Infinity Unleashed continues the complex story of Infinity and Boulder as they try to save their world –and each other—before it is too late. Sounds lInfinity Unleashed continues the complex story of Infinity and Boulder as they try to save their world –and each other—before it is too late. Sounds like a common plot, but while it may have a few expected ideas involved, Sedona Venez has also thrown in more than a few fresh ideas, too.
I read book 1 (Infinity) when it released last year, and enjoyed it. Now Infinity Unleashed left me on yet another cliffhanger, but as much as pisses me off, I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Now I must know what happens next—mission accomplished, Venez, I'm dying for the next release!
This series has it all; a fresh storyline, new twists, an more than just shifters and vampires. It's rare for me to read PNR lately, but when I do the book has to offer something new. Venez has accomplished that and more with both of these books.
I have to admit, at times Infinity annoyed me, but I love Boulder. A sexy ginger shifter—who can possibly resist that?!
I do recommend reading this series in order, to avoid being lost. Remember hat both books end on cliffhangers; depending on how you feel about that, you may wish to wait until the entire series is available and then start it (I didn't, and I'm okay with that.) If you are looking for a new paranormal series to follow, this is it.
Shifters and vampires and valkyries, oh my! A compelling paranormal with a good dose of steam, Infinity Unleashed is perfect for any PNR fan!
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I liked the tone and the light humor. I wasn't thrilled with the heroine during more than a few scenes, but I'm still interested in coming back for fuI liked the tone and the light humor. I wasn't thrilled with the heroine during more than a few scenes, but I'm still interested in coming back for future books in this series. Sometime. ...more
What a great start to a new series, sounds to be very promising, too. I can honestly say that I have no clue how things will turn out, but I am dyingWhat a great start to a new series, sounds to be very promising, too. I can honestly say that I have no clue how things will turn out, but I am dying to find out! Who will Infinity end up with, who's alive and who's dead, what side is everyone on... Book 2, pease come out quicker! :)
2 Stars--I just never felt a connection to the characters, and that really hindered my ability to enjoy the story. I'd say this book just wasn't for m2 Stars--I just never felt a connection to the characters, and that really hindered my ability to enjoy the story. I'd say this book just wasn't for me, but clearly others loved it, so if it sounds good to YOU, then maybe you should try it. ...more
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Years ago, Angela Knight created the Mageverse series. Now, after 8 books, it all ends in Master of Darkness. Any fan of this series will be sad to see it end, but happy with the way it turned out. Knight has done it yet again, creating one hell of a sexy novel, one with a fantastic storyline, a magical world (or two) and great characters!
I loved everything about Master of Darkness! I've been a devoted fan since book one, and I look forward to rereading this entire series for years to come—a sure sign of an amazing author!
If you have yet to enter Knight's Mageverse world, you don't know what you are missing! This series is a must read—sexy, unique, any fantasy lover's dream! However, I must warn that this is a series that needs to be read in order; so if you decided to start these books—and you should!—start from the beginning and work your way up to Master of Darkness. You won't regret it!
When your father is Warlock, the evil sorcerer trying to destroy the entire Mageverse world, life is anything but easy. Miranda's been tortured by him her whole life, and at the age of four he even put a spell on here which limits her magic and makes her fear him (and any other Alpha Males). She's nothing like Warlock though, and she wants only to kill him before he finally destroys everything she loves—and then kills her.
Justice may be a Dire Wolf now, but he's still a cop at heart—protecting the innocent no matter what. Miranda has become his life, the one woman he wants to create a Spirit Link with, and he will stop at nothing to keep her safe. Can he save her, defeat Warlock, and come to terms with his new powers—before they kill him?
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Chaos Burning was my first time sampling Lauren Dane's work. I've seen her various books for years, have put many on my list, but this paranormal of hers is the first one I've ever read. My feelings upon finishing the book were a bit...uncertain. In my opinion, it was only an 'okay' read. That is, it wasn't one of those books that you can't put down, but it also wasn't a book that left a bad taste in my mouth. Instead, it was just, well, average. And that's not necessarily a bad thing!
Lark Jaansen, our heroine for this journey, is definitely a tough gal, no doubt about that. She knows how to handle herself, and her job, as well as protect and defend those around her. And that's great—there's nothing I love better than a strong heroine. But it's not just physical strength that I look for, and while Lark had plenty of that, as a character, I personally didn't feel that she was a well-rounded one. She was a bit flat, and while I wasn't ready to kick her to the curb, I also wasn't ready to call her my new BFF. And that's a bit of a disappointment for me.
