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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Indie Book Review: Uncovered Truth (Wolf Town #1) by Robyn Sadler

Author: Robyn Sadler
Series: Wolf Town
Number in Series: 1
Format: Kindle
Release Date: February 21, 2011
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy













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Synopsis from Goodreads

Charles has claimed Katrina as his. There's only one little problem. They come from different packs and the packs want to claim war with each other. It should be a piece of cake telling their family.


     Thanks to the powers of Twitter, I heard about Uncovered Truth from Twitter buddy, Robyn Sadler. So I thought a fun PNR written by a friend, win-win. And guess what? I am glad to say it really is.

      Katrina and Charles are werewolves and plan on getting married in a few weeks. Problem is, Katrina's family don't know she is getting married. An even problem is that they don't know she is going to marry her dad's rival's son. So since her family is one of the few who celebrate Thanksgiving, she thought it would be a good idea to tell them during her visit.

      I really liked this. I love the first scene when Charles meets Katrina's uncle. His uncle could have sworn he has seen Charles before, but he doesn't know for sure. I was so nervous at this point because I thought a fight would break out at in was only in the few couple of pages. Robyn did such a great job with pulling you into the characters' emotions. The more it goes on, the more on edge you feel because you know something is going to happen. The book brought in a surprising character that shot the tension through the roof. Actually all the characters bring that. You keep saying to yourself, "No one notice him! Not yet!"

      The plot was fresh and left me wanting more. This is a short story, but it manages to put you through the ringer. So much suspense packed in so few words. My only real complaint is that I wish we had more descriptions of our characters. I don't feel like I got a complete sense of who they were individually, but they were still worth reading about.

       Overall, this was a good read. Fun and suspenseful. I think Robyn has a gem here. There is definitely going to be much more to the series, so I can't wait to see what else is in store. Robyn is on her way.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Book Review: Magic Slays (Kate Daniels #5) by Ilona Andrews

Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels
Number in Series: 5
Format: Ebook (Nook)
Release Date: May 31, 2011
Publisher: Ace
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance














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Synopsis from Goodreads

Plagued by a war between magic and technology, Atlanta has never been so deadly. Good thing Kate Daniels is on the job.

Kate Daniels may have quit the Order of Merciful Aid, but she’s still knee-deep in paranormal problems. Or she would be if she could get someone to hire her. Starting her own business has been more challenging than she thought it would be—now that the Order is disparaging her good name, and many potential clients are afraid of getting on the bad side of the Beast Lord, who just happens to be Kate’s mate.

So when Atlanta’s premier Master of the Dead calls to ask for help with a vampire on the loose, Kate leaps at the chance of some paying work. Turns out this is not an isolated incident, and Kate needs to get to the bottom of it—fast, or the city and everyone dear to her might pay the ultimate price . . .



    One of my favorite series in the world, the Kate Daniels series, has a new addition. And guess what? I loved it! Husband-and-wife writing duo Ilona Andrews have done it again. Another book full of mystery, horror, laughs, and unique villains. I can’t say it enough; this is a series that must be read. Whenever there is a list great Urban Fantasy books, there is a reason this series will most likely be found on it. Yeah, it is that incredible.

    Magic Slays starts off tough for our amazing heroine, Kate Daniels. She has left The Order after her boss basically told her to sit back and let her friends die because they were nothing but monsters. But because she is mated to one of my favorite book-boyfriends, Curran, he gives her her own building to start her own work. Problem is, she is not getting any calls. Things take a turn when Ghastek, Master of the Dead and Kate’s pain in the ass, asks her to take down a vampire. Things turn sour and something happens to Ghastek that no one saw coming.

     If that wasn’t enough, Kate gets a visit from Rene (who played bodyguard at the illegal Midnight Games in Magic Strikes). Rene informs Kate that an item was stolen from under their noses while they were guarding a house and the person who making that item was kidnapped. Kate soon finds out that the item in question will put everyone in the city of Atlanta is danger.

     This is a series I can’t see myself turning away from. In Magic Slays, things become more dangerous on a grander scale. I thought Magic Slays was the most emotional book yet in the series. Given all that has happened and whose lives are on the line, it almost brought a tear to my eye. But don’t let that fool you, this book still holds all the action and laughs we are used to. I love how Andrews brings in everything we love about this series and it just gets better and better. With the world future Atlanta and what is happening in it, this book felt bigger somehow. Can’t explain it, but that is how I felt. Andrews world building is one of the many reasons this series should be on your bookshelf.

