Seems a little weird to review my own book, but I guess this is where I can say a bit more about it, so here goes:
This book is... weird. It won't be eSeems a little weird to review my own book, but I guess this is where I can say a bit more about it, so here goes:
This book is... weird. It won't be everyone's flavor of choice. But if you like the creepy and the unexplained; if you think there's still a bit more magic in the world than we're allowed to admit we believe in; if you like tragic young love and messed up girls (and boys), give it a shot.
That sounds pretentious. It's also just a murder mystery novel starring a narcoleptic protagonist who can't keep track of her own subconscious. Melika Hale was right there on the mountain when her ex-girlfriend was murdered. So why can't she remember anything? Or better yet, what does her brain want to make her forget?...more
Disclaimer: Leah is my critique partner, so I might be biased, only because I already know how effing fabulous a writer she is.
This book is unlike anyDisclaimer: Leah is my critique partner, so I might be biased, only because I already know how effing fabulous a writer she is.
This book is unlike anything you've read. It is not for the faint of heart. But if you love gritty, psychological suspense and realistically screwed-up characters (which you probably already do if you've read UNTEACHABLE!), you will fall hard for this book. Not only is it un-put-downable, but every reread will make you appreciate it more (seriously, it's like finding Easter eggs whenever I start over).
This is twisted plotting at its finest, with the best kind of antiheroes -- the kind who really probably do belong in an institution or something. I say this with complete adoration, because I love every character in this book to death, despite (or because of?) their many flaws <3
Also bisexual love triangle (and I do mean triangle, none of this accute angle crap). So, you know, insta-win....more
Okay, yes, this is romance. Errr. Fine, erotica. STOP JUDGING ME! I usually don't read this stuff. But when someone foisted it upon me, and I noticedOkay, yes, this is romance. Errr. Fine, erotica. STOP JUDGING ME! I usually don't read this stuff. But when someone foisted it upon me, and I noticed it was set in a vampiric dystopia, okay, I got curious and I couldn't resist :) Holy crap, am I glad I didn't resist! (I feel like there's a BDSM safe-word pun in here somewhere, but I'm feeling lazy today, I'll skip the obvious shot). This reminds me of back in high school when I first discovered Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. I just fell in love with the world-building and the stakes involved. This actually reminds me a lot of the Kushiel's series -- the heroine is a spy for the resistance, only she accidentally catches the eye of the hot vampire man she's supposed to be stealing info from. That's when he proves to her that she's an agonie, someone who draws pleasure (and power) from pain, and things only get spicier from there. The world itself is sort of like a blend of Blade Runner, Underworld and Daybreakers. I've burnt myself out on a lot of vamp fiction before, but this had a unique twist to it -- I loved the way the world is set up, with vampires as the dystopian government/overlords, and humans conned into actually wanting to become Donors (human bloodbags spoiled with all kinds of wealth, riches and fame in exchange for a short life and letting vamps feed off of them). It made for really intriguing interplay between the species, and between our leading lady and her master. Honestly, my only complaint is that I want mooore! Now, dangit! :) If you're looking for your next guilty-pleasure read, if you loved the Kushiel's series, and/or if 50 Shades just did not have hardcore enough BDSM for you, check this one out. It won't disappoint!...more