Review: Anger Management by Rachel Caine

Anger Management (The Morganville Vampires, #10.5)Title: Anger Management
Author:  Rachel Caine
Series: Morganville Vampires
Format: ebook
Genre: Young Adult
Number of pages: Unbound

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The events of this story occur after BITE CLUB (Book 10 of the Morganville Vampires).

This is a free short story hosted on the authors website.

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I was zapping on GoodReads and decided to check how many books from Rachel Caine ere still on my reading list when I discovered some short stories from The Morganville Vampires. I usually don’t really go out of my way to by and read them , but since this one was a freebie from the author I decided to give it a shot and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed.

 

From the title and the cover we can clearly see that tells Shane’s day. After the vampires discovered the Fight Club and Shane was accused of being part of the exposure, Amelie decided to put him on parole, of course with a lot of pleading from Claire. That entails Shane is supposed to see a shrink and this short story show us how the hour and the day afterwards takes place.

 

I liked this insight to all the anger and to see the reasons why Claire affects him so much, was very nice to see a different side of him and how much he’s trying to fit in for everyone’s sake.

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Books in this Series

#1 – Glass Houses

#2 – The Dead’s Girl Dance

#3 – Midnight Alley

#4 – Feast of Fools

#5 – Lord of Misrule

#6 – Carpe Corpus

#7 – Fade Out

#8 – Kiss of Death

#9 – Ghost Town

#10 – Bite Club

#10.5 – Anger Management

#11 – Last Breath

#12 – Black Dawn

#13 – Bitter Blood (Expected publication: November 6th 2012)

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Review: Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)Title: Before I Wake
Author:  Rachel Vincent
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210612
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 26th 2012
Number of pages: 346

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I died on a Thursday-killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul. The good news? He didn’t get it. The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…  Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent "recovering," she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend. But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life…
My Thoughts

 

This series is like a roller coaster and we never know if Kaylee is safe and what is coming after her, although is pretty safe to bet on Avery, but he get new tricks every book and is insane to wonder what is coming new.

 

So having started to read this series in January I didn’t had to wait very long for this book and I’m wondering how people managed, because I was so anxious to read about Kaylee new job in the afterlife, plus Tod is kinda amazing as a boyfriend, much better than Nash and he’s very helpful.

 

The book started after one month from the previous and now we can see how Kaylee is adjusting to lack of sleep and trying to make her body corporeal to go back to school. She’s having a hard time, but that’s nothing new and everybody is kinda worried about her new job, since is barely different from a banshee and of course dangerous.

 

Kaylee is now responsible to save the souls from people killed before their appear on the reapers list. Is kinda like the first book, when the rogue reaper killed young girls for a demon. Only difference now is that she answer to a boss and the necromancer tells her where to pick the stolen souls, but everything fall the ladder and Kaylee discovers that Avery can possess death people without needing the living and having a corporeal body, crazy right?

 

I loved this book and the steps where we learned more about her new job and how she acted help from other people this time was surprising. Tod was great and very romantic, can you believe he’s got an apartment just to have a place to take Kaylee? Nash started the book being his regular bastard but ended up being better, not great and don’t think I’ll ever really life him anymore. Kaylee’s father is learning to parent a teenager and now he’s life is really difficult, but he was loveable in this book.

 

The end was unexpected and OMG I can’t wait for the next book. Start counting for April to get here soon.

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Books in this Series

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take
#2 – My Soul to Save
#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper
#4 – My Soul to Steal
#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake
#7 – With All My Soul (Expected publication: April 1st 2013)

Quote

“It’s suspiciously quiet in here, and there’s a Tod shaped dent in the bean bag. For the sake of both my sanity and my temper, I’m going to pretend I can’t tell that you’re in his lap, so could you pretend that this is still my house and you are still my daughter, and I’m within my parental rights to kick your boyfriend out after 11:00 p.m.?”
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Review: If I Die by Rachel Vincent

If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)Title: If I Die
Author:  Rachel Vincent 
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210329
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
Release date: September 27th 2011
Number of pages: 342

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The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

My Thoughts:

This book was like a emotion high and I even shed some tears near the end. So good. Is amazing how we get attached to the characters and now is like I know Kaylee for years. We can always tell how she’s going to react.

Now we know when Kaylee life expires and her mother reaper is back in town to finish the job, of course her father is doing almost everything possible, and some more than nightmarish crazy, to save her.

 

I think after everything that happened and her several trips to Netherworld this was not something expected. Sure Avary is always looking for her and trying to get her soul, but her final date with no excuses is a complete different thing.

