Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M Harris

The Gospel of Loki

By Joanne M Harris

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The first adult epic fantasy novel from multi-million copy bestselling author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris.

The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods - retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself. Using her life-long passion for the Norse myths, Joanne Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel.

Loki, that’s me.

Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining.

So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.

Now it’s my turn to take the stage.

With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge. 

From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world’s ultimate trickster.

My Review:
5/5 Stars

I’ve read a lot of book based on different myths ( mostly Greek myths). I think Norse mythology has to be my favorite. Like most people I like Loki’s sarcasm and pranks he pulls. I also enjoy Tom Hiddleston’s portrays of Loki in the movies. But as far as where he came from and the rest of the background to his stories and pranks I knew little about. ( I’m a bigger fan of Odin and Freya out of all the Norse Gods) 

That all being said. I LOVED this book. I thought it was funny and a great read. It brought some wonderfully funny and intriguing incite to why Loki acted the way he did and told stories from his side of things. I’m not sure how all this compares to the actual Norse myths but it did make me want to read more of the actual myths just to compare them to Loki’s versions. 

You got your wonderful mythology, humor, crazy antics and of course Loki’s poor me attitude ( He really does try to make it seem like everything his did wasn’t all his fault) I found this to be a fun entertaining read. It was rather long and wasn’t one of the books I could sit and read all night but I would enjoy two to four chapters a day. When I get a chance to read all the Norse Myths I plan on revisiting this story again.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Keeper Vs Reaper (Graveyard Guardians book #1) By Jennifer Malone Wright

Keeper Vs Reaper

Graveyard Guardians book #1
By Jennifer Malone Wright

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When her father died, Lucy Mae Estmond inherited the family business. She has known all of her life that she would be in line to watch over the souls of the recently passed, keeping them safe from the Reapers.

The soul eating Reapers have been a plague upon the Earth, stealing souls and leaving the Keepers as the only thing that stands between Heaven and Hell. The factions despise each other and have warred for generations.

Then Lucy discovers an ancient legend predicting the arrival of the Chosen One, destined to bring forth an end to the Reapers. The surprises continue when she realizes she is that person. For Lucy, being the Chosen One doesn’t change much. Fighting Reapers is just another day in the life of a Keeper.

When she meets Jack Walker, they both realize they have an insane, mutual attraction. Too bad that he’s been sent to prevent the prophecy from coming true. His only mission: to kill the Chosen One.

My Review
3/5 Stars

He was a Reaper a soul sucker from the highest order sent to kill the Chosen One. She was a Keeper inherited a graveyard and souls to protect.

So I was excited for this book I love paranormal books and I liked how it had the whole paranormal Romeo and Juliet thing going on for it. Plus the cover was beautiful.

So Jack was sent to kill Lucy who recently lost her father and inherited the family graveyard. While Reapers have been down there before to try and suck up the souls of the dead they were usually easily ran off because of how many Keepers where in the Estmond family. When Jack got orders to kill The Chosen One who happens to be Lucy he couldn’t do it. He even went so far as to saving her from another Reaper trying to get the job done. Now other Reapers are coming to get her. Its a whole different game and it is one Jack tries to stay away from but when it comes down to it will he choose his strange strong attraction for Lucy or the family legacy?

Lots of action, romance, humor and sarcasm.

I liked this book and didn’t put it down till I finished it. I’ll be picking up the next book in this series.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Taking Chances (Taking Chances #1) Molly McAdams

Taking Chances
(Taking Chances #1)
Molly McAdams

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Her first year away is turning out to be nearly perfect, but one weekend of giving in to heated passion will change everything.

Eighteen-year-old Harper has grown up under the thumb of her career marine father. Ready to live life her own way and to experience things she's only ever heard of from the jarheads in her father's unit, she's on her way to college at San Diego State University.

Thanks to her new roommate, Harper is introduced to a world of parties, gorgeous guys, family, and emotions. She finds herself being torn in two as she quickly falls in love with both her new boyfriend, Brandon, and her roommate's brother, Chase. Despite their dangerous looks and histories, both men adore Harper and would do anything for her, including taking a step back if it would mean she'd be happy

My Review:
1/5 Stars

Ohh.. I really wanted to like it. I’ve been wanting to read something by this author for awhile and I saw this was available in my library so I took a chance…. 

