Monday, August 18, 2014

Review: Take Me On (Pushing The Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

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Another angst filled NA. Puh –leeze.
Title: Take Me On
Series: Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Mira INK, UK
My ratings: 2 out of 5 stars
Released: 6th June, 2014
While I do enjoy a spot of Katie McGarry’s stories lately I have been feeling out of sorts. 
Haley’s family is in a bad situation, with her father being made redundant and their house has been repossessed, she and family are living with her Uncle, who is a chauvinistic arsehole to boot. Haley, due to the bad choices she made in the past, has given up her passion which is kick boxing. West on the other hand is a rich brat, who has decided that he has had enough and decides to leave his home in a bid to prove his worth. On the streets with no money or house and struggling to get by, he meets Haley and somehow in the midst of warring fighting clubs, over bearing family problems and making ends meet, Haley and West fall in love. .

I feel bad for writing this review but this ought to be done. I have enjoyed Katie’s work before. I truly have but this time it just didn’t work for me. It felt like it was the same tried and tested formula which was being regurgitated and fed back to me. Troubled teenagers, with family issues and a big obstacle they have to overcome. The threat of social services looming on them and the pressure to make something better of themselves and many more are such real issues faced by teenagers in today’s world. I think it is wonderful that Katie writes about these problems with such seriousness and addresses a problem which needs attention but somehow I don’t feel entertained by it. .

After reading three of her previous books and thoroughly enjoying them, I feel I can discern a pattern to her plotting and now it just feels repetitive. The characters now all blend together and each story is set around a new fad like car-racing, sport or kick boxing in this case. .

The amount of angst played into the story got too much for me this time. I just could not take the same type of angst and trouble over and over again. Plus this book was over 500 pages. I don’t even read Fantasy books that long which require extensive world building, let alone a New Adult book filled with angst and stupid parents makes idiotic choices for their kids. .

I really liked West in Crash Into You, as the flirty, handsome devil may care good guy but just like it has happened before when a side character gets his own book, all the factors that I loved about West were toned down and what was left was a husk of the real person which once may have had made for captivating reading. I know you’ll try to feed me the drivel about character growth but I realise I don’t care about ‘character growth’ if you mould and twist it into something that should conform every body’s choice for a good person. .

Enough of my ranting and more discussing the actual story and characters. While West and Haley were serviceable there was nothing remarkable or memorable about them. I character that I did I enjoyed reading about most was the crazy, over the top, drug dealing Abby. I hope when she gets her own book, she doesn’t get turned into another angst filled cookie cutter character with more family problems and poverty. Please keep some of the snark to save the book for me. .

My sole purpose in reading is to escape reality and experience something wonderful which I can’t in the real world. Take Me On failed to do that. I guess some readers enjoy a dose of real life in their books but 500 pages filled with angst and emotions, is too much for me. .

While Take Me On deals with a variety of serious issues like poverty, gang fighting, coming-of-age, proving your worth to your family and show how some something wonderful like love can bloom out in this filth and how it changes change you forever, this book did not take my fancy. I may or may not pick the next book, which only time will tell. Recommended to all Katie McGarry fans, New Adult fans and reader who like a bout of reality and real life to their reading. .

ARC received from Mira INK, UK


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Better Than Perfect Blog Tour

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Hello everyone and welcome to my blog, where the blog Tour for Better Than Perfect stops today.  Not does the blog tour stops on Escapism from Reality, but today is also the release day for this awesome title. So let's see what Better Than Perfect is about.



Better Than Perfect 

Ashtyn's life just got complicated. Her boyfriend is being distant and her sister's back at home after ten years - with a stepson in tow!

Derek has a perfect body, THE sexiest smile and a car - Ashtyn's only way to escape from her crazy life. But Derek likes to play by his own rules and is keen to take Ashtyn on a ride she'll never forget. As they spend more and more time alone together, will Derek's flirty games drive Ashtyn wild?

A sweet and steamy romance from New York Times bestselling author Simone Elkeles







Excited yet?  For this blog stop, I am posting  a snapshot of Ashtyn's phone screen followed by an extract. Read on to find out.


