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Review: Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle

Review: Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle
Dark Alchemy
Author: Laura Bickle
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Published on: March 24 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: 271 pages, eARC
Provided by: Edelweiss
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Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming looking for clues to her father's disappearance years before. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying Western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present. But under the town's dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up - desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can't scientifically explain - her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town's most powerful interests. Petra's father wasn't the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill. Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn't understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast, or die next.

freaky CRIME western twisted HORRIFIC

 

Temperence, Wyoming is an odd place . . .

 

That’s odd as in seriously creepy, not odd as in . . . a little bit different.

 

There’s meth cooker called “The Alchemist,” not to be confused with Lascaris, the alchemist whose “discoveries” of gold were the foundation of the town back in the Gold Rush . . .

 

It’s strongly implied that the “discoveries” were alchemical successes that none have been able to replicate—not for lack of trying—in the 100s of years since Lascaris’ untimely death in a fire that destroyed all of his belongings and research materials . . .

 

That’s either highly convenient or highly inconvenient, depending on your perspective.

 

Enter Petra Dee, a geologist searching for her father who happened to disappear 20(ish) years ago, last seen in Temperence, where she’s just accepted a new job.

 

Would you believe that Papa Dee had an interest in alchemy as well?

 

SMALL world.

 

Another strange coincidence would be the curiously familiar profile inside a mourning brooch Petra stumbles across in the town Pawn Shop/Historical Society to the tune of:

 

“Say . . . that looks like weird dude with the blood that glows who I watched get beat the hell up, but who had nary a scratch on him the very next day . . . ”

 

Like I said . . . ODD.

 

So the plot was interesting. But I had a few quibbles:

 

I picked this up b/c being set in the Midwest and having a bunch of crows on the cover, I figured there’s be a Native American angle, and there was, but alchemy was the bigger focus, which has never been a point of interest for me. YES, I know “alchemy” is in the title, but I was hoping there’d be more to it. There was . . . just not enough . . . for ME.

 

The Park Ranger is as overbearing as he’s supposed to be, but I’ve never understood the point of having faux love interests—if he’d been an old geezer, the role could have been filled just as well and without the awkwardness.

 

The message-from-beyond via Bobby Darin song was straight out of LOST.

 

Overall, better than meh, especially if you like the creepy side of Urban Fantasy. Dark Alchemy has creepy in spades (HA!). Between the aforementioned Alchemist who seems to ooze Mercury, the growing number of highly calcified and deformed almost corpses, and the ranch hands of the local BMOC who dangle underground from the roots of the “Hanging Tree” . . . Like I said . . . creeptastic.

 

Minus 0.5 stars for referring to a gun as a “toy.”

 

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Fool For Books Giveaway Hop

Fool For Books Giveaway Hop




Spring has sprung, and to celebrate I’m giving away ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!! No, not really, but this hop kicks off on April Fools Day, so I just couldn’t resist. This wonderful hop is hosted by BookHounds & I Am A Reader—don’t forget to follow these two lovely bloggers while you’re making the rounds trying to score some bookish goodies.

That being said, I think that a $50 GC is still a pretty decent haul. This giveaway is open internationally just so long as you can redeem from Amazon.com. Ooh, and did I mention that April is one of my FAVOURITE months because my birthday is in a couple of weeks!? YAAAY! Ok, enough of my babbling, I’ll let you get to it. Good luck!


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Reading progress update: I've listened 764 out of 764 minutes.

Total Surrender (Sin Brothers) - Rebecca Zanetti

Talk about down to the wire! Such an amazing conclusion to the Dean brothers' story, and if Zanetti wants to write a spin-off series with Chance & co, I'd be totally on board with that. Full review to follow.

Reading progress update: I've read 379 out of 379 pages.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater

I keep feeling like something big is brewing, and once I have all of the pieces the whole series will make sense, but right now I'm like a dog that's trying to catch its tail. Around, and around in circles we go... Full review to follow.

Early Review: Omega by SM Reine

Early Review: Omega by SM Reine
Omega
Author: SM Reine
Series: War of the Alphas #1
Publisher: Red Iris Books
Published on: April 2, 2015
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Format: 243 pages, eARC
Provided by: NetGalley
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Ten years ago, Deirdre Tombs died. When she was reborn the next day, Deirdre had become a shapeshifter who can’t shift shapes. Nobody knows what animal she’s supposed to be. She’s definitely not a werewolf. The Alpha, Rylie Gresham, can’t force her to transform like other members of her pack.

Now Deirdre is considered an omega, the weakest shapeshifter in the pack—a vulnerable position when Everton Stark demands tribute from Rylie. He wants to be the dominant Alpha. The only Alpha. And he plans to make her pack submit whether they want to or not. Stark can make every shapeshifter obey him by force of will alone.

Every shapeshifter except Deirdre.

The shifter who can’t shift is the only hope for Rylie to win the war against Stark. It will take everything Deirdre has to survive undercover in his den. But can an omega’s will be stronger than that of a charismatic, deadly Alpha like Everton Stark?

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A version of a dystopian world that is new and different? Hard to imagine with so many to be had. This author’s imagining was such an original concept, but not so different that it took away from the characters. Because the characters were pretty great. From what I can tell, it’s a spin-off of The Ascension Series, which I haven’t read, and while I could tell that it probably had been a series, it didn’t take anything away from the read for me. In fact, I am intrigued enough that I may go back and read that series as well.

