Thursday, February 6, 2014

Review: Gravity (Mageri #4) by Dannika Dark

Published: May 16, 2013
Series: Mageri
Format: eBook
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
When a choice is made, it will forever alter the course of our destiny. It cannot be undone, for fate is a river changing direction and carving away the bed of our hearts like everlasting fractures.

A difficult past has left Silver broken, but she is learning to trust again through Logan Cross, a Chitah who has convinced her that a dangerous man can change. Their conviction for each other will be put to the ultimate test when an old nemesis reappears and flips her world upside down. Will Logan be able to tame the animal within, or will he succumb to his impulsive nature?

The ongoing investigation into Breed experiments unveils a shocking secret about Silver’s past. Standing at a fork in the road, Silver is forced to make a decision. Each comes with consequence, and there is no turning back.
 
Gravity is book four in Dannika Dark's Mageri series. As the series progresses, we are exposed to new twists and turns in the story, and this book was no different than the previous ones in that regard. If anything, I found that this installment had a more profound effect on me emotionally than the last three did.

Silver, the witty and resilient heroine, is thriving in her new life. She's got a promising apprenticeship with a high ranking Mage, her relationship with Logan is stronger than ever, and she has gotten used to living life under the care of her stoic but lovable Ghuardian, Justus. The take-down of a very dangerous enemy is still in the works, but she's dealing with that threat one day at a time.

To my disgust and dismay, a new conflict and enemy arises that has a heart-breaking effect on Silver and the people she cares most about. She finds her life and happiness hanging painfully in the balance and I was on pins and needles as her closest relationships were put to the test. She's literally forced to make some heart and soul crushing decisions. Silver finally comes to terms with how deep her love is for Logan, and Logan absolutely blows me away with his actions to keep Silver safe. I adore these two as a couple so much!

Dannika Dark, what are you doing to me?!! I was in such emotional turmoil while reading this book. Things were happening that were tearing Silver apart, and therefore tearing me apart as well! This is the wonder of Ms. Dark; she opens a door to the world of her characters that immediately pulls you in, and it keeps a piece of you forever, even when you finally return to reality. Seriously. Her writing is THAT GOOD.

But one of the positive and enjoyable things I got out of Silvers main conflict was that her predicament seemed to solidify her friendship with her vampire guard, Christian. Christian is brash, cocky and downright drool-worthy--and he can nuzzle my neck any day, just sayin'! But he really stepped it up and showed Silver a side to him we've never seen before. Behind the harsh comebacks and judgemental comments is a great man. His fierce loyalty to Silver gave me a whole new perspective on him, and Silver learns that he is a great ally to have.

The pacing of this book is so well done that I approached the end before I knew it. After all of the nail-biting suspense I came out on the other side smiling and feeling very hopeful about what the final book in this series will bring. I know one thing for certain: Silver will be fighting and kicking butt until the very end!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout



"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine where we feature our most anticipated upcoming releases.
 
Expected publication: February 25, 2014
 
Goodreads description:
 
One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.
 
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I am SO EXCITED for this one!! The synopsis sounds awesome. Every book by JLA I've read so far has been one I thoroughly enjoyed. :)
 
What's your WoW pick this week?
 


Monday, February 3, 2014

Review: Impulse (Mageri #3) by Dannika Dark

Published: October 29, 2012
Series: Mageri
Format: eBook
My rating: 5/5 stars
 
Synopsis from Goodreads:
 
Almost one year ago, a Mage attacked Silver and changed the course of her destiny.
Immortals exist, and now she is one of them.

Within the dark and supernatural city of Cognito, Silver is living under the watchful eye of her Ghuardian and dating her mortal enemy. Neither man can protect her from a dark secret, one buried within the contents of a box. As rival factions struggle to gain control, she finds herself in the middle of a centuries-old feud that threatens to drive a wedge between her and Logan Cross, the man who intends to seduce her.

In an explosive turn of events, one life is saved and another is forever altered. Can Silver trust those around her, or are they hiding a dark secret of their own?
 
Impulse is book three in the Mageri series, and Dannika Dark continues to win me over with her impeccable story-telling abilities! This book definitely took me on a bumpy but glorious ride, where past betrayals are revealed as well as new insight into several of the beloved main characters. Also, Silver and her friends engage in some serious butt-kicking, as usual! Who could pass that up?

