Artemis by Andy Weir

Book Review

 


ArtemisBook Genre: Science Fiction, 

Book Series: N/A

Released: 11/14/17 by Crown Publishing

Pages: 384 Price: $27.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Buy the Book: Amazon Artemis: A Novel

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you’re not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you’ve got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she’s stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

My Review:

Let me start this review off by stating that I love The Martian,  I mean really love that book.  If you follow my blog then you already know this because it seems like I am constantly pimping the book.  I have reviewed it three times after all…(all linked in this review) I was super excited to get my hands on Mr. Weir’s second title because I have also enjoyed many of his short stories that he has published on his website.  Let me also get this out-of-the-way, Artemis is not as strong a story as The Martian.  It simply isn’t.  That’s okay, though, there was a lot to live up to in The Martian and that doesn’t mean that Artemis isn’t a thoroughly enjoyable book because it is.  I’m still giving it five stars, not that I think they are equal, just that The Martian probably deserved like ten stars from me.

Before I started my review I decided to check out some of the other blogger’s thoughts on Artemis and found a mixed bag, some glowing some more critical.  I tend to agree with many of the points of either type of review but they didn’t sway my opinion and decision to give this book five stars.  Let me tell you why.

Lets start with Jazz who seems to receive most of the harsh criticism from reviewers.  Yep she is a little rough around the edges and it can be difficult for a male author to capture the essence of female-hood.  Not that it can’t be done, but it can be a challenge, just as the opposite can be true of a female writing a male.  The tendencies to get carried away with stereotypes can be strong, also sometimes the character can come off feeling a bit off.  Personally I liked Jazz.  I thought she was well written, sure a bit awkward at times and juvenile, but that isn’t necessarily mean she isn’t authentic.  When you take into account the history of the character I think Jazz is pretty true to form.  She was a young girl raised by a single father on the moon.  She is a tomboy and probably didn’t have a strong female role model in her life.  I think she works and have known people in real life like her.  She was smart and funny and I appreciated the strong moral code she lived her life as a smuggler under.  She was flawed but redeeming which makes for a pretty strong character in my book. Just because you might not like someone and think they are awkward doesn’t mean they are lacking.

Now for what I love most about Andy Weir’s books.  The science!  I love that his science fiction is based in real science.  He doesn’t cheat, at least to my non-scientific liberal-arts fine art-degree mind that is.  I might not understand everything he explains in his stories but I love the fact that he takes the time to anyway and doesn’t make me feel stupid in the meantime.  I also enjoy how the lead character talks to the reader, breaking the fourth wall can be tricky.  Easily overdone but not in this instance.  Weir uses it to keep the reader engaged and invested in the story not to mention for comedic reasons.  I loved it!

On last point in this book’s favor that I feel has been overlooked in all the reviews I’ve read thus far.  The diversity in this book is amazing!  I can’t think of a more diverse cast of characters in any book that I’ve ever read, and there have been quite a few.  I don’t know if this speaks more to my reading taste or the industry in general but one of us needs to expand our horizon’s more.  This book was amazing in this regard.  Jazz is a Muslim Saudi female who is the hero of this story!!!  I don’t want to spoil anything else (that was leaked already by Mr. Weir on Facebook) but this book does an excellent job of portraying a diverse blended society.  One other thing I noticed in this book was the lack of Americans.  I’m sure they were there but most of the main functions of this society were not run by companies or people from The United States.   Hmm.  I wonder if this was a bit of social commentary by the author of what might happen to a powerful society that rejects science.  I think it does.

Is the book perfect.  No it can feel a little awkward at times but it was still fun and the ending was amazing.  I can’t wait to add this title to my home library permanently.   I also can’t wait to share this review and book with you my followers and my library patrons.

My Rating: 5 Stars

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Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

Book Review

 


Reincarnation BluesBook Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Humor

Book Series: N/A

Released: 8/22/17 by Del Rey Books

Pages: 384 Price: $27.00 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads,

Buy the Book: Amazon  Reincarnation Blues: A Novel

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

A magically inspiring tale of a man who is reincarnated through many lifetimes so that he can be with his one true love: Death herself.

