sexta-feira, 29 de outubro de 2010

" Up Close and Dangerous " Linda Howard

Up Close and DangerousUp Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Because I live in Portugal, there aren't many books on american authors concearning romantic suspense on the market but I looked it up in the library and surprise surprise, there she was.

I read this book in portuguese and found another one too, lucky me.

I'm not going to review it because my friend Shawna touched all the points and made a great review.

My advise is read it, if you're into action, surviving in the wilderness and a love story, just read it and tell us all about it.

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terça-feira, 12 de outubro de 2010

Goodreads review - The Dark Prince from Michelle M. Pillow

The Dark Prince (Dragon Lords, #3)The Dark Prince by Michelle M. Pillow

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this book for the "Wrath's Challenge", for my J.R. Group and chose it randomly.
Thought about giving myself the chance to into a futuristic world where we traveled to other planets, and there would be a number of infinite places to travel through the universe.
I have to tell you that I'm not a big fan of sci-fi but if we don't give ourselfs the chance, we will never know if we like it or not.

Moving on, the title sugested to me some kind of dragon shifter, a warrior, and so again, moving on, we meet Yusef of Draig, one of the four princes of the planet Qurilixen, where they have the shortest courtship between man and woman.
On the sole night of the year, it is held the Breeding Festival, a ritual to choose a wife among the women that come through the "Galaxy Brides Corporation".
After being chased by the authorities and attacked by bounty hunters, Olena Leyton, one of the best space pirates in history, see's her chance to flea and lay low for a while, embarquing on the spaceship and becoming a bride for men in barbarian planets in need of women. What she doesn't expect is for this barbarian to a very sexy and handsome Dragon shifter, that claims her from the begining and brakes through all of her barriers.

I've read some of the reviews at Goodreads and through out the net and I agree when they say that the story is a very "thin" and simple one.
But what I really have to point out is that the author brought out the best in the main characters and allied their personal characteristics to the intense felings to one another, making the best of this rather limited story.

Olena is a bit tough and sissy one for my taste, but taking on what she went through in the past, I guess we will have to understand it.
About the infatuation and the sex scenes, I think that they were well written, with a begining, middle and end, balancing wisely with the perspective that Yusef acomplishes to bare Olena's soul and makes her accept the gift of giving for "no one had ever treated her like she was delicate, like she was a real woman".

For all that I've stated above, I was not disappointed and had a good time reading this one.
If you go for hot, sexy scenes, this one will keep you coming back for more.

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Goodreads review - Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)Evermore by Alyson Noel

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ever is a 16 year old girl that looses her family in a car crash and after a near death experience, has the ability to see people's auras, hear their thoughts, and finally know their life story through touch.
She often separates her life in two parts: before the accident, when she was just a normal teenager, and after the accident, being a so called freak.
Things get more and more confusing when she meets Damen, a gorgeous, rich and independent boy, that she becames drawn to from the begining.
Ever realizes that he has many secrets but above all, he is the only one that can silence people's voices and thought's in her head, giving her the sense of peace and normality that she so much misses.
Is Damen light or darkness ?
Who and what is Ever ?

Through the eyes of Ever, this book turns out to be a novelty in the Paranormal genre, touching other ideias that we haven't yet heard so much of such as alchemy, life after death, and other physical dimensions.
So, this first point gets an A in my notebook. I always value the capacity of the imagination and the talent to find new ways to enchant us all with stories that can touch our hearts.

The next fact that drawned me in was the fact of Ever seeing her dead sister and the relationship that is developed throughout the book. The perception and the grief that she will never be a teenager, never grow up, living in between "this world" and "the other", alone, sacrificing her parents companionship for her sister, so that she wouldn't be alone.
In the end, Ever let's go of her sister because in the end we all have our own way to follow.

Alyson Noel was a very talented writer concearning my third point: Ever and Damen's relationship.
We are drawn into Ever's feelings, their almost going forward on a physical level, but at the same time, never giving in, always with the knowledge of the strong and indestructible love that they feel towards each other, a love that has lasted throught the years.
They are two tortured souls, never going forward, loosing themselfs and finding themselfs together over and over again.

