**spoiler alert** Mira is a Nightwalker, a 700 year-old vampire to be precise. But she isn't like any other vampire, for she can manipulate fire. She**spoiler alert** Mira is a Nightwalker, a 700 year-old vampire to be precise. But she isn't like any other vampire, for she can manipulate fire. She doesn't kill needlessly, taking only what she needs to survive. As Keeper of her Domain, she resides in Savannah, and "takes care" of her out-of-control brethren who kill for sport and turn humans into vampires at an alarming rate. She refuses to be a "baby-sitter", dealing with them only when absolutely necessary. For the most part, she just wants to be left alone in her domain, and is happy that way.
But events don't allow for that wish.
A hunter is in her domain, killing off younger vamps that aren't strong enough to defend themselves. And he's looking for Mira. Something is going on in the Nightwalker world, and Danaus is looking for answers; answers that Mira should be able to provide, if only she could remember.
The Naturi, men and women of the elements (earth, light, wind, and so on) are looking to break the seal placed on the doorway between two worlds, looking to bring back the rest of their brethren and their queen. The Naturi want to regain the earth that the humans are destroying, and vampires are nothing more than parasites that need to be squashed. But vampires were the Nightwalkers that forced the Naturi behind that doorway, and placed the seal on the door. Mira was part of that, even though she doesn't remember.
What she does remember, however, was that she'd been kidnapped by the Naturi five centuries before, tortured by them; they wanted her to betray the Nightwalkers, wanted her to protect the Naturi in a war against the Nightwalkers and break the seal on that door.
And now, according to Danaus, it's happening again. Naturi are killing Nightwalkers, and Mira is looking for answers, not just for Danaus.
But it seems that even trusting your own brethren can get you killed.
**Interesting twist to the paranormal/fantasy world.
I liked the main character, Mira, very much. Strong, independent, determined, she sets out to find answers that she needs. The answers, however, are far from what she wanted. She wanted to lay the problem on the Elders and return to her domain. That is far from what happens.
Danaus... a guy I'd like to have in my corner, if he didn't see everything in such a black & white fashion. Over two centuries old, Danaus had spent time with monks, which is where his frame of mind was instilled: good was good, evil was evil, and that was that. Mira was a vampire and therefor evil. Vampires kill, they have no souls, that makes then evil. However, spending time with and around Mira, Danaus is learning that vampires aren't what he was meant to believe, and is struggling with it.
Other characters in the book make for an interesting mix. Some that Mira can't stand but deals with anyway. One that she adores and respects but comes to learn that he isn't what she believed him to be.
And just when things go from bad to worse, and Mira realizes that her life will never be the same, the book ends with the perfect set-up for Book #2. Oh, I so freaking hate that when authors do that. But, que sera, sera, and onto book #2, which is in my TBR pile already. I have a few more I need to read this month before getting to this one.
But I thought the entire cast of characters were colorful, personalities completely different from each other. Actions scenes are superb (even if a little overboard on the gore), and the mysteries behind Mira's faulty memory make for wide-eyed surprises.
Information is the only thing that bugged me, which diminished my usual 5-star ratings on books I think are superb. First, when the author gives you information on the Nightwalker work (in any part of it), you're overloaded and trying to remember it all - and keep it straight. Then there's the lack of info: what, exactly is Danaus: we know he's over two centuries old has has very strong powers. What, exactly is Mira: constantly being told that she's no ordinary vampire isn't enough, dang it! We know she can wield fire, and while you get a bit of info (we know she is a First Blood. What the heck is a First Blood?!)
**spoiler alert** Eden Riley has psychic abilities. Sometimes, she just knows things. Let me repeat that. Sometimes she knows things. Images or though**spoiler alert** Eden Riley has psychic abilities. Sometimes, she just knows things. Let me repeat that. Sometimes she knows things. Images or thoughts just come to her. And it was during one of these sometimes episodes where she caught the attention of Toronto's chief of police. His wife's dog had gone missing, and after calling her faithful psychic, Eden, the dog was found. And now the chief of police wants her help in finding a serial killer.
Going to the house of the last murder, along with the lead detective, Ben Hanson, she has this sudden weird vibe, a pull towards a coat closet. Sure enough, the killer had returned to the scene of the crime. When her life is threatened, Ben shoots the killer dead, and Eden watches as this black smoke rises from the corpse, hesitates, and makes a bee-line directly at her. No one else sees this black smoke.
