Plagiarism sucks. It's disheartening when specific elements of an author's imagination must be copyrighted to protect against plagiarists with no imagPlagiarism sucks. It's disheartening when specific elements of an author's imagination must be copyrighted to protect against plagiarists with no imagination of their own.
Dragon Marked is my first surprise read of 2015. I grabbed it on a whim while poking around Amazon and decided I'd "just read a chapter or two" to cheDragon Marked is my first surprise read of 2015. I grabbed it on a whim while poking around Amazon and decided I'd "just read a chapter or two" to check it out. Only, 1-2 chapters turned into 9-10 and so on.
Dragon Marked introduces us to Jessa Lebron, a twenty-two year old wolf shifter who's attending 'supes' college. She lives with her father, wolf shifter alpha and high council leader of all shifting races. Their town, a gateway/guardian community that is protected by witch magic to repel humans from entering, consists of six thousand members of the supernatural community. These members are represented by a five-member council: a vampire, shifter, fae, magic user and one of the demi fey (mermaid, gargoyles, trolls, etc).
This town is also a supernatural prison community housing Vanguard prison, which is hidden somewhere deep in the forest. Jessa and her best friends, "the quads" Compass brothers, Maximus (vampire), Braxton (dragon shifter), Jacob (fey), and Tyson (wizard), have been searching for the prison for weeks. Their curiosity is getting the better of them. The quads know they're set to become Council members when they reach twenty-five, but they cannot wait to learn more about this mysterious place.
Secrets don't stay hidden forever.
Soon, through no fault of their own, they learn more about Vanguard first-hand - as prisoners. While there awaiting their trial, they make a startling discovery. To make matters worse, rumors of the dragon marked surface. A thousand years ago, an evil sorcerer-dragon shifter hybrid tried to rule all five races. It is said that the dragon marked will rise and finish what he started. Because of this, any child born with the mark were taken and killed, or so everyone assumed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the bond between Jessa and the brothers. Each of the brothers has a unique personality and I look forward to getting to know them better. The only downfall for me (4.5 vs 5-star rating) was the lack of surprise. Even the blurb for this book gives too much away, in my opinion. Throughout the book there were wonderings (my new word) made by the characters that were blatantly obvious to the reader. There's no cliffhanger, but the ending leaves me anxious for book 2.
Side Note: This is the first book I've read by Jaymin Eve, but I noticed I grabbed First World (first book in her Walker Saga) as a freebie several years ago. (It's still free, for those interested) While I wait for book 2 in this series, I may give that one a go.
Not bad for such a short story. It sets up Iversen's Running in the Dark series, which I might check out. But, I can already tell shoddy editing mightNot bad for such a short story. It sets up Iversen's Running in the Dark series, which I might check out. But, I can already tell shoddy editing might be an issue. ...more
Despite some grammatical errors and disjointed sentences I enjoyed the story. I've already moved onto book 2. Here's hoping the editing is better in tDespite some grammatical errors and disjointed sentences I enjoyed the story. I've already moved onto book 2. Here's hoping the editing is better in that one. ...more
In Michele Hauf's Stay (with characters from her This Witchery series), Magen Sloan unexpectedly meets herHow would your Vacation with a Vampire go?
In Michele Hauf's Stay (with characters from her This Witchery series), Magen Sloan unexpectedly meets her vampire, Lucian Bellisario while on vacation in Paris. She's finally on the Parisian holiday she's dreamed of, but she has no idea who's interest she's sparked when she walks into Lucian's antique shop, L'Extraordinaire.
Lucian is caught off guard by this buttoned-up little American tourist. A bit low on blood too, after helping a friend, so he figures one bite and one memory swipe then he can get on with his evening. But, something about her draws him in. Unfortunately, something about her draws another into the mix as well.
I enjoyed this short much more than I'd expected. I liked the side characters, Lucian's magical friends, and may check out the other books in that series. (Rating: ✮✮✮½)
In Kendra Leigh Castle's Vivi and the Vampire (with characters from her Hearts of the Fallen series), Vivi Martin's a Guild vampire hunter who's looking forward to a vamp-free vacation. She's heard rumors of a vampire king, but wasn't sure whether to believe them or not. She certainly didn't expect to meet him, at the beach of all places, while on vacation.
Justin, king of the underground city of Terra Noctem, (the magically protected enclave housing members of the night races) is a bit of a work-a-holic. His sister, Dru, sends him off on the vacation he insists he doesn't need but reluctantly accepts. While there, he stumbles upon a fight between a woman and two vampires. For the first time in ages, he'd met a woman who fascinated him, provoked him. After stopping the fight he realizes he's not ready to say goodbye to the feisty hunter. Six days left on holiday, what better way to spend them than getting to know Vivi.
I love Kendra's Hearts of the Fallen series. I am so glad I stumbled on this anthology with another prequel. I really enjoyed Vivi and Justin's back story. I'm anxiously awaiting the next book in this series, although none is listed at present. (Rating: ✮✮✮✮☆)
In Lisa Childs's Island Vacation (with characters from her Secret Vampire Society series), E. Graves Financial Planning holds a lottery for an all-expenses-paid, two-week island vacation and Patricia Reynolds is the winner. Instead of excitement over her win, she's fearful that her boss has discovered the secrets she'd tried so hard to keep for the past four years. She's even more confused when she arrives on the island and a mysterious man named Roarke Monterusso begins questioning her demanding she isn't who she says she is.
Roarke knows he's right. She's the one. She has to be. He's waited four years for this moment and he'll get the truth.
This was my first story by Lisa Childs and, sadly, I didn't care for it. Maybe it was because the story was the shortest of the bunch, I'm not sure. It was almost half the length of the previous two, so there wasn't much to it - characters meet, one's scared, one's determined; they have sex; mystery's solved, everyone's happy - felt way too rushed. (Rating: ✮✮½)...more