Stray (Shifters, #1)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Stray by Rachel Vincent
Pub­lisher: MIRA Books
Pages: Kindle Edition, 618 pages
Series: Shifters
Pub­li­ca­tion date: March 1st 2009

The difference between the movies and reality?
In real life, I was the monster.

Faythe Sanders looks like an ordinary student, but she's hiding a dark secret: she is a werecat, a powerful supernatural predator. Yet headstrong, independent Faythe resents her power, heading to college to escape her family and her overprotective ex, Marc.

That is until a stray - a dangerous werecat without a pride or territory - catches her scent. With two werecat girls already missing, Faythe is summoned home for her own protection.

But Faythe will do whatever it takes to find her kidnapped kin. She has claws - and she's not afraid to use them.

Warning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.

I have to admit that I wasn’t happy about starting this book because of that horrid cover. I don’t know what it means to represent? Surprise buttsecs? Hos’r’us? Bad tattoos stay with you forever? I don’t know. Horrible cover is horrible.

What made me go ahead and buy this thing is the fact that more than half of my Goodreads friend list gave it either 5 or 4 stars. Well hello mister popularity. I guess we ended up reading different books because I sure as hell can’t find anything good about this one.

Stray starts out with the worst introduction on the face of the planet. I mean if you actually manage to get past Chapter 1 I respect you greatly. Let me demonstrate the MCs idiocy.

I could have called my father to report the intruder. I probably should have called him, so he could send the designated spy-of-the-day to take care of the problem. But calling would necessitate speaking to my father, which I made a point to avoid at all costs.

So I’d rather be stupid and get myself killed. I’m not daddy’s little girl anymore!!
Unlike most of my fellow tabby cats, I knew how to fight; my father had made sure of that. Unfortunately, I’d never made the jump from theory to practice, except against my brothers.

So unlike those amateurs you know how to fight. But only theoretically. And against your brothers who most likely go easy on you. Sure. Be cocky. You have all the reasons to be.
My resolve as stiff as my spine, I stepped out of the light and into the darkness.

What the hell is she doing? Does she want to commit suicide and doesn’t know the best way to do it? Obviously TSTL.
I glanced quickly behind me, looking for signs of life from the quad. It was empty now, as far as I could tell. There were no potential witnesses; everyone with half a brain was either studying or partying. So why was I playing hide-and-seek after dark with an unidentified stray?

It was your fucking decision to go there in the first place.
I was feeling foolish now, chasing a stranger down a dark alley at night, like some bimbo from a bad horror film.

I couldn’t have said it better myself.
The difference between the movies and reality was that in real life, I was the hairy monster, and the only screaming I ever did was in rage. I was about as likely to cry for help as I was to spontaneously combust.

Dude, I highly doubt that. I’m still in the first chapter and I can tell you’re not even remotely close to a monster.
After what I’d done to his face, this one should have run screaming from me in terror. It was because I was a girl, I knew it.

Shifting my weight to my left leg, I let my right foot fly, hitting him in the chest with a high side kick.

I thought she never fought. Is this a special night or what?

And, I repeat, that’s only your first chapter. I made it through four chapters and things didn’t change. This book is full of mindless "action", contradictions, horny (and devilishly handsome) guys who want to get their hands on our brilliant MC – because what’s a book without a bunch of hot horny guys? Nothing. What else? Forced everything – story, characters, “romance”. Lots of cheese. Not for me. Really. I can’t handle 400 pages of this. And wait, this is only book one. Thank you, but no thank you.

What a waste of time and money.


Ink (Paper Gods #1) (ARC)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Ink by Amanda Sun
Pub­lisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Series: Paper Gods
Pub­li­ca­tion date: June 25th 2013


On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn't know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can't seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school's kendo team, she is intrigued by him...and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they're near each other, strange things happen. Pens explode. Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings come to life.

Somehow Tomo is connected to the Kami, powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan-and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask questions, and if they discover the truth, no one will be safe.

