I don't read a ton of paranormal romance anymore, but when it comes to Jeaniene Frost, I just can't help myself. Fans of the Night Huntress, Night HunI don't read a ton of paranormal romance anymore, but when it comes to Jeaniene Frost, I just can't help myself. Fans of the Night Huntress, Night Huntress World, and Night Prince series have long requested a story devoted to fan favorite: Ian, and Frost didn't disappoint with Shades of Wicked. This novel is the first installment in her new Night Rebel series which Frost has announced will consist of “at least two books, possibly three”. In Shades of Wicked, vampire Ian is paired with Veritas, law guardian of the vampire council, and Frost fans will already be at least slightly familiar with her as part of the supernatural world. She protects the laws and he notoriously breaks them, but they agree to put their differences (and regard for rules) aside to work towards the same goal: catching Dagon, a demon, and taking him out of the equation which will benefit them both.
Frost keeps this story fun and fast-paced with tons of banter, humor, action, but also some emotion and slow but satisfying romance. Additionally, existing fans of the connected series will get the added bonus of cameos from previous main characters. Although there is a lot of back story that supports this overall plot, Frost prepares readers well which I think may allow this to be a potential entry point for new readers. Be forewarned though, once you enter this well-loved world that Frost has successfully created, you won't want to leave. The many books associated with this urban fantasy collection will gladly keep you busy for a while. Time to get started. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: "But there was a time tested truism on my side. Men always wanted to believe they won a match of wits against a woman. Even if their instincts told them otherwise."...more
Slaying It is installment #13.5 in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy/mystery series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. This novella follows the last book of theSlaying It is installment #13.5 in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy/mystery series titled: Chicagoland Vampires. This novella follows the last book of the series, wrapping up one very important detail: Merit giving birth. It also features a mystery to be solved so it's a well-rounded short-story for interested fans.
A Discovery of Witches is the first installment in Deborah Harkness's paranormal 3-book series titled: All Souls Trilogy. This was a long-ass book witA Discovery of Witches is the first installment in Deborah Harkness's paranormal 3-book series titled: All Souls Trilogy. This was a long-ass book with sections that felt so familiar it gave me flashbacks of other reading experiences, but overall an engaging story that is worthy of its following in my opinion. I have to admit I was impressed with all the history, science, and wine elements threaded throughout this story, which made up for all the borrowed plotlines. I read it in preparation for the upcoming TV adaptation which I plan to watch; however, simply based on my personal enjoyment, I am undecided if I plan to continue reading. If you enjoy the paranormal/fantasy genres that feature vampires and witches, then it's worth a look.
My favorite quote: "I've always thought yoga and magic had a lot in common." ...more
If you liked Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, then you will love this spin-off! Never heard of Chloe Neill or Chicagoland Vampires? That's oIf you liked Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series, then you will love this spin-off! Never heard of Chloe Neill or Chicagoland Vampires? That's okay...you'll like it too.
Wild Hunger is the first installment in the Heirs of Chicagoland series, and the series title tells you exactly what you need to know. It's Chloe Neill's fun and familiar action-packed storytelling, still set in well-loved Chicago, but it's filled with the next generation. The main characters are Elisa Sullivan and Connor Keene (recognize any last names??) but there are tons of additional characters that compliment the leads in a format similar to its predecessor. Bonus: We even get major screen time with all our favorites from the original, but their roles are downplayed as to allow their offspring to shine.
Urban fantasy meets mystery/suspense in a spinoff that promises some passionate romance in future installments. How long til the next book? You can fill the time catching up on the generation before or you can start fresh with this one. Your choice. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: "It's not an advantage to be numb to terrible things. It means we can't feel. When we can feel, and we do it anyway, we show our bravery. And terrible times are when we need to act most of all. That's when we do the most good."...more
A fantastic ending to a long and worthy series. Lots of humor and action, with passionate characters working together to protect the city they love. WA fantastic ending to a long and worthy series. Lots of humor and action, with passionate characters working together to protect the city they love. We’ve got a wedding here, and of course a villain to fight, and even a (view spoiler)[prophesy fulfilled (hide spoiler)]. I’ve had fun but I’m ready to say goodbye. It’s time. However, I am very much looking forward to the spinoff! Love this author!
