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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Audio Book Review: Working For The Devil By Lilith Saintcrow

Working For The Devil
(Dante Valentine #1)
By Lilith Saintcrow 


Necromance-for-hire Dante Valentine is choosy about her jobs. Hot-tempered and with nerves of steel, she can raise the dead like nobody's business. But one rainy Monday morning, everything goes straight to Hell.

The Devil hires Dante to eliminate a renegade demon: Vardimal Santino. In return, he will let her live. It's an offer she can't refuse.

There's just one catch. How do you kill something that can't die?



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Book Review:

* For this review I decided to have different ratings for the story and the GraphicAudio narration.

I'll start this review by saying that the GraphicAudio book saved this story for me. This novel started off very interesting and exciting. Halfway through it, I was starting to question whether I truly wanted to finish reading it or not.

Dante Valentine is presented as this kick*ss heroine who does what she has to do and doesn't take any sh*t from anyone. That was only in theory. In actuality, she couldn't even get her friends to respect her decisions. She let people drag her around and play her like a puppet. At first, I thought it was strategic planning on her part. It later turned out that I was wrong.

I love to hate Jaf. He's mysterious in just the right way. He's one of the few things that kept me coming back to this novel again and again. The level of deceit from his part in this story is very believable but I'm still holding onto hope that it's all a farce. Though what he did to Dante makes me question whether he knows/cares about consent.

Am I the only one who absolutely hated Dante's ex-boyfriend. He got on my nerves SO much. He included himself in situations he had no reason to be in. He's left her once what's to stop him from doing it again? I don't care that he had a perfectly valid reason. It can't and won't erase the past. It also made the ending that much more horrendous.

There were a few things that got under my skin a few hours into this novel/audio book. The number one being the word "portugeso" (I listened to the audio book, so this word is probably spelled wrong). It was never made clear if it's supposed to mean portuguese even though Dante was in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Also, there was a line of a brazilian woman saying "gracias" even though the official language in Brazil is portuguese, not spanish. Some terminologies that were used throughout the story were confusing because the explanation was either glossed over or nowhere to be found. At one point, it felt like I was missing something important. Eventually, it felt like there was a novel that I should have read before this book.

Overall it was a nice story, but it isn't something I'd be lining up to reread any time in the future. I will probably try and make myself at least start the next novel in this series. The ending has me vexed to an alarming level. Why the heck did it end like that?!

Book Rating:

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GraphicAudio Review:

GraphicAudio did an amazing job on this audio book. It's the main reason I ended up finishing the novel in the first place. This is one of the best things I've discovered in the last few years and I'm very impressed. I always wanted to know what it'd be like if the audible audio books I usually listen to would get more narrators and special effects. GraphicAudio did that and so much more and I love it! The one criticism I have for this audio book, in particular, is that there were times that the narrator would get drowned out by the background music/effects.

P.S. The characters were in Brazil. Where was the stereotypical samba music when they were on the streets? :)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unique Book Titles

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Welcome back to:
A weekly feature created By The Broke and the Bookish

This Week's Topic:
Top Ten Unique Book Titles

I took "unique" to mean something along the lines of things that differ
from the norm (in relation to either wordplay or interesting phrases).

* Book titles are either linked to my review or to Goodreads. 




Monday, October 23, 2017

Book Blitz: The Night Realm By Annette Marie


The Night Realm
(Spell Weaver #1)
By Annette Marie


Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

Clio would love nothing more than to go home. But as the illegitimate daughter of the nymph king, she's stuck in the human world, exiled until she can earn a place in the royal family. Then her half-bother offers her a chance to prove herself. All she has to do is acquire some magic ... by stealing it from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld.

Lyre prefers to go unnoticed, which is a tricky objective for an incubus. He can’t hide his looks or his coveted spell weaving skills, but he's learned to mask his true intentions. As an unwilling pawn of the tyrannical Hades family, he stays alive by keeping one step ahead of his masters.

Now he's been assigned to watch over a visitor from the Overworld—one who's definitely hiding something. And with her unholy talent for triggering chaos and catastrophe, his job just keeps getting more perilous. Clearly, she'll never survive this world.

The thing is, he's no longer sure he can survive it either.
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As she stepped up to the last rack of shelves, she realized she hadn’t quite reached the end of the room. Tucked beyond the last shelf was another door—solid steel with no visible handle or lock. A web of magic crisscrossed the metal and complex runes filled four overlapping circles that shifted in a spiraling pattern.

She raised her fingers, keeping a safe several inches between her skin and the steel, and traced a glowing circle. That. She’d never seen anything quite like that before, but she knew it would react to touch. How it would react was another matter.

Intrigued, she leaned in closer, peering intently at the weaving’s under layers as she tried to work out what it did.

“Don’t touch that.”

Lyre’s voice shattered the silence right behind her. A squeak of fright escaped her as she jerked backward from the door. But, with her sudden movement, her hand went the wrong way. And her fingers, already so close to the door, slapped against the metal.

She cringed in terror, fully expecting the door to explode or her bones to melt or her skull to burst open. Nothing happened—until she tried to pull her hand away.

It was stuck.

She yanked on her hand, but it was fused to the metal as though her skin had been superglued in place.

“I told you not to touch it.”

She shot a glare at Lyre, standing two paces away. “I wouldn’t have touched it if you hadn’t startled me!”

