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Early Review: Archangel's Shadows by Nalini Singh

Early Review: Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh
Archangel's Shadows
Series: Guild Hunter #7
Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: Jove
Published on: October 28 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 384 pages, eARC
Provided by: NetGalley
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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.

2014 SWOON squee PAGETURNER

 


So I know I said that I don’t like angels in Urban Fantasy in my last review, but I should have qualified that statement: if the angels are simply winged, humanoid beings without ties to religion (and only called “angels” for lack of a better description), then I like them juuuuust fiiiiiiine. And if they happen to be the angels in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter books, then I flat-out L-O-V-E them.

 

Guild Hunter is kind of an odd series. It’s part UF, part PNR, and it’s kind of a perfect marriage between the two. You’ve got Elena and Raphael, the MCs for the series overall, but then you’ve got a handful of books, still continuing the main plot, but focused on other, well-liked secondaries like you find in PNR.

 

Elena and Raphael still play important roles in those books, and even have the occasional POV shift, but in those other books we get an opportunity to get a deeper look at characters previously viewed from the sidelines.

 

The first time Singh did this was in book 4, Archangel’s Blade, and ever since then, I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book—the Ash and Janvier book.

 

Ash and Janvier have been consistently providing moments of hilarity, beginning with the very first installment. Ash was painted as a violent and slightly unbalanced guild hunter, and Janvier, the roguishly handsome and incorrigibly charming vampire she was often hired to hunt. Janvier would lead her on a merry chase, only to get the contract on him nullified within hours of Ash catching up to him:

“You made me traipse through the bayou for weeks,” she muttered now. &#8220#8220;Then, right when I had you, you made nice with the angel you’d pissed off.” It wasn’t the first time he’d done that either. “You knew how mad that made me—why did you keep doing it?”

Lifting their clasped hands, he pressed a kiss to her knuckles. “I was courting you.”

Like I said—HILARIOUS.

 

It was obvious that there was more going on with these two, but Ash always held Janvier at a distance. In Archangel’s Shadows we find out why. *whispers* And it’s goooooood.

The PNR format means that an HEA is inevitable, but if you want to know the ends and outs . . . you’re going to have to read it for yourself. All I can say without spoiling it, is that I was impressed with Singh’s spin on the (IMO) too often employed “but we can’t EVER be together, b/c insert-not-a-reason-here” track.

 

Ash had a legitimate reason, and Singh’s solution was nothing less than brilliant. *tips hat*

 

I also have a new book to anxiously await.

 

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Naasir stole the spotlight (b/c Janvier *swoon*), but it was close. Between Dimintri’s remembrances from Naasir’s childhood:

He’d never forget what Naasir had said to him when Dmitri yelled that he didn’t intend to bury another child and that Naasir needed to have a care for his life.

“Am I a person, Dmitri? Will you be sad if I die?”

And his obvious feral nature in the present:

“I told Caliane that trying to civilize me is like trying to civilize a jungle cat,” Naasir said with a shrug. “We pretend to like people until we get hungry and want fresh meat.” A glance around, a glint in his eye. “I honestly do like you all. I haven’t thought about eating you for at least two centuries.”

I am dying to find out what this wild, yet completely enthralling, beast is. *grabby hands*

 

Archangel’s Shadows was everything I wanted it to be. It did justice to two of my favorite characters, making their story worth the wait, and still kept me full of anticipation for the next chapter . . .

 

Hopefully Naasir’s. *winks*

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/10/early-review-archangels-shadows-by-nalini-singh.html

Reading progress update: I've listened 324 out of 606 minutes.

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Release Day Review: Into Darkness by J.T. Geissinger

Release Day Review: Into Darkness by J.T. Geissinger
Into Darkness
Series: Night Prowler #6
Author: J.T. Geissinger
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Published on: October 21, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
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In New Vienna, capital of the oppressive global government formed after the Flash, three things are certain: the sun is poisonous, speaking out is dangerous, and being different will get you killed.

And Lumina Bohn is extraordinarily different.

Living in terror of discovery, Lu knows nothing of her past—but she knows she must pretend to be human to survive. When an incident at work triggers her astonishing powers, she becomes the target of an international manhunt. Only one person can save her: Magnus, the enigmatic stranger haunting her dreams.

Magnus rescues the outcasts called Aberrants from capture and torture. As Lu begins exploring her powers among her people, her feelings for Magnus intensify. He’s determined to stay emotionally distant, yet their smoldering passion soon becomes impossible to resist.

But when a shocking revelation threatens the lives of every remaining Aberrant, Lu and Magnus must risk everything, confronting their enemies in an explosive final stand to save their kind from the darkest fate of all: extinction.



