For the most part, Risa Jones' mixed werewolf and Aedh heritage gives her a large advantage oveReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
For the most part, Risa Jones' mixed werewolf and Aedh heritage gives her a large advantage over most of her opponents. However, even her ability to see the dead and turn into a being of pure energy can't seem to help her stop a malicious killer that is preying on women. Even worse, he knows who she is, and has turned his attentions to ensnaring Risa into a nasty game of a race between life and death. Meanwhile she's still being targeted from all sides to find the keys to the gates, and even with the help of the Reaper Azriel at her side it may just prove to be an impossible task. Speaking of Azriel, the attraction between them is only growing stronger, but succumbing could lead to an unimaginable fate that neither of them wants.
I really love how these books not only follow a strong overall arc theme, but each one also has its own individual plot. This is my favorite type of series as it keeps things fresh by adding a whole new threat element with each installment, but it also strongly ties things together by adding developments to the overall series threat, this case being the Gate Key Quest. Although, these books take that intertwining aspect a step even further by not only having the in your face new threat, but also having several different factions going after the "prize", with Risa stuck right in the middle. There is just so much going on that there isn't a single opportunity to get bored, and that's my kind of book!
Not since Mac and Barrons from the Fever series have I been this strung out from the sexual tension between two characters. Sure, there have been plenty of other books where I really want the characters to "get together," but all of those pale in comparison to how I feel about Risa and Azriel. I had thought some of the unrelenting pressure would have been lessened due to them succumbing in the last installment. Unfortunately, it seems to only have brought things to an even higher fever pitch. I realize that this is a series, and Keri can't really have them get their happy ever after yet, but that doesn't mean I don't want to see some kind of promise or hope, or really anything at all between them other than this miserable stasis they are in. Granted, Risa seemed much more willing to give into her emotions, making me really feel for her as she was having a very hard time dealing with the distance forced upon them. I will say that even though Azriel's resistance and emotional armor only slips a few brief times, it is rather obvious that he is suffering from the distance as well. I just cannot wait until they both finally crack, because I think there will be some major fireworks flying. Hopefully that will be in the next book, otherwise I myself might just crack under the pressure.
Although the ending left me needing more, I absolutely loved this book! It really amazes me just how much further I get sucked into this series with each new installment released. The only problem with that high level of enjoyment is that it makes the wait between books even harder. That being said, I can easily see myself re-reading this series several times, as it has earned itself a solid place on my all time favorites list. Fans of this series, cannot possibly be disappointed in this latest installment as Darkness Hunts is an absolute thrilling ride from start to finish! ...more
As an Angel of Death, has seen countless souls ferried to the other side, and has become a littReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
As an Angel of Death, has seen countless souls ferried to the other side, and has become a little numb to the pain and loss associated with it. But all that changed when that loss stuck home and she is left a grieving mess. But there is a small matter of hope with the new life growing inside of her, a happiness that is lessened once Maddy realizes her unborn child would be a mighty temptation for Lucifer. A child of two of his bloodlines would have untold power, and Maddy is determined to keep that from his hands no matter what that takes. Meanwhile, the rest of the courts are still stirring trouble and Maddy has had about enough. This time she'll be taking the fight to them.
This was an incredibly difficult and emotional read for me. Heart ache absolutely kills me in a book, especially when it comes from something as permanent and devastating as death. My heart was in every bit as tatters as Maddy's was, and each time she broke down, my heart bled for her. I cannot count the number of times there were tears in my eyes when everything became too much for Maddy. That being said, the ability to affect my emotions that strongly shows just how good these books are and how real the characters are. If the emotion didn't impact me, well then it wouldn't be worth reading.
After reading Black Lament, my respect for Maddy has seriously ratcheted up another notch. Despite the immense emotional pain she was in, she still found a way to stand strong, especially once threatened. It didn't take long at all for her to go all "Momma Bear" and start eliminating current and future threats to herself and her unborn child. At several points throughout the book, her gargoyle companion, Beezle, seems to worry that she is turning over to the dark side, but I don't have the same worry. Sure she is making decisions she never would have in the past, but her actions are justified by the means. She hasn't sought out the trouble that finds her, she only refused to back down when others wanted to either control or destroy her. Granted, she has become a little more proactive in her defense as she began to take some steps to prevent future attacks rather than waiting to be ambushed, but in all honesty I can't blame her one little bit for that. She has no desire for world conquering and if everyone would just leave her alone, she wouldn't be a threat to any of them.
I have to admit that a part of me didn't want to continue on with this series after the heart shattering ending of the previous book as I just didn't want to face the reality of the horrible changes Maddy would have to face. But in the end it was more than worth it to push through it and keep reading, as Maddy and the gang are still some of my top favorite sets of characters. I highly recommend Black Lament as it is full of both emotion and action that will keep you sucked in from the very start. This series just keeps getting better!...more
Now that the largest threat to vampires has been defeated, the vamps in Morganville no longer hReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Now that the largest threat to vampires has been defeated, the vamps in Morganville no longer have anything to fear and it's showing. They no longer feel the need to be constrained by societies rule and have opened a new hunting season. No one, not even the "protected" ones are safe, causing the humans in the town to take up arms. Claire Danvers finds herself stuck in the middle as both sides seem prepared to tear the town apart one piece at a time.
