Book review: Scoring Wilder

Scoring Wilder by R.S. GreyScoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I mean come on, who wouldn’t want a piece of this?

Clearly, the author had some fantasies about DB and she acted on them by writing this book. Cudos to her, because she did a good job with it. It was equal parts hot and funny and I really really enjoyed it. I should also say that I liked Kinsley and Becca more in this book than in Settling the Score.

By reading this you get two love stories for the price of one: Kinsley/Liam and Becca/Penn. Obviously Kinsley was the protagonist of the story and her affair with Liam was the main story, but Becca and Penn had enough of a “screen time” to satisfy their story without getting their own book.

Hopefully, I’ll squeeze another one of R.S.Grey’s books before New Year’s, they had a positive affect on my mood this past week.

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Book review: A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun by R.S. GreyA Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Georgie did not disappoint in the least. She’s as crazy and fun and over the top as she was in Settling the Score, only now she is 26 and tired of her mother’s constant attempts at matchmaking.

“You’re in your prime, Georgie!”
As if this was the seventeenth century.
“You’re getting older every day!”
She’d said this to me at my twentieth birthday party, just before gifting me an actual antique hourglass, making sure to emphasize the symbolism by flipping it upside down in my hands.
“You’re really ought to loosen your standarts. That man who comes round your house every now and then is so handsome and in quite good shape.”
She’s been referring to the postman.

I feel like the Duchess and my mother would’ve been fast friends. Honestly, it’s not my fault that men around me are blind, deaf and crazy.

So, what a girl to do? Go to Italy of course, where the sun is warm and welcoming and hot men are aplenty. Georgie being Georgie, she won’t ever settle for easy thing and so she finds the most unavailable man in town to get the hots for. It doesn’t really matter if he wants it or not, they gonna have their happily ever after if it’s the last thing she does.

Funny, heartfelt, romantic (Duh! Italy!), this book was a perfect summer read in the middle of winter. I approve!

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Book review: Settling the Score (The Summer Games, #1)

Settling the Score by R.S. GreySettling the Score by R.S. Grey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overly dramatic at times the book was quite enjoyable and funny. It would score all of five stars if not for two main problems I had with the story:

1. Kinsley and Becca took their roles as overprotective big sisters too close to heart. I was annoyed with them at the beginning but then it got better.

2. Freddie, as sweet and intense as he was, had an air of selfishness about him. Why did he absolutely had to drag Andie in his mess and right at that time? Typical that she had to bear the waight of this situation almost entirely on her own. Like she hadn’t enough on her plate already.

Putting those things aside, I can honestly say that I loved this book enough to get my hands on the prequel (Kinsley’s story), the sequel (although it features a different couple) and Georgie’s own book, wich I’m the most excited about. Georgie was my absolute favorite character and I can’t wait to read more about her adventures.

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Book review: Obsidian (Lux, #1)

Obsidian by Jennifer L. ArmentroutObsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Maybe when I was in my Twilight phase… This basically reads like a lovechild between that and Roswell. If the lead male was Michael instead of Max. You haven’t watched Roswell? You should, it was a jem and it had talent out of this world.

Too on the nose? Eh, sorry, my week was loooooooooooooong.

Anyway, the story uses the same basic foundation all the teen hits share – new girl, Katy, comes to town and finds herself entangled with a weird group of people, harboring life-altering secrets. She quickly befriends one of them, a girl named Dee, only to find her jerk of a brother, Daemon, putting kebosh on that friendship. Sure thing it doesn’t take long for Katy to develop a thing for said jerk. It all goes to hell after that.

Ok, now here’s my theory. There’s a conspiracy in the book world relating to names like Daemon or Damon or any other funky spelling of the same damn thing. It’s like the phone prefix 555, you know? Designated to fiction only. In this case, when you get a name like that in your book – you know the guy would be insanely hot, infuriatingly arrogant, full of himself and hiding his amazingly warm and fuzzy center beneath sneers, issues and rude behaviour.

Do you actually know anyone by that name in real life? Honestly? And if you do, was he born in the last couple of decades? If yes, it doesn’t count because he was probably named after one of those guys. Or, wich is more likely, moms, who give their sons that name are secretly time travelers. They go in the future to see if their baby becomes hot and only then do they name him Damon/Daemon. Seriously, there are like none ugly Damons out there. If you find one – don’t tell me. I don’t want to know.

