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Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on July 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Caymen and her mother live in an apartment behind their doll shop. Caymen’s mother (Susan) has issues with rich people. When Susan was young, she became pregnant and was given hush money from her boyfriends parents to keep quiet about it and disappear. Her boyfriend left without a backwards glance and her parents disowned her–this caused her hate for rich people. Susan believes that they have short attention spans and only care about appearance. I always thought this premise was kind of naive, because it’s such a massive generalisation and doesn’t make much sense. However, this affects how Caymen perceives people and when an attractive, rich guy walks into her mother’s doll shop, she knows not to get too interested.

Caymen’s sarasm and dry humour is practically identical to mine–except she’s way more witty than me! She’s so deadpan that sometimes people can’t figure out if she’s being sarcastic. Her reaction to Xander was actually really funny, and the book continues in this amusing fashion, with funny remarks on every page. Xander is not my favourite book boyfriend but he was really sweet and he got Caymen and her character. They were both a little lost and didn’t know what they wanted to do with their lives. Caymen is really poor and trying to keep the doll shop afloat with her mother, and Xander is R.I.C.H. (seriously rich) and his dad expects him to take over his hotel business–something he doesn’t want to do.

The romance was full of miscommunication, doubt and insecurities. It was really interesting to see how the amount of money someone earns divides social groups in such a huge way. Caymen lives in a fairly small town and she hadn’t even met Xander before, because he obviously hangs around in completely different social circles and goes to private school. Caymen only really has one friend, but a sweet, genuine friend at that. The romance isn’t sizzling, which is what disappointed me the most. It didn’t make me want to fan myself or want to dive in the book and marry Xander because he’s so amazing. However, I felt like Caymen and Xander had a really great connection, in that they understood what the other needed, and got each other like no one else. That’s what made the romance special to me, but no, I will not be adding Xander to the top of my book boyfriends list, despite how awesome his name is.

The Distance Between Us was a really great read but I didn’t enjoy it as much as Pivot Point (something Kasie West has also written).  I would recommend it, because the premise was different and entertaining, with a hilarious MC and fairly intense storyline.

Rating: 4 Stars.

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Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #4)

Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #4)Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #4
Published by Entangled Teen on August 27th 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 374
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

Well, well, well, this series has certainly picked up the pace. As much as I love the Lux series, I always treat it as a bit of a fun and flirty read with some hot aliens. Even after numerous cliff-hangers, where I’m desperate to read the next book, I still felt this way. I could see the cliff-hanger in Opal coming a mile away and while I was impressed, I wasn’t at all surprised. However Origin felt like a completely different book to me, whereas the other books I’ve not written a review for because I feel they merge together slightly.

I have to admit, I liked the arguments in Obsidian between Katy and Daemon, with the witty back and forth but the undeniable attraction. When Katy and Daemon finally got together as a couple, I was happy, but thought some of the romance felt a bit boring at times. I don’t know if it was the complete change of setting or something else, but the romance felt alive and the chemistry was there once again. The setting change was really interesting, because we’ve been in this small town for all three books now, and it felt really good to see what the actual alien world is like, and how our main protagonist would deal with this world. As soon as I was relaxing into the story, Armentrout brought something completely new to the table and captivated me further. This new plot twist is exciting and could literally go anywhere. It kept me on my toes and makes me so excited to see how this is going to end!

Despite the ending of Opal indicating otherwise, we see our most loved characters and their interactions. I was a little worried we wouldn’t see the usual gang that we’ve come to love, what with the new setting, however this was not the case. Armentrout carefully crafted new settings and new characters, but kept our old and most loved characters in for some familiarity.

Of course, there is a huge cliff-hanger, because Armentrout seems to love this plot device. Everything is going to plan and then shit stuff goes down. Seriously, it’s a pretty huge cliff-hanger and one I loved, because it was certainly not something I was expecting.

Rating 4.5 Stars–I really recommend this series as always, but especially this one. Armentrout has really surprised me in such an amazing way and I’m in love with this series more than ever. Once again, I was taken on a whirlwind of intrigue, humour and also morbid realisation about the aliens and the world Armentrout has created. I cannot wait for the next instalment where everyone will finally get some closure!

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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Published by Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury Children's on August 27th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 420
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

Usually, if I enjoy the first in a series, the second one can be all kinds of disappointment, but not Crown of Midnight. This book is filled with moments of gripping excitement, an intriguing plot and complex characters you want to be best friends with. Seriously, Dorian and I could talk about books all day long.

I started Crown of Midnight when I was in a reading slump. I got a third of the way through and I was not in the mood at all, so I stopped reading it. I didn’t want to trust my judgment quite yet, because I wasn’t at a reliable time to review it or even rate it. I’m so glad I didn’t continue reading it otherwise the experience would have been thoroughly ruined. As I picked it up for the second time, I was reminded how awesome this series is and thrown into a world of intrigue and so many different delicious plots.

I adore the complexity of the novel, it has so many aspects to it, and there are many things going on. Not only that, but the characters also have issues individually, and it is not a case of the entire world revolving around our main heroine. Although Celaena is pretty dang awesome. She is undoubtedly a Hardcore Heroine, fighting for her life, her beliefs and her friends. I am in Celaena’s corner, cheering her on!

