Review: THE RELUCTANT AMAZON by Sandy James

About the book:

The last thing Rebecca Massee expects on her wedding day is to go from jilted kindergarten teacher to Amazonian Earth warrior. But when she causes an earthquake after her groom says I don’t, she discovers that not only does she possess incredible powers, she is one of four lost chosen sisters who must fight to keep humanity safe from rogue gods and demons. Luckily she has help: ruggedly handsome Scottish warrior Artair MacKay, her protector and teacher.

An immortal, Artair has trained countless warriors for more than four hundred years. He understands Rebecca’s confusion at the new world she’s been thrust into and worries she is too emotionally vulnerable, but that doesn’t stop his growing feelings for the beautiful and fearless woman.

When an evil force threatens to destroy the Amazons, Rebecca must claim her full powers—but they come at a cost. Can she sacrifice the man she loves if it means saving the world?

I was looking for an escape when I started reading this book. My husband’s surgery last week ended up being a huge ordeal and I needed a break from reality. Most books are in some way, but I was looking for something that could never, ever happen. I loved every moment of THE RELUCTANT AMAZON. There is romance, mystery, action, and tons of emotion throughout the story. Rebecca undergoes such a transformation between the day she finds out she’s an Amazon (and gets left at the altar) and the day she truly accepts her place as Earth. I adored the relationship between her and Artair. It’s wildly romantic – the sentinel and the Amazon – who cannot be together. Their love is forbidden and they both fight their attraction until they no longer can. I also loved the relationships that develop between Rebecca and the other amazons especially Megan (Fire). Their bond is strong and gives Rebecca amazing strength. The Amazons fight to keep the gods or other ancients from unleashing evil in their world. Rebecca and her sisters are called when two of the previous group of Amazons go missing and one is killed. They must work with Sparks, Fire from the last generation, to find the missing Amazons and to find out who is trying to hurt them all. I loved the twist and turns the story took and can’t wait to find out what happens next in the series.

the book girl gives THE RELUCTANT AMAZON a 5/5

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Review: GODDESS WITH A BLADE by Lauren Dane

e6f7fde7-d10d-4658-af02-36d107ab6d11img100FROM NETGALLEY:

Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she’s a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty.

A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas’s new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line-or she’ll mete out her own brand of justice.

Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can’t let it distract her from her duty-to find and battle the killer before more women die.

GODDESS WITH A BLADE is fantastic. I loved the “world” the book is set in and the characters are some of the best I’ve ever read. That is the thing I love most about Lauren Dane books – the characters. They are always so three-dimensional and realistic (even when they are a woman with a goddess inside her and a 500 year old vampire). The chemistry between Rowan and Clive is off the charts. Their relationship is full of her poking fun at him and him putting up with what he calls her “vulgarity”. I loved that Clive found the things that most people would want to change about Rowan adorable. He doesn’t want to change her at all. The action is fast-paced and the sex is hot. GODDESS WITH A BLADE is a fantastic urban fantasy and I’m hoping this isn’t the last time we see these characters. This book will be released on 6/6/11.

the book girl gives GODDESS WITH A BLADE  a 5/5




Blaine Underhill was one lucky man. Having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch, he’s determined to save his still-enslaved friend. But in order to do so , he’ll need the help of one of the world’s most lethal women.


Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she’s one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever.

When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder!

KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK is the first book in a new series. I really enjoyed Stephenie Rowe’s previous books and was excited to read this one. I wasn’t disappointed at all. KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK is funny, sexy, and different. There is a lot going on in this book and I almost gave up in the beginning. It took me a while to get into the story, but once I did I couldn’t put it down. KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK is different, because it isn’t your usual shifters and vamps. Trinity is a Black Widow and that is something I’ve never seen in a book before. The book is full of zany characters that add so much to the story. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a fresh and funny urban fantasy.

the book girl gives KISS AT YOUR OWN RISK a 4/5

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Review: MIND GAMES by Carolyn Crane

439337931From the back of the book:


Justine Jones has a secret. A hardcore hypochondriac, she’s convinced a blood vessel is about to burst in her brain. Then, out of the blue, a startlingly handsome man named Packard peers into Justine’s soul and invites her to join his private crime-fighting team. It’s a once-on-a-lifetime deal. With a little of Packard’s hand-on training, Justine can weaponize her neurosis, turning it outward on Midcity’s worst criminals, and finally get the freedom from fear she’s always craved. End of problem.