And finaly, the breakup and the revelation factor, that enlightens our minds, and from this point on I couldn't put down my book until I found everything.
What she was, what he was, how could this be, how much was it worth it, how much does he love her, can she be without him, will they make it...Wow...

When I finished the book I realized that, sometimes, I'll remember this story, for it's inteligence to teach us that sometimes life can change from one second to another, sometimes it's a good change and sometimes it's not, but we, as humans know that we have to go along with it and make it the best we can.

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segunda-feira, 11 de outubro de 2010

Goodreads - Reviews

Like I posted back in September, I'm learning slowly how to post in the blog and now that I finally acomplished posting and importing for and from other places, here goes the reviews for "The Raven Prince", "The Warlord wants Forever" and "Mackenzie's Mountain".

The Raven Prince (Princes Trilogy, #1)The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really, really enjoyed this book. Like I said in my initial comment it's funny, full of enjoyable details and above all a very touching love story.

Anna and Edward are two most touching caracters, strong and funny, very well created in a universe of gossip and prejudice, overcoming all their hurts and passing through all the obstacles that stand in their way to be togeher.

This book is a must read, a real testemony of the 19th. century society and has won a place on my bookshelf.

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The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark, #1)The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So, Just finished reading this first book and I'm definitely going to follow up on this series.

The plot is interesting and well paced from the begining to the end.

The caracters are my kind a people, warriors with a passionate heart, hot steamy and involving sex scenes.

A sucker for vampires, I wouldn't turn my back on this one.

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Mackenzie's MountainMackenzie's Mountain by Linda Howard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dear Friends,

I have to inform you that this is the first book that I've read of Linda Howard, and I was not disappointed.
My point is that Ms. Howard is a wonderful storyteller, combining her characters with an ingenious plot. Like I said...wonderful.

The story of the book resumes itself by saying that...
When Mary Elizabeth Potter the local teacher, confronts Wolf Mackenzie to get his son back in school, she cames face to face with a bitter and dangerous man. But with this also comes his very good looks and eventhough she is unexperienced and mostly innocent concearning the physical pleasures, she is automatically attracted to him.
Wolf has been convicted of a crime that he did not commit and has to put up with the town's people prejudice, but Mary Elizabeth won't rest until everybody in town is convinced that he is a man worth loving and repect.

So, true to her style, the author gives us a story full of romance and following not far behind, suspense.
Mary Elizabeth is not the usual heroin, she is shy and reserved, not astonishing beautiful, but to me, she has other qualities that are more important: she is strong and faithful to her heart and to her beliefs.

On the other hand, our hero, Wolf, is a man that any single woman would wish for, sensual and strong, good looking, confident and also true to his heart and to his passion for Mary.

This book stands for abolishing prejudice and small-minded people and when we turn the last page it gives us something to think about.
It stands for a true testemony of the power of love and shows us the ways of the small town life in America around the 60's.

So my advice to you is to read it, even if you read it once in your life, just read it.

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And the Immortals arrived


Evermore (The Immortals, #1)

Since a horrible accident claimed the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever can see auras, hear people’s thoughts, and know a person’s life story by touch. Going out of her way to shield herself from human contact to suppress her abilities has branded her as a freak at her new high school—but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste…

Ever sees Damen and feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies.

I almost finished the first book of the Immortals series and I think that I
will give it a go at the following book.
The review will be posted later on.

domingo, 10 de outubro de 2010

About Books

Dear all,

In this space of time that I've been away I read the following books:

" The Raven Prince " Elizabeth Hoyt
" Mackenzie's Mountain " Linda Howard
" The Warlord wants Forever " Kresley Cole

Loved this three books for three different reasons which are...

For " The Raven Prince " from Elisabeth Hoyt, I loved the book for it's spirited characters and for showing that love will teach you to overcome all the obstacles. It was the first book that I read of Ms. Hoyt  and for shure I'll be coming back for more.

In " Mackenzie's Mountain ",I learned that even the most reserved and simple women can fight against prejudice and small-minded people.

In " The Warlord wants Forever " from Kresley Cole, I met the most wonderful and tortured vampire, a very sexy and bad vampire. Will definitly be reading Immortals after Dark.

If you pass by and have already read one or all this books or haven't read any of them, make a comment on them and share your opinions with me.

Till the next time, have a good weekend.