*Review* Redemption (Redemption Series) – R.K. Ryals

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Synopsis:

A fateful car accident, a strange Abbey ruled by an even stranger Abbess, an insane Demon, a world where right and wrong becomes dangerously twisted, and a confident, rebellious teenager . . . .

Dayton Blainey is a foul-mouthed, grief-stricken young woman forced to live with a religiously eccentric aunt who favors her moral older sister. But when Dayton’s life becomes intertwined with a dangerous stranger, she suddenly finds herself at the center of a war fought since the beginning of time.

Trapped between what she believes is right, and a forbidden attraction, Dayton must come to terms with betrayal and her surprising lineage to stop a war before it even begins

My Review: 3.5 Stars out of 5 ***

Oakies, I got this book last year and I’m not sure where it went on my kindle but I’ve just gotten around to reading it. I love the blurb, it sounds to intriguing. It is also a long time since I have read a good angel/demon story.

I’d like to say this story wetted my appetite for more but in truth I struggled with the first part of this book. Dayton, and I know she had lost her parents when she was 10 and was now living in a crazy Abby with her even crazier aunt was just so surly. I struggled to like her, there was a lot of repetition with the story and there were times I was rolling my eyes at the author repeating the same thoughts/feelings and story.

I did like her friends Connor and Monroe, actually I liked Monroe the best I think. I liked how they looked out for her, the way they protected Dayton. On her seventeenth birthday her aunt racked her crazy up a notch and held Dayton against her will and forced her into drinking the blood of a demon!

To be honest at this point I was ready to throw in the towel, the story was slow to get going and it felt like it went in circles many times. Then we meet Marcas, the demon bound to Dayton. After he comes for Dayton to try and find a way to break the bond was when the story took a turn for the better, a whole lot better. It was like reading two different books.

Not only do we find out more about why Dayton was bound to Marcas, but we uncover a much bigger story of lies, intrigue, betrayal and loss. When Dayton and Marcas arrive in Italy is when the story takes the best turn, it is action packed, full of back stabbing betrayals along with plots and sub plots. I have to say I was glad I had taken a deep breath and pushed on.

If you like your heroines surly and your demons hot as hell this is the book for you, be warned however the story doesn’t pick up until half way in

*Review* Wraith Enchanted (Wraith #2) – Melissa Fox

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Synopsis:

Celia Brian is a witch—and that’s not the worst of her problems.

She’s been in love with spell-catching Wraith warrior Jonas Grey her entire life. Sparring partner, friend, confidante—that’s all she expects from Jonas. Beautiful golden gods aren’t meant for mere mortals, even if she does entertain fantasies every once in a while.

After demons murder his wife, the only focus Jonas has is killing his enemies. He lost his Amorta, his soul mate, and doesn’t deserve to be interested in another woman, especially not his good friend and boss’s daughter.

When Celia unearths an ancient riddle that triggers a series of attempts on her life, Jonas’s protective instincts are roused. Bound by a prophecy that could grant their deepest desires or take their lives, Jonas and Celia engage in the age-old battle between good and evil, life and death, and male and female.

Celia’s a spell caster, Jonas a spell catcher. Opposites attract.

Right?

My Review: 4 out of 5 Stars ****

Um! I’ve mulled and digested over the star rating for this book. I got this last year but never got round to reading it until now. I love, love, love the cover and along with the blurb I thought it sounded great.

I’ve decided to round up the rating but it took me a day to get there. It’s not that it doesn’t deserve a 4 star, it’s, well read the review.

It starts of super good. Celia, a spell castor is attacked on her way to the Organization, by a demon. She thwarts that attempt and goes on her way. She is researching an ancient legend that so far is alluding her. So the story is sort of set, something is after Celia yet no one knows why.

Enter Jonas Grey, yummy delicious Jonas, he is a Wraith, an angel so to speak that is on Earth to fight demons. There are only 9 Wraiths and each are destined to love and marry one woman, their Amorta. Alas, poor Jonas’s Amorta was brutally murdered 4 years ago and Jonas is a broken man.

