Dance with the Devil — Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunter #4)

Dance with the Devil (Dark-Hunter, #4; Were-Hunter, #1)Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Zarek’s Point of View:

Dark-Hunter: A soulless guardian who stands between mankind and those who would see mankind destroyed. Yeah, right. The only part of that Code of Honor I got was eternity and solitude.

Insanity: A condition many say I suffer from after being alone for so long. But I don’t suffer from my insanity-I enjoy every minute of it.

Trust: I can’t trust anyone…not even myself. The only thing I trust in is my ability to do the wrong thing in any situation and to hurt anyone who gets in my way.

Truth: I endured a lifetime as a Roman slave, and 900 years as an exiled Dark-Hunter. Now I’m tired of enduring. I want the truth about what happened the night I was exiled-I have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Astrid (Greek, meaning star): An exceptional woman who can see straight to the truth. Brave and strong, she is a point of light in the darkness. She touches me and I tremble. She smiles and my cold heart shatters.

Zarek: They say even the most damned man can be forgiven. I never believed that until the night Astrid opened her door to me and made this feral beast want to be human again. Made me want to love and be loved. But how can an ex-slave whose soul is owned by a Greek goddess ever dream of touching, let alone holding, a fiery star?

When I read about Zarek in the first few books in the series, I told myself that this character is so hateful…..I think I love him!
Zarek, Zarek, Zarek, you had the most terrible time when you were alive and when you finally became a dark hunter, the world still gave you more lemons than you can possibly handle. The physical beatings did not really affect me much. But the scene where he was going to buy bread totally broke my heart. I weep for you, Zarek.
I’ve never been happier for a fictional character who finally got his HEA more than I did for this Greek.On the other hand, I think Astrid could have been written better. Not that I’m complaining but, her character sort of lacked some “oomph” to convince me that she tamed the wild animal.
Overall, I had fun reading this book. Since the first DH book that I read, I’ve personally made it my goal to read as fast as I can so I can finally get to Acheron’s story. So cheers to me! 8 or 9 books to go!
My reaction
while reading about Zarek’s life:

whenever it’s a Simi moment:

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Book Giveaways-Hurray!

Today I signed up for a book giveaway promo hosted by Evie Seo from blogspot.

This is actually the first time that I’m joining one. I’m so terrible with raffles though. I never win anything! The one time I actually won (the prize was a refrigerator during the Christmas raffle at work), I wasn’t present so they had to draw again.

The book titles are pretty awesome so it would be so cool if I do win.

My reaction to this Book Giveaway:

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Take the Plunge

Last 2012 was an interesting reading experience for me. And while I did read a couple of YA titles and other genres here and there, my list for 2012 is significantly dominated by paranormal romances and urban fantasy series. These titles are geared towards the more adult readers, which when I sincerely pondered on was age-appropriate considering I already six years and a score. (in tumblr years i’m bordering on ancient, aren’t I?) Originally, I had planned to finish 25 books, since I was busy (a lazy ass) the first half of the year. I ended up finishing at 62. So pardon me if I’m feeling a little celebratory due to this feat.

On with my reading challenge for 2013.

While I’m starting my challenge at 30 books, I still plan to go full throttle and read as many as I can. (i think my “inbetween jobs” status in the beginning of this year will land me with more books read) To date, I’m feeling that I’m not yet done with the PNR genre. Finally I’ve convinced myself that I’m ready to read Sherrilyn Kenyon’s series. I don’t know why I’ve put reading these books on hold. I’ve seen these books whenever I’m on Goodreads and whenever I’m out hunting books at the bookstore. To all Dark Hunter fans out there, wish me luck. I’m actually making this post because I want to like this series so much.

So here’s to me taking that step

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A Quick Bite — Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #1)

A Quick Bite (Argeneau, #1)A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
My rating: stars1 of 5 stars

About 20-30 pages or so, I decided to put my misery to an end.
The writing just didn’t appeal to me. Every paragraph, I find myself cringing literally at how weird and poorly things are developing.
It was supposed to be a funny read. But all I ever did was raise a questioning eyebrow as I pushed myself to read.

As I write this I don’t know if I can continue reading this or try to kindle my interest by reading other books from this series. If you’re someone who likes reading alpha males and feisty heroines, look away because I don’t think this is the book for you.

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Just the Sexiest Man Alive — Julie James


No woman could resist him—except the one he wanted most…

Cool, Calm, Collected…

Nothing fazes Taylor Donovan. In the courtroom she never lets the opposition see her sweat. In her personal life, she never lets any man rattle her—not even her cheating ex-fiancé. So when she’s assigned to coach People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for his role in his next big legal thriller, she refuses to fall for the Hollywood heartthrob’s charms. Even if he is the Jason Andrews.