Ashtyn's Mobile Phone

Tonight there is a beach party with all of Ashtyn’s best friends but she can’t quite get into the feel of it - not that she can let Landon know that. With a little fashion advice from her closest friend the night can only get better…right? Find out what happens in the extract.








Chapter 6

Ashtyn

I wanted to kick myself for attempting to look into his eyes
more than a few times tonight. It’s not because I’m attracted to
him. It’s because they’re a unique color, that’s all.
When my dad told me Brandi was moving back home, I hoped
maybe we could become a family again. I imagined Julian and I
would immediately bond. Instead, thanks to Derek, my nephew
thinks I’m his crazy aunt. It’s time I change that perception.
I find Julian in my sister’s room, playing with a handheld video
game.
“Hey, Julian!” I say.
He doesn’t stop playing. “Hi.”
“I know Derek said I was crazy, but I’m not.”
Julian looks up from his game. “I know. He told me he was
joking.”
“Good.” I sit next to him. Besides his blond hair, he’s the spitting
image of Nick. Supposedly Nick left my sister after he found
out she was pregnant. I don’t think she’s seen him since, which
means Julian has never met his biological father.
“Can I have a hug?” I ask him.
He shrugs.
“All right. Well, when you feel like giving me one, I’ll be waiting
for it. Okay?”
He nods, his attention still on the game.
I sit with him for fifteen minutes, until my sister comes in and
tells him to get ready for bed. My sister acts like our argument in
the kitchen didn’t happen, but it’s still fresh in my mind.
Landon hasn’t called me, even though we’re supposed to hang
at the beach tonight. I walk to my room, close the door, and call
my boyfriend.
“Hey,” Landon answers.
“Hey.”
“Sorry I rushed out of Dieter’s meeting and didn’t call. I had to
get home to help my mom with some stuff,” he says.
“So you’re not upset?”
“About what?”
“The captain thing. I totally expected you to get voted captain,
not me.” I know he did, too. I can’t help but feel twinges of
guilt, like I took his spot even though I had nothing to do with it.
“Whatever. It’s not a big deal.”
But it is. I guess I’m waiting for him to say I’ve worked hard
and deserve to be captain just as much as anyone else, but he
doesn’t.
On top of the captain thing, my sister’s homecoming and
the argument I had with her are totally stressing me out. “Can we
hang out alone tonight? My sister came home this morning, and I
guess I’m just having a hard time with it.”
“Everyone’s meeting up at the beach,” Landon says.
“I know, but I’m feeling kinda . . . I don’t know.”
“Listen, you were always pissed your sister left. Now she’s
back. You should be happy, Ash. You got what you wanted.”
It doesn’t feel how it should, though. “You’re right.” I don’t
want to be the whiny girlfriend. Landon told me that his ex-girlfriend Lily,
who goes to our rival school in Fairfield, complained
all the time. He’d said nothing was ever good enough for her and
she smothered him to death. I told myself I’d never be like his ex.
I’m the happy-go-lucky girlfriend, even when I don’t want to be.
“When will you be here?”
“I’ll pick you up in fifteen,” Landon says, then hangs up.
I rush to get dressed, knowing I can’t very well go out with
Landon wearing a T-shirt and hoodie. I try on seven different outfits
before calling Monika. I’m not good when it comes to fashion,
but my best friend is an expert. I text her pictures of each outfit
and she picks one: jean shorts and a short, low-cut pink shirt that
reveals cleavage and a hint of skin above the shorts’ waistband.
In the bathroom, as I lean over the sink to put on my lip gloss,
Derek strolls in.
“Don’t you knock?” I ask him.
“No need to knock if the door’s open.” He leans against the
shower door and focuses on me with his bright blue eyes. “Hot
date?”
“Yes.”
“With your boyfriend?”
“Yes.”
“He play football, too?”
“Not that it’s any of your business, but yes.” I turn to face him
