The Gathering

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1)


Hardcover, 359 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by Harper (HarperCollins)
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Review by Amber I. 

Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn't know much about her background - the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip - but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town - from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend's hidden talent for "feeling" out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya's biological parents and it's easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

 My Thoughts

I was hooked from the prologue. I mean it, I just could not put this down and 2 pages in, I am asking myself why did I take so long to read this. It has been sitting on my shelf since the day it came out. Maybe I was nervous since its a spin off series to The Darkest Powers (which I loved) but I had no reason to be. Its Kelley Armstrong, I should have known this book would be amazing!!!

Maya is awesome! She is a whole package of mystery too. She is adopted, doesn't know who her real parents are, she has some weird gifts and are only getting stronger. She is also just fun. She is out-doorsy a girl a guy can hang out with, funny, sarcastic and just seriously someone you instantly like. She does learn a few secrets of her past and this does lead to a whole other set of questions.

Then there are the other kids in this small town of 200 people that I loved. The town itself is so isolated and has a drug research lab, where we all know something weird is going on and it makes you think everyone in town has some awesome secrets waiting to spill. I loved Daniel!!! He is the friend next door guy, always watching out for Maya and just down right amazing. And it seems to be just a friendship (even if that saddens There is also the new comer and of coarse sexy bad boy Rafe, who Maya develops a thing for and where she learns some hidden truths about who she really is.

This book was just amazing. There is so much going on that I would have to write a crazy long review and you would all think I was nuts. There is still so much to uncover in the next books, and I am so excited to start them. If you haven't checked out Kelley Armstrong then you are nuts and need to get on this. Her YA and Adult series are seriously awesome!!

My review will never give this book the awesomesauce justice it deserves but trust me it is a must read!! Every page had me memorized and there is so much mystery I said it was way to awesome to really sum it up in words!

Cover Love

Monday, January 30, 2012

Rabid Reads - Cover Love

Cover Love is hosted at Rabid Reads
The Rules:
Choose a cover (or two, or three), preferably new-ish, and share what you like about it. Grab the graphic or don't (just so long as you link back). Rabid Reads will  be posting Cover Love every Monday but feel free to post yours on whatever day works best for you.

Arise (Hereafter #2)

In my Mailbox #3

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, where we post all books we have received where in the mail, bought or got from the library.

Here is what I got this week...

From Publisher

From Bewitching Book Tours (eBook)

Not a crazy week of books but still pretty awesome.

Guest Post with Amy Lignor

Saturday, January 28, 2012
 Today we are handing over the blog to Amy Lignor author of Until Next Time. Before we get to her guest post lets learn more about the book! 

Until Next Time 
by Amy Lignor
expected Pub. Date 2/1/12

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.
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 Guest Post by Amy Lignor

Believe it or not, my writing journey began at the age of twelve when my parents, sister and I went on vacation to Cape Cod and stayed with friends of my mom’s. This was one of those vacations where Folsom Prison would’ve seemed like paradise. The little ladies we stayed with had a house where, once their cat went “nightsie,” all lights, talking, TV - everything had to stop - so as not to disturb the kitty. These ladies would take us into town (driving three miles an hour the whole way, and blaring their horn at pedestrians in the crosswalk), while my sister and I were locked in the back of the station wagon with faces pressed up against the glass. Drivers going by must’ve thought we were puppies going to get fixed, considering the looks of pure desperation we had on our faces. Because TV was unavailable, I began to write. It was a fairly large book for a kid called, My Life: A Comedy and a Tragedy.

In my freshman year of high school, a writing assignment came along from our history teacher about Nicholas & Alexandra. I was the only one who wrote about Rasputin (who actually appears in one of my Tallent & Lowery adventure novels). The teacher loved it and told me to become a writer. She was so cute. Four-foot-two, hair that hung to the floor and a voice that was louder than Lady Ga Ga stuck in a blender.

