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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Book Review: Lord of the Wolfyn (Royal House of Shadows #3) by Jessica Andersen


Author: Jessica Andersen
Series: Royal House of  Shadows
Number in Series: 3
Format: PDF (Netgalley)
Release Date: October 18, 2011
Pages: 282
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy










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Synopsis from Goodreads 

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden.
To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance.

Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.…

For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of "Little Red Riding Hood" catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man….

Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength.

Strength he needed to rescue his royal parents. But as a man, he craved Reda's heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight it to save his woman.
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     Lord of the Wolfyn is the third installment in the Royal House of Shadows miniseries. We now follow the missing brother Dayn. Like his missing siblings, he has been cursed by the Blood Sorcerer. He is now a vampire who lives with the wolfyn. He lives in an alternate world of the Wolfyn. But his land is dying due to the Blood Sorcerer and Dayn needs to find someone who will guide him to his homeland, Elden. This is where Reda comes in. She reunites with a unique book of Little Red Riding Hood from her mother. With the help if this book and a phrase, the book sends her to Dayn to help save him and guide him. 

     I have never read anything from Jessica Andersen, but I after reading this, I am very curious about her work. She has a nice style and writes a lot of PNR, so I am adding her to my wishlist for sure. For those that don't know, this is a miniseries of 4 books. Each book is written by a different author and they are adult versions to the fairy tales we all grew up with. This was the adult version of  Little Red Riding Hood and it was a pretty nice read. 

     Our story is told through some interesting characters. We get to follow Dayn, another lost sibling thanks to the evil and power hungry Blood Sorcerer. Dayn knows of the other world, our world, and needs to find the woman that will guide him to his homeland. He believes it is the woman in his dreams. But he is a vampire hiding with the wolfyn. We have Reda who is the key for Dayn. She can't help but feel connected to Dayn because he reminds her of the woodsman in her book. Reda must guide him to Elden before time runs out. 

     I liked this story a lot. But so far, Lord Of Rage is the best one. Andersen did a great job writing a unique version of Little Red Riding Hood, but I wanted more. We have Reda and Dayn who are good characters, but needed a pick me up. Reda was a bit of a flip-flopper. She was indecisive about things throughout the book and it did get a little annoying. But she grew on me after a while. Dayn was a good hero, strong and sexy, but isn't a favorite. Also, I don't understand why it is called Lord of the Wolfyn when he was actually a vampire that can shapeshift. Why not just make him a werewolf? I love werewolves and found that a bit odd, cool, but I wish that was cleared up a bit.

      The plot starts of pretty strong. Both Dayn and Reda are destined to meet and guide each other to Elden. But it does slow down in the middle. I wish the pacing was a little faster. Also, the villain in the book sort of through me for a loop. It seemed a bit rushed and out of the blue for me. I also wanted a little more story about Reda's mother. Her mom knew what she would become and I wish we had a flashback or something between her and her mom.

      Overall, I liked the story. Like I said, I think Lord of Rage has conquered this series so far. But I would read all of these again.  Lord of the Wolfyn was a good read. I wasn't bored with it. It just needed to flow better, keep the adrenaline up a bit. Also need to work a bit on the characters. Not bad, but needed a little kick. 

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Lizzy Ford's Rhyn Trilogy Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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Please give a huge welcome to author Lizzy Ford. She is the author of the amazing Rhyn's Trilogy, a fantastic PNR trilogy full of demons, vampires, shapeshifters and more. Lizzy Ford has stopped by today for an incredible guest post for you guys and for a chance to win autographed copy of Katie's Hellion (Rhyn Triliogy #1) . So please join me and Lizzy for this great post.



The Next Big Thing in Romance

In late 2011, I was preparing my publishing schedule for 2012, and I started wondering: what’s the next big thing in romance?  We’ve seen a flood of paranormal, urban fantasy and dystopian romances lately.  We’ve been through vampires, vampire hunters, time-traveling Highlanders, werewolves, and zombies.  What’s next?

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I posed the question to several people, to include writers, an editor, and a few bloggers.  The answer: no one really knows.  One of the bloggers said she’s seeing an emergence of angels and demons as heroes in novels. Another said she thinks the science fiction romance subgenre is severely underserved and feels its time is coming.  Still another said contemporary is the answer, and because thrillers and horrors are en vogue in fiction right now, horror or suspense romance.  Someone else says dragons. Finally, one of my good indie friends said witches.

