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Review: Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

July 31, 2012 Aman 0
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Genre: Paranormal romance, Adult
Pages: 324
Series: Guild Hunter
    Angels' Blood
    Archangel's Kiss
    Archangel's Consort
    Archangel's Blade
    Archangel's Storm (coming Sept, 2012)

    Synopsis (from Goodreads): 
    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

    A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders. The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

    An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…

    Review:
             
         Archangel's Consort is the third book in Guild Hunter series, and it continues with Elena & Raphael's lives. I'm a big fan of this series, so it is no shocker that I loved this book. The one thing I love in Ms. Singh's books is that there are so many exciting things going on and there is never a dull moment.

         Elena is back in New York , and gets to meet her hunter friends. I loved how everyone reacted towards her wings. She is back to her hunter duties, and still training to be on her best with the help of the Seven (at least some of them). We get to meet Elena's half-sister, Evelyn who is just like her. It would be interesting to read her story in future. We also get to know a little more about Illium's childhood, and I felt so sorry for him. Aodhan is still my favorite, and I'm most excited about his book. The steal of this book no doubt is Raphael. There was a lot more about his history with his parents in this book. Caliane, Raphael's mother, is awakening from her centuries sleep, and the entire book was a built up for that moment. No one knows if she's good or bad, and Raphael has his own doubts.

         The relationship between Elena & Raphael is stronger than before. There is trust and honesty between them. I loved seeing them grow emotionally. Raphael doesn't keep a leash on her, and lets her make certain choices. We finally get to see the angels' dance, and I didn't think it would be so sensual. I was thinking like a ball room dancing in the sky but I was so wrong. It couldn't possibly can get any hotter than that.

          I seem to have only one complain with this book, and it is same as the last one. The ending was rushed but I liked the fact that Ms. Singh tried to negate that with a well written epilogue. Everything was tied neatly, therefore this book deserves a 5 star rating. I loved it and strongly recommend it to everyone. It is one of the best series I've picked up this year, and will re-read it in coming years.


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    Review: On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

    July 30, 2012 Aman 0
    Publisher: Self-Published
    Release Date: October, 2011
    Genre: Comtemporary romance, Adult
    Pages: 329
    Synopsis (from Goodreads):  
    When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.

    Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island.

    Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

    Review:
                 
         On the Island  was recommended to me through Goodreads. I was a little hesitant about reading this book because of the age difference between both the protaganists, TJ and Anna. Due to the hype surrounding it, I gave it a try, and I'm not sorry for that. This is one of the best books I've ever read, and would gladly re-read it again.

         The basic story is quite obvious from the synopsis, so I won't summarize it again. On the Island is a book about hope, survival, and finding love under unfortunate circumstances. TJ and Anna are stranded on a deserted island with a goal of staying alive, so that someday someone could rescue them. Both of them were strong characters, and never gave up. The author made us go through every one of their struggles. I was happy when it rained and sad when their house broke apart during a storm. The book is so addicting, I finished it in one sitting like many other readers.


         The romance between Anna and TJ felt right. I was so involved in the story, and didn't anymore care about their age difference. I started viewing them as two people that are perfect for each other. With time, TJ matured from a shy teenage to a confident man, and Anna stopped thinking about him as her student. It kind of felt good that fate gave them a unfortunate chance to be together.


        The story is beautiful, educating, and romantic. It teaches us to find good moments during bad times. I loved it and would recommend everyone to buy it. It is definitely not a waste of money.     


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    Review: Easy by Tammara Webber

    July 29, 2012 Aman 0
    Publisher: Self-published
    Release Date: May 24, 2012
    Genre: Contemporary, Mature YA
    Pages: 304
    Synopsis (from Goodreads):  
    When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she's single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

    Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex's frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night--but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

    When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he's hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

    Review:
                
         Easy  by Tammara Webber is about college and coming-of-age romance. I don't know why I've never read anything by this author before because this book is just perfect. It has a mysterious boy, a vulnerable yet tough girl, fraternity parties, best friend that stick by your side, jerk ex-boyfriend, hot steamy makeout sessions, enough drama, and a love story between perfectly imperfect couple. In short, it has everything to deserve perfect 5 stars.

         I felt like this book could easily be the companion novel to Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire just because of the college setting, and with MUCH less drama. The author was very thorough with her college research, and I loved how accurate the fraternity parties were portrayed. The whole story felt so real and relatable. Issues were discussed that are not usually voiced in real life. I loved Jacqueline, she was so strong facing her fear, and deserves a round of applause. Well done, girl. Now what can I say about Lucas? He looks like a bad boy with all the piercing/tattoos, is the most sweetest guy inside, and I would steal him if he was real. 

         I love love love this book and I would recommend everyone to give it a try. You will fall hard for the main characters, Lucas and Jacqueline, and would cheer for their happily-ever-after. Tammara Webber is now officially added to my to-read pile.    