Do you like dark paranormal reads? Enjoy a great romance, with a backdrop of extreme adventure and danger? If so then this series is one you need to read. This is the fifth and final installment of the Night Prowler series, and as much as I loved each book, I certainly had no idea how it would all end. Each of these books feature one couple, and the couple is always part of a story full of danger at every turn. To end this series just by featuring another couple, made me wonder if that would be all there is to it. I should have known that this author, who has never disappointed me in any of her writing, would find a way to both shock me, and yes, awe me as well.

In the beginning of this book, I was a bit confused. I literally, re-looked to make sure I was reading the right book. No lie. And then, I realized that the author had taken the story into the future, and the main character is Lumina. Who Lumina is, and what she is, is just part of the mystery of this story. She lives with her adoptive father, in New Vienna, Austria, in a dystopian world. Yes, Ms. Geissinger went there, and it was nothing short of near genius, as far as taking this series up to another level, when I thought it was a good as it could get in the first place. The other side of the couple is Magnus, the alpha of the Ikati, that inhabit a series of caves in Wales. Horribly scarred, he keeps himself shut off from the possibility of ever finding a mate. How these two meet, is just part of the premise of what this book is all about.

The background and world building of this series has been skillfully woven into the story by the author, as always. The world of the Ikati, or panther shifters, has gone down a dark and twisted path from the beginning. The Ikati have lived in secret since before man existed, until the race is betrayed by crazy sociopath, Caesar, who decides to horrifically announce the presence of the Ikati to the world. Nothing is the same after that, and at the end of the last book the world that the Ikati has built is threatened with extinction.

With the possibility of spoilers and this series ending, I’ve tried to keep the story points to a minimum and hopefully I have succeeded. It’s always hard for me, and I am sure other readers, to read that last book in a beloved series. Will it live up to what the rest of the series was about,and will it end the way you want it to? With this book, Ms. Geissinger had exceeded all my expectations. If you have read the previous books, I think you will be more then pleased with the ending. If you haven’t read these books yet, I can’t recommend them enough. They should be read in order, as the story is a continuing one. They are extremely adult reads, both because of sexual situations, and the dark plot lines.

As a disclaimer, I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest and fair review, and I am also a member of the author’s street team.


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/10/release-day-review-into-darkness-by-j-t-geissinger.html

Paranormal New Releases: October 21st

Urban Fantasy:

Demon's Vow
Demon’s Vow (The Asylum Tales #3.2)
by Jocelynn Drake
Urban Fantasy
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Bestselling author Jocelynn Drake continues her urban fantasy series with the second installment of the Final Asylum Tales, Demon’s Vow.

Tattoo artist and warlock Gage is having a rough week. He’s trying to track down a mysterious murderer in Low Town while also chasing a powerful entity using forbidden Death Magic across the nation. When Gage discovers the two forces may be trying to unite, the stakes get even higher. With Gideon’s help, Gage is determined to stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt – including his girlfriend, Trixie.

 

Seventh Grave and No Body
(Charley Davidson #7)
by Darynda Jones
Urban Fantasy
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.



Paranormal Romance:

Demon Storm (Belador #5)
by Dianna Love
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

In the fifth book of this bestselling paranormal series, Evalle faces her greatest nightmare – losing Storm – and without his help the Beladors will fall to their greatest enemy.

*Includes DEADLY FIXATION bonus short story from the Belador world.


With Treoir Island in shambles after a Medb attack that left the survival of the missing Belador warrior queen in question and Belador powers compromised, there is one hope for her return and their future – Evalle Kincaid, whose recent transformation has turned her into an even more formidable warrior. First she has to locate Storm, the Skinwalker she’s bonded with who she believes can find the Belador queen, but Storm stalks the witch doctor who’s threatening Evalle’s life. When he finally corners the witch doctor, she throws Storm a curve that may cost him everything, including Evalle. The hunter becomes the hunted, and Evalle must face her greatest nightmare to save Storm and the Beladors or watch the future of mankind fall to deadly preternatural predators.

 

Into Darkness (Night Prowler #6)
by J.T. Geissinger
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

In New Vienna, capital of the oppressive global government formed after the Flash, three things are certain: the sun is poisonous, speaking out is dangerous, and being different will get you killed.

And Lumina Bohn is extraordinarily different.

Living in terror of discovery, Lu knows nothing of her past—but she knows she must pretend to be human to survive. When an incident at work triggers her astonishing powers, she becomes the target of an international manhunt. Only one person can save her: Magnus, the enigmatic stranger haunting her dreams.

Magnus rescues the outcasts called Aberrants from capture and torture. As Lu begins exploring her powers among her people, her feelings for Magnus intensify. He’s determined to stay emotionally distant, yet their smoldering passion soon becomes impossible to resist.

But when a shocking revelation threatens the lives of every remaining Aberrant, Lu and Magnus must risk everything, confronting their enemies in an explosive final stand to save their kind from the darkest fate of all: extinction.

 

Gray Bishop (Cornerstone Run #2)
by Kelly Meade
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Some people need something to fight for…

With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular.