     Our favorite couple, Kate and Curran, is finally official after their constant and funny bickering. I like that Andrews wrote it to where they don’t change necessarily, that you really see more of how well they play off each other when they are together. I love that Curran is willing to do anything for Kate; he really puts her above everyone else. We find out more about Kate and her heritage. What we find out is quite cruel and devastating. This makes Kate a bit lost and suspicious about everything and everyone. This includes our amazing and gorgeous Curran. This brought even more tension between them, but it sort of brings them closer together. This is why they are one of the greatest couples.

     All of our other favorite characters are back as well. We got our crazy gunslinger Andrea and we find out what she has been up to after the Kate-Order situation. Her and Raphael are on the rocks and Andrea needs help from her best friend Kate. We get more of Julie who seems to be becoming more like Kate everyday. Doesn’t listen to the rules and stubborn as hell. We also have a new kid named Ascanio who is fifteen and can’t seem to keep his clothes on; I can’t wait to see what is to become of him. What I love most is how much Derek has grown. He is learning a lot from Blade lookalike Jim and he is becoming quite the badass. 

    Overall, this is a series I rave about and will continue to rave about. There is so much action (especially at the end, it was crazy). The world is so unique and out of the box, it is impossible to not get engulfed in a world of technology and magic. And once again, the characters are to die for. You get so much from everyone in the book; they all add something to the series and make you want even more from them. Definitely have more quotes to add to my favorites list, as always. 

Andrea raised her hand. “This is the hand that slapped Aunt B.”
“Maybe you should have it gold-plated.”
“Here, you can touch it, since you’re my best friend."

“Help me, I can’t breathe, your ego is pushing all the air out of the room”

“What's with the beard and the horse mane? You look like Rent-a-Villain.”
The volhv's eyes widened. He raised his hand at me. “Well you don't look... female... in your pants.”
“That's a hell of an insult. Did you think of it all by yourself or did you ask your god for help?”
 
Man I love it! If this is not on your must-read list, I will send Kate after you.


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

ARC Book Review: Celestial Seduction by Jessica E, Subject

Author: Jessica E. Subject
Series: 1NightStand
Number in Series: 20
Format: PDF
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction/Paranormal Romance












Make sure to check Decadent Publishing July 1st for this book. This is one of the short stories apart of the 1NightStand series.


Synopsis from Goodreads

At the end of his obligated commitment to the Space Service, Frey Berger decides to stay on Earth to further experience human emotions rather than return to Ginnun where his intended has already mated with another. Looking for real love and someone to accept him for what he is, Frey enlists in Madame Evangeline’s popular dating service. Although he does not understand the concept of a one-night stand, he hopes to find his perfect mate.

Carrie Cooper’s husband divorced her for someone who could provide him with children, leaving her with little self-confidence and no desire to let a man hurt her again. Her best friend convinces her to join a dating service, claiming Carrie needs to get laid, while not winding up with a broken heart since her date requires no commitment after the night is over.

Although several misunderstandings nearly derail them before the date has even begun, Carrie and Frey end up becoming closer than they ever believed possible. Still, Frey will need to convince Carrie that her perfect mate isn’t human at all, and that one night can lead to a forever love.


     I was asked to review this by friend and fellow book blogger, Jessica (@markofthestars). She also happens to be the author of this story. Now it was only 35 pages long, but it still managed to packed a punch for me.

     We start off by meeting Frey, our alien. He is sick and tired of being in space, of being taught not to feel anything. He wants to leave and live amongst the humans. His commander thinks he is making a big mistake. But Frey goes with his gut and stays on Earth. He wants to find a mate, someone open-minded who won't might the fact that he is an alien. So through the 1NightStand dating service, he is matched with Carrie, a divorcee being forced to find someone because of her best friend, Tamara. Carrie has lost her confidence and Frey is scared he won't be accepted for who he really is. When they get together, they find out there is more between them then they thought.

     This was such a great short. I really liked Frey and Carrie. When Frey and Carrie have their first sex scene, I actually laughed a bit because Frey was just adorable. For a guy, human or not, he was clueless about some things, but he learned quickly. Boy did he. Carrie was so freaked out and nervous about everything, her reaction to when she first saw the real Frey was much better than I thought. I honestly thought she was fragile and that would have been too much for her, but she took it better than most in her state would have.

