lundi 26 septembre 2016

Bear Up (Grayslake: More than mated: ( kindle worlds novella)) by Mina Carter

Hello to all


                 i know i told you i had a review ready and it was teh case but once again life came in the way and time flew  but today you have it!
As  you probably know amazon started a new program called Kindle worlds in which different authors can write stories set in the universe of a serie by another author, the idea is very interesting as each author can decide the genre ( romance suspense, urban fantasy etc etc) when it's a world you read about and love it's very tempting.

However, amazon decided to offer that only in the States if you are out the USA no way for you to buy it - we discovered it can be gifted to you though- and that's very frustrating ....there are several stories i would have wanted to read and couldn't. Perhaps it will change in the future but for now we can only count on the authors who love ALL their readers.

Mina Carter was really kind to offer the opportunity to read and review her book no matter where we lived so i jumped on the occasion and i'm so happy i did it, ( Thank you!!!)

For now let see what i thought of it so that you could be tempted to give it a try as well
Publisher: Kindle Worlds
Publication: 2016
B01M0U70GN
Genre: paranormal romance
Violence: strong

Language: normal
sex: very strong
Public: 18+
Source: ecopy received in exchange for an honest review



Description from goodreads :

 Girl meets boy = classic love story. Girl meets bear... Wait, what?

Small town girl Kacie has always known there was something odd about Lizards Lick, but she doesn't expect that oddity to almost claim her life or land her in the arms of her long-term crush; hot veteran Dean. Okay, he's nuts but she can't argue with that, not with a body like his or when he's whispering things like 'fated' and 'destiny'. Even if he does claim to be a werebear...

She's his mate, but she's human. He's so screwed...

Leader of the Lizard Lick bear clan, Dean is between a rock and a hard place. His fated mate is human but he daren't claim her. The elitist asshats in the clan would have kittens. But when an attack brings her over into the bear world, he's out of time and out of options. Even worse, the town has an rogue bear problem and internal clan politics that put Kacie in the crossfire.

Forced to fight battles on all fronts, Dean must bear up or risk losing her forever...




My opinion:
          I 've read the first book in the Grayslake series and i loved it and wanted more so when i discovered that other authors were writing in that universe it was more than tempting ...having the opportunity to read " Bear Up" was fantastic it just left me wanting for even more ( Creed 's story for example) it's an universe i love and Mina Carter writing and how she got the universe is wonderful!

Dean is an alpha, protecting ins embedded into his soul so when he knows that revealing himself to his human mate could lead her to be killed ( if she refuses him) he doesn't want to take the chance so for years he has been watching her from afar. I love how protective and kind but also strong and with a sense of Humour Dean is. We can see from his friendship with Morgan how loyal he is and i would definitively love to read more about him.
Kacie is a strong , independent woman and she knows what she wants. She is true to her friends ( like Lilly) and loyal . i loved how she wasn't the damsel in distress but took her stand. She is really perfect for Dean on whom she has been fantasying for years.

The story is fast as it's a novella but fit perfectly in the universe, it works great as a stand alone so even if you haven't read a thing about Grayslake you could start with this one as you immediately are up to date with the rules and the world in itself. It's also very steamy and some part are with a lot, LOT of violence but all together all fit wonderfully and i enjoyed it immensely. In fact it's only when i thought about what i was going to write that i realised that it wasn't a 5stars because something was missing but it's so near that a 4.5 wasn't right.... when reading i was swept by the story but yes later i was wondering....why the rogue have been targeting Kacie, somehow it sound strange and that could mean  a bigger vilain is somewhere planning something so  i do want more but really  even like that it's close to perfect especially if you are not looking at all details like i am.

The only regret i can have is that kindle worlds are not available outside the USA, it can be gifted from the states yes but that aside a lot of readers are missing good  story without any good reason. ( thankfully author are attentive to us so perhaps it will change)

So if you are in the USA, love bear shifters, this one i recommend!


Score:  4,75/5

Disclaimer:Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was received. All opinions are my own
 

 What do you think of the idea of Kindle Worlds; any World you would like to see used/visited?

mercredi 14 septembre 2016

september treasures

Hello to all!!


 i should have a review up soon but first i wanted to write this ...today i had the pleasure to receive in my mailbox a copy of  this and it was a fabulous suprise

i can't wait to read this so i wanted to shout a huge THANK YOU to the person who kindly offer it to me



THANK  YOU!!!!!



mercredi 7 septembre 2016

Unthinkable ( Beyond Human 1) by Nina Croft

Hello to all!!!


I know it has been a moment since my last post and i'm really sorry for that but those taking care of an sick parents knows how it can be time consuming and with a lot of unplanned events.

