This book starts out with teen-aged Clary Fray witnessing a murder in the Pandemonium Club. From theI am going to keep this review short and sweet...
This book starts out with teen-aged Clary Fray witnessing a murder in the Pandemonium Club. From there the action is non-stop. Clary and her best friend, Simon, are thrown into the world of Shadowhunters, Vampires, Werewolves, and Demons. This tale supplies mystery, a budding romance, excellent character building, and heart-stopping revelations. Cassandra Clare is a phenomenal writer! Her imagination is amazing. This YA novel can stand against any Adult Paranormal Fiction offered on any bookshelves. ...more
Book Two in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare continues the tale of Clary, Jace, Isabella, Alec, and Simon as they band together to figBook Two in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare continues the tale of Clary, Jace, Isabella, Alec, and Simon as they band together to fight against Valentine, a rogue Shadow Hunter who has twisted ideas on how the world should be. In this story, Valentine is hunting other Downworlders (werewolves, vampires, fae, and warlocks) to obtain his twisted goals with Mortal Instruments he has stolen. There is pulse pounding action and incredulity at the villian in his twisted efforts to monopolize those around him. The young Shadowhunter's lives hang in the balance at the end of this tale and has the reader anxiously biting his/her nails while screeching.
Cassandra's ability to to weave a tale of strong characters, evil creatures, and the human condition is astounding. I wish I could write a book as well as she does. Again, this book would stand up to any adult paranormal fiction out there. I highly recommend this book to any Paranormal or Urban Fantasy Genre fan.
MacKayla (Mac) Lane’s protected, southern life is going well. She is holding down the fort at her house where she lives with her parents. The Lane famMacKayla (Mac) Lane’s protected, southern life is going well. She is holding down the fort at her house where she lives with her parents. The Lane family's lives are irrevocably changed when Mac receives a call that her sister, Alina, has been murdered in Ireland where she has been attending Trinity University in Dublin. There is one clue that is left behind by Alina. She leaves cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone alluding to the fact that Alina was caught up in a quagmire of trouble.
Mac decides to travel to Ireland on a crusade to find of answers. There Mac is caught up in the scary, elusive world of the Fae. Her Southern Belle reality makes a huge paradigm shift when she realizes she has a peculiar power that allows her to see the Fae's real face through the glamor they project to assimilate into the human world.
As Mac gets further entrenched into the mystery of her sister’s demise, she meets the mysterious Jericho Barrones. Barrones and Mac come to an uneasy alliance in the quest to search for Fae objects of power, one of which was specifically mentioned (the Sinsar Dubh) by Alina in the last voice mail message she left on Mac's phone before she died. The Sinsar Dubh is a very dark, evil book which was created by the Unseelie King.
This book was an absolute joy to read. Karen Marie Moning's unique voice lures the reader into a world you could never dream up on your own. The smooth anecdotic writing of the author is stunningly resplendent. Moning builds a bridge between the reader and Mac through her writing by eliciting the feeling that the reader is the one and only confidant Mac feels safe enough to confide all of her secrets, insecurities, epiphanies, and emotions to as she is led into a very dark, scary, unfamiliar world. Hold on tight to your book as you are sucked into Mac's world. This story will amaze and titillate while emotions you never thought a book could could call forth swamp your imagination.
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris is another good installment to the Sookie Stackhouse Series because it is rife with delicious tension and quite a fDead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris is another good installment to the Sookie Stackhouse Series because it is rife with delicious tension and quite a few interesting discoveries...
Sookie is now living with her two remaining Fae relatives and comes across more information on what makes the Fae actually tick. She also finds out how Eric was more involved with her Fae connections than she first thought. (It is my belief that the next Sookie Stackhouse book will expand more on the Fae portion in this novel more because it will be intricate to the next plot.) There are a few other surprises that will jump out at you while Sookie discovers more of her family's background. There is a bit of introspection on our heroines part in this book but I feel like it is sculpting more panache into her character. And, in the long run will pay off for her.
Amelia and Bob make an appearance in this book, as well as Alcide's cameo appearance. Surprisingly, Sookie and Amelia's relationship takes a turn that I did not see coming. Another eye-opener is that Bill seems to be growing another pair of balls. The development of this resurgence into Sookie's life could make things much more complicated for Sookie; but we will have to see.
Victor is continuing to make Eric's life very difficult - to put it mildly. Pam has actually fallen in love and wants to create her first vampire child. To complicate matters further, Pam and Eric are at odds with each other and it is difficult for them to be in the same room together without the tension between them igniting. Sookie is made very uncomfortable with the prickly duo's tension because she has a feeling it has to do with her. She's right and the reader will be flabbergasted for the reason behind the strain and leave their relationship's destiny undetermined .
