Fourth and final book in the Nikki & Michael series and Keri Arthur kicks it up a notch. There's just more ... action, suspense, magic, fierceness...moreFourth and final book in the Nikki & Michael series and Keri Arthur kicks it up a notch. There's just more ... action, suspense, magic, fierceness, chemistry and the good vs evil battle kept my heart in my mouth.
Nikki finally joins Michael as an operative of the Damask Circle, Michael kidnapped, Nikki wiped from his memories, clock ticking ...
Kudos to Keri Arthur for getting evil down pat, Kiss the Night Goodbye had the baddie with the biggest ick factor ... seriously made my skin crawl.
In previous books Nikki & Michael's relationship has been weighed down with angst and frustration, not to mention eye-rolling and annoyance on my part. But in Kiss the Night Goodbye ... no eye rolling at all ;)(less)
Nikki and Jakes' private investigative work and Michael's missions with the Damask Circle merge once again (much to Michael's displeasure)...moreBest yet ...
Nikki and Jakes' private investigative work and Michael's missions with the Damask Circle merge once again (much to Michael's displeasure) with a horrifying case that kept me turning the pages, enthralled.
Michael's condescending attitude and insistence that Nikki is a delicate flower in need of protection or bubble wrap borders on nauseating but I guess a 300 year old vamp isn't going to change his archaic attitude overnight.
“I will treat you like a full partner when you act like one” ... oh pul-eeze
Does he forget he and Nikki are life-linked and she's a tough investigator with seriously bad-ass psychic abilities that are morphing into something all-powerful?
Thankfully Nikki & Michael's relationship takes a leap from the angst train into something more 'real' ... not without battles, and ultimatums on Nikki's part and plenty of eye rolling on mine.
Chasing the Shadows is the most enjoyable of the series so far, up next Kiss the Night Goodbye, hope it lives up to my growing expectations.(less)
Another missing teenager, another dangerous case for Nikki and Michael and Nikki forced to team up in the fight against evil as their cases intertwine...moreAnother missing teenager, another dangerous case for Nikki and Michael and Nikki forced to team up in the fight against evil as their cases intertwine.
The relationship dynamic drove me nuts, Nikki & Michaels' lives are irrevocably linked, the chemistry and emotion is there but Michael's constant "we can never be" got seriously old and seriously irritating!
Insta-love and fast-forward relationships don't work for me but geez ... these two need to get off the angst train and just get to know each other.
On the plus side Hearts in Darkness is another action packed installment, the new entities introduced are great, especially the fire imps and I'm really curious about Nikki's morphing abilities.
I've got my fingers crossed that book 3 is less angst and more of everything else. (less)
I've enjoyed Australian author Kerri Arthur's Riley Jenson Guardian series so was keen to try Dancing with the Devil when I saw it on NetGall...more3.5 stars
I've enjoyed Australian author Kerri Arthur's Riley Jenson Guardian series so was keen to try Dancing with the Devil when I saw it on NetGalley, unaware that it was actually first published more than 10 years ago. Re-edited and re-released with a hot new cover, but given this was some of her first work I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Nikki is a private investigator with strong psychic abilities - telekinesis telemetry, telepathy (love it, I gobble up that stuff) she's also stubborn as a mule and sometimes just as stupid. 300 year old tortured vamp Michael is a bit of a hotty but having been around a while he's carrying baggage.
Together they take on Jasper, who may as well be the devil himself. Keri Arthur does 'evil' well but I like to see evil bastards come to a nasty end ... yep I have a mean streak, you'll just have to read this one yourself if you want to know what happens ;)
Nikki and Michael both have 'issues' which amped up the angst. Now I'm not expecting sunshine and roses in their future, but bring on the sizzle I say.
Overall a darkly entertaining read.
Next up, Hearts in Darkness and the third and fourth books in the Nikki and Michael series will follow at one month intervals. (less)
After enjoying the first book in the series, The Demon Lover I was happy to pick up The Water Witch, secretly hoping for more hot sex ... yep...more3.5 stars
After enjoying the first book in the series, The Demon Lover I was happy to pick up The Water Witch, secretly hoping for more hot sex ... yep, not disappointed! Hey, in all fairness Callie McFay seems to be attracted to every hot male in the book, ok three of them ;)
Following her calling as a doorkeeper Callie McFay protects the last doorway between Faerie and the human world. In The Water Witch she comes to some understanding of her formidable powers and the connection I didn't feel with her in The Demon Lover surprisingly surfaces. She's not all the way there yet but a bit more kick-ass-ness helped with likeability.
