"The Midnight Sea" is a wonderful literary feast. The world building, characters and plot grabs the reader's interest and doesn't abandon you to the b"The Midnight Sea" is a wonderful literary feast. The world building, characters and plot grabs the reader's interest and doesn't abandon you to the bitter end. I am still reeling from the lyrical nature of the read.
In a nomadic tribe, Nazafareen, and her family are braving the snowy elements when her baby sister takes off after her runaway puppy. When Nazafareen catches up with her she discovers that her sister has been taken over by a Wight or evil creature and must be killed. Themselves an indelible mark on her:so, when the elite fighting force for the king known as the water dogs come calling, she discovers a means to enact her revenge on the creatures who took her sister. So, she joins their ranks and leaves her family for training
A part of Nazafareen's training is to be bonded with a Daemas or demon who provide greater power and skill. They are enslaved by a bracelet worn by their masters and they share each other's feelings. Nazarene is bonded with Darius,a very strong Daemas; but, her commander, Ilyas is greatly opposed to their closeness
While on a mission for the king to retrieve some decay prisoners,the truth is revealed about the daemas causing Nazafareen question everything she has ever believed. Now she finds herself on the opposing side of her former king and in the eye of the storm of a war that is brewing. The question is whether or not she and Darius will survive?
This book was much more than I ever thought possible and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Additionally, this was my first read by author, Kat Ross and it certainly won't be my last. I really enjoyed her writing style and cannot wait to read the next book in this series....more
(2.5 Stars) "Phantom Kiss" is a ghost of a novella in the Chicagoland Vampire series. Quite honestly, it has little to do with else is going on in the(2.5 Stars) "Phantom Kiss" is a ghost of a novella in the Chicagoland Vampire series. Quite honestly, it has little to do with else is going on in the series and felt quite a bit like filler rather than substance. Now that I've said that, our story begins with Merit and Ethan attending their wedding shower at Merit's parents house. As Ethan is introduced to the family, one of Merit's Aunt says some disparaging remarks about vampires. Of course, Merit asks her to leave. Just as the evening continues with fanfare, Merit receives a call from Annabelle, a witch alerting them to the fact that someone has unearthed a grave and taken the skull.
As Ethan and Merit go to the cemetery, they meet some ghost hunters who inform them that they were attempting to aprehend the necromancer but he got away. Soon, the Cadogan House finds itself with a ghost who attacks one of their very own. It is up to them to try to find the culprit and put his restless spirit back into the ground.
The most interesting part of this read was the references to Al Capone and his nemesis, Dean O'Banion. There was some action and romance but quite honestly, the read was quite unremarkable. I am actually glad that this series is coming to an end. It is well overdue!
"A Generation of Vipers" is a great follow up novella to "Under Her Skin," book one in the Shifter Shield series. Lindi and Kade are dealing with the"A Generation of Vipers" is a great follow up novella to "Under Her Skin," book one in the Shifter Shield series. Lindi and Kade are dealing with the aftermath of rescuing ten rape victims from an evil killer intent on replenishing the labia species. Four of the women have elected to have the babies but not keep them. So, the council has elected to build a center to house and raise the babies; however, some of the shifters are out for blood and want them and Lindi dead.
Kade and Lindi are not about to allow anyone to hurt these babies and when Lindi gets one look at Serena, the first baby born, she realizes that her maternal instincts brought out by love will stop at nothing to keep her safe. I really enjoyed this short story. It reveals a softer side to Lindi and promises more exciting situations for Lindi and Kade to come. I can't wait for the second book that is do in April....more
"The Girl Who Chased the Moon" is one of those incredible reads that is positively impractical and once you open the first page you cannot put it down"The Girl Who Chased the Moon" is one of those incredible reads that is positively impractical and once you open the first page you cannot put it down until you finish the journey. It is a story of both hope and redemption in the face of so many odds. Yet, by simply reading it you will emerge from the experience as victorious as the characters.
This book is the intermingled tale of two characters, Emily Benedict and Julia Winterston. Emily is a seventeen year old girl whose mother has died and she goes to North Carolina to live with a grandfather who she never knew existed. What she finds is a town filled with secrets, old hurts and regrets.
On the other hand. Julia Winterson has always felt strange in her small town. That's why when she left she promised herself she would never return. However, when her father died that altered her plans. She went back home two years ago to get his estate in order on my to realize that it would take her two years to get out from under the debt. Now, she has 6 months before she can leave and all she has to do is continue to avoid Sawyer, the man who broke her heart so long ago altering it forever. The only problem with her little plan is that not no one has told Sawyer to stay away.
