All posts for the month August, 2012

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck (Tigers Saga #1)

Published August 31, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Tigers Curse by Colleen Houck (Tigers Saga #1)

Passion. Fate. Loyalty.

Would you risk it all to change your destiny?

The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.

Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more. From Goodreads.

I can honestly say that this series of books are my absolute favorite. I can reread these books and never get bored with them (and I have read this book now 5 times!!). I just can’t get enough of the books. I felt that Kelsey was an amazing character. Throughout the book she grew as a person, you could see her falling in love and everything.

I loved that the beginning of the book we learned why Kelsey was the way she was, how she kept more to herself and preferred books to people basically. I know I usually prefer books to people as well but I like being around people as well. I thought it was really cute that she wanted Ren the tiger to be free and that she would read to him at night. You could see the relationship form even though it seemed like an impossible but it was really endearing.

Once she met with Kadam and decided to head toward India, you could see how close she was getting to Kadam and Ren. After being left behind, or so she thinks, and traversing through the jungle with Ren, she meets Phet. Who I absolutely loved, he was funny and kind and a little crazy. And she learned about the curse that was placed on the two princes of India. Actually she didn’t realize that it was both princes.

I could sit and read this book over and over again because I love it so much; I just felt that Kelsey needed to learn where her heart sat and why. I understood why she gave Ren the chance that he needed to have especially since they broke a part of the curse and he got 6 hours back of being a man instead of tiger. I am sure most would do the same thing even if it broke their heart.

I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I am definitely going to be upset when this series ends but I am sure that Colleen will come out with something just as awesome as these books.

I gave this book 6 out of 5 stars!!!

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Jessica #1)

Published August 31, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (Jessica #1)

The undead can really screw up your senior year …

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction. From Goodreads.

This book was really cute and funny. I felt so bad for Jessica, all of a sudden she is learning that she is a vampire and that she is betrothed!!! I mean it is the 21st century and all but still, I am assuming the vampires are all old school, like super old school.

Of course being betrothed to a super hot vampire prince named Lucius? Not so bad, until you find out he is kind of a douche. I assume it was because of the way he was raised. You learn eventually how he was raised so it really makes a lot of sense. I loved how eventually Jessica/Anastasia realizes how she feels and tries to break up Lucius and her. Of course based on the name of the second book, you know it worked.

Meanwhile Jessica/Anastasia finds out what he really planned on doing to her once they got together. That scared her but because of stupid people he ends up leaving but she thinks he is dead. So she stays away from almost everyone in her school afterwards.  I am sure if guys in my high school tried to kill my boyfriend or betrothed, I wouldn’t exactly be rolling out the welcome mat.

I really enjoyed reading this book, the ending was a huge surprise which I won’t even hint at because you should read it.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars!

Waiting on Wednesday!!!

Published August 29, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Definition of an Empty Net: When a team pulls the goalie for an extra attacker, desperately seeking a goal.

Audrey Parker was in a horrible place.
She hated her job, her sister was getting married and moving out, but worst of all, she was in love with a total jerk. No matter what she did, every guy she met hurt her. All she wanted was her happily ever after. Her Prince Charming. Her Lucas Brooks! She didn’t know how to change her life but she knew she needed too.
Feeling like she was about to hit rock bottom, Audrey wakes up next to Tate Odder.

Tate Odder had lost everything.
After being brought up from the Assassins’ farm team, the Florida Rays to the Nashville Assassins, Tate hopes he’ll forget everything he has lost. He doesn’t. Each day gets harder to live in a place he doesn’t know. Even being the first rookie goalie to shut out an opposing team three times during the Lord Stanley Cup Finals, he still felt empty. With the loss of his parents and sister still heavy on his heart, Tate isn’t sure how to live like everything is okay.

But when he wakes up beside Audrey Parker, things start to change. She turns his life upside down with her kooky sense of humor and her bright clothing. She is intelligent and beautiful, and for once, he doesn’t feel empty.
Will Audrey be the person to fill the holes in Tate’s heart, making him whole again?
Or will another player ruin everything, leaving him feeling forever like an empty net?

Why am I waiting for it?

