Monthly Archives: October 2013

Daughter of Nothing (The Scion Chronicles)

Few people even know that the Scion School exists. Tucked away on a private Caribbean island, the school is host to thirty-six exceptionally gifted students, all orphans. They train and study every day to prepare themselves for an immense responsibility, to lead humankind back from the brink of extinction.

At least, that’s what they’ve been told.

Among the thirty-six is Jacey, 17, one of four Scions in the Eagle class. She is the favorite of the 93-year-old headmaster, Dr. Carlhagen. But when Jacey overhears a conversation between a strange visitor and one of the school’s first graduates, she learns a stunning fact about her future. One that Dr. Carlhagen has kept from all the Scions.

Following the cryptic clues given to her by the school’s AI professor, Jacey races to untangle the truth of who the Scions are, and what the headmaster really means when he says they are bound for a great destiny.

My Review

The story takes place in an island school for 36 schoolchildren (aged 9-17)who are allegedly being raised to lead mankind in a post-apocalyptic world.  The characters were well thought out and formed. Dr Carlhagen was suitably villainous and spiteful. Belle vicious and the star of the novel, Jacey, certainly a classic heroine – smart but not too smart, talented but not full of herself.  The description of the island was clever without intruding on the story itself but giving texture to the plot unfolding. I hope I never meet a shaddle spider – can’t stand spiders!

The novel can be enjoyed by both teens and adults .  I’m really not into Science Fiction but I loved the way the plot unfolded, delivering just the right amount of anticipation for the next twist.  I found myself getting anxious during any illegal raids or searches made on the campus. The twists at the end were certainly well-played.  I found Daughter of Nothing to be a thought-provoking and highly entertaining read.  

I received an ARC of this book from Story Cartel for a true and honest review.

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Dead Sexy Dragon

The last thing dragon shifter Stig Wyvern needs is his dead friend’s kid sister showing up on his doorstep, especially since he’s just minutes away from entering a mating phase. Sharing his isolated house with the young woman he’s desperately lusted after for quite some time is a recipe for disaster.

But Cora Cardenas has nowhere else to go. She’s in deep trouble with some really nasty people and Stig is the only one who can protect her. That he’s deliciously sexy and makes her tingle with the simplest of smiles is an added bonus.

Cora quickly realizes Stig is hiding something from her. To make matters worse, she’s plagued with breathtakingly naughty dreams starring a shadowed lover who bears a startling resemblance to her host. And what the hell is going on in the basement at night?

Stig needs to get Cora out of his house but his inner beast has other ideas. He’s found his mate and she’s not going anywhere.

My Review…..

I really liked Dead Sexy Dragon. It was quick and a light romance. Stig is a big and tough marine who just so happens to also be a centuries-old dragon. One day, his best friend’s baby sister shows up on his dorm step…right at the beginning of his mating phase. Cora lands into trouble that she cannot handle and goes running to the man who promised to protect her, and the man she’s always been attracted to. I think Stig and Cora are a perfect match. The quick escalation of their relationship and the sex is explained because of Stig’s mating phase. Usually I like a little more build up but the sexual tension between the two is so strong that I didn’t mind. I quickly became jealous of Cora and I wanted to have her dreams.

Stig and other dragons are hunted by a group called the Knights because of a millennia-old feud. Cora’s troubles bring her closer to the dragons than she ever thought. I really appreciated the development in Cora and Stig’s relationship because it clears up the apprehension and complications of their relationship (sorry I have to be vague but it is a massive spoiler).

I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for a true and honest review.

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The Reluctant Countess

Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.
Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.

Every aspect of this novel, from the characters to the plot and the romance, was superb. They sexual attraction between Sophie and Patrick is enough to melt these pages, yet they are both loyal and caring characters. Sophie is very strong, coming from a unique background and hiding her identity to protect those important to her. Beyond her tough exterior, however, is a fragile heart of gold that Patrick vehemently protects.

First, you have Sophie, Countess of Monmouth. She is the young beautiful widow of the Earl of Monmouth. She popped up two years ago and this is her first season in London society. Family obligations are the excuse she gives as to why she was never introduced to London society prior to this season. Sophie is quite old at twenty-two for her first season, widow or not. Besides being the earl’s widow, she is also mother to their young son Timmy, the new Earl of Monmouth. She is welcomed into London Society, escorted by her high birth sister-in-law Letty, the dead earl’s blood sister. These two ladies are very devoted to one another. Sophie is beautiful, but aloof, and has been dubbed the ice maiden by the ton (Britain’s High Society). She twirls around the peerage dance floors, but doesn’t engage the males in small talk, in fact she hardly talks at all. The females are jealous of her beauty, and the males want to bed her. Oh, whatever is a widow to do?

