Wolves & Roses
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Monster House Books, LLC
A Breath of Frost: The Lovegrove Inheritance (The Lovegrove Legacy)
Emma “said” she wanted more excitement and adventure in her boring debutante life. But what came her way wasn’t exactly what she’d been looking for. After escaping what had to be the millionth party, Emma Day finds a girl named Margaret York half-dead and covered in blood. When she sets off to find a doctor, she discovers that somehow the manor house mysteriously burst into flames. When Emma and her new companion, Cormac, one annoying(ly hot) jerk of an ex almost-boyfriend, stumble upon the now-dead body of Margaret, it’s clear that everything is not exactly as it seems. For Emma, and her cousins Penelope and Gretchen, the adventure has just begun.
When I first saw this title, I was intrigued and looked it up. It sounded interesting, especially because there are so few books about witches. When I got it, I immediately loved the cousins, the Madcaps Moira and one-eyed Joe, and Cormac (once they all showed up, of course). I eagerly await the next book, and I’m sure my fellow fans of paranormal adventures will, too.
Jet Black and the Ninja WInd
Jet’s mother’s dying wish was to have Jet travel to Japan and protect some mysterious secret. When Jet arrives, her grandfather and her ten-year-old cousin are there to welcome her, but her grandfather dies soon after Jet’s arrival. After the initial shock has worn off, Jet and her cousin travel to Tokyo to visit their monk uncle. On the way, Jet realizes she is being followed by a cute and mysterious man who was sent to assassinate her but Jet has strong feelings for him and he seems to have the same feelings for her. Jet must take up the legacy of female ninjas that her mother has left to her if she is to save the people she loves and protect the mysterious treasure she knows nothing about.
Jet was an interesting character but their seemed to be random points of teenage angst that didn’t seem to fit with her character, and there were several other minor points that detracted from the overall story. My favorite parts were definitely when Jet was using Ninja skills, but these were too few.
This isn’t your typical Disney retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Author Rosamund Hodge takes a beloved story and wraps mythology, ancient and classic history, and mysticism into a death-defying game of love, life, and death. Marked a martyr, Nyx has been raised preparing for her marriage to the Great Lord (beast) in order to save Arcadia. If she fails, her own mother’s death would have been for nothing. However, does Nyx have what it takes to kill a man, even one as evil or not so evil as him? Still, once Nyx gets to know him, her mission and her conscience start battling as she finds she enjoys his company. What does this mean for Arcadia and for her fate?
With so many books working from the fairy tale genre it is refreshing to find a story that isn’t completely recycled. This book takes a shell of the original fairytale and fills it in with a myriad of details and a plot that is so well written you won’t want to put it down. I truly loved this book and I hope to see more from this author.
Battle Lines: A Department 19 Novel (Department Nineteen)
Department Nineteen is in shambles after it was attacked by a horde of super-powered vampires. Protagonist Jamie is assigned to a new squad, where he is forced to train a handful of raw recruits. The director of Blacklight is missing, the newly-formed intelligence division is under attack from the inside, and Jamie’s girlfriend has been reassigned to Arizona. Jamie is now in charge of hunting out and destroying a new horde of vampires and preventing the secret of Blacklight from leaking out, before Dracula rises again.
This book was fine, although the characters seem somewhat bland, as there was not much time to develop them. They also seemed a little foolish: why use your automated stake thrower, when everyone has a standard-issue super-powered laser cannon that can destroy a vampire in a single shot? However, the plot moves swiftly and the action was intense and gripping. I liked this Albert Harker; he was a realistic antagonist and I felt the author portrayed him well. I do not feel it was quite as well-written as the second book, but it was still an entertaining addition to the series.
Death and the Girl He Loves (Darklight)
I really wanted to love this book. It had everything that appeals to me in a book, but fell short. In the second chapter when author Darynda Jones explains that instead of Jared taking Lorelei sooner rather than later, he instead revives her, I felt I was missing a major part of the story as if this was just another walk in the park to not really be noticed or lacking importance. I actually had to reread the page several times to make sure that I had read it right and didn’t miss something. Wouldn’t breaking one of the laws be huge and to not even give a reason right then and there or add some depth to the story? I would find myself pages later still asking myself why this major event seemed so unimportant.
This doesn’t mean the book wasn’t readable. The story moves at a good pace and the characters are very likable with a nice balance of normalcy. Some areas of the story felt forced and some seemed like she wasn’t writing a YA novel at all. BDSM. Really? Overall, I would suggest saving your money and getting this one on loan from the library.