My favorite quote: “Love doesn’t guarantee happiness or wealth or success. But if you’re willing to commit to it, to work at it, it guarantees partnership. So that no matter the trials or tribulations, no matter the joy or loss, you are not alone.”...more
I was so excited to read this based on the synopsis, but it wasn't quite the experience it could have been in my opinion. With a mixture of m/m BDSM aI was so excited to read this based on the synopsis, but it wasn't quite the experience it could have been in my opinion. With a mixture of m/m BDSM and paranormal/urban fantasy, there is a lot to fit inside this novella-length book. So it makes sense that elements couldn't quite be expanded upon, many supernatural revelations were taken at face value with convenient and sometimes confusing happenings, and the depths of characters and their relationships couldn't be reached. In which case, maybe this length should be reconsidered. Unfortunately, the result of one-dimensional storytelling negatively impacted this reading experience for me.
On a positive note, the first chapter does a good job at capturing the readers attention (for the exception of a strange try-and-catch-me game inside a D/s scene) and the main character works in a sex shop which provides a setting for a few humor scenes.
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Winter. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: M. Raiya Publisher: Less Than Three Press Genres: LGBTQIA, Romance Pub Date: August 1, 2018...more
“Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one
“Nice things don’t happen in storybooks. Or when they do happen, something bad happens next. Because otherwise the story would be boring, and no one would read it.”
The Cruel Prince is the first installment in Holly Black's young-adult fantasy series titled: The Folk of the Air. I found it to be fast-paced and incredibly engaging with a storyline I am eager to follow. The many, many characters to follow gave me a little bit of trouble, but it may not impact you at all. Definitely a winner in terms of YA that appeals to many ages. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “The odd thing about ambition is this: You can acquire it like a fever, but it is not so easy to shed.”
Although I have to admit to enjoying The Shining more than this sequel, it was pretty amazing to have a follow up on Danny, and one which shows his trAlthough I have to admit to enjoying The Shining more than this sequel, it was pretty amazing to have a follow up on Danny, and one which shows his transition to helper for another shining child in need. With quite a time gap between The Shining and Doctor Sleep, Danny is now a full-grown man and the family dynamics of the Torrance family still linger as the cycle of addiction sadly makes it way down the generational pipeline. But the creepy/thriller factor in Doctor Sleep is on a whole other level. It was engaging and uncomfortable as all the best are. Stephen King certainly doesn't shy away from tormenting kids in his fiction, and this one takes the cake. Despite having a new and heavily gifted shining child in the mix, my book love still went to Danny. He's one of my all-time favorite fictional characters just making the best out of all the good and bad he was given and trying to survive like us all. I'm so glad King moved forward with Doctor Sleep, and I'm even more glad I finally read it. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “Life was a wheel, its only job was to turn, and it always came back to where it started.”...more
Damn. That was intense. This was my first time reading The Shining and believe it or not I have never watched the film adaptation [yet]. I did howeverDamn. That was intense. This was my first time reading The Shining and believe it or not I have never watched the film adaptation [yet]. I did however experience Universal Studio's debut of the Overlook Hotel haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights last year and if that was any indication I knew this story was no joke. My in-person book club read Ready Player One last month and we weren't quite ready to leave the experience so we chose The Shining as our next read since there were quite a few related scenes. I had been wanting to read it anyway so it was a very appreciated push towards my "read all the Stephen King books" goal which will surely take a lifetime.
The Shining maintains a mass following for a reason. It's good. The writing, the setting, the massive themes that everyone can relate to. We all have regrets, shame, and our own personal demons that haunt us unsolicited.
“Monsters are real. Ghosts are too. They live inside of us, and sometimes, they win.”
...and sometimes they don't. The Shining is climbing to the status of a classic for good reason. It was a twisted, suspenseful ride, and I'm so glad I finally read it.
My favorite quote: “But see that you get on. That's your job in this hard world, to keep your love alive and see that you get on, no matter what. Pull your act together and just go on.”...more
★★ Untouchable Darkness is the second installment in Rachel Van Dyken's paranormal romance series titled: The Dark Ones Saga. I didn't enjoy this one n★★½ Untouchable Darkness is the second installment in Rachel Van Dyken's paranormal romance series titled: The Dark Ones Saga. I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as the first in the series but it was OK overall. There was a lot of world building in regards to "dark ones", but romance element was not at all believable for me as a reader as I felt zero chemistry from these characters. Maybe it was the audiobook performance so I'll give the benefit of the doubt and continue the series and continue to recommend it.
My favorite quote: "But the worst type of darkness is the kind we keep in our hearts... we treasure it, hold it dear, allow it to help us justify our actions, and when it's too late, blame it for everything while it points its finger back at us and laughs."...more
★★★ The Roman is the third and final installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. This ongoing paranormal romance incorporates cultural and★★★½ The Roman is the third and final installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. This ongoing paranormal romance incorporates cultural and artistic elements that sets it apart from others in this genre in my opinion, and the ending in this finale was satisfying indeed. If you follow this series, make sure to finish it out to the end. If you're new to The Florentine, this series must be read in order. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: "You can't do everything. You can't be perfect. You just have to be yourself, and be the best self you can be."
