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Sep
13

Review: Atlantis Betrayed

Review: Atlantis Betrayed Atlantis Betrayed Author: Alyssa Day  Release Date: September 7, 2010 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Warriors of Poseidon Series Book #6 ISBN: #0425238105 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback, e-book From the author’s website: Poseidon’s warriors have learned that the battle to protect humanity produces unexpected enemies–and alliances. And one of the most powerful of all Atlantean warriors will soon find both…in one daring beauty. A warrior’s mission, a woman’s desire…What could Christophe, powerful Warrior of Poseidon, have in common with Fiona Campbell, prim and proper Scottish illustrator of fairytales by day and notorious jewel thief known as the Scarlet Ninja by night? Answer:  The Siren, a legendary Crown Jewel that Fiona has targeted for her next heist. It’s said to be worth millions, but to Christophe it’s invaluable. For the Siren also happens to be one of the missing jewels from Poseidon’s trident. And the unnatural evil that could destroy them both.But breaking into the Tower of London is a two-person job, so Christophe and Fiona team up to commit the crime of the century. As newfound passions fire their motives–and cloud their judgment–they realize they aren’t the only ones after the priceless gem. A dark force is shadowing their every move, and threatening to shatter their trust with revenge, betrayal, and a haunting revelation about the past. What I’m talking about: In the sixth full-length book (and eight installment) of the Warriors of Poseidon series by Alyssa Day, we journey to London. This is the first book that is set outside of the US and away from the on-going and familiar vampire versus human rebels story arc, and it was a refreshing change of pace. This isn’t quite Ms. Day’s typical Poseidon story, but has a lot of  familiar similarities. Although it primarily centers on Fiona and Christophe’s story and leaves out most of the on-going story arc, we still see shifters, vamps and some new supernatural beings. Self-segregated warrior, Christophe, is hanging around London and is tasked to obtain one of the seven sacred jewels from Poseidon’s trident. His heart isn’t really in the game, but Christophe is looking for a change of pace from the everyday dredge of protecting humans from the power-hungry vampires.  While on a scouting mission to steal the famous gem, Christophe meets the Scarlet Ninja, and after she shoots him and leaves him for dead, he follows her home. He worms his way into her life and the two begin a tentative and passionate...
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Sep
10

Review: Burning Up

Review: Burning Up Burning Up – Anthology Authors:Angela Knight, Nalini Singh, Virginia Kantra, Meljean Brook Release Date: August 2010 Publisher: Berkley Sensation ISBN: #978-0425235959 Genre: Paranormal Romance Format(s): paperback, e-book “Whisper of Sin” – Nalini Singh (Psy/Changeling Series prequel story)      From the author’s website: “Whisper of Sin” features Ria, who, as Lucas’s executive assistant, has appeared in a number of previous books in the series including Slave to Sensation and Mine to Possess. This novella is set back in time, and tells the story of how Ria met her changeling mate, Emmett, and became part of DarkRiver. It also shows us another glimpse of DarkRiver’s past.      What I’m talking about:  Ria (a human) is attacked and nearly raped before DarkRiver enforcers step in.  Changeling Emmett is immediately attracted to Ria and serves as her protector.  The story follows the couple as they learn about one another, and learn to trust each other.      This is story set in Ms. Singh’s amazing Psy/Changeling series (one of the best PNR series out there). It is set back in time, so you do not have to have knowledge of the series to enjoy this novella. Ms. Singh does a fabulous job of drawing me in by creating characters I care about. The story moves quickly, but doesn’t skimp on plot development or hot romance. My only issue was the final “hurdle” placed in front of the couple, which felt forced and unnecessary. The couple was already together and in love. I did not see the purpose in tossing them one more issue to deal with – especially one so minor and silly. But it was just that – silly – and the story is still a good one.      My Rating: 4 stars. Really enjoyed – strongly recommend. “Blood and Roses” Angela Knight      My summary: “Blood and Roses” is a vampire and wizard story with a mediaeval setting. Evil wizard Korban is a traitor to the king and plans to break the magical barrier that holds back the human-eating, lizard-skinned Varil race. He holds 3-year-old Marin captive and forces sister Amaris to do his bidding – which includes seducing the king’s investigator, vampire Raniero, and convince him to betray the king.      What I’m talking about:  Unfortunately, this story did not have adequate space to develop a solid romance between Raniero and Amaris. She seduces him, at the direction of her captor, but then feels an...
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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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Sep
2

