Book of the Week { 07 }

Sunday, October 14, 2012

It's been a while since I've done one, but I'm back now! I've had one hell of a sick week so it was nice to be able to lie down and read the whole time. Well, it would've been nice had it been without the pain of a hideous ear infection, but that's life. Thank gawd for Extra Strength Tylenol.

Anyways, for the last week, I read 14 books :0) Only a few were really ... "worthy" enough to recommend I suppose. I know one series really stuck out and that's what I'm choosing for this week's pick.

Book of the week for week 07 is....

Afterlife saga by Stephanie Hudson
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Afterlife Saga { 01 }

Afterlife… just some gothic nightclub where gossip is fuelled by the presence of a rich and unearthly, handsome family or Afterlife…the strange place where time seems to stand still and guests feel the presence of something more powerful held within the confines of the VIP.

Keira is new to this small, cold town and is running from a past that seems to feast on her darkest memories. She finds living with her sister away from English soil to be just the ticket to the new life she is trying desperately to find. So when the offer of a job at the infamous Gothic nightclub Afterlife comes along she thinks that lady luck has finally found her. That is until its seductively dark and forbidding owner Dominic Draven sets eyes on her. All at once she is captivated and plunged into a world she never knew existed but the deeper her obsession with Draven becomes, the harder it is to decide…should she stay and continue to work within the shadows of the supernatural or should she run from a madness she thinks may consume her?

Warning: This book is amazingly addictive, with its dark mystery, haunting horror, seductive twists and one sexy dark lord that has the reader drooling every time the name Draven appears on the page!

I don't know why this book stuck with me so much. It could be because when I first got back into reading, I started out with all the good adult PNR/UF stuff like Karen Marie Moning, Richelle Mead, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Lora Leigh, Patricia Briggs, Rachel Vincent, etc. etc. I could go on and on. It just feels like whatever great adult PNR/UF there are out there, I've read them all. The only new books that are released are continuations of all these old series so to pick up a new book/author/series from this genre is...exhilarating. Brings me back.

It's very reminiscent of 50 Shades except with the addition of a paranormal world. The concept is nothing new (demons, angels, half-breeds, etc. & forbidden love with humans), but the story is! It's a nice, easy, romantic read.

{ Characters } I love most of the characters in this series. Keira, though, is very annoying. She's the typical weak girl character where she has to depend on others to save her. She does have certain strengths... and she is a strong person because she overcame a situation in which most women would never be able to move on from. But to go through that and try to move on, she gets very insecure and just immature at times. It's understandable and it's not. Really, it just annoys me. Draven and his brother and sister, I love them! Their personalities fit for what their characters are (demons, angels, etc.) It works. I like it.

{ Plot } Eh, like I said, the plot is nothing new, but the story is interesting. If you're not the type to like PNR/UF adult romance then, this is nothing you'd like because there's nothing special to it. But if you're usually into this genre, then sure. You're not missing anything, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! The story was a bit drawn out, but at least it wasn't rushed! There were just some aspects where it's been overdone in tons of other books that this plot was predictable. There were some aspects that were new and interesting... and I really like some concepts of the supernatural powers in this book so that was a nice tidbit. The plot is getting very interesting now that I'm awaiting the third book in the series. Honestly, not much has happened until now so... there's that info. for you.

{ Overall } Nothing amazing, special, nor does it have a "must-read" feeling to it. I honestly think it really stuck with me because I like the story and that it brings me back to the old days when I would fill up on adult romance & PNR/UF stuff. It seems like I've read everything in that genre so to come across something new was nice. If this is something you like, I really do think you'd enjoy this. I really liked it. I know this review wasn't thorough (I blame it on my meds) and that it seems like I'm saying over and over that it's an okay read... but I really, really enjoyed this book & it stuck with me & I'm definitely finishing the whole series - however many books it will end up being. I enjoyed it THAT much. That is why I'm recommending it. So there :0)

