Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Review: Bela past by Bogdan Novak

Title: Bela past
Author: Bogdan Novak
Series: Zvesti prijatelji
Read copy: eBook
Published: 2008
Publisher: Večerova založba Ruslica
ISBN: 9616559907
ISBN-13: 9789616559904

Zima. Zvesti prijatelji se odločijo za turno smuko v Dolini Triglavskih jezer. Na poti čez Komarčo začne vedno huje snežiti in nekateri so prepričani, da zato, ker je Luka vrgel kepo verna jezero, kar naj bi prineslo nesrečo. V snežnem metežu se skušajo prebiti do koče pri Triglavskih jezerih, kar pa ni najbolj enostavno. Ko že skoraj obupajo, jih reši njihov zvesti spremljevalec Hani in jih pripelje do koče. Tam so ujeti tri dni, saj gorski reševalci zaradi plazov ne morejo do njih. Medtem se med mladimi porajaja prijateljstva in simpatije, grize jih ljubosumnost, postajajo tekmovalni A po mnogih zapletih in težavah še naprej ostajajo zvesti prijatelji ...

My rating:

Po približno 20 letih sem ponovno prebrala tole prvo knjigo iz zbirke Zvesti prijatelji. V letih, ko sem še hodila v knjižnico, je bila to moja najljubša slovenska mladinska serija. Nekaj podobnega Petim prijateljem, moji (še sedaj) najljubši mladinski seriji.

V tej knjigi avtor predstavi člane in članice taborniškega odreda Rožnik in odnose med njimi. Junaki so raznoliki, vsak je po svoje poseben, med njimi pa se pletejo (predvsem v tej knjigi) tudi že prve ljubezni.

Tale knjiga ima posebno mesto v mojem srcu in spominu predvsem zato, ker sem z njo ugotovila, da lahko tudi slovenski mladinski pisatelji ustvarijo junake, zgodbe in serijo, ki so zanimivi, pritegnejo bralca in vzbudijo željo po novih dogodivščinah, ki bi jih lahko prebirali.

Stil pisanja ni zastarel niti po toliko letih, za najstnika, ki bi dandanes morebiti to bral, bi lahko bilo čudno le pomanjkanje mobilnih telefonov, vendar tiste, ki smo odraščali brez njih, to nikakor ne moti. Predvsem pa je ta knjiga (in zbirka) dober dokaz, da lahko obstaja mladinska literatura tudi brez nadnaravnih bitij in (iznakaženih) mitov.

Veseli me, da je imela knjiga, tudi po vseh teh letih, name podoben učinek kot takrat, ko sem jo prvič brala—hočem, namreč, brati še naprej. Odlično.



Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: The Witness by Nora Roberts

Title: The Witness
Author: Nora Roberts

Read copy: Paperback
Published: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
ISBN: 039953850X
ISBN-13: 9780399538506

Elizabeth Fitch's short-lived teenage rebellion began with L'Oreal Pure Black, a pair of scissors, and a fake ID. It ended in blood...
Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems. Her own security is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing.

Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.

The mystery of Abigail Lowery intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and professional level. Her sharp, logical mind, her secretive nature, her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, even if he doesn't know what - and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.


Accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, Gleason is about to walk into the sights of very powerful and dangerous men. And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.


My rating:

Another NR winner for me. Though I haven't read a real book in a while, this one truly felt like 'it's like riding a bicycle' book. I dived into it, it grabbed me, and it didn't spit me out (figuratively speaking) until the very last page.

Don't get me wrong, it had its weaknesses and weak moments. Like the heroine whom I couldn't bring myself to love, I simply liked her, because she was there, I just didn't feel for her. She was too tough, too stubborn, too everything for me to realy emphasize with her. Sure, she witnessed a murder, sure, she lived in hiding, sure, they hunted her, but still, lighten up a bit, trust a little, live a little, love a little.

But that's just a very NR thing to do, create a character the reader feels strongly about—whether in a good or a bad sense. It's useless creating a bland character the reader will forget about the next day.

