Monday, March 31, 2014

Infinity Unleashed by Sedona Venez

Title: Infinity Unleashed (Valkyries: Soaring Raven #2)
Author: Sedona Venez
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Source: Via the author in exchange for an honest review.

A new adult story of Betrayal. Sex. Addiction. Love. And Power...

Mason's diabolical plan had actually worked. 

In a matter of minutes he had kidnapped me, stripping me of everything...money, family, and freedom. It was humbling, depressing, and damn infuriating but I refuse to go down without a fight. I refuse to be defeated. 

Boulder will find me. I didn't know how, but I felt it deep in my soul. 

Boulder...the one man that made my body quake with just one look. It was madness. There was so much I didn't know about him. For that matter, there was so much that he didn't know about me…like the evil darkness lurking inside me, waiting to be unleashed. 

Could he accept me without judging? 

That's where most men failed. Accepting the real me. But after years of hardening my heart, and sealing it behind a steel cage, I was ready to give myself to him freely. Knowing, that he planned to take everything I offered with both hands, until all I thought of...and wanted...was him…

Infinity Unleashed is the second book in the Valkyries: Soaring Raven series. If you read my review of the first book, Infinity, then you know I wasn't sold on it. Which means I wasn't excited to continue my reading. I must admit that Infinity Unleashed was much better than the first. Although, I still wouldn't consider myself a fan.

It's pretty action packed from page one. Infinity has been kidnapped by Mason and taken to the tiger-shifter compound. Her memories have been wiped due to being sedated and drugged. She's told that her friends and family are dead. She is to become Mason's mate and rule the tiger-shifter community. Or something, it's all quite confusing.

Boulder is determined to find Infinity. She is his true mate and he will do everything in his power to bring her home safely. I want to like Boulder, I really do. But he is so cave man. My woman. My mate. I protect you. You are mine. I am yours. Blah, blah, blah. The only sexual scene in the whole book is during Boulder and Infinity's mating claiming thing. I swear if I read the words, "I am yours and You are mine" one more time, I was gonna barf. I got it the first time it was said, you don't have to keep reminding me.

The cussing was right on par with the first book. Excessive. I reached the point where in my head, I completely skipped the bad words and the story sounds so much better! So much cussing is not sexy, it's trashy. I think this was the one thing that bothered me the most with Infinity and Infinity Unleashed.

Overall, the story line is fantastic. I really do love it! It's just not fun to read about when it's in such poor taste. I honestly don't think I will be continuing with this series. I still wouldn't recommend these but I also wouldn't say don't read them either. Try them out for yourself! Just because it didn't float my boat, doesn't mean it won't float yours.

*** This is a new adult paranormal novel and contains sexual content and graphic language. It is not intended for young adult readers. ***

Review copy from the author via Xpresso Book Tours.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Infinity by Sedona Venez

Title: Infinity (Valkyries: Soaring Raven #1)
Author: Sedona Venez
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Source: Via the author in exchange for review.

The first moment I saw Boulder... his helmet-covered head snapped in my direction and stared. 

My eyes greedily took in the hardness of his thighs encased in dark jeans, his kick ass motorcycle boots, and leather jacket. I licked my bottom lip, stifling the crazy urge to leap out of the car and climb him like a tree while burying my nose into the crook of his neck like a possessed woman.

I needed to see his face, and as if answering my request, he pulled off his helmet impatiently, and literally, something clicked in my head as his warm apple-green eyes locked onto me and he muttered, "All mine." 

Well, that's what I imagined he was saying as his lips moved silently. He could have been whispering, "Stalker girl," but hey, I was willing to stalk him into submission.

Infinity is a rock star. Everyone loves her but someone hates her. She discovers supernatural secrets about her past and her future. She has fantastic friends. She has hot bodyguards who both draw her attention. Infinity seems to have everything she could want. But things quickly turn sour.  

Infinity has the story line to make for a great story. I'm just not sure that's what was achieved here. I don't read many books that's I don't care for. I just really love books! I think they are all great in their own way. But Infinity just felt, lacking. I feel like there was to much chitter chatter. Lots of useless, meaningless conversations. For example, Infinity and her 2 best friends had a chapter long conversation in the back of a limo about the party they were fixing to attend. 13 year old girl gossip at it's best. 

Once the threats on Infinity's life begin, a security team is hired to protect her. A werewolf security team. Which brings in Boulder & Torch. They march right into Infinity's world and take over. Boulder declares is undying love for her after about 10 minutes together. Torch treats her like an ugly stepsister but yet gives off sexual vibes towards her at the same time. It's all very confusing.

This is a new adult novel, so there is "adult" things happening. One of those is cussing. I have nothing against a good f-bomb drop where it's fitting but I felt that Infinity had an overabundance of them. As if were dropping bombs just to be dropping them. And for all this sex talk, we find out that Infinity is a virgin. She's scared to take that next step. And to be honest, after finishing Infinity, I'm not even sure who her love interest is intended to be. Boulder? Torch? The vampire guy who I can't even remember his name? Her "brother"? It's just to much.

I love the concept of this story, just not the execution. Would I recommend Infinity to you? It wouldn't be high on my list, but I would never tell someone to not read a book. Try Infinity for yourself. You may love it! You never know until you try!

Review copy from the author via Xpresso Book Tours!

