Huge, HUGE fan of Ms. Amanda J. Greene and her Rulers of Darkness series is one of my all time favorite, vamp-tastic, paranormal romance series. For a limited time, the first three installments are in a box set for .99!!!
You can read my previous reviews for this series...
And so I one-clicked...again and again. The result? Over 135 pages of who the hell knows?! on my Paperwhite! I MUST BE STOPPED!!! So now I'm on a mission to get my baby all cleaned up and clutter free. I'm working my way backwards and so far...
I've had a couple that I gave up on at under 10%.
One that is a bundle that while I'm not giddy with excitement over, it can stay cause it may come in handy this summer when I need a beach day read!
And sadly, I've come across a couple "What the hell was I thinking?!" that I deleted on sight.
My hope is to find a hidden treasure, a book that I will want to kick myself for not reading sooner, a book that will free me of current funk. Wish me luck!
Now don't me wrong, no way am I giving up on freebies but maybe, just maybe I'll learn to maybe pause and count to ten before I buy now with 1-click! When was the last time you rolled up your sleeves and decluttered your kindle?
"As far as tears go, I think yours taste the best."~Dornan
First, I would like to talk covers. This one is stunning, perfect. The 'book' itself is bullshit. These serial installments average out to what...100 pages each, give or take? okay fine but I need what little I have to mix it up, move around, cover a lot of ground so that I don't feel like I'm reading one, maybe two really long chapters. The previous installments did a good job in doing so. This one? Not so much. It was an absolute necessity, plot wise, to have this deeply disturbing scene and yes, it was powerfully written but when I, as the reader, knew this was a very short book, I needed more to come into play before it actually did. Suddenly it picked up, new elements and then yep, you guessed it, it was over.
Can I just say, I damn near LOST MY MIND when I hit chapter 5 only to see that in consisted of 28 words. TWENTY EIGHT. Can you imagine my reaction when it happened again at chapter 8 (46 words)? I'm sorry but no. That's just not okay in my opinion and to be honest, it felt very insulting to me, the reader. I read the first couple of books individually but it wasn't until the entire box set was offered, at a steep discount, that I decided to pick it back up and I am so glad I did. As much as I love this story, this author and this world she has created and how this installment ended, I'm stepping away and will come back to the final installments at a later time.
"Damn it Julz, you could burn the whole world down and I'd still forgive you."~Jase
Why oh why did I take so long to get back to the Gypsy Brothers?! At a mere 88 pages, I devoured this one in one sitting. Am I still pissed that it's written as a serial? YES. I hate serials, hate them, yet here I am, salivating over every page swipe. The length is the ONLY reason I'm not giving this one 5 stars. I'm just stubborn like that.
This installment was just as raw and gritty as the previous but with so much added 'heart'. This type of soul splitting emotion isn't an easy accomplishment yet Ms. St. Germain managed in just a few pages. I'm all for a love triangle, if done correctly and while I wouldn't quite call it a typical love triangle, this odd, dangerous dance between Jase, Julz and Elliot is fascinating. Who should my heart break for? I can't decide! I love that Julz, despite her many, MANY flaws, is a female lead I can genuinely root for. She isn't perfect and let's be honest, she's clearly unstable, but her strength and drive is so refreshing in a genre where females are often dumbed down in order to elevate the all mighty 'alpha male'.
Fast paced, dark, suspenseful and sexy! Onto book #5, Three Years!
So I've been doing some thinking, it's time for some much needed updates-spring cleaning, around here! I haven't kept up with my little blog like I had hoped, not over the past year or so at least. I've even considered calling it quits and shutting down permanently. My free time is almost non existent, I can't find a co-blogger and traffic here has slowed tremendously. HOWEVER, I love this world of reading, reviewing and all the amazing fellow bloggers, book lovers and authors that I've met along the way! And so I've decided to give it one more go and then reevaluate at the end of summer.
In the coming weeks...
*Big giveaway in celebration of the re-launch
*New layout and color scheme
*ARC/Read to Review policy
and anything else that may come to mind along the way. Thank you so much for sticking with me thus far and and for what I hope to be an exciting new chapter! In the meantime, please excuse the mess that I'm bound to make as I 'clean house'! Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? I would love to hear from you!
*Please note, ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
First and foremost, a big thanks to author Sofia Grey for offering her newest work to me to read and review. I'll be honest, I could give two shits about race car driving or horseback riding for that matter but I LOVED this book, every single word...up until about the 40-something percent mark. It was at that point that I hit a wall and never fully recovered.
I'll try to explain. Early on, I felt a bit 'meh' towards Anita but Jon was charming, Danny was jealous and deliciously unstable. Not to mention, BEWARE of Colette and her towel! Even Jon and Anita's first date was perfection.The pace was set to be a great page turner and then Colette became too stupid to live and once Danny was put more towards the back burner, it just unraveled for me. Even with the added 'action' at around the halfway mark, it still didn't keep pace with the first half of the book. The pairing was believable enough but without the fire that Danny added to the mix, they felt a bit stale, couldn't really stand on their own. From there things became a little too convenient and MAJOR issues that were present throughout were magically fixed. Three stars because of how much I enjoyed the first half and the fact that I've enjoyed previous work by this talented author. Pole Position will definitely have an audience, unfortunately, it just didn't quite come together for me.