Pure

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Kindle EditionRead April 22, 2015

Original Release Date:  March 12, 2012

Length: 320 pages

Official Description: (This is book #2 of the Covenant series)

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome–especially when Alexandria’s “other half” is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom–so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do–and sacrifice–for her.

When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies–lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon… and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude… or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

My Take:

It has been awhile since I read Half-Blood and I had a really hard time remembering everything, for a little bit. There are some bits that I was still hazy on but everything came flooding back to me once I kept reading. I love mythology, I love that there seems to be a little more thrown into this book than the last one. Honestly I kept mixing this series up with the Mythos Academy Series just because they are a little bit similar in theme, though Alex is not a psychic. So here we are back in the world of segregated races, the “Pure’s” and the Half-Boods. If any half-blood is seen in a sexual manner with a pure they are either are forced into servitude or killed. Can’t mix races after all, we actually see how far the council will go with that craziness in this book. We see a lot of crazy in this book. We have the fall out of the whole Aiden’s ‘mistake’ with Alex. Seth inserting himself more into Alex’s life, though not enough in my book. Then we have Alex kind of alone and isolated in her world of fear. There are lots of twists, turns, deaths, betrayals and revelations thrown at you in this series. We learn a little more about Alex’s step dad as well, and we kind of learn about her dad. I’m shaky on that subject, but my guess is that her dad is a half-blood and she is like a 3/4 blood….i don’t know it would fit. We have the oracle appear again, giving her a vague prophecy. It doesn’t seem that vague to me, but Alex pretty much ignores her until after events occur.

I am avidly team Seth, though it seems like they have set him up, since book 1, to be a bad guy, for us to fall for him then have us disappointed that he would do something terrible, that is my prediction, nothing like that happens here. I do like Seth I think that he has a sense of loneliness since he is the Apollyon. I believe that he has a sense of belonging with Alex, he is no longer the only one, he has someone to share a connection with, who will understand him, that has to have some solace in it.

I’m not going to give away the story, but I love the writing, enjoyed the characters. I so love the sarcasm, that is currently some of my favorite dialog, full of wit. It’s all fantastic, great addition to the story.

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My favorite Quotes:

““Aw, did you just fall?”
“No.” I rolled onto my back, wincing. “I attacked the floor.”

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Slave to Sensation

by Nalini Singh, Angela Dawe (Narrator)
Audio EditionRead April 15, 2015

Original Release Date: September 5, 2006

Length: 352 pages

Official Description: (Book #1 in the Psy-Changeling series)

Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart.

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion – and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities – or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.

My Take: 

I’ve been reading many books lately that have been on my TBR list for quite sometime. I have been reluctant to read this particular one because. . . well the cover is super cheesy, the premise seems like it’s full of cheese as well. It is indeed full of cheese, but it’s oh so wonderful. I couldn’t stop listening to it. Even when I wasn’t spending an hour a day in my car for my commute, I had my headphones in making dinner, vacuuming, doing laundry. I couldn’t get away from it. The writing just draws you in to this world full of diverse characters. A society where psychics rule, and they rule with no emotion, all logic, some insanity. If you don’t fit their mold (as a psy) you’re pretty much lobotomized and sent to an asylum, they don’t call it that, but that’s the threat that looms over every psy. Then there are the changelings, which fit into any shifter mold you’ve read. They have their dominance, their passion rules them. Put those two together and you get an interesting mix. Quite frankly I would have figured that Sascha would have figured out what she was years before she did. I mean, she is a smart cookie. The villain is also made quite apparent as well, it is just the hunt for the characters to discover who the bad guys are. Anyway, I love Sascha and Lucas these are both great characters, I don’t like multiple POVs though. I am always saying this, there is so much given away that shouldn’t be in multiples. You take out the mystery, some of the spark and intrigue and even romance with this. I’m a one and done kind of girl I suppose. Anyway, Ms. Singh is a fantastic writer. I loved this book and already have the next book on my list.

Quote:

“I wish I’d been born in another time, another place. Then maybe I could’ve escaped fate… maybe I could’ve been your darling.”

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Touch the Dark

by Karen Chance, Cynthia Holloway (Narrator)
Audio EditionRead April 12, 2015

Original Release Date: June 6, 2006

Length: 324 pages

Official Description: (Book #1 in the Cassandra Palmer series)

12 Hours

Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits—talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead alike. 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.

