Dancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur is the first book in the Nikki and Michael series. It is an interesting story that leaves you looking forward toDancing with the Devil by Keri Arthur is the first book in the Nikki and Michael series. It is an interesting story that leaves you looking forward to the next book. Nikki & Michael are both very complex characters. Each of them carries around an emotional wall and neither wants to let the other in. But from the beginning they are attracted to each other and as the book evolves they find themselves caring. Nikki is frustrating at times but I understand that her actions stemmed from her trust issues. Their relationship isn’t an easy one and at the end of this one it is left very much up in the air. It will be fun to see how their relationship progresses as the series plays out.
I really liked Dancing with the Devil. The plot holds your attention and there is action and danger around every turn. The romance is carefully crafted and in its beginning stage, it whets your appetite for more. The story is expertly written and flows smoothly throughout. It’s a great beginning to a series and I look forward to reading the next book, Heart in Darkness, releasing in August 2013.
Dancing with the Devil is recommended for fans of Urban Fantasy. ...more
Circle of Fire is the first book in the Damask Circle series by Keri Arthur. It takes place in the same world as the Nikki and Michael series but is sCircle of Fire is the first book in the Damask Circle series by Keri Arthur. It takes place in the same world as the Nikki and Michael series but is separate. It is not necessary to read one to understand the other. As a fan of the Nikki and Michael series I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately it didn’t quite meet my expectations.
Overall, I found Circle of Fire to be a good book but it felt a little flat. I was missing a connection with the characters to draw me in. Jon and Maddie were well described but I felt it was lacking emotional depth. On the plus side, the plot is interesting with action mixed in small doses throughout. The climax near the end was suspenseful and well done. It helped take focus away from the romance which was like a seesaw and rather lackluster. Jon spent so much time trying to distance himself from Maddie emotionally that it puts a damper on their romance. In conclusion, Circle of Fire was an entertaining book but not one I would read again. ...more
Kiss the Night Goodbye by Keri Arthur is the 4th book in the Nikki and Michael series. I’ve read all the previous books in the series and have reallyKiss the Night Goodbye by Keri Arthur is the 4th book in the Nikki and Michael series. I’ve read all the previous books in the series and have really come to enjoy Nikki and Michael so it was a joy to revisit them in this book. Kiss the Night Goodbye is a great addition to the series. An enemy stemming from events of Michael’s past is out for revenge and it’s up to Nikki and Michael to stop him. The problem is Michael has been spelled and in his mind he is living in the past, long before he ever met Nikki. Nikki can only hope that their love and bond will be able to overcome the spell in time.
Kiss the Night Goodbye is an expertly written and entertaining book. There is action, suspense, drama and romance. The setting is once again different from the other books in the series which helps to keep things new and interesting. I really liked Kiss the Night Goodbye and I can only hope that this is not the last we see of Nikki and Michael.
This book and the entire Nikki and Michael series is highly recommended for fans of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. ...more
Chasing the Shadows by Keri Arthur is the third book in her Nikki and Michael series. I really enjoyed it but not as much as the previous book. The arChasing the Shadows by Keri Arthur is the third book in her Nikki and Michael series. I really enjoyed it but not as much as the previous book. The arguing in the book is so repetitive that it becomes tiresome. Nikki and Michael each have their own opinions on how things should be and neither wants to give an inch. Happily there is much more to the book then the arguing and I enjoyed seeing Nikki and Michael together as they work to solve the mystery of the menace abducting woman in San Francisco.
Chasing the Shadows is full of danger, action, romance and a bit of heartache. Now powers are emerging and Nikki and Michael are struggling to find a balance in their relationship that satisfies them both. The story is interesting and the pace is fast. It’s a race against the clock as a battle between good and evil comes to a head.
I really liked Chasing the Shadows and look forward to seeing what happens next in the saga of Nikki and Michael. The Nikki and Michael series is recommended to fans of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. ...more
Penumbra is the 3rd book in The Spook Squad series by Keri Arthur. This is an ongoing urban fantasy series so it’s important to read the book3.5 Stars
Penumbra is the 3rd book in The Spook Squad series by Keri Arthur. This is an ongoing urban fantasy series so it’s important to read the books in order, starting with Memory Zero. Penumbra is the book I’ve been anxious for because in this one we finally get some definitive answers. Sam and Gabriel also make some headway in a romantic relationship, something I have been anticipating since book one.
