Archive for January, 2012

PNR Review: Spell Bound (Otherworld, Book 12) [Hardcover[

I’ve finished “Spell Bound” the 12th book in her Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong.

Product Description

At last, in the novel every Kelley Armstrong fan will need to own, all the major heroines and heroes of Otherworld are united.

It’s been ten years since Bitten, the first novel in Kelley Armstrong’s New York Times bestselling Otherworld series. In that time hundreds of thousands of fans have ravenously devoured the adventures of Armstrong’s witches, demons, and werewolves. Now, in Spell Bound, she brings them all together for her most sweeping tale yet.

Savannah Levine is in terrible danger, and for once she’s powerless to help herself. At the heartbreaking conclusion of Waking the Witch, Savannah swore that she would give up her powers if it would prevent further pain for a young orphan. Little did she know that someone would take her up on that promise.

And now, witch-hunting assassins, necromancers, half-demons, and rogue witches all seem to be after her. The threat is not just for Savannah; every member of the Otherworld might be at risk. While most of her fellow supernaturals are circling the wagons at a gathering of the council in Miami, Savannah is caught on the road, isolated from those who can protect her and unable to use her vast spell-casting talent, the thing she counts on most. In a story that will change the shape of the Otherworld forever, Armstrong gathers Elena, Clay, Paige, Lucas, Jamie, Hope, and other beloved characters, who soon learn that the greatest threat to supernaturals just may come from within.

About the Author

Kelley Armstrong lives in rural southwestern Canada with her husband and three children.

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Dutton (July 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525952209
ISBN-13: 978-0525952206

My Review:

At the end of Waking the Witch Savannah lost her powers and she is trying to cope with this but not really.  She has always relied on her powers in dangerous situations and there is definitely places where they would come in handy.  Savannah and Adam are in the forefront of all the supernatural happenings and trying to figure out what is going on.

We see major characters from previous books make appearances and help Savannah and Adam in their search for the truth and rescue them from dangerous situations.

We finally get a kiss between Savannah and Adam at the end of the book which makes me believe they are finally going to confess their feelings to each other.

3.5/5

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New Releases 2011 (Jan 31)

A Devil Named Desire (Devil’s Bargain, Book 2) [Mass Market Paperback]

Product Description

In the second spin-off of the RITA Award-winning Nicki Styx series, Terri Garey takes another look at the dark side of history’s original and most diabolical bad boy — Sammy (Satan) Divine — as he sets out to prove to his old friend, the archangel Gabriel, that when forbidden fruit comes in the form of a woman, it can be very hard to resist. Garey is also the author of Devil Without a Cause, the first volume in this series.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Avon (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061986402
ISBN-13: 978-0061986406

Before She Dies [Mass Market Paperback]

Product Description

In death, they are purified. Holding his victims under water, he washes away their sins as they struggle for their last breath. Then he stakes their bodies to the ground, exposing them for what they really are. Witches, sent to tempt and to corrupt. No one knows about defence attorney Charlotte Wellington’s murdered sister, or about her childhood spent with the carnival that’s just arrived in town. For Charlotte, what’s past is past. But others don’t agree. And as a madman’s body count rises, she and Detective Daniel Rokov are drawn into a mission that’s become terrifyingly personal.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Zebra (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1420110217
ISBN-13: 978-1420110210

Secrets of the Lost Summer [Mass Market Paperback]

Product Description

A wave of hope carries Olivia Frost back to her small New England hometown nestled in the beautiful Swift River Valley. She’s transforming a historic home into an idyllic getaway. Picturesque and perfect, if only the absentee owner will fix up the eyesore next door .…

Dylan McCaffrey’s ramshackle house is an inheritance he never counted on. It also holds the key to a generations-old lost treasure he can’t resist … any more than he can resist his new neighbor. Against this breathtaking landscape, Dylan and Olivia pursue long-buried secrets and discover a mystery wrapped in a love story … past and present.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Mira (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778313115
ISBN-13: 978-0778313113

Next of Kin (Rebel Ridge Novel) [Mass Market Paperback]

Product Description

Beth Venable has seen too much. Witness to a major mob hit, she’s placed in protective custody until the trial. But after her third safe house is riddled with bullets, she goes off-grid to save herself. What the FBI can’t do, her kinfolk will.

The beautiful but forbidding Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky welcome Beth back, dirt roads and rustic shacks a world apart from L.A. But her homecoming — even her blissful reunion with strong, silent Ryal Walker — is made bittersweet by the fight she’s brought to the clan’s doorstep. Hidden in a remote cabin with the man she’s always wanted, Beth begins to dream of a new life: her old one. But after so long, with such dangers stalking her … impossible.

