Naked in Death – J.D.Robb Aka Nora Roberts (In Death Book 1)

I decided to reread one of my favourite books. I have read this twice previously, I honestly adore the relationship in this, the mystery/action, the characters. I would put this book on par with The Unwanted Wife and as you all know I have reread that about 4 times this year and multiple times last year. I recommend this book, it is one of my absolute favorites. I have spoken about this book before on my blog and I have no intention of reading all 40 but it is a great series. Defiantly pick up the first few books.

This book is a romance but it is more a mystery/action book which is something I would not usually pick up but this book has made me consider more romance that also have mysteries in.

Warning this is an Adult book, which contains mature content such as violence, sex and mentions rape. Recommended for 18+

Synopsis:

It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing-passion.

When a senator’s daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she’d been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washing-ton politics and society.

Further complicating matters is Eve’s growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome… and the leading suspect in the investigation.

Ratings: 5 Stars 

This book takes place in 2058, the world has evolved and the police department no longer use guns but rather lasers, cars can now hover and space travel is possible. Even though there are these changes to the ‘normal’ world as we know it these do not confuse the reader. At no point in this book did the setting of this book make me think hey what’s going on. This book is based on Lieutenant Eve Dallas, she undertakes a case in which a client has murdered a licensed companion and plans to murder 5 more. I will not say much more on the story line as it defiantly a must read and I do not want to give anything away. I love Eve as a character, she has had such a bad upbringing and younger life but she is a fighter and she has come out top by becoming a police officer. She has 10 years on the force under her belt even though she is only 28 years old. Eve puts her all into everything she does and that is what makes you love her. One of the suspects in the case is billionaire Roarke, but when these two meets there is a sort of attraction between them. Roarke is the one who is the first to acknowledge the attraction though because Eve always holds back from everyone and does not let anyone come too close.

I love Roarke, his dialogues are amazing and he can be such a sweet character.

“I want to see you again.” He stopped, took her face in his hands. “I need to see you again.”

Her pulse jumped, as if it had nothing to do with the rest of her. “Roarke, what’s going on here?”

“Lieutenant.” He leaned forward, touched his lips to hers. “indications are we’re having a romance.”

Who in the right mind can say no to someone that? I cannot describe my love for Roarke. What I like about this book is Roarke is the one who wants to purse a ‘relationship’ or at least see where the attraction goes. I like that he is the first to admit his feelings and then is not afraid to share them. These two do have a relationship it is not a case of instant love. What I like about the relationship is I feel that both characters are equal, they are partners rather than one having to look out for the other all the time. They both pull their own weight but still they are there for each other. I really like Roarke’s take charge attitude as I feel Eve needs that. The relationship reminds me of Elena and Raphael from Angel’s Blood which is another book I love. What I liked seeing was the relationship and trust develop as the story goes on. I felt so much satisfaction when Eve admits to maybe missing Roarke a little.

“That was the biggest problem with getting used to someone, she thought. You were lonely when they weren’t there.”

I cannot describe the writing in this book, it is so well written and gripping. You are literally sucked into the story and need to know what happens straight away. J D Robb has written such an intense book. The dialogues are brilliant and at no point did I hate or want to shake any of the main characters for making stupid decisions.

Read this book!

Happy Reading!!

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Have you heard? Cover for Shadow Study – Maria V Snyder

I am majorly excited about the 3 new books being released by Maria continuing the Posion Study Series based on Yelena and Valek. I came across some updates which I had to share!

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Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Maria V. Snyder wowed readers with Poison Study, the unforgettable story of poison taster Yelena. Now she’s back with a new tale of intrigue.

Once, only her own life hung in the balance.

Oddly enough, when Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. But she’d survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia. Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, they are beset on all sides by those vying for power through politics and intrigue. Valek’s job – and his life – are in danger. As Yelena tries to uncover the scope of these plots, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. She must keep that a secret – or her enemies will discover just how vulnerable she really is – while searching for who or what is responsible for neutralizing her powers.

