Monday, March 6, 2017

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11) by Darynda Jones

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (Charley Davidson, #11)Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charley just keeps getting better!

Darynda has managed to build a world that has so many avenues to explore. Just when I think she's managed to hit the end of a dead end alley in the storyline... there's another door for us to walk through. If you love paranormal/urban fantasy, and haven't started reading this series yet - YOU MUST DO IT NOW!

If I had to name just one thing that pulls me in, it would be the sarcasm - it constantly keeps me coming back for more in this series. Charley would be one of my BFFs if she existed in real life. While I never get into as many - or as dangerous - scrapes as Charley does we definitely have kindred outlooks on life.

Angels, demons, ghosts, bad husbands, loyal family - action, adventure, love, and mystery - this series has it all in spades!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Dog Gone Ghost (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #4.5) by Angie Fox

Dog Gone Ghost (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries, #4.5)Dog Gone Ghost by Angie Fox
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Super cute and quick read! Verity manages to get Frankie to help a little boy out with his dog issue. Despite being short this story made me chuckle... and tear up. Well worth the read! :)

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the NightingaleThe Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have always been a fan of mythologies - most any of them, but am not at all familiar with Russian mythology. This story is beautifully rendered and makes me wish I had familiarized myself with Russian mythology years ago when I studied Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythologies.

Detailing is very visual - making you feel as though you are living the story with Vasilisa. I love the use of nicknames throughout the story which shows how different versions of names reflect different familial relationships in the culture.

Anyone who likes reading about other cultures and/or mythology would enjoy this book.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Kill Without Shame by Alexandra Ivy

Kill Without Shame (ARES Security, #2)Kill Without Shame by Alexandra Ivy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What would you do to protect the love of your life?

Lucas St. Clair may come from money and prestige, but none of that has ever matter to him. As a member of ARES Security it is nothing more than a reason his "brothers" can tease him. Now he must go home to face his past if he is ever to have a future with the love of his life. The love he left behind...

Mia Ramon is strong-willed woman who has worked her way up from the daughter of a gardener to the powerful owner of a well-known landscaping business. Lucas is in her past - along with her broken heart. Or, so she thinks until he comes barrelling back into her life determined to protect her form danger she didn't know existed.

This is another action-packed thrill ride from Alexandra! Her writing is well-detailed, well-plotted, and full of adventure and romance. I haven't yet read a story she's penned that has disappointed me.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

BOOK BLAST! Nice Guys Bite by Jennifer Estep

I'm really excited today!  Nice Guys Bite hits e-readers everywhere.  Unfortunately, I do not have a review for you yet as it will be hitting my kindle at the same time this post hits my blog, but I am sure - like all of Gin's exploits - this read will be action and sarcasm packed!




NICE GUYS BITE takes place after the events of UNRAVELED (#15). It is told from the point of view of Silvio Sanchez, Gin’s personal assistant. Working for Gin Blanco (aka the Spider, the assassin who runs the Ashland underworld) doesn’t leave much time for romance, especially with Gin’s holiday party planning in full swing. But when he catches the eye of a charming gentleman, Silvio finds himself going out for coffee. All’s fair in love and war, though. Just as Silvio is starting to enjoy himself, he realizes he’s being watched. His nice-guy date doesn’t sense the danger, and Silvio wants to keep it that way (and, well, keep the guy alive) so Silvio ends the date early—only to be abducted by some villainous giants. Will Silvio survive the night and make it back to the Pork Pit in time for Gin’s holiday party? Only if he decks the hall with bodies …

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Title: NICE GUYS BITE (Elemental Assassin #15.5)
Format: e-novella
Author: Jennifer Estep

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About Jennifer Estep:
Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.

Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. Unwanted, e-novella #14.5 in the series, will be released on July 18. Unraveled, book #15, will be released on Aug. 30.
Jennifer also writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. She is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series and the Bigtime paranormal romance series.
For more information on Jennifer and her books, visit www.jenniferestep.com or follow Jennifer on FacebookGoodreads, and Twitter.