So … I need to write a novel about a witch from outer space hunting a time-traveling serial killer when she falls in love with an angel riding a dragon?

This is the danger in trying to predict what the next big thing will be: it’s really anyone’s call right now.  Paranormal is still hot, though I suspect contemporary romantic suspense will be on the rise with the rise in popularity of horror on television and books.  I also suspect that – in the young adult corner – paranormal isn’t about to die anytime soon, and witches might be a safe call but vampires are going to fade away soon.  

Most people will say to write what makes you happy, and I agree.  However, as someone who just lost her job, I gotta make this writing thing work for me, too, which means it’s in my best interest to be on the train going the right way.

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My own approach this year has been to experiment in several different subgenres - fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and contemporary romances - and to use the results in my plan for next year.  The results: paranormal is still primary, but I was surprised to see a market for a science fiction romance, too. My contemporary book died on the grapevine, and I think people buy it just to leave one and two star reviews.  My fantasy fell off a cliff before it got to the grapevine.  Trilogies and series are still super popular, whereas my single-titles didn’t fare so well (with the exception of the sci-fi romance.)

I’m not sure what’ll be IT next year, but I think I know what I want to do: launch a YA witch trilogy and release at least two sci-fi romances. I’ve yet to test the futuristic or contemporary suspense romance markets, so I’ll give those a go, too.  I’m wrapping up two paranormal series during the first half of 2012 but probably won’t launch another one, instead focusing on the above.

What are your thoughts?


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About Lizzy Ford

Lizzy Ford is the self-publishing phenom, author of the sweet paranormal romance series: "Rhyn Trilogy" and "War of Gods" series; and the young adult fantasy trilogy, “The Foretold,” all of which launched in 2011.  She has also authored multiple single title young adult fantasy and paranormal romances. Lizzy's books have reached the bestseller lists on both Amazon US and Amazon UK in multiple categories. Widely considered a freak of nature by her contemporaries for her ability to write and publish a new book every 30-45 days, Lizzy attributes her success to a team that consists of her editor, graphics artist, I.T. Sherpa, and her rabid readers. 

Lizzy released ten books in 2011 and intends to release another ten in 2012, including launching two more series. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat. 

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Giveaway Time!!!

Katie's Hellion (Book 1)
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Summary from Lizzy Ford:  

Katie thinks she’s going crazy when a baby immortal and death’s personal assistant appear at her doorstep. She’s drawn into a world filled with immortals like Rhyn, an outcast half-breed who claims her as his mate in a show of defiance to his brothers. Rhyn rescues her from Hell and discovers his little human has a gift that’ll help his brothers protect the immortal and mortal worlds

One winner will win an autographed copy of Katie's Hellion by Lizzy Ford. It is an international giveaway, so all can join. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck to you all and thank you sooooo much Lizzy for an amazing post and an amazing giveaway.


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Kiss Me, I'm Irish Read-A-Long #5: Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne

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Welcome to the final week of Kiss Me, I'm Irish Read-A-Long featuring Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne. Hopefully you all have had a lot of fun with this book. I know I have. I can't wait to write the review for this. What a ride! So come and join for the last discussion. Don't forget next week there will be a special interview with Kevin Hearne from our host. Thank you all again.

Schedule:
March 02nd: Chapters 1-5 hosted by Geeky Blogger's Book Blog
March 09th: Chapters 6-10 hosted by On a Book Bender
March 16th: Chapters 11-15 hosted by Smash Attack Reads!
March 23rd: Chapters 16-20 hosted by In the Closet With a Bibliophile
March 30th: Chapters 21-25 + epilogue hosted by The Unread Reader
April 06th: Special interview with Kevin Hearne & announcement of winners!
 
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Chapters 21-25 + Epilogue:
 
1. In a moment of anger, Atticus reveals something about himself that he usually keeps very secret, for his own benefit. Has something similar ever happened to you? Have you ever spilled a closely guarded secret in a moment of excitement or anger or absent-mindedness?
 
Fortunately for me, I have not had this sort of moment before. I am pretty good at keeping secrets. People have the tendency to tell me things and I never pass it along. But given that I am a good listener, I have had moments when I listened to what people had to say and the untrustworthy ones would pass my name along and start rumors. And I would be in the center of it. Frakking high school! So as important as it is to keep a secret, be wary of who is telling you those secrets.
2. Atticus tells Mrs. MacDonagh, "the universe is exactly the size that your soul can encompass. Some people live in extremely small worlds, and some live in a world of infinite possibility." Then he asks her what she is going to do with the new information she has discovered. What would you do if you found out that other beings were among us? Would you deny it or embrace it?
 