 

She tries to hold them together and of course decides to solve a mystery on high school. Sounds regular for her, but is something really strange this time. A girl loses her baby and Kaylee almost screams for his soul. The girl has a boyfriend and he’s not the daddy, crazy huh? Kaylee decides to investigate and there’s nothing normal in the pregnancy.

 

I loved this roller-coaster. Was a really great book and the end made me cry, but a good cry. Not what I expected, but Kaylee acted and saved the day once again. Plus a different Tod in this book. I liked this new him, showing more attitude and feelings.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take
#2 – My Soul to Save
#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper
#4 – My Soul to Steal
#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake
#7 – With All My Soul

Quote:

“You just say the word, and I’ll make the rest of the world go away. I’ll take you someplace safe, where no one else can reach us.”

Review: Never to Sleep by Rachel Vincent

Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers, #5.5)Title: Never to Sleep
Author:  Rachel Vincent 
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher:  Harlequin Teen
Format: ebook
ISBN: 1426834144
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal Romance
Release date: January 1st 2012
Number of pages: 56

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Don’t Close Your Eyes.

Sophie Cavanaugh is not going to let her freak of a cousin’s strange psychiatric condition ruin high school for them both. Not after all the work she’s put into cultivating the right look, and friends, and reputation. But then, Sophie sees something so frightening she lets out a blood-curdling scream—and finds herself stuck in a bizarre parallel world where nothing is safe and deadly creatures lurk just out of sight, waiting for her to close her eyes and sleep…forever.

Could this world be real? Or does insanity run in the family…?

My Thoughts:

This little novella was not something that caught my eye, but since is a fresh book from Rachel Vincent and is  part of Soul Screamers, I decided to give it a chance. Don’t get me wrong. I love this series, but Sophie is not a great person.

 

Her life was pretty perfect with a loving family and she had everything a girl could ask for, but she treated Kaylee so bad in all the books.

 

This novella is from Sophie POV and she gets a tastes of Kaylee world when in a panic moment she screams for her life, but she’s not alone and this new boy seams to have all kinds of secrets.

 

I liked the sort story and how Rachel managed to wrap everything in just this book, but still don’t like Sophie. She’s a bully and has issues that are not normal. For me she’s just pathetic and her life is very easy, with the dancing squad and everything she wanted. This visit in Netherworld was something she needed, life an eye opener. Maybe in the next book she gets a better attitude.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take

#2 – My Soul to Save

#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper

#4 – My Soul to Steal

#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake

#7 – With All My Soul

Quote:

“He was beyond gorgeous. But Eastlake High was full of pretty people who acted like total freaks. I blame the local water supply. Which was why I drank bottled water.”

Review: My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent

 
My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)Title: My Soul to Steal
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher: Harlequin
Format: ebook
ISBN: 0373210272
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: January 4th 2011
Number of pages: 343
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Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But "complicated" doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

My Thoughts:

This book was a really difficult one for me because I started hating Nash after what happened on My Soul to Keep and the way he used Kaylee was very wrong, plus now he wants forgiveness and try to make things go back to the very begin like nothing had happened, like he remember everything.

 

Another problem was Sabine. She’s Nash ex-girlfriend and not a normal human, but it took a very long time for Nash and Tod to really explain things, but Sabine was not a good girl and was hurting Kaylee since day one.

 

Everybody acted on this book like Kaylee was looking for trouble when we all now that trouble always find her no matter what, so she was only trying to understand things and save people once again. Of course since Sabine is the new and different, plus trying to steal Nash, let’s put the blame on her.

 

I liked the story, was very dark and the plot really involving, but still don’t like how Nash reacts sometimes and why people just don’t believe her. she’s always right.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose
#1 – My Soul to Take 

#2 – My Soul to Save

#3 – My Soul to Keep
#3.5 – Reaper

#4 – My Soul to Steal

#5- If I Die
#5.5 – Never to Sleep
#6 – Before I Wake

#7 – With All My Soul

 

Quote:

“Whoever said it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved was full of crap.”

Review: My Soul to Keep by Rachel Vincent

Young Adult Review

imageTitle: My Soul to Keep
Author: Rachel Vincent
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: Soul Screamers
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: June 1st 2010
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 296
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Book Blurb:

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them.Until something does.Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind. The kind that really can kill you. Somehow the super-addictive substance has made its way to the human world. But how? Kaylee and Nash have to cut off the source and protect their friends—one of whom is already hooked.And so is someone else…

My Thoughts:

This book takes place one month after My Soul to Save and Kaylee is finally allowed to hang out with Nash after being grounded for Netherworld visits and not talking about her problems. So now all she wants is a normal life, but things get out of hand with Emma boyfriend and Kaylee smell Demon breath on him.
 