     I recommend this story to anyone looking for a read that is both sweet and sexy all at once. This may be part sci-fi, but the characters were believable. This may be apart of the 1NightStand series, but can be read as a stand alone in case you saw 20th book in the series and freaked. Like I said, this is short, but it was an easy and hot read. Absolutely worth checking out. I can't wait for more from my good friend Jessica Subject, make sure you all remember the name.


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Book Review: Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant

Author: Mira Grant
Series: Newsflesh
Number in Series: 1
Format: Audiobook
Time: 15 hrs. and 10 mins.
Narrator(s): Paula Christensen and Jesse Bernstein
Release Date: May 1, 2010 (audiobook May 3, 2010)
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian/Horror/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy









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Synopsis from Goodreads

In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as "Marburg Amberlee"—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks.

It raised the dead.

Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed "The Rising," and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power.

Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all:

When will you rise?



     Wow, just WOW! Thanks to friend and fellow book blogger Kristin (@mybookishways), she let me know that I must, MUST read this book. So after waiting next line to download the audiobook from the library, I got right on. Oh my goodness. I love zombies, but man this book was the icing on the cake.  If this is not made into a movie soon, I will be extremely pissed. George Romero, I hope you are reading this because this will make you proud. Mira Grant (aka Seanan McGuire), thank you.

     Feed is set sometime in the future. After a virus broke out, known as Kellis-Amberlee, which was created to cure cancer, the flu and the common cold, it also killed people and brought them back to life. Well technically speaking.  When the outbreak first took place, the news media were oblivious to it; they called it a hoax, a prank. But the world of bloggers spoke the truth, they let the world know something bad was happening and the big new stations were lying to them. Come to find out, the bloggers were right and unfortunately, millions had to die before others listened. 

     No twenty years later, the world has become more civilized. They have learned to stay safe with zombies roaming around. And the biggest job you can have: blogging. Bloggers/journalists are highly sought out. So when Georgia and Shaun Mason (brother-sister blogging combo) and their friend and tech genius, Buffy get accepted to get the biggest job of all, things take a turn for the worst.  Things and people they thought they knew were nothing but lies.

     I could talk about this book all freaking day. This is one of the most unique books I have ever read.  There is so much to grab from it, it is hard not to find something to love about it. The world Mira Grant has created is incredible. People are tested at every turn to make sure they are not infected. If you are in a room and someone is infected, you are all on lockdown until helps comes. No exceptions. But this has become a part of everyday reality. People are scared and there are those who are trying to use that fear to their advantage. 

      This book was more than just a book about zombies. It showed how much we depend on others to tell us the truth. It showed us that there are few who will do what they have to to tell the world the truth. That is what makes Georgia (aka George) and Shaun such great characters. Georgia is more stable, Shaun is a bit wild. They are inseparable and depend on each other a lot. Their foster parents aren’t the greatest; they use them to raise their sales basically. But George and Shaun do just fine as long as they are together. They know they are at risk everyday, but they do what others don’t. I love how the book also goes back and forth and gives us entries from our characters’ blogs. It adds something to the story. We get to know more from our characters this way. More of their thoughts and their feelings come through.

       The plot to this book is incredible. The more you go the people you think you know you don’t.  We get twists from every direction. It builds and builds until it erupts. I was brought to tears near the end of this. I couldn’t believe what happened. I listened to the audiobook version of this and the narrator, Paula Christensen, gave George such a great realistic feel especially at this specific scene. This had one of the most surprising climaxes ever. I would not have seen that coming.

        So just as Kristin has told me, I will tell you, this is a must read. It is a big book, but it doesn’t drab. It is emotional, political, and action-packed from start to finish.  A very captivating story that I think everyone will love. Make sure you check this out.


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Book Review: Lord of Misrule (The Morganville Vampires #5) by Rachel Caine


 Author: Rachel Caine
 Series: The Morganville Vampires
 Number in Series: 5
 Format: Audiobook
 Time: 7 hours and 59 mins.
 Narrator: Cynthia Halloway
 Release Date: January 6, 2009 (audiobook April 1, 2009)
 Publisher: Tantor Media
 Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy/Horror










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Synopsis from IndieBound


In the college town of Morganville, vampires and humans coexist in (relatively) bloodless harmony. Then comes Bishop, the master vampire who threatens to abolish all order, revive the forces of the evil dead, and let chaos rule. But Bishop isn't the only threat.

Violent black cyclone clouds hover, promising a storm of devastating proportions as student Claire Danvers and her friends prepare to defend Morganville against elements both natural and unnatural.


