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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Book Review : The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell (A Kay Scarpetta Novel)

Hey Peeps!

So, this is my first Patricia Cornwell book that I have read. She has a pretty remarkable bio as you can see on the book covers. This book, The Bone Bed, is the 20th book in the Kay Scarpetta series. I didn't know that until I started reading the book.

The cover looks like this:

The Synopsis:-

"A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist’s disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel."

My Review:-

At the beginning, when I read the synopsis, it was pretty exciting to know that this will  be a CSI type of a book. I suppose it would involve investigation and all those Gil Grissom or Horatio Crane type of revelations and/or moments but instead I found it to be more personal to the main character. No offence to the writer and I mean no disrespect to the main character but I found the book revolved more around the people around Kay Scarpetta. It revolved too much around petty disagreements with her husband, niece and chief investigator. The supporting characters were highly annoying and redundant. Marino and Benton are still stuck in a downward spiral of regret and resentment. And the plot, I felt, was almost predictable, Scarpetta and her team discover links between several different homicides and find themselves chasing a deranged serial killer. As they close in, the lunatic loses control. Sound familiar? Yes, like any other CSI crime fighting investigative novels. 

I have heard a lot about the writer, but this is really disappointing. I was expecting more from an expert of crime scene investigator. I generally do not like giving bad reviews to books but this really sunk me to a new low!

1 1/2 stars.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Book Review: Promised to the Crusader by Anne Herries

So, you know at one point in any woman's life where you feel like you need a Knight in shining armor to come rescue you and you ride off to a beautiful sunset with your Knight, so yeah, I was going through that period and needed something to satisfy my screaming heart for a knight in shining armor, and this book was that... believe me, this book was that. It involved a damsel in distress, an evil Earl and a Knight in Shining armor! (I think I need to stop saying knight in shining armor!) 

The Synopsis:-

The scarred knight's return

Haunted by war, Sir Zander de Bricasse is no longer the idealistic youth who left his sweetheart to join the Crusades. Years have passed and he now fully expects to find Elaine married to another. Instead, he discovers she is in grave danger....

Fleeing from a murderous earl, Lady Elaine is rescued by a mysterious knight--her beloved Zander! She's never forgotten his promise to wed her, but to restore their lost love she must help this brooding, tormented stranger heal the wounds of his troubled past.

My Review:-

Well, this is going to be a relatively short review cause this is a relatively short book and I really dont want to spoil the story for you'll!

Elaine was fourteen when she realized her one true love was Zander. Zander on the other hand, was more interested in being a crusader, well this is a Regency Novel, it was set during King Richard the Lionheart's era, so he went to war with the King's Army to conquer Jerusalem. With a heavy heart, Zander, a mere boy, left Elaine behind to serve his King, and believe it or not Elaine's father and then uncle allowed this medieval miss to hang on the shelf waiting for said landless knight. 

Years later, he returns from Jerusalem, scarred by the war and the horror of the killings (in our day and age, we just call it post traumatic stress disorder) and meets Elaine, who he recognizes instantly but stays away, Knights honor and all that. Elaine was clearly distressed and was running from the EVIL EARL who wanted her for the riches.

There's deadly plots and danger everywhere for our intrepid pair of lovers to solve, whether they solve and find each other again (there will be a lot of instances where you will throw the book on the floor and yell "God!! just kiss already!!") is the rest of the story. 

In my opinion, this was more like a Disney Medieval Princess saved by her prince charming kind of story. I liked it, even though it was a little predictable, I needed a regency setting story, this didn't fail to deliver. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Book Review : The Duke Is Mine by Eloisa James

Hello everyone!! It's been quite a while since I reviewed a book, well that's because I was a little busy and didn't have the time to read. However, I did manage to find time and slot in some reading time. So, I just finished this regency/historical romance by Eloisa James. For all of you who love Eloisa James, you must know just how good of a romance writer she actually is, there's no doubt in that and for those who haven't read her writing, its time to begin and discover those beautiful and adventurous Victorian era romance that we could only imagine!  

The Book Cover -

The Synopsis:-

He is a duke in search of a perfect bride. She is a lady—but a long way from perfect.

