When Alexis loses her fiancé she also loses her ability to climb, not good news for a woman who is known as ‘The World’s Bravest Woman’. Her twin, LauWhen Alexis loses her fiancé she also loses her ability to climb, not good news for a woman who is known as ‘The World’s Bravest Woman’. Her twin, Laurie, is everything Alexis is not, they are complete opposites. Laurie is small, curvy and beautiful and has a way of getting people to bend at her will. Alexis isn’t ugly, but she’s tall and athletic and not at all used to getting what she wants.
Laurie exercises her powers of persuasion and talks Alexis into heading to a new club to drink off some break up blues. What they find is a club with a very discriminating idea on who can get past the doorman. In order to bypass the pesky rules, Alexis finds herself scaling a fire escape and coming face to face with the club’s owner, Jason. The attraction is instant and starts a series of events that alters life as Alexis knows it.
Once inside the club the mythical and immortal become real and they find out magic exists. Alexis is soon caught up in a centuries old curse and tossed into a world that tests her courage again and again. Mhaya is a Goddess obsessed with reclaiming her role and name, Marcus and Jason are immortals caught in her game.
This short story essentially takes place in one evening and it is one busy night. This novella does an excellent job of whetting the reader’s appetite to the world the author has created, making the reader want to read and know more. Both the storyline and the characters instantly captivate their audience.
My one complaint is that the story was a little too short for me; I would have liked Jason and Alexis to have a few more pages of time together to cement their already established relationship. I hope they will be featured in the future stories. I really loved all the characters in this story.
For such a short story it is definitely not lacking in content or substance. The author did a great job of making the story feel very real, I can’t wait to read what happens next. I think this is going to be an exciting paranormal series.
This is the 2nd story in the Falling Idols short story series.
Marcus once bargained with the Goddess Mhaya for immortality in order to help his countrThis is the 2nd story in the Falling Idols short story series.
Marcus once bargained with the Goddess Mhaya for immortality in order to help his country and fellow men. Since that time he has lost everyone in his life that he has cared about and feels his bargain more of a curse. He blames Mhaya for everything that has happened to him. In the previous story, Falling, Mhaya manages to separate him from his last remaining immortal friend, Jason. Marcus is at the end of his rope.
Mhaya is a Goddess who is Fading. Her twin brother cast her out long long ago, and as no one remembers her, she is slowly dying. Mhaya has gone to great lengths to try and regain her Goddess status, she needs people to believe in her and worship her in order to have her soul and live. But as that plan hasn’t worked out too well, she decides to try another idea and makes a little wager of her own.
Mhaya isn’t an easy character, but this story uncovers a few more layers and shows the reader there is more to her than meets the eye. Mhaya and Marcus have such a complicated past and relationship, yet there is this attraction that despite the problems with each other they can’t seem to deny. The story is short but manages to tell its tale without leaving anything out. In the previous story my one problem was I felt the relationship between Jason and Alexis could have used a few more pages. In this story the author does a good job cementing the relationship and making everything come together perfectly. I Loved, with a capital L, this story.
Do I wish this story was longer? Yes. Not because I felt it was lacking in anything, just because I enjoy the characters and the story so much. I liked this story so much that after finishing it, I decided to reread the first story and then reread this one as well. I’d like to hang out in Ms. Gray’s world a little longer. I am hoping she has a few more of these stories up her sleeve. I would like to see Laurie star in one and I am also more than a little intrigued by the blue haired Oracle.
In this, the 6th book in the Women of the Otherworld series, Elena Michaels makes a return as the main character. Elena, the only female wolf in the OIn this, the 6th book in the Women of the Otherworld series, Elena Michaels makes a return as the main character. Elena, the only female wolf in the Otherworld series, hasn’t taken the lead role since the books Bitten and Stolen. She’s always a strong presence, but I have missed her and Clay. I was really excited to read about them again.