My Take: 

This is another of those books that have been on my list for a while. It is so very cheesy, but I hear it gets better. I can’t lie, it’s full of the clichéd woman needs man to survive things. The naive Cassie being brought under the wing of the vampire who watched her grow up into the young lady who everyone seems to either want to bed or kill. I can’t say that it is the best book in the world ,but it’s entertaining and the premise is different from what I’ve read in the recent past. I have to say my favorite character is the one that is set up to not be too well liked, at this point, Pritkin I actually would love to see him with Cassie in the future. He is the least predictable, he would be a challenge to Cassie, I think. I love the no win situation that Cassie is in, I love her relationship with ghosts they are all fantastic. I love the witty sarcasm that is this entire book. I can’t say exactly why I enjoy this so much, there is so much weird gratuitous sex that all can all be out-of-body as well. It’s strange, the whole idea of Cassie is great and weird at the same time, it’s never really explained, properly, what she is, what she is capable of, what she will be. Overall it was a rather enjoyable book, super cheese, but oh so fun, Mircea was a delight, I am curious what will come forth from this character. He is both sensual and not entirely a good fella. I was entertained, if you love the paranormal romance with lots of death, sex and confusing paranormal bits with varying factions that we don’t entirely understand, this book will be enjoyable to you as well.

Quote:

“He didn’t take his eyes off me, as if he’d like to see my head mounted on his wall over a sign reading PROBLEM SOLVED.”

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Hush

by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee
Kindle EditionRead April 8, 2015

Original Release Date: 2002

Length: 320 pages

Official Description:

BATMAN: HUSH is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (ALL STAR BATMAN & ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER) in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra’s al Ghul and the Dark Knight’s other enemies—and allies—as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc. Collects BATMAN #608-619.

My Take: 

This one was interesting, I am still unsure of what to think about it. What is fantastic about this particular collection is that you don’t have to have any real previous knowledge of Batman. I have read other reviews stating that this was their first ever comic book. It’s easy to follow, there is enough back story given for you to understand what is going on, though there are a few things that make you feel lost. I find it remarkable how many iterations refer back to The Killing Joke by Frank Miller. There are so many references including TV shows (See the short-lived Birds of Prey series), comics, and well, that’s all I got, but so much reference. There are so many versions of Batman, so many incarnations this one little comic just sticks to the stories. That is not what we’re here about though. My two favorite villains appear in this series (revolving around a character named Hush) Catwoman (who never really struck me as villainous) and Ivy. Always loved both of them for some reason. We see a budding romance between Wayne and Kyle as well as Batman and Catwoman. Batman learns to trust, and this is important to Alfred. I really enjoyed the art of this novel, as well as the story, Batman gets a bit chatty for my liking, but hey they are telling a story.I would love to go back and read other story arcs in this particular Batman series after reading this one. What I enjoyed is that you don’t know who Hush is…they play around and barely hint at the identity, so when everything was revealed, I was actually a little surprised. Kuddos, I don’t surprise easily. The dynamic between Bats and Kyle did get a bit infuriating at times, they almost seem like teenagers in their actions. I think I will always have Mark Hamill and Arleen Sorkin in my head as Joker and Harley Quinn.  Anyway, it’s still hard for me to overview Comics, I thing this was mostly a ramble…

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Trees, Volume 1

by Warren Ellis, Jason Howard
Digital EditionRead April 3, 2015

Original Release Date: February 24, 2015

Length: 160 pages

Official Description

Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Trees, a new science fiction graphic novel by Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Red) and Jason Howard (Super Dinoasaur, Astounding Wolf-Man) looks at a near-future world where life goes on in the shadows of the Trees: in China, where a young painter arrives in the “special cultural zone” of a city under a Tree; in Italy, where a young woman under the menacing protection of a fascist gang meets an old man who wants to teach her terrible skills; and in Svalbard, where a research team is discovering, by accident, that the Trees may not be dormant after all, and the awful threat they truly represent.

My Take:

Well, that was fun, and also a bit frustrating. Overall, I absolutely adored this comic. It’s very intriguing, lots of background and thought put into it. The characters are lush and unique, the story is not a carbon copy of everything else. The art…the art was alright, it fit well with the story, but I didn’t drool over it or marvel over the pages. So, what else can I say? How should I describe this book, it’s a dystopian, of sorts, we have these alien beings that landed on earth 10 years prior and they have yet to make contact. They just sent these large, tree type things down on to earth and that caused chaos. We don’t see the immediate aftermath, obviously since we’re doing the 10 years prior bit, we see the world as they have, kind of, become complacent to the trees. There are several different story lines going on, so it can be confusing. The most confusing, for me, was the arctic research group. There was just a dynamic there that you can’t really connect to. You have a sense of strangeness, but  there is just a disconnect there. I have a feeling all that will be important in a later volume. My favorite story line with the transgender woman and her boyfriend. Or perhaps the old man and his protegé. There are so many vivid characters that draw you in. The trees are both major in the back and foregrounds, shaping everyone’s lives, even if they are used to seeing them.  Plus, the ending is a doosey, very unexpected, which was wonderful. I can’t wait to see what else in the future of the world of the Trees.

(I did receive this book free for an honest review)

 

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