The year is 2025, and it’s been ten years since Genesis happened. Deirdre was a little girl when she died, and the rest of the world died right along with her. Some people made it back, but a lot didn’t. Deirdre was the only one of her family to make it back. Most that come back are changed-supernaturally. Deidre is a shifter, one that can’t shift, and has no idea what her animal is. Her roommate, Jolene, is a vampire-one that has never killed-and Deirdre works for a nightmare demon that is trying to kill her, rather then fire her, and pay unemployment benefits. Circumstances bring her to the attention of the leader of this new world, Rylie Gresham, a werewolf. There’s a faction that wants to overthrow Rylie, and Rylie thinks Deirdre is just the one to help stop the rebellion, because as an Omega, she can’t be compelled by the rebel leader.

Deidre has had a pretty horrible life in this new world. As a child, she was loved dearly, but all that goes away with Genesis. She has lived under a government assistance program that has kept her from ever getting ahead, or out of living in near squalor. She has been ridiculed and bullied because she can’t shift pretty much since the beginning of her new life. All that being said, she ended up being a total kick butt character. At the same time, she shows her vulnerability, especially when dealing with Gage. Gage works for Rylie also, and becomes Deidre’s undercover partner and love interest. He is pretty broken in his own way.The leader of the rebellion is the villain of this story. Stark was a really scary guy, and almost put me in mind of Hitler,for some reason. His henchman, Jacek was almost as bad. These are villains written so well that you want to get rid of them yourself!

There’s plenty of suspense, action, and scary moments to be had in this story. I loved the characters, the unique(to me at least)premise, and the excellent writing. It was a really fast read for me, because it was a total page turner. Keep in mind, this is not a feel good book, and there is quite a bit of violence in this story. I would not classify this as a paranormal romance. FYI-I can’t imagine reading the first chapter of this book and not getting completely sucked into the story. It’s that exciting.

I had read one other book by this author a few years back, but never went back to finish that series. With this book, I have completely done a complete 180 degrees about this author’s work, and can’t wait to see where this series is heading. Recommended!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher by way of Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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Source: http://rabidreads.ca/2015/03/early-review-omega-by-sm-reine.html

Fresh Meat: March 29-April 4th Speculative Fiction Releases

Urban Fantasy:

Firestorm
Firestorm (Deadtown #6)
by Nancy Holzner
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders—but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…

When Vicky allowed an ancient goddess to possess her, she had no regrets—it was the only way to protect the people she loved. But now Ceridwen, locked in a power struggle with the Hellion that long ago claimed Vicky with its mark, refuses to leave. Both beings believe controlling Vicky is the key to winning the coming war for the human realm.

Despite the forces pulling her apart, Vicky needs all her wits about her. The demons of Hell are growing bold and she can barely keep up with the attacks plaguing the city: sirens in the Mystic River, goblins snarling traffic on Storrow Drive, imps tearing the gold from the State House dome. As the signs of war multiply and Hell threatens to overrun its boundaries, Vicky finds herself torn between her duty to save the world and her desire to save something of herself…

 

Hellbender (Fangborn #3)
by Dana Cameron
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

I-Day is near at hand, and soon the Fangborn will reveal themselves to humankind. As a member of this secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles, will archaeologist Zoe Miller be prepared?

Still grappling with the newfound powers she gained after opening Pandora’s box, Zoe shares the responsibility of protecting “Normal” humans. Having long preferred to keep to the shadows, she knows the pending revelation of the Fangborn will set the world on fire. With Fangborn enemies in the Order of Nicomedia forcing their hand, Zoe and her supernatural Family have no choice but to step into the spotlight. But that decision has garnered the attention of the powerful and otherworldly beings known as the Makers. They claim to have created the Fangborn—not as saviors, but as predators. And it seems they have their own plans for Zoe…and for the fate of all the Fangborn.

 

Recurve (The Elemental Series #1)
by Shannon Mayer
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

“My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental.”

My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father’s side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn’t going to happen.


I’ve been accused of attacking the queen, my wicked stepmother, and my life is suddenly on the line. I have only two options left to me: banishment, or training to become one of the King’s Elite Guards, an Ender.

Option one will kill me.
Option two is meant to break me, but is the only way to survive.

Did I mention I have no power like the rest of the elementals, and my connection to the earth is worth next to nothing?

Could things get any worse? Of course they can. Welcome to being an Elemental.

 

Deception (Vampires in America #9)
by D.B. Reynolds
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

Kauai, Hawaii—tropical paradise, vibrant jungle, turquoise sea… and sensuous nights that hide vampires so powerful they can change the world.

Raphael—powerful, extraordinary, arrogant. He’s been eliminating rivals and gathering allies, determined not just to survive, but to demolish the Europeans who think they can steal what he’s worked for centuries to create. In a final bid to avert a war that seems inevitable, Raphael agrees to meet an enemy he knows of old. She is formidable, wily, and not to be trusted. But in his arrogance, Raphael believes he can foil whatever treachery she has brewing.

Cynthia Leighton—Raphael’s human mate, beautiful, smart, and deadly when threatened. She doesn’t trust anyone, much less a powerful vampire claiming to want peace. So while Raphael prepares to negotiate a treaty, Cyn is preparing for the inevitable double-cross that she knows is coming. Raphael worries about saving thousands of vampire lives. She only cares about one, and she will do anything to keep him alive and in her arms.

When Cyn is proven right, when it all falls apart and Raphael’s enemies draw on ancient magic to trap him, taking him away from Cyn and out of the war, it all falls to her—to find Raphael, to save the thousands of vampires who will die if she doesn’t succeed… and to kill every single being, human or vampire, who gets in her way.

 

Omega (War of the Alphas #1)
by S.M. Reine
Urban Fantasy
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Book Description

Ten years ago, Deirdre Tombs died. When she was reborn the next day, Deirdre had become a shapeshifter who can’t shift shapes. Nobody knows what animal she’s supposed to be. She’s definitely not a werewolf. The Alpha, Rylie Gresham, can’t force her to transform like other members of her pack.

