Channing has a lot of great things going for this novel: cover, author name (kinda unintentionally awesome), title (!), engaging plot and that enigmatChanning has a lot of great things going for this novel: cover, author name (kinda unintentionally awesome), title (!), engaging plot and that enigmatic "nailed it." If you dig paranormal vampire tales but are tired of the regurgitated fare that copy-cats like a puzzle piece that can't find its fit, WKM will hit the spot.
Axelia is living abroad in Italy with a foreign host family. Sugar plums dance in her head with the potential she feels the place holds; a blank canvas for adventure. When a exotically cute boy takes an interest in her, she shuns intuition in favor or recklessness. Soon her choice lands Axelia in a peril so final there seems to be no hope. Then the extraordinary happens and she becomes the thing that hunted her.
Axelia is not a weak heroine in need of rescuing and I normally don't dig that. I like the woman-in-peril gets saved by hunk-o-love scenario. However, Channing has such a way of writing to allow the MC's vulnerabilities to shine through and not make this story read like every other urban fantasy tale that needs a kick @ss heroine to make it. Our girl is tough but has a fragile edge that causes the reader to root for her. If you like a multi-dimensional heroine then you'll like this. Also, though the MC is almost 18, this doesn't have that "young" adult feel. It's more of the YA crossover/Mature YA and could easily progress into the New Adult realm with book number two. Addressing age-appropriateness, this book is multi-genre with elements of both dark urban fantasy (a sub-genre of horror) and paranormal romance. There are some fairly horrific things happening with a decent amount of violence. I'd think high school and above on this.
This is a 4.5 star read that centered between very good and outstanding so it was easy to round up to a five star. Channing has worked as a journalist and her skills for tight prose, a narrative voice that paints scenes and hard-core pacing shines in this short novel. I look forward to reading more of her work. Fans of Tammy Blackwell, JL Bryan, SM Reine and Dannika Dark should like this work....more
I was Sucked in by STERLING and now I'm Tortured by TWIST!!! These are the best to-date reads for 2012! I average about three books per week so that pI was Sucked in by STERLING and now I'm Tortured by TWIST!!! These are the best to-date reads for 2012! I average about three books per week so that puts these at the head of an approximate seventy-six book pack, not bad! This is dark urban fantasy at its best and it reminds me of those terrific Stacia Kane books (Unholy Ghost Series) but without the high price tag! STERLING is only a buck and TWIST is $3! That's a heck of a lot of entertainment for the cost. I was on board when I stumbled across book one on the free promotional: cool cover, simple title, intriguing premise... promise of Alpha male types? Sign me up!
And boy, does Dark Deliver! This installment was slightly less dark than #1 and I liked it equally as well; the intrigue was laid on a tight wire, with the reader struggling to balance without teetering off. Unlike #1, there was no "valley" to slow down through. It was an all-mountain read, every chapter a peak of information, action and romantic tension. I was glad that some dudes took a back seat and others came forward. *Especially Logan* He's just... wow. Perfect flawed male that the MC resists. And I love how Silver is still evolving and there are questions that beg answering. I'm content, when there is a series I'm committed to, waiting until the secrets are revealed in a tantalizing bread crumb format. Dark does this expertly, giving just enough detail to engage but without giving away the whole tamale. Love her style. I hope she writes until forever.
Silver is taken again by a new Breed and struggles with his sudden place in her life. Forbidden to be anything more than enemies with him, she soon sees that although not Mage, he is a male of value, one even rivaling Justus. She's confused, hurt and wants desperately to have a more active role in a society that is overprotective of their rare females. Always Silver struggles with why she was chosen, why her old life no longer exists. She begins to cope and then circumstances rise out of the ashes to throw her off-center again.
This is a compelling read with wonderful and unique descriptive narrative. There were passages I re-read to more fully take in the depth of their meaning and nuances presented. Dark is awesome at using the supporting characters in the book, fleshing them out and giving each one individuality. You always know who is whom and she leaves no stone unturned in the unveiling of each person's role in the installment. Can't wait for more!
