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Tricia Skinner's Angel Bait Cover Re-Reveal, Giveaway & Sale

Today is the big day! The prequel installment in Tricia Skinner's ANGEL ASSASSINS series is being re-released into the wild, and will be available on Kindle at the discounted price of $0.99 for a limited time (exclusive to Amazon for 90 days). Please note that if you own the old ebook, you can upgrade for free!

And now, without further ado, feast your eyes on ANGEL BAIT:

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He's not that kind of angel.

Jarrid is a “Bound One”: half angel, half human, trained from childhood to enforce Heaven’s laws on earth. An assassin with no remorse. And no choice. When he discovers an ancient ritual called Ascension, which might give him a shot at freedom, he can’t resist his lifelong dream. He only needs to find one last Renegade angel and take him down…using a certain woman to flush the angel out of hiding.

She's not what he's expecting.

News reporter Ionie Gifford has no clue an outlaw angel wants her dead, much less why, but she does know one thing: the enigmatic Jarrid, with his penetrating silver eyes and his worship-worthy body, is her ticket to the city's supernatural underworld, where she might finally be able to locate her mother's killer. For that kind of information, she's willing to risk everything...

They can't be together -- but can't keep apart...

Blindsided by Ionie's beauty and tenacity, Jarrid finds the millennia-old glacier around his heart melting. But when he's faced with a choice, will he sacrifice Ionie for freedom from his brutal servitude—or agree to be bound for eternity, to protect the life of the woman he's falling in love with?

From novelist Tricia Skinner comes a story that will have fans of action-packed love stories applauding. Seamlessly combining elements of paranormal romance and gritty urban fantasy, the Angel Assassins series is a heart-pounding spin on angel mythology.


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Author Bio


Tricia SkinnerI’m Tricia Skinner and I write Romantic Urban Fantasy. I’m a former journalist who discovered my inspiration to write fiction as an escape from “real life.” My reading tastes are all over the place, but I’m mainly drawn to fantasy (and its subgenres), paranormal, sci-fi, and history.

When I’m not writing, I’m a newbie “green” practitioner, strength training fan, and a technology geek. I’m a mother and a wife. My family includes two Great Danes. I’m also a gamer. I enjoy interacting with my fellow geeks and helping other writers. I’m represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary. *Photo by Kauwuane Burton.

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Audiobook Review: Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

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Endless Knight
Series: The Arcana Chronicles #2
Author: Kresley Cole
Narrated by: Emma Galvin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published on: October 1, 2013
Genre: Young Adult
Format: 10 hrs & 55 mins, Audiobook
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In this seductive follow-up to Poison Princess, New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole takes us deeper into the dark world of the Arcana Chronicles.

With threats lurking around every corner, Evie is forced to trust her newfound alliance. Together they must fight not only other Arcana, but also Bagmen zombies, post-apocalyptic storms, and cannibals.

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Going into POISON PRINCESS I couldn’t help thinking Young Adult—this is going to suck, but Kresley Cole’s writing quickly won me over to Evie’s side, and then Emma Galvin sealed the deal with her mesmerizing narration. And now, here I am, completely committed to this series, and putting my stamp of approval on book 2. The characters show a level of maturity that I never expected from this genre, and there was even a sex scene in this installment. Yes folks, don’t let these teenagers fool you, this is grown up YA at its best. The author does such an amazing job of making readers dislike Death that when the love triangle began to develop I was convinced that nothing could sway me from Team Deveaux. Well, now I’m eating crow because Aric was so skillfully fleshed out that the Cajun is just a distant memory. Jackson who?

For a girl that doesn’t want to play the game, Evie sure is racking up Arcana symbols! I love how far she’s come from that scared young woman refusing to accept her new, albeit harsh reality, to the ring leader of an unlikely alliance of Arcana. Greene shows mercy when the situation calls for it, and still believes that more than one power card can survive the coming battle, but when he friends’ lives are on the line, she doesn’t hesitate to do what must be done. I enjoyed witnessing the Empress embrace her powers in ENDLESS KNIGHT; her abilities may be the complete opposite of Death’s, however life can, and does annihilate just as easily. Evie continues to surprise me at every turn from how she deals with the teeth (carnivores), to certain characters’ two-facedness, to Aric’s unexpected past. The Red Queen is no pushover!

Coles’ dystopian world-building marched forward in this installment with the Hierophant, Devil, Tower, Strength, Judgment, and World cards. I liked learning more about their tableaux, calls, and powers as well as the characters that they represent. I also developed a soft spot for Scarface, Cyclops, and Maneater—Lark’s wolves. The plot line was uncomplicated: escape Death, and when that fails, survive him. I enjoyed the showdown leading up to Evie’s capture, and her time with Aric was enlightening to say the least. I was happy that Jackson was finally clued in to the game and ecstatic when he and Evie found a brief respite in each other’s arms. But of course, just when Greene decides to trust him his deception comes to light.

This novel took so many turns that I did not see coming, and oddly enough, I found myself rooting for the bad guy! Like most other readers, love triangles are the bane of my existence, but the one in ENDLESS KNIGHT is so far removed from what is typical of this trope that I wasn’t the least bit upset by it when it eventually surfaced. I’d mentioned in my review of book 1 that Emma Galvin’s narration carried that installment, so I was relieved to see her flying solo this time around. I’m not knocking Keith Nobbs’ delivery, but I prefer to give credit where it’s due. Galvin excels at bringing THE ARCANA CHRONICLES’ dark tone to life while still doing the youthful characters justice with a YA authenticity that so many performers in this genre lack.

ENDLESS KNIGHT concluded with one heck of a cliffhanger, but that’s a recipe for success as far as pre-orders of DEAD OF WINTER go because you can bet I’ll be glued to my earbuds come hell or high water on January 6th, 2015.


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Reading progress update: I've listened 505 out of 765 minutes.

The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater

Too many questions, not enough answers! 

Question: Do You Ever Wish There Was No Sex?


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I am first and foremost an action junkie which means that my go-to genre is Urban Fantasy, and although I wouldn’t go so far as to say that sex scenes are rare in these types of reads, they are secondary. Oftentimes it’ll take several installments before the protagonist gets it on, these encounters are usually brief, or happen off the page, and I’m ok with that. I’m also a werewolf fanatic (DUH!!), and I quickly discovered that Paranormal Romances frequently feature my favourite supe because of the whole ‘mate’ thing, so I’ve been adding more and more PNR titles to my shopping basket in recent years. Originally, I was amazed by all of the steam—couldn’t get enough of it in fact—however my fascination with romp was short-lived.