I would embrace it. I think given the fact that I have been obsessed with the supernatural since I was a kid, I would love to hear that there are other beings among us. I am use to adjusting and changing. I think I would be startled for maybe two seconds and then I would get the ball rolling afterward. I wouldn't be so afraid of the unknown, I would be afraid of those who don't like the unknown. Those are the ones to be frightened of :(


3. So far, Atticus has revealed a few of his powers and has even shared some power by putting bindings on Granuaile. What do you think has been his coolest or most helpful power so far?
 
Wow, he is packed with plenty of awesome powers, but I love the camouflage. It helped Oberon, helped with the sword, helped with his nakedness. It definitely has gotten him out of some tight situations more than his other powers.


4. Atticus gets pretty pissed when he finds out that Aenghus Óg is drawing power from the Earth and, in turn, killing it. That's when Atticus decides he must fight the old Fae for committing such a heinous offense. What is something you would fight for, even if it meant you might die trying?
 
My family for sure. They all get on my nerves, but I would fight for them for sure. If there was a zombie apocalypse tomorrow, I would be the first one with a knife protecting the house LOL!
 
 
5. What did you think of the final showdown between Atticus and Aenghus Óg? Did it go down the way you expected? Was there anything about their battle that surprised you?
 
I remember when Brighid said that when he used her power, he would be weak. That was an understatement! He was completely defenseless. The Morrigan was definitely a surprise. Did not expect her to show up and help Atticus. What happened with Radomila was completely unexpected and brutal. Now I see why Atticus is so paranoid about his blood. Goodness, that was gross. None of this went as expected, but I loved it all just the same.


6. What was your favorite/least favorite part of Hounded? Who was your favorite/least favorite character?
 
Least favorite part of the book: I love all the parts in this book, but I wasn't a fan of Flidais and her strange arrival of Flidais. I didn't like how random she showed up after Atticus "problem" was mentioned. Didn't like her from the get-go.
Least favorite character: Mr. Semerdjian. Just annoying and nosy as hell. I would have my dog leave "surprises" on his front lawn too. I have a neighbor almost like him. Not annoying, but definitely nosy.

Favorite part: That is a hard one. There are a lot of great parts. I think one of my favorites was the fight against Bres. That was a fun scene and I love the reaction from Mrs. MacDonagh afterward. Did not see that coming.

Favorite character: I love Atticus, but Oberon was an absolute blast. Even Atticus talks about Oberon "power" to make him feel better and forget how crazy his life is. Oberon is definitely one of my favorite characters period. 


7. What do you think is coming up next for Atticus? Will you continue reading this series, and if so, what do you hope to see happen in the next book?
 
I don't know, but I feel like him and Brighid will have a falling out for sure given what happened. I will definitely continue this. It was a great read and a really great story. It is so nice to read a book about a Druid (exception of Karen M. Moning). So unique and a lot of fun.

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See you next week for Kevin Hearne's interview and the announcement of the winners. If you have any questions for Hearne, please be sure to leave them in the comments with one of the hosts and they will get the word out to him. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The (Unofficial) Black Dagger Brotherhood Blog Hop Release Day Giveaway: Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward




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Thanks to the wonderful ladies at Talk Supe and Under The Covers are hosting a blog hop worth millions of fangirl squeals. The one and only J.R. Ward is back with the newest addition to the much anticipated Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Lover Reborn. This is the story of Tohrment; a brother who lost the love of his life, Wellsie, and disappeared off the face of the Earth until recently. He now has his own book and we are going to see what will come of him and how much he has changed. Now I love to see pictures of these great characters and I want to share one with you guys. Thanks to Deanna (SacredmOOn) for showing me, I was stunned by this beautiful drawing of Tohrment and Wellsie. You can see that she is a ghost in the picture. It is gorgeous, isn't it? I just had to share this.

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

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One winner will win a hardback copy of Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood #10) by J.R. Ward. Book will be delivered from Book Depository, so giveaway will be International. Please check HERE to make sure they deliver to your country.  Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Enjoy everyone!