The hero, on the other hand, was the usual NR fare. Protective, sexy, hunky, persistent, an irresistible Alpha/Beta mix one just wants to find on their doorstep one morning. ;)

What was unusual was the suspense part. It was rather bland, in my opinion. It wasn't on-the-edge-of-the-seat suspense, but that's not what I expect from Ms. Roberts. I expected something a bit more than what I got in this book. It seemed like the real threat was always somewhere far on the horizon, never really that close, never really that dangerous. And that was quite disappointing after the last few suspense-y NR books I've read lately.

But this was still in a league of its own compared to the rest.



Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Taking Chloe by Anne Rainey

Title: Taking Chloe
Series: Vaughn
Author: Anne Rainey
Read copy: eBook
Published: June 2, 2009
Publisher: Samhain
ISBN: 1605045756
ISBN-13: 9781605045757

Merrick Vaughn couldn't be happier with his life. His business is jumping and his marriage to the love of his life is about as good as it gets. At least, that's what he thinks...until Chloe announces she wants to separate.

Stunned doesn't begin to cover it, but it quickly becomes clear that she's dead serious. And if he doesn't take action, as in now, he's going to lose the only woman he's ever loved.

The last thing Chloe wants is a divorce, but she can't go on living with a virtual stranger who spends all his time—and hers—behind a desk. It's tearing her apart, and taking a break to sort out her thoughts seems her only recourse.

Then Merrick offers a wicked proposition: go to Hawaii with him for one week's vacation. After that, if he hasn't successfully changed her mind, he'll let her go. No questions asked. There's only one caveat. She must agree to give him complete control.

Chloe's intrigued and scared. One week in paradise might bring them closer—or be their ultimate undoing.


My rating:

Even iffier than the previous one. The only thing remotely resembling a plot was the initial premise of the wife leaving her husband because he was spending too much time at work, only to have him follow her and f**k her silly.

I'm looking forward to the next one, though. What I glimpsed of the two leads in the epilogue of this story, sparks are bound to fly.



Review: Tasting Candy by Anne Rainey

Title: Tasting Candy
Series: Vaughn
Author: Anne Rainey
Read copy: eBook
Published: June 24, 2008
Publisher: Samhain
ISBN: 1605040533
ISBN-13: 9781605040530

Lust was the lure, Candy was the reward. Walking around with a raging hard-on isn't Blade Vaughn's idea of a good time. He's hungry for sex and there's only one woman on his menu: Candice Warner. When Blade witnesses the shy beauty go into a panic over a harmless encounter, he's more determined than ever to prove that sex with him is just the therapy she needs.

Candice is used to being afraid of her own shadow, but when she goes all nutso in front of Blade, she's beyond mortified. She wants him to see her as an equal, and as a woman. It's time she got over her past trauma and started living again. But trust is hard to come by when her only experience with men has left her heart in pieces.


My rating:

Rather iffy plot-wise, if you ask me. She's been afraid of men for a year and simply falls into bed with a hunk?

See, iffy.



Review: Touching Lace by Anne Rainey

Title: Touching Lace
Series: Vaughn
Author: Ranne Rainey
Read copy: eBook
Published: March 25, 2008
Publisher: Samhain
ISBN: 1599989034
ISBN-13: 9781599989037

Lacey Vaughn is tired of being dumped on by men. It's clear she needs help in the ways of seduction. Over cappuccinos, Lacey shares her worries with pal Nick Stone. Being the good friend that he is, Nick offers to give Lacey a few pointers in the ways of sexual pleasure. From his first touch, Lacey forgets all about lessons. Now all she wants is more of his luscious body and skillful touches.

Nick's craved Lacey for months. He's done watching her waste herself on losers. It's time she saw him as more than the dreaded good friend. He'll do nearly anything to have the little spitfire all for himself.

But in order to get Lacey past her insecurities, Nick will have to put it all on the line—including his heart—and pray he doesn't lose her forever.


My rating:

A pretty good story about a male friend deciding he doesn't want to see his female friend wasting her life on losers. Short, sweet, sexy, and hot.