    Lord of Misrule is book 5 into my new favorite series, The Morganville Vampires. This is yet another book from this series that I just can’t get enough of.  This book did feel a tad bit different from the others. It was shorter and most of the action is in the end, but that doesn’t make this book any less enjoyable. Can’t stress it enough, if you haven’t started this series yet, get on it now.

     Lord of Misrule picks up where Feast of Fools left off. The Glass House has become the safe house for the town’s vampires. They are all trying to figure out how to take down Bishop after he has made it clear; Morganville is his for the taking. All the housemates have been given tasks by Amelie. Claire, being that she belongs to Amelie, goes with her to rescue our favorite charismatic vampire, Myrnin. Michael, Oliver and Eve are to protect the school. But Shane has the worst job of all, he is basically bait; Amelie has given him the job of tending the bloodmobile and the book that all the vampires will kill for. 

     The people of Morganville are angry and are taking steps to rebel against the vampires. They are scared and know vampires like Amelie and Oliver are even scared of Mr. Bishop. But things come to a halt when there is a bad storm coming in that will tear the city apart. So everyone, vampires and humans, alike have to work together to fight another day against Bishop.

     Another addition that makes me love this series even more. What I love is that this almost feels like a coming-of-age story. Claire is growing up before our very eyes. She was always brave I think, but in this book, she clearly has grown a pair. Her confrontations with Monica had me rooting. Monica really gets a taste of her own medicine in this book. This made me love Claire even more, no matter what because even though Claire had chance after chance to really rub shit in Monica’s face, she still helped her. I don’t know if that makes her crazy or not, but I love that she never stoops to Monica’s level even though I won’t blame her if she did. 

     We get more from our other characters as well. Shane and Claire are getting closer. Claire wants to rush things and Shane, surprisingly, wants to wait. I like that Caine has that in there. It makes it more likable and sweet to me. Shane and Michael are more on even ground since he is accepting Michael.  Myrnin, my absolute favorite, is as crazy as ever. We see that once we get to the end. This made me put the audiobook on pause because I just couldn’t believe it; I needed a quick break to get my brain together.

     Like I said this was another great addition. So much going on. The action does take a while to come to the light, but once it does, man it was good. This book probably had the best and worst cliffhanger ever. I don’t think I cursed that much out loud at the ending of a book since Dreamfever. Seriously Caine, you killed me with that. But luckily, got Carpe Corpus at the library just two days ago, so my anticipation was short lived. This will get your adrenaline pumping, trust me.


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ARC Book Review: Rebirth (Aftertime #2) by Sophie Littlefield

Author: Sophie Littlefield
Series: Aftertime
Number in Series: 2
Format: PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: Luna Books
Genre: Dystopian/Dark Urban Fantasy
















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Synopsis from Goodreads

The end of the world was just the beginning
Civilization has fallen, leaving California an unforgiving, decimated place. But Cass Dollar beat terrible odds to get her missing daughter back—she and Ruthie will be happy.

Yet with the first winter, Cass is reminded that happiness is fleeting in Aftertime. Ruthie retreats into silence.
Flesh—eating Beaters still dominate the landscape. And Smoke, Cass's lover and strength, departs on a quest for vengeance, one that may end him even if he returns.

The survivalist community Cass has planted roots in is breaking apart, too. Its leader, Dor, implores Cass to help him recover his own lost daughter, taken by the totalitarian Rebuilders. And soon Cass finds herself thrust into the dark heart of an organization promising humanity's rebirth—at all costs.

Bound to two men blazing divergent paths across a savage land, Cass must overcome the darkness in her wounded heart, or lose those she loves forever.



     Now for those that don’t know or haven’t seen it yet, I gave Aftertime (book 1) a huge rating. Well Sophie Littlefield has done it again with Rebirth. The sequel coming out quickly after its debut packs as big of an emotional punch as the first book. Littlefield has once again given us a book that beautifully written and heartwrenching.

     Rebirth starts a little bit after Aftertime has left off. Cass is living in the Box with Smoke and Ruthie. They are alive and as well as they can be. Beaters (zombies) are still roaming around, but Dor has the Box well secured. Everyone is content until the Box receives news about the Rebuilders. The Rebuilders are a group of people who are using people’s desperation to create their own world. They give everyone two choices; join or die. When Cass and the others find out what they have done to their friends at the library, Smoke takes it upon himself to avenge them including the woman he was with before he met Cass. This starts a domino effect for Cass. While she is battling with trying to keep her and Ruthie above water, Cass is also battling with herself and her past demons. 

