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Review: Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

Review: Pale Demon by Kim Harrison
Pale Demon
Series: The Hollows #9
Author: Kim Harrison
Publisher: Harper Voyager, HarperCollins
Published on: February 22 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 453 pages,Provided by: Purchased
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New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison takes her indomitable heroine on a wild journey of dark magic and supernatural adventure.

Pale Demon
Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' convention and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after...forever after.

But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, and a pixy in one car going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

For after centuries of torment, a fearsome demon walks in the sunlight - freed at last to slay the innocent and devour souls. But his ultimate goal is Rachel Morgan, and in the fight for survival that follows, even embracing her own demonic nature may not be enough to save her.

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So I’m pretty sure that I’ve said this several times already, but just in case you missed it—Pale Demon is my FAVORITE book in this series.

 

Things have been building, and Rachel’s life has been getting more complicated, but by the end of the last book, it looks like she’s finally going to catch a break.

 

Oliver, the new head of the coven of moral and ethical standards, has verbally agreed to remove Rachel’s shunning at the upcoming Witch Convention, as long as she shows up to said convention and apologizes publicly for her use of black magic.

 

So that’s the plan . . . BUT . . .

 

As much as I needed to do this, I was so-o-o-o not looking forward to it. I mean, I’d been accused of being a black witch–of doing black magic and consorting with demons, both of which I did. Do. Whatever

 

So yeah . . . life is still complicated, and Rachel (being Rachel) is going to have a hard time apologizing for something that she, 1. is still doing, and 2. is seeing as less and less of a problem. She doesn’t deliberately try to make things as difficult for herself as she can, but she does have a certain knack for it, doesn’t she?

 

And that’s not all, b/c we soon find out that the coven of moral and ethical standards (CoMaES) is a bit more slippery than anticipated. Rachel actually has to get to the convention for the shunning to be removed, you see, and it’s evident that the CoMaES is going to try to prevent that when Rachel is kept from boarding her flight to CA where the convention is being held.<——NOT nice.

 

But not entirely unexpected as Ivy and Jenks took the liberty of packing Rachel’s suitcases with old magazines, and repacking her things in different bags, so that when the airport “lost” her luggage, it wouldn’t be a problem.

 

Did I mention that Trent is trying to catch a ride with Rachel to the West Coast?

 

I didn’t? Hmmm . . . that’s odd.

 

TRENT is trying to CATCH A RIDE with RACHEL to the WEST COAST.

 

That’s like . . . DAYS in a car with Trent. Trent the sexy elf. Trent whom I love to hate. DAYS. With TRENT.

 

And, of course, she says, “NO,” b/c Rachel, but, of course, she changes her mind . . . b/c Rachel.

 

“Why does Trent need to catch a ride with Rachel to the West Coast?” you ask, and that is an excellent question. It is, perhaps, the most excellent question I have goaded you into asking thus far. And when I tell you to READ THE BOOK, I mean it more in this situation than any other time I’ve told you to READ THE BOOK.

 

Trust me. You NEED to know. N-E-E-D.

 

I can tell you that the Withons (Ellasbeth’s parents, and presumably Ellasbeth, herself) are doing everything in their power to prevent Trent from getting to the West Coast, including, but not limited to, sending ASSASSINS.

 

So that’s fun.

 

I’m reluctant to say much about the biggest problem they encounter on the road, b/c it first appears well after the 10% point, which is where my cut-off is for mentioning specifics, but suffice it to say, that there is a BIG problem. A problem so BIG that it’s probably not possible to resolve it entirely in a single installment.

 

And then there’s the Big Deal. The thing that makes Pale Demon my favorite book in the series. The thing that makes me go back and read an entire passage over and over (and over) again. Yes, the plot is awesome, and yes, there is awesome character development—especially where Al, Rachel, and Trent are concerned—but those things alone are not what push this installment into the 5 star zone.

 

If you’re even remotely interested in this series . . . if you’ve let yourself fall behind, and tell yourself that you’ll finish the series eventually, if you are either of those things, this is the book that makes it all worthwhile, and you are doing yourself a MAJOR disservice by not catching up and reading it. It’s frickin’ awesome. It’s on the same level as Kate Daniels #3 in its epic amazingness.

 

Hopefully, you’re convinced, but if you’re not . . . well, you can lead a horse to water, blah blah, and all that. That is all. *runs off to read that entire passage one more time*

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/07/review-pale-demon-by-kim-harrison.html

Reading progress update: I've listened 503 out of 983 minutes.

Magic Breaks - Ilona Andrews

Shouldn't Curran be swooping in to help Kate wipe the floor with Hugh just about now?? 

Reading progress update: I've listened 228 out of 983 minutes.

