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Ghostland (Ghostland World #1)

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Taken from her home and family, shamaness Aisling McConaughey must enter the "ghostlands" to save a wealthy man's mistress. But there's a price to pay for her power: She must summon the Djinn prince Zurael en Caym-and yield to his savage, sensual rage.

Zurael intends to kill Aisling after she's served as bait to find an enemy in possession of an ancient tablet. But the more
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Published (first published March 7th 2009)
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Interesting world-building and what looked like it might have turned out to be a decent plot. However, after the first 50 pages of every-other-page descriptions of "rigid cock" I just couldn't take any more descriptions of stiffening or tented trousers. It is obviously from the first that the male protagonist is going to screw the heroine rather than kill her as he keeps insisting he intends to. The descriptions of the post-apocalyptic Bay Area and shamanistic magical systems are better-written ...more
Julie (jjmachshev)
Apr 04, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
Jory Strong makes her move to mainstream print with "Ghostland" published by Berkley Sensation. I'm a fan and reader of three of her erotica series published by Ellora's Cave so was pleased and interested to see how her voice would translate to more conventional print. "Ghostland" is set in a futuristic paranormal world where money and religion rule in an uneasy and unholy partnership and those with special abilities are marginalized and used by both.

Aisling made the only choice she could. She c
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Sep 20, 2009 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shannon (Giraffe Days) by: Genre Reviews
In a post-apocalyptic Earth torn asunder by religious wars and now divvied up between the Church and Vampires, Aisling lives a precarious life in more ways than one: not only is she an orphan living on a farm under human "protection" and destruction, but she's also a shamaness, able to walk the Ghostlands where the spirits reside.

It has long been a secret well kept by the woman who took her in and her surrogate family, but nothing can protect her when the Church shows up looking for her. The may
Jul 17, 2012 Kay rated it did not like it
Recommended to Kay by: viagara commercials
1.5 stars, and abandoned. It wasn't that the plot was bad, or the writing that horrible. I just got really tired of reading about Zurael's "rigid cock" busting through his pants page after page.

Maybe I'll write a more detailed review...later...
First thing, this is the best cover art I've seen on a genre book in quite a while.

That said I didn't know QUITE what I was getting into with this book. There is a LOT of graphic sex in here, more than I care to read quite frankly, lol. The world was pretty interesting, typical of the genre with a few interesting twists, but there was just too much weird-ass graphic description of "Le Getting-it-on". I started skipping over it when loins would start burning (but that's mild compared to what real
May 23, 2009 Rane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a pleasant surprise for someone like myself whose been away from urban fanstay romance now for many years.

I really enjoyed the vast and sometimes very complex world of Ghostland from it’s supernaturals to it’s everyday humans. From the eyes of Aisling you could get a feeling of the differences between human classes, even those “gifted”

Aisling was at times very cold that it hard to understand her, but as you read you start to see her and what’s she’s had to live through in this
Oct 14, 2010 Rea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
In all honesty I feel quite cheated with regards to this book. I picked it up from the new fantasy section of the store and took it home only to discover that the fantasy plot line is a distant second to the constant sex lack of plot line.

We don't even manage to get through the first chapter before we get our first 'engorged cock'. From there on out the book is full of stiffening, hardening and slickening and it's a miracle if one of the two characters manages to make it through one of the few
Jul 16, 2009 Ruby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If you can manage to wade past all the boring and repetitive sex, it's not a bad story. I was really into the story right up until the sad little protagonist summoned our friend the djinn, who sported a total hard-on for our sweet little friend while at the same time threatening to kill her.


In all honesty, I feel like a lot of the more interesting plot points and story development got lost behind all the rampant fucking, what with burning loins and clenching channels and swollen cunt li
Ghostland has a very eye catching cover that gives the reader a good sense about the story inside. Jory Strong has written a post-Apocalyptic tale that deals with fears. These fears are everything from loss, death and isolation. There is a great deal of isolation in Ghostland seen through the eyes of the heroine Aisling McConaughey. Aisling is very special. She is an orphan shamaness who lives on a farm in the outskirts of the city of Oakland, California. Aisling has the ability to walk in the s ...more
Varied Books
3.75 stars

I read this years ago but I never rated it. I remember liking it but at times the writing was confusing & wordy.

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Sep 21, 2014 Ally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

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Taken from her home and family, shamaness Aisling McConaughey must enter the "ghostlands" to save a wealthy man's mistress. But there's a price to pay for her power: She must summon the Djinn prince Zurael en Caym-and yield to his savage, sensual rage.
Zurael intends to kill Aisling after she's served as bait to find an enemy in possession of an ancient tablet. But the more he tastes her innocent spirit, the more he'll use his fiery touch to keep her hungry for
K. Lincoln
Nov 14, 2009 K. Lincoln rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book.

Post-apocalyptic California where after a cataclysmic war/disaster, supernaturals have come out and rule the night. In the day time, the rich congregate in cities and the poor work like serfs in the outlying country. The church plays political games while condemning supernaturals.

One of those serfs, Aisling, a shamaness (one who can talk to ghosts and enter the ghostland; a kind of metaphysical place of death) is taken from her farm by the church and caught up
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Ghostland is book you will most certainly enjoy if you're a fantasy lover. I myself don't read fantasy as much I would want to and this one makes me pick 'em up more.

First, let me say that right now, when I think about it, I have NO idea why I picked this book up. Yes, there are many different things I was attracted to, but I'm always careful and very picky with what I read. And let me tell you, at different point through reading this I wanted to give it a 1 star and then a 5 star, and then 3 st
Jun 23, 2012 Jishi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica, dystopian
If you want erotica with a badass storyline and well written plot, you could do better than E.L. James's Fifty Shades Trilogy. James has nothing on Jory Strong.
I've found my Tumblr entry when I was in the process of reading it back in 2010.

