Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

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Hades is the second book in the series by author Alexandra Adornetto

The title of the book Hades does give you a good idea that Hell is going to be the topic in this book. Though I was pleasantly surprised with the overall story.

Since battling the evil Jake Thorn and his minions in Halo ( first book in the series)  Beth and her angel siblings are  still protecting Venus Cove from the Dark Forces. 
Then there is Beth’s relationship with Xavier. The two have grown much closer since hell tried to break loose. So close in fact that they are really never apart. Which is starting to get on some of Beth’s friends nerves. So when the girls decide to hold  a girls only  séance – Despite Beth begging them not to- Beth feels it is her duty to take. But things go terrible wrong Turning what should have been a  night of fun into Beth’s worst nightmare When they inadvertently invite Jake back from the Underworld. Jakes eyes a clearly set on Beth and tricks Beth into taking a ride on his motorcycle.
Beth is in an angels worst nightmare hell. And Big Daddy ( Lucifer) knows she is there.
At times I even found myself feeling pity and sympathy for Jake. Even wondering if there was a little piece of pure angel left in him. However then he would always  turns back into the incredible jerk we all know him to be.


Bethany character gains such confidence and courage in Hades. Though at times she does remind me of a helpless lost child We also learn that she has more strength and possibly power then she has ever imagined.

In Hades we also meet a mix of new characters that at times you don’t know if you should love them or hate them.

Throughout the story we learn so much more about the character and the world Adornetto has created in Hades. With detailed descriptions that will leave us all hoping that we never have to set foot in hell.

The ending of the book will have you chomping at the bit for the next one to be released

Will her family and friends get to her before it is to late or will Beth become another fallen angel?
The story
Jake Thorn and his demons have been banished and Xavier and Bethany settle down to resume a normal life. But on the night of Halloween, a childish prank goes terribly wrong and Jake is summoned back to the sleepy town of Venus Cove. Bethany is deceived and like the mythical Persephone she finds herself dragged into the nightmarish underworld of Hades.

While the angels call on higher powers to help rescue Bethany, Jake decides to play dirty and goes after the one thing she loves more than anything. But to spare Xavier′s life, Bethany must make the ultimate sacrifice. Will she make a deal with the Devil? And what will happen to an angel in Hell?


Rating: 3.8 stars
Book: Hades
 Author: Alexandra Adornetto
Type: series
Avalible at:  amazon , kmart, Target 


Friday, September 21, 2012

Fury by Rebecca Lim

Posted by Angel kk at Friday, September 21, 2012 0 comments





First of all please bear in mind that this is the last book in the series and a such my review may contain spoilers for the previous books.
Let me start by being completely honest, I really loved the first 3 books in this series. But I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I would have liked to.  Im not sure why but I really struggled to get into the story and it took me a long time to read the book.
The story starts of were the last book left off. With our lead character still struggling to deal with who and what she really is. Luc literally raising hell on earth and our love struck Ryan stuck in the middle of a war between heaven and hell. Funnily enough the book finishes where the series started ( in paradise). Therefore doing a complete circle.
Mercy and Ryan must endure a road trip rescue mission to not only save themselves but the world. The locations and descriptions throughout this book a clear and detailed and at times you can really visualise the story.  
The way in which the peripheral characters from the previous books that were able to ‘see’ Mercy for who she really was plays a vital part in the plot in this book. Providing a way to  tying up loose ends. It also shows how much impact  Mercy had on the lives of the people around her.
Although I really enjoyed the series there are some holes within the plot. E.G   Mercy is initially portrayed as Luc’s partner in crime which she has to atone for. Another gap in the story is the promise that binds Luc to Mercy is never fully revealed, as is the fact that we never find out her true name. This may be a selective chose by the author so that if  Rebecca  wishes to she can  revisit the story and write another book .
Though I didn’t enjoy the final book as much as I would have liked to it does not mean that you won’t. The series is full of love action and hope. It asked the question can love really conquer all ?

The story 
Hell hath no fury like an angel scorned…

Heartbreak. Vengeance. Truth. Betrayal.