There are some zingers in this novel that were not expected and has left me panting for more in this series. However, the one element that truly disappoints me in this book is the slow disintegration of Sookie and Eric's relationship. I truly hope Ms. Harris rectifies this situation fast... or maybe there is someone much better for Sookie in the future; but, I - for the life of me- cannot think who could be better for Sookie than that sexy Viking. I would be so much happier if Eric would just pull his head out of his butt and come to grips with his true feelings for Sookie (Go team Eric!!). In light of that one disappointment for me as a fan and reader of this series, I still cannot wait to read further into the life and times of Sookie et al!
Callie, a Fae who finds true love for others, has been banished from the Fae Kingdom to live with humans. She has been assigned to work with the rakeCallie, a Fae who finds true love for others, has been banished from the Fae Kingdom to live with humans. She has been assigned to work with the rake and all out enemy of true love, Nick Garrett. They both must work together and "hook up" three couples with true love in an allotted amount of time. The reason Callie was given this assignment is because she must atone for meddling where she should not have. If they do not succeed, neither Callie or Nick will ever know true love.
Very cute, clean romance. There is a little bit of loving at the end; but, nothing lascivious. ...more
This delightful, anachronistic story begins in the year 1851, London, England with Sir Merrick Hadrian who is a Knight of the Order. He gets into a biThis delightful, anachronistic story begins in the year 1851, London, England with Sir Merrick Hadrian who is a Knight of the Order. He gets into a bind while investigating the disappearance of some women in the area. While investigating, he is suddenly pitted against two vampyres and unwittingly receives the help of five street children with supernatural powers to help dispatch the vampyres.
As a Knight of the Order, Sir Merrick is used to hunting human and animal monsters; but, he is not sure he is up to taking care of five children on his own. His devious spinster Aunt Dorothy introduces Caroline Bristol into Sir Merrick’s household. By trade Caroline is a governess. She has been employed in a few households but cannot keep a position for very long. Her lack of steady employment is partially due to her attractiveness. Ms. Bristol’s former employers have a bit of trouble keeping their hands to themselves which causes the ending of her gainful employment since this behavior is unacceptable.
When Caroline is offered a job with the attractive Sir Merrick, she is not sure being under the same roof with him is a good idea since she very attracted to him. The five supernaturally charged children tug at her heart strings and she stays. Ms. Bristol is easily able to keep the children out of trouble and busy. While handling the children, the instant attraction between Sir Merrick and Caroline grows intensely.
The mystery of the missing women and the reason for the insurgence of vampires is keeps the momentum of the adventure on a nice even keel while assisting in making the romance between the hero and heroine more emotional.
Steam & Sorcery written by Cindy Spencer Pape is a very beguiling paranormal tale. While parts of the story can be predictable, the main and supporting characters keep the story engaging. I whole heartedly recommend this book to any paranormal romance lover.
The Laird of Darkness by Nicole North is a short paranormal erotic novella. The two main characters are: half fae Laird Duncan MacDougall and Lady AlaThe Laird of Darkness by Nicole North is a short paranormal erotic novella. The two main characters are: half fae Laird Duncan MacDougall and Lady Alana Forbes. Laird MacDougall is cursed through his nightmares where he is tortured by Otherworld creatures that want to destroy him. In order for him to conquer his curse, he must obtain a magic bow. However, the bow is out reach because his estranged half-brother, Kinnon MacClaen, owns the coveted bow.
In order to obtain the bow, Laird MacDougall plots to steal the bow from Kinnon or create a trade - his half-brother’s betrothed for the bow. The plot is a good one in the Laird’s eyes until he falls for the beautiful Lady Forbes. He learns the truth of love and having to set it free. The story line is original and the love scenes add to the quick passion that ignites between the hero and heroine. This is a quick, entertaining read.
Dreamfever begins where Faefever ends. Mac is in the sexual clutches of three Unseelie princes thanks to the Lord Master's conniving actions. She is rDreamfever begins where Faefever ends. Mac is in the sexual clutches of three Unseelie princes thanks to the Lord Master's conniving actions. She is rescued by Dani and eventually Barrons intervenes. He is able to cure Mac of the sexual addiction she contracts from having sex with the three Unseelie princes. She surfaces from this experience stronger than she was before.
The story continues with the search for the Sinsar Dubh in the wake of the devastation caused by the walls falling between Faerie and the mortal world. Mac also has to confront Rowena and her purposes toward the Sidh Seers. Dani and Mac forge a partnership to hunt the Unseelie that have infiltrated the world with weapons of power. They also dig for information on the Sinsar Dubh with the help of a faction of the Sidh Seers.