Friday, March 21, 2014

BLOG TOUR STOP & GIVEAWAY: Deviation by Heather Hildenbrand

Welcome to my stop on the Deviation Blog Tour! I was so excited to be a part of this. Heather is one of my favorite authors, so of course I couldn't pass this up! Check out my review for Deviation, the second book in her Clone Chronicles Series. Also keep on scrolling down for a sweet giveaway!

Title: Deviation (The Clone Chronicles #2)
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Publication Date: March 12, 2014
Source: Via the author in exchange for review.

Protect. Obey. Sacrifice.

These words are the mantra of my existence. I’m not sure if it’s Titus Rogen inspiring my desire to go against what I am or my own DNA deviating. All I can think is how Titus will look when he meets his end. It trumps even my wish for freedom. In this moment, I want nothing more than to watch the life bleed from Titus’s body. And I want it at my own hands.

Titus. The Creator.

I stare at my palms. Strength aside, I wonder if I’m capable of taking a life. A human life; one with a soul. And I wonder if that isn’t easier than taking the life of an Imitation. At least humans have souls that live on. What do I have after this? Where will I go? Back into a syringe? Will Titus recycle me? Or will I be lost forever down a lab drain?

We don’t deserve that.

We don’t deserve him.

Deserving and receiving are so very different here. And I am beginning to understand, to beat someone in this world, I‘ll have to play in it.

Fantastic! That should really be all you need to hear to entice you to pick up Deviation for yourself. But, I suppose, I'll elaborate..

If you've followed any of my reviews, you know by now that I am a huge HUGE fan of Heather's writing. I haven't read anything she wrote that I've disliked and Deviation is no different. 

We pick up right where Imitation leaves us hanging. Unlike the first book, we are thrown right into the action. How will Ven and Linc break free? Will they be able to save the others? What happened to Daniel and Melanie? Does Titus finally get what he deserves? So many questions going into Deviation and I can say that most of those are answered!

I'm still loving Ven and Linc's relationship. He's quickly becoming one of my favorite "book boyfriends". Aside from Wes. If you're a Heather fan, you'll understand! It's fun to learn how Ven handles all of her feeling. How she copes with understanding she's more human than she thinks. And Obadiah. What can I say about him except that I love him. He's quirky, loyal & a definate risk taker. Everything that Ven needs in a best friend. 

There isn't much world building in Deviation. But that's understandable, considering all of that was done for us in Imitation. We do get a look inside the infamous Twig City. And it will make your skin crawl. On one side, it's cool. I mean, clones? That's cool. But on the other, it's lifeless. A horrible place that cooks up a terrible mans experments.

I don't want to give to much away! Reviewing series books always makes me nervous because I'm afraid I'll say to much. And I'm also afraid I'll be to vague. So I'll just say this. Read it. Read Imitation. Read Deviation. Then read every single Heather Hildenbrand book you can get your hands on. You can thank me later. 

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

Title: Imitation (The Clone Chronicles #1)
Author: Heather Hildenbrand
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Source: Via the author in exchange for review.

Everyone is exactly like me. 
There is no one like me. 
The rough fabric of my cotton nightgown chafes so I lie very still. They say my discomfort comes from being built like one accustomed to niceties. How is that fair when I myself have never experienced anything but copies of the real thing? 
My entire life is an imitation. 
I am an Imitation. 
I’ve been here five years. Training. Preparing. Waiting.
And now I have a letter.
My assignment has begun. 
I am a prisoner.

                                                                           I am not Raven Rogen.
                                                                           I am here to die.

Imitation is a fantastic story of genetic cloning & world domination. Well, kind of. Ven is an imitation. She is asked (forced) to step in for her Authentic due to death threats. Her mission? Help find out who is trying to kill "her" and save her Authentic. Imitation is a fast paced, exciting read that I thoroughly enjoyed!

I haven't read many books on cloning. So Imitation was a nice story to start out with. It was an interesting dynamic. You start out learning about the lives of the hundreds of Imitations within Twig City. Their daily routine, their friendships, their fears & expectations of the outside world. You quickly make a connection with Ven and I loved her through out the whole story.

There are a good many characters to learn in Imitation. Our main ones being Ven, Linc (her love interest) and Titus Rogen (her "fake" father). I loved the relationship between her & Linc. It was sweet & special without being "gag me with a spoon" sappy. I loved Linc's character & hope to learn more about him in books to come! Titus Rogen is demanding, controlling & violent. His mission in life? Take over the world. As much as I hated Titus, I liked him for the role he is playing. He makes a good villain. Of course you face many more faces in Imitation & I was happy with them all!

The world Ven lives in, I would describe as dystopian. Slightly, as in it's headed there fast. I enjoyed how Heather painted the scenes as they travel through out the city. You can really imagine yourself being there with them. From high society social events to the slums outside the inner city, you can easily immerse yourself into Ven's world.

Overall, I loved Imitation! I would definitely recommend this as a quick read to anyone who enjoys a strong female character. I highly doubt you will be disappointed.

*Heather recently released a NA version of Imitation called The Girl Who Wasn't. While it is the same story, she's added in the nitty gritty for those who prefer a more adult version. I haven't decided if I'm going to do a review on The Girl Who Wasn't just because it's the same! But I might do a quickie review just to give my two cents on the added extras! Let me know if you'd be interested in seeing that!

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