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    Review: Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh

    Aman 0
    Publisher: Berkley
    Release Date: February, 2010
    Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult
    Pages: 323
    Series: Guild Hunter
      Angels' Blood
      Archangel's Kiss
      Archangel's Consort
      Archangel's Blade
      Archangel's Storm
       
      Synopsis (from Goodreads): 
      Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...

       Review:

                  
           Archangel's Kiss is the second book in Guild Hunter series and I feared that I won't like it as much as the first. I did like this book but I didn't feel that spark in it. 

           This books starts with an invitation to a welcoming ball which Lijuan (Archangel of China) is throwing for Elena. In Angel's Blood, Elena is turned into an angel by Raphael, therefore making her the only Made angel in centuries. Most part of this book is set in Refuge (a place for angels/archangels) where Elena recover from the changes and becomes stronger. The relationship between Elena and Raphael was difficult at times but they balanced each other really well. I was glad that Elena knew she was weak and didn't question or argued with Raphael when he made certain decisions. Both of them had their own demons to face, and in the end, the trust kept them together.

           We get to meet Raphael's Seven, his most trustworthy people, which includes Dmitri, Venom, Aodhan, Galen, Nassir, Illium, and Jason. All of them are so unique, and interesting. I'm really excited about every single one of theirs book, specially Aodhan.

           Nalini Singh's writing is very simple, and beautiful. There is a lot of sexual tension which keeps you at your toes, but the end result is mind-blowing. The only complain is that there is a built-up in the story leading to the ball which was stretched so much, and then it was just over. I didn't ever know what happened in the end, and had to reread that part again. Simply putting, the ending was rushed and confusing. I hope it never happens again.  

           Overall it is a really good book, and I'd recommend it to anyone who is willing to give it a try. This is an amazing series, and I will continue reading it.



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      Review: Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh

      July 28, 2012 Aman 1
      Publisher: Berkley
      Release Date: March, 2009
      Genre: Paranormal, Adult
      Pages: 339
      Series: Guild Hunter       
        Angels' Blood  
        Archangel's Kiss  
        Archangel's Consort  
        Archangel's Blade  
        Archangel's Storm 
          Synopsis
          Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible. 

          Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad. 

          The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break 
            
          Review:
                       
               Angels' Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunters series. It is also the first book I've read by Nalini Singh, and I'm beating myself for why I've never let myself  pick a single book by this author. She is genius, and I'm not saying that lightly. 

               The author has created a world in which angels, archangels, and vampires live among the human population openly. Then there are guild hunters which are basically hunters that captures vampires gone bad, and return them to their sire, that is, the angels. Yes, the angels are higher in the food chain than vampires. How original is that. That is why I love Nalini Singh. The world builting  is so AMAZING, there were times when I wished I lived in it. It is so well researched, and kudos to the author for that.

               The main characters include the guild hunter (Elena) who is hired by the Archangel of New York (Raphael) to catch another archangel gone bad. I didn't like Raphael in the beginning, he was just too alpha for me. As the story progressed, I got to know a bit more about him, and gradually I fell head-over-heels in love with him. There are also other equally interesting characters like Sara, Ransom, Michaela, Dmitri, Illium, and many more. I have a love-hate relation with Dmitri (Raphael's second), and I'm looking forward to his book the most. The best part of this book is the ending which is so nerve-racking, suspenseful, and on the whole, absolutely perfect.  

               I would recommend this book to anyone who likes alpha males, strong headed heroine, paranormal twist, and a little mystery with romance. 



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          Review: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

          Aman 0
          Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
          Release Date: February 14, 2012
          Genre: Chick-lit
          Pages: 433
          Synopsis: 
          I've lost it. The only thing in the world I wasn't supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It's been in Magnus's family for three generations. And now, the very same day his parents are coming, I've lost it. The very same day. Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive!!

          Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry the ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her 'happy ever after' begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring but in the panic that followed, she has now lost her phone. As she paces shakily round the hotel foyer she spots an abandoned phone in a bin. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

          Well, perfect except the phone's owner, businessman Sam Roxton doesn't agree. He wants his phone back and doesn't appreciate Poppy reading all his messages and wading into his personal life.
           


          What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other's lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents... she soon realises that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

          Review:
                      
               Sophie Kinsella is one of the best author for chick-lit books. Most of her books are based in England including this one. I've got your number is a light-hearted book, there is romance but it is very subtle & sweet. I really enjoyed this book, it made me dream for a fairytale romance, especially how the events brought the characters together. A girl can only dream.

               The story revolves around a newly engaged girl (Poppy) , a businessman (Sam) and a cell phone. Both the main characters share a cell phone coincidentally and get connected through it. When I first read the synopsis, I though it was one of the stupidest idea. Do you know any businessman who will share his phone with a stranger? No, right. But Sophie Kinsella did justice to the story. I read the first few pages and I fell in love with it. The story is so beautifully written and the pace is fantastic.

               The only complain I had with the story was that it was so well built and then when you are waiting for the moment, it felt so rushed. I was not satisfied with the ending and I wish there were 20 more pages. Nevertheless, it is a amazing book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoy romance with comedy of errors to give this book a try.    


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