Dark Fever (Fever #1)

by Karen Marie Moning

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Published: October 1st 2006 by Delacorte Press

Rating: 4 amazing stars!

Synopsis: 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….

MY REVIEW:

A very good book! I found it thanks to a recommendation of a friend. I was not very sure at first, because Fae are not something that really amuse me. But this book proved me wrong.

The beginning is SLOW in my opinion, it’s like nothing really happens but after 35% it gets interesting.

The writing is remarkable and never boring. Descriptions are everywhere and for every taste.

We have several characters but the main ones are Mac and Barrons.
Mac is an extraordinary protagonist, she surprises the reader over and over and ends up being a kick ass heroine, not the blond bubble-head that we meet at the start of the book.

Barrons, WOW, I just love him! He is intriguing and I’m looking forward to finding out what he is. (I have a some ideas, but let’s see what happens)
Definitely my favorite character.

The plot is complex and here we just see the tip of the iceberg.
The only thing I would criticize is the “sexual” scenes that made no sense to me. (they could have been developed differently). Let’s be clear, they were so few so It’s not big deal. Anyway the series is called “Fever” so yes, I was expecting steamy moments but it’s like they came out of the blue!

Anyway it’s a very promising start to a series! Can’t wait to read more of it!

And here is the other cover that personally I love 🙂

The Lodestone Trilogy by Mark Whiteway

Genre: Sci- Fi

Published: December 20th 2011 by Mark Whiteway

Rating: 4 STARS!

On a distant planet ruled by a brutal tyrant, an alien girl comes to the aid of a stranger and is plunged into the midst of a titanic struggle that will decide the fate of her world.

For the first time in a single volume, this limited edition version includes all three books of the first Lodestone story arc, including a revised and updated version of Book One, a unique cover featuring a scene from the second book, and a special chapter navigation system. The combined 360,000 word epic is available for a limited period only.

Lose yourself in the astounding world of Kelanni!

MY REVIEW:

At the beginning, I wasn’t sure about my choice, mainly because it was a trilogy and it was long. Sometimes I like to take a brief moment between one book and the other so I thought it was going to be boring but it wasn’t whatsoever!

The first 2 chapters were hard to read, I admit it, there were so many new names and artifacts that several times I had to ask , ‘what did this mean?’ and found myself going back to the previous pages often, but after that little inconvenient, I found it fascinating.

The world Mark Whiteway created is unique and mesmerizing. The books have tons of action, no time to get bored. It’s a fast paced story but not for lack of details, on the contrary, everything is perfectly explained. The plot is rich and the characters are fantastically developed.

“The key to defeating a tyrant -any tyrant- is to understand the source of their power. Once you do that, you can manipulate it; even use their own power against them”

All the story goes around schemes and lies comitted and said at the behest of the Unan- Chinneroth, or simply “The Prophet”, which slaves people called “tributes” to keep the Lodestone supply.

What is lodestone? A desired material with many impressive properties.
Why do “The prophet” needs it? Read the books and find out! lol

The trilogy is totally based on physical principles but certainly it requieres imagination. And it’s great to see the use of physics as a door to a magical world. (believe me, I hate physics, but reading this made it sound appealing)

As Nathaniel Hawthorne said: “Easy reading is damn hard writing” .

BOOK 1

Spins around five main characters: Lyall, Shann, Alondo, Keris and Boxx. All of them with opposite and varied personalities and different background.

Shann is a determined and brave girl whose parents were taken as tributes and desperately wants to see them again.(no spoiler here, that information is released early in the book)

Lyall is also brave and the leader of the group but he is always haunted by his past.

Alondo is at the same time, the heart and the brain of the group. Extremely clever and so caring and carefree.

Keris is a smart and sharp woman whose beliefs were totally changed after some specific event I can’t reveal without writing a spoiler so…

Boxx is a Chandara. It’s both cute and wise and the bonding between it and Keris is amazing.

This peculiar group begin a journey to achieve the Kellani’s well being. The first book consists in their adventures to cross the Barrier of Storms in the Aronak Sea.
BOOK 2:

When I thought the story couldn’t get better, I started the second book and I was immediately hooked. Again marvelled by an advanced and wonderful world the author created.
New adventures awaiting. The second book is about what lays beyond the barrier.
I don’t know how to review this without giving away much of the first book but…
Here appear other important characters such as Rael and McCann. We learn a lot of the Chandara’s history. It’s a quest to find the four components that Annata told them, to build a device that will destroy The Prophet’s weapon. Personally that was my favourite part of the books and didn’t wanna drop it.
The end of book two… what a cliffhanger! No way to stop the reading at this point.

