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5

Review: Magic at the Gate

Review: Magic at the Gate Magic at the Gate Author:Devon Monk  Release Date: November 2, 2010 Publisher: ROC Fantasy Allie Beckstrom Series Book #5  ISBN: #978-0451463623 Genre: Urban Fantacy Format(s): paperback (368 pages), e-book I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:       Allie Beckstrom’s lover, Zayvion Jones, is a Guardian of the Gate, imbued with both light and dark magic and responsible for ensuring that those energies don’t mix. But Zayvion lies in a coma, his soul trapped in death’s realm. To rescue him, Allie must follow the specter of her deceitful late sorcerer father, Daniel Beckstrom, who is more than familiar with death’s domain. And when Allie discovers that the only way to save Zayvion is to sacrifice her very own magical essence, she makes a decision that may have grave consequences for the entire world. What I’m talking about: NOTE: I have not read the first four books in this series.       At the end of the fourth Allie Beckstrom book, Magic on the Storm, the soul of Allie’s true love, Zay, is sent to Death, while is body lies in a coma.  At the start of Magic at the Gate, Allie crosses through a gate and into Death to find Zay’s soul and return it to his body. Her dead father (who also possesses her from time to time) acts as her guide and helps her locate Zay. Unfortunately, he also made a deal on behalf of Allie in order to get her and Zay out of Death. This deal involves Allie giving up the small magic with which she was born (she still has a large amount of magic that was placed in her earlier in the series).  She is also marked by death when she completes this deal.       After getting back to the land of the living and returning Zay’s soul (he remains in a coma), we find out that there has been a lot going on while she was in Death and the magical users find themselves in a war. There are unusual things going on and the Authority (good guys) are trying to keep up with it all. With Zay out of commission, it’s up to Allie and friends to find out how and why Veiled (think ghosts of former magic users) are becoming “solid and living.”       At first, not having read the...
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Oct
22

Review: Lie With Me

Review: Lie With Me Lie With Me Author:Stephanie Tyler Release Date: October 26, 2010 Publisher: Dell Books Shadow Force Series Book #1 ISBN: #978-0440245964 Genre: Military/Suspense Romance Format(s): paperback, e-book I received an e-ARC copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:       Forced together by fate, bound together by desire.       Framed for a double murder, Delta Force operative Cameron Moore is given a new lease on life by the CIA—provided he pays them back by doing their black ops dirty work. Now Cam is ready to renegotiate their deal, and he thinks he’s found the perfect bargaining chip: Skylar Slavin, bestselling author of espionage thrillers and the daughter of the CIA man who saved him from a prison sentence.       Skylar has been living in anonymity, never suspecting that someone so dangerous—and so desirable—would plunge her into a world as treacherous as one of her spy novels. But how can Cam go through with his plan to kidnap Skylar when just the sight of her sets off an explosive attraction he’s never experienced before? And when Skylar falls prey to an even more perilous threat, this special ops soldier must call upon all his combat skills to protect the one person who can help him win his freedom—and the only woman he’s ever loved. What I’m talking about:       Lie With Me is an exciting adventure that remindeds me of one of my favorite TV shows, Alias.  It is filled with several complex characters, all with unknown criss-crossing histories.  The key players include Cameron and Sky, our primary couple, Dylan – a spy and Cam’s best/only friend, Riley – a fellow “spy for hire” and romantic interest for Dylan,  and Gabriel… a CIA agent that uses Cam to run black op missions, who also happens to be Skylar’s father.       The story opens with an attempt on Cam’s life, one that comes from Gabriel’s men.  Tired of working for Gabe, Cam decides to use Skylar as leverage to break free once and all from Gabe’s long-reaching grasp. But when Cam meets up with Skylar, and finds out her life is in danger from unknown assailants, his mission quickly turns from kidnapper to protector. Cam finds an almost instant connection with Skylar and cannot stop himself from getting involved.       I was somewhat confused in the beginning of the book...
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Oct
8