This started out as a pretty good book. I liked the setting, I love Japanese culture and yes I watch J and K dramas so I was hoping this one will shape out as one of them. But cooler. Don’t judge me. The author did a very good job with the feel of the culture and people. At least at the beginning of the book. I wanted to have a better description of the city, though. I didn’t manage to form an image for it in my mind and it kind of frustrated me, among other things that I will mention as we go on.

As I mentioned before, the book was pretty good for about 2-3 chapters. Then Katie, our lovely MC, meets Tomohiro, the hot Japanese dude, and she becomes obsessed with him. Literally obsessed.

I can’t believe the amount of stupid shit this girl did. Climbing a tall wall and screaming after a stranger like a lunatic only to remember that you’re wearing a skirt and half the school can see your underwear. Buying a bike just to stalk your current obsession BECAUSE you’re sure he’s up to something! What the hell?!

What he was hiding, why he was pushing me away.

He’s just a stranger who wants nothing to do with you. And you are a stalker who keeps on bothering him. It’s that simple.
Maybe he was onto me. Maybe he was messing with me again.

Another thing that pissed me off about this book is the love triangle. Of course we had to have a love triangle. And it’s forced as fuck. What would a Young Adult book be without a love triangle? Our lovely Katie Greene gets not one, but two guys with overly sweet smelling hair gels. It’s Japan after all; they all have hair gels and ear rings. It’s a thing there. So yeah, you get the too sweet, too kind, always there to help third wheel. You need to teach young girls to friendzone the good guys and go for the dicks. That’s how life goes.

Another thing that bothered me, small as it is, is how easy the Mc managed to have complex conversations in Japanese only after a few months of studying the language. As far as I know Japanese is a difficult language and requires a lot of time to master. Is she a genius for managing to achieve this so fast? She didn’t act like a genius throughout the part that I barely managed to read. Just sayin’.

What else didn’t I pick on? The story is silly and boring, the characters are cheesy and boring. There were some drawings in the book – they looked cool. Not really impressed for some reason. And Katie and Tomohiro’s relationship “evolved” way too fast.
“Warui,” he whispered in apology, and I knew then that I couldn’t live without him, even when he was infuriating. Which was pretty much all the time.

And the drop that filled the cup
“Suki,” he breathed, I love you, and then the softness of his lips pressed against mine and the world caught fire, everything light and f lame and burning.

Ok, so first of all, from what I know, Japanese people take their time with dropping the “I love you” bomb more than Westerners. They go more for something like “I like you” first and “I love you” when it’s really serious. I’m 50% in and he’s already declaring his love. This is complete bull.

After this point I couldn’t make myself go on with the book and I had to drop it. I have no idea if things get better later on, and to tell you the truth I don’t give a monkey’s ass if they do, and I really don’t care about any of the characters. If it were to me they should all die and save ourselves the trouble of reading these silly books. Cancel a series, save a tree. You know, important stuff.


The Art of Bioshock Infinite (ARC)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

The Art of Bioshock Infinite by Ken Levine
Pub­lisher: Dark Horse Comics
Pages: ebook, 184 pages
Series: -
Pub­li­ca­tion date: April 9th 2013

In The Art of BioShock Infinite, delve deeper into the city of Columbia-the fabled floating metropolis that serves as a beacon of technology and achievement for the early 1900s! This deluxe hardcover features production designs and concept illustrations focusing on main characters Booker DeWitt, Elizabeth, and Songbird from the highly anticipated BioShock Infinite video game. See the evolution of the Heavy Hitters, the populace of Columbia, the Sky-Hook, vigors, airships, and much more! This deluxe hardcover also features an introduction from BioShock Infinite Creative Director Ken Levine!

I’ve always been a Bioshock fan and I’ve been waiting to play Infinite for months, like a lunatic. And when the time came and I got my hands on it, oh how happy I was. Bioshock Infinite has one of the best, if not the best, stories in the gaming industry. It’s more than a story; it’s an incredible experience that will stay with me for years to come.

I was so glad to see that Dark Horse is publishing a book for the Bioshock Infinite concepts because I am an artist myself and I live to learn and I also work as a game artist and books like these always help in discovering how the big fish roll.