Magic Breaks - Ilona Andrews

Kate Daniels, donkey whisperer & all-around badass. 

Reading progress update: I've listened 59 out of 983 minutes.

Magic Breaks - Ilona Andrews

#Listening - I want a bunnycat!

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians) - Dianne Duvall

I was really looking forward to reading the first female IMMORTAL GUARDIAN's story, and although Lisette & Zack's tale was undoubtedly passionate, the insta-love kicked-in too quickly for my tastes. The series' plot arc was at the forefront of this book totally eclipsing their romance, and the author compensated by upping the number of sex scenes. This unfortunately was my least favourite installment to date. 3.5 Stars - Full Review to Follow.

Reviews: Zenya’s Story by D’Elen McClain

Reviews: Zenya’s Story by D’Elen McClain
Zenya's Story
Series: Fang Chronicles #3
Author: D'Elen McClain
Publisher: Indie
Published on: April 5, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Format: 207 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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With a beastkind war on the horizon, and his entire pack wiped out by the southern lion pride, Nicolas longs for death after months of daily torture at the hands of his enemies.

Zenya, a werecat, rescued by wolves, places herself in danger’s way because Nicolas’s dark eyes haunt her dreams. They’re natural enemies but their beasts have other ideas.

Add in a one-armed teenage hellion, a blind female with a heart of gold, and a deadly vampire with a boyish face, and Nicolas just might have a new clan.

Misfit cats, crazy wolves, and a special miracle combine with danger, love, and revenge in Zenya’s Story.

I am really loving this series more and more as I go, and actually wishing for the time to read the next book ASAP. Hopefully that will happen soon now that the war in this book is escalating. The war I am referring to is between the wolf shifters and the cat shifters and we aren’t talking about house cats.

Zenya is a mountain lion shifter that was introduced in the previous two books. Up until recently,she was the nanny employed by the vampire head of the Southwestern clan of wolves, Marcus and his wife, Amy. Now she has gone to South America to try and save Nicholas. Nicholas was the wolf leader of the Northeastern wolf clan. His clan was wiped out by the cats in the last book and he was kidnapped by the cats from hell-or they might as well be. In order to save Nicholas, she has to go through that hell. Why? Because her cat has sat up and taken notice of Nicolas’s wolf, after only one brief meeting.

This book was the total adventure from pretty much start to finish. When it wasn’t being an trek through a jungle or a violent fight with cats, it was a really good romance. Along with that comes lots of intense lust. The world building just keeps on giving in this book. In this world, each clan of shifters lives with a vampire. The vampire feeds from each member of the clan and in doing so, keeps the clan alive and well and actually pretty much immortal. That’s just the tip of the iceberg for what’s involved in this authors world building. Without going into it all, I will say that the animosity between the wolves and the cats has been an ongoing struggle. This installment goes a lot deeper into the cat clan world building. It was fascinating, but more then that, pretty horrifying at times, especially when it came to the males treatment of women.

I thought this book was well written, a super fast read, with good characters, one’s that if you have read the first couple of books, you will want to know more about. Lots of new characters are introduced into the series and it will be fun to see what happens with them as well. I was glad to finally get Zenya’s story as she has always been an intriguing character for me. After Nicholas lost his pack, I couldn’t imagine what he would do with himself. It was pretty heartbreaking. What he does, makes for a really entertaining read, and went places I really wouldn’t have thought would ever happen!

Lorna

Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/07/reviews-zenyas-story-by-delen-mcclain.html

Paranormal New Releases: July 29th

Paranormal Romance:

In Still Darkness
In Still Darkness
(Immortal Guardians #3.5)
by Dianne Duvall
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

In Dianne Duvall’s world of Immortal Guardians, the stakes for mortals are high, but the cost—especially to the heart—might be higher…

It’s not the first time Immortal Guardian Richart d’Alençon has saved a human life from eternal damnation. Usually, he moves on, a nameless savior like a ghost in the night. But this time he can’t seem to forget the woman who rewarded him with a sensuous kiss after he rescued her from a trio of vampires. While Richart knows that loving a human can only bring trouble, the taste of forbidden lust is too great to resist…

Jenna never imagined she’d end up a single mom working overtime to put her son through school. But she might have daydreamed once that a devastatingly gorgeous Frenchman would sweep her off her feet. Now that a package of tall, dark, and handsome seems intent on doing just that, doctors are telling her she may not have long to live. But Richart is telling her just the opposite. All she has to do is abandon her humanity…

Includes a special sneak peek of NIGHT UNBOUND.

 

Cursed (The Order of the Wolf #1)
by Angela Addams
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Her biggest mistake comes with fangs…and a nose for tracking her down.