I loved the first two books in the series and I can’t wait to find out if Audrey gets the happily ever after that she deserves since she helped her sister raise her nephew when she was only 20. I don’t know much about Tate but he seemed like a great kid in the last book, and I want him to be perfect for her. I know I usually do YA but Toni has me hooked with her books. Luckily according to Goodreads, this book comes out on September 5th.

The Mephisto Kiss by Trinity Faegen (The Mephisto Covenant #2)

Published August 23, 2012 by crysbookreviews

The eyes never lie. No one’s eyes are darker than Eryx. Not even the Devil’s.

When Jax and Sasha first see Jordan Ellis, they know she is no ordinary teenager. She’s the daughter of the President after all, but she’s also Anabo – a descendant of Eve.

What they don’t know is that Eryx plans to kidnap Jordan and force President Ellis to pledge his soul. If Eryx’s plot succeeds, the consequences would be catastrophic.

But the Mephisto brothers do know about Jordan’s secret identity. And for one of them, she could be the match that leads to their soul’s salvation.

Now it’s a desperate race against time to save Jordan and prevent Eryx’s haunting eyes from discovering her true identity.

A thrilling story of romance, danger, and intrigue, THE MEPHISTO KISS continues the marvelous mythology that began in THE MEPHISTO COVENANT. From Goodreads.

Honestly I was so so so happy when I got this book on my Netgalley. I loved the first one so much that I was so excited about the second book coming out.

I felt so bad for Jordan, learning everything that she had too and deciding to go through with being Mephisto so quickly because of what Eryx does to her. Of course you would think he would leave her alone after that but of course not. He made her live even worse then before. Luckily she has Sasha there to help her with her transformation. She also has Key.

I don’t want to give anything away because the book doesn’t come out until September 25th. But there are so many things that happen in the book, I can’t wait to read the third book because if it is about who I think it will be about, I am definitely going to cry throughout the book.

Eryx once again tries to get rid of the Anabo but this time he wants to keep her for himself and not let Key have her which just about breaks his heart. Key fights for her though, and of course you will find out if he gets her or not by reading the book.

I didn’t think it was possible for me to love this book more than the first one by Trinity but I definitely did.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.


Darkness before Dawn by J.A. London (Darkness before Dawn #1)

Published August 23, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London (Darkness Before Dawn #1)

Only sunlight can save us.

We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what’s left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.

After the death of my parents, it’s up to me–as the newest delegate for humanity–to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it’s safe to let one in.

Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever. From Goodreads.

I loved this take on vampires; it was completely different and amazing. I loved most of the characters, I wasn’t too fond of Michael (Dawn’s boyfriend), he was sweet but when he didn’t get his way or the reassurance that he needed, he was an ass.

Poor Dawn though, she lost everything because of vampires, her brother, her mom and dad. I felt bad for her and I loved how she eventually grew as a character and stood up the vampire ruler of their area, Lord Valentine. Because he was just crazy, luckily he had a saner son Victor.

I loved how Victor and Dawn’s relationship grew; it went from savior, to enemy, to friend, to love interest. I don’t think it was possible for someone to go through all those positions in person’s life, especially within such a short amount of time. But then again, she is a teenager and a female so it is our prerogative to change our minds whenever we want.

This was the first book in the trilogy and I can’t wait to find out what happens next between Victor and Dawn now. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers about their relationship, but I am sure it is about to be a lot more difficult now.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Taking Shots by Toni Aleo (Assassins #1)

Published August 23, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Taking Shots by Toni Aleo (Assassins #1)

Elli Fisher has never thought she was good enough. Let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing, she was convinced she couldn’t do anything right. She had walked through life for the past six years in a daze, never thinking that life could be good again after the abuse she endured from her ex boyfriend. She is lonely, sad, and depressed, that is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Nashville Assassins, she meets the hunky hockey player who shoots a puck, shattering her world.
Shea Adler was tired of the life he was living outside of the rink. The girls, the money blowing, the drinking, everything had to stop and it all did when he met Eleanor Fisher. He had never met anyone like her. She is feisty, witty, shy, and simply gorgeous. When he laid eyes on her, it was as if he was taking the hardest hit of his life into the boards, and he had to have her.
Elli is a little skeptical of Shea, but he knows that they were meant to be together, and he needed her in his life. But Elli just doesn’t understand what Shea could see in her. She is overweight, loud, and not even that pretty, so why would someone so gorgeous and so amazing want to be with her? It seemed that no matter how hard she tried to shake Shea off, he wasn’t going anywhere, and for the first time Elli didn’t feel alone.
But could Elli throw her insecurities out the window and love Shea with everything inside of her? Or will she let a past relationship, and her family ruin any chance of her being happy?