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Monday, March 26, 2012

Indie Book Review: Deceived (Gwen Sparks #2) by Stephanie Nelson

Author: Stephanie Nelson
Series: Gwen Sparks
Number in Series: 2
Format: Kindle
Release Date: December 21. 2011
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy/Mystery












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Synopsis from Goodreads

The vampire drug, brew, nearly ruined Gwen Sparks’ life. Just when things started to get back to normal between her and Aiden, she is summoned by the North American Witches Council to their central city of Moon. A war is imminent between vampires and witches, and Gwen’s experiences with brew are being used to fuel the fire. She is about to discover just how powerful she is with the help of the ruggedly handsome Angel of Death and just how far some people will go to get what they want. Gwen is going to learn exactly what it means to be Deceived.

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     Just when Gwen thought her life was as insane as ever, she is contacted by the NAWC (North American Witches Council). The NAWC want to initiate a war against the vampires since they won't do anything to stop vampires from using Brew, witches' blood. So things are worse for Gwen since none of the witches trust her since she is dating Aiden who is a vampire. But they need her since she has a power that none of them have, she is a spirit walker. She can connect with ghosts and be apart of the world of the dead through astral protection. To help her learn more about her power, the witches bring in Dorian, a very sexy Angel of Death. And she still hasn't figured out what to do about the psychotic vampire Ian who has bonded himself to her.

     Talk Supe came through for me again and loaned this to me. I absolutely loved Craved and Deceived was even better. The title says it all. I didn't want to believe it would happen, but you knew it was coming. Not to mention, Talk Supe rubbed it in. So mean guys! But if Stephanie Nelson isn't on your favorites list by now, what are you waiting for?

     Gwen has once again kicked a lot of ass in this book. She discovers she has a lot of power. So much so, that the witches want her to play a major role in the war against the vampires. They do believe she is a traitor since she is with Aiden, but they want her power and will train her to use it. She will be their secret weapon. She has the power to astral project and speak to ghosts. But the witches want Gwen to speak to very specific ghosts. These ghosts are of people who were killed by the vampires themselves. Aiden and Gwen are combustible together and I am sure by the title, you know how things go. But I still want the whole story. Was it for personal gain or for Gwen? I am still not sure. I know this makes no sense unless you read it, it is hard not to spoil. I will stop right here.

     Then we have Dorian. Oh Dorian!!!! I do enjoy Aiden, but Dorian is more up my alley. Definitely has that bad boy vibe and being an Angel of Death, that can't be more true. Someone said this and I am so glad they did because I thought it was just me. But something about Dorian reminds me of Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series, so that is a plus. Dorian and Gwen have soooo much chemistry and he is hilarious. He definitely grabbed my attention quickly. I was unsure whether to trust him at first though since he was brought in by Holly. Holly is the lead witch of NAWC and hates Gwen, but wants her power. But she is definitely hiding something and I don't trust her at all. And then we have Ian. The guy is awful and evil and he definitely reminds you of that. He does something truly awful to Gwen in this book that left a really bad taste in my mouth.

    This book was fast paced. Gwen wants to have a normal life so bad, but every time she turns around, she is placed in the middle of something. I love that she doesn't get onboard with the vampire-witch war because of Aiden. She actually fights for it and gets them to sit down in the same room together. That was definitely something I didn't think anyone could do. And the ending is insane. We figure out Ian's plan and who all the players are and my mouth was dragging to the floor. I need some answers right now. I am still thinking about it. This book definitely leaves a mark.

    This series is a must-read! It is everything I want in an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance series. The characters are amazing especially Dorian. He was satisfying right up to the very last sentence which left a smile on my face. There are a few grammar/spelling issues, but they don't get in the way, trust me. This is a great modern day witch story. Deceived is sexy, full of intrigue, conspiracies, and plenty of mystery. Do not miss this series. Also for Gwen and Dorian fans, they have their own short story in an anthology that just came out. Go check it out here: Cupid Painted Blind

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Book Review: The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles #1) by Juliet Dark

Author: Juliet Dark
Series: Fairwick Chronicles
Number in Series: 1
Format: Ebook (Netgalley ePub )
Pages: 416
Release Date: December 27. 2011
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy










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I gasped . . . or tried to. My mouth opened, but I couldn’t draw breath. . . . His lips, pearly wet, parted and he blew into my mouth. My lungs expanded beneath his weight. When I exhaled he sucked in my breath and his weight turned from cold marble into warm living flesh.

Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name.

But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: He’s not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.

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     The Demon Lover is about a woman names Callie who just earned her dream job. She has just been hired as a professor at Fairwick College. The town is great and almost magical. It will be a great chance for her to work on her book. She soon stumbles on a house owned by an author who people thought were crazy. There was talk of a mysterious man who found its way into her room and she wrote of her experience of it. Callie thinks its crazy until she thinks that same man wants her. Callie soon finds out that not only does the house hold many secrets, but the entire town does as well.

