Fans of the fallen Siren series will very much appreciate this exciting novella documenting the first case Emma and Zack worked on, alluded to in Curs...moreFans of the fallen Siren series will very much appreciate this exciting novella documenting the first case Emma and Zack worked on, alluded to in Cursed. The kidnapping of a young boy in Charleston leads to FBI Agent Emma Monroe being flown in from San Diego to assist Agent Zack Armstrong on the case while his partner stays by the side of his wife, an accident victim in critical condition. Though the two agents have consulted on the phone about prior similar cases, they have never met in person.
Emma suspects that Zack may be a werewolf, but she has a secret of her own: thousands of years ago, Emma, a Siren, was cursed by Demeter whose daughter, Persephone, was taken from her, and Emma has spent the years since then attempting to earn her redemption by finding the lost and missing. The current case of the missing child may be the third crime committed by the same person, and Emma and Zack race against the clock, especially given that the previous two instances resulted in the death of the abducted boys.
The authors deftly balance character and plot in the fast-paced Captured, resulting in a suspenseful narrative that keeps the reader turning pages while learning more about Emma and Zack in the process. Those familiar with Cursed will appreciate the background provided in this excellent prequel novella, but it serves the double purpose of introducing new fans to the series. Urban fantasy and paranormal romance readers alike will find much to enjoy here, as will mystery/suspense fans who do not mind a side order of supernatural fantasy in their reading. This reviewer very much looks forward to book two, Reckoning, due out in October 2014.
As the new Queen of the vampires, Lizzie Vaughn has discovered ruling is not nearly as easy as she thought it would be. dd into the chaos the fact tha...moreAs the new Queen of the vampires, Lizzie Vaughn has discovered ruling is not nearly as easy as she thought it would be. dd into the chaos the fact that Lizzie is pregnant, and you get one tired, cranky vampire not willing to take guff off of anybody. But with her cowboy, Tucker, by her side, she feels as though anything is possible. Now, if she can only get the vampiric population to agree with her…
Lizzie and Tucker are the perfect couple. Although they do not always see things eye to eye, they have a way of somehow managing to meet in the middle and work it out. The family they have created with Tucker’s dad and assorted friends–-both human and not–-is the driving force behind all that they do, and it shows. Of all of their companions, I think I like the government paranoid Lenny the best. He is like the Q of the vampire world, always coming up with the next thing in vampire extermination gear.
Like its predecessor, The Cowboy and the Vampire, Blood and Whiskey is full of action, goofy but lovable characters, and so much humor that your sides will ache by the time you are finished reading. I love that the authors worked in several different races of vampires and gave each a bit of history behind them. Being a huge lover of backstory, having that kind of information enriches the story for me. Also, I always really enjoy the way vampires handle their politics-–it is fascinating and much more amusing than the human version. Blood and Whiskey combines action and emotion with unforgettable characters and an off-kilter sense of humor into one fascinating bronco ride of a story.
Amanda is a Zombie who has recently written a tell-all book about the dark underside of Seattle, all about the vampires and zombies and weres living i...moreAmanda is a Zombie who has recently written a tell-all book about the dark underside of Seattle, all about the vampires and zombies and weres living in the area. This has not gone over well. Her friend, Wendy, has started selling Cloud to the vampires, which is a drug made from the breath of certain zombies and is making the vamps all smexy and kittenish. Since Amanda owes Wendy money, she gets suckered into being her drug pimp.
Wendy’s drugs get stolen and she ends up getting talked into going with Amanda on a little book promotion tour in the hopes of catching up with her product. They take their gay vampire friend, Gil, along. All plans get side-tracked when they get messed up in a mystery at the Miss Sand Flea Pageant. They have to find a killer all while evading pissed-off gay male strippers in gold hot pants and entertaining male weresharks.
I have not read any other books by Mark Henry but I am now a convert. His writing is superb and Beach Blanket Bloodbath is hilarious. I cannot remember laughing so hard over a book, but it is not just the humor. Mark’s characters are engaging and interact well together, and he injects the right amount of snarkiness. I could totally picture these friends sitting around saying what they do.
The mystery part is well-done, leaving you guessing. I am going to get on this bandwagon and get the rest of his books. This is a short novella (the first in a trilogy) and I need some full-length books with this group of friends.