I went on to write my first YA novel (Mind Made), after I brought a stunning little girl into the world named Shelby. One day we went to the ‘grand opening’ of an Inn located in my very small hometown. I picked up a coffee table book and pages began to fall out of it. Seeing as how this place looked like it would charge guests a million dollars to stay there, I figured I’d just destroyed some priceless work of art. When I reached down to pick up one of the photographs, it was of a girl standing outside the Inn back in the early 1900’s. The tagline read, The Connecticut Home for Imbeciles, and she was leaning against a road sign that read, ‘Dip.’ That girl looked up at me with eyes that literally said “Run!” and very soon after, my daughter and I fled.

I went back to my historical routes and delved into a subject that hadn’t been touched on before concerning a woman by the name of Paulita Maxwell who was said to have been the mother of Billy the Kid’s son. I moved to New Mexico to research the project and my book, Heart of a Legend, was born.

I love putting puzzles together from history with my Tallent & Lowery series. With the first book, 13, I had to find a way to link the NYPL with Jack the Ripper, Loch Ness, and the King Arthur legend - which was a whole lot of fun.

When my father was taken away from us far too soon I began thinking about angels, and what life was like ‘up there’ versus down here. Would an angel/warrior ‘team’ be able to survive humanity, fight for them, and stay together all at the same time? The Angel Chronicles answers that question.

So, in the end, I guess I owe my writing to a cat who had to go “nightsie.”

More About the Amy and where to find her:

NYPL were my heroes. As an author, I have been very lucky to publish titles in the area of historical fiction, The Heart of a Legend, as well as 13, my newest release in eBook form, which is the first in the Tallent & Lowery adventure series. In February 2012, my new YA trilogy – The Angel Chronicles - will be released by Tribute Books beginning with, Until Next Time.

Working as an editor in the publishing industry for decades, I am now the Owner/Operator of The Write Companion ( which offers full editing, ghostwriting and proofreading services to authors. I am a contributor to Suspense Magazine and various other literary publications such as The RT (Romantic Times), and I am also a reviewer for periodicals and websites including: Authorlink, The Feathered Quill, The Romantic Times (RT) Magazine,, Random House YA,, and Once Upon a Romance. And I was recently asked to host a radio program beginning January of 2012 that will focus on industry news and author interviews.

I am a contributor and top blogger for Ruby For Women (, and many of my writings have touched people’s hearts, which makes me very proud. I have also become a Goodreads Librarian with many followers for my blogs and book reviews. I have also won their YA writing contest with my continuing story titled, Meet the Reaper.

**Thanks so much Amy, and  Until Next Time is going in my TBR pile!!**


Friday, January 27, 2012

Hellsbane (Hellsbane #1)


Published December 2011 by Entangled Publishing, LLC 
Review by Amber I. 
Buy Hellsbane on Amazon

Emma Jane Hellsbane always knew she was different, but she had no idea she wasn’t even human. Well, at least she’s half-human. She’s half-fallen angel, too, and now dear ol’ dad wants her dead. All the Fallen angels want all their troublesome offspring removed from the mortal coil so she’s trying not to take it personally. Besides, she wants him dead just as much. Her father’s death is the only way she’ll be forgiven for his sin, stop those pesky demons from trying to hack off her head, and have any hope at all of getting back to a normal life as a wicked slick Intuitive Consciousness Explorer.

Of course, first she’ll have to figure out which fallen angel is her father, avoid accidentally seducing her angelic mentor, help an old friend conquer his own fallen sperm donor, and basically save the world from a cataclysmic divine smack down.

No problem. With a last name like Hellsbane, Emma Jane was definitely born for the job.

 My Thoughts

I liked this book but I just was not in love with it. I have really gotten into Angel books lately but a lot of the things on how the world works was just not something I really liked. Like how the children of a Fallen Angel and a human must pay for their fathers mistake and still are not guaranteed to go to heaven, most Angels seem them as scum and yet God wants them to fight the demons while the Angels do nothing. I was just not liking that.. It was too mean.  There was also a part in this book where I would have been way more upset had I thought it was really happening. I thought they would fix this somehow. It would be a major spoiler so I can not say what happened. But now that I know its for real, I am so mad!lol. It also lacked in the romance department and more of a YA feel.