Knowing her you already figured that she started investigating and some bad truths came out plus Avari is back and the Netherworld is trying to kidnap teenagers from Kaylee high school during a ball. To close with an ribbon her dad has been kidnapped by Avari also along with Nash.
 
I loved this book and the plot was really genius but I hated Nash almost the entire book and he’s a key character for me, plus Kaylee kinda was left alone and having to deal with Nash issues and her dad was a bit to much.
 
But the story was great and the lest that I was expecting really. Can you imagine drugs on a banshee, plus the avari is back and it sounds like he’s going to be a issue for the future, but he’s good to be the bad guy.

Books in this Series:

#0.5 – My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0.5) reviewed here
#1 – My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1) reviewed here
#2 – My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers, #2) reviewed here
#3 – My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3)
#3.5 – Reaper (Soul Screamers, #3.5)
#4 – My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers, #4)
#5- If I Die (Soul Screamers, #5)
#5.5 – Never to Sleep (Soul Screamers, #5.5)
#6 – Before I Wake (Soul Screamers, #6)
#7 – With All My Soul (Soul Screamers, #7)

Review: Last Breath by Rachel Caine

imageTitle: Last Breath
Author: Rachel Caine
Format Read: 
ebook
Series: Morganville Vampires #11
Publisher: Signet
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release date: November 1st 2011
Formats Available:  paperback, ebook, kindle
Number of pages: 335
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Book Blurb:

With her boss preoccupied researching the Founder Houses in Morganville, student Claire Danvers is left to her own devices when she learns that three vampires have vanished without a trace. She soon discovers that the last person seen with one of the missing vampires is someone new to town-a mysterious individual named Magnus. After an uneasy encounter with Morganville’s latest resident, Claire is certain Magnus isn’t merely human. But is he a vampire-or something else entirely?

My Thoughts:

This was the book with the most action so far. Since the first page we knew things would be different. Mrs. Rachel changed the POV in several chapters and now we get to see what other people are thinking and doing along with Claire obvious.
 
Myrnin was a surprise for me because he’s attitudes are so not what I expected, especially towards Claire and Shane. Amelie showed her true face and demonstrated that vampires also have fear.
 
The mythology in this book was amazing and so unexpected, because after everything that happened the lest of all things that I was thinking for this book was a predator for vampires and that was a bit surprising.
 
Claire of course discover that something is wrong and bad thins happened to her, really bad things. Amelie becomes a heartless bitch and don’t give a damn, but Myrnin he’s special and changed a lot since he’s first appearance.
 
Michael fights since the begin for he’s marriage and in the end that’s the least of his problem.
 
The first book on this series that for me ended on a cliff and a very bad one because I can’t wait to read the next one.

Books in this Series:

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Shane’s lips felt like velvet against the nape of her neck, and Claire shivered in delight as his breath warmed the skin there. She leaned back against him with a sigh. Her boyfriend’s body felt solid and safe, and his arms went around her, wrapping her in comfort. He was taller than she was, so he had to bend to rest his chin on her shoulder and whisper, “You sure about this?”

Claire nodded. “You got the overdue notice, didn’t you? It’s this, or they come and collect. You don’t want that.”

“Well, you don’t have to be here,” he pointed out—not for the first time today. “Don’t you have classes?”

“Not today,” she said. “I had an oh-my-God a.m. lab, but now I’m all done.”

“Okay, then, you don’t have to do this because you’re tax-exempt.”

By tax-exempt, he meant that she didn’t have to pay . . . in blood. Taxes in Morganville were collected three ways: the polite way, via the collection center downtown, or the not-so-polite way when the Bloodmobile showed up like a sleek black shark at your front door, with Men in Black–style “technicians” to ensure you did your civic duty.

The third way was by force, in the dark, when you ventured out un-Protected and got bitten.

Vampires. A total pain in the neck . . . literally.

Shane was entirely right: Claire had a written, legal document that said she was free from the responsibility of donations. The popular wisdom—and it wasn’t wrong—was that she’d already given enough blood to Morganville.

Of course, so had Shane . . . but he hadn’t always been on the vampires’ side, at the time.

“I know I don’t have to do it,” she said. “I want to. I’ll go with.”

“In case you’re worried, I’m not girly-scared or anything.”

“Hey!” She smacked at his arm. “I’m a girl. What exactly are you saying, that I’m not brave or something?”

“Eeek,” Shane said. “Nothing. Right, Amazon princess, I got the point.”