It is the turbulent 1960’s in an uncertain world, with civil rights, women’s rights, war protesters, free love, drugs and nuclear threat lying over th...moreIt is the turbulent 1960’s in an uncertain world, with civil rights, women’s rights, war protesters, free love, drugs and nuclear threat lying over the heads of everyone. In this chaotic atmosphere there are those who are trying to bring sanity back. Diana Chilton is dealing with her own internal chaos as a powerful witch recovering from a Great Working gone wrong, an encounter with the Fairie world, and a newly turned vampire. About the only thing that has not changed is her single-minded commitment to making the world a better place.
Returning to her Boston home, she reconnects with the magical community and joins a coven of four with the same goals–or so it seems. After years in the making, she discovers that one of them, Jack, has his own plans and those plans threaten to destroy, not save, the world. Disheartened and disillusioned, she begins a personal search for others like her–vampires. And to her delight, her search is successful. She also finds a home on a commune and spends her days and nights building her own utopia. But the world continues to implode and she is finally forced to hunt and confront Jack. He must be stopped and it will take all of her power-–as witch and vampire.
The Vampires of New England series takes a unique and modern approach to vampires. There is a sophistication to the writing and a clear sense of the deeply ingrained New England reserved nature. Unfortunately, for this book that reserve runs a bit too deep. The 1960’s were a wild and crazy time of great upheaval, but the main character, Diana, sees it as disorder rather than cultural change. Her background is as a wealthy, privately-educated witch with a strong drive to care for the less fortunate. She accepts the losses and tragedies in her life in a pragmatic fashion and her chosen vampirism seems almost a minor inconvenience, but necessary tool to accomplish her goal.
Although there is great drive in her, there is little passion. Diana’s pragmatic and sensible approach to magic and vampirism takes out all the wonder and mystery of both. This attitude makes the book colorless in a time when there was a riot of color. I still highly recommend the series, but All the Shadows of the Rainbow misses the mark.
Jill and Elle have been best friends ever since the time Elle killed her alcoholic husband in the back alley of a bar in New York. As time went by, th...moreJill and Elle have been best friends ever since the time Elle killed her alcoholic husband in the back alley of a bar in New York. As time went by, they met handsome men, were married, discovered that the men had some sort of personality defect, and then they killed them. Elle kept a notebook with extensive notes on her husbands, keeping up with dates and places, and of course, a copy of the obituary. Jill’s notebook was not as complete, but her notes were also clear and concise.
The women were working on a new plan to kill Jill’s husband, Marcus, but they could not agree on the proper procedure. Adding to the complication was the fact that Jill was falling more deeply in love with Marcus, and she really did not want to kill him. Elle berated her for being weak, but once she had Rhys to concentrate on, she changed her tune just a bit. Marcus worried the women when he decided to write a book on female serial killers who had gotten away with it, making them feel that they would soon be caught.
Jill and Elle are great characters, strong women who took care of their marital problems in a decidedly unconventional way. I was pleased that Marcus and Rhys figured them out and loved them anyway. Love You to Death was a fun book to read; it held my attention and made me laugh out loud.
When an ancient vampire starts following the gorgeous redhead, Joey, he realizes that she intrigues him, and when his heart becomes involved, he has t...moreWhen an ancient vampire starts following the gorgeous redhead, Joey, he realizes that she intrigues him, and when his heart becomes involved, he has to protect her even though he winds up breaking vampire law. He turns her, though she may hate him or love him for it. Meanwhile, Death Stalkers continue to close in on them, and the two must battle to stay alive.
Eternal Embrace is simply incredible. I was hooked from book one, page one to the very last page of book four. I consider this series to be fantastic, and I look forward to more. I highly recommend that you read the books in order. This is a solid series that makes you hunger for the next book. Almost every single type of monster appears in this series, and I was happily surprised with all the paranormal beings that the author incorporates into each novel. This series should go right to the top of your to-be-read pile.
Sorcha is kidnapped– and as if that is not bad enough, she is taken by a Lykae that once broke her heart. Sorcha is the most powerful witch of her era...moreSorcha is kidnapped– and as if that is not bad enough, she is taken by a Lykae that once broke her heart. Sorcha is the most powerful witch of her era, and head of the Jade Coven. Being the most powerful witch can be bad, especially when she realizes all of her magic is gone. With no knowledge of where she is, and how she was taken, Sorcha panics. She has to get her powers back, and find out what happened.
