Truly one of the best non-vampire books ever!!! There's nothing like a good poker game to get the blood flowing, especially when what's at stake is your very own soul.
Catherine "Cat" Sharp is just your average run of the mill tech geek, or so it seems even to herself. What she never knew was that she is actually a technomage, able to communicate and control all electronics and machinery, a very powerful one. But, since her powers have been bound unbeknownst to her she never had the chance to find out. Add on to that the fact that she accidentally gave away her soul to a person who lost it in a poker game to the Goddess of Discord, who in turn now has her soul up on the gambling block, again. Did I mention she was an atheist before this all even began? Well, imagine learning that there are indeed gods by having one snatch your soul out of your body. And now, after eight years of servitude Cat finally has her freedom dangled in front of her, all she has to do is gather four poker chips. Simple, right? Well, if you can define getting said chips from four of the greatest trickster gods, Maui, Puck, Coyote and none other than Loki of Asgard simple, sure! Oh yea, and your greatest ally being a satyr under the employ of the very goddess you are trying to be rid of...
Right from the very beginning this book will grab readers and pull them in, giving the feel of watching a movie rather than reading from a book. Not one dull moment, and not a page will readers want to skip. Every emotion that this heroine feels; despair, fear, betrayal, readers will feel it right alongside with Cat. Oh, and also want to reach inside and slap Eris' scraggly face.
This book is a true must read. And don't worry, even readers unfamiliar with the pantheons will be able to follow along, not skipping a beat. Warning though, you may lose sleep reading this, because you will NOT want to put this book down until the very end! ...more
It is truly refreshing to see a heroine that isn't ashamed of who, or what, she is. And could care less about what others have to say about it.
The Sentinels is a brand new series by Alexandra Ivy, and I have to say I love her series' much more than her stand alone reads. No disappointment here! Behind the walls of Valhalla are a group of beings ranging from diviners, necromancers, psychics, witches and of course Sentinels. There are two types of Sentinels, hunters or guardians, but their extra talents lie within completely different fields; nulls, trackers and soul seekers. Since humans are not privy to that information, it came as no surprise that Duncan had no idea what he truly was.
Another great factor to the relationship aspect of this story is that Duncan and Callie already knew one another as colleagues way before they became lovers. What better way to bond than over a dead body or two, right? As a homicide detective, Duncan has ran into Callie more often than not. Afterall, she is the one they call upon when there has been a murder, especially involving high bloods. As a necro she can enter the victims mind and view their last minutes, until now. This case the two have stumbled on brings Callie face to face, or more like mind to mind, with the deadliest necromancer ever known. One with the ability to truly raise the dead, not just a boker. And the plans he has in store could very well destroy the world, or at the very least bring it to its knees.
Born In Blood is filled with action, suspense and plenty of gore. Though there could have been more action thrown in, this was still a good read all the same. Readers will be eagerly awaiting more from this series, as a few couples' have some heavy tension and great potential for amazing reads; Wolfe, The Tagos leader of the Sentinels and The Mave, Leader of Valhalla; Fane, Guardian Sentinel and Serra, Man-Eating Psychic....more
I kind of have mixed feelings for this book. While it was indeed a very good read, I felt at a loss since going in, I did not realize that it was a book 2 in a series. Readers who have not read book 1, as I, will still be able to follow along, but....there is that sort of feeling of loss, like there are big secrets in the book that everyone but you knows about, a few holes. So I highly recommend picking up book 1, Bittersweet Blood, before even beginning Bittersweet Magic.
Nina Croft delivers a great story! Making remembers think again of the victims of the Salem Witch trials; did all the victims just lay down and accept their fate, or did some take matters into their own hands? Rosumand Fairfax was the latter. Having prayed to a God who refuses to answer while watching her Mother be burned alive, with her turn being next, Roz directs her prayers in the opposite direction and is answered by the demon, Asmodai. All she has to do in exchange for her life and vengeance is complete thirteen tasks, never imagining that it would take her five hundred years to do so. And after five hundred long years, it is the final task in which she truly begins to live and the blinders are taken off of her eyes to the world she has always been a part of, and afraid of. Her mission of finding a simple key bring her to a vampire's arms, a father thought to have abandoned her and the truth of who, and what, she truly is.
