Friday, June 25, 2010

Review of "A Breath of Magic" by Tracy Madison

Alright! My second time using the Amazon affiliates thing.. I might actually be getting the hang of it. It's a nice little link. Mostly easy.

Disclaimer: "A Breath of Magic" was sent to me by the publisher, Dorchester Publishing, in exchange for a review. I have not received any incentives, or anything else, for a positive review.

Type: Romance, Magic, Paranormal Romance, Leisure, Series

From the back of the book: " Chloe Nichols is holding her breath. All her life, finding true happiness with a family has seemed as easy as.. well, snagging a bubble off the wind - a bubble that her current boyfriend seems dead set on bursting. Yes, every time Chloe mentions her one true desire, Kyle shoots down her hopes. But he hasn't reckoned with the awesome power of Gypsy magic, or with loyal kith and kin. One way or another, Chloe's going to get her happily-ever-after. One could sometimes be found after you'd convinced a man he loves you, right? All Fate needs is a little puff in the right direction... "

I seriously tossed around the idea of not finishing this book, and declaring it a DNF - Did not finish. I have way better books to spend my time on that something I'm not interested in. But I had some time to kill, and unfortunately this was the only book in my purse at the time. So I did end up reading it all, but I'm really not pleased with it. I know this book is the third in a series, and my issues are with this specific character, so maybe the previous books are fine, I'm not sure. Maybe someday I'll check them out.

My issues are with Chloe. I really didn't like her, and even more than that, I didn't trust her. First off, we meet her when she's asking her friend to use her magic to rid her boyfriend, Kyle, of his fears of commitment, because she wants them to get married. So, and her friend explains this to her, she's willing to practically trick the guy she loves into marrying her. She knows it should be his decision whether or not to proceed, but instead, she decided to give him a magical kick in the right direction. And this isn't the only instance. Several times throughout the book, Chloe uses her magic to get what she wants - use her will (with her magic behind it) to get another guy to agree to a date, to tell her things, to get her best friend and relative to tell her something she wanted to keep to herself.

Not only that, but each and every person she bespells forgives her, and in my opinion, a little too quickly. Kyle, while the only guy mentioned on the back cover, is not the only guy in the book. Ben is the main male character, and he goes out with her originally because she wills him too. And this continues throughout their budding relationship. I believe if I had found out that I went out with someone because of magic, and not my own free will, I would be pretty dang upset, and not sure if I could trust that person ever again, even if I were that close to them.

Yes, things get wrapped up in the end, and Chloe does grow as a character, but I really couldn't get over her actions in the beginning. As said in Spiderman - "With great power comes great responsibility." Yes, Chloe is new at the whole using magic thing, but that did not give her free rein to go do whatever she wants with her quite powerful magic.

Parts of this book just didn't feel real to me, including the ending. And for that, I'm giving "A Breath of Magic" a TWO out of FIVE (2/5). I really didn't care for it, I'm not going to re-read it, and I'm probably not going to be checking out the rest of the series.

Happy Reading, and stay tuned for more reviews, and possibly even a give-away!
~!~ Morning Glow

Currently Reading: "Betrayed, A House of Night Novel" by PC Cast + Kristin Cast.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Wicked Appetite" - Diesel gets his own series!

As you all may or may not know, I'm a fan of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. My absolutely favorite character of them all? The lovingly paranromal Diesel! Unfortunately, he shows up only in the Between the Numbers novels. But now, Evanovich is giving Diesel his own book, titled "Wicked Appetite." The series is titled "The Unmentionables," so I'm not sure if Diesel will always be our leading man, or if each book will feature a different character. Personally, I'm hoping for more, more, more of Diesel.

"Wicked Appetite" is up for pre-order on, and releases September 14th, 2010.

And for more Janet Evanovich news.. "Sizzling Sixteen," her latest Stephanie Plum book was released on Tuesday - go pick up your copy today!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Review of "Insatiable" by Meg Cabot

Since I'm stuck at home with a massive headache all day, I decided to keep my mind off of it by reading. It at least helped a little. So I finished the first House of Night novel, but had no urge to review it.. maybe after I read a few more of the series I'll do a massive review. So I started on the next book, "Insatiable" by Meg Cabot.. Been looking forward to this one for a while. Let's see...