Penumbra starts out shortly after the last book, Generation 18, ends. Sam is fed up with Gabriel’s inability to accept her as his partner so she demands reassignment. Stephan complies, with the condition that she reconsiders Gabriel as a partner once her new assignment is concluded. When Gabriel hears that Sam has been reassigned he is relieved that she’s no longer his partner and therefore, in his mind, safer. That is until he learns what her assignment is. He knows that this new assignment puts her in a more dangerous position and Gabriel is determined to watch her back.
I liked Penumbra quite a bit but not as much as the previous two books. The characterization and plot didn’t feel as developed. I enjoyed it and it held my attention but it was lacking the chemistry and connection that was so apparent in the other books. Gabriel and Sam were apart for most of the book. I would have liked to seen them together more. Their partnership and chemistry is part of what made the first two books great.
My biggest issue was the ending. It seemed rushed to me. There was all this build-up throughout the series and the ending just fell a little flat. It wraps up so quickly it was abrupt. Many questions are answered in Penumbra but at the same time it feels like a beginning. There is still a major plot point that has been left open, so I was disappointed when I read, on Keri Arthur’s website, that she won’t be writing a 4th book, though it was originally intended.
All in all, Penumbra is a good book and I would recommend it to fans of the series.
*ARC (Advanced Review Copy) received from Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell via NetGalley....more
Generation 18 is the 2nd book in the Spook Squad series by Keri Arthur. It continues where the first book, Memory Zero leaves off. Sam has been recruiGeneration 18 is the 2nd book in the Spook Squad series by Keri Arthur. It continues where the first book, Memory Zero leaves off. Sam has been recruited to the SIU squad and partnered with Gabriel. Gabriel is not happy about this. He doesn’t want a partner because his last two partners have died. He’s determined to get Sam to either quit or request a transfer.
Sam is sick and tired of being bogged down in menial tasks and paperwork while Gabriel goes off in the field. So when she sees an opportunity to work on the newest case regarding a serial killer she dives in. Through the course of the investigation Sam finds hints of information about her past. Information that opens up more questions and leaves her determined to find answers.
I really liked Generation 18. It’s fast paced, mysterious and interesting. We learn more about the characters and get glimpses of where the overall story is headed. There is even more chemistry between Sam and Gabriel but still no romance. This book ends with the case solved but you’ll be anxious to get your hands on the final book, Penumbra, due out October of this year.
I would recommend Generation 18 and the Spook Squad series to fans of urban fantasy.
*ARC received from Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell via NetGalley. ...more
Memory Zero is the first book in The Spook Squad, a three book urban fantasy series by Keri Arthur. It follows Sam (Samantha) and Gabriel as they workMemory Zero is the first book in The Spook Squad, a three book urban fantasy series by Keri Arthur. It follows Sam (Samantha) and Gabriel as they work together to solve the mystery surrounding Sam’s partner, Jack. I can’t say much about the story without giving away spoilers so I’ll focus on the characters and the writing.
Memory Zero is an intriguing and absorbing story. It caught my attention from the first page and held it the whole way through. There is action, danger and suspense. Sam is a great protagonist. She’s completely likable and utterly interesting. She’s intelligent, quick witted, driven and loyal. She has almost no memories from the time prior to age 14. She doesn’t know who she is or where she came from and every time see searches for answers she comes up empty. In this book she begins to exhibit abilities that aren’t human, thus adding the question, what is she?
Gabriel is also a likable and interesting character. He’s a good counterpoint to Sam. They work well together and have a bit of chemistry sparking between them. There isn’t any romance but the possibility is there. I’m anxious to see how their relationship evolves through the course of the series.
Memory Zero is well written with excellent world building and carefully crafted plot lines. There is depth to both the story and the characters. The book ends with 2 cases solved but there is plenty more story to be told and lots more answers to be revealed. Stay tuned for book two, Generation 18, due out in September of this year.
I really enjoyed Memory Zero and would recommend it to fans of urban fantasy.
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