The town of Fairwick oozes magic and myth and in this installment we're introduced to new otherworldly characters. It's an eclectic mix of fey and witches, the exploration vivid and indepth, but it rambles into drawn out. There's an abundance of story lines and sub plots but not much progression if that makes sense.
Despite flaws, I'm invested (and not just in the sex) and I'm looking forward to the final book in the trilogy. Yep I'm almost hoping Callie and her succubus get their HEA, I'm drawn to his tortured character ... he has a certain appeal despite his kind-of-creepy life-sucking qualities.
"You have only to call my name to bring me back," he whispered, his breath hot in my ear. "You have only to love me to make me human."(less)
I really enjoyed the change of pace in The Prophet, ok it wasn't as intense as the first two books but it was still atmospheric, in a quieter way. The...moreI really enjoyed the change of pace in The Prophet, ok it wasn't as intense as the first two books but it was still atmospheric, in a quieter way. The Prophet focuses on a tangled web of mystery, interlaced with lies and dark magic.
Amelia returns to her life in Charleston, accompanied by furry family member, Angus but recent traumatic experiences appear to have taken a toll leaving her less focused and driven, a little more vulnerable.
I got my wish for more Devlin in this installment, but in saying that I don't feel like I know him any better. Yes there's progress in Amelia and Devlin's complicated relationship but it's sloooow; pick up the pace Devlin or I might transfer allegiance to Team Thane. I'm also hoping it's not long before Devlin learns the truth behind the death of his daughter Shani, giving him the strength to move on.
Amanda Stevens recently announced there's another 3 books in the Graveyard Queen series which is awesome because I'm not done.
Besides being a sucker for the gorgeous cover, I loved the gothic tone, the sexual tension, the sinister undercurrent and the fairytale-esque quality....moreBesides being a sucker for the gorgeous cover, I loved the gothic tone, the sexual tension, the sinister undercurrent and the fairytale-esque quality.
Callie's new home, Honeysuckle House is described with such vivid detail it's almost a living, breathing entity. Shrouded in mystery, oozing folklore and magic, the town of Fairwick and the woods are particularly atmospheric and I loved how the author conveyed this.
Callie McFay I just didn't connect with, I didn't like her or dislike her, she was just 'meh'. However I was completely taken with Callie's familiar, the adorable mouse, Ralph (he was one of my favourite characters and I don't even like mice LOL.)
I was actually more emotionally invested in the incubus' character. He's both fascinating and frightening and his backstory intriguing but I can't say anymore without getting spoilerish.
Feeling very little for the main character, some pacing issues and plot confusion had me leaning towards the 3 rating but being the shallow girl I am ... the sit under a fan sex scenes bumped up the rating a little. Juliet Dark writes HOT sex dreams ... if you can forget the sex just happens to be with a kind-of-creepy life-sucking incubus.
The Demon Lover is the first of a three book series; the second installment, The Water Witch will apparently be released some time in 2012. I want to know the fate of the incubus so despite some reservations I'll be reading the Water Witch.
Note: Juliet Dark is the pseudonym for Carol Goodman & The Demon Lover is published in the UK under the title Incubus ... confused much?? 3.5 stars(less)
You all know I have the hots for Bones ... I'd marry him & have his babies in a heartbeat but he's already taken so I settled for a kindl...more4.5 stars
You all know I have the hots for Bones ... I'd marry him & have his babies in a heartbeat but he's already taken so I settled for a kindle named Bones ... poor substitute but you take what you can get ;)
This Side of the Grave was action packed as Cat, Bones and the team battled some nasty ghouls intent on an all out species war. But this installment wasn't without some touching moments and the smart-ass one liners from my favourite vamps seriously cracked me up. Cat is a matured version of her kick-ass self and Bones is Bones. I loved their flirtatious teasing and sexy time was set-the-sheets-on-fire hot!