As much as I love this series, I can't help feeling a little frustrated with the repeating pattern that things seems to be stuck in. Claire and company will do something amazing/brave/stupid to save the town/vampires/humans and then the vamps show some sort of gratitude and say they will change things for the better. But, by the time the next book rolls around, the vamps have all but forgotten the promises they made, and the gratitude towards Claire, etc is all gone. It wasn't much more than a mild annoyance at this point because each book more than held its own by distracting me with the new big and bad threat. However, after coming down from the insanity of the Draugs and just how much Claire and her friends did for the vamps, you would have though there would have been at least a small grace period. I realize that the series wouldn't be so enthralling if the vamps don't seem like strong threats anymore, but there has to be some other way than making them so incredibly ungrateful. I guess I'm just frustrated because I cannot count the number of times Claire has saved their royally screwed butts, and I want the poor girl to get some sort of credit.
Aside from the vamps acting like idiots, the theme of this book seemed to center more around the personal relationships. Don't get me wrong, there was still plenty of action, it's just that this time around there was more going than just trying to survive the latest threat. There's all these different interwoven character relationships and dynamics that play such a large role, yet are sometimes glossed over by the intense action, that it was really nice to see things come to the forefront. In particular, I'm talking about the dynamics between Michael and Eve, Claire and Shane, and Claire and Myrnin, although that last one won't be discussed here to avoid spoilers. As far as the others, I may be in the minority, but I'm not really a supporter of Michael and Eve. I kinda agree with the town that they shouldn't be mixing as it looks to only be leading to heartache or death. Although unlike the town, I don't want them to split up, but that Eve become a Vamp herself. I just don't quite get that one, or what the real hang up is, but I guess tension is really the key to a good book so I can't complain too much. As far as Claire and Shane, well Shane screws up yet again, but this time Claire isn't so quick to forgive him, and that make me rather proud of her. Don't get me wrong I'm still in firmly in the Claire/Shane camp, it's just that I want the boy to finally have to start taking some responsibility for his screw ups.
As much as it pains me to do it considering how much I enjoyed this book, I'm going to have to dock my rating by one star due to the series redundancy. It almost feels wrong to "penalize" this book since my problem is more with the series trend as a whole. However, since my frustration came to a head in Bitter Blood, I can't really overlook it any more. That being said, strangely I do have hope for that cycle to be lessened, if not broken in the next book based on the way things ended. Of course, I could be wrong, but I'll still be holding out hope. Don't get me wrong, things won't be all wrapped up in a pretty bow or be all like roses, it's just that the ending points to a new direction that I wasn't really expecting. I'm both anxious and nervous to see where things lead, but at the very least it should make for a change of pace, which is exactly what this series needs. So, putting my repetition woes aside, I have to say that Bitter Blood was a really solid installment in the fabulous Morganville Vampires series. There's action, romance, and drama galore, making for one heck of an entertaining read that you won't want to miss! ...more
Being a dhampir, half-human, half-vampire, Dorina Basarab has lived a very long and rough life.Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Being a dhampir, half-human, half-vampire, Dorina Basarab has lived a very long and rough life. Hated by vampires due to her uncontrollable and deadly rages, it's a miracle she wasn't killed long ago. Even so, she had finally started to gain some control over those periods of rage, but her latest case working for the very creatures that despise her must have tipped the scales. She wakes in a unknown lab with the rage consuming her, almost costing Louis-Cesare his life. After calming her down, the Vampire Senate realized that the answers they so desperately need are hidden behind that rage fog, and they would do anything to get them, for it could mean the difference between victory or defeat in the war.
Prior to reading Fury's Kiss, out of Karen Chance's two series set in this world, my favorites were definitely Cassie's books. However, now that I have finished Fury's Kiss, I have to say that the scales have tipped in Dory's favor. Granted I realize some of that is probably due to the fact that Dory is fresh in my mind while the last Cassie book was released over a year ago, but there is more to it than that. Dory has grown so much from the angry and bitter woman we first met. She's still rather wary of most of the vampires (completely understandable due to her terrible history with them), but she also has made great strides in learning to work with them. Between her father, Radu, Louis-Cesare, and even Ray, she makes great inroads in this book towards opening herself up. Now, instead of blind mistrust standing in her way, it is more her own insecurities that seem to be her biggest road block. Of course, when you have been treated a vile thing your entire life, and are terrified of yourself because you hurt others in uncontrollable rages, it would be rather hard to have a good sense of self worth. That being said, Dory seemed to slowly be opening up to the idea of accepting and hopefully embracing both sides of herself, which will go a long way in overcoming those insecurities.
Another thing that makes this series so great is the dance of a romance between Dory and Louis-Cesare. Perhaps a more apt description would be a game of cat and mouse now that Louis-Cesare has made it rather apparent where he stands on the issue. Dory, isn't so certain, but a lot of that is due to insecurities, which like I mentioned previously, she has made great strides in that area. I really enjoyed the steamy moments between them, even as the sexual tension was ratcheted up several knots leaving me more than a little frustrated at times as I just wanted them to finally get their groove on. That being said, I really feel like they have finally started to settle things and head in the right direction, making me one very happy camper.
