Thursday, June 21, 2012

Review: Taken at Dusk (Shadow Falls #3) by C.C. Hunter

Published: April 10, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Paperback
Series: Shadow Falls
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean. But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together. Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.

I really can't even explain how much I love this series! Taken At Dusk is the the third book in the Shadow Falls series, and it did not disappoint. C.C. Hunter once again had me laughing and connecting with all of the fantastic characters in this story!

Throughout most of this book, Kylie is still trying to find answers as to what she really is and her brain pattern continues to remain unreadable--which doesn't go unnoticed by anyone at camp. On top of her issues dealing with her identity, odd events start happening around her and she also keeps getting visits from a very confused ghost. She also comes across an actual living link to her father, who could explain once and for all what kind of supernatural she is. One of the things I like most about Kylie though, is that she continues to evolve and become a stronger person as her story unfolds. I really feel for her because she has so many things going on at once but she still handles her frustration well, even when she discovers that there are more to her current abilities than she thought.

One of Kylie's dilemmas is her conflicting emotions surrounding two very different (and two very HOT) boys, Lucas and Derek. Lucas is a werewolf and Derek is half fae, and both of them have their own sets of swoon-worthy qualities! Kylie gets to spend a lot more time with Lucas during this book and it was nice to uncover a little more about him. But of course, Derek still has a place in Kylie's heart and I must say, I quite like him as well! Sadly, as much as I was so excited for Lucas and Kylie to get together, I later started to have my doubts about their compatibility due to Lucas' incessant not-so-subtle hints about what he wants Kylie to be. But at any rate, it's clear that both Lucas and Derek care deeply for Kylie, and I'll never grow tired of their steamy encounters!

As always, I LOVE all of Kylie's friends! They are so supportive and wonderful to her. C.C. Hunter could write spin-off series for every one of these characters and I'd happily read them all! I will never get enough of Della, Miranda, Perry, Holiday and Burnett--they are all so different and awesome in their own ways.

Overall I had a blast reading this book, and the ending was equal parts satisfying, frustrating and sad--but we finally discover what Kylie is! I can't wait to read the next book in this series because I'm so excited for the author to elaborate on this new puzzling and exciting information. I'm sure the plot will continue to tempt and surprise me! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Review: Radar Love (Ultimate Hustle) by Jason Z. Christie

Published: December 13, 2011
Format: eBook
Series: Ultimate Hustle
Genre: Adult Fiction, Adventure, Romance
My rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis from Amazon:

Radar Love introduces you to Chris and Janique, two hard loving anti-heroes who are so in love, they'd rather rob stores and banks than spend their days apart.

It's all fun and games until they end up in connected prisons. Now it's up to Chris to get them out again, using only brutality, heroin, and a book by Tom Robbins... An epic love story, first in the Ultimate Hustle series.

*Special thanks to the author, Jason Z. Christie, for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.*

I've never read a book quite like Radar Love before, and that's one of the things I like about it. The two main characters in this story are criminals but they are written in such a way that it's impossible not to root for them. The author created smart and likable characters and dropped them in an interesting setting to make one of the most non-traditional love stories I've ever read! This novel is also very original and unpredictable--every chapter was a surprise.

Janique and Chris are two people in love who also happen to be in prison throughout most of the book. They end up locked up because of their history of armed robbery. Despite the fact that these two are all about breaking the law, I had no problem liking their characters because they never had intentions of hurting anyone--although they both prove what lengths they will go to in order to protect eachother--they just wanted to experience some excitement and adventure together while scoring some cash to live on since they couldn't stand working separate jobs and being apart all day. I also found it hard not to grow fond of some of the secondary characters in this book; like the couple's fellow inmates, who provided me with some humor and knowledge of prison life.

The story jumps back and forth between Janique and Chris' present state in prison and their past experiences together. Several of their shared memories are extremely intense, steamy and explicit. They clearly have a very strong emotional and physical bond, and they can't stand being apart for any amount of time--which is why Chris creates a master plan to break them out of prison and reunite them.

The end of the book was very hectic and pungent, and I couldn't read fast enough to uncover the fate of Chris and Janique. All I can say is that the entire story was so cleverly constructed and the ending was definitely no exception. I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for thrills, love, laughs, action, and originality!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Stacking The Shelves (3)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a fun way to share what books we recently added to our bookshelves.