As for the book itself, it was as good as I was expecting it to be. Even though most of the concepts didn’t make it in the game, it’s fascinating to see how all these ideas and all this hard work carved the game into its final form. Their team is full of extremely talented artists and this aspect shows in every single piece of artwork that is inside this book. I absolutely loved it and I will try as hard as possible to buy the printed version because it’s totally worth it.


Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires, #6)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine
Pub­lisher: Signet
Pages: Paperback, 241 pages
Series: The Morganville Vampires
Pub­li­ca­tion date: June 2nd 2009

In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace-until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He's kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants-the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

This will be a mini-review because I have no idea what to write in the first place. So get ready for some good rambling.

Carpe Corpus, or as my good friend Google likes to call it, “seize the body” (weird, huh?) is a fancy schmancy way of playing with the old “Carpe Diem” (seize the day) gig as an analogy to Bishop being a bitch and Claire and Shane having some business time. Thank you for that one.

I liked this one better than the previous book. We’ve got more of the flip flop wearing Myrnin, which is always a good thing. Claire is getting more badass with each passing book, Eve is awesome as always and we have more explanations for the “magical” portals and such. A pretty interesting explanation, if I might add.

And what the hell was that ending? I’ve started to call cliffhangers “Morganvilles”, for the apparent reasons. But this one Click to view Spoiler .

What the hell??!

Need to read MOAR!!


The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
Pub­lisher: Gollancz
Pages: Paperback, 749 pages
Series: Mistborn
Pub­li­ca­tion date: February 11th 2010

Who is the Hero of Ages?

To end the Final Empire and restore freedom, Vin killed the Lord Ruler. But as a result, the Deepness—the lethal form of the ubiquitous mists—is back, along with increasingly heavy ashfalls and ever more powerful earthquakes. Humanity appears to be doomed.

Having escaped death at the climax of The Well of Ascension only by becoming a Mistborn himself, Emperor Elend Venture hopes to find clues left behind by the Lord Ruler that will allow him to save the world. Vin is consumed with guilt at having been tricked into releasing the mystic force known as Ruin from the Well. Ruin wants to end the world, and its near omniscience and ability to warp reality make stopping it seem impossible. She can't even discuss it with Elend lest Ruin learn their plans!

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave readers rubbing their eyes in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

This review will be more or less my impression on the Mistborn trilogy. And I say trilogy to ignore the coming books since the trilogy concludes this sequence of the Mistborn series.

Anypoodle, I cannot find words good enough to describe how much I’ve enjoyed reading these three books. Sure, it might seem frightening since they’re incredibly long, each book having at least 700 pages, but Sanderson managed to make it feel anything but long and boring.

He is such an amazingly talented writer and he made me feel a lot of emotions towards the characters belonging to this series. I’ve been through so many events with them. Happy, sad, terrifying. You name it. I’ve learned to love and respect them and I was so scared of reaching the end because I had no idea how I’d cope with the fact that there will be no more books about them in the future. I do think that Sanderson was right to keep this as short as he could. Maybe if here were more books things would have lost their spark. Or not. Who knows?

I am sad because of the bitter sweet ending. It was a happy ending, but not as happy as I would have wanted it to be. It left me staring out into the sky and trying to cope with what had happened. Three days later and I’m still not over it. I don’t know if and when I’ll be over it. We shall see.

The other thing I want to talk to - well more like ask you - is to read this series. Don’t expect rainbows, unicorns and happy princesses. Mistborn is a story about pain and what it means to fight for what you believe in. There are lots of deaths and lots of sadness so you have to try to read it accordingly. After you’re done meet me for some drinks. You’ll need them. You’ll also thank me for making you know this amazing series.

I’m not exaggerating when saying that this is a must read. Read it. Read it asap!


Down London Road (On Dublin Street, #2)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Down London Road by Samantha Young
Pub­lisher: NAL
Pages: Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Series: On Dublin Street
Pub­li­ca­tion date: May 7th 2013

Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may—or may not—fly.

