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Jan
17

Review: Hellforged

Review: Hellforged Hellforged Release Date: December 28, 2010 Author: Nancy Holzner  Publisher: ACE Fantasy Deadtown Series Book #2 ISBN: #978-0441019809 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): paperback (352 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:       After Vicky banished her demon nemesis to the fiery depths of Hell, she thought life would return to normal. But considering she has a werewolf lawyer boyfriend, a zombie apprentice who’s angling to become a pop star, and an eccentric vampire roommate, what is normal, anyway?       Then the supposedly banished Hellion starts to trespass in Vicky’s dreams—just as several of Deadtown’s zombies are viciously attacked and become really dead. When Vicky realizes she’s the only connection between the victims, she suspects that the demon is somehow working through her dreams to become Deadtown’s living nightmare.       What she doesn’t know is that her old enemy brings with it a force more terrifying—and deadly—than anything she’s battled before. What I’m talking about:       Hellforged opens with demon hunter, Victory Vaughn and her zombie teen apprentice, Tina, attempting to rid MIT computer labs of a nasty Glitch demon. Of course things don’t go smoothly, but Vicki manages to make the best of the situation. And that is how Vicki rolls.       Soon Vicki’s life takes a turn for the dangerous. Her roommate is seen with mysterious creatures (but denies it), a Hellion is using her dreams to kill zombies, and her Aunt Mab summons her to Wales overnight, telling her of an evil prophesy that involves Vicki.  Once in Wales, Vicki meets her “cousin” Pryce who is bent on becoming the king of the demons. With time running out and Pryce freeing evil spirits that kill the zombies, Mab trains Vicki to become a better demon-slayer.       Although I did not read Deadtown, the first book in Ms. Holzner’s series, I did not feel as if I missed a beat (but I hear the book is wonderful). The author does a great job with world-building – making the zombie-infested streets of Boston seem normal.  Hellforged  builds upon the world created in Deadtown, but does not rely on the actions of the first book when telling the tale of the second book.       I really enjoyed reading Hellforged. Vicki is reminiscent of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the “chosen...
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Jan
13

Review: Mercy Blade

Review: Mercy Blade Mercy Blade Author: Faith Hunter Release Date: January, 2011 Publisher: ROC/Penguin Group Jane Yellowrock Series, Book 3 ISBN: #978-0451463722 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): Paperback (320), ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From Goodreads: Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker − and a vampire killer for hire. But lately she’s found herself taking blood money from the very vampires she used to hunt…  Things are heating up in the Big Easy. Weres have announced their existence tot he world, and revived the bitter tensions that run between them and their old enemies: vampires. As a trusted employee of Leo Pellissier, Blood Master of the City, Jane finds herself caught in the cross fire.  When Jane is attacked by a pack of marauding were-wolves, she is thankful for the help of a mysterious stranger named Girrard. He explains that he used to be Leo’s “Mercy Blade,” a sacred position charged with killing vampires who have gone insane. What Jane doesn’t know is why this powerful assassin left New Orleans − or, more troubling, why he’s now returned. It’s definitely not to make Jane’s life easier… What B is talking about: Jane Yellowrock is a “Skinwalker,” and the last of her kind. At the beginning of the book, she and her boyfriend have packed up her belongings from her home in the Appalachian Mountains and are preparing to move her back to New Orleans where she will continue in the employ of Leo Pellissier, Master Vampire of the City. Were cats and wolves have announced their presence to the world, and some of them are looking for revenge. Throw in a new, mysterious player with abilities Jane’s never encountered before, and things quickly become more complicated and dangerous than Jane could possibly be prepared for.  Mercy Blade is the third in the Jane Yellowrock series, but the first in the series that I’ve read. It’s also decidedly not a romance. Hunter does a good job introducing all the key players, as well as providing adequate background, early in the story so I felt invested in the novel fairly quickly.  Hunter also uses the first person narrative form to full advantage, and kept me right with Jane as she navigates her way through what turns out to be a very intriguing whodunit. I was stumped most of the way through the narrative, but I’m not sure if I’d have been quite...
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Jan
10