But love can distill life down to its essence: an elixir of pure hope, nerve — and the will to survive.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Mira (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0778313123
ISBN-13: 978-0778313120
Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4

Last Man Standing [Mass Market Paperback]

Product Description

A deadly mission.

A thirst for revenge.

One headstrong alpha hero and one daring woman will settle the score.

LAST MAN STANDING Special operative Joe Green has gone vigilante.

His mission: avenge his Black Ops, Inc., brother’s death during a bloody ambush years ago in Sierra Leone.

He refuses to drag the BOI team or his lover, Stephanie Tompkins, into the hunt for the man responsible, so when he finds himself beaten, starving, and alone after being falsely imprisoned for the murder of a Freetown priest, he knows he’s as good as dead. Joe meant to protect Stephanie when he walked out on their relationship, but he can’t stop her now from executing his escape. Breaking him out of prison is the easy part.

After Joe’s explosive theory pans out and his cunning enemy emerges as the front runner for a high-level presidential appointment, he and Stephanie must race to derail the traitor’s conspiracy if they are to save their loved ones, the nation, and each other.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1451606826
ISBN-13: 978-1451606829

Seduction (The Spymaster’s Men) [Mass Market Paperback]

Product Description

Dominic Paget, the earl of Bedford, will do anything to resume spying upon Britain’s enemies. Badly wounded, he is put will do anything in the care of a beautiful gentlewoman, Julianne Greystone, only to discover that her sympathies lie with his enemies. Yet he can’t help but seduce the woman who saved his life — hoping she never learns of his betrayal.

Julianne is captivated by the wounded stranger she believes is a revolutionary hero. Until she discovers the truth … her “hero” is the privileged earl of Bedford. Devastated and determined to forget him, Julianne travels to London. But when she finds herself in danger, it is Bedford who comes to the rescue. Now Julianne must navigate the intrigues of a perilous city, the wild yearnings of her own heart and the explosion of their passion.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373776551
ISBN-13: 978-0373776559

Island Flame [Mass Market Paperback]

Product Description

Lady Catherine Aldley was en route to London when pirates attacked her ship. Just in time, Captain Jonathan Hale rescued her from his own men, sweeping her into his arms, staking his claim on the pampered daughter of England’s ambassador to Portugal. His searing kisses kindled unfamiliar passions, but she vowed to make him her prisoner of desire … Jonathan Hale was a legendary and daring pirate who never took captives and always escaped – until he saw the headstrong beauty he couldn’t leave behind. She was fire and ice, a lady outraged, a tigress in his arms. Cathy refused to be treated like chattel, yet yielded to his sensual invasion as she conquered his body and soul. She made loving truly dangerous, exposing his deepest fears-and his mutinous heart …

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star; Reissue edition (January 31, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1451649789
ISBN-13: 978-1451649789

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (Jan 30)

What Are You Reading is a weekly Monday Meme that is hosted by Sheila from One Persons Journey: http://bookjourney.wordpress.com

Post the books you read last week, book currently being read and books you plan on finishing this week.

Last week I read:

1. Dead by Nightfall – Beverly Barton
2. Taken by Midnight – Lara Adrian
3. Edge of Midnight – Leslie Tentler
4. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire – Kerrelyn Sparks
5. Durarara Vol. 1 – Ryohgo Narita
6. Pandora Hearts Vol. 8 – Jun Mochizuki

I’m currently reading:

1. Midnight Reckoning – Kendra Leigh Castle

Books I’m planning on reading this week:

1.  Trace of Fever – Lori Foster
2.  Lothaire – Kresley Cole
3.  Savor the Danger – Lori Foster
4.  13th Boy Vol. 10 – SangEun Lee
5.  Ai Ore Vol. 4 – Mayu Shinjo

Here’s the link:

http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-123

Anime Review: Inu x Boku SS Episode 3

This episode opens with Ririchou getting ready for school and then we see her walking to her table with breakfast.  She is talking with Nobara about starting school and how she walks to put her finger up her knee highs and feel her thigh which Ririchou replies no.  Nobara is drooling over Ririchou in her dress uniform.

We see her about to have breakfast when Soushi comes over and says “there you are” while kneeling.  He thanks her for the message she sent last night.  Then he starts sparkling again and informing Ririchou that he has saved her message onto a USB and printed it out, etc. (I was laughing at this point).

Then we Ririchou at her new school in front of her locker.  There are a couple of guys talking about her and saying that her family used their influence to get her into their school, etc.  Ririchou overhears and tells them she doesn’t care what they say then leaves.

Ririchou arrives at her classroom and she hesitates opening the door when Karuto grabs her arm.  Karuto says she is in the same class when the bell rings.  Karuto grabs Ririchou’s arm and then makes a run into the classroom.