Tarquin, the powerful Duke of Sconce, knows perfectly well that the decorous and fashionably slender Georgiana Lytton will make him a proper duchess. So why can’t he stop thinking about her twin sister, the curvy, headstrong, and altogether unconventional Olivia? Not only is Olivia betrothed to another man, but their improper, albeit intoxicating, flirtation makes her unsuitability all the more clear. 

Determined to make a perfect match, he methodically cuts Olivia from his thoughts, allowing logic and duty to triumph over passion…Until, in his darkest hour, Tarquin begins to question whether perfection has anything to do with love. 

To win Olivia's hand he would have to give up all the beliefs he holds most dear, and surrender heart, body and soul…

Unless it’s already too late

This sexy, witty version of The Princess and the Pea turns the classic fairy tale into an enticing, funny, and moving romance 

The Characters:-

Tarquin - The Duke of Sconce

After his disastrous and heartbreaking first marriage, Quin knows it is his duty to remarry and he is more than willing to turn the process of choosing a wife over to his mother. His mother proceeds to invite Olivia and her sister Georgiana and puts them through a series of tests to determine who would be the best bride for her son, the Duke of Sconce. 

Olivia Lytton 

Olivia has been betrothed since before she was born to the also yet unborn son of a duke, Rupert, thanks to her father's friendship and promise he made to the Duke. Olivia knows all the proper rules and etiquette since she was raised by her mother to be a duchess but that is just not her personality. Olivia is bawdy, sarcastic, and far too witty to truly be contained in a perfect duchess box.

My Review:-

From the summary of the characters, im sure you already know where the story is headed. But it's not as simple as that, Quin is attracted to Olivia but the obvious choice for him was Georgiana and Olivia is already been spoken for and despises Quin. This is where all the fun begins. I have to say in my opinion, Eloisa James handled the delicate situation well and the resulting actions are something that one could believe happening. I don't want to give away too much of the story line, but I believe fans will be happy with this book. 

This book was a fun read, laugh out loud hilarious and at times very poignant. It's a must read for every Eloisa James fan!!


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Book Review - The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter

As you all know in my previous post I have shown you the love I have for Gena Showalter's Lords of the Underworld series. So here's my review of her first book The Darkest Night featuring Maddox the Keeper of Violence and Ashlyn Darrow who has an ability she cannot control.

The Synopsis :-

His powers - Inhuman...

His passion - Beyond immortal... 

All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member -- a man trapped in a hell of his own.

Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments... and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction -- and a soul-shattering test of love...
Though they carry an eternal curse, the Lords of the Underworld are irresistibly seductive -- and unimaginably powerful...

My Review :-

Maddox - 

Possessed by the demon of Violence, Maddox has a short fuse on his temper, plus the gods cursed him with an additional curse which is to die painfully every night.

"Every night death came, slowly, painfully, and every morning Maddox awoke in bed, knowing he'd have to die again later. That was his greatest curse and his eternal punishment."

He goes out one night in search of his enemies and stumbles upon Ashlyn, who looking for a cure to her special ability and thinks the strange men who are famous in legends could help her. 

 He wasn't quite sure what he wanted to do with her. He knew what he should do—and what he couldn't. Both mattered little just then. Because, more than anything, he knew that he didn't want to share.

Ashlyn -

She has a special ability that's she's trying to get rid and the Lords are her only option. She didn't plan to be held captive in their castle and accused of being Bait, but oh well life is like that. The only thing that helps is having Maddox around, because he is the only one she trusts, and it doesn't take long to figure out they need one another. 

Pale hair fell in waves to his shoulders, framing a face mortal females considered a sensual feast. They didn't know the man was actually a devil in angel's skin. They should have, though. He practically glowed with irreverence, and there was an unholy gleam in his green eyes that proclaimed he would laugh in your face while cutting out your heat. Or laugh in your face while you cut out his heart.”

“I've traveled all over the world for the Institute, but I never dreamed I'd meet someone like you."
A chuckle escaped her. "Yes."
"Of course."
"Sharp of wit and skilled with a sword?"
"Absolutely." An other chuckle. "But I mean a man… friend… guy. Oh, I don't know what to call you!"

He savored her amusement—and her earnest words. "Just call me yours. That is all I want to be."

The Story:-

Ashlyn has heard of the “Angels” that live in the castle on the top of the hill in Budapest (who are the Lords).

