Divided by Jennifer Sights

Sometimes when I have the time to sit back and relax, I love to explore Amazon for Kindle freebies, and most often cases run into little gems like this. I was amazed to see there were not many reviews for this fascinating bewitched tale. I think what caught my attention at first was the cover. My first though when looking at it, I thought, “Man, she looks a lot like Elena from Vampire Diaries.”  Also how lovely yet simple the cover is, perfectly depicts the title.

So getting into the first chapter of the book, you learn that our Heroine is indeed named Elena. She’s a well put together, young and intelligent private investigator and works with missing person cases. She’s approached by a mother and is set on an investigation to find her missing teenage daughter. Little did Elena know, just what she was getting herself into. Solving many cases of ordinary missing person cases, Elena finds herself in a world of magic, darkness and danger when she’s undercover investigating a Goth club downtown where the missing girl was known to visit. Here she meets the enigmatic Vittorio, club owner and drop-dead handsome man.
Indescribable passion strikes them when they are near each other, and never able to control how they feel for one another.  The two characters finally discover what great things they can bring to the world by being together, magic awakens in Elena. Then, things suddenly take a turn in the investigation, leaving me on the edge of my seat.  These two characters together make for some steamy, fervent scenes. And per usual, I hope this vague opinion of mine will spike a bit of interest for you to get on Amazon and get this book, I hate to spoil anything drastic, and like so many other books I love, I try to be careful, because the magic this book contains is best when experiencing it on your own!
All in all, the mystery, the paranormal, and the romance, all together make for an enthralling story. I believe if you like books such as Night Huntress, Vampires in America, and Sentinel Wars, this book will blow you away. I cannot wait to see what happens next. Thank goodness for Kindle apps, I would have never found this piece of treasure.

Nude by Stéphanie Desnoyer

I was offered a free copy of this book for an honest review, and I have got to say, this book touches a lot of controversy and sensitive topics which proves the author to be brave and bold with her writing. English is not Mrs. Desnoyer’s first language, but she does an exceptional job at giving us a wondrous story and outstanding job of self-editing, I have a lot of respect for her as an author for her ability to learn a difficult language and create such a risqué tale for us all to enjoy.

The title of this book pretty much says it all, and holds nothing back as it bares all while taking risks. Our protagonist in this story is an orphan in the UK who is a dancer at a local nude bar, but quits in hopes to better herself. There is a lot of drug usage and inappropriate scenes so readers under 18, beware. Then there are the controversial relationships, which I think will be much more shocking to the reader if I leave that tidbit out in the review. Tee finds herself a job as a cleaner for a wealthy gay couple, and tables are turned when love strikes between two unsuspected characters. The story is a great life reminder, about consequences for poor choices, and most importantly to love with all you have because you never know what the future will bring and when, so don’t take anyone for granted.

The ending was one of those shocking moments as a reader when right when you think the story is over, an unexpected event takes place, exciting the reader for more. It hints at a sequel that gets my wheels spinning, trying to predict what could happen next. I am very interested to see where the story takes us next!

The Changelings (War of the Fae #1) by Elle Casey

I almost don’t even know where to begin with this review…Wow. This book was beyond awesome, it absolutely blew me away. And for being a YA Novel, this story exceeds my standards for all YA Paranormal, which definitely raised the bar. Far from your cliché paranormal YA, and certainly doesn’t have PA feel as it unfolds to the middle of the book. There is a certain scene you’ll come to, though, which has a sliver of similarity and most likely inspired from Hunger Games, but with a twist. But all in all, Elle Casey certainly has a charming way with storytelling, giving us a full action-packed scenes, and vivid, dynamic characters. I am totally in love! Each character introduced to us has superb depth which gives readers a chance to relate and attach.

The Changelings

The Changelings

I don’t know exactly how to classify this book in terms of audience genre, though, honestly. It revolves around high school aged characters, but there are curses so vividly chanted by our Heroine quite often, but in a way that fits to whatever the mood she may be in, so it doesn’t feel like it’s obnoxiously placed throughout the story, but does indeed paint tough portrayal of our protagonist and her bold personality.