Wherever there’s a lying, cheating scumbag who’s broken a woman’s heart, Vengeance Dealer Darcy Wells is there. So what if she isn’t the most skilled witch around? She’s only using one spell, which leaves the hapless male suffering tormenting lust for one woman. Her.

The beautiful part? This curse comes equipped with a blinding agent, allowing her a clean getaway. Unrequited lust, coming right up! As far as Darcy is concerned, it’s justice served. Her next target: Raven Glock, rock band bassist and drop-dead-gorgeous sex god.

When Raven lays eyes on the luscious Darcy, he gives her what he promises all the starry-eyed groupies who toss their panties at him—one unforgettable night in his bed. Sex with Darcy is so epic that he forgets his cardinal rule: to get her out before morning.

At the crack of sunrise, Darcy serves Raven a face full of cursed ash. But something goes horribly wrong…and she finds herself magically tethered to one pissed-off werewolf.

Worse, breaking the spell could cost her everything…maybe even her life.

Warning: Sexually explicit language, tattoos, piercings, and giant…um…feet. Wet panties are a given. Author assumes no responsibility for spontaneous ravishment of significant others, pool boys, or local pizza delivery personnel.

 

Shifter’s Claim Part 4
(Shadow Shifters #4)
by A.C. Arthur
Paranormal Romance
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

With the blackmail threat now lifted it’s up to Priya what she will do with the information she has on this new shapeshifter species. Her heart will forever belong to Sebastian “Bas” Perry—the man—and so her loyalty will remain with the Shadow Shifters, even if Bas chooses to walk away.

He did all he could, tried to abide by the laws of the Etica and to keep his feelings in check. Fate obviously had another plan for Bas and for how his life would play out. Finding a mate to fit his paranormal life proves to be more than he could ever have imagined, if he could just hold on to her, in Shifter’s Claim Part IV from The Shadow Shifters series by A.C. Arthur

 

Shifter’s Claim
(The Shadow Shifters #4)
by A.C. Arthur
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Half man, half animal, a Shadow Shifter is sworn to protect females—human or otherwise—from the savage fury of his own nature…

Rich, handsome, and successful—hotel magnate Sebastian “Bas” Perry could have any woman he desires. But despite his animal attraction to women, he avoids relationships at all costs. As a Shadow Shifter, he must defend innocent humans from the deadliest of his kind. And the most dangerous game of all is falling in love…

It takes a special kind of woman to hunt a predator, to tame the beast—and to capture a man’s heart…

Priya Drake is an ambitious reporter hungry for a story. At a presidential fundraiser, she sets her sights on the mysterious and magnetic Bas Perry, a man with a secret she’s determined to uncover. Stalking her prey back to his hotel, the hunter soon becomes the hunted—when Bas takes her in his arms and unleashes the animal within. For Priya, it is more than a night of wild, reckless passion. It’s the story of a lifetime. But can she betray the man she loves? in Shifter’s Claim by A.C. Arthur.

 

Five Weeks
Five Weeks (Seven #3)
by Dannika Dark
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she’s recently decided to settle down—as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.

Jericho isn’t the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion—until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly.

Fate reunites two former friends living with one foot in the present and the other in the past. But will they have a future when one of them is forced to choose between life and death? Old habits die hard, and sometimes the toughest addictions to shake are the ones that control our hearts.

Destiny will find you.



Urban Fantasy:

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7)
by Ilona Andrews
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it…

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…

 

Free Agent (Grimm Agency #1)
by J.C. Nelson
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

When it comes to crafting happily-ever-afters, the Agency is the best in the land of Kingdom. The Fairy Godfather Grimm can solve any problem—from eliminating imps to finding prince charming—as long as you can pay the price…

Working for Grimm isn’t Marissa Locks’s dream job. But when your parents trade you to a Fairy Godfather for a miracle, you don’t have many career options. To pay off her parents’ debt and earn her freedom, Marissa must do whatever Grimm asks, no matter what fairy-tale fiasco she’s called on to deal with.

Setting up a second-rate princess with a first-class prince is just another day at the office. But when the matchmaking goes wrong, Marissa and Grimm find themselves in a bigger magical muddle than ever before. Not only has the prince gone missing, but the Fae are gearing up to attack Kingdom, and a new Fairy Godmother is sniffing around Grimm’s turf, threatening Marissa with the one thing she can’t resist: her heart’s wishes.

Now Marissa will have to take on Fairies, Fae, dragons, and princesses to save the realm—or give up any hope of ever getting her happy ending…

 

The Hexed (Krewe of Hunters #13)
by Heather Graham
Paranormal
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

A place of history, secrets…and witchcraft.