      I finished this book a few months back actually. I wasn't kidding about how behind I am on reviews. And even now, there is something bugging me about this book. I haven't figured it out yet. Not completely anyway. It is a mixture of things. This wasn't a bad read mind you, I really enjoyed this story. But little things were bugging me and the ending result was a tad bit depressing.

     We have very interesting characters to follow. We have Callie. I think she was an okay lead. She isn't bad, but there were times she came off as a bitch. Even before things actually took place with the mystery man, she does and say things that made me want to punch her. I am sorry, but it is true. She is a rich city girl and judges people like the snob she is. She wasn't cold or heartless, but she has her shallow moments.

      And we had Liam, the sexy professor/poet who comes to work at the school after a teacher named Phoenix suddenly goes nuts. Callie had plenty to say about him even before she met him. But he was a good character who definitely has some secrets. I won't lie, he was a tad mushy for me, but very interesting. Even some of Callie's students like Mara and Nicky. They play interesting roles in this book and I would have liked to learn more about them. I loved.Ralph the mouse. He doesn't talk, but knows more than you would think and watches over Callie.

       I like how the plot develops in the book. We know Callie will be in for a surprise, but you have no idea to what extent. She finds out that a lot of people in town are supernatural. I love the variety. We have faeries, witches, demons, supernatural mice (adorable!) and more. It really thickens the plot because you aren't sure who are there to help or destroy. The story gets really interesting when Callie is with the side characters, not so much when she is with Liam. The side characters all have very interesting secrets, that they help move the story a lot.

       Now for my issues. This book was a little predictable. I had suspicions about the demon and I was correct. But the true villain did take me surprise and was pretty disturbing. My problem, as I said, is the ending. I know books don't always have the HEA, but after what he did, I was fuming. This isn't as big on the Paranormal Romance as you would think. This was more Urban Fantasy than anything. But even with this issue, I am curious about what will become of Callie. She makes a decision to join her snobby, racist grandmother at her exclusive club to learn more about herself. Callie has her moments, but I am happy she is not like her grandmother. The next book will be very interesting.

        But even with its issues, I enjoyed this. I wasn't bored and it did keep me on the edge of my seat. After going over it all, I was satisfied except for that ending. Words can't express how happy I am this is a series. This means we will have a chance to get the HEA we have been screaming for. I would recommend this book, but be cautious, there might be some bumps and bruises along the way. 


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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Indie Book Review: Seeking a Scribe (Enchanted Bookstore Legend 1) by Marsha A. Moore

Author: Marsha A. Moore
Series: Enchanted Bookstore Legends
Number in Series: 1
Format: Ebook (ARC PDF)
Pages: 169
Release Date: March 15, 2012
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Epic Fantasy/Paranormal Romance










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Lyra McCauley is a writer and loves fantasy novels, but until she opens a selection from bookstore owner Cullen Drake, she has no idea he’s a wizard character who lives a double life inside that volume…or the story’s magic will compel her from the edge of depression to adventure, danger, and love.

His gift to Lyra, the Book of Dragonspeir, was actually her copy, misplaced years ago. Lost in her pain following divorce and death, she fails to recognize him as her childhood playmate from the fantasyland. Friendship builds anew. Attraction sparks. But Lyra doubts whether a wizard is capable of love. She’s torn—should she protect her fragile heart or risk new love?

Opening the book’s cover, she confronts a quest: save Dragonspeir from destruction by the Black Dragon before he utilizes power of August’s red moon to expand his strength and overthrow the opposing Imperial Dragon. Lyra accepts the challenge, fearing Cullen will perish if evil wins. Along with magical animal guides, Cullen helps her through many perils, but ultimately Lyra must use her own power…and time is running out.


     It was a simple day of just going to a bookstore when Lyra stumbled on Cullen. Lyra thinks he is handsome and charming. But after drinking some of his delicious tea, she quickly realizes he isn't normal and can't shake the feeling she has met him before. Cullen knows what she is feeling and tells her to come back for a book that will explain it all. When Lyra does, she finds that the book and the bookstore are enchanted. She ends up in a beautiful fantasy world named Dragonspeir that is endanger of being taken over by the Black Dragon. And only Lyra can stop him. She must write a book accurately recollected of her time in Dragonspeir and have someone read it before the Red Moon. If she doesn't, the Black Dragon will destroy Dragonspeir. Lyra isn't sure where to begin and if she has the power to do it. 

