Lily Carlyle has lied, cheated, and stolen her way through life.
But in death, she'll really get to be bad...
When her little sister is brutalized, a vengeful Lily determines to exact her own justice. She succeeds at the cost of her own life, but as she lies dying, she is given a second chance. Lily can earn her way into Paradise b ...more
Good start to a paranormal series. It has a few things I love to see. The tough heroine who is strong and can take down evil, the dangerous hero who has a darkness to him but wants to be a good guy, and a storyline that wasn't cookie cutter.
There's not much romance in book one. I have high hopes that this part will be escalated in the next book. I see potential with this couple. They have a strong attraction that both can't resist but there were trust issues they had to overcome at fir ...more
Okay... for this review, please bear in mind that I'm currently very hard to please. I haven't been reading much for the past 8 months or so due to a terrible (book) funk I can't seem to shed, so the fact that I was able to finish this at all should speak for itself.
It was definitely a fun read. My lovely friends and followers should know by now how much I love myself a badass heroine, especially in the Urban Fantasy genre, and Lily aka Alice was a badass alright. She sported a healthy dose of e ...more
Lily is out to protect her sister when she dies. She's resurrected into the body of a girl named Alice. Clarence tells her that she has been chosen by the big guy to help save the world. The Apocalypse is coming, and it's been prophesied that Lily will be the one t ...more
I love J. Kenner/Julie Kenner however the pen name is given. I have actually never read any paranormal by her and I am actually quite impressed with how this turned out. Lily felt like she was channeling some “ Kate Daniels” energy ( find her in : ). Lily set out one day to avenge the pain brought upon her sister and in a weird twist of fate died by the hands of the man who hurt her sister emotionally/physically. But instead of seeing the light at the end of the tun ...more
Not the most inventive story line, done to death in some aspects. I found myself enjoying the writing & the dark urban fantasy atmosphere. ...more
*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Do you think the difference between good and evil is as simple as black and white? Well think again. Lily finds out that she can be good by being bad as an assassin for God. After Lily kills her sister’s attacker in cold-blood, she is given a second chance to redeem herself and wakes up in Alice Purdue’s body. Working for the light as a demon assassin, her job is to prevent the ninth gate to Hell from being opened by demons. But Lily’s new life has her wondering if she’s strong enough to the kee...more
Julie Kenner is the author of many award winning books and he most famous series is about a demon hunting soccer mom. In her new series, The Blood Lily Chronicles, she takes a more serious ton ...more
The "big shock/twist" ending was blatant from about page 4 and honestly made me cry "DUH!" out loud.
I don't know what went so wrong with this one but it was a total miss for me. I will NOT be reading ...more
This unfortunately felt like a loose copy of Buffy.
There were very few Vampires but still Demons and instead of a stake a knife was used.
The story itself was ok but the characters lacked emotion.
Maybe I am too old for this now.
Not for me.
I will admit the beginning it totally dragged me in. The imagery was well written. By 30% the story already started to drag and for me its just in total the story was moving too slow. It just wasn't for me.
The book is based around Lily, who believes that she has never been good person. She has done bad things in her life, but they were all to protect her youn ...more
Lily Carlyle is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Her younger sister, Rose, is raped by a man named Lucas Johnson. When Johnson is released on a technicality and begins to stalk Rose, Lily takes matters into her own hands and kills Johnson. Unfortunately, Lily is also killed during the attack.
Lily wakes up in the body of Alice Purdue, a bar mai ...more
Lily is in Alice Purdue's body; Alice is dead, and Lily doesn't know who killed her. Clarence, Lily's handler, tells her that she shouldn't bother to investigate what happened to Alice, as it's not important.
What is impo ...more
Tainted, an urban fantasy about a heroine who fights demons, may not be the most original concept, but it certainly is entertaining. It starts off with a gripping opening and is very fast-paced and entertaining throughout.
One thing I really liked about this book were the plot twists. As Lily kills more demons, she absorbs some of their powers and becomes more demonic. Nor suprisingly, this l ...more
Lily Carlyle has died protecting her sister. Now given a second chance of life. Lily can earn her way into Paradise by becoming an assassin for the forces of good. It's the job Lily believes she can do, but she doesn't realize that she may not be able to get out. Lily has come choices to make which will she choose ...more
It's not every day that a book completely blindsides me. I don't always figure books out before I finish, but when Tainted came to the revelation portion near the end, I was blown away. I was expecting anything except for the direction the story actual turned. The ending did feel a little rushed and lacking finality, but it's not the end of the world because the next book in the series comes out 11/24 and the third sometime in December.
Pace: 4.5 Stars
The story grabbed me quickly and ...more
In this story, Lily kills a man terrorizing her sister, Rose, but dies in the process. She awakes to a frog-like man, Clarence, who tells her that she's been brought back b/c she's the one, the one that will close the Ninth Gate of Hell forever and save the world. She's in the body of Alice and, although Cl ...more
Alice or should I say Lily is training to close the ninth gate of hell, she failed to protect her sister, so she is determined to succeed at this. She has a scaley mentor & succumbus trainer, a demon stalking her to reveal what she knows & no-one to talk to, because even though she just has to do on ...more
I liked the overall story, however the beginning was stretched and repetitive had to fight the urge not to quit reading this book. Lily berating herself for failing her sister i ...more
Seriously disappointing, especially when compared to the recently discovered Kate Daniels books, the first of which is Magic Bites.
Lily/Alice is arrogant, crude, glib, and uninteresting. The premise of the story is worn, and all the supporting characters read like charicatures. I do not plan on continuing with the series. ...more
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Tim ...more