Or is it? In Midcity, a dashing police chief is fighting unique breed of outlaw with more than human powers. And while Justine’s first missions, including one against a nymphomaniac husband-killer, are thrilling successes, there is more to Packard than meets the eye. Soon, while battling her attraction to two very different men, Justine is plunging deeper into a world of wizardry, eroticism, and cosmic secrets. With Packard’s help, Justine has freed herself from her madness – only to discover a reality more frightening than any one’s worst fears.

This book wasn’t what I was expecting…in a good way. From the cover (yes, I judge a lot of books by the cover) I imagined that this book would be darker than it was. Justine is hilarious! I wasn’t sure how a hypochondriac would work as the heroine, but Ms. Crane makes it work. MIND GAMES has a feel of a comic book type story. The characters aren’t really superheroes, but they do have special enhancements that enable them to do something extra. The world of MIND GAMES is incredibly well written and detailed. It is a world where crime has taken over and most people live in fear of theft or injury.

MIND GAMES is written in first person and present tense. Usually I wouldn’t enjoy a book written in first person. I like to know what’s going on in everyone’s head. But it really worked for this book. Justine is definitely the main character and we really only need her point of view. Justine’s relationships with the men in the book are interesting. I loved how she gets a happy-for-now ending that feels right for where she is in her person journey. I’m not sure if I want her to end up with Packard or Otto, both men are good and bad in their own way. The first person point of view allows the reader to have the same amount of information on both men that Justine has, so the reader can’t really know who is the better man. I really like the mystery.

I’ve already started reading the next book, DOUBLE CROSS, and am loving it just as much as I loved MIND GAMES.

the book girl gives MIND GAMES a 5/5!

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Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway – Sin Undone by Larissa Ione

54633473From the back of the book:


As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. The Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and viloence.


Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her… and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own.

SIN UNDONE is the 5th and final book in the Demonica series. I loved the way this book just tied everything together and introduced a character from Larissa Ione’s next series – Lords of Deliverance. Sin is a very interesting character. She is very tough on the outside, but so lonely and vulnerable on the inside. I was impressed by the way the author was able to make her a bitch, but one that the reader would be rooting for to get that happily ever after. She isn’t as hard as she seems and Con is able to bring out so much in her. Con is interesting in that he seems to be friendly and easy-going, but he really has walls up as high as Sin’s. These two are probably to only people that would ever be able to understand the other and make them truly happy. All of Sin’s brothers and their wifes are present in this book. We get to see that everyone is happy. This was one of the best “end of a series” books that I have read. I can’t wait for the new series to begin!

the book girl gives SIN UNDONE a 5/5

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Review: Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

33770959From the back of the book:

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best – but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option – even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other – and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might for when archangels play, mortals break..

I don’t really read that much paranormal/urban fantasy anymore, but had heard a lot of great things about Nalini Singh’s books. I picked up ANGELS’ BLOOD not really knowing if I would enjoy it or not, but I didn’t just enjoy it – I loved it! The world the book is set in isn’t a happy one, nor one I would ever want to live in, but yet I was drawn to it. The writing completely captivated me. The different take on vampires/angels/and hunters was fresh and just different enough. I will definitely be reading more by this author. If anyone has recommendations, please leave me a comment.

the book girl gives ANGELS’ BLOOD a 5/5

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Saturday Book Trailer

I ususally don’t post reviews on the weekends (I can only read so many books a week). Instead of not posting anything on the weekends I am going to post book trailers and other bookish news on Saturday and Sunday.

This trailer is a book I simply cannot wait to read. Cat and Bones are two of my favorite characters and as soon as the book comes out I will put everything else aside to read it!