Would Elli miss her shot at love? From Goodreads

I normally just read YA or New Adult books but I have read a few Adult books. I don’t normally review them though. But I had to review Toni Aleo’s books, they were that amazing. The whole story about getting over your past was amazing. I loved all the characters in the book, Elli and Shea were so cute together when they were happy, Harper was hilarious, Grace is a great twin to Shea.

When we find out all the issues that Elli has been through, I honestly felt my heart break for her. Especially with what kind of mom she has, I couldn’t even picture how she could treat Elli that way. It didn’t help that Elli had issues from the last guy she dated before Shea. She had a few issues and a few more secrets that she never told him about, I couldn’t understand why she didn’t just tell him before he found out.

Of course Shea had his own issues. Especially before Elli, he liked women a lot and had a reputation for being with girls that didn’t look anything like Elli. Once again didn’t help with her issues but at least Harper there was at one time to freak out on one of the girls that said something rude to her.

I didn’t think I was going to like the book as much as I did but once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down, I wanted to know what happened. I was really glad I bought this book for my Nook.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Waiting on Wednesday!!!!!

Published August 22, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Darynda Jones, author of The New York Times bestselling series that began with First Grave on the Right, brings us Death and the Girl Next Door, a thrilling Young Adult novel garnering high praise and early buzz from major authors

Ten years ago, Lorelei’s parents disappeared without a trace.  Raised by her grandparents and leaning on the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact that her parents are never coming home.  For Lorelei, life goes on.

High school is not quite as painful as she thinks it will be, and things are as normal as they can be.  Until the day the school’s designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it,  standing outside her house in the dark, night after night.  Things get even more complicated when a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school.  Cameron and Jared instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity.  What does Jared know about her parents?  Why does Cameron tell Jared he can’t have Lorelei?  And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?  Thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive, Darynda Jones’s first foray into the world of teens will leave readers eager for the next installment.From Goodreads.

Why I want to read it?

It sounds like an amazing story. I can’t wait to start reading this book!! Possible love triangle, is always fun to read. The cover of the book is amazing as well. The whole story sounds like a paranormal romance and I can’t wait to read it when it releases on October 2nd.

Teaser Tuesday!!!

Published August 21, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

To participate all you have to do is:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)


“I opened his closet. The last time I was here it had been empty, but now it was full of designer clothes. Most of them had never been worn. I found a blue sweatshirt that was similar to the one he’d worn to the beach. It smelled like him-waterfalls and sandalwood trees. I threw it over my arm.” page 180

Guest Post by Magan Vernon!!!

Published August 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Magan here, the author…obviously, to tell you some secrets of My Paper Heart.

Elsbury, Louisiana– Is it a real place? No, but it is rooted in something real. There is a sign between St. Louis and Lake of the Ozarks, MO that says “Elsberry Louisiana” and points to an exit. I actually thought the exit lead to a town in Missouri and thought “WOW, Louisiana IS SO CLOSE TO MISSOURI!” It turns out…it’s not. Those are both just towns in Missouri. But it did give me the idea for a name for the town Libby moves to. The extra ‘R’ was removed because I got tired of spell check telling me it was wrong and changed it and a ‘U” was added.

Libby Gentry– Libby’s real name is Elizabeth Grace Gentry, but when I first started this book her name was Olivia Grace Gentry. I ended up liking the name Olivia so much I gave it to my own daughter and with some of the scenes in the book (sexxxxxxxxx), I didn’t want to think of my own daughter in that way and promptly changed Libby’s name to Elizabeth.

Blaine Crabtree– Blaine’s name was a harder one. For a long time he was just “hot guy with blue eyes” and then I got a glimpse of Blaine Gabbert, former Mizzou quarterback. Talk about swoon worthy. I combined that with former Texas Tech player, Michael Crabtree, and College football added a whole new hottness to the novel.

