The Pharaoh and the Curator by Sophia Jones -Naughty Book!-

Can't get any hotter than this... WOW.

Can’t get any hotter than this… WOW.

Some of you by now know that I am completely obsessed with Ancient Egypt mythology. I was ecstatic when a copy of this story was offered to me. Of all the day dreams I’ve ever fantasized of the Ancient Egyptian times with all its art, artifacts, Gods, and architecture, I never once imagined such an exotic and risqué passion of the Gods of those times. Which made this read all the more pleasurable for me.

This is a short story set in Modern day Egypt, Michelle Beaumont works as a curator and has an undying love for Ancient Egypt, and it’s no coincidence. After a thrilling chain of events, she learns that she is not exactly who she thought to be. She is one part of a God’s soul (ka). The one and only, leopard skin bearing, Ra.
The Egyptian Son God is resurrected as Michelle and her team finishes repairs on an ancient and damaged Obelisk. Michelle feels the undeniable and magnetic pull instantly. This is the man of her dreams…literally. More importantly, Michelle learns this encounter with Ra isn’t the first time they’ve been united.

*Cue’s suspenseful music* Read to find out!
(Oh, now come on guys. You know I don’t like spoiling! And this is definitely worth every page to find out for yourself!)

But just as quick as Ra appears below the newly repaired Obelisk, danger is in their sights and to Michelle’s disbelief, the person who is destined to jeopardize Ra’s and Michelle’s relationship, was under her nose all for the last two decades. Will they ever escape the vicious cycle of their perpetual curse?

There is one naughty scene, where the awakening of Michelle’s long lost powers return to her, and man, it was sun-sizzling hot and naughty!
Sophia Jones is absolutely brilliant! The story was riveting, witty and surprisingly hilarious but most notably, a profound sentimental value of undying love. The awesome thing about this book, it has all the key elements to keep the reader on the edge of their seat; mystery, thrill, romance, comical dialogue, and exotic location! My geeky heart is a happy one today.

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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?

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.

Proof of Heaven- Eben Alexander

Being an overly-ambitious person, I’m undeniably attracted to a vast diversity of genres, with biographies, documentaries and etc., being no exception. Living through another person’s story, further educating oneself with the author’s knowledge, is a thrilling exercise to expand your own. Stories such as this remind you why it is so exhilarating to pick up a book and call yourself a bookworm.

Living through someone else’s imagination, or in this case, personal experiences, really kick that brain of yours into gear, leaving yourself asking questions you wouldn’t have asked before, leading you to do research, and in my case… checking WebMD making sure some of my vital signs aren’t abnormal after my new paranoia of Escherichia Coli, thanks to this book…Not that I didn’t already knew the consequences of E.Coli, but now that I’ve learned there are more ways than one to contract the disease, makes my slight case of mysophobia just a tad more on the uneasy side. There were also several times I’d take a sip of coffee mindlessly, and then all of a sudden stumble upon words like “pus” and quickly reconsider swallowing, rendering myself not too thirsty after all…
Alexander keeps the reader’s attention with vivid descriptions while informing us non-medical doctorates, the different mechanics of the body’s natural labors during a variety of medical issues, consequently, educating the average reader on bodily functions we would have never fathomed otherwise.

But then we get to the more sentimental area of this story, the afterlife. I can’t even begin to express how I felt going through his descriptions of this so very real feeling place. It’s quite obvious, hearing his tone and blatant, yet raw emotions of going through this place. And at the risk of sounding corny, I couldn’t help but smile and feel at peace, as if I were there, too, giving me a brighter hope for the future of resting. I want to believe with all my heart that what he went through, is the real deal.

In his best possible way he could express, he colored us a picture so bright, so beautiful, and if you aren’t a believer, will leave you with a new curiosity of the Heavens up. Coming from an experienced neurosurgeon, who tells you there is no possible way that the human brain in his condition could create this ethereal world for itself, because scientifically, in this coma of his, the brain was completely shut down being eaten away by the bacteria- really tends to break through to you. I am actually so astonished by this book, and even though it may not look like it according to this blog review, I am speechless, finding it hard to render words to explain how I felt about this book. All I can really say is that, if you are skeptical about the afterlife (Heaven, God, etc…) This book will shed a new light for you, and maybe you will find yourself bettering your everyday life now that you have something so beautiful to look forward to. The beginning of your real life.

Bound by Blood – P.A. Lupton

bound by bloodPhew, where do I begin? Let me start off by saying, I give this a full 5 star rating. This book had literally everything I love in a book. A thrilling mystery with suspense, vampires, other paranormal characteristics, witty dialogue, and hot, hot, HOT romance. 

The story is narrated in first person by a super awesome chick named Brianna Reece. She’s definitely up there with my favorite fearless heroines.

I was immediately hooked as we are thrown into a scene with Brianna undercover at a club, gathering intel on a missing girl case which she feels is strongly connected to another murder case they have been working on, every victim has been drained of their blood.
Brianna has a supernatural ability she was never really able to explain, but other than being a empath. She can detect other people’s emotions, making her a fantastic lie-detector. Right away, I knew we were in for a fun mystery. Little did I know, just how many surprises we would encounter.
I refuse to spoil one major thing about one of her suspects, Nathan, who has his own private security company and also working on the case.

As the story goes on with the murder case, she feels an emotional pull to one of her lead suspects, Nathan. Who just  so happens to know why the cases are oddly connected to her and knows more about her family tree than she does. Nathan informs her that she is connected with a long line of powerful witches and has a strong tie to Nathans family, which explains the pull she felt toward him. He trains her to use her abilities to better protect herself, as they find out the killer is indeed on a trail of her bloodline. And she may be the next target.  