Everything that has happened to Mercy over millennia has made her who she is. Now she and The Eight wage open war with Luc and his demons, and the earth is their battlefield.

Ryan’s love for Mercy is more powerful than ever, her guiding light in the hour of darkness. But the very love that sustains her, now places Ryan in mortal danger.

Two worlds collide as Mercy approaches her ultimate breathtaking choice.

Hell hath no fury like Mercy …





Rating: 2 stars
Book: fury
 Author: Rebecca Lim
Type: series
Avalible at:  amazon , kmart, Target 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Dark Glamour BY Gabriella Pierce

Posted by Angel kk at Thursday, September 20, 2012 0 comments





The Dark Glamour is the second book in this Intriguing and indulgent series by author Gabriella Pierce.


 In the first book we were introduced to our leading lady Jane Boyle, who is swept up in a whirlwind romance by the man of her dreams. Only to find out that everything is not as it seems.


The Dark Glamour takes up where the 666 Park Avenue left off.


 Jane is now in hiding, from not only the Doran family but her friends as well.  With there being nowhere in the world that Jane can escape from her evil mother-in law Lynne’s connections Jane decides to hid in the one place that they may not think to look for her New York City. After collecting the money and a glass unicorn  that Malcolm has left her, she decides to reach out and contact her friend Dee.

Though there are small glimpse of here other friends, the one I would have love to have seen more of ( Harris)  only makes small appearances but the books ending may mean that he will have a bigger part in the next book.   


In this book there is a major plot twist and we are introduction of 3 new characters.

There are the brother and sister duo from another witch bloodline  who Jane learns are in  negotiations with the Doran family. André the brother also happens to have a thing for our leading lady or Ella as he knows her. But is this real or is this just a result of their magic bloodlines calling to each other. Though there are some hot and heavy sense (no of which compares to her and Malcolm)

Then you have the major twist in this story happen when Jane things she is doing a tracking spell to find Malcolm. But Malcolm is not who she finds. Jane finds  Annette Malcolm’s sister and  Lynne’s presumed dead daughter. Who isn’t as dead as her family had thought she was. 
Jane believing that this is the only way to get Lynne to leave her and Malcolm alone, is to go on a search for Annette and bring her home. However this may be one secret that Jane should have left alone. As the result may make everything worse than Jane could have imagined.

Jane is a very strong and caring character that at times has a haphazard’s attitude of act first then deal with the consequences. As a result throughout this book there were moments where I question not only Jane’s judgement but her sanity. Staying in a city where your face is on every TV and magazine, not to mention hooking up with someone on team Lynne

I love the twist and the ending that leaves you wanting dying to find out what happens next.

Though there are sections of this book that I wish there had been longer and more indept, I enjoyed every moment of it .


The Story 

Jane Boyle married her prince charming and moved into his upper east side castle—but she didn’t get her fairy-tale ending
It’s hard to live happily ever after when you discover your demanding and controlling mother-in-law is literally a witch, determined to steal the magical powers you didn’t even know you had. Jane narrowly avoided Lynne Doran’s clutches when she escaped on her wedding day, and has been hiding out in New York City. But she can’t hide forever.
When Jane learns of the one thing Lynne wants most, she sets out to provide it, hoping her good turn will persuade her mother-in-law to stop hunting her. Unfortunately, Jane’s daring plan will send her right back into the witches’ den—the Doran clan’s multistory town house on Park Avenue. But thanks to a tricky spell, blond architect Jane will be transformed into Ella, a dark beauty with a whole new look . . . and all of Jane’s budding powers. Though the stakes are life or death, nobody said “Ella” couldn’t have a little fun along the way, too. 