I was supposed to post this on monday and i really wanted to because i LOVED this story but my mother fell so between ER, doctor check up etc time flew and i'm really sorry for that so with delay but a lot of pleasure i'm giving you my opinion on Unthinkable by Nina Croft, first in a new promising series


Happy reading!


Publisher: Entangled Publising
Publication: 2016
ISBN:  168281291X
Genre: urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, suspense
Violence: very strong

Language: mild
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: eARC in exchange for an honest opinion
 


 Description from goodreads :

 Jake Callahan, leader of the Tribe, has always believed he’s one of the good guys. Now, hunted by the government he used to work for, he’s taking a crash course in being bad. What he desperately needs is a bargaining tool, and that’s unfortunate for Christa Winters, daughter of Jake’s former boss.

Christa is a scientist, a total geek, and a good girl with a secret hankering for bad boys. Which turns out to be embarrassingly inconvenient when she’s kidnapped by a stunningly gorgeous—but obviously bad-to-the-bone—man intent on using her against the father she loves. A man with a seemingly uncanny ability to know exactly when she’s thinking about kissing him—which is most of the time.

But people are dying, and it becomes clear that the stakes are much higher than Jake ever imagined. Someone is out to obliterate the Tribe and everyone associated with it, including Christa. Only by working together to uncover the secrets behind the past, can they ever hope to have a future.



My opinion:
          Fabulous surprise! I was more than tempted by the book description but the story is , so, so much better than that. There is a lot of violence and deaths but the suspense and tension is wonderfully instilled with a good touch of romance and some humour as well.
Nina Croft managed to surprise me several time and left me wanting for more despite the cliffhanger ( and you know how i hate those)

Really for me this seemed at first more of an paranormal romance suspense than urban fantasy with the investigation going one and it was a good one with still a lot to undercover, the characters are very interesting and it's hard not to feel for them. Jake feels so betrayed and guilty because those in who he believed lied to me and it resulted in the deaths of some dear to him. he wants to protects the other members and for that he thinks he is ready to do anything but deep down he is a good person and still has dreams.....even if he can be deadly

Christa isn't naïve  she is trusting, trying to see the positive all the time, she is a bit different from others but it never bothered her, she loves her job and focuses on it until a very handsome male appears and change her world.

One thing i loved is that among the tribe, even females have powers and go for what they want. it's not only a bunch of alpha male, it's a great change. I also loved that they were discovering powers slowly and often very different ones and i can't wait to see what will the powers of those we still don't know.

It's very well written and captivating with a lot of twists to keep you immersed and biting your nails in a light anguish for the characters life.

I really hope and want to continue this series and i recommend it without hesitation!


Score:  5/5


Disclaimer: Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was received All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review

jeudi 11 août 2016

Violet Chaser ( Episodes 1-6) by Erica Reeder

Hello to all,

 I'm sorry to have disappeared for a few days but as perhaps know i'm taking care of my ailing mother and that's time consuming...when you had the fact i caught a bad virus and that after 3weeks i still haven't won you can imagine how little free time i had. To be honest you could probably have gotten this review a few days ago ...i had written it....but with the strong  fever i clicked on delete instead of save^^;;; yes i was that bad. I'm a bit better now though so time to attempt getting back on track and it's with please that i introduce you to Violet Chaser written by Erica Reeder

Happy reading!
Publisher: Erica Reeder
Genre: urban fantasy, fae
Violence: strong

Language: mild
sex: strong
Public: 18+
Source: ecopy received in exchange for an honest review
 


Description from goodreads :

 Not everyone wants to grow up to be a faerie princess.

Me in particular. Of course, the bad news is I actually am one. Or at least I used to be. As soon as I realized I was better at throwing punches than kissing babies, I split. I ran so far I thought that life would never find me. And it didn’t until a faerie was murdered in New York City. The last thing I want is to be dragged back into that hell, but if I don’t find answers about who is killing faeries, my entire race could be in jeopardy.

Then just when I think things can’t get any worse, I meet the one man who could ruin everything. He’s delicious, intense, and has these blue eyes that make me forget my name. Oh, did I mention he’s a vampire? Yeah, as far as faeries go, it doesn’t get more deadly than vampires. So why can’t I seem to stay away from him?

I’m Cy Vanguard. Bounty Hunter. Faerie Princess. Call me what you want. But if you’re the one who murdered that faerie, you better hope you’re running when I find you.


My opinion:
          It's my first attempt at this author writing and i really loved it so i hope it won't be the last...Cy is a faery but an unconventional one, she has no wings ( that part has become common as a way to protect themselves from the vampires), she is independent and she doesn't mind using her power in a fight......oh faeries can fight , they are taught  martial art but using their natural power for that is forbidden.