Then it’s end of the day when Ririchou walks out of the school grounds towards the entrance.  She sees Renshou and Nobaru spying on Soushi and a girl talking and kissing.  Ririchou seems jealous when Soushi sees them.  He explains that she would stop bothering him if he let her kiss him.

Ririchou and Soushi are in the elevator at the mansion when she starts saying things to him she doesn’t really mean.  She says she didn’t know he was that filthy by using the girl and treating her dishonestly.  He replies back that ever since he’s met her he was so happy and forgot about that (we see him naked, etc.).  She replies back their contract is void.  He replies back if that is what she wishes and when the elevator opens she leaves and says “very well”.  She also thanks him for all his help.

Then it’s night time and Ririchou is thinking back to her childhood again.  That everyone gave her fake smiles without any emotion but Soushi sees right through her and is kind to her with all his heart.  But he could do that without any emotions and it scared her.

The next morning Ririchou is getting ready for the day and opens the door and sees Nobara.  Nobaru starts lecturing Ririchou about wearing a bra and that she wants to help her.  Then she asks Ririchou if she wants to make a contract with her.  Ririchou thanks her but she didn’t want to have a agent.  Nobaru replies back that she did make a contract with Soushi and she hopes they make up soon.

Manga Review: Pandora Hearts Vol. 8 [Paperback]

 

I’ve finished “Pandora Hearts Vol. 8” by Jun Mochizuki.

Product Description

The snow-white maiden encountered once upon a time in the depths of the Abyss by the clown christened the Red-Eyed Specter … who was she really? As there are two sides to every story, could it be there are two sides to the existence known as Alice? Duke Barma may have provided a sordid outline, but Break colors the tale with vivid swathes of bloody crimson as he opens up about his past. Will these tragic truths long secreted away isolate Break further from his allies once he has revealed them?

Product Details
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Yen Press; Reprint edition (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316197254
ISBN-13: 978-0316197250

My Review:

I highly recommend reading in volume order or else you won’t know what is happening.

Since this is my first volume I have read I was really lost to what was happening.  The illustrations were really well done and the characterizations were well written.

3.5/5

Thanks Hachette Book Group and Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

Manga Review: Durarara!! Vol. 1 [Paperback]

I’ve finished “Durarara! Vol. 1” by Ryohgo Narita.

Product Description

Welcome to Ikebukuro, where Tokyo’s wildest characters gather!! Meet an ordinary boy who daydreams about the extraordinary. A naive stalker girl. The strongest man in Ikebukuro. A shut-in doctor with questionable credentials. A hedonistic informant…and the “headless rider” astride a pitch-black motorcycle!?

As their paths cross, this eccentric cast weaves a twisted, cracked love story.

Product Details
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Yen Press; Import edition (January 24, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316204900
ISBN-13: 978-0316204903


My Review:

The storyline is the same as the anime though it goes into more indepth of how psychotic Izaya is.

The manga opens with Mikado Ryūgamine, a young boy who longs for the exciting life of the big city, moves to Ikebukuro at the invitation of his childhood friend Masaomi Kida, who he hasn’t seen since he was young, to attend Raira Academy with him. After meeting Masaomi at the train station, they both set out at night to the streets of Ikebukuro. Masaomi warns him about people he doesn’t want to cross in the city: like a violent and superhumanly strong man, Shizuo Heiwajima, an information broker, Izaya Orihara, and a mysterious gang known as “The Dollars.” After running into some of the side characters, Mikado witnesses a local legend called the “Black Rider”, who rides around Ikebukuro on a black bike that occasionally brays like a horse, and who is also rumored to have no head under its helmet.

3.5/5

Thanks Hachette Book Group Canada and Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

In the Mail 2012 (Jan 28)

In the Mail Saturday is hosted every Saturday at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews.

I received these in the mail this week.

Changeling Dawn [Paperback]

Product Description

Kenzie Macleod has spent her whole life hiding the fact that she’s a werewolf. She’s not about to open up to any man, even one as powerfully attractive as wildlife expert Josh Talarkoteen. But legend says that a Changeling cannot escape the call of her true mate, even in the wilderness of backcountry Alaska. An isolated archaeological site, a terrified Changeling cub, a shadowy research facility – as Kenzie and Josh face the ultimate betrayal, his obsidian eyes promise untold pleasure and hint at dark secrets of his own …

Product Details
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: BRAVA (December 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0758265182
ISBN-13: 978-0758265180

Midnight Reckoning (Dark Dynasties) [Mass Market Paperback]

Product Description

Two separate worlds . . .

One passion that binds them

Wild and passionate by nature, Lyra Black is not just any werewolf. She’s the future leader of the powerful pack of the Thorn-if she can stay alive long enough to inherit the title.

