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Jan
14

Quickie Review: The Weird Girls: A Novella by Cecy Robson

Quickie Review: The Weird Girls: A Novella by Cecy Robson The Weird Girls: A Novella Author: Cecy Robson  Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012 Publisher: Signet Eclipse The Weird Girls #0.5 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): E-book Book Source: Purchased with our own funds About the book:       There is nothing average about these girls…       Celia Wird and her three sisters are just like other 20-something  girls-with one tiny exception:  they’re products of a backfired  curse that has given each of  them unique powers that make  them, well, a little weird…       The Wird sisters are different  from every race on earth-human  and supernatural. When human  society is no longer an option  for them, they move in among  the resident vampires,  werebeasts, and witches of the  Lake Tahoe  region. Could this  be the true home they’ve longed  for? Um, not quite. After the  sisters accidentally strip a witch  of her  powers in a bar brawl,  they soon realize the mistake  will cost  them. Because to take on a witch means to take on her  coven. And losing the battle isn’t an option. What G & U are talking about:       Gikany and Una love to find new series.  This novella is a prequel to the new Weird Girls series by Cecy Robson.  Gikany was smart and read it before the first book in the series, Sealed with a Curse (see our review later today) while Una read it after (since she is the one who found it…*Gikany claims she found and downloaded it before Una sent it to her*).  This novella isn’t necessary to read first, but it does give a splendid introduction to the world and our main characters, the Wird sisters; Celia, Taran, Shayna, and Emme.       The Weird Girls is a fascinating new world of magic, vampires, shapeshifters and more.  What is really helpful is Ms. Robson’s website that gives backgrounds on the world and characters along with illustrations.  What makes this story so enjoyable are the characters.  The different personalities of the sisters, the humor and wit and the plot are all woven together spectacularly.       Our only complaint is that we felt The Weird Girls was a little too short.  We are introduced to the sisters and given a bit of their background.  However, it just felt too short and we were left wanting more.  Which is okay if you are just starting since Sealed with a Curse is out.      ...
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Jan
11

Review: My Lord Immortality by Alexandra Ivy

Review: My Lord Immortality by Alexandra Ivy My Lord Immortality Author: Alexandra Ivy  Release Date: Dec. 24, 2012 (reissue) Publisher: Zebra Immortal Rogues #3 ISBN: #978-1420128215 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (224 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Amelia Hadwell has no time for London’s nightlife. Not when her beloved brother’s odd ways have their family threatening to institutionalize him. And not when she is questioning her own sanity after being confronted by a murderous shadow creature—then being saved by a captivating stranger, a man who belongs to a world she cannot imagine.  Reserved and scholarly, Sebastian St.Ives has been content without human desires—until they are reawakened by the delicate, brave Amelia, whom he is meant to protect. For the young woman has no idea she possesses the key to a ravenous vampire’s dark victory. Now Sebastian must shield her from both a killer and his own growing attraction—or bond with her completely, and forever… What I’m talking about: Our story begins with a Prologue outlining the history of vampires in the world – and that the greatest vampire, Nefri, created a veil to hide their race from humans. This put an end to bloodlust and created a docile, intellectual vampire race. However, there are some that do not agree with Nefri’s rule and have entered the human world to recover the Medallion which gives Nefri her power. The primary antagonist, Drake, is one such vampire, and he hunts down Amelia, keeper of one-third of the Medallion. My Lord Immortality is set in roughly Regency England, and has a definite historical feel. Amelia and her mentally/emotionally handicapped brother, William, live mostly on their own after their parents decided they’d rather not have anything to do with William. Unfortunately, women are being brutally murdered near their home, and William appears to be at the center of the investigation due to his childlike ways and misunderstood manner. This is where our hero, Sebastian St.Ives, comes in as Amelia’s protector. He was sent from the veil by Nefri to protect Amelia and her piece of the Medallion. Before getting further in my review, I feel it necessary to note that it wasn’t until after I started reading My Lord Immortality, that I discovered 1) the book is a reissue, 2) it is the third story in a trilogy and 3) this trilogy is the precursor to a much larger, fuller series by Ms. Ivy. Knowing this, and having read this story, I would not recommend anyone pick...
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Jan
9