What if you could live forever—but without your one true love? Reincarnation Blues is the story of a man who has been reincarnated nearly 10,000 times, in search of the secret to immortality so that he can be with his beloved, the incarnation of Death. Neil Gaiman meets Kurt Vonnegut in this darkly whimsical, hilariously profound, and wildly imaginative comedy of the secrets of life and love. Transporting us from ancient India to outer space to Renaissance Italy to the present day, is a journey through time, space, and the human heart.

My Review:

I absolutely loved this book.  Completely.  I actually believe in reincarnation, much like what was described in this book.  My belief is that we come back to Earth time and time again in order to experience every part of humanity and evolve as a soul.  I also believe we plan each life, to some extent, in order to reach our goals so while this is a great story of human nature and love there was also the added bonus, for me, that so much of the plot fed into my belief system of life and death and reincarnation.  Score!

Okay putting that aside for those of you who don’t share my beliefs this is still an amazingly good book.  The story is entertaining, the characters not taking themselves too seriously, willing to poke fun at themselves.  They were also full of depth, complex and unique.  Some of their quirks had me laughing but the author also knew how to set the fun aside and get serious for a chapter or two.  There were such profound moments in this book that it made my heart wrench for the characters.  The author did an excellent job of showing the human race for what we are, blemishes and all.  He also showed us the potential for what we could become, though.  That in each of us we have the potential to do great things and some pretty crappy things too.  Of course, then there is karma which will get us in the end and rewards us for our actions be them good or bad.

The synopsis leads one to believe this is a story about love and it is but it is also so much more.  I would have to say that the love plot line almost took a back burner for me.  Oh sure I wanted to see those two crazy kids get together and have their H.E.A (e standing for eternity here) but it isn’t what kept me engaged in the story.  The observations on humanity are what kept me turning the page.  The jumping back and forth in time, done well by the way and not confusing at all, to observe how the human race evolved over time and how one small act can ripple through out time and change the course of humanity for years to come.

This is simply a great read done by a talented author who can weave a complex and fresh story that not only entertains but makes one stop and think for a moment.  It is one of those books that I’m better for having read it and you will be too.

My Rating: 5 Stars

ARC Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi by John Scalzi

Book Review

 


Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John ScalziBook Genre:Science Fiction, Short Stories, Humor

Book Series: N/A

Released: 12/31/16 by Subterranean Press

Pages: 144  Price:$40.00 (!) Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review

 

 

Book Synopsis:

The ex-planet Pluto has a few choice words about being thrown out of the solar system. A listing of alternate histories tells you all the various ways Hitler has died. A lawyer sues an interplanetary union for dangerous working conditions. And four artificial intelligences explain, in increasingly worrying detail, how they plan not to destroy humanity.

Welcome to Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi.

These four stories, along with fourteen other pieces, have one thing in common: They’re short, sharp, and to the point—science fiction in miniature, with none of the stories longer than 2,300 words. But in that short space exist entire universes, absurd situations, and the sort of futuristic humor that propelled Scalzi to a Hugo with his novel Redshirts. Not to mention yogurt taking over the world (as it would).

Spanning the years from 1991 to 2016, this collection is a quarter century of Scalzi at his briefest and best, and features four never-before-printed stories, exclusive to this collection: “Morning Announcements at the Lucas Interspecies School for Troubled Youth,” “Your Smart Appliances Talk About You Behind Your Back,” “Important Holidays on Gronghu” and “The AI Are Absolutely Positively Without a Doubt Not Here to End Humanity, Honest.”

My Review:

I am fairly new to the genius that is John Scalzi.  Redshirts was my first introduction, followed by Locked In and I have Old Man’s War signed and waiting for me up on my to-read bookcase.  I had an opportunity to met him in Chicago last spring after BEA and am so glad I did.  I love this man’s humor and writing style. When this book of short stories popped up for review on Net Galley I put in a request and promptly crossed my fingers in hope that I would be approved.  About a week later I received an email that it was waiting for me over on the site!  Made. My. Day.