and wish he had some blemish or imperfection, but I can’t find
one. Ugh, the girls at school are gonna have a field day when they
take one look at him. I imagine a lot of drama and fighting over
him. “Did you barge in here for a reason, or did you just want to
rub it in that I have to share a bathroom with you?”
“I need to relieve myself. Do you mind?”
“Eww.”
“You act like you’ve never done it before.”
“I’ve done it. I just don’t have the need to announce it.” I grab
my stuff and start to walk out, but turn back and say, “Don’t you
dare leave the toilet seat up.”
“And if I do?” he asks with a smirk.
“Trust me, you don’t want to find out.”
In my room, I wonder if Derek has a girlfriend and imagine
what she might look like. Not that I care. I’d actually feel sorry for
the girl who has to deal with a guy who’s too sarcastic, too witty,
and too good looking.
The doorbell rings a few minutes later. I can’t wait to see
Landon’s expression when he sees me all dressed up.
“Be right down!” I call out, then grab my purse and rush downstairs.
Landon is waiting for me in the foyer wearing jeans and a
preppy button-down shirt that covers his dark-skinned body. I
give him a peck on the lips just as Derek appears wearing long
shorts with REGENTS PREPARATORY ACADEMY embroidered on the
leg. I’m not surprised he comes from a fancy prep school with that
ego of his. He’s shirtless once again, showing off solid muscles
and an air of confidence that rival Landon’s. I’m not immune to
him even though I said I was. There’s just something about
Derek that draws my gaze to him, even though I hate myself for
acknowledging it.
“Who’re you?” Landon asks, as if Derek’s an intruder who
needs to be kicked out of my house immediately.
“Just a thug from Cali,” Derek says with a wink for me, then
pushes open the screen door and saunters outside with a pair of
running shoes in his hand.
Landon points to the door. “Who the hell was that?”
“He’s Brandi’s stepson.” I wave my hand in the air, dismissing
the importance of the guy living in our den. “Don’t pay any attention
to him.”
“Stepson?” He glances at Derek through the screen. “I don’t
like it.”
“Me neither.” I grab Landon’s hand and urge him out of the
house. My boyfriend is competitive and definitely has a high testosterone
level. He doesn’t mind me hanging out with our teammates,
but he’s jealous of outsiders. Derek is definitely an outsider.
“Come on, let’s go celebrate the beginning of summer break. I
need a distraction.”
Outside, Derek is sitting on the stoop tying his shoes. “Y’all
have fun,” he calls out as we head for Landon’s car.
“We will,” Landon growls back.
From the car, I look over at Derek. Our eyes meet and I feel a
jolt of adrenaline. I want to ignore him, to pretend he doesn’t
exist. So why do I have such a hard time keeping my eyes averted?
I get a sense that there’s sadness behind his eyes, something that I
can relate to.
Landon’s phone is in his cupholde rwhen it rings on our way to
the beach. Lily’s name comes up on the screen.
“Why is your old girlfriend calling you, Landon?”
He glances at the phone but doesn’t answer it. “Beats me.”
“You never told me you still talked to her.”
“We catch up every now and then. It’s no big deal.”
I wonder why he’d want to catch up with his ex-girlfriend
when he always complains about her. I want to ask more questions
about how often he talks to Lily and what they talk about,
but he drives up to the entrance to the beach and hops out of the
car before I can ask him to elaborate.
I thought Landon and I would find a nice quiet place to sit and
talk in front of the bonfire, but he leaves me to hang with some
of the guys. I could join him, but I’m getting a weird vibe from him
tonight and decide to give him some space. I don’t want to smother
him like Lily did.
Jet has a six-pack in his hand as he stands by Victor’s car with
a bunch of other guys. The second Jet sees me, he waves me over.
“Hey, Captain,” he says as he wraps me in a bear hug.