Here is the trailer for Destined For An Early Grave:

Review: Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready

bad-to-the-boneFrom the back of the book:


If you’re just joining us, welcome to radio station WVMP, “The Lifeblood of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Con-artist-turned-station-owner Ciara Griffin manages an on-air staff of off-the-wall DJs – including her new boyfriend Shane McAllister – who really sink their teeth into the music of their “Life Time” (the ear in which they became vampires). It’s Ciara’s job to keep the undead rocking, the ratings rolling, and the fan base alive – without missing a beat.

For Halloween, WVMP is throwing a bash sure to raise the dead. They’ve got cool tunes, hot costumes, killer cocktails – what could go wrong? Well, for starters, a religious firebrand ranting against the evils of the occult preempts the station’s midnight broadcast. Then, when Ciara tracks down the illegal transmission, the broadcast tower is guarded by what appears to be…a canine vampire? And behind it all is a group of self-righteous radicals who think vampires suck (and are willing to stake their lives on it).

Now Ciara must protect the station while struggling with her own murky relationship issues, her best friend’s unlikely romance with a fledgling vampire, and the nature of her mysterious anti-holy powers. To make it to New Year’s in one piece, she’ll need to learn  a few new tricks…

Jeri Smith-Ready’s vamps are my favorite. I love how they are stuck in their “Life Time” and how they have their little OCD quirks. In BAD TO THE BONE, Ciara is dealing with going to school, dating her vampire boyfriend, and some uber-radical group taking over the WVMP broadcasts. Ciara is one tough chick, but in BTTB we see a little of her soft side. I felt that there was some emotional growth throughout the book. Ciara begins to look toward the future in regards to her relationship with Shane and her work at WVMP. I can’t wait to read the next WVMP book and find out what happens next.

the book girl gives BAD TO THE BONE 4/5 stars!

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Review: Road Trip of the Living Dead by Mark Henry

rad-tripCelebrity party girl Amanda Feral is back form the dead, and hungrier than ever for a good time. With her zombie gal pal Wendy and vampy gay sidekick Gil, this stone cold fox is dressed to kill, on the prowl, and ready to take a big juicy bit out of Seattle’s supernatural nightlife. But what’s a zombie chick to do when her “Mommie Dearest” gets sick? If you’re Amanda Feral, you can either ignore the wicked old witch – or bury the past by visiting Ethel before she kicks it. Amanda’s not thrilled about the idea of crossing three states just to be criticized. But Wendy, who’s always looking for fresh meat , is up for the adventure. And Gil, who just launched his “luxury” resurrection business, needs to disappear because a pissed-off client is out for his blood.

First, the pack their stiletto pumps and plasma into a skeevy rattrap on wheels that used to be a Winnebago. Then, with a little help from a Korean-ghost hood ornament, a masochist named Fishhook, and a slew of “moderately accurate” psychics, they hit the highway – their way. Pf course, they’ll have to navigate past some neo-Nazi skinheads, a horny dust devil, a hunky werewolf cop (who could pass for an underwear model) and an unsightly horde of Kmart shoppers. but for this glamorous gang of ghouls this trip is about to take a dangerous detour that could give road kill a brand new meaning…

The terrible trio is back. Amanda Feral has been kind enough to write another memoir with the help of her ghostwriter, Mark Henry. Amanda, Wendy, and Gil set out on a cross country journey so Amanda can pay her respects to her mother who is dying. Amanda doesn’t want to go, but Gil gets in a little trouble with his new business and getting out of town suddenly sounds good. Road Trip of the Living Dead is as gross and gruesome as Happy Hour of the Damned, This is a hard book to review, because while I loved it, it is hard to pinpoint why. It is not like anything else you would be able to find. It is pee in your pants funny and not to be missed.

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Review: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost

at-graves-endFrom the back of the book:

Some things won’t stay buried . . . at grave’s end

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’s past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover Bones at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

What can I say about this book? I LOVED it!! Everyone should read this series. Cat and Bones are a great couple and the romance in the book is very strong. They also kick butt. This book took me on a roller coaster ride. At times I wasn’t sure that things were going to turn out the way I wanted them to. All of the characters in this book are so well written and they mesh together well, even the ones I don’t like. I can’t wait for the next Night Huntress Book (which comes out in July)

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