Madi's Madcap Bookdiction

Something about me? Hmm. Well, for starters I live in a Castle. The other day I was looking out of my window at the beautiful ocean below when I realized my castle is on the mountain without any view of the Ocean. Strange isn't it? Things like that happen a lot around here. My handmaiden (who believes that she is my sister because I treat her so well!) thinks our cottage needs cleaning. Can you believe it, she called my super cool mansion a hut!

The above crazy talk is the reason why I love to read. You are introduced to so many worlds and so many people and of such variety. Sometimes I get into obsessive reading moods. I read, I read, I read and when I get bored of reading I read some more. Does that make any sense? I switch between epub, paperbacks, fanfiction.com and wattpad. The truth is I am not into serious, thought provoking , this-is-philosophy-make-sense-of-it kind of reading. I like light reading. That's all I can think of right now. Toodles :)

Radiance

Radiance - Grace Draven A must read for Fantasy Romance lovers.
OMG! Finally an awesome fantasy romance.

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Radiance is one of those novels that makes you feel giddy with happiness.

I loved it, loved it, loved it.

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Ildiko and Brishen belong to two totally different races. They are literally like day and night. The romance between Ildiko and Brishen was just so sweet. The thing that I liked about Radiance was that there was no insta love or insta hate between Ildiko and Brishen. From the start they have such a sweet and oftentimes funny relationship. There were some really cute scenes between I & B. The people of Kai have still eyes like owls so when Ildiko crosses her eyes Brishen's reaction was so cute and hilarious...

He almost leapt out of his skin when Ildiko stared at him as both of her eyes drifted slowly down and over until they seemed to meet together, separated only by the elegant bridge of her nose.
“Lover of thorns and holy gods!” he yelped and clapped one hand across her eyes to shut out the sight.  “Stop that,” he ordered.
Ildiko laughed and pushed his hand away.  She laughed even harder when she caught sight of his expression.  “Wait,” she gasped on a giggle.  “I can do better.  Want to see me make one eye cross and have the other stay still?”
Brishen reared back.  “No!”  He grimaced.  “Nightmarish.  I’ll thank you to keep that particular talent to yourself, wife.”


Thats another thing I liked about the book, its humor.
I know I am repeating myself but I just loved Radiance. I hope the next book is good as this one. I rarely give 5 stars to a book but Radiance thoroughly deserves it. So a big thumbs up.

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The Yielding

The Yielding - Tamara Leigh I felt like the book was dragging. We already knew how the story was going to progress and how it was going to end. That was not the problem. The problem was it took too long to get there. If this is your first Tamara Leigh book you'll like it. Personally I loved the first book in the series (The Unveiling). I don't think I have the patience to read Gaenor's story (the third book) though.

The Thing About Weres

The Thing About Weres - Leigh Evans I don't think I'll be reading the third book in the series. Heidi is entirely too frustrating for my liking. There are times in the book where you want to shout DO SOMETHING, YOU IDIOT.The problem with Leigh Evans work is that you are not sure until the end whether you like the book or not. You would think being a half were and a half fae Heidi would be amazing but she is NOT. She is more of a thinker and less of a doer. You have to wait till the end for her to take action and by that time you are so angry with her that you don't even care what she does.
Giving 3 stars to The Thing About Weres is my version of being generous.

Soulless

Soulless - Gail Carriger Rating: Solid four stars.

Soulless is one of those novel which I actually like but I am not sure whether I'll read the next books or not. I have a feeling that the next books in the series will loose the charm that Soulless has. O.k I'll be honest I read the blurbs and reviews for the next 4 books and I am not excited. Alexia is a nice MC but I don't think I can take too much of her wit. I like humor in my books but not too many doses of it.
Here I go again instead of pointing out the good I am bashing the poor novel.
Soulless was a really good read. I liked both the MCs. The world was well developed and I loved the humor. Here are some of the funny scenes that I can't help but quote...


“Goodness gracious me,” exclaimed Alexia, “what are you wearing? It looks like the unfortunate progeny of an illicit union between a pair of binoculars and some opera glasses. What on earth are they called, binocticals, spectaculars?”

“How ghastly for her,” said Alexia, driven beyond endurance into comment. “People actually thinking, with their brains, and right next door. Oh, the travesty of it all.”