Celia has loved Jonas all her life.

So we get the picture. I liked the story in general, it flowed, it had demon action and it had our hero tortuously denying he was falling in love with Celia, after all he had his one love. He’d failed to save her, he didn’t deserve another chance. Did he?

That was the part of the story I loved the most, the way he wanted to protect her at all costs, he angry angst when she was in the presence of her former boyfriend Rory, his moody broodiness trying at all costs to resist his feelings to Celia. Got to admit I do love a little bit of love angst.

What I struggled with the most was the story seemed to repeat itself, and you are constantly being told why things were the way they were, why Jonas was how he was and Celia continuing to question whether or not he could truly love her. It was repetitive enough to become a little annoying and that’s where I struggled with the star rating.

However, the story was good, the whole legend of them being together to produce a power so strong that the Demon King wanted Celia and Jonas dead was enough for me to keep reading. Then there was the sex, there was plenty of sizzling steam in this book. That’s always going to keep me reading lol.

So over all it was a good read, if you like your Wraiths hot and moody, your spell castors lusting and lots and lots of wanting sex then this is the book for you. I also liked that Celia was a regular girl, she had lush curves and a proper body and Jonas went wild for her.

I also loved the epilogue, it made me laugh.

*Blog Tour Review* Destiny Gift & Soul Oath (Everlast #1&2) – Juliana Haygert

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WOW, today I am doing 2 reviews for this wonderful blog tour hosted by the awesome Xpresso Book Tours. The first review is for Destiny Gift (Everlast #1) & the second if for Soul Oath (Everlast #2) by Juliana Haygert.

Destiny Gift

Synopsis:

Thirty years in the future, a sinister New York City exists in permanent darkness.

A student at the secured NYU, nineteen-year-old Nadine has visions of Victor Gianni, an imaginary guy she has real feelings for. Afraid of being truly insane, she explains the visions away as simple daydreams, but she can no longer deny them when she bumps into Victor in real life. But this Victor doesn’t know her, and turns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, gods she’s never heard of, demons with sharp claws they are not too timid to use … and instructions.

To discover if she’s losing her mind, Nadine follows the vague directions—with the real, rude and reluctant Victor—leading to a man who knows it all: Nadine can restore an ancient creed by unveiling the clues on her visions, and bring sunlight and peace to the world again. But that’s only if the demons and the other evil forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.

My Review 4 out of 5 Stars****

The book starts off with Nadine, living in a dark world 30 years in the future. The world is a very dangerous place to live which we discover early on. Nadine is having visions, they are of Victor and she is in love with Victor almost to the detriment of a real life with a real man.

I found the first half of the book to be slow and at times I was a little confused on some of the continuity. There were terrible bats waiting in the wings to attack but Nadine lived in a secure building and her school was also secured by a high wall. Why didn’t they just fly over if they wanted her that much?

Despite it’s slow beginning I did like Nadine, and her friends Raisa and Olivia.On the one night she agrees to go to a party with them she is attacked by the mutinous bats only to be saved by a handsome stranger who can seemingly frighten them away. This is where the story turned for me and I became engrossed.

Nadine doesn’t share her visions with anyone, not even her other best friend Cheryl for fear of being committed for insanity. This I believe worked well for the story as a whole. So, the impossibly good looking Micah saves her, and when he touches her they are both jolted by a surge of coldness.

Victor disappears from her visions and they are now replaced with visions of Gods and Goddesses. On the urging of Cheryl, Nadine applies to be a medical intern and a trip to drop off her resume results in her bumping into real, live Victor. Only it isn’t him, or is it? This Victor is cold and distant and when she touches him she gets the same jolt she gets with Micah, only this time it’s warmth she feels.

The story unfolds, the gods have killed other gods, towns are being destroyed and Cheryl is MIA. Micah has to leave and Nadine, despite her better judgement is getting a little closer to the thorny Victor. One night changes everything and Victor, Micah and Nadine have to flee for their lives.