I did like the characters. Emma was easily relateable and had a fun personality, I really enjoyed. I liked seeing her learn the ways of the new world she was living in. Eli was a fun temptation and there are definite sparks with him and Emma. But it is a big no no him being an Angel and all.There is a lot of action and it seems there is something really unique about Emma that she is not sure of yet. Plus the Angels have their own secrets to discover.

This book did have potential and I will read the next one.

Kelley Armstrong Books

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Kelley Armstrong is one of my most favorite Urban Fantasy Authors and YA Authors. I have read all the books in her Otherworld (adult series) and all her YA books in The Darkest Powers Trilogy and Darkness Rising. I haven't read all the Novellas that go a long with all those series but I plan too. Anyways if you are an Adult Urban Fantasy lover or a YA lover you should definitely check out her books. Her books have a little of almost every paranormal out there from necromancer, werewolf, demon (lots of different varieties), witches, shape shifters, and vampires plus more!!

Here are the books in both series I mentioned and the order to read them in! (I have read all books except Thirteen and loved them all)

The Otherworld Series (Adult Urban Fantasy)

The Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising (spin off) Series YA

So if you are looking for an awesome series whether its an adult one or a YA one, you should really check her out! I love all these books.

More About Kelley

Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could
write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a
story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls
and evil dolls, much to her teachers’ dismay. Today, she continues to
spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked
away in her basement writing dungeon. She lives in southwestern
Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets.

You can find Kelley at

***All Book Links will take you to Kelley Armstrong's website!***

Taming Her Wolf

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Taming Her Wolf
By Eve Langlais

Release Date: January 13th, 2012
From Amira Press

Genre: Paranormal/Werewolf/Vampire Romance
Length: 43,000 (large novella)

Review by Amber I.

Helen thought she could tame the wolf but instead he taught her how to live again.

Dumped by his girlfriend, Gareth doesn’t think things can get any worse until he’s captured by some vampires. But he’s not about to become an all-you-can-eat-buffet without a fight.

With great age comes boredom, which suits Helen just fine until she goes looking for a new blood servant and finds herself intrigued. The wolf she brings home might want to tear her to pieces, but she’s determined to tame him. What she never expected was for him to turn the tables and capture her heart.

Despite the taboo nature of their relationship, he can’t kill her and she can’t let him go. Together, they will defy those who would deny their love, and kill the ones that threaten it.

Warning: The heroine is one stuck up, blood sucking vampire, but then again, the hero is an ornery, chauvinist werewolf. This is an erotic romance featuring adult situations some readers may find offensive. Reader discretion and a private room are advised.
My Thoughts

When I first started Taming Her Wolf, I kinda thought I was really not going to like the two main characters, especially Helen. She at first to me didn't seem to deserve a happily ever after. When we first meet her she is purchasing a blood slave for herself. These are captured people who are there against their will. So you see, I was like she is a total bitch! Then Gareth at first seemed maybe weak in a way. Just because he was pining over his last girlfriend and seemed really hung up over her. Then as always Eve Langlais deepens the story and I end up loving them both.

Helen might have a hard outside shell, but inside there is a really soft spot and only Gareth gets to see this. She had a hard past and shows some vulnerability which to me made me like her so much more. Gareth also grew on me, he brought out that alpha male, and got all protective over his "princess"!

Obviously these two are the most unlikely couple. In their world it is forbidden for a vamp and wolf to get together, reasons they start discovering. I love the sexual tension throughout this whole book. And when they do get together, well see the Warning in the book blurb and make sure you listen.

The book is not only extremely hot there is a lot of action. Helen's maker has found her and he his coming to claim her again and take his revenge. But by this time Gareth has already fallen in love. The ending battle was pretty intense and I couldn't stop reading.