But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable. The sexy new bartender at work gives her butterflies every time she looks at him. And for once, Jo is tempted to put her needs first. Cam is just as obsessed with getting to know Jo, but her walls are too solid to let him get close enough to even try.

Then Cam moves into the flat below Jo’s, and their blistering connection becomes impossible to ignore. Especially since Cam is determined to uncover all of Jo’s secrets …even if it means taking apart her defenses piece by piece.

Warning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.

I was really excited about Down London Road because I really love how Samantha Young writes her stuff, her Warriors of Ankh series was pretty great, I really enjoyed reading it, and I also liked the previous book in this series, On Dublin Street . Why did I like On Dublin Street? No idea. It’s not my usual thing but it worked for me perfectly at the time. Down London Road proved that me liking On Dublin Street was purely a mood thing. Oh well.

I went blindly into this book so I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea that this was going to happen:

My eyes flickered across the room and then my breath hitched as my gaze paused on a guy who was staring at me. Our eyes met, and for some absolutely bizarre reason the connection felt physical, like acknowledging each other’s presence had actually locked me in place.

Yeah, that made me know that I won’t like this book. I was hoping to be wrong, but no, I wasn’t wrong.

I really don’t like this sort of romance or this sort of characters. I also think that tattooed guys are being extremely overused and this aspect made Cam less attractive. He is also a douche. Me no like douche.

Johanna, the wonderful MC, is an idiot. I hated her. I didn’t even remember who the hell she was. I knew she was in On Dublin Street and I was trying so hard to remember who the hell she was. And then it came back to me. The money-digging chick who wanted to bang Braden. Oh yeah. No Miss Jo, I do not like you. I do not like you at all.
‘How can you take Malcolm and all those other guys’ help but not a friend’s?’ Because it’s a totally different thing!

Hah. Yes, she is like that. Now you know why I don’t like her. Oh, and check this quote from the book’s description:
Johanna Walker knows what she wants.

Really? She knows what she wants?? No, she doesn’t. That’s a huge pile of bullcrap right there. Why? Because the whole book is based on how Jo is unable to make up her mind about what she wants from her life. She is a stubborn woman who makes a shitload of bad decisions. And she gets to be a main character in a book I was really looking forward to reading. Yay me.
Thankfully, I was pretty. Tall with legs that went on forever […]

Legs go all the way up?

Cam on the other hand was not such a bad character, when compared to Joe, of course, but I didn’t like him much either. This is because of what a huge dick he was to Jo just because “he felt too attracted to her”. This gave him the right to be a total judgmental jerk, it seems. He made it up to her later on but I lost track of things when everything got too boring to handle. And I mean boring. They got together halfway through. As in together together, meet my family and all that shit together. That’s when things got too bad for me to even bother reading the rest of the book. It was just filled with useless drama. Did Young do this only to increase the page numbers of the book? It sure felt like it.

So, is Down London Road worth your money? It sure as hell was not worth mine, to tell you the truth. I would recommend you buying it only if you enjoy reading mostly romance books. Romance noobs might like it as well. As for the rest of us anti-romance, or partially anti-romance people, that’s a no. Ignore your hormones when it comes to this one.


Wicked as She Wants (Blud, #2)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Wicked as She Wants by Delilah S. Dawson
Pub­lisher: Pocket Books
Pages: Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Series: Blud
Pub­li­ca­tion date: April 30th 2013

The second book in the darkly tempting Blud series, featuring a vampire princess who embarks upon a dangerous journey to claim what is rightfully hers.

When Blud princess Ahnastasia wakes up, drained and starving in a suitcase, she’s not sure which calls to her more: the sound of music or the scent of blood. The source of both sensations is a handsome and mysterious man named Casper Sterling. Once the most celebrated musician in London, Sangland, he’s fallen on hard times. Now, much to Ahna’s frustration, the debauched and reckless human is her only ticket back home to the snow-rimmed and magical land of Freesia.

