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Rebecca Hart's Reading Adventures

Published author and avid reader sharing all things books along the way.


Crux - Julie Reece I absolutely loved this book.Okay, I should preface what is to come with the disclaimer that I read this as a BETA before it was submitted for publication and loved it then, so I took little risk in reading the final version. I already knew it was a kick-ass read. My opinion has not changed.Crux is an YA Urban Fantasy (romance) featuring a down, but not out homeless girl, Rebecca Orin--who everyone calls Birdie. She's got spunk, sarcasm, and street sense. The kind of female lead I just love to get behind. After a very strange day that finds Birdie coming into some cash, and more attention than she could ever want, she learns there may just be something special about her and her bloodline.I'm not one to put spoilers in a review, so I wont go into the plot line any more than that, but I can say the mission she ends up embarking on is full of history, mystery, monks and Vikings -- what a combination!I mentioned above there was some romance in the tale as well, and the male lead Grey Matthews is just the kind of guy any teenage girl would swoon over. Sexy, rich, and completely head over heels for Birdie. Suffice to say, my 17yr old daughter -- who also read Crux (and LOVED IT)is keeping her eyes open for her own "Grey".Ms. Reece's gift for vibrant description and emotionally rich characters makes this story a real winner in my book. A must read for the YA Urban Fantasy fans out there, or anyone looking for a sweet romantic adventure.

Eternal (Holloway Pack, #0.5)

Eternal - J.A. Belfield I read Darkness and Light, the first novel in the Holloway Pack series, so I was really interested to see what this prequel novella had in store for me. I was not the least bit disappointed.In this short, we meet the original Sean and Jem (circa 1800's). If you read Darkness and Light, you understand what that means. I really enjoyed getting a look at the beginning of the Sean/Jem saga, and seeing how that first pair managed to "make it".I love the Sean in this one and how adorably gruff he is. I particularly liked the way he was so afraid of Jem's mom when he was trying to muster the courage to ask for her hand in marriage. Ms. Belfield did a great job sinking the reader into the historical 1800s setting and dealt with the moral codes (they are together and not married in the 1800's -- oh the scandal!!)and attitudes in the time period with an accuracy that rang true to me. the author in throws in a stranger interested in the unique Jem (female werewolves are rare and coveted)to keep up wondering how it will all come out in the end. The suitor tries being nice and seducing Jem away from Sean, and when that doesn't work... well that's when things get complicated.I'm not one to post spoilers in my reviews, so I will leave it at that. If you want to know more, pick up the novella and give it a read.I was able to devour this is a few short sittings, which is perfect for my hectic schedule. I thoroughly enjoyed this love story and would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys historical romance or anyone who has read any of the other books in the Holloway Pack series by J.A. Belfield.


Want - Stephanie Lawton Let me start by saying this book was absolutely nothing like what I expected when I sat down to read. I have read a fair share of YA books, but WANT is miles above anything I have read from this genre lately.Stephanie Lawton presents us with a southern world, steeped in tradition and dark secrets. The MC, Julianne is flawed and "real" and I was rooting for her from page one. What a wonderful departure this was from the usual perfect life, beautiful flawless MC's present in so much of today's YA fiction.About halfway through the novel I had worried I wouldn't be pleased with the ending based on how the story was unfolding, but boy was I wrong. Ms. Lawton drew me into her southern world and had me gnawing my nails as I prayed for Julianne to make the right choices -- pick the right man. Don't even get me going on the hotness of the men -- one dark and brooding, one the perfect southern gent (even if he is a Yankee).While some of the subject matter was deep and emotional, I feel it was well handled and none of the drama read as over the top or gratuitous. All of it lended to the authentic feel to the story.Really enjoyed this one a great deal and will be looking for more titles by this talented new author.

Tidal Whispers

Tidal Whispers - Jocelyn Adams See the full review here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/294758844

Daily Flash 2012: 366 Days of Flash Fiction (Leap Year Edition)

Daily Flash 2012: 366 Days of Flash Fiction (Leap Year Edition) - 5 stars because, well, my story is in it :) Plan to read parts throughout the year, so there won't be any sort of full review for a while -- if I even remember to do it. :P

Call of the Sea

Call of the Sea - Rebecca Hart I wrote it... I love it :)That is all.