Sorcha finally sees her captors, and grimly understands that they are Demon Hunters. When she meets her captor, it is Alex, someone from her past. Six hundred years ago, Sorcha saw Alex in a crowd. She had the feeling he was her mate, but Alex, in wolf form growled at her and left. Now he has forgotten. Will he remember in time? Seven days. That is all that Alex needs her for. Will Sorcha be able to convince Alex that she is his mate, or will Alex leave her once again?
Sorcha’s Wolf is another fantastic book and addition to the series. The book is very detail-oriented, and includes many different types of paranormal creatures. I am truly taken back by the detailing in the book. While reading, you are able to feel like you are there and visiting family. Once again, if you are a paranormal fan, you do not want to miss this series.
Susanna, a witch, has been captured and tortured. She escapes only to realize that she has a bigger problem at the moment–battling Giants, and somehow...moreSusanna, a witch, has been captured and tortured. She escapes only to realize that she has a bigger problem at the moment–battling Giants, and somehow she realizes that the Death Stalkers are on their way. She must avoid them at all costs. She has not been able to use her magic since she was taken captive. As she fights to get free, she hits her head hard enough to make her pass out. Susanna does not know that someone is helping her.
Upon waking, Susanna meets Torque, a hardened Mage who has been around for Centuries, seeing too many battles, and he is tired of all the death and destruction. Torque realizes that he has found “The One.” Waking up after hitting her head, with no memory of her name, or past, Susanna has to rely on Torque. With no name, he calls her “Beauty.” He knows that she belongs to him, and he will do everything in his power to make her his. Will she accept fate, or will she make her own?
I loved Golden’s Rule, and the way that Ms. Jean keeps your interest through the entire book. The characters seem to burst to life. Also, introducing so many different paranormal characters is not an easy job for any author, but Ms. Jean makes it seem effortless. Her writing style is fantastic–very descriptive, great storylines, and the ability to make you want to read the next book as soon as possible. If Paranormal is your genre, Golden’s Rule is a book that you will not want to miss.
In A Spartan’s Kiss, we are introduced to Tabitha, a witch who is Wiccan, a daughter of the three. Tabitha wishes that she were a Vampire instead. Wor...moreIn A Spartan’s Kiss, we are introduced to Tabitha, a witch who is Wiccan, a daughter of the three. Tabitha wishes that she were a Vampire instead. Working with her aunt Cicerran, nicknamed “Trouble,” she lives up to her nickname. While helping her aunt on a “mission,” Tabitha’s job is to help her aunt steal a briefcase from a Vampire. Not knowing what is inside, they work together and are able to retrieve the briefcase.
The briefcase belongs to the god Ares and inside is a talisman. Trying to retrieve it before Zeus finds out it is missing, Ares calls upon Aeros, telling him he must retrieve it as soon as possible. Once someone has possession of the talisman, it bestows godlike power on them. Will Tabitha be able to overcome her issues and be with Aeros, or will she have to let him go?
This is a great start to a new series. There are currently four books available in this series. The author has done an incredible job with her descriptions of the characters and the ability to keep your interest. For Paranormal fans, this is a fantastic start to her series and will keep you hooked.
Tucker’s living the perfect cowboy life. Residing alone in his trailer with his dog, Rex, his horse, Snort, and some mischievous alpacas that refuse t...moreTucker’s living the perfect cowboy life. Residing alone in his trailer with his dog, Rex, his horse, Snort, and some mischievous alpacas that refuse to stay on their own side of the fence, he feels as though he has it all. And then Lizzie arrives from New York City and throws everything he has ever known into utter chaos. Lizzie Vaughn is a reporter carrying a secret of her own, one buried so deep that not even she knows it exists. So when she is kidnapped by a group of vampires claiming she is their queen, Tucker finds himself with a rescue to pull off…and a vampire war to help win.
Tucker is your typical cowboy. He ropes and rides and drinks beer—a lot of beer. He never thought he would fall for a city girl like Lizzie, and neither did I, to be honest. But he does, and it works. He is the lighthearted complement to her more serious self. He brings her humor where she brings him stability. Tucker’s voice is so fresh and enjoyable that I looked forward to his parts of the story more than any other. If all cowboys were like Tucker, I would read more westerns. Lizzie is pretty much Tucker’s complete opposite. Where he is totally country, she is the epitome of a big city girl. She is also much more refined than Tucker ever hopes to be. Her more reserved personality helps hold Tucker to the task at hand and keeps him from wandering off in the woods. She gives him the guidance he needs to make something of his life. I was afraid that I was not going to like Lizzie at first, but she turned out to be not as much of a city girl as I had expected. She was a nice surprise.
