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author Cassandra Dean

Cassandra grew up daydreaming, inventing fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures. Once she learned to read (First phrase – To the Beach. True story), she was never without a book, reading of other people’s fantastical worlds and marvelous adventures. Fairy tales, Famous Fives, fantasies and fancies; horror stories, gumshoe detectives, science fiction; Cassandra read it all. Then she discovered Romance and a true passion was born. So, once upon a time, after making a slight detour into the world of finance, Cassandra tried her hand at writing. After a brief foray into horror, she couldn’t discount her true passion. She started to write Romance and fell head over heels. The love affair exists to this very day. Cassandra lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey - E.L. James I've succumbed. Up to Chapter 3. Already, I feel this emoticon sums it up:

Still, good on E L James. I wish my books earned even a tenth of what hers do.


Firelight - Kristen Callihan 3 1/2 stars - Good beginning to series. Very interested to watch this author develop!

The Exiled Queen

The Exiled Queen - Cinda Williams Chima I've read the first and the second in this series and I'm going to have to give it away. For me, there was too much telling and I had no idea what was going on - the hero and heroine were too long apart, and I found the plot to be a bit unfocussed. At the end of the second book, I still don't know what the 'quest' of this 'quest' series is...Unfortunately, the story just didn't speak to me :(

The Hero of Ages

The Hero of Ages - Brandon Sanderson It just wasn't my thing. I found myself skipping whole pages just to get to the end (I HAVE TO FINISH EACH BOOK I START!!! ARRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!).
I don't know. Maybe if I try again in the future it might grab me?
Say, that's a definitive review, Cassandra! Geewilikers, I feel I am insanely informed about the experience of reading this book.
Shut up, inner voice. :)

The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code  - Dan Brown Interesting premise, terribly written. Seriously. This guys needs to learn about the whole "show, don't tell" rule.


Melusine - Sarah Monette I'm not sure about this book...will keep on keeping on, though! update: Yep, did not finish. Oh well. There are plenty of other books out there!

Wicked Game

Wicked Game - Jeri Smith-Ready Currently it's interesting. Great take on the vampire myth. Not too invested in the characters however - it feels a bit shallow at the moment.

The Host

The Host - Stephenie Meyer I don't think I'll ever finish this book. After the massive disappointment of Breaking Dawn, I don't have the heart. I'm up to the fourth chapter though. Yay for me!

Dark Desires After Dusk

Dark Desires After Dusk - Kresley Cole Fun return to the plot of IAD world. The characters were great, but no as good as the previous book, IMO. However, the intro of Caeden's brother and his heroine has me really looking forward to the next book!

Dark Needs at Night's Edge

Dark Needs at Night's Edge - Kresley Cole LOVE this book! Neomi and Conrad are great, and the developing relationship between them is the entire focus of the novel. Little sidetrips to the IAD world are included, and of course Nix and the Valkyries get a look in, but I LOVED that it was mostly about the main couple.

Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night - Kresley Cole Cool addition to the IAD world, but not as good as the previous book or the following book. Still, Mari was a wonderful character (Kresley Cole writes great arsekicking ladies!) and once Bowen got over his moaning about his lost love, he was great too.

No Rest for the Wicked

No Rest for the Wicked - Kresley Cole This was awesome! The hero and heroine were great, and the stakes were massively high. A great road book, adventure/scavenger hunt/quest thingy, with fantastic world building. Really threw you into the IAD world.

A Hunger Like No Other

A Hunger Like No Other - Kresley Cole This book was a great (almost) start to the series. I thought the love could have been developed a bit more, but on a recent re-read, the story kicked awesomeness out of the park. Emma developed as a character nicely, though I still feel there could have been the elusive 'more'. Oh vell. The series gets better and better though!

What a Scoundrel Wants

What a Scoundrel Wants - Carrie Lofty I think i'm going to have to give up...I have no idea what's going on. I think there's some sort of raid...the hero and heroine appeared to have been captured by the Sherriff of Nottingham, who is not Alan Rickman. There's an unappreciative sister, but I don't understand why she's so whiny. I'm pretty sure the hero and heroine are supposed to be in lust with each other, but buggered if I can see it. Hmm. I wonder if my latest book shipment has arrived as yet. I really want to read that Kresley Cole one!