Book Review → Box Office Poison

16059327 Title: Box Office Poison
Author: Phillipa Bornikova
Series: Linnet Ellery
Publication Date: August 6th, 2013

Synopsis: What happens when exquisitely beautiful elves start getting all the roles in Hollywood? Human actors sue, that’s what. In a desperate attempt to keep the squabbling inside the Screen Actors Guild from going public, the president of SAG forces the two sides into arbitration.

Enter Linnet Ellery, a human lawyer working for a vampire law firm, to serve as arbitrator. Linnet discovers that there are sinister forces at work in Tinsel Town determined to shatter the fragile peace between elves, vampires, werewolves, and humans. Someone has been coercing famous elven actors into committing sudden and terrible acts of violence against humans in a series of tragedies that could turn the tide of public opinion against all the supernatural Powers.

During the course of her investigations Linnet realizes that a puzzling secret surrounds her, and that a strange power has been affecting the very course of her life.

Review: As enjoyable as this was to read, the plot was super easy to figure out. I knew who was behind everything almost as soon as the characters or the plot was introduced. The reason the ‘bad guy’ had for being there wasn’t good enough for me and left me highly skeptical of him and looking for ulterior motives.

For most of the book I found myself wishing Linnet and David would save me from the plot and just shag. They were the only two characters I really enjoyed and cared about. I am really curious about Linnet’s ‘unusualness’ it was mentioned numerous times (I should have kept a tally) but of course that is going to be left for another book.

Overall, I enjoyed reading it, it was a good book to bring me out of my Urban Fantasy slump and get me back into the genre but it was lacking in a lot of ways for me. This one definitely did not live up to the first one and has that bad sequel syndrome.

Stars: ★★★
Recommendation: Borrow it

Book Review → House of the Rising Sun

18453118Title: House of the Rising Sun
Author: Kristen Painter
Series: Crescent City
Publication Date: May 13th, 2014

Synopsis: Augustine lives the perfect life in the Haven city of New Orleans. He rarely works a real job, spends most of his nights with a different human woman, and resides in a spectacular Garden District mansion paid for by retired movie star Olivia Goodwin, who has come to think of him as an adopted son, providing him room and board and whatever else he needs.

But when Augustine returns home to find Olivia’s been attacked by vampires, he knows his idyllic life has comes to an end. It’s time for revenge—and to take up the mantle of the city’s Guardian.

Review: This was a pretty good book but I want to start this review with talk of the cover. While this holds no bearing on my actual review it is an important part of the book selecting process. Covers are the first thing a reader/buyer sees and is what gets them to pick up the book. The cover for House of the Rising Sun, while done well and is attention grabbing, is disconnected from the summary and feels like the publisher chose to slap a hot chick on the cover to sell books. While the book does change point of views, the summary only mentions Augustine and leads the reader to believe that he is the main character and the story will mainly be told through him, making the choice of a female on the cover odd. I think that the publisher could have done a better job to connect the cover and the summary together.

The actual story takes place in New Orleans in 2068. I was really skeptical when I saw the time period the story takes place, I’m not much for futurist books but it wasn’t glaringly obvious in this book. There are not any hover cars or anything too off the wall futuristic and with the exception of some really nifty gadgets it was pretty easy to forget it was in the future and not the current time. This was explained as New Orleans tends to cling to the past. While that seems like an easy out, it didn’t bother me in the slightest and the ability to forget it was in the future made the book easier for me to read.

I was very, intrigued by the fae aspect of this story, and I really would loved for there to be extra content that gave more information about the fae and some words used. I felt the world building could have been done better, I get this is a spin-off series, but I think the transition could have been handle better and that Painter owes it to new readers to let them know as much as possible about the world she’s built, especially since this is technically the first in a new series. I really was hoping that this book would keep the darker fae feel I got at the beginning of the book but it almost felt like with the addition of the romance between the main characters the tone of the book changed. I did find myself wishing that there was a bit more depth to the plot. Characters were introduced and it was not too hard to figure out they were up to no good. There were not really any surprises for me, I figured things out before the characters.

For the most part the characters were enjoyable. The dialogue was weird for me in places, I found myself raising my eyebrow at some of the word choices and phrases. At times it felt as if the characters all had one voice and not individual voices and expressions. The pov changed quite a bit and to varying people, this is probably a factor in that. And while we learned quite a bit about most of the characters I don’t feel like I knew them at all, let alone connected with any of them. Though neither Augustine nor Harlowe felt two-dimensional, so that is something.

As I mentioned above I felt the world building was a little lacking. This is a companion/spinoff series from the House of Comarré series and as a new reader of this author I know nothing about her world. And after reading this book I don’t feel I know it as well as I would like to. After finishing this one, I did go back and read the first of the Comarré series, and I’m starting to get the feeling that I’m going to find the world building overall for both series lacking. I really, really would have loved more information and we were given to unreliable narrators who knew little about being fae or anything fae, which didn’t help things at all.

This was a really enjoyable book, I was entertained the entire time I was reading it, however, it’s unmemorable. It’s been a week or so since I’ve read the book and handwritten the review to me typing it, and I am having a hard time recalling a lot of what happened.

Stars: ★★★
Recommendation: Borrow it
I received this book from Orbit on Netgalley for an honest review.

Book Review → Unfixable

21527270Title: Unfixable
Author: Tessa Bailey
Publication Date: April 14th, 2014

Synopsis: Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup,she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.

Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.

But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?

Review: I really enjoyed Willa’s book, it was nice to get to see her a few years later and all grown up. I’ve been hoping that we would get a Willa book since we first met her in Ginger and Derek’s book, Protecting What’s His, and it was great news when Tessa Bailey announced that she was writing one. Bailey has written an engaging story, not just a love story, but a story about a young girl trying to find herself. The Irish setting was a huge plus.

I found Willa and Shane to both be enjoyable characters. I enjoyed the snark between the two of them. Their begrudging attraction to each other that turned into love as they got to know each other better was much preferred to the love at first sight we usually get with contemporary romance.

Bailey has written yet another great book, something I’ve come to expect from her. I was pulled into the story within the first few pages and only put the book down because my eyes would not stay open any longer. Unfixable is an enjoyable, lovely read that could be easily finished in one sitting, and is definitely worth the time.

Stars: ★★★★
Recommendation: Yes
I received this book from Entangled Embrace for an honest review.