Broken starts off with a pregnant Elena struggling to accept the changes in her body and her lifestyle. She is a strong female lead who is used to a fair share of action and adventure in her life. But because of her pregnancy and the uncertainties and dangers that come along with it, she has to be extremely cautious and this is making her a little stir crazy. But just when she is about to perish in the land of boredom she receives a call asking her to return a favor and recover a historical document. It seems like a simple assignment and with the help of her hunky hubby Clay and pack leader Jeremy it goes off without a hitch. That is until she inadvertently opens a portal to Victorian London.
Elena’s life of boredom, relaxation and worry about her baby are replaced by trying to kill off zombies and close the portal. With the help of some friends like Jamie Vegas, Necromancer, and new to the series Zoe the Vampire, they are trying to find the source of the portal creation before anymore destruction can come to Toronto.
Kelley Armstrong has an incredible ability to write such fanciful tales and make everything seem not only completely plausible, but extremely believable. Like in the previous book, Haunted, she weaves a little real life history into her story this time in the form of Jack the Ripper and the infamous From Hell letter. I love the bits of history; it adds a little validity to the story. Plus, I always find myself researching the people she mentions and in this case, the letter too, replenishing my memory a bit.
What I love about this series is every female lead is strong in her own right, without the author having to beat you over the head with descriptions of their physical prowess or mental abilities. The author is smart enough to know her readers are smart enough to get it. She writes her characters so you feel like they are everyday ordinary people, when in truth they are anything but. This is a series about women that I think most male fans of contemporary fantasy would enjoy. It’s edgy, sexy, gripping and there is a whole lot of action to keep you entertained. With each book it gets better and better.
Eve Levine was infamous while alive. A witch and with demon blood, Eve was always a bit of an outcast. But when she started playing with the4.5 Stars
Eve Levine was infamous while alive. A witch and with demon blood, Eve was always a bit of an outcast. But when she started playing with the dark arts and black magic she alienated herself even more. She was notorious among the supernatural and that reputation wasn’t a positive one. But since her death her one main focus has been to find a way to bridge the gap between her death and her daughter Savannah’s life so that she can protect her from beyond.
Eve has spent 3 years in the afterworld and in that time she has made a deal with the three Fates. The Fates call in their marker in this book and Eve finds herself hunting a demi-demon who feeds off women who are teetering on the edge of homicide and possesses them to give them the nudge they need to commit the atrocities they dream of.
In the 5th book of The Women of the Otherworld series, you get to see a softer side of Eve. In the beginning of the series you hear all the horror stories she stars in, but as the series progresses you get to see there may have been some method to her madness. In this book I come away feeling she wasn’t bad at all, just not one to conform to the rules. She was looking out for herself and Savannah – no matter the cost or consequences.
Savannah’s father, Kristof, is also at the heart of this story and you get to know him a whole lot better, too. Their chemistry is sweet yet explosive. Kristof is humorous, adoring and flirtatious of Eve. Eve’s personality is awesome. She is so funny and sarcastic and she quite simply kicks ass. She can go hand to hand or spell to spell and she always comes out the victor. She has an extremely prickly exterior, but as her many layers are revealed so is her ultra vulnerable underbelly.
Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series is complex and extremely addicting. I laughed, I cried, I held my breath while reading the battles -- anxious of the outcomes. It’s an intense series and with each new story I find myself becoming more and more invested and the intensity increases. The more you read, the more you love and the more you crave.
I have been dying for this story and I don't know if it was all the build up and anticipation that made this story a disappointment, but it is so notI have been dying for this story and I don't know if it was all the build up and anticipation that made this story a disappointment, but it is so not what I have been waiting for. :( Still a good book, but I had really high hopes for this one!...more
I am really on the fence about this book. It's entertaining and hard to put down. I love the humor, the characters and all the Bon Temps oddities. ButI am really on the fence about this book. It's entertaining and hard to put down. I love the humor, the characters and all the Bon Temps oddities. But there were also a lot of things that bugged me about this book. I can't really list them without offering spoilers but a lot of things happened in this book that didn't ring true to me. A lot of characters acted out of character or did things that had me going "huh?" So many things were contradictory, I was getting frustrated.
It was really hard to rate this book as I found myself alternating between loving and hating this book.