After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him.

Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult.

When word reaches them that Jillian’s hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts—and the true feelings they have for each other—if they are going to survive…

INCLUDES A PREVIEW OF THE NEXT TITLE IN THE CORNERSTONE TRILOGY, WHITE KNIGHT.

 

Heart of Stone (Truth Seers #2)
by Debra Mullins
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Debra Mullins introduced readers to the world of the Truthseers in Prodigal Son. Now the story of the lost Atlanteans continues in Heart of Stone.

Darius Montana is a Seer. With his gift of empathy, he can see into the hearts of others, both human and Atlantean. When his family comes into possession of one of the legendary power stones of Atlantis, Darius is sent to find the Stone Singer.

Faith Karaluros is the last Stone Singer. Manipulated all her life for her rare ability, she is widowed after her husband tried to steal her power for the Mendukati, an extremist group that hunts Seers. Faith wants nothing more than to stay out of this war when Darius comes to find her—just in time to rescue her from being kidnapped.

Faith goes with Darius, determined to do the job and be on her way with the money that can set her up where no one can find her again. She didn’t count on the Mendukati sending a hit man after her. Darius swears he can protect her, but when she discovers he is one of the rare Atlanteans whose powers work on their own kind, can she trust him to keep his word, or is she being used again?



Fantasy:

The Vines
by Christopher Rice
Fantasy / Horror
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

The dark history of Spring House, a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans, has long been forgotten. But something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estate.

After heiress and current owner Caitlin Chaisson is witness to her husband’s stunning betrayal at her birthday party, she tries to take her own life in the mansion’s cherished gazebo. Instead, the blood she spills awakens dark forces in the ground below. Chaos ensues and by morning her husband has vanished without a trace and his mistress has gone mad.

Nova, daughter to Spring House’s groundskeeper, has always suspected that something malevolent haunts the old place, and in the aftermath of the birthday party she enlists Caitlin’s estranged best friend, Blake, to help her get to the bottom of it. The pair soon realizes that the vengeance enacted by this sinister and otherworldly force comes at a terrible price.



Young Adult:

The Sorcerer Heir
(The Heir Chronicles #5)
by Cinda Williams Chima
Young Adult / Fantasy
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely.

Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find away to clear their names as the prime suspects in aseries of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them.

Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

 

Time’s Edge (The Chronos Files #2)
by Rysa Walker
Young Adult / Science Fiction
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

To stop her sadistic grandfather, Saul, and his band of time travelers from rewriting history, Kate must race to retrieve the CHRONOS keys before they fall into the Cyrists’ hands. If she jumps back in time and pulls the wrong key—one that might tip off the Cyrists to her strategy—her whole plan could come crashing down, jeopardizing the future of millions of innocent people. Kate’s only ally is Kiernan, who also carries the time-traveling gene. But their growing bond threatens everything Kate is trying to rebuild with Trey, her boyfriend who can’t remember the relationship she can’t forget.

As evidence of Saul’s twisted mind builds, Kate’s missions become more complex, blurring the line between good and evil. Which of the people Saul plans to sacrifice in the past can she and Kiernan save without risking their ultimate goal—or their own lives?

 

Loop (Loop #1)
by Karen Akins
Young Adult / Science Fiction
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her.

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.

 

Stone Cold Touch
(The Dark Elements #2)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay….

 

Beware the Wild
by Natalie C. Parker
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

 

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
by Maggie Stiefvater
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

 

Catch Me When I Fall (Dreamcatcher #1)
by Vicki Leigh
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.

 

This Is Your Afterlife
by Vanessa Barneveld
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

When the one boy you crushed on in life can’t seem to stay away in death, it’s hard to be a normal teen when you’re a teen paranormal.

Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted-the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.

Keira’s determined to do anything to find Jimmy’s killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira’s ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.

This thrilling debut from Vanessa Barneveld crosses over from our world to the next, and brings a whole delightful new meaning to “teen spirit”.



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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/10/paranormal-new-releases-21st.html

Reading progress update: I've listened 204 out of 606 minutes.

Cry Wolf - Patricia Briggs

#Listening - A rogue hunting we will go!

Tour Stop, Giveaways and Early Audiobook Review: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones — Please VOTE!