Simon Leviathan's an alpha male, a Lycian who has been alive for over 600 years. He's turned more than a few heads during his time, but he's never met his mate, the one he wants to mark as his—until he begins to work with Lark. Suddenly the only thing he wants to do is take her, claim her, show the world—and his pack—that she's his, and always will be. But she's not going to give herself over without first getting to know him, including learning what saying “yes” entitles.
Although usually I'm all for sexy alpha males (especially shapeshifters of any kind), Simon was about as flat as Lark, and in the end I wasn't dying to chase her off and take him for myself. Again, another disappointment, as I think falling for the hero is one of the best things that come from reading romance novels. I was simply left wanting more from the characters, Simon and Lark especially. If I don't absolutely love the hero and heroine, it's hard to truly enjoy the rest of the book. Perhaps that's just me though...
The world building and fantasy action going on in Chaos Burning was pretty good. But as this is the second in this series, and only the first one that I have read, I felt like I was missing a lot of critical information, things that make the story smoother and more enjoyable to read. In that case, perhaps if I had simply read the series in order, I may have liked it better and gave it a higher rating—who knows? Either way, I think it's best to start this series from the beginning, just in case.
3 STARS! Although it didn't blow my mind, Chaos Burning was still a likeable enough paranormal romance, one with plenty of fantasy creatures (from witches to shapeshifters to Fae of all sorts) and even a good deal of steamy loving! I can't say that I didn't like the book—I did. But it just didn't grab my attention, and what should have taken me but a day or two to read turned into almost a week. For this reader, it wasn't a hit, but it also wasn't a failure by any means. I will still be recommending this book to others, and I'll still come back and try another Dane novel in the future. But for now, this one was just “okay” and I was hoping for a “wow”....more
~*~*~*~ Another installment in the bestselling YA series, Morganville Vampires, another twist in the ongoing story. Black Dawn continues the story that was started when Claire Danvers was only sixteen and a newbie to Morganville. Fast-forward a few years and not only is she no longer quiet as naive and quiet, but she may be the only one able to save the town—both humans and vampires alike—from the terrible nightmare that is the draug.
There is just so much happening in this book, new twists and turns, new problems that arise and new terrors that form. It's not something that can be described or summarized—you simply have to read it. And while a person could read this book, or any of the others, out of order, I would still highly recommend that you read this series from start to finish to get the full enjoyment out of it.
I remember when this series first started. Claire was a heroine that I could stand behind, she was smart and driven to succeed, she was quiet, but yet able to stand up when the situation called for it. But as the series went on, I think we lost some of her unique character traits. She's different, changed—and I'm not completely sure that's a good thing. I miss the old Claire, the one that first drew me to this series.
Ms. Caine knows how to draw a story out, to fill it with suspense and edge-of-your-seat thrills, while still throwing in a few good laughs here and there. It's one of the reasons why I enjoy her books. But I think the best part of Black Dawn was the relationship moments between Shane and Claire—and they were few and far between. I wish there had been more, because what was there was great. This book, like all the others, was filled with action. But it didn't quiet hold my full attention—maybe I'm just waiting for Claire and her friends to get their HEA, and it seems like instead a new problem is always getting thrown in their path. I'll be honest—their life really sucks right now!
4 STARS! If you are a fan of this series, like I am, then you'll love Black Dawn. If you have yet to read this series, I would suggest starting with book one, rather than just jumping right in. Caine does it again, giving her readers another Morganville Vampire book filled with trouble and thrills, suspense and action, not to mention a bit of romance and laughter thrown in, too. It's not my favorite book in the series, but it's still a really good choice for a day of reading. I can only hope that we get the finale for this series soon; I think the characters deserve their happily ever after—or at least a break from all the problems that come with living in Morganville, Texas. :)...more
Another great installment in the series. Having a djinn hero was interesting! :)
I probably will NOT be doing a review for this one. However, if you aAnother great installment in the series. Having a djinn hero was interesting! :)
I probably will NOT be doing a review for this one. However, if you are interested in checking out our discussion on the book, be sure to join the Shifter-a-Thon-Read-a-Long group, as Oracle's Moon is June's pick. (Yes, I realize that, technically, Oracle's Moon does not have a shifter hero/heroine, as the previous books in this series did!).
The review that follows is a partial review. To read my full review, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ Vampires have recentlyThe review that follows is a partial review. To read my full review, please visit: http://tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspo... ~*~*~ Vampires have recently came out of the closet (er, grave), and so far have a pretty decent relationship with the mortals. But the mortals don't know that there are other things that go bump in the night. So when problems arise with the local Weres, the clan must try to take care of things—without the humans finding out.