This is where is gets super good. The story unfolding has action, horror, demons, bats and double crossing to end all double crossing. I didn’t know which way was up and it was a thrill ride. What I loved about this book was it’s dystopian feel of a post apocalyptic world with a non too shameful love triangle. The action is fast and furious once the story gets in full swing and while I guessed some of the story, there were somethings that shocked me.

If you are a lover of New Adult, Dystopian love stories this is a must. What confused me in the beginning was explained by the end. I liked liked it very much. I also had a smile on my face that it didn’t end in one of those ‘I can’t wait a year to find out’ endings, rather it left you satisfied but with questions that you know will be (hopefully) answered in the next story. I couldn’t wait to read Soul Oath….

Soul Oath

Synopsis:

Sequel of Destiny Gift (Everlast #1) – contains spoilers:

It’s been three months since Nadine last heard from Victor, Micah or Ceris, allowing her to concentrate on her own life. But until Victor and Micah find the scepters that will restore them as true gods, their human bodies will require her healing touch and it’s only a matter of time until they wreak havoc on her life again.

As if to prove that, Victor shows up at the hospital dragging along with him a swarm of demons. Nadine is forced to flee to safety. Despite her attempts to keep her loved ones protected, the demons find her, and they bring her to Imha, the goddess of Chaos.

Now, confronted by her greatest fear, Nadine finds a new motivation. Vengeance. And when seeking revenge, no risk is too great, including her own life.

My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars *****

Thankfully I got this only a few days after reading Destiny Gift & I started it straight away. Earlier I said that Destiny Gift had started a little slow, I also said I felt there were some slightly confusing parts to the story line. DON’T fear in this one.

The story picks up 3 months after Nadine last saw Micah, Ceris and Victor. She is back in New York, back to her job and school yet the action picks up right from the get go. Holy demonic bats, they were raining from the sky. The school is attacked, Nadine & Raisa find themselves on the run to try and get out of the city.

They are coupled with a cop and Keisha, a girl who looks after an ancient weapons exhibit. The fight to get out of the city is intense and fraught with danger, yet somehow Keisha turns into a ninja badass, kung fu kicking chick.

Micah appears and does all he can to get them out of there. Omni is on their trail.

Once free of the city Raisa, Keisha and Nadine go their separate ways and Nadine goes home to her family. Hurt and confused by the actions of Ceris, Victor and Micah she knows she is on borrowed time. One small contact from Victor and all hell breaks loose (literally) and Holy Moly gods of hell she is chased, hunted and all alone.

The next few chapters were hard to read (no spoilers!) suffice to say what happens to Nadine is beyond what any human should have to tolerate. What I loved about this book, and I do believe Juliana wrote with much deeper emotion was what Nadine endured brought out the roller coaster range of feelings you would have if you witnessed the horror Nadine had.

Her pain and suffering was palpable and so believable and when she finally got Micah to agree to the Soul Oath you just knew Nadine was on a one way path to hell.

On a lighter note, though I thoroughly enjoyed to shameless love triangle in the first book, I’m glad it didn’t go on through the 2nd. Micah, is delicious, divine, sexy and oh so confusing and his interaction and flirtatious manner with Nadine was like slowly devouring chocolate, sinfully sweet.

As with the first there were demons and bats and gods, Oh my! Double crossings, evil plots twists and Death Lords. I couldn’t count the number of times I felt I was on the top of a large roller coaster anticipating the drop, but when I did the whole wonderful story took my breath away.

Again, as with the first there was no cliff hanger ending. I’m fan girling Juliana for that BUT you know there is more to come. I hope Micah and Nadine can work out their ‘differences’ and get it on, but there is a small matter of a soul oath to get past. (What he did for her birthday at the Lake of life had me swooning, and had him added to my book boyfriend list) I’M LOVING THIS SERIES.

Can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment Cup of Life (0.5) which is a novella told from Micah’s POV…..it’s out in January and it will keep me going until Everlast #3 comes out 🙂

*Cover Reveal* Death of the Body – Rick Chiantaretto

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Happy Halloween! Today is the cover reveal of Death of the Body by Rick Chiantaretto!

