Blood of Anteros, reviewed by Stephanie

Blood of Anteros (Vampire Agape Series Book #1) by Georgia Cates (click to visit her website)

Cruel circumstances turned Curry Brennan into the wretched monster he hates and refuses to accept, but when an expected turn of events releases him from the bond of his obsessive maker, he returns to the home he knew 161 years earlier and finds the return of happiness and joy in something he didn’t know existed. Puzzled by his growing attraction to Chansey Leclaire, a human, he is unable to resist the captivating relationship that threatens to reveal his existence as a vampire. He eventually discovers the reason he was destined to find what he didn’t know he searched for and is faced with the cruel realization that the living and the immortal undead will always be separated by one thing. Eternity.

My Review

This is a story of soul mates, a love story as old as time. I was hooked from the very first page. The love between Curry and Chansey was undeniable and beautiful to watch as it unfolded through the story. Curry was every bit a vampire gentleman doing everything he could to win his love and protect her at all cost. Chansey was a destined Agape, a woman who understandood his nature and was his perfect mate. There was even a mythical god that started certain events falling into place when and where they did.

Curry and Chansey had a few harrowing experiences. Marsala, Curry’s maker was still obsessed with him and vowed to kill whomever he fell in love with. And Chansey came with her own nutso baggage for Curry to deal with. Then there were a couple of other small brushes with bad guys. Curry only wanted to protect Chansey from all this stuff so he made stupid decisions based on outdated thinking. Luckily he had the help of his two mentors, Sabastian and Solomon, to steer him the right way on many occasions.

While I truly did love reading this beautiful love story, I had a few minor issues. First, there wasn’t much action involved in it. I kept wondering when one of the bad guys were going to actually do something devastating. These bad guys were not very diligent in their roles, despite the thought and worry put into the dialogue. Second, some background things never were explained. Like, what was the difference between the vampires and humans besides the vamps drank blood and they couldn’t go out in the sun?  Also, where did Curry get his blood from when he was living at the plantation home?

The characters are good for a light love story; they’re not real deep. Curry was obsessed with keeping Chansey safe, almost to the point of stalker. Chansey was  a little wishy-washy. In the book there was mention that she had a strong personality but I have to disagree. I think she was just going along with the whole Agape thing and was so blinded by love nothing else mattered anyway.

I give the book a rating of 3. The storyline read smoothly and was entertaining. I wanted to know immediately what was going to happen next so I read the sequel directly afterward. I’ll review that book next.

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Stephanie’s Review of Sweet Blood of Mine

Sweet Blood of Mine (click link to go to Amazon page)


by John Corwin (you can visit his blog here)

My Rating: 4

This is a YA Paranormal Vampire book, my favorite genre. I read the Kindle version but it has 303 “real” pages.

Amazon’s official description:

Justin and women do not mix. Man boobs, a love of Kings and Castles and being tight with the “nerd” crowd certainly don’t win him any points either. After rescuing Katie, his crush, it turns out she might not be the girl he thought she was, while Elyssa, the schools Goth girl, turns out more. Can high school get anymore confusing?

Determined to prove himself, he joins a gym and meets a sexy girl that just oozes a “come hither, Justin” vibe. Until she attacks him in the parking lot, and Justin realizes she’s no ordinary girl but a being with supernatural speed and strength. After a narrow escape and an excruciating migraine headache, he wakes up with supernatural abilities of his own: speed, strength and the ability to seduce every woman he sees.

 While that might sound like the perfect combo for any hormonal teen, Justin is a hopeless romantic who wants his first time to be special. Is that too much to ask for? But he doesn’t know what he is or how to stop his carnal urges. One thing is clear: if he doesn’t find answers there are other more sinister supernaturals who would like nothing better than to make him their eternal plaything and do far worse than kill him. 

My  Review

I did not enjoy watching Justin go through the awkward stage in the beginning, especially the pain he went through during that who ordeal with Elyssa. Sure, he brought some of it on himself, but don’t we all make mistakes?  He really had a tough time of it in high school. The Goth gang came through for him, especially Elyssa. I would have like to have seen more of her raw grit in the front of the book.

After Justin screws up big time in front of the whole school his life turns around completely, in more ways than one. The first he does on purpose. What does a nerdy chubby weak guy do to change? Go to a gym (where he meets Stacy, read the book), change his looks. That takes guts. That takes friends with style. The other is really a mess. He has no idea what’s happening to him. His ability to attract any women he wants and get anything they want from him is a real drag to him. Personally, if I were a teen guy I would have latched on to that new power and rolled with it. But Justin is a stand up guy and really seems to have a lot of inner strength.

That must be why Elyssa likes him. Because eventually the secret about Elyssa comes out and she has a conflict with Justin that makes it somehow wrong for her to be with him. She hates his “kind” whatever he is. She seems to know something about him, but no one will tell Justin anything.