Review: A Feast of Souls by Hailey Edwards

Review: A Feast of Souls by Hailey Edwards A Feast of Souls Author: Hailey Edwards  Release Date: Dec. 18, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Publishing Araneae Nation Book #2 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Author About the book:       The only way to save her is to bind their souls as one.       Born with the ability to communicate with the dead, few things take Mana by surprise. But when a canis lopes into her life, announcing himself as the long-dead father of a childhood friend, she’s shocked. To make matters worse, he has a dire message that she alone can deliver.       Now Mana must face Vaughn, the male who inspired one too many girlish fantasies, and impart the spirit’s message—without acknowledging her source—so the soul can be laid to rest.       With rumors of a burgeoning clan war setting his nerves on edge, the last thing Vaughn needs is for an innocent to get caught in the crosshairs. But the woman he remembers as an awkward girl refuses to leave his side until he’s heard her out. That’s not the only change in her that calls to him. Her kindness soothes his battle-scarred soul—and he craves her in ways a warrior shouldn’t.       When they are both captured, they learn of an even greater threat. The plague devastating the southlands has come to his clan home. And his best—and only—chance to keep his people alive is the female who walks among the dead. What VampBard’s talking about:       Ms. Edwards’ second foray into the Araneae Nation series offers up A Feast of Souls for our literary enjoyment!  This delightful, intense tale brings us Vaughn and Mana, our hero/heroine.  We grow with them, through their trials and tribulations before we make it to their destiny.  Well-written with a sense of urgency to move toward the end, I was completely engrossed for the second half of the title, reading it in one sitting and neglecting the short stories I should be grading.       Some of what completely fascinates me about the Araneae Nation books is trying to figure out exactly what – and not be too creeped out by – the paranormal-ness of the clans.  They spin silk, have fangs and venom… Yup.  Spiderpeople.  Holy crow!  We have a nation of Spidermen (Spiderpeople?)! I’m a closet super hero geek (shhh… don’t tell anyone!), so I fell in love with this series when I...
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Jan
8

Review: A Taste of Ice by Hanna Martine

Review: A Taste of Ice by Hanna Martine A Taste of Ice Author: Hanna Martine  Release Date: Dec. 31, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Series: Elementals #2 ISBN: # 978-0425257258 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (368 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book:      There is an untapped world of magic that any man would covet…       Five years ago, Xavier escaped from the Ofarian Plant. Today he calls a Colorado mountain town home. It’s there he buries himself in his work, swearing off magic and relationships—until a woman threatens every promise he’s made to himself.      Cat has always known she is different. Water speaks to her on an uncanny level, and she channels this gift into beautiful painted waterscapes. Now, a gallery is debuting her work in Colorado—and it’ll reveal far more about her than she imagined.      The spark between Cat and Xavier is enough to throw both of them off balance. Every tantalizing moment sends them dangerously close to a rising flood of desire. Dangerous because Xavier comes to suspect that Cat is an Ofarian—his people’s enemy. But they’re both about to discover a far greater, more malicious power at play… What G & U are talking about:      A Taste of Ice is the second novel in the fascinating Elementals series by Hannah Martine.  As exciting as the first book in the series, Liquid Lies, was, this second edition is just as mesmerizing.      Due to the fact that A Taste of Ice begins shortly after the end of Liquid Lies, we recommend starting with the first book.  The main character, Xavier has suffered greatly, and much of his story is told in Liquid Lies. Therefore, A Taste of Ice is a much richer and fuller story if you have that previous background.      Gikany and Una were captivated by Xavier’s story in A Taste of Ice, although it is difficult to read. He is the last one of his kind left behind on Earth due to his selfless sacrifice to save his people, the Tedrans.  Xavier is a person who suffered greatly at the hands of the Ofarians, who desires nothing but a normal new life.  He finds what he believes to be that normal existence only to have that peace obliterated by an instant connection to a woman.      Cat, however, is not a normal woman.  She is a talented new artist who displays her obsession with water through her paintings. Cat sees...
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Jan
4