     What surprised me most about this is that we start to see things from Dor’s point of view. He comes off as nothing but a greedy, selfish, take-no-bullshit type of man. But we discover that finding out that his daughter has been taken, Dor tries to go on a one man killing spree. Unfortunately, Cass is tired of the Box and hurt by what Smoke has done.  While working on their plan to get into the Rebuilder’s colony, Cass takes her pain out on Dor. This was something I didn’t expect, but was realistic. I understood why things went the way they did, but some might not like it.

     Aftertime is already on my Best Book of 2011 list. I will put Rebirth on my Best Sequel of 2011 list.  Honestly this is one of the greatest series I have read. The characters are believable. They are trying to stay alive, but they are still human and are battling with things that just don’t go away because the world has changed.  It has been said plenty of times, but I will say it again. The book is quite reminiscent to The Walking Dead in that aspect. Zombies are a part of the equation, but they are not the only factor. We see that even though the world isn’t the same anymore and everyone wants to survive, there are more threats than just the zombies.  And sometimes it is you that you are up against.

    The plot is rich, well-paced and insane. With every chapter, we get another bombshell. When things fall into place and we find out exactly what the Rebuilders are up to, it added just another layer of horror to the story. I didn’t think it was possible considering all that they are enduring, but trust me, it gets far worse.  I won’t go so much into this because I am afraid to reveal secrets.

     I don’t know what else I can say for you to read this series.  It is truly extraordinary. Littlefield really didn’t hold much back in this sequel, so please be prepared for some uncomfortable scenes. This book was raw and emotional.  Rebirth is a powerful book that will once again put you on an emotional rollercoaster. Being placed in a world that is lost and full of desperation and anguish, Littlefield has once again given us a beautiful piece of work. I heard this is going to be a trilogy so the next book is it, but honestly, I wish it didn’t have to end. Make sure to buy this July 19. Read it and then read it again.


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Check out my rating for book 1 here: Aftertime


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's Horror & Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Book Review: Goddess With a Blade by Lauren Dane


 Author: Lauren Dane   

 Format: Epub (Netgalley)

 Release Date: June 6, 2011

 Publisher: Carina Press

 Genre: Urban Fantasy











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Synopsis from Goodreads

Rowan Summerwaite is no ordinary woman. Physical vessel to the Celtic Goddess Brigid and raised by the leader of the Vampire Nation, she's a supercharged hunter with the power to slay any vampire who violates the age-old treaty.
A recent string of murders has her at odds with Las Vegas's new Scion, the arrogant and powerful Clive Stewart. The killings have the mark of Vampire all over them, and Rowan warns Clive to keep his people in line—or she'll mete out her own brand of justice.
Though her dealings with Clive are adversarial to say the least, Rowan is intensely aware of her attraction to him. But she can't let it distract her from her duty—to find and battle the killer before more women die.



      Ok I finished Goddess With a Blade a couple of weeks ago but couldn’t figure out the what to write. I liked the book, but I wanted more. This was a good urban fantasy, but it fell short in places. If you bring in a character in a book, please give me some story. I like knowing my characters and I didn’t feel like I knew much about some. 

     Goddess With a Blade is about a human hunter named Rowan who is possessed with the Celtic goddess Brigid. Rowan lives in a world where Vampires and Hunters (those who take down vampires if they get out of line) have come to an agreement. They have a treaty, if vampires hunt and kill humans, the hunter takes them out. So after finding the gruesome remains of a woman on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Rowan needs to talk to the vampire Scion, Clive Stewart, to get help to take down the rogue vampire. They don’t work well together even though they are attracted to each other, but they need to work fast because more and more women are being shredded to pieces.

     I like this book.  I loved the world that Dane has built Goddess With a Blade. Vampires and Hunters are in agreement for the most part and do their best to things by the rules or risk exposure to the human world.  The book starts off a bit slow but once we are really in the world, it starts to shine.

      I really enjoyed the characters in the book. Rowan was a tough ass who backed up what she said. If she said she will chop you in pieces, she really will. Problem was for me is that the book took so long to explain her backstory. We find out near the end of the book why she hates vampires. This explanation still didn’t satisfy me 100% because her foster dad, leader of the vampire nation, Theo is insanely powerful and scary. But he had reason to do what he did. I don’t like the reason, but still I just felt like there was something more there.  I also wish we got more from Theo, I found him very interesting. 