If you haven't started this series you are seriously missing out!(less)
Wonderfully atmospheric, I was hooked from the first line "I was nine when I saw my first ghost."
Never acknowledge the dead
Never stray far from hallo...moreWonderfully atmospheric, I was hooked from the first line "I was nine when I saw my first ghost."
Never acknowledge the dead
Never stray far from hallowed ground
Never associate with those who are haunted
Never, ever tempt fate.
Oooh doesn't that just give you the chills? The Restorer has an eery undercurrent that permeates the novel and raises the hair on the back of your neck, you know the feeling? ... not outright scary but downright creepy!
Amelia, The Graveyard Queen, is self-assured, intelligent, confident and entirely likeable and her career as a well-respected cemetry restorer, utterly fascinating. It's the originality of the Charleston setting, and lyrical descriptions of graveyards, headstones, epitaphs & symbolism that I fell in love with.
Detective John Devlin is enigmatic and brooding, a "still waters run deep" kinda guy and when his past is revealed you can understand why. I'm hoping that as the series evolves, Devlin's layers are peeled back and exposed. The tension between Amelia & Devlin is palpable and heightens the general sense of unease but this isn't a romance, it's a seductive combination of history & mystery that keeps you turning the pages with urgency.
I think I've found my next urban fantasy series addiction; ok it's not Cat & Bones ... yet, but I can't wait to see where the author takes this in The Kingdom, in stores April 2012. (less)
This was a really quick, fun read and whilst it may not have technically ticked all the boxes I enjoyed it immensely. It's engaging, dark and tense, k...moreThis was a really quick, fun read and whilst it may not have technically ticked all the boxes I enjoyed it immensely. It's engaging, dark and tense, kind of 'Mean Girls' meets supernatural world.
Claire is a 16 year old brainiac attending college in Morganville Texas, a small town where vampires rule the roost, and there's nothing 'nice' about these vamps. When Claire gets on the wrong side of Monica, queen bitch bee of college, and her life is threatened she desperately seeks off-campus housing at the Glass House. Owned by the mysterious Michael Glass, Claire's other roomies include Eve, a rebellious goth with a caring nature and sarcastic, funny-guy Shane; a highly entertaining mix.
Most of the humans in Morganville have a vampire patron meaning they're protected, but the teens of Glass House are different, they're unprotected by choice and hence ... fair game. Claire and her friends make a deal with the devil to give themselves any chance of survival in 'creepyville' and what follows is a page-turning ride. Just when you think you've got the plot all pegged, Michael's reveal is a tingly surprise.
I have it on good authority from Hannah @ Changing My Definition of Life that this is a series worth continuing on with and she'd know. Hannah read the entire series in a Rachel Caine read-a-fest one week and loved them! Thanks to the cliffhanger ending in Glass Houses and Hannah's enthusiasm I'll be ordering, not just the next book, The Dead Girl's Dance, but as many as I can afford :-)
Urban Fantasy fans and blogging friends have been nagging encouraging me to read a Patricia Brigg's novel for quite a while and while I may be a latec...moreUrban Fantasy fans and blogging friends have been nagging encouraging me to read a Patricia Brigg's novel for quite a while and while I may be a latecomer to the Briggs' party, I say... better late than never. Moon Called was an enjoyable introduction to the Mercy Thompson series. Briggs manages to create an interesting world with a myriad of supernatural creatures while maintaining a character-driven, well paced story.
Narrator Mercedes, (Mercy for short) is a coyote shifter, a rare 'walker' raised by a werewolf pack. Mercy is a really likeable character; a mechanic with a thriving business, independent, capable, and comfortable in her own skin. She's kick-ass but not invinceable, she stands up to the dominant, testosterone laden men in her life but knows when to keep quiet; in other words Mercy is smart!
Adam Hauptman, alpha of the local werewolf pack and Mercy's next door neighbour, is a great character. Charismatic, menacing, adoring and protective father to daughter Jesse and although he hides behind brusqueness and sarcasm it was obvious to me that he liked Mercy. This excerpt will give you an idea of the relationship between the two and the antagonistic humour much in evidence throughout the novel.
I noticed the cat-carrier sitting on my porch as soon as I got out of the car.