Review: Make Believe Anthology

Review: Make Believe Anthology Make Believe Authors: J.A. Belfield, Terri Rochenski, J. Keller Ford, Lynda R. Young, Kelly Said, Jennifer M. Eaton Release Date: Nov. 23, 2012 Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing Genre: Fantasy/ Science-Fiction/ Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher/Author What VampBard’s talking about: Sacrificial Oath by Terri Rochenski Summary:  An impetuous act unwittingly makes Alesuela the fulfillment of the Sovereign’s Blood Oath to their Goddess. In five days, she’ll be forced to make the greatest choice of her life: become the virginal sacrifice already promised, or force the man she loves most to die in her place.  With an impossible choice in front of her, she searches for ways to undo the oath, and in her quest, finds not everything in her life is as she expects. VampBard’s Take:  I completely fell in love with Alesuela, our main character.  This fantasy story, while well-devloped and properly resolved, was entirely too short.  Ms. Rochenski created characters, settings and a world that were crafted in a manner that allowed the reader to make significant connections.  We had Man v. Man, Man v. Nature, and Man v. Self conflict, all in this whirlwind of a short story that leaves me, as a reader, begging for more.  5 stars: Personal favorite – a must read (A+) The Amulet of Ormisez, J. Keller Ford Summary:  There is only one way to save Elton Fletcher’s brother from an insanity-ridden death. After years away from home, fighting for his people, Elton returns to discover his only sibling, Cayden, possessed by greed and malice, and responsible for malicious, unthinkable deeds. Cayden, though, isn’t the only one afflicted by the Amulet of Ormisez, and Elton finds himself in yet another battle, where the price of failure could be his own life. VampBard’s Take:  Again, LOVED this story!  At the conclusion, I was left wanting more of the adventures that Felicity and Elton would take in the future.  I adored the magic, and the use of the selkies.  Shh.  If a story mentions anything about lore in which I’m familiar or obsessive, it’ll get and retain my attention, no matter what.  Elton was the classic hero in this fantasy tale.  Although it was evident from the beginning that Cayden was evil at present, I was unsure as to whether Elton would be the true hero or not!  Felicity, bravely looking after her mistress, became the ultimate heroine at the end of the story.  EXCELLENT story, with room in the plot for something...
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Dec
27

Review: Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene

Review: Caressed by Night by Amanda J. Greene Caressed by Night Author: Amanda J. Greene   Release Date: Feb. 29, 2012 Publisher: Self-Published Rulers of Darkness Book #2 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (393 pgs), e-book Book Source: Author About the book: Dimitri Arsov, the last remaining pure vampire, was thought to be dead for the past four hundreds years. Now, he is back and has a score to settle with the traitor that had tried to kill him centuries ago. But as he waits for his prey to blindly step into his carefully laid trap, his overwhelming hunger for blood is triggered when he saves a beautiful art historian.   Kerstyn Ingmar’s life was normal and straight up boring until the night she is rescued by the dangerously sexy, powerfully mesmerizing, Dimitri. Unable to resist his diamond blue eyes and intense kisses, she is drawn into his world of darkness and closer to her impending doom.   While their desire consumes them, Dimitri is haunted by images of a bloody and deadly future. As his enemies draw near, he must find a way to save his mate from her destiny before fate destroys them both.   What VampBard’s talking about:      For some reason, Amanda Greene’s Rulers of Darkness titles make me feel like I’m at home.  They bring together all of my comfort read titles into one neatly-wrapped package.  If you liked The Twilight Saga, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, or Lords of the Underworld, you’ll find these titles a delicious mix of these other series.      As I began reading Caressed by Night, I was greeted with a glossary. As a personal note, I’m always irritated when a glossary goes at the beginning of a story because if an author isn’t confident that their storytelling can stand alone, without front-loading the reader with a cheat sheet, I’m skeptical as to whether I’ll enjoy the book.  I skipped the glossary.      Ms. Greene began Caressed by Night around 197 years after her previous title in the series, Caressed by Moonlight, left off.  We learn that Dorian and Victoria are celebrating their anniversary mid-way through the story.  I liked the fact that we saw Dorian and Tori again, but reading their book isn’t really needed to enjoy this title.  Built into the book were ‘reminders’ necessary to understand the world-building and back-story.      I do enjoy the plot arc of Caressed by Night.  While we knew from practically the beginning that Dimitri would end...
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Dec
17