The whole time I was asking myself, “Do I realllllly want them to be together, because I am not sure I can trust him!” But the plot thickens and curves are thrown and I was mind-blown. I really want to read the following books! P.A. Lupton has completely captivated me, and I want to thank her for writing such a bewitching tale with everything I have always wanted in a book! Keep up the amazing work and I really hope to read more in this series!

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The Girl She Used To Be – David Cristofano

https://www.facebook.com/Thebooknatics This book was given to me by the publisher.

3525895This was the first book that was published before The Exceptions, of which I recieved from the publisher. After falling in love with “The  “Exceptions” I just had to see it from Melody’s point of view. While it is okay to read Johnny’s side first (The Exceptions), which I am actually glad I did, the ending of Melody’s version, was breathlessly beautiful…So very realistic and very emotional. The ending of this book (The Girl She Used to Be) actually makes me wish I had read this one first, seeing how it left off, (SPOILER)SPOILER)SPOILER) where Melody buys a wedding band, because she forever holds her heart for Johnny, even though they may never see eachother again. (SPOILER ENDED)

 
The author did an outstanding job keeping this story very realistic, and the giving the characters so much lifely depths. This is a story of a girl at the age of six, who witnessed a murder while out with her family at their favorite Italian restaurant, ran by Mafia boss Tony Bovaro. Johnny, who was 10 and totally enchanted by the little girl, watched as she fled the scene with her family. When approached by the police at the time of the incident, he was tricked into spilling everything he saw, even  right down to the plates on the car.

 The family  was forced to testify against the Bovaro’s in court but wouldn’t admit to a thing as to not draw attention from the dangerous family and then were immediately put into the Witness Protection Program. The Bovaro’s left them alone afterwards, seeing them as not a threat. Many years later, when the Bovaro’s were ordered to a huge court hearing where many families would be called upon to testify once again for another members failure, they wanted no loose ends, and planned to terminate the families. All of them. By then, Johnny was an adult, and always dreamt of the girl since the day he first saw her. He refused to let the family be killed, and would go behind his family and instead of “putting them down” he would watch over her, and lie to the family that they could not be found. But, having corrupted FBI men on their sides, they knew were to find the family every time they were relocated. Father became suspicious of Johnny’s defiance, and ordered a cousin to do the deed. Johnny still stands tall and protects the girl at all costs. Melody has no idea who this man is that keeps rescuing her, but his presence makes her feel safe. I felt so sad for her and Johnny through out the entire book. I wanted them to be together, I wanted him to run out and hug her everytime he saw her. This book totally had my mind involved.

This story is full of so much raw emotion, plot turns, and unexpected heart wrenching moments. Melody is a fierce woman who has been through so much tragedy. she refuses to go down without a fight. She remains strong and vigilant and thinks for herself even through the backstabbing and deceiving people continuously try to fool her. She turns the pages, and before any one realizes, they have been played by her.  I did not put this book down once, I ate it up in one sitting! I sat there totally thrilled with every turning page, wishing for the best and survival of Melody and melting at Johnny’s loving covertly hero ways. Johnny is a gallant, warm-hearted, undercover hero, and fights to be better and different from his own family. I tried to write this as best as I can without spoiling. But take it from me, if you love a little romance with your crime thrills. It was the perfect dose of love to go with this crime thrilling-page-turner. I could recommend this to both, male and female and I am sure they would enjoy this.

The Mortal Instruments, City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

2261214Alright, I am going to be honest. While this is one of my favorite genres to read, I found myself having difficulty to keep focused on the story and put the book down more than a few times. There were many times where the chapters dragged on a little more than it should have, so my mind would go off in la-la land and I’d wonder what I need at the grocery store… 

 I do adore the characters, I really do. But what I find disturbing is that, SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER——-yeah ok, the crush between Clary and Jace was adorable, until you find out they are actually brother and sister! What makes that worse? Is that even after all that drama, she was still fighting feelings for him! Whhhhhhy oh whhhhyyy? Seriously, I hope we later find out they are in fact, NOT related. Why get us attached to a relationship and then kill the mojo like that?
“I AM…Your brother…”

Yeah, I haven’t read the second book yet, I will, once the vile settles in my stomach.   That is my only complaint about this book. The story line itself is great. But, there is much potential for an epic adventure. I cannot wait to finish reading the series and pray that there will not be another awkward encounter. 

To put it simply, Clary finds out that her mother has been keeping a very big secret her whole life to keep Clary safe. After a series of events, from meeting Shadowhunters (Nephilim’s. Human-angel hybrids, who hunt and kill to protect the humans from demons that flood in from other dimensions) at a club only she could see, to her mom disappearing that very same night, she is taken in by the Shadowhunter’s in a hidden Church in Manhattan and is introduced to a whole new world, a world that her and her mother may have come from, and later discovers who she really is, a Shadowhunter. ( I don’t want to make too many spoilers, so I will leave it that)

At first, though, it was a struggle for Clary to be able to accept that the imaginary world of demons, vampires and fairy’s she always thought to be silly was actually so very real and … she actually plays a very big role in it all when she finds out what exactly her mother was being held captive for. The Mortal Cup. A cup that can breed Shadowhunter’s by drinking the blood of an Angel or a powerful Shadowhunter, but can also turn Shadowhunter’s evil by drinking from it. Someone out there wants to build an army of rebellious Shadowhunter’s. Without making any spoilers, Clary and her new friends set off to race in the search for the cup and to rescue her mother from the man searching for the Cup. The end of this book is a whole new type of end-of-story-twist. Craziness after craziness is discovered at the end. I finished the book with whiplash and a wild case of reading-hangover. I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA Paranormal. The characters do have a lot of depth to them, and Clary honestly does have a great style of writing. I just hope the pace picks up a lil more in the series.