My cat, Medea, gave me a plaintive yowl, but I picked up the note taped to the top of the carrier and read it before I let her out.
Ms Thompson, it said in heavy block letters, Please keep your feline off my property. If I see it again, I will eat it.
The note was unsigned.
I undid the latch and lifted the cat up and rubbed my face in her rabbit-like fur.
"Did the mean-old werewolf stick the poor kitty in the box and leave her?" I asked.
While there is only the slightest hint of romance in Moon Called (yep slightly disappointing) my hope is that things heat up between Adam and Mercy in Blood Bound. The relationship between Mercy and former lover werewolf Samuel is a complicated one, and while it seems the pair still have feelings for each other, my heart is set on Adam getting the girl in this 'claytons' love-triangle.
Pack politics, folklore, killings, kidnapping, conspiracies, intrigue, a sprinkling of magic, Moon Called was an action-packed paranormal who-dun-it. I will definitely be continuing on with the series and I'm looking forward to reading book 2, Blood Bound. (less)
I have to agree with Kelley Armstrong's statement about the difficulty of describing a book that's part of a series - "You know the big problem with a...moreI have to agree with Kelley Armstrong's statement about the difficulty of describing a book that's part of a series - "You know the big problem with a trilogy? After the first book, it gets really hard to describe the next one without giving away serious spoilers ..."
Chloe is running for her life with three other supernatural teenagers - a charming sorcerer, a troubled werewolf and a temperamental young witch. Together they have a chance for freedom - but can Chloe trust her new friends? - book cover
So, the dilemma is, how to impart my enjoyment of this story without giving anything away? Let me just say, this is one sequel that’s even better than its predecessor. You absolutely must read this series in order as The Awakening picks up where The Summoning left off.
Chloe, Derek, Simon, & Tori learn some very disturbing information about their genetic makeup and struggle to gain control of their powers while staying one step ahead of the Edison Group.
The Awakening delivered in so many areas for me; captivating characters, suspense, action, plenty of skin crawling creepy moments and the pacing of the story is perfect. I love Armstrong's character development, she does a wonderful job conveying both the intensity & conflict in teenage emotion. There is the possibility of a love interest for Chloe from 2 sides, Simon & Derek, but I find myself rooting for Derek; the atypical hero is quite refreshing. I was completely enthralled, this YA novel is an absolutely riveting read that I'm sure will delight fans of any age.
Unfortunately like all good things, The Awakening came to an end & we now have an anxious wait for the 3rd & final installment in the Darkest Powers trilogy, The Reckoning due for release 1st May 2010.
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As a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong's writing & her Women of the Otherworld series it was fun to follow Armstrong on her foray into YA fiction. This...moreAs a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong's writing & her Women of the Otherworld series it was fun to follow Armstrong on her foray into YA fiction. This is the first novel in the new Darkest Powers trilogy.
Chloe Saunders sees dead people...now before you go *yawn* read on, you'll love it. Her 'crazed' behaviour at school after a run in with one long dead janitor gets Chloe an all expenses paid trip to Lyle House, a home for mentally ill & troubled teens. Chloe, 15, late bloomer & typical teenager apart from the whole 'dead people' thing, quickly finds herself diagnosed with Schizophrenia, medicated & in therapy. Slowly crumbs of truth emerge about the nature of Lyle House and its residents. As the teens' paranormal, 'otherworldly' powers are revealed, we soon learn, like Chloe, mental illness may not be the reason for their confinement in the centre & Lyle House may not be what it seems! Thanks to Armstrong's writing, I found the characters entirely believable & likeable - Chloe, Derek, Liz, Rae, Simon, & of course troubled Tori, resident 'bitch' of Lyle House. The fact that Chloe stuttered, & Derek had acne & Tori was obnoxious (as well as unhinged) made the characters real to me and I'm looking forward to learning more about them in future books.
Unlike Armstrong's adult series, this is a bit of a slow unfolder, suspenseful with a great plot but definitely a slower build-up. Word of warning - the ending is an absolute cliffhanger, so be prepared (unlike me) and have the next installment at your fingertips!! "Evil author" I thought but "very, very smart" I was certainly quick to put my order in for The Awakening I can tell you!(less)