One of their own, a fairly new vampire, Slade Donovan, is put on the case. But he's not doing so alone, oh no. He'll be working with a local Game Warden, Raina Ravenwing, a normal human (or so they think). When the skeletons in his closet come out, no one's more surprised then Slade—and he might just have more in common with those mangy fur-balls than he ever dreamed of...
The Half-Breed Vampire was a quick read, and one that managed to capture most of my attention. However, while the storyline by itself would have been interesting, the way it was told left me a bit disappointed and wanting more.
The story seemed too rushed, with about a dozen twists and secrets thrown in within only a handful of pages. It was simply too much for me to take in—just when I'd start to come to terms with one sudden plot twist, another one was thrown in my face .And all these twists lead to a story that seemed bogged down by them rather than a fast-paced adventure, like it could have been.
Raina and Slade were not the deepest of characters. They could have used more development, more substance. And the chemistry between them seemed more like a joke. I just couldn't see it, though I dearly wanted to. Slade's declaration of love (if you can call it that) came out of the blue and had nothing to back it up. I was simply left wanting after reading their supposed love story.
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Serpent's Kiss continues the thrilling story of the Elder Races. I'm loving this series! Thea Harrison has a talent with creating a unique and ever-exSerpent's Kiss continues the thrilling story of the Elder Races. I'm loving this series! Thea Harrison has a talent with creating a unique and ever-expanding world. Just when I think that I have everything figured out, Harrison reveals a new twist, a new character. Between the interesting storylines and characters and the steamy tension, I'm never bored! I look forward to reading the rest of this series as well as rereading the books again and again. ...more
~*~*~*~ Schuyler and Jack are fighting, not only for their lives but for their love, the chance to be together forever. But one thing stands in their way—Jack's (Abbadon) bond with Mimi (Azrael). As long as their immortal bond still holds, they cannot be with anyone else. But the bond is not something that can be easily broken, and in trying to do so, they may just end up risking their own lives for nothing...
As any fan of this series knows, Melissa de la Cruz does not write a simple story. Oh no. Just when you believe that you may have things figured out, a new twist is thrown in, a new secret is learned, and you are back to fumbling in the dark with the characters, only seeing part of the overall scene, waiting for the lights to be turned on. In Lost in Time, Melissa does this yet again. But while the story may be complex and ever-changing, the basic premises still hold: finding out the full truth about the Blue Bloods' world, how Schuyler, a half-breed that should never have existed, fits into all of this, and whether or not Jack and Schuyler will ever get their chance to be together. While it would be nice if I could look you in the eye and tell you that all of that has been figured out within the pages of Lost in Time—I'd be lying. Melissa leaves us on yet another cliff hanger, waiting anxiously for the next, and final, installment in this captivating series!
There is simply too much going on in Lost in Time to even begin to explain it in a review—besides the fact that the explanations would be nothing more than a big spoiler for future readers. Because of this, I won't even try. Even after reading all of the books in this series (not including the final book, due to be released in another year), there were many times that I felt a bit lost while reading this one. I kept wondering if I had missed something—even going back to check that I did indeed have the previous books in this series—because one moment the story would be going along, and suddenly a new character would be mentioned, or a new task or secret that had been told, and I had no memory of ever reading about it. It seems like a lot of things were left out of the book, things that apparently happened right before Lost in Time started, or things that happen in between the chapters.
Speaking of chapters: rather than being told from one character's POV, this novel switches from three different stories (rotating chapters). One chapter will tell of Schuyler and Jack's struggles and adventures, the next would tell of Mimi's, and then it would switch to Allegra's (Gabrielle) memories from before Schuyler was even born. Each chapter would take place in a completely different time; there was no time line to follow while reading them. One moment, it would be only two weeks since Event A happened, next chapter it is suddenly two months—and we haven't heard about anything that happened in between! Perhaps dates at the beginning of each chapter would have helped...or else a different approach to the writing of the three separate stories. Either way, while it wasn't a complete mess by any means, it did make it a rougher ride than it needed to be.
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Night Light picks up (more or less) where book one, Moon Dance left off, as is the way the series is to be enjoyed. With so much going on, it'll be easy to get lost, but not if you follow carefully and be sure to keep in mind that many things were either explained in book one or will be explained in future books. From page one you are thrown right back into the story; be sure to fasten your seat belts because this is going to be one bumpy ride!