Death of the Body

Release Date: December 13, 2013

I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind. But I didn’t stay dead.

I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must find out who I really am, protect my friends, and get back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.

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About Rick Chiantaretto

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I’ve often been accused of having done more in my life than the average 30 year old, but if I were completely honest I’d have to tell you my secret: I’m really 392.

So after all this time, I’m a pretty crappy writer.

I have one book published but out of print, one coming out soon, and a bunch half written (when you have eternity, where’s the reason to rush?). I’ve been favorably reviewed by horror greats like Nancy Kilpatrick, and my how-to-write-horror articles have been quoted in scholarly (aka community college freshmen’s) papers.

I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary, although a Bloody Kathy or Susan will suffice.

Mostly, I just try to keep a low profile so people don’t figure out who I REALLY am.

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*The Storytellers – Laura Elliot* – RELEASE DAY

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The Storytellers by Laura Elliot is RELEASED.

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Synopsis:

Four storytellers
One ancient demon
No way out…
Four women who call themselves The Storytellers have gathered one hot August evening to tell tales, as they have for years. But on this night, they unknowingly evoke the powers of an ancient Mayan idol that breathes real life into their stories. The Mayan idol isn’t the only ancient being awakened. A power-hungry demon is determined to see the women fail and become enslaved to him forever.
Now the women’s lives depend on surviving each other’s stories, defeating the demon and solving a centuries-old mystery.
If they survive until The End untold wealth is theirs. But some stories have a life of their own…

An Excerpt from THE STORYTELLERS by Laura A. H. Elliott

THE STORYTELLER: Tamara Stephens
She hadn’t thought about Hal for a long time. A very long time. Too long. There was a time when she thought about nothing else. That’s when she had to change her life. Leave the Caribbean and start fresh. But now, she wondered if this American life had been the right choice after all. It had cost way more to make it here than she ever imagined. Curaçao was far, far away. Another lifetime. She rubbed her round belly and remembered the first time she met Hal.
She was easily thirty pounds lighter, a skinny thing at that. Diving was all she’d known and all she’d cared about. Treasure was her only concern and occasionally she’d scored big. She and her sister just docked after diving the SS Oranje Nassau, and discovered nothing of any great value, trinkets really. She cleaned the porcelain plates and little teacups that had been lost to the sea. Washing small treasures like these was one of Tamara’s great joys, especially at sunset after all the hazards of the deep had been conquered and the stories of the dive flowed as steady as the beer. Jerome had just fired up the BBQ on the boat when Hal walked up behind Tamara.
He put his hands on her hot shoulders and said, “That’s some nice swag you got there.”
Tamara jumped. She caught the teacup that fell out of her hand. Her face flushed but she felt certain the stranger wouldn’t know the effect he had on her as her face had seen too much of the sun to really show such things.
“Didn’t your momma ever teach you not to sneak up on a lady, honey?” Tamara said.
“When it comes to a beauty such as yourself, I ignore all the so-called rules,” the stranger who would become her husband said. His boyish blond hair fell into this crystal blue eyes and made Tamara ignore her tell-him-to-go-to-hell instincts. How many pretty guys were on the island? She took a long, calming breath considering this, sliding her eyes up his fine form. Something seemed different about Hal the moment she met him. He knew how to talk to her. How to get close to her.
“I’m protective of my treasures, scallywag,” Tamara said.
“As well you should be.” Hal arched a brow and peered at the cup in Tamara’s hand.
“Dove the SS Oranje Nassau today I see.”
She set down the cup and saucer she had been drying and gave him her full attention.
“You’re lucky to have found anything down there as that wreck has been explored by every tourist in the water.” His eyes sparkled.
Tamara went about her washing again.
“The sea’s churned up a bounty these past few days. I’d love to show you some time.”
“You have a name?” Tamara said.
“Hal. Hal Villandre. And you are?”
“Tamara Stephens.”
“Miss Stephens, my pleasure.” Hal took her hand in his. Tamara melted at the sound of her name and the feel of his lips on the back of her hand. A sweet, gentle kiss. When he let go, his eyes caught all the
colors of the setting sun. The rest of the night was a whirlwind of dinner and drinks and sex on the beach. Tamara believed in love at first sight. Hal and Tamara lived it. He had been the love of her life. Her one and only. But now, it seemed as though she’d spent a lifetime without him. Without all she held dear. Without Hal and diving and treasure. Without her island. The world ended for Tamara the day he disappeared. She didn’t recognize the life she’d been living.