Confident, Famous, Irresistible…

Jason Andrews is used to having women fall at his feet. When Taylor Donovan gives him the cold shoulder, he’s thrown for a loop. She’s unlike any other woman he’s ever met: uninterested in the limelight, seemingly immune to his advances, and shockingly capable of saying no to him. She’s the perfect challenge. And the more she rejects him, the more he begins to realize she may just be his perfect match
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Finally succumbed to the pressure of reading JTSMA. I think I might have had this book under my to read list for 2012. But Alas! 2012 was my year for PNR/Urban fantasy series. This is the first book from the author Julie James that I had the pleasure of reading. The story line was simple but hats off to the her for her witty writing. You’ve got to admit that at least once in every girl/woman’s life, she must have dreamed of movie stars as their knight in shinning armor who will whisk them away from their bleary existence; or as the dashing prince charming that will lead her to her happily ever after.

I had the most fun reading this book. It was light, it was funny and everything a chicklit ought to be. Suffice to say that I intend to read more titles from this author.

My general reaction while reading:

RATING: stars stars stars stars stars

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Dark Needs at Night’s Edge – Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark #5)

Right, so at press time, I have already finished reading an entire series (Blackdagger Brotherhood by JR Ward–which I really want to write a review about because I’m so in to this series, like seriously!) and have started on another (Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole).

Hold up! These titles aren’t YA?!

Uhuh.. got that right. I’ve decided to take a break from all the YA stuff for the time being. Before I fell in love with YA books, there was my first love which historical romance (this was way back in high school–turn of the millennium). If you’ve seen the my reading-read-to-read list you will also notice that I have a thing for paranormal romance/urban fantasy and high fantasy novels. (hurray for world-building! does this mean that I don’t like the world i’m in?–quite possibly)

I digress.

So here is I am just finished with book number 5 of Immortals After Dark and book review writing struck my fancy.

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SYNOPSIS

Normally, I am not so crazy over books with ghosts as main characters. I am so in love with the urban fantasy/PNR genre but ghosts just don’t seem so appealing or intriguing like the other beings that “go bump in the night. This IAD book is quite an exception.
It’s got a sexy demented vampire. It’s got haunting ex-burlesque-ballerina. And the plot has just the right elements of danger and passion.
In this book, Woede brother fans get to know Cade’s fated woman which will just lead you to jump the next book.
Props to Kresley Cole for her Lore-world building. All my love to the Wroth brothers!

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

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First off, this book has such a lovely cover! If I had to rate the book for just its cover, I’d give it a four out of five.

Fun fact: I like high fantasy stories. Gaiman and Tolkien are my favorite authors when it comes to high fantasy. I haven’t read much high fantasy in the YA genre though. This book has just the right elements of a standard “hero-or for this instance heroine-journeys-and-discovers-her-strength-and-purpose-in-the-world”.

So we have, Lucero-Elisa (I like her name) or Elisa. She was born a princess and on her name day was given a gift and a responsibility. She is the bearer of the Godstone, supposedly bestowed by God to a chosen one every hundred years. On her sixteenth birthday, she was married off to a King from a neighboring land plagued by threats of war. It is in this foreign land of deserts and oasis that she will fulfill the prophecy of doing an act of service to God and the people of the land.

This book had religious tones which makes it really unique from most books that I’ve read. Reading about the characters in the book and of their faith reminded me a lot of the saying:

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

Religious faith and the will of God were emphasized which eventually reflected how humans, no matter how pure or jaded they may be, are all part of God’s plan.

Even if the story is in the fantasy genre, the characters are very real. Take Elisa for example, she is the first heroine that I’ve read in a long while who is described as fat and “sausage-looking”. King Alejandro de Vega, while his name sounds oh-so-majestic, was an indecisive leader and was blind to the betrayals around him.

I would like to give Father Alentin, priest and rebel, a shout out for his wonderful quips when speaking of the King. My personal favorite would have to be

“…but His Majesty, may multitudinous sons spring from his loins,…”

As for the love angle in this book, well let’s just say that it was a romance-that-never-was. I wouldn’t want to spoil you of anything. *grin

This book could have been super great if:
☆ some sort of backstory was given about the Inviernos, the enemy
☆ a map of the land –it’s a new world so a little help is necessary
☆ more sorcery stuff
☆ MORE HECTOR –I liked this character a lot

The second book in the trilogy is set to be released by September this year. While waiting for it, you can ogle at the lovely UK version of the book cover.

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