Then life got in the way and having like two months to read this short collection of short stories I put it off for a month before diving in.  Most of the stories have been published someplace before and Mr. Scalzi gives us a little intro to each story sharing its inspiration or when in his writing history they came into being.  One of them even shares how you can find the story being read by Mr. Scalzi and his friend Wil Wheaton at a library on YouTube.  (How delightful! I had to watch it twice.)  This is simply a fun little book filled with witty stories from a great mind and I found myself laughing out loud as they brightened my day.

The only drawback to this book that I can see is the price.  It is listed as $40 for a hardcover version, but perhaps that will change.  I know it would have prevented me from picking up this one no matter how delightful it might be.  If it is too much for your budget to absorb I suggest suggesting it to your local library for purchase.  If you are a huge fan of Mr. Scalzi, though, and collect everything he has written then this is going to be a fabulous addition to your home library.

My Rating: 5 Stars

ARC Compelled by D.B. Reynolds

Book Review

Compelled (Vampires in America, #10.5)

Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Book Series: Vampires in America series #10.5

Released: 4/29/16 by ImaJinn Books

Pages: 122 pages Price: $2.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

 

Book Synopsis:

VAMPIRE . . . Raphael is a power like the world has never seen, the force behind the first ever alliance of North American lords, Cyn’s mate, lover, master.

SORCERER . . . Nick Katsaros, deceptively charming, ancient and commanding, driven by vengeance and a devastating loss, Cyn’s friend and one-time lover.

HUMAN . . . Cynthia “Cyn” Leighton, beautiful, sexy, and smart, the woman both men desire.

It was only a few months ago that Raphael lay helpless and dying, taken by treachery, while Cyn fought to save him. Unexpectedly, it was Nick who provided the key to his freedom. In exchange, he secured a promise that they would help him find and recover the same magical artifact that had been used to imprison Raphael. But when he calls on them to keep that promise, it will be Cyn who pays the price.

Torn between the two powerful men, struggling to keep them from killing each other, she undertakes a desperate search that will find her fighting for her life against a madman who wants her for himself.

My Review:

This series is so. much. fun!  Ms. Reynolds delivers again in this Cyn and Raphael novella and teases us with an intriguing cliffhanger that I think has set us up for a yummy spin-off series (fingers crossed).  While life got in the way of sitting down and devouring this book in one sitting I so could have.  Cyn and Raphael are the backbone to this series and hope the novellas featuring just them keep on coming.  I have read all but Adam’s story in this series and hope there are plenty of stories yet to come despite the fact that all the territories now have masters. The next full book is titled Lucifer and I’m hoping for another alpha male like Christian to spice things up.

This novella also featured Nick who is a past lover of Cyn’s as well as a sorcerer.  I believe this was mentioned in previous books, but I had forgotten.  If you did too, don’t worry Ms. Reynolds gives us all the details we need and dishes pretty deep on this aspect of the world we are just learning about.  We also get hit with the fact that Cyn has some special powers of her own and I hope we get to discover more about them in either the next book or novella.

As always this book features action, drama (this time between Nick and Raphael), and plenty of smoking bed sheets.  The chemistry between these mates is as strong as ever and they continue to make a great team.  I loved the cliffhanger ending as it did set up a spin off series that I think I found listed over in her books on Goodreads.  Yay!  This is a kick-ass series and if you enjoy paranormal romance or urban fantasy give it a try already.  I’m sure it will delight you as much as it does me.

My Rating: 5 Stars

ARC Midnight Marked by Chloe Neill

Book Review

 

Midnight Marked (Chicagoland Vampires, #12)

Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Book Series: Book #12 in the Chicagoland Vampires series

Released: 3/1/16 by Berkley Publishing Group/ NAL Romance

Pages: 368  Price: $15.00 paperback

Links: Author’s Site, Goodreads

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

 

 

Book Synopsis: 

As the Chicagoland Vampires series continues, Merit and Ethan find themselves in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse, where winning may require the ultimate sacrifice…

A vampire’s grudges don’t stay dead long…

Merit is one of Chicago’s most skilled vampire warriors; these days, she doesn’t scare easily. But she and Master vampire Ethan have made a new and powerful enemy, and he won’t give up until he owns the Windy City.

