[Audiobook Review] The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 16th June, 2016

I received this book for free from Audible, Edelweiss, Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Audiobook Review] The Marked Girl by  Lindsey KlingeleThe Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Series: Marked Girl #1
Published by HarperCollins on June 7, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Source: Audible, Edelweiss, Purchase
Goodreads
three-stars
Amazon
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…

The first thing I said when I finished this audiobook was, “thank goodness I made it to the end”. So, I first tried to pick up The Marked Girl when I received a copy from the publisher about a month ago.  Sadly, I just couldn’t get into this book so I put it to the side.  Then when I saw the audiobook was on Audible, I was like perfect now I can have someone read it to me. I was hoping maybe that would make my reading experience go faster. Again sadly that wasn’t the case. Amanda Dolan the narrator did a decent job at making the book come to life.  It wasn’t that the narrator was bad.  It was just that it took me a while to get into the story.  I just felt like it took forever to get through.

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First, I want to say I didn’t hate The Marked Girl but, by all means, I definitely didn’t love it either.  Marked Girl is about a girl that lives in LA and wants to direct movies when she grows up.  One day Liv is out by the LA River filming a movie when three teens show up out of the blue.  A few minutes later there is an earthquake.  The three teens end up fleeing.  A couple of months go by before Liv spots one of the mysterious teens at the Natural History Museum.  She, of course, follows him.  Soon Liv finds herself tangled up in a fight with some very bad men.  Then Liv discovers that these three teen are from another dimension.  One of them is a prince in this other realm.  He has come to Earth to escape to help save his family.  The bad men after them are actually monsters called Wraths.  The Wraths want to take over both realms unless Liv and her friends can stop them.

At time, I was so confused, bored, or having periods of OMG what is going to happen next.  There was so much going on sometimes it was hard to keep up with it all.  There was world building, a romance that doomed before it ever got started, and a lot of running around like chickens with their heads cut off.  Not to mention there were bad guys and people betraying them every time they took a breath it felt like.  I can’t say The Marked Girl wasn’t interesting because I did keep listening to the audiobook.  Reading The Marked Girl was like when I watch some random movie on Netflix.  I am pleasantly surprised it turns out decent enough and I feel like I didn’t waste my time.  But, I am in no way going to remember this movie in three to four months.

In the end, I will probably read the next The Marked Girl book in the series but I don’t think it will be a priority.  I am intrigued enough that I want to find out where the series is going especially after the ending.  For me, Marked Girl was an okay, shrug, and meh kind of read.

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[Review] Liar’s Blade

Chris's Reviews 0 Comments 14th June, 2016

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Review] Liar’s BladeLiar's Blade by Tim Pratt
Series: Pathfinder #13
Published by Paizo on March 12, 2013
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy
Pages: 400
Source: Publisher
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
With strength, wit, rakish charm, and a talking sword named Hrym, Rodrick has all the makings of a classic hero — except for the conscience. Instead, he and Hrym live a high life as scoundrels, pulling cons and parting the weak from their gold. When a mysterious woman invites them along on a quest into the frozen north in pursuit of a legendary artifact, it seems like a prime opportunity to make some easy coin — especially if there's a chance for a double-cross. Along with a hooded priest and a half-elven tracker, the team sets forth into a land of witches, yetis, and ancient magic. As the miles wear on, however, Rodrick's companions begin acting steadily stranger, leading man and sword to wonder what exactly they've gotten themselves into...

This book took me a while to get through, not because it was bad, but it started off very slow for me and life kept taking me away from it. However, once I got past the first few chapters the adventure started to pick up. How long did it take to read I can hear you asking, sadly far too long as this was handed to me by the publisher at BEA some time ago.

The main characters are the rouge Rodrick and his sword, Hrym. How can a sword be a character, well when it talks, schemes with his human counterpart, and desires a bed of cold coins to sleep on, I’d definitely call him a character. I don’t want to spoil the adventure, but these characters are not as shallow as they may first appear. There is great depth to be found in them, and of course the world of Pathfinder is wide and open to so many creatures, gods, adventures, and mysteries.

