Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review: One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress #6) by Jeaniene Frost

 
Published: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Avon
Format: Paperback
 Series: Night Huntress
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
How do you send a killer to the grave when he's already dead?

Having narrowly averted an (under)World War, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans's voodoo queen just keeps on giving--leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity--forever. But one wrong step and they'll be digging their own graves.
 
One Grave at a Time is definitely one of the creepiest Night Huntress books I've read so far! The storyline of this book features an inhumane, perverted, disgusting and downright heinous ghost named Kramer. To the bewilderment of everyone who knows about him, he manages to take solid form every Halloween and it is then that he tortures and kills innocent women. In this book, Cat and Bones take on the task of putting an end to Kramer before he can kill anyone else.
 
I really enjoyed sinking further into the world of ghosts in this book. Fabian, Cat's ghost friend, has become one of my favorite secondary characters so it was really cool to see more of him this time around. I was also delighted to have Don around as well, even if his situation is quite curious. His grumpy humor is always welcome!
 
Speaking of humor, in this book we are introduced to a character named Tyler, and he had me laughing so hard at times that I was in physical pain! He's a medium who agrees to help Cat find a way to stop Kramer, and he proves to be quite helpful--while also being incredibly HILARIOUS in the process! I'm just saying, he's awesome and his awesomeness needs to be shouted from the rooftops!
 
On a more serious note, Kramer and Cat's showdown had me tearing through the pages of the book with excitement and a little bit of anxiety! I must say, their brawl was ugly and pretty graphic, but it was definitely satisfying when Cat wiped that smug smile off his face.
 
As usual, Jeaniene Frost provided me with quality time with Cat and Bones, a satisfying plot, intense fight scenes and heart-melting romance. I'm itching to see what happens in this series next!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Stacking The Shelves (21)

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*
 
 
For review:
 
 
-Already read and reviewed this one! I LOVE THIS SERIES! =D
 
*Special thanks to J. Meyers*
 
Bought:
 
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cora Carmack
How to Be a Zombie by Serena Valentino
 
-I'm pretty excited to read all of these, especially Losing It (my bestie says this one is SO GOOD) and Twice Tempted. Vlad is my #1 book boyfriend. Oh, Vlad.... *sigh*  ;)
 
I bought Werewolves Be Damned for my Nook because Braine of Talk Supe recently read and reviewed this one, and it sounds like my cup of tea!  =)
 
I found How to Be a Zombie on clearance at the bookstore and I just had to buy it! This book doesn't even need an explanation. Go zombies!
 
Side note: it amuses me that I have a Sarah Dessen book placed so close to an erotica novel (Backstage Pass)...let's all take a moment to chuckle.... *hehe*
 
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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

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke



"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we feature our most anticipated upcoming releases.
 
 
Expected publication: August 15, 2013
 
Goodreads description:
 
You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.
 
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I immediately pre-ordered this book after I read it's description because it sounds like a very unique and enticing read! I will definitely be excited to get this one in the mail. =D
 
What's your WoW pick for this week?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Review: Imaginable (Intangible #2) by J. Meyers

 
Published: April 16, 2013
Format: eBook
Series: Intangible
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
Twins Sera and Luke Raine’s unusual abilities are growing. Sera is healing vampires now, making them human again. And, at times, Luke can actually change the future he Sees.

But Sera’s healing has dangerous consequences, and though Luke is altering the outcome of more visions, he can’t control them yet.

Now Sera is in danger as the dark creatures of the Realm seek to use her. As Luke struggles to master his gift in order to save his sister, he discovers even more about his powers.

And what he learns just may put him in greater danger than Sera has ever been.
 
I am absolutely in love with this series!! Imaginable is the second book in the Intangible series, and I found it to be just as captivating as the first book. The world-building is fantastic, very memorable and magical! J. Meyers makes you feel like you are right there in the story, amidst the main characters and the enchanting creatures of the Realm. This book is filled with all the right ingredients that make a story unforgettable: a little romance, heroes and heroines you will cheer for, a diverse group of supernatural people, action, and an immensely unique plot!

Luke and Sera are twins with very special gifts, and this makes them both desired and hated by those who know about them. They find themselves in peril once again when different species of the Realm make it known that they want to capture Sera and use her powers for nefarious purposes. A lot of fighting and butt-kicking ensues because of this, which is enjoyable and panic-inducing at the same time! But I totally dig it.

One of the things I really enjoy about this book is the characters, and the camaraderie between Luke, Sera, and their group of friends. Every one of them brings something different to the table; whether it be humor, a special ability, sarcasm or strength. Two of my favorite characters--besides Sera and Luke, of course--are Fey and Jonas. I was so excited to learn more about these two in this book and I'm totally rooting for them as love interests for Sera and Luke. The are a couple of key moments between these characters that had me squealing with approval, and I'm hoping things progress romantically between Fey and Luke, and Sera and Jonas in the next book.

Besides getting more insight into all of the characters this time around, I was so delighted to get more information on the Realm! The Realm is a parallel world where magickal beings such as vampires, light elves, dark elves, and downright creepy and evil beings known as "shadows" dwell. There's a lot more time spent in the Realm and I found myself wishing that this was an actual place because it sounds so beautiful...for the most part. J. Meyers is very descriptive when it comes to explaining the Realm and the creatures that come from there. The Realm is an amazing place, but it does have a terrifying side. J. has come up with the darkest, foulest creatures that reside there and they definitely have the ability to scare the pants off of you. But Sera, Luke and their friends fight like champions, so it was quite satisfying when they battled these dark creatures and gave them a run for their money!

I could seriously go on and on about the amazingness of this novel, but I have to stop somewhere. Just know that I highly recommend this book/series--you will definitely not regret diving into the world of Sera and Luke. I'm already going through withdrawals and itching to know when the next book will come out!

*Special thanks to J. Meyers for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress #5) by Jeaniene Frost

 
Published: February 22, 2011
Publisher: Avon
Format: Paperback
Series: Night Huntress
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
Danger waits on both sides of the grave.
 
Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they've triumphed over the latest battle, Cat's new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance . . .
 
With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally"; the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war . . . to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.

This Side of the Grave is yet another creative masterpiece from Jeaniene Frost. Bones and Cat always put a smile on my face, no matter what situation they find themselves in. This book was no different, and it was delightfully filled with romance, tense situations, butt-kicking and an adrenaline-filled plot that had me completely absorbed!

Cat and Bones face a serious threat in the form of an old, creepy ghoul named Apollyon. He's spreading lies about Cat and is trying to incite a war between vampires and ghouls. During Cat's quest to take Apollyon down, she has encounters with the Ghoul Queen of New Orleans, which proves to be quite educational and interesting to say the least.

I really like the Ghoul Queen, Marie. She's very cunning and not entirely trust-worthy but she's always entertaining when she's present in the story. Her aiding Cat in finding a solution to the possible species war comes with some scary--but also pretty cool--results. Cat develops new powers that are frightening, lethal, and just plain bad-ass! Her powers also result in A LOT of ghost activity, which I enjoyed.

Aside from all of the excitement with the ghouls and ghosts, Cat also has to deal with some heart-wrenching family situations, which had me feeling a little distraught. But the ending of this book opened up new possibilities that had me a little startled but also pleased! I can't wait to see what will happen next.

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