Rating: 4.4 stars
Publisher: Constable and Robinson
Book: The Dark Glamour
Author:  Gabriella Pierce 
Type: series
Avalible at:  amazon

Friday, September 7, 2012

Two weeks notice by Rachel Caine

Posted by Angel kk at Friday, September 07, 2012 0 comments



Two weeks’ notice is the second book in the Revivalist series by Rachel Caine.
This is best described as an urban fantasy thriller. A mix of action, conspiracy and a touch of romance. With every twist and turn the story took I became more engrossed in the story. This is a fast paced, action packed story and not for the faint hearted. Two weeks’ notice will leave you wanting more.
Set a few months after Working Stiff, we find Bryn searching for her kidnapped sister Annalie and managing a funeral home that  she inherited,.
Manny continues to tinker with the Return formula. The FBI, who are dismantling Pharmadene insists that she is  just helping them with an investigation into missing funds. But what Bryn discovers is a  government conspiracy that involves murdered and missing Pharmadene employees.  It’s time to tie up all of the loose ends involving Pharmadene and Return. Making Bryn, Pat and Joe targets.
To escape a bomb she must jump from a seventh story window, to avoid abduction she jumps through a wall of glass but when the mysterious Jane finally gets a hold of her by threatening Joe’s son, she has to endure unimaginable torture. While rarely explicit, the imagined horror is inescapable and made my skin crawl.
There is a real intensity to Bryn’s over all character. She is  struggling with the emotional fall out of becoming one of the  living dead, and her dependence on the Return drug making  leaving her at the mercy of Manny and the FBI. I love  Bryn  as a character. She is tough, but vulnerable. Making her a heroine that will earn her place in a reader’s heart. It is always refreshing to have a female lead that can hold her own.  
A must read for urban fantasy fans, this is one series you don’t want to miss.

The story

After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife—with regular doses to keep her going. But Bryn knows that the government has every intention of keeping a tight lid on Pharmadene’s life-altering discovery, no matter the cost.
Thankfully, some things have changed for the better; her job at the rechristened Davis Funeral Home is keeping her busy and her fragile romance with Patrick McCallister is blossoming—thanks in part to their combined efforts in forming a support group for Returne addicts. But when some of the group members suddenly disappear, Bryn wonders if the government is methodically removing a threat to their security, or if some unknown enemy has decided to run the zombies into the ground…

Rating: 3.5 stars
Book: Two weeks notice 
Author: Rachel Caine
Type:series
Publisher Penguin

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Shadow of Night: A Novel by Deborah Harkness

Posted by Angel kk at Tuesday, September 04, 2012 2 comments

 






 I have to admit, since I finished Discovery of witches I have been counting down to the release of Shadow of Night: A Novel by Deborah Harkness.

As I was eager to plunge back into Diana’ and Mathews world of witches, vampires, and demons. I wanted to learn more about Diana herself and I even found myself wanting to know what  secrets of the mysterious book Ashmole 782 hides .
The focus of  Shadow of Night  is more on character development than furthering the mythology of the series.
During  A Discovery of Witches, Matthew was a bit of a mystery. A riddle in a riddle . He seemed to know everything about Diana, but she knew very little about him.  But this all changes in  this book. As we delve into the story  Matthew’s past is put on display,
The setting certainly makes  the past come alive with  vivid descriptions. Which makes you feel as if you are really there.
The story itself is much like the first book in the series. It pulls you in and leaves you wanting more.
Harkness has an amazing eye for detail. While some readers may  try to predict where the novel is going to go, they will be surprised time and again by what the author has in store for them. I honestly cannot say enough can’t say enough wonderful things about this series. This is one of the best series I’ve ever read and I don’t say that lightly.


The Story 


Book Two of the All Souls Trilogy plunges Diana and Matthew into  Elizabethan London, a world of spies and subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the mysterious School of Night.  The mission is to locate a witch to tutor  Diana and to find traces of Ashmole 782, but as the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them they embark on a very different journey, one that takes them into heart of the 1,500 year old vampire’s shadowed history and secrets. For Matthew Clairmont, time travel is no simple matter; nor is Diana’s search for the key to understanding her legacy.


Rating: 4.5 stars
Book: Shadow of Night:
Author:deborah harkness
Type:  series
Avalible at:  amazon, kmart
 

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