dinsdag 30 oktober 2012

Captive in the Dark - C.J. Roberts

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1)
Serie: The Dark Duet #1 
Release date: 2011 
Stars: 5/5 

Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

I really don't read much erotica, but  I was quite intrigued with the synopsis and decided to read this one. It was a very dark and disturbing, but interesting book! That still doesn't do it justice. It was quite a captivating story and it takes you to dark places. It keeps you thinking and it's just WHOA!
The main character is Olivia, she has a very sad background story. Her mother has branded her a whore her whole life, despite the fact that Olivia is still a virgin. You learn how far Olivia was willing to go to please her mother and how she falls in love with her abuser and captiver! You'are just waiting for her to crack! The other character, Caleb is the one that captived Olivia. We should hate him, he is a sadistic, abusive basterd, but we learn a lot about Caleb and we hear his thoughts and understand what is going on in his head and how he had an afwul past. But justify that his actions? It's very hard to just see him as the arrogant asshole that he is. You read about Olivia falling in love with him and you start to wonder why but can't help but see the light in his darkness too.  You see why the story is disturbing? I mean how can you enjoy the book, when it's that disturbing? How can I enjoy it? I still don't know, I just had to know more and that kept me reading and yes even enjoying the story. Make no mistake, it's not a love story, it's a dark and taboo ridding story! Captive in the dark is full of conflicting emotions and the whole story is kind of controversial and you keep thinking about it. I find it very hard to write a review about it. I really am looking forward the read the second part, Seduced in the Dark and I really recommened Captive in the Dark!

A Fractured Light - Jocelyn Davies

A Fractured Light (A Beautiful Dark, #2)
Series: A Beautiful Dark #2

Release date: 2012

Stars: 2/5

When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. It's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.

Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.

After reading A Beautiful Dark, the first book in this series, I really was looking forward to this second book. The cover is nice, as was the first one! The book however, is a huge disappointment! It had a ton of awesome potential, but most of it failed hard, only the end is suprisingly good. The suprising twist in the end should have been there throughout the entire book, maybe than it wasn't that bad. The book starts good and ends good, but the middle is lost to me. It took me 3 weeks to read the whole thing. I just couldn't put myself to finish it. The whole choosing thing for Skye with boys and sides, we had that already in the first book. It was kind of boring and really that was what the book was about. We didn't learn more about the Rebellion or the Order for that matter. Maybe the fans who love the first book, will love this second book, but I really can't imagine someone enjoyed it. For me, I'm done with it.

Graceling - Kristin Cashore

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Serie: Graceling Realm #1
Release date: 2008
Stars: 4/5 

His eyes, Katsa had never seen such eyes. One was silver, and the other, gold. They glowed in his sun-darkened face, uneven, and strange. She was surprised that they hadn't shone in the darkness of their first meeting. They didn't seem human.... Then he raised his eyebrows a hair, and his mouth shifted into the hint of a smirk. He nodded at her, just barely, and it released her from her spell. Cocky, she thought. Cocky and arrogant, this one, and that was all there was to make of him. Whatever game he was playing, if he expected her to join him he would be disappointed.

In a world where people born with an extreme skill - called a Grace - are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.

When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po's friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Wow how I enjoyed this book! I've been very busy lately so I hadn't had time to write a lot of reviews. But I'm going to make it up to you the next few weeks! So Graceling, it's been a while when I read this one, but I remember the story quite well. I just loved so much about this book, I don't even know where to start. The story is well writen, with very fun and interesting characters to read about.  Katsa, the main character, is a very strong female character. She's independent and has a fierce determination. I really like books where the female character isn't the damsel in distress and can't think of her own. I instantly liked her, but I didn't agree with her take on everything. Like how she sees mariage as a prison. Also, Kristin Cashore displayes eveyrthing girly as a bad thing, I don't agree with that. I think you can be a tough ass girl, but also wear dresses or make up. The other important character in Graceling, was Po. I really liked him! The reason for all of his jewelry wearing, was a very interesting story. Cashore suprised me with her talent for writing with the development of the love story between Po and Katsa. I wasn't a instant love thing, but it developed slowly. The story was sometimes predictable, but many other times not. Some scenes where kind of sad, while others where funny and loving. The ending was just right, not rushed like many other books. I'm just so much in love with this book! If you've not yet read Graceling, please do so immediately!