Readers will love the characters of this story; Maria, a nun who's blinders of the real world are devastatingly snatched off, Asmodai, a demon with a peculiar set of morals, Roz, though it took her 500 years to realize you can't always trust a demon, is feisty, witty, lovable heroine. Readers looking for a good, fun, short read with fangs, will truly enjoy this book. A little slow paced for my tastes, and could have done with a lot more action, it was a very well written story with an intriguing plot....more
I don't think there are enough toes and/or fingers in the world to count off just how many times A Christmas Carol has been retold, or rewritten. In many cases leaving the reader/movie watcher left wondering, why? Except for very few occasions, in which I can happily say, this is definitely one that makes one look at the tale in a whole new light!
Many, especially those who read this blog, see the traditional tale as a boring waste of time, like a record that been stuck on repeat for far too long. Eden puts a spin on it to make paranormal readers everywhere fall in love with this retold classic. What better way to tell the tale than with a Demon from Christmas Past, an Angel from Christmas Present and a Shifter from Christmas yet to come? All to save the truly tortured soul of a Vampire, Ben. This story is beyond excellent, and told in such a way that readers will feel as though they are watching the events unfold right before their very eyes. And though it is a short Novella readers will feel for all of these characters, especially Ben and his fate.
This gripping story is full of action, compassion, love, humor and not one dull moment. The play on names is excellent as well; Ben as apposed to Ebeneezer Scrooge, William Marley as apposed to Jacob Marley. So if you are bored to death looking at all the Christmas shows that are coming on T.V., pick up this A Vampire's Christmas Carol, it just may do the trick of putting you in that Christmas spirit....more
Full of blood, sex, wit and a perfectly matched pair. Afterall, who else could a Hunter who was raised by the head Vampire, also the vessel of the Triple Goddess Brigid, be evenly matched with besides the newest Vampire Scion?
Goddess with a Blade is set up in Las Vegas. What better place for a story with vampires, you know, besides Louisiana. Rowan Summerwaite has just returned home from dispatching the previous Scion for Las Vegas, Clive Stewart. When she does she not only has to put up with a new one already in his place, but also a six centuries old vampire of the very worst sort. If crystal meth can ruin the human mind, imagine the damage it could to the mind of a six-hundred year old predator. With bodies literally dropping out of the sky, each one even more defiled and mutilated than the last, she is in a race against time to find this killer and put an end to his spree, and his existence. Yet she still finds the time to truly go bump in the night with Clive, the heat coming off the two in so many waves, readers will swear they see steam coming off of the pages.
Great storyline and perfect settings, including a strip club where the fake vampires are real, and will make you think twice before signing a waiver to be part of the "act". Though this was truly an enjoyable story, there were quite a few holes. For it to be a first book there was not enough detail on who these character's were, or how they came to be. It gave off the feeling of jumping into the series in the middle, like you were missing pieces to a puzzle. But readers will be able to feel the chemistry between lovers, father and daughter and friends, and the way they feel for one another....more
Snow White and the Vampire is a retelling of the original fairy tale classic in a darker light. So quite naturally I thought I would love it. While I did love the thought of it, the telling could have used a little more work. In all honesty, what probably threw me off the most was the vampire legend chosen by the author; that anyone who commits suicide will become a vampire. If that were the case the world would have a LOT of vampires' on its hands. I mean, really, if it were that simple to become a vampire; immortality, ever-lasting youth, strength, power, magic, the suicide rate would be rampant. I think true vampire lovers everywhere probably have a problem with that tale.
Don't get me wrong, I did at least like the characters. And the plot was also a gripping one, there was too much repeat; characters do have to remember the past, but readers do not want to recap the same scene with each character.
So for readers who just like to read fairy tales with a twist and are not too anal about their vampire legends, like me, you may enjoy this read. True vampire lovers, maybe for an in between books to read....more
"The most original vampire/angel novel I have read in a long time. And since I have read over four-hundred, that's saying a lot!" click the link to see"The most original vampire/angel novel I have read in a long time. And since I have read over four-hundred, that's saying a lot!" click the link to see more of this review
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As with the first book, City of Fallen Angels was very slow moving in the beginning. But once the action gets going it is indeed nonstop. Jace and ClaAs with the first book, City of Fallen Angels was very slow moving in the beginning. But once the action gets going it is indeed nonstop. Jace and Clary may have stumbled upon one obstacle that neither of them will come back from the same, and be the final nail in the coffin of the truly star-crossed love affair.....click here for the rest of this reviewhttp://gothicmoms.blogspot.com/2013/0......more