With his last plan thwarted, he’s more determined than ever to watch Cadogan burn. Ethan has put the House’s vampires on high alert, but their enemy will stop at nothing, including pitting vampire against vampire…

In this deadly game of cat-and-mouse, the stakes are life or death—and winning might mean sacrificing everything…

My Review:

I loved this book.  Loved, loved, LOVED it!  If you are a fan of the Chicagoland vampire series this is a MUST read contribution to the series.  I’m telling you do not miss this book.  Now to try to tell you why while remaining spoiler free… Man this is going to be tough.

This book is the one we have been waiting for when it comes to Ethan and Merit.  Okay this is not a total spoiler as this book does leave off with much more to come, but their relationship really shines in this release.  Theirs has not been an easy path, but we get to see everything that makes these two a great pair in Midnight Marked.  The chemistry, head-butting, ass-kicking, tastefully done sexy scenes, humor, mystery, drama, this book has everything I love about the series played out among the streets of Chicago.

Some of you may know that I’ve been in somewhat of a reading slump for the past year, this book reminded me of everything I love about reading.  I got lost in its pages.  I didn’t want to put it down and only did so last night because I could not keep my eyes open to read the last 40 pages.  I haven’t felt this way about a story in quite some time.  So for that reason alone thank you Ms. Neill for giving me a book I so desperately needed right now.

I finished this book up in tears and laughs with a smile on my face and wishing I didn’t have to wait to read the next.  This world has much more area to explore and issues to resolve for not only Ethan and Merit, but all the supernaturals that call Chicago home.  This was a great read and again if you are a fan of this series do not wait to read this one!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

My Rating: 5 Stars

 

ARC The Good, the Bad, and the Vampire by Sara Humphreys

The Good, The Bad and the Vampire

Book #4 in the Dead in the City series

Releases 1/5/16: 320 pages

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

He wants eternity?
Dakota Shelton is a vampire cowboy with a penchant for cinnamon lollipops and Johnny Cash. Though highly skilled and deadly dangerous to his enemies, he’s still a Texas good ol’ boy at heart. And he has that heart set on wooing Trixie LaRoux-the most badass punk rock chick in town-the old-fashioned way.

Over her undead body…
Trixie is tough as nails and sharp as a silver stake-the last thing she wants is a man to sit on a porch and not grow old with. So it’ll take going to hell and back fighting a new threat to vampires before she admits Dakota’s courtship makes her blood hum. Turns out chivalry’s not dead after all.

My Review:

Finally I made it to the book that prompted me to work through this entire series recently.  I was approved for this book review late in 2015 and since there were not that many previous book I decided to start at the beginning.   An excellent choice by the way and I highly recommend it if you are new to this spin-off series.  So was it worth all the effort?  Yes,  I have discovered a delightful new world to play in and I want to go and check out the series that this one is spun off of.  This book however, just didn’t click with me as much as its predecessors, let me tell you why.

Mainly I think it has to do with the cowboy.  Oh sure Dakota is a great guy, very sweet and I’m happy that he and Trixie have found their H.E.A, but I’m just not into cowboys.  I also like a little bit more edge to my alpha males, Dakota is a bit too goody-two-shoes for me.  I know it will have all the feminists pulling their hair out, but he was just too polite and didn’t catch my personal interest at all.   Oh well.  Trixie also got on my nerves a bit.  I’m not able to put my finger on it exactly, but there was something there that kept me from identifying with her too.  I caught myself think ‘oh common’ a few times when it came to her issues to overcome and brash attitude.

