Thursday, 31 January 2013

Review: How Beauty Saved the Beast by Jax Garren

How Beauty Saved the Beast
Series: Tales of the Underlight #2
Author: Jax Garren
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction, Paranormal
Release Date:  Feb 11th 2013
Pages:  208
Format: ebook
Source: Provided by publisher for review
View/Purchase:  Goodreads, Amazon, B&N


Reason chosen: 

I really enjoyed the first novel in the series!

Summary taken from Goodreads:

Jolie Benoit left her old life behind to become an agent of the Underlight. Training under Sergeant Wesley Haukon, she’s honing her combat skills, all the while coping with the intense sexual attraction she feels for Hauk. She keeps their friendship casual, but when his high school sweetheart transfers into their division, Jolie finds herself grappling with jealousy.

The Underlight gave Hauk a purpose, but he can’t escape his past completely. The physical and emotional scars from the fire that killed seven fellow Army Rangers will mark him forever. Jolie sends his protective instincts into overdrive, but he’s convinced he’ll never be worthy of her love.

Hauk is determined to keep Jolie from harm. But when the Order of Ananke ambushes them with a new weapon that neutralizes Hauk, making him vulnerable, it’s Jolie who must tap into her hidden strengths to rescue him—or risk losing him forever…


I am so happy that they are finally getting their stuff together! Well, sort of. Jolie and Hauk are attracted to one another and they finally start to realize it! But this book is more than your typical beauty falls for the beast. This book starts off with an explosion, and grabs your attention from that moment forward. Throw in a past love of Hauk’s and you have one feisty Jolie. I will state that there are some moments when I was a little confused because the magic and mythological elements aren’t explained very well, but you tend to get the jist of it. I also found myself forgetting who some people were, but after a while I began to remember, however it was a little confusing until then. I have to admit that like Jolie I have completely forgotten about how Hauk “looks” and have simply fallen for him, even when he is ‘beasted’ out and carrying her home. There are some aspects of Jolie that I still don’t like. Although she doesn’t seem to care about her wealthy background is has unknowingly affected her, and she sometimes tends to act like a brat. There is also a take-charge attitude that she has gained in this novel that I found I really liked as a development. I also liked the fact that Jolie was more of the hero is this novel. Girl-power…what can I say? But, I do also miss the type of action that we had from Hauk in the first novel. It’s going to be very interesting to see how these two form a relationship in the world and circumstances that they live in.


Hauk—in my opinion…sexy.

Jolie—She is changing and becoming more of a tough woman that is willing to take what she wants.


Some moments and some parts were a little confusing. Science Fiction is not generally my genre of reading so when I read about being brain-washed via a tattoo I get a little sceptical. There also some things, like how Hauk had the tattoo prior to the fire, that I didn’t really understand. Like how he got it. That kind of stuff. It almost felt like it was added in to help explain instead of being apart of the overall plot.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall I find the series is coming along very well. I like the chemistry between the characters, and how to plot is starting to develop. I found that it was fairly easy to follow, although sometimes I did have to re-read parks to make sure I understood. I had some confusion about the characters and generally when starting a new novel in a series authors give a short re-cap, which would have been helpful. The story line got a little confusing in this novel, but it feels like its developing and hopefully more will be revealed in the next book. Jax Garren takes you on a romantic, girl-power filled adventure in How Beauty Saved the Beast that leaves you with the promise of something so much more wonderful in the next book.

Previously In the Series:

How Beauty Met the Beast (#1)-> Click for review

Next in the Series:

How Beauty Loved the Beast(#3) ETA: May 2013

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of the an adult version of Beauty and the Beast, with a little magic and mythology thrown in there, than this book is for you.

If you liked this you'll probably love:

LastKiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter, The Cat’s Meow by Stacey Kennedy, Coveted by Shawntelle Madison, An Everlasting Bite by Stacey Kennedy, Jolie Wilkins series by H.P. Mallory, Demon Hunting inDixie by Lexi George, Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost, Katherine “Kitty” Katt series by Gini Koch, Mercy Thompson Series and Alpha& Omega series by Patricia Briggs

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Author Website/Blog:
Twitter: @JCGarren


"Waiting On..." Wednesday January 31st 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine blog.
Below are the titles that I am Waiting On. All summaries are taken from Click on the title to be brought to their page.

The Ward
Jordana Frankel
ETA: April 30th 2013

This sounds...awesome.


Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.

However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.

Jordana Frankel’s ambitious debut novel and the first in a two-book series, The Ward is arresting, cinematic, and thrilling—perfect for fans of Scott Westerfeld or Ann Aguirre.