This is my problem about this point in the book. No one will give Justin even a small clue about what he may be, what powers he may possess. I thought, surely they may give him a hint. Even if they don’t know what exactly he his there should be more than than what they’re giving him. It got frustrating to me. I felt really sorry for the poor boy.

Justin’s parents were no help either. They had abandoned him early in the book. His mother left a note and his dad just slowly drifted away. When finally his dad came home, it was only long enough to explain a little of what Justin is and then to be kidnapped! Apparently there is a bounty on the son and dad because their kind is not well liked by a supernatural council and a whole host of other things. There are a few other good intrigues in the book, but you’ll have to read it to find them out. 😉

The rest of the book is all about the true friends coming together, defying diversity to overcome a common enemy and trying to rescue the person who has thus far been a true absentee jerk, dad. I’d have left him to the wolves – actually not wolves, just an expression. (Ha, not a spoiler!) Can you tell I began to totally dislike the dad? But being the kind person Justin is, of course, he went after his dad. Besides, his dad was the only person that would tell him what he was. He was also the only person that COULD tell him a few other things, since his mom wasn’t around.

Justin and Elyssa both were great people to get to know. Even Stacy was a decent character once I got to know her better. Shelton, the last character brought into the fray will be a good support I think in the next book, Dark Light of Mine. As a bonus, you’ll get a free preview of it in the back of Sweet Blood of Mine.

I definitely recommend reading Sweet Blood of Mine. It was a fun read. I rate it a 4

Link to giveaways

You can find a long list of GIVEAWAYS at this blog under her Tuesday July 17th posting, Got Great Book Giveaways. It’s a book giveaway link up, perfect for those like me that just want to find out where they are. Later on, when I have some Klout  I’ll start being one of the givers.I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

Also, visit the giveaway below. It lasts until August 9th. You can win one of 4 pretty decent books. Click on the link to find out which ones.

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My very first review: The Grid, by Amy Cross

The Grid (68 pages approx) Click link to buy at Amazon

Amy Cross (click to go to her website)

Description:

What if all the power suddenly vanished?

Emma discovers all of her electronics and lights don’t work and that a plane had crashed not far from her house.

A solar flare had knocked out all electricity planet wide. Chaos ensues.

Emma, along with creepy neighbor Pierce set out on a journey to find out whats going on. After a couple of harrowing situations they end up in a small town where they run in to some scary dudes and have to fight for their lives. 

(as an aside) In the small town they met a 6 yr old girl named Lydia who ends up writing her last diary entry at age 96. She is telling the story of that journey.

 

Review:

Well, I could say, I want more details! This being a short story, only 68 pages, it really can’t give me more, and truly there is a lot more to the storyline coming anyway as this is just the first part of a series. That being said, I love every one of Amy Cross’s other books so this series as a whole will not be any different. The difference here is that I waited until the other book were a complete set before I read them so I was never left hanging. This time I just couldn’t help myself. Oh well..

I felt that Pierce was not formed as a character very well, sort of haphazardly. The other two main characters were done more thoroughly. There were reasons I can guess, but I don’t want any spoilers here. Lydia was very well written and I truly loved the diary angle. Emma’s character has a lot of growing to do.

Something about the book didn’t totally click for me. Mainly I think it was that I didn’t care for the way Pierce’s character was portrayed as a schitzo. Everything else is solid.

I am looking forward to spending more time reading all about these people, seeing how they turn through books to come.

I rate this book a 3.75

I’m back to blogging

This blog has a purpose. I will be reading books and reviewing them. I’ve never done official reviewing so basically this is for my benefit, to try to hone my skills for writing a good review. I do want to start putting good, well thought out reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Shelfari so the Indi authors I read have some good feedback. I so often want to say something about the books I read, mostly good, but shy away because I think I’d sound stupid. Well, here I am. My own place to write my stuff. People, I’ll write it and if you don’t like it you don’t have to read it.

This is the quote that inspired my blog title:

“Sanity is a sonnet with a strict meter and rhyme scheme
–and my mind is free verse.”
― Holly Schindler, from her book, A Blue So Dark

I believe that as soon as I finish reading a book I have to review it because if I don’t it will get lost in the “free verse” of my mind! LOL  —-  or I could say it’s because the books I review would be “verse” I’d gotten for  free. HA!

Now here are a few other quotes I like:

“I find television to be very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book.”
~ Groucho Marx

People are often Unreasonable & Self Centered. Forgive Them Anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be Kind Anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be Honest Anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be Happy Anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do Good Anyway. Give the world the best you have & it may never be enough. Give Your Best Anyway…….. *Mother Theresa

God, grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference.

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.   —  Quote by Aeschylus  —  Greek tragic dramatist (525 BC – 456 BC)

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves”…Anna Quindlin

“Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”
~ P.J. O’Rourke

“I like work; it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.”
~ Jerome K. Jerome

“Inside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out.”
~ Unknown

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
~ Bill Cosby

“A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.”
~ Author Unknown

“A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy.”
~ Edward P. Morgan

“A good book should leave you . . . slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it.”
~ William Styron