I’m happy I read the book and the points mentioned above really didn’t ruin it for me, but they are the reason for the rating it received.  I liked visiting with the gang again and learning about the new supernatural species that the plot revolves around.   I also enjoyed how the author dealt with the issue of first impressions and prejudiced in this story.  Something that gets the reader thinking is always a plus.  I am wondering where this series will take us next as I think many of the original characters are paired up.  There were a few new ones added to the family though so perhaps one of them will be next.

Nice addition to the series.  Not my favorite, but that has more to do with personal taste than anything with the book really.  Looking forward to seeing where we go next and I really need to go and check out more of this author’s work!

My Rating: 3 Stars

 

Bound to Darkness by Lara Adrian

Bound to Darkness

#13 in the Midnight Breed series: Published 7/30/15: 314 pages

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

Carys Chase is accustomed to making her own rules and letting her heart lead the way–no matter what anyone else has to say about it. A rare Breed female and a daywalker as well, headstrong, beautiful Carys is one of the most powerful of her kind. She lives passionately and loves without limits, especially when it comes to the lethal cage-fighting Breed warrior called Rune.

Unbeatable in the ring, Rune exists in a brutal world of blood and bone and death. He’s made his share of enemies both in and out of the arena, and his secrets run as deep and turbulent as his past. A dangerous loner who has survived by his fists and fangs, Rune has never allowed anyone to get too close to him…until Carys. But when the bodies buried in his past rise up to threaten his present, Rune must choose between betraying Carys’s trust or putting her in the crosshairs of a battle neither of them can hope to win on their own.

My Review:

This is one of the many established vampire series that I really enjoy.  I’m afraid though that it has been a year and a half since I read book twelve and somehow I managed to miss a few novellas that were published along the way too.  Resulting in a bit of a lost feeling while I read this book.  I needed to go back and re-read my previous reviews (the reason I started reviewing in the first place…) to try to figure out what was happening and what I thought of different characters.  If I had not waited and stayed caught up I believe I would have enjoyed this book much more.  As it is though I still found it a good read that was chocked-full of action, danger, drama and romance.

This story brings together Carys and Rune a couple I was very interested in reading about in book 12 (according to my review…).  I must say the chemistry between these two was still smoking and it the story held me captivated as Carys worked to break through that tough outer shell that Rune built up to survive.  There were some sweet moments to go along with all the steam these two created between the sheets.  I liked them both and found them a good match.  Rune’s past was heartbreaking and Carys’s being a rare Breed female gave her some interesting qualities to set her apart from the other mates.   I would have thought her to be tougher from the beginning, but I guess she needed this story to come into her own as a breed female.

If the story had just focused on the pairing of Carys and Rune I think I could have given it a higher rating.  It was the side plots that left me confused and wondering what the hell was going on.  This probably has too much to do with the missed novellas than anything else.  I couldn’t place the bad-guy or the organization we were battling and a few of the breed mates were new to me too.  I did remember the Atlanteans and found the one character that popped up in this story quite intriguing, but was disappointed that thread played such a minor part of this book.  Oh well perhaps next time…

I enjoyed this book, not as much as I had hoped I would, but that happens sometimes in long run series.  I’ll continue on with book #14 and hopefully I will be able to get my hands on some of the missed novellas so I have a better idea of just what the hell is going on for the next book.  If you are a long time fan I recommend this book, but if like me you’ve skipped a few I would suggest going back and reading what you missed.

My Rating:3 Stars

ARC Adulthood is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Anderson

Adulthood is a myth

Stand Alone: Publish 3/8/16: 112 Pages

I received a copy of this from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Author’s Site

Book Synopsis:

Are you a special snowflake? Do you love networking to advance your career? Have you never wasted a fresh new day surfing the internet? Ugh. This book is not for you. Please go away.

Sarah’s Scribbles — casually drawn, perfectly on-point comics by young Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Andersen — confront head-on the horrors, anxiety, and awkwardness of modern adult life. From the agony of holding hands with a gorgeous guy to the yawning pit of hell that is the wifi gone down to the eye-watering pain of eating too-hot pizza because one cannot stand to wait for it to cool down, Sarah fearlessly documents it all.