Genre: Dark Urban Fantasy Sub-genre: militaristic, sci-fi, romantic tension, supernatural Elements: Violence, Profanity, Violence against women Age: 18+...more
I can't give this post-apocalyptic story six stars but I wish I could! This is not a re-read, it's too harrowing a tale for me, but I cannot wait to rI can't give this post-apocalyptic story six stars but I wish I could! This is not a re-read, it's too harrowing a tale for me, but I cannot wait to read book #2! This author falls under the "Narrative-voice-I-love-to-read" category squarely. Goodwin has an almost conversational style to her writing that makes the reader feel like their intimate friend is regaling tales with the highest degree of excitement and tension available. Goodwin can also write an almost movie-like action scene. I see the blood and gore spatter, I hear the heroine's heartbeat race as she tries to escape and rescue those she should, and shouldn't.
I feel her pain.
Yes, Goodwin's that good. I "know" Orissa, I want to help her. As a reader, that's a connection that's not usually there. I read all the time and strictly for in-and-out entertainment value. But once in awhile, there's a story that feels so real you're sure it actually transpired. I love zombie tales, as a writer of four myself, so I was reading with a semi-critical eye and loved the spin she put on this post-apocalyptic work. It's so interesting with its believable war elements, the different stages of "zombieism," and the tension of survival and romantic suspense interspersed that I could not stop reading! Those readers that are bored with a single-dimension zombie tale will enjoy the following elements that are cleverly woven into Contagious: militaristic, romantic suspense, action, survivalist (think Hunger Games) and sci-fi. This is "so much" more than a zombie novel. It's a flat-out great read.
Orissa gets her appendix removed and wakes up to discover a nightmare out of a movie: a terrible contagion has been loosed on the populace for reasons yet undisclosed. While recovering she must battle to escape the immediate threat and take all those that she can save with her. Orissa has a secret though: she's a tough, highly trained fighter and survivalist. She's brave beyond compare, unflinching beyond compromise, tender near her heart and brutally honest about who she is.
When all hope is lost and Orissa thinks the end is near, a story arc occurs that makes the novel jump from really good to AMAZING. Period. I loved the gear switch and everything that followed.
This story flirts with being a Mature YA but should be just fine for readers 16+. I've recommended it to all four of my sons. If they can put this book down, I'll eat my hat....more
These stories of the Downside Ghosts are hopelessly addictive! There just isn't enough dark urban fantasy that rivals these. ANGELFALL had the same deThese stories of the Downside Ghosts are hopelessly addictive! There just isn't enough dark urban fantasy that rivals these. ANGELFALL had the same decrepit lurching speed as these tales do but was geared more for young adult readers. This series is fully adult and gets edgier with each subsequent installment.
GHOSTS is no different. Delivering action sequence after action sequence of Chess in peril. But she's so tough, she never needs a man to rescue her. That is one of the things I don't like so much: Chess is almost too independent. There is no interdependence. In book three, she allows the facade of her self-preservation to crack just enough to let the one man in she is scared to trust but must. In the end, Chess decides to take a leap of faith. But the big question remains: can she tow the mark?
I am dying here! CHASING MAGIC will not release until June 26! The pain! The misery! Must. Know. What. Happens next! Ugh! Okay... this fourth book ofI am dying here! CHASING MAGIC will not release until June 26! The pain! The misery! Must. Know. What. Happens next! Ugh! Okay... this fourth book of the Downside Series is absolutely perfect. What I totally loved was the snippets of Chess's past that are finally revealed. Why, in the name of the Good Lord is she using drugs? Well... we find out and it's not the neat little package of assumptions we thought it'd be. Why does she have such a hard time trusting? Answers there too. I was beginning to be unsympathetic toward Chess by book number four. I was thinking, "clean up your act!" Now, I understand that her internal framework is a myriad of depravity, abuse and memories she cloaks through drug abuse. Gotcha.
Where will our heroine be in book five? I don't know but I can't wait to read and find out!...more