I have to admit that I was a little intimidated by the size of this book as the ARC copy I read had 536 pages. Whenever a book goes over 400 pages (and sometimes even when the page count is less), there always is that concern that parts will drag as it hadn't been condensed down enough to its best form. That wasn't even a possibility of a concern for Fury's Kiss as it was non-stop from start to finish. Seriously, I cannot even begin to express how impressive it was to read a book of that length without having a single dull moment. Even if I wasn't already incredibly satisfied with all the other elements of the book, that feat alone would have earned it a high rating. So when you add in the yummy romance, the great character growth, and the heart pounding action, Fury's Kiss more than earns a resounding five star rating. Seriously, run, do not walk to your nearest book store and snatch this puppy up as it is an absolute must buy!...more
Unlike the rest of her real estate mogul family, Lexi Belarus is much more whimsical, preferrinReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Unlike the rest of her real estate mogul family, Lexi Belarus is much more whimsical, preferring to surround herself in art like her great-great grandfather rather than focus on money. But everything changes when she is attacked and saved by a creature beyond imagination. Turns up dear old Grandad was involved in a lot more than just sculpture and real estate as he used alchemy and his Spellmason powers to create a gargoyle named Stanis out of stone to protect his family and legacy over the ages. Lexi quickly realizes that she has a bit of that same Spellmason power herself, albeit very rough and untrained, it still makes her an even bigger target for those who would seek to bring her family down. With time quickly running out on the protections placed upon her family home, she'll have to learn to master her abilities fast before even Stanis's protection isn't enough.
Lexi's voice in Alchemystic felt very fresh and unique. Although her talking about being a non-violent person at the beginning of the book was rather amusing to me as early on, it became very apparent that she has a rather nasty temper. Aside from that she's a fun and quirky girl who has a penchant for getting herself into trouble more often than not, but luckily she has fiercely loyal friends and her gargoyle protector to get her out of her messes relatively unscathed. In fact, the whole dynamic between the team really sucked me right into the book. Rory is like the sidekick friend everyone needs to have as she is spunky and fun, but also isn't afraid to speak her mind, especailly when she thinks Lexi is headed in the wrong direction. Also she can majorly kick butt, which honestly makes her rather awesome in my book. I even loved how Marshall's uber geekness in his role playing games wound up saving them more often than not. I mean the guy lives and breathes the stuff, but he also finds a way to apply that fantasy world into real life application when it matters most.
Now onto the gargoyle. Honestly, this was the number one factor that drew me to wanting to read this book. I'm still crazy in love with the Urban Fantasy genre, with the vamps, witches, fey, and weres galore, but I have to admit it is always refreshing to read about other types of creatures for a change of pace. I loved Stanis as he was very calm and steady throughout, being much like the stone he is made out of. Of course that does start to change as Lexi seeks to restore him to his full power, and bit by bit he gains a little more humanity. Don't get me wrong, he still is very strong and steady, there is just more emotion behind him rather than simple practicality. I cannot wait to see more of him in future books!
The magic behind Alchemystic was incredibly intriguing. It did take a while for any real answers to happen, but I never felt frustrated with the pace, as just enough was revealed to keep me moving along happily. That being said, I have a feeling the surface has only been scratched, and there will be so much more involved as Lexi learns more about her heritage and abilities. The only thing I could possibly complain about in Alchemystic was the complete lack of romance, which isn't really a complaint, but more of a stylistic preference. I will say that the intrigue of the story and the action kept me more than entertained, so I didn't miss the lack all that much in the end. All in all, Alchemystic was a very solid start to a new series, that will definitely be on my radar for future releases. ...more
Forced to live by a set of rules in order to survive and keep those around him safe, Ethan ChasReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Forced to live by a set of rules in order to survive and keep those around him safe, Ethan Chase does everything he can to avoid notice from the fey who stalk him. But all his carefully constructed barriers come down as the very fey he avoids start to disappear, and he himself is attacked. As a result, along with a very stubborn girl who doesn't seem to realize that staying away from him is for her own good, Ethan is forced to escape to the one place he swore he would never return, Faery. What they find there will forever change their destiny, and make them question everything they have ever known.
The characters in The Lost Prince earn a mixed range of emotions from me, with some earning admiration and others not so much. As for Ethan, once I looked beneath the broody surface he portrays, I really loved his character. Sure, he is more than a little bitter and angry at the world, but in all honesty I think he has coped remarkably well considering the very rough life he has been dealt. I was only further endeared to him when I realized that much of his gruff manner was used in order to keep people at arms length and therefore safe from the ones who would use them against him. Kenzie was another character I absolutely adored. She is very spunky and her iron will is amazing, which is only more apparent latter on in the story. She has her own secrets, ones that will both shock and simultaneously only further ensnare you to her. Keirran was much on the unsure and leaning towards dislike category in all honesty. I just couldn't connect with him and his behavior on a lot of things was more than questionable. He just seemed rather spoiled and selfish, but also powerful, making for a very bad combination. I'm going to reserve final judgement for now, until we get to know him a little better in the next book, but I will say that he definitely hasn't impressed me yet.
I really enjoyed the twisted story line of The Lost Prince. Not only did we have the new and nasty, fey that were preying on others, but there also were hints of the Prophecy that was foretold in Iron's Prophecy, a short story from Meghan's perspective. I would highly recommend reading that prior to The Iron Prince as it gives you insider information, you wouldn't otherwise have, and gives you a better clue at the reasoning behind some things in the book. Rounding out the book was the budding romance between Kenzie and Ethan, which was both sweet and promising.
