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Welcome back to Stacking the Shelves, a regular meme hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the latest books you have added to your shelves, physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!
I took “Dry July” to the extreme and didn’t buy or borrow any books, but now it’s August I’m back!
I won a $US10 Amazon gift voucher this week, and have started spending it with two 1001 Dark Nights Demonica novellas from Larissa Ione, Aazagoth and Hades. Love these covers!
I made two requests from Netgalley and they were both granted. The first was Darken the Stars (Kricket, book 3) by Amy A. Bartol. I absolutely love this series and can’t wait to get started on this final installment.
I also asked for and was granted Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, about which I have heard great things. Really looking forward to starting this one, too. Again, both of these have beautiful covers!
Finally, I borrowed The Devil’s Star (Harry Hole, book 5) by Jo Nesbo on audiobook from the public library. I’ve read a few of his books and would like to read more of his Harry Hole novels. They’re very good.
So that’s it for this week. Keep an eye out for my reviews of these in coming weeks. So what new books did you pick up this week? Let me know in the comments.
Format: Kindle Edition, 44 pages
Published: January 20, 2011
Publisher: Larissa Ione
Back cover blurb:
Demon slayer Andrea Cole has always taken down the demons and vampires she hunts without mercy. But when a fellow slayer is captured and turned into a vampire by a sadistic monster, she must choose between loyalty to her family and the man she loves.
Kaden Quinn has dedicated his life to slaying vampires, so when he is turned into one, his greatest nightmare comes to life. And when the woman he loves is thrown into a dungeon with him — as food — he must battle new instincts and old desires, and choose between his life, and hers.
Nice story, typical of Ione, but not long enough to really invest you enough in the two main characters. Tayla and Eidolon appear briefly, but they are my least favourite Demonica characters. Hot in places but too short.
My rating: 3/5
Format: Kindle edition, 402 pages
Published: April 1, 2011
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Back cover blurb:
His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.
Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can’t – or won’t – understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman’s safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara’s life.
I just couldn’t really get into this book or feel connected to the main characters, but maybe that was just me. I loved the Demonica series but the first book was my least favourite, and maybe that’s just the case here – first book syndrome. Maybe I just need to settle into the characters and the world a bit more.
Ares was an interesting guy: complex, caring and totally unlike how you expect War to be. Cara was OK, but something about her didn’t sit right with me. It struck me as odd that she was a frightened mouse in the beginning – understandable after her home invasion experience – but by the end, just a few days later, she was an insatiable coughslutcough. I never thought I would say this, but I even thought there was too much smexy time at the end. Sure, it was hot as Hades, as all Ione’s books are, but by the end I was just going “get it over with, already”.
I suspect I will enjoy the second book in this series better as it features Arik, whom we already know from the Demonica series, and Limos (Famine) who seems like a fun chick. The first chapter was a teaser at the end of this book and looks a riot from the first word. I’m willing to give it a try, because it’s Ione and I love her.
My rating: 3.5/5
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published: June 20, 2008
Back cover blurb:
In a place where ecstasy can cost you your life . . .
She’s a demon-slayer who hungers for sensual pleasure-but fears it will always be denied her. Until Tayla Mancuso lands in a hospital run by demons in disguise, and the head doctor, Eidolon, makes her body burn with unslakable desire. But to prove her ultimate loyalty to her peers, she must betray the surgeon who saved her life.
Two lovers will dare to risk all.
Eidolon cannot resist this fiery, dangerous woman who fills him with both rage and passion. Not only is she his avowed enemy, but she could very well be the hunter who has been preying upon his people. Torn between his need for the truth and his quest to find his perfect mate before a horrific transformation claims him forever, Eidolon will dare the unthinkable-and let Tayla possess him, body and soul…
I wasn’t sure if I would like the whole demon thing, but it turns out these demons are the sweetest, hottest things around. It was Tayla I couldn’t warm to much, mainly becuase she kept trying to kill the lovely demons. But about a third of the way through I found I couldn’t put this book down.
My original copy had a large chunk of pages missing – all of chapters 21 and 22 – which was annoying, but luckily I found the book online and read the missing passages there. *slightly guilty look* It saved me returning it to the Book Depository in England, anyway. However, as Ione’s books aren’t sold here in New Zealand and I can’t buy them for my Kindle either (grumble – damn Asia Pacific region boxblocking me again!) I’ll have to risk the Book Depository to buy the next in the series. Cos, oh yeah, I’ll be reading it.
My rating: 4/5