Seventh Grave and No Body Promo Tour



Hi everyone, and welcome to Day 1 of Darynda Jones’ SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY promo tour! This post is overflowing with amazeballs, so clear your schedule because you are going to be here a while. Check-out the must read / listen excerpts, my gushing 5-star review, and the THREE GIVEAWAYS! There’s the usual tour-wide one, but Rabid Reads also has the privilege of being one of only four sites to host a US-only AND international audiobook contest thanks to Macmillan Audio. And, Darynda Jones is doing something extra special for us hosts, so please don’t forget to vote for your favourite blog before you leave! Enjoy the Charley Davidson awesomeness. :)


Excerpt

 

               Still covered in duct tape, he turned on his side to face me, his flesh straining against the binds. “You would tell me if something were wrong, right?”
               “What do you mean? Of course, I would.”
               “So, if you knew something could happen to you, you’d let me know.”
               Where was he going with this? “Yes. Nothing is going to happen to me. Well, unless the Twelve get ahold of me. Other than that, I should be fine.”
               He nodded in thought.
               “Reyes, what is it?”
               “I think you keep secrets from me.”
               “You keep secrets from me,” I said, teasing. “Seems only fair.”
               He leaned forward and nibbled on my ear. “We can decide who gets to keep secrets and who doesn’t later. Until then, want to do it?”
               “Reyes!” I said, appalled. “You just had your arm nearly ripped off at the shoulder.” That and the fact that a grown man asking me if I wanted to “do it” was hilarious.
               “We can still do it.”
               I giggled. “No, we can’t.”
               “I’m very creative with my mouth.”
               “I am well aware of that.”
               “You should sit on my face.”
               A bubble of laughter escaped again. “I am not sitting on your face. Oh, my god.”
               “Just sit on my face. I’ll make all your dreams come true.”
               “You really need to practice humility,” I said.
               “Humility is overrated.”

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Author Bio


NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a Rebecca, two Hold Medallions, a RITA ®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and she has received stellar reviews from dozens of publications including starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and the Library Journal. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin’s Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

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My Review



Tour Stop, Giveaways and Early Audiobook Review: Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones — Please VOTE!
Seventh Grave and No Body
Series: Charley Davidson #7
Author: Darynda Jones
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Published on: October 21, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 10 hrs & 23 mins, Audiobook
Provided by: Publisher


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Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there’s that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she’s ever known about him. Add to that an ex-BFF who is haunting her night and day, a rash of suicides that has authorities baffled, and a drop-dead sexy fiancé who has attracted the attentions of a local celebrity, and Charley is not having the best week of her life.

A tad north of hell, a hop, skip, and a jump past the realm of eternity, is a little place called Earth, and Charley Davidson, grim reaper extraordinaire, is determined to do everything in her power to protect it.

We’re doomed.

 

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*** Review may contain spoilers for previous installments in series. ***

Charley Davidson is back for her seventh round of cray-cray situations, murder n’ mayhem, and grim reaper pandemonium, only this time her snark is the sole weapon in her arsenal because she has to do it all sans caffeine. Fortunately for her, she has a strong crew of secondary characters at her back, and in this installment she’s going to need every single one of them! This audiobook was emotionally taxing; I went from laughing out loud at the heroine’s lunacy, to weeping with joy about that THING we’ve all been waiting for, to blubbering over the death of one of their own. But, this novel wasn’t just about the feels because it also featured mucho plot threads, wonderful epiphanies, and made some pretty significant mythology headway. The overall experience was rendered even more perfect with the delightful Lorelei King at the narrative reins.

I like listening to these books because they are light, fun, and typically don’t require much thought—ear candy at its best! SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY changed all of that because every chapter, while entertaining, was also crucial to this series’ overall story arc. Charley solved a ten year old case in fifteen minutes, and even though that initial plot thread was quickly overshadowed by several others, it was still super important because it was related to the twelve, and pulled agent Carlson into Davidson’s inner circle. Then, the priest’s minor haunting episode brought Heaven and Hell to the fore by introducing the Vatican and bounty hunter angles. And finally, don’t even get me started on the suicide kidnappings and Silvia Star! There were a lot of seemingly unrelated incidents in this installment, however upon closer inspection every single one was part of the bigger picture. Genius!

Charley never fails to crack me up with her t-shirt sayings, eccentric naming habits, and outlandish sense of humour. Her lack of progression as a character used to frustrate me, but the evolution of her abilities, and that of her sidekicks more than make up for her shortcomings in that area. Cookie was as terrific as always, and it appears as though her daughter, Amber, will play a pivotal role in this story as well. Reyes isn’t quite as evil as he used to be, but both Charley and The Dealer definitely kept him on his toes. I actually got a kick out of Swopes for once, and even Ubie managed to surprise me. There were unfortunately two deaths in this installment; Belvedere’s which was a given (haha!), and one other that broke my heart.

Darynda Jone’s writing style is without a doubt addictive; however it’s Lorelei King’s voice that keeps me coming back for more. She adds a whole new level to Charley with her saucy tone, and uncanny ability to switch from silly to serious in the same breath. I gave this audiobook five stars, but it should be noted that the narrator earned at least one of them all by herself thanks to her A+ delivery. It takes longer to listen than it does to read, yet with King in your ear those extra hours feel like a gift instead of a burden. This novel was one of the most suspenseful in this series to date, and that aspect really came through in Lorelei’s performance via her character voices, and the high impact action scenes.

