Quick Review: Stardust (Peaches Monroe 1) by Mimi Strong

I read Peaches Monroe 1: Stardust by Mimi Strong yesterday. I had actually thought about reading it quite a while ago and never did. Then it went free and I just happened across it and thought, why not?

Peaches Monroe Stardust - Mimi Strong

I was a lot happier with this book at the 3/4 mark than I was by the end. I suspected the romance was going to stretch over the full of the 3 books that make up the series, but after reading the first book, I won’t be reading the others. I actually enjoyed most of the book, otherwise I wouldn’t have read to the last page. It was funny and interesting and it entertained me, but the book is categorized and promoted as erotic romance, and the author missed the mark with that. The book is chick lit, or women’s fiction, but definitely not genre romance and extra-definitely not erotic romance. I know erotic romance and this isn’t even close.

The thing is, the ending was just … awful. It wasn’t even that it ended in a cliffhanger. I kind of saw a cliffhanger coming so that didn’t surprise me. But the cliffhanger hit with a dull thud that just left a bad feeling in my stomach and really turned me off going on to the next book.

So I hit the Amazon reviews, looking for spoilers to see if I’d like to continue. Nothing I found made the rest of the series sound good—and made it clear that my feeling that the book wasn’t really romance was spot on. So I downloaded the sample of the second book, and within two pages I knew I was done. Ah well. Like I said, I was in the mood for romance when I started the book and that wasn’t what I got anyway, so I’m not all that bothered. I had to watch a bit of television to get rid of the downer feeling I was left with after the book, but hey, The Last Ship is a great show, so it perked me right up. :)

Even though I enjoy Mimi Strong’s sense of humor, I just don’t think I get her vision of romance, so I’ll be staying away from her romance books in the future.

If you like chick lit fiction, you might still enjoy Stardust especially if you’re willing to commit to all three books and get to something that resembles a decent ending. I wasn’t.

Link: Stardust at Amazon

Peaches Monroe is a curvy, opinionated blonde who manages a small town book store.

Dalton Deangelo is a famous actor who sets hearts on fire with his smoldering eyes and devious grins.

Dalton plays the sexiest bad boy vampire on TV. He’s hotter than Edward from Twilight, and badder than Damon from The Vampire Diaries.

When Dalton runs into the book store to hide from reporters, he refuses to leave… until he gets a date with Peaches Monroe.

As soon as Peaches kisses Dalton, her quiet, small-town life begins to unravel.

First comes love, then comes… marriage?

Oh, and this description? “First comes love, then comes… marriage?” I don’t even know what the purpose of that is in the blurb because it’s so far from what happens in this book that it doesn’t even make sense. It’s misleading and you should know that if you plan to read this one. :)

Artful by Peter David, my June choice in the Kindle First program

Artful - Peter David

I chose Artful by Peter David this month from among the choices in the Kindle First program for Amazon Prime members.

There were other books to chose from, but I enjoy fantasy, and this cover appealed to me. The description also caught my attention. :)

Oliver Twist is one of the most well-known stories ever told, about a young orphan who has to survive the mean streets of London before ultimately being rescued by a kindly benefactor.

But it is his friend, the Artful Dodger, who has the far more intriguing tale, filled with more adventure and excitement than anything boring Oliver could possibly get up to. Throw in some vampires and a plot to overthrow the British monarchy, and what you have is the thrilling account that Charles Dickens was too scared to share with the world.

From the brilliant mind of novelist and comic book veteran Peter David, Artful is the dark, funny, and action-packed story of one of the most fascinating characters in literary history.

With vampires.

How could I pass this one up?

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright

Red Riding Hood - Sarah Blakely-Cartwright - Movie Tie-In

If you love Red Riding Hood tales and stories, like me, I suggest you get your hands on Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright. It is absolutely amazing. This book is one of my favorite books of all time. It puts a spin on the classic tale. I love this book so much.

There are a lot of bad reviews on this book talking about the missing ending, but there is an ending! All you have to do is go to a website to read it. The link is in the book. The book is worth it.

The description below is from Amazon.com. Enjoy!

Valerie’s sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henri, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.

After her sister’s violent death, Valerie’s world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the werewolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But no one is safe. When an expert wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them – it could be anyone in town.

It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the Blood Moon wanes . . . or everyone she loves will die.

Follow the link above to get this book at Amazon as a paperback, Kindle book, or an audio book.

The Odd Thomas Movie

I’ve had Odd Thomas in the sidebar for long enough that anyone who visits here should know I really like Odd Thomas. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that the movie was finally available.

Odd Thomas - Movie

I watched it on Netflix, but it’s available at Amazon.com and several other places, on DVD or streaming. I thought the movie did a great job of recreating the first Odd Thomas book. Since the movie apparently never opened in theaters (or opened widely, not sure), I doubt there’ll be more of them, but this one was a great hour and a half of entertainment.

Check it out if you can.

The Iron Druid Chronicles Series

Hounded by Kevin Hearne Hexed by Kevin Hearne Hammered by Kevin Hearne Tricked - Iron Druid Chronicles 4 - Kevin Hearne Trapped - Iron Druid Chronicles 5 - Kevin Hearne Hunted - Iron Druid Chronicles 6 - Kevin Hearne Shattered - Iron Druid Chronicles 7 - Kevin Hearne

UPDATED.