ARC Review: Cruel Enchantment

ARC Review: Cruel Enchantment Cruel Enchantment Author: Anya Bast  Release Date: September 7, 2010 Publisher: Berkley Sensation Dark Magick Series Book #2  ISBN: #978-0-425-23637-6 Genre: Paranormal Romance – FaeI received a copy of this book from the Author for an honest review. From the author’s website: Even the most powerful hands need a delicate touch… Emmaline Gallagher is a master of wielding personal glamour. As a free fae who lives among humans, she must hide her true self at all times as she works undercover within the powerful Phaendir—for if certain factions within the Phaendir gain control, the fae will be wiped from existence. Now, an object of fae power lies within a locked ancient box. And there is only one fae who can forge the key. Known as “the Blacksmith” Aeric O’Malley can create or destroy almost anything with his forging skills. Emmaline has come to him in need, but he and Emmaline have a past—and he has spent centuries wanting to take revenge on her for her transgressions. But now that he has her within his grasp, something about her keeps him from exacting his vengeance—or is it merely her glamour blinding him? Trapped by fate, Emmaline must hope that she can reach Aeric’s furious heart before it’s too late… What I’m talking about: Welcome to an alternate Earth where humans have learned all about the magical fae races. Back several centuries ago, humans, with the help of the magical Phaendir, imprisoned the fae, forcing them within a land known as Piefferburg City.  Emily is a pious, fae-hating human that works for the Phaendir, and she is about to enter Piefferburg for the “greater human good.” BUT in reality, Emily is Emmaline, a free fae living outside the prison walls of Piefferburg. She is working undercover as a human for the HFF to free all fae-kind.  The two primary characters in the story, Emmaline and Aeric, share a past and have not seen each other since the night that Emmaline, working as the Queen’s assassin, killed Aeric’s fiancee over 300 years ago.  Their emotional baggage is the basis for a highly volatile and passionate affair. They start this book as enemies – with Aeric driven for brutal revenge against Emmaline. However, this isn’t the typical “I hate you-so I’ll fall in love with you” romance storyline, for Emmaline has been in love with Aeric all of these years. It is through Emmaline’s desire that Ms. Bast marvelously exposes the depths of...
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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
20

Review: Sin Undone

Review: Sin Undone Sin Undone Author: Larissa Ione Release Date: August 24, 2010 Publisher: Hachette Book Group Demonic Series Book #5 ISBN: #978-0-446-55681-1 Genre: Paranormal Romance I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an honest review. From the author’s website:       HER TOUCH IS DEADLY       As the only female Seminus demon ever born, master assassin Sinead Donnelly is used to being treated like an outcast. She spent decades enslaved, and now vows she’ll die before she’ll relinquish her freedom again. Then Sin’s innate ability to kill her enemies goes awry: She creates a lethal new werewolf virus that sparks a firestorm of panic and violence.         HIS HUNGER CAN’T BE DENIED       Half-werewolf, half-vampire Conall Dearghul is charged with bringing in Sin to face punishment for the plague. And she’s no stranger: He’s bound to her by blood, and the one sexual encounter they shared has left him hungering for her raw sensuality. Worse, Sin is the underworld’s most wanted and Con soon learns he’s the only one who can help her . . . and that saving her life might mean sacrificing his own. What I’m talking about:       Picking up right where Ecstasy Unveiled (Demonica Series book #4) ends, the gang at Underworld General Hospital (UGH – hospital for demon/paranormal kind) face a plague that has the potential to eradicate all werewolves. At the center of the outbreak is tough-skinned Sinead (Sin), the sister of Lore – hero from book #4. She recently learned that she is the only female Seminus demon (a true “freak of nature”) and has 3 half-brothers that run UGH. She has been used, abused and all alone for pretty much her entire life.  She feels horrible about what’s happened, but cannot express any emotions on the matter, for as a master assassin, Sin cannot afford emotions or morals.       Even though this is the 5th (and final) book in the Demonica Series, it is written in a way that can be enjoyed by both long-time fans and new-to-the-series readers alike. (Of course, if you haven’t read any of the earlier books I recommend them all!) Ms. Ione gives just enough background to help new readers understand her amazing mythology, without completely rehashing the first 4 books. In addition, the story lines are fairly self-contained to this book. Sin is pretty much new to the Demonica...
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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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Aug
12

Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon Infinity: Chronicles of Nick Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon Release Date: May 25, 2010 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Chronicles of Nick Series Book #1  (with direct tie-in to the Dark Hunter Series) ISBN: #0312599072 Genre: Young Adult – paranormal From GoodReads: At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.  Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.  But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.  As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that? What I’m talking about: WARNING: there are mild spoilers contained in this discussion. Nick is your “typical” 14-year old boy… trying to fit in, hoping the girls will like him, etc. Little does Nick know that his city (New Orleans) is full of paranormal activity and his classmates range from human to shifter to demon (and some other things we don’t know about). Oh, and not to mention that Nick is destined to be the destroyer of humanity and evil incarnate.  Sounds like a lot, but surprisingly, this tale is lively, witty and full of action. It highlights the best of Kenyon’s Dark Hunter (DH) world and expands on the already amazing series. Nick is a good kid, and it will be interesting to watch him struggle with right and wrong as he comes into his powers and gets closer to the betrayals that set him on the path of destruction.   One of the best themes through the book is Nick’s love for his mom. It is tender and sincere. Their moments together are...
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Aug
10

Captive Spirit – Review

Captive Spirit – Review Captive Spirit Author: Liz Fichera  Release Date: June 28, 2010 Publisher: Carina Press  ISBN: #9781426890390 Genre: Historical Romance Note: I won this book from the author in an online giveaway. The author asked if I would review the book. Be sure to check the bottom of this post for CONTEST information. From the author’s website: Sonoran Desert. Dawn of the sixteenth century.  Aiyana isn’t like the other girls of the White Ant Clan. Instead of keeping house, she longs to compete on the Ball Court with her best friend Honovi and the other boys. Instead of marriage, she daydreams of traveling beyond the mountains that surround her small village. Only Honovi knows and shares her forbidden wish, though Aiyana doesn’t realize her friend has a secret wish of his own… When Aiyana’s father arranges her marriage to a man she hardly knows, she takes the advice of a tribal elder: Run! In fleeing, she falls into the hands of Spanish raiders and finds herself being taken over the mountains against her will. Now Aiyana’s on a quest to return to the very place she once dreamed of escaping. And she’ll do whatever it takes to survive and find her way back to the people she loves. What I’m talking about: I’m going to start by telling you that this is NOT the typical book that I read and review. First – It’s historical… taking place in the early 1500’s and focusing on Native American life. Second – there is paranormal activity in this story. There are no vampires, faeries, shifters nor any paranormal studs involved, and I LIKED IT!  It is a wonderful love story and *SHOCK* I didn’t miss the smut! I have officially expanded my horizons! The story is told in first person narrative from the point of view of 16-year old Aiyana. She feels trapped by her daily life and dreams of going beyond the safe territory of her clan’s land. But when she is kidnapped by Spanish raiders, she realizes that her heart belongs back at home and with her best friend, Honovi.  She is driven to do what it takes to make it back. This story outlines the intricacies of daily life and ceremonies for a Native American clan in a way that brought to life for me this early civilization. The details are beautiful and I felt like I was right along side of Aiyana as she struggled to keep up with her...
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