Then she hears a voice; a male's voice. At first, she believes there's someone nearby. Then she realizes ... the voice is coming from inside herself. Terrific - she's been possessed - by a demon, no less.
Over three hundred years ago, Darrak's body was destroyed, his spirit cursed, and has been living in humans bodies ever since. This is the first time one of his hosts can actually hear him and communicate with him. Not only that, but her psychic ability manages to help him take form during the daylight hours.
Now that he has a host who can not only hear him but can communicate with him, he asks for her help in finding the witch that cursed him. Once she desolves the curse, Darrak will be free, and will be able to leave Eden alone.
And now Eden is learning that the "bump in the night" beings are actually real. She pays for an exorcism that she doesn't go through with, and now the Malleus, a group of people hell-bent (pardon the expression) on eradicating evil, won't leave her alone. Finding the witch is beginning to look impossible, and she learns that if Darrak isn't set free within a year, he will drain her energy dry, resulting in killing her. Oh, and as any demon, while he didn't totally lie to her, he didn't tell her the whole truth, either. He's not just any demon, but an archdemon, and one of the worst kind.
What ever happened to her boring and monotonous life?
Review: A cute story, but not quite a paranormal romance.
Personally, I think this one should have just been put in the paranormal genre. While I saw the possibilities between Eden and Ben, the hot detective, I didn't feel a spark between them. However, with Darrak, I could feel the pull, the attraction between them. And yet, it's forbidden, for he can completely drain her energy if he's not careful. And she can do worse without meaning to.
I found Eden to have a level head, even though she's a "sometimes" psychic who completely doubts her own abilities. Can't blame the girl - her abilities never worked when she wanted them to - they worked eradically at best. Even with all the paranormal information thrown at her, she kept her head, pushing aside her panic in order to deal with the problem at hand.
Darrak, although an archdemon, spent so many centuries possessing humans that humanity seems to have burned itself in him. He's no longer the cruel, heartless, evil demon that he was. And he's fallen in love with Eden. Now, more than ever, it's important that they find someone to dissolve the curse.
At first, I found the story to be on the corny-cutesy side. Seemed it was a plot I've read before. But about halfway through the book, there's a twist that takes the story in a new direction, and it improved from there. The characters are colorful, action scenes well played out, and the romance has just enough 'zing' to it that the reader can feel it. I may have rated it 3 stars, but it's a 3.5'er for me....more
**spoiler alert** Gruesome, chilling, a killer’s game.
Driscoll has finally made peace with the ghosts of his past and has accepted things he cannot ch**spoiler alert** Gruesome, chilling, a killer’s game.
Driscoll has finally made peace with the ghosts of his past and has accepted things he cannot change. And just when it starts getting better, his wife Colette, who was comatose for over six years from an accident that also killed his daughter, takes her last breath. And just when John lays her to rest, a serial killer is loose in New York City, leaving gruesome bodies in the most public places possible.
What begins as a strange case only gets worse, for more bodies are lining up. At first, the only connection to the victims are that they are tourists, all of different nationalities. Stranger yet, each victim was clubbed on the left side of the head hard enough to be fatal, and each has been scalped.
The deeper Driscoll and his team dig, the creepier the case gets. For forensics left behind point to a set of identical twins, male and female. Why? Why kill these seemingly innocent people? The more the team uncovers, the more their realize that these victims aren’t innocent at all.
Angus and Cassie Claxonn are in their late teens, and they are killing in vengeance. Abused by their “so-called” father when they were young, Cassie raped and her face disfigured by him, used as child prostitutes, they’d had enough. First they got rid of their father, then decided to rid the world of those disgusting and vile people like him. And the scalping… being sent to the foster mother who’d taken care of them when they were small, a spiteful note of anger at how she could have let their birth mother take them away from what they knew as a happy home, to a life of absolute terror and misery.
The case is heating up. As the team digs, Driscoll gets closer and closer to Angus and Cassie. A thorn in his side, Malcom Shewster, the father of one of the victims and a pharmaceutical mogul, doesn’t just want the killers found… He wants them dead, just as his daughter is now dead. The one million reward he put in the press is boosted to 3 million, and he wants the killers, bad. The tip hotline number is being observed, not only by the police, but Shewster’s team; he’s determined to get to Angus and Cassie first.
And just when Angus and Cassie are located and surrounded, Driscoll faces a terrible surprise, for Angus wanted something against “Lieutenant Bulldog”, and he found her: Driscoll’s sister, Mary. Angus had kidnapped her, and now plans to use her for his get-away.