Now Deirdre is considered an omega, the weakest shapeshifter in the pack—a vulnerable position when Everton Stark demands tribute from Rylie. He wants to be the dominant Alpha. The only Alpha. And he plans to make her pack submit whether they want to or not. Stark can make every shapeshifter obey him by force of will alone.

Every shapeshifter except Deirdre.

The shifter who can’t shift is the only hope for Rylie to win the war against Stark. It will take everything Deirdre has to survive undercover in his den. But can an omega’s will be stronger than that of a charismatic, deadly Alpha like Everton Stark?



Science Fiction / Fantasy:

The Voyage of the Basilisk
(Memoir by Lady Trent #3)
by Marie Brennan
Fantasy
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Book Description

The thrilling adventure of Lady Trent continues in Marie Brennan’s Voyage of the Basilisk . . .

Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed–until now.

Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal.Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

 

The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle #4)
by Peter V. Brett
Fantasy
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Book Description

The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.

Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honor and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.

But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honor refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a savior, and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.

In the south, Inevera, Jardir’s first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing one another and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for glory enough to make a claim on the throne.

In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late.

Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton—rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest.

All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them. Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared. . . .

 

Poison (Tales from the Kingdoms #1)
by Sarah Pinborough
Fantasy
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Book Description

An enticing contemporary retelling of the classic story of Snow White. While the the handsome prince, the jealous queen, the beautiful girl and of course the poison all appear, Sarah Pinborough’s charming and provocative spin on the story will captivate fans of the fairy tale all over again.

The first of three brand-new retellings of classic fairy tales by Sarah Pinborough.

 

The Void (The Tanner Sequence #3)
by Timothy S. Johnston
Science Fiction
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Book Description

2403 AD

It would be easier to kill him than to trust him.


Transporting a serial killer might seem like a simple job for CCF Homicide Investigator Kyle Tanner. After spending years apprehending murderers, he’s ready to hang up his pistol. Babysitting a prisoner will bring him to Alpha Centauri, where he can search for a way to escape the CCF forever.

If he makes it.

When his ship breaks down in deep space and a CCF research vessel comes to his aid, Tanner realizes he’s in terrible danger: the scientists on board have blocked his distress call. And when Tanner’s prisoner escapes, he begins to suspect that the proximity of the research vessel had nothing to do with luck and everything to do with the CCF’s relentless reach.

Facing near-certain death by his own organization, Tanner must unravel a tangled skein of vengeance, duplicity and murder in deep space. But he’s being held at the will of master puppeteers, and if he can’t cut the strings, he’ll dance straight to a gruesome, excruciating death….

 

The Diamond Conspiracy
(Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #4)
by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
Science Fiction / Steampunk
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Book Description

For years, the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences has enjoyed the favor of Her Majesty the Queen. But even the oldest loyalties can turn in a moment…

Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun’s emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of recreation vanish. Braun’s street-wise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven, is in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England immediately.

But when the intrepid agents finally arrive in London, the situation is even more dire than they imagined. The Ministry has been disavowed, and the Department of Imperial Inconveniences has been called in to decommission its agents in a most deadly fashion. The plan reeks of the Maestro’s dastardly scheming. Only, this time, he has a dangerous new ally—a duplicitous doctor whose pernicious poisons have infected the highest levels of society, reaching even the Queen herself…



Paranormal Romance:

Storm Warned (Grim #3)
by Dani Harper
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

When Caris’s unearthly musical talent attracts the attention of the Wild Hunt, the Welsh farm girl is stolen away to serve as a faery grim, a herald of death. Two centuries later, she’s finally escaped back to the human world—and into the present-day life of a reclusive and heartbroken American musician.

Music was Liam’s whole life—until a crushing betrayal left him desperate to flee the public eye. Yet long-dormant passions awaken within him after a powerful storm strands a beautiful, strong-willed woman on his isolated farm. When a fae prince bent on ruling both human and faery realms threatens Caris’s life, Liam must decide if he can finally believe in love again, not just for her sake—but for the sake of two worlds.

From the bestselling author of Changeling Moon, this sweeping and passionate story of paranormal romance follows two souls from different centuries who lost everything…and found that only love can save them.

 

The Shadows
(Black Dagger Brotherhood #13)
by J.R. Ward
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice…

 

Total Surrender (Sin Brothers #4)
by Rebecca Zanetti
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

A fight he must win . . .

Piper Oliver knows she can’t trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won’t be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she’s done. Something isn’t adding up, though, and she won’t rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it’s buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

A passion she can’t resist . . .

Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who’s working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won’t let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for-and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

 

The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1)
by Shelly Laurenston
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Winging It

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn’t for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life–but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can’t give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera’s discipline, Vig’s loyalty… and the Crows’ sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

 

Night’s Blaze (Dark Kings #5)
by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

That one simple kiss slayed him as nothing in his very, very long life had ever done. It physically hurt him to release her and turn his back on everything she offered, but it was for the best.