Review: My Fair Succubi

Review: My Fair Succubi My Fair Succubi Author: Jill Myles Release Date: December 28, 2010 Publisher: Pocket Star Books Succubus Diaries Series Book #3 ISBN: #978-1439188194 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (340 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Living as a succubus has a bit of a learning curve, but with sexy fallen angel Noah to scratch her sensual Itch, Jackie Brighton is finally starting to feel ahead of the game. She almost doesn’t miss her gorgeous vampire master Zane – or his sinful, teasing mouth. She’s trying to convince herself of that, anyway. But Jackie’s past mistakes catch up with her, spinning her life out of control once more. Just as her friend Remy’s inner demon comes out to play, Noah and Jackie are arrested by the angelic Serim Council. When Jackie seizes the chance to escape, she falls right into Zane’s waiting arms. As she’s pulled into a game of cat and mouse between vampires and angels, she finds she must also finally choose between the two men in her life. Can she decide between Noah and Zane, or will she lose everything she’s ever wanted? Because there’s more at stake than just her heart… What I’m talking about: This is the third book in Jill Myles’ wonderful Succubus Diaries series.  It picks up about 6 months after the end of Succubi Like It Hot with Jackie and Noah on an archeological dig in Mexico. From there, they are whisked away by the Serim Council and once again, Jackie finds herself in the center of trouble. This is a marvelous culmination of events that began in Gentlemen Prefer Succubi and continued in Succubi Like It Hot. It brought together various plots and concluded storylines. YES! Jackie chooses, but the adventures are not over. Although a “new-to-the-series” reader picking up this book can enjoy it, I don’t think s/he will enjoy it nearly as much unless one starts with the first book. I highly recommend this series to anyone that is looking for a fun, hot paranormal romance. Once again, the story is told from Jackie’s point-of-view. I actually enjoy Jackie and her selfish, flighty behavior. I know a lot of fellow readers that want to smack Jackie around a bit, but I find her attitude and sense of humor make me laugh.  Although she can be a bit annoying at times, I honestly want...
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Jan
4

Review: I Dream of Genies

Review: I Dream of Genies I Dream of Genies Author: Judi Fennell  Release Date: January 4, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebook Publishing Book #1 in Genie series ISBN: #978-1402241895 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback (416 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: He needs to change his luck, and fast!  Matt Ewing would gladly hunt down a fortune in lucky pennies if he thought it would help save his business. But for all his hoping, Matt’s clueless when his long-awaited lucky charm falls in his lap in the form of a beguiling genie. He just can’t believe that this beautiful woman could be the answer to his prayers… She’s been bottled up for far too long!  Spending 2,000 years in a bottle would make any woman a little stir-crazy. So when Matt releases Eden from her luxurious captivity, she’s thrilled to repay him by giving him the magical boost he needs… But for all her good intentions, Eden’s magical prowess is a little rusty and her magical mistakes become more than embarrassing. And though Eden knows falling in love will end her magic and immortality, she can’t help but be drawn to the one man who wants her just for herself… What I’m talking about: Eden is a genie – one that broke the Code and was imprisoned in her bottle for close to 2,000 years with only a talking cat for company. She sits in an antique store window, and her favorite part of the day is when handsome Matt runs by on his daily jog. When a freak accident suddenly sets her free and into the arms of Matt, she takes advantage. Eden and Matt both feel a strong connection. She blames her magic at first, but soon they realize they cannot deny their mutual attraction. However, there is no time for lengthy courtships or even a night on the town. Eden is a fugitive and is soon captured by the evil Faruq, who returns her to the magical realm of Al-Jannah.  Welcome to a world of magic, adventure, sexy genies and talking animals. Ms. Fennell blends pop-culture references and old world mythology to create Al-Jannah. It’s like Easter morning as you discover all of these little eggs she has cleverly written into her story.   I cannot help but laugh out loud at Ms. Fennell’s humor. A genie named Eden (thank you Barbara) and a Ewing (who...
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Dec
31

Review: Kiss at Your Own Risk

Review: Kiss at Your Own Risk Kiss at Your Own Risk Author: Stephanie Rowe Release Date: January, 2011 Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca Soulfire series, Book 1ISBN: #9781402241956 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): Paperback, ebook I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: He needed a killer woman… Blaine Underhill is one lucky man after having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch. Now he’s determined to save his still-enslaved friend, but in order to do so, he’ll need the help of one of the world’s most lethal women. She was drop dead gorgeous, literally… Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she’s one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever.  When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder! What B is talking about: Trinity Harpswell is a recovering Black Widow, or is trying very hard to be. Whenever she develops feelings for a man, her inner spider is triggered and she is compelled to kill him. Now, she’s seven days away from ending her curse forever. No more intentionally dating the most repulsive men she can find, no more making herself look as awful as she feels, no more “Oops, guess what I just did again” relocations for her family…just a normal life. Unfortunately, nothing is ever that simple for Trinity. Blaine Underhill has just escaped over a century of torturous captivity at the hands of the powerful Black Witch, Angelica. When one of his friends is betrayed and recaptured during their getaway, however, he becomes determined to find a way to rescue him and kill the witch once and for all. His plan only has a few flaws, namely that she can’t be killed, and any rescue attempt will only land Blaine and his friends right back where they started. Only one kind of being is guaranteed to be able to kill anything, and Blaine needs one fast: a Black Widow.  Sometimes the best books are the ones that make you laugh when you’re not at all prepared for it. Kiss at Your Own Risk, the first in Rowe’s new Soulfire series, definitely falls into that category. If this book wasn’t as much fun to write as...
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Dec
27

