Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: Jaci Burton's Play by Play Series

Author: Jaci Burton
Publisher: Berkley Heat
Publication date: February 2011 (Book 1)
August 2011 (Book 2)
Format: Trade Paperback
Genre: Romance

These are the First two books in Jaci Burton's new Play by Play series. The series is about a sports loving & playing family, the Riley's. These first two books are the stories of the brothers. The first book is about football player Mick Riley and how he tries to win the heart of event planner Tara. Book two is about baseball player Gavin Riley and sports agent Liz Darnell. I can honestly say that the cover first caught my attention. How can one not at least stop to admire the covers of these books when you see them on the self at the bookstore? I am not a big sports fan but that did not matter much when reading these two tales. I enjoyed them. I thought the author did a great job at creating this world. This is a sports family that truly are a family. They have all the brother sister squabbles that we all do. All the family and some characters are in both books so you get to see how relationships continue and develop. This author certainly knows how to write some steamy love scenes, they are HOT! Book three, Taking a Shot, is set to come out March 2012 and it is the sister's story. You meet her and her hockey love interest in Book 2, Changing the Game. I will be looking for that title for sure. Keep watching the blog for the next bookhop, we will be giving away these 2 books!

Books: 4/5 Covers 4.5/5


Monday, September 5, 2011

Review: Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Author: Tera Lynn Childs
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication date: September 2011
Format: ARC
Genre: Young Adult

From the Publisher:
Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight

This was a great read. It was fast and had my interest/attention right from the start. I enjoyed that the story was told from each one of the sister's points of view. Each sister could not be more different. Having been separated at birth, on purpose we find out as you read, they are each raised in completely different worlds. I thought the author did a great job at creating these 3 amazingly strong kick butt girls. And each girl comes into their own as they begin to realize they are special and they appear to have an amazing destiny. The only thing I did not like in the book was the lack of mythology. There was some but I wanted more. These girls are descendants of Medusa, I was hoping for a little more history/mythology in the mix. Hopefully book 2 will have a little more of that for me.

There are many questions left unanswered at the end of the book. I was really just starting to get into the book and boom it was over. I will definitely be looking for the next book in the series to come out as that was an amazing cliff hanger ending.

BOOK: 3.5/5 Cover: 4/5