This prequel is a nice introduction to the Weird Girls series. In this short novella, the girls are packing up and ready to move out of Jersey until CThis prequel is a nice introduction to the Weird Girls series. In this short novella, the girls are packing up and ready to move out of Jersey until Celia's ex-boyfriend Danny calls and asks for help. His father is the target of a rogue bunch of vampires. Celia and her sister have some interesting powers - she shifts into a tiger - but their powers are muted. Danny suggests that their magic is bound and that they need to find a way to remove the bindings. It seems that the family carries a nasty curse and breaking the curse is kind of nasty. Meanwhile, the bad vampires are busy doing their thing - biting and drinking blood, etc. I had to chuckle as Celia's character makes some funny references to sparkly vampires and things Buffy would do.
I enjoyed this little novella and I am curious enough to continue on with the series.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for a review copy of this book....more
1/19/13 - Kobo free download. Also available for free on Amazon and other online bookstores.
I often wonder why publishers do this. This is essentially1/19/13 - Kobo free download. Also available for free on Amazon and other online bookstores.
I often wonder why publishers do this. This is essentially a 15 page prequel to MILA 2.0 and contains the first 7 chapters of the book. I know it is to entice readers to purchase the book, however a 15 page sample of the writing only made me more confused about the plot. All I know is that there was a house fire. I did not continue to read the preview chapters as I have the ARC of the book.
So based on the sample I will give the book a chance and hope that the lines at the end of the prequel were just a Kobo formatting glitch. ...more
Prequel to Don't Turn Around. Kindle free download 8/1/12. May be available in other formats. Download it here.
Not necessary to read this short storyPrequel to Don't Turn Around. Kindle free download 8/1/12. May be available in other formats. Download it here.
Not necessary to read this short story as a prequel to Don't Turn Around but it gives the background how street kids were recruited for the medical experiments. This short story includes the first 3 chapters of Don't Turn Around. ...more
For fans of The Siren, this is a prequel with a young Eleanor (age 23). Probably best to read this AFTER The Siren, just to be a little familiar withFor fans of The Siren, this is a prequel with a young Eleanor (age 23). Probably best to read this AFTER The Siren, just to be a little familiar with Eleanor's background.
Ever wonder about Nora from The Siren’s early days? This short story (33 pages) is a week in young Eleanor’s life.
Tiffany Reisz is fast becoming a favorite author for me. Her books are not for everyone – if you are squeamish or uncomfortable with the unconventional – maybe go look for another book to read. If you are the curious sort, like me, you will be rewarded with an excellent story line, complex characters, and of course, some steamy hot sex.
What amazes me is that Ms. Reisz can write a short story or a full length novel and fully engage the reader in both equally. Seven Day Loan unfolds beautifully and is told with a bold sense of humor, poignancy, and the bittersweet. It never feels rushed.
Seven Day Loan begins as a 23 year old Eleanor is in the car with “him,” her boyfriend and lover on their way to Daniel’s home. Eleanor is to spend a week “on loan” to Daniel, a reclusive widower. Eleanor is unhappy with the situation and expresses her displeasure in the car. Her lover – “him” – is never referred to by name in this entire story. This is the only point he appears in the story, yet his powerful presence is felt throughout the entire story. This is one powerful character.
Eleanor meets Daniel and finds that he has been devastated by his wife’s death. He has not left his home and he busies himself inside his enormous library. Interestingly enough, Daniel and Eleanor have a lot in common – she works in a bookstore, he’s a librarian, she’s a submissive, and surprise – he’s a dom…
This is a great little story. The chemistry between these two characters is wonderful. Their dialogue is entertaining. Right away, Eleanor’s bold personality challenges Daniel to come out of his shell. Daniel realizes that he may be able to fall in love again. Eleanor is forced to think about a life she could have.
What I love about Ms. Reisz’s writing is that while the sex scenes are hot (and often shocking for a vanilla bean like myself), the sex is secondary to the well-told, engaging story. The reader is invested in the characters and their outcomes. I felt Daniel’s pain and grief and I fell in love with him. Young Eleanor was bitchy, brash, sweet, playful, and clever. Even “him” or “S-“ plays a significant role in the story. The complexity of each character makes the story come alive.