Scottish he may be by birth, but that only made him better equipped to deal with strong-willed females. “Stop playing verbal games with me, madam, or I shall go out into that ballroom, find your mother, and bring her here.” Alexia wrinkled her nose. “Well, I Me that! That is hardly playing a fair game. How unnecessarily callous,” she admonished


Give Soulless a chance. I am pretty sure it can be read as a stand alone. You don't have to follow the series.

Black Rook

Black Rook - Kelly Meade, Kelly Meding My reaction to Black Rook
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I like the books where the character comes into their power. You know where something Epic happens. No such thing happens to Brynn in Black Rook. Yeah, her seer powers increase but not to an awesome level. I am like a kid that way. There were Magi, Vampires, Loup garou(wolf shifters) in the book but you don't see them in their element. What is the point of having shifters if they shift only 4 times in the book? Vampire had only a three bite role in the whole book and Magi (the supposed bad guys) had no particular role. Black Rook is one of those books where you wait for the MC to come into their power, you know for something unexpected to happen, but sadly it never happens in this case.

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The Wild One

The Wild One - Danelle Harmon DNF
I think I read about 15% or so of the book. Childish, brother depended heroes are not my type.

Baby Breakout

Baby Breakout - Lisa Childs After Macy's story I was dying to read Jedidiah's story. Well, it was a bummer. It was just not good enough. The whole I trust you, I trust you not thing going on between the MCs was just...UGH! What I don't get is if you are going to put a child in the story then why not give it some role. I just hate it when there is a baby in a novel and no cute scenes to go along with. Prop babies are so not cool. If you liked the first Outlaw book there is a 70% chance you are not going to like this one. I, for one, didn't.

The Return of Black Douglas

The Return of Black Douglas - Elaine Coffman DNF. Read only 30% or so.
Bloodfire - Helen   Harper

This review may or may not have spoilers.

Rating: 1.5 stars (look at me being generous *wiping proud tears*)

Recommended to: People who want to read about an idiot with a temper.

 

I seem to be turning into a hater-reader lately. Nothing seems good enough these days *sigh*.

 

This book had a lot of issues. Mack (the MC) was dumb. There is no other way to describe her. All that rage and no brain cells. What a sad existence! The evidence pointing that she was not human was practically shouting I AM HERE  but Mack couldn't see it. She believed she was human till 90% of the book.

 

Here are some things that irked me:

> Mack lives with shifters.
> She is convinced that she is human.
> Her human mother put geas on shifters that prevents them from revealing her identity.
> Alpha can communicate with her through pack link even though she is a human.

> She is a better fighter than shifters.

> The one that drove the nail in; she has bloodfire in her veins that makes her strong.
> Still Mack NEVER doubts that she can be any thing other then a human.
What an idiot.

 

Role of Corrigan, the supposed hero, was practically non-existent. He has a total of 7-8 scenes in the book including the last one where he saves the day.

 

I don't know why it is listed as Paranormal Romance because it was NOT .
I didn't like Bloodfire and that's that!

The Billion-Dollar Marriage Contract

The Billion-Dollar Marriage Contract - Alyssa Urbano Note: There might be spoilers in the review.

I am really surprised by the reviews. The Billion-Dollar Marriage Contract is the debut novel of Alyssa Urbano, and unfortunately it shows. The writing was not refined. I am no expert in English language but I am pretty sure things were not right in the writing department.There were some grammar mistakes and sometimes the sentence structure didn't seem right. Small things were explained a bit too much which, at times, was irritating. I'll just give you some examples.


“Yes. I was still too weak then but when I wake up during the night, I saw her sitting outside our cell and the two of them were talking. Before the sun rose, she was gone.”

“Me? It’s you who kidnapped me here!”

"Alex told me she wanted to come see for herself that I was fine. She thinks we’re still together but we’ve broken up a long time ago." (Here Alex is actually a guy who told him something about Mariette, his ex)

“One month? You’re mine by that time, glikiamou. I accept your challenge.”

“The engagement ring belonged to my grandmother. She gave it to my grandfather for him to give their son’s bride when the day came."

All her life, she’d never heard words more romantic. She’d read them in books and heard them in movies but she never had them being spoken to her...

"Since what happened two years ago, you’ve changed a lot.”

