Book Review: Chimera

“Secrets, however long they are kept, usually still manage to be brought to light. The best you can hope for is that you’ll be in control of when a secret gets out, not if it does.”  
― Vaun Murphrey, Chimera

ChimeraKindle Edition: Chimera
Series: Weaver (Book #1)
Pages: 487 pages
Publisher: Artemis Femme
Date: July 29th 2014
Edition Language:English
My Review Copy: Given by publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.
The official synopsis according to Goodreads states:

If you witnessed your parents killed at age five for reasons unknown only to endure eight years of isolation in captivity, what would you do with your life when you were suddenly rescued by family you never knew you had? What if you yourself were even more than you seemed? The universe can be both a terrible and wonderful place to live if you have the courage to explore it. Enter an alternate reality of civil war, secrets, murders and betrayals that transcends space and time with CHIMERA, Book One of the Weaver Series.

The Good…:

Chimera reads like the set up to an intense psychological thriller. The story begins with the heroine Cassandra being held prisoner in a strange facility by people she doesn’t recognize. She has no memory of how she got there, and is completely ignorant of why they want her. Her captors never speak to her, and everything looks medicinally clean. To escape the abuse she suffers, Cassandra withdraws into her mind. As the story progresses, Cassandra gets rescued by her uncle and thrust into a strange community. Everything is strange, and no one will give Cassandra answers to her questions. I really like Cassandra. Her past has made her tough, and now that she’s free, she refuses to be anyone’s victim. Despite her 13 years, Cassandra is very mature. She knows her own mind after depending on it for years, and sticks up for herself. Along the way she learns about her long-forgotten past, makes a new friend, finds a potential boyfriend, and discovers things within her new home aren’t exactly what they seem.

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Book Review: The Shadows

“I know what it’s like to not have hope,” Qhuinn said roughly. “But destiny can surprise you.” 
― J.R. Ward, The Shadows

ShadowsKindle Edition: The Shadows
Series: The Black Dagger Brotherhood (Book #13)
Pages: 592 pages
Publisher: NAL
Date: March 31st 2015
Edition Language: English
The official synopsis according to Goodreads states:

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child,Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY foryears- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother,iAm.iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

The Good…:

J.R. Ward finally delivered the book I’ve been waiting for! Not only did the 13th book in her ever-popular The Black Dagger Brotherhood series hit stores this past Tuesday, but it lacks the narrow focus so many of her other novels in this series have had. In the past BDB books, there was always one main story surrounding the romance of one of the main characters, usually a member of the BDB, a secondary story of another main character, and a tertiary story with one of the BDB’s many enemies. As nice as this is, the narrow focus of the writing usually means a character the reader has grown to love in the previous book has fallen by the wayside.
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Book Review: The Burning Land

The Burning Land

“The poets say we fight for glory, for gold, for reputation, and for our homes, but in my life I have just as often fought for a woman. Women have power over men. It is for women that the long fleets cross the salt seas, and for women that the proud halls burn, and for […]

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My Bookish Alphabet From A to Z


While visiting new blogs I ran across this list on Hidden Staircase, and thought it sounded like fun. In the “Bookish Alphabet,” you have to answer the questions from A-Z about your books, reading habits, and favorite quotes and memories. If you decide to participate, just copy and past the list onto you blog, and then […]

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Book Review: Sword Song

Sword Song

“Love is a dangerous thing. It comes in disguise to change our life… Lust is the deceiver. Lust wrenches our lives until nothing matters except the one we think we love, and under that deceptive spell we kill for them, give all for them, and then, when we have what we have wanted, we discover […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Bourbon Kings

A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

ebook: The Bourbon Kings Series: The Bourbon Kings (Book #1) Pages: 400 pages Publisher: NAL Expected Publication: July 28th 2015 ISBN: 9780698193031 Edition Language: English The official synopsis according to Goodreads states: For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is to reveal My Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors. This list is ever-changing based on what I’m reading, what I remember reading, and how I feel when you ask me. The list of authors below are my favorites today. Tomorrow? Who knows? Thanks to The Broke and the […]

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Book Review: Lords of the North

Lords of the North

“Wyrd bið ful aræd”  ― Bernard Cornwell, Lords of the North ebook: Lords of the North Series: The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories (Book #3) Setting: England(United Kingdom)  Pages: 352 pages Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Date: October 13th 2009 ISBN:9780061801891 Edition Language:English The official synopsis according to Goodreads states: The year is 878. Uhtred, the dispossessed son of a Northumbrian lord, has helped the Saxons of Wessex […]

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Book Review: The Pale Horseman

The Pale Horseman

“We make children and wealth and amass land and build halls and assemble armies and give great feasts, but only one thing survives us. Reputation.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, The Pale Horseman ebook: The Pale Horseman Original Title: The Pale Rider Series: The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories (Book #2) Setting: England Pages: 384 pages Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Date: December 26th 2006 ISBN: 9780061135675 Edition Language:English […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Inspiring Book Quotes


This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is devoted to quotes from books that have inspired me. Most of these are books I have actually read, but a few are quotes I’ve seen somewhere, and liked enough to jot them down. In this post I will share with you the quotes, and explain what they mean to me. Thanks […]

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Book Review: The Last Kingdom

The Last Kingdom

“Pride makes a man, it drives him, it is the shield wall around his reputation… Men die, they said, but reputation does not die.”  ― Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom ebook: The Last Kingdom Series: The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories (Book #1) Pages: 368 pages Publisher: HarperCollins e-books Date: March 17th 2009 ISBN: 9780061760884 Edition Language: English The official synopsis according to Goodreads states: In the […]

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