Review: No Mercy

Review: No Mercy No Mercy Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon Release Date: September 7, 2010 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Dark Hunter Series Book #19  ISBN: #0312546564 Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Format(s): Hardcover, 343 pgs; e-book From the author’s website: Live fast, fight hard and if you have to die then take as many of your enemies with you as you can. That is the Amazon credo and it was one Samia lived and died by. Now in contemporary New Orleans, the immortal Amazon warrior is about to learn that there’s a worse evil coming to slaughter mankind than she’s ever faced before.  Shapeshifter Dev Peltier has stood guard at the front of Sanctuary for almost two hundred years and in that time, he’s seen it all. Or so he thought. Now their enemies have discovered a new source of power- one that makes a mockery of anything faced to date.  The war is on and Dev and Sam are guarding ground zero. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn’t unravel the universe as we know it. What I’m talking about: I adore Ms. Kenyon’s Dark Hunter Series. The mythology is extremely interesting and complex. So if you haven’t read any of the earlier books, you may find yourself a bit lost with the terms, abilities, etc.  Be warned, if you haven’t read the series, this book (and review) contains spoilers from the previous books. No Mercy picks up a few months after the end of the previous book, Bad Moon Rising.  The Peltier family (a pack of bear shifters) is trying to run their family bar, Sanctuary, after the deaths of their parents. With this story, we learn that brother, Dev, isn’t sure he wants to stay around and thinks about getting a fresh start away from his siblings.  When Dark Huntress, Sam, rides her motorcycle to Sanctuary and into Dev’s heart and mind, she doesn’t expect to enjoy the peace and comfort only he can give her.  The two quickly take advantage of their mutual attraction and engage in a hot, steamy one-night stand. Yet neither can shake their desire, and the attraction quickly grows into something more. The story line focuses primary on Sam and Dev’s relationship; however, evil Daimon lord, Stryker, wants Sam for his own nefarious plans. This gives the couple plenty of opportunities to explore and analyze their mutual attraction. Their love is forbidden, and we are...
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Sep
28

Review: "A Tangled Web" – Harvest Moon

Review: "A Tangled Web" – Harvest Moon “A Tangled Web” from the Harvest Moon anthology Author: Mercedes Lackey Release Date: September 28, 2010 Publisher: Luna (Harlequin) Five Hundred Kingdoms series ISBN: #978-0373803224 Genre: Fantasy Format(s): paperback, e-book I received an electronic galley copy of this book from the Net Galley for the purposes of an honest review. NOTE: I only read the first novella in this anthology. After reading the first (review below) and starting the second, I found the stories complex and difficult to follow. Due to time constraints, I did not finish the book. I am not classifying this book as a DNF because I did complete the first story and have a review.  If I find time to read the other stories, I will finish the review for the entire book (they do seem interesting!) From the author’s website: Kidnapping Persephone should have been an easy task. But in the Five Hundred Kingdoms, nothing’s ever simple and the wrong blonde goddess is stolen by mistake, leaving Prince Leopold without his new bride. At least until he braves the realm of the dead to get her back… What I’m talking about: This is an interesting and fun re-telling of the famous Persephone and Hades tale from Greek Mythology.  In this story, Persephone and Hades are in love and try to find a way to be together. Hades sends Thanatos, the god of Death, to “kidnap” Persephone and bring her to the underworld-reasoning that her mother, Demeter, could not take her away if “death” claimed her. Well, unfortunately, Thanatos claims the wrong goddess which causes plenty of grief for everyone. While the story was simple, cleaver and cute, it was tough to follow. I know a little Greek mythology and no Norse mythology – both of which are prominent in this story.  Names are tossed around and situations inferred as if I should have an understanding of it all.  I felt completely lost at times, especially at the beginning.   Although I never fully overcame some of the confusion, I still enjoyed the tale.  Ms. Lackey’s portrayal of the Greek gods is entertaining and refreshing… They are still self-involved, but more simple and oafish than their usual vindictive depictions. The Norse goddess Brunnhilde and her husband Prince Leopold are a welcome addition to the tale. They are logic and order to the chaos of Olympus when Persephone (and Brunnhilde) are taken to the underworld.  This is an enjoyable story. My Rating:  Liked it, there were...
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Sep
7