Touch of Frost

Touch of Frost - Jocelyn Adams I was one of the lucky few who managed to get on Ms. Adams' beta reader list, so got a look at this one before it released to the masses. As usual, I am in awe of Jocelyn's ability to weave a compelling and romantic tale. I would highly recommend this novella to anyone who loves a good romantic read. If you have a zen for fairy tales, then this one is a can't miss.

Fated Encounter (Holloway Pack)

Fated Encounter - J.A. Belfield http://bexbooknook.wordpress.com/2011/09/25/fatedencounter/

Mile 81

Mile 81 - Stephen King At $5.99 for the ebook download, I really expected a novel instead of a short story. I can't even call it a novella -- it was that short.The story was interesting and I did enjoy the read, but I have to say it was missing some of the dark sparks I expect from Mr. King. Not so much a disappointment for me, as just *meh, it was okay*Hoping the novel due out in November has more of what I read Stephen King novels for, originality and dark twist you dont see coming.

Cutlass and Musket, Tales of Piratical Skullduggery

Cutlass and Musket, Tales of Piratical Skullduggery - Jessica A. Weiss,  M.S. Gardner,  Michael A. Ventrella,  Cherie Reich,  Marc Sorondo,  Rebecca Hart,  Darren Gallagher,  Sarah Zama,  Scott M. Sandridge,  Reese Mills,  Harris Tobias,  Jason Andrew,  Ken Staley,  Gary Moeser,  Mark Lee Pearson,  Coy Hall,  Kate Larkindal Welp... I have to be honest here, right? Even though I have a story, and a damned good one if I do say so myself, in this book, I really wasn't all that impressed with the anthology. While some stories were good and held my interest (and that shouldnt be hard since I LOVE PIRATES), for the most part, the stories read pretty flat to me. I will try to go through and select the stories I really enjoyed -- like a winners and losers type of thing, but at this point I have downgraded my rating from a 4 to a 3. I mean I can't dislike a book that contains something I wrote...

Little White Lies

Little White Lies - Aimee Laine I took this one with me to Cape Cod this month and have to say that I wasn't disappointed. I found the writer's style easy to read and the characters three dimensional and endearing. I have to admit, I did have some trouble in the early going -- I had trouble following what was happening from a backstory perspective. I felt for the first quarter of the book that I had missed something or that sunstroke had attacked me on the beach and that was why I wasn't following the plot. I think some of the secrets in teh book were a little more vague than I would have preferred. Coupled with not understanding the mechanics of what living as a mimic is like, well, I felt a little lost.The author's voice and the personality of the characters I was introduced to is what kept me reading. By the time I hit the halfway point in the book, I was hooked. Charley is spunky and sweet, while Wyatt is just perfectly dreamy :P (dating myself with that reference). The secondary characters really fill the plot out nicely.When we get to it, the romance isn't corny, but feels genuine, and I found myself rooting for love in a way a cynic like me hasn't for some time. The covert operations kept me reading and turning the page, and while I had an idea who the bad guy was earlier in the story, I didn't quite have the full story. The surprises were a nice bonus.An enjoyable summer read.

Darkness & Light

Darkness & Light - J.A. Belfield I finished this novel up over the long weekend, and I have to say I really enjoyed an hour or so each morning getting into Jem's head and travelling with her as she comes to terms with who she is. As she comes to believe in Nathan's fairy tale, so do we as the reader.Just a really engaging story and a refreshing break from the glut of vampire tales out there.Heartwarming, fiery, and romantic. One heck of a trifecta there.4.5 of 5 stars (just cant use half stars here).

Seven Day Loan (The Original Sinners, #0.5)

Seven Day Loan (The Original Sinners, #0.5) - Tiffany Reisz Not exactly what I expected going in. More of a romance element than I thought and not quite as dark. (Yes Im am a kinkster oddity)Short and very sweet. Quite enjoyed it.