Aunt Dee’s shop- Aunt Dee’s shop was originally a newspaper office and Libby writes an article that gets her back in to college. I can’t exactly pinpoint why I removed it from being a newspaper office, but one of the big reasons was because my in-laws own and run a newspaper in mid-Missouri and I learned quickly that there was a whole lot more to running a newspaper than I thought there was when I first wrote the book. Thus, Aunt Dee ended up with an antique shop and almost 10K was cute from the book…partly because it also wasn’t that exciting, I would have rather had more kissing scenes than newspaper office scenes.

The Ending- How can I say this without giving away spoilers? Originally, the ending was simple and *poof* Libby and Blaine were just in love and I neglected anything about Libby going back to school. That obviously doesn’t work because Libby failing out of college is a big point of the novel. Thus, the ending changed and it became a little less predictable and at one point I loved Blaine and at another I really just wanted someone to punch him. Maybe in the sequel someone can…

Thank you so much for having me here! I hope you and all your readers enjoy My Paper Heart


There are worse things in life than failing out of college- such as having your
parents receive the letter that you’ve been kicked out.
Now to appease her
parents self-proclaimed sorority princess Libby Gentry is packing up her Prada
bag and heading to work for her great aunt’s antique shop in tiny Elsbury,
Louisiana. She’s pretty sure she can tackle the swamp and deal with her great
aunt and tom boy of a little cousin, but what she doesn’t know is if she can
handle the local town playboy, Blaine Crabtree.

As Libby’s feelings for
Blaine grow, so does her need for acceptance and all of the insecurities she has
kept inside are coming out. She may have survived the Louisiana swamp, but she
may not survive Blaine’s reluctance to say the ‘L’ word. When Blaine finally
commits to the three words Libby’s been waiting for, she only hopes they haven’t
come too late.
Available now for Amazon and wherever Ebooks are sold!

Magan started out writing Olympic fan fiction and then transitioned into writing Young Adult and New Adult. Her debut novel, How to Date an Alien, is currently free wherever Ebooks are sold. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, who just happens to have the same birth date as the Olympic speed skater she used to write fan fiction about. Find her online at

Star Fire by Katie M. John (Knight Trilogy #3)

Published August 16, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Star Fire by Katie M. John (Knight Trilogy #3)

Egypt changed them both in ways no one never expected.

As murder and dark arts cast a terrible shadow over both The Real World and The Realm, Mina’s connection to the mysterious Star Fire Sisterhood causes  her to become The Templars’ number one suspect.

Set amongst the snowy mountains of Switzerland and the ancient magical forests of of France, Blake and the House of Beldevier are given just one chance to save Mina’s life – the recovery of The Holy Grail.

In this epic heart-racing finale, ancient myths come alive and old scores are settled. One thing is for sure … the clock is ticking. From

Wow, just when you think everything will be okay you find out something new. Mina is now a blood drinker because of what happened with that demon, Blake hasn’t told anyone what happened to him, and no one knows about Mina. Life is just super complicated for the newly married couple.

I didn’t know what was going to happen in this book but when Mina was jailed and Blake was sent on an adventure to get the Holy Grail back, I honestly didn’t think it was going to end the way that it did. I was worried, I wanted the happily ever after for them especially because of everything that happened to them in Egypt.

I definitely couldn’t put this book down, I stayed up until almost to the next sunrise reading it, it was exciting and there were so many moments that I worried about their relationship and what was going to happen to them. Blake went with Sam to find the grail, Delta stayed home to watch out for Vivian and her new baby and poor Mina was locked in an oubliette because of something she didn’t do.

Morgan and Merlin were working together, Merlin wanted revenge on Vivian for what she did to him and Morgan just wanted Blake still. She obviously didn’t learn anything from Immortal Beloved. There were secrets that were uncovered and lies that were told. And then more secrets happened with Sam and Delta who were dating but luckily enough they worked through theirs and decided to be only friends.

I can honestly say I was sad to see the end of the trilogy; I really enjoyed watching Mina, Blake, Sam and Delta become friends and more and grow as characters. I would love if there was a spin off for Sam and Delta because Mina and Blake would be mentioned in it, hopefully.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.