For all these reasons and to flew her mother Cy is living in our world being a bounty hunter, she must hide her true nature but she has friends and she is quite happy until she find an older fae  lost in our world and she step in to help him meaning coming back to faery land and from there all go wrong.
Discovering that more faeries are in the real world against faery law and that some are killed she is charged to find the culprit....

While on that search she meets Sven in a bar and the attraction is immediate... the only problem is that he is part of her natural ennemies and she can't resist him but the ennemies are not always those we are taught would be.


Really i loved the story, we can see the bad side of fae ( really  they make me more afraid than vampire because from vampire you expect it but fearies even with their own....a nightmare) and the action is fast paced, i was surprised that it took so long to Cy to realize what Sven was though. Kittie is really a character i want to see more of as well as it brings humour as well . I love how loyal Cy is even when in mortal danger she think of others and with her upbringing that 's something  she has become by herself alone.

The only detail that didn't make this book perfect was that it was first released as a serial and it cut the story and reading too often but thankfully the author decided that next book wouldn't be in a serial form so it should only get better



Score:  4,5/5

Disclaimer: Source: a copy in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was received. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Find more about the author Erica Reeder on her Website
you can get this book on amazon easily but also on smashwords here



Do you enjoy serials or do you prefer complete novels?


jeudi 21 juillet 2016

Pocket Apocalypse ( InCryptids 4) by Seanan McGuire

Hello to all,

 While my Country is celebrating his national day i opted to take some much needed time to read but it doesn't mean that i'm forgetting you. With the heat wave that hit us earlier this week i couldn't come online to share with you my opinion on a book but here it is, delayed but online.

Today i sharing with you my opinion the next book in the InCryptids series as i couldn't wait any longer... i love this series ans even if it's not my favourite character this time i couldn't miss it

Happy reading
Publisher: DAW
Publication: 2015
ISBN:  0756408121
Genre: urban fantasy
Violence: strong

Language: mild
sex: none ( allusion only)
Public: 16+
Source: gifted ( thanks Amber!)

Description from goodreads :

 Endangered, adjective: Threatened with extinction or immediate harm.
Australia, noun: A good place to become endangered.

Alexander Price has survived gorgons, basilisks, and his own family—no small feat, considering that his family includes two telepaths, a reanimated corpse, and a colony of talking, pantheistic mice. Still, he’s starting to feel like he’s got the hang of things…at least until his girlfriend, Shelby Tanner, shows up asking pointed questions about werewolves and the state of his passport. From there, it’s just a hop, skip, and a jump to Australia, a continent filled with new challenges, new dangers, and yes, rival cryptozoologists who don’t like their “visiting expert” very much.

Australia is a cryptozoologist’s dream, filled with unique species and unique challenges. Unfortunately, it’s also filled with Shelby’s family, who aren’t delighted by the length of her stay in America. And then there are the werewolves to consider: infected killing machines who would like nothing more than to claim the continent as their own. The continent which currently includes Alex.

Survival is hard enough when you’re on familiar ground. Alex Price is very far from home, but there’s one thing he knows for sure: he’s not going down without a fight



My opinion:
          Alex sure has a busy life especially since he met Shelby but while i've warmed up to him  he still  is far behind Verity in my favourite list . In this story i discovered how loyal ( that runs in the family) and determined he can be...the way he go against his worst fear is admirable but...i'm still not liking some of his decision.. i don't know, i find that there is less humour when he is concerned...in fact there was even one moment i was on the verge of crying ( could have strangled him then).

I did love to see Shelby family and i sure hope she will want to stay with Alex family instead....hers is sure too biased in my opinion to be good crytozoologists even if Australia does look like a wonderful place to study. The story was well written but i guessed the culprit too easily for my tastes even if Seanan managed as always to keep my interest, i do regret the lack of info about the local cryptid, some are cited but Alex doesn't described them as much as he could have.


This is a good instalment in the series but i'm really glad to change the main character once again ^^


Score:  4/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Challenges:
2015TBR

lundi 11 juillet 2016

Dr. Wolf Shockwave ( The Fae Rift series 1) by Cheree Alsop

Hello to all!!

            After a wonderful and sunny sunday we are back in grey and humid days like summer has difficulty to settle down this year. Anyway today i'm sharing a book that i fully enjoyed and that i wanted to share with you as soon as possible....."Dr Wolf: Shockwave".
Book 2 was just release so i hope i will get to read it soon as well.

I won't delay any longer so...ENJOY!

Publisher: Cheree Alsop
Publication: 2016
ISBN13: 9781310244742
Genre: urban fantasy
Violence: mild
Language: normal
sex: none
Public: 16+
Source: won( Thank Natalie from Book Lover's Life)

Short description from goodreads :

 When the divide between the fae world and the human world is torn apart, Aleric Bayne is thrown into the ensuing chaos. Hurt and disoriented, the werewolf finds himself in a hospital emergency room. When other fae creatures begin to show up, Aleric sneaks them into the D wing of the hospital. With no one else able to treat their unusual conditions, Aleric steps into the role of Dr. Wolf. He has one goal in mind, to help the fae and close the Rift. But Dr. Wolf has walls around the memories of his own broken past that threaten to unravel the world he is holding together by a thread.