Emily and Julia are next door neighbors and they very quickly develop a close bond that will send them both down a path of salvation. Whoever said, "You can't go home again," never realized that is exactly where you need to go to heal a restless spirit.
I loved this book. It was full of mistakes from the past. self loathing and then healing. It was quite inspiring and uplifting. I found that I did not want it to come to an end. This was my first read by Sarah Addison Allen but it certainly won't be my last. If you need a feel good book. definitely put "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" on your to read list....more
Of all the paranormal creatures, werewolves are my favorite. Don't ask me why. They just are. So, when I saw the summary for "Pack Alpha" I thought thOf all the paranormal creatures, werewolves are my favorite. Don't ask me why. They just are. So, when I saw the summary for "Pack Alpha" I thought this read might be something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, it was just an okay read for me.
Sisters, Elizabeth and Marissa, grew up in a pack where they were barely tolerated. Marissa could not shift and therefore was treated with disdain and eventually ask to leave the pack. Once Elizabeth met Greg she also left her pack to go to another pack where she has been teaching for the last 3 years. Poor Marissa has been living on her own for the past ten years filling her time with meaningless one night stands during the full moon.
When Marissa receives a note from Elizabeth inviting her to her mating ceremony, she knew she had to go but she also dreaded being near any pack. She remembers how a non shifter is viewed and doesn't really want to deal with the hatred; yet, she know she needs to be there for her sister.
When she goes to the Texas pack she is confounded by the warmth of the members of the pack but when she meets the pack alpha, Gage sparks fly. Soon, she begins to realize that the way she treated by her previous pack is not the norm or within the confines of pack law. Yet, she can't help but feel her very presence is putting the new pack in danger.
This book could be classified as a typical cheesy romance with an overload of sex but not much else. One of my biggest criticism is the ending was very anticlimactic. What was the council's ruling? Why all of the references to Marissa's dreams about running with a werewolf? This was just left unresolved. While I enjoyed the characters there just wasn't enough emotional variety to get me to continue on in the series. Sorry, Ms. Smith, this was just middle road for me....more
"Someone Like You" is a sweet little romance novel about two broken people who find redemption in each other despite their emotional baggage. This act"Someone Like You" is a sweet little romance novel about two broken people who find redemption in each other despite their emotional baggage. This actually is book 3 of the Oxford series and I have not read the previous two books; yet, if did not interfere with my reading enjoyment.
Lincoln Mathis is described as the "most attractive man ever" and women cannot help but notice him wherever he goes. As best man in his friend, Cassidy's wedding he has been warned by the bride to stay away from her recently divorced twin sister, Daisy or be castrated. What his friends don't know is that Lincoln is carrying around a secret that will keep his away from Daisy and others right now. However, when sexy little Daisy walks into the room and she and Lincoln begin talking. they will both be soon walking down a road they will not be able to return from.
Most romances don't have much of a plot but this read surpassed my expectations and I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked The character of Lincoln. He was an example of the type of man most women only dread of and his secret was heartbreaking. Now, I am intrigued about the other books in this series and will definitely have to check them out....more
Of all of the Custom Culture books, Clutch was my favorite. I just loved the tough bear of a guy who was brought down to a puddle of goo when he finalOf all of the Custom Culture books, Clutch was my favorite. I just loved the tough bear of a guy who was brought down to a puddle of goo when he finally gave in to his desires for his best friend's sister, Taylor. So, when I discovered that Tess Oliver had written a book about their wedding; needless to say, I was all over it!
It was so much fun being back into the world of Custom Culture. All of my favorite quirky characters reminded my why I enjoyed this series so much. In this installment. it has been 3 years since Clutch and Taylor have been together. A lot has happened, she has graduated fashion design school: she has now started her own custom clothing business specializing in wedding gowns and Clutch's car restoration business is going strong. It is about to be Taylor's twenty first birthday and Clutch is planning to pop the big questions; however, as we all know the course of true love never runs smoothly and that is the case for this couple.
When you love someone ferociously; sometimes, insecurities can surface and need to be dealt with. The question is will Clutch and Taylor have what it takes to work thinks out or have they grown away from each other? Of course you will have to read the book to find the answers to those questions but let me tell say you are in for one hell of a ride. Tess Oliver is a master storyteller and I just can't say enough about her work. All she has to do is publish it and I read it. She is that good! I highly recommend this book but if you haven't read the other books in the series, you need to start there. It is well worth it! ...more