Like the work of fellow Millennial authors Allie Brosh, Grace Helbig, and Gemma Correll, Sarah’s total frankness on extremely personal issues such as body image, self-consciousness, introversion, relationships, and bra-washing makes her comics highly relatable and consistently hilarious.

My Review:

I came across this cute little book up for review and thought I would give it a shot.  Now I don’t follow the author on social media but I’m sure I’ve seen shared comics from time to time.  Not a whole lot to this book except for some clever comics depicting aspects of adult life that we all can totally relate to.  I found myself chuckling and wanting to share with the spousal unit or friends that I thought might appreciate the topic at hand.

This book would make a fun little gift to most any adult of any age as there is much inside to which we all can appreciate.   Some of it is slanted more towards a girl’s perspective, but there is still a lot of material that is gender neutral.  Personally I really enjoyed the child-free jokes that were included.  While I said I wasn’t a follower before, this little book has made me a fan and my next stop after this review is to add Ms. Anderson to my likes.

Cute book, clever and relatable content that would make a fun gift.

My Rating: 3 Stars

ARC Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy

Kill without Mercy

Book #1 of the ARES Security series: Published 12/29/15: 352 Pages

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Author’s Site

 

Book Synopsis:

From the hellhole of a Taliban prison to sweet freedom, five brave military heroes have made it home—and they’re ready to take on the civilian missions no one else can. Individually they’re intimidating. Together they’re invincible. They’re the men of ARES Security.

Rafe Vargas is only in Newton, Iowa, to clear out his late grandfather’s small house. As the covert ops specialist for ARES Security, he’s eager to get back to his new life in Texas. But when he crosses paths with Annie White, a haunted beauty with skeletons in her closet, he can’t just walk away—not when she’s clearly in danger…

There’s a mysterious serial killer on the loose with a link to Annie’s dark past. And the closer he gets, the deeper Rafe’s instinct to protect kicks in. But even with his considerable skill, Annie’s courage, and his ARES buddies behind him, the slaying won’t stop. Now it’s only a matter of time before Annie’s next—unless they can unravel a history of deadly lies that won’t be buried.

My Review:

This is a new series for this established author whose finished paranormal series I’ve enjoyed and supernatural series I absolutely adore.  So when I come across Ms. Ivy’s name on a book I don’t pass it by – unless it is a historical romance I just can’t get into those…  I had remembered hearing about this book and when it popped up for review I put a request in then promptly forgot what it was about.  When I started the book I was pleasantly surprised to see the action took place in Newton Iowa!  Newton, I’ve been there!  The story instantly became more interesting and spent much of the book trying to place locations from my limited time there.  Oh Ms. Ivy,  one of my favorite aspects of your stories are that many of them take place in the Midwest and locations I’ve been to.  My dream is that someday you will set a story in the Quad Cities.  Please, please, please I would so LOVE that! Okay shameless pleading done now.

This story was billed to me as a romantic suspense, a branch of the romance genre that I’ve not ventured onto before.  I usually just stick to the paranormal side of the tree and hang out with my vamps and shifters.  Being familiar with the author and curious about the sub-genre I wanted to give this book a try.  It wasn’t bad, not sure I’m going to continue the series good, but I was invested in the story and wanted to see what happen next.  It was the mystery and setting that saved the story for me.  Some of the romance aspects like instant connection didn’t work for me with the story being based in reality.  Most humans just don’t fall that fast, and if they do it usually doesn’t work out.  When you are dealing with vamps and weres it is easier for me to suspend disbelief.  The mystery as well done, some aspects I saw coming, but many I did not.  The twists kept things interesting and it was easier to overlook some of the convenient access to all the gadgets and goodies these men had. Still nothing was too outlandish that it ruined the story for me.

