Katiebird reviews Shadowhunters

One of my all time favorite YA series ever is now a TV series on Freeform (formerly ABC Family). It’s called ShadowhuntersIt has vampires, warlocks, werewolves, demons, and angels; and hot guys of course!

Continue reading

Katiebird reviews: Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Sea of Stars cover

 

Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol

Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.

While I wait patiently ***rolling eyes*** for Amy to finish writing Iniquity, the last book in her fabulous Premonition series, I get spend some time with one of my favorite book boyfriends from 2013, Trey Allairis. I have yet to be disappointed with anything that Amy writes, Sea of Stars is no exception.

Continue reading

Katiebird Reviews: Fifty Shades Darker and Freed by E.L. James

Fifty-Shades-of-Grey freed and darker

 

 

Fifty Shades Darker

Daunted by the singular sexual tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven, and demanding Fifty Shades.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront her anger and envy of the women who came before her and make the most important decision of her life.

Erotic, sparkling and suspenseful, Fifty Shades Darker is the irresistibly addictive second part of the Fifty Shades trilogy.

Fifty Shades Freed

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.

Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.

Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.

I know that it seems pretty late in the game to write a review for these books, but it had been years since I had read them. When I reread the first book before the movie came out, I didn’t expect to become so attached to the characters again. Seeing them portrayed so well on the big screen just reinforced that feeling. I left the book I had started, to reread both Darker and Freed, because I just couldn’t focus. I needed to finish the journey started…

Continue reading

Katiebird reviews The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

THE-RETURN_ARMENTROUT_Oct2014cover

 

Return (Titan #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

 

Go ahead. Check out the cover again. I’ll wait. Yep. That’s Seth. Looks cocky, right? But hawt. He’s has been a personal favorite of mine since he made his appearance in the first book of the Covenant series, Half Blood. I was so happy when Jennifer announced that she was giving him his own series.

Continue reading

Katiebird reviews the Eagle Elite series by Rachel Van Dyken

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken

 

Elite cover

 

Book Summary:

For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother’s death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn’t expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she’s ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There’s Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn’t long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn’t realize she was the enemy — until it was too late.

 

Rachel Van Dyken is a favorite author here at Bookish Temptations. Her male characters and books made a few of the top ten lists for 2013. For that reason, I decided to take on her series, Eagle Elite. I thought I knew from the summary what this series was about, but was intrigued and surprised at the turn that Rachel decided to take with her characters.

Continue reading

Katiebird Reviews Twisted by Emma Chase

Twisted by Emma Chase

Twisted cover 

There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself – and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his –in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone….

What I’ve come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.

TWISTED picks up two years after Tangled’s end, and is told from Kate’s POV.

Yeah. Yeah. I am so late to this party. Drew Evans has been featured and adored by everyone else here at BT, but apparently I wasn’t paying attention. You can check out the review of Tangled by Tamie and Elena here. This book made their top ten favorite lists for 2013! Better late than never right?

Continue reading

Illustrated Temptations: My All Time Favorite “Alpha Male”

20140128-215228.jpg

Hello Peeps! Happy hump day! Today I am featuring My All Time Favorite Alpha Males. There are surely a lot, but here are some of my forever loved (and I know you do too.)

Check it out!!!

Continue reading