Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As an ancient Sumerian god, Sin was one of the most powerful among his pantheon. . . Until the night Artemis brutally stole his godhood and left him for dead. For millennia, this ex-god turned Dark-Hunter has dreamed only of regaining his powers and seeking revenge on Artemis. If only life were that simple.
Unfortunately he has bigger fish–or in Sin’s case–demons, to fry. The lethal gallu that were buried by his pantheon are now stirring and they are hungry for human flesh. Their goal is to destroy mankind and anyone else who gets in their way. Sin is the only one who can stop them–that is if a certain woman doesn’t kill him first. Unfortunately, Sin discovers that now he must rely on her or witness an annihilation of biblical proportions.
Enemies have always made strange bedfellows, but never more so than when the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Now a man who knows only betrayal must trust the one person most likely to hand him to the demons. Artemis may have stolen his godhood, but this one has stolen his heart. The only question is will she keep it or feed it to the ones who want him dead?
When I started reading the Dark Hunter Books, I vowed that I wouldn’t do anything stupid that would spoil my wonderful journey reading through this series. We all know what happened with that– few days in and I’ve joined a DH/SK group on Goodreads and have browsed through SK’s website. The one of the biggest spoiler I’ve “accidentally” read was about Katra’s parentage.
While I love almost all things Viking, I didn’t completely fell in love with Wulf and Cassandra’s story. But Katra was a character I immediately thought I should look forward to.
Fast forward to this book, finally, it’s time Kat had her HEA. And boy was it an HEA of epic proportions. In a gist she gets to save the world from destruction, she gets her man (her one and only, literally) and at last she meets her father… Overall, I like Kat because she is an embodiment of a strong female lead. She’s tough, fierce and strong. She can kick evil’s ass while in heels but she has compassion and righteousness that makes her an endearing character. She’s a goddess inside and out.
Talking about Sin. How do I even begin? If the Dark Hunters had a betrayal hall of fame, he’d be up there in the ranks with Kyrian. He lost his family and his lost his godhood but that is just the tip of the iceberg that made him have serious trust issues. That said, I love him for it! If not for all that has happened to him he wouldn’t be half as awesome a character he was.
The baddies in this book are one-up from the regular baddies in the series which actually made it a more interesting read. They make me want to tear out my hair in agitation in behalf of Sin and Kat.
Another thing that I liked in this book was the battle towards the end. It was neat to see reinforcements coming from different sources. It also brought a certain new character in my radar. I’ve got my eyes on you Xypher.
Lastly, SPOILER ALERT: Ash and Katra moments. The father and daughter scenes were so well written, I still need a moment before I can go pick up another book. Book hangovers like these are the best!
Favorite quote from the book:
“You know the incredible thing about hearts is their unbelievable capacity for forgiveness. You’d be amazed what people will overlook when they love someone.” –Acheron
My reaction after I read this book:
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A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands
My rating: 1 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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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)
So here is I am just finished with book number 5 of Immortals After Dark and book review writing struck my fancy.
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!
I’m quite embarrassed of the status of my reading challenge this year. If anyone has checked my goodreads account, you might have noticed that last year I challenged myself to read 50 BOOKS! . That’s like one book per week. Though I would generally describe myself as an avid reader, completing my challenge didn’t come easy. I got caught up with human activities like work and socializing with other people, those kind of stuff.
I did finish it. So, hurray for me! Last year I picked up a short paperback on speed reading to improve my skill. Other than books, I have plenty of reading to do at work so it was really to my advantage.
Onward to the topic at hand, this year I was so engrossed in watching Korean dramas that I literally finished full series in, give or take, 2-3 days time (more on Korean drama and everything korean in another post). With that and my utter lack of enthusiasm to pick up new titles, I decided to forgo my reading challenge for this year. But since I have a fickle mind (
so they say) and lack of anything to do, I decided to read for leisure purposes.
Since I started late and I am not too ambitious, my reading challenge for this year is to finish 20 books.
Look how pretty these book covers are!
All of the titles belong to YA genre, though. I’m thinking of reading something not YA for my next book.
Summary over @ Goodreads
Story dragged during the early parts. I’d like to give myself a pat on the shoulder for pushing myself to read further. When the plot picked up somewhere along chapters 9 or 10-ish, I thought this book had its own charm.
Ari’s (our protagonist) character development was a slow to build. I wondered sometimes if the girl had schizophrenia.One second, she was this brave chick knocking strangely clad men’s head down then she suddenly freaks and breaks down for something totally unexpected. She did grew on me eventually.
Weak point? Definitely the love angle between Ari and Sebastian. Since this is going to be a series, it might have been better if the love angle was steadily built instead of dumping it on our heads.
Will I read on to the next installment? Sure, Goodreads did give the 2nd book a better rating than this one. SPOILER ALERT! Also, the idea that the Greek goddess of wisdom is an evil bitch is quite foreign. (fun fact: Athena is one of the godesses that i actually like. So speaks the ravenclaw in me. LOL)…Yet another reason why I’m looking forward to the next book.