And though I wouldn’t call this a Paranormal Romance, there is a hint of potential first-love bonding, so beautifully written, where our heroine struggles to admit she has “sappy” feelings.

This book starts off as two normal highs-schoolers in central Florida, Jayne, a crass, potty mouthed teenager and her dorky friend Tony she picked on for years, but secretly cares for him more than she does for anyone else in the world. When both start having trouble at home, Tony takes everyone by surprise causes a scene to rescue Jane from family drama and run away together. They soon find themselves amongst other teenage runaways led by an older teen, named Jared. One day, Jared returns to their hideout with an ad for a “Fitness Interview” each person selected will receive $500 at the end of the job. Must be 18 years or older to participate. Well, obviously they lie, but what’s to lose at this point? The strange interview is completed and all but one runaway are selected to go. The adventure begins when the kids are on the plane to their destination for the ‘job’ and are offered a drink. Jayne who was suspicious ever since the interview, (she’s the hard-@ss of all the kids) watched her friends plop down in their seats next to her. Needless to say, she did not go down without a fight, she kicked and swung punches till she was hit with a tranquilizer, and even as she went down, she still told them where to shove it. Comical.

When the children awake, they are no longer in a plane, but in a cottage… and standing there greeting them is… a Dwarf in combat. Jayne began to believe she was seriously drugged or she was finally losing her mind. They find themselves in the middle of a Fae War…and they are the contestants… Each child learns they obtain a personal ability. Jayne is the most hilarious upon finding hers. If you want an idea of this enchanted forest puts obstacles in their way, I can tell you it’s like a mystical, fae-like Hunger Games, just more deadly, mysterious and scary.

I could go on forever about this book, but then what would be the point in reading if I were to do that? This is a must read! I can’t emphasize it enough, I can almost guarantee if you love hilarious, Fantasy/Paranormal novels with a smart and feisty heroine who has a strong head on her shoulders, with Elle Casey is a YA/Paranormal GENIUS! I want to get my hands on some hard copies of this series for my collection. They will be going straight to my top shelf at home!

Reading, “Lover Enshrined” by J.R. Ward

So, this is book 6 to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. We all know now, that I am such a fan girl for Ward, but I feel the need to say… this series is out of control! Despite my 5 star rating on book 5(My love for her is just that bias), I felt it was rushed, and things didn’t escalate as I had wished.

J.R. Ward is an extremely talented lady, I’ve read all her other work, I know this! But, I feel like I’ve been let down by the end of each book after the third, “Lover Awakened”

My raving review is up on this blog, and if you had read my review before, you would know now that Zsadist is my favorite Brother, and that is my favorite book in the series, by far. Everything was perfect up to the third book! I was so excited! The plot was escalating moving into the next book, and then all of a sudden… this book happened.

Vishous, ohhh Vishous. I loved him so. I still do, but again… I had high expectations for the following books after the third. I was cheering on characters, predicting outcomes, love triangles, battles, I kept telling myself, “Oh, it’s going down! I can’t wait! AH I CAN’T WAIT. It’s going to be SO AWESOMMMEEE.” There were so many opportunities to blow the reader’s mind away! And I felt closer and closer to the edge with every page and then…everything falls flat. Stale. Unexciting. And then, “The end” By the end of many chapters, and especially the endings, I am left to wonder, “Uhm…What about… but he…she could have… No.” — I really don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t read this. But I was not happy with the ending. I understand this is paranormal but, there was so much room for climax and we never got the chance to experience it–