Devin Lyle has recently returned to the Salem area, but her timing couldn’t be worse. Soon after she moved into the eighteenth-century cabin she inherited from her great-aunt Mina—her “crazy” great-aunt, who spoke to the dead—a woman was murdered nearby.

Craig Rockwell—known as Rocky—is a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI’s team of paranormal investigators. He never got over finding a friend dead in the woods. Now another body’s been found in those same woods, not far from the home of Devin Lyle. And Devin’s been led to a third body—by…a ghost?

Her discovery draws them both deeper into the case and Salem’s rich and disturbing history. Even as the danger mounts, Devin and Rocky begin to fall for each other, something the ghosts of Mina and past witches seem to approve of. But the two of them need every skill they possess to learn the truth—or Devin’s might be the next body in the woods….



Fantasy:

Path of Smoke (Parallel Parks #2)
by Bailey Cunningham
Fantasy
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Book Description

In Wascana Park, they’re ordinary university students. But after midnight, when the park transforms into the magical kingdom of Anfractus, they become warriors, bards, and archers in a real-life role-playing game…

The company of heroes has thwarted the plan of the power-hungry basilissa to conquer Anfractus, but not without a cost. Andrew’s character, Roldan, died, leaving him cut off from the mystical realm without any memory of its existence. If the others reveal the park’s magical nature to Andrew, his banishment will become permanent. So they must hide their nighttime adventures—and hope that his memory returns.

Pursued by the basilissa’s forces, the rest of the group keeps a low profile in Anfractus until they uncover an unholy alliance between their enemy and the silenoi, satyrlike creatures who hunt humans—an alliance that threatens to cross the barrier into the real world.

And while his friends struggle to prevent an invasion in both worlds, Andrew receives a visitor determined to restore his memory of Anfractus by leading him down a very dark path…

 

Cast in Flame
(Chronicles of Elantra #10)
by Michelle Sagara
Fantasy
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Any day that starts with dragon arguments is going to be bad

Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She’s not at home in the Imperial Palace—and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that.

She can’t as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade’s younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she’s called to the fief—by Teela. A small family disagreement has become a large, complicated problem: Castle Nightshade’s latent magic is waking.

And it’s not the only thing.

 

The Winter King
by C.L. Wilson
Fantasy
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

An epic new fantasy romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author C. L. Wilson

After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea’s king by taking one of the man’s beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter’s battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother’s death, rages on.

Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father’s palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig’s icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.

As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin’s wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter’s passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.



Young Adult:

Blightborn (The Heartland Trilogy #2)
by Chuck Wendig
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Cael McAvoy is on the run. He’s heading toward the Empyrean to rescue his sister, Merelda, and to find Gwennie before she’s lost to Cael forever. With his pals, Lane and Rigo, Cael journeys across the Heartland to catch a ride into the sky. But with Boyland and others after them, Cael and his friends won’t make it through unchanged.

Gwennie’s living the life of a Lottery winner, but it’s not what she expected. Separated from her family, Gwennie makes a bold move—one that catches the attention of the Empyrean and changes the course of an Empyrean man’s life.

The crew from Boxelder aren’t the only folks willing to sacrifice everything to see the Empyrean fall. The question is: Can the others be trusted?

They’d all better hurry. Because the Empyrean has plans that could ensure that the Heartland never fights back again.

Chuck Wendig’s riveting sequel to Under the Empyrean Sky plunges readers into an unsettling world of inequality and destruction, and fleshes out a cast of ragtag characters all fighting for survival and, ultimately, change

 

Kalona’s Fall
(House of Night Novellas #4)
by P.C. Cast
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

From the Sun and from the Moon, two winged brothers are born: golden Erebus, playmate and friend, and mysterious Kalona, Warrior and lover, companions of the Goddess Nyx.

From the first, Nyx loves them both deeply, but differently. With Erebus, she can talk and laugh and dance, and take joy in the games he plays among the humans of the Earth. With Kalona, the fire in her body burns bright, and she can rest in the solace of his strength and protection. But for Kalona, Nyx’s nights are not enough. Every second he is not with her he is filled with doubt and longing, and every time he fails to please her, he cannot forgive himself. Ruled by anger and jealousy of his brother, and consumed by his love for his Goddess, Kalona seeks the power to prove his worth, and to claim once and for all that Nyx eternally belongs to him.

And at the edges of the Earth, a Darkness is stirring, waiting for its chance, for the doorway in through a heart that it knows will welcome it…

 

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5)
by Richelle Mead
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

 

Oceanborn (The Aquarathi #2)
by Amalie Howard
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

The coronation is over.

But the battle has just begun.