In all honesty it really surprised me how different this book felt than the Iron Fey series. At first I thought that was due to the change in narration from a female to male, but then I remembered that we already made that change in The Iron Knight as Ash took the reigns. So, that being said I can't really put my finger on what was so different considering it still involves the same world and similar characters. So, it did take me a little while to get used to the changes, making the learning curve a just little higher than I had anticipated. That being said, once I got used to the differences, I was completely ensnared, especially as it became apparent that this series would more than shine on its own and shine. From start to finish, The Iron Knight was an enthralling read that will more than please fans of The Iron Fey Series. ...more
Life has never been easy for Jessica McClain. As the only female to ever be born to a werewolfReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Life has never been easy for Jessica McClain. As the only female to ever be born to a werewolf clan, a race full of superstitions, she is reviled and feared. In fact, if it weren't for the fact that she is the Alpha's daughter, she probably wouldn't have lived far past her birth. Yet in the past few years, she has managed to form herself a life away from most of the pack and its scrutiny. But that carefully constructed life comes tumbling down when she makes the first change to a wolf years past when she should have. Suddenly everyone wants a piece of her, and with the attacks coming from all sides, it is only a matter of time until someone succeeds in their goal of eliminating her permanently.
I absolutely adore Jessica's character. She is just so sassy and fun, as well as fiercely loyal to her pack. This is especially impressive due to the fact that vast majority of them have shunned her, and otherwise made her life incredibly miserable due to their superstitions. Granted, she is the only female werewolf to ever have been known to exist, but that should have made her something to be treasured rather than despised and mistrusted. It really is amazing that she didn't turn bitter due to her treatment, and that only made her more admirable. I was also incredibly impressed with the way she handled everything that was thrown at her in the very short time after she experienced that first change. Of course, she did have a few moments of panic when things became overwhelming, but she regained control in no time flat. Not only was Jess an amazing character, but the rest of the cast was pretty spectacular as well. Each and every single one, both good and bad were fully fleshed out, making them very realistic. I won't get into any more specifics as this book and characters deserve to be experienced directly, but suffice it to say they were awesome.
The mythology in Full Blooded was absolutely amazing. I really enjoyed the dynamic between the wolves, with the alpha structure, as well as the telepathy aspects between Jess and her twin as well as her father the alpha. It was nice to see that while the Alpha did hold most the power, he wasn't above reproach, and had to be careful especially in regards to Jessica. In addition to the wolves, there were also many other types of shifters as well as witches, vamps, and sorcerers, making for a very interesting variety. I especially liked to see the way those dynamics played out, especially as politics between clans played a part. I have a feeling those politics will be playing an even larger role in future books especially as each clan still clambers to get their hands on Jessica.
I haven't enjoyed a werewolf story this much since the first time I read Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. I can hardly believe this is Amanda's debut novel as everything flows like she has countless books under her belt. With her writing being this good right out of the gate, I am incredibly excited to see where things lead. Granted, she does already have a bit of that evil author tendency with the nasty cliffhanger ending, but that is easily forgiven in light of how amazing the rest of the book was. That being said, I am incredibly desperate to get my hands on the next installment. In fact, Full Blooded has easily earned itself a place as one of my top reads for 2012. Considering the very large volume of books I read (300+ per year), this is no small feat. Full Blooded is an absolute must read for fans of Urban Fantasy. Trust me, you won't want to miss this fantastic debut!...more
This novella served as an introduction into Gage's second new employee, Trixie. She seems veryReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
This novella served as an introduction into Gage's second new employee, Trixie. She seems very interesting as there is a whole lot of mystery surrounding her circumstances. Granted that means that we don't know a whole lot about her, but from what I can see she is very loyal, and has a pretty level head about her. I am intrigued about the attraction Gage seems to feel towards her, and I wonder if that will be going anywhere. I'm a big fan of romance, so of course I'm rooting for it, but only time will tell I suppose. On a slightly side note, I didn't really care for Jo at all, so I was incredibly glad that it was Trixie that would be working for Gage rather than Jo.
So in the end, just like the first prequel novella, Trixie's introduction only made me even more eager to dive into the first full installment in Jocelynn's new series. I seriously cannot wait, and I highly recommend these prequel novellas to help whet your appetite! ...more
To everyone but Dr. Melanie Lipton, Bastien Newcombe is a no good traitor that they would likeReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
To everyone but Dr. Melanie Lipton, Bastien Newcombe is a no good traitor that they would like to see dead and buried. Granted, with a past full of nasty things and an extremely poor attitude, Bastien hasn't exactly given the rest of the Immortals any reason to forgive and forget. But to Melanie he is so much more than that and she holds a fierce desire towards him. Content to live his life as the bad guy, Bastien hasn't done anything to discourage the negative attitudes towards him. So when Melanie starts to make her desires known, he is at a loss for how to handle it other than to fight her tooth and nail despite his own desires. But she isn't some weak little kitten, and she's set him in her sights, leaving no room for escape. What is a man to do when the woman he cares for won't take no for an answer even when it's for her own good?
I was very excited when I found out Phantom Shadows would feature Bastien. I've always had a soft spot for a tortured hero, especially ones that everyone else seems to despise. Perhaps that is because I know that deep down below the outward anger they show the world is a vulnerability that simply endears them to me. It also is really nice to see a role reversal from the normal situation in Urban Fantasies where the guy is the one doing the chasing. In Phantom Shadows it is Melanie that is relentless in her pursuit of Bastien, not letting him shy away thinking he doesn't deserve her. She seriously would not allow no for an answer. Don't get me wrong it wasn't like he didn't have a strong attraction to her from the start, it is more that he had an extreme hesitance to allow her close for fear of tarnishing her reputation. Luckily Melanie was able to see right through his facade to the man below.