My opinion:
          Love it!!! really it was fabulous, i was interested after checking the blurb but this story has surpassed all my expectations ( even if they were high) .

Suddenly, Fae are appearing in our world but for most of them it's not by their own volition so they are here lost and afraid and sometimes hurt...that's what happened to Aleric a werewolf who wake up in a hospital confused about how he got there and where it is exactly....however as soon as he heard the cries of another fae he jumps into action mode and do his best to help her...finding himself acting as a doctor even if he has a lot to learn himself he is moved by the need of his fellows companions and becomes their protector.
he is hurt and as confused as they can be but he acts and i really loved that about him how he could be so honest and caring.

Fae politics are put aside for a moment in this strange world for them so werewolf, fairy and vampire band together to transform the wing of the hospital so that they can become theirs with the help of the few humans knowing the truth... Dr Worthen and Lauren, the nurse, ( and gregory) are confronted to strange patients and suddenly they understand that they can hurt them even more by trying to help so when a patient suddenly act like a doctor and seems to know what is happening they decide to entrust him with the new discovered fae even if they are sometimes dubious and sometimes afraid they want most of all heal all their patient..
I loved to see them  true to their vow and how resourceful they could be because of course not every human is friendly .

There is a lot of action and some suspense but i loved to learn more about Blays universe and to see Aleric discovering bits of info about how to treat fae from other ones...each individual is helping in a way sharing his knowledge when they would probably have ignored each other while in their world. i loved to see the diversity. Dartan is really interesting as well.


there is a a small cliffhanger for sure but to be honest i loved this one so much that i really want to read the next ,cliffhanger or not, i want to see why the rift exactly, the past of Aleric and how he will adjust. A story to discover  for all urban fantasy lovers.

Score:  5/5


Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review

mardi 5 juillet 2016

No Place to Run ( KGI 2) by Maya Banks

Hello to all,

                 To be honest, my first intention today was to tell you about a new series i really LOVED but i'm supposed to read and speak of a sequel first so that little pearl will be told about next time (really soon i think).

For sequel, i opted for a romance suspense as it's what i tend to read more in summer ( even if we are still waiting for a summer weather here) and i went back to a series i put aside wait too long: The KGI series by Maya Banks and its second instlament.

Happy reading!
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Publication: 2010
ISBN:  0425238199
Genre: romantic suspense,military romance
Violence: mild

Language: normal
sex: steamy
Public: 18+
Source: gifted

Description from goodreads :

 Sam Kelly was her first love.

The last person Sam Kelly expected to pull wounded from the lake was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercoverand then she vanished. She’s spent the last months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her life and that of her unborn child—Sam’s child. Now she’s resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he’s the one in danger.

Now he’s her last chance.

Sam has too many questions to let her slip away again—like why she disappeared in the first place. This time he vows not to be seduced. But one look in her eyes, and the passion burns again, and Sam knows he’ll do anything to keep her and his child safe. However, Sophie’s dark past is more dangerous than he imagines, and the only way for either to survive it is to outrun it.



My opinion:
          While i enjoyed to return to the Kelly family and KGI crew this second instalment is far from my favourite...perhaps because Sam isn't my favourite brother or perhaps because as the oldest i had more expectation  for him... i mean he is the "chief", the head of KGI and his behaviour didn't fit  at all with that position at several  times.

While undercover he felt in love not that professional ( could have at least checked the background of the girl just as security for his teammates) but then love isn't something we always can resist so that part was even a bit cute . However when after and when the situation is muddy to say the least he jump back into  old behaviours not very careful of the risk, worse he put his brothers in danger. Not on purpose but by running blindly into danger he forces them to follow....

Sophie is stronger than she looks and she has morals ( which considering her family is a big feat)..she does try to protect her lover , even if as military he is not that helpless, and only try to get his help when she has no choice. Even then she didn't expect to put his family on the line either and she takes great risks to protect them without really thinking about her own security.... I know she had no choice at all at first and had to lie about her identity so  i'm not angry at her but  i couldn't really relate to her either.


The plot and investigation was fast paced and well written but what i prefered was to have news of Ethan and to see more of some secondary characters like Rio and brothers like Donovan ... i'm really curious about their story . Garret won points too...the big teddybear in hiding^^.

All together it wasn't a bad instalment, he could even be read out of order.



Score:  3/5

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own and no compensation was received in exchange for this review


Challenges:
2015TBR