Review: Wolf Fever

Review: Wolf Fever Wolf Fever Author: Terry Spear  Release Date: December 1, 2010 Publisher: Sourcebooks Heart of the Wolf Series Book #6 ISBN: #978-1402237522 Genre: Paranormal Romance (werewolf) Format(s): paperback (416 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review.   Be sure to check out my giveaway of Wolf Fever at the end of this review. From the author’s website:       Carol Woods wanted more than anything to be a nurse at the hospital in Silver Town, Colorado where her family lives, but she never foresaw how she’d end up with the job. Now she’s a red werewolf facing a mating, trying to forestall shifting for a variety of reasons—one of which has to do with a swine flu virus that seems to be attacking the werewolf kind in a bad way, while working with a private investigator who doesn’t believe in her psychic abilities one bit. So why does she thinks she’s falling in love with the infuriating gray?       Chester McKinley can’t get his mind off the entrancing woman, a nurse, a newly turned red lupus garou belonging to another gray pack and the only one left who might be able to learn how to stop the swine flu virus from making a permanent impact on their kind. Although he doesn’t want to draw Carol into this dangerous situation or believe she is involved, he has no other choice. But does the woman really have psychic abilities that are keeping her from shifting, or is she a fraud, a master at deception, and is behind the infections of their people? And how can he keep his hands off the intriguing woman, and his mind on the mission as the virus takes its toll? What I’m talking about:       The story kicks off with newly turned werewolf, Carol Woods, fighting the change from human to wolf. She was turned via an attack five months prior and she still hasn’t accepted her new life. She’s in the custody of Darien Silver, pack leader and Carol’s protector. She is a guest, with restrictions, until she finds a mate to help her adjust to her new life.       In addition to fighting her inner wolf, Carol is also psychic and she’s foreseen some serious trouble for her new pack. Several members of her pack will not be able to shift from wolf back to human, but...
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Dec
23

Review: Demon Underground

Review: Demon Underground Dear Readers: I would like to take a quick moment to introduce to you B., my dear friend and new team member here at That’s What I’m Talking About. B. is a freelance copyeditor, writer, and graphic designer based in Austin, Texas. She is happily married to a very tolerant man and has two children who are too smart for their own good…or hers, for that matter. B. will be helping me with book reviews and other fun stuff.  Please say hello to B., and give her a warm welcome!   Demon Underground Author: S. L. Wright Release Date: December 7, 2010 Publisher: Roc Fantasy Allay Series Book #2 ISBN: #978-0451463678 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): paperback (352 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: Half-human and half-demon, Allay has finally warmed up to her new life feeding off the customers at her downtown bar when she finds herself brokering a truce between New York City’s most powerful demons. But when she senses assassins around every corner, Allay hides out of sight and underground-until combatants in the growing war tempt her back above the surface. Her choice is clear: live in fear or change the world as everyone knows it. What B is talking about: Allay is a demon hybrid who owns a bar on the lower east side in New York City and has just obtained independence from her demon progenitor by contributing to his death. Now, she just wants to take care of the human regulars at the bar while she drinks from their emotions, as all demons must do in order to feed. With her only friend, Shock, and offspring, Bliss, by her side, she hopes to stay out of the politics that consume the powerful demon factions vying for power in the city. As the only half-human, half-demon in existence, however, she’s unable to avoid all those who want to use her for their own machinations, and discovers that standing on her own may be the only way to find out who her true friends are and hold onto what’s left of her humanity.  Demon Underground is full of vivid characters and Wright does an excellent job keeping the action moving, while flatteringly trusting her readers to keep track of all the players, major and minor alike. She occasionally spends too much time on the details of individual settings, but...
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Dec
14