But, back to book 6, we are focused on main point of view, of the brother Phury, dude with the funky hair which is repeatedly called “stuff” in every BDB book, and twin of Zsadist. Who happens to be just as broken as his long-lost brother. He is still struggling with his emotions over Bella, Zsadists shellan, but has also reigned as Prime Male, after taking V’s spot. (Chosen Brother warrior who breeds to expand their race) and his chosen mate, Cormia.
I am around page 200 of the book, and so far, it feels as if there’s a possible love triangle. John Matthew, whom recently transitioned into a warrior size vampire, is set up to be Cormia’s friend when Phury can’t be around. Phury is still so love-sick over Bella, he doesn’t pay much attention to Cormia, and though they are set to be mates, he’s oblivious to how beautiful of a female inside and out she actually she is and possible underlying attractions he has for her, until he realized John Matthew has made an impression on her. John is struck by her innocence and curiosity, and they can both relate, because they both feel as though they don’t belong within the holds of the Brotherhood. Phury is taken off rotation after endangering his life and his fellow warriors when he comes careless in his battles with the lessers. The Red Smoke has taken a toll on him, and he struggles the voices and advice of The Wizard in his head. After realizing all the trouble he has caused, he bumps into Cormia in the mansion, and her adoration for him pours out when she see’s the shape he is in, especially after overhearing of the disciplinary actions taken when walking past the Kings office. She coddled him, showers him, and a light breaks through Phury’s gloomy emotions, and see’s Cormia for who she is. He grows envious of John all of a sudden, and ponders his feelings for Cormia, but inevitably is brought back to thinking about Bella. Will he ever be broken of this curse that looms over the impossibility?

I am one of the few who has enjoyed Phury’s actual story, but what bothers me about this book, and the couple previous books, is that there are an overload of POV’s and back stories. While I don’t mind having a few pages dedicated here and there to open up and give us more insight to a few more characters following novels, I feel the pages drag on and onnnn, and we are forced to read more than what’s really needed to get us to the next book. I am so curious of how Phury will overcome his feelings for Bella, but we are taken into the minds of, Rehv and Xhex and their Symphath drama, John Matthew and his transitional problems (I like having his back story in this novel) and then we have Cormia, which is vital for Phury’s main POV, and then we have Qhuinn and Blay’s issues with their feelings.
It’s overwhelming and very distracting, and the books end up being like almost 600 pages long. I honestly feel this should have been a television show on HBO or Sho to give it more justice. I do enjoy reading this series, but I find it a drag more than I really wish I do. Great story line, but sometimes the plot weakens, and endings are rushed. I am keeping my faith that loose ends will be tied and dramatics will climax later in the series, but I wish there were just fewer distractions. What did you guys think of this series?

Upcoming Book to Movie Adaptations!

So, book to movie adaptations as we all know, can be either a hit or miss. I’ve learned to walk in with low expectations so I don’t feel like crying and throwing a tantrum on my way out of the theater by the end of the movie. But I don’t know about you, I still feel like this obligation takes over me, the curiosity of seeing my favorite characters coming to life in some shape or form is something magical to experience. Though, I disagree with a lot of the casting over past films of my favorite novels, it’s still fun to follow and compare. So, here is a list of movies coming out within this year and the next. Hope you  find something you’ve read or interested in. =) Happy reading and viewing, all! Please keep an eye on this post for added adaptations, being in the awesome world of book blogging, I stumble upon news quite often, and will be sure to keep you all informed! If you feel I have missed any, please by all means, let me know. =)

“The Host” by Stephanie Meyer: Most of us should know this by now. It’s a good chance we may see a second installment as well if this is a success. (((I have a review for this movie coming up soon, a VERY HAPPY REVIEW!!!!!)))

Catching Fire (The Hunger G... “Catching Fire” Second installment of The Hunger Games. This will be released in November 2013.

“Adept(The Wiccan Diaries, #3)” – by T.D. McMichael

“The Great Gatsby” : by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The Hunter (Parker, #1) “:by Richard Stark

“Shiver” (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) :by Maggie Stiefvater

“The Two Faces of January” :by Patricia Highsmith

“Prodigy “(Legend, #2) :by Marie Lu

“Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus “:by John Gray

“Shadow and Bone”: by Leigh Bardugo- This is the first installment of the Grisha series.