A KING WHO WALKS IN DARKNESS

The Rhys who has existed for centuries is gone. Stripped of his ability to shift forms, Rhys can no longer embody the majestic, powerful dragon he was at birth. Cut off from his heritage by one of his own, this Dragon King must remain a man, haunted by demons who torment his every waking moment. The darkness would swallow him whole . . . except a woman so beautiful and haunted becomes the one beam of light in his world…

A DESIRE THAT WILL NOT BE DENIED

Lily Ross is taking the first step in building a new life for herself. Still reeling from a relationship that nearly broke her spirit, Lily is wary of her attraction to brawny, brooding Rhys. The passion burning so brightly between them is a potent temptation, but any entanglement is destined to end in disaster. Yet when a spectre from Lily’s past threatens their growing bond, Rhys is forced to choose with his heart, or lose this woman who has become his one chance at salvation…

 

Hard as a Rock (Gargoyles #3)
by Christine Warren
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Bestselling author Christine Warren returns to a mesmerizing world in which the laws of attraction are never written in stone—and love knows no bounds…

Her name is Wynn Powe. A woman of great instinct and inner resources—and insatiable beauty—Wynn has returned to Chicago to do what she does best: Locate Guardian statues. But the Order of Eternal Darkness has beat her to the punch, and the statue she’s come to investigate has been blown to smithereens. An elusive enemy is on her trail…and this time, she’s on her own. Until a mysterious package falls into Wynn’s hands—one that contains contain a chunk of old stone, along with instructions for the spell required to summon a new Guardian.

HARD AS A ROCK

Enter Knox. He’s a Guardian magically embued with the skills and memories of his race…and drop-dead, expertly-chiseled good looks. Bound to Wynn as his Warden, Knox vows to learn the truth about the destroyed Guardian—and protect Wynn at all costs. But he never could have imagined the fierce attraction that has taken hold of him, body and soul. Is his desire for Wynn worth the risk of being destroyed by the Order? The only thing he knows for sure is that he won’t go down without a fight. Nor will he pass up a night of pure blind passion…

 

Cursed by Ice (Immortal Brothers #2)
by Jacquelyn Frank
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

From New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank comes the smoothly sensual second book in an exciting new series featuring four immortal warrior brothers who must stake their hearts against their fate.

As punishment for plotting with his brothers to steal immortality, Garreth is suffering a freezing torment until the end of time. Again and again, his fierce fighter’s physique is frozen into a chiseled ice sculpture, his heart hardening like a diamond in his chest—only to thaw and resume the chilling torture. Until, like his older brother Dethan, he is offered a reprieve from a goddess—in exchange for his allegiance in a celestial civil war.

Garreth lives to fight and fights to live. But while laying siege to an embattled city, he finds another reason to go on—a beautiful warrior woman named Sarielle, who commands a mythic beast through a mysterious and powerful bond. Terrified of her strength, the city rulers have kept her captive, and now she refuses to submit to a new master. As Garreth seeks to unleash her passion and melt the icy resistance of her heart, will he become her ultimate salvation—or lead them both to greater destruction?

 

Separation Zone (Immortal Ops #7)
by Mandy M. Roth
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

Tiger-shifter Jonathon Reynell has spent a chunk of his immortal life serving his country. As an I-Op his life revolves around the next mission, the next natural high. A soldier sent into the deadliest of combats, he didn’t expect immortality to be an issue, to live on while everyone he knows and loves dies. When the toll begins to show and he finds himself at the bottom of another bottle, he decides to go back to his roots, back to his home to clear his head. Rock bottom is not where he expected to be when he found his mate with a rose in hand and his name on her lush lips. Tori is the very definition of perfection and beauty. She’s also in the crosshairs of the enemy. And if there is one thing this sniper knows, it’s that his sights are the only ones that should be set on her.

 

Savage Chains (Men in Chains #1.5-1.7)
by Caris Roane
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

A VAMPIRE UNDERCOVER

His name is Reyes. His mission is simple; his methods, extreme. He is hellbent on infiltrating—and destroying—a notorious sex-slave ring in the dangerous world of vampire clubs.

A WOMAN UNCHAINED

Her name is Angelica. Her beauty is incomparable; her body, for sale. She is the prize attraction in a human slave auction, and Reyes is prepared to pay any price to buy her—then free her.

A PASSION UNLEASHED

Disguised as a slaver, Reyes strikes a devil’s bargain to purchase the one woman who has stolen his heart. Angelica feels an irresistible erotic connection to this gorgeous, powerful vampire—but can she trust a man who trafficks in human flesh, even if his hungry gaze ignites her darkest desires? Reyes wants to prove she is more than a slave to him—but can he break the savage chains of destiny that bind his love-scarred soul forever?

 

Moonlight and Diamonds
by Michele Hauf
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

The Werewolf and the Socialite. Two Different Worlds. One Shared Destiny.

Like the jewels she stole, Paris socialite Blyss Sauveterre is someone to be handled carefully. Stryke Saint-Pierre discovered that when the beautiful thief used their attraction to pilfer an infamous diamond. But when they make love, Stryke senses that—just like the gems she covets—Blyss has more facets to her than meet the eye…

Blyss cannot let the brutish werewolf know that these heists pay for an elixir to keep her wolf at bay. Until her latest theft puts a pack of deadly demons hot on her trail. Now the redneck werewolf is this socialite’s only salvation. But when the danger is past, dare Blyss succumb to the desire to let her inner wolf run wild with a man who represents all she could ever want?

 

Possessing the Witch
by Elle James
Paranormal Romance
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Book Description

A spirit witch and a recluse must unite to save their city

Gryph Leone keeps a low profile because he considers himself a freak of nature. But when his powerful senses detect a woman in distress, his lion takes over. Before he knows it, he’s in a losing battle with a wolf shifter. And then a beautiful woman with bewitching eyes and her own secrets finds him.