     Moore was very nice to have asked me to review this. I jumped on the opportunity because this is book sounded like a fantasy I always had. How incredible would it be to walk into a bookstore to get a book, but instead, the book comes to life for you? I love this. And I love it even more since it is packed with incredible and lovable characters to die for. 

     Lyra and Cullen have an instant connection in the book right from the first chapter. You can see they were made for each other. Cullen has known Lyra since was younger, but thought he was just a character from the fantasy book she had. Come to find out that book was made for her. Then you had Lyra's sweet Aunt Jean who is battling cancer. Lyra is always looking out for her and Lyra may be ill, but she has a great sense of humor in the book that will make you smile. But she was very tough and not easily frightened. Actually, she knee more about Lyra than Lyra knew about herself. 

     And the animals, oh boy the animals. This book is full of great talking animals that you will love instantly. My favorite was Noba, the pseudodragon. He was so sweet and adorable and very helpful. Kenzo was a tiger owl that was small, but definitely had a bit of an Napoleon complex. There was a unicorn that was actually quite the badass (that is by far the strangest thing I have said) and many more that make a huge impact on Lyra in the book. I applaud Moore for coming up with this world. It was truly epic. 

     I liked the story. I loved how we get to see both our world and Dragonspeir. We get an interesting plot in both worlds. Lyra needed to get to the dark realm to learn all she could about the Black Dragon. I like the idea of someone outside of Dragonspeir learning about the "fictional" world so the Black Dragon losses power in his world. Very interesting concept. There also seems to be a bigger connection between the two, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Might be just me. 

      I did have a little issue with the background stories. As much as I love our human characters, I don't feel like I wanted a little more history. For instance, we have Lyra. She has been recently divorced and finds it hard to tell Cullen what she feels for him. But we never learn what exactly happened between her and her ex-husband. We get a couple of things, he sounded like a jerk who didn't support her. But what was the final straw? Then again, I am sure she didn't want to talk about him. I also wish I knew more about Cullen and what has he been doing while waiting for Lyra. 

     Also want to mention one character in this book named Revelin that raised some suspicions. He oddly kept running into Lyra and happened to get into her house to help her aunt. He seemed a bit too enthusiastic about reading Lyra's book. He is brought up twice in the book and I can't shake the feeling he is going to have a bigger part in the future. I hope we learn something, anything about him. They are obviously attracted to each other even though Cullen is THE guy, but I feel there is a lot more going on with him and it isn't all just a coincidence. 

     But even with that, it doesn't take anything away from this story. In fact, it makes me anxious for more to come. So no hindrance at all.  Moore created such a great world that it left an impact on me. I was sad when the book ended because I wanted more. I love all the mystery in this book and some may be unsolved, but it leaves a lot to be discovered for book 2, Heritage Avenged, which I am dying for. I loved the romance in the book. There are two steamy scenes that I wanted to last a little longer, but without them, this book is quite PG-13. So if you are a prude, you will be safe. Definitely recommended for those who want an original and beautifully written epic fantasy.

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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
BCC's Speculative Romance Reading Challenge 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Indie Book Review: Craved (Gwen Sparks #1) by Stephanie Nelson

Author: Stephanie Nelson
Series: Gwen Sparks
Number in Series: 1
Format: Ebook (Kindle)
Pages: 216
Release Date: July 25, 2011
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Mystery












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Synopsis from Goodreads

WITCH FOUND DRAINED

Gwen Sparks just wants to live a peaceful life in the supernatural town of Flora, but from the moment she read about the first murdered witch, all hope of peace was abandoned. Possessing the rare ability to read the memories of dead, she volunteers to help catch the culprit behind the string of drained witches. Gwen has to team up with the one man who broke her heart, deal with a ghost who pulls her into the deathly realm at will, and a fight off the advances of sexy but frustrating vampire who not only craves what runs through her veins—he wants her heart.


     Craved is about the everyday normal life of a witch named Gwen. Well, not so normal. She works with the cops because she has the ability to read the minds' of the dead. So when reading the mind of a dead witch, she finds out that there is an underworld drug ring. The drug is witches' blood and a vampire has been sucking it out of witches to distribute and use. The blood can also give vampires magic, so they must find out who it is before there is a war on everyone's hands. 

