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Title: Dark Side of the Moon
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter #11
Reviewed Format: Bound book from personal collection
 
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis: Susan Michaels was the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until she walked into a setup that ruined her reputation. Now she’s working for a small Seattle paper, penning stories about killer moths and alien babies, convinced that her life couldn’t get any worse…

That was before an idea for a breaking news piece brought her to a local animal shelter where she ends up listening to her source rant about vampires and gets coerced into adopting a cat despite her allergies. But when her new pet suddenly reveals himself to be a gorgeous—and lethal—shapeshifter, Susan realizes that there’s far more at stake than a career-saving by-line.
Born into a world of predators, Were-Hunter Ravyn Kontis was betrayed by those he loved best. Soulless, pitiless, he has spent three hundred years battling the Daimons who seek to subjugate humankind. Against all odds, Susan evokes in Ravyn feelings of tenderness. Desire. Love. And with the ultimate battle about to begin, this one very human woman holds the power to shatter both their worlds…

Review:

 
This is the first book that I’ve ever read by this author. I liked it but I didn’t really LOVE it. Ravyn and Susan are both characters that are dealing with some extra “baggage” shall we say. Susan is this reporter who always get’s her story (which has cost her dearly) but at the same time has a pretty quirky sense of humor (which you see a lot in the book) and Ravyn he’s pretty much a no-nonsense kind of guy who doesn’t particularly care to be around humans at all because they have cost him dearly. Well now that the Daimons (with the help of some humans) are trying to kill both Susan AND Ravyn they are kind of stuck with one another. The more time they spend together the more that we the readers learn about these two character’s pasts…Not a pretty picture. There is even a little twist thrown in for good measure too. If you like a little Death, Destruction and Mayhem with some smutt thrown in this is a good book to check out.
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Title: Devil May Cry

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark Hunter #12
Rating: 4/5
Source: purchased with my own money
Synopsis: (from Barnes and Noble)
Sin, a Sumerian fertility god turned Vegas casino owner, and Kat, the zealous servant of bossy Greek goddess Artemis, knock boots and kick butt in Kenyon’s juicy 11th Dark-Hunter paranormal love-fest (after 2006’s Dark Side of the Moon). Sin’s been on the warpath for thousands of years, since Artemis stole his godhood. Sin’s also upset about the disappearance of his twin brother, Zakar, and the imminent invasion of the vampiric Sumerian gallu, who plan to liberate the Dimme superdemons and destroy all humanity. Kat agrees to kill Sin before he kills Artemis, but instead the two fall in madcap love while trying to prevent Armageddon. It’s just another day’s work for the immortals, who act a lot like ordinary quarrelsome people with way cool superpowers. Though readers may need a scorecard to keep up with the cast, this series puts a contemporary spin on classical mythology that an increasing number of fans have found irresistible.
 
Review:
 
This is the second book I’ve read in Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series and I think I have a Dark Hunter addiction! Sin’s a real bad ass who’s been doing things pretty much on his own since Artemis took his godhood from him, trusting almost no one and looking to extract revenge on Artemis. Then Artemis catches him doing “something bad” and calls upon Katra to go and kill Sin only to find out that the “something bad” Artemis saw him doing was actually something good. See the Sumerian gallu are days away from escaping their prision and when they do escape they plan to liberate the Dimme and that pretty much means the end of humanity unless Sin and a small army can stop them.
 
Oh and then there’s Artemis’ BIG secret that she kept from Acheron! Not going to give that one away though. Gonna have to read the book to find out what that is.
 
I really like how Kenyon wrote this story. Big ole bad ass Sin getting verbally slapped around by little ole Kat….Good times. The fight scenes were GREAT in my opinion too. All the characters, even the not SO good ones, were written in a way that made them all at least a little bit likeable. Oh and then there is the sex….those scenes were written really great too! Just saying.

I’d like to take the time to thank Jamie from The Eclectic Bookshelf for dropping by and posting a guest review of Variant by Robison Wells here on Tales from the Crypt.

Variant (Variant, #1)Title:  Variant
Author: Robison Wells
Series: Variant #1
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Reviewed Format: ARC

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.

Review:

First, I’d like to thank The Keeper for letting me guest post this review on her blog today.  Now onto the awesomeness that is Variant!  I literally could NOT come up with one good reason to not give this book a 5/5.  At the moment I cannot come up with one bad thing to say about the book.

One thing that I really liked about Variant is that it’s pretty dang original.  To me Variant was a refreshing breath of air in a sometimes stuffy genre and very unique.  The thing that really attracted me to the book in the first place was the “Trust No One” at the top of the cover.  It adds a little creep factor to the book.

Variant had me hooked right away from the very beginning.  Another one of those books that I had a VERY difficult time putting down. (Side Note: DANG YOU REAL LIFE!)  I thought that the writing was original, with a touch of thrill added in to keep things interesting, which made this book soooo very easy for me to read.  Ok, so I fibbed a little bit, the only negative I have with the book is the cliffhanger ending.  Can I have the sequel right now please?!

