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Review: Living Violet by Jaime Reed

Title: Living Violet (Cambion Chronicles #1)
Author: Jaime Reed
Publisher: Dafina
Genre:  Young Adult, Paranomal
Rating: 4/5

Why I picked it: Premise looked interesting and I won an ARC of the book via Goodreads.

Synopsis: He’s persuasive, charming, and way too mysterious. And for Samara Marshall, her co-worker is everything she wants most–and everything she most fears. . .

Samara Marshall is determined to make the summer before her senior year the best ever. Her plan: enjoy downtime with friends and work to save up cash for her dream car. Summer romance is not on her to-do list, but uncovering the truth about her flirtatious co-worker, Caleb Baker, is. From the peculiar glow to his eyes to the unfortunate events that befall the girls who pine after him, Samara is the only one to sense danger behind his smile.

But Caleb’s secrets are drawing Samara into a world where the laws of attraction are a means of survival. And as a sinister power closes in on those she loves, Samara must take a risk that will change her life forever. . .or consume it.

Review: Via Goodreads, I received an opportunity to read an advance copy of “Living Violet.” I was really interested in the plot and the book drew me in from the start. While I thought the premise was original (as original as you can be in the ever-growing paranormal YA genre), there were a few issues that I had which made this a 3.5 (or 4, since you can’t have half ratings) read for me.

Let me begin by saying I totally hate this cover. I hate HATE that Caleb is pictured because well…I don’t find this cover boy cute at all and it totally threw me off when reading the book since I was just picturing THAT dude as Caleb instead of some imagined hottie, and it made the plot a little unbelievable. Since I know that authors rarely even have a say in what their covers look like, I’m not going to detract any stars for this point. It’s a personal pet peeve and I wanted to mention it because it made the book a little harder for me to read.

When I did finally get into the book, one thing I really enjoyed was Jaime Reed’s writing style. It was really easygoing and fun and Samara was a character who really bounced off the pages. She was realistic, and realistic is good. I also really appreciated that she wasn’t a “Bella Swan” – meek and quiet and far too subtle for my tastes. While I can see where Sam would come off as being a little annoying, I really think that in this case, there was enough sass without it coming across as forced or bratty.

Another thing that really made the book for me was the actual premise. I liked the supernatural beings featured, and I really liked Reed’s explanations of how they work. The supporting characters in the book really helped move and shape the story and I really enjoyed getting to know them all.

Now, the one thing that I did NOT like (and I kinda mentioned above) was Caleb. Again, maybe this was because of my cover bias but he just DID NOT come off to me like the likeable, tempting guy that Samara is into. At the beginning, he comes off a little skeevy and really, does not make up for it for the rest of the book. He just did not work for me as the male lead, and do sorta wish he had been written differently.

Overall, I decided to rate the book up to 4 stars because I did enjoy reading it, issues aside. I also am curious to read the 2nd book in the series, because it seems like it would focus more on Samara than on Caleb and Samara’s relationship. I’d recommend this book to all fans of paranormal YA.

IMM: Living Violet

So I can only assume that most people who read book blogs are also members of Goodreads. If not, you totally should be! Thanks to entering contest on their site, I won me an advance, autographed copy of “Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles)” by Jaime Reed.

I’m really excited to read and review this one and will have the review up in a week. If  you can’t wait, you can pre-order the book from Amazon! To check out more about the author, please go to http://www.jaimereedbooks.com/

Lastly, there is STILL TIME to win your own copy! Jaime is going away one a week until the release date (12/27/11). Just clicky on this link.

BloodBound #1 Is Out!

So as you know (if you even remotely looked at my blog), I read a TON of Rachel Vincent. Well, her new book, “Blood Bound” promises to be just as awesome as her others and I can’t wait to get my paws on a copy.

Here is the synopsis:
By blood, by word, by magic…

Most can’t touch the power. But Liv Warren is special— a paranormal tracker who follows the scent of blood.

Liv makes her own rules, and the most important one is trust no one.

But when her friend’s daughter goes missing, Liv has no choice but to find the girl. Thanks to a childhood oath, Liv can’t rest until the child is home safe. But that means trusting Cam Caballero, the former lover forbidden to her.

Bound by oath and lost in desire for a man she cannot have, Liv is racing to save the child from a dark criminal underworld where secrets, lies, trauma and danger lurk around every corner…every touch…every kiss.

And more blood will be spilled before it’s over…

How awesome is this trailer? I am loving the music!!

Anyway, to get your OWN copy, please check out: Blood Bound on Amazon OR on Booksamillion.

Review: Rogue by Rachel Vincent (Shifters #2)

Title: Rogue
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Mira Books
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 4/5

Why I picked it: The book is second in a series about Faythe Sanders, a feisty werecat. I read the first (which I didn’t really care for, but more on that later) and had to continue on in the series

Synopsis: Okay, so cats don’t always land on their feet.  I know that better than most. Since rejoining the Pride, I’ve made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride, and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I’m working harder than ever, though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on and off duty.

But not all my mistakes are behind me. We’re beginning to suspect that the dead are connected with a rash of missing human women and that they can all be laid at my feet–two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear…

Review:  I really didn’t think I was going to enjoy the 2nd book in the 6-part Shifters series but I was totally wrong. I went into this book disliking the main character, Faythe. In Vincent’s first novel, “Stray,” she was spoiled, bratty, annoying, and completely NOT someone I could relate to. I was encouraged to keep reading the series because Faythe grows a lot throughout and I’m glad I did. “Rogue” was a VAST improvement over “Stray” in many ways. Although Faythe is still kind of annoying, its nice to see her look over her thoughts and actions in the first book and see how dumb she was.  One characteristic that remains with her throughout, though, is her downright selfishness. Her relationship with Marc is still in a vague kind of state where one pulls and the other pushes away. In this novel, you learn more about the history of their relationship as Marc tries to get another commitment out of Faythe.

For me, the storyline between Marc and Faythe took a backseat to the genuine action and suspense that surrounded the rest of the book. We learn early on that someone is going around murdering tomcats and that these murders are connected to a string of missing human women. As the Pride uncovers more and more facts about the crimes, we learn that maybe the first book left a lot more unresolved than was originally anticipated.

This book really showcased Rachel Vincent’s gift for telling a story in a way that captures the reader. I really enjoyed how she built on the relationships and story lines established in the series debut. Things that seemed insignificant before turned out to have real meaning later on. I just love that in a book. What can I say? I’m a sucker for awesome continuity.

Though I came into “Rogue” highly skeptical, I now cannot WAIT to start reading the 3rd book in the series, “Pride.” If Faythe Sanders keeps growing at the rate she is, I have no doubt that I’ll go from hating to…well…LOVING her character!