     I also like Clive. He was hot and British. The arguments between him and Rowan were fun to read, they were explosive together. My problem here, well one of my biggest problems with this book is that this book initially follows Rowan. Yet the book switches to his point of view sometimes too, but for no good reason. Whenever we get to him, he is thinking of Rowan. We don’t learn anything about Clive. All we know is that he is falling for Rowan, he is British and over 400 years old. That is it. He has a connection to Rowan dad, Theo, and he obviously hates the man. Thing is, we never find out why. What happened? What did he do to him? Why gives us Clive’s point of view when it doesn't add anything new to the story? 

    Another thing I didn’t like was the overall relationship between Clive and Rowan; if you can even call it a relationship. They had chemistry, yes. But when they first get together, it was so sudden and unromantic. She is screaming at him to open up his pants so they can go at it on his desk. Really? And that is how most of the sex scenes were between them. Just rushed and not really romantic.  They argued for a few minutes, had sex, then went right back to arguing again. There was no push and pull, no real friction. Where was the build up? Honestly they were more like sex buddies.  I actually blame Rowan more for that than Clive. I understand she was scared and all because he was a vampire, but goodness, that just didn’t work for me. I wish Dane wrote it like maybe they knew each other already and those feelings were already there type thing. But no, the first sex scene was something more like a politician with his mistress type of thing. Dane is famous for her erotica and I was just surprised that the scenes didn’t have enough passion to me.  The last scene between them was nice and it showed promise between them.  That should have been the first sex scene really.

    The storyline was great. The idea of what the rogue vampire was actually going for was pretty unique (won’t spoil it). I love the action scenes in the book and the final one between her and the vampire were pretty good.  We find out he is getting help and I had quite a time trying to figure who it was. You won’t see it coming.

     Overall, this was a good book.  I think it is worth reading at least once. Being a fan of Urban Fantasy, it was good.  But also being a PNR fan, this fell short. It isn’t PNR, so don’t go into it expecting it since you see Dane’s name. I think this would have been better if the book focused on the investigation and action and not whatever it was between Clive and Rowan. This is not supposed to be a series but I hope there will be more. I would like there to be more so we can see things more cleaned up between Clive and Rowan. I also would like to know more about Jack, Rowan’s close friend (and ex).  He is a cop that helps Rowan and knows something bigger is going on. He finds out and I want to see where the information will take him. Nonetheless, I like Goddess With a Blade, I just want to love it.
     

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Movie Review: Green Lantern (2011)



Synopsis from IMDB

A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.



    I watched Green Lantern over the weekend. Now I know I am not the only person who wasn’t 100% on board with this movie to begin with given the whole Deadpool fiasco. But this movie was good, but could have been great. One of the biggest issues with Green Lantern, one word: EDITING.  This movie went out of its way to give you only half of everything. Don’t get me wrong, this movie was fun, had potential and we get to see Ryan Reynolds shirtless. But it doesn’t distract from the fact that this movie fell just shy of hitting greatness. 

     Green Lantern is about a very cocky test pilot named Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) who doesn’t care much about anything but himself.  After crashing millions of dollars’ worth of planes (for a reason I will rant about later), he gets chosen by a dying alien’s ring to become a green lantern.  Green lanterns are an alien race from space that’s mission is to keep peace.  So cocky and irresponsible Hal now has the options of defending the universe or giving up (which he did and I wanted to punch him for) when a seemingly invincible monster plows through the galaxy heading for Earth.

     This movie had the a lot of potential to be amazing. Problem is every time this movie was given the opportunity to be specular, it fell short. For instance, there was one instance in this movie that had me going, “What the hell?” When Sinestro (Mark Strong) is giving a huge speech to the planet of green lanterns, telling them they have never been defeated and that won’t change when taking on this monster. He is speaking to thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) of green lanterns. So I was like, “Hell yes, this battle will be EPIC!” Ummm, it wasn’t. Instead of taking the entire planet (a planet full of nothing but warriors), Sinestro only takes about five with him. What the f@$#? Seriously?! Like I said, this is a planet of warriors, all of them have been trained to fight, why take five to take down a monster that is invincible and gets more powerful from feeding on your fear. What is thinking there?  

     There is also the villain of the movie, Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard). I didn’t really like the way he was brought in mainly because it shows the government is more stupid than anyone thought. Once they found the dead alien, they brought him into their secret lab and next thing you know, they call Hammond to do an autopsy on the body. While he is investigating the body, he gets cut by something in the body and is infected and is connected to the gigantic monster that is out to destroy them all. Thing is, why would the government not at least check the body out before they bring in an outsider? I understand why they brought him in, but come on, things could have been prevented if they weren’t so lazy about it. I didn’t really like Hammond as a bad guy, he was almost comical. 