*All titles link to goodreads*

Here are some of the books I've received recently:
Gifted & Borrowed:
Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins
-My best friend, Sarah (The Book Life) gave me an ARC of Fallen In Love since I really like the Fallen series and haven't read this book yet! She also let me borrow Just One of the Guys, which she recently read and thought was cute. I love a cute, good contemporary from time to time! Thanks Sarah! =)
Wicked As They Come (Blud #1) by Delilah S. Dawson
Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate
-Wicked As They Come reeled me in with that cover (that guy is smoldering!), plus the story sounds cool. I'm so stoked to read Rapture and for everything to finally be revealed!
Dark Companion (ARC) by Marta Acosta
-I won this book from goodreads and I was so excited to get it in the mail! The description is very intriguing. Thanks Tor Teen!
Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a link to your post so I can check out the books you received as well!

-Shanon =)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Review: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Published: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Format: Hardcover
Series: Masque of the Red Death
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
My rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis from goodreads:

 Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

I absolutely love this book! I'm a huge Poe fan, and The Masque of the Red Death is my favorite story of his, so of course I was ecstatic when I learned that Bethany Griffin was coming out with her own reimagining of this tale. Her book wasn't anything like I expected, but that's part of what I adore about it--she took pieces of Poe's story and molded them into something all her own. The world building is fantastic, and the plot is fast-paced and deliciously unpredictable. The characters also possess a lot of depth and unique qualities. I was truly fascinated by everything in this book; from the clothing styles to the everyday behavior of the citizens in the plagued city.

Masque of the Red Death features a world where a deadly plague has taken over and instilled fear in everyone. Prince Prospero is a creepy tyrant that rules the ruined city from the comforts of his castle. Everyone who can afford a specially designed mask is safe from the disease as long as they wear them, while the poor are stuck wearing cloth masks. I can't imagine walking around in a world like this and never being able to see anyone's face. On top of everything, there are mysterious secret societies and murmurs of a revolt against Prospero.

I liked how several of the characters ended up being so much more than they initially seemed. You think you might have them pegged, but then some more of their layers are peeled back, and you have to reassess your opinions of them. I found this to be especially true with Araby, who is the protagonist of this novel. The first impressions she gives off are not entirely impressive, but you definitely get the feeling that there's a reason for her actions. The more I found out about her, the more I liked her. She's experienced tragedy (like pretty much everyone else in this book), but she chooses to deal with it in a very self-deprecating sort of way; numbing herself to escape her own misery.

Araby forms some very different relationships throughout the book. She gets attention from two very different guys, Will and Elliott. I started off liking one of these guys more than the other, but by the end of the book that changed. Araby has some intense experiences with both of them. Will is sort of dark and broody, while Elliott is kind of a snarky aristocrat with mysterious qualities but he can also be very caring. Both of them made me laugh at times. I also ended up really liking Araby's friend April, she surprised me for sure.

All of these characters are wrapped up in the action-packed and life-changing events of the last part of the book. I don't want to give anything away, but there are some shocking revelations that are revealed and they leave you with even more questions. I am so excited for the next book in the series, and I can't wait to see what plays out with Araby and her friends. I also can't wait for more confrontations with Prince Prospero and some of the other terrifying characters.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Stacking The Shelves (2)

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a fun way to share what books we recently added to our bookshelves.

*All titles link to goodreads*

Here are some of the books I've received within the past couple of weeks:

For review:

Cold Fury (ARC) by T.M. Goeglein

*Special thanks to Putnam Juvenile*


The Last Princess (ARC) by Galaxy Craze
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

*Special thanks to my best friend, Sarah, for giving me these awesome books!*


I won this Cinder swag from Sarah @ The Book Life! I got a Cinder sticker, card, bookmarks and a Red Riding Hood postcard.

Bought (eBooks):

Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon
Hypnotic by Marja Healy
Darkness Falls by Jessica Sorensen
The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton
Shimmerspell by Kimberly Spencer
Awakening by Karice Bolton

I already have so many books on my Nook to read, but I couldn't stop myself from buying all of these because they sound awesome!

Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a link to your post so I can check out the books you received as well!

-Shanon =)


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