Review: Deliver Me from Temptation by Tes Hilaire

Review: Deliver Me from Temptation by Tes Hilaire Deliver Me from Temptation Author: Tes Hilaire Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012 Publisher: Sourcebooks Paladin Warriors Book #2 ISBN: 978-1402264375 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (352 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley About the book:       Logan Screwed Up…Big Time       When things go bump in the night, Logan bumps back. Vampires, demons, succubi—you name it, he’s fought it. His job as Paladin angel warrior is to protect humans. Not fall for one.       She Never Believed in Divine Intervention…Until Now       Detective Jessica Waters protects humans too-with her Glock and a good set of handcuffs. She doesn’t believe in fate. But if anyone looks like a gift from the gods, it’s Logan. And he clearly knows more about her case than he’s letting on… What VampBard’s talking about:       I think that Jessica Waters is the most kick-ass heroine I’ve read this year.  Well, she’s at least in the top three.  With spunk, sass, and an attitude that doesn’t make her afraid of her own shadow nor doubt her convictions, she makes the perfect bond mate for a Paladin warrior.  At least that’s what Logan Calhoun III thinks.       I really enjoyed Tes Hilaire’s second installment of the Paladin Warriors series, Deliver Me from Temptation.  I actually sat down and devoured it in pretty much one sitting.  The book moved ahead, just when I thought I’d get a lull, with excellent pacing, plot and character development.       Yes.  I mentioned that Jessica is bad-ass.  She does, however, come with her own set of hang-ups that put her in danger from the Paladin’s sworn enemy, Lucifer.  With a heart that has been hardened and jaded from hurts in her life, Jessica has the power, as a police officer, to let things go.  Except she’s as tenacious as a bulldog, and doesn’t let go until she’s solved a case.  No matter what it may cost her.  Her reasons are personal, and evolve from her personal past.  I thought Ms. Hilaire did an awesome job of carefully unraveling Jess’ past for the reader.  It didn’t happen too fast, nor too slowly.       Logan Calhoun, the resident hottie/ Paladin-sworn-to-make-the-world-a-better-place, has experienced the spark of finding his bond mate.  Only, he’s reluctant to let the bond fully form because she’s… **gasp** human.  He doesn’t know whether he’d be able to survive if he allowed himself to mark...
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Dec
12

Review: Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti

Review: Provoked by Rebecca Zanetti Provoked Author: Rebecca Zanetti   Release Date: Nov. 1, 2012 Publisher: Kensington Dark Protectors #5 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book Book Source: Publisher/ NetGalley About the book: A TIME FOR WAR… A casualty of the war between the demons and the vampires, Jase Kayrs has been missing for six long years. His older brothers want answers—but they’re going to have to get them from an unlikely source. For when Kane Kayrs tracks down Amber Freebird, what he finds is a blonde, vegan pacifist who has no intention of using her skills in his war… A TIME FOR LOVE… Amber enjoys her life of chaotic freedom and has no intention of falling in line just because a sexy-as-sin vampire insists on order. Unfortunately, he discovers she may be the only hope they have of finding his brother, and there’s no way he’s going to let her go—even if it means mating her to gain her cooperation. The two are as different as can be, yet when the dominant Kane and the untamed Amber finally unite to rescue Jase, they just may find that opposites really do attract… What VampBard’s talking about: Anyone that has read my reviews knows that I always like the tortured heroes.  Kane, the leading vamp from Rebecca Zanetti’s Provoked, won me over immediately;  his phenomenally sexy brain, domineering personality, and that shred of vulnerability that even the most overbearing heroes share, puts him on my list of Top Hotties for 2012. While I did find the cliches that are expected in PNRs were rampant in Provoked, they were used in a way that was tweaked from the norm.  Two races of vampires.  Shape-shifters and Werewolves were different entities.  Witches aide and abet the paranormal population.  It surely isn’t your normal Vampire Diaries.  Even though I haven’t read the first four titles in Ms. Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series, she did a great job catching up this virgin series reader, and I don’t think she over-explained for those that have read previous titles in the series.   Amber, our unexpected heroine, has discovered that her grandmother has been keeping a secret from her for her entire life.  Well, more than one secret, actually. An entire slew of them.  When unusual elements begin sniffing around Amber, on the heels of her granny’s accident that sent her into a coma,  Amber finds herself in need of a hand, no matter how much she envisions herself as an independent, strong woman.  Yeah. ...
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Dec
10

