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*Review* NYPD Red by James Patterson & Marshall Karp

NYPD Red - Marshall Karp, James Patterson

I was trying to figure out what I liked about this series that I didn't with the Cross ones.
I think - don't quote me - that this read has a little more filling. Especially to the cases. Zack and Kylie are more hands on, running from site to site and tossing ideas back and forth which draws the reader into the crime, into the world more.

I like the pacing and characters of this story. I'll definitely be reading the next one.

{Review} Bound by Darkness by Alexandra Ivy

Bound By Darkness - Alexandra Ivy

The Dark Lord is coming and all that stand in the way of its demise are a vampire and a Sylvermist who are facing business and personal challenges every step of the way.

Ariyal and Jaelyn were hard to connect to. Neither believed in their potential relationship for over half of the book which left me wanting on the romance side of things. However, with Styxx, Levet and others making cameos, I was able to get drawn back into this world where paranormals don't get along unless it's beneficial to each side.

I haven't read an Ivy book in years. I recommend not waiting this long as I had forgotten the rules and the world. Levet still makes me smile though.

I was instantly reminded that the males are all burly alphas and the women come just as hard and are way more stubborn.

I'll be moving on to the next one.

{Review} The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian - Andy Weir

So this guy, Mark, gets to walk on Mars when a freak dust-storm leaves him stranded and alone. His crew just took off! Oh, okay. There was no warping and they didn't know he was still alive. Geez! Mark does not give up and say: No, he decides to get creative by creating more oxygen and the things he'll need to stay alive, like potatoes: No, not those kind. This kind: I have to admit. I liked it when he started to I thought for sure I would nod off or skim through the rest of the read, but Mr. Weir managed to keep my full attention. The humor in this read was unreal. The chats Mark had with the administration back home once communication was up would be serious and then Mark would say something off-the-wall and I would crack up. It's not all fun and games. The humor and the simplicity with which the author described the scientific stuff made this read a real on all fronts. I listened to the audiobook which was fantastic! Thanks for the rec, E!

{Review} Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Son of No One - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Son of No One (Hellchasers, #6; Dark-Hunter, #13)
Misunderstandings, miscommunication, mistrust, and fear led to Cadigan being sentenced to another dimension, his own personal hell.

Unable to leave, Cadigan has had to survive the harshness of the lands and the creatures that hunt him.

Josette Landry, recently divorced and broke accepts a job offer that others have turned down for legimitate reason that don't seem to bother Jo. She could really use the money that is being offered.

Clumsiness or maybe destiny finds Jo falling through a portal right into the hands of a fierce warrior.

Cadigan and Jo struggle with communicating (due to the different times they belong to) while trying to figure out a way to get her home.

Love, however, is universal and can overcome any obstacle....or become one.

Aptly named: Son of No One. Who the frick is Cadigan? Who? Oh, yeah! NO ONE. I gave him a chance and although I was not looking forward to reading about him, he was an okay addition.

Let's stay on track with the other characters that we actually know about who are blowing around in the wind, will ya?

Let's no hold our breath.

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1091822981

The Last Apprentice (Revenge of the Witch)

Revenge of the Witch - Joseph Delaney, Patrick  Arrasmith

Revenge of the Witch (The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles, #1)
*The audiobook didn't really do this book justice*

Tom Ward, the seventh son of a seventh son, destined to fight evil and protect the innocent has to learn how this new world works that he has been thrown into.

Tom was getting his butt kicked, when he's saved by the mysterious Alice.
She plays a role in the chaos that ensues and straddles the line between good and bad.

Will Tom be able to fight off witches and other powerful beings or will he die like the all the previous apprentices?

A very lean teen read with some dark elements. Read this in just a few hours.

I can't wait to watch the movie though.

Born Of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Fire - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Fire (The League, #2)Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I'm tired of wounded heroes. Bad boys with a sob story. Histories that are used as excuses as to why they are the unemotional robots that they are, only to find out they have a Pillsbury dough-boy center, full of snot and tears just like every other person on the planet (universe if you're reading sci-fi).

The chick in this read was determined not to see reason even when it was shoved down her throat. She was blinded by the rumor-mill and abuse she had suffered. Still, no sympathetic character here.

I did like some of the backstory of Syn and his family. I would have liked to have read about more of his life.

Not bad. Will read the next one.