Nerissa Marin has won her crown. But can she keep it? Already, her ties to the human realm are driving a wedge between Nerissa and her people. When word arrives that her part-human prince consort, Lo, has been poisoned, she makes the difficult choice to leave Waterfell and return landside. As the royal courts debate her decision, even more disturbing rumors surface: a plot is rising against her, led by someone she least expects.

On land, Nerissa learns another shocking truth—Lo does not remember who she is. As her choice to try to save him threatens her hold on her crown, changing loyalties and uncertainty test her courage in ways she could never have imagined. Nerissa will have one last chance to prove herself as a queen…and save the undersea kingdom she loves.

 

The Young World
(The Young World Trilogy #1)
by Chris Weitz
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.

The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park…and discovers truths they could never have imagined.

 

Between
by Megan Whitmer
Young Adult
Amazon GoodReads
 

Book Description

When a supernatural freak of nature forces her family to separate, seventeen-year-old Charlie Page must turn to her frustrating (yet gorgeous) neighbor, Seth, to help reunite them. Seth whisks Charlie to Ellauria—a magical world filled with the creatures of myths and legends—and tells her of the Fellowship, the group charged with protecting mystical beings from human discovery. (All except Bigfoot: that attention whore is a total lost cause.) But when Charlie learns that she’s under the Fellowship’s protection herself, well, “stressed” is an understatement.

Ellauria should be the safest place for Charlie while the Fellowship works to find her family, but things in the mystical realm aren’t what they seem.

Magic is failing, creatures are dying, and the Fellowship insists Charlie holds the key to saving everyone. With her family still missing and the danger in Ellauria growing, Charlie doesn’t know who she can trust. She’s dealing with a power she never asked for, falling for a guy she can’t have, and being forced to choose between her destiny and her heart. And if she chooses wrong, she could destroy magic forever.

Charlie may be in over her head.



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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/07/paranormal-new-releases-july-29th.html

Reading progress update: I've read 75%.

Night Unbound (Immortal Guardians) - Dianne Duvall

The series story arc is kind of eclipsing Lisette & Zach's romance. :(

Audiobook Review: Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater

Sinner
Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Emma Galvin
Publisher: Scholastic Audio
Published on: July 1, 2014
Genre: Werewolves, Young Adult
Format: 9 hrs & 24 mins, Audiobook
Provided by: Purchased

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SINNER follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

found.

Cole St. Clair has come to California for one reason: to get Isabel Culpeper back. She fled from his damaged, drained life, and damaged and drained it even more. He doesn't just want her. He needs her.

lost.

Isabel is trying to build herself a life in Los Angeles. It's not really working. She can play the game as well as all the other fakes. But what's the point? What is there to win?

sinner.

Cole and Isabel share a past that never seemed to have a future. They have the power to love each other and the power to tear each other apart. The only thing for certain is that they cannot let go.

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I was originally planning on reading SINNER ‘just for me’ because I don’t typically review novellas, but at 368 pages this story can’t really be labeled short. Then I succumbed to the lure of Whispersync when I realized that the audiobook featured not one but two narrators. And, of course, the lower price helped too. From there my dilemma grew as it became apparent that Cole & Isabel’s tale, although beautiful, was more contemporary in nature than paranormal (i.e. not my thing), only to end up completely floored by the sheer brilliance of it all that my review practically wrote itself. Yeah… Maggie Stiefvater tends to have that effect on me.

Plot wise, there’s not very much to this book; a rehabilitated rockstar is trying to make a comeback with the help of a reality TV show while also attempting to win back the woman he loves. It was all very… L.A. I didn’t mind the simplicity of the story because well, in all honesty, this author’s writing style could probably make tomato soup attractive. Plus, it allowed her lyrical prose to really shine. I loved the alternating POVs—Cole’s eccentric monologues, and Isabel’s pessimistic outlook—the secondary characters (especially Leon), and the hot / cold romance. Virtual Cole was a quirky little extra as well.

St. Clair is a werewolf; however that fact seemed secondary in this THE WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS novella, which perplexed me at first. I thought I would miss the paranormal elements of this series, but by trimming off all of the excess the author was able to better convey that SINNER is first and foremost a love story. I liked how broken both of the characters were, and how they refused to apologize for their imperfections. I found it interesting how Culpeper equated Cole’s wolfing out to a drug relapse, and in a lot of ways it was so much worse. The romance was as touching as it was heartbreaking, and there were even a few heated scenes that made this novel borderline New Adult (YA readers beware!).

The dual narrators were a nice fit for SINNER’s alternating POVs; I enjoyed both Dan Bittner and Emma Galvin’s performances. They certainly did Stiefvater’s writing proud, and as a result, I couldn’t help but fall even more in love with her trademark poetic style. My only complaint was that I wish the narrators had read their respective POVs throughout the tale instead of just each characters’ specific chapters. The audiobook also included music that was written by the author which was a cool bonus. This was my first experience with Whispersync, but the feature proved useful seeing how there were oh so many notable quotes!

