A gifted one, Yuri Sokolov was born with the ability to see spirits, but he knows better than to make contact with them. Yet he’s never seen one as lovely as Cat Seddon, the woman who haunts his home and his dreams. But amid their star-crossed love, a new danger may have Yuri facing a different kind of eternity.
Previously published ...more
Yuri’s immortal existence can be summed up in three words: “hunt, sleep, repeat.” For centuries he’s had his kindred and duties as a guardian. He’s also felt a deep loneliness. But since he was transferred frommyself. ...more
I read this novella as part of the On The Hunt collection, and loved it!
Book 5.5 of the Immortal Guardians series, this short gives us the story of Immortal Guardian Yuri. Time-wise, it takes place during the events of Night Unbound, Zach and Lisette’s story, which is a hugely intense time for the Immortal Guardians. They are facing down an enemy unlike any they have seen before, and the warriors are under threat and gearing up for an epic battle.
But while it’s all going down, Yuri is falling ...more
Note: I already read Phantom Embrace, when it got out in On The Hunt. Here is what I wrote for it.
I already knew how this one would end, since I read the other books in the Immortal Guardians series, but this novella makes the end of Night Unbound so much more bearable. The relationship between Yuri and Cat was cute and heartbreaking and I kind of hope to hear from those two again in a later Immortal Guardians book, but I'm not sure if it ...more
Review: Duvall's short was the perfect salve for the wound left by the events of Night Unbound. The short picks up in the midst of/toward the latter half of the story told in that full installment.
Yuri Sokolov has always been able to see spirits however he's learned that to acknowledge them isn't always the best course of action. Yet, when he notices a myste/> ...more
First read October 25, 2015.
As to this novella, it shows it’s the 5.5 novella on the list of Audible books of the Immortal Guardians series but, believe me, that’s wrong. In book 5, Night Unbound, Ami had her baby but in this novella about Yuri she hasn’t had the baby yet. So it was kind of weird reading about Ami’s big belly when I had just finished the book where she was born.
Anyway, it was good that Yuri only had a novell ...more
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So, what did I like about it?
I am a fan of Dianne Duvall’s writing style and find her books very easy to read; she writes intelligent, engaging stories with a collection of well written characters within an imaginative world that mixes fantasy and reality, creating a world that I can believe in. The pace of her stories is usually fast and full of action without being disorienting and I like that she combines a couple of plot lines to/>So, ...more
***Warning...spoilers are present in the review of this story****
Yuri is an Immortal Guardian and has spent the past 500 years hunting vampires and protecting humanity. TBH, I was really surprised to see that he got his own story because (as you'll know if you're current on the Immortal Guardians series) he dies at the end of book #5, Night Unbound. The majority of this story takes place during the time frame of Night Unbound, explaining how Yuri (who has a gift that enables h ...more
Immortal Guardian Yuri Sokolov can see spirits and he’s been obsessed with one he keeps seeing around. Cat Seddon has been a spirit for a very long time, but there’s something about Yuri that draws her. An immortal and a spirit, what kind of relationship are they going to have? Only one way to find out.
I love, love, love the Immortal Guardian series and this short story (#5.5) is a wonderful and unique ...more
I did not know anything about the story ...more
With a story time-line parallel to Night Unbound in the Immortal Guardians series, Phantom Shadows explores the insurmountable love between the living and the dead.
Yuri Sokolov can see the dead, but he learned early on to never interact with them. Until he sees the deceased sister of a fellow Immortal Guardian. She wonders the halls of David's home and the streets of North Carolina. She enchants Yuri with her endless curiosity, and mystifies him with her melancholy. Cat Seddon fills her endless, lonely d ...more
(view spoiler)[ I had one sneaky little question. Why wouldn’t they work at helping the Guardians spy on all of these endless bad guys? I assume they could go anywhere and they can always find a way to communicate with Roland. This just keeps plaguing my thoughts. (hide spoiler)]
Those are the questions that Yuri and Cat need the answers to, and Dianne Duvall definitely delivers in this beautiful and bittersweet story!!!
‘So, ” Marcus spoke after a pause, “have you found it yet?“
“Found what?” Yuri asked absently, his mind a maelstrom.
“The catch, the downside to speaking to her” Yuri responded with a slow nod. “What is it?” Marcus asked curiously.
"Phantom Embrace" by Dianne Duvall. Book 5.5 in the Immortal Guardians series.
If I could give this story more than 5 stars, I would! You can read this novella as a stand alone BUT it is much more enjoyed if you have read the series. This story takes place during the same timeline as the previous book "Night Unb ...more
So why did Yuri and Cat (Bastien's sister) find each other?
How did the author craft their romance? The author did them a solid on taking time to share their story with her readers. I won't give away anything away. And you do ...more
Really liked this one though some of the ending was a little heartbreaking. I read it right before Awaken the Darkness which is really needed since they were best friends.
(view spoiler)[ Yuri finally decides to talk to the ghost that is haunting the group home of the immortal guardians (hide spoiler)]
I loved this book. I kinda understand why Yuri's was a novella but I also kinda wanted more. I knew that Yuri died in the 5th book but when it got to that scene I cried as if it never happened before. I'm kinda hoping Marcus lets Bastain know about his sister's happily ever after. The very end made me cry even more. How happy they were running out in the sun. I just hope that find Stanoslov. I'm hoping he's not really dead that's why Yuri couldn't find him after ...more
I'm happy to learn more about Yuri and Stan. I wish there are scenes which Yuri says goodbye to Seth or Marcus. Maybe in other books?
Dianne Duvall is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Immortal Guardians and The Gifted Ones series. Reviewers have called Dianne's books "fast-paced and humorous" (Publishers Weekly), "utterly addictive" (RT Book Reviews), "extraordinary" (Long and Short Reviews), and "wonderfully imaginative" (The Romance Reviews). Her books have twice been nominated for RT Reviewers' Choice Awards and are routinely deemed Top Pic(RT(Publishers...more