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Vegan Vampire Vaginas by Wol-vriey

Vegan Vampire Vaginas - Wol-vriey

Tom has been pulled into a different dimension after a blow-job gone wrong. Tom wakes to this new world with a vagina on his hand, no memory of who he is, wanted for stealing a crap-load of money from the wrong people and having sex with a married woman.

Can Tom get his memory back in order to survive tentacled vaginas, eaters, the king, a crazy dominatrix, and vegan vampires? Will he find out the story of the vagina on his palm?

For some reason I've found other Wol-vriey reads to be hard to understand or I just didn't get them. That's not the case with this one.

Even with all the extreme-ness of this sex and bodily function-fueled read, the scenarios and situations written within these pages held a story, folks, with an actual honest-to-goodness plot! This is one of a handful of bizarro reads that I've read recently that did not appear to be thrown together for gore and grossness' sake. *Insert Applause*

Don't get me wrong, this read is offensively improper and I should have worn a condom for my brain, but I survived.  For those that like to push boundaries and have a fascination or obsession with va-jay-jays, give it a go. You might just like it. (That sounded dirty didn't it? Well, it is a dirty read. *wink*)

An overly imaginative 3 1/2 star read.

London Bridges by James Patterson

London Bridges - James Patterson

  Alex was more un-believeable in this book than others. The voice-over guy on the audiobook seemed to only change the inflection of his voice, but didn't seem to be able to convey the characters' emotionally. I'm new to audiobooks so, maybe he wasn't meant to.

  The Wolf strikes again. He'll huff and he'll puff and he'll blown the house down. He actually does this at one point. This guys seems to have eyes and ears everywhere. Cross seems to be in the background for the first half of the story, just tagging along.

This read was a little thinner than usual with more holes than a king-sized crocheted blanket.

 It's all good though because I like fast-paced reads. For some reason far-fetched-ness is allowed in thriller/mystery at times.

  This read was wrapped up way too quick and neatly after all the run-around

On to the next.

{Review} Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs

The idea of 10 peculiar children supposedly quarantined on a island was intriguing indeed.

However, after the grandfather's storytelling ended and a sad farewell, the mystery was gone for me and everything I found out after those initially exciting moments, did not have the same impact.

The second-half of the story was weaker and stood out more as the YA read that it is.

I listened to the audio-book so there were no pictures, other than the ones I visualized in my mind, that could sway my opinion.

Just an "okay" read for me. There are better YA reads in the book-o-sphere.

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The Wolf Within - Cynthia Eden

FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days--and his nights--tracking real-life monsters. Most humans aren't aware of the vampires and werewolves that walk among them. They don't realize the danger that they face, but Duncan knows about the horror that waits in the darkness. He hunts the monsters, and he protects the innocent. Duncan just never expects to become a monster. But after a brutal werewolf attack, Duncan begins to change...and soon he will be one of the very beasts that he has hunted. Dr. Holly Young is supposed to help Duncan during his transition. It's her job to keep him sane so that Duncan can continue working with the FBI's Para Unit. But as Duncan's beast grows stronger, the passion that she and Duncan have held carefully in check pushes to the surface. The desire that is raging between them could be a very dangerous thing...because Holly isn't exactly human, not any longer. As the monsters circle in, determined to take out all of the agents working at the Para Unit, Holly and Duncan will have to use their own supernatural strengths in order to survive. But as they give up more of their humanity and embrace the beasts within them both, they realize that the passion between them isn't safe, it isn't controllable, and their dark need may just be an obsession that could destroy them both.

{Review} The Deep by Nick Cutter (ARC)

Ambrosia, the name of a potential cure for a devastating disease that is wreaking havoc on the population, is being researched in a facility at the bottom of the ocean. The underwater station has not responded after one of the doctors left an unsettling message for his brother asking him to venture down into the abyss.


Luke, the brother, can't believe the request seeing as how their relationships is not on the best of terms, but is willing to make the trip for the cure, if not his brother.


"What if the devil unleashed a perfect, unexplainable plague on humanity? If so, isn't it equally possible that God created the perfect, inexplicable cure?"

Mind. Blown.

Entertaining. Suffocating. Dark. Disturbingly grotesque. Those are just a few words that come to mind.


Luke is a broken man and from the minute he and the crew that came along with him set foot in the underwater facility things starts to go wrong.

Luke has issues and this place seems to conjure up memories that seem purposefully picked to potentially weaken his resolve. It's not just him, it's the entire crew. Each person's mind playing tricks, replaying special moments in their lives. But, to what end? And who or what is doing it?