Claire turned in his arms and kissed him, a sweet burst of heat as their lips met. The lovely joy of that released a burst of bubbles inside her, bubbles full of happiness. God, she loved this. Loved him. It had been a rough year, and he’d . . . stumbled, was the best way she could think of it. Shane had dark streaks, and he’d struggled with them. Was still struggling.

But he’d worked so hard to make it up, not just to her, but to everyone he felt he’d let down. Michael, his (vampire) best friend. Eve, his other (nonvampire) best friend, and hers, too. Even Claire’s parents had gotten genuine attention; he’d gone with her to see them, twice, with exit permission from the vampires, and he’d been earnest and steady even under her father’s stern cross-examination.

He wanted to be different. She knew that.

When the kiss finally ended, Shane had a drugged, vague look in his eyes, and he seemed to have trouble letting go of her. “You know,” he said, moving her hair back from her cheek with one big, warm hand, “we could just blow this off and go home instead of letting them suck our blood. Try it tomorrow.”

“Bloodmobile,” she reminded him. “People holding you down. You really want that?”

He shuddered. “Hell no. Okay, right, after you.” They were standing on the sidewalk of Morganville’s blood bank, with its big cheerful blood-drop character sign and scrupulously clean public entrance. Claire pecked him lightly on the cheek, escaped before he could pull her close again, and pushed the door open.

Inside, the place looked like they’d given it a makeover—more cheerfully lit than the last time she’d been in, and the new furniture looked comfortable and homey. They’d even installed a fish tank full of brightly colored tropicals flitting around living coral. Nice. Clearly, the vampires were trying to put their best efforts to reassure the human community, for a change.

The lady sitting behind the counter looked up and smiled. She was human, and sort of motherly, and she pulled Claire’s records and raised her thin, graying eyebrows. “Oh,” she said. “You know, you’re entirely paid up for the year. There’s no need—”

“It’s voluntary,” Claire said. “Is that okay?”

“Voluntary?” The woman repeated the word as if it was something from a foreign language. “Well, I suppose . . .” She shook her head, clearly thinking Claire was mental, and turned her smile on Shane. “And you, honey?”

“Collins,” he said. “Shane Collins.”

She pulled out his card, and up went the eyebrows, again. “You are definitely not paid up, Mr. Collins. In fact, you’re sixty days behind. Again.”

“I’ve been busy.” He didn’t crack a smile. Neither did she.

She stamped his card, wrote something on it, and returned it to the file, then handed them both slips of paper. “Through the door,” she said. “Do you want to be in the room together, or separately?”

“Together,” they both chorused, and looked at each other. Claire couldn’t help a bit of a smirk, and Shane rolled his eyes. “She’s kind of a coward,” he said. “Faints at the sight of blood.”

“Oh, please,” Claire sighed. “That does describe one of us, though.”

The receptionist, for all her motherly looks, clearly wasn’t sympathetic. “Fine,” she said briskly. “Second door on the right, there are two chairs in there. I’ll get an attendant for you.”

“Yeah, about that . . . could you get us a human?” Shane asked. “It creeps me out when a guy’s draining my blood and I hear his stomach rumble.”

Claire punched him in the arm this time, an unmistakable shut up, and gave the receptionist a sunny smile as she dragged him toward the door she’d indicated. “Really,” she said to him, “would it be that hard just to not say anything?”

“Kinda,” he shrugged, and held the door open for her. “Ladies first.”

“I’m really starting to think you are a scaredy-cat.”

“No, I’m just flawlessly polite.” He gave her a sideways glance, and said, with a curious seriousness, “I’d go first in any fight, for you.”

Shane had always been someone who best expressed love by being protective, but now it was deliberate, a way for him to make up for how far he’d let his anger and aggression get the best of him. Even at his worst he hadn’t hurt her, but he’d come close, frighteningly close, and that lingered between them like a shadow.

“Shane,” she said, and paused to look him full in the face. “If it comes to that, I’d fight beside you. Not behind you.”

He smiled a little, and nodded as they started moving again. “I’d still jump on the first bullet. Hope you’re okay with that.”

She shouldn’t have been, really, but the thought, and the emotion behind it, gave her another little flush of warmth as she walked down the carpeted hallway and into the second room on the right. Like the rest of the human side of the collection center, the space felt warm and comfortable; the reclining chairs were leather, or some vinyl approximation. The speakers overhead were playing something acoustic and soft, and Claire relaxed in the chair as Shane wriggled around in his.

He went very still as the door opened, and their attendant stepped inside.

“No way,” Claire said. First, their attendant was a vampire. Second, it was Oliver. Oh, he was wearing a white lab coat and carrying a clipboard and looked vaguely official, but it was Oliver. “What exactly is the second-in-command of vampire affairs doing drawing blood?”