That’s not to say that I still don’t enjoy a good nookie scene, or that I don’t feel disappointed when there isn’t at least one in every novel I read. I just find that when you’ve devoured as many of ‘em as I have, they tend to get repetitive after a while. Now, I’m sure that there are plenty of Erotica / BDSM addicts out there who will disagree with me, but personally I think there are WAY more possibilities in a fight sequence than a romance one. The majority of the titles I tackle feature mostly vanilla sex; yes, there are fangs and fur, however as a whole the relationships are M/F, there are no toys involved, no S&M kink, etc. So, after a while they kind of all blend together because the authors are limited by the genre. I know, I know, there’s an easy solution to this—BRANCH OUT! Again, I like action, and although I do occasionally dabble in Erotica, it ranks low on my list.

I prefer sexual tension over the act itself, and token steam is a pet peeve of mine. It seems like writers feel like they have to include at least one R-rated moment in order to satisfy their readers, and a lot of the time they will force an horizontal dance before the characters have built-up enough of a rapport for it to be believable. In short, yes I do sometimes wish that there was no nookie, especially when it adds NOTHING to the main couple’s relationship, or to the actual novel for that matter. I haven’t gotten into the habit of skimming yet, but I’m on the brink, I can feel it, and romp scenes are going to be the first victim.

I’m going to ask that you forgive the comment spam ahead of time; I will weed through it, and delete offenders, but any post that contains this many dirty words is bound to attract non-bookworms. LOL

 

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Review: Desert Bound by Elizabeth Hunter

Review: Desert Bound by Elizabeth Hunter
Desert Bound
Series: Cambio Springs #2
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Publisher: Indie
Published on: October 14 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 280 pages, eARC
Provided by: Tour
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Can you turn the clock back on your first love? Would you even want to try?

Alex McCann and Teodora "Ted" Vasquez left Cambio Springs together. Ted came back. Alex didn't.

Now, years later, the future alpha of the McCann wolves has returned with plans to bring new life to the dying desert community. Plans that could change everything for the isolated enclave of shapeshifters in the California desert. Some love the plan. Others hate it.

As the town's doctor and one of the strongest daughters in the cat clan, Ted has her own concerns about exposing her community to outsiders. The two former lovers are at each other's throats. And everyone is watching to see what happens.

But when murder once again strikes Cambio Springs, can they overcome their past to help the community they both call home? And can the love they shared once burn again when so many stand against it?

DESERT BOUND is an adult paranormal romance in the Cambio Springs Mysteries series.

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When I got my first Kindle four(ish) years ago, a brave new world opened up for me. What had been a teeth gnashing lack of new Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance turned into countless new possibilities. I’d exhausted all of the big names in my preferred genres that I was remotely interested in, but I discovered new authors and series I’d never heard of from small and/or indie publishing houses . . . new authors and series as far as the eye could see . . .

 

A lot of them were terrible. A lot of them were MEH.

 

But a few of them were bright, shining beacons of hope in the midst of my lackluster reading frenzy.

 

Elizabeth Hunter was one of the latter, and more importantly, she has withstood my transition from reading-whatever-I-darn-well-please-without-much-thought to reading-critically-for-review (of which there are two . . . maybe three authors).

 

Whether it’s the world of the Elemental Mysteries, or this one in Cambio Springs, I loved it the first time, I’m loving it the second time, and I’m pretty sure I’ll love it the third time too.

 

In the first book, we were introduced to a community of shapeshifters. A couple hundred years ago, seven families looking for a place to settle, a place to escape prejudice, a place to breathe, found that place, and drank from a fresh spring hidden in a cave. It didn’t take the settlers long to figure out that there was something different about that spring, and starting with that generation, those families were able to shift into various animals. Cambio Springs became not only their home, but a place where they were safe, a place where they could let their dual natures coexist peacefully, without fear.

 

Enter modernity.

 

The safehaven is dying, more and more families are moving away from the springs, b/c there aren’t enough jobs . . .

 

Something has to change, and Alex McCann has a plan. In fact, he’s been planning his entire adult life, and he’s been so completely focused on finding a way to save his home, to ensure that its residents are protected, that the other areas of life have fallen to the wayside, and other things (or people) have been left in the dust.

 

Teodora Vasquez is also determined to protect her town. So much that she left her home for more years then she cares to remember to become a doctor. B/c how “safe” is a safe place without a qualified medical professional—in the know—looking after the inhabitants.

 

And no matter how much Alex and Ted wished otherwise, their paths were mutually exclusive . . . until they weren’t . . . *SQUEE*

 

Desert Bound is the second installment of Cambio Springs, and all I can say is . . . Hunter is a master of continuity.

 

She weaves subtle, yet intimate details throughout the story, laying a foundation that bridges the gap between character and reader. You feel like you’re on the inside of the inside joke—whether it’s about hats or pet names, it adds that nebulous something that separates the books that stick with you from the multitudes that . . . don’t.

 

Hunter also casually develops her secondary characters so that despite the HEA of the current story, you’re dying for the next chapter. And you don’t particularly care who the focus of that chapter is, you just want MORE. It happened in Shifting Dreams, so that I did a little tap dance when I found out that book 2 was Ted and Alex, and it happened again in book 2 . . . so that if we don’t find out what’s up with the bear and the fox . . . or the snake . . . or the wolfy water witch . . . and SOON, I might just die.<——TRUE story.

And I know that a lot of you aren’t big on the prequels and in-between stories like I am, so I only push the issue when I feel very, very strongly about it: you will be missing out BIG time, if you don’t read them in this series. They’re short, they’re cheap, and they are worth it. *pinky promises*

 

SO. If you haven’t checked Elizabeth Hunter out already, you should get on that. Desert Bound is merely the latest in a long line of fabulously entertaining fiction. I loved it so much that I’m in the middle of rereading Elemental Mysteries . . .

 

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Release Day Review: Out of Control by Alexandra Ivy

Release Day Review: Out of Control by Alexandra Ivy
Out of Control
Series: The Sentinels #0.5
Author: Alexandra Ivy
Publisher: Zebra
Published on: October 28, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 109 pages, eBook
Provided by: NetGalley
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New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy quenches your thirst for illicit desire with this seductive tale of the Sentinels—outcast humans with the ability to tread the line between life and death—and pleasure and pain…
Ph.D student Angela Locke has a crush on her sexy professor, Dr. Nikolo Bartrev. When she learns he’s actually a Sentinel with extraordinary powers, she joins forces with him to catch a psychopath. But soon, their hottest pursuit is of each other...



When I requested this book from Net Galley, I had no idea that it was the second book in a series. Imagine my surprise, when I realized I had already read the first book, and this was one I had wanted to read all along. The other surprise for me, was that it was pretty much a novella, rather then novel length. Even so, the length worked pretty well for this story, but really could have been a bit longer.