SINNER was an unexpected contemporary delight, and a welcome return to THE WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS.


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/07/audiobook-review-sinner-by-maggie-stiefvater.html

Reading progress update: I've listened 564 out of 564 minutes.

Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater

Had a more contemporary feel to it than I was expecting, but I still loved it. The two alternating POVs worked well with the narrators, and Stiefvater's writing... wow. Just wow. Full Review to Follow.

Review: Whispers and Wishes by Hollie Westring

Review: Whispers and Wishes by Hollie Westring
Whispers and Wishes
Series: Sage Springs #1
Author: Hollie Westring
Publisher: Indie
Published on: November 7 2013
Genre: New Adult
Format: 294 pages, eBook
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Eliza Monroe has been traveling the United States for three years, immersing herself in the towns she visits as she searches for the mother she’s never known. She hopes returning to her grandmother’s inn in Sage Springs, Mo., will provide the break she needs to evaluate her lonely life.

What Eliza isn’t expecting is to have two men enter the picture, not making her decision to stay or leave any easier. One has been her foundation, while the other is as comfortable as she is hopping from city to city. Throw in a kooky grandmother, a cheerful best friend, a sarcastic guest, a town where residents and spirits interact like neighbors, and Eliza has little time to contemplate her future.

Friendships grow, webs are spun and lies are revealed before Eliza comes to terms with what she wants in life and learns what's really important.

I really loved this book!! It has just enough paranormal in it to make it feel like a paranormal read. It was so beautifully written and it was funny and the words just flowed so well together. I already bought the second book in the series ;)!

 

The specks of light that twinkled miles and miles above caught my attention as I locked the door. It was a reminder there was more out there. I was only a small piece of this gigantic work of art that was the world. Maybe one day I wouldn’t be so uncertain of my place in it.

 

Eliza has been on the road the last three years looking for her mother. Her mother left right after she was born, leaving a note to her father that she just wasn’t cut out for the parenting world. Her father raised her himself until he died when she was fifteen(now she’s twenty two). After that she moved in with her grandmother at the Inn she owns in Missouri. She’s been visiting her grandmother since she was little and it’s such a small town that she’s had Lexi as her best friend for a long time. She moves back in with her grandmother after being on the road and not getting any closer to her mother, even with the help of her private investigator she hired. The cool part about Sage Springs is that everyone there lives there (that has family that first founded the place, which is almost everyone cause nobody has wanted to leave) can see spirits! It has something to do with the water that the founders found and drank from, and the ability keeps going in each generation. So all the spirits in town like to be there because they can talk with the people who live there.

 

Maybe I could pretend it wasn’t a big deal that I had left hours after my best friend’s cousin told me he loved me. The same man who’d known me my entire life and had taken care of me after my dad’s death. The man I’d left in the dust as I ran out of town like the devil himself was after me.

 

Jake as always been in love with Eliza. He is also Lexi’s cousin. They all grew up together when Eliza visited and after she moved to Sage Springs for good. They tried dating before she left to find her mother and she didn’t want anything too serious because she knew she was going to leave one day. And then there’s the new guy that comes in, Gavin. Eliza’s grandmother needs help around the Inn to get it fixed up in time for Fall Fest when all the tourists come in and Gavin offers to help fix it up. Gavin has a lot of secrets but I still really liked him. Then there’s Ivy. She quickly became one of my favorite characters. She’s in town looking to get to know her real father and the place her mother talked so good about. She has a candle business and some of them she puts spells on when the customers ask for it. She is definitely a kick-ass girl.

 

Life might throw me for loops, guys might come and go, but I had two solid friends I would always be thankful for. They made me laugh when I was upset. They made me think clearly when I was floating around in a brain that wouldn’t shut off. Lexi provided the shoulder I needed to cry on, and Ivy was the surprise sucker punch I just might need one day.

 

This book is really about Eliza finding herself and figuring out where she’s meant to be. With the help of all her friends and the spirits that help her too, she finally figures it out. And of course she chooses between Jake and Gavin, and it’s the same one I would’ve made :) I really loved this book. It was a fun, light read with a paranormal twist that left me wanting more!!!

 

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/07/review-whispers-and-wishes-by-hollie-westring.html

Reading progress update: I've read 24%.