Reviews: The Charmed AND The Charmed Souls by Christine Wenrick

Reviews: The Charmed AND The Charmed Souls by Christine Wenrick The Charmed The Charmed Souls Author: Christine Wenrick  Release Dates: Aug. 29, 2012 & Nov. 18, 2012 Publisher: Red Treehouse Publishing The Charmed Trilogy #1 & #2 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s):  e-book Book Source: Author Keep reading for your chance to win a copy of one of these books! About the books:       In The Charmed—Book One of The Charmed Trilogy—Olivia Ann Greyson sees only one future for herself—to compose and perform the music she has loved since she was a child. But that future changes in an instant when a commuter train taking her to the city crashes and is attacked by, unbelievably, a coven of vampires! As the rabid creatures feed their thirst on the surviving passengers, Olivia is spared from an unthinkable fate because of the intervention of another vampire—Caleb Wolfe, a figure from her past who, for reasons he doesn’t understand himself, would do anything to protect her.       After one familiar touch, Olivia recognizes the man behind the vampire. Soon love, and a powerful supernatural connection, begins to grow between them. But with that connection Olivia starts to notice startling changes happening within herself, and violent events make it clear that the vampire coven which wanted her the night of the train crash won’t stop until they have her.       Time is running out for Olivia and Caleb to discover why all this is happening. And the answers they find may painfully tear their new love apart.       In The Charmed Souls—Book Two of The Charmed Trilogy—Olivia Ann Greyson is a Charmer, a Dhampir with the power to lure the supernatural world’s most dangerous of creatures – and she’s in an impossible situation. She must leave behind Caleb Wolfe, the strong, protective vampire she has fallen madly in love with, in order to learn how to protect herself from the vampires, shifters and demons that will be drawn to her for the rest of her life.       Human Guardian, Alec Lambert, has been assigned to see to Olivia’s training by the organization he belongs to, which is known simply as The Brethren. He takes Olivia to the group’s stronghold in the mountainous regions of Alberta, Canada, where she discovers the answers to her family’s painful past and the extent to which those hunting her will go to capture her. But she also uncovers many secrets and even more questions about this mysterious group she...
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Dec
4

Review: Heart of Atlantis by Alyssa Day

Review: Heart of Atlantis by Alyssa Day Heart of Atlantis Author: Alyssa Day  Release Date: Dec. 4, 2012 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Warriors of Poseidon #8 ISBN: #978-0425245774 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback (336 pgs), e-book Book Source: Publisher About the book: Alaric, Poseidon’s High Priest, has made a vow to Quinn, the woman he loves and the leader of the Resistance: to save her friend Jack before his last bit of humanity has been drained. Should Alaric succeed, there’s one danger-he may lose Quinn to the love of the man whose life he saved… What I’m talking about: I have been waiting for this story since the very first Warriors of Poseidon book, Atlantis Rising. Ms. Day has been building the case for our heroes, Alaric and Quinn, from the very start. They’ve had a lot to overcome, including the long-held belief that the High Priest of Atlantis must remain celibate, a war between vampires and human kind, and Quinn’s near-death experiences. I mention all of this to you because my expectations ran high going into this story! Not to mention, Heart of Atlantis is the final book in Ms. Day’s series about the hardened warriors of Atlantis. If you are like me, you always hate to see a series you love end, but sometimes, it needs to happen. *NOTE* This review contains spoilers from the first seven books in this series. The book begins with a prologue that relives some of the final moments in the previous book, Vampire In Atlantis, where in the heat of battle, Quinn’s most trusted advisor and closest friend, Jack (a tiger shifter), is killed. His human side was lost, but his tiger side remained. Quinn won’t leave Jack’s side and Alaric vowed never to leave Quinn’s side. The trio journeyed to Mt. Fuji, Japan, to a quiet, hidden retreat. There they encountered a woman who claimed to be the spirit of the portal (the portal is the “gate” the Atlanteans can call up and use to move from place to place.) Alaric renounced his duties to Atlantis and Poseidon, the sea god himself. After six weeks of “recovering,” the group was attacked by flying monkey shifters. They also discovered that there was a pretender-to-the-throne, Ptolemy Reborn, who has the final jewel needed to raise Atlantis from the deep. He also appeared on national television, outing Quinn as the leader of the human resistance group, therefore putting her existing in peril. Knowing that they had to give up their seclusion,...
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