He tucked his binder under his arm and shoved his hands in his pockets. “Why would you touch anything in here without permission?”

“I told you—” She bit off the words. “Unkey the spell.”

“Hmm.” He rocked back on his heels and a downright evil little smirk curved his lips. “Not sure I know how.”

“What?”

“That lovely bit of work predates me. It’s pretty complicated. Since you fancy yourself a spell expert, if you look here, you’ll see—”

He started to point, and she had no idea why, but she flinched back as though he might hit her. Her elbow bumped the door—and got stuck too.

Lyre’s hand paused. “Now look what you did.”

“I didn’t—you—get me off this!”

“As I was saying, you can see here that the weaving amalgamates anything that touches it, so it’s embedded into your skin now—”

“Get me off this door!” She jerked helplessly, her immobilized wrist and elbow twisting awkwardly.

“Well, I could pull you off, but you might lose some skin. Though, since the weaving is spreading into your flesh the longer you stand there, you might leave more than skin behind.”

Her heart kicked up to a full gallop from her growing terror. He, however, seemed perfectly calm. Amused, in fact. Humor danced in his amber eyes, softening the color to something closer to buttery gold.

He was laughing at her.

“Oh.” His eyebrows rose. “That’s quite the scowl.”

She gritted her teeth. “Get. Me. Off.”

Those irresistible lips curved up and her stomach dropped to her feet. The air heated. Why was she suddenly kind of dizzy? Shadows slid through his eyes, dimming the amber to shimmering bronze.

“Get you off?” he repeated, and his tones were all purring honey, warm and deep and sensual. “With pleasure.”

A hot blush swooped through her cheeks as she realized what she’d said. “I—I didn’t mean—I was—”

In a panic, she lurched away from him—right into the spelled door.

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About The Author:

Annette Marie is the author of the Amazon best-selling Steel & Stone series, which includes Goodreads Choice Award nominee Yield the Night, and fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast- paced urban fantasy and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her comparatively sensible husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Book Look #187: United (The United Trilogy #1) By Jaci Wheeler

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Hope you enjoy!! C:

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Book Looks was created by @Jen and Books and Other Happy Ever Afters.

This Week:
 United (The United Trilogy #1)
By Jaci Wheeler
Book Look: United (The United Triology #1) By Jaci Wheeler
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Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Tag: The Fictional Boyfriend Tag


This tag was originally created by Rachel (Rachel Reads) & Katie (The eBook Sphere) on Youtube. The concept is to pick a book boyfriend that could be described by the prompts below. I wasn't tagged to do this so I won't tag anyone either. Feel free to participate in this tag on your own blog!

The Most Romantic Boyfriend:
Beau from Beauty Dates The Beast (Midnight Liaisons #1) By Jessica Sims
It's been a few years since I've read this novel, but from what I can
remember this is the most a character has ever tried to be stereotypically
romantic (with flowers, chocolate, etc.).

(Linked to Goodreads)

The Dark & Moody Bad Boy With A Good Side:
Jax from The Eternal Balance Series By Jus Accardo
He's literally supposed to be evil, but chooses to be good.
It's can't get anymore dark or moody than that.

(Linked to my reviews)

The Paranormal Boyfriend:
Charles from the Alpha & Omega Series By Patricia Briggs
He's a werewolf who's caring, sweet and fierce. I also distinctly remember
him being half native american and having beautiful long dark hair. 

(Linked to my review)

The Boyfriend You Want To Tame:
Lyre from the Stone & Steel Series By Annette Marie
He's a secretive incubus that will do whatever he needs to do to
accomplish his goal and maybe save his friends in the end. 

(Linked to my review)

The Boy You Friend-Zoned:
Daemon from the Lux Series By Jennifer Armentrout.
He started off as the typical bad boy next door and eventually played
hot and cold for a while in the novel. I'd rather friend zone him and
not go through what Katy did.

(Linked to Goodreads)

Your Soul Mate:
Lucas/Landon from Easy By Tammara Webber
He's caring, kind and honest. He's somewhat flawed and has tattoos.

(Linked to my review)


The Boyfriend You Would Elope With:
Quarry from Fighting Solitude (On The Ropes #3) By Aly Martinez
He's a fighter in the ring, honest and kind. He's usually traveling for
his fights so I imagine that eloping would be very simple with him.

(Linked to my review)


The Boyfriend You Would Venture Anywhere With:
Gabriel from Chameleon By Kelly Oram
According to my review he's, "I have a serious soft spot for innocent, sweet,
down to earth, insecure guys. Gabriel is the incarnation of that guy. He was
so understanding and self sacrificing (...)".

(Linked to my review)


The Boyfriend You Want To Be Stranded
On A Deserted Island With:
Justus from the Mageri Series By Dannika Dark
He's a badass fighter and he's a termal (which in the Mageri universe
means he can control and project his body heat) so I won't be dying of hypothermia at least.

(Linked to my review)






The Most Badass Boyfriend:
Neil from Neil (The Uncompromising #2) By Sybil Bartel
He's ex danish military and overall badass. In his story he performs an
unrealistic and crazy maneuver to get out of danger. He's by far one of the
most dangerous book boyfriends I've had the pleasure of reading about.

(Linked to my review)


Who's your favorite book boyfriend?
Let me know in the comments below!
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