Other books I've read & rated from October 7 - October 13 2012
The Two Kings by Stephanie Hudson - 4/5
Down for the Count by Christine Bell - 3/5
Saving Grace by Christine Zolendz - 4/5
Hotter after Midnight by Cynthia Eden - 3.5/5
Devoured by Emily Snow - 3.5/5
Redemption by Susannah Sandlin - 3/5
The Mayfair Moon by J.A. Redmerski - 3/5
Kindred by J.A. Redmerski - 3/5
Moonsong by Lisa Olsen - 2/5
Malice Striker by Jianne Carlo - 3/5
The Bear and the Bride by Jianne Carlo - 3/5
Trained for Seduction by Mia Downing - 4/5
The Dragon Slayer by Jianne Carlo - 3/5

I definitely recommend Saving Grace, The Mayfair Moon, and Trained for Seduction. I think those are all around great books for most readers. Of course, check out the rest on GoodReads & if they sound great to you... definitely check them out! I certainly enjoyed most of them.

Until next week :0) Happy readings!

Happy Oct & I'm Back! & BotW? ...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Ah, it's good to be back. With school starting and my little one having to stay home with me without big brother, it took a while to get a schedule going. It's still not going well for us >_< Eh, what are you going to do?

Though I've been gone, I've still gotten loads of reading done. I've caught up more on my reading and have been on a roll lately. So many new books are out today & I'm so glad that I've been able to get my hands on them & I've promptly loaded several books on to my Kindle already. Squee! Lots of new books to read this week plus others that I haven't read yet that were previously released, plus all the indie releases. I will never be caught up, but that's okay.

Have I mentioned that I love new releases Tuesday? LOVE it! My kids were driving me so crazy last night. All I could think of was that it would be okay eventually because Tuesday will have to come sooner or later. All those sweet new releases will be safely waiting to be read on my Kindle. Whatever gets me through the day.

Now, let's get started on current reads, September wrap-ups, October to be reads and the continuation of my Book of the Week!

I am currently 24% (39 of 154) into Ballroom Blitz by Lorelei James. She is one of my favorite authors. I really love her cowboy stuff - the Rough Rider series - amazing reads. Especially if you are a fan of small towns, cowboy/ranching men, and contemporary romance :0) Ballroom Blitz is an interesting read so far. I see the tie-in to the Rough Rider series, but this is a standalone. Well, it's a companion novella to be read with the other Two to Tango books/line. I will finish this probably within an hour since it's a short book & move on to the next :0)

In the month of September, I read 44 books. Few were short stories. Honorable mentions that I think were worth reading are:
Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
Hard Core by Jennifer Lowery
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
Degrees of Wrong by Anna Scarlett
Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh
On Dublin Street by by Samantha Young
Evelyn Vine be Mine by Chelle Michiter

I've rated most of those books 4 to 5 stars out of 5. Some were inducted into my favorites shelf on Goodreads. I would suggest checking them out at least :0) Or checking out my GR account if you'd like to see what other books I've recently read & rated. I read a lot of Highland series recently that I think are definitely worth reading, but too many to mention at once. Mostly were Pamela Clare & Lynsay Sands' works. Good stuff!

So many new releases today! There were loads of new releases in the past few weeks that I've been hoping to read, but haven't gotten a chance yet either. Some older and indie releases that I was hoping to get to as well. I will try to list them from older to newer releases, but I'm hoping to get to these in October:
Behind Closed Doors by Shannon McKenna
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Mar  *started and quite a bit in, but put it down for a spell.
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han
Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Run the Risk by Lori Foster
The Diviners by Libba Bray
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
Reflected in You by Sylvia Day
Undeniable by Alison Kent
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Death and the Girl Next Door by Darinda Jones
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
& etc. etc.

Those are the main ones I hope to read by the end of October. Sometimes I just veer off what I hope to read because I'm not in the right mood to enjoy the books I've previously picked out. Oh well, reading is reading. I don't mind as long as I enjoy whatever I do happen to read :0) I may pick up a few scary books as well since it is October!

I will continue with my Book of the Week next week so hopefully everyone is looking forward to that. Happy readings until then :0) Let me know what you are looking forward to reading that just recently released OR is coming up this month!
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