Grace is a black-listed private eye in a community where the inhabitants don’t age. You’d think it would be a paradi...moreWho wouldn’t want to live forever?
Grace is a black-listed private eye in a community where the inhabitants don’t age. You’d think it would be a paradise, but instead, the world has turned to hell. There isn’t enough room for all the people, and jobs and living quarters are scarce. People eat strange processed food, and there’s even a neat reference to the “Soylent Green” movie with Charleton Heston. People fend for themselves in slums, or give up their lives to become “slaves” in the country.
Grace has a small apartment and food, but she needs money to continue her safe lifestyle. The richest man in the city has contacted her. He thinks he has the answer to why people stopped aging, and it’s up to her to find the man behind it. She must reunite with a lost love to finish the job.
The Immortality Virus is well thought out sci fi with a great premise and a murder mystery at its core. The word building is strong, and the characters are three dimensional people with long past histories, which makes them complicated and fun to read about. The hordes of people reminded me of zombies at times, and it was interesting to see how society could turn bad from what you’d think would be a good thing. Death is a natural part of life. Without it, there’s no room for the next generation to be born. (less)
A chilling story of an urban legend dating back to the Civil War.
Four friends travel a seldom used back road in the middle of a cold December night on...moreA chilling story of an urban legend dating back to the Civil War.
Four friends travel a seldom used back road in the middle of a cold December night on a joyride straight to hell. Two are sisters, two are boyfriend and girlfriend, and two are best friends. Only when the claws come out do we see where the loyalties lie.
Once Upon a December Nightmare is very scary. Reich plays upon what we all fear most: the unknown. She incorporates a neat dose of Civil War history, and creates her own urban legend. The characters are excellently done with well rounded back stories and secrets that lead them to their own brutal ends.
The imagery is stark and chilling with “brake lights” that “ bathe the trees in red” and a forest of trees that “lines the path like enemy soldiers”. Sounds are littered throughout deep silence like a great horror movie. The forest “cracks like a gun shot” and you hear the sound of “clothes ripping.”
An intriguing new world of angel and demon mythology…
Ginger’s life changes the day she overhears a poacher boast of pursing an archangel in Vermont. S...moreAn intriguing new world of angel and demon mythology…
Ginger’s life changes the day she overhears a poacher boast of pursing an archangel in Vermont. She’s the adopted daughter of a demon, the guardians of archangels, and she knows how rare and pure they are. She rushes to warn him, placing herself in great danger. Her actions make her and the archangel, Wren, runaways, and they seek shelter in a place called the Sanctuary.
Wren has lived a cursed life. His parents were murdered by a guardian betrayer, and he’s fled from safe houses to barns, to abandoned buildings his whole life. Lark, the guardian that killed his parents is after him, and has sworn to kill any family Wren produces. For this reason, Wren can never fall in love. But he’s drawn to Ginger, the woman who’s risked everything to save him. He knows being with her could lead to her death.
Out in Blue is a fantastic paranormal romance, and much more. This book puts a face to the harm caused by poachers, and it hits home when the slaughtered innocents resemble humans. The people who buy the archangels feathers are enablers, giving the poachers reason to murder. The same is going on today with elephants, and as a society we must stop it.
The romance between Wren and Ginger simmers nicely into a fiery flame, and I love the way Wren is described: so masculine and exotic. Their pasts explain so much of the reasons why they are drawn to one another, and their romance delves deeper than mere attraction, although the physical magnetism is definitely there. They are truly made for one another, and that fact makes the romance delicious. I ate it up.
Continuous action kept me on the edge of my seat, making it hard to put down with the end of each chapter. The world that Gilman creates is a well thought out and fully realized mythology, complex and enthralling with twist and turns throughout. (less)
Mythology expertly spun into romance and fairytale
The Celts’ spirits are down from battle, and Apollo asks Terpsichore, the muse of dance, to return...moreMythology expertly spun into romance and fairytale
The Celts’ spirits are down from battle, and Apollo asks Terpsichore, the muse of dance, to return to Earth and inspire them. She must forgo her powers and roam among the people as a mortal woman, trying not to be noticed. But she is noticed, for the Gods have secret plans.
When Terpsichore, known as Cora on Earth, finishes her task, she decides to swim in a mountain spring in the forest. After drinking a sip of enchanted wine, she loses herself in dance and song. Her nude dance by the spring captivates a man named Myrddin, who invites her to share his evening meal.
Terpsichore is drawn to Myrddin. Although he is human, there is something special about him, and she longs to get to know him better. She accepts his offer and joins him for dinner. At dinner, she learns he is on a quest to save his betrothed. Both of them hold secrets from each other, and only time will draw them out.