Seven Day loan is being marketed in Mills and Boons’ 12 Shades of Surrender, a series of 12 short stories by different authors. I had to chuckle at the marketing blurb below:
“Curious graduates of Fifty Shades wanted more and we at Romance HQ rose to the challenge.”
Seven Day Loan is a fun read. Make sure that you add this short story to your reading list. It’s a nice little summer by the pool read!
“Oh my God,” Eleanor said, sounding utterly shocked. “What?” “You’re a nerd.” Daniel looked at her a moment before laughing. “I am not a nerd. I’m a librarian.”
“You have a large vocabulary, Eleanor.” “And you have a large.” She paused as he gave her a warning look. “House.”
For more information on this author and other short stories in the series, check out the author’s website here.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy of this book.
Ember is being marketed as a prequel to Kristen Callihan’s debut novel Firelight. Ember doesn’t really feel like a prequel per se, instead it3.5 stars
Ember is being marketed as a prequel to Kristen Callihan’s debut novel Firelight. Ember doesn’t really feel like a prequel per se, instead it is more of a companion book that fills in some of the gaps in Firelight. As many reviewers have already said, Ember is more like the bonus and deleted scenes from Firelight.
How should you read this series? Ember first or Firelight first? I think I had a richer reading experience because I read Firelight first, then Ember. I was already familiar with the characters and a little of the background and I wanted more.
Ember gives the reader a lot of background information. It feels a little disjointed at times because it skips between 1879 and 1881 a lot. It works if you are already a fan and need to know more about Archer and Miranda.
And Archer… *swoon*… What a man. What a life. Archer’s story is expanded and the reader sees the lengths of his quest for a cure. Meanwhile Miranda is almost always in his dreams and some of those dreams are hot and steamy.
Miranda’s fire talent is also explored as well as her family’s descent into poverty. Ember also details her relationship with Martin. Throughout this short novella, Miranda can’t stop thinking about Archer.
The actual story portion of Ember is only 65 pages long. Included in Ember are teaser chapters for Firelight and Moonglow (August 1, 2012). Kristin Callihan is a talented writer and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
OK. I get it. Psychometry. Violet Eyes. Yup. Gwen's a gypsy.
This short story suffers from repetitive writing. Usually short stories are rel2.5 stars.
OK. I get it. Psychometry. Violet Eyes. Yup. Gwen's a gypsy.
This short story suffers from repetitive writing. Usually short stories are released to excite readers and make them want to shell out their hard earned money for the series. I don't think this short story would make me want to read more.
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is the prequel to The Girl in the Steel Corset. I picked up this short novella as a free download from Kobo books. Th
The Strange Case of Finley Jayne is the prequel to The Girl in the Steel Corset. I picked up this short novella as a free download from Kobo books. The title and the cover were attractive and its relatively short length encouraged me to read it. I'll admit that while I liked the story, I just wasn't wowed.
It seems to me that a lot of authors are jumping on the steampunk bandwagon. I enjoy the genre; I love the contraptions and gadgets. This story had all sorts of cool gadgets, from simple flush commodes to battery operated lights, to brass automatons and mechanical carts. There was even a Dr. Frankenstein-styled laboratory with some strange items in tanks.
I really can't pinpoint why the story did not wow me. I liked Finley's character, but we are never told what she is. I enjoyed her "spider-monkey" skills. I giggled at a description of Finley's riding costume, which suffered from "eggplantishness." Yes, "eggplantishness."
While I am curious to learn more about Finley, I think I'll wait until the book is available at the library. ...more
This is a 14 page prequel to Glimmerglass. Not much happens during this short except some magic gets shorted out producing the attack of the killer teThis is a 14 page prequel to Glimmerglass. Not much happens during this short except some magic gets shorted out producing the attack of the killer teddy bears. Teddy Bear attack is averted when the ever gorgeous Ethan comes around.
That's it, that's all. Lucky it was a free download.
What a wonderful start to a series. Young Viola is traveling with her parents to settle a New World. Viola is not happy a*wipes tears*
I now have Hope.
What a wonderful start to a series. Young Viola is traveling with her parents to settle a New World. Viola is not happy about her family being chosen to be the first on this world, but she is making do.
I enjoyed how the story flipped back and forth to Viola's life before the voyage and her life on board the ship.
I will definitely be looking at reading this series soon. ...more
This is a nice little story from the Soul Screamers series. I have not yet had a chance to read that series, but I think I will now look into it.