I have to say though, she is the most peculiar blend of infuriating, amazing and strong heroine I have ever read. On one page I understand her completely, on another I don’t understand her at all. She’s freshly unpredictable and keeps me on my toes whilst reading; because when I read these, my eyes glued in captivation and braced for Maas to break my heart. Needless to say she does at the end. I was left staring at the page in awe and a slight feeling of betrayal. WHY? Why do this to me Maas? I thought we had a deal that you wouldn’t hurt me like this. I guess some authors like to cause their readers pain.

Celaena’s quite different in Crown of Midnight, because we see her darker side in a lot more depth. I was beginning to think that perhaps Celaena wasn’t believably as an assassin, because despite her badarse tendencies, she well, didn’t assassinate anyone. In fact, she downright refused! I’m not saying I want all my heroine’s to be killing everyone, but the entire series is set upon this fact. Anyway, it worked itself out quite well.

There’s also a bit of romance and I love romance, so I was a major fan of this development. Overall, Crown of Midnight is an amazing read and one of my favourites of this year. I truly loved it and I can’t wait until the next one releases!

Rating: 5 Stars!!

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Review: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #2)

Review: Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (Night Prince #2)Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Prince #2
Published by Avon on 26th March 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 326
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
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four-half-stars
Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold shoulder treatment forever–especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.

Like choosing between eternal love and a loveless eternity...

Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes. And when she finds herself in the crosshairs of a killer who may be closer than she realizes, Leila must decide who to trust– the fiery vampire who arouses her passions like no other or the tortured knight who longs to be more than a friend? With danger stalking her every step of the way, all it takes is one wrong move to damn her for eternity.
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YAY! Love this series! I was a little apprehensive about reading a spin-off with Vlad, and although I really enjoyed Once Burned, Twice Tempted was that much more enjoyable for me.

I love character development and Frost writes it incredibly well. Both Leila and Vlad grew as a couple and did what they needed to make the relationship work. Like adults. Which is why I adore their relationship so much. Vlad isn’t used to having someone so close to him, and although he has had lovers, he’s not been in an equal partnership in a long time. Not just because Vlad is a commitment-phobe either. Rather, because the one woman he did love killed herself, because she was so afraid of him. You can see why Vlad is a little reluctant to fall in love after that, so he simply refuses. I love Vlad’s character so much more now, before he was mysterious (and he still is), but his character has been given much more depth and reason for his actions. I really fell in love with him in this one.

That’s not to say Vlad wasn’t infuriating at times, because he seriously is. However, it worked because Vlad never changed who he was completely. He’s still brutal Vlad, and although he bends much more than he has before, for Leila. He doesn’t change. I find in some relationships in these books, the ruthless Vampire falls in love with the woman and becomes a bit soppy. Which I find unrealistic, because it’s almost like their entire character changes.

Leila also has character development, and together, you have two evolving characters that don’t annoy you. Leila is hilarious at times, her sarcastic inner-commentary and witty remarks are exactly what I look for in a character. She’s someone people underestimate, with an awesome power of electricity and ability to read emotional imprints on people. Frost has given her truly compelling and intriguing powers. Leila is the kind of character you

I really adore this world, the characters and the world-building. There is a fair bit of romance, but it doesn’t dominate the book, and it was just the right amount for me. I’m very sad that there’s only going to be one more book, however, at least this series will end strongly and is unlikely to fizz out. Twice Tempted is not a book to miss, and is the kind of book where two hours will go by and the pages are flipping themselves, because you are so into the story and characters. Frost has done an excellent job with this world and I highly recommend it if you enjoy Paranormal Romance, because, trust me, it’s the good stuff.

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Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Review: If I Stay by Gayle FormanIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
Published by Black Swan on Arpil 2nd 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 201
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought, Library
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five-stars
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she finds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...

A sophisticated, layered, and heart-achingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make, and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
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If I Stay is one emotional book. Anyone who’s had experience with grief can relate to the premise (which is pretty much EVERYONE). Forman explores the boundaries between life and death, and the idea of having the choice whether to live or die. Mia is in a car accident with her parents and younger brother, and when her family are killed, Mia stays in a coma. We’re shown Mia’s perspective outside of her comatose body, as she watches events unfold around her and flashbacks are blended seamlessly to show her former life. She has a captivating dilemma of whether it’s worth living. Her family is dead, and she would spend the rest of her life grieving and living without her family. But of course she has hundreds of life prospects to look forward to, as she’s only 17.

From page one, Mia was a character I understood and liked. Maybe it’s because of her sarcastic and dark humor, or the way her character was presented, but she seemed like someone I could be best friends with. Forman has a way of pulling at the heart-strings in a particular way, I never sobbed my heart out, but her writing made me grieve for my own losses and I  teared up a few times. Her family situation was adorable; she had a boyfriend, a best friend, and an amazing talent at cello. There was no huge drama-llama, everything was so incredibly normal. This made the situation easy to relate to and powerful, because it reminds one that life is short and unpredictable.

I love romance in books, and it did play a part in If I Stay. Adam is probably one of the most realistic book boyfriends, and I love him for it. He’s the lead singer and guitarist in a rock band, but it wasn’t as cliche as it sounds. Forman didn’t make him a rock star to make us love him (okay maybe a little bit), but it was also really integral to the story. Music played an important role in the storyline, as it’s how Adam and Mia meet. It was something they were so passionate about and it  worked really well.

I’m not wasn’t a huge fan of contemporary, and honestly the genre has annoyed me at times. However, If I Stay has opened my eyes to the genre and made me see it in a completely different light. I loved the characters in this book, I loved the story line and the events. I’m so glad I picked it up, and will not sigh heavily when thinking about reading a Contemporary. Because if I read another Contemporary that I loved as much as this, I shall be very happpy.