The Brightest Embers is the third and final installment in Jeaniene Frost's Broken Destiny trilogy. This was a fast-paced ending to an interesting andThe Brightest Embers is the third and final installment in Jeaniene Frost's Broken Destiny trilogy. This was a fast-paced ending to an interesting and original urban fantasy story which I enjoyed overall. The writing style felt a bit young (relationship angst, poor communication) despite the leads being in a married relationship, and this finale ended quite abruptly which confused me, leaving me wondering if there might me a novella or such to come. Let's hope so.
The Shadow is the second installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. There is so much world building going on in this continuation. I founThe Shadow is the second installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. There is so much world building going on in this continuation. I found it very informative about the history and structure of the vampire world. In my perspective, some parts were dry but there was plenty to keep me engaged and eager for the next installment, such as romance, action/suspense, vengeance, betrayal, and some family drama of the human variety. The Shadow was a likable continuation in my opinion and I plan to finish out the series.
My favorite quote: “Love creates; it doesn't destroy.”
The Raven is the first installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. It is marketed as a paranormal romance, and it is, but it is also fullThe Raven is the first installment in Sylvain Reynard's The Florentine series. It is marketed as a paranormal romance, and it is, but it is also full of art, mystery, Italian culture, history...all with a gothic undertone that melds everything together beautifully. As the story progressed, the focus became more centered on the romance which disappointed me just a bit as I was really enjoying how the other elements were proportioned, but the vampire/human dynamic was not your typical paranormal romance. It was complex and written with a sophistication that I appreciated (or maybe that was the audiobook's delicious accent). Overall, a great start to an intriguing new series for me. I'll definitely be continuing!
My favorite quote: “No one deserves mercy. Not deserving it is what makes it mercy.”
Note: In my opinion, The Florentine series stands on its own for new readers and will feel like a companion series of sorts for fans of Mr. Reynard's Gabriel's Inferno trilogy, as it features cameos and references to those characters. However, when I read The Raven, I had only read the first installment in Gabriel's Inferno and I never felt confused or out of the loop. Below, I included a list of both series for any interested readers. Enjoy!
Chosen One is the sixth installment in Scarlett Dawn's new-adult fantasy series titled: Forever Evermore. This one fell in the middle for me. There weChosen One is the sixth installment in Scarlett Dawn's new-adult fantasy series titled: Forever Evermore. This one fell in the middle for me. There were things I loved and things that annoyed the hell out of me. Ain't life full of contradictions.
Loved: -Caro winds up 40 years in the past (not a spoiler) and I so enjoyed seeing some of the other characters in their younger years. Realizing that many of the characters had already met Caro in the past gave me a reason to go back to the fourth and fifth installments and re-read sections when they all met "for the first time" in the present day. That was a lot of fun and I loved that their present-day reactions to Caro took on new meaning now knowing all the details. -I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know some of the elders a bit more. The character count is rapidly rising and I am surprisingly able to remember who everyone is. That's a huge compliment to the author.
Annoyed: -In my perspective, plot direction is severely lacking in this novel. I mentioned this in my review for the fifth installment too hoping with every ounce of my being that this sixth book would make sense of it all. In my opinion, there just wasn't enough story to fill an entire novel and there were huge chunks of what felt like filler to me. Entertaining filler, yes, but after a while I felt that I was just reading scenes that weren't taking the story anywhere...and with a multi-installment fantasy series, you have to keep it moving forward. -My consistent complaint with Caro's saga has been no resolution as to identifying the romantic interest. Well, he is identified in this one just to be put back in question with Dawn's trademark cliffhanger. Speaking of romantic interest, Caro and her main romantic interest in this installment have a hate-filled relationship. Admittedly, it was cute as first, but it got old real quick. Like eyeroll old. -There are significant formatting issues and distracting scene shifts that needed a chapter separation or at least some kind of segue but this may be confined to the ARC edition I received so I won't go into further detail as hopefully this will be resolved in the final ebook.
If Scarlett Dawn's "saga" pattern continues then the next book should feature a new heroine and new prodigies but I don't see how this is possible as Caro's story does not yet feel complete. This concerns me a great deal as a loyal follower of this series and knowing first hand the storytelling talent Ms. Dawn possesses. Regardless, I will continue to read from this amazing author. She has brought me so many laughs, tears, and quality entertainment in general. If you have never experienced this author's work, there's no better time to start!
Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Chosen One. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Scarlett Dawn Publisher: Escape Publishing Pub Date: December 4, 2017...more
The Dark Ones is the first installment in Rachel Van Dyken's paranormal romance (PNR) series titled: TheI was long overdue for a paranormal romance!!!
The Dark Ones is the first installment in Rachel Van Dyken's paranormal romance (PNR) series titled: The Dark Ones Saga. The author has created a fascinating world featuring humans, vampires, werewolves, sirens, angels, and other immortals. In a sea of PNR novels that start to bleed together after awhile, you likely haven't read this story before. It's fast-paced, fun, incredibly sexy, features suspenseful and emotional conflict, and ends with an epic teaser for the next installment which makes the entire saga difficult to put down. Oh, and lucky, lucky you! Each book in this collection can be read as a standalone. They interconnect with each other in the same paranormal world but each story features a different romance. You can safely start with whichever one strikes your fancy...or you can start with this first one and go in order. Whatever you decide, just start!
My favorite quote: “Sometimes it's best ... To love for a moment than to never experience it.”...more
The Hunt is the third installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled Devil's Isle. It is a wonderful addition to this series and is my favorThe Hunt is the third installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled Devil's Isle. It is a wonderful addition to this series and is my favorite installment to date. Mystery, action, suspense, maturing powers, romance, game-changing revelations... it was an engaging read that I easily flew through (via audio). If you follow this series, get your hands on this one sooner rather than later. You won't regret it!
My favorite quote: “Sometimes the ones who cry loudest for war don't really want change. They just want the fight and the power.”...more
Phantom Kiss is a great novella that perfectly compliments the near closure of Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series. It has sexy romance, humor, mystery, action, suspense, history, magic, ghosts, vampires (of course), and preparations for a certain couple's upcoming nuptials...Ms. Neill fit a whole lot into 90 pages of fast-paced entertainment. If you follow this series, don't miss this gem!
My favorite quote: “Most of us rarely rise to our full potential.”...more
★★★ Dead Sky Morning is the third installment in Karina Halle's paranormal/horror series titled Experiment in Terror. To date, I have only read the fir★★★½ Dead Sky Morning is the third installment in Karina Halle's paranormal/horror series titled Experiment in Terror. To date, I have only read the first three books and this happens to be my least favorite; however, highly anticipated progress was made in the main characters' slow-going romantic tension so I had to bump it up another star just for that. The plotline in Dead Sky Morning was much slower in my opinion than the first two books but the first scene puts readers in immediate suspense mode and the paranormal activity that takes place is truly horrific. Also, Ms. Halle provides a life lesson/perspective for her readers as she has created an insecure heroine who is very slowly but surely learning to not allow abusive blog comments to negatively impact her. Overall, I am loving this series and am excited to finally be working my way through it. I plan to take it slow and savor each one. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “Honestly kiddo? You’re beautiful. You use your weight as an excuse but you’re just all woman. Not every woman has to look like a stripper. Or a model. Or Megan Fox. You’re petite, have a tiny waist, a fantastic rack, a devastating ass…what the hell more do you want? You should know it. Everyone else knows it…that’s why you’re getting all these asinine comments. Can’t you just see that it’s just jealously that’s ripping these people apart?”
★★★★ I'm so excited to have finally given this series a chance. It's been a lot of fun already and I'm only through the first two! Karina Halle creates★★★★½ I'm so excited to have finally given this series a chance. It's been a lot of fun already and I'm only through the first two! Karina Halle creates plot themes reminiscent of The X-Files and she has written two characters that have just about as much unresolved romantic tension (at least as of this point). This second installment: Red Fox has tons of suspense, mystery, humor, and moments of terror that had me glued. If this sounds interesting, make sure to check it out!
My favorite quote: “Poltergeists, for the most part, seemed to be pretty unhappy spirits with a vendetta against humanity and an eye for trickery. I knew that if I died I’d definitely come back as one. It actually was quite appealing, throwing shit around and scaring hapless people out of their homes, just to be an ass. I started looking forward to “meeting” these asshole ghosts.”
Black Mad Wheel's storyline involves sensory horror, military/war-related themes, the suspense of a top secret mission, paranormal activity, rock n roBlack Mad Wheel's storyline involves sensory horror, military/war-related themes, the suspense of a top secret mission, paranormal activity, rock n roll, historical fiction, and the slow burn mystery of how the member of a rock band had every single bone in his body crunched like a soda can. All this and more is incorporated into a story that reads less like intentional fiction and more like someone recounting their dream from the night before. It's that weird. But it's good. It's about how history repeats itself over and over like a Mad Black Wheel. Ding ding ding!!!
