Friday, April 27, 2012

The Syndicate by Shelena Shorts

The Syndicate
                                                      Hardcover, 1st Edition, 301 pages
                                     Expected publication: July 9th 2012 by Lands Atlantic Publishing
Blurb from Goodreads
For centuries, the Petrescu family has been protecting society from a danger that moves among the population undetected. Eighteen-year-old Vasi Petrescu has never had a problem carrying out his duty, but, when ordered to eliminate an eighteen-year-old girl, he is immediately taken out of his comfort zone.

The Syndicate has never targeted a female before, yet somehow this one has ended up on more than one hit list. Vasi would like to find out why, but there may not be time.

Now, he'll have to decide whether or not to keep her alive even if it means going against his own family.

The action, mystery, and conspiracy in The Syndicate will take readers on an immersing journey in which decisions are not only life changing, but irreversible.
My Thoughts:
Mind blowing Awesomeness!

The Syndicate, is nothing short of AMAZING!! The cover is enough to lure the reader in, but the story within is full of conspiracy, twists, an unforgettable budding romance, bonds, action and more! This is one book you will NOT want to miss out on.

Vasile Petrescu is a Guard for Syndicate. Their duty is to protect the world from the awful Hybrids, who infect them if bitten. The Guards get assignments to hunt and kill these evil Hybrids when told, but Vasi's new assignment isn't what he or his sister, Rosi (his Scout), suspected. Riley Bennett is a girl. It didn't make sense. They don't harm women. Females can't be Hybrids. The DNA doesn't mix and never has. What's worse...she isn't infected.

Vasi has a choice to make. Follow through on this assignment against his instincts or listens to the wisdom that his father had shared with him, “Follow his intuition.” And risk being terminated from the Syndicate.

The plot is solid and the chemistry between the characters is fantastic. It is told from a male POV, which is becoming quit popular. I have become fond of this myself. She does an excellent job portraying the story from a male POV, which is nice to eliminate the emotional tides female protagonist usually take on. The writing is smooth and the action is paced perfectly. Weaving in unexpected twists throughout the story was executed with precision that only a skilled and crafted writer can do, which Shelena obviously mastered. I was so impressed with this story, I will be on pins and needles until there's another book. This, my friends, is not an exaggeration. I loved every facet of this story.

Shelena makes her own rules. Doesn't use the cat and mouse scenario. She plays it how we want it. -I Loved this! I definitely recommend this book.

I would like to Thank, Shelena for the opportunity to review her phantasmagorical story.
My Rating:
5/5 Snowflakes

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout

Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: August 14, 2012

Summary Blurb (GR):
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies

My Thoughts:
I want to live inside Jennifer Armentrouts brain.  Really I am not kidding, if there was a way I would totally leave all other books behind and just live inside her masterful mind and watch Daemon.  *sigh* I am officially obsessed.
If you thought Obsidian was hot, you haven’t seen anything yet.  The first few chapters were so hot and squee worthy that I found myself squeeing out loud and  I think the poor person sitting next to me on the airplane thought I was having a heart attack.  She gave me several WTH looks and I just kept on smiling and squeeing because really I had no control over my behavior.
The story takes off right where Obsidian ended with Daemon rising to the challenge of making Katy his and trying to keep the DOD away from his family and Katy.  After the big light show at the ending of Obsidian the DOD starts asking questions and that is never a good thing for our resident aliens.  I still really appreciate that Katy is a book blogger.  I loved all the little blogger details that were put into Katy’s life. It made her seem more real and I could totally connect with her.  I also really give Katy kudos for sticking to her guns and making it hard for Daemon to win back her love after everything that he put her through in the first book.  She stood up for herself and it was amazing to see a strong female character not fall for the guy just because he is hot.  The Katy/Daemon moments were awesome and I love their chemistry together.  It was awesome seeing a new side to Daemon, but I have to say I still the pen poking arrogant side lol. 
What unfolds as far as the actual story is a very intense plot which I never saw coming and I have to say that I cannot wait to get my hands on Opal!  The ending is killer and I have so many hopes for all the characters involved.  That is all I am going to say because the plot twist it pure brilliance and I don’t want to give anything away.
I have to gush a little about Jennifer Armentrout.  There are not that many authors who could write so many series at once and keep them all interesting but Jennifer has accomplished this flawlessly.  I want Deity just as much as I want Opal.  I am so excited to read her new book Cursed and her adult debut novel Unchained.  Every time I think about any of these books I start bouncing and everyone I know does the same.  She is awesome and like I said I just want to live in her mind.

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