One of the Cait Sith bloodline of vampire cat-shifters, Jaden Harrison has no interest in the wars plaguing the world of night. But when he rescues Lyra from a violent attack, they’re both captured by an insatiable desire that threatens to overwhelm them and bind them together for eternity . . . just as ancient enemies prepare to strike. And when they do, the Thorn and the Cait Sith – Lyra and Jaden’s love – may never recover from the deadly blow . . .

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Forever; Original edition (January 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1609418387
ISBN-13: 978-1609418380

Secrets of An Accidental Duchess (A Donovan Novel) [Mass Market Paperback]

Product Description

With her pale hair and slim figure, Olivia Donovan looks as fragile as fine china, and has been treated as such by her sisters ever since a childhood bout with malaria. But beneath her delicate facade, Olivia guards a bold, independent spirit and the kind of passionate desires proper young ladies must never confess …

It was a reckless wager, and one Max couldn’t resist: seduce the alluring Olivia or forfeit part of his fortune. Yet the wild, soon-to-be Duke never imagined he’d fall in love with this innocent beauty. Nor could he have guessed that a dangerously unpredictable rival would set out to destroy them both. Now, Max must beat a Madman at his own twisted game – or forever lose the only woman to have ever won his heart.

Product Details
Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Forever (February 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446573159
ISBN-13: 978-0446573153

Manga:

A Devil and Her Love Song, Vol. 1 [Paperback]

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T.

Product Description

Meet Maria Kawai — she’s gorgeous and whip-smart, a girl who seems to have it all. But when she unleashes her sharp tongue, it’s no wonder some consider her to be the very devil! Maria’s difficult ways even get her kicked out of an elite school, but this particular fall may actually turn out to be her saving grace …

Maria’s frank nature gains her more enemies at her new school, but her angelic singing voice inadvertently catches the attention of Yusuke Kanda and Shin Meguro. Can these boys mend her hardened heart, or will they just end up getting scorched?

Product Details
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1421541645
ISBN-13: 978-1421541648

Ai Ore!, Vol. 4: Love Me! [Paperback]

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T+.

Product Description

Mizuki is the female “prince” of her all-girls school and the lead guitarist in an all-girl rock band. Akira is the male “princess” of his all-boys school and wants to join her band. Love may be on his mind, but romance is difficult when everyone keeps mistaking Mizuki for a boy and Akira for a girl!

Now that all St. Nobara Girls Academy knows Akira is a boy, the students want Mizuki to stop dating him because of Dankaisan Boys School’s awful reputation. Pressured by her classmates and the student council president, Mizuki decides to do the unthinkable: she goes to Ran for help.

Product Details
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1421538733
ISBN-13: 978-1421538730

Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 2 [Paperback]

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T.

Product Description

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage … and a mysterious power!

Princess Nakaba of Senan and Prince Caesar of Belquat only married each other for the sake of peace between their two warring countries, but things take a surprising turn when Caesar finds himself falling for his strange wife! Caesar tries to get Nakaba to return his feelings, but she maintains that he is her enemy and that she hates him. So when Nakaba has a vision of Caesar getting killed, will she say anything to save him?

Product Details
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 142154105X
ISBN-13: 978-1421541051

Otomen, Vol. 12 [Paperback]

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T.



Product Description

Asuka Masamune is a guy who loves girly things — sewing, knitting, making cute stuffed animals and reading shojo comics. But in a world where boys are expected to act manly, Asuka must hide his beloved hobbies and play the part of a masculine jock instead. Can Asuka ever show his true self to anyone, much less to Ryo Miyakozuka, the girl that he’s falling for?

Secretly taking a baking class for men, Asuka is relieved that there’s a safe haven where he doesn’t need to hide his girly side from his anti-otomen mother. But when she finds out that he’s been attending this class, things get set to explode!

Product Details
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1421541092
ISBN-13: 978-1421541099

Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura , Vol. 6 [Paperback]

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences T.

Product Description

Sakura is the granddaughter of a mysterious moon princess who slew demons with her Blood Cherry Blossom sword. All her life Sakura has been forbidden to look at the full moon without knowing why. Then one night, unhappy over her impending marriage, Sakura gazes up at the moon, only to see a demon attacking her…

The battle between Kohaku and Shuri has ended, but Sakura is still held captive by Enju. Sakura tries to convince her brother that there are humans who will accept the moon people, but he will not back down. Enju tells Sakura she will soon need to choose sides and whom she is to destroy …

Product Details
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 142154024X
ISBN-13: 978-1421540245

Thanks Dani Harper, Hachette Book Group and Simon Schuster Canada!


What did you get in the mail this week?