Angela is a teacher at a local small college, and weeks away from getting her PhD in molecular biology. She’s pretty much a science geek, who doesn’t get out much, and spends her off time doing experiments. Six weeks prior to the beginning of this, a new professor had come to the college, and she has since fallen head over heels for him. He sees her daily, but never asks her out. Niko isn’t really a professor, and has reason to watch Angela. He is a Sentinel, and works for Valhalla, the place where most supernaturals in the area live. In this world, the supernatural world is known about, and pretty much feared by humans. A very homicidal supernatural has escaped Valhalla, and they think she will be seeking out Angela for help.

Since this was a short read, I really don’t want to tell more of the story. I will say that I really liked Angela as a character, and Niko was definitely a plus in this story. Dangerous, gorgeous men, pretty much always are!

I liked the premise, the characters, and the limited amount of action that takes place in this story. There were some scary moments, and some sensual ones as well. Of course it could have been a longer story, and I am sure I would have enjoyed it much more. I think I would have liked hearing more about Valhalla, or even a glimpse of the main characters from the previous book, Born in Blood, would have been welcome. All that being said, the next book in this series, Blood Assassin, will be released in January, so hopefully all of that will be taken care of in that installment.

If you are an Alexandra Ivy fan, or just like a good paranormal romance, I recommend this novella, and series. It definitely was a quick, easy read, and I did enjoy it.

FYI-It says 109 pages but actually ends at 88% in, so it is shorter then 109 pages. It was also previously part of an anthology named Predator.


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Paranormal New Releases: October 28th

Paranormal Romance:

Deadly Pursuit
Deadly Pursuit (Blood Hunter #2)
by Nina Croft
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Breaking assassin Jonathon Decker out of a maximum-security prison on Trakis One seemed like a good idea at the time. Now, pursued across space by the two most powerful factions in the universe, the crew of El Cazador are having second thoughts. They’d like to give him back. Unfortunately, that is no longer an option.

Jon is used to working alone. Now, he’s stuck on the space cruiser El Cazador until he can work out just what he’s supposed to know that puts him on everybody’s most-wanted-dead list. He’s not happy that the crew includes a runaway priestess with designs on his virtue—such as it is. Jon likes women, but he gave up the role of protector a long time ago, and Alexia, High Priestess of the Church of Everlasting Life, is an accident waiting to happen.

After twenty-four excruciatingly boring years of doing her duty, Alex is finally having some fun. She never meant to run away—it was a rash impulse—and she means to go back—eventually. But first, she’s going to squeeze enough excitement out of the situation to last her a lifetime. And what could be more exciting than a stunningly gorgeous werewolf?

Meanwhile, the Church are chasing their missing priestess, and the Collective are pursuing their escaped assassin. Being hunted has never been more deadly…or more fun.

 

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy #1)
by Ilona Andrews
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run and wanting to surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

 

Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter #7)
by Nalini Singh
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

 

Wolf on the Run (Salvation Pack #3)
by N.J. Walters
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

She’s run right into the arms of the big bad wolf.

Considered an abomination for her inability to shift, Cherise Michaels has been on the run from her pack since she was a teenager. After her mother is murdered by her former packmates, Cherise is alone, grieving and out of options. Until a dream puts her on course toward her last hope—Salvation, North Carolina.

She makes it to Salvation only to be cornered by her pursuers and then rescued by the biggest, baddest werewolf she’s ever seen.

Cole Blanchard has no trouble dispatching the intruders trespassing on pack land. Convincing their skittish quarry she’s safe is another story. Cole senses she is his mate and he’ll protect her to his last breath, even it means risking everything to face her former pack.

In Cole’s arms, Cherise learns there’s something in this world more powerful than fear—desire and love. She knows loving her is a death sentence for Cole, so she plans to store up a lifetime of memories before she lets him go…

Warning: This pulse-pounding, heart-thumping story may cause shortness of breath. You are not having a heart attack. You are falling in love with a hot werewolf who will do whatever it takes to keep his chosen mate safe.

 

Evernight (Night Watchmen #2)
by Candace Knoebel
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

One lie will change everything.

Faye Middleton has secured the Dagger of Retribution for the High Priesthood, but in doing so, she’s opened the door to more demands set by them. She now has to break the Holy Seal, and soon. Trapped in the alluring Ethryeal City, Faye is pushed to the breaking point trying to discover just what she is truly capable of, even if it means destroying herself in the process.

With the clock ticking down to the war between both Covens, and the truth about her parent’s mysterious disappearance within her reach, Faye is faced with tough choices that will forever change her. Will Faye be able to handle the demands from the Priesthood, and still be able to continue her search for her parents?

But more importantly, can she survive the truth she finds?

 

Blood Magick
(The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy #3)
by Nora Roberts
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch.

Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love…

She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion.

Branna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.

 

Not Quite Dead (NightHunter #1)
by Stephanie Rowe
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

An ancient vampire has hunted Jordyn Leahy since she was a child, haunting her sleep, demanding her soul and her flesh. After decades of silence, he has returned to ruthlessly claim the woman who once denied him.

Bold and arrogant, loner Eric Hunter allows himself to care about nothing, except his missing brother. He will not stop until he finds him, even if it means teaming up with the bold, sensual woman who awakens in him the dark cravings he has denied for so long.

As the deep of night closes in, Jordyn and Eric must fight the battle of their lives, in a quest for survival in a world where hunger rules, desire destroys, and eternity means no second chances.

 

Love Me to Death (Underveil #1)
by Marissa Clarke
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Medical research scientist Elena Arcos has always lived her life under the radar. When she is shot in a convenience store robbery, Elena finds herself rocketed into supernatural insanity courtesy of a sexy immortal law enforcer. He’s convinced she’s some kind of freaky half-vampire thing and that her deceased dad was the real deal: a blood sucking monster. Yeah, right.

Nikolai Itzov never anticipated battling the urge to kiss the offspring of his father’s murderer. As a Slayer, an elite law enforcer descended from Azrael himself, his orders from the Underveil General are clear: Kill her or die.

Nikolai and Elena find themselves in a life and death battle to stop a plot designed to lift the Underveil and enslave humans. With her analytical mind and his centuries of training, they might be able to foil the plot with their lives and maybe their hearts intact. But in order to succeed, he must help her become the very thing he hates the most: an Undead.

 

Twelve Shades of Midnight
(Anthology)
by Liliana Hart, Darynda Jones+
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

The stroke of midnight ushers in many things. From hijinks and mischief to danger and evil, romance is the magic that binds these paranormal novellas together. Join 12 bestselling and award winning authors as they explore the different shades of midnight in exclusive, never-before-released stories.