Tod aThis is a nice little story from the Soul Screamers series. I have not yet had a chance to read that series, but I think I will now look into it.
Tod and his brother Nash are in a car accident. Nash dies. Tod makes a deal with the reaper and switches places with his brother. However, instead of dying, the reaper makes a deal with Tod. Tod is given the choice to become a reaper.
The story is told from Tod's point of view and I enjoyed his sense of humor as well as his sense of honor towards his family. Nice little twist of fate at the end of the story too.
When you think about zombies, you most likely visualize an animated brain eating corpse. This book highlights a very different kind of zombie, probablWhen you think about zombies, you most likely visualize an animated brain eating corpse. This book highlights a very different kind of zombie, probably more frightening than any zombie we know, a zombie capable of intelligence and able to think and learn.
Half Past Dead is really two stories. The first, Half Past Dead is the prequel to Zoe Archer’s Blades of the Rose series. The second story Simon Says is by Bianca D’Arc.
Half Past Dead 2/5 stars
Half Past Dead is a historical romance. It sets up the Blades of the Rose series, introducing the reader to some of the characters and themes of that series. It is not necessary to read this short novella in order to enjoy the Blades of the Rose series; it serves as a companion story.
In this book Cassandra is on her first solo mission for the Blades. She bumps into childhood friend Sam who appears to be shadowing the same person. Sam is very different from her childhood days. When Sam is attacked, he does not bleed and he heals very quickly. At this point, I am sure that you are thinking vampire, I know I was. But no, Sam is a kind of zombie, not the brain eating kind, but kind of like a vampire that does not require blood. More on that later.
There is a lot of action and excitement. A lot of running, sword fights, getting chased by angry townspeople, interspersed with generous sex breaks. Apparently Sam’s kind of zombie can have sex and no body parts fall off.
The story was ho-hum for me. I did like the introduction of Blade members Honoria Graves and Achilles Voisin . Nice touch, adding vodou as an explanation for zombies. It fell flat for me because the sex breaks seemed unrealistic. I am not sure if I would have continued with the series had I started with this book.
Simon Says 2.5/5 stars
Simon Says is a different take on zombies. Our hero Simon was bitten by zombies while on a military mission. Instead of turning into the walking dead, Simon develops an immunity to the zombie contagion and becomes a covert zombie hunter.
The zombies in this book are the result of a military experiment gone bad. These zombies were well trained marines and they were intelligent and capable of planning and learning. They stay out of the sunlight, but come out on cloudy or rainy days. (No, they do not sparkle).
While hunting zombies near a military base, Simon is injured and brought to Mariana, the base doctor. Simon and Mariana once had a relationship. She cares for him and notices his incredibly fast healing. He swears her to secrecy. Their romance is rekindled. Once again, a lot of sex breaks while hiding out from zombies.
Unfortunately, this felt like more of the same to me. Perhaps if both stories were not in the same book, I would have appreciated the stories more.
I was about to read Cry Wolf when I was reminded that there was a prequel - Alpha and Omega. My wonderful OCD friends at Goodreads (you know who you aI was about to read Cry Wolf when I was reminded that there was a prequel - Alpha and Omega. My wonderful OCD friends at Goodreads (you know who you are) keep telling me that I need to read series in order, so I did.
I loved Charles. What a perfect werewolf! Dangerous and deadly, incredibly handsome and muscular, protective and loyal. I can't wait to read more about him. Did I say I was in love?
Anna puzzled me at first. To me, she seemed meek and scared, like damaged goods. But that was only on the outside. Her inner strength and survival instincts were extraordinary.
I can't wait to immerse myself in Patricia Briggs' world of werewolves. ...more
Nice, short story setting up Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. I enjoyed this story and will definitely be reading the rest of the series. I lovNice, short story setting up Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. I enjoyed this story and will definitely be reading the rest of the series. I loved the heroine Kaylee and how she struggled to deal with her ability to sense impending death.
She has a rather wry sense of humor and when her aunt sends her some clothes to the mental health institute, Kaylee puts on the clothes. Later, she notices that the sweatsuit is made of a sparkly material. She comments to herself: "Great. I'm psychotic and sparkly."
Nash makes a cameo appearance. Looking forward to seeing more of him.
This book was available as a free download and you can read it online on Goodreads....more