When she gets to the woods near the castle she is going half mad with all the voices talking to her when all of a sudden they just stop. Confused she looks around and finds a man. A man covered in blood. She doesn’t care he has made them stop somehow. She wants to stay with him and find out more. 

What transpires then is obviously them falling in love, Maddox never has been in love before. 

With Ashlyn, Violence was not truly violent. Instead, the spirit was made into something beautiful. Dark, yes. Always dark. But sensually so. Not evil, but needy. Not destructive, but possessive. Two days ago, he would not have thought such a thing was possible.

The story also revolves around secondary characters such as:-

Lucien – Death
Reyes – Pain
Aeron – Wrath
Torin – Disease
Paris - Promiscuity
Sabin - Doubt
Gideon - Lies
Amun - Secrets
Strider - Defeat
Kane - Disaster
Cameo - Misery

All of the Lords working together to find the godly artifacts so that they can trap the demons back in Pandora's Box. Each character will develops as the story unfolds itself. 

Overall, this is a good book, very very good read if you are into paranormal romance and books like Black Dagger Brotherhood by Jr Ward or Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn Kenyon. 

Rating - 5 stars!!  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gena Showalter - Lords of the Underworld

Okay, so apart Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter is one of my favorite author. Her books series include the Lords of the Underworld, White Rabbit Chronicles, Intertwined, Angels of the Dark, Alien Huntress and Atlantis. Although up to this point I have only read her Lords of the Underworld series, I do not doubt that her other series would be as good as the Lords of the Underworld.

So, lets talk about the Lords of the Underworld. The series are about a group of men that are cursed to carry demons that escaped from pandora's box. This may be a one liner synopsis for a series that has 15 books but you have got to read the series to know the story. Each book has one demon that needs crazy taming! Trust me when I say the demons are tamed and controlled when the men find their other halfs.
Below are the list of the books as per it's reading order:- 

  1.  The Darkest Fire (prequel novella to Lords of the Underworld)
  2. The Darkest Night - Maddox (Keeper of Violence)
  3. The Darkest Kiss - Lucien (Keeper of Death)
  4. The Darkest Pleasure - Reyes (Keeper of Pain)
  5. The Darkest Prison, novella ebook - Atlas (Titan God of Strength) 
  6. The Darkest Whisper - Sabin (Keeper of Doubt)
  7. The Darkest Angel - angel Lysander
  8. The Darkest Facts: A Lords of the Underworld Companion
  9. The Darkest Passion - Aeron (Keeper of Wrath)
  10. The Darkest Lie - Gideon (Keeper of Lies)
  11. The Darkest Secret - Amun (Keeper of Secrets)
  12. The Darkest Surrender - Strider (Keeper of Defeat)
  13. The Darkest Seduction - Paris (Keeper of Promiscuity)
  14. The Darkest Craving - Kane (Keeper of Disaster)
  15. The Darkest Touch - Torin (Keeper of Disease)

When I first discovered Gena Showalter, it was actually by mistake. I bought the first three books at a sale at a bookstore. It was quite a while before I actually read Maddox's book (The Darkest Night). It was pretty slow when I began reading but when she began uncovering their world and settings at Budapest, I totally fell in love!

One by one, the books began uncovering the underworld and each of their story was gripping than the ones before. What was interesting was the way the demons control each and everyone of the warriors and when the warriors had to battle their own demons for the love of their lives. With so many paranormal romance writers out there, this was something out of the ordinary and I'm pretty sure anyone who loves the paranormal romance, this is would definitely satisfy your need. It is action packed, romance packed and the writing is just exquisite. 

Now, all of the books that are listed above have been published of course and should be available at any bookstores around you. So please, go grab yourself a book and start reading this series because this is just plain amazing. 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Book Review - The Cradle Will Fall by Mary Higgins Clark

The Synopsis:-

This hospital-based horror tale features abduction and a research project that violates every principle of modern medicine. This is a reissue of a novel by a popular author often described as the 'Queen of Suspense'.