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Book review: Joy Ride

Joy Ride by Lauren BlakelyJoy Ride by Lauren Blakely

My rating: 3,5 of 5 stars

Mostly cute with a touch of annoying. I did smile a whole lot through it all so there’s that, but the banter was a little bit too ridiculous and there was a little too much of it.

Unthinkable, right? Where would we be without banter in chick lit? Dark, dark places, I tell you. Still, the trick is to use it just enough to sprouse things up but not rely on it too much. All in all it wasn’t a half bad read and I had fun with it, especially the bubble bath parts.

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Book review: Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)

Origin by Dan BrownOrigin by Dan Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If Dan Brown had a shaky relationship with the church before, after this book it might be even more difficult. But is he really that far off from the truth though?

The questions like Is there a God? Where did we come from? What happens after? Those are the questions that people were asking for as long as they learned to think and we never seem to get any real answers. So, in his usual polarising manner, Brown took it upon himself to have a crack at it. Some of what he is saying here could be considered blasphemy, some of it are just pure facts, all of it is just another spark that should ignite the conversation.

“Dialogue is always more important than consensus” 

Do I, personaly, believe in God as church describes him? No. My views on the matter are rather ambiguous. And no, I am not agreeing with everything that was said here, what I do agree with is:

“if there is a devine force behind the universe, it is laughing hysterically at the religions we’ve created in an attempt to define it” 

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Book review: Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)

Magic Binds by Ilona AndrewsMagic Binds by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I adore Kate and Curran, they are simply amazing. IA definitely knows how to write a perfect pairing that sticks together and keeps each other in check. You can count on them to pull each other from the deepest shit, take a huge sexy bath together, all the while making one another crazy.

So, will they survive dark gods, betrayal, and family reunions long enough to profess their love before God and witnesses? And will daddy dearest RSVP to the blessed event? And the most important question of all…

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Book review: Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels, #8)

Magic Shifts by Ilona AndrewsMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really hate this part. The one when you have one last book before the long wait for the next one.

But I loved this book. It should have been named “Suburbs. Curran and Kate style”. That poor mailman)) Oh my God, it was too funny. Can you imagine having a block party in their backyard? I can. I am so in, I’m not even joking.

It was also all about reorganizing. Priorities. Relationships. Work place. Living arrangements. Loyalties. It’s all moving into place for a final showdown. I hate to think how much blood we will lose. As you can guess, I made up my mind about Roland. He’s gotta go. His blood I wouldn’t mind spilling.

Now to the next one.

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Book review: Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7)

Magic Breaks by Ilona AndrewsMagic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

That’s it. Ilona Andrews ruined romance for me and I mean it in the best possible way. How, how can I read normal romance books after this? It’s like having lived your whole life on Godiva chocolate just to then be forced to eat the old forgotten bar of some cheap stuff sold at the gas stations.

Yuck!

So we finally meet Roland. Gotta say, though, he’s exactly like I pictured him. Powerful, ornery, definitely delusional if he thinks Kate will roll over and join him in his cause. Shows how well he knows his daughter. I’d give a man one last chance, he’s kind of stuck in his ways after 5 thousand years, but if he messes up in the next book I’ll throw my full support behind Kate’s sword. You can only forgive so much, you know?

Side note: Ghastek’s reaction to finding out who Kate is was amazing. Poor man must have had an aneurysm.

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Book review: Magic Rises (Kate Daniels, #6)

Magic Rises by Ilona AndrewsMagic Rises by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Holy molly, how it was packed. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, trying to decide weather I should panic, rage on Kate’s behalf or relax and enjoy the bloodbath.

So it went like this: Curran got an invitation from the european packs to be an objective third party in a conflict involving a pregnant woman and her two husbands in a power struggle for her crazy father’s territory. The prize for keeping the girl safe until babies came is a shit ton of panacea, wich Curran needs for his pack. Talk about a carrot on a string. Everyone knows it’s a setup but they are desperate enough to go anyway. And big surprize – it doesn’t go very well!

I loved that a story took place in Abkhazia, it has beautiful culture and gorgeous territories, not to mention very generous people. Kudos to the IA team for going outside the box on this one.

And can we talk about the myphology in these books?

I’ll try to pace myself as I only have three books left and I’m not ready for it to stop yet. Wish me luck ;D

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