December 2011 Archive

The Merzetti Effect

by: Norah Wilson

Published: June 6th, 2011 by Norah Wilson

ASIN: B0054QCKDA

From Goodreads: Delano Bowen has been a medical doctor for a very long time. More than 170 years, in fact. For much of that time, he’s been searching for a way to reverse the curse foisted on him by a vampress who sought to own him. With the emergence of medical technology, he now also aims to develop a vaccine to protect the vulnerable from predation by rogue vampires. After a century of searching, he thinks he’s found the key to his vaccine – a surviving descendent of the Merzetti family. The Merzettis were virtually hunted to extinction over the years by rogue vampires who feared the anti-vampirism properties in their blood.

A foundling, nurse Ainsley Crawford has no idea that she carries a genetic gift, and Delano aims to keep it that way. He must keep her close, and ignorant, for he can leave nothing to chance. He manipulates events to ensure her unwitting cooperation. But when Delano’s arch enemy Radak Janecek mounts an all-out assault to destroy Delano and the fruits of his research, Delano is forced to draw Ainsley even closer to protect her. Inevitably, the attraction that has sparked between them from the first flares hot and urgent. Ainsley sees no reason why that attraction shouldn’t be consummated, but Delano knows succumbing to it is not just ill-advised; it could literally be the death of him.

 

I really enjoyed this novel. With the over-saturation of vampire romances out there I was a little hesitant and thought this may end up being something that is just like all of the others out there. But this was really a unique take on this genre. The idea that there is a sort of “anti-vampire” gene that Ainsley had that was transferable and potentially dangerous to vampires made this story really interesting, and of course the love story that much more dangerous. I think there was a lot about this novel that was cleverly written and I really enjoyed the story. I found myself reading through it very quickly. The action was quick and nothing in the storyline was overwhelmingly complicated or made me wish that parts had been left out of the novel, which can sometimes happen in the paranormal genre. Overall, this is a really fun read for a fan of paranormal romances. It is a little spicy so if you’re looking for a sweet romance, then this isn’t for you, but I would definitely recommend this to someone looking to sink their teeth into a new romance and escape reality for a while. 🙂

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Altered

by: Laura Burks

Pages: 330

Published: 2011 by Wings ePress

ISBN: 1613099738

From Goodreads: All eighteen-year-old Jenna wants to do is have a slow paced and predictable summer in the small town of New Roads with her grandfather. But on Friday the thirteenth, the unpredictable occurs when she mysteriously hears a voice leading her to a buried book. Jenna is unaware that a secret curse lies within and she’s just unleashed its hold.

As writings appear in the book strangely matching her vivid dreams, Jenna’s curious nature takes over pulling her deeper into the mystery and the connection to her family. What she didn’t expect to find was a forbidden love and a choice to save a life.

Will Jenna’s choice remain a secret? Or did the secret choose her?

 

This novel is a really unique take on young adult romance. It’s paranormal, but it’s done in a really refreshing way. As a fan of paranormal YA romances, it was nice to see someone take a fresh approach to this genre. Jenna is a relatable heroine that makes great company throughout the story. She’s mature and responsible and has a great relationship with her grandfather, Pops. Jess is a hero that anyone would fall for. He’s beautiful and has the personality that I think most girls wish for in a man. He’s also got the classic tortured past, but it’s not what you normally would see or expect from a YA hero. The writing is beautifully done and the reader can easy get swept up in the emotions of each scene and really feel involved in the story. There’s also wonderful description of the Louisiana setting and of course that’s something I appreciated. 🙂 This is a CLEAN YA novel, and there’s nothing in it at all that parents should worry about having their children read. I think that this is a great novel that adds something fresh to its genre and I recommend it to anyone looking for a YA to read. 🙂

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Shooting Star

by: Michael Embry

Published: April 5th, 2011 by Wings ePress

ASIN: B004VFV7UW

From Goodreads: Jesse Christopher finds out that it’s not easy being the new kid in school, no matter how well you play basketball. When discovered shooting hoops at a school playground by a high school coach, Jesse seems to be the missing piece to the puzzle for a team that aspires to win the Kentucky state championship.

But Jesse faces an array of problems in his new environment as he tries to make friends in the classroom and become part of the school’s close-knit basketball team. Can Jesse overcome the obstacles and lead his team to a state high school basketball title?

The thing I liked most about this novel is that it teaches moral lessons to kids and young adults that might be reading this. Jesse is a main character to admire. He is the picture of what parents hope their kids can become whether they are talented in sports or not. There are many different conflicts that Jesse has to deal with over the course of the novel, including jealousy, prejudice, and injury… and he does it all in a mature way that makes you have hope for future generations. I’m normally not a big fan of sports stories, but this kept me entertained and wanting to keep turning the pages, especially when things got down to the wire for the Pioneers. There were times that I found the dialogue and characters in this novel to fall a little flat, but this novel isn’t so much about individual character development as it is about team development. I think there are a lot of great lessons to learn including ones on teamwork, responsibility, and forgiveness. As well as important lessons about standing up for oneself and not letting other people’s negative attitudes bring you down. Overall, this was a very uplifting story and I think if you’re looking for a light and fun read, especially if you’re a basketball fan, then you won’t be disappointed in this novel!

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To Marry the Duke

by: Julianne MacLean

Pages: 348

Published: June 1st, 2003 by Avon

ISBN: 0060527048

From Goodreads:

My dear sister Clara,

London society is so much more complicated than I could ever have known! Every night is a different ball or assembly, and a different swirl of glittering jewels and rustling gowns. Though I fear I am making social blunders left and right I am having some measure of success in my (or rather, Mother’s) objective. Mother is beside herself with glee at the attentions I have been receiving from a few gentlemen she finds supremely suitable as husband material.

But my dearest sister, it is so hard for me to even look at any gentleman but a certain duke, who, if I may confess, makes my heart beat so that I fear it can be seen across a ballroom. He is James Langdon, the Duke of Wentworth, and though I may sound dramatic, he makes me feel as no man ever has before.

But I must push these feelings away. I sometimes hear whispers about his dark past, and he is quietly called the Dangerous Duke. Oh Clara! I am secretly overjoyed that he may love me, and at the same time terrified of his attentions. I have waited so long for my true love, and now I must resist him to protect my heart.

If only I knew how to proceed…

Your devoted sister,
Sophia

 

I really enjoyed this novel. I’ve always been a fan of historical romance and this one definitely did it for me. I guess part of it could be the way I could relate to Sophia, or wish I could anyway.  I’ve always wanted to fall in love with an English man and the extravagance of Sophia being an heiress just made my falling in love with this book that much easier. I really liked the chemistry between the hero and heroine. I liked that at first they didn’t want to have anything to do with each other. I think that the best couples are always the ones that don’t know and don’t want to think that the person they’re looking at is the one they’re eventually going to want to spend their lives with. The way Sophia grows as a character was also really fun and exciting to read about. The way she was able to take over and change her ideas about her new life was great. She became a strong and loving heroine. James’ character transformation was also great. The way he was broken down bit by bit by his new wife was emotional and touching to read. Overall, I’d say that anyone looking for a fun book to read to escape life for a while that loves historical romance should pick this up. I think I will be trying to get my hands on copies of the next books in this series soon.

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