Liliana Hart – THE WITCH NEXT DOOR
Darynda Jones – A LOVELY DROP
Shea Berkley – DARK SECRETS: STONE COLD DEAD
Dakota Cassidy – WITCHED AT BIRTH
Claire Cavanaugh – MIDNIGHT RENEGADE
Rachel Grant – MIDNIGHT SUN
Trish McCallan— SPIRIT WOODS
Angi Morgan – BODYGUARDS IN HEELS: HIT AND RUN HALLIE
Robin Perini – NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR
Robyn Peterman – SWITCHING HOUR
Ann Voss Peterson – THE SCHOOL
Jenn Stark – GETTING WILDE

Which shade of midnight are you?

 

Christmas in Transylvania
(Deadly Angels #4.5)
by Sandra Hill
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

For the first time ever, the leader of the Viking Vampire Angels, Vikar Sigurdsson, has been talked into celebrating a traditional Christmas! The tree has been decorated, the gifts have been wrapped, and the stockings have been hung. And that’s mistletoe, not cobwebs, hanging from the ceiling of the creepy castle full of vangels … really!

The icing on the vampire cookie comes when vangel Karl Mortensen rescues Faith Larson, a battered young waitress, from her abusive boyfriend and hides her in the castle amidst the Christmas chaos. But what Karl thought was a frail young teenager is actually a very tempting woman. And she thinks his fangs are sexy!

But a strange “Christmas visitor” at the castle and demon vampires up to their old tricks could threaten the budding romance between Karl and Faith. It’s an impossible match—a human and a vangel—but Christmas is a time for magic.

Karl and Faith don’t stand a chance …

 

Smiley (New Species #13)
by Laurann Dohner
Paranormal Romance / Erotica
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Vanni is furious when her fiancé tricks her into attending a conference where his father’s church is protesting the New Species Organization. She hates everything those vile bigots stand for. Vanni goes to the bar to cool off and ends up seated next to a handsome New Species. Things heat up fast when they are both drugged.

Smiley doesn’t want to believe the sweet human would dose them with the breeding drug. He’s willing to trust her and determined to save her life. He’ll hold her. Protect her. Offer up his body to distract them both from the pain. She is his female, even if she doesn’t realize it yet.

 

A Taste of Winter (Lakeside #2)
by Laila Blake
Paranormal Romance / Fantasy
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Book Description

Picking up where BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON left off, A TASTE OF WINTER is the second book in a romantic paranormal fantasy trilogy, set in alternate history medieval times. It follows the life of young Moira, a half fae noblewoman who fell in love with her shape-shifter guard and ran away from her ancestral home.

Traveling the country, searching for a safe place to stay, the two of them soon realize that life is not as kind to them as they might have hoped. They feel the sting of prejudice and bigotry in each town they visit, and the reality of poverty and winter begin to erode Moira and Owain’s blossoming love.

In the castle they left behind, darker plans are afoot. The fae spy Brody is slowly taking over, and he has no love for humans. He needs to be stopped before he can seize power and trigger another war between the races. But Moira and Owain are long gone, and Brody always seems two steps ahead.



Urban Fantasy:

Otherworld Nights
(Otherworld Stories #3)
by Kelley Armstrong
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

Rare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series

It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won’t be disappointed—they’ll find plenty of surprises are in store.

 

Penumbra (Spook Squad #3)
by Keri Arthur
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

TWIN KILLING

Agent Sam Ryan wants out of the Special Investigations Unit. She’s sick of the attitude from her partner, Gabriel Stern. She’s sick of the paperwork. Most of all, she’s sick of feeling lonely. But her boss isn’t about to let her go that easily. He gives Sam a choice: either stay stuck in her office or guard a clone replacement of Dan Wetherton, a government minister. Sam reluctantly chooses the latter—even though she suspects she’s being used as bait to draw out the SIU’s elusive nemesis.

Gabriel would like nothing better than to be on his own, without a partner to hold him back. Then he learns that Sam has been assigned to protect Wetherton—or whatever it is that’s replaced him. Wetherton’s clone could have come from only one place: Hopeworth, the military base that contains the secrets of Sam’s past. Determined to protect her, Gabriel is drawn into a fight against unspeakable evil. And all too soon, Sam and Gabriel discover that the connection between them is far more powerful than anyone could ever have imagined.

 

Inner Demon (The Asylum Tales #3.3)
by Jocelynn Drake
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

Gage is a powerful warlock in Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, goblins, and vampires walk free alongside humanity. But there are two dangerous entities murdering parents and children, and Gage needs to stop them before anybody else gets hurt.

When Gage discovers a demon locked away, it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom—a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy … except he’s running out of time.

 

Sudden Backtrack (The Hollows #13.1)
by Kim Harrison
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

The origins of the elf and demon war have been shrouded – until now. Told from a demon’s point of view, join Al as he helps Newt spin the curse that caused the elven downfall… and perhaps holds the beginnings of their own reclamations.

 

Black Spring (Black Wings #7)
by Christina Henry
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

A former Agent of death, Madeline Black now has everything to live for, most importantly, her unborn child. But Chicago has become ground zero in a struggle between ancient creatures, and only Maddy can stop the carnage…

The mayor of Chicago has announced a plan to round up the city’s supernatural beings and put them in camps. With her due date looming, Maddy’s best move would be to lay low for a while. But not everyone is willing to respect her privacy. Hounded by tentacled monsters, a rogue shapeshifter, and a tenacious blogger, Maddy turns to her most powerful ally, her uncle Daharan, only to find him missing.

Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, Maddy gets an invitation in the mail—to Lucifer’s wedding. Turns out everyone has been invited, friends and enemies alike. And with that kind of guest list, it’s highly unlikely there will be a happily ever after.

 

Black Dog (Hellhound Chronicles #1)
by Caitlin Kittredge
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

The first installment in a fabulous dark urban fantasy series—think Kill Bill with demons and gangsters instead of martial arts—from the award-winning author of the Iron Codex trilogy and Vertigo comic Coffin Hill.

Ava has spent the last hundred years as a hellhound, the indentured servant of a reaper who hunts errant souls and sends them to Hell. When a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss.

As punishment for her transgression, Lilith orders Ava to track down the last soul in her reaper’s ledger . . . or die trying.

But after a hundred years of servitude, it’s time for payback. And Hell hath no fury like an avenging Ava. . . .



Science Fiction / Fantasy:

The Book of Strange New Things
by Michel Faber
Science Fiction
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Book Description

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter’s teachings—his Bible is their “book of strange new things.” But Peter is rattled when Bea’s letters from home become increasingly desperate: typhoons and earthquakes are devastating whole countries, and governments are crumbling. Bea’s faith, once the guiding light of their lives, begins to falter.