Another thing that I LOVED about Variant was all the twists and turns.  Just when you think you or Benson have something figured out BAM! your wrong and there’s another twist.  Basically, I had to keep reading because the anticipation was figuratively killing me!

If you’re looking for a YA book that’s not only different but has a pretty unpredictable plot pick up Variant.  Really don’t think you’ll be sorry!


Fantasy Lover
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Dark Hunter/Were-Hunter prequel
 
Rating:5/5

Synopsis:

This book is part of the Dark-Hunter universe, but does not feature any Dark-Hunters, For that it’s considered an introduction to the series hence the #0.

Dear Reader, Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day. As a love-slave, I knew everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She, alone, bothered to take me out of the bedroom and into the world. She taught me to love again. But I was not born to know love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace-the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two thousand year old curse? Julian of Macedon

Review:

I’ve had this book sitting around collecting dust on my book shelf for little over a year now and I recently picked it up and decided that enough was enough…time to get her read.  I’m kicking myself for waiting as long as I did to read this book!  What the heck was I thinking?!

Alrighty then…Our main heroine is Grace Alexander, who happens to be a sex therapist who thinks that she’s heard and “seen” it all and that nothing can shock her anymore.  Yet there has been MANY years since her last relationship, or I think it’s safe to say relationshit. Since she was really nothing more than a game to her first love.  I really liked Grace….she seemed to come off as a very genuine character with a pretty wicked sense of humor, especially when she’s been partaking in “adult beverages.”  But it’s Grace’s BFF Selena who has other idea’s for Grace.  Selena thinks that Grace’s love life is in desperate need of something other than nothing at all.

Selena gives Grace an ancient book that she claims hold the sex slave Julian of Macedon.  Once Julian has been summoned he has to serve the woman who called him for 30 days.  The image of the man pictured in the book looks a LOT like a Greek God….meaning wicked HOT and UBER YUMMY!  Naturally Grace thinks it’s nothing but a bunch of BS and in a drunken stupor jokingly calls Julian…Over course she doesn’t actually expect him to show up at her house…much less NAKED!!

Julian has spent what feels like forever (literally) in the book since his last summons, which was sometime in the late 1800’s, but doesn’t really expect anything out of the norm to take place when he is summoned by Grace.  Boy does he ever get the shock of a lifetime!
At first I thought that Julian’s character was pretty stereotypical…just what you would imagine a sex slave to be.  But the further I got into the story the more Julian’s character developed and you learn that before the curse he actually had a life and his character becomes much deeper.  I especially enjoyed the flashbacks to his time in the military…were he eventually became a General.As time goes along it becomes harder for Grace to resist Julian.  But when Ero’s is summoned he explains that there is a way to break the curse.  That’s were Julian starts feeling really dejected.
(SLIGHT SPOILER AHEAD) The only way to break the curse is for a woman of Alexander to summon Julian but they can not consummate the relationship until the very last day.  This only makes Julian feel worse until Grace tells him, “Julian, my name is Grace Alexander.”I especially loved that there were a couple of fight scenes in the book.  My personal favorite was the one at the end between Julian and the God who cursed him.  Very interesting.

This isn’t my first book in this series and so far of the few that I have read I am really enjoying them.  So naturally I can hardly wait to read more.  I really like how Sherrilyn writes.  It’s a style that I really enjoy. 

Favorite Quotes:

“I don’t think it’s the business of my patients wether or not I’m a born-again virgin.  And as for the Age of Electronics, I really don’t want to get personal with something that comes with a warning label and batteries.”

Title: Hunger
Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Series: Horsemen of the Apocalypse #1
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: Harcourt Graphia
Release Date: 2010, October 18
Format: Paperback, 180 pages
Source: Purchased with my own money
 
 
Rating: 4.75/5
 
 
Synopsis:
 
“Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.”Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?

 
Review:
 
I saw the cover of this book while checking out different YA titles on Goodreads one morning and thought that it sounded like something really interesting.  Something I needed to read NOW…So I got a copy.
 
I really liked the premise of the story – Horsemen of the Apocalypse and a 17 year old anorexic teenage girl as the new famine, a little twisted but very interesting.  I thought the story overall was shockingly “real” almost to the point of being scary and uncomfortable for someone who has never dealt with the issues brought up in the book.  The research (the learning about famine) and the “the research” (from the author’s personal experience) were very accurate and painted a lot of “not so pretty” pictures about eating disorders and world hunger.
 
Lisa is the new famine because of her eating disorder.  The “Thin Voice” keeps telling her that she’s fat.  Then Death come along and throws famine in her lap.  At first she’s scared to death (pun intended) of being famine.  But as the story progresses she becomes more comfortable with her new power.  She even conquers the blasted “Thin Voice”.  Even kicks a little ass too!
 
The character that I liked the most was Death.  He wasn’t real prominent character but when he was around it was memorable.  He was good looking too.  Sort of Kurt Cobainish only better and undead.
 