The thing I enjoy the most about this series is the way the ongoing threats to the immortals are handled. Each book comes with some sort of resolution to the current in their face threat, keeping things fresh and exciting. But in addition to that resolution there also is more than enough left over for the next installment to hold my interest. In all honesty it can become a little tedious when there is a 100% new threat in each installment in a paranormal romance series. I just feel those types of books aren't as enjoyable since there already is such a large adjustment with the change in couple focus. Adding in a completely new villain each time just is a little too much for my tastes as it makes the "learning curve" even longer. So, again I really love the way these books are set up to have a continual threat that ties all of the books together. It made it so much easier to pick up the book and dive right in without any confusion even though I hadn't read the previous installment for quite some time.
With each new installment in the Immortal Guardians series I only fall more in love with the world and the amazing cast of characters. I just love how each new couple introduced only adds to the overall family feel of the Immortals, and I especially look forward to some of my favorites getting their own happily ever after. Well as much as they can while still battling down their latest foes that is. It is for that reason and many more that the next book in this series will be going on my most anticipated list. There isn't a release date set yet, but I can assure you I'll be stalking Dianne's website for the announcement. So in the end, Phantom Shadows is a must read for fans of the series, and for those who haven't read the first two installments, I have to ask what are you waiting for? Full of romance, danger, and a heck of a cast of characters, these books cannot possibly disappoint! ...more
For years Middy has been secretly lusting after Dred Shadowins, her childhood tormentor turnedReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
For years Middy has been secretly lusting after Dred Shadowins, her childhood tormentor turned billionaire playboy extraordinaire. She has every issue of Weekly Warlock featuring a centerfold with him. Yet, she never wanted to make her fantasies a reality as he goes through women like water. She has more self-respect than that, or at least she thought so until he convinced her to pose as his fiancée. Turns up he actually is a spy for the High Chancellor, and his latest case is one stepping horrors, and Middy would do anything, even sacrifice her pride to help stop the ones responsible. Yet things take a turn for the interesting when Dred's mother gives Middy a potion that makes their engagement turn from a farce to a reality leaving her only 10 days to make Dred hers or she will lose her Magick forever.
I really loved Middy and Dred's characters. Middy is a outwardly confident Witch who more than holds her own against Dred. He's been around the block a few times, and women typically fall at his feet, yet Middy gives him one heck of a run for his money with her brutal honesty. I loved watching her turn him upside down and off balance. Dred on the other hand has much more to him than meets the eye. Sure, he goes through women like crazy, but that really is only to keep from letting anyone close. Despite his outward confidence, inside he is actually rather insecure and doesn't believe he deserves to be loved. That's a perception that slowly changes over the book as Middy starts to teach him the error of his ways. Of course there are more than a few bumps along the way, making for an incredibly entertaining ride.
I have to admit that I'm never a big fan of the whole virginity aspect in adult books, especially as the heroine goes from no experience to a borderline nympho after just one encounter. Seriously, that just earns books a major eye roll from me. In How to Marry a Warlock in 10 Days Middy is a virgin at the start, but a very self-experienced one, so that did help balance things out a little, and made it rather easy to ignore the fast pace of the "pleasure." Speaking of which, I wouldn't have though it possible after the very steamy nature of the first book, but this book was even hotter. The interactions between Maddy and Dred practically sizzle right off the page. I'm talking crazy hot. It was just one of those situations where the chemistry between two people was simply perfect, making their encounters full of fireworks. Don't get me wrong, the romance wasn't only sexual, as there was definitely a deeper element between them, even if it did take them a long while to admit to each other and even themselves. But in all honestly, that only made it sweeter for the anticipation.
I was fully immersed in this book, laughing and snorting the entire time, right up until the last third of the book where things just seemed to turn rather bizarre and underdeveloped. Don't get me wrong, it was still enjoyable, but it just didn't quite flow as well as the rest of the book. Add that with the rather anti-climatic resolution of the main plot, and I couldn't help feeling a little let down in the end, which is really a shame considering how strong the first two thirds were. I guess I just prefer my books to go out with a little more of a bang than this one did. That being said, I am still completely in love with both this book, and the series overall as they provide plenty of laugh out loud moments and incredibly hot romances that are not to be missed! I'll be eagerly awaiting the third installment, How to Seduce an Angel in 10 Days, set to release at the end of February next year. ...more
Iris Scanlon makes her living by being Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire assistant. In otReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Iris Scanlon makes her living by being Half-Moon Hollow's only daytime vampire assistant. In other words, a glorified errand runner for the tasks vamps would rather not bother with. Because of this she has a healthy understanding of the way they work and as a result has implemented a strict no personal involvement clause, be it in friendship or something more. But when she finds her latest client, Cal, poisoned, she knows she's in for trouble. Persuaded by an obscene amount of money into sheltering him, she reluctantly agrees to take him back to her home. She's breaking her hard set rules left and right, and his surly behavior isn't helping the situation. Yet she can't help her mind wandering towards the rugged sexiness with him and if she isn't careful all those boundaries may come crashing down.
I really loved Iris in the last Jane Jameson book, so I was really happy to see that she would be getting her own spin off book. She is a personal assistant extraordinaire to the vampires, catering to their every whim, yet she still has a healthy does of wariness towards them. So much so, that she avoids actual contact with them at all cost, always ensuring she finishes her duties well before dark. Some would think she was paranoid, but she actually is pretty smart, as even if you put aside the potential safety risks, there still is the issue of the vampires being rather clingy. And nothing is worse than a clingy vampire. *shudders* As it stood, she hardly had a life, and allowing them any leeway, would have spelled for disaster. Of course all of those hard set rules came crashing down when she had to rescue Cal. Of course, there were desperate circumstances and a substantial amount involved, but it still was hilarious to watch Iris try to cope with her carefully constructed life falling apart at the seams due to one rather unruly vampire. It only got more interesting once the tides started to change in their relationship and clothing became optional.
