Naamah's Blessing
Naamah’s Blessing by Jacqueline Carey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An amazing end to the Moirin series. I was lucky enough to received an autographed copy of the paperback of this novel and I adored it. I love Moirin as a character and seeing the choices that she made in the first novel come to fruition in this third is great. I know some reviewers were unhappy about the portrayal of Bao but I found it in character that he would support Moirin anyway he could because of his choices and experiences in the second novel. The world building in Carey’s novels is unparalleled and I am always looking forward to a novel from her. I am hoping beyond hope that Carey is not finished with the world of Terre D’Ange and the other nations of her alternate Renaissance world, especially now that we have explored China, India, Mongolia, and the Aztec and Incan empires. I cannot wait to re-read these books and rediscover what I may have missed the first time around.

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Review: Fated

May 26, 2012

Fated
Fated by Alyson Noel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting concept for a book- focusing more on Native American myths when the world is stuffed with vampires, werewolves and zombies. Daire was compelling at times but I was hoping for more. Her being the daughter of a Hollywood makeup artist stretched the limits of my disbelief and the names of the two main gentlemen in the novel, Cade and Dace, made me think more of the author being lazy than showing two sides of the same coin. A quick read that did keep me entertained, it is a good teen beach read and the sequels may make this story better than when it stands on its own.

Full disclosure- I won an ARC of this novel via a Goodreads giveaway.

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Fifty Shades Darker
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Much better than the previous book in the series, E.L. James has improved her writing skills immensely. The story has moved onto crazy ex-submissives, jealous ex-dominants, and a relationship moving forward. I felt much more engaged with Ana and Christian in this book as their characters has grown and the back story has been exposed. We know more about Christian and his life before being adopted by the Greys and how it has now affected him. The love between the two of them progresses at quite a rapid rate but I would see this as a romance novel and suspension of disbelief is necessary. Still good sex scenes and nothing too far down the BDSM scale. A quick trashy read if that is what you are craving.

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Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After hearing all about this book, I decided that I would give it a try. And wow- it was pure Twilight fanfiction. Did the author just do a find and replace on the names to change Ana and Christian from Bella and Edward? It seems to me that she was given a challenge to re-tell Twilight with no vampires but something else holding them back from being together. So we get a kinky billionaire. Plot disappointments aside, the sex as pretty entertaining. It is not as far on the BDSM scale as I was told but there were a few kinky sex scenes. So this is not the best introduction to BDSM but it can be a gateway drug. This, to me, is the equivalent of trash TV. Try if you like but it is not on my re-read list.

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Review: Insurgent

May 8, 2012

Insurgent
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great sequel to Divergent. Tris is somewhat broken by her experiences in the first book but she is still focused on her mission. The relationship between her and Tobias/Four seems to evolve naturally between two people who are naturally suspicious and reticent about sharing information. The switching of some characters from enemy to friend to enemy to friend was well written and not unexpected, at least in my reading. The new characters contributed well to the story and the reveal at the end was mind boggling! I want the next book in this series as soon as possible to see how Roth is going to end this story with all of the new plot threads opens that make me beg for more.

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Review: Divergent

May 8, 2012

Divergent
Divergent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book- so much so that I read it first in four days and immediately re-read it in two. Tris is a good heroine, brave and selfless simultaneously and she is a great center for the novel. Also her relationship with Four was well developed as well as sweet. They could be brave together but also she could take care of herself which is what we want and need in a young adult heroine. Being from Chicago, it was great to place the setting in terms of streets and landmarks I walk by everyday. Young adult novels are becoming more popular and better than I have ever seen them. Definitely recommend this over the Twilight series because the main character is strong, self sufficient, and less of a Mary Sue. Also the writing is much better in this one. Highest regards to Ms. Roth.

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A Reliable Wife
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I borrowed this book from Amazon Prime to see how it was. The blurb sounded quite interesting and the book definitely kept me engaged. The relationship between Truitt and Catherine is slow at first but heats up quick. There was a lot of discussion of sex and not that much sex being had. Not a romance novel but also not one that should be read by those sensitive to sex. The twists and turns in the novel surprised me but I wanted less talking about how everyone wants sex and how good sex and more plot action to move the story along.

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