9/30/2014

Urban Fantasy Review: Blood Games by Chloe Neill

Blood Games (Chicagoland Vampires, #10)
Blood Games by Chloe Neill
Series: Chicagoland Vampires #10
Rating: 4 stars
Published August 5th 2014 by NAL Trade
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: ebook
Length: 350 pages
Source: bought
While Merit didn’t choose to become a vampire or Sentinel of Cadogan House, she vowed to fight for her House and its Master, and she’s managed to forge strong alliances with powerful supernaturals across Chicago. But even though Merit has had wild adventures, this may be her deadliest yet...
A killer is stalking Chicago, preying on humans and leaving his victims with magical souvenirs. The CPD hasn’t been able to track the assailant, and as the body count rises, the city is running out of options. Vampires and humans aren’t on great terms, but murder makes for strange bedfellows. Can Merit find the killer before she becomes a target?

9/28/2014

Urban Fantasy Review: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #7
Rating: 5 stars
Published July 29th 2014 by Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: ebook
Length: 348 pages
Source: bought
No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…
As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.
As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

9/27/2014

Paranormal Review: Through the Veil by Christi Snow

Through The Veil (#1)
Through the Veil by Christi Snow
Series: Through the Veil #1
Rating: 4 stars
Published September 25th 2014 by Createspace
Genres: Paranormal, romance
Format: eARC
Length: 296 pages
Source: NetGalley
58 years ago a gorge opened up from Mobile, AL to Quebec City, Canada to split the United States into the Western States (WS) and the Eastern States (ES). 40 years later, a fog rolled in on the WS that they called the Veil. Within twelve hours it formed an impenetrable wall between the two sides. It's been 18 years since anyone has known what's happening on the other side of the Veil. Now, Lori, an Other, in a desperate attempt at escape from the ES's torture and experimentation, has crossed the Veil and found a world beyond belief. Marcus is a Warrior, but when Lori collapses at his feet wounded and exhausted, he knows he has to protect her. But seeing that she's the first person he's seen in 18 years without wings, he's worried about what her appearance means for his people and the world they've created since the Veil fell. Two new societies: one built on a respect for the natural order of nature and the world, the other built on mistrust and corruption. Can they learn to co-exist once again?

9/26/2014

September Cutting the Budget


I decided to make this year all about the TBR and visiting Delighted Reader and her idea to keep track of her book shopping made me super giddy to do the same, so after some begging she created this awesome meme.

This month I didn't spend any money and decided to use that settlement from Amazon to buy a big series that everyone loves. Outlander from Diana Galbadon is huge and I got a great deal for the first seven books. So if anyone is looking to start this one check the amazon.

Rules

  • $40.00 for month.
  • $67 from Amazon settlement
  • $22.95/month for 2 Audible Credits
  • Montly report on what was spent
  • Use includes coupon, code, or subscription services
  • Budget includes ebooks, bound books, and audio books
  • Books received as gifts, won or bought with a gift card can be included but they cost you nothing since you didn’t actually spend your own money on them. So keep using them and keeping your budget healthy!

September Budget: 61.58


Books Purchased and dollars spent:

  1. The Outlander Series 7-Book Bundle: Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone - 36.65 (Amazon settlement)
  2. Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Galbadon - 13.81 (Amazon settlement)
  3. Festive in Death by JD Robb - Audible Credit
Total Spent from Amazon settlement: $50.46

Review Books from NetGalley:
  1. Throught the Veil by Christi Snow
  2. Christmas in the Billionaire's Bed by Janice Maynard
  3. Christmas in Da Conti's Bed by Sharon Kendrick
  4. Served Cold by Marie Harte
  5. The King by Tiffany Reisz
  6. Captivated  by Megan Hart, Tiffany Reisz
  7. Black Widow by Jennifer Estep
  8. Generation 18 by Keri Arthur

Budget for October: 61.58

9/25/2014

Mystery Review: Thankless in Death by JD Robb

Thankless in Death (In Death, #37)
Thankless in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death #37
Rating: 5 stars
Published September 17th 2013 by Piatkus
Genres: Mystery
Format: audiobook
Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
Source: bought
The year 2060 is drawing to a close, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It's a time for loved ones to come together. But sometimes the deepest hatreds seethe within the closest relationships, and blood flows faster than water....
For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it's a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood.
Other couples aren't as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son. Twenty-six-year-old Jerry hadn't exactly made a good impression on all the bosses who fired him or the girlfriend who dumped him - but they didn't think he was capable of this.
Turns out Jerry is not only capable of brutality but taking a liking to it. With the money he's stolen from his parents, and a long list of grievances, he intends to finally make his mark on the world. Eve and her team already know the who, how, and why of this murder. What they need to pinpoint is where Jerry's going to strike next.
This killer was insane and so predictable, but I have no idea why lady luck decided to help him escape from Eve. This sure made Thanksgiving interesting and very disturbing. It's amazing the insanity running thorough people mind during some family time and this is the big reason Eve was extra nervous to catch the killer.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Roarke decided to invite the family again, by now Eve is okay with them but they are still a little on the wild side for her. So all the cops and the rest of Eve "family" was part of the big bonanza.