dinsdag 9 oktober 2012

Inbetween - Tara Fuller

Inbetween (Kissed by Death, #1)Serie: Kissed by Death #1 
Release date: 2012 
Stars: 3/5 

Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

This was also a book I waited long enough for, and this one I actually liked. The blurb of Inbetween really took me in and I couldn't wait for the book. The plot line of this book reminded me of some other angel books, like Fallen. Where the girl is bein reincarnated as a human who doesn't remember anything from her past life and the guy who knows and remembers everything. So the story wasn't very original but it had still some unique stuff in it, so that I find it enjoyable. 
The characters are very interesting. The main characters are Finn and Emma. It's written from a dual perspective, which I really enjoyed! Finn is and endearing and intersting character. He has all t his guilt and sadness hanging around him, about the things that he did in the past. His love for Emma was very heartbreaking and touching. Emma was likeable, but kind of boring. The love between the two of them was sweet, but I would have liked it to develop slower. I wanted to learn more about the past love between them, but you got so little. It's kind of a sad love story. I just love seeing two character fall in love, how is developes and grows. But in this book that already happened in the past, so now it was just quick. 
The second characters are something. I really liked them and they sure made an impression! The story is very enjoyable and readable. The ending was a bit too nice in my opinion, but I really recommend the book!

Silver - Talia Vance

Silver (Bandia, #1)
Serie: Bandia #1
Release date: 2012
Stars: 2/5

As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away."

Brianna has always felt invisible. People stare right past her, including the one boy she can't resist, Blake Williams. But everything changes at a house party where Brianna's charm bracelet slips off and time stands still. In that one frozen, silver moment, Blake not only sees her, he recognizes something deep inside her she's been hiding even from herself.

Discovering she is descended from Danu, the legendary Bandia of Celtic myth, Brianna finds herself questioning the truth of who she is. And when she accidentally binds her soul to Blake, their mutual attraction becomes undeniable.

But Blake has his own secret, one that could prove deadly for them both.

Bound together by forbidden magic, Brianna and Blake find themselves at the heart of an ancient feud that threatens to destroy their lives and their love.

Silver was a book I was eagerly waiting for. The story seemed very interesting and unique. I really really wanted to love this book, but it ended up to be a huge disappointment. The story itself was okay, it was loaded with very interesting mythology and the writing wasn't all that bad. That's where the good stuff ends. Okay so first of all, the girlfriends. My god, they can't seriously be calling themselves friends. They where so shallow and just stereotypical. They treat the main character Brianna like shit. Then there was the fact that there was something going on with the mother of Haley, the leader of the group, but it was just that bad that it wasn't even interesting. Then there is the other friends Christy, who is just a slut and hasn't an opinion of herself. And what to say about the main character Brianna, she's ofcourse this beautiful girl who thinks she really is ugly. She got this bracelet her grandma gave her to wear to make herself look plain. The characters where just very unrealistic. Okay enough about the characters, there was also a love interest going on. Mostly they can make the book good, well not so much luck here. There was really a bad love triangle going on. There is Blake and there is Austin. Blake treats her like crap, but ofcourse she's in love with him. I really really didn't understand their connection. I couldn't feel the love between them, it was more like okay she should fall in love with him and so that's that. The other guy is Austin, I really liked him. He's sarcastic (which I mostly am and like) and just goes for her, but ofcourse she can't date him because her friends won't let her. So underneath all that crappy characterizations and love themes there was a story going on. The story itself wasn't so bad, but it didn't seem like the main point in the book. I have to say I enjoyed the mythology and the writing, but that's about it. I won't be reading the next one in this series.