I didn’t like Harper. I just couldn’t and it had nothing to do with the choices she made I just couldn’t like the character. Maybe it was because everyone adored her or maybe it was she was kind of a hypocrite. 

As for the guys.. Well Brandon was sweet mountain of a gentleman while Chase was the tattooed bad boy with the artistic sweet side.. He was misunderstood. And you know what that is fine with me. A lot of stories have these guys and I enjoy reading those stories. I actually enjoyed reading about these guys. I think they fell a little to fast and a little too strong but whatever its the story. Carter, I actually liked Carter of course he fell for the beautiful ever perfect Harper and got hurt he made some mistakes and acted immature but I liked him in the end. 

I didn’t like the story. I’m all for second chance stories. Sometime they come off as sweet and you’re like “Yay! they forgive each other and are happy together now YAY!” but towards the end of this one I could have cared less what happened to these characters. 

I suppose the Happily Ever After ending was cute… I like those sometimes. I kind of wish Harper wasn’t a part of it but whatever she was the main character and I suppose no matter my dislike she deserved an HEA. 

I have to say at times though even if I didn’t care for this book it played with my emotions ( not as severely as some books but a little tugging here and there) 

I can see others enjoying this book. It has your love triangle. It can definitely tug at the heart strings at times. A big twist in the middle with a HEA ending. I just couldn’t get into it but I did finish it. 

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this author and I’m going to try another series she wrote when I get in the mood for this kind of book again. I really wanted to like this one but sadly I didn’t.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Secondhand Souls (Grim Reaper #2 ) By Christopher Moore

Secondhand Souls
Grim Reaper #2
Christopher Moore

Synopsis from Goodreads:

In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing—and you know that can't be good—in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore's delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job.

Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone—or something—is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He's trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall "meat" waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.

To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind.

My Review
5/5 Stars

A Dirty Job was the first book of Christopher Moore’s I picked up and since then I’ve been hooked. A Dirty Job is my favorite book he has written so when I saw this coming out I waited anxiously to grab it up and read it. I ate this book up. It brought back all the wonderful character from A Dirty Job and of course my favorite Death Merchant Charlie Asher ( still not in his human form). 

Anyway, so the souls of San Fran are disappearing, the Emperor of San Francisco is being whispered names and writting them down ,Sophie’s “goggies” are missing and Lily is now working at a crisis helpline ( which the way she handles things is rather hilarious imo) 

I laughed all through this book. Stopped at places and repeated paragraphs and lines to my husband that I found too funny not to share and when I was finished I found myself quoting it at random times during random situations. 

.I love all this authors books. If you want to read a hilarious, action filled, WTFish, sometimes crude book pick this one up…. After reading A Dirty Job of course.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Chains of Frost ( The Bellum Sisters #1) by T.A Grey

Chains of Frost
The Bellum Sisters

by T.A Grey

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Three Fates. Three Sisters.

When a will from her dead father decrees Chloe into the protection of the renowned vampire commander, Tyrian en Kulev, she does what any woman would do—and casts a spell. Things get worse for Chloe when the spell she and her sisters perform summons an ancient demon from deep within the earth. Now she's being hunted by a demon set on killing her and must live at the aptly named Castle Death with the king of cold, Tyrian. Surprisingly, Chloe finds that she doesn’t mind her new Protector so much. His cold, impassionate nature needs a firm push to show his true colors, and Chloe thinks she’s just the one to do it.

Tyrian en Kulev always pays his debts. When Francis Bellum dies and orders Tyrian to act as his eldest daughter’s Protector, Tyrian resigns himself to the position. What should have been a simple deal--keep her in the castle, protect her--has turned difficult. Chloe comes to him with a demon trying to kill her and a sexy attitude that keeps invading his thoughts everywhere he goes. The little succubus easily grabs hold of the heart he’d kept locked away for so long and makes him feel once again. But can they defeat the demon that haunts her and can Tyrian overcome his past and move on to a new future with Chloe?

Chains of Frost is a full-length novel.

