Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Monster Squad: The Iron GolemMonster Squad: The Iron Golem by Christian Page
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

** I received a NetGalley ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

Traditional monsters with a not-so-traditional view... Alien technology has endowed a team of scientists and researchers with super-human abilities - longevity, invisibility, and super speed among others. While most of the team becomes accustomed to their new abilities and use them to try to help civilization, one member betrays his friends and becomes known as von Frankenstein. A few generations down the road things come to a head.

This would be a great book for 4th-7th graders who love action and monsters - although the monsters are more super-humans than true "monsters". The storyline was a fun blend of traditional characters with new twists to their abilities and everyday 13-yr-old life.

I thought the blending of old with new was very well done - an entertaining read.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dark Debt (Chicagoland Vampires, #11)Dark Debt by Chloe Neill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**I received a NetGalley ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Summary: When a figure from Ethan's dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her Master don't know whether he's friend or foe. But they'll have to figure out soon, because trouble is brewing in the Windy City.

Ethan and Merit - what more needs to be said? This powerhouse couple keeps evolving, and I can never get the next book fast enough!

I cried... happy tears, but I cried. (I won't tell you why 'cause I don't want to be a spoiler. You'll have to read it to find out!)

I found this series through the recommendation of another author I love, and am SO glad I took a chance on it! I love how "human" and yet un-human these vampires are. Merit's gastronomical appetite is a huge boon toward helping you like the protagonist, and the fact that she still has ties to her human family also helps. Yet most of the characters have the ability to be completely ruthless and have planning/strategy abilities that rival Master chess players.

Then there are the other supernatural species that take up space in this world where most are not known to exist by humans. I am so glad that it is more than "just" vampires and werewolves because it helps validate the existence of vampires and werewolves in the story in my opinion. (If you are trying to convince the audience that vampires and werewolves exist why would you ignore all the other possibilities?)

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Viper Game (GhostWalkers, #11)Viper Game by Christine Feehan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved it!

I was a little worried because just before starting the book I saw a few scathing reviews about how predictable the story is and how it was just filled with sex scenes... Well, I'm guessing those reviewers either had low blood sugar or don't generally like the Ghost Walker series. Yes - there us a basic plot line - like ANY story. And, yes - there are a lot of sex scenes - a little more than normal due to Pepper's enhancements.

Wyatt & Pepper have obstacles to overcome - not the least of which is their distrust of each other - but when push comes to shove they make an impressive duo. Like all Ghost Walker couples they are stronger together than they are apart.

Can't wait to read Trap & Cayenne's story. :)

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