What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Review: Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen

Married With Zombies
Series: Living with the Dead #1
Author: Jesse Petersen
Publisher: Orbit
Genre:  Zombies, Horror, Romance, Humour, Adult, Fantasy, Apocalyptic
Release Date: September 1st 2012
Pages:  244
Format: ebook
Source: Purchased


Reason chosen: 

I noticed the fourth book in the series on a post from The Bookish Brunette and when I looked into it…I had to have it

Summary taken from Goodreads:

A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse.

Meet Sarah and David.

Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.

Meet the Zombies.

Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.


I started reading this and I got to thinking about the Zombie apocalypse. You know, the one that is inevitable. Well, that is what this novel has me now believing. I’ve stashed up the canned goods. Planned out my team, thought about where to get supplies, and the best place to hide. This novel opened up a whole new genre for me and I know there is no going back. Sarah and David are in a rut…and somehow they are winging it through the Zombie apocalypse. How they woke up and drove all the way to their doctors without really noticing it I have no clue. But the novel made me notice how much we sweat the small stuff. This couple is on the verge of divorce, but all it took was the Zombie Apocalypse to bring them together. Which sounds ridiculous, but really how much time and energy do we put into fighting about putting the toilet seat cover down? Or playing video games? I mean those shooting skills could potentially come in handy when facing a horde of zombies. The book also made me think about what I would do. Would I really kill my friends and family if they were infected? Who would I be willing to sacrifice? Oh, its all so crazy yet makes you really think. What I really liked about this book the most is the mixture of humour and drama. I loved how they took the kinkiness of rope tying and pointed out how it could come in handy, or the fact that she appreciated how she married a boy scout because his skills have really come in handy.
This novel was a pleasure to read even if it has me preparing for something that may never happen.


Sarah—Organizational nagging freak that you would really want on your team.

David—Boy scout. Clearly has skills you need for your team


I did feel like Sarah and David worked their problems out pretty quickly, however, I guess it could the whole ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’ especially when your best friend was just bit by a Zombie.

Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):

Overall this book was a pleasure to read. At first I was a little weary off the whole Zombie genre. The only other zombie books I’ve read are Alice in Zombieland (which have very different Zombies) and Poison Princess (which barely have zombies), but this book has me diving right in to all sort of zombie novels. It was easy to follow, and I never had to re-read anything. In fact the writing was so well done that some of the descriptions of the undead almost had me gagging. And if you say that’s bad writing then you really have no clue what zombies are all about. I laughed, I cried a bit, and I rooted for them when they did something super cool. You encounter everything that you probably would in the Zombie apocalypse. From killing your BFF, to cults, to wondering if you family will make it through. Jesse Petersen makes you think about what choices you would make while enjoying a funny and meaningful story in his novel Married with Zombies. Join the Zombie team and pick this book up.


Click here for some of my favourite quotes.

Next in the Series:

Viewer Type Recommendation:

If you are a lover of zombies, and couples working through their issues than this is for you.

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Author Website/Blog:
Twitter:  @jessepet


Quotes! Married With Zombies by Jesse Petersen

Here are some of my favourite quotes from my recent read:
Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead #1) by Jesse Petersen (Click title for review)

Potential spoiler alert!

1. “Amanda, I’m going to open the door, but if you try and eat us, I’ll fucking kill you.”

2. Never go to bed angry. Terrified is okay.

3. “So you killed him with what now?"
"I tried that Dr. Phil book at first"..."And I finished it off with the toilet seat. Just so you know, you left it up again. That drives me crazy.”

4. “Just because she tried to eat us doesn't mean she was wrong”

5. Give each other a compliment every day. Even when the undead attack, its nice to feel pretty. Or badass.

6. Address one issue at a time. You can't load gasoline, pick up food, AND kill fifteen zombies at once.

7. “I stopped as I thought of poor Jack on my bathroom floor, just another victim of Dr. Phil.”

8. Find creative ways to have fun together. Looting is really underrated.

9. Balance the world in your relationship. No one person should be responsible for killing ALL the Zombies.

10. I stared at the dead body on top of my car. I stared at the other two on the garage floor. Then I stared at my husband. He was smiling at me. Smiling even though we had just bumped our formerly human, currently zombie killing spree up to a nice round six (not counting Mack, since we didn’t actually know if we’d killed him when he flew off my car in the parking complex).

11. Make requests, not demands. “Please” kill that zombie, honey, I’m out of bullets.

12. Have you ever just wanted to smash a car? Or break a television? Or maybe burn a big fire in the middle of the city square/ if the answer is yes, then you’d have some fun during a zombie infestation. It’s the little moments, you know.

13. It’s a weird thing to be in a city that is, essentially dead. Undead. Whatever.

14. Zombieism breeds alcoholism. It’s true. Look it up.

15. Plan romantic getaways. Or just getaways.

16. These were the times I was glad that I had married a former Boy Scout. Those rope-tying skills had come in handy more than once during our relationship. What? Everyone experiments. Don’t judge.



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