“Cut it out, Jet.”
“You know you love me, Ash.”
“No, I don’t. Most of the time I don’t even like you,” I joke.
“Get your paws off me and leave them for the poor, unsuspecting
girls who buy your bullshit.” I dig an elbow into his ribs. “Landon’s
right over there. Don’t piss him off.”
Jet laughs. “Why would I want to piss off our star QB, our pride
and joy, the prince, the single most important person on our team,
the only quarterback who can take us to State with one hand tied
behind his back?”
“Lay off, Thacker,” Vic chimes in, shutting Jet up for the
moment.
After we lost in the playoffs, the local paper printed a quote
From Landon bashing Jet about not catching his last two passes.
Landon said they misquoted him, but Jet still took it personally.
Ever since then, the two have been trading barbs and I’ve had to
defuse a lot of it to keep the peace.
Jet points to a girl by the water’s edge wearing a skimpy thong
bikini. “What are the chances I get lucky with her tonight?”
“Better than most,” I tell him. “Should I warn her that you just
want a one-night stand so she shouldn’t expect a call from you in
the future?”
That gets an amused grin out of Vic.
“Hell, no.” Jet doesn’t have girlfriends. He likes to “spread
the love” and hook up with as many hot girls as he can. Which
also means he’s pissed off more than a good share of the high
school female population in Fremont and the surrounding communities.
A few times Jet has needed my help being rescued from clingy
girls desperate to have a real relationship. I’ve reluctantly acted
as his fake girlfriend too many times to count. I told him that one
day he’ll fall hard for a girl who’ll break his heart, but he laughs it
off. He thinks love is complete bullshit.
I walk to the bonfire where Monika is sitting and think about
the conversation Derek and I had in the kitchen. And the fight my
dad and Brandi had. And Derek’s stupid abs he flaunted today.
And the guilt I have for Landon not being voted captain. I want
my brain to stop thinking. It’s on overload.
“I can’t believe my best friend didn’t tell me she was voted
captain,” Monika says as she snuggles against her boyfriend, Trey,
our star running back. “Congrats, girl!”
“Thanks.”
Trey and Monika have been dating since junior high. They’re
completely in love and aren’t afraid of PDA or talking about their
future as if it’s a given that they’ll be together forever.
After my parents split, I gave up on finding true love—something
manufactured in movies and books to make people believe in the
impossible. Trey and Monika renewed my faith. He looks at
Monika as if she’s the only girl in the world. It’s as if she’s his lifeline
and he’d be lost without her. Monika told me that Trey’s her
soul mate. They’re both planning on going to the University of
Illinois, although Trey needs a scholarship to the Big Ten school
to be able to afford it.
When Landon sits next to me, I lean into him. “What are
you thinking about?” I ask, getting my boyfriend’s attention. “You
look so serious.”
“It’s nothing,” he says irritably before opening a can of beer
and chugging the entire thing.
I put my hand on his chest. “Is it the captain thing? Because I
didn’t know—”
He swats my hand away. “Fuck, Ash, will you stop bringing
it up? I’m just pissed off at the world right now, okay? So you
were voted captain. Big fucking deal. I’m sure Jet orchestrated
it as retaliation for that stupid article in the paper. The joke’s on
me, huh?”
“Jet didn’t orchestrate anything.”
He gives a short, mocking laugh. “Yeah, right.”
His words sting. “Please say you don’t mean that.”
“Fine. I don’t mean it,” he says unconvincingly.
I glance at  Monika and Trey, who are trying their best to pretend
they’re not listening to our argument.
I try to swallow, but there’s a lump in my throat as I say what’s
been on my mind ever since Dieter wrote my name on the board
this morning. “You . . . you don’t think I deserve to be captain,
do you?”
He doesn’t answer.