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I love writing about enchanted road trips, cursed storytellers, shadow worlds, and alien romance while eating lots of popcorn. After twenty-plus years as a freelance graphic designer/animator with clients including E! Entertainment Television and The Los Angeles Times, I left the real world behind and followed my heart into the world of fiction. Little known fun facts––I can’t kill a spider but would gladly kill the tomato-plant eating gophers in my yard if I could get my hands on them, I wouldn’t mind dying in a vat of salted carmel ice cream from Portland’s Salt & Straw, next on my dream list is a trip to Indonesia, I daydream of doing stand-up comedy when I’m not completely terrified of it

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*Review* Ethereal Fury (Gemini Rising #1) – Jessica O’Gorek

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*4 Stars out of 5* Read 8/22/2013

I offered Jessica a review of her book and was gifted a copy in return for an honest review.
I loved the premise, Mother Earth, exacting revenge for humans polluting the planet. A group of vengeful Ethereal beings called the Gemini doing her bidding. Loved that.
I have to say I read it in almost one sitting, however I have to be honest in how I read the story.
First of all Jessica is an accomplished writer, her character development, style and flow of the story she told is as good as any best-selling author. It was impeccable.
I loved how she narrated between each character and it was easy to read. What I had trouble with, and this has nothing to do with the story nor how the author wrote it was I simply couldn’t get into it, no matter how hard I tried.
To elaborate on that, I am the only person in the world that could never get into Lost, Breaking Bad or Mad Men. I cannot read nor get into Game of Thrones or Dan Brown‘s Angel’s and Demons books yet I passionately love the show and movie. My daughter thinks I’m nuts, but that is me. There is nothing wrong with this story, it just wasn’t the one for me.
I urge anyone who wants something different in their YA books to check this out, her reviews say it all. I gave it 4 stars for her writing, storytelling and easy reading. The author shouldn’t have negativity because it didn’t get me. If you like Sci-Fi, Supernatural and yes a Dan Brown type of good versus evil you’ll love this

*Review* The Demon’s Desire (Hearts of the Fallen #2) – Kendra Leigh Castle

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*4 out of 5 Stars* Read 8/16/2013. Available August 26th 2013

I wasn’t sure about this book, I requested the ARC for this soon to be released book but I thought the cover to be a little on the bodice ripper style. The story started out a little confusing. Drusilla, vampire royalty is called to break up a commotion between two vampires and Meresin, a fallen angel who is allowed to live in Terra Noctem, a fictional vampire town under Miami, Florida. What I found confusing was there were many parts of the narrative the author expected you to know, or assume you knew where the characters were with each other.
Once I’d gotten past piecing together where the story was at it settled down. Dru the vampire was in love with Meresin the fallen. While the idea was utter preposterous it was a good story. Dru is stubborn and strong-willed, never backing away from a fight & it soon became clear she was going to make Meresin’s fight hers too.
Meresin, is a hunky, brooding loner. Determined to do things on his own, his way, never once believing he can be anything other than the monster they made him. Something happens between them (not telling, no spoilers here!) that has them linked together he has no choice but to take her with him.
Embarking on a terrifying journey they learn more about each other, but will it all be enough? You’ll have to find out on August 26th 2013 when the book is released.
If you like red-hot angels, beautiful heroines and heaven/hell battles this is definitely the book for you. What I liked most about it was the author kept enough reality in the story to be able to connect to the characters outside of what they were. Thumbs up, if you like the work of Sherrilyn Kenyon & her Dark Hunter books you’ll love this.