Saturday, February 17, 2018

Review: Covert Game by Christine Feehan

Covert Game Covert Game by Christine Feehan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Ghostwalker series is my absolute favorite of Christine Feehan's novels. I really like the over-arching concept of a megalomanical, uber-rich guy that is abusing his power to 'better the world.' It also combine this with the smart, scientist crazy theory of 'the end justifies the means' when it comes to going overboard in what should and shouldn't' be done in the scientific world. These two things in one crazy person who has an overblown ego and hates women, makes for a pretty awesome villain. Throw in patriotism and corporate spying to the mix and you get some crazy hops to jump.

Covert Game is the newest book in this series, and it was great to finally see a female character that has a history with a previous couple. Most of the time the new females introduced (the men we've met already), come from unique backgrounds or they end up with men from the different military units working so while they get to visit others they may know, they don't interact to this level. Zara is unique in that she grew up with Bella (from Power Game), but she is one of the first females that has almost no military expertise. She has been trained for it all, but has real problems following through. But since her smarts are Whitney-level smart or better and her natural talent is with computers, she's the perfect corporate spy for Whitney.

I loved the dynamic between Zara and Gino. It was very unique from the previous novels. Zara's learning about the world was also very different, because Whitney had sent her to school to become a world famous scientist. She had to learn more about family and relationships and had to deal with her jealousy of her relationship with Bella being different now. It was different from previous novels and really enjoyable. (I received this novel as an ARC from Netgalley)

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Review: Finding Hope by Trinity Blacio

Finding Hope Finding Hope by Trinity Blacio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have been waiting for this book for what feels like years! The Running in Fear series has been teasing Hope's character for a while now, so to have it finally arrive was great. It had been so long since we'd meet some of the other couples (or since I've read the previous books) that I had forgotten some of the relationships that impacted the 'couple' in this novel. Hope's character was great and I really loved that she's a bear shifter! In typical Trinity Blacio fashion, there are typos and wrong word usages and some emotional stuff gets glossed over a bit in the rush of things, but it is still a great series and really fun to read!

I received this story as an ARC from Netgalley.

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

Review: Judgment Road by Christine Feehan

Judgment Road Judgment Road by Christine Feehan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christine Feehan does it again with the beginning of this new spin-off series! Usually a spin-off of a spin-off does not work well, but I think the progression of these books is logical and fun to read. The original series was the Drake Sisters, which lead to the Sisters of the Heart. Both ended because there were only 7 sisters in the Drake family and 6 women on the farm in Sisters of the Heart. Plus, the Sisters of the Heart series involved all of the Prakenskii brothers that were introduced in the Drake Sisters series. Then, the last book of the Sisters of the Heart series introduced the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club. Viktor Prakenskii is the president of the club and the members are all children that he grew up with in a Russian training camp, hell-hole. So, Judgement Road is the first novel from the surviving seventeen (I think) children.

Reaper is the enforcer of Torpedo Ink. He has spent most of his life taking on the worst tasks available to protect his brothers and sisters from having to do them. He's emotionally shattered and on the verge of taking his own life to protect the world from himself. Anya is trying to get her life back on track and works as a bartender in the Torpedo Ink bar. Since she started working there Reaper has been a shadow lurking in the far corner, never speaking to her or approaching. When she overhears him trying to get her fired she confronts her secret crush, not knowing that she could be endangering her life. Reaper and Anya must now navigate a new danger to the club, Anya's past, Reaper's secrets and the highs and lows of building a relationship in the underground motorcycle world.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Review: Year One by Nora Roberts

Year One Year One by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a world where the Walking Dead, Z Nation, Zoo, Contagion and I am Legend are popular television shows and movies, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that books about apocalyptic, world-ending scenarios are becoming common as well. Year One is the beginning of a new series called the Chronicles of The One in which Nora Roberts joins this growing trend in popular culture. She does it in a fashion that is similar to a few of her other trilogies with the themes of magic, witches, and the Tuatha Dé Danann as her motivating factor.

On the last day of the year, an unintentional offering his made in a Scottish fairy circle which breaks a seal between this world and another. The result is a sickness that kills in a matter of days, with no cure in site. Within a month, two billion people are dead. By month four, five billion people are dead and those that remain are fighting for their lives. Even amongst all the chaos and death, people are still people, they have broken into groups of liked minded individuals. Those trying to build communities and work together to survive and those that have become predatory and are praying on the weak. Amongst it all, there are now also those that have developed or grown unexpected talents or abilities. They are quickly becoming known as the Uncanny, and are the main target of the predatory individuals.

As chaos reigns, we follow the personal stories of multiple characters as they learn to navigate and survive the unrest of New York, and eventually other parts of the country. One of these characters learns that she’s pregnant with a prophesized child that will eventually fight back the dark, The One. This first year of the new world is all about survival, banning together and learning to trust people when in fight or flight situations. Is there a way to tell which people are good and which are more inclined to destruction before they attack?

Ms. Roberts does an excellent job of creating this apocalyptic world and successfully represents human nature. With magic and mystical powers thrown into this extreme situation, it was interesting to read and leaves readers with an anticipation for the rest of the series. It will be interesting to see how many years forward the next book in the series will jump.

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