     Gigantic thanks to my awesome friends at Talk Supe who loaned me this book. It hurts knowing this book was under my nose and I didn't even know it. Stephanie Nelson is officially on my authors-to-stalk list. I loved this book sooooo much. Adding this to my favorites list. 

      We have a wonderful array of characters. Gwen is amazing and real. She may be a witch, but she runs her own business in a small town of Flora, lives in her own small apartment with her great roommate/best friend Fiona. I like that you can relate to her. Her best friend Fiona was a little spoiled, she used magic for the tiniest of things. But I loved her. She was a great best friend, she chose to live with Gwen instead of her awful, rich father who treats Gwen like a roach. Then we have Gwen's love interest, a vampire named Aidan. He had me foaming at the mouth. I thought he was incredible. He stood by for two years while Gwen was with another man, a werewolf named Micah who is the cop working on this case. He was fun, flirtatious, and hot as hell. I loved how much he loved Gwen. I was rooting for him from the beginning. 

      I love this plot. Definitely an interesting take on the drug world. This book started off great, but got really interesting with the arrival of Ian. He was hot, but there was something very off about him. He is definitely intriguing. You don't know if he is the villain or not because he is very convincing about not being the bad guy. I love how Nelson put this together. Usually there is a clear answer for me, but I was flabbergasted. And even after I had an "Oh shit" moment, Nelson wasn't done giving us a parting gift. There were things done in the book that were sad and had my mouth hanging to the floor. Nelson really knows how to put you on a rollercoaster. No dull moments here people! 
       
       I can't think of anything I didn't like. This book ended on a very interesting and disturbing note. I know Deceived (book 2) will pack a punch and I can't wait. I love where this book went and I am anxious to see where it will go. This book was sexy, fast-paced, and suspenseful. Couldn't put this bad boy down. You will be surprised, you will smile and you will have a blast with Craved. Highly recommended for Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Thank you so much again Talk Supe!!! 


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*This book belongs to the following challenges*

Kiss Me, I'm Irish Read-A-Long #4: Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne

Information and sign up HERE

Welcome to Week 4 of the Kiss Me, I'm Irish Read-A-Long featuring the exciting and hilarious book Hounded (Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne. Again, if you haven't started this yet, you must. This book is such a blast and I can't wait to write my review for it. Such a treat. Two more dates to go, there is still some time left.


Schedule:
March 02nd: Chapters 1-5 hosted by Geeky Blogger's Book Blog
March 09th: Chapters 6-10 hosted by On a Book Bender
March 16th: Chapters 11-15 hosted by Smash Attack Reads!
March 23rd: Chapters 16-20 hosted by In the Closet With a Bibliophile
March 30th: Chapters 21-25 + epilogue hosted by The Unread Reader
April 06th: Special interview with Kevin Hearne & announcement of winners!



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Chapters 16-20:

1.  Just after Atticus is shot, Oberon has to "ninja" his way out of the shop and into Hal's Beamer (with the icky air freshener). Have you ever been in a situation where you had to "ninja" your way out and try not to be discovered? If so, what happened?

It sucks to admit this, but I have had this moment more times than I can count. I am a huge klutz and have a tendency of doing things without thinking. I think one of my most embarrassing moments as when I was in elementary school. I was in chorus and we had a concert. The skirt I had on was a little tight and very long, but no worries, I wasn't going to do anything but sing. Right? Well I forgot I was one of the tall ones and had to stand on the highest bleacher. This starts the first tear in the back of the skirt. I wrote it off because it was small. Right again? I was unaware of the amount of climbing and walking I had to do that day. And add that to my recess time in the playground. At the end, the skirt split so high, my ass was out of everyone to see. So I had to ninja my way in the classroom and tried my best not to move at all. Anytime I did, it was when the class was busy with something and not paying much attention. I had to walk backwards a lot that day until my mom came for me.


2. Atticus's main goal through a large portion of the book is not only protecting Oberon, but also protecting the sword. You are now living in a paranormal world and you need a weapon! What weapon do you choose and what can it do?

Oh I love this. Well, a sword has always been my favorite actually. I also love stilettos. They are sharp and and more portable than a sword. I want them to  have the ability to cut through anything, even a diamond. Never get dull and have the ability to steal energy from my enemies. How cool would that be? Whatever they do won't hurt me, but bounce right back to them. Awesome!


3.  To recharge and heal after being shot, Atticus sleeps naked, tattoos to the earth, in a patch of grass near the Civic Center in downtown Scottsdale. Where is the weirdest place you have ever slept? 