This novel basically covers Kat and Quinn's story, but in Blankenship's typical writing style, all the books are meant to be one big one, with the various characters showing up again and again, each time letting us find out a bit more about them. The focus of the story is not so much the romance of any one couple, or the romance in general really, but rather the paranormal world they are living in, the creatures they are fighting, and the romance plays the second string, there for a few pages and then gone again until it is needed again.
We find out in Night Light that Kat and Quinn are mates...and have been, technically, for over 10 years, though Quinn has been oblivious to the fact. One night, back when Kat was still 16, she made her first (and particularly strong) batch of Heat, the special liquor blend the shifters enjoy. Quinn came by and they started to drink. After most of the bottle, both of them were a bit tipsy, Quinn more so than Kat, and after he mated with her that night, he woke up the next morning with no memory of it and has stayed as far away from her as possible ever since.
Left with the mating mark and a missing mate, Kat has been holding it in ever since... but when she once again finds that same bottle of Heat n the pantry, she decides it's time to numb the pain. And, of course, who should come over right then but Quinn himself...
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In a world where many things go bump in the night, sometimes it's hard to tell who is on the good side, and who is pure evil....Enter Amy Blankenship's paranormal world, where vampires are not just fictional characters in cheap horror movies and shifters roam the land. Moon Dance, the first novel in her Blood Bound series, gives us a brief taste of the paranormal, while showing a promise for many future thrills and horrors to be found. Within the pages of this book lies a very complex storyline; at times, you must read carefully to be sure that you do not get confused with the various characters and their intentions.
Many of the problems that arise in this book are due to an event that happened over 30 years before the beginning of the story. There are two shifter clans in the area--the cougars and the jaguars. For many years, they lived in peace and friendship as the leaders of both were best friends. Or so it seemed... But when the mate of the jaguar leader is found murdered, Kane, a vampire and trusted friend of both of these men, is framed for her death, as he is lying on top of her body. Furious, Malachi seeks revenge and with the help of Nathaniel binds Kane to the earth, burying him alive and locking his powers away. Only the blood of his soul mate can release him, and Kane, though having lived for centuries, has never found her.
Nearly twenty years after this, Malachi finds out the truth--that his mate was not killed by Kane, but rather by his friend, and the leader of the cougars, Nathaniel, who then framed it on Kane. They head into the woods, to the very spot where Kane is still locked deep in the earth, to settle this once and for all. In the shifter's world, that means a fight to the death. During their fight, a young girl who was camping in the area stumbles upon them after running after her puppy. In the rumble, Tabatha is injured. Her blood seeps into the soil...and begins to awaken Kane. His soul mate has finally come! Unfortunately, it is days before Kane is strong enough to dig himself out of the grave, and by then Malachi and Nathaniel have since killed one another and the girl long gone.
Upset by the loss of his mate, Kane seeks revenge on both of the shifter groups, as he does not know that he was framed all those years ago, instead thinking that he was simply betrayed by both for no reason. Sending his newly made vampires out to do the work, a string of hideous murders soon follow as he attempts to frame the shifters for them.
While Kane wrecks havoc on the city, specifically the two shifters' nightclubs, Envy, our heroine for this story, walks into the jaguar's nightclub with the intention of seeking her own revenge on an ex-boyfriend who is enjoying a night on the town (or so it seems). She never expected that she would end up spotting a sexy, very dominant man, while there... nor did she dream that she would have a one-night stand with him! Devon, one of the sons of Malachi and part owner of the nightclub, is attracted to Envy from the start...but it isn't until he takes her that night that he realizes what he has done: claimed his mate. Clueless to the paranormal world that she's stepped into, Envy leaves during the night, not knowing that this was not a one-night stand like she thinks, but rather the beginning of a very permanent relationship.
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This is book 10 in the bestselling Morganville Vampires series. The excellent storytelling by Rachel Caine hasn't dwindled one bit. Last Breath is just as thrilling and witty as book one, and twice as captivating!
There's never a sane (or dull) day in Morganville, Texas—that's something you learn quickly once you become a citizen. But when suddenly the vampires in the small town are concerned, even frightened, by a sudden message from a neighboring vamp community, one thing is clear: trouble is coming, and it is worse than anything Morganville has seen before. And frankly, that's saying something!
In between the chaos provoked by the message, another problem is brewing, this time between the two factions of the town. Eve and Michael have plans for their future, and it begins with the sound of wedding bells. But if the citizens, from either side, have their way, it will end in blood instead. Despite the sides, they both have the same core belief: Vampires and humans should not mingle, beyond one providing a meal for the other. Even Amelie, the town Founder and ruler has taken this side, for “the sake of the town”. Needless to say, neither Eve nor Michael will accept this answer, and so the fight begins!
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