Thursday, July 29, 2010

Destiny Kills by Keri Arthur

Title: Destiny Kills
Author: Keri Arthur
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 336
Rating: 5/5

Desire calls. Danger Lurks. But... When Destiny McCree wakes up beside a dead man on an Oregon beach, she knows only this: she has to keep moving, keep searching, and keep one step ahead of the forces that have been pursuing her from the heart of Scotland to this isolated spot. Why? The death of her lover has left her alone, with little memory of her past. A glimmering serpent-shaped ring is the one clue she has—and a bargaining chip in a most dangerous game. Enter Trae Wilson, a master thief with a sexy, knowing grin and a secret agenda of his own. Destiny and Trae both have powers far beyond the human—and both are running for their lives. Together they’re riding a tide of danger, magic, and lust…but with killers stalking their every move, they must use any means necessary, even each other, to survive—until the shocking secret of one woman’s destiny finally unravels…

My Review:

OK so I totally ruined the ending of this one for myself. I was converting my Ebook file to read on my iPhone because I couldn’t wait until the next day to read the paperback on my shelf (impatient yes, do I care, no) and somehow in the process the chapters got mixed up so I read the epilogue at the start.

Aside from spoiling some of the suspense though, it didn’t do anything to dampen the awesomeness of this book. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I read and loved the Riley Jensen series by Keri as well, and this new series has the same great writing style but with new worlds and characters to explore.

The book delves into the world of sea and air dragons. The humans don’t know about those who can change into dragons, except a group of scientists who are capturing and studying them. Destiny escapes the compound where she and other dragons, including her mother, are being held. But now she has to go back and save the others, without getting caught again.

It was so fun and I loved Destiny and Trae. I ate this one up and can’t wait to read Mercy Burns (Book 2) when it comes out!

If you liked; 

The Riley Jensen Guardian Series by Keri Arthur, The Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, or wanted a PR version of Jennifer Scales by MaryJanice Davidson you should check this one out.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Riley Jensen Guardian Series

Review: The Riley Jensen Guardian Series
Author: Keri Arthur
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 9 books @ aprx. 400 pages each.
Rating: 5/5

Book 1 Description:

Riley Jenson is a dhampire (part vampire, part werewolf), who works for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, a government agency that polices the supernatural races. Riley is a “paper pusher” with a desk job and wants to stay that way, but her twin brother Rhoan is a guardian, a glorified assassin. When Rhoan goes missing, Riley must go into the field to find him.

My Review:

That’s just the beginning of course, but I didn’t want to spoil anything! There is plenty of action and romance and great plot twists.

I found that Riley was a great character; strong, independent and believable. She didn’t like killing people or torture and often regretted giving in to her inner animal.

The love rollercoaster was a fun ride for sure, and I was very pleased with the way things turned out in the end.

The supporting cast was awesome and the variety of supernaturals that Keri explored was really captivating.

*sidebar* I’m a fan of the UK covers but they haven’t released 4-6 yet so those are the US ones.

Books in this series:

1. Full Moon Rising (2006)
2. Kissing Sin (2007)
3. Tempting Evil (2007)
4. Dangerous Games (2007)
5. Embraced by Darkness (2007)
6. The Darkest Kiss (2008)
7. Deadly Desire (2009)
8. Bound to Shadows (Oct 2009)
9. Moon Sworn (May 2010)

If you liked;

Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) or The Black Dagger Brotherhood, this series would be a great one to pick up! Read it!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong

Review: The Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning, The Awakening, and The Reckoning)
Genre: Young Adult, ParanormalPage Count: 1168 Pages (combined)My Rating: 5/5

Book 1’s Excerpt / Description:

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary.I don't even know what that means anymore.It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost—and the ghost saw me.Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone.To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a "special home" for troubled teens.Yet the home isn't what it seems.Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye.The question is, whose side are they on?It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House . . . before its skeletons come back to haunt me.The thing is how do I know who's on my side or who's betraying me?

My Review:

Is she crazy, or can she really see ghosts? A great book that keeps you guessing and wanting more. Very interesting, to start, I had no idea what to expect. It actually took me the first 4 chapters to realize I was reading a different series than I intended, but I'm glad I made the mistake because I really enjoyed it!

I read the whole series, and loved all 3 books. The characters were so well written and Kelley keeps you on your toes to the very end. I love it when a story isn’t predictable and it was certainly the case here!

Chloe was believable and age appropriate. She was totally likable and developed very well over the span of the series. I liked that she second guessed things and didn’t just believe in the supernatural because someone told her it was real. She fought to understand the truth and made her own decisions.

Derik; the tough guy with loads of attitude. I had a soft spot for Derik from the start and was very happy with the way his character grew and came out of his shell.

Simon; cute boy who’s sweet and artistic *swoon* what girl wouldn’t crust on him. I really liked how Kelley handled his relationship with Chloe, I won’t spoil anything but I found her approach very refreshing.

Of course there are so many other great characters in the series too. An awesome read, I wish that there were more than 3 books!

Still not sure? Library people! Read the first one, and you’ll be hooked :)