The Cowboy and the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance is one of the funniest and most engaging books I have read in a long time. Jam-packed with adventure, vampires, true love, and a cast of characters you will not soon forget, you find yourself turning the pages thinking, “What more could possibly happen to these two?” And then, you find out. I never imagined the melding of a contemporary western and a paranormal romance could ever be so seamless or so much fun.
When Evan Trueblood storms (literally) into Jane’s home in New Orleans, she discovers that Molly has disappeared, leaving only a cryptic note indicati...moreWhen Evan Trueblood storms (literally) into Jane’s home in New Orleans, she discovers that Molly has disappeared, leaving only a cryptic note indicating she was going to see Jane. Jane convinces Evan that she has not spoken to Molly since the situation with Evangelina and promises that she will find her friend. Together with Eli and the Kid, Jane begins the hunt for Molly, while also taking on a job for Katie to find two of her girls who also have vanished. She also responds to a summons for Leo, where she learns that she will once again be in charge of security for a major gathering acting in her capacity as Leo’s Enforcer. With time running out, dark magic on the wind, old enemies on the prowl, and new threats to the New Orleans vampires, it will take everything Jane has to protect those she loves and that still might not be enough to survive.
How is it possible that this series just gets stronger and stronger with every novel? I can only attribute it to Faith Hunter’s masterful storytelling…or magic. Black Arts is my favorite Jane Yellowrock outing to date. The pacing is so incredibly tight, and the action is breathtaking, but what makes Black Arts special is the spectacular character growth in Jane. We finally get to see Jane begin to accept who and what she truly is and what she can be going forward. This is very much a novel of introspection for Jane, which is both beautiful and heartbreaking.
The actual mechanics of the story are killer. Hunter deftly handles numerous plotlines that weave and flow over and through each other, and never once does she let the reigns go. This book is the very definition of a page turner. There are answers and new layers, some surprising outcomes, and even a few twists I never saw coming. Everything you expect to see in a great book is here in force – including all of our favorite characters.
As for Jane’s love life, there are a few interesting developments that tease and hint at the future, but this is not a book where romance is the focus. The lack of romantic development is only mildly frustrating, as the growth in Jane is something necessary and that is where the focus rightly lies in Black Arts.
There really are not enough words for me to explain how much I love this installment. Not only does it stand as a bright spot in an already excellent series, it is a turning point for the Jane Yellowrock saga. I am breathless with anticipation for the next book.
Welcome to the world of Jane Yellowrock- Cherokee skinwalker/rogue vampire hunter extraordinaire. Filled with an in-depth timeline of the series to da...moreWelcome to the world of Jane Yellowrock- Cherokee skinwalker/rogue vampire hunter extraordinaire. Filled with an in-depth timeline of the series to date, a character list, glossary, an interview with Beast, and new stories only found in the companion, this read immerses you in one of the best urban fantasy series on the market.
Jane Yellowrock World Companion is bar none one of the best companion guides I have ever read. Everything you expect to find in a companion is here but where it really shines in is the timeline (written by Carol Malcolm) and the new short stories and novella Hunter has included. The timeline reads like a CliffsNotes version of the series and hits all the important and major events that a reader needs to refresh (especially when you may not always have the time to reread a series prior to a new book release). I personally appreciate this because, frankly, I read a lot and sometimes I do need a refresher. This is really a superior rundown of the series.
As for the short stories, both from Brusier’s point of view (these stories may have put this reviewer firmly in the Brusier camp), add wonderful depth to an already complex and compelling character, and it is always fun to see Jane from someone else’s point of view.
The novella, Beneath a Bloody Moon, reads just like a full-length novel. All the action, all the mystery, all the Jane-ness we have come to expect in a slightly-condensed form. It adds to the overall story-line, especially with solidifying how Jane is coming to terms with the Younger Brothers being in her life and whets our appetites for the next release. The novella all by itself makes this a worthwhile purchase.
If you are a fan of Jane Yellowrock, this is a must-have. The new original material and the detailed timeline really make this companion stand out. All of the other facets of the companion serve as an excellent reference guide to an ever-expanding world, and I can hardly wait to see what Faith Hunter has in store for Jane (and us) next.