SEVENTH GRAVE AND NO BODY was audiobook magic, plain and simple!

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Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

A Taste of Winter (Lakeside Book 2) - Laila Blake

I liked this installment slightly less than its predecessor because most of it revolved around Moira & Owain bumbling their way through the woods which wasn't very exciting or sexy. The final chapters were more interesting with fae intrigue, betrayal, and the promise of more to come in the final book. 3.5 stars ~ Full Review to Follow.

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Early Review: Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge

Early Review: Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge
Black Dog
Series: Hellhound Chronicles #1
Author: Caitlin Kittredge
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Published on: October 28 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 368 pages, eARC
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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 . . .

paranormal beast ZOMBIE BADBOY

 

The first thing I want to say about this book is that my main issue was a matter of personal preference. It’s impossible to really like a book when you don’t like the heroine, and the heroine . . . I did not like.

 

Neither am I a huge fan of zombies and voodoo/necromancy or angels as supernatural creatures in urban fantasy (just b/c a book has demons—and weirdly, as much as I typically dislike angels in my UF, I think demons are aces—doesn’t mean there will be angels).

 

This time, however, there were. *shrugs*

 

BUT if dead things and/or angels are your thing, you might love this book. Moving on . . .

 

Any Supernatural fans out there?

 

I’m a few seasons behind, but I think it’s pretty great. If you haven’t watched Supernatural, it’s about two brothers who hunt/kill/send back to Hell ghosts/monsters/demons. When I checked out, it had evolved from misc. monster hunting to an approaching Armageddon<------I'm consistent.

 

Black Dog is kind of like Supernatural from the demon’s perspective. If the demon was a hellhound meant to inspire sympathy b/c of her dainty human form and indentured servitude to a big meanie hellspawn.

 

And that’s where things went wrong for me. You see . . . while the slavery aspect of being a hellhound definitely sucks, you cannot be hellhound without making a deal with the proverbial devil.

 

Hellhounds aren’t the offspring of a group of people who made the deal eons ago and are still paying for their ancestors’ mistake. They aren’t a strange and new amalgamation, created by the minions of Hell, forced to serve and exist in misery. NOPE. They are NOT. Every, single one of them signs up for the gig. When Ava died, a reaper came to her and offered her a choice.

 

Ava chose . . . poorly.

 

“But how did Ava die?” you ask.

 

Well . . . Ava had a boyfriend who liked to drink when he was feeling sorry for himself, and when he was good and drunk, he’d beat the shit out of her. Poor thing, I know. Except instead of kicking him to the curb, b/c abusive asshole, she started sleeping with his best friend, b/c serves him right.

 

And that’s not all Ava’s doing with these guys.

 

One of Best Friend’s ancestors was some kind of voodoo priestess who sacrificed a bunch of children to open a gate to Hell, and the three of them are out in the bayou trying to find where she did it, so that they can call up some ghost to get power (b/c power).

 

But it all goes sideways for Ava when these two upstanding young men make her the sacrifice.

 

Huh . . . I guess they left that part out. You can’t blame her for being surprised though, b/c the sacrifice was supposed to be a “pure” soul . . .

 

SO. Ava makes LOTS of bad choices.

 

She’s also supposed to be one tough chick. You can torture her, and she will not flinch. She’s used to it. Learned how to swallow the pain years ago. And she will cut you.

 

One. Tough. Chick.

 

When she’s not on a crying jag:

I slammed the door behind me, threw the bolt, and curled up on the faded bed . . . Pressing the musty feather pillow against my face, I sobbed until I thought my chest would crack open . . . I hadn’t realized it until this moment that I was alone, and I’d been stupid to ever think anything else.

Or having a panic attack:

I fell to the ground without realizing it. There was a terrible wheezing sound loud in my ears, and something slamming against my ribs from the inside as the weight got heavier and heavier, choking off my air entirely.

Or feeling sorry for herself:

If there was a level ten stories below ground from pathetic, I was probably there.

Characters make mistakes. It’s inevitable. It’s what they do after they make mistakes that counts, and IMO . . . Ava could have handled it better. But that’s not the biggest problem for me. *sighs* I can’t help it. I just don’t like her.

 

Beyond that, Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge was a pretty good book. The plot was interesting, especially if you’re into the whole good vs evil/Heaven and Hell thing, and aside from some lowbrow humor, the writing was excellent. I think a lot of urban fantasy readers will like this book—it really was a case of, “It’s not you, it’s me.”

 

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Review: Glamour by Andrea Janes

Review: Glamour by Andrea Janes
Glamour
Author: Andrea Janes
Publisher: World Weaver Press
Published on: March 12, 2014
Genre: Fantasy
Format: 219 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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Stealing the life she's always wanted is as easy as casting a spell.