This read was eerily descriptive. I had no trouble visualizing certain scenarios and putting myself in Luke's position. My thoughts often ran rampant right along with him, living his nightmares. The fear factor for this read was off the charts! The fact that the characters couldn't just walk out the door heightened the sense of dread and doom.

I do have to tell you that parts of this read are a mix-and-match of some movies out there such as The Thing,

The dog scene. Oh, Gawd! The Dog!


Easily recommended~


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{Review} Shut The Fuck Up And Die! by William Todd Rose

Shut The Fuck Up And Die! - William Todd Rose

A family bent on torture and the satisfaction that comes along with it are looking for new blood. They find it in newlyweds Mona and Matt who end up stranded in the woods.

Playtime has begun and there's more than one bully on this playground.

More bloodshed than a hemophiliac with a head wound, Shut The Fuck Up And Die! is sure to shock and offend.

The writing is done well, although the story went on a little longer than was necessary to keep things fresh. The twist was a nice touch though. The ending leaves us with the possibility of a sequel.

I'll be on the lookout for more of Mr. Rose's work.

{Review} Zane's The Other Side of the Pillow: A Novel by Zane (ebook)

Zane's The Other Side of the Pillow (Audio) - Zane

This book just reiterated the fact that soft men don't appeal to me. It's even worse when you see one taking crap from a woman who doesn't necessarily deserve his nice-ness.

Jemistry (I dislike this name and I would mess up and think chemistry and dentistry in my head) is a woman who has been walked on, walked over, and beaten until the dust fell off. She's jaded, knows it, and can't seem to shake off the residue of past relationships gone wrong.

She's now "all about the sex" and it has its perks until she meets a man that says all the right things at the wrong time. He sees her pain and is willing to work with her if she'd just acknowledge that he's not a man from her past and to leave the baggage where it belongs.

I haven't read an urban erotica story in awhile and I found this read lacking in substance and story. Yes, there was an HEA, but there was no dramatic build up and I wasn't necessarily elated when they got together nor was I saddened during the "apart" moments.

This read was unreal to me, not absurdly so, with the whole roommate thing, the ring, how long they were separated, and his friend's drama.

Although this read was not for me, others will be sure to get the message that there are still some good men out there if you can just leave the past in the past.

*I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review*

{Review) A House in the Country by Matt Shaw

A House in the Country - Matt Shaw

What happened?! It was all there just waiting to be used. The set-up, the characters, the backstory. Whaaaaat happened?

Nothing. Nothing happened.

My gosh. I thought this was going to be a winner to the nth degree. Shaw grabbed me with this family moving into this awesome new house. The husband, just wanting to provide for his family. A wife who wants to make her husband happy and two little girls who are going to finally have their own rooms.

The littlest girl has bad dreams and her "dreams" get worse when they move into the new house. Dean, her father blows everything off as coincidence when strange things begin happening in the house.

His wife, Jess, goes along with it all until she experiences some of the terror firsthand. Mind you, these scary micro-seconds (because that's what they were) were so supertastically creepy that my stomach would tighten and then let up immediately because we were already moving on in the story. Okay, I dealt with this because I just knew the ending was going to blow the roof off this mutha...watch your mouth.

What I got for my patience was a rushed, unsatisfying, and weak ending. This read had so much potential. About halfway through the story stopped progressing and became a little repetitious, but the author had already hooked me and I needed to know how it all ended.

I'm torn between 2 and 3 stars. I liked it while I was reading it, but as soon as I got done I felt like the build up was not worth the end result.

For the little thrills, it was worth the price.

I give the author props for drawing me in.

I will definitely have to read something else by this author.

{Review} Camp Arcanum by Josef Matulich

Camp Arcanum - Josef Matulich

Marc, the main character, and his assistants were an interesting bunch, bringing craftiness, humor, and brawn to this colorful story. The writing was done well and flowed smoothly. I was able to coast through this read fairly quick.

I found the love aspect to be lacking as I thought there might have been some magic behind the attraction as it happened so quickly. Brenwyn had many secrets that she could not/would not share, making certain situations harder than they should have been.

While there was nothing really "wrong" with this read, I just didn't find myself doing back-flips. Maybe I just don't get horror with a comedic edge. Well, that's not true either because I love bizarro and you can find some wacky stuff there.

Camp Arcanum is a paranormal playground of magic. Give it a try and tell me what you think.

*I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review*