“Vampire Academy- Blood Sisters” by Richelle Mead- First installment to a long vampire series. Released in 2014

“World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” by Max Brooks- Supposedly this year, it will be filming.

“Wicked Lovely” by Melissa Marr- Awesome series of the Fae world. Supposedly filming this year.

“Odd Thomas (#1)”- by Dean Koontz- Supposedly filming this year!!!

“Uglies (Uglies, #1) “by Scott Westerfeld- (YA-Sci Fi)

“Carrie”(remake) by Stephen King: Horror/Thriller/Fantasy/Adult

“The Giver”- Let me tell you how excited I am about this one… *DANCES AROUND LIKE A LOON* This is to this day, STILL my favorite book. The first Dystopian I ever read. They are not sure when it’s going to begin casting/filming, but I will keep you updated on this one!

Maximum Ride: James Patterson- (YA/Sci-Fi) I am also very excited about this. This has GREAT potential of being an amazing movie.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children- (Thriller/Paranormal) YAY!!! They are not sure when they will begin casting, though.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (YA/Urban Fantasy)Released in August

The Night Circus ( a Fantasy) by Erin Morgenstern: Another favorite book of mine. Still in the talks.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (YA/Horror/Fantasy)- Casting not yet taken place

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (YA-Fantasy) ANGELS YAYYAYAYAY!! They don’t have a set date yet for though. It is still in the talks.

“Divergent” by Veronica Roth (YA/Dystopian) Next year (2014)

“Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card (Sci Fi/YA) This year sometime. (Starring Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford) Click here for IMDB information

 “Fallen” by Lauren Kate (YA/Fantasy/Romance) More Angels!! (still waiting for news on this one, actually.)

“The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan” (YA/Dystopia/Post Apocalyptic)- Zombies.. OH my. This will be filmed this year

“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” – Part two of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo …Still in the talks

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)“If I stay” by Gale Forman-  (YA, Realistic Fiction, Romance)  Date is not yet released for production.

The Looking Glass Wars (The...“The Looking Glass Wars” by Frank Beddor- (YA Fantasy)- Production information not yet released.

The Lightning Thief (Percy ...“The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)” by ick Riordan- (YA Fantasy) Everyone know’s about this one by now, though. Excited! This will be released this year.

The Raven Boys (The Raven C... “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater- (YA Paranormal)- Still in the talks for production

Lover Awakened- #3 Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward

Yup. It’s official. This is my favorite BDB installment, and most definitely my favorite Brother, no doubt about it. I am on book 6 at the moment, fifth is great too! But, we will get to that some other time!

This book focuses on Zsadist, known as the most feared Warrior of the Brotherhood. We have been introduced to him fleetingly among the previous books, but here we learn more about his excruciating, heartbreaking, dark past. He’s illiterate, addicted to pain, vicious in the manner he treats people, even his own Brothers, he refuses to have sex, but only if the girl has her hands on the wall and doesn’t touch him, but one thing that captured me the most, he’s also an artist.(Even if it was just a subtle scene! I am a sucker for a tall, handsome talented fictional man, what can I say! Oh, and whom also sings like an angel)

I have always been intrigued by this character. His frightening personality is highly contrasted by the emotion that shocked everyone at the wedding ceremony in the first book, by just how much soul he put into the old traditional song of their long lost language. That’s when I knew, this man was going to break my heart.

With the previous affection attempts by a curious female vampire, Bella-friend of the Brotherhood and sister to a symphath, who runs the club the Brotherhood hangs out at- made towards Z, he began to crack a little and helplessly begins to wonder what it would be like to be with a female that strangely enough cares about him. The fear of his past refused to let him experiment, so he kept pushing her away, but she’d keep pushing right back.

