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Review - Exile by Rebecca Lim

Exile (Mercy #2) by Rebecca Lim

Genre: Paranormal Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Summary:
Mercy is an angel with a shattered memory, exiled from heaven for a crime she can’t remember committing.  So when she ‘wakes’ inside the body and life of eighteen-year-old Lela Neill, Mercy has only limited recall of her past life. Her strongest memories are of Ryan, the mortal boy who’d begun to fall for her – and she for him.

Mercy soon discovers that circumstances have forced Lela into waitressing at the Green Lantern, a busy city café frequented by suits, cab drivers, strippers, backpackers and the homeless, while caring for her terminally ill mother.

Just as Mercy is adjusting to Lela’s life, her beloved, Luc, reappears in her dreams, and she begins to glimpse her true nature and true feelings for Ryan. What she does not know is that her attempts to contact Ryan may have explosive consequences for everyone around her.  Meanwhile, ‘the Eight’ — the angelic beings responsible for her banishment — remain determined to keep Mercy and Luc apart, forever...

Thoughts: Wow, this book was just... lovely.  Just as ethereal and otherworldly as the first book in the series, Mercy, albeit not quite on the same epic scale.  But even still, it was fantastic.  Beautiful and just... lovely. ( read the rest of my review here )
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Feast of Fools (Morganville Vampires, Book 4) by Rachel Caine

Feast of Fools (Morganville Vampires, Book 4) by Rachel Caine

Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Pages: 256

SPOILERS for previous books!

Summary:
In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace but Claire Danvers has never been convinced - especially with the arrival of Mr Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town's living and its dead is unthinkably sinister.

Thoughts: I love the Morganville Vampire series, and while this book is no exception, it wasn't quite as extraordinary as Midnight Alley.  ( read the rest of my review here )
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Evernight (Evernight Series, Book 1) by Claudia Gray

Evernight (Evernight Series, Book 1) by Claudia Gray
 
Rating: 3/5 stars
Pages: 352 pages

Summary: 
 Bianca wants to escape. She's been uprooted from her small hometown and enrolled at Evernight Academy, an eerie Gothic boarding school where the students are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek, and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn't fit in.

Then she meets Lucas. He's not the "Evernight type" either, and he likes it that way. Lucas ignores the rules, stands up to the snobs, and warns Bianca to be careful—even when it comes to caring about him. But the connection between Bianca and Lucas can't be denied. Bianca will risk anything to be with Lucas, but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart . . . and to make Bianca question everything she's ever believed.

Thoughts: Let me start off by saying there was a point, just about half way through the book, when I was ready to write a five star review.  read the rest of my review here )
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Review - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Rating: 5/5 stars
Pages: 169

Summary: It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC.

The weekend has only just begun…

Thoughts: I had been meaning to read this book for a couple of years, but never got around to getting a copy. So when a friend finally just gave me a copy for Christmas, I knew I had no reason to wait.  ( read the rest of my review here )
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Dead Witch Walking (Rachel Morgan, Book 1) by Kim Harrison

Dead Witch Walking (Rachel Morgan, Book 1) by Kim Harrison

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Pages: 432

Summary: The underground population of witches, vampires, werewolves—creatures of dreams and nightmares—has lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But after a genetically engineered virus wipes out a large part of humanity, many of the "Inderlanders" reveal themselves, changing everything.

Rachel Morgan, witch and bounty hunter with the Inderland Runner Services, is one of the best at apprehending supernatural lawbreakers throughout Cincinnati, but when it comes to following the rules, she falls desperately short. Determined to buck the system, she quits and takes off on the run with an I.S. contract on her head and is reluctantly forced to team up with Ivy, Inderland's best runner . . . and a living vampire. But this witch is way out of her league, and to clear her name, Rachel must evade shape-changing assassins, outwit a powerful businessman/crime lord, and survive a vicious underground fight-to-the-death . . . not to mention her own roommate.

Thoughts: Dead Witch Walking is ludicrously well written - excellent pace, characterization, universe building, etc. etc. Harrison is a gifted writer and created one hell of a character in Rachel Morgan. She had plot twist after plot twist - constantly revealing something new and exciting about this amazing universe.