Little does she know the Gods have plans for her, and the stakes are high.
Sweet Terpsichore may be immortal, but she has the same feelings and urges as any woman, and I wanted her to find happiness with Myrddin. With poetic prose and sizzling romance, this story is a must read for mythology and fantasy fans alike. (less)
Sam, a newly appointed college professor, has many secrets about his past life. He’s managed to elude his past until a student shows up to his class,...moreSam, a newly appointed college professor, has many secrets about his past life. He’s managed to elude his past until a student shows up to his class, bringing memories and questions about why Sam’s shunned his mysterious moonlit powers. Meanwhile, Kayla, a young girl abducted by a witch at two years old, is discovering that the world is much bigger than her greenhouse and her “second mom” may not always be right. In another part of the world, a Hollywood screenwriter, Dall, finds a strange psychic woman on the beach and is drawn to her, taking her home. All of these lives are connected by one person, and their journeys weave an intricate tapestry both mystical and mysterious.
This book was amazing. Lisa Ruszcyk has an intriguing way of spinning out a story and a unique and tantalizing voice. The story is an enigma that tickled my thoughts until it was solved, making me read as fast as I could! Ruszcyk hints at conclusions but never gives enough information for a complete picture until the end, when all the pieces fall together in a perfectly completed puzzle.
There was enough magic and supernatural in the book to keep me interested, but not so much as to take over the plot or the characters. The idea of a “changed” person is fascinating. I enjoyed reading about the process and the various consequences. Ruszcyk’s ideas will keep my mind occupied for days to come as I turn around the endless possibilities and correlations.
Her characters are believable and lifelike, with motivations that are understandable and not entirely good or bad. It is this grey area that makes her characters so interesting. I cared about each one of them, and was excited when they were brought together. Their relationships are complicated and ever changing and what they learn about themselves and others is profound.
Full Moon in December is a captivating read! (less)
Deznee is a sarcastic thrill seeker who rebels against her father just to get his attention. When a hot young man named Kale stumb...moreTouch by Jus Accardo
Deznee is a sarcastic thrill seeker who rebels against her father just to get his attention. When a hot young man named Kale stumbles into her path, she sees an opportunity to egg on her father big time, so she brings him home. But, this young man isn’t normal. He wears her shoes in the shower and finds things like magazine covers and vases interesting. Turns out, anyone he touches dies a horrible death. Anyone, that is, except Deznee.
By inviting Kale into her life, Deznee opens a door to secrets her father has kept from her since she was a baby. Her whole world is turned on its head, and she had to look deep within herself and her own abilities to make things right.
Touch is an action packed thrill ride. Jus Accardo has such a unique voice to her writing, I really enjoyed watching a teenager leap off the page. Some moments were laugh out loud funny, and others made my heart weep for the people caught up in this evil, secret corporation. The pace never slows, and the chemistry between Deznee and Kale sizzles.
Beth Underhill is a city girl in the highest sense. The niece of a famous racehorse breeder, she was raised with...moreMcShannon’s Chance by Jennie Marsland
Beth Underhill is a city girl in the highest sense. The niece of a famous racehorse breeder, she was raised with a lofty upbringing by her Aunt and never asked to do a chore. Her dresses are fancy, and her manners are impeccable. When her Aunt passes away, the estate falls to her cousin, who wishes to sell it immediately, putting Beth in a precarious situation. With enough money to get her through five months and no more, she is desperate. But she is also strong willed. Instead of waiting for her cousin to select his idea of a respectable husband for her, she applies to Trey McShannon’s add for a wife and travels out west to meet her destiny.
Trey McShannon is a practical frontiersman. Having fought for the union at a young age, he’s seen war and death, and his life experiences have changed him into a quiet, mysterious man. He needs a sturdy wife to help him run his household, someone that is not afraid to do hard work and get dirty. When he sees Beth Underhill, and learns of her famous lineage, he fears he has made a mistake. But he is also drawn to her, and realizes that there is more to her pretty face and high pedigree than meets the eye. She’s also a talented artist, a dutiful worker, and shares his love of horses.
McShannon’s Chance has a wonderful historical flavor to it with picturesque writing and scenes right out of a western. Marsland captures the image of a lonesome frontier that is both beautiful and dangerous. Her writing is realistic, but at the same time it has a grand sense of adventure and romance. The pacing is steady and sure, allowing the reader to savor each scene.
