Novel Review: Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

After reading 3 books in the last 4 day, I’m trying to convince myself to pace myself… to slow down. Then again, I won’t have as much time next week as I do this week, since I’m in a spring break session. 🙂 It’s been almost a full 24 hours sense reading Wicked Abyss. I’ve set reading aside a bit so I can catch up on homework. I’m enrolled in a different college in a different state than I’m teaching. Spring break for college was last week. Spring break for teaching is this week. Go figure. 🙂 I never really got a full break, but having a lighter load definitely has relaxed me. So, about this Wicked Abyss. Again, I didn’t take notes. I didn’t think to do reviews until after I finished this book. Next time around though… for sure. The blurb first.

Wicked Abyss coverThe terrifying king of hell…

As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster–just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for eons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?


Lila, our heroine was a spunky one. She definitely had spice to her, and I loved it. She could not be cowed. Kresley Cole tends to write such strong lead female characters. I think that’s why I love her books so much… well, that and the men are big teddy bears to their mates, while being hardcore kickass and sexy as hell.. I love that too. Lila fit right in with the other female characters. In fact, I’d say she was more daring then some of the others… and smart. Brains and beauty. I love it. Unlike some of the other female characters, she couldn’t fight (physically) at all. Or at least, I don’t recall her even trying. She used her strengths (knowledge and intelligence) to her advantage.

Our demon boy, Sian was like a lot of Kresley Cole’s other men…. a bit broken in side. Not so much broken, but his self-esteem had been destroyed. However, he was all-powerful in his dominion. Interestingly, he seemed to cater a lot more easily than most of Kresley’s other male leads. He was the biggest pushover ever when it came to Lila, even when it didn’t seem like that to Lila. I’m torn… I’m not sure how well I liked him overall. He wasn’t awful. Rather, he just didn’t stand out as Kapow! in my mind.

The storyline was okay. When I think about it, there didn’t seem to be a lot at stake. This book seemed to build on the Morior… introducing characters and really giving a chance to know the other side. I like getting to know the Morior. However, I think it would be nice to push the story toward the Ascension also. This series has REALLY stalled. Ever since the characters ended up on Torture Island, I don’t feel like this series has really gone anywhere. Love the stories, but I’m eager to see some action that’ll rock the boat.

I’ll give this one a 4 also. The chemistry between the two was great and I’m still in the reading mood. Oh… I feel so me… the way I should be.

The next story in line is Shadows Seduction. However, I’m thinking I might skip it. It’s a M/M romance. I read the sample, and it doesn’t really pique my interest. I’ve read a few M/M romances and they can be hot. I’m not in the mood for now. Maybe another time. It looks like Kresley Cole has been releasing books in the Immortals After Dark series every year about this time. Hopefully she’ll have her next release soon. Fingers crossed!

Novel Review: Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Right after Dark Skye, I couldn’t stop myself from downloading Kresley Cole’s next book and begin reading. Again, I devoured it within 24 hours. I feel like my old, pre-2013, book-obsessed self again. Before I get to my review, which I hadn’t planned on doing before today, how about a blurb:

Sweet Ruin CoverA foundling raised in a world of humans
Growing up, Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was an outcast with strange powers. Protecting her baby brother became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from would-be superhero…to enchanting villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission
Archer Rune the Baneblood never fails to eliminate his target. In his sights: the oldest living Valkyrie. Yet before he strikes, a vampiric creature pierces him with aching pleasure, stealing his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing his brethren’s secrets.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…
Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.


Reading this book made me feel like I could write again. I started to understand why I hated my Advanced Creative Writing course so much. The book I was writing was boring… dull… there was nothing at stake. Now Sweet Ruin, it had things at stake. It made me want to rewrite my entire novel and start over for my writing class. Enough about me, let’s talk about Sweet Ruin.

Josephine, my gal was new to the Lore. Didn’t even know what she was, in fact. However, she was magnificent when it came to powers. I loved that she knew herself and was unapologetic about it. If you’re looking for a strong female lead, she’s it. She was so rough around the edges, she could cut you with a light brush.

My hero Rune was equally captivated. I’m starting to see a pattern with Kresley Cole male characters. The females seem to be stronger (mentally) than the males. I rather like it. It makes the males quite charming and vulnerable. They’re still incredibly masculine and macho, but vulnerably charming in a way that they need their egos stoked.

Sex between our stars was pretty hot, or rather the foreplay (you know how Kresley Cole is with making her characters wait). Josephine and Rune had major chemistry… explosively orgasmic. I really liked those two together.

The Storyline… I’m beginning to think Ms. Cole will never move the series forward. Though the characters and story were interesting, it did little to progress the Ascension forward. However, it did introduce some key players. Rather than the fight being between the Vertes and the other guys (the Horde? maybe), I see now it’s a much bigger fight. I’m beginning to think it’s between Nix and her Gaia (Earth folks) and The Morior (lead by Orion).

What I like about Nix and Orion is that they seem like worthy adversaries. A while back, I was big into the Blackdagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward. However, the villains were all idiots and had no chance. Likewise, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunters series puttered out for me also, once Ascheron became all powerful. Even though Kresley Cole seems to be in a rut in terms of moving the series toward the big finale, she’s managed to keep it entertaining by keeping her characters pitted against worthy adversaries.

My rating for this book is more on the 4/5 side.

Update and Novel Review: Dark Skye by Kresley Cole

It’s been forever since I’ve reviewed a book and I’m totally out of practice. In fact, I’m out of practice with everything in the book world. I honestly don’t even know what’s hot these days. However, I have a feeling things are going to change.

