May 1, 2015

Quick Hits: Barry Lyga, Jenn Bennett, Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Kate SeRine

Hi Supies! Sorry I've been MIA, I went on a much needed vacay, lived a little, but still read a lot. I'm doing a lot of catching up offline though, so here's another edition of Quick Hits for your perusal.

I Hunt Killers  | Jasper Dent 1 | Barry Lyga
Mystery Thriller | Little Brown & Co. | April 3, 2012
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Jasper Dent is the son of one of the most notorious serial killer the country has ever had is using every little trick his father taught him to catch the copycat murderer in his town. Little did he know, his father is still pulling the strings somehow from prison. How? Jasper will soon find out. 

Just because Jasper is 17 doesn't make I HUNT KILLERS YA. It's not sexually explicit and the cuss words are to a minimum, however it's very graphic, the violence implied, and Jasper's harrowing experience in his dad's care will certainly give anyone nightmares. Barry Lyga's trilogy is fantastic! It's dysfunctional, stripped of conscience, very Pavlovian, very compelling. Gah! I hope Jasper doesn't turn into a monster by chasing after a monster.

Grave Phantoms | Roaring Twenties 3 | Jenn Bennett
PNR-Historical | Berkley Sensation | May 5, 2015
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More romance and investigative, less paranormal. Although still a solid installment, GRAVE PHANTOMS pales in comparison to it's predecessors, Bitter Spirits and Grim Shadows IMO. The youngest Magnusson sibling, Astrid, finally paired up with childhood friend, Bo Yeung. And just when their romance was getting started, they got tangled up with immortal pirates. Next thing we know, Astrid and Bo are on a cat and mouse chase with the Vitamin-C deficient seamen. And with no special powers of their own, Bo and Astrid had to rely on cunning and luck to escape.

I've been a fan of Bo and Astrid since Bitter Spirits, it was obvious that these two were inlove but because they're of different races, there was an automatic hindrance to their relationship. Naturally, Astrid's older brothers didn't have any problems with it, as the couple expected, Bo's considered family. Still the couple made a big deal of things and kept things on the D/L. I have to admit though, their stolen moments were hot as it's intensified by the forbiddenness of their relationship. 

As for the paranormal segments, it was very watered down as neither Bo nor Astrid have special powers and the amulet they chanced upon didn't lend them temporary abilities either. I'm not sure if this is the last of the series, the epilogue felt like a solid closure to me. Also, JBennett didn't introduce new characters that might lead the next novel, in any case, all threads were tied and the Magnussons and their spouses lived happily ever after. The End.

Way of the Warrior | Anthology | Various Authors
Contemporary Romance - Military | Sourcebooks Casablanca | May 5, 2015
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First and foremost, WAY OF THE WARRIOR is an awesome project as all the proceeds go towards the Wounded Warrior Project so for that reason alone, I think ALL of us should read this one. 

On to the stories, the theme of all 8 novellas or shorts features servicemen who were harmed either physically or mentally while on active duty. And while these tales are heartbreaking, it's also hopeful and lovely I felt it was Valentine's Day all over again. 

  1. Hot as Hell by Julie Ann Walker: similar to the Benghazi attack, JAWalker's short is the prequel to her upcomind series, Deep Six, and the funniest of all the shorts. JAWalker's men's sense of humor is on point especially on very stressful situations.

  2. In Plain Sight by Catherine Mann: a second chance in romance coupled with an obssessive ex. This was quite the thriller, I also love the backstory of the characters.

  3. Torn by Kate SeRine: friends-to-lovers with another stalker to boot! And despite being a short story, the romance was a slow burn but explosive. Another prequel to yet another fresh series, Protect and Serve. I can't wait to read more!

  4. War Games by Lea Griffith: The longest and my least favorite not because it was bad, I just didn't like the hero. He was too broody and beefy for my taste, I had a hard time connecting with the couple and it they also had a bad case of insta-love. It's cool though that the dude had prosthetic blades. 

  5. Beauty and the Marine by Tina Wainscott: My favorite of the eight, this was such a sweet love story. Also the novella is another stalker thriller! I guess they're popular with this set, eh.