Selene Chattox didn’t know what—or who—she’d find when she followed her premonition to the river’s edge. When she discovers Gryph, the spirit witch brings the injured stranger home, determined to resist the intense desire he evokes in her. But as he heals, they know fate has brought them together as they track a ruthless killer through the tunnels of Chicago. And as their passion ignites, so does the danger…



Mystery:

Marked Fur Murder
(Whiskey, Tango & Foxtrot Mystery #3)
by Dixie Lyle
Cozy Mystery
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Book Description

Deirdre “Foxtrot” Lancaster is fed up with all the goings-on at wacky billionaire Zelda Zoransky’s mansion. Running around like a chicken with her head cut off, she’s got a laundry-list of things to do. ZZ is hosting yet another one of her famous salons. Her nutty guests have more than their fair share of odd requests and strange demands. And now, friend Ben’s estranged sister has been found dead in Zelda’s pool, an apparent suicide, with a hairdryer floating beside her.

Yet Foxtrot doesn’t buy it. Being a Thunderbird runs in Ben’s family, and as the old saying goes, “you can’t kill a Thunderbird with lightening.” It’s clear someone is trying to disguise a murder, but which of the guests could it be? Is it the renowned psychic who works with a painting dog? The slightly-schizophrenic transsexual writer of mysteries and children’s books? And if it’s the weather expert, what could the motive possibly be? It’s a tall task, but with her fuzzy, slinky sleuths and a little bit of luck, Foxtrot might just solve her biggest mystery yet…

 

A Ghostly Grave
(Ghostly Southern Mysteries #2)
by Tonya Kappes
Cozy Mystery
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Book Description

There’s a ghost on the loose—and a fox in the henhouse.

Four years ago, the Eternal Slumber Funeral Home put Chicken Teater in the ground. Now undertaker Emma Lee Raines is digging him back up. The whole scene is bad for business, especially with her granny running for mayor and a big festival setting up in town. But ever since Emma Lee started seeing ghosts, Chicken’s been pestering her to figure out who killed him.

With her handsome boyfriend, Sheriff Jack Henry Ross, busy getting new forensics on the old corpse, Emma Lee has time to look into her first suspect. Chicken’s widow may be a former Miss Kentucky, but the love of his life was another beauty queen: Lady Cluckington, his prize-winning hen. Was Mrs. Teater the jealous type? Chicken seems to think so. Something’s definitely rotten in Sleepy Hollow—and Emma Lee just prays it’s not her luck.

 

The Dead Play On (Cafferty and Quinn #3)
by Heather Graham
Paranormal Mystery
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Book Description

Play a song for me…

Musicians are being murdered in New Orleans. But Arnie Watson apparently died by his own hand. When Tyler Anderson plays the saxophone he inherited from Arnie, a soldier and musician who died soon after his return, he believes he sees visions of his friend’s life—and death. He becomes convinced Arnie was murdered and that the instrument had something to do with whatever happened, and with whatever’s happening all over the city…

Tyler knows his theory sounds crazy to the police, so he approaches Danni Cafferty, hoping she and Michael Quinn will find out what the cops couldn’t. Or wouldn’t. After all, Cafferty and Quinn have become famous for solving unusual crimes.

They’re partners in their personal lives, too. Quinn’s a private investigator and Danni works with him. When they look into the case, they discover a secret lover of Arnie’s and a history of jealousies and old hatreds that leads them back to the band Arnie once played with—and Tyler plays with now.

They discover that sometimes, for some people, the line between passion and obsession is hard to draw. Only in uncovering the truth can they hope to save others—and themselves—from the deadly hands of a killer.



New Adult / Young Adult:

Spark X (Death Collectors #2.5)
by Jessica Sorensen
New Adult
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Book Description

Now that Ember is a Grim Angel, she’s facing the biggest challenge of her life. Not only does she have to decide if her heart lies with Asher or Cameron, but she has to make a choice that could alter the fate of the world.

Good or Evil.

Angels or Reapers.

Which side will conquer?

**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content.**
(New adult paranormal version of my young adult book, Spark (Death Collectors, #3). It contains more violence and more sexual content.)

 

Spark (Death Collectors #2.5)
by Jessica Sorensen
Young Adult
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Book Description

Now that seventeen-year-old Ember is a Grim Angel, she’s facing the biggest challenge of her life. Not only does she have to decide if her heart lies in Asher or Cameron, but she has to make a choice that could alter the fate of the world.

Good or Evil.

Angels or Reapers.

Which side will conquer?

(This is the young adult version of Spark X (Death Collectors, #3)

 

Sea of Stars (Kricket #2)
by Amy A. Bartol
Young Adult
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Book Description

Eighteen-year-old Kricket Hollowell was looking for her place in the world when she discovered that the universe was bigger—and more dangerous—than she had ever dreamed. Now, whisked across space to the planet Ethar, Kricket learns that her genetic ability to see the future makes her a sought-after commodity…and the catalyst for war between her star-crossed parents’ clans. According to Alameedan prophecy, one house will rise to power and the other will be completely wiped out, and Kricket’s precognition is believed to be the weapon that will tip the scales.

A target of both the Rafe and the Alameeda houses, Kricket finds protection—and a home—in the arms of Trey, her Etharian bodyguard-turned-boyfriend. But her visions of what’s to come disturb her deeply, especially since she must discover whether the gift of foresight will allow her to rewrite the future, or if her fate is as immovable as the stars.

 

Sisters of Blood and Spirit
(Sisters of Blood and Spirit #1)
by Kady Cross
Young Adult
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Book Description

Wren Noble is dead—she was born that way. Vibrant, unlike other dead things, she craves those rare moments when her twin sister allows her to step inside her body and experience the world of the living.

Lark Noble is alive but often feels she belongs in the muted Shadow Lands—the realm of the dead. Known as the crazy girl who talks to her dead sister, she doesn’t exactly fit in with the living, though a recent suicide attempt and time in a psych ward have proved to her she’s not ready to join her sister in the afterlife.