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ARC Review: Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins

ARC Review: Stir Me Up by Sabrina ElkinsStir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins
Published by Harlequin Teen on December 1st 2013
Genres: Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 268
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
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five-stars
Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She'll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father's French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami's family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian's all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami's starting to feel. And Cami can't stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He's got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated….

This was such a *sigh* worthy romance. I read it in two sittings and I loved it. Julian, has been given an honourable discharge from the Marines when he was wounded in an IED explosion. He was trying to pull three other people to safety when there was a second explosion, and he was the only one who survived. One of his legs has to amputated, and he sustained many other injuries and obvious emotional scarring. He’s not in a good place and when our main heroine Cami meets him for the first time in his hospital bed, he angrily shouts at her to leave the room. Except, Julian is Cami’s stepmother’s nephew and soon Julian moves out of hospital and into Cami’s room, and consequently, they are forced to see each other every day.

Poor Cami was put out by not having her own private space, but Julian desperately needs the care Cami’s stepmother, Estella, is willing to give. Cami is attending her last year of school and works at her French father’s restaurant–Etoile. She loves cooking mostly French food, and bakes some muffins for Julian in goodwill–he throws it at her head. Commence the angry insults that are thrown at each other. I enjoyed Cami’s love for cooking food, it added to the storyline, and gave her more depth. She was an enjoyable character to read about, because she was so relatable. She goes to school, she has a best friend, she studies, she flirts with a hot Marine…wait, what? Where’s my hot Marine? *Ahem*, anyway, she had a feistiness and friendliness that made me want to be there baking muffins and laughing with her.

Stir Me Up explores the after-math of war in individuals, and the effects of loss. Julian and Cami warm to each other in a slow-burning way, that is believable and sweet. This book is wholly satisfying for Romance-lovers, and prefect for those cold days to snuggle under the covers and get caught up in a highly amusing and adorable romance.

Julian is one sexy marine *swoon*, and Elkins made the connection between him and Cami feel tangible. Cami has no idea what she wants to do other than that she wants to be a chef, and Julian and her share that uncertainty towards their future. I had such a good time reading this, I urge you to read it.

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: Shadows by Paula Weston (The Rephaim #1)

Review: Shadows by Paula Weston (The Rephaim #1)Shadows by Paula Weston
Series: The Rephaim
Published by Indigo, Text on July 2nd 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 388
Format: Paperback
Source: Given From Publisher
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four-stars
It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn.

And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams—he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth—and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.

Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly, who can she trust?

Fast-paced and gripping, Shadows, the first book in the Rephaim series, is a standout paranormal romance for fans of Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare.

 

I was not expecting to enjoy Shadows as much as I did because I’ve had a bad experience with Angel novels lately, however it was very enjoyable.

Shadows was so easy to read, not only was the book nice and floppy–I like floppy books!–but I would get immersed in this world and later realise that I’d read 150 pages or so, which is a lot for a slow reader like me.

I love books where you’re thrown into a story because there’s a lot about the characters past that you don’t know. It also means that the world-building can go terribly wrong, because the narrator is not new to the story, yet it needs to be explained to the reader. However, Weston cleverly avoided this by having the best of both worlds and giving Gaby a memory problem, meaning she’s learning the world with us, but technically, she’s not new. This hopefully means that Weston can give us some prequel novellas and some insight into the story before Shadows, because she very carefully gave us enough information to keep me begging to know more about Gaby’s past. I desperately want to know the past between her, Daniel and Rafa; and also Gaby and her brother Jude.

Gaby was an interesting character, because she had no idea who she was, exactly. She had little memory of her former life, and she was grieving for her twin brother. Although Gaby is 18, and this could technically be described as a YA novel, I really think it’s more of a Paranormal Romance, simply in the way it’s been written. Gaby was fairly helpless in this book, because fair enough, she’s forgotten all of her fighting skills. She’s not very savvy about this new world or how to fight. I really want to see her training with Rafa in the next instalment because I don’t like my heroines completely useless!  Rafa reminds me of Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series, arrogant and not entirely explained yet. I can’t wait to see more of his character!

The pace of Shadows starts off fairly slow, and gains speed about 100 pages in, but I feel this series has yet to reach it’s full potential. I think Weston has a lot more in store for the next book. I hope that as the series goes on, more plot twists are revealed, as there were quite a few in Shadows that kept me entertained.

I don’t think the world-building was that extensive, possibly not to overload us, but I’d really like to know more about the world.
Overall, I really enjoyed Shadows and I flew through it!

Rating: 4 Stars

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ARC Review: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead (Age of X #1)

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead
Series: Age of X #1
Published by Penguin on June 4th 2013
Genres: Sci-Fi, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 464
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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 Hardcover: 464 pages

Publication date: June 4th 2013

Publisher: Dutton Adult

ISBN: 052595368X (ISBN13: 9780525953685)
Other series written by Richelle Mead: Georgina Kincaid, Dark Swan, Vampire Academy and Bloodlines.
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills. 