Marsland takes her time to tell the tale, setting up a sweeping historical romance with characters that have so much detail and depth they could be anyone’s own ancestors. It reminded me of my favorite series growing up, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. Like Dr. Quinn, Beth is a strong female character with honor, compassion, and patience. She works hard to earn her life beside Trey, and her rewards are immense.
McShannon’s Chance is an ideal historical romance escape! I found my soul soothed and my heart warmed by Marsland’s writing and I recommend this book to anyone that enjoys an excellent historical romance with real life characters and a western flavor. (less)
McFarren’s latest novel, Flaherty’s Crossing, is about so many crossings on physical and metaphorical levels. Th...moreFlaherty’s Crossing by Kaylin McFarren
McFarren’s latest novel, Flaherty’s Crossing, is about so many crossings on physical and metaphorical levels. The story delves into complex relationships between a husband and wife and a father and daughter, and explores how the past can affect the future. McFarren unravels a rich history of events that lead to the decisions that the characters make throughout the novel. She weaves in complicated topics of death and religion in a masterful manner that helps shape the plot. Told from a rotating viewpoint, the story illustrates how there can be two sides to an argument, and how both parties must set aside pride to pave the way toward forgiveness. McFarren’s writing is powerful and detail oriented, making the story come alive and creating a suspenseful atmosphere that sustains to the last page. A brilliant exploration of women’s fiction. (less)
Rescued by Reptars at a young age, Z’thandra is the last swamp elf of her kind. A cataclysmic event called the Curse...moreShades of Green by Rhonda Parrish
Rescued by Reptars at a young age, Z’thandra is the last swamp elf of her kind. A cataclysmic event called the Curse rattled her land. The elves died of fever, and the Reptars’ technology and advanced society crumbled. Now all they have is a mystical stone, rumored to be a dragon’s egg that hovers in their council hall, their last ray of hope.
Z’thandra lives a life plagued by prejudice from her foster sister and the untrusting villagers in the Reptar council. Driven by ignorance, the Reptars are fierce and quick to condemn. After a chance meeting with a handsome human in the swamps surrounding her village, Z’thandra is faced with the decision of her life. Will she leave the only home she’s known and doom the Reptars to extinction, or will she suffer for their own sins and lead them to a better life?
Set in the fantasy world of Aphanasia, Shades of Green is a unique and unsettling tale of life after an apocalypse. The descriptions are exotic and fun to read, and I felt for Z’thandra’s plight throughout. Amongst all of the prejudice and hatred she is able to forgive, and that is truly heroic. The ending is unexpected and left me with much to think about. This is no fluffy fantasy tale, but a powerful and emotional journey with a profound message at the end. (less)
Mary lives in a secluded village surrounded by wire fences that keep out the Unconsecrated, an army of liv...moreThe Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Mary lives in a secluded village surrounded by wire fences that keep out the Unconsecrated, an army of living dead. Ruled by the Sisterhood and the Guardians, the village may be the last one of its kind. Life is not about love and risk, but commitment and adherence to the policies dictated by the Sisterhood. Betrothed to a man she doesn’t love and tempted by her best friend’s intended, Mary has trouble believing in the Sisterhood’s rules. Even more, she craves what lies beyond the village walls, seduced by her mother’s tales of a vast ocean beyond the forest of hands and teeth.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth is gruesome and dark with love at its core. Set in a post apocalyptic society of religion and fear, the story draws on freedom verses imprisonment and predestination verses choice. Ryan weaves a complex web of passion, love, and jealousy. Filled with tension, strained relationships, and lots of teen angst drama, this tale is hard to put down. A great sense of irresolution keeps page after page turning at light speed. But if you want answers, this book is not for you. Written in a literary style with elegant prose and poignant descriptions, Ryan is more focused on the journey than the end result. Perhaps she will give us more answers in the second installment, The Dead-Tossed Waves. (less)
Isabella has special abilities to change her appearance, but she’s going to need more than her magic to confront her p...moreInk in the Blood by Chandra Ryan
Isabella has special abilities to change her appearance, but she’s going to need more than her magic to confront her past demons. After a stint in rehab, she’s back on the streets working for the DEA to find local drug sellers. She’s willing to face her past in order to seek revenge on her half brother who’s caused havoc in her life. What she doesn’t expect is falling in love with the human assigned to her brother’s case. Now she has to keep him alive while resisting temptation.