But, the third book- and if you haven’t begun this series yet, then I will be careful as not to make any major spoilers- But Bella was put into danger when the ever creepy Mr. O, the lesser with some major personal issues that not even the Omega can cure *rolls eyes* , gets his nasty paste-white hands on her and kidnaps her and keeps her as pet. This dude cages her up, feeds her, calls her wife, but reminds him of his sister who was killed.O_0 Mr. O has made his way up to the top of my most-disliked villains of all time, by the way.  But anyhow, Z realized too late just how much he cares for her, and spends all his time locating her for a rescue mission.

Zsadist unleashes the hero buried deep within him, frantically searching for Bella, not believing she could be as dead the Brothers and civilian vampires claim her to be. He truly feels in his heart it isn’t so. For a female to be so interested in him, is brave all in itself, she most likely is just as brave when it comes enough to protecting her will to live.  

Events transpire to the finding of Bella, and the romance and heart break begins. He wants to unfold and be the man Bella knows is inside of him, but every time his body reacts to her subtle seductions, he punishes himself; locks himself up and Bella could even swear she heard the sounds of sobbing. This poor, damaged man..pire… It’s obvious he covers his weakness with rebelling and rage because as a Warrior, he can’t afford to let his dark and abusive past get in the way of his duties, but when it comes to affection and adoration, he recoils, afraid to do the wrong thing, and afraid of consequences. But, under all that animalistic rage tendency, he’s soft, protective, and to me, is just a big ol’ teddy bear.

We are presented with a sequence of flashbacks between Phury Z’s twin,and Z himself, of the rescue mission he set out to find his long lost brother. (Z was taken from home as an infant to use as a slave for a rich glymera female vampire, and used for his large warrior… uh… *cough* “dagger” and blood.) Another problems arise Phury battles the vow of celibacy he has taken his whole life when his feelings for Bella ensues. After all the years of protecting Z and standing by his side when no one else would, he struggles to overcome his feelings for her, battling the happiness he feels for his brothers own.

 The story as a whole though, I’ll admit how frustrating the story lines *can* be in this series. While I understand that some of the side stories tied into each book, gives a perspective of another brother and leads up to the next book, and gives us a full insight the daily lives of the Brothers interactions with each other, and at times that’s just fine, but it gets super frustrating when it gets dragged on endlessly, distracting the reader from the stuff that’s really going on. Some of the extra insights were very vital for the next book, we have John who showed up to the brotherhood, a young vampire nearing his transition, but no one can solve his background though they believe he is the son of Darius, the vampire who died in the first book, the Queens father, and then Tohr and Wellsies drama. I always had my suspicions of what were to come of Wellsie and her “situation”, but this kinda took me for a loop. (no spoilers) And the endless creepiness that is the Omega and lesser alike.

All I cared about was Z and Bella, and their creepy lesser Stalker, Mr.O.  I also may also be the first one to admit, while most J.R. Ward BDB sex scenes are super cheesy, this one, however, did not fail to impress me. But, in total of this series, we undergo a series of guessing what’s going to happen next, mystery, thrills, romance, heart break, laughter, I honestly shed a few tears for this poor vampire. His story was written so well, I was totally consumed by it and wanted nothing more than to reach out and hug him! Oh, and back off, because he is my Bookboyfriend! *nods*

If you find yourself beginning this series soon, just be prepared for a lot of information. These are long novels and though each book is based on one Warrior from the Brotherhood, you will be introduced to many characters, and forced to focus on many other point of views, including moments in the head of the lesser that overtakes the Forelesser position (lead lesser)who are on the hunt  for warriors, for their own motives.

***Terms you need to know of the BDB series mentioned in this review***
– Glymera-Social core of the aristocracy
– Lesser– De-souled human who hunts vampires and works for the Omega
– Omega– Malevolent, mystical figure  who seeks to extinct the vampire race out of hatred for The Scribe Virgin
– Scribe Virgin– Mystical force who is counselor to the king and keeper of vampire archives

Interesting Facts:
** Vampires are in fact, the good race in this series, and the Brotherhood protects their race and the humans. In fact, some of them even pray.
** There is a lot…a lot of hardcore sex in these books. Some more disturbing and or cheesy than others.