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such mega successes: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

If you didn’t know, Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors, so when I got accepted to review this ARC, I did a little dance around my room…YAY! Thank you Penguin Dutton Adult publishing house for giving me this ARC copy. *That has in no way affected my honest review—Richelle just happens to be an awesome writer*

Gameboard of the Gods completely lived up to my expectations, it was simply amazing. The world Mead has built is so extensive and intricate, with every page turn revealing new, exciting aspects. Due to this, the world-building is laid on pretty thick and it wasn’t something I could skim over or half-read, it’s something that was needed to know to understand the overall plot. That is expected in this genre, because it’s the first book, but be warned–there’s a lot of it. Gameboard of the Gods is vastly different to anything Mead has written before, with this delving more into the Sci-Fi and Urban Fantasy realms.

It wasn’t just the world that was captivating, the characters were also.  Justin uses vices like drinking, drugs and woman, and Richelle did a very good job of still making making me actually still like his character. He’s incredibly smart, and is used to being able to watch people and read their body language, which caused Justin and Mae’s working relationship to chafe because of her hard exterior. He also has two ravens making sarcastic comments inside his head, which made for funny entertainment and was incredibly creative.

Mae grew up in fairly wealthy surroundings, she was destined to be married off and give up her own athletic dreams, but contrary to what was expected, she joined the military and became lethal and agile with heightened reflexes and speed. She’s very tough, with impenetrable emotional armour, as she refuses to let anyone get close, which made her character grow throughout the book. She’s certainly a ‘Hardcore Heroine’.

Gameboard of the Gods is in third person, and as well as following Mae and Justin, we also follow Tessa. After having a couple of exciting chapters in Mae and Justin’s point of view, I was worried Tessa would bore me . This was not the case, I got to understand how the RUNA was perceived in a different, intimidating  light in contrast to Justin and Mae’s admiration. Tessa is 16 and from Panama, which has different views on women and their future, and is less technology advanced than the RUNA, so despite that it was a jarring change, she also had more freedom.

There are romantic elements to Gameboard of the Gods, which I thought were nicely added and well-written, I’m anticipating how that’s going to continue in the next book.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommend it!

Rating: 4 Stars

If you’re interested in finding out more about Gameboard of the Gods, Richelle has put on the first two chapters and some character info on her blog, here.

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Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #1)

File Size: 399 KB

Print Length: 294 pages

Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937044238

Publisher: Entangled Teen (May 8, 2012)

ASIN: B00850ZM28

 

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.
The hot alien living 
next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the 
Vega
s Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.


I devoured this book. With an interesting premise about light aliens, it’s certainly different from what I’ve read from any paranormal Young Adult before, especially when it comes to love-at-first-sight. Yawn. This was not the case in Obsidian; when Daemon and Katy met, there were undeniable sparks between them, but their eyes were throwing daggers, not dopey looks of love. As a major fan of witty, sarcastic characters, this book delivered on all levels for me. Daemon and Katy have an interesting relationship, one moment they were about to kiss and the next they were about to strangle each other. Katy could stand up for herself and was gutsy, which was a surprise for Daemon, as his super-model looks usually kept dry insults at bay. Katy began to seem fairly shy, and even though I’m not against shy, I do like my fair share of defiant heroines, but I think Daemon brought out the confidence in her simply because he acted like a douche. I enjoyed following Katy’s character, she had a lot I could relate to and a realistic teenage voice, also, she’s a book blogger, why has no one done this before? There were references to certain books in there, and Katy shared my love for comics, graphic novels and paranormal books.


Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”


With the typical hot but a jerk male character, there is always a fine line between thinking they’re attractive and generally just disliking them. Just as I was beginning to slide into disliking Daemon, Jennifer made me love him and from then on Armentrout had captured my attention. Daemon was very interesting and mysterious and with bonus material showing his points of view at the end of the book, I got to see what he was thinking in various chapters. And boy did I want to know what he was thinking! He is a male bad boy character I really enjoyed and I haven’t read his type so well written in a while. He was hot and witty, although, he was the typical everyone-is-stunned-by-his-beauty type of guy, but I guess that is not uncommon.

Nothing in this book seemed rushed, it was all so nicely paced! I have problems with pace because I’m really picky. I don’t like things going so slow they’re boring, but I also don’t like things –especially romance- moving too fast that it’s unbelievable. Jennifer knew when to pull me in and raise the tension throughout the whole book, and I was entranced.


“Will you show me what you really look like? You don’t sparkle, do you?”


Aliens are a great idea and go into sci-fi realms slightly so I wasn’t really sure what I was going to get here. But it didn’t seem to far-fetched and I found myself enjoying something that was completely fresh and it felt like Jennifer was throwing cool new ideas at me. Really enjoyed that part and hope she’s going to bring her game up in the next book.


I give this an 4.5 Stars Really, really liked this book, certainly recommended if you like bad boys!

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Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters

Last night on The Official Vampire Academy Page on Facebook, it was announced that filming for Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters is going to start in the summer! If your like me, you’ve been waiting for this since they first announced there was possibly going to be a film in 2010. Weirded out by the name? So was I, however, apparently people didn’t react well to just ‘Vampire Academy’ therefore Richelle Mead suggested they add ‘Blood Sisters’ so that it didn’t sound like another Vampire film.

That’s not all! Rose, Lissa and Dimitri have been cast!

Beautiful Creatures actor, Zoey Deutch is Rose Hathaway, Australian Lucy Fry is Lissa and Danila Kozlovskiy is sexy Dimitri Belikov. Personally, that pictures being shown above aren’t the best so I picked some more flattering ones in my opinion (although the picture of Danila above shows he can pull off the ‘Dimitri cut.’)