But that doesn’t happen. Driscoll always gets his man.
**Fast-paced and twisted, this book will not let you down. Creepy facts that get creepier, you want to feel sorry for the twins and what they went through. But the more the bodies pop up, the more disgusted you get and cheer on the good guys.
Driscoll, although he just lost his wife, knows that she’s better off and no longer suffering. While he’ll always love her, he can put the pain to rest.
Margaret is back on his team. Both know their feelings for the other, and while Driscoll wants to pursue it as much as Margaret does, Margaret is terrified at the thought of a relationship with him. She has ghosts of her own that haunt her, which also screws up her feelings on the case.
Cedric Thomlinson is also back, the third in the trio. He knows he owes Driscoll for the second -chance he’d been given, and he’ll push himself as far as he can go.
Then there’s the mayor of NYC. William “Sully” Reirdon is the typical mayor; another one of those mayors everyone reads who’s let the power behind the title fill his head and boost his ego. Sure, like hounding Driscoll will make solving the case go faster. *eye roll* You’ll love to hate him.
And then there’s Malcom Shewster, the father of one of the victims. Another ego-maniac who believes he’ll get what he’s after, and only makes solving the case more difficult than it needs to be. And just when it looks like he’s about to get his way, Thomlinson spoils his plan, to which Driscoll now owes him hugely. If it hadn’t been for spoiling the plan, Driscoll’s sister would have been dead, right along with the killers.
This story will grip you from beginning to end, and you’ll be itching for the next book!
On a side note, at first, I wasn’t sure what to make of the title. Upon finishing the book, you’d think that The Screaming Room had something to do with the killers and their victims. But upon reflection, I think I figured it out; when we read the flashbacks, the killers are young, placed on a table, in a room in the basement. With the torture that went on, I think that’s where The Screaming Room comes in. While the title still doesn’t do it for me, the story sure as heck did!
**spoiler alert** Completely "UNPUTDOWNABLE!" Just like the first three!
Okay, you've read my reviews before. I usually give a brief detail of what hap**spoiler alert** Completely "UNPUTDOWNABLE!" Just like the first three!
Okay, you've read my reviews before. I usually give a brief detail of what happens in the book, then my thoughts on it. This review is going to be all over the place, LOL! Fair warning.
**Spoiler Alert!** If you plan on reading the novel and don't want to know what happens, do not read past this point!
Lisa Shearin has done it again!!! This is only the fourth book she has published, and already, with her style, she resembles a veteran; an author who's been around for years! She's that good!
Raine's back, with our entire favourite cast of characters.
The spectres are running rampid all over Mid, including Sarad Nukpana. Raine is now after them, to put them back where they belong. The opening line is, and I quote: "I was being chased by a pissed-off guy with a knife. A really big knife." My first thought: And we're off!!!
Then, not halfway down the page, I cracked up when I read: "And believe me, I got to see enough manhoods and fleeing pasty white posteriors to last me a lifetime."
When a shriveled up body is dumped at her feet by none other than Sarad Nukpana, she's warned that the whole situation is about to get worse. Sarad is going to "eat" as much power as he can, and will eventually find a way to control her and the Saghred (stone). And he's going to go after everyone she cares about and everyone she loves before he gets to her.
Raine will stop at nothing to find him.
We see another side of Mychael; now we learn where he came from before he became Paladin. Their umi'atsu bond grows stronger, and both finally admit to being in love with each other.
Talon gets himself into even more trouble - on a couple of separate occasions. Piaras keeps himself out of most of it, until he goes after Talon. And when Tam learns of where his son has gone, he takes off before anyone can stop him. But of course, Tam is captured by Sarad, and Raine has to make the hardest decision she's made so far.
The whole scenario gets more and more complicated as the book moves along, and the deeper Raine gets, the more you're rooting for the home team. A war is averted, for the most part, although the threat is still there. A duke is thought dead, but isn't. Imala Kalis, head of Goblin Intelligence (with the cute dimples), needs Tam's help. Imala has a secret of her own as well.
And if I keep going, you'll end up getting more of the story than I intend to give you. This book has great characters that you love to love and hate with a passion. This book is non-stop intrigue and action, from beginning to end. Figths (magical and non), arguments, truths and lies, conniving deceptions and set-ups, power-hungry elves, mages and goblins, and love-making that was 3 books in the making.
This book, this series, is one of the top fantasy series I recommend to anyone who asks me. Why? Because it deserves the recognition. Run, don't walk, and get your copy today! What are you waiting for?...more