Like I said  I fell in love with this book. It was extremely sexy, lots of sexual tension, strong heroine who shows us her vulnerable side, and one strong hot sexy male. Oh and wait for the very last few sentences, it leaves us with a promise of an even sexier book to come.

Touch Review

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Touch (Denazen, #1)

Touch (Denazen #1)


When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

My Thoughts

When I first started this book, I had no expectations. I hadn't read anything about it. Other than knowing that Jus Accardo is a great author. So I started reading this book and at first I just thought that Dez was going to be a rebellious teenager looking to stick it to her dad. However, that changed fast. 

It turns out that nothing is what it seems. Her father really isn't a lawyer, her mother isn't really dead, and Dez is keeping a secret that people would really kill for. Her father is working for this company that uses people with special abilities as assassins. Kale is one of those people and he breaks free and when he is on the run, he meets Dez. Almost immediately, they are on the run. Dez's dad is looking for them. 

There are so many things that happen throughout this book. I read it in just a couple hours. I didn't want to put it down. This was such a great read. This is definitely a book that you should read if you haven't. Also, Toxic, the second book in the series comes out this spring, so I will definitely be on the look out for that. This was a great first books and leaves you wanting more.

Third Grave Dead Ahead (early review)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Third Grave Dead Ahead (Charley Davidson #3)


Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Press 
Review by Amber I.
Charley Davidson—grim reaper extraordinaire, private investigator . . . meh—is practicing her profession under the influence, caffeine and copious amounts of it, due to an extreme desire to induce insomnia. Every time she closes her eyes, Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan, is there. Only thing is, he’s a tad peeved. She did bind for all eternity, so it’s hard blame him. But 13 days without a wink is bound to bring out the crazy in a girl. So, when a man hires her to find his wife, Charley accepts the job with one goal in mind: Put the man behind bars, and not the wet kind. She can sense the guilt waft off him and vows to find the woman’s body and prove he’s a murderer.

In the meantime, Reyes is back in prison and none too happy about it . . . so Charley thinks, until she is carjacked by the dark-haired rake, who swears the very man he went to prison for killing is not only alive, but close by. And he wants Charley to find him.

While a visit to her old friend Rocket sheds no light on Reyes’s situation, Charley finds out the man’s wife is still alive and time is running out. Finding her before she dies would be a miracle, but she has to try. Together with the help of a fashion-impaired receptionist named Cookie, Charley sets out to bring the bad guys to justice. She just hopes Reyes is not one of them. And that she’s not hallucinating from her self-induced bout with insomnia.

 My Thoughts

This book was amazing. I seriously could not put it down. I read it one sitting and stayed to 3am to finish it. Like I said I just could not put it down.

Charley is still amazingly funny. I seriously love her. She is my newest girl She is just always sarcastic always making jokes and is pretty kick ass. Then there is that dark mysterious Reyes and well he just drop dead sexy, he is also pissed off as all hell in this book. Now that Reyes is bound everytime Charley falls asleep he is there and not happy at all. Which makes Charley try and not sleep. She is staying awake, trying to find a missing women, trying to find a man who is suppose to be dead and also making some new friends with a biker gang.

Charley also learns a lot more about herself. A nun comes and visits her with a surprising message. Oh and Cookie is also hilarious too. We can not leave her out. Her and Charleys banter is just as fun as her and Reyes getting it on. (okay maybe not as fun but its fun in its own Charleys Dad also drops a bomb shell on her and I do not think this one is going to go over well at all. And yes her life is also in danger.

I love this series. If you haven't yet then please start with book one and read them. And if you have read the others then you are going to want to read this one ASAP! The ending leaves us needing to know what is going to happen next. There are a few twists, some sexy scenes, laugh out loud moments, jaw dropping moments, action, mystery, suspense, heart ache and surprises. Darynda Jones really knows how to hook her readers in and you won't be able to stop once you start this book!!

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