Suddenly, a separation measured by an otherworldly distance, and defined both by one newly discovered world and another in a state of collapse, is threatened by an ever-widening gulf that is much less quantifiable. While Peter is reconciling the needs of his congregation with the desires of his strange employer, Bea is struggling for survival. Their trials lay bare a profound meditation on faith, love tested beyond endurance, and our responsibility to those closest to us.

Marked by the same bravura storytelling and precise language that made The Crimson Petal and the White such an international success, he Book of Strange New Things is extraordinary, mesmerizing, and replete with emotional complexity and genuine pathos.

 

Drawn Blades (Fallen Blade #5)
by Kelly McCullough
Fantasy
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Book Description

Once one of the world’s greatest assassins, Aral Kingslayer has finally reclaimed his swords and his soul. But the forces that destroyed his patron Namara twelve years ago are still there, waiting, and his past as a Blade is never more than a shadow’s breadth away.

In the days before the fall of his goddess, only one other rivaled Aral’s skills, Siri the Mythkiller—a woman who ruthlessly earned the title First Blade. As a friend, Aral owes her his loyalty. As a former lover, he owes her part of his heart. As a Blade, he owes her anything she asks, including his life.

When Siri seeks Aral’s aid, he knows he must go. But as they journey towards the ancient Sylvani Empire, only time will reveal whether Aral can save the former First Blade, or if he will simply fall with her…



Young Adult:

Talon (Talon #1)
by Julie Kagawa
Young Adult / Fantasy
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Book Description

In Julie Kagawa’s groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form.

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey—and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him—and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

 

Compulsion
(The Heirs of Watson Island #1)
by Martina Boone
Young Adult / Fantasy
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Book Description

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lived with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt’s South Carolina plantation instead–a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family’s twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn’t what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

 

The Opal Crown (The Opal Mask #2)
by Jenny Lundquist
Young Adult / Fantasy
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Only One Princess Can Wear the Crown . . .

A year after her betrothal to the Kyrenican prince, no one has suspected that Princess Wilha has been a decoy—and that Elara, her secret twin sister, has been pretending to be Wilha all along. Back in Galandria, their kingdom is deteriorating, and returning home could bring peace—or add fuel to the slow-burning fire.

When their father, the king, mysteriously dies and Elara and Wilha’s younger brother, Andrei, claims the Galandrian throne, he reveals the girls’ deception. Viewed as traitors, they realize they are now fighting for their lives—and for their country.

In Jenny Lundquist’s concluding sequel to The Princess in the Opal Mask, Elara and Wilha must decide who will become queen. Or rather, who will become the next savior for their people.

 

Earth & Sky (Earth & Sky #1)
by Megan Crewe
Young Adult / Science Fiction
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Book Description

Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the panic attacks tormenting her, nothing ever happens, and Sky’s beginning to think she’s crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for its inhabitants and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar’s help–but with each shift in the past, the very fabric of reality is unraveling, and soon there may be no Earth left to save.

 

Catalyst (Insignia #3)
by S.J. Kincaid
Young Adult / Science Fiction
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Book Description

S. J. Kincaid has created a fascinating dystopian world for Insignia, her futuristic science-fiction adventure series perfect for fans of Ender’s Game. Earth is in the middle of WWIII, battling to determine which governments and corporations will control the resources of the solar system.

Teen Tom Raines grew up with nothing, some days without even a roof over his head. Then his exceptional gaming skills earned him a spot in the Intrasolar Forces, the country’s elite military training program, and his life completely changed. Now, in Catalyst, the explosive series conclusion, dangerous changes have come to the Pentagonal Spire, where Tom and his friends train. When a mysterious figure starts fighting against the evil corporations’ horrifying plans, but with methods Tom finds shocking, he must decide which side he’s on.

With slim odds of success, is it even worth the fight?

 

In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3)
by Alexandra Bracken
Young Adult / Dystopian
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Book Description

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the “rehabilitation camps” housing thousands of other Psi kids.

Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

 

Atlantia
by Ally Condie
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamed of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all Rio’s hopes for the future are shattered when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected choice, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long silenced—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the corrupted system constructed to govern the Divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

 

Eternal (Shadow Falls: After Dark #2)
by C.C. Hunter
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Just when Della feels like she’s starting to figure out her life, she finds herself reborn…and her new existence comes with a whole different rulebook.

Della’s secret powers always made her feel like an outsider in the human world. Now, just when she’s starting to feel like she belongs—at Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with paranormal powers—her life is turned upside down all over again. Attacked by a deadly virus, she must make the difficult choice to be reborn. It’s her only chance at survival, but it comes with a price: It irreparably bonds her to Chase, a tall, dark and mesmerizing vampire who makes her laugh one minute and infuriates her the next.

Chase already knows too many of Della’s secrets, and being eternally bonded to him is the last thing she wants. Even worse, she doesn’t fully understand what their bond means. Is the attraction she’s started feeling for Chase real—or does fate have something else in store? And what does that mean for Steve, the hot shapeshifter whose kisses make her weak in the knees? Now Della’s battered heart is about to take another hit. While investigating her latest case, she discovers shocking evidence about her father’s dark past, making her question everything she believes to be true…and her place in the world she loves.

 

Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter
(Shadow Falls #3 & #4)
by C.C. Hunter
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Even at a camp for supernatural teens, Kylie Galen has never been normal, and the more she discovers about her true identity, the more she wants to know. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean. But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together. Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.

 

Waterfall (Teardrop #2)
by Lauren Kate
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Eureka’s tears have flooded the earth, and now Atlantis is rising, bringing with it its evil king, Atlas. Eureka is the only one who can stop him, but first she must learn how to fight. She travels across the ocean with Cat, her family, and Ander, the gorgeous and mysterious Seedbearer who promises to help her find Solon, an enigmatic lost Seedbearer who knows how to defeat Atlas.

Once on land, Eureka is taunted by gossipwitches, a group of displaced Atlantean sorceresses, and ambushed by locals struggling to survive amid the destruction her tears have wrought. And she feels no closer to facing Atlas or saving the world when Solon lets slip that love is Ander’s weakness, and that any affection he feels toward her makes him age faster.

Trying to make sense of the dark world her sorrow has created, Eureka receives startling insight from an enchanted pond. Her bewildering reflection reveals a soul-crushing secret: if she’s strong enough, Eureka can draw on this knowledge to defeat Atlas—unless her broken heart is just what he needs to fuel his rising kingdom. . . .

In Waterfall, Eureka has the chance to save the world. But she’ll have to give up everything—even love.

 

The Darkest Powers
The Darkest Powers Trilogy
by Kelley Armstrong
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Kelley Armstrong’s New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers trilogy is collected here for the first time!