I loved the plot and the fierce Eve following the bread crumbs left by the stupid killer. Great book.

Other books in this series

#1 – Naked in death
#2 – Glory in death
#3 – Immortal in death
#4 – Rapture in death
#5 – Ceremony in death
#6 – Vengeance in death
#7 – Holiday in death
#7.5 – Midnight in death
#8 – Conspiracy in death
#9 – Loyalty in death
#10 – Witness in death
#11 – Judgment in death
#12 – Betrayal in death
#12.5 – Interlude in death
#13 – Seduction in death
#14 – Reunion in death
#15 – Purity in death
#16 – Portrait in death
#17 – Imitation in death
#17.5 – Big Jack
#18 – Divided in death
#19 – Visions in death
#20 – Survivor in death
#21 – Origin in death
#22 – Memory in death
#22.5 – Haunted in death
#23 – Born in death
#24 – Innocent in death
#24.5 – Eternity in death
#25 – Creation in death
#26 – Strangers in death
#27 – Salvation in death
#27.5 – Ritual in death
#28 – Promises in death
#29 – Kindred in death 

#29.5 – Missing in death
#30 – Fantasy in death
#31 – Indulgence in death
#31.5 – Possession in death
#32 – Treachery in death
#33 – New York to Dallas
#33.5 – Chaos in death
#34 – Celebrity in death
#35 – Delusion in death
#36 – Calculated in death
#37 – Thankless in death
#37.5 – Taken in Death
#38 – Concealed in Death
#39 - Festive in Death (Expected publication: September 1st 2014)   

9/24/2014

Romance Review: Socialite's Gamble by Michelle Conder

Socialite's Gamble
Socialite's Gamble by Michelle Conder
Series: The Chatsfield #3
Rating: 3 stars
Published July 1st 2014 by Mills & Boon Special Release
Genres: Romance
Format: ebook
Length: 192 pages
Source: bought
As the darling of London's party scene, Cara Chatsfield isn't surprised when her father's CEO sends her to Las Vegas to host The Chatsfield's world-famous poker tournament. And if behind the glitz and glamour there's a girl hurt by her past? She'll never tell.
Aidan Kelly detests women like Cara, but when his biggest rival includes Cara in the stakes, Aidan must win—and not just for her protection! But getting to know the stunning socialite, he discovers a beautiful, vulnerable young woman awoken by his own personal brand of passion!
Welcome to The Chatsfield, Las Vegas!

9/23/2014

Romance Review: An Heiress for His Empire by Lucy Monroe

An Heiress for His Empire (Ruthless Russians #1)
An Heiress for His Empire by Lucy Monroe
Series: Ruthless Russians #1
Rating: 5 stars
Published September 16th 2014 by Harlequin
Genres: Romance
Format: eARC
Length: 192 pages
Source: NetGalley
The story: Innocent debutante Madison Archer has hit the headlines for a scandal not of her making. Now, marriage to the unscrupulous Viktor Beck is the only way to save what's left of her reputation!
The contract: Maddie has always featured in Viktor's plans to take over her father's company and expand his empire. The intense attraction between them only sweetens the deal he's offered
The secret: Though love doesn't beat in Viktor's heart, he'll show Maddie just how hot their chemistry can be. But even this corporate shark is in for a shock;his wild socialite is still a virgin!

9/21/2014

Mystery Review: Calculated in Death by JD Robb

Calculated in Death (In Death #36)
Calculated in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death #36
Rating: 3 stars
Published February 26th 2013 by Piatkus Fiction
Genres: Mystery
Format: audiobook
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
Source: bought
On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.
A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.
Eve learns that on the day of her murder Marta was assigned to work on three audits, and begins to suspect that she was killed to cover up fraudulent activity. Eve is good at catching criminals, not crunching numbers, but luckily, she has her billionaire husband, Roarke, to figure out which companies in Marta’s files aren’t on the up-and-up.
When someone steals the files from Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak starts to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait....
This was a normal book for Eve and she was in desperate need of Roarke, because we all know she's not that great with numbers and the best lead for the big killer was some big shot rich guy. I also liked that we have the red carpet for the Icove case movie. Eve used every means necessary to discover the killer, but she had to connect the hired help with the one calling the shots.

I liked this book, but the story was a little too simple for me. It was good, but not great and I always want the best book for Eve.

Other books in this series

#1 – Naked in death
#2 – Glory in death
#3 – Immortal in death
#4 – Rapture in death
#5 – Ceremony in death
#6 – Vengeance in death
#7 – Holiday in death
#7.5 – Midnight in death
#8 – Conspiracy in death
#9 – Loyalty in death
#10 – Witness in death
#11 – Judgment in death
#12 – Betrayal in death
#12.5 – Interlude in death
#13 – Seduction in death
#14 – Reunion in death
#15 – Purity in death
#16 – Portrait in death
#17 – Imitation in death
#17.5 – Big Jack
#18 – Divided in death
#19 – Visions in death
#20 – Survivor in death
#21 – Origin in death
#22 – Memory in death
#22.5 – Haunted in death
#23 – Born in death
#24 – Innocent in death
#24.5 – Eternity in death
#25 – Creation in death
#26 – Strangers in death
#27 – Salvation in death
#27.5 – Ritual in death
#28 – Promises in death
#29 – Kindred in death 

