Sunday, June 23, 2013

Toni's Review of The Chosen One by Gladys Quintal ***3 Stars***

Trying to exist undetected in a human world with a human family, is hard enough when you are a vampire - but finding out your son is the fabled Chosen One, makes things even more difficult.

Will Alexi's love be enough to protect his precious child from the powers that be? Or will he be condemned to live out eternity alone.....


The Chosen One starts immediately where Be Careful What You Wish For ends. 

In The Man of My Dreams you read about Alexi and Cassandra’s beginning.  In Be Careful What You Wish For you learn about an unknown history that is beginning to wind around Alexi and Cassandra, tightening ever so slowly and in The Chosen One all the roads converge into a grand battle.

I have very mixed feelings about this book.  I enjoyed reading about what happened to Cassandra, but I also felt overwhelmed.  There was too much, too fast in this book.  It felt rushed to me.  The ending also leaves me wanting.  There are rumors of two offshoot novellas to the series, but I cannot locate any information about them.

With that said The Chosen One basically ties up the loose ends and has a happy ending, but leaves unresolved issues for me.  All in all, the story was fine, but I would have a hard time recommending it without a thorough warning.  The Dreams Series is a very good series with a few issues though.  It has a very unique love story, build around a real life legend with a fascinating and frightening history.

Even though I have concerns with the final chapter in this series, it was still an enjoyable read for me as a whole.  I hope to see more from Ms. Quintal.  She is very imaginative and I can see her only getting better with her story telling.

For all my reviews of The Dreams series, please click the books below.

Thanks for reading - Toni

Friday, June 21, 2013

Toni's Review of Be Careful What You Wish For by Gladys Quintal ***4 Stars***

Alexi is a Vampire trying to live a human existence, he even has a human wife. The Vampire secret is paramount and cohabiting with humans - unless you intend to turn them, just isn't done. Can Alexi protect his beloved Cassandra from the would-be enforcers of this law or will he lose her forever?


Be Careful What You Wish For continues the love story of Alexi and his human love Cassandra.  They are happy in their “normal” life.  Alexi feels something is coming, but can’t quite place the feeling.

Alexi has settled into his life as a doctor and Cassandra is happy being a mother.  Unknown to them, a darkness has fallen upon them and it’s named Sebastian.  He is an original evil; a vampire turned by the infamous Countess Dracula.  She sent him on a mission several hundred years ago and he is still going strong.  Now he has Alexi in his sights. Alexi has broken the rule of falling in love with humans and Sebastian is going to make him pay dearly; starting with his son A.J.

I really loved the unique take on the whole vampire lore.  Instead of falling back on the usual Dracula legend, Ms. Quintal went with the seldom used historical figure of Countess Elizabeth Bathory.  Pretty much the first third of the book is backstory about Elizabeth, Sebastian and Alexi.  How it all began and how it has progressed throughout the years.  While one would think it would get cumbersome, it didn’t.  It was fascinating to read Ms. Quintal’s unique take on the Blood Countess.  I also enjoyed hearing how Alexi came to be.

The story progressed nicely and really set the stage for the next book.  You started to see that there was something special about A.J. and the new characters introduced were engaging and blended into the story perfectly.

I will give you fair warning.  This book ends in a humdinger of a cliffhanger.  I would have been very upset if book three, The Chosen One, wasn’t already released.  Whew!  So if you like this book, you best have your credit card warmed and ready, because you will likely be rushing to your computer to get the next in the series.

I’m not sure where this story is going, but I can’t wait to find out.  Be Careful What You Wish For was a pleasing continuation of The Dreams Series.  I’m especially excited that I have book three of the series locked and loaded on my reader.

Since this is book #2 of The Dreams series that means I have a review for The Man of My Dreams.  Click below to see how it all started.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Bunch of Reviews of some of my fave Books/Series so far 2013!

Hello Everyone,

It's been quite awhile since I last spoke to you all.  Life is constantly full of dramas.

I have been working full-time for an Airline company doing their seat selections and noting files for special needs.  I enjoy the job itself but it's mentally draining.  At the end of the day I find it hard to come online and review books.

I have been reading tons mind you and thought I would let you know about a few of my favorites while I have some energy.  I promise to try harder to get back into the swing of things here and get a big party/giveaway going because it's been too long since our last.

The site is soon to hit 100 thousand views and that is something I truly want to celebrate with you all. You made it possible.

Alright, now on to the books.  The most recent series I just finished is "Gone" by Michael Grant.  It is a YA paranormal series.  I loved this series.  The characters are well rounded and the books are action packed.
I like how different this series is, it's a twist of the TV series "400 and "Lost".

I've linked the amazon page to this here pic:

Next book I'd like to recommend is  Rachel Caine's newest Morganville Vampires books "Fade Out".  It's another delicious addition to the series.  The context remains the same but it's also action packed and full of intrigue.  I liked the fact that Claire went out on her own, the down side was that there was a lot of pinning for her love Shane.  That part I could have done without.  Overall another great read though.

The next series I read that I fell in love with is Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series.  Woot Woot for Time traveling!  
  Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon--when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach--an "outlander"--in a Scotland torn by war and raiding Highland clans in the year of Our Lord...1743.

This book took me on an amazing journey.  I learned so much history and enjoyed the ups and downs of living in the past.  The characters were so well written that even now I feel like they are friends, a couple month after finishing the series.  I highly recommend you give this series a try, it will keep you reading for quite awhile.  The average amount of pages per book is 900.  Enjoy!  
Here is book #1 in the series:

Then there was "The Frost Chronicles"  a whole new world to discover and read about.  This is another YA series I read.  I've been on a YA kick lately, looking for something new and the adult books all seem to be the same thing over and over where as the YA authors are really pushing out new and interesting series.  The main character is this series is Lia Weaver.  She lives with her siblings far from town in a world of cold and snow.  They are always watching over their shoulder because you never know what may be watching you and stalking your every move.

This series really gets you guessing and wondering as to what is going on but at the same time you don't get lost in the intrigue because your learning the world with the characters.  Try this series out! You will not regret it.

Last but not least is HIGHLANDERS!!! YUMMY!  Janet Chapman has some awesome Highlander reads, every book I read was great.  Very imaginative alpha men.  If your looking for some Highlanders then Janet Chapman's book got you fix.  Here's a few I read:

Charming The Highlander
Loving The Highlander
Wedding The Highlander
Tempting The Highlander

Be sure to check them out!