The Summoning: Chloe is locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. There is definitely more to Chloe’s housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to her to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House . . . before its skeletons come back to haunt her.

The Awakening: Chloe Saunders is a living science experiment–not only can she see ghosts, but she was genetically altered by a sinister organization called the Edison Group. She’s a teenage necromancer whose powers are out of control, which means she can raise the dead without even trying. Now Chloe’s running for her life with three of her supernatural friends–a charming sorcerer, a cynical werewolf, and a disgruntled witch–and they have to find someone who can help them before the Edison Group catches them.

The Reckoning: Chloe Saunders’s life is not what you would call normal. First of all, she can’t figure out how she feels about a certain antisocial werewolf or his charming brother–who just happens to be a sorcerer. Then there’s the fact that she’s running for her life from an evil corporation that’s trying to kill her and her supernatural friends. And finally, she’s a genetically altered necromancer who can raise the dead, rotting corpses and all, without even trying. But Chloe has a plan. And the end is very near.



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Reading progress update: I've listened 138 out of 765 minutes.

The Dream Thieves - Maggie Stiefvater

#Listening - my first library #audiobook! 

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Stalking the Others - Jess Haines

For the most part, this was a 4-star read, but that ending earned an extra .5 from me. Thank goodness there was a preview for the next installment at the end of this one!!! I was surprised to see one of my blogger peeps' pop-up as a secondary character (COOL!), but I was kinda disappointed that Chaz turned-out to not be as evil as originally thought. And, that final scene with Royce—oh boy! 4.5 stars, full review to follow.

Early Review: Otherworld Nights by Kelley Armstrong

Otherworld Nights - Kelley Armstrong

Otherworld Nights
Series: Otherworld Stories #3
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Plume
Published on: October 28, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Format: 368 pages, eARC
Provided by: First to Read, NetGalley

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Rare and never-before published short stories featuring fan favorites from the New York Times bestselling series

It’s been more than ten years since Kelley Armstrong began the Otherworld series and drew legions of fans to a realm roamed by witches, werewolves, necromancers, vampires, and half-demons. Many of the novels have become bestselling favorites, but not all of the Otherworld adventures have been easy to find. At last, Otherworld Nights shares short stories that have previously been available only online or in obscure collections. Fans have long been clamoring for this anthology and they won’t be disappointed—they’ll find plenty of surprises are in store.

1) Demonology - Adam's mother discovers what he is
2) Stalked - Clay/Elena honeymoon story from "My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon"
3) Hidden - SubPress 2012 Elena/Clay novella
4) Twilight - a Cass story from "Many Bloody Returns"
5) Chivalrous - Reese's backstory from SubPress's long sold-out "Tales of Dark Fantasy 2" (the Dec'14 SubPress graphic novella picks up this storyline)
6) Lucifer's Daughter - Hope/Karl story from "Blood Lite II: Overbite"
7) From Russia with Love - Elena bonus story included with hardcover of "Thirteen"
8) Vanishing Act - brand-new Savannah/Adam novella set after "Thirteen"

howlinggood must-read REREADABLE

 

DEMONOLOGY – 4/5

In the WOMEN OF THE OTHERWORLD universe, mothers (witches are the exception) don’t play a large role in their children’s lives once their abilities start developing because in most cases they are human, and as a result can’t be let in on the secret. Robert Vasic has been a part of Adam’s world since he was eight years old, but this short shed some light on his mom who was no pushover. When confronted with a possible pyromaniac kid, instead of resorting to institutionalization or medication, Talia did everything in her power to help her son without labeling him, and eventually found what she was looking for in the most unlikely of places, a demonology professor. My favourite part of this tale was when Vasic insisted on keeping Adam’s mother in the dark, and she flat out refused by stating that her love is in fact unconditional, Exustio half-demon notwithstanding.


TWILIGHT – 4/5

After the werewolves, Cassandra is #2 on my top WOTO characters list. I’ve always loved her blasé attitude, and her advanced age makes her one of the most Other of them all. This was a quick read, but I really enjoyed witnessing DuCharme’s struggle to fulfill her annual kill requirement. Out of this series’ entire cast, she’s the one who never seemed to have any qualms about taking a life, however in TWILIGHT we get a glimpse of her inner conflict, and learn why she and Aaron had a falling out so many years ago. Cass does eventually do the deed, but she has to choke down the blood which made me wonder, would she have turned human had she delayed any longer?


STALKED – 5/5

I read THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED pretty recently, and this short appeared in that eSpecial, but I can never resist revisiting Clay & Elena when an opportunity presents itself. After eighteen years, my fav werewolf couple finally gets a honeymoon, no wedding bells for them though, so a trip to St. Louis is as good as it’s ever going to get. They both have their hearts set on making the other happy to the point that neither will admit to being bored out of their skulls, or to the fact that there’s a mutt on their tail. This leads to classic Clay & Elena miscommunication, a hunt, followed by their trademark romp in the woods after a kill. I love these two!


CHIVALROUS – 5/5

Reese was a latecomer to the WOTO series, and little is known about his past other than that it was traumatic. CHIVALROUS was essentially his back story in a nutshell, and in my opinion, the saddest short in this anthology. His first love was not a pleasant experience, and came at a high price. Readers learn why he fled his original pack in Australia, and the reasons behind his refusal to date no matter how many girls Nick throws at him. Werewolves traditionally don’t have pleasant childhoods, and Williams’ is a prime example of that. This tale also tied in nicely with HIDDEN, and I sincerely hope that one day Armstrong will grant Reese his revenge.


LUCIFER’S DAUGHTER – 4.5/5

This was a fun novella about Karl being Karl, and Hope trying to rein him in. Adams’ family has no clue of her true nature which made her gran’s museum exhibit dedication rather ironic. And, of course you can’t bring Marsten into a place with priceless jewels on display without expecting him to try to steal ‘em. LUCIFER’S DAUGHTER did a great job of showcasing Hope’s chaotic nature, and her werewolf mate’s sticky fingers while also managing to add a romantic spin to the ordeal. These two are seriously perfect for each other, and I loved that the author gave them their own slice of HEA in this compilation because it’s been a long time coming.


HIDDEN – 5/5

The best and longest story out of the bunch! Armstrong is a Canadian author, but her werewolves’ home base is in New York, so I was pleased that the crew made a trip up North to Algonquin Park for Christmas. The twins played only minor roles in the later installments, and it was nice to see the whole family together for a change. I enjoyed witnessing the challenges of furry parenthood, and I liked how Elena started bringing Noah into the fold by introducing him to the ways of mutt hunting. The Big Bad in this tale not only made Michaels question her decision to keep Kate & Logan in the dark about their heritage, but also caused her unfortunate past to rear its ugly head. The author managed to throw a decent number of twists at readers while delivering a satisfying ending as well. I’ll probably re-read this one again in the near future because it was just so well-written.


FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE – 4.5/5

I bought a print copy of THIRTEEN, so this novella was a repeat, but it’s the story of how Elena challenged Jeremy for alpha which means that it was definitely worth a second read. Fans of this series know that there’s nothing traditional about Danvers’ Pack leadership methods, thus why would the passing of the torch be any different, right? I can’t really say more than that without giving anything away, however it was a cute spin on the classic fight to the death. Xavier also makes a brief appearance which was a fun bonus because we haven’t seen him since book 6, and he’s been known to pull one over on Elena in the past, so I got a kick out of watching her return the favour.


VANISHING ACT – 5/5

Savannah & Adam finally get their HEA! I’ve been waiting for this ever since I finished the final installment two years ago. Levine’s immaturity gets her into trouble AGAIN, but she actually learns from it this time, and undergoes a surprising amount of character growth for a short in both her personal and professional life. The young witch has been keeping secrets from Vasic, the Cabals are up to no good, and a young supe is in need of the kind of help only Cortez and Winterbourne Investigations can provide. VANISHING ACT was a great way to wrap-up this anthology because it introduced some new mythology to the WOTO universe, and ended on a high note with the conclusion to Savannah & Adam’s love story.


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Get Wicked with Entangled Blog Hop #Giveaway



Trick-or-treating isn’t just for kids anymore! It’s time to get your hop on with Entangled and Rabid Reads! The rules are simple, jump from blog to blog, discover some great new sites to follow, and enter to win a bunch of sweet prizes. I don’t really have anything ‘wicked’ to share, but I am participating in Book Soulmates and Bookcrastinator’s #BSMPhotoADay Instagram challenge, so feel free to check-out my feed for tons of cool October themed pics.

I’ll hope you’ll join in on the festivities, and Happy Halloween from Carmel, Jessica, Lorna & Stacie. :D

 

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Early Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Early Review: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews
Burn for Me
Series: Hidden Legacy #1
Author: Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Avon
Published on: October 28 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Format: 384 pages, eARC
Provided by: Edelweiss
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews launches a brand new Hidden Legacy series, in which one woman must place her trust in a seductive, dangerous man who sets off an even more dangerous desire…

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

2014 magical smartfunny KICKASS BADBOY

 

For those of you who have been living under a rock don’t already know, Ilona Andrews is my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E.

 

Has been since I first read Magic Bites (Kate Daniels #1) 5ish years ago. After I binge-read all the available Kate books, I moved onto The Edge, which I also loved, and knowing that the Ilona love was not a fluke, the internet stalking began, in which I discovered Curran POV extras and Kinsmen sci-fi short stories, etc.

 

And the Andrews, have never, not once, let me down.

 

Burn for Me, the first installment of the Hidden Legacy series, takes place in a world where a few hundred years ago, a serum was discovered that could awaken a myriad of different types of magic in humans. Eventually the serum was destroyed, but the damage had already been done, and the newly awakened magical gifts were passed on genetically. Fast forward to the present, and the highly magical families guard their bloodlines the same way the real world Western European blue bloods do.

 

Enter Nevada Baylor, who at 25 is the oldest daughter, and has been running the family PI business since her father died of cancer six years ago.

 

The family PI business whose mortgage was sold to one of the Big Deal magical families in order to pay the medical bills. The family PI business the Big Deal magical family is offering up as a sacrificial lamb when our story begins.

 

Baylor Investigative Agency looks great on paper, you see, and Montgomery International Investigations (MII) has been asked by another Big Deal magical family to bring in their prodigal son, a Prime (the highest level of magic user) pyro(FIRE)kinetic, who just recently burnt up a bank, which resulted in the death of a cop amongst other things. MII, being unable to refuse such a request without risking unpleasantness, weighed the risks, deemed an honest attempt too expensive, and decided to make use of the clause in the mortgage agreement that allows them to contract out Nevada’s services.

 

If she refuses, she breaks the contract, and the business is forfeit. If she fails, she breaks the contract, and the business is forfeit. If she dies, MII gets to recoup their loses, and the business is forfeit.

 

And this was the point where I shrieked my vicarious frustration and scared the crap out of my cat. Seriously. He sat on the floor in front of the bed for the rest of the day. Wouldn’t come near me . . .

 

Such was the level of emotion the book was able to pull out of me, and that was in the first 8%.

 

That’s one of my favorite things about the Andrews—their ability to create instantly likable and/or interesting characters. Slews of them. Nevada is a perfect example of this. She’s snarky and fantastic, so much so, you don’t even mind, or begrudge her, her super special snowflake status.

 

Nevada’s family is the “slew” and her grandmother especially is a hoot, and then there’s Mad Rogan . . .

 

Mad Rogan, a Prime with off-the-charts magical abilities . . . Mad Rogan, the wealthy and powerful head of House Rogan . . . Mad Rogan, pure sex walking around on two legs . . .

 

Mad Rogan, the borderline sociopath.

 

Yes, you heard me—SOCIOPATH.

 

I can only hope more is revealed about him in future installments to make him a more sympathetic character, b/c right now, Mad Rogan is my only real issue with this book.

 

Oh, there was also some slight disbelief with the Big Reveal at the very end, but that was small potatoes. Mad Rogan, on the other hand . . . he’s downright scary. Like Ted Bundy scary. And I can see Nevada being hot for him, but eventually in love with him . . . ? As it stands, she should run screaming, in the opposite direction.

 

Literally Mad Rogan aside, Burn for Me is positively delightful. The world-building is fresh and original. The characters are hilarious, and the sense of family will give you the warm-fuzzies. Those of you who stalk follow the Andrews like I do will particularly enjoy a scenario with Nevada’s high school-aged sisters that very closely resembled something that happened with one of their daughters—the pen is mightier than the high school coach. *wink* Overall, an excellent start to a wonderful new series. Nevada Baylor is now second to only Kate Daniels. Highly recommended.

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/10/early-review-burn-for-me-by-ilona-andrews.html

Reading progress update: I've listened 606 out of 606 minutes.

Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs

I was already in love with Bran, Charles & Asil from previous encounters in Briggs' MERCY THOMPSON series & anthology, but it was wonderful getting to know their characters better. Learning alongside Anna what it means to be an Omega werewolf was equally fantastic. Great narrator too; I'll be caught-up on this series in no time! Full review to follow.

Early Review: Protecting His Witch by Zoe Forward

Early Review: Protecting His Witch by Zoe Forward
Protecting His Witch
Series: Keeper's of the Veil #1
Author: Zoe Forward
Publisher: Entangled
Published on: October 27, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 200 pages, eBook
Provided by: Publisher
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The last thing he wanted was to fall for a witch...