Okay, maybe not that one. LOL

I think Dimitri is great, obviously not completely what I was imagining, but a good pick and I’m glad he’s fairly unknown as an actor and that he’s actually Russian. Rose is okay, I assume they needed a popular female lead to get people roped in, I’m not so bothered as long as she can act badass as Rose. I’m not sure what they’re going to do about the fact she’s half-Turkish though. Lissa is great as far as I can see, she’s pretty and blonde and I don’t know about her acting skills so I can’t really judge on that front.

I was really excited for this film and I’m slightly relieved at the casting, because it could have been much worse, but I’m also slightly disappointed at Rose’s casting. We shall see.

If you want more information:

Richelle Mead’s thoughts, she explains everything very well for the fans

Penguin Australia’s blog

Wall post from Mike Preger

Desperately Desiring…

Magic Bites: Special Edition



 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews invites you to experience the first novel in the “intriguing world” (Locus) of Kate Daniels with this special edition ofMagic Bites
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way…
This special edition includes in-depth information about the world of Kate Daniels, with descriptions of its characters and factions. Explore Kate’s Atlanta like never before with answers to FAQ and a quiz to find your place there. And don’t miss the prequel story “A Questionable Client,” as well as scenes of events in Magic Bites from Curran’s point of view.
This book was released a while ago, because Ilona Andrews has done 5 books so far, in the Kate Daniel series and Magic Bites is the first. Except this is a special edition and has Curran’s point of view. Curran’s point to of view? I’m sold. I’ve never read ‘A Questionable Client’ either, and knowing the Ilona Andrews duo, it’ll be hilarious. If you haven’t read it, it’s a must-read! Such an amazing series and so entertaining, Magic Bites will be released on the 31st December.

Desperately Desiring…

Fury’s Kiss
Blurb:

Karen Chance continues her terrific urban fantasy series featuring the kick-ass daughter of a vampire in this sequel to Midnight’s Daughter and Death’s Mistress.
Dorina Basarab is a dhampir – half-human, half-vampire. Subject to uncontrollable rages, most dhampirs live very short, very violent lives. But so far, Dory has managed to maintain her sanity by unleashing her anger on those demons and vampires who deserve killing . . .
Dory is used to fighting hard and nasty. So when she wakes up in a strange scientific lab with a strange man standing over her, her first instinct is to take his head off. Luckily, the man is actually the master vampire Louis-Cesare, so he’s not an easy kill.
It turns out that Dory had been working with a Vampire Senate task force on the smuggling of magical items and weaponry out of Faerie when she was captured and brought to the lab. But when Louis-Cesare rescues her, she has no memory of what happened to her.
To find out what was done to her – and who is behind it – Dory will have to face off with fallen angels, the maddest of mad scientists, and a new breed of vampires that are far worse than undead . . .

This book was released on the 11th October… and I’m just getting round to reading it! I’ve already bought it, but I’m desperately desiring to read it- if that counts. Karen Chance is on my recommended books simply because she creates amazing worlds and characters. Along with sexy Louis-Cesare, this series is a must-read. If you love a hardcore heroine set in an action-packed world with fairy’s and vampires, you will highly enjoy this.

Desperately Desiring…

… Wolfishly Yours.                              

Wolfishly Yours (Westfield Wolves, #6)

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140226349X

Accustomed to running wild with her Lycan brothers in the swamps of Louisiana, Miss Liviana Mayeux is shipped off to London where Lady Hadley offers to sponsor and assist her. Before she knows it, Vivi finds herself in the middle of a pack of English wolves who are all vying for her attention. But Lady Hadley’s handsome son Grayson is determined to keep her out of trouble. If only he knew how…

I’ve never read this series before, but I hear you can read this as a standalone. I’ve also never ventured into the world of paranormal/ historical romance before and I’m excited to read it. You can pre-order here, or read some reviews here, but the book doesn’t come out until 1 February 2013.

Favourite Five Friday

1. Epic Reads created a map of every state in the US, with a book for each state. How many have you read? Find out here




2. Givenchy is about to release the Lively collection later this month by Liv Tyler. Three lipsticks inspired by Liv but, the one I’m really excited about is a black lipstick…that’s not a black lipstick. The idea is that it reacts to your lip’s colour and makes the lipstick unique for everyone. If you want more information go here




3. Ever wondered why Ilona Andrews hasn’t done a YA series? Unfortunately, Ilona doesn’t have any plans for Julie yet, however, she has shown a prologue and chapter 1 on her blog of another YA series that she’s working on. She does warn you though, to be careful what you wish for because, these scenes is quite dark.

4. There is to be a third Bridget Jones novel! Those of you familiar with these books, know how utterly hilarious and cringey they are. They’re about a single British woman, trying to give up smoking, drinking and going on a diet.
 They are also talking about a Bridget Jones musical and a third film, not based on the novel. In the films Mark Darcy is played by Colin Firth and Daniel Cleaver is played by Hugh Grant, what more do you want? Find out more here


5. Cosmopolitan have some awesome new trends I especially like these shoes:



Go here for more.






Desperately Desiring…

This week I desperately Desire…Bitter Blood
It’s been a while since I’ve read about  Shane and his flame-thrower, I hunger for Michael and Shane’s insulting comments. And where has crazy Myrnin been all this time?
 The Morganville Vampires is a series about a vampire town that Claire Danvers discovers and cannot leave. Bitter Blood #12 came out yesterday, but I have been subjected to wait for Christmas!
That’s another 48 days. Shane’s wit is going to have to wait. 
If you haven’t read this YA series before, go have a look on goodreads.