The Lord Master declares a challenge to Mac in order for her save her parents back home in Ashford, Georgia. To get there, Mac has to travel through the mirrors. Traveling through the mirrors is an unknown since one cannot be sure they will end up where they are intending to travel. This mode of transportation lands Mac in places unknown. The ending of this book takes your breath away. Leaving your psyche screaming "OMG....no! NO! No!"
Karen Moning continues this story with her talent for melodic prose. She paints a story from the point of view of Mac with a few glimpses into the thoughts of Dani. Mac's internal musings lend themselves to thoughts that invoke deep thought on behalf of the reader. Moning's aptitude for weaving an unforgettable tale is profound and does not disappoint in this addition to her "Fever" series....more
Karen Moning continues to wow her readers with Mac's thoughtful introspection, Dani's energy, Barron's animal-like alpha sexiness, and a whole host ofKaren Moning continues to wow her readers with Mac's thoughtful introspection, Dani's energy, Barron's animal-like alpha sexiness, and a whole host of other quirkiness from the other colorful characters. This installment in the Fever series is rife full of action, quirky characters, betrayal, and the answers to many sought after questions throughout the series. Fasten your seat belts, sit back, and enjoy the ride.
This story is about four misfit werewolves finding a home for themselves by learning to trust enough to become part of a pack. Through their journey oThis story is about four misfit werewolves finding a home for themselves by learning to trust enough to become part of a pack. Through their journey of self-discovery, a magical mystery of enfolds and leaves the reader wondering what will happen next....more
The Geek Job by Eve Langlais does a great job of bringing a-not-so alpha guy together with an implacable, sexy heroine who can hold her own against thThe Geek Job by Eve Langlais does a great job of bringing a-not-so alpha guy together with an implacable, sexy heroine who can hold her own against the toughest of situations. I really like the juxtaposition of the male/female roles in this book. Eve Langlais has written a jewel of a story with interesting characters and an original narrative.
Lexie who is a werewolf is hired as a body guard to protect a human scientist named Anthony who is working to unlock some secrets held within supernatural blood, though he is not aware that the blood he is experimenting with is not human. As the story moves forward, the unlikely pair fall for each other. The reader receives the enjoyment of watching the hero grow into a courageous man who cannot live with just his occupation any longer. He yearns to be a man worthy of Lexie. The journey that the reader is taken on is an enthralling ride that leads you to love, intrigue, and excitement. Don’t miss out on this tale.
Dark Enchantment by Anya Bast starts off with Charlotte Bennett being manipulated through her dreams and compulsion by Kieran to cajole her i3.5 stars
Dark Enchantment by Anya Bast starts off with Charlotte Bennett being manipulated through her dreams and compulsion by Kieran to cajole her into making a journey to Piefferburg, a Fae stronghold created to keep the Fae separated from the human population. The manipulation of Charlotte is integral in aiding the Fae in obtaining the third and final piece of the bosca fadbh because she possess memories that hold the clues on how to procure the third charm. Once all three pieces have been acquired, the Fae will be able to obtain a spell from the Book of Bindings to bring down the magical wall that separates the Fae from the human world. Along the way there are many obstacles that must be overcome to achieve the Fae's end goal.
Anya Bast has a gift for weaving passion and action into her stories that always fulfill the romance lover's need for a "fix" with her original style of entertainment. Her novels never fail to entertain me and deliver a wonderful HEA. In addition, the author's story-telling ability can always be counted on to assimilate her reader into her ingenious world building and plots.
In the Naughty Godmother by Chloe Cole, Holly Tucket wants to move up in the Fairy realm from Tooth Fairy to a Naughty Fairy Godmother. Fairy GodmotheIn the Naughty Godmother by Chloe Cole, Holly Tucket wants to move up in the Fairy realm from Tooth Fairy to a Naughty Fairy Godmother. Fairy Godmothers assist in turning nerdy, geeky sexually uncertain men into confident sexy alpha men. Holly’s first assignment/test to prove her worth as a Fairy Godmother is to help Alex Nelson. Alex is a first-class, awkward geek who is uncomfortable around the opposite sex. Holly must transform Alex into a successful seducer of women in 24 hours in order for her to pass her test.
This short story offers quite a few amusing scenes where you will find yourself giggling out loud. The next moment you will be caught up in a meaningfully seductive moment of intense feeling and lust. Ms. Chole has an enchanting ability to make a short, erotic anecdote into a story that is playful and yet, salaciously unforgettable. This will be an erotic story you will want to keep by your bedside to read when you need a pick-me up after a tough day at the office.
Happy Reading from Bona Fide Reflections!! ...more
Goodness! Perfect ending to this series! Cassandra Clare is an amazing author with the talent to construct a wonderful tale that captures your heart wGoodness! Perfect ending to this series! Cassandra Clare is an amazing author with the talent to construct a wonderful tale that captures your heart with love for her characters. I will absolutely miss the characters in this series....more