Yes, the days of tasting poisons were much simpler. And certainly not as dangerous..

I am fangirling at the moment!! How pretty is the cover and the synopsis is just wow to. You can actually read the first chapter of Shadow Study on Maria V Snyder’s website, click here. I have read the first chapter and I need to now discuss it. It is amazing. Maria confirmed that there will be flashbacks from Valek’s childhood which will be intresting to read, I really want to know more about him. The other details that Maria confirmed on her Facebook are below:

“As promised, here are a few more details about the SHADOW STUDY – yes, it’s a new book with Yelena and Valek (if you didn’t know – where have you been?).

•It is tentatively scheduled to be released early January 2015 in the US, but I’m sure the UK and AU will be releasing the book very close to the US date.

•Yelena and Valek’s POV will alternate chapters, starting with Yelena.

•There may be sections of Janco’s POV (working that out with my editor)

•The reason the book is titled, SHADOW STUDY is because during Valek’s chapters, there are a number of flashbacks to his past and the place where he learned how to be an assassin is called, The School of Night and Shadows

•The second of the new set of Study books (3 planned in all) is tentatively titled, NIGHT STUDY. No title for #3 yet!

•As for the story – it starts soon after the events in SPY GLASS. Valek is returning to Ixia because the Commander has ordered him home – seems crafty smugglers have found a new route into Ixia and he needs Valek and Ari and Janco to investigate.

•After an all too brief vacation with Valek, Yelena has to deal with an increasing anti-magician sentiment from the Sitian Council and she goes on a mission to find Ben Moon (Owen Moon’s brother). Ben escaped from Wirral prison. Ben had tried to kill Yelena after Owen was executed in Ixia. To read the story about Owen Moon’s nefarious deeds go here (in fact, Ben has a pretty big part in SHADOW STUDY so you may want to go and re-read the story before January). http://www.mariavsnyder.com/IceStudy….Familiar characters that are in SHADOW STUDY – Leif, Mara, Opal, Devlen, Reema, Bain, Irys, Maren, and Kiki of course!

•New characters – Onora (young hot shot female assassin), Gerik (new soldier for the Commander’s detail), Ben Moon, Hedda (Head Mistress of the school of Night and Shadows), and Arbon (a fellow assassin trainee that was in school with Valek).

I hope that satisfies some of the curiosity (or did I make it worse?)”

Who else is now excited???

 

My first ever…

I do not know if bloggers/people talk about this and I may be breaking some unspoken rule, but I wanted to make a blog post on this. I hope no one minds. I’m really really excited today! I received my first ever book from an Author/Publishing company in exchange for a honest review. I am so ridiculously happy about this if you cannot tell. This may seem like a small thing, but I find it amazing! It’s made me feel like I have achieved what I set out to accomplish when I started my blog, which is sharing my love of reading with everyone 😀 The book sounds like a really good and I cannot wait to actually read it.

I want to say that if I do get any books in exchange for a honest review then it will be honest. I will be upfront and say that it has been sent to me. I want to say thank you to Sarena and Sasha, you can check out their blog at: thependanttrilogy.wordpress.com.

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The Gemstone – Sarena and Sasha Nanua

I have added this on top of my TBR pile and will be reading it soon! I will do a review once I have read it.

P.s. I just want to add I love the little diamond on the cover just I like sparkly things…

P.P.S. How cute is Olaf? I love my Frozen Figures!!

A series I have no intention of finishing part 2

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In Death Series – J D Robb

The In death series by J D Robb is another series I have no intention of finishing. I adored Naked in death, it honestly kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The romance was amazing and well developed. Both Eve and Roarke were exceptional characters, god what to say about Roarke! I have to share one of my favorite moments from Naked in death.

“I want to see you again.” He stopped, took her face in his hands. “I need to see you again.”

Her pulse jumped, as if it had nothing to do with the rest of her. “Roarke, what’s going on here?”