Veterinarian Kat Ramsey hasn't a clue that she's a witch. Sure, she can read minds, and there's the whole "dimension-hopping" issue that she can't quite control, but Kat is determined to keep things normal. That is, until she accidentally hops into the Otherworld, and runs smack into Matthew Ryan―the seriously hot one-night stand from years ago who shoved her out of his dorm. Naked.


And there's the tiny matter of the curse she gave him.

May you never find satisfaction with another woman. Billionaire and former druid Matthew Ryan hasn't forgotten the curse, or the witch who gave it to him. Kat's unexpected return means the curse will finally be broken. Unfortunately, his libido has other ideas―like how to get her back into his bed one last time. But far more worrying is his suspicion that Kat is the seventh Pleiades witch. Because while he's turned his back on his druidic ways, he's still bound to protect the woman who made his life hell..



Witches, druids and curses, that’s what’s in store for you if you read this book. I should say curse, as there is only one, but it’s a doozy. Of course there’s also plenty of romance.

Kat has a problem that’s been bothering her for years. She is able to jump dimensions, between two different ones. She has no control of when, or where it happens, but only knows that when it happens, she always ends up in close proximity to Matt Ryan. They first meet at a frat party while in college. Before the night is over, she has had her first, and only one night stand. The morning after is not the best, and before it’s over, she has cursed him to never find satisfaction with another woman. Pretty major curse, as curses go, I think. This is the story of what happens when they meet again after ten years absence from each other. She’s now twenty nine, and still has no idea that she is a witch.

Kat is an interesting character. She’s had these weird episodes since she was a teenager, but instead of being in a mental ward somewhere, she has become a veterinarian, and is also a champion salsa dancer. She has a gay best friend(and salsa partner) Riley, and he ended up being a favorite character of the book for me, as he was the only fun character. The rest of the characters were pretty intense. Matt, is understandably not happy about the curse. However, my problem with him is, when he sees her ten years after the curse, his reaction was a bit unbelievable, and that kind of bothered me; it just wasn’t as real of a reaction, as I thought it should have been. Matt is now the CEO of his late step-father’s company, and a billionaire. Oh, and he just happens to be a non-practicing druid.

The jumping between dimensions premise was different for me, as far as premises go. It was interesting when she compared the sameness versus the differences of the two worlds. When she finally finds out what she is, and starts embracing it, things get even more interesting. New characters get involved, life, or death situations start happening, and six fellow sister witches get introduced. At it’s heart though, this is the story of the romance between Kat and Matt, and it’s a pretty good one at that. For a couple that have the history these two have, they manage to get in a number of sensual situations, and of course fall in love.

I enjoyed the read for the most part. There were a couple of plot holes, here and there, but I only mention it because that is something I tend to notice, like I usually notice grammatical mistakes. I can’t discuss the plot holes without giving away a major story line, so i will just say, enough said, and let it go at that.

Good story, good couple, a good premise, and I look forward to reading the next in the series. There’s plenty of characters introduced that could have their own book, and actually this book includes a set up for what I think is the next one, as well.


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/10/early-review-protecting-his-witch-by-zoe-forward.html

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die
Series: Dorothy Must Die #1
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published on: April 1, 2014
Genre: Young Adult
Format: 464 pages, Hardcover
Provided by: Purchased
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I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.

I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and I've been given a mission:

REMOVE
The Tin Woodman's heart,

STEAL
The Scarecrow's brain,

TAKE
The Lion's courage,

And then—

DOROTHY MUST DIE.



I’ve had this book on my shelf for a while, just waiting for the right time to read it. Now, all I can ask myself is..Why did i take so long to read this!!!??? I was seriously hooked from they very first page. One of the best books I have read all year!

The story starts out with the main character, Amy Gumm, who lives in Kansas, of course! She’s never been the popular girl in school, her dad left her and her mom when she was still young. She grew up in a trailer park and the popular girl at school started calling her Salvation Amy (because she gets all her clothes at the Salvation Army). Her mother is a drunk and doesn’t pay much attention to Amy like she used to. One night there is a warning of a tornado coming through and usually when the town hears that they don’t pay much attention to it because ones never actually come through, but this time they listen. Amy notices that all her neighbors have left their homes, Amy’s own mother leaves Amy at the house to go to a party. And of course, a tornado comes and just like you’d expect, it lifts Amy’s trailer in the air and takes her to Oz.

When Amy lands in Oz, she’s not really sure where she is. She thinks its just somewhere in Kansas. She meets a boy about her age, Pete, who helps her out of her trailer before it falls into a giant pit. Pete is very mysterious, she actually doesn’t learn his name for a while and as soon as he helps her he has to leave and she’s left on her own to figure out where to go. She see’s the yellow brick road, thinks she’s crazy of course, but follows it because she knows she has to get back home. She meets some people along the way, well a munchkin and a talking monkey, and Amy realizes that this isn’t the Oz that she read about in the book. The Good seem Wicked and the Wicked seem Good. The Lion, the Tin Woodman, and the Scarecrow are nothing like what they are in the books. They’re all mean and just really sadistic. But it seems the reason that they’re like that now is because of Dorothy. She now rules all of Oz and stealing all the magic along with it. She is nothing like the Dorothy in the book. She is very evil and thinks that everyone should love her and do as she says and if they don’t she loves to put them in their place and getting one of her people (The Lion, Tin Woodman, or the Scarecrow) to do something really awful to them.

On Amy’s journey to the yellow brick road, she gets captured by the Tin Woodman (he is also in charge of the security for Dorothy) and takes her back to the palace. Dorothy of course wants her killed because she knows she is from the Other Place where she is from and she doesn’t understand how she got here. Dorothy luckily escapes with the help of Mombi, who is a witch that is a part of the Order of the Wicked. They hate Dorothy and everything she stands for. They recruit Amy into the order to help them kill Dorothy because they say that since Amy is from the same place that Dorothy is from that she is the only one who can kill Dorothy. Amy ends up having to go into the palace undercover to get as close to Dorothy as she can and learn everything that they need to know about her.

There is a lot of times I caught myself saying “OMG!” because some things happen that you just really don’t see coming. A good love connection, people who aren’t who they say they are, and of course…a cliff hanger!! I haven’t read the novella yet but that is next on my TBR list and I can’t wait to read book two that comes out in March of next year. I’ve also heard some rumors that this is in the talks of being a TV show, which would be awesome, so I hope the rumors end up being true! I love when someone can take an old story like The Wizard of Oz and put their own spin on it and it actually become something truly incredible. I seriously loved this book and I know all of you will too!! :)


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/10/review-dorothy-must-die-by-danielle-paige.html