Townie. That's what eighteen-year-old Christina Sundy is. All year round she lives in a one-stoplight town on Cape Cod, and when summer comes, she spends her days scooping ice cream for the rich tourists she hates. So when one of them takes a job in the ice cream shop alongside her, she's pissed. Why does a blonde and perky Harvard-bound rich girl like Reese Manning want to scoop ice cream anyway?

Something else weird is happening to Christina: tiny blue sparks seem to be shooting off her fingers. It isn't long before she realizes the truth about herself—she's actually a powerful hereditary witch. But her newfound powers are too intense for her to handle and, in a moment of rage, she accidentally zaps Reese into another dimension.

So that no one will notice that the rich girl has disappeared, Christina casts a disguising spell, or "glamour," and lives Reese's life while she tries to find a retrieval spell. But as the retrieval spell proves harder than anticipated, and as she goes about living Reese's life without anyone on the outside noticing the switch, Christina realizes that there's nothing to stop her from making the glamour permanent... except, of course, her fellow witches, a 16th century demon, and, just maybe, her own conscience.

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I did something really strange the other day. I actually had the chance to read something from my huge TBR pile. I just paged back in my Kindle, and picked one. Turns out it had been there since August, and I actually have no memory of buying it, you know, cause of that one click thing. I ended up having a really good time reading this book, and decided to review it.

If you like witch books, especially witch books about someone that has no idea that they are a witch, then you might really like this one. Christina is eighteen, and a townie in a resort town on Cape Cod. She’s in a dead end job, working at a ice cream store, Scoops, and has no idea what she is going to do with herself now that high school is over. She’s got self confidence issues, is very defensive with everyone, and has no friends her own age, except for a loser, cheating, boyfriend. Reese has it all, she’s a beauty, is thin, rich, and getting ready to go to Harvard. She’s everything Christina isn’t, but for some reason comes to work at Scoops, and befriends Christina. This also coincides with Christina manifesting blue sparks out of her fingertips, and causing some pretty bad storms. She only tells Reese, even though her close friend Bridget, owner of Scoops, and her late mother’s friend, should have been her first choice. The two girls start playing around with spells. Something bad happens, and Reese gets knocked into another world. This is the story about what happens to Christina when she decides to use glamour to take over Reese’s life until she can find a way to get her back.

I mostly really liked the character of Christina. She’s full of sarcasm, which I like, but at times, she started to make some really bad decisions, and I started to not like her. But that’s kind of when life lessons came into play-usually a good thing. Bridget was an interesting character as well, and probably my other favorite in the story. I think that’s because she’s a good person, one that looks for the good in people, even when they are doing wrong. As Christina’s surrogate mom, she excelled in that. Reese wasn’t in the story as much, but is the catalyst for most of what happens, so was very necessary to the story. Matt, a young man working at Scoops, was a good person as well, and one that could see the good in Christina. He only has a small but pivital role in the story, and it mattered. There is of course a villain in this story. I don’t want to say any more than that because of spoilers.

Will Christina manage to get Reese back, or will she take over Reese’s life completely? That’s the question here. Is there even a way to get Reese back, is another question to be answered. Along the way are some surprises, and actually some life altering moments for Christina. There’s other witches, both good and bad, and even a demon. I thought this book was well thought out, and executed by the author, and read it really quickly. I don’t know if it’s going to be a series, but it certainly could be, and if it becomes one, I will definitely be reading it.


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Early Review: Gray Bishop by Kelly Meade

Gray Bishop - Kelly Meade, Kelly Meding

Gray Bishop
Series: Cornerstone Run Trilogy #2
Author: Kelly Meade
Publisher: InterMix
Published on: October 21, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Format: 313 pages, eARC
Provided by: NetGalley

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Some people need something to fight for…

With the attacks on their homes escalating and human half-breeds seeking sanctuary among them, the loup garou are reaching their breaking point. Two, in particular.

After failing to stop his little brother’s kidnapping years ago, Bishop McQueen angrily broods on his shame, though no one else blames him.

Jillian Reynolds is still dealing with a tragic accident that took everything she ever wanted from life. And her attraction to Bishop is only making things more difficult.

When word reaches them that Jillian's hometown is under attack, the Alpha takes Bishop, Jillian, and a group of enforcers to assist in the battle. And it is in this chaos that both Bishop and Jillian will have to face their pasts—and the true feelings they have for each other—if they are going to survive…

INCLUDES A PREVIEW OF THE NEXT TITLE IN THE CORNERSTONE TRILOGY, WHITE KNIGHT.

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This one’s going to be a doozy to review without spoilers because most of the main plot line revolved around one major event that set a chain reaction in motion, but I am going to try. If I fail, well consider this your warning! Apparently Kelly Meade (Meding) is known for her dark writing style although admittedly I have yet to read her DREG CITY series; however that most certainly is proving to be the case as far as her CORNERSTONE RUN trilogy is concerned. BLACK ROOK was dark, but GRAY BISHOP was downright pitch black, not exactly what comes to mind when I think of Paranormal Romance, yet you won’t hear me complaining! And, just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about; there were two sex scenes (yes, I counted) compared to the staggering number of deaths which totaled in the hundreds. That being said, there is a HEA at the end of the tunnel, both for the main couple and for two other pairings.