What I liked about Sophie is she isn’t the simpering damsel, as I had first envisioned. She is a spirited heroine with a backbone, but she is living in a society where there are very set rules and guidelines. Sophie is written as a genuine character, flaws and all. I found her very refreshing, and completely likable.

Enter Patrick Earl of Coulter, handsome and not married. In fact, he has no plans to be married. He attends ton functions because that is what society expects of him. Unlike the parents and their daughters, he is not on the prowl for a wife. But he certainly doesn’t mind looking for a lover. Patrick’s sights are set on the beautiful widow ice maiden. He knows that something is not quite right about her.

He was with the old Earl shortly before he died, and no wife or son were mentioned at that time. He believes her to be an impostor, despite her close relationship with her sister-in-law. Patrick has a keen intellect and a strong background in spying from war. He believes that he will uncover the countess’ secrets if she has any.

He has one major clue into uncovering her secrets and that is she counts steps while she dances. For a lady, no matter how sheltered or hidden away she was in the country, would have been practicing her dance steps at a very young age. A true lady would not need to count steps. He has caught her in this dastardly deed, and it spurs his resolve to expose her. What boon is he seeking, if he uncovers her treachery? Well of course what any red-blooded peerage earl wants from a widow; her under him.

Patrick starts out cold and calculating. Why should he care if she is a fraud? But he does care, almost too much. At first he convinces himself that he is obliged to protect the dead earl’s reputation and family from a charlatan. He quickly becomes a possessed man with his desire to uncover Sophie’s secrets. Patrick goes out of his way to catch brief glimpses of the thawed ice maiden, and is surprised by what he uncovers. He is touched by the way she talks about her son. The child is obviously very much-loved by his mother, an oddity in itself, because most parents of the peerage were known to have distant relationships with their children.

**ARC courtesy of Random House Publishing Group – Bantam Dell via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

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The Silver Chain (Unbreakable Trilogy, Book 1)

The Silver Chain (book 1) opens up with country bumpkin, Serena Folkes, traveling by train to London. She is leaving her ex-boyfriend and a painful past behind in hopes of starting anew as a photographer in the big city. On her first night out with her camera she happens upon a posh neighborhood and some kids trick-or-treating. While taking photographs she is approached by a mysterious stranger, Gustav Levi.

As it turns out Gustav is an enigmatic and aloof entrepreneur and owner of Levi Art Galleries. When he sees Serena’s photographs he offers to launch her career, but she has to agree to be his for a period of time. To symbolize that union, she must wear a silver bracelet and when Gustav is near he attach’s himself to her via a silver chain.

Their story takes off from there following Serena’s career as they delve into an unconventional relationship filled with sexual exploration, seduction, battle for control, uncovering of hidden and painful pasts and teaching each other about letting go….

As the passion intensifies between them Gustav’s past is threatening to tear them apart. Are the feelings that are developing between Serena and Gustav strong enough to survive Gustav’s dark past? Or will those secrets prove to be too much for their feeling to withstand.

This book was given to me by ARC courtesy of Harper Collins UK, Avon, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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Escaping Reality (The Secret Life of Amy Bensen)

This one ended with a HUGE cliffhanger. Why that didn’t annoy the hell out of me? I have no clue.,

Escaping Reality starts off that something has happened in Lara’s life to force her to have to become Amy. Amy is smart, beautiful, but has been living in fear of whatever is hunting her. She receives a note telling her that her identity has been compromised and she must assume a new identity. There is a protector out there and he provides her with things to keep her safe. On her way to her new location she meets Liam Stone.

Liam is well, amazing!! I instantly loved him, he is every bit the mysterious, gorgeous and talented billionaire recluse he is described to be, and the perfect contrast to Amy’s character. He is also charming and enigmatic, even though his actions and motives appear ambiguous at times. He is a dominant in many ways, and craves to possess and alleviate Amy’s fears, and be the only person who can show her what it feels like to be taken care of again. His dominant and overbearing nature is outweighed by his compassion and sweet, yet intense affections toward Amy. Yes, Liam is one of those perfectly written male protagonists.

Escaping Reality is a fast-paced romance with a huge helping of mystery. From the beginning to the very end, I was hooked! And I mean that. There was not a slow moment in this book. That makes it very hard when it’s the middle of the night and I really need to go to bed but really don’t want to!

I received an ARC of this book for a true and honest review.

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