This book was no exception, lies within lies, within schemes, within more lies leave the reader guessing at everyone’s true motive, except Rodrick and Hrym’s, they tell you straight forward that they just want the money from the very start. But even with that, they discover more about themselves then even they knew of this little quest to retrieve a sacred artifact.

I would recommend this book to most fans of D&D style writing, and so I feel it earns it’s 4 star rating. The slow start for me is what keeps this from earning a 5 star sadly, but it’s still a good read, and I recommend picking it up.

[Review] My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 13th June, 2016

I received this book for free from Audible, Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.
[Review] My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi MeadowsMy Lady Jane by and Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
Published by HarperTeen on June 7, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 512
Source: Audible, Edelweiss
Goodreads
five-stars
Amazon
The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.


 

I don’t know why this book took me so long to read.  I think it was because I was going through a bit of slump last month.   When I saw My Lady Jane was out on audiobook I decided to use my audible credit and give it a go.  I can honestly the audiobook did not disappoint.  I ended absolutely loving this book.  I listened to My Lady Jane in the car and in my office at work.  I know there were times people were staring at me because I could not stop laughing.  This book was so funny there were tears in my eyes at times.

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My Lady Jane is book about historical figures in actual English history but that is where any historical accuracy ends.  My Lady Jane takes history and dumps it out it the window.  My Lady Jane is about a teen girl named Jane.   Jane is basically guilt tripped into marring a complete stranger by the King of England (her cousin and dear friend).  What Jane doesn’t know is that her husband is an Edian, a shapeshifter.  Her new husband is cursed to spend his days as horse.  Meanwhile, the plot with King of England is getting thicker because King Edward has discovered someone is poisoning him.  The  shenanigans take off from there as everyone is racing around trying to save the kingdom from falling into the wrong hands.

I have to say if you like witty books with a different kind of sense of humor then read My Lady Jane immediately.  It has the kind of sense of humor I love.  It is at times dry and sarcastic.   Think Princess Bride or Monty Python’s Holy Grail.   My Lady Jane was filled with: romance, shapeshifters, and ladies rescuing men in distress, humor, and above all happy endings for all.  Katherine Kellgren is a fabulous narrator.  She did not disappoint in giving life to the story.  I think she added just the right amount of over the top drama that is needed for a tale like My Lady Jane.  Please do yourself a favor and read this book.  Or, better yet get the audiobook and let the authors along with Kathrine Kellgren transport you to a world that will have swooning one moment and laughing your head of the next.

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[Giveaway] Jumping Genres Hop

Giveaways 30 Comments 5th June, 2016

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Welcome to another great giveaway here at Romancing the Laser Pistol. As part of the “Jumping Genres in June Giveaway Hop” hosted by StuckInBooks.

I normally read anything that is fiction and has a hint of romance or full on romance. Every once in a while I will jump genres. In this giveaway I am giving away one of my favorite general fiction books, The Help, and a memoir that has been on my TBR for a while and I have heard amazing things about, Furiously Happy: A funny Book About Horrible Things. Also, a $10 gift card to Amazon.

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[Audiobook Review] Ruined by Amy Tintera

Amy's Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 5th May, 2016

I received this book for free from Audible, Edelweiss, Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[Audiobook Review] Ruined by Amy TinteraRuined by Amy Tintera
Series: Ruined #1
Published by HarperTeen on May 3, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: Audible, Edelweiss, Purchase
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

I think this book is more of a 3.5 star kind of read but I have rounded up because I did like the ending so much. I listened to this audiobook and maybe things got lost in translation but it was hard for me get into it at first. I really had to power through. Let me say not because of the narrator, Emily Rankin does decent job making the story come alive. Once, I got to the middle of the book the rest of the story was addicting. I flew right through it.

Ruined isn’t anything new in YA right now. It seems fantasy stories are the trend right now. Ruined is the start of a fantasy series about a girl looking to avenge the king and his kingdom that destroyed her kingdom. I have seen this plot everywhere and executed a million different ways. So, why is Ruined worth reading? It is an entertaining read, especially the last half. I liked that the author wasn’t afraid to get her hands bloody so to speak.