Initially Jillian & Bishop’s relationship was very à la Romeo and Juliet in that they are soon-to-be Alphas of their respective runs, and can never be more than bed buddies on account of their family responsibilities. Death is the only way they can be together, although in this case it’s not theirs, but rather someone(s) else’s which means that their love comes at a very high price. I guessed the key to their mating pretty early on, however because of the means and the genre under which is series is shelved, I assumed that the author would find another way, so when my speculations proved true I couldn’t avoid shedding a few tears. Meade is one cold hearted writer—I even told her so on Twitter, and she replied with an ominous cackle. There is an upside to forbidden love though, when the protagonists do get it on, they make it count which means that those two sex scenes I mentioned earlier are real scorchers!

I wish that Bishop had played a larger role in his own story; I found that his character was somewhat overshadowed by his brother, Knight. I get that the author was setting up for the next book, and that he’s key to this trilogy’s main plot arc, however at certain points I did find myself forgetting that GRAY BISHOP was supposed to be about the eldest McQueen sibling. That complaint aside, I did like the gray wolf, he’s a true Alpha in every sense of the word, and his actions reflected that every step of the way. Jillian’s backstory is tragic, and her present circumstances weren’t much better, but she too proved worthy of her status within the pack hierarchy on multiple occasions, and I absolutely loved Reynolds and Bishop as a power couple. The previous installment featured a werewolf / Magi matching, so I was thrilled that a true loup garou pairing happened this time around.

I liked how certain aspects of this story were linked to the McQueens’ mother, and I enjoyed the brothers’ interactions with Colin Corman even though I can’t really say more than that because—spoiler! The half-breed triplets were once again wrecking havoc on the quaint town of Cornerstone, and this time around they have feral wolves in toe. Shay finally came out of her shell, but her happiness was short-lived by virtue of Meade being EVIL. We also get 100% confirmation about what happened to Knight in the previous book, and although that particular subject still makes me horribly uncomfortable, it was lessened by the fact that he’s a male. Hmm… double-standard much? The final chapters end on a high note with several weddings, only to immediately come crashing down on readers’ heads afterward because, again, Meade = EVIL.

GRAY BISHOP gave me the worst case of feels I’ve had in a long time, but I fully expect myself to cheer out loud when the villains get what’s coming to them in WHITE KNIGHT. Watch out girls, the McQueens are coming for YOU!


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Reading progress update: I've listened 586 out of 586 minutes.

The Reckoning - Kelley Armstrong

I waited FOREVER for that first kiss, well to be fair there were two in this installment, but only one of 'em really mattered. I liked how this one tied into Armstrong's WOTO series, especially having read Savannah & Adam's short in the OTHERWORLD NIGHTS anthology just prior to this one. What a great HEA for Chloe & co.! Full review to follow.

Question: Why Do You Read?


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I read for a variety of reasons, but the main one is probably to escape. The daily grind has a way of weighing down even the most happy-go-lucky among us with work commitments, family life, and a seemingly never ending to-do list. Sometimes it’s nice to forget that I have bills to pay, let the dishes sit in the sink over the weekend, ignore the most recent in-law drama, and just lose myself in a fictional world. You can’t turn on your TV/radio or step outside without being bombarded by the latest human tragedy, however when your nose is buried in a novel, it all fades into the background. You won’t find any biographies, textbooks, or history volumes on my nightstand because I have no interest is feeding my brain other than maybe expanding my vocabulary, and that’s simply an added bonus.

Entertainment is another reason why reading ranks as high at it does on my priorities list. I love seeing what shenanigans my favourite characters are up to, crushing on some grade-A werewolf man-candy, and getting dirty looks from peeps when I laugh out loud or start crying after an especially poignant scene. Getting to live vicariously through someone else’s eyes is a nice perk as well because I get to travel to all kinds of exotic locations and experience a wide range of activities without ever having to leave the comfort of my living room. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have my own real life bucket list, but money and time are always tight, so reading is a workaround until I win the lottery. LOL

My mother was a reader, so this hobby was instilled upon me at a very early age; she passed away from breast cancer five years ago, and this is only a side benefit, but my fiction addiction also makes me feel closer to her. I’ll sometimes revisit old stories, and reminisce about a convo we shared about a certain author because those are the good memories that are worth cherishing. And finally, I know this might sound strange, but I also read to get some alone time whether it be to escape my coworkers in the middle of a busy cafeteria or my husband while we’re sitting side-by-side on the couch. Books allow me to fly solo without having to hike to a secluded spot in the woods—the one way I can be alone without actually BEING alone.