  6. NSDQ by M.L. Buchman: I love the role reversal in this one. In the previous novellas the vets were the men, in this one, it's the heroine who is wounded. I love her fighting spirit, even when she's faltering, she's still trying to heal herself. It doesn't hurt that her main support system is gorgeous and believes in her 100%.

  7. Sealed with Passion by Anne Elizabeth: I am not the biggest fan of miscommunication to be used as the main conflict. But since this was a short, I guess it works in a way. I enjoyed the back and forth between the MC's though.

  8. Home Fire Inferno by Suzanne Brockman: I can finally that I tried Suzanne! Anyway a baby in the dessert! Talk about a stork dropping a packaga unexpectedly!! I love the family feel of this one and I'll be sure to read more SBrockman in the future.
I love the variety of the stories offered here. Reading WAY OF THE WARRIOR is a big WIN for me because I love military romances not to mention a lot of my author cherries have been popped! The only downside is my TBR is going to be loaded with more books, still you can't go wrong if you're adding good ones right?

Talk Supe


  1. I'm pretty certain though that I HUNT KILLERS is YA, because it was marketed to to young adult audience. There are a LOT of graphic books in the YA demographic, so it's more common than you think! I really love the first book, although I'll need to reread it because I tried the second book and I couldn't understand anything O_O It's been a while since I read it! I just remember it being so good.

    Faye at The Social Potato

  2. Yay for a little R&R!

    I still need to read I Hunt Killers. I've had it on my shelf for years. lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  3. I have heard others say good things about I hunt Killers, glad to hear you found compeling

  4. I do wonder about that second book

  5. Ooh, I want I Hunt Killers. That sounds intense! And I will check out The Way of the Warrior as well - the stories sound great and you're right, it is for a wonderful cause!

  6. Welcome back, Braine! Hope you had a great time :) Wow, all three of these seem remarkable, though I admit that I Hunt Killers grabs me most of all. I need to get my hands on it! Enjoy your Friday :)

  7. Hope you had a fantastic vacation. OMG. I am so excited that you are reading Jasper Dent. I love that series. Fantastic and so creepy. If you can, listen to the audiobooks. Charlie Thurston is phenomenal. Love that series. I am sad that Bitter Spirits #3 wasn't better. I was looking forward to that one.

  8. Yay for the antho being good! Really awesome of those ladies. I still haven't tried Bennett but have one on my shelf. Might get there one day.

    And yay for vacation! So jealous! Hope yall had fun :)

  9. Glad you had a chance to get away for a bit. And get some good reading in. The serial killer's son story sounds fascinating.

    I had the similar feeling of let down with Grave Phantoms.

    And oh yes! Similar experience with W of Warrior. I got to read a few new to me and a few favs.

  10. I'm so glad you enjoyed I Hunt Killers, Braine! I've been meaning to read it for forever, and I'm really wanting to read it ASAP. I'm a huge fan of graphic violence in my books for some reason. There are a lot of graphic books in YA these days, and I'm totally fine with that. :)

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

  11. So glad you loved Ways of the Warrior. I have it and it is definitely going to be moved up the pile. It's such a great cause to support!

  12. Eeek, I Hunt Killers sounds amazeballs! Gotta read it now!.

  13. Yeah, I enjoyed Grave Phantoms but the story wasn't balanced. I loved I Hunt Killers :)

  14. I hunt killers sounds really good even if it's YA...Like the sound of Grave Phantoms too. I don't read a lot of anthologies though

  15. Glad that you got some much needed vacation time, sis, and welcome back! :D I will definitely tell Melissa about I Hunt Killers because she's been looking for exactly that type of read.

  16. I hunt killers look so very good :) I'm glad you enjoyed your time off !

  17. Welcome back from vacation!

    The Lyga book and the Warrior book both sound good. I already have Warrior on my wish list, maybe I'll add Lyga.

  18. Welcome back! Wonderful review on these three books. Thank you.

  19. I love the Wounded Warrior Project book. I'm going to check it out, just to support the project. I hope I get a chance to read the stories soon. I loved your review.

  20. I Hunt Killers sounds very interesting, might have to add that to the TBR.
    Hope you've enjoyed your break.


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