Review: DUST

Review: DUST DUST Author: Joan Frances Turner  Release Date: September 7, 2010 Publisher: The Berkley Group (Penguin) ISBN: #978-0-441-01928-1 Genre: Young Adult – Paranormal/Zombies Format: Hardcover I received this book from the publisher for purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Nine years ago, Jessie had a family.Now, she has a gang.Nine years ago, Jessie was a vegetarian.Now, she eats very fresh meat.Nine years ago,Jessie was in a car crash and died.Nine years ago, Jessie was human.Now, she’s not. After she was buried, Jessie awoke and tore through the earth to arise, reborn, as a zombie. Jessie’s gang is the Fly-by-Nights. She loves the ancient, skeletal Florian and his memories of time gone by. She’s in love with Joe, a maggot-infested corpse. They fight, hunt, dance together as one—something humans can never understand. There are dark places humans have learned to avoid, lest they run into the zombie gangs. But now, Jessie and the Fly-by-Nights have seen new creatures in the woods—things not human and not zombie. A strange new illness has flamed up out of nowhere, causing the undeads to become more alive and the living to exist on the brink of death. As bits and pieces of the truth fall around Jessie, like the flesh off her bones, she’ll have to choose between looking away or staring down the madness—and hanging onto everything she has come to know as life… What I’m talking about: I’m going to start by telling you that this is my first zombie book. I didn’t know what to expect, but my ideas of zombies were formed by horror movies. This is NOT what Jessie is about. She is a teenage girl that died and was reborn into a new life of the “undead.” The undead don’t feed on human brains (unless they want to), but rather the freshly killed flesh of any animal.  The story, told in the first person POV of Jessie, opens with a hunt for a deer and slides into Jessie’s memories of being “reborn” and meeting her gang. It took me a while to adjust to reading the gore that is zombie. It’s not that this is a gruesome tale or a horror show, it’s just that well, these characters are undead. They are missing body parts, full of bugs, black-bloated gas-bags and turning to dust.  Ms. Turner does a wonderful job provided detailed descriptions of her world and its inhabitants. Just be prepared to see maggot-infested bodies...
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Aug
31

Review: Sins of the Soul

Review: Sins of the Soul Sins of the Soul Author: Eve Silver Release Date: August 31, 2010 Publisher: Harlequin Otherkin Series Book #2 ISBN: #978-0-373-77483-8 Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy I received an ebook (galley) from NetGalley for review. From the Goodreads: Alastor Krayl’s world shattered when he learned that his father was the Underworld god of chaos and evil. All that saved him from self-destruction were his newfound brothers and the bond they shared as soul reapers. So when one of his brothers is murdered, vengeance becomes Alastor’s obsession. And the enigmatic Naphré Kurata, a witness—or is she the killer?—has the answers he seeks.  A reluctant Underworld enforcer, Naphré trusts no one, especially not a seductive soul reaper who makes her burn with lust. Torn between duty and desire, she fights to keep her secrets safe from Alastor, even as she longs to surrender. What I’m talking about: This is the second book in Ms. Silver’s Otherkin Trilogy and it picks up immediately where Book #1, Sins of the Heart, finishes. This book centers on Alastor Krayl, the second son of Underworld Egyptian god, Sutekh. The story focuses on Alastor’s committed drive to discover who murdered his youngest brother, in hopes of reanimating his lost soul. This mystery started in Book #1 and does not finish here. Alastor meets Naphre quite by accident, but is immediately drawn to her. He survives in the harsh Underworld by letting out no emotions, so when Naphre stirs up feelings within him, he’s not sure how to react.  As he follows the clues to discover the truth about his brother, he learns that Naphre is more involved that he could imagine. This feeds his obsession for Naphre and he cannot figure out why he is so attracted to her. But as he grows closer to her, he keeps deep (and important) secrets from her – which in the end could destroy any chance of a relationship. Most of the story is spent on Alastor and Naphre and their mutual desires. We learn very little about the overall “whodunit” storyline, which frustrated me at times. The story is filled with wonderful details and descriptions. I enjoyed following their love story, which is touching (although at times I wanted to strangle Alastor for keeping so many secrets!) The mythology and players are fascinating. But I felt that there was too much time spent on all of the descriptive details and not enough on the action. I want to know what’s going...
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Aug
18