“Lieutenant.” He leaned forward, touched his lips to hers. “indications are we’re having a romance.”

Read the first 3 books at least! I have read 7 books of this series and own the first 11 books. I will read the books that I have purchased of this series and have not read as yet. So if I find the books so far amazing, why do I not want to continue this series? That my friend is a good question and my answer is it is too long, there are just too many books. Currently there are 40 (yes 40!) books in this series so far, all based on Eve and Roarke and J D Robb plans to continue with this series.  I understand the feeling about never wanting a series to end but that is just too much. I guess if the other books were on different characters then 40 books is a series is not ridiculous but on the same ones. No way.  I love Eve and Roarke I think they are the best thing since sliced bread but I cannot read 40 books. That would bankrupt me if I spent so much money on one series. Plus I do not know if i’d start to feel that the story line is getting repetitive even though it would be a different crime in each book.

So read the 3 books of this series at least! They are amazing. If anyone has read all 40 books then please do share your feelings about the series with me.

Archangel’s Kiss – Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #2)

How could I not read this once I finished the first book, even though I knew what happens I had to reread it. If you have not read the previous book then scroll away from this page as this will ruin the first book for you! You have been warned. If you do not like posses alpha males then this is not the book for you. On a side note how nice are the covers of this series?

Warning this is an adult book and contains mature content 

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Archangel’s kiss – Nalini Singh

Synopsis:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.

They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.

Ratings 4 Stars

This books starts at where the previous one left off. Elena is in a coma and has just woken up, a year after the battle with Uram took place. Contrary to speculations of the people of New York Elena is not dead and neither is she a Vampire. Raphael has actually made her into an Angel, she is the first Angel that has been made. Another Angel can only make an Angel once if they produce Ambrosia which can only be produced with true love. Raphael has Elena hidden for her own safety in the Refuge for Angels where they keep their young safe aswell. The reason is in the previous book Elena is a strong character who is a hunter, she is stronger than other humans. However compared to the Angels, Elena’s strength is nothing. She has gone from being high on the food chain to the lowest you can get on the food chain, even baby Angels are stronger than her. It will take time for Elena to grow into her immortality, at the moment certain things can still kill her. You can see Elena tying to adjust and better herself to accept that she is no longer the best and strongest hunter. I felt she grew as a character.

The plot line in this story is Lijian is intrigued with Elena and so has set a ball in her name, also there is an Angel who is looking to replace Uram as an Archangel. It is a good story line, but again with the writing there were sometimes I felt it was a bit odd. I think what I’m trying to say is Nalini Singh can sometimes repeat things that do not need to be repeated or sometime more details are provide than needed. This does not detract from the story though. What I liked about this book is the development in Raphael, there is no major change in him but you can see him softening and can tell he does actually love Elena. He is learning to adjust to make the relationship between him and Elena work. He is still the arrogant ruthless character but the love can be seen in him.

“They didn’t understand that she held his heart, held it so utterly that there was nothing he wouldn’t do, no line he wouldn’t cross to keep her safe.”

The relationship between these two characters is so sweet, I like seeing  it develop considering they were literally through together in hunting the Archangel in the first book. Their relationship kind of reminds me of Eve and Roarke from the In Death series by J.D.Robb, who are one of my favorite couple. Ooohh how Raphael helps Elena with her nightmares is so adorable, though reading about some of Elena’s nightmares creeped me out abit.

I have another favorite angel now, I really want to know more about Aodhan. It was nice seeing the characters in the previous book reappear in this one too. The reason this was a 4 star book is for me it was not as amazing as the previous one but it is still a really good read.

Happy Reading!

Angels’ Blood – Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #1)

This book does not get enough love. I have only come across 1 person on Instagram who has read it so far. I thought i’d reread this and give it a review so more people can see what a fantastic and pick it up themselves. My love for this book may have to do with the fact that I want my own paid of wings and to be able to fly (It’s not possible I know lol)

Warning this is an adult book, it contains mature content, it has descriptive sex scenes (I feel like I say this about every book I read!). This also contains some bad language and what I feel are some gruesome scenes 

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Angels’ Blood – Nalini Singh

Synopsis:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.