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Early Review: Black by Catherine Winters

Early Review: Black by Catherine Winters
Black
Series: Josephine #1
Author: Catherine Winters
Publisher: Indie
Published on: July 28, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 201 pages, eARC
Provided by: Author
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Thirty-year-old redhead Josephine Berendt has everything under control. She's finally over her ex, Max Spencer; her third novel is about to hit the shelves; and she's living happily alone in a quiet Denver suburb. So what if her life is missing a little action? She gets all she needs by writing about vampires - and at least her furniture won't run away to Paris just to prove how much it doesn't love her.

600-year-old businessman Grant Black thinks he's just doing a favor for an old friend by keeping an eye on Josephine and her dangerously accurate storytelling. Keeping out of her life is no trouble at all - until Max shows up on her doorstep with a case of fangs and Grant is forced to meet Josephine in the fearless, foul-mouthed flesh.

Soon Josephine finds herself at the center of an undead incident of international proportions. Now every day is a test of how long she can balance her need for independence with her growing affection for a killer, and stay alive - or, at least, not dead.

Featuring some of the most famous and ruthless vampires from history and literature, BLACK interweaves traditional vampire canons with an entirely new race of vampires with its own laws and mores. Told in Josephine's thoroughly modern voice, the book is a witty, allusive tour of the vampire world's upper echelons and hubs of power.

As an author that writes books about vampires, Josephine Berendt has no idea that vampires actually do exist. So when her ex-boyfriend shows up with a wild story about being a vampire, she really doesn’t believe him. Max broke her heart three years prior and left the country. Coming back out of the blue with a wild story, is not her idea of a fun time needless to say. To make matter worse, he apparently wants her back. This is just the beginning of what becomes quite the adventure for Josephine, and actually not the best adventure.

 

Although Josephine is an American, her conversations kept veering into the Queen’s English for me, and I pictured her with an accent throughout the whole book. Why? I think it was just the tone of the writing for me-totally reminded me of British mysteries I have read, without the mystery of course. And while we are on the subject of Josephine, I found it hard to connect with her for probably the first third or so, of the book. I wondered about her motivations for some of the things she does, I couldn’t understand why she would willingly get involved with another vampire,(other then extreme lust) and I am not talking about Max. Grant Black is one of the richest men in the world, and probably the richest vampire. He’s good looking to the extreme, and enigmatic to the nth degree. At first I wasn’t doing much connecting with him either, but in the end, I liked him probably better then Josephine. That has everything to do with understanding his motivations. Josephine spends a big part of the book, shooting herself in the foot. She’s in love but she can’t admit to it, and I wanted to give her a good talking to at times.

 

This is not a feel good vampire book. Josephine is not a very happy person(due to the situations I am sure), she drinks like a fish, has a potty mouth, and a inferiority complex, and Grant is not a nice sparkly vampire. Grant is an admitted killer of a huge amount other vampires, and makes no bones about it. So this is really not a typical paranormal romance. Instead it delves into the intricacies of the politics of the vampire world. The world building by the author was pretty well imagined, especially when the book moves locations from Colorado to England, and the ancient, ruling vampires become part of the story. This is really when I got pulled into the story and kept reading, not because I had to review this, but because I wanted to.

 

One thing. The book ends without a real ending. So yes, it’s a cliffhanger of sorts. But I have read a lot worse cliffhangers, so it was okay. I think the second one comes out in September,so that is good news.

 

It was a good solid adult read once I finally got into it. I recommend it to lovers of all things vampire. I can honestly say it was a different sort of read for me.

 

Lorna

Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/07/early-review-black-by-catherine-winters.html

Book Blast and Giveaway: Once in a Blue Moon by Delilah Devlin

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Happy Saturday! I’d like to welcome the wonderful, Delilah Devlin, to the blog! Her latest paranormal romance book, ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, was just released on July 15th, and she’s celebrating with an excerpt and giveaway. May I present, Ethan!


Excerpt – Meet Ethan

 

Ethan Thorne leaned his elbows on the rail as the rickety ferry boat made its way across a canal deep in a sleepy bayou. A place nearly out of time. Unchanged except for the slow drone of the boat’s engine. Trees draped in moss. Murky water. The sounds of insects buzzing and chirping and bird calls were an unending cacophony of sound.

They were headed across the expanse where he would build a bridge to the dock on the far side. A dock that wasn’t a dock. It was simply a road that had sunk into the swamp, the tarmac brittle and broken. The little community on the other side was in sore need of a bridge, so why had they protested for so long?

As the boat drew nearer, he noted a couple dozen people gathered on the sunken road. Most were dark-haired with dark complexions and appeared to be related by the similarities of their features. However, one group of five women standing in a half-circle to the side seemed out of place.

For one thing, their features weren’t large-nosed and their skin was pale. And each of the women was stunningly beautiful. How had a small backwoods place like Bonne Nuit produced so many delicately boned, beautiful women? Two were brunette, one was blonde and one red-haired. The one that drew his eye had hair the color of midnight with a slight bluish sheen.