Together with Casper’s prickly charge, a scrappy orphan named Keen, they seek passage to Ahna’s homeland, where a power-hungry sorceress named Ravenna holds the royal family in thrall. Traveling from the back alleys of London to the sparkling minarets of Muscovy, Ahna discovers that Freesia holds new perils and dangerous foes. Back in her country, she is forced to choose between the heart she never knew she had and the land that she was born to rule. But with Casper’s help, Ahna may find a way to have it all….

Warning. Review might contain minor spoilers. Read at your own risk.

“Death has to be better than this.”

A quote by Casper, the friendly vampire. You are right, my dear Casper. You are entirely right.

I have to start by saying that this is has to be one of the ugliest covers I’ve seen in a while. The dude, ripped as he is, disturbs me. Rapeface much?

Yes, indeed. Now that I saw the cover Casper I can’t imagine him looking different. So this image stayed with me throughout the book.

Yeah, all those hot and smexy scenes managed to disturb me greatly.

Anyways, I was having high hopes for Wicked as She Wants because I really enjoyed the previous book in this series, Wicked as They Come . It wasn’t the best book out there, and I can never call it one of my favorites, but Dawson managed to create a very unique and intriguing universe. I also loved the characters, especially Criminy Stain. Yum. Casper on the other hand always managed to piss me off. He was better in this book, but I still don’t like the dude.

Plus the cover model…

Never gonna happen, Casper. Not in a million years.

Anastasia, the wonderful MC, was also meh.

Yes, I know her name is Ahnastasia, and I don’t give a shit I’m never calling her that because it’s idiotic. She is Anastasia. Period. If you want to give your characters fancy names at least try harder. Don’t add extra letters for no reason. And don’t name your super-duper Alfa male character after a friendly ghost, he’ll never be sexy after that.

Anyways, Anastasia is some sort of Blud princess. She looks like a teenage girl, all frail, short and underdeveloped.

Most people mistake her for a teenager. Casper, of course, doesn’t. Karen Marie Moning would be proud.

I didn’t like Anastasia. She’s too messed up in the head and is a walking cliché. I could not relate to her, I did not like the way she was thinking. I pretty much didn’t like anything related to her. That’s that. I cannot read a romance novel where I hate both main characters. Simple as that.

Some books can make up for the sucky main characters by giving the readers an awesome villain. Wicked as She Wants presented a good villain throughout the book and I was having high hopes for, you know, lots of pain and suffering coming from her. Ravenna, our villain, was a joke. She was supposed to be a bloodthirsty tyrant, and she ended up being a stupid ass vamp that was easily defeated by the main characters. She was present in ONE CHAPTER, in which she also died. How is that a villain? What about all the vamps that tried to defeat her and failed? How did she became the ruler of Sang, or whatever, while she was such a fucking idiot? I cannot seem to understand this. Meh.

And the cheese! Omg, the cheese!
“I have wanted you since the first moment I saw you. Even half-dead, you were more alive than any woman I’ve ever met.”

I highly doubt it. You were madly in love with Tish in Wicked as They Come as far as I remember.
It had been too long since I had looked at a Freesian calendar, and I didn’t know how close we might be to the Sugar Snow Ball.

The Sugar Snow Ball?!

Where all the big bad vamps go to have fun.

So badass!
He leaned over my back, his lips warm against my ear. “You may be a princess, but you belong to me.”

My beast purred for him […]

I felt like a bludmare running away with the reins pulled taut by a masterly rider.

Now this is getting ridiculous… Bludmare? Reins? Master rider??!

You are aware that they are having sex, doggy style, right?

It’s sad because Wicked as She Wants had potential and imho could have been much better with different characters. I don’t think I’m going to bother with the next book. There was a short preview for it at the end of the book and I did not like what I saw. It seemed very immature and, surprise surprise, cheesy.

So, the conclusion. Is Wicked as She Wants worth your money? No, it’s not. Unless you’re a Romance junkie, then go ahead and buy it. If you are picky, like me, then you should probably borrow it from someone and spend your precious money on something better.


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