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review: Too Close to Home by Lynette Eason

Title: Too Close to Home
Author: Lynette Eason

Read copy: eBook
Published: May 4, 2010
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
ISBN: 1441207457
ISBN-13: 9781441207456

The FBI has a secret weapon. But now the secret's out.

When missing teens begin turning up dead in a small Southern town, the FBI sends in Special Agent Samantha Cash to help crack the case. Her methods are invisible, and she never quits until the case is closed.

Homicide detective Connor Wolfe has his hands full. His relationship with his headstrong daughter is in a tailspin, and the string of unsolved murders has the town demanding answers. Connor is running out of ideas--and time.

Samantha joins Connor in a race against the clock to save the next victim. And the killer starts to get personal.


My rating:

This one started rather well, but it quickly fizzled out. There was too much of the annoying teenager hating and loving her father (hating without a just reason, but that’s the teenage way, I suppose—apparently she blamed him for her mother’s death, because they fought before her mother crashed her car; honey, unless he cut her break lines, I don’t think he was "directly" responsible), there was definitely too much God-talk (for someone not religious so much faith and God ‘banter’ grows tedious, or maybe that’s just me), and the middle crimes of the villain seemed quite disproportionate to the initial one (Okay, so they were getting too close, does that mean you have to shoot them with both a gun and a crossbow and even attempt to blow them up?! Aren’t you exaggerating just a tad, my boy?).

A lot of initial fanfare for such a measly parade. And the more that I read the less interested I became as to who the villain actually was and what was really going on. I just wanted it to end.

What intrigued me was the prologue, but judging from this book, I ain’t going there. Sorry.



Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Warrior for One Night by Nancy Gideon

Title: Warrior For One Night
Author: Nancy Gideon

Read copy: eBook
Published: April 1, 2007
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 1426800371
ISBN-13: 9781426800375

Arsonist hunter Alexander Caufield was the best. Ruthless, relentless, he always found a way to uncover the truth. For years, he was obsessed with finding the firebug who'd framed his father. Now his investigation pointed to the Parrish family, and he wanted justice...and revenge. But when Xander met the bold, brash and beautiful Melody Parrish, it wasn't long before he fell for her, and hard. A firejumper and daredevil pilot, the woman courted danger and, suddenly, he had a life-and-death decision to make. To set his father free, would he ruin the woman he loved?

My rating:

What a ‘weird’ little story—especially in the character department—but surprisingly good. Both H/h had emotional issues, loads of baggage, and quite a few ‘masking’ techniques and they were absolutely great together. Oh, the tension, oh, the attraction, oh, the sexy scenes...But they kept pushing each other away, pulling each other closer, pushing each other away...Make up your mind people!

Also, great suspense sub-plot. Murder attempts, arson, trying to burn people alive, trying to blow up people...And the real villain came as a complete surprise. Good one, Ms. Gideon.

This was a great little story once I got used to the whole push-pull, emotional baggage laden main relationship.

On a side note; I never thought of high-tops as particularly sexy footwear, but somehow black high-tops with dangling laces on Xander truly seemed the height of hotness.



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Review: The Secret of Cypriere Bayou by Jana Deleon

Title: The Secret of Cypriere Bayou
Author: Jana Deleon

Read copy: eBook
Published: March 1, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 1426888341
ISBN-13: 9781426888342

A MANSION OF HORRORS DEEP IN THE LOUISIANA BAYOUS...

For Olivia Markham, laMalediction is the ideal setting in which to complete her work. But something is sending a chill up the usually fearless author's spine. There are the unearthly noises, the sliding panels, the hidden passageways...and John Landry, the sexy caretaker who seems less than welcoming.

John has work of his own to do and he doesn't need the distraction of a mysterious beauty claiming the old mansion is cursed. But he can't ignore the fact that someone is doing everything to scare Olivia away - permanently. Working together to uncover laMalediction's alarming secrets and root out the evil stalking them, John finds Olivia impossible to resist, and he knows it's only a matter of time before something unexpected - and undeniable - happens between them...