The Blood That Bonds (II AM Trilogy #1)

The Blood That Bonds - Christopher Buecheler When I checked this one out, I did so mostly because it had a cool looking cover and I was into reading some horror type works. I didnt know going in what sort of tale I was getting into. Once I realized it was a vampire story, I was a bit worried, as they are not usually my kind of thing. But I have to say that I really and thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters, especially the MC, Two were vibrant and interesting. Christopher's writing style is active and engaging. I even fell in love with the male lead (yummy and dark -- my kinda guy) and other prominent characters in the "family". The beginning of the book really drew me in and got my sympathy for Two going right off the bat. Heroine addict and abused prostitute in a bad situation -- easy to root for an underdog like that.As the story progresses, we get a more detailed look at the vampire family that Two has been brought into -- Her Master (maker, Thereon is easy to fall for, as are the other siblings in the clan.There were parts of this one that actually made me cry (so not going to spoil anything) and I haven't read a book that could do that in a long time.Will definitely be checking out the next in this series, Blood Hunt, which is due for release later this month.I highly recommend this one if you enjoy vamp tales. However, I would say this is NOTHING like the Twighlight vamps -- so if that is what you are looking for -- this may not be the book for you.

Marked (House of Night Series #1)

Marked (House of Night Series #1) - I have to admit that I set this book aside in the first chapter and told myself I couldn't read it--that it was too YA to be something I would really get into and enjoy. However, my sixteen year old daughter had read the first three books in this series and was set on having a novel we could discuss and both enjoy. So at her prodding and questioning, I picked it back up.I am glad I did. Once I got past a chapter of "K-babble" I was really able to submerge in the story and found it impossible not to root for MC, Zoey.Thoroughly enjoyed the read and I plan to get started on Book #2: Betrayed, this week.

Sinisterotica: A Collection of Erotic Horror

Sinisterotica: A Collection of Erotic Horror - Stella Berkley,  Deb Eskie,  Robert S. Tyler,  Lila Shaw,  Gustavo Bondoni,  Maxine Marsh,  Sealey Andrews,  Christopher Heath,  C.D. Reimer,  T.C. Clark,  L.M. Doyle,  Joshua Dobson,  Indy McDaniel,  Parisa Syrus,  A.J. French,  Angel Propps,  Matt Kurtz,  J. Leigh Baile Quite an ecclectic mix of tales. Everything from the super steamy to the super strange. With so many stories of such a wide variety, I thought it best to approach each story individually rather than try to capture an overall sense. It may take me a bit to get to each of the stories, but bear with me.My Soul to Take (Stella Berkley): Dark, gritty and modern -- not to mention, oh so naughty. The vibrant characters really jumped off the page, and despite the physical unusualness of the male lead character, the sex was smoking hot and really well written. This one was a winner and made it clear why the editor chose to open the anthology with this tale. Nothing like a story that gets you hot and freaks you out all at the same time. Sophie, an drug addict looking for her next fix runs into Balan and sells her soul for more of what he's selling. 5 stars on this one. Hot and the visuals gave me the willies.For The Love of Death (Deb Eskie): One of the shorter tales in the book, this one lost me just a little bit. After the strong active voice of the first tale, the passive narrative and lack of erotic punch of this one stuck out a bit to me. The ending had a nice twisted feel to it, but I would have liked a bit more mystery. It read predictable to me. 2.75 stars here - wasn't enough horror or erotica for me and I didn't really like being on the outside looking in.The Real Girl (Robert S Tyler): While this story didn't exactly get me hot and bothered, I enjoyed it all the same. I felt this story had a more "Twilight Zone" sort of feel than a terror thing--and I was always a huge fan of that show. The story of a porn peruser whose wish to experience a girl he finds online comes true -- but perhaps not quite in the way he expects. 3.5 stars to this story - well written just not enough steam or "terror" for my liking. It's erotic horror, afterall.Yve Redeemed (Lila Shaw): I thought the story behind this one was just great. A new twist on the succubus theme. Combine this with a first person perspective, and I was sucked right in. I loved Yve's personality -- gotta love a strong female character, even if she is technically just a slave. Nicely written, hot sex without being completely over the top, and a dash of romance. What more can you ask for? 5 stars here. Just a great, entertaining short story.Top of the Food Chain (Gustavo Bondoni): I was pleasantly surprised to get this far into the book before hitting a vampire tale. I had figured it a quite obvious theme for erotic horror? I mean who doesn't think bites are sexy? Okay, so now you know it is a vampire tale, and I won't spoil it further by delving any further into the meat of the well crafted plot than that. I will say that I just loved this tale. It had great erotic elements, disturbed and slightly angered me, and I felt satisfied at the ending. 5 stars here. Entertained, smooth read, good steam. Daddy's Little Feminist (Maxine Marsh):