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bound (The Nevermore Trilogy Anniversary Edition #2) by Shannon Mayer

Bound (The Nevermore Trilogy, #2)Bound by Shannon Mayer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book continues the story begun in Sundered. There are hard truths to be accepted, and hard choices to be made. The new reality does not allow for the weak or weak of heart to survive. Forced to leave their home, Mara & Sebastian must try to navigate their new reality and decide which is more dangerous - the humans who "rescued" them... or the Nevermores. Can Mara become "monster" enough to survive? Can they get back to the few allies they had managed to cultivate?

Reading this series pulls the reader into the world that Mara & Sebastian are trying to live in. You are worried/afraid/sad/jubilant when they are. Not all authors are good enough t their trade to involve you in their characters lives, but Shannon manages to do it time after time.

A cross between Resident Evil and Titanic this series would appeal to those who are looking for love and all it is capable of in times of extreme duress.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Sundered (The Nevermore Trilogy Anniversary Edition #1) by Shannon Mayer

Sundered (The Nevermore Trilogy, #1)Sundered by Shannon Mayer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mara & Sebastian bring us into a world that could be today... in Canada... that becomes a nightmare overnight. A young couple who seemingly have it all... except the child Mara so desperately wants. When a seeming "miracle" drug appears that should end their fertility issues Mara jumps at the chance to use it - only to learn she's allergic to the primary component. And, then things start to unravel...

Shannon is a true wordsmith, and I adore her ability to create worlds that let you "live" with the characters in her stories. I had not read the original trilogy before so I can't compare this revision to the original, but I can say that this series is worth a read.

Unlike her other series - Rylee Adamson & The Elemental - this series is not a genre I would normally read on my own. I feel this series would appeal to anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic and/or zombie stories . While this series doesn't truly deal with zombies the creatures are similar enough that they have that type of feeling/read.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti

Shadow Falling (The Scorpius Syndrome, #2)Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The world Rebecca has crafted in the Scorpius Syndrome series is high-octane... action, adventure, sex, and intrigue are all at the forefront of these stories. Larger than life alpha males and the brilliant, strong women who bring them to heel.

Raze - a mysterious man whom no one is truly sure is 100% on their side - is driven to protect Vinnie from the first moment he lays eyes on her, but is his protection self-driven or is there something else behind his interest?

Vinnie - a brilliant woman made all the more brilliant by Scorpius - is pulled inexplicably toward Raze despite her reservations about his motivations. Wanted by many, but treasured by one, can she overlook split loyalties to see what lies beneath Raze's rough exterior?

Theses stories will suck you in, wring you out, and leave you wanting more! The characters are well-developed. The world they live in is brilliantly crafted. Overall this series screams MOVIE! Don't wait - read this now!

**I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from NetGalley.**

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Friday, November 25, 2016

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USA Today and New York Times Bestselling author Faith Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. The Skinwalker series, featuring Jane Yellowrock, is dark urban fantasy, and comprises Skinwalker, Blood Cross, Mercy Blade, Raven Cursed, Death’s Rival, Blood Trade, Black Arts, Broken Soul, and Dark Heir, with more novels under contract. Her Rogue Mage novels, a dark urban fantasy / post apocalyptic series—Bloodring, Seraphs, and Host—feature Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage in a post-apocalyptic, alternate reality, urban fantasy world. These novels are the basis for the role playing game, Rogue Mage. The Soulwood Trilogy, composing Blood of The Earth, Wound in The Earth, and one other (untitled) novel, will feature Nell Nicholson Ingram, a spin-off character of the Jane Yellowrock/Skinwalker series. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she writes action-adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. As Faith and Gwen, she has 33+ books and compilations in print in 30 countries. Hunter fell in love with reading in fifth grade, and best loved Si-Fi, fantasy, and Gothic. She decided to become a writer in high school, when a teacher told her she had talent. Now, she writes full-time, tries to keep house, and is a workaholic with a passion for travel, jewelry making, white-water kayaking, and writing. She and her husband love to RV, traveling with their dogs to whitewater rivers all over the Southeast.