Disclaimer: "Insatiable" by Meg Cabot was not given to me for review, nor was anything else. This book is most definitely a "Library Loot" item.

Type: Fiction, Vampires, Romance (?)..

From the back of the book: " Sick of hearing about vampires? So is Meena Harper. But her bosses are making her write about them anyway, even though Meena doesn't believe in them. Not that Meena isn't familiar with the supernatural. See, Meena Harper knows how you're going to die. (Not that you're going to believe her. No one ever does.) But not even Meena's precognition can prepare her for what happens when she meets - then makes the mistake of falling in love with - Lucian Antonescu, a modern-day prince with a bit of a dark side. It's a dark side a lot of people, like an ancient society of vampire hunters, would prefer to see him dead for. The problem is, Lucien's already dead. Maybe that's why he's the first guy Meena's ever met whom she could see herself having a future with. See, while Meena's always been able to see everyone else's future, she's never been able to look into her own. And while Lucien seems like everything Meena has ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, he might turn out to be more like a nightmare. Now might be a good time for Meena to start learning to predict her own future... If she even has one. "

Wow, that description looked shorter on the book, whew. Anyways. I have been a fan of Meg Cabot for some time, because of the Princess Diaries series. Yeah, I watched the movies first, but then got really into the books. So when I heard "Insatiable" was coming out, I got a little excited. Especially after reading that blurb. And now, having read it, I feel almost let down. And there are two specific moments in this book that made me feel less than pleased with it over all.

First up, when Meena was talking to her best friend about the encounter she had the night before. This particular scene happens early on in the book, but just in case, I'll put up a SPOILER warning.

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In an early scene, Meena is unable to sleep and gets up, originally to take some sleeping medication, but when her dog gets excited thinking it's time to get up, she decides to take him for a walk. While on their stroll, she walks past an older church currently undergoing renovations. Suddenly, it looks like something is falling from the church, and a second later, Meena realizes there is a colony of bats bearing down on her. A good looking man that had been walking past dives on top of her, shielding her from the bats. She can feel his body twitching and shivering from the bites, claws, etc, but when they both get up, she sees he is completely unharmed. He walks her back to her apartment, and it's not until a little later she learns he is Lucien Antonescu, the famed vampire prince. After this encounter, Meena goes home, and takes her sleeping pills so she will actually be able to rest, instead of continuing to think about what happened.

What bothered me was how her friend wouldn't believe that it actually happened. And I don't mean she was going "Oh my gosh, no way! NO WAY!" I'm saying her friend kept telling Meena she obviously just took her sleeping pill earlier than she thought, and dreamed all that. Despite what Meena said to try and convince her friend, she just didn't believe it. But Meena knew better. Now, maybe I have a particularly odd group of friends, but I'm fairly positive that no wonder how weird my story is, they're going to at least pretend to believe me, and not try to convince me I'm making everything up, or dreamed it. I'd get annoyed pretty quickly if someone tried to convince me that I just dreamed something I know I actually experienced.

And lastly... the ending. Man did that ending frustrate me. I will not offer up any spoilers here, but I will say it disappointed the crap out of me. I had expectations, and not only did Meena fall short, but so did Lucien. In fact, the only main character that did not make me angry in the end was Alaric, our favorite member of the Palatine Guard (read: Vampire Hunters). The last big battle was epic, I mean... what Lucien did/how he changed during it was AMAZING... a really interesting little twist.. but how Meena ended up acting after she witnessed this act just irked me. Yes, it might weird a person out, but.. well, as I said, it was annoying. I looked on the author's website, there is no mention that there will be a sequel to "Insatiable." I would be so willing to let this ending go if I knew for sure there would be something more after it. But so far, it's a stand-alone novel, one with a really crappy ending. At least in my opinion.

I'm going to give "Insatiable" by Meg Cabot a THREE POINT FIVE out of FIVE. 3.5/5. I didn't care for the ending, and the way the characters turned out. Yes, Meena grew as a character, which is good, but I feel like if this is going to be a stand alone novel, the author should have given us way more.

I'm sorry if this review seems a little all over the place, as I mentioned, I'm still battling this headache. But I wanted to get the review over and done with while the book was still fresh in my mind. Maybe I was just hoping for too much with this book, so the actual product fell short of my expectations. But what are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!
~!~ Morning Glow