Blurb:
For years, the human and vampire residents of Morganville, Texas, have managed to co-exist in peace. But now that the threat to the vampires has been defeated, the human residents are learning that the gravest danger they face is the enemy within…

Thanks to the eradication of the parasitic creatures known as the draug, the vampires of Morganville have been freed of their usual constraints. With the vampires indulging their every whim, the town’s human population is determined to hold on to their lives by taking up arms. But college student Claire Danvers isn’t about to take sides, considering she has ties to both the humans and the vampires. 

To make matters worse, a television show comes to Morganville looking for ghosts, just as vampire and human politics collide. Now, Claire and her friends have to figure out how to keep the peace without ending up on the nightly news… or worse.

Review of Cry Wolf Patricia Briggs (Alpha and Omega #1)

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Series: Alpha and Omega #1
Published by Orbit on July 29th 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 307
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought
four-stars

The Alpha and Omega #1                              
Paperback: 307 pages
Release date: July 29 2008
ISBN: 978-1-84149-794-5
Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack… and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she’d learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer – and son – of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.
Charles insists that Anna is not only his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna’s inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf – a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack…


Anna Latham lived in Chicago as a waitress earning next to nothing and living poorly. An abusive werewolf turned her three years ago because she is a rare Omega, this means she can help calm the pack and doesn’t have to obey to orders of those in her pack. Her life before was simply to get by until her knight in shining armour killed her pack Alpha- Leo and her main abuser-Justin.
 I thought Anna’s behaviour would bother me, because she acts like a submissive wolf and normally Patricia Briggs has quite strong characters, yet I actually liked her personality and thought her submissiveness was realistic, and gave her character more depth. Also, the chance to grow throughout the series, proving we can have strong female characters that aren’t mouthy.
The hero is Native American Charles, who has never before had a mate, but what he calls his ‘Brother wolf’ instantly chose Anna the moment he saw her as his mate. Neither of them know what they’re doing, and because this is written in the third person, it’s quite interesting to see their thoughts and the complete miscommunication between them as they find their footing in the relationship. Both think their doing everything wrong. Charles is a very dominant wolf yet his father-Bran is alpha and Charles is effectively the pack killing machine, he kills those who need to be killed.
Anna has to move from Chicago which she finds tough, her surroundings are completely different as she enters a plush house. Gone has her little apartment with sparse furniture, and instead of city life, there is a small town with a huge forest and scenery. Anna copes well with this and though Charles and Anna don’t know each other that well, I liked to see their relationship develop as they slowly began to trust each other and fall in love.
We gain insight into a fellow pack member Asil, his mate died long ago and he keeps having terrible dreams and asking Bran to kill him. I liked his different insight and it quickly became clear why we were told his past and troubles.
The plot slows down towards the middle when they are on a mission, focusing more on their sweet romance, but soon picked up again towards the end. The last chapter seemed slightly rushed, because I think Patricia Briggs didn’t want to lengthen it out in the next book.
Patricia has a series written before this following Mercedes Thompson, and she also has issues with abusive behaviour in the series, they are set in the same world, yet you can read this book first even though there are some references to Mercy. She first wrote about Charles to make the Marrok’s pack seem more real to the reader, she found herself liking Charles’ character and when asked to write a short story, thought he would be a good idea. Overall, I enjoyed the book and the character building, and am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
I give this 4 Stars

four-stars

Which is the most gut-wrenching choice? Rose Hathaway’s? Or Sydney Sage’s?…Continued

Sydney has the choice between her job (although it’s more complicated than that) and Adrian.

Job
Sydney has been an alchemist all her life, either that or she’s been training for it. She’s always responsible for everything that’s happening, and, should something go wrong, she’s to blame. Sydney never really complains about her job, she thinks it’s her duty and she has to do it because it’s been passed through her family. She can’t choose both her job and Adrian because it is incomprehensible in her line of work to have a relationship with someone involved with magic or who’s a vampire. The only relationship allowed is a business one, that should not get personal.
In Sydney’s society, vampires are wrong and evil, she has been asked to do Gods work and will do so with a gold cross around her neck that gives her comfort. Lately though, she has been starting to enjoy being with Adrian, Eddie, Angeline etc. But she knows it’s wrong and if she ever hesitated, her visit to see Keith certainly supported how awful the re-education is. If they find out how her feelings have changed from revulsion to liking them, everything she has ever built would come crashing down. Her father is awful and would never forgive her for even kissing Adrian, she would be replaced by her sister who in my opinion is ungrateful and definitely not capable of Sydney’s job.

She’s makes such a great Sydney, beautiful!

On the other hand, what has her job ever done for her? She could keep building herself up and getting promotions, but no one would be looking out for her, she would have left the only people who ever cared for her. Her father would be ashamed of her if she chose Adrian, but when is he ever congratulating her work anyway? He never says anything nice to her and everything she does is wrong, she could go through her whole life with daddy issues and trying to please him, or she could think: ‘why do I care?’
She’s so scarred by her lifestyle and pressure that she’s anorexic, yet no one seems to notice but Adrian, because as long as she’s doing her job, why would it matter? Sydney points to her lily and says it’s her duty, because it’s her belief system, but the lily fails her, as she’s just another cog in a big machine and doesn’t matter to anyone apart from the people she refuses to get close to.