The relationship between Iris and her teenage sister, Gigi was really heartwarming. In so many cases you see siblings resent each other when one of them in put in a lasting position of authority. Yet, in this case that didn't happen, and the bond between the two of them couldn't be any stronger. Of course there is the typical teenage issues and conflict, but those only made for some pretty hilarious interludes. Iris could think up some pretty hilarious ways to thwart Gigi's complaints and small rebellions. Things really got interesting when Cal started throwing in his own methods, especially when they involved a boy Gigi was dating.
Even though this book is a spinoff from the Jane Jameson series, it can easily be read separately without the reader being lost. Jane and the rest of the gang do make cameo appearances, but their roles are rather small overall. Of course if you haven't read Jane's book you will probably want to after reading this one. Just like I have come to expect from Molly's books, The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires was an incredibly sexy and fun romp that had me laughing so hard at times that I was crying. These books are my go to whenever I want a lighter read that is guaranteed to brighten my mood. Seriously, I cannot recommend this book, any higher. You will want to run out and purchase this book as soon as possible. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.
Over the last twelve installments the Women of the Otherworld have been telling their tales ofReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Over the last twelve installments the Women of the Otherworld have been telling their tales of danger keeping readers enthralled. But everything prior to this point has been leading to one final showdown that will bring all of the beloved characters characters back together one last time. The stakes have never been higher as the lives of every supernatural are hanging in the balance. Told from Savannah's perspective, the reader will be enthralled as they watch her scramble with her other allies to stop the war from destroying them all. But it won't be easy as the fight isn't only on earth, but heaven and hell have joined the fray. No matter the outcome, in the end nothing will ever be the same.
There are so many elements in Thirteen that I would love to talk about, but in all honesty the entire book is one big spoiler and I completely understand why the publisher opted to put such a strict release date and no early review copies. This is a book that truly deserves to be savored not spoiled, and for that reason, I won't be going into may detail or specifics in this review. I apologize in advance if things seem overly vague or I end up sounding like a squealing fan girl as a result. It just wouldn't do this fantastic book any justice to give anything away in advance.
From the very start, Thirteen took off with a bang. It was so jammed pack with action that the even when the characters would score a small victory, both they and myself barely had a chance to breath before it was off to the next crisis. Seriously, I don't think my heart rate lowered once while reading Thirteen as the stakes were that high. However, even though that action was incredibly exciting, what really kept me enthralled were the emotional aspects of the book. Again, keeping from spoiling things I won't go into specifics, but suffice it to say the emotion took the book from really good to absolutely stellar. I especially loved the added in chapters from the different characters' perspectives periodically throughout the book. Don't get me wrong, Savannah's perspective was great, but it was nice to see into the heads of some of my favorite characters from the rest of the series.
I am always torn by my emotions whenever the final book in a series comes out. On one hand I am very excited for the anticipation and wait to finally be over, so I can dive into the story and see how everything plays out in the end. However, on the other hand, finding out that resolution also means saying goodbye to characters that I have grown to love. In Thirteen's case this inner conflict was even worse due to the long build up over so many books. With each installment, my anticipation of the final showdown and resolution only grew, but so did my love for the characters, making saying goodbye even harder. Even though I knew the blow would be softened somewhat by the short story collections set to be released in the future, I still was still rather nervous as I started this book. However, after finishing it, I am happy to say that Thirteen not only delivered on but exceeded my expectations. Granted the ending wasn't exactly what I was expecting, with nothing tied up in pretty bows, but in not doing so, it served these characters so much better. Their personalities and circumstance wouldn't allow for anything less and I'm very happy Kelley stayed true to them. She really is a fantastic writer, and will always be one of my favorite authors. Thirteen is an absolute must read for fans of the series!...more
To avoid a war between the Vampires and the Clann, Savannah broke things off with Tristan. BeinReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
To avoid a war between the Vampires and the Clann, Savannah broke things off with Tristan. Being separated from is the worst kind of torture, especially as she cannot seem to escape his constant presence and reminder of what she cannot have. Things are any easier outside of her romantic life either as she struggles with the complications of her vampiric side taking over, and the Clann's determination to ruin her life. Meanwhile, Tristan is bound and determined to change Savannah's mind even if it means giving up everything and everyone else. But even as he struggles to find a solution, outside forces push them further apart leading to an inevitable confrontation that will forever change their lives.
I have to admit I was worried that this book would center around a whole lot of teen angst due to the forced separation between Savannah and Tristan. Granted there is a whole lot of pining for one another, but it never tips over into that annoying state that can happen with teenagers. Well, at least on Savannah's part that is, since she was able to stand strong and steady throughout for the most part. Tristan on the other hand was another story as I wanted to smack him upside the head at times for his behavior as he lashed out in anger, but it didn't take very long to forgive him as his pain was so heart wrenching. This truly is a case of starcrossed lovers that are written incredibly well, especially as the emotions between them were so real that I couldn't help being sucked right into their pain.
At first I felt like this book was a little slow, but then I realized that there actually was a good bit happening as it built a steady pace. It's just that I was so focused on the emotional aspects of the story, (and yes I was rather impatient to see if there would be any hope for the two of them together), that I almost overlooked all of the other developments. Regardless of that, I have to say that any possible lack of intensity in the first part of the book was more than compensated for in the last third. It was almost as if a switch was pulled and the action events completely took over, spiraling closer to the ending which knocked my legs right out from under me. There was a short teaser for the next book included in my ARC copy that I read to try and alleviate some of my misery from the ending, but it only made it worse. I can assure you that the wait for the final book will be agonizing.