Rating: 5 Stars

This book has a different take on vampires and vampire hunters. Vampires are not born but they are created, not through a vampire bite but through Angels. Angels ‘make’ a certain number of humans who petition to be a vampire a year. The main benefit of vampirism being the immortality, these vampires do not turn into ash in the sun and can have cool powers depending on who made them. So this is pretty cool right? The catch that being you serve the first 100 years under the angel who makes you as their servant to do as they wish. Elena is a vampire hunter who works for The Guild Hinters. She is given contracts to hunt vampires, not to kill them but capture them and return them to the Angels in charge. Why are vampire hunters needed? They are needed as some vampires feel one they have the immortality and perks who needs to stay in a contract for 100 years and decide to run away. I found this take on vampires very intriguing because it did not follow the norm of vampires. Elena is hunter born which means she hasn’t just trained to be a hunter, it is something she was born to do. She can scent vampires by their own unique scents, which is why she is such an amazing hunter. This is the reason Raphael contracts Elena to take a job on for him. She cannot refuse to do it as Raphael wants the best and who can say no to an Archangel.

At first I really did not think I would like Raphael, he wasn’t cruel in a sense but he was too hard and so I could not see myself warming up to him. What I discovered though was that I did not like Raphael because he was too hard but that was what I found interested about him too. I know it’s a contradiction that I did not understand either… I felt as the book progressed I could see him try and change and see just small subtle changes in him which made me like him.

The last couple of books I have read I noticed have a consistent theme in them. They all have an awesomely amazing heroine in who does not take a back seat and let the hero do the work, but actually works with him or can look after herself. There’s nothing wrong with heroines who need a hero to look after them, I still like to read books like that but I like that Elena is so strong and she stands up to Raphael as if she was a weaker heroine I do not think I would have enjoyed this book as much as I do. I agree with Raphael, Elena is a warrior! The other characters in this book are interesting too you will find yourself wanting to hear their story (Nalini Singh is doing books on Raphael’s seven) If I had to chose a favorite character other than Elena and Raphael it would be Illium, I think he is a sweet character and his wings sound too cool. I really really want to read his story!

The relationship between the two of them is interesting, I like the fact that it is not instant love between the two but it’s attraction which then has a chance to develop into more. The writing style of this book I thought was a tad different, I cannot explain what I mean but it just felt it was different. The story is still fast paced and interesting and you really want to start the book as soon as this one finishes because of the climax.

Read this book! Happy Reading!

Book Haul from The Works UK

I feel like I talk about money alot on my blog but I have reasons for this. I love books and I personally like to buy them (rather than borrow them from the library) so I am always looking out got deals just incase. The books do not have to be on offer for me to buy them, but it makes me feel like my money has gone further if I do get a good deal. Anyway while shopping on my lunch break at work I popped in to The Works and found a really good deal. I actually had to buy my books from the Works UK website as they did not have the complete Glass series in the shop but I thought I’d check online and behold they did.

So I have decided I actually need to put a effort into not buying any more books for the moment. My bookshelves are overflowing and I have a big TBR pile. Hopefully this will be my last book haul type post in a while (need more willpower!!!)

On to my book haul! I managed to get 7 books, completely new for £12.00 (14.50 if you include postage) from The Works. They are newish releases so I was very impressed with this. Honestly go check the website out if you live in the UK!

Book Haul!

Book Haul!

The books I purchased was Storm Glass, Spy Glass and Sea Glass by Maria V Snyder. Scent of Magic and Touch of Power also by Maria V Snyder and Alice in Zombieland and Alice Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter…..Now I just need to find a place to put all these new books haha 😛

The haul has mostly Maria V Snyder books in and there is a reason for this that I will talk about in another blog post! Look out for it 😀

Happy Reading!