Adrian
I’m going to try and not ramble on about Adrian, because I already covered his argument with Rose’s post.
Adrian needs to step up his game, and he is. When with Rose, he lent on her like a crutch and tried to impress her. Now he wants to be a better person, he’s giving up smoking, in return for Sydney to eat, he’s trying not to drink as much and he’s not having so much lady company. On top of all that, Adrian is in college doing art, having a work ethic, and trying to stop being a spoilt child feeling sorry for himself. You make me want to become something greater than myself. I want to excel. You inspire me in every act, every word, every glance. It is sad that he fell so deeply in love with Rose as she kind of abandoned him, but as we can see Adrian is the first to make a move to Sydney, because he falls in love easily.
Adrian is the only one who cuts Sydney some slack and realises she’s not there to sort out everyone’s problems and stands up for her when people are being rather unfair. Sydney has a life that’s boring, even though she was home educated, her father made sure he was strict and she is extremely clever, but this has gone unnoticed and she can’t do anything except her alchemist job. Sydney is craving an education so much that she chose to stay on at school even though she is years too old for it because she can’t go to college. Sydney is extremely too young to be tied down, it doesn’t seem like she’s had any excitement in her life and she’s always been told what to do. Adrian is yin to her yang, they seem to fit perfectly together. She brings a light into his life, and he brings a humour and fun that high-strung Sydney needs.

Is Adrian the right one for her though? He may be fun for a while, but does he seem like the guy who would be tied down? Sydney could lose everything if she chose him, what if it doesn’t work out or Adrian cheats on her? One slip of Adrian and she would be utterly alone in life. None of them are experienced in life or relationships, especially Sydney. Adrian smokes, drinks and is entirely inappropriate for her and her belief system, he says he’s going to quit, but these are coping mechanisms that he’s had for years. It’s not going to be easy peasy to drop them.

Looking very dapper, Mr Ivashkov

Sydney’s terrified of magic, she’s done a little, but only at the push of others and to save people, with other opinions pressuring her, she’s not sure what she believes anymore or if it’s been forced on her.

Do you think Sydney’s choice was harder?
Personally, I think it is. Rose had to choose between two hot men. Sydney has to choose between her belief system and a man who has completely changed her perspective.
Everything she has ever known is telling her magic and Vampires are wrong, Adrian is challenging that. Sydney is lost and doesn’t know what she thinks about anything, Adrian has got to be the only person not pressuring her into a belief…apart from at the end when he kisses her. He’s forcing her to face the facts and choose something, but whatever she chooses, it has to be her decision, not anyone else’s  Maybe it’s time for the divide between humans and the vampires to be taken away.

If a hot dream walker, came into my life and kissed me, there is no debate what I’d do…but then I’m not particularly religious and I don’t have someone forcing me into beliefs.

What would you do? Do you agree with me that Sydney’s choice is harder?
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Which is the most gut-wrenching choice? Rose Hathaway’s? Or Sydney Sage’s?

Now that The Golden Lily has been released and fans are anticipating the exciting release of The Indigo Spell, one question arose, who’s choice is worse, Rose’s or Sydney’s? Sydney has the choice between Adrian and effectively, her job.
Rose had the choice between a loveable rogue and a God in a duster.

Dimitri

The main issue for Rose to choose Dimitri was the fact that Dimitri was her teacher, there was a 7 year gap between them that would be considered inappropriate as she is underage. Not only that, but with Rose being determined to be Lissa’s guardian, it would make Rose and Dimitri’s relationship more complicated. As, Rose and Dimitri would be looking out for each other and not Lissa.
As soon as she turns 18, Rose ventures on her ‘quest’ to find Dimitri which is what makes their love so loyal. She gives up her education and everything she wanted- to be Lissa’s guardian- to find Dimitri as she promised and kill him. What happens in Russia is brutal, emotionally and physically for both of them, Rose still loves him, however he’s not like he was before, so she escapes.
Later, when Dimitri comes back to being Dhamir,  Rose expects to be loved by Dimitri, instead he rejects her claiming “Love fades…mine has.” Lies Dimitri, lies. In a state of depression and anguish, Dimitri is scarred by the things he did to Rose and others whilst strigoi, who wouldn’t be?

Rose loves Dimitri though, seriously who doesn’t? He is a God at combat and this is something they share in common, Dimitri taught her how to be quick and efficient at killing strigoi when necessary. They shared a bond from the beginning. Despite Dimitri’s protests, we all have a feeling he’s into this ‘zen crap’ because he has control issues like Rose, or at least he used to. He’s unbelievably badass, his duster making him even more so, and reads western novels.  The fact he didn’t go with Tasha means he chose Rose regardless of what he says.
Rose went to Russia, gave up something she was excelling at and enjoying. Everyone  thought she was going to be an amazing guardian and even her parents were proud, even though their relationships started on rocky ground.
Ultimately though Dimitri and Rose understand each other, know each others emotions and are loyal without the slightest hesitation, even when Dimitri was in danger of being accused a strigoi, he was fighting for Rose until she made him stop. They have a synchrony that’s not apparent with her relationship with Adrian.

Adrian.

Adrian falls in love too easily and he’s convenient for Rose when Dimitri rejects her, she feels hurt and after all that she’s done for him, she needs comfort. It seems Adrian is always 1st reserve, no one quite understands him. He drinks and smokes, both unattractive things and likes the company of women a bit too much. Adrian insists he will do anything for Rose, trying to impress her. He makes the list of things he’ll do if she gave him a chance and promised to quit his habits for her.
Is it true Adrian was never right for her? He is always her ‘crutch’ and Rose never made him feel stronger. Adrian was only doing these nice things, to impress her, show her how mature he was. But he never wanted to be a better person because of her.