Review: Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between

Review: Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between Author: J.A. Saare  Release Date: available now Publisher: Eternal Press Rhiannon’s Laws Series Book #1 ISBN: #1770650229 Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal From the author’s website: One bad corpse can ruin your whole day. No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy. She’s left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she’s managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her – until now. The deliciously good-looking vampire Disco knows her secret, and when he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, she discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no. But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block. What I’m talking about: The story opens with our heroine, Rhiannon, working as a bartender in an exotic dancer bar. She knows the ropes and keeps the place running smoothly. Unfortunately, she is being pursued by not only Disco, but other vampire families because of her ability to see the twice undead (dead vampires) – a very rare gift. The only way to protect herself from the undesirables is to “join” a vampire family… but which one? And after a rough childhood, Rhiannon doesn’t want to be “owned” by anyone ever again. Rhiannon is a heroine that I can get behind! She is smart, tough, looks out for herself, but doesn’t say no to help and helping others.  I was worried that she would hem and haw in her decision making about joining a family, but she is smart and makes a great decision. She weighs pros and cons at each step of the way, knows how to compromise, but stays true to herself. She is a joy to read.  The beginning of the book was a bit tough for me to understand. The first chapter especially was chaotic and thoughts seem to jump all over the place. I wasn’t sure who was who, and I stumbled a bit. While...
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Aug
16

Review: Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver

Review: Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver Sins of the Heart Author: Eve Silver  Release Date: July 27, 2010 Publisher: Harlequin Otherkin Series Book #1 ISBN: #0373774826 Genre: Paranormal Fantasy/Romance NOTE: I received an ebook (galley) from NetGalley for review. From the Goodreads: As the son of Sutekh, the lord of evil, Dagan Krayle is one of the most powerful soul reapers. Dagan intends to use every ounce of his power to find his brother’s remains and punish those responsible for his brutal death. But he must move swiftly-and carefully-if he is to have any chance of bringing his brother back to this world, because his enemy is on the hunt.  Otherkin Roxy Tam will stop at nothing to keep the soul reapers from resurrecting Dagan’s brother. To allow Sutekh access to his remains would wreak havoc and destruction on the mortal world…and would be her unforgivable failure.  Neither Dagan nor Roxy expect to join forces for the sake of mankind. Or have their loyalties tested as they struggle against the potent desire that threatens to consume them both…. What I’m talking about: Roxy Tam led a pretty rough life and at 19-years old, it was soon going to be over. Kidnapped by a serial rapist and killer, she had no hope for escape. That is until Dagan Krayle found her.  She watched in terror as he reached into the chests of her captors, removed their hearts and an oily-like, gray substance known as the “darksoul.” He then let her go. Fast forward 11 years and Roxy is now deeply involved with the supernatural and hopes some day to find Dagan again so that she can make him pay for the horrors he brought into her life that fate-filled night. Or, so she tells herself, even though she can’t stop dreaming about Dagan in the most intimate of ways. Welcome to the exciting world of Egyptian mythology! This story is deeply routed in a complex mythology based on ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses, and many other existing underworld stories. It took some time for me to get a clear grasp on each of the characters and their roles in this elaborate world, but figuring it all out was half of the fun.  In addition to the wonderfully intricate mythology, Ms. Silver spins a tale of mystery and suspense.  I found myself biting my nails as Roxy and Dagan slowly unraveled the mystery of who or what killed Dagan’s brother (which by the way, is supposed to...
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Jul
21