Ink in the Blood is a dark and edgy urban fantasy where potions and magic are considered deadlier weapons than hand guns. There’s a constant, lurking danger that stalks Isabella throughout the read, creating a suspenseful atmosphere that kept me scrolling down to read more. Her chemistry with the human, Jacob, is sizzling and well paced. Their love crosses the boundaries between Asura and human, and cop and former addict. They have a lot to overcome and the tension is palpable. I found myself wondering how Jacob will react to the truth of what she is and how the two of them can outsmart a man that can turn a normal woman insane. (less)
A sizzling hot Space Opera complete with vampires!
Skylar is on first solo mission as an elite intelligence officer. Disconnected from her team, she’s...moreA sizzling hot Space Opera complete with vampires!
Skylar is on first solo mission as an elite intelligence officer. Disconnected from her team, she’s completely on her own, and this mission cannot fail. She’s trained for every situation, except a sexy vampire rogue who wants to take advantage of her and taste her blood. She can’t give in to her desires, because if he gets close enough, he’ll learn too much and her mission will fail.
Combine space ships with vampires, pirates, and romance, and you get Breakout by Nina Croft. The characters are so vivid, they jump off the page and talk right at you, and the brilliant dialog made me laugh out loud several times. The chemistry between Skylar and Rico starts hot and doesn’t stop heating up, until I thought the ebook would burst into flames on my computer.
A must read for science fiction romance fans. (less)
Constance Spencer thinks she’s a failure, both as a witch and in love. Living with her cat, she practices magic t...moreReminiscent of the Salem Witch Trials
Constance Spencer thinks she’s a failure, both as a witch and in love. Living with her cat, she practices magic that never works and still thinks of her breakup five years ago. But that all changes the day her fingers slip during a ritual and she drops the match into the water bowl. Her incantation is a success! A portal forms in her backyard, sucking her in.
Constance falls into a world where magic abounds, but only council members can practice it, and witches are persecuted. By interrupting their council and demonstrating her own magic, she is persecuted as well.
But one man fights for her. Captivated by her glowing beauty, Lawrence recognizes her from his dreams. Only with his help can she make it back to her world.
Escape to Love is action packed with a sweet romance at its core. Cher’s writing is very smooth and calming to read. I enjoyed watching Constance fall in love and find her own way in the twisted new world she’s fallen into. I love how Cher incorporates wiccan rituals and incantations. This story reminded me of the Salem witch trials, and how we all must work at accepting different cultures. (less)
Family is everything to Eliana. When her family vineyard is threatened by foreclosure, and her dad is on his hands and...moreA modern day, exotic Jane Eyre!
Family is everything to Eliana. When her family vineyard is threatened by foreclosure, and her dad is on his hands and knees pleading, she makes a deal with Hale Forester, the handsome man behind the loan. She’ll work off the debt by working for him in his California home. Meanwhile, she has to leave her family and her homeland.
While Eliana loves her father dearly, Hale wants to forget his. His life has been plagued with curses, and he lives in an old, dilapidated mansion all by himself. When Eliana breathes life into the place, she stirs desires in him he hasn’t had in years. Ultimately he must make a tough decision to do the right thing and lose Eliana forever.
Bonded in Brazil reminded me so much of one of my all-time favorite books: Jane Eyre. Hale is so much like Mr. Rochester, and Eliana, like Jane, must save him from himself. With beautiful imagery of lush vineyards and cold castles, the prose flows like poetry. The characters are all very easy to relate to, and the chemistry between Eliana and Hale is sizzling hot, but also runs deeper than mere attraction! Boy does Rhiannon Ellis know how to write a romance!
I recommend Bonded in Brazil to anyone that enjoyed Jane Eyre, or anyone that likes a well told, steamy romance in a beautiful, romantic setting. (less)
Love, and everything that goes with it, is a curse in Delirium. People have operations t...moreDelirium by Lauren Oliver
A great post-apocalyptic sci fi novel
Love, and everything that goes with it, is a curse in Delirium. People have operations to change the part of their brains that causes them to love, to hate, and even to feel. Society is perfectly in order, and there is little crime. But is it worth the price?
After meeting Alex, Lena doesn’t think so. She’s feared that the virus of love has run through her veins her whole life because her mother succumbed to it. After meeting Alex, she learns to embrace her emotions. The society built around her is a bunch of lies, and the only way to break free is to escape and never go back again.
I loved this book. The constant intensity of an oppressing society held my attention throughout. The characters are all very well rounded, (even the flat toned ones that have had the operation-which I’m sure is hard to write). The best relationship is between Lena and her best friend, Hana. I enjoyed reading about them whenever they were together.
This book ends on quite a cliffhanger! I’ve already preordered the sequel, Pandemonium. Excellent job, Lauren Oliver. You’ve got my attention! (less)