Jennifer Estep is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author, prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea.
ELEMENTAL ASSASSIN SERIES Jennifer writes the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gin Blanco, an assassin codenamed theSpider who can control the elements of Ice and Stone. When she’s not busy killing people and righting wrongs, Gin runs a barbecue restaurant called the Pork Pit in the fictional Southern metropolis of Ashland. The city is also home to giants, dwarves, vampires, and elementals – Air, Fire, Ice, and Stone.
BLACK BLADE YOUNG ADULT URBAN FANTASY SERIES Jennifer is also the author of the Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series. The series focuses on Lila Merriweather, a 17-year-old thief who lives in Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia, a town dubbed “the most magical place in America.” Tourists come from around the world to tour all the magic-themed shops and attractions, as well as see monsters like tree trolls, copper crushers, and more in their natural habitats. Lila does her best to stay off the grid and avoid the Families — or mobs — who control the town. But when she saves a member of the powerful Sinclair Family, Lila finds herself caught in the middle of a brewing war between the Sinclairs and the Draconis, the most powerful Family in town.
MYTHOS ACADEMY YOUNG ADULT URBAN FANTASY SERIES Jennifer is also the author of the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series. The books focus on Gwen Frost, a 17-year-old Gypsy girl who has the gift of psychometry, or the ability to know an object’s history just by touching it. After a serious freak-out with her magic, Gwen is shipped off to Mythos Academy, a school for the descendants of ancient warriors like Spartans, Valkyries, Amazons, and more.
BIGTIME PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES Jennifer is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series. The Bigtime books feature sexy superheroes, evil ubervillains, and smart, sassy gals.

VISIT JENNIFER’S WEBSITE – Excerpts, free short stories, and more information on Jennifer’s books can be found at http://www.jenniferestep.com.


Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy Reign of Ash (Orbit Books 2014) and Deadly Curiosities, a new urban fantasy novel (July 2014 Solaris Books), set in Charleston, SC. She is also author of Ice Forged in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, War of Shadows (Orbit Books, 2015), and Iron and Blood, a Steampunk novel (2015, Solaris Books) which will be co-authored with her husband, Larry N. Martin. She is the author of The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven & Dark Lady’s Chosen) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn and The Dread) from Orbit Books. She writes two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures. Gail’s work will appear in at several new anthologies in 2014: Clockwork Universe Steampunk vs. Aliens, Athena’s Daughters, Dreams of Steel 5, The Big Bad 2, Dance Like a Monkey, plus an illustrated story in Icarus: A Graphic Novel, Heroes (stretch goal author) the British Fantasy Society’s Unexpected Journeys and With Great Power, a superhero anthology. Other US/UK anthologies include Magic (Solaris), The Bitten Word, Rum & Runestones, Spells & Swashbucklers, and The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women. Find her at www.ChroniclesOfTheNecromancer.com, on Twitter @GailZMartin, on Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms, at DisquietingVisions.com blog and GhostInTheMachinePodcast.com. She leads monthly conversations on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/GailZMartin and posts free excerpts of her work on Wattpad http://wattpad.com/GailZMartin.

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Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus urban fantasy series of novels and novellas, and the Nebula award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy. Her newest project is the Devil’s West series from Saga / Simon & Schuster, beginning with 2015’s Locus-bestseller SILVER ON THE ROAD, and continuing with THE COLD EYE. SILVER ON THE ROAD is nominated for the Endeavor Award. She has also dipped her pen into the mystery field as well, writing as L.A. Kornetsky (Collared, Fixed, Doghouse, and Clawed). A member of the writers’ digital co-op Book View Cafe, she continues to write and sell short fiction in a variety of genres, most recently appearing in the anthologies Genius Loci and Temporally Out of Order. Her short story collection DARKLY HUMAN is coming out next month.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams

Kalifus Rising (Legends of Orkney, #2)Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kalifus Rising is a story that blends modern day with Norse mythology is a truly unique way for middle grade readers - and adults who like Norse mythology alike. When Sam is returned to Orkney his friends get pulled back too, and the adventure is on. Can Sam survive his coming trails and come out stronger? Or, will he succumb to the darkness within and doom the world?

I enjoyed the telling of the tale despite not having read the first book in the series. And, would strongly recommend to any younger readers who enjoy tales like Percy Jackson.

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