*****

The extract alone makes me want to ditch my current book and re-read Better Than Perfect again. I already am half in love with Derek.

Pick up your copy today as Better Than Perfect hits the bookshops this morning







Monday, August 11, 2014

Book Blogger UKYA Awards

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Hey Guys! Today I am proud to announce that the Book Blogger UKYA Award Nominations are open! Use the form below to nominate the books and authors that you love! You can nominate up to three books and authors per category - choose wisely! Nominations will stay open until 24th August. (That's two weeks!) Then the shortlist will be sorted and voting will begin on the 1st September. Good luck to all the lovely books and authors!








Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: Tears of Tess (Monsters in the Dark #1) by Pepper Winters

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Dark erotica with an another enigmatic and dominating alpha
Title: Tears of Tess
Series: Monsters in the Dark
Author: Pepper Winters
Publisher: Self Published
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Released: 28th August, 2013
Dark Erotica are my guilty pleasure, just like bodice ripper romances are for some. This doesn't mean I enjoy BDSM novels as I still stand by the truth that I don't quite enjoy them how ever I have a taste in Taboo romances. Namely prisoner and captive romances. It is not for the light hearted or people who get offended easily. I'm both but still I am somehow utterly fascinated by them. I am not saying that all of them are great but there a few selected stories which mind screw you for the umpteenth time and you'll still be coming back for more.

Tess is holidaying in Mexico with her boyfriend when she is brutally kidnapped and sold off. After suffering atrocities at the hand of her abductors, she is sold to a rich, enigmatic business man who is new master.

Tess is a fighting spirit. She refuses to be broken and become a sex slave as she was intended to be. Q, her owner, seems perplexed and entranced by her and keeps trying to 'own' her. Captive in a Fresh Mansion with servants and maids to do your bidding it is easy to lose the desire for freedom and simply give in but Tess fight it with everything she has.

I really enjoyed the start of the story as the plotting was tight and the events unfolding were not only horrifying but the realism that this type of incidents are occurring all time is chilling. Watching the story from Tess's POV gives the reader the perspective required to really understand what's going on around her and how she is both repulses and fascinated by Q, her master.

Tears of Tess is a good prisoner captive story but admittedly It is no contender to Captive in Dark or Chicken Soup as those book came with a sting of reality to the very end. I found the start riveting as my eyes were glued to the pages as I tried to decipher the various moods and motivations of Q. However towards the half way mark after some truly horrific events, I found the Q was being romanticised. I just wished he would have remained the cruel, controlling master that Tess imagined him to be rather than a torn, tortured soul who just happened to be it.

Overall Tess of Tears is a great dark erotica story with vivid characters which go through hell and back which changes them forever. IT deals with redemption and love and how people and desires change with circumstances. I have given it a slight lower rating than I expected to as I somehow was hoping it would be another chicken Soup or Captive in the Dark but I have realised there will be none. If you want to start with dark erotica and not sure where to look, start with this book and have a taster as to how you find them. If you are ok with the dark and the filth and find more and yes please send me recommendation if you find any.




Monday, August 4, 2014

ARC Review: As Red as Blood (Lumikki Anderson #1) by Salla Simukka

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Dark and chilling
Title: As Red As Blood
Series: Lumikki Anderson
Author: Salla Simukka
Publisher: Hot Key Books, UK
My ratings: 3 out of 5 stars
Releases: 6th August, 2014
WAs Red As Blood is a crime novel written by Salla Simukka and translated from Finnish to English by Owen Witesman . It’s a story about Lumikki Anderson, a high school student who finds 100 Euro notes drying in the school photography room. Soon she is embroiled into the crime underbelly for Finland with criminal and underworld mafia chasing her.

As Red as Blood took me a while to really make me interested. I loved the setting of frozen Tampere, which was featured in all its brutal and beautiful glory. The tittle really fits as the story starts with blood. Blood on the notes, blood on the floor, blood slowly soaking the virgin snow red. The imagery was beautifully done and not one minute did I forget that this postcard perfect beauty was dangerous and would take your life if you let it. The side characters were interesting enough and the narration was done in a third person view, so it was less of a mystery but more of a thriller as the reader is anticipating as to what event will unfold next.

As for the main character, she was as much an asset as she was a burden to the story. She was the perfect person to be in a situation like this. She was deceptively dangerous, she knew how to fight and she was clever. We get glimpses of her life before here time in Tampere but they showed so little that instead for making me curious they just made me frustrated. There was a reason she was so cold and distant and some of the reason were explored but not fully and the ending left me with more questions about the Lumikki than answers.