So why haven't I given this book a five star rating? ( read the rest of my review here )
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Touch the Dark by Karen Chance - 4 stars

Touch the Dark by Karen Chance

Rating: 4/5 stars
Pages: 307

Rec for people who love: old-school sexy vampires, and heroines you would actually enjoy spending time with.
 
Summary: Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits;talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk; a lot. The undead are another matter.

Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires. But when the bloodsucking Mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection. The undead senators won't help her for nothing, and Cassie finds herself working with one of their most powerful members, a dangerously seductive master vampire—and the price he demands may be more than Cassie is willing to pay.

Thoughts: Chance has a really identifiable heroine in Cassie Palmer. I honestly haven't a single thing to complain about with her - and seeing how hard it is to write a leading-lady that reviewers don't want to shoot, it's a rather impressive feat.  ( click here for the rest of the review )
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The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson - 4 stars

The Scent of Shadows by Vicki Pettersson
Rating: 4/5 stars

Pages: 455

Rec for people who love: tortured heroines, completely unique universes, and a fair bit of blood and guts in their books!
 
Summary: When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert.

By rights, she should be dead.

Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset—a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow—seeking answers to whom or what she really is . . . and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure.

But the nightmare is just beginning—for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful shadows want her for their own . . .
 
Thoughts: ( Continue for the Review )
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Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur - 1 star

Full Moon Rising by Keri Arthur

Rating: 1/5

Pages: 320

Rec for people who love: Universe building as an excuse for idiotic sex.
 
Summary: A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races-and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker-until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn't be worse. More werewolf than vampire, Riley is vulnerable to the moon heat, the weeklong period before the full moon, when her need to mate becomes all-consuming.…

Luckily Riley has two willing partners to satisfy her every need. But she will have to control her urges if she's going to find her brother…
 
Thoughts: Riley Jenson gets a fairly decent introduction, where she saves a bunch of humans from vampires despite the fact that she is utterly terrified. Physically strong, but emotionally normal. Identifiable. Believable.

And then the entire book goes to hell.  click here for the rest of the review! )
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Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast - 2.5/5 stars

Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast

Rating: 2.5/5
Pages: 368

Rec for: People over 17, and vampire chick-lit.
First Line: Just when I thought my day couldn’t get any worse I saw the dead guy standing next to my locker.

Summary: When sixteen-year-old Zoey Redbird gets Marked as a fledgling vampire she must join the House of Night school where she will train to become an adult vampire. That is, if she makes it through the Change. But Zoe is no ordinary fledgling. She has been chosen as special by the Goddess Nyx and discovers her amazing new power to conjure the elements: earth, air, fire, water and spirit. When Zoey discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school's most elite group, is misusing her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look within herself to embrace her destiny - with a little help from her new vampire friends.

Thoughts: I was in a wee bit of shock for the first couple of chapters of this book. The teenagers are just such teenagers it was almost painful. Drunk, back-stabbing, swearing, fornicating teenagers. ( click here for the rest of the review )

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Stray by Rachel Vincent 3/5 stars

Stray by Rachel Vincent

Pages: 624
Rating: 3/5 stars (although 1/2 way through it would have been 1 star)

Rec for people who love: Cats, kick-ass females, and cats (loving cats is kinda key for this book).

First Line: The moment the door opened I knew an ass–kicking was inevitable.

Summary: The difference between the movies and reality? In real life, I was the monster.

Faythe Sanders looks like an ordinary student, but she’s hiding a dark secret: she is a werecat, a powerful supernatural predator. Yet headstrong, independent Faythe resents her power, heading to college to escape her family and her overprotective ex, Marc.

That is until a stray – a dangerous werecat without a pride or territory – catches her scent. With two werecat girls already missing, Faythe is summoned home for her own protection.

But Faythe will do whatever it takes to find her kidnapped kin. She has claws – and she’s not afraid to use them.

Thoughts: Let me start out by saying that I did enjoy this book. Quite a bit by the end. But I am still pretty conflicted about the main character, Faythe. ( click here for the rest review )