#29.5 – Missing in death
#30 – Fantasy in death
#31 – Indulgence in death
#31.5 – Possession in death
#32 – Treachery in death
#33 – New York to Dallas
#33.5 – Chaos in death
#34 – Celebrity in death
#35 – Delusion in death
#36 – Calculated in death
#37 – Thankless in death
#37.5 – Taken in Death
#38 – Concealed in Death
#39 - Festive in Death (Expected publication: September 1st 2014)   

9/20/2014

Mystery Review: Delusion in Death by JD Robb

Delusion in Death (In Death #35)
Delusion in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death #35
Rating: 4 stars
Published September 11th 2012 by Piatkus Books
Genres: Mystery
Format: audiobook
Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
Source: bought
It was just another after-work happy-hour bar downtown, where business professionals unwound with a few drinks, complained about the boss, maybe hooked up with someone for the night. Until something went terribly wrong. At first it was just a friction in the air. The noise intensified. The crowd seemed oppressive. Some sharp words were exchanged, some pushing and shoving.
Then the madness descended. And after 12 minutes of chaos and violence, 80 people lay dead.
Eve Dallas is trying to sort out the inexplicable events. Surviving witnesses talk about seeing things - monsters and swarms of bees. They describe sudden, overwhelming feelings of fear and rage and paranoia. When forensics makes its report, the mass delusions make more sense: it appears the bar patrons were exposed to a cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that could drive people into temporary insanity - if not kill them outright.
But that doesn’t explain who would unleash such horror - or why. Eve’s husband, Roarke, happens to own the bar, yet he’s convinced the attack wasn’t directed at him. It’s bigger than that. And if Eve can’t figure it out fast, it could happen again, anytime, anywhere. Because it’s airborne....
This was a sick and very twisted story, I hated that Eve had to work with the HSO, but Roarke was there all the way and helped to discover the responsible for the attacks in New York. I wanted a better reason, but the background story about the past and the urban wars made things more real.

The killigs were terrible and even Summerset helped in his ackward way. The end was a little rushed for me and not really necessary. But the investigation and all the help Eve managed to get made this book one of the best.

Eve also managed to make tearms with some of those dark memories and the deaths of both her parents. She was having severe nightmares and Roarke put his foot down on her getting some much needed help. Mira was perfect in this story.

Other books in this series

#1 – Naked in death
#2 – Glory in death
#3 – Immortal in death
#4 – Rapture in death
#5 – Ceremony in death
#6 – Vengeance in death
#7 – Holiday in death
#7.5 – Midnight in death
#8 – Conspiracy in death
#9 – Loyalty in death
#10 – Witness in death
#11 – Judgment in death
#12 – Betrayal in death
#12.5 – Interlude in death
#13 – Seduction in death
#14 – Reunion in death
#15 – Purity in death
#16 – Portrait in death
#17 – Imitation in death
#17.5 – Big Jack
#18 – Divided in death
#19 – Visions in death
#20 – Survivor in death
#21 – Origin in death
#22 – Memory in death
#22.5 – Haunted in death
#23 – Born in death
#24 – Innocent in death
#24.5 – Eternity in death
#25 – Creation in death
#26 – Strangers in death
#27 – Salvation in death
#27.5 – Ritual in death
#28 – Promises in death
#29 – Kindred in death 

#29.5 – Missing in death
#30 – Fantasy in death
#31 – Indulgence in death
#31.5 – Possession in death
#32 – Treachery in death
#33 – New York to Dallas
#33.5 – Chaos in death
#34 – Celebrity in death
#35 – Delusion in death
#36 – Calculated in death
#37 – Thankless in death
#37.5 – Taken in Death
#38 – Concealed in Death
#39 - Festive in Death (Expected publication: September 1st 2014)   

9/18/2014

Urban Fantasy Review: Memory Zero by Keri Arthur

Memory Zero (Spook Squad, #1)
Memory Zero by Keri Arthur
Series: Spook Squad #1
Rating: 4 stars
Published August 26th 2014 by Dell
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: eARC
Length: 400 pages
Source: NetGalley
For Sam Ryan, life began at age fourteen. She has no memory of her parents or her childhood. In a decade of service with the State Police, Sam has exhausted the resources of the force searching for clues to her identity. But all mention of her family seems to have been deliberately wiped off the record. Everything changes the night Sam’s missing partner resurfaces as a vampire... and forces her to kill him in self-defense. Now Sam is charged with murder. Suspended from the force, and with no one left to trust, Sam accepts some unexpected help from Gabriel Stern, a shapeshifter who conceals startling secrets.
While investigating the circumstances surrounding her partner’s strange behavior, Sam discovers that Garbriel’s been involved with a dangerous organization that’s planning a war on the human race. More immediate, someone is guarding the truth about Sam’s past—someone who’d rather see her dead than risk her knowing too much. To stay alive, Sam must unravel the threads of her past—and find out not only who she is butwhat she is.