     Another thing that was odd was the backstory. We only know a bit about Hal story. This is my little rant. When he crashes the plane, it was because he was remembering how his dad died. This didn’t make sense because it seemed like it was a photo he carried all the time.  I mean you put it there, why did it effect you this time? There was also the fact that all of them were friends, Hal, Hammond and lady friend-past fling Carol Ferris (Blake Lively). But they don’t go into detail what happened between them. I honestly thought (and wished) they went into a sort of Harry Osbourne-Peter Parker thing, but they didn’t even bother.  Maybe I am being picky, but it just didn’t make sense to me to put that little bit in the movie. 

   Now I know I am going on about the things I didn’t like, but there are things I enjoyed about it.  I really enjoyed Reynolds as Green Lantern though. This suited him very well. The personality and all was there.  He made you laugh as always. But for me, Mark Strong was my favorite. Every movie I have seen him in, he is usually the villain, here he was just a hard ass (but if you know anything from the comics, there will be much more to that).  I really wish that he had a bigger part in the movie because I did find him the most compelling; I usually do in every film he is in. He is that good of an actor.

    Overall, I had issues with this. All of which were small, but done too often. Like I said editing was an issue. The movie had a tendency of cutting off things and not going into detail what exactly happened. Also I was surprised by how they gigantic monster died because it was the first thing I thought of to kill the thing in the first place. I mean really? A whole planet of warrior aliens couldn’t think that up? I am also not completely sure on how the thing escaped in the first place. I don’t know it just seemed odd and random. Might have to watch again to get that. Like I said, this movie needed more backstory. If you bring up a character or a little story, complete it, don’t just give me half. The characters were good, the plot was good. But if you take out the big special effects, this movie would have been just fine for a tv special. Issue or not, it is a fun flick and there was enough here that I at least left the theater with a grin on my face.

 
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Monday, June 20, 2011

Interview and Giveaway with Adrian Phoenix!!!

*Giveaway is now closed*


I introduce to you all again one of my favorite authors, Adrian Phoenix. Phoenix is the author of the popular The Maker's Song series and the Hoodoo series. Book 2 in the Hoodoo series, Black Heart Loa, comes out June 28th. Phoenix has been generous enough to giveaway not only Black Heart Loa, but also book 1, Black Dust Mambo as a set to one winner. And to another winner, a book of their choosing from The Maker's Song series. So two lucky winners will have the chance to win from either one of these amazing series. 


Please give a warm wlecome to Adrian Phoenix
 


OBVB: Welcome back to Offbeat Vagabond Ms. Phoenix!
 
     Adrian: Thanks you so much for having me. It’s a pleasure being here again. I always have such a good time here.




OBVB: For anyone that has not read Black Dust Mambo yet, can you give a little background on what the Hoodoo series is all about?


 Adrian: My pleasure. The Hoodoo series is about Kallie Rivière, a fiery Cajun hoodoo apprentice in the Louisiana bayou, who gets caught up in mystery, murder, and the darkest of juju while attending a magical carnival in New Orleans. She also learns some very dark secrets about her family and herself. She’s accompanied by her best friend Belladonna Brown, a voodooienne with a mile of attitude. The series also involves root doctors, loas, loup garou, and nomads.




 OBVB: Now I love how different this series is to The Maker’s Song series. They are both great, but the tone to this isn’t as dark. Was that your intention when you first came up with the Hoodoo series? To have that contrast?


                                                                                                       
Adrian: I’m glad to hear that you’re enjoying both series! It wasn’t so much my intention to have a contrast so much as when I came up with Kallie and her world, it was just lighter, more humorous. But I’m glad it worked out that way. It’s fun to switch between the two series
    

OBVB: How many books are you planning to do for the Hoodoo series?

Adrian: No end planned. Kallie and her friends could have endless adventures. So many stories to tell in that world.



OBVB: I love all the characters in Black Dust Mambo, each of them bring some many levels to the book. Do you have a favorite character? Anyone who is the most fun to write?

Adrian: They’re all fun to write, actually, since they are all so different, but I have a ton of fun with Belladonna and her pithy observations, and Augustine (I don’t want to spill too many details  in case a reader hasn’t picked up the book yet) —a ghostly gay male inhabiting the body of a sexy guy and having fun with it . . . 


OBVB: Speaking of favorite characters, is there any chance we will see more Augustine?