The character that I liked the least?…Hands down was the “Thin Voice.”  I could NOT stand the “Thin Voice.”

Title: Clockwork Angel
 
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices Series #1
Genre: Fiction, YA, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Release Date: 2010, August
Format: Hardcover, 479 pages
Source: Purchased
Rating: 4.75/5
 
Synopsis (from Barnes and Noble):
Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.
 
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length . . . everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world. . . . and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
 
Review:
 
This is the first book by this author that I have ever read.  I definitely will be reading more of her books in the future!  I have them on my shelf I just need to get thorough what I’m reading now. 
 
Even though I think this book was REALLY good I thought that it got off to a slow start.  I also was confused as to how exactly Will found Tessa at the Dark Sisters house, I could have used some more explanation there.  Did he sense her while she was in someone else’s body, a random tip?  That bothered me a little bit.
 
There were times when I thought Will was more than a little bit of an ass, is that supposed to be part of his charm?  I don’t know.  Now I like “bad boys” but there’s a difference between being a “bad boy” and being verbally and emotionally abusive.  I think at times Will walked a little bit too close to that fine line for my taste.  I guess that makes me a member of Team Jem then.
 
I did find the writing style to be of my liking also.  Once I got past the slow beginning I thought the story was a definite page turner.  The action throughout the book was very well described also.  You felt like you were actually there.  I also liked how the bad guy wasn’t completely obvious (at least to me) until you got closer to the end of the book.  Just when you think you have it all figured out it turns out our completely WRONG!
 
Overall, I really enjoyed Clockwork Angel.  The cliff hanger ending has me thinking that December will NEVER get here!

 Title: The Iron Daughter
Author: Julie Kagawa
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Series: Iron Fey #2
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: 2010, August 1
Format Reviewed: Paperback, 359 pages
Source: Purchased

Purchase: BN, Amazon, Bookdepository

 
Rating: 5/5
 
 
Synopsis:
 
Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron Fey, iron-bound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her. Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s alone in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
 
Review:
 
I LOVED The Iron King and I could hardly wait to get my hands on the second book in the series.  Naturally I went on a Iron Fey “hunting” trip at the local book store.  I thought I saw the Iron Fey?!  I did, I did!
 
The story starts out with Meghan saying good bye to her family, yet again as she’s about to fulfill her contract with Ash and head for enemy territory, the Winter Court. When Meghan get’s to the Winter Court she is basically made into a prisoner of Queen Mab and Prince Ash abandon’s her.  Needless to say that the Winter Court is NOT happy to have Meghan around at all.  SPOILER AHEAD>>>When the Sceptor of the Seasons is stolen and Prince Sage is murdered by the Iron Fey, Mab becomes enraged, because she doesn not believe that these Iron Fey even exist and think that Oberon took the Sceptor, and a war between the Courts is in the works.  The Iron Fey are looking forward to the long trail of death and destruction that will come from the war. END SPOILER.  Now Meghan and her crew are on a journey to find the Sceptor of the Seasons, return it to the Winter Court and stop the bloody war that is taking place.  Basically they are on a journey against time.  All of this while being hopelessly in love with the icy Prince Ash.
 
Book number 2 in this series is just as captivating as The Iron King was.  The writing is very intense and extremely passionate.  In book 2 Julie Kagawa continues to build the world of the Nevernever into an even bigger and badder place than in the first book.  The Nevernever only get’s even more dangerous  in this book, which I didn’t even think was possible.  There are even a host of new characters that will have you completely mesmerized.  The plot, I think is better in this book, there are all sorts of twists and turns and it keeps you guessing.
 
This book is very fast-paced and I totally felt like I was there in Nevernever and as another member of Meghan’s team trying to get back the Sceptor in time to stop the war.  Just like with The Iron King I had a hard time putting this book down.  Ms. Kagawa does an excellent job of describing Faerie politics in this book, just to show how very dangerous the Fey can be.  The book is also a little bit of an emotional rollercoaster…..Meghan learns some things along the way…some good and some not so good.
 
I was really happy with Meghan’s personal growth along the way.  She’s powerful and yet vulnerable as well….You mash those two things together and you get a pretty badass combination if you ask me.  There are times when she’s struggling pretty badly with all the things that are going on around her.  She also makes some pretty bad decisions too….But in the end she rises to the occasion.  Meghan really is a force to be reckoned with!
 
OMG!  The romance triangle! As much as I love Puck, I’m Team Ash I have a thing for the “Bad Boy” types and who DOESN’T find the whole “I want to kill you but I don’t” thing charming?   Puck has a lot of amazing qualities and when things started to heat up with Meghan I got a little bit worried.  But then along comes Ash back into the picture, who has long since given in to his feelings for Meghan, and things get a “little bit” explosive.
 
My new favorite character is most definitely Ironhorse!  He’s a bad guy gone good.  And that my friends is HOT!