“At first, no. Which bride in their right mind would want a groom drunk enough to fall asleep at his own wedding?” she teased.


Don't even get me started on the story. First of all the story was not original, that can be forgiven since most of the stories these days are not. But the number of clichés cannot and will not be forgiven (I refuse to do so!).
> The bankruptcy
> The resultant marriage contract
> Grandfather's (convenient) heartache
> and of course a healthy serving of misunderstanding
> Near death experience to open the Hero's eyes
It was all a bit too much.

UGH! Cliché

The main story was slow to start. The whole change of timeline and POVs was irritating. The 10 year leap came after first 30% of the book, which if you ask me took quite a long time. To top it all, there was nothing likable about the MCs. I didn't even get the groveling I wanted from the Hero *sigh*. Was that too much to ask for??

Personally, this is not a book I'll recommend anyone.

Lawman Lover

Lawman Lover - Lisa Childs A nice fast pace romantic suspense novel; that is what Lawman Lover was.
Normally I am not a huge fan of multiple POVs but in Lawman Lover they didn't feel so bad. Lawman Lover was neither overly cheesy nor cliché. The best part was the romance between Macy and Rowe, it was sweet ^_^. I really liked it although I would have preferred it to be a bit more longer.
Can't wait to read Jedidiah's story!

Rules of Survival

Rules of Survival - Jus Accardo The real blurb
If you want to survive, you have to follow the rules…

Mikayla Morgan is wanted for her mother's murder. She's been on the run for almost a year now, avoiding not only the police but the real killer. Tired of running and desperate to clear her name, she breaks one of the most sacred rules: never return to the scene of the crime.

Every bounty hunter on the Eastern Seaboard is after the Morgan girl—but Shaun Denver and his partner snagged her. She's a piece of work, and Shaun can't decide if he wants to kiss her or kill her. When things take a sharp turn south, Shaun does the only thing he can think of to keep her close—he handcuffs them together.

As the danger mounts and the killer closes in, the chemistry between them threatens to explode. Shaun and Kayla will need to break all the rules if they hope to get out of this alive.

My blurb
Mikayla, the girl who has been on run for the last 18 years
of her (18 year old) life, returns to the cabin where her mother was murdered; the murder for which she is a suspect. She carelessly enters the crime scene and is caught by bounty hunters. Shaun , the "hot" hunter ( because what else could he be?? ), shackles her to himself when they are attacked by some unknown people. The couple is then on the run. They try to find the guy who killed Mikayla's mother at the same time trying to learn about the said mother's past...

My thoughts
I was expecting a fast paced thriller with a nice amount of romance thrown in it. To say that I was disappointed would be an understatement.

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Mikayla has been on run since she was born but still she makes a stupid mistake and gets caught. I know it was her first mistake and I should cut her some slack but I won't *stubborn me crossing my arms*. She is always like mum would have been so disappointed in me because she is always breaking some of her mother's precious rules . OMG! If you are so worried about the darn rules then don't break them. And then there is the thing where she thinks herself SO smart but is always making some stupid mistake.
There was no suspense. I do not consider a book good when you can see the end coming from the first 15 pages or so. The moment Mikayla read her mother's letter, I knew who her father was.
I like a good looking hero as much as the next person. But does the author really had to emphasize Shaun's handsome face like 30 times.

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I wanted to hit Mikayla on the head after the third time she mentioned the green streak in Shaun's purty eyes .

Rule of Survival could have been good but it was not . I just could not bring myself to like it. A good looking hero and a sizzling chemistry between the MCs is not enough for me to rate a book 4 stars.

The Superiors

The Superiors - Lena Hillbrand The Superiors was...I wouldn't call it disgusting. It was disturbing, I guess. The whole idea of human beings bred like animals makes me shudder.

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Then there were some things that did not make any sense. The Superior ( vampire like creatures) have been feeding on human beings for hundreds of years but still don't believe that Humans are capable of rational thinking or strong emotions. Superiors were human beings before their evolution but still persist in the believe that over the time humans have transformed into dumb animals. I mean how could they ignore the signs of intelligence in humans, when they themselves were human once? Can dumb animals talk, ask questions, make plans for escape?
All I'll say is that this book was not my cup of tea.