Now the guy who saved Lark’s life needs her to repay the favor. He and his friends have been marked for death by the malevolent spirit of a vicious and long-dead serial killer, and the twins—who should know better than to mess with the dead—may be their only hope of staying alive.

 

Instinct (Chronicles of Nick #6)
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Young Adult
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Book Description

Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters— another day in the life of Nick Gautier– and those are just his friends. But now that he’s accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that’s hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. And no one wants him more than the dark gods who created his race. Now that they know where he is, they will stop at nothing to reclaim him. And without knowing it, Nick has just embraced the one person he should never have trusted. The one person who will hand him over to his enemies to get back the life they lost.

Nick has finally accepted his fate, now he must learn to defy his destiny, and the dark, deadly forces that will stop at nothing to destroy everyone he loves so that they can again return to the world of man and own it.

 

King (The Dragon King Chronicles #3)
by Ellen Oh
Young Adult / Fantasy
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Book Description

Girl warrior, demon slayer, Tiger spirit of the Yellow Eyes—Kira is ready for her final quest. In this thrilling finale to the Prophecy trilogy, fans will get even more of the fierce Kira and her quest to save her kingdom!

All eyes are on her. Kira, once an outcast in her home village of Hansong, is now the only one with the power to save her kingdom. She must save her cousin, the boy fated to be the future king, uncover the third lost treasure, and face innumerable enemies in order to fulfill the famed prophecy.

Kira braves a sea of tigers and battles armies of demons as she musters her inner strength and learns to trust herself, the romantic feelings for Jaewon that are growing within her, and the destiny that must be hers.

 

The Wicked Will Rise
(Dorothy Must Die #2)
by Danielle Paige
Young Adult / Fantasy
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Book Description

In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling Dorothy Must Die, who is good—and who is actually Wicked?

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

After a tornado swept through my trailer park, I ended up in Oz.

But it wasn’t like the Oz I knew from books and movies. Dorothy had returned, but she was now a ruthless dictator. Glinda could no longer be called the Good Witch. And the Wicked Witches who were left? They’d joined forces as the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, and they wanted to recruit me.

My mission?

Kill Dorothy.

Except my job as assassin didn’t work out as planned. Dorothy is still alive. The Order has vanished. And the home I couldn’t wait to leave behind might be in danger.

Somehow, across a twisted and divided land, I have to find the Order, protect the true ruler of Oz, take Dorothy and her henchmen down—and try to figure out what I’m really doing here.

 

Etherworld (Elusion #2)
by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Young Adult / Dystopian
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Book Description

Regan and her friend Josh now know the truth about Elusion—but they, along with Regan’s dad and other uses of Elusion, are stuck beyond the firewall in bleak Etherworld. They must fight Elusion from within, but the longer they stay, the less likely they’ll be able to return to the real world. And even if they do escape, the next battle to stop Elusion may be even more difficult. They’ll face corporate cover-ups, personal betrayals, and the terrifying realization that the danger may have grown beyond anyone’s control.

 

The Cemetery Boys
by Heather Brewer
Young Adult / Horror
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Book Description

Welcome to Spencer.

Population: 814.

It’s a backward town—and it’s hiding a terrible secret.

When Stephen’s dad says they’re moving, Stephen knows it’s pointless to argue. They’re broke from paying Mom’s hospital bills, and now the only option left is to live with Stephen’s grandmother, a woman as bitter and stuck as the town of Spencer itself.

Stephen’s summer starts looking up when he meets punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. The twins have family problems of their own and aren’t exactly close, but Stephen is drawn to them, each for different reasons. With Cara, he feels safe and understood—and yeah, okay, she’s totally hot. In Devon and his group, he sees a chance at making real friends.

Only, as the summer presses on, and harmless nights hanging out in the cemetery take a darker turn, Stephen starts to suspect that Devon is less a friend than a leader. And he might be leading them to a very sinister end.

 

Twist (Loop #2)
by Karen Akins
Young Adult / Science Fiction
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Book Description

Bree Bennis finally has it all—a non-comatose mother, an uber-hot (albeit anachronistic) boyfriend named Finn, and a newfound mission to protect the timeline from those who would skew it for their own gain. But when she leans over one day to smooch said boyfriend, her lips meet those of her arch-nemesis Wyck instead. The timeline has been altered, and Bree is caught in the crosshairs. But when she goes back to repair the damage, she is stopped by none other than her Future Self, who delivers an urgent message: Someone is kidnapping Shifters from the distant past. It’s up to Bree to stop them. But first, she has to figure out who…and why.

To follow the trail of chronocrumbs, Bree reluctantly accepts her new undercover gig as Wyck’s girlfriend. Everything goes spiffy until Finn shows up in the 23rd century on the eager arm of a gorgeous fellow Shifter. Blark. Even as Bree struggles with jealousy, she battles the nagging dread that Finn might be better off with someone less chronologically complicated. Her worst fear is confirmed when Finn becomes the kidnapper’s next victim. As Bree zeroes in on the culprit, they unravel her life one timeline-change at a time. She realizes that she alone has the power to save herself and everyone she loves. But to do that, she may lose Finn forever.




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Audiobook Review: The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire - Molly Harper

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire
Author: Molly Harper
Series: Half-Moon Hollow #3
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Publisher: Audible
Published on: March 24, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 9 hrs & 13 mins, Audiobook
Provided by: Purchased
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In the next book in Molly Harper’s beloved Half Moon Hollow paranormal romance series, Gigi starts her first job (at Vampire Headquarters), gets over her first love, and may even fall for her first vampire!

Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she’ll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants...

Snarky Fangtastic Smart and Funny

 

Whenever I just want to sit back, and enjoy a quality audiobook, I turn to Molly Harper & Amanda Ronconi. My last listening session with them was in June 2014, so clearly I was in desperate need of a fix because I finished THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE in one day. As soon as I clicked ‘play’ my smile was locked into place thanks to the fun quotes from The Office After Dark: A Guide to Maintaining a Safe, Productive Vampire Workplace—this installment’s fictional how-to manual—and there it stayed.

We first met Gigi in I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS, and it was nice to finally get the continuation of her story, and find out who her mysterious vampire stalker was. She’s the last human in the Jameson / Scanlon circle, so I was curious to see whether she’d stay that way, or join the rest of the HALF-MOON HOLLOW supes. She’s also the youngest POV to date which lightened Harper’s already breezy writing style even more, and made her character’s sometimes questionable decisions and go-with-the-flow attitude easier to grasp which is always beneficial in insta-love type situations.

The plot wasn’t a brain buster, but still kept me on my toes, and I really enjoyed seeing Ophelia get kicked off her high horse. My favourite secondary, Dick Cheney, didn’t have as much dialogue as I would have liked, although Nik was a pseudo Russian version of him which was an acceptable substitution. It was entertaining watching Iris in all of her overprotective big sister splendor, and how their group of friends banded together when Gigi’s life was in danger. Plus, this author’s latest batch of pop culture references were real winners: GAME OF THRONES & THE WALKING DEAD.

Amanda Ronconi pulled out all the stops once again with her exuberance, accents, voices, and sound effects. She’s a pro at pinning down the emotions that each scene calls for, and always gives her 100% in every performance. Harper’s sense of humour is increased tenfold by Ronconi’s narration, and because of that I ALWAYS opt to listen over reading. I can’t recommend Harconi enough; they are the benchmark by which I measure all Chick-Lit Paranormal Romance and a MUST for all audiobook junkies.

THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE was like riding a killer water slide, except the whee lasted for 9+ hours.


 
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Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater

Reading progress update: I've read 87 out of 379 pages.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue - Maggie Stiefvater

I'm starting to think that the narration wasn't this series' only problem.

Review: Go Fetch! by Shelly Laurenston

Review: Go Fetch! by Shelly Laurenston
Go Fetch!
Author: Shelly Laurenston
Series: Magnus Pack #2
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Published on: March 6, 2007
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Format: 255 pages, eBook
Provided by: Library
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How much trouble can one small female be to a modern-day shapeshifting Viking? Well, it really depends on local gun laws. Conall Vga-Feilan, direct descendent of Viking shifters, never thought he'd meet a female strong enough to be his mate. He especially didn't think a short, viper-tongued human would ever fit the bill. But Miki Kendrick isn't some average human. With an IQ off the charts and a special skill with weapons of all kinds, Miki brings the big blond pooch to his knees - and keeps him there.

Miki's way too smart to ever believe in love and she knows a guy like Conall could only want one thing from her. But with the Pack's enemies on her tail and a few days stuck alone with the one man who makes her absolutely wild, Miki is about to discover how persistent one Viking wolf can be.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, and strong violence.
Smart & Funny Howling Good Library Book

I read the first book in this series, Pack Challenge, last summer when I picked it up as a free read on Kindle. I had already been listening to the Pride series by Laurenston, so I knew I would enjoy the story. I was not disappointed. It took me entirely too long before I picked up book two of the series. Go Fetch! picks up about six months after Pack Challenge ends.

 

Go Fetch! features Miki, who was probably my favorite character in book one. She is a no holds barred human woman who tells it how it is. As much as I loved her in Pack Challenge, I like her even more as the star of her own story. We get to learn a lot more about her. Not only is she snarky, take no crap from no one type of girl; she is also extremely smart. She is working on her doctoral thesis. We also get to see a different side to her when she goes to a gamer party with her friends.

 

Conall Vga-Feilan, aka the Viking, is a werewolf and best friends with the Magnus Pack alpha. He gets smitten with the tiny, foul-mouthed black girl in the first book. He hasn’t been able to stop thinking about her since he met her. He can hardly wait for her to come for her visit on the way to give her dissertation.

 

This is a fun series with a lot quotable, make you chuckle lines. The characters are fun and well developed. There is even a cameo from a Van Holtz from the Pride series. The only issue is with some parts of the plot. There are some things that were left unexplained. I don’t know if these are wrapped up in the next book or not. I guess I will have to pick it up and find out.

“Good boy.” He could hear the condescension in Miki’s voice. “Now sit pretty.”

Sara slapped her hand over Miki’s mouth and shoved her back with the rest of the Pack. It amazed him Miki had lived this long.

“There are these fascinating places with books in them. They’re called libraries. When you’re not chasing your tail or balancing a ball on your nose, you should think about going to one.”

“Well, so you don’t get too cocky, I myself often complete the TV Guide crossword puzzle.” He puffed out his chest. “In pen.”


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Reading progress update: I've listened 427 out of 764 minutes.

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Review: Ravenstoke by Augusta Blythe

Review: Ravenstoke by Augusta Blythe
Ravenstoke
Author: Augusta Blythe
Series: Universe Unbound #2
Publisher: Indie
Published on: December 4, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: 229 pages, eBook
Provided by: Purchased
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In WINTERBORNE, Loie and Mia's seventeenth birthdays brought more drama and surprises than they ever expected. Now, in Ravenstoke, they are adjusting to the aftermath and struggling to keep those newfound powers in check. When Andreas is called away to England under mysterious circumstances, a new guy is sent to Salcey Ridge in his place. Cian is smarmy and cocksure and Loie wants nothing more than to unleash a hellhound on him. Unfortunately, Cian isn't the only complication in their lives as the girls must also contend with the reappearance of Mr. Winterborne himself and Loie's most dreaded fear of all - a part in the school musical. Can the girls survive the rest of junior year unscathed?

