she knows he is coming after her. Justice Turnbull can sense her whereabouts, and her pregnancy. The last thing she needs is to be hounded by a disgraced reporter bent on finding redemption in her families story. No one would believe the telepathic link she shares with Justice, until Harrison Frost witnesses first hand the danger she puts herself in taunting him. Now he must protect her from a madman whose only focus is killing Laura and her sisters. Riveting and powerful, this story will definitely keep you reading long into the night.
5 stars!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Review: Blood Reaction A Vampire Novel by DL Atha

First I would like to say that for a first novel, this was really pretty good. It starts a bit slow, and there were several places in the beginning I really wanted an editors red pen. I blame that on my OCD literary heart. Now for the good news! The story became much more captivating as I continued to read. Also good was that the holes in the story became less and less. I will definitely be looking forward to reading more from this author, and can't wait to see how she matures as a writer.

We see through Annalice's eyes as she goes through the terrifying experience of being held hostage by a soulless vampire. Held by threat to her daughters life, Annalice must must come to terms with her rage at being helpless, protect the vampire to keep her daughter safe, and deal with her feelings toward her captor. Being a Doctor she has her own ideas about his condition and what she must do to stop him from hurting anyone else.

Monday, June 20, 2011

My experiences with Nook vs Kindle.

Yesterday I went looking for an ereader. Trying to read galleys in .pdf form on my 4 inch screen made my eyes bleed. (Adobe Digital Editions won't let you adjust font size AT ALL!) I wanted the Nook Simple Touch, until I got to B&N to try one out. It was too light and small. I felt like the first stiff wind would blow it out of my hands or break if my cat sat on it. Plus I was scared my toddler would figure out how to buy books. He is wicked smart on my Android so it is not a baseless fear. It seemed very simple to use. I just wanted something sturdier. I purchased the Nook 1st Edition thinking it would fit my lifestyle. Though it was not bad it was really not for me. I didn't like how difficult it was to push the page turn buttons, and trying to type on the tiny touch screen was not fun. Luckily for me B&N has an awesome return policy, so this morning I was off again to take it back and pick up a Kindle. Now I will be honest and tell you I bought the less expensive Kindle WiFi with Special Offers. Basically, I paid $25 less and in return I get to have ads as my screen saver and on a tiny sliver of my home page. The bargain hunter in me could not turn this down. It has absolutely no affect while you are reading. It is way lighter than the Nook 1st Ed. but it has the size. That was a big plus. The physical keyboard is nice, and the page turn buttons are so easy! No more "geez I will break my thumb" from this girl. I believe I will be keeping this one. The one thing I think I will miss are the Free Fridays from B&N. For now it will have to be My Kindle for My Escape!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A very quick review of a YA novel I read for fun.

I was looking for something quick and easy to try out the Nook and the Kindle. After reading a review by fellow bloggers Christy and Danielle I decided to try Amy Plum's Die For Me. It was very Twilightesque, but with...Zombies! It was very well written for fluff romance. It was just intriguing enough to keep a grown woman interested. I felt that having the scene set in Paris was wonderful, and there was enough detail to tell the author was not using Google to get ideas about the city. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone 10+.

If you are wondering, I will also give you my ideas on the readers I was trying in my next blog.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Review: Heart of Evil, a Krewe of Hunters book by Heather Graham.

Heather Graham does not disappoint in her newest Krewe novel. Jack Mallory (from Phantom Evil) has newly been inducted into the FBI as part of a special unit started by Adam Harrison. While waiting for the big move to Quantico he begins dreaming of his ex girlfriend Ashley Donegal. Ashley lives with her grandfather at Donegal Plantation, a bed and breakfast and site for a yearly Civil War reenactment, just outside New Orleans. When the man playing her ancestor disappears, Ashley knows there is something bigger happening than it seems. With several more familiar faces, and a few helpful ghosts, Ashley and Jake must find out who is behind the evil shadowing Donegal Plantation. I really enjoyed Heart of Evil. It was a fairly quick read for me, as I was kept wondering “whodunnit”. I give this one 4 ½ stars!

edit for clarity- Release date for this book June 28th, 2011

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review: Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton

This is my first book review, I hope you enjoy it. Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series has evolved through the years. She has come back full circle with Hit List. Her writing style, as well as the story line, feels more like the earlier books. More thriller than erotica, this book is sure to please her legion of fans and bring the wayward back into the fold.
Now that Anita has learned to manage the arduer, she can get back to fighting crime with the kick ass style we first fell in love with. Along with Edward, Bernardo, and a host of weres at her side (and watching her back) she must face some of the best trained and most dangerous killers in the world. The Harlequin and their animals to call are out to capture Anita alive at any cost. Marmee Noir needs to possess her body. Olaf just wants her to be his girlfriend, or his torture victim. Will he get to her first? Or will The Mother of All Darkness finally find a way in to the Necromancer and be that much closer to taking over Vampire kind once again? This thriller is sure to keep you turning the pages until you find out.