However, Adrian did try, he promised to give up his habits…he tried. People forget how perceptive Adrian is, he’s a spirit user for god’s sake! He learnt to heal things, he sees auras. I wouldn’t mind Adrian walking in my dreams! How amazing would it be to have your boyfriend be in your dreams?
 Adrian is an artist, but he feels alone, his parents are horrible to him, above all, he’s misunderstood. Sensible with a dry humour, Adrian puts on a bravado around everyone, when it’s clear inside he’s quite troubled and lost.  He has messy, brown hair, that is painstakingly styled and he’s sexy.
Adrian was there for Rose when Dimitri wasn’t, he comforted her, he loved her, he was willing to change for her. Rose shared his humour,and they did make a cute couple.

It must have been hard for Rose to choose between them, she loved them both. She broke a heart in the process and he never quite forgave her. In the end she mostly got her happy ending, others weren’t so lucky.
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Do you think choosing between Dimitri and Adrian was tough? Do you think Sydney’s choice is harder? 
Sydney’s argument coming soon.

Who’s the Alpha now?

Paranormal Romance is filled with Alpha men, yesterday I was reading a book and it occurred to me, everyone loves Alphas. Women reading often love to be swept off their feet by a big muscly guy who beats everyone up for them. It’s usually werewolves as they blame it on their ‘primal urges’ or maybe vampires, but is it good for society?
Do you really want your daughter reading about a man who gets jealous every other page, are books suggesting that bullying in a relationship is okay?
Personally I think not, but it certainly depends on what paranormal book you read. On the one hand it can be romantic for an alpha to get slightly jealous. But on the other hand, some authors take possessiveness a tad too far.
It’s hard for an author to get the right balance though, because what’s too alpha? There comes a point where the alpha is just becoming a bit abusive and makes you uncomfortable.  Think to yourself, would you like it if you’re boyfriend/husband acted this way? I don’t think I’d appreciate my boyfriend taking the engine out my car because he didn’t want me going somewhere- I’m looking at you Edward Cullen.
I personally, like to see a bit of past, maybe a snippet of what the alpha’s been through and why he’s like this. It makes him more believable as a character and I’m more comfortable reading it. Also, I like to read humour with it, it gives the possessiveness a lighter edge, and creates a nicer relationship, meaning you can’t help but root for the guy.
In paranormal Romance, the alpha is getting bigger. However is it better now the heroine is usually some form of badass? This could mean she has no qualms about telling the alpha where to shove it. I love these books, I think if you look at it in this perspective; the alpha character can actually suggest it’s not okay to put up with the alpha because the heroine never does.

Here are some books with alphas I love-



To begin with, the alpha acts a bit questionable, but when it comes to alphas, this is one you want to read. Slowly through the series, you find out about his past and start loving him.
Blurb:
MacKayla Lane’s life is good. She has great friends, a decent job, and a car that breaks down only every other week or so. In other words, she’s your perfectly ordinary twenty-first-century woman. Or so she thinks…until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death–a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone–Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers. The quest to find her sister’s killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae….
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane–an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women–closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book–because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds in their hands….


If you’re a fan of Spike, you will love Bones, he is a more sedated alpha (if there is such a thing) But he isn’t controlling and he’s sexy as hell.
Blurb:


You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.
Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head – wanted: dead or half-alive – means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever … and Bones won’t let her get away again.

Curren is definitely an alpha, the humour is mixed with (good) possessiveness and tales of an urban fantasy world that is brilliant throughout the series.
Blurb:
Atlanta would be a nice place to live if it weren’t for the magic….  When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start.  But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems.  But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles.
The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for the bizarre killings – and the death of Kate’s guardian may be part of the same mystery.  Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realises she’s way out of her league – but she wouldn’t have it any other way.


In these books, Adam is actually an alpha of a pack, he’s hot and he has a protectiveness for Mercy that becomes warranted as the series goes on.
Blurb:
Mercy (short for Mercedes) Thompson is a mechanic, who earns a good living fixing German make cars in her garage in the Tri-Cites.  She lives in a world where the lesser fae have been ‘outed’ and now live in government reservations, werewolves and vampires exist but have managed to keep their existence secret, along with a few other strange creatures that are still firmly in the closet.
Whilst she is working in her garage a young drifter turns up looking for casual work and feeling sorry for him, Mercy gives him a job.  She can tell he is in some sort of trouble and apart from everything else she can tell that he is also a werewolf.
Mercy knows a lot about werewolves, she was raised by a werewolf family, her first love was a werewolf and her current next door neighbour is a werewolf.  Yes, Mercy certainly knows werewolves!  She isn’t a werewolf herself, though she was born a ‘walker’, a Native American supernatural shape shifter who can change into a coyote at will.
Determined to help her new friend she introduces him to her next door neighbour Adam, who is also the alpha of the local werewolf pack.  From there events soon spiral out of control with Mercy caught in the middle.  She is soon forced to return to her childhood home and seek the assistance of the Marrok, leader of all the werewolf packs of America.  It is soon apparent that there is a plot against the Marrok but without much of an idea who is behind it Mercy turns to the vampires for help….