My rating:

Somehow I just couldn't really get into this one. There was just too much going on. Hero keeping a secret, hero searching for a missing sister, heroine dreaming of the house she's never seen before, gothic atmosphere, ghosts, storms, a hidden presence waiting for a prophecy to be fulfilled, a missing caretaker...Simply too much for a category book, if you ask me.



Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review: Maverick's Black Cat by Maggie Casper & Lena Matthews

Title: Maverick's Black Cat
Author: Maggie Casper & Lena Matthews

Read copy: eBook
Published: September 14, 2005
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
ISBN: 1419903756
ISBN-13: 9781419903755

Research. It was all in the name of research, or that's what Catarena keeps telling herself every time she meets Maverick online. In exchange for his knowledge of D/s relationships, Catarena willingly becomes his apt pupil, giving over her mind, body and soul to his commands.

Their relationship seems to be made in online heaven…until the webcam turns on, unveiling a familiar face to Catarena's startled eyes.

Mason can't get his cyber student out of his mind. BlackCat is a dream come true to this dominant man, every lesson bringing them closer to the brink of something wonderful. But when he tries to heat things up by turning on the camera, something goes incredibly wrong and his Kitten runs from him.

Finding his cyber vixen proves to be a hopeless mission until fate steps in, revealing Catarena in the most unlikely of places.

My rating:

Okay. It was nothing much, really. A dominant jackass (though he had his finer moments) for a hero, an independent (and rather annoying toward the end and the progress of her relationship with the hero) heroine, lots of (rather improbable in the stamina department) sex and a tiny bit of story.

But I liked it. Go figure.



Review: Canyons of Night by Jayne Castle

Title: Canyons of Night
Series: Arcane Society, Harmony, Looking Glass Trilogy, Rainshadow
Author: Jayne Castle
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: August 30, 2011
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515149888
ISBN-13: 9780515149883

The island of Rainshadow is home to the mysterious, privately-owned woods known only as the Preserve. Now, after fifteen years away, both Charlotte Enright and her teen crush, Slade Attridge, have returned. But will their psi talents and Slade's dust bunny companion be enough to keep them from getting drawn into the darkness at the heart of the Preserve?

My rating:

A good finale to the Looking Glass Trilogy, though I don’t think we’ve seen the last of the Arcane yet.

This was the usual JAK/AQ/JC fare, only without (!) an annoying heroine. Yay! Good pacing, rather tight plot (though there were a few moments she lost me), great characters, good mystery, a funny dust bunny companion with a quirk for purses, sizzling chemistry and hot sex.

And it was also a great introduction into the Rainshadow series. That second last chapter offered just enough of a lure to make me want to read the next book. Just what is in the Preserve? Ooh, I can’t wait.



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Review: Bonding Experience by Cora Zane

Title: Bonding Experience
Series: Werekind
Author: Cora Zane
Read copy: eBook
Published: January 28, 2006
Publisher: Cobblestone Press
ISBN: 1600880371
ISBN-13: 9781600880377

When her pack leader issues a mating contract between herself and hotshot werewolf Luke Roman, Claire knows there must be some mistake. She doesn't know Luke very well, but she can't imagine two less compatible people being thrown together. Luke has loved Claire for years, and he isn't about to let her undo what he's worked so hard to put into effect. When she refuses to discuss the pact with him, even when he follows her home, Luke finds a silk scarf on her dresser and decides to try other, more creative ways of getting Claire's undivided attention.

My rating:

So far, this series has been hit-and-miss for me. I guess I was ‘in the mood’ last night, the right mood for a short, quick, sexy, sweet little werewolf romance.

Though it’s tough jamming everything you want to say into a short story, Ms. Zane succeeded with this one. The reader, along with the heroine, gets to see the lengths Luke was willing to go to get her, we see the deep feelings he had for her, the exultation he feels when they finally…you know. :D
And the reader also gets the opportunity to shake his/her head at Claire’s (the heroine) blindness as far as Luke’s true intentions have been for the past fifteen years. Constant hanging around with no obvious purpose, constant teasing...If that doesn’t spell love (in a very high-school sort of way) I don’t know what does.

And when it came to the party night and when it became apparent just what the party was all about...Awww. My absolute favorite in this series.