Monday, March 14, 2016

Reseña: Cruzando los limites by Maria Martinez

This is a book review for Cruzando los limites by Maria Martinez. As the book is in Spanish, I've also included a review in English right after the Spanish version of the review.

Este es un libro por el cual parece que he esperado un siglo. Y mi único reproche es contra la distribución que tardó tanto en hacerlo disponible a través de Amazon. Sin más que esa queja, este es mi reseña de Cruzando los Límites por María Martínez.

María Martínez es una de esas escritoras que de que yo sepa tienen un libro nuevo, y sin ver la trama, sé que me gustaran sus libros. Fangirl de su serie Almas Oscuras y del Encanto del Cuervo, sabía que tendría que leer Cruzando los límites y Canción para Novalie. 

La trama del primer libro en la serie Cruzando los límites no desilusiona y hay de todo para mantener al lector encajado con la trama y sin querer dejar el libro. (Lo sé si me fuí a la cama dos noches corridas sobre las 3 de la madrugada.)

La historia de Savannah y Caleb no es solo una historia de amor, entre un chico peligroso y una chica de una clase social más alta, aunque pueda parecerlo en un principio. Los personajes pronto dejan al lector acompañarles en un divertido y estresante viaje que comprende todo desde intriga, suspenso, romance, y justicia. 

Si deseas leer un libro que es toda una aventura y que te dejara como si hubieses estado en una montaña rusa, Cruzando los límites es el libro para ti.
Las cinco estrellas más fáciles que he otorgado a un libro son estas. Gracias a la escritora por tan hermosa aventura. 

I've been waiting for this book for a long time, at times it feels like a century went by before I was able to purchase it. My only complain is about the distribution of it, since it seems that Titania left Amazon for the last minute.  Without further ado, here's my review of Cruzando los limites (Crossing the lines)

Maria Martinez is one of those authors that once I know a new book will be out, I add it to my tbr without looking at the blurb. I'm a fangirl and I love her series Almas Oscuras and the stand alone book, El encanto del cuervo. The moment I heard about Cruzando los limites y Cancion para Novalie, I knew I had to get those books. 

The first book in the series of Crossing the lines doesn't disappoint, and I can tell you, you'll be glued to the book,  and skip on your sleeping beauty. (Trust me I went to bed two days in a row at 3 am)

Savannah and Caleb's story is not only a romance between a bad guy and  a girl from a different social status, even though that's what it appears to be in the beginning. As you get further into the story, the characters allow you to go on a journey with them, at times stressful and other times, full of romance and laughter. This book is about everything, suspense, intrigue, romance, and justice. 

If you're searching for a book which is full of adventure and will leave you feeling as if you were on a roller coaster of emotions, Cruzando los límites is the book for you.

These are easily the highest rating I've ever given a book that is not by JK Rowling or Anne Rice. And I have to say the easiest five stars I've ever given a book. 

Gracias Maria Martinez for this awesome adventure!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: The Daywalkers of San Juan

It feels forever since I actually posted a teaser. So here it is :)

After climbing on top of the roof, I tiptoe around it until I can jump onto the next. The wind picks up around me, the moment my wobbly feet decide that they don’t have a good grip. After recovering from the mini-heart attack, I push on. The next jump isn’t so bad, it brings me closer to the lighthouse. I wait in the shadows, and once I know that there’s no one near, I break into a sprint before jumping on to the deck of the Lighthouse. As fast as I can, I push forward opening the door, and then closing it behind me.
My feet pound the metal staircase until I get to the top, and then gasp, as I notice that Lorena and Elena are already there. Leaning against the wall, I shake my head, as my speeding heart decides to slow down.
“Cheaters.” I say as they both grin.
“You took forever. Why can’t you just dismiss people?” Elena asks pushing her black hair back, revealing her freckled shoulders as her eyes move back to the sea in front of us.
“Because it’s not polite.” I reply as I join them, and Lorena hands me a ham and cheese sandwich which she probably stole from her parents’ bakery.
“You’re the Seer. Why shouldn’t you be able to ask people to leave you the hell alone?” Elena chimes in as Lorena shakes her head.
“You’ve always refused to play nice.” Lorena tells her as she runs a hand through her wild dark curls as her green eyes settle on Elena.
“How so?” Elena challenges as Lorena lifts her hand and her long thin finger wags inches from Elena’s nose.
“Ever since we were in diapers.” She replies before she looks away.
“I’m just a rebel.” Elena dismisses her comment as Lorena’s eyes narrow.
“That can get you killed.” Lorena hisses as I clear my throat.
“She’s fine.” I say before taking a bite out of my sandwich.
“You see, the Seer said I’m fine.” Elena face beams with a triumphant smile as Lorena swears under her breath.
“For now… I’m sure tomorrow you’ll do something equally stupid and then your future will change yet again.” Lorena tells her undeterred.
“You worry too much.” Elena shrugs as Lorena glances my way.
“We’re part of your counsel, we’re meant to be serious, and to know and understand consequences.” Lorena adds as I swallow.
“Yes, and I know that Elena understands this… as you do.” I say but Lorena’s not convinced.
“So… did you have that sexy dream with Matteo de Orbeta?” Elena knocks her shoulder against mine and I shake my head.
“What sexy dream?” Lorena’s eyes grow twice the size as I shift uncomfortably. “They’re monitoring your dreams, you shouldn’t…”
“Hey, I didn’t ask for the dream.” I say before I take another bite of the sandwich.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Review: House of Royals by Keary Taylor, audio book

This is a Review for the audio version of House of Royals by Keary Taylor

4 Stars

I picked this audiobook after it popped a few times in my Facebook newsfeed. I wasn’t really in the mood for vampires, but something about the blurb struck a chord with me and so I took the plunge.
The first thing I have to say is that I’ll ignore the fact that I listened to the audio book and instead I’ll concentrate on the story and Ms. Taylor’s great world building. Otherwise I would have given this book 3 stars. 

I don’t know if you have audio book samples through Audible, if you do, I encourage you to listen to the people narrating the books before you buy copies. I wish I could have done so before buying the audiobook for House of Royals. That said... let's get on with the review.

House of Royals is the story of Alivia Ryan. After a man who claims to be her father dies, she inherits Conrath Plantation. The plantation is in a town called Silent Bend, Mississippi. The town has its history and skeletons, and the locals know not to go out after dark and  the police never looks into crimes involving blood. 

Once she arrives at Silent Bend, a man called Ian Ward tries to kill her, but later, after getting to know her, he insists that she must learn to defend herself so he trains her. Why should she learn to defend herself? Because the House might try to manipulate her for their own political reasons and she could be hurt in the process.

I really liked Ms. Taylor world building. A powerful vampire called Jasmin is in charge of the House; however, it should be Liv, since her father was at one point the man in charge. Liv is after all a born vampire Princess. However, she’s reluctant to get involved. 

Part of the world building is the different kinds of vampires, born versus bitten. These were a welcomed addition in a genre where it seems that we go for only bitten vampires or born and hardly mix the two. I liked that there were clear differences between both species, and that those differences were never in conflict during the story.

The relationship between Liv and Ian progressed slowly. It felt as if the characters were taking their time and trying to assess their feelings before actually jumping in the whole can’t live without you plot, that so many books seem to have nowadays. I quite liked that Liv doesn’t label Ian as her boyfriend straight away, and instead wonders what to call him. 

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series, which are out now, especially after that cliffhanger. J