The plot started off really slow. While some scenes were beautifully done other felt half baked. The writing was good, the setting added to the atmosphere but the plot was quite simplistic. I suppose it is meant to be a YA book but it read like an adult book but for the uncomplicated minds. The fairy tale references added a sinister edge to the crime underbelly and the dark setting.

I am hoping the second book will be able to give me some answer about what happened with Lumikki, Polar Bear and who the heck is the blue eyed guy in the photo.

Over all As Red as Blood is a scenic, crime thriller, which may have started slow but when the action starts it really pulls you in. It was a short book but the writing makes up for it and it will give a few good hours of entertainment.

There is even a Good Reads Giveaway going for UK residents only.  
 Enter to win a copy

Releases on the 7th of August, 2014 
ARC received via Hot Key Books, UK
 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

ARC Review: The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Poignant, realistic, lonely and touching
Title: The Moment Collector
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publisher: Orchard Books, UK
My ratings: 4 out of 5 stars
Releases: 7th August, 2014
The Moment Collector or The Vanishing Tree as it’s called across the pond is what I call a book which will cater to a group of elective readers. I’m not one of those people who call themselves a book critic and write highly critical review pointing out what was wrong with a particular scene or how it could have been done better. I’m a passionate reader who likes her books light with HEA, which helps me escape the tedium of the daily grind which is called life. Hence the blog name.

However, I liked The Moment Collector despite myself. This is not a book which everyone would like, especially a main stream YA reader will not enjoy it’s slow pace and the character building. Heck, I should be one of those people who shouldn’t have liked this book but the fact remains that I did.

Please don’t be fooled by the misleading blurb as this book is not a murder mystery. It provides for the eerie backdrop which was used to create an atmosphere of foreboding in the plot. The Moment collector starts a little confusingly with the random musings of s ghost who is watching from above as the world goes by. Enter Maggie, a city girl who has been forced to move to the Door County due to her parent’s recent redundancy. Maggie is a girl who is adjusting, understand and kind. She is determined not to cause problems for her parents as they are already troubled. That is what I liked about Maggie’s, could identify with her. She is not what anyone you’ll call weak but she will not be the one who will cry out for the injustice done to her as she doesn’t want to cause trouble for the people she loves in her life.

She makes friends with Pauline, the girl next door who is rich, beautiful, and fun and everything Maggie is not. Pauline has a childhood friend Liam who is in love with her but Pauline refuses to acknowledge it. Slowly as the plot unfolds and more girls go missing, a sense of panic spreads across the County and in this back drop, Maggie falls for Liam. She knows her feeling will never come to fruition but she still carries on.

I cannot say much more about the plot as it will be ruining it but what I can tell you that the way the characters were written, with their intrinsic flaws which made them what they were is what moves this story on. I hated what was going on in front of me and the author had a beautiful way of foreshadowing which keeps you guessing and thinking ‘surely not’ and bang it happen but it somehow still doesn’t lessen the impact.

It is a very character driven book and it these characters which pull the story forward. While Pauline may be classed as selfish and Liam a ‘good’ boy you can’t really fault them for making the choices they make. It was kind of inevitable from the start but it still broke my heart.

Why not a 5 star then you ask? Well, the first reason was I simply did not like Liam. Even if I say I cannot fault anyone, I still blame Liam as he is the one who actually makes a choice. Secondly the ending was unexpected and could have been avoided. IT did tie in with the narrative but overall I felt it was jarring and it made me sad. Really sad.

After all my musing I can assure you guys that The Moment Collector is a poignant, rich, character driven book which explores human nature of love, life choices and faults and it’s various nuances. It’s been a month since I read it and it somehow is still haunting me. I’d recommend it not just YA lovers but also adult readers and it is much more deeper than it appears on the surface.

ARC by Orchard Books, UK via NetGalley
 


Monday, July 28, 2014

An Ode to the Kate Daniels Series by Illona Andrews

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I have contracted the Kate Daniels disease and I don’t want to be cured 

I have been quite vocal about my love for Illona Andews, particularly how much I love their Kate Daniels series. However never have I written a review of any of their books. Sound peculiar doesn’t it. The reason behind is the simple fact that after reading either I jump straight to their next book or I’m too busy gushing, fangirling, and screaming around running in circles about how awesome the piece of literature I just read.