First with the update. Long story short: Back in 2013, I fell into some troubled times.  I went out and got a job I absolutely hated, which drained. me to the point I no longer felt motivated to read or write. I honestly thought I’d never find the passion again. I wanted to want to read, but just could seem to pick up a book and get started. Writing… well, that was out of the question.

This year, I enrolled in an Advanced Creative Writing class to try to force some motivation back into me. So far, I’ve hated it.

On Tuesday, something changed. I went to the library to take a proctored Calculus test (one of the other classes I’m enrolled in). While I waited for the librarian to get me set up, I browsed Kresley Cole books and found the next unread book in the Immortals After Dark series. I figured I’d check it out and try to read it before it was due again. I even got in a few enjoyable pages before my exam started. By the way, I rocked that Calculus exam (100%). Right now, my B is so high, if we ended the course today, it’d round up to 90%. I might actually pull an A out of this course.

Now for my review, which was a turning point in my life. First the blurb:

Dark Skye CoverEternal Obsession
As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Endless Yearning
Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?
With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?

Dark Skye drew me in right from the start. I had some downtime before my exam and a terrifying hiccup during the exam (exam closed before my time was up) that gave me time to read a bit of this book while I waited. For the first time in I don’t know when, I actually didn’t want to put a book down. In fact, I didn’t. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours.

Unfortunately, I didn’t expect to review this book and didn’t take any notes. Alas, I’ll just tell you the feelings I had about the characters and the story.

Lanthe, our heroine. She was actually a pitiful one. The motto for her life was, Murphy’s law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Interesting, despite the writing showing she was an utter klutz at everything she attempted, I really didn’t get that impression of her. I think she stumbled her way through life fairly well. Most of her Murphy’s law incidents happened prior to the start of this story line.

Thronos is our hero of the story. He’s a goodie goodie, all righteous and shit. Honestly, his righteousness made him pitiful. What I loved about him is his brokenness… not spiritual or mental brokenness, but physical. Despite his injuries, he pushed through and I have to admit, that was so sexy. I can’t help but root for the underdog or someone who pushes through their challenges.

Storyline. I read back through my review of MacRieve. One of the complaints I had is the story didn’t move forward. This story picked up where the characters escape from Torture Island. To be honest, it didn’t really move the overall plot along either. However, I’ve been out of the reading realm for so long, I didn’t mind at all.

What I did like is it gave a nice introduction to some dimensions. I don’t remember if that was big in Kresley Cole’s previous books. We really did some traveling this time around. One dimensions, which I know we’ll see more of (I’ve already read the next couple of books) is Pandemonia.

I have a feeling I’m being generous, since I’m new to reading again. I’ve been pretty harsh in the past with my ratings. This was such a pivotal book to me, that I’m giving it 5/5 stars.


Book Review: Grumpy Cat by Grumpy Cat @RealGrumpyCat

Title: Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book
Author: Grumpy Cat
Audience: Grades 3-12 (according to Scholastics)
Length: 96 Pages
Publisher: Grumpy Cat Limited
Copyright Date: 2013
Acquired: Purchased at school book fair
Buy Links: Amazon, Book Depository
Blurb: Internet sensation Grumpy Cat’s epic feline frown has inspired legions of devoted fans. Celebrating the grouch in everyone, the Grumpy Cat book teaches the fine art of grumpiness and includes enough bad attitude to cast a dark cloud over the whole world. Featuring brand new as well as classic photos, and including grump-inspiring activities and games, Grumpy Cat delivers unmatched, hilarious grumpiness that puts any bad mood in perspective.

Corban’s Review

Selection Process: I chose this book because it looked better than all the other ones and looked through the pages it looked better, so I chose Grumpy Cat. The pictures, the artwork, and the word, showed you the history of Grumpy Cat. I also liked that there are games that looked fun and hard.

Thoughts: I thought the book was pleasant. The reason I thought the book was pleasant was it fun to read and play the games. My favorite part of the book was Visualize Grumpiness. You’re suppose to close your eyes and imagine the event happening to you. For example:

A bluebird serenades you from a nearby brook, keeping time to the musical babble of the brook that flows through the forest…
…and it poops on you. When you look up, it poops again. In your eye.

Question for the Author: Why are you grumpy?

Rating: 5 out of 5

Reena’s Review

Selection Process: I never really got into the Grumpy Cat meme. To be honest, I was a bit bummed my son chose such a long book about Grumpy Cat to read. However, I settled into it. The things a mother does for her child…

Thoughts: This particular book has a wide range for reading levels: Grades 3-12. For my 4th grader, this book provided quite a learning opportunities. It included some challenging words: resemblance, biological, optimistic, simultaneously, sullen, demotivational, inspiration, appendectomy, to name a few. Not only were they challenging for him to say, some of the words my son had never heard before, which required an explanation. If you’re looking to help your child expand his/her vocabulary, this may present an opportunity.

The book also had idioms that weren’t not so familiar to my son. For example, ” a dog eats dog world.” Again, it provided opportunities to teach about idioms. Some of the activities were also lost on my son. He expected activities, which you’d find in typical activity books. Since this was more of a book on how to be grumpy and feeling your life with disappointments, some of the activities led to dead ends. That is, some of the activities weren’t true activities or than to expect “lemons.”

This book reminds me of the new disney movies, which are targeted at kids but have adult nuances in them that are above many children’s heads. For those who enjoy reading books with your kids, you might find plenty of jokes and entertainment in this book. In fact, the book reminds me of demotivational posters… but for kids.

If you like snarky and/or Grumpy Cat, this book might just be your thing. I definitely can see why the age range spans so greatly. Grumpy Cat being such a recognized meme, it’ll appeal to younger kids. Though I think the designation in terms of reading levels could have been better defined.

My son and I read this together in about 20 minutes.