Bonds of Justice – Review

Bonds of Justice – Review Bonds of Justice Author:Nalini Singh  Release Date: July 6, 2010 Publisher: Berkley Psy/Changeling Series Book #8 ISBN: #0425235440 Genre: Paranormal Romance From the author’s website: Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy-dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor’s closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of a catastrophic mental fracture… Sophia Russo is a Justice-Psy, cursed with the ability to retrieve memories from men and women so twisted even veteran cops keep their distance. Appointed as Max’s liaison with the Psy, she finds herself fascinated by this human, her frozen heart threatening to thaw with forbidden emotion. But, her mind filled with other people’s nightmares, other people’s evil, she’s standing on the border between sanity and a silken darkness that urges her to take justice into her own hands, to become judge, jury…and executioner… What I’m talking about:      In Ms. Singh’s 8th novel-length installment of the wonderful Psy/Changeling series, we have hero, Max, a hard-edged cop, who we met in Book 4: Mine to Possess. When the story starts, Max is working on a brutal case of a serial killer sociopath, with the assistance of J-Psy, Sophia Russo. The two feel a mutual attraction and both decide to act on these feelings when they are thrown together while working on a special investigation for Psy Council member, Nikita Duncan. Sophia is willing to risk “break Silence” to be with Max because she is scheduled for complete rehabilitation (read: brain wipe and complete loss of memories, personality) within the immediate future.      The story lines of the serial killer and the investigation into the attempts on Nikita’s life criss-crossed throughout the story and both were used to forward the overall story arc in the series. The information we learned about the PsyNet and Psy Council was exciting and set the series up for the final two (upcoming) books in the story arc. Learning who was behind the attempts on Nikita’s life and where allegiances lie within the Council was what kept me reading this story.  The book shined brightest when dealing with Nikita’s estranged daughter, Sascha, and the...
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Jul
20

Eve of Samhain – Review

Eve of Samhain – Review Eve of Samhain Author: Lisa Sanchez  Release Date: May 2010 Publisher: Omnific Publishing ISBN: #1-936305-20-8 Genre: Paranormal Romance NOTE: an electronic copy of this book was provided to me by the author for review purposes. From the publisher’s website: As a college senior and server at Hanaford Park’s hottest nightclub, twenty-one year old Ryann Pierce’s plan was simple: work hard, make lots of money, and avoid the ass-grabbers at all costs. What she never planned for was Quinn Donegan—the living, breathing advertisement for sinful behavior that waltzed into her life. With an angelic face, a hard body and a butt-load of charm, Quinn had a way with the ladies—a lot of ladies. Cursed with a deadly, addictive touch, his trail of indiscretion blazed across five hundred years. Tired and jaded, Ryann is a shocking revelation Quinn didn’t see coming. Filled with desire, yet unable to touch one another, Ryann and Quinn embark on a daunting journey, battling frustrating physical limitations while exploring their new love. In a race against the clock, Ryann learns she must plead for Quinn’s life before…the Eve of Samhain. Determined to end her lover’s suffering, not even the danger dogging her every move can keep her from her mission. What I’m talking about: Ryann works hard to put herself through school and it seems like she doesn’t have much time for a social life. She is required to wear a “Hooters” type outfit for her waitressing job and gets an earful from drunken patrons from time to time. In walks mysterious Quinn. Ryann’s body responds immediately, but Quinn’s personality left little for Ryann to desire. This relationship starts with the typical “I can’t stand him, but I want him” storyline.  Quickly Quinn and Ryann develop a friendship of sorts and she finds out that he is actually an Irish Faery. We also learn that there is an evil “presence” stalking Ryann, and Quinn is determined to keep her safe. This story is told in the first-person point-of-view of heroine, Ryann, which means we get only her side of the story and an insight into her feelings. This is not a detractor to the book, but it did cause a bit of frustration on my part. Due to this and Ryann’s poor body image, the first half of this book drove me a little nutty. I felt that Ryann lacked any confidence and positive self-image. The girl is 5’ 7” and ONLY 135 pounds, yet she...
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