Adrian: Definitely. He’s in Black Heart Loa and I plan to have him in future adventures as well. He’s just too much fun to let go of.


OBVB: Where did the idea of the some of the spells come from in Black Dust Mambo? Or are those spells things you heard about while in New Orleans?

Adrian: Some of the spells I learned from various books on hoodoo and Voodoo, and some spells I made up, based on what I learned. I let my imagination grab the knowledge and run with it.


Layne's golden dreadlocks :)
OBVB: One of my favorite scenes in Black Dust Mambo was the wet boxers contest. Are we going to have any other special treats where the male characters are concerned?  


Adrian: One of my favorite scenes as well! In Black Heart Loa,      
the action doesn’t allow for an opportunity like that with the male characters (though there’s plenty of sexy scenes), but I have other things planned for the Hoodoo males in future adventures.



OBVB: I always have to ask this, but if this were made into a movie or tv show, are there any actors you can see playing your characters, especially Layne (yummy)?


Works for me. Yum!
Adrian: And I always have time picturing current actors in the roles. LOL. Just like with The Maker’s Song series, I think unknowns would have to play the parts. Except for Augustine. I totally see Rupert Everett playing him.













OBVB: Have you ever thought of giving any characters from either the Hoodoo series or The Maker’s Song series their own novel or series?                 

Adrian: I’ve thought about doing novels for Von and Lucien from The Maker’s Song series (and hope to do so one of these days). As for the Hoodoo series, I could see doing a novel about Layne and his clan.

OBVB: I read on your site that you would love to go on a paranormal investigation one day. What would your dream investigation be? What supernatural being would you love to find?

Adrian: You know, I’d be totally happy if I could experience a ghost. Just knowing that we existed beyond death would be monumental. I believe in my heart that we do, but like everyone, I have bleak moments when I question that. Of course, there’s also the question of what ghosts actually are.  My dream investigation would be any one which brought me into contact with a ghostly intelligence. 


OBVB: Can you tell us when your love of writing first originated?

Adrian: Ever since I fell in love with books and reading in elementary school. LOL. I started writing short stories and sharing them with my sisters and my friends. But it was in high school, my sophomore year, when my English teacher told me that he’d see me in print someday. He had absolutely no doubt. His words and his conviction made me realize that the flame burning in my heart, the fire that drove me to create characters and put them in situations and tell their stories, was the only flame I wanted to follow.


OBVB: Now I know you are a booklover, is there anyone new you just discovered you are keeping your eyes on? Who are you reading now?

Adrian: Well, this author is new to me—Rob Thurman. I love her books. She has three series out: The Cal Leandros novels, the Trickster books, and the Chimera books. Great writing in all three, but the Cal Leandros novels (six out currently) are amazing. I literally couldn’t put them down. Start with the first, Nightlife. You won’t be sorry.
Right now, I’m re-reading the fourth book in the series, Death Wish. I also love reading Jeri Smith-Ready, D.B. Reynolds, Jennifer Estep, J.F. Lewis, Jaye Wells, Jeaniene Frost, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, among many great authors.


OBVB: Can you give us a little taste on book 2 of the Hoodoo series, Black Heart Loa?

Adrian: You bet! Here’s a link to my site to give y’all a taste with the first two chapters


OBVB: Do you have any new projects in the works?

Adrian: As a matter of fact, I do. I’m working on a novel about two brothers, who aren’t quite human, raised by a clan of nomads to fight against an ancient evil. It’s Supernatural meets Sons of Anarchy meets Call of Cthulhu.
I also have book five of The Maker’s Song coming up: On Midnight Wings.









 OBVB: Thank you so much Adrian for revisiting OBVB. It has been amazing interviewing you again.

        Adrian: Again, it’s been my pleasure! I look forward to the next visit.
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*Read my reviews for:
Etched in Bone (The Maker's Song #4)
Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo #1)

*Check out the first chapter of Black Dust Mambo
*You can also read the first chapter from the first of the Maker's Song series, A Rush of Wings



If you aren't stalking Phoenix online, what are you waiting for:

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Giveaway:
First Prize
One winner will win a signed Hoodoo series set. Black Dust Mambo (Hoodoo #1) and Black Heart Loa (Hoodoo #2)




 Second Prize
Another winner will have the chance to win any one of the Maker's Song series books. Just choose whatever one you want.





*To enter all you have to do is leave a comment with your leave email address and tell me which prize you want (if prize two, specify book).


*Winner chosen randomly by random.org
*Contest ends June 30th
*Open internationally