Review: Size Matters

Review: Size Matters Size Matters Author: Stephanie Julian  Release Date: available now Publisher: Ellora’s Cave ISBN: #9781419930294 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): e-book (novella length) I received a copy of this book from the author for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website:      Carrie Benton’s got the best job in the world working as a reporter for the Weekly News Journal. Chupacabra picnicking at the Jersey shore? Check. Aliens in the White House? Absolutely. Bigfoot stalking the forests of northern Pennsylvania? Well, okay… but Bigfoot is so Left Coast.      Tim Sattazahn can’t believe his luck. The six-foot redhead who crashed into his forest during a snowstorm is gorgeous, funny and hot for him.  Everything would be perfect except for the fact that she’s looking for Bigfoot.      And, unfortunately for Tim, she’s found him… What I’m talking about:      Carrie Benton doesn’t believe any of the stories that her paper, The Weekly News, prints. But she’s happy to put her reporting skills and her talent for making anything sound believable to good use as a writer.  In order to follow up on a prime story, Carrie heads out to the woods in snow storm to grab some photos for a Bigfoot sighting.      After crashing her car, Carrie heads into the unknown in hopes of finding some help. Little does she know that she’s being watched by tall, dark and sexy, Tim – who is the only person living out there for miles. When Carrie passes out, Tim makes his move and rescues her – taking her back to his home for recovery. After Carrie wakes, the two hit it off spectacularly, and both realize that there may be more to their relationship than just hot sex.      I really enjoyed this novella from Ms. Julian. It’s a quick read full of fun and smokin’ romance. The mythology is very original – I can’t say that I’ve ever read a “Bigfoot romance” before.  As corny as it may sound, the story is actually very smart and well written. I enjoyed the pop-culture references (especially since I’m a sci-fi geek) and the thoughtful dialogue between Carrie and Tim.      Although it’s a shorten-length story, the characters are well-developed and interesting. Carrie is an independent woman that can think on her own and has sex because she likes it.  The romance is not based on the stars alining or any magicks, just a...
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Dec
6

Review & Giveaway: Black Wings

Review & Giveaway: Black Wings Black Wings Author: Christina Henry  Release Date: November 30, 2010 Publisher: Ace Fantasy Madeline Black Series Book #1 ISBN: #978-0441019632 Genre: Urban Fantasy Format(s): paperback (304 pgs), e-book I received a copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From GoodReads:       As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It’s a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.        Maddy’s position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.        Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy’s building. It’s probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.        Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell… What I’m talking about:       Black Wings is an exciting new Urban Fantasy with a new twist on some familiar mythology. The story centers on a “who’s who” list of demons and angels – but adds several new faces to create a wonderful new world full of mystery, action and adventure.  Set in modern day Chicago, the story focuses on the life of Agent Madeline Black (Maddy).  Agents are humans with wings who born into their job helping souls of the departed cross through to the otherside.  But it’s not a romantic job – full of paperwork and schedules. Even Agents of Death have to deal with bureaucracy.       Maddy lives on her own, with only the companionship of a gargole named Beezle.  Her mom was killed when Maddy was a teen and her dad was never part of the picture.  She lives a solitary life and doesn’t do anything to shake it up.  So when a mysterious new tenant moves into her building and her best friend is killed by some unknown monster, Maddy’s life changes dramatically and drastically. She finds out that she is part of a much larger world that she never dared dream existed.    ...
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Dec
2

Review: Beneath the Thirteen Moons

Review: Beneath the Thirteen Moons Beneath the Thirteen Moons Author: Kathryne Kennedy  Release Date: Hardcover December 2003     re-release December 1, 2010 Publisher: Sourcebooks ISBN: #978-1402236518 Genre: Fantasy, Romance Format(s): paperback (384 pgs), e-book I received an ARC copy of this book from the PUBLISHER for the purposes of an honest review. From the author’s website: He’s a ruler in a divided world… In a magical watery world of the Sea Forest, the divide between the rulers and the people is an uncrossable chasm. Handsome, arrogant prince Korl Com’nder has lived a life of luxury that is nothing more than a fantasy to the people he rules. Until the day he is accidentally kidnapped by a beautiful outlaw smuggler and is forced to open his eyes to the world outside his palace walls.  She’s an outcast, but at least she has her independence… Mahri Zin would stop at nothing to save her village, and when they needed a healer she didn’t think twice about kidnapping one. But when she realizes that the healer she so impulsively stole is none other than the crown prince of Sea Forest, Mahri knows that she has a chance to change the fate of her people… What I’m talking about: The Sea Forest world is magical land that is completely covered in water, where massive trees grow up from the ocean floor to support an entire eco-system within their branches. There is no ground: only roots, branches, and channels.  Dwellings are carved into these magnificent trees. In this world there are two classes of humans: the Royals and the Water-rats.  The Royals control everything, including the sacred zabbaroot, which gives those with tolerance to its poison, special mental abilities.  Mahri is a Wilding, a non-Royal with an extremely high-tolerance of the zabbaroot, which gives her amazing Sight and abilities to control the movement of water and in some situations, human muscles.  Wildings are hunted by the Royals because they are viewed as a threat to their control over the planet. When Mahri’s village is threatened by a horrible disease, she kidnaps the first Healer she can locate, only to find out later that he is Korl, the crown prince of the Sea Forest.  Each feel a strong and undeniable connection from the start.  As the two make the long trip back to Mahri’s village, they learn more about each other and the culture in which they are trapped. Ms. Kennedy has created an amazing and original mythology. The...
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