In all honesty, I was completely blown away by Covet. Yes, I enjoyed the first installment, but I don't remember it having quite the same effect on me. The sheer depth of the raw emotion in Covet was absolutely staggering as I felt like I was being torn apart right along with the characters. This was an absolutely brilliant follow up to Crave, and I highly recommend it. ...more
When magic failed her in the only real desire she has ever had, Indy turned her back on the WicReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
When magic failed her in the only real desire she has ever had, Indy turned her back on the Wiccan faith. Yet strange events have made her reconsider her disbelief. Each night she dreams of an ancient time where she is sacrificed. When she wakes the burn marks from the ropes are real, forcing her to seek out help from her old High Priestess. Through her, Indy meets Father Tomas, and learns of an ancient tale of three witches and their destiny to either permanently imprison or release an evil demon. Suddenly, Indy's life is turned completely upside down, especially since her instincts are telling her that there is more to the story than what she's being told. Fighting a fierce attraction to Tomas, Indy will have to keep every wit about her if she is to have any hope at surviving this quest intact.
I absolutely loved Indy's character. She is so torn and rather confused about her Faith. A former wiccan, she's lost sight of her beliefs and is rather lost. Granted her loss of faith stemmed from her repeated attempts and failure in casting a spell to locate her soul mate due to an age old ache that she couldn't escape. Little did she know the reason for that emptiness in her heart was something she could have never imagined. Yet, underneath all that doubt and loss, lies and iron core of strength, and that is what really endeared her to me. That, and the fact that when she was faced with blatant prove that her faith was real, she didn't hold on to denial, but rather decided to embrace it all. No minor feat that, considering everything that was going on. That inner will is evident when she stands firm in her decision to make sure she was making the correct choice before acting despite the head priest's best efforts to convince her that she is vile and evil, and must stop the demon at all costs to have any chance at redemption. She made up her own mind about what was right and wrong both with the demon and in her strong ties towards Tomas, and in my book, more than proved herself.
I really enjoyed the overall feel of the book and the way it centered both around witchcraft and the ancient past of the characters. There was just something about the mystical feel of it all that kept me entranced. Everything about the magical aspects felt real, probably due in large part to Maggie being a High Priestess of the craft herself. I almost felt like I was getting a rare look into a secret world. This may sound corny, but in all honesty I felt almost privileged to be reading it. Perhaps that is because I have always had a fascination with the spiritual aspect of Wicca. There is just something so magical about being one with the elements.
I loved how Mark of the Witch had a happy ending that left things with the couple well and settled, yet left plenty enough open for the rest of the trilogy to progress. As with all paranormal romances I expect my happy ending that will leave me satisfied and content. That being said, I still want enough of an overall arc in a series to really ties the books together, and Maggie Shayne really delivered on that in Mark of the Witch. Tie that in with the magical aspects, the mysterious past, and a love that has survived eons, and Mark of the Witch is one heck of a read. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment to see where things go!...more
Tina always thought she was just an ordinary law student trying to scrape by working part-timeReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Tina always thought she was just an ordinary law student trying to scrape by working part-time in the chemical spill Zone. But all that changes when her temper gets the best of her and she winds up accidentally sending her boyfriend straight to hell. Literally. With that one single event her life has been turned completely upside down as she goes from zero to sixty and finds she is one of Saturn's daughters and has the ability to wield justice directly. Unfortunately her new found power comes with a price as she has attracted the wrong people, and they won't stop until she is dead.
As interesting as the elements of the books were, I could help but feel a little disjointed from it all. It was almost like there were two different mythologies going on at the same time that were not blended well enough. On one hand you have the Zone, and all the mysterious happenings surrounding it. Then on the other you have Tina's heritage from Saturn, which I'll get into in a little while. Either one would have made for a really interesting backdrop, but when combined, I wasn't really sure what they had to do with one another, especially since Tina's abilities had nothing to do with the effects of the Zone. The only real tie shown was that those who were "different" seemed to be drawn to the Zone, explaining the reasoning for Tina to have ended up there. Perhaps I'm just being overly picky, but I felt like neither side was developed enough. I mean the Zone just didn't seem really believable as if something like that would have happened, then the government would have completely locked down the area. They would have evacuated all the people or at the very least quarantined them. I get that the people in the Zone were trying to avoid outsider notice for that exact reason, but it still wasn't really believable for them to have been left the their own devices in the first place.
Tina is an interesting character to say the least. She is very hot headed, and has a tendency to go off half cocked. Granted this does make her rather unpredictable, which sometimes can be an advantage, but in all honesty, I felt she more leaned towards the liability side. She also had this bad habit of refusing help just to be stubborn. There were several times throughout the book that I wanted to reach through my kindle and strangle her. I'm sure over time she will learn to control herself, but I couldn't help feeling that for now, her power set was wasted on her since she kept using it in not so great ways due to her short fuse. Speaking of those powers, that was a source of frustration for me, as again, like the Zone, that story thread just didn't seem to be fully developed. There was no clear answers for a very long time as to what/who she really was, and even by the very end, I'm still not quite sure of her abilities and limitations. Hopefully there will be a whole lot more answers in the next installment.
