A Bibliophile's Compendium

I've moved over from Goodreads, I read books daily, and review them when I have the time and inclination, hoping to get back into reviewing more often.
Raid (Unfinished Hero, #3) - Kristen Ashley If I had to choose one word to sum up RAID it would be: RUSHED This book was short, too short for the story line, it was very rushed, the whole thing was fast paced, but not in a good way. Don't get me wrong I loved the book, but it could have been so much better, so much more than it was. I was actually pretty disappointed in this book, I loved it, but it was not up to KA standards in my opinion. It was not what I felt the teaser chapters promised it to be, what KA's previous work promised it would be. I'm giving it 4 stars because I did like it a lot, but I was very disappointed.
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet (Charley Davidson, #4) - Darynda Jones I freaking love this series!

Rock Chick Reckoning (Rock Chick, #6)

Rock Chick Reckoning - Kristen Ashley Stella was super obnoxious in the beginning and I absolutely hated Ally, which is no surprise, she's one of my least favorite characters...actually, she IS my least favorite character. Anyway, later on in the book she stopped being obnoxious and the rest of the book was normal Kristen Ashley awesome.

Rock Chick Renegade (Rock Chick, #4)

Rock Chick Renegade - Kristen Ashley For all that Jules was unrealistic quite a bit, and made very. very. TSTL decisions, I actually didn't hate this book... in fact I really like it, and I really think a lot of it was Vance, because helloooo sexy! However, in the end, I even like Jules, like a lot. So YAY for KA not making either of the last 2 books as absolutely terrible as Jet's books, because that one sucked. The last 2 have been good, so I can forgive Jet's book as being a fluke!

Rock Chick Redemption

Rock Chick Redemption - Kristen Ashley It was so, so nice to read this one after the vast disappointment of Eddie and Jet. This one was just what I've come to expect from KA, I do so miss her epilogues though!

Rock Chick Rescue (Rock Chick, #2)

Rock Chick Rescue (Rock Chick, #2) - Kristen Ashley This is the lowest rating I have ever given to a Kristen Ashley book. I guess maybe I should have started with this series? I started with her Mountain Men series, which is pretty well written and feels like an adult wrote it, and her heroines are feisty, sassy and not TSTL, they have the personality and mannerisms of real people. This book...feels like it was written by a hormonal teenager, the heroine is not feisty or sassy, she's obnoxious, makes super stupid choices and basically doesn't feel like a real person at all. I liked the first book OK, though after a re-read not as much as when I first read it. If the heroines in this story continue in this bent, I'll not be reading the rest.
Mortal Ties (World of the Lupi, #9) - Eileen Wilks I freaking love this series sooooo much. I don't think I'll ever get enough of it!

Sweet Inspiration (Klaus Brothers, #1)

Sweet Inspiration (Klaus Brothers, #1) - Penny Watson A feel good holiday romance story. It's short, so it feels pretty rushed, which is unfortunate. I would have loved it if it were longer so things didn't feel so rushed.

Hot Ticket: Sinners on Tour (The Sinners on Tour)

Hot Ticket - Olivia Cunning Not too thrilled with the choice of heroine but we'll see.
Sweet Magik (Klaus Brothers, #2) - Penny Watson Will buy when the first one is available.
Dreams of a Dark Warrior (Immortals After Dark, #11) - Kresley Cole This is one of my favorite books in the series. It's right up there with Conrad and Neomi's story. I love, love, loved it!
Demon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark, #10) - Kresley Cole I like how in this book it's the heroine who has to grovel and make amends to the hero rather than the vice versa that we've pretty much seen in the rest of the series.
Kiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark, #6) - Kresley Cole I really hated Sabine, really, really hated her. At the halfway point I was ready to stop reading and only continued on so I could continue on in the series without being confused. Sabine was spoiled, she was selfish, she acted like a child constantly. However, the ending of the book actually redeemed the book, and gave it an extra star, because until the end of the book, I definitely didn't like it, but the ending redeemed it. Definitely my LEAST favorite book in the series so far.
Archangel's Storm  - Nalini Singh Holy Snickerdoodles Batman! This book was fantastic. I was a little hesitant about it but I bought it because it's Nalini Singh and I love her books. The premise was intriguing but I was concerned about Jason's loyalty being divided, but no need to fret on that count! I really can't express how much I loved this book. When I finished it I started singing, swear to god, singing this: "Sweet Caroline Good times never seem so good, so good, so good, so good" I really only sang the "so good" part, but you get the idea.We got a look into Jason that we never have before, while staying completely true to the characterization of him present in the other novels. Sometimes authors struggle with keeping characterization of secondary characters constant when they get their own books, not so with Nalini Singh.Mahiya was sweet, just completely sweet, there were no negative character traits for her at all. She acted with kindness and poise to everyone and everything. Watching them become, well, them was great. They were both protecting themselves with shields of steel, but they each managed to slither their way in until they were indelibly entwined. I loved how Mahiya didn't push for what Jason felt he couldn't give her, she never through a fit because he told her he couldn't love her, never demanded anything from him. Everything he was, was perfect for her. I also loved the brief insights in to Honor and Dmitri's new life, it was wonderfully written , I love seeing them together.This book was fantastic, 5 out of 5 stars no question.

Hell on Wheels (Black Knights, Inc., #1)

Hell on Wheels (Black Knights, Inc., #1) - Julie Ann Walker I really enjoyed this book. The characters seemed, real. Their personalities were ones you'd meet on the street. Ali was really funny and sweet, I definitely enjoyed reading about her and Nate. The rest of the guys were really cool. You could feel their pain and emotions, the writing was really evocative.
Fire And Ice (Ice, #5) - Anne Stuart Freaking loved Reno!

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