Young Adult Fantasy Well Written

 

Winterborne is the first book in this series, and I pretty much jumped straight into this second one as soon as I finished that one. There are going to be major spoilers ahead if you plan on reading Winterborne.

Now that Loie knows about what she is-a Universal-and knows about her powers, her life pretty much changes completely. Universals are humans who have evolved into a superior human being. They live among other humans, for the most part, although some do live in Sanctuary, a place in another world that is loosely connected to our world. Ancients are other supernatural creatures that hate the Universals, and cause huge problems for Loie and Mia. Loie spends most of her time in training for all her new powers as Andreas has taken on the role of her trainer. Loie is still crushing on him, but he loves Mia, Loie’s best friend. Mia is trying hard to embrace a world with no powers, now that she realizes she isn’t special. When Andreas has to go back to England for a top secret mission of sorts, Loie thinks she is alone in her training. When Cian shows up to train her, things get really interesting.

I really enjoyed Loie’s character in this book. She spent most of her life as Mia’s best friend and thought that Mia was going to be the special one. Now she is totally embracing what she is, and the powers she has, and how she controls them, was a fun part of this read. I did still like Mia as well, but the author didn’t shy away in showing Mia’s disappointment due to the loss of what she thought she was going to be. Andreas on the other hand lost a bit of his luster for me, and as Loie starts to think of him, he’s pretty vanilla. This is shown after Cian starts showing Loie all she can do, while Andreas was taking it all too slow. If Andreas is vanilla in his actions, then Cian is wonderfully chocolate. Speaking of Cian(pronounced Keane), he is like the bad, but fun hero, and Loie rebuffs him almost every step of the way. The banter between the two was a highlight for me in this part.

A change of scenery this time around, just added another dimension to this read. The girls travel to London, supposedly for the drama club, but Mia is just wanting to find Andreas. All kinds of adventures are had there by Loie, and more characters are added to the mix. But it’s when they get home that ramps up the story even more.

As with the first one, I found the writing to be good, the editing pretty exceptional for an indie read, and the premise, both unusual and perfect for a young adult(or adult)reader. The pacing was good, and the characters personalities fully developed. Of course that is all true of the first book as well. This is all just part of how well written this series is. Both of these were quick reads for me, and I am sure that is due to all the action, adventures, supernatural creatures, and of course Loie’s snark. Next up, is the last part of this trilogy titled, The Yawning Void, which I am planning to read soon. Did I mention there may be a war coming up between the Universals and the Ancients? Can’t wait to see where that goes.

Just a heads up, this is not a stand alone, and the books should be read in order.


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Audiobook Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

A Hunger Like No Other - Kresley Cole

A Hunger Like No Other
Author: Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #1
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Published on: October 11, 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: 11 hrs & 33 mins, Audiobook
Provided by: Library
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A mythic warrior who'll stop at nothing to possess her....

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy....

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae - and their notorious dark desires - ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire....

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

ADULTSONLY SEXY must-read

 

After a lot of arm twisting by fellow readers, getting hooked on Cole’s writing via THE ARCANA CHRONILES, and listening to a sample of Robert Petkoff’s orgasm worthy narration; I finally caved and committed myself to yet another series addiction. I enjoy Paranormal Romance, although somewhat sparingly because action is my one-and-only true love. Ok, that’s not entirely accurate, werewolves are but the two go hand-in-hand, and this audiobook has both AND toe curling hooks ups, so really A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER was win / win / WIN!

You know an author is truly adept when she manages to take two elements that rank fairly low on your list of awesome, and makes you love them. I strongly dislike immortal virgin heroines because honestly, how can one live for centuries and NEVER get it on? Granted, Emmaline hasn’t hit the 100 year mark, however Cole spun her innocence in such a way that even I was completely sold. And secondly, Valkyries have become more common in Paranormal than vampires and the female protagonist just so happens to be a mix of the two, and yet I couldn’t have cared less because her character was so well developed that I saw her as a person rather than just the sum on her preternatural parts.

Lachlain was barbaric, offensive, and presumptuous; he whisked unwitting little Emma away to his Scottish castle, tried to force himself on her, and strong-arm her into becoming his werewolf queen—I loved it! The chemistry between them was downright savage. MacRieve hates himself for being unable to resist his mortal enemy, Troy is repulsed by his Lykae nature, and yet they are inexplicably drawn to each other like moths to a flame. Their relationship and the mind blowing romp that followed were indeed show stoppers, however the praiseworthy world-building surrounding the Lore wasn’t too far behind. The plot wasn’t exactly cutting-edge, but enough secondary threads were brought in to keep IMMORTALS AFTER DARK going for a good long while.

As much as I enjoy Cole’s writing style, it was Robert Petkoff’s come-hither brogue that made thirteen+ IAD installments seem like a walk in the park. Yes, the number of pages involved is intimidating, but when you convert them into hours upon hours of listening ecstasy, the only conceivable answer becomes “Where do I sign-up?” His female voices were surprisingly genuine, and there’s no denying the sex appeal of his Scottish accents. Lachlain as a character was… abrasive, however Petkoff’s rendition made him ridiculously irresistible. Now I finally understand why all of my reviewer peers are fawning over this narrator; he truly is in a league all of his own.

A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER made me want to give real life the middle finger, and get drunk on IAD until I overdosed.


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