I have been lucky to never fall asleep in any weird places. I think the weirdest place was a table in my hotel room a year or two ago. There was four of us and two beds and I like having a bed to myself. So in the chair with my head on the table is where I stayed. It just sucked since my back was killing me in the morning. I know, not exciting, but it is weird for me.


4. We finally find out some very interesting information about Granuaile and I don't know about you, but I certainly wasn't expecting to find that she's sharing her head with someone else. What about you, did you expect anything along those lines? If not, what were you expecting concerning Granuaile? 

I was thinking that she had some connection with the witches, but she would be the only one to trust. Out of all the witches so far, I don't find her creepy. So I was almost on the money. I find it interesting that she wants to become a Druid too. This is a very nice twist to the story. I like it a lot. I am curious as to why Hal and Oberon didn't say anything about her scent, well scents especially Hal. He warned Atticus about her, but didn't give a reason why. He knew she was extra different and he should have mentioned that to Atticus to begin with.


5.  Laksha is a witch, a truly evil one at that for many of the things she's done in the past. However, she's supposedly seen the error of her ways. Do you think she really has? Would you be willing to trust her? Do you think Atticus is smart to have decided to trust her to help him with the "other" witches?

I actually like Laksha. She was upfront with Atticus and made him know that she was a psycho back then. All the other witches weren't front up with their agendas. Laksha didn't beat around the bush. I think they know where they stand, so I think Atticus is safer to trust her than the other witches. I am dying to see where this will go.


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Make sure to check out the final chapters next week over at The Unread Reader . I can't wait to see the special interview. Hope to see you guys there.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Book Review: Banshee Charmer (From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency #1) by Tiffany Allee

Author: Tiffany Allee
Series: From the Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency
Number in Series: 1
Format: PDF
Pages: 159
 Release Date: January 24, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction/Paranormal Romance










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Synopsis from Goodreads 

When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns to desperation.

Certain the killer is an incubus, Mac works behind her department’s back to chase down slim, sometimes perilous leads. While the killer eludes her, she does discover handsome Aidan Byrne, an investigative counterpart from the enigmatic Otherworlder Enforcement Agency. Mac typically runs her investigations fast and hard, but with Aidan at her side, she’s running this one “hot” as well. But Aidan knows more than he’s letting on—something that could shatter their blazing romance and add Mac to the killer’s growing body count…


   Banshee Charmer is about a woman named Kiera, but everyone calls her Mac. She is a homicide detective for the Chicago Police Department, specifically the Freak Division. She takes care of the supernatural cases. You see, the world knows about the paranormal. The witches, vampires, demons and more live and work out in the open. The case Mac is working on involves women drained not of their blood, but of their energy. Problem is, it might be the work of an incubus, a supernatural creature that no one believes in because they went into extinction a very long time ago. So Mac's hands are tied. And worse, a sexy OWEA agent winds up in her house to help her, but is he trustworthy? Mac doesn't know that either.

    I was asked by Stacey O'Neale to review this book. I jumped at the chance since the book sounded so interesting. And it definitely was. This is Tiffany Allee's first book and she did a phenomenal job. The characters were great and had depth. Mac is a great heroine. She takes care of business and doesn't take a lot of crap. Aidan was hot and charming. This book was 137 pages long and Allee managed to get such an incredible chemistry between her leads. They were heating up the pages, let me tell you.

    I liked the plot. I won't lie, I figured out the secret halfway through. It was predictable. That doesn't take away from the story, mind you. You still want to know where the secret plays into the story. I was still at the edge of my seat. But I do this a lot. You don't want to watch Castle or any cop show/movie with me. I always figure it out before anyone. Ever watch that super sad Sean Penn movie, Mystic River? I knew who the killer was in the first half hour. Trust me, no one would have thought of it. Sorry about the rambling there. Nonetheless, predictability is pretty much my only compliant.

     This is a wonderful debut by Tiffany Allee. The world is incredible and well put together. I definitely got lost in this book. You really get a lot for a book that is a little over 100 pages. That is always my compliant with short stories, we don't get enough depth or they don't feel layered enough, this definitely doesn't fit that mold. Allee manages to mix police procedural, urban fantasy, mystery and paranormal romance beautifully. Allee is clearly talented and I will be keeping my eyes on her. You should do the same.


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*This book belongs to the following challenges*
Dead Book Darling's 2012 Short Story Challenge