And they dressed differently from the rest. Not a one wore a tee or tank or well-worn jeans and boots. These women wore long skirts, sandals or bare feet, rows and rows of stones around their wrists and long necklaces with pendants resting between their breasts.

At second glance, their skin wasn’t merely pale, it was luminous.

Realization of what they were hit him with the impact of a blow to his solar plexus. Witches. His gaze scanned the far bank. Where were their guardians?

He straightened and purposely dragged his gaze from them. He didn’t need to incite a war with whatever group of demons lurked out of sight.

“You see them?” Renner murmured, coming up beside him and smiling, his expression at odds with the intensity of his unearthly sea-blue gaze. In direct sunlight, his irises reflected the light, glinting like sunlight on a calm blue pond.

“I count five,” Ethan said. “And no sign of Others.”

“Perhaps they haven’t been claimed.”

“How is that even possible?”

“The isolation? The fact they’re banded together?” Renner raised a brow. “How interesting.” He pulled a pair of sunglasses from his pocket and slid them on. “No need to announce our presence just yet.”

It being daylight, Ethan had no worries his eyes would give him away. “Guess that means I’m staying in the town.”

“Until we find out what’s happening here, yes. Brother, we may have struck the mother lode.”

He flashed a grin and turned toward the bank.

Ethan crossed his arms over his chest, instinctively barring his heart to suppress the urge to pounce the moment the ramp dropped to the tarmac. Witches explained a lot. The string of bad luck that had plagued the company the moment the contract for the construction project had been awarded, although seized engines and workers’ accidents were behind them now. Witches also explained how this project had been placed so far down the list that the state’s budget had nearly excluded this last bridge.

Which might confirm his suspicion these witches were truly alone. If they’d been mated, there’d be no need to continue their isolation. Bound, they were protected. For a troll, a lesser demon on anyone’s hierarchy, the thought of five witches, the most exalted feminine prizes in the demon kingdom, the opportunity was too ripe with possibility to ignore.



 
Author Bio

Until recently, award-winning romance author Delilah Devlin lived in South Texas at the intersection of two dry creeks, surrounded by sexy cowboys in Wranglers. These days, she’s missing the wide-open skies and starry nights but loving her dark forest in Central Arkansas, with its eccentric characters and isolation—the better to feed her hungry muse!

For Delilah, the greatest sin is driving between the lines, because it’s comfortable and safe. Her personal journey has taken her through one war and many countries, cultures, jobs, and relationships to bring her to the place where she is now—writing sexy adventures that hold more than a kernel of autobiography and often share a common thread of self-discovery and transformation.

Delilah Devlin is a prolific and award-winning author of erotica and erotic romance with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing deliciously edgy stories with complex characters. Whether creating dark, erotically-charged paranormal worlds or richly descriptive historical stories that ring with authenticity, Delilah Devlin “pens in uncharted territory that will leave the readers breathless and hungering for more…” (Paranormal Reviews) Ms. Devlin has published over 100 erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths. She is published by Atria/Strebor, Avon, Berkley, Black Lace, Cleis Press, Ellora’s Cave, Harlequin Spice, Kensington, Running Press, and Samhain Publishing.

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Once in a Blue Moon, Beaux Rêve Coven #1

 

by Delilah Devlin, from Samhain Publishing. July 15, 2014
Once in a Blue Moon

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When testing an enemy for weaknesses, prepare for things to get hard.

Bryn Cavanaugh and her coven like that the community they live in is isolated thanks to a storm that destroyed the bridge between them and the outside world. Now the state wants the bridge rebuilt. When the construction crew checks into the inn, Bryn begins to suspect something about the crew’s boss isn’t quite…human.

Bridges are Ethan Thorne’s thing—after all, he’s a troll—so building a simple span over a remote canal in backwater Louisiana shouldn’t be this much of a problem. When he follows the pretty little innkeeper to a midnight rendezvous, he discovers why his crew keeps running in to trouble. Bryn and her coven are casting spells in the moonlight.

As a troll, Ethan feels the sting of his low place in demon hierarchy. But finding an unprotected coven of witches in the middle of the bayou could lead to all sorts of adventure. And it’s better to keep your enemies close…

Warning: Contains a handsome troll (Hey, it can happen!) who’s skilled at building sexual tension with his hands—and several other body parts, as well—and a witch who’s determined to protect her home, but forgets to shield her heart.

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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2014/07/book-blast-and-giveaway-once-in-a-blue-moon-by-delilah-devlin.html

Reading progress update: I've listened 334 out of 564 minutes.

Sinner - Maggie Stiefvater

Beautiful, but where have all the werewolves gone?