The romance was alright, again it is probably easier to accept an alpha male when he has fangs, but I liked Rafe.  I liked Annie too and hope their H.E.A lasts.  It would be interesting to check in and see how things are with them in future books.  The other men of ARES security were a fun mix that is pretty typical to these series romances.  I expect we will get to know them each better in future books as Ms. Ivy works to pair each on of them up.   I would have liked to know more about all of their pasts, but I think much was held back to keep them mysterious and to be revealed later.  I would have to say the setting of the story was probably my favorite aspect of the read.  I loved that it was set someplace I’d been and in all actuality it could be any small town in Iowa really.  It was nice to have someplace where the politics and local “characters” felt so close to home.

I did like the story, but I’m still not certain I would continue as most likely the next one will not be set in Iowa.  We will see though, never say never.  I do enjoy Ms. Ivy’s writing and might pick up the next book if it sound interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good dark mystery with a bit of romance.  The action was pretty steady and the plot had some twists that you might not catch until they unfold.

 

My Rating:3 Stars

Christian by D.B. Reynolds

Christian (Vampires in America, #10)

Book #10 in the Vampires in America series: Published 11/15/15: 260 pages

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Author’s Site

 

Book Synopsis:

Texas . . . the heart of a territory that stretches from the golden deserts of New Mexico to the turquoise shores of the Florida Keys. It’s big, it’s rich, and it’s the next battleground for some of the most dangerous vampires in the world.

Christian Duvall . . . charismatic and powerful, and determined to claim the South as his own. But with old enemies and new fighting to stop him, victory suddenly takes on a brutal, and far more treacherous, edge. Because what one of his enemies wants more than anything else already belongs to Christian . . . and her name is Natalie.

Natalie Vivant Gaudet . . . brilliant and lovely, a strong Southern woman who can unravel the most intricate financial schemes designed to swindle and steal. She loves her complex job and the simplicity of her life. And then she meets Christian. He’s beautiful, he’s complicated, and she’ll fight to keep him alive.

With allies trying to kill him, and enemies readying a horde of zombie vampires to roll over all of Texas, it will take every shred of Christian’s power and Natalie’s determination to win this war and give North America a brand new Lord of the South.

My Review:

Let me end the suspense here this is a five-star review.  I loved Christian, he was all kinds of yummy and Natalie was an authentic person which is a refreshing change of a heroine in a paranormal romance.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and am so thankful that I stumbled upon it last year.  Despite my fondness for the series this is however only my second five-star rating for the Vampires in America.  For those of you that haven’t started the series yet please go back and start from the beginning.  I’m not saying you won’t enjoy Christian, but there is some major plot threads that develop from the beginning and this one is best read in order.

Now for what made the book for me.  A lot of my enjoyment can be credited to the lead male.  He was such a great alpha male, I loved the cockiness and smug attitude he had.  It wasn’t that I thought he didn’t deserve the attitude, because he did,  Christian was one of them more powerful vamp lords in the series.  It made for delicious interaction between him and Natalie as she stood up to this all-powerful vamp and turned his world upside down.  Christian also came with a smaller entourage then most of the other vamps in this series only having one that he turned to back him up.  The chemistry was pretty strong between them as well and I would have liked to explore their history together some more.  Perhaps in a future book…

Then there is Natalie.  She was a nice change of pace for me.  Too often in paranormal romance we end up with a female heroine that is as tough, or attempts to be, as the lead male.  She is either right there kicking ass with her guy or running off, getting in trouble and needing to be saved.  Natalie had those instincts too, but she also was level-headed and didn’t go putting herself in unnecessary danger.  Sure it might have found her eventually and she could save herself, but she used reason and knew she was no match for a paranormal creature.  She used her head and the skills she possessed to help her guy.    Now I do appreciate a female lead that can kick ass with the boys, but it is nice to read about a heroine that reacts to situations a little closer to how I might react in the same situation.

This is a fun series with lots of drama and a plot thread that carries over and builds from book to book.  We are learning more about what makes up these vampires.  Trouble is still brewing in this world and I look forward to seeing what happens with the bleeping cliffhanger that Ms. Reynolds left us with…  Love these vamps and I am in for the long haul!

My Rating: 5 Stars