I may just have to correct myself here as I just realise that I have written a review for Magic Slays and going back and reading it proves my point again as the piece of writing makes no sense at all as it is full the fore-mentioned fangirling and spouting incoherent nonsense about how a shrine should be made to honour them.

So let’s start with the beginning shall we? It all started in 2010 when
I was reading every UF out there (which I sort of still do) and came across The Kate Daniels series. Everybody warned me how the first book was difficult but it gets better, so like a brave trouper I soldiered on with the first book and guess what I didn’t find it difficult in the least. Yes, the magic waves were a little difficult to get my head around but my mind was blown away by the no- sparkly grotesque vampires and the shape shifters who were mean and vicious with all sorts of weird and wonderful social structure built around them. The cherry on top was Kate. I loved her. Period. I would run away with her and have her little sword wielding children if she wants me to and no, I don’t even swing that away. No pun intended. I felt connected to her in a way I feel with a childhood beast friend whom I understand. The mood, her nuances, her personality, her behaviour felt so endearing familiar and yet it managed to surprise me time and time again.

One of my all-time favourite lines which true fans will recognise and so very Kate and that started everything. And many more but I don’t have the space and I don’t want to bore you all so here’s a little taster.

“Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...”


  I am not even sure that I can find the right words or phrase something which will do justice to how much I adore this series and these wonderful writers.

Have you even thought that a book was written specifically for you. I mean, a personalised book, a story to push all your buttons and a guaranteed that you will like it. That is precisely how I feel about The Kate Daniel Books. It’s like slipping into a custom made suit built to fit your every contour, rise and fall and the lines of your preferences so that there is not a simple aspect out of place. The balance between, humour, action, romance, love, friendship, mystery, action, fear and almost every emotion under the roof is so perfectly written that when I’m reading, I literally cannot take my eyes off the pages. The writing is spot on for me.The heroine, the love interest, the side characters are so well crafted that they seem real. Heck, I want them to be real.

The action scenes are so brilliantly envisioned and no short cuts are taken. It is abundantly clear that both Illona and Gordon have an innate understanding of fighting, weapons and the consequences of the actions. The romance is something to behold and I adore Curran. I tend to get carried away with male leads and I’ll be the first to admit that while my other bookie friends may be swooning over werewolves and shape-shifters but I have never been one of them. I was more a vampire girl but Illona Andrews converted me. 
However, saying that, Curran doesn’t feature on my book boyfriend list. The reason being he is just so perfect for Kate and vice versa that I cannot even think about having him for myself or anyone else.

I have pretty much read every tittle by this writing duo and I am amazed each time that their beautiful writing transcends so well into other world and stories too. Nothing can beat Kate Daniels though.

It is a testimony to how much I love this series that it has become somewhat of a ritual to read the entire series back to back in prep for the new release every year. I have already read till book 6, Magic Rises and suffering from a book phunk for the next month as no other book is able to hold my interest. I start DNF-ing books which I never do otherwise. I may also assure you that even if I read the series for the 7th time (it may have been the 8th time, who knows) it still manages to lace me in a strait jacket and refuses to let me go. I sneek away and avoid all social contact until the series is completed. Yes, I have contracted the Kate Daniels disease and I don’t want to be cured. 
 
Don't be fooled by the awfully off putting covers as the cover do not justice to what's inside them.

It is such a shame that the whole Kate Daniels series is not available in the UK(only the first few books are) and I keep struggling to acquire a copy for myself but I am hoping the publishers will be able to see a growing fan base here and pick up this fabulous, out of the world series.

So, if this doesn’t convince you to give this series a chance, them go to Amazon or GoodReads and see the tons of reviews from reader all around the world on how extra-ordinarily great this series and these writers are. Try it and believe me you will not regret it. 

Let's just say I cannot wait for Magic Breaks and if it was available in the stores here I would have been camping outside the stores or even the publishers office to give me an advanced copy.




 

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