Redemption

Redemption - R.K. Ryals Note: Here be spoilers, maybe
Before I start the actual review let me tell you, Miss Ryals has impressed me greatly. Normally I am wary of any book that gets a lot of good ratings. But in this case I can see that it was deserved.

The blurb
Dayton's parent die in a car accident when she is 10. Dayton and her sister Amber are sent to live with their Aunt. Her Aunt is an Abbess. Something is weird with her Aunt and the Abbey where she lives. On her seventeenth birthday Dayton is ambushed by her Aunt and the Sisters of the Abbey. Turns out that they are a sort of Cult. Her aunt binds Dayton to a Demon (Marcas) because she believes that it will help her Order win "the war" . And THAT is where the whole mess (and the actual plot) begins.

The best bits
Redemptions is a breath of fresh air in Paranormal genre. There are a lot of books out there that are based on Angels, Demons and Nephilims but Redemption is still able to carve its own place because its different . I loved that Miss Ryals explains everything, even the small details you didn't know you wanted to know about.

Dayton is a strong character and entirely loveable. She is not a doormat for anyone *wiping my happy tears*.She is relatable . Her feelings are understandable. You can understand why she feels what she feels . Her every feeling ,be it anger, guilt, dislike for her sister or her hatred, is justified by her situation. Dayton is a nice blend of sassy and sweet. You cannot dislike her.

The side characters are not best-friends-left-in-the-dark. They have their own strengths and abilities. Monroe is the kind of best friend everyone wants. Connor is the resident cute flirt. There is a hint of love triangle but its not a central part of the story. What I liked about Dayton was that she was not confused about her own emotions. Connor loves her. Dayton knows that she loves Connor but not in that way and does not string him along.

Marcas is the Demon Dayton is bound to. Another best part of the book; in the middle of the war you will not find Dayton oogling at Marcas' handsome body. There was NO insta love going on here. Other authors please note that that is the rational way to behave under such circumstances . She is not immune to his good looks but Day is not focused on it day and night.

The not-so-likeable bits
There were some minor problems that I had with Redemption. First of all it takes nearly 35% of the book to get things started. I liked the part where Dayton comes into her power but I would have liked the fight in the end to be a bit more...epic, I guess? Lastly I would have preferred a bit more romance between Marcas and Dayton.

Overall the book was really good and thoroughly deserved the 4 stars.

Providence

Providence - Jamie McGuire

Spoiler Alert!!!
Ok. I have read nearly two books by the author and let me tell you I am not impressed.

The real blurb
Struggling with her father's death, Nina meets Jared Ryel, presumably by chance. However it soon becomes clear that he knows more about her than even close friends. When her father's former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father was not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. In searching for the truth behind her father's death, she stumbles upon something she never expected, and something Hell wants, that only she holds the key for. Jared risks everything to keep the women he was born to save, by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect.

My blurb
The blurb is something along these lines. Nina's father dies. Nina shares a cab with our hero Jared and falls for him after three scenes. Jared is hiding something. He is her guardian angel. TA DA. Nina wants the angel guy and the normal one too because who doesn't want normal, right? Bad guys are after Nina. Nina and Jared cannot be together. Nina has a soul mate.blah blah blah

Pros
It is a book.

Cons
> The MC was TSTL.
> Love triangle. My reaction was "OMG! Not again". I can handle it when two guys love a girl and the girl is sure who she loves. But when the girl is like I love him, I love the other one too , it makes me want to slap her. Hard.
> The girl falls for the hero after meeting him three times for like 5 minutes. (Come on!!)
> There is a scene where Nina forces the hero to talk to her by standing in the pouring rain.Desperado much?
> Bella has feelings for Jacob and feels guilty for it. She feels as if she is cheating on Edward. But don't you worry, Edward is an understanding guy.
Sorry,my bad, that was Nina, Jared and Ryan.
> Providence is the worst possible combination of Hush Hush, Twilight and Premonition series. ( I have nothing against Premonition series. I actually like it)

Long story short, the book is crap. Not worth wasting your day over it. I still haven't finished the book and cannot bring myself to finish the last 10% or so.

The Dreamer

The Dreamer - May McGoldrick It was an Okay read. I wouldn't give it 5 stars. I am more of a Julie Garwood Highland Romance fan. She has more humour in her books.
The multiple POVs were irritating. It was not a bad book but it wasn't that great either.