BOOK 3:

It begins a little slow for my taste. After an impressive final for book 2, I was expecting more. But then it gets truly better.
Likewise there are new alliances made and some broken, we discover long expected truths, about who The Prophet is, what are his motives and also about the “mysterious” destruction of the Chandara Forest.
We get to know McCann from a different perspective. And find out that not everything is black and white as it was pictured in the previous books. There is a huge turn of events, there is a lot of betrayal and at some point you really wonder where the characters loyalty lays. A lot of suspense!

To sum up: many details and a clever plot combined with excellent writing skills. The end is up to a very good trilogy. Though I heard there is a fourth book coming up! Looking forward to reading it!
I would totally recommend this books!

Whisper Walker (Whisper Walker Series #1)

by London Cole

Genre: Dystopian Paranormal

Published: April 7th 2012 by LC Books

Rating: 4 STARS!

Seventeen year-old Acquisitions Specialist Drake Adair is legendary at his job: he can obtain anything from anyone and from anywhere, without getting caught. At least, he’s never been caught before.

This time things go differently. He ends up on the run from the enemy Guild and takes refuge in a cave, only to get stuck in a pit in the back of the cave. He might be the only living human in there, but he’s not alone.

Kelsie, Drake’s roommate and closest friend since she fled her filicidal father, has secrets. Secrets she keeps even from Drake. Sneaking outside the Gates into the wild, she risks everything for a little excitement. Her lies now threaten everything she cares about most in her life.

Drake unearths a plot by an enemy Guild to tear apart life as he knows it. The very people closest to him may be pawns in the grisly scheme, leaving Kelsie and Drake with no one to turn to as they struggle to find answers before it’s too late.

Set eighty years after World War III, Kelsie and Drake pair up to protect the only life they know in a harsh and unforgiving world. They must each come to grips with his abilities, her secrets, and their mixed feelings for each other. Will they make it? Or will the very foundations of their lives be ripped from beneath them.

MY REVIEW:

— I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. —

At first I didn’t know what to expect of “Whisper Walker”. The cover didn’t say much and I just jumped blind into it.

And now, after reading it, I still find it difficult to tag it in a specific category or genre. It has mystery and dystopian elements but also paranormal components and a little bit of romance. Therefore it is a perfect combo for me XD

I have to acknowledge mr. Cole’s ability to make them fit perfectly. He did a terrific job.

At the beginning I found the approach similar to “Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi, not the technological stuff (which is absent here) but the idea of civilized people living inside a fence and the “mutants” living outside, making it dangerous to cross the barrier and go to the woods. But then it was developed in such an original way that I forgot about my previous thoughts.

Regarding the characters, the main two are so STRONG and defined teenagers that you can’t get enough of them. Kelsie is such a bad-ass and Drake is tough and sweet at the same time. Although the real role that Kelsie plays it’s explained further in the story, you just love her from the start! (at least I did)

However, there were things that prevented me to give this book a 5 stars rating and those were for example the main characters sleeping together and showering together. Not that I’m a prude or anything (XD) but seriously? Saving water and time… that’s like the oldest trick in the world! lol.
On the other hand, those parts were perfectly executed and weren’t offensive or scandalous in the slightest. Personally I believe they added interest to their relationship but I’d recommend you to be careful with the kids though!

Likewise, I’d loved to read more about why the mutants were mutants (we only have a tiny reference) and also about the Guild, and the way the live.

Anyhow, the book is totally worthy! And the end is just fabulous! Besides, it’s only the start of a series and it’s so promising!
I totally recommend this!

FREEWILL (Freewill #1)

by Elyse Draper

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Published:  March 11th 2012

Rating: 4 stars

Told as a paranormal fairytale, with science-fiction and dark-mystery/thriller overtones, the main character, Ellie, has discovered an ancient world that exists within, and alongside, our own. To survive the mysterious and dangerous, she has to learn what she has become since her death, where her strength really resides, and how to love and be loved. Unbeknownst to her, destiny’s stop watch is counting down, secret organizations are watching her every move, and her family’s past may destroy her future.

MY REVIEW:
Well, well, encountered feelings toward this book that ended up in a very good sentiment.

I say this because at the beginning I honestly wasn’t sure what I was reading, each chapter talking about different people and things that didn’t seem to connect at all but then as the story develops I understood a little bit more and the ending really gave closure to those loose ends that were bugging me. And it was like OMG! 

The story goes around two main characters that are Ellie and Christopher, both have complex personalities and some personal baggage that make them incredibly appealing as protagonists.
But there are many other characters, not as important but entirely interesting as well, such as Ann and James, our green eyes bad guy or Lune (the most incredible dog I’ve ever read about!) He is just A- MA – ZING! 
As weird as it sounds, the dog is probably my favorite character in the whole book!
You’ll understand what I mean if you read it.

Anyway, my feelings went up and down, I laughed with them but also felt their sadness. At one point my heart just shattered! And the end… oh that end! What will happen next???

The plot is completely ORIGINAL and left me wanting to know MORE! 
Luckily I have the second and third book in the trilogy to satisfy my curiosity! YAY!