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I generally review romance, paranormal and urban fantasy. I tend to pick review books that I want to read, so generally my reviews will be positive. I always give my honest opinion: good, bad, and indifferent. 


Note: on my blog I use a letter grading system. I've listed the ratings below. For sites with stars, I have listed the equivalent rating. If I didn't finish the book, I will not rate it with stars.


A+  Personal Favorite (5 stars)
A    Loved It (4.5 or 5 stars)
A-   Enjoyed A Lot (4 or 4.5 stars)
B+  Liked It A Lot (4 stars)
B    Liked It -- Recommend (4 stars)
B-   Liked It -- But I had a few small issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C+  Liked It -- But I had issues (3 or 3.5 stars)
C    Finished It -- Liked some, didn't like some (3 stars)
C-   Finished It -- Liked a little, didn't like a lot (2 or 2.5 stars)
D    Not A Big Fan (2 stars)
E    Don’t Waste Your Time (1 star)
TW: Reading this book was like watching a Train Wreck
DNF: Did Not Finish


updated July 9, 2015

Currently reading

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Fiona Miers, Caitlyn Lynch, Liz Durano, Deelylah Mullin, Cate Farren, Jacquie Biggar, Vicki Batman, Kate Richards, Brenna Zinn, Dalton Diaz, Tierney O'Malley, Desiree Holt, Nicole Morgan, Ashlyn Chase
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Progress: 27 %

Quickie Review: Frozen by Meljean Brook

Frozen -  Meljean Brook

On way to visit her parents for the holiday vacation, Olivia Martin makes a supposedly quick detour to drop off important documents to her coworker (and boss’s son), Erik Gulbrandr. At one time, Olivia thought there could be something special between the two, but now Erik makes it perfectly clear that he does not want Olivia in his life. However, when a dangerous enemy decides to attack Erik through Olivia, Erik turns blue, grows claws, and protects her! Erik is cursed and therefore doomed to go after Olivia; however, he can’t get her to safety because of the moonhound sons who are attacking the pair. Now Olivia and Erik are stuck together for what could be the most treacherous few days of their lives.


The primary focus of Frozen deals with one’s internal struggles and demons which dance along a fine line between desire and something darker. Since the story is told solely from Olivia’s point-of-view, the reader only understands clearly Olivia’s trials; however, based on Olivia’s observations and desire to uncover the truth of the curse, one can piece together Erik’s struggles as well. I like that Olivia is extremely intelligent and uses her mind to riddle out not only what is happening, but how best to deal with the dangerous situation. However, it does seem that the pair may have been able to address some of the pain and hurt if they had only opened up and talked ahead of time! But with that said, there are a couple moments that truly tugged on my heartstrings. 


In the end, I found Frozen to be an enjoyable short novel (longer than a novella). Based loosely on Norse mythology, it is a paranormal romance with one of the more unique worlds I’ve read. I was wrapped up in the story and although the origins of the curse were fairly obvious, it was fun watching Olivia trying to figure it out. I did get frustrated with the serious lack of communication and felt that much of the hurt feelings could have been resolved before things got out of hand. This is a fun, stand alone story with minimal world-building, but excellent character creation.


My Rating:  B, Liked It

Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About

Review copy provided by author.