[Original, Nov. 2011] I recently ran across a series I hadn’t read before, The Iron Druid Chronicles fantasy series by Kevin Hearne. I downloaded the free sample available (for my nook, but there’s a free sample for the kindle too) and read it. I now know that I’m going to read this book, because the sample of chapter one that I read was excellent. The writing was crisp and the story entertaining. Atticus is a hero I want to spend some time getting to know, so the Iron Druid Chronicles has just made it onto my must-buy list.

The Iron Druid Chronicles is about a long-lived Druid who has made a home in Tempe, Arizona running an occult shop. Atticus O’Sullivan is 2,100 years old and has made a point of staying out of the way of certain other unpleasant magical beings but in Hounded, he’s just been found by Aenghus Óg, the Celtic god of love, who wants Atticus’s magical sword.

[Updated] This is an urban fantasy series that includes 7 books to date. Each book follows Atticus and a myriad of trials and troubles. The books seem to have a wide appeal and lots of readers who enjoy the humor and fun, along with the excellent writing. I loved Hounded.

The Iron Druid Chronicles Books

Click the title for the book info at Amazon, to read reviews, or to buy the books.

  1. Hounded
  2. Hexed
  3. Hammered
  4. Tricked
  5. Trapped
  6. Hunted
  7. Shattered

These books are available in multiple formats: audio book, paperback, and ebook.

There are also some short stories around and two novellas: Grimoire of the Lamb and Two Ravens and One Crow.

I recently finished reading Hounded and have moved on to Hexed because Hounded was such a fun read.

After Daybreak by J.A. London

After Daybreak - J. A. London - Darkness Before DawnThis book perfectly ended the Darkness Before Dawn trilogy by J.A. London. I never wanted this trilogy to end, but with this book ending it I was very happy with the way it did.

The description for the book from Amazon.com is below. Enjoy!

After Daybreak brings J. A. London’s romantic dystopian Darkness Before Dawn series to a thrilling conclusion.

Dawn grew up behind a wall, terrified of the vampires outside who controlled the lives of humans and demanded their blood. But when she became a delegate for her city and met Victor, she realized that not all vampires were the same, that maybe one could be trusted.

Now Day Walker Sin is infecting his followers with a disease that turns them into mindless killers. Dawn and Victor will have to convince humans and vampires to band together to stop him, because alone they will all die.

After Daybreak is perfect for fans of the YA series Morganville Vampires and the Vampire Diaries.

You can find this book at Amazon in paperback or as a Kindle book: After Daybreak: A Darkness Before Dawn Novel

Blood-Kissed Sky by J.A. London

Blood-Kissed Sky - J. A. LondonThis book, the sequel to Darkness Before Dawn, is amazing. It definitely exceeded my expectations. J.A. London went above and beyond with this book. In my opinion, the second book is usually not even close to being as good as the first, but this book is just as good as the first, if not better. This is a must-read for YA romance lovers. This book has just the perfect amount of romance and action so there is never a boring spot.

I put the Amazon.com description below!

There’s nowhere left to hide.

I thought vampires were our enemies—they controlled our lives, isolated our cities, and demanded our blood—until I met Victor. With Victor taking over as the new Lord Valentine, things were supposed to get better. Instead, they’re worse than ever.

Day Walkers, a new breed of vampires who can walk in the sun, are terrorizing the city. Blood supplies are low, and if Victor’s vampires don’t get enough, they will become infected with the Thirst—a disease that will turn them into mindless killers.

To stop it, I must journey across the desolate wasteland to the very place where the sickness began. I can only hope that the answers that await me are enough to save us all . . . before it’s too late.

Get this book at Amazon: Blood-Kissed Sky

This book is part of a series. Previous book in the series: Darkness Before Dawn

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Darkness Before Dawn - J.A. LondonNow, I usually don’t go for vampire books, but when I bought this book I had no clue what it was about, I just loved the cover. But when I found out it was about a vampire named Victor, I thought I would just try it and if I didn’t like it I would return it. After about the first chapter I was hooked. I took this book everywhere I went and read it whenever I could. This isn’t your normal vampire love book, trust me. I highly recommend this book to everyone—even to those of you who don’t particularly like books about vampires.
Amazon.com description is below, enjoy!

Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what’s left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it’s up to me—as the newest delegate for humanity—to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it’s safe to let one in.

Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.

Get this book at Amazon: Darkness Before Dawn

Fated by Alyson Noël, Book 1 of the Soul Seekers

Fated, the Soul Seekers - Alyson NoëlBook 1 of the Soul Seekers Series

This book is addicting. I couldn’t put it down, and I stayed up all night to finish it. I couldn’t wait to get the second book. Overall this story of supernatural love was better than what I was expecting, and such an amazing read.

I put the description from Amazon.com below!

Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are—the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker—one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it’s when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she’s meant to be with…or if he’s allied with the enemy she’s destined to destroy.

Get this book at Amazon: Fated (Soul Seekers)

This book is part of a series: the Soul Seekers.

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti

Waiting for YouSusane Colasanti really captures the teen voice in her book Waiting For You, a modern day love story. She puts emotion into the book, you can feel what Marisa is dealing with. Most teens can relate to the difficulties and challenges Marisa faces. This is an all around good book, a must read for teen girls.

If you want to know more the description from Amazon.com is below!

It’s sophomore year, and Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, hopefully, her first real boyfriend. But after popular Derek asks her out, things get complicated. Not only do her parents unexpectedly separate, but Marisa has a fight with her best friend, and Derek—the love of her life—delivers a shocking disappointment. The only things keeping Marisa together are the podcasts from an anonymous DJ, who seems to totally understand Marisa. But she doesn’t know who he is … or does she?

Get this book at Amazon: Waiting For You