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Em is the pseudo leader to a race of people that are being hunted down. Ruined are a race of people gifted with God like magic. Many many years ago they ruled the land and enslaved the non-magical people. The people rose up and freed themselves. To this day the non-magical rulers fear and hunt the Ruined for fear they will one day rule the lands again. At first Em wants to rescue her sister and restore the power back to the Ruined. She comes up with a plan. Marry the Lera prince under false pretenses. Gain his trust and palace secrets to rescue her sister. Everything is going according to plan until it isn’t. Em has no choice to run when all hell breaks loose. That is when the story really gets interesting.
Ruined starts off running and bam somebody is dead. Then the story slows down for world building and setting the story up. It was necessary but at the same time felt a little slow. I stuck with it and boy did it pay off. Because, middle of the book takes off like a rocket and I was hooked. There was kissing, there was running for lives, there was heads rolling. It was very action packed. I have to say I liked the very end. There is a question Em will have to ask herself. Is the possibility of peace impossible after so many years of hatred and hurt? I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

[ARC Review] Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 26th April, 2016

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[ARC Review] Ride Hard by Laura KayeRide Hard by Laura Kaye
Series: Raven Riders #1
Published by Avon on April 26, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 320
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
A shy and distrustful woman running from a controlling ex-fiance seeks shelter with an outlaw motorcycle club with a tradition of protecting those who can't defend themselves, and falls under the watchful eye of the club's mysterious and intense leader who's intent on discovering all her secrets

Brotherhood. Club. Family.

They live and ride by their own rules.

These are the Raven Riders . . .

Raven Riders Motorcycle Club President Dare Kenyon rides hard and values loyalty above all else. He’ll do anything to protect the brotherhood of bikers—the only family he’s got—as well as those who can’t defend themselves. So when mistrustful Haven Randall lands on the club’s doorstep scared that she’s being hunted, Dare takes her in, swears to keep her safe, and pushes to learn the secrets overshadowing her pretty smile.

Haven fled from years of abuse at the hands of her criminal father and is suspicious of any man’s promises, including those of the darkly sexy and overwhelmingly intense Ravens’ leader. But as the powerful attraction between them flares to life, Dare pushes her boundaries and tempts her to want things she never thought she could.

The past never dies without a fight, but Dare Kenyon’s never backed down before . . .

I have been in this mini reading slump. I knew I needed to read something that was full of romance. Something that would get my reading juices flowing again. I didn’t even know what this book was book was about but in the word of Shia Labeouf, I knew I just needed to “just do it” aka in my world just read it. Ride Hard was everything I was looking for to help get me back in the reading swing of things.

I am a fan of Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series. When I saw this book up for request I was all over it like white on rice. Like I have said before, I didn’t even know what it was about. I just knew it had: motorcycles + hot guys + Laura Kaye’s writing = a must read for me. To my utter delight Ride Hard is a spin off series to the Hard Ink series. It is about the MC that helped Nick and his team. It stars the president Dare and one of the women they rescued from the Church Gang, Haven. I really enjoyed the chemistry between Dare and Haven. There were times I had to fan my face because it was so hot hot!

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I liked that the growth of Haven from a shy timid person to a fierce badass willing to anything to protect those she loves. Ride Hard was story about growth. Dare thinks he is too old and full of too much baggage for Haven. Of course, he tries to deny the attraction at first. Sometimes, age is just a number. Sometimes, it is also about maturity. Both Haven and Dare have a lot of baggage they have been carrying around. Sometimes, making a relationship is about finding someone else to help lighten the load. That is what I liked about this book it was a love story about two people lifting each other up out the darkness. I am looking forward to next book because I can’t wait to find out which Raven gets their heart stolen next.

If you are like me and are looking for a good book that has action, not too much angst, and smoking hot love story then read Ride Hard.

 

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[ARC Review] Nightstruck by Jenna Black

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 3rd April, 2016

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[ARC Review] Nightstruck by Jenna BlackNightstruck by Jenna Black
Series: Nightstruck #1
Published by Tor Teen on April 5, 2016
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
four-stars
Amazon
The start of a paranormal horror series from Glimmerglass author Jenna Black.

The night is the enemy, and the city of Philadelphia is its deadliest weapon.

Becket is an ordinary teenage girl, wrestling with the upheaval of her parents' divorce. Her biggest problems to date have been choosing which colleges to apply to, living up to her parents' ambitious expectations of her, and fighting her secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend. That all changes the night she tries to save an innocent life and everything goes horribly wrong.