My review

3/5 Stars

I enjoy a good paranormal romance ( I think this is more of an erotica than romance, can it be both?). I love reading about succubus’s, demons, and even vampires and werewolves haven’t exactly lost my interest. Coming in to enjoying all that I thought I’d enjoy this book more. It’s not bad its just not as interesting as I thought it would be. I do have to say though it was a quick and slightly entertaining read. 

I like the characters. I think this book was supposed to concentrate on Chloe and her vampire protector. It did a decent job of it but there was also some sidetracking to Chloe’s sisters. I didn’t mind Chloe some of her comeback and the things she did to make Tyrian jealous or to seduce him was kind of funny. I liked all her snooping. Tyrian was the brooding tough as nails dude who had something bad happen to him and thought he’d never be able to move past it. 

The side romance with the half vamp/ half demon warrior and the full vamp doctor was kind of cute the typical I love you but I can’t have you/ not worthy of you romance. 

Then you have all the other starts to the sisters stories on the side. Willow being chased by the alpha she was given to as a protector and Lily, okay I like Lily I’m really looking forward to Lily’s book she’s vibrant and says what she wants and she likes her protector and she annoys him. 

There is some action because the girls kind of let out a nasty demon which was going for Chloe. 

I think one thing I didn’t like was at parts the kind of read like gossipy cliche brainless girls. And there was one scene where I’m pretty sure one of the characters were raped. She said no at plenty points but I think when it came to it she didn’t say no but she didn’t say yes… Not sure I’m happy with that part but maybe I missed where she gave consent. 

Steamy scenes, cute and entertaining story, the characters were decent. I think this kind of falls under the first book in a series situation. You know where you kind of like it but kind of don’t but hope that it gets better in the next book and you are willing to read the next one. Like I said before I really like Lily and I am interested in reading her story so I’ll probably buy Willows out of curiosity and so I can get to Lily’s.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampire #1) by Chloe Neill

Some Girls Bite

Chicagoland Vampire #1
Chloe Neill

Synopsis from Goodreads:

They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed,

four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right…

But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches? 

My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

My Review:
4/5 Stars

So I first came into this book thinking “ Maybe some kind of True Blood spin off type thing” but the more I read the more I realize I was wrong. I really enjoyed this book.

One I enjoyed reading about the politics between the supernaturals, the “ombudsman” and the humans. 

Two: Merit was an amazing character. She didn’t want to become a vampire she didn’t just role with everything that she was supposed to she questioned things and feelings. And I liked that she was loyal. Even if she didn’t care for the position she was in she was still loyal to those who earned it. 

Three: The relationship between Merit and Ethan is great to watch. She doesn’t give in to him no matter how much respect this 400 year old vampire demands of her and he mostly respects her and her thoughts. What he does as her “Master” was harsh but she does what her position should do and than at the end… Wow for some reason I did not see that coming. 

Four: Lots of humor.. I laughed a lot through out this book. I enjoy books with characters that kick butt and can have a good humor about things. 

Five: The whole world of what Merits grandfather does interests me and I want to see more of this. I want to know what happens between Merit and her brother ( if anything ) when he takes over their fathers position. I want to know what happens between Merit and Ethan, I want to know what happens with the Rogues and the Vampire houses and well I want more! I’m looking forward to the next book.

I really enjoyed this book. I was in the mood for a good urban fantasy that could draw me in and that is exactly what I got.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

November 9 By Colleen Hoover

November 9
By :Colleen Hoover

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist. 

My Review
3/5 Stars

I like the way this author writes. I enjoy her stories and her characters. She does well with sucking me in emotionally and getting you fixated on the characters. This really is a cute story and I enjoy how it was written which was different from other books I’ve read. 

I loved how Fallon and Ben met and how every year they would meet. I enjoyed how they boosted each other up and wouldn’t let the other not achieve their goals no matter how much it hurt. At points my heart broke with them and at other points I was elated for them. 

I didn’t care for some of the things Ben said. I didn’t care for the insta love thing, and I was kind of disappointed I guessed the ending of the book as fast as I did. I think those who love New Adult books would really enjoy this. 

Its cute, Wonderful writing, cute young adult characters, a story that is unique ( at least for me), kinda insta love, lots of humor,heartbreak, quick read, a plot twist and a smashing ending.