Even though Boyfriend From Hell had some problematic issues for me, it was still a pretty enjoyable read once you suspended a little disbelief and be willing to just go with the flow. In fact, I was never so off put that I had to walk away, and everything flowed well, making it a fun read overall. I do feel like there is a lot of potential in this series, and I am looking forward to the next installment. ...more
As the second in command for his pack, wolf shifter Liam Armstrong isn't used to hearing the woReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
As the second in command for his pack, wolf shifter Liam Armstrong isn't used to hearing the word no unless it comes directly from his Alpha. So when he meets December McIntyre, a human, and realizes she is his mate he sets outs to claim her. Much to his surprise she proves extremely resistant to his advances, and making her his won't be a walk in the park. Meanwhile, danger heats up as she becomes the latest target of an anti-paranormal group set on eradicating the world of shifters, forcing her to turn to Liam for protection, even as she shields her heart.
I really loved the dynamic between Liam and December, especially as it changed. From the start, Liam is rather relentless in his pursuit of her being rather strong and almost overbearing at times. Luckily, he did seem to know just when to take a step back to keep him from going overboard, but he sure did stretch the limit to the max. December, on the other hand fights him tooth and nail, thwarting his every pursuit even as it pains her to do so. She's carrying around a lot of damage and guilt over her younger brothers death at the hands of a shifter. So, it is no wonder she fights against her attraction to Liam so hard. However, there was a point in the book where the tide started to change, and I really loved seeing the role reversal as December became much more secure in her desires, even as Liam became much less sure of himself. It was just fun to see her chase him for a change, even if he was being a knucklehead.
Just like the first installment, Primal Possession centers around the main couple, but also provides a good bit of set up for the next. Not only that, but the original couple from the first book also plays an important role, really tying these books together. This style makes the transition between books feel more like a continuation rather than an ending and has pushed this series high on my favorites list in the genre. A lot of my pet peeves in paranormal romances stem from the limited focus each book has. Even though I am a huge romance fan, I like to see characters develop over several books rather than jamming everything into one, resulting in never seeing them again except for cameo/small roles. I realize the books in this genre are generally written that way so they can be read out of order or as a standalone, but I very much prefer the closely knit pattern this series is following.
Between the incredible cast of characters, the swoon worthy romance, and the incredibly high stakes, Primal Possession was a fantastic read from start to finish. Add that to the close knit nature of the books, and this series really stands a step above the rest. In fact, the next one is already on my most anticipated list for next year. So if you like your romance hot with plenty of build up and a plot that sucks you right in, Primal Possession simply is a must read!...more
Life or rather unlife hasn't been easy for Bryn Davis in the past year, but since being killedReview originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..
Life or rather unlife hasn't been easy for Bryn Davis in the past year, but since being killed and revived by a drug called Returne, she's been making the best of it as she can. She's moved on as best she can as she runs her funeral home and the occasional job for the government in exchange for the daily shot that continues her existence. But when her latest assignment reveals that several other Returne have gone missing, Bryn can't help wondering if the Feds have decided keeping Returne quiet wasn't worth the hassle anymore and have chosen to end the program. Permanently.
The conspiracy and paranoia are stepped up an incredible notch in Two Weeks' Notice. Now that the government has a major hand in Pharmadene the threat against Bryn seems to have doubled. Sure, the government claims to be completely running the show, but Bryn knows that an organization as secret and corrupted as Pharmadene doesn't easily disappear. Especially since one of the drug's creators is still on the run and out of the government's grasp. Either way, there is still only a limited supply of the Returne drug that she and the other revived are dependent on, and it is only a matter of time before the government starts to decide that maintaining their afterlife isn't worth the security risk. In fact I almost can't believe that Bryn and the rest of her allies haven't become just as insane about security as their scientist friend, Manny. If I were them, I would have long ago begged sufferance from him (and bribed with a lot of money), and hunkered down with him in his current stronghold. Then again, I just don't quite have the strength of will Bryn does, so I have to thank goodness that this is only fiction and not a reality. Especially as there also was another player added into the game that led to a shocking turn of events that I can't talk about without spoiling things. But suffice it to say that your head will be spinning once that plot thread is revealed. Even now, I am still in shock as I cannot believe the direction things are heading, but I'm sure the next book will be one heck of a ride because of it.
I really admire Bryn's character as she is both incredibly strong, but also isn't afraid of opening herself to others. Granted, she has had to adapt to some pretty horrible changes in her life which have left her much more sarcastic and hard. She also has this lone ranger mentality when it comes to trouble, but her reasoning for this is rather noble as she wants to keep the ones she cares about out of danger since they are much more vulnerable than she is, at least physically. On the emotional front however, Joe and Pat seem to have it together a whole lot more than Bryn and have become her steady rocks of support no matter how hard she may try and push them away for their own safety. Add in the rest of the supporting cast, and you have a small army willing to do anything and everything for one another, which makes them very dangerous to the wrong people. Love and loyalty more than anything can be the fiercest motivators, something their opponents will quickly learn.
My first thought upon finishing Two Weeks' Notice was rather incoherent, but it was something along the lines of "Holy bleeping bleep, that was bleeping insane!" It's not that the ending was an extreme cliffhanger, but more that the intensity of the book crept up on me so much that I hadn't realized just how sucked in I was until I finished. I looked up and realized hours had gone by without me noticing at all. I absolutely loved the first book, and had high hopes for this one as well, but wasn't sure how it could possibly top the series opener. Not only did Two Weeks' Notice top Working Stiff, but it completely blew it out of the water earning this series a place on my all time favorites list of Urban Fantasies. From the incredible cast of characters, to the fierce action and incredibly high stakes Two Weeks' Notice is one heck of a read and a must buy! ...more