This review isn't intended to spoil anything. It's meant to encourage you to push through the weirdness of it all. It's worth it for the perspective and lesson about patterns in history that we will all likely know in full real-life detail sooner than later I'm afraid. Read it and have fun with the overall story, but keep the horrifically real theme close to your heart. Josh Malerman is a rock star...literally!
My favorite quote: “Philosophy doesn’t travel at the same speed technology does. It takes a man forty years to realize what it took his father forty years to realize. And what’s worse, he resists the truths his father’s come to know, until he learns them himself. Meanwhile, technology doesn’t wait. All a man has to do is add another piece to his father’s technological puzzle and the machines, the weapons, the means, are stronger. In the end you have an army with the same philosophy of the cavemen, but with the weapons of ten billion artless minds. Do you see?”...more
Winter Moon is a Seven series novella (#7.5) written by Dannika Dark. This paranormal/shifter romance series may be officially complete but thankfullyWinter Moon is a Seven series novella (#7.5) written by Dannika Dark. This paranormal/shifter romance series may be officially complete but thankfully there's a little wiggle room for something short and sweet. Winter Moon is a lovely catch-up with all the characters from the series while offering humor, suspense, romance, and tons of Christmas spirit. I was super happy to poke my head back inside Ms. Dark's fascinating world and would definitely recommend this holiday read for fans of the series. Check it out!!
My favorite quote: "Snow had a way of making the world appear quieter, reminding its audience of how tranquil and elegant mother nature can be."
My life has been crazy these last few weeks. If I were to list everything that has happened, it would sound like complete fiction. Needless to say, IMy life has been crazy these last few weeks. If I were to list everything that has happened, it would sound like complete fiction. Needless to say, I am in need of intense escape. I've had my eye out for a strong PNR - heavy on vampires - as this is my comfort genre. That sounds ridiculous but this is the genre/subject that gave me my spark for leisure reading so when I find a good vampire romance, it feels a bit nostalgic and reminds me how fun and full of escape reading can be.
With all that said, Between a Vamp and a Hard Place didn't do it for me but it almost did. Unfortunately, it felt one-dimensional and a little too cutsie for my personal taste, but I finished the book so I must have liked it overall. I'm still on the lookout for a PNR to hide out in for a few days so if you have some recommendations then PLEASE let me know!...more
Raziel is the first installment in Kristina Douglas's adult urban fantasy series titled The Fallen. I like angels. I like vampires. ReadingBoredom :(
Raziel is the first installment in Kristina Douglas's adult urban fantasy series titled The Fallen. I like angels. I like vampires. Reading about angels that drink blood? WINNER!
It just bored me to tears. I wasn't expecting the blood sucking element so my interest was grabbed during those parts but unfortunately it didn't last. Personally, I can't recommend this one based on my own experience but I encourage you to read some more positive reviews and weigh the pros and cons for yourself. Good luck!
My favorite quote: "Evil came from within, just as love and beauty did. Evil was the price humans paid for being alive."
Very original storyline, but I fear most of the YA genre just doesn't do it for me anymore :( RTC
My favorite quote: "If there was one thing I understoodVery original storyline, but I fear most of the YA genre just doesn't do it for me anymore :( RTC
My favorite quote: "If there was one thing I understood it was that grief was an opponent you didn’t play fair with. You did whatever it took to not let it beat you. You fought dirty against grief, period."
"I had no problem taking orders from a girl. I’d been doing it my whole life, for one. My mom was the strongest person I knew. And if you were capable, I personally gave no shits what you were. For me character was character, end of story."...more
The Sight is the second installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Devil's Isle. I was uncertain about this series when I started it wiThe Sight is the second installment in Chloe Neill's urban fantasy series titled: Devil's Isle. I was uncertain about this series when I started it with the first book, but after reading this second, I'm feeling much more confident. Chloe Neill's signature writing style is starting to shine through and The Sight shows a strong heroine who is growing stronger while managing to hold on to her humanity (and hope) in a very inhumane world. I just love heroines like that, don't you?
For fabulous and more detailed 5-star reviews of this beauty, check out Beth's and Angie Elle's. Enjoy!
My favorite quote: “Sometimes horrible things happen, and they're no one's fault. Sometimes they're just horrible things. The world keeps on spinning; we just try to stay on our feet."