Becket has been tricked into opening a door between worlds. As dark magic trickles into Philadelphia, strange creatures roam the streets and inanimate objects come to life, all of them bloodthirsty and terrifying. The city returns to normal when the sun rises each morning. The moment the sun sets, most citizens shut themselves in their houses and stay there no matter what they hear.

The magic is openly hostile to most mortals, but there are some it seems to covet, trying to lure them out into the night. While Becket struggles to protect her friends and family from predatory creatures of the night, she is constantly tempted to shrug off her responsibilities and join them.

Nightstruck starts out really really creepy and that insidious feeling never lets go the whole way through. Imagine a place where inanimate objects can come alive and murder people on the streets. Imagine a dark magic that can infect people to the point they are killing each other on the streets. I really liked this book because parts of it made the hair on my arm stand up.

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This review will be very short and sweet because I don’t want to give too much away. I think the best part of experience reading Nightstruck was that didn’t know too much about the going in except the basics. Nightstruck was exciting terrifying read that even by the end I still didn’t know what was going on. I like a good horror story that doesn’t explain everything away. The fear is in the unknown. I was definitely creeped out because I still know to nothing about where the dark magic comes from or how to fight it.

I don’t want to say too much else about this book. Again, I think readers should go into this with a certain as aspect of the unknown. I will say, read Nightstruck because it was creepy thrill ride and I have the goosebumps to prove it. After the ending I will definitely be picking up the next book!

[Giveaway] Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop

Giveaways 27 Comments 1st April, 2016

Raining-Books-Giveaway-HopWelcome to another great giveaway here at Romancing the Laser Pistol. As part of the “Raining Romance Books Giveaway Hop” hosted by StuckInBooks we are offering a prize pack which includes paperback copies of Leaving Amarillo, Missing Dixie, and Wicked along with an autographed paperback copy of Loving Dallas and a $10 Amazon Giftcard.

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[ARC Review] All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

Amy's Reviews, ARC Reviews, Reviews 0 Comments 31st March, 2016

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

[ARC Review] All Chained Up by Sophie JordanAll Chained Up by Sophie Jordan
Series: Devil's Rock #1
Published by Avon on March 29, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
Goodreads
three-stars
Amazon
There are bad boys and then there are the men of Devil’s Rock . . .

Some men come with a built-in warning label. Knox Callaghan is one of them. Danger radiates from every lean, muscled inch of him, and his deep blue eyes seem to see right through to Briar Davis’s most secret fantasies. But there’s one major problem: Briar is a nurse volunteering at the local prison, and Knox is an inmate who should be off-limits in every way.

Knox feels it too—a shocking animal magnetism that drives him to risk his own life to protect Briar’s. Paroled at last, he tries to resist her. She’s too innocent, too sweet, and she has no idea what Knox is capable of. But a single touch can lead to a kiss—and a taste . . . until the only crime is denying what feels so right . . .

 

This story wasn’t about a guy in prison that got framed. Nor, is it a story about a man trying to solve some problem with gangs when he gets out of prison. It is a story about a guy who made and has been paying for it ever since. Was this my favorite Sophie Jordan book? No. I can’t gush and love every book she writes. There wasn’t some big mystery or nonstop action. I didn’t end up hating this book it was just a sweet romance about two people learning to open up and find love. All Chain Up was a fast paced easy read that was what it was and nothing more: a decent read.

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Knox is not a nice guy nor is he a terrible guy either. Knox made a bad a decision when he was just a hot headed very young twenty something. He dragged his brother down along the path to destruction with him. Now years later, Knox serves out his sentence in prison just trying to survive day to day. He thinks he will die in prison. Until one day he saves the life the life a pretty nurse, a doctor, and gets released on parole for good behavior.

The beginning of this book is the most action packed scary part of the story. After Knox is released from prison the story is about forgiveness and moving on. It is just a sweet and oh so very sexy romance about two people learning they deserve happiness with each other. Knox has friend in prison who decides it is a good idea to help people kidnap someone very high profile. I think the next book in the series will have that element of mystery, conspiracies, and sexy fun times. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Devil’s Rock series.