My Review:-

This is the first book from Mary Higgins Clark, and boy am I glad I read it. This is a hospital based murder mystery. Not what I expected at all. What we don't get to see in murder mystery books nowadays are the point of view of the murdered itself, interestingly, we get that here. That was one of the most interesting aspects of this book. In this story the author predicts what the outcome will be for the main character Katie DeMaio. It all began with a small incident, which leads her to meet a murder of a doctor that has never been caught for his actions. It was about a young widow prosecutor named Katie DeMaio and how she got in a small car accident, which had her end up in the hospital. The hospital was called West Lake Hospital. It had a doctor who was also a murderer, that was great for curing women that were pregnant.

Other than it's stroyline itself, the dialogues were a little awkward and the writing style itself was a little off. I would say that this is a classic styled mystery novel where you somehow know that the culprit will be caught. This book would definitely be read with an open mind.

Overall, I would rate this book 3 stars.

Would I recommend it to someone, only to people who really love murder mystery novels.  

Book Review - A Book of Horrors compiled by Stephen Jones

The synopsis :-

Many of us grew up on The Pan Book of Horror Stories and its later incarnations, Dark Voices and Dark Terrors (The Gollancz Book of Horror), which won the World Fantasy Award, the Horror Critics' Guild Award and the British Fantasy Award, but for a decade or more there has been no non-themed anthology of original horror fiction published in the mainstream. Now that horror has returned to the bookshelves, it is time for a regular anthology of brand-new fiction by the best and brightest in the field, both the Big Names and the most talented newcomers. A Book of Horrors is the foremost in the field: a collection of the very best chiller fiction, from some of the world's greatest writers.

My Review:-

As you would already know, this is an anthology of horror stories from various horror and fantasy writers such as Stephen King, Ramsey Campbell and Brian Hodge, just to name a few. The compilation of the writers were amazing, however the stories some were good and some not worth mentioning. So here are some of the stories that I personally enjoyed!

Charcloth, Firesteel, and Flint by Caitlin R. Kiernan 

Caitlin R. Kiernan, is an author whom I actually like and have read before. This tale was a wonderful read and definitely kept you wanting to read more.

The Coffin-Maker's Daughter by Angela Slatter 

This story blew my mind, I really enjoyed it. 

Roots and All by Brian Hodge 

Hodge brings us a fairly good story about country folktales and the balance of right and wrong, death and life. I liked it well enough and found Hodge's wording to be beautiful. He's a good short story writer. . 

The Music of Bengt Karlsson, Murderer by John Ajvide Lindqvist 

Lindqvist, the true master horror. This story does not disappoint. It comes equipped, surely, with many of the standards of the horror genre: death in the family, unknowingly moving into the house of a murderer, child-like wraiths, ghostly music. And yet it is executed beautifully and in such a way that you can't stop reading it. One of the most memorable stories in the anthology.

Getting It Wrong by Ramsey Campbell 

I can admire the way the story comes full circle, and how because the protagonist is so unlikeable you can imagine how in the end he will earn just suffering. Even still, the story lacks the essential spark of possibility that horror stories need in order to hold its audience in doubt.  

Alice Through the Plastic Sheet by Robert Shearman 

This story was just bizarre. I think the story could be a commentary on the absurdity of capitalist societies...but I really can't be sure. The ending added to the element of strangeness the whole story emanates. 

A Child's Problem by Reggie Oliver 

In wonderful contrast to "The Man in the Ditch", "A Child's Problem" is amazing. The writing puts in mind the era of the setting. And you can't help but love the clever, sassy protagonist. In fact the robustness of all the characters' personalities is astounding considering that this is only a short story. Oliver is a master of their craft and I would highly recommend this anthology just for this story.

Sad, Dark Thing by Michael Marshall Smith 

Another well spun tale, "Sad, Dark Thing" is short and bittersweet. Very poignant, very elegant, a grand horror story.

Near Zennor by Elizabeth Hand 

I really liked the premise of the story. The set-up was wonderful and the possibilities for the story looked quite promising. I was very disappointed in the ending and I left with the feeling that there were several loose strings left to dangle. The writing was decent and the mood quite effective for a ghost story.

Last Words by Richard Christian Matheson 

Pretty decent, "Last Words" is more of a philosophical manifesto written my a serial killer with daddy issues than a horror story. It was still pretty good, and I feel that it was a nice way to end the anthology.

Well, I truly hope you enjoy reading this book. There's a couple of stories I didn't mention in this review, please skip those!

Overall three stars!