 

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Reading progress update: I've listened 397 out of 586 minutes.

The Reckoning - Kelley Armstrong

How does it feel to get your ass handed to ya by kids?? 

Review: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

Review: Lailah by Nikki Kelly
Lailah
Series: The Styclar Saga #1
Author: Nikki Kelly
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Published on: October 7 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: 414 pages, eARC
Provided by: NetGalley
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The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve even darker forces. Jonah and the few like him, are fighting with help from an unlikely Allie – a rogue Angel, named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Gabriel and Jonah both want to protect her. But Lailah will have to fight her own battle to find out who she truly is.

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Anytime a Big Bad vamp bites through a pregnant angel’s stomach, and infects the baby with its venom in the first few pages of a book, it’s a pretty clear indicator of what you’re in for. If that sounds awesome to you, then hey, you might love this book.

 

BUT . . . if you’re like me, and think that’s just about as cornball as it can get . . . you are not wrong.

 

Francesca doesn’t know what she is. She only knows that she cannot die. But if she’s injured badly enough, she can appear to be dead while her body shuts down to repair itself. When this happens, she wakes up with incomplete memories from her prior life that come to her in fits and starts, and sometimes while she sleeps. She has no idea how old she is, but she knows she’s much older than her seventeen year old appearance.

 

The only thing she’s sure about is the man whose face she’s been seeing in her dreams throughout all her lives. The man who radiates light, the man whose beauty makes her heart ache, the man with a golden halo of blond curly hair . . . Gabriel. *rolls eyes*

 

But while Gabriel is the man of her dreams (HA), Jonah is the injured vamp in her backyard. And even though her last life ended when she came face-to-face with the darker nature of vampires (the more recent the past life, the more vivid the memories), Francesca has a “hunch” that Jonah is different, so despite knowing that he’s been tortured, starved, and is grievously injured, she ignores his warnings to keep her distance, lest he drink her down, and cuts her own wrist, forcing him to drink.<——TSTL female alert.

 

The only reason she survives this idiocy is b/c Jonah’s captors show up, distracting him from her blood, and then—OMG!—freshly fed, he somehow manages to take out ALL the bad guys.

 

Hmmm . . . I wonder if there’s something different about Francesca’s blood?

 

But while Jonah is busy with the vamps, Francesca hears/sees a silver bullet racing straight towards Jonah’s heart, so she jumps in front of it, getting hit in the shoulder, and passes out.

 

When she comes to, none other then Gabriel himself is leaning over her. And not only is her dream man there—in the flesh—but would you believe that he’s also the angelic leader of the motley band of good(ish) vamps that Jonah belongs to?

 

SMALL world.

 

And what a cruel twist of fate. After spending countless lives alone, she had just found Jonah, with whom she shared an instant connection. Jonah, who bares a remarkable resemblance to Damon Salvatore, both in appearance and temperament.

 

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But then there’s Gabriel. Gabriel who she’s longed for in all of her lives . . . it’s just SO confusing. What’s a girl to do?<——W-A-F-F-L-E.

 

So the plot’s ridiculous. How about the writing?

He wasted no time scooping me up off the bark and thrusting my body against his. He clung to me, allowing no space between us, pushing his hand into my soaking hair. Eventually I removed my face from his chest and stared up into his eyes; they were enlarged with worry and brimming over with sadness.

He didn’t hug or embrace her, he thrust her body against his. She didn’t look up, she removed . . . her face . . . from his chest. *headdesk* His eyes weren’t wide, they were . . . enlarged.

 

Then there was the single page in which Francesca was, “utterly perplexed,” “bewildered,” and “completely dumbfounded,” in quick succession.

 

I also have this peeve about people using the word “literally” for emphasis: I literally walked out, he literally ignored her, she literally just got here, etc. STAHP. It’s bad enough when I have endure its overuse by my sister, but in a book? NO.

 

And let’s not forget about all the random and bizarre, yet technically correct, words that can be found on nearly every page. Like when the monster vamp slices off a lock of Francesca’s hair, and instead of smelling it, or lifting it to his nose, he raised it to his “orifices.”

 

*sing songs* Someone literally needs to have their thesaurus confiscated.

And that’s all I got. There were moments that were relatively painless, but overall . . . Lailah by Nikki Kelly was not for me. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes the sound of a Fallen + Twilight + Vampire Diaries mashup + a surplus of adverbs, and a questionable use of adjectives.

 

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Cover Re-Reveal Sign-Ups: Angel Bait by Tricia Skinner

I’m organizing a one day cover reveal on October 31st for the prequel in Tricia Skinner’s ANGEL ASSASSINS series, ANGEL BAIT. This title is being re-released on that date, a tour-wide giveaway will be available, as will review copies for hosts interested in reading this book.

 

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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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I’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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