Silver, one of my all time favorite heroines, continues to have her strength and resilience challenged by nefarious individuals hell-bent on setting off a deadly chain of events that could threaten all Breed. One of the things I like most about Silver is her perseverance and attitude. She's such a strong woman and Mage. Instead of letting things break her down, she uses them to fuel her desire to fight and do the right thing no matter what.

There are a number of heavy and intense situations taking place in this book. We get more insight into Logan, Justus and even Silver's past. Some of it heartbreaking and startling. The surprises never cease! There are also introductions to new characters being made--some vile, some pleasant, and some incredibly hilarious.

One of my favorite new characters is Christian: a charming, yet sometimes wickedly spiteful vampire with an Irish accent that will melt you into a big pile of SWOON! He unexpectedly falls prey to Silver's snarky wit and I absolutely adore their love/hate friendship. They remind me of bickering siblings who, at the end of the day, got one anothers backs. This man is one of my favorite vamps of all time.

Several monumental happenings take place throughout the course of this book, but among the memorable events one of my favorites is the advancement of Logan and Silver's relationship--of which there are many levels. Logan is a fierce Chitah and he continues to prove his worth to Silver. I'm rooting for these two all the way! Especially after some of the smoldering, intimate scenes they share. Whoa buddy, a fan or a bucket of ice cubes needs to be at the ready during their spicy adventures!!

So far I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in this series. I highly recommend delving into this supernatural world with Silver if you haven't already done so!


Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Launch & Review: I Am Forever (What Kills Me #2) by Wynne Channing!

Today kicks off the official release of I Am Forever, which is the much anticipated sequel to What Kills Me by Wynne Channing. As a huge fan of this series, I am VERY excited to be participating in the book launch! Below you will see more info about the author and her books, as well as my review of I Am Forever where I may or may not fangirl profusely....


About I Am Forever: Axelia fought an army of vampires and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god. 

But instead of relishing her victory, she faces a dangerous new world and an empire at war. Axelia is thrust into the position of supreme vampire and caught in the crossfire of battle. To make matters worse, her role alienates Lucas, the one vampire that she trusts.

 
Her power spawns evil enemies. And they know how to get to her — by hurting those whom she loves most.

 
 

About What Kills Me: An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

 
So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.

 
How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

 
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About Wynne: Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and award-winning young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”

 
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My review of I Am Forever:

I was so excited to get my hands on a copy of I Am Forever, the sequel to What Kills Me! I became extremely attached to the main character and her story after reading the first book, so naturally I fangirled at the chance to read the second book. Wynne Channing has concocted the perfect writing formula and applied it to this series. I Am Forever is fast-paced, intricate and incredibly imaginative! She's taken your classic vampire story, stomped on it, and morphed it into something fresh and enjoyable--with twists and turns in the plot you will never see coming!

The heroine, Axelia A.K.A. Zee, went through a life-changing transformation in the first book which resulted in her running for her life with the help of Lucas, a fellow vampire--who is also a very handsome and noble guy. This book picks up right where the previous one left off, and it's all about what happens next for Zee now that the tables have turned and the monarchy/vampire race has accepted Zee into their society. But even though the metaphorical waters seem still and calm on the surface, you just know that something is lurking beneath the depths, gearing up to make some monster waves! That is the best way I can describe the feel of this novel, and I loved the suspense and intrigue of it all.

Zee really shows us what she's made of during the course of this novel! She is NOT a chick you want to mess with. There are several fight scenes that are so descriptive and intense that you will think you are right there in the middle of it all; it gives me the shivers just thinking about it. Zee is definitely not afraid to get BLOODY. She kicks some serious butt and I love it!

Speaking of love....The monarchy guides Zee down one path, while her heart is with Lucas; who is on a completely different path. Their relationship is really tested, strengthened and defined in this book. These two make such a great team and their chemistry is untouchable--I can't get enough of their banter and interactions! Zee is still full of snarky and humorous musings, and I enjoyed several laugh-out-loud moments prompted by her. There are some new characters that are introduced that compliment her personality so nicely; her new friend, San, being one example. He cracked me up!

I could gush and profess my love for I Am Forever all day and night. But just take my word for it when I say YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK (after reading the first book, of course)! It is well worth it and it's a fantastic read.

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