I discovered this book through an officemate who sat beside my station looking for a new e-book to read during office hours. She was finishing this book and I was quite intrigued. I’ve started reading it today and got so absorbed that I direly wished I sent a
Annabelle Morehouse
I quickly read through this book. I loved this urban fantasy that defiantly has erotic undertones. Then again I love everything Jory Strong writes so this was a given good read. Just like I like. Can't wait till the next one that is already on my TBR shelf. Whoohoo.
Mar 16, 2011 Angi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd actually probably give this 3.75 instead of 4 but it's more than a 3 so there you go.

I really like the story. It was complex and told well. There was a lot if mystery and intrigue and I liked the concept of the ghostlands - very unusual.

What I didn't like was the constant sexual escapades. I don't mind if it blends with the story, but this was constantly to where I just wanted to yell at them "Focus people, focus"! I found myself annoyed because it kept taking me away from the main story. H
DNF at 150 pages. An interesting-sounding setting that was mostly ignored in favor of nine thousand repetitions of how incredibly beautiful and sweet the heroine was, and how immediately rock-hard the "hero" got whenever he so much as heard her name. Also, this was basically how their first face-to-face-in-the-physical-world meeting went:

He: Stupid human, how dare you summon me, an all-powerful djinn, for help with your petty problem? I will murder you for having such gall. I hate all humans, I
Actually, this book wasn't bad at all. The sex was a little overpowering at first, and the word cock was used way too much, but the story was interesting enough to keep me going. It is probably the beginning of a series, from the tone of the ending of the book, and I may look up the next one just to see what happens. A fun read, with lots of steamy parts.
Sep 17, 2013 Kara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, vampire
Very sexy book. The post-apocalyptic world is well drawn with new forces that humans must deal with. There are witches, shamans, vampires, werewolves, genies, demons and other things that pop-up. It is not easy to know who are the bad guys. The sex is fairly graphic but the story line moves along nicely.
♥ Unaeve ♥
Apr 28, 2013 ♥ Unaeve ♥ rated it liked it
Good story i just sometimes had the feeling like two ppl was writing this that i liked and the other that i didn't.
The idea dough is nice and fresh,it kept me interesting and although i skipped a lot of parts the overall feeling is positive and i am looking forward to read more from this author.
Barbara ★
Aisling is taken from her home by a priest with ulterior motives who demands that she enter into the ghostlands (spirit realm) to find out if someone is dead or alive. In the ghostlands, you must give something for everything you get. On this encounter, her familiar (a ferret) gives her the name of a djinn to help. The djinn, Zurael is in turn given a task on Earth which coincides with Aisling's duty to the priest. She is then basically ordered to stay local and be at their beck and call. Everyo ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Errolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I picked this book up from the romance section expecting it to be one of the prevalent paranormal romances that are out there these days...and it was, but I also got a whole lot more sexing that I bargained for. I would call this book, Paranormal Erotica because the two main characters got it on often, and the writer provided lots of details. Not that I was complaining.But despite that portion of the book....everything else was great. This book was set in a world where fantastical creatures: de ...more
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I always like a book to have paranormal beings and lots of action. This book had plenty but I can't say I liked it. It reminded me of the Hunger Ganes in the beginning, where everyone had to find food for himself, people were too poor and there was an authority that had everyone fearing for their lives.

As an action book, it was very nice. There were plenty of riddles to lead the heroine to the prime suspect.
The story takes place in a post-Apocalypse America where vampires, witches and other par
Apr 14, 2016 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Different. Very Different. The post-apocalypse world is haunted [sometimes literally:] by supernatural forces and laced with corruption. In some areas the supernaturals hold the power and humans manage poorly, in others the humans hold the power and anything supernatural is repressed if not destroyed. Bigotry is rife. It has that dark, brooding 'storm's coming' feel. The geographic setting is interesting [because I'm familiar with it:] starting in Stockton and moving to Oakland with trips to San ...more
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Reviewed by Marisa O’Neill
Publisher: Penguin
3.5 Stars

After reading Ghostland I had to take a breath. A compelling and well written paranormal romance, Ghostland is a unique and fascinating tale of a post-apocalyptic world filled with other worldly creatures and danger in the here and now.

Jory Strong delivers a strong and powerful book about a world in the aftermath of death and destruction; a world where only the rich, powerful and connected have a chance at a life worth living. It is a bleak wo
Sheyla ✎
Shamaness Aisling McConaughey is taken from the safety of the only home she has known, to help find the mistress of a wealthy man. She knows her life will never be the same after she leaves the safety of the farm for Ghostland.
She is able to use her power and spirits to find the woman, Elena. When she finds her, she is about to be sacrificed by dark priests. Her pet ferret/Spirit guardian, Aziel is able to communicate with her while in the spirit world and he gives her a name to call. The help c
Laura Young
Jun 05, 2011 Laura Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ghostland is a paranormal romance book and the first book in the Ghostland World series.
Ghostland is about Aisling McConaughey a shamaness and Zurael who is a Djinn. After Aisling summons Zurael as a last minute things she sets her future when he makes a very promising threat, "Savor these few moments when you hold me enslaved, child of mud. They will cost you your life," he said before disappearing as suddenly as he arrived." She gets stuck in the middle of the Djinns business, and not even get
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Jory has been writing since childhood and has never outgrown being a daydreamer. When she's not hunched over her computer, lost in the muse and conjuring up new heroes and heroines, she can usually be found reading, riding her horses, or hiking with her dogs.
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