Review: Hero by Alethea Kontis

Monday, December 30, 2013
Series: Woodcutter Sisters #2
Publisher: Harcourt Books
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

This is the fairy tale I needed when I was 10, when I was 12, when I was wide-eyed and impressionable. Although I didn't get this book, this author until I was an adult, I'm still overjoyed. This isn't a fairy tale where the damsel needs rescued and the prince comes charging in on a white horse. At least not really.

Saturday is one of the Woodcutter clan. The sixth daughter with a bunch of destined sisters, sisters with beauty and magic and all the things that Saturday wishes she had. She doesn't say it but you get the distinct impression that she wouldn't mind being different. Her sisters have adventures and were gifted magical items. Saturday works with her father in the forest and while she was given an item, she doesn't believe it's magic. And she never goes on adventures. She's tall, strong, she doesn't tire, and she works harder than any other.

As these things happen in fairy tales, one event led to another and another which caused Saturday to go on her long awaited adventure. And it's one amazing tale. Dragons and demon witches and stopping time and really, truly understanding and knowing who you are. Which is really the biggest adventure of them all. There is romance as well. And it's so sweet.

If you are looking for a book that is unlike any other fairy tale, if you're looking for something where the man doesn't rescue the woman but a reversal of that. If you're looking for a book filled with adventure and different types of love, I highly recommend this series. I couldn't wait for this book after the first. And I'm so excited for the next and to find out which sister the third book is about. Definitely try this out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Review: Who Needs Enemies by Keri Arthur

Friday, December 27, 2013
Series: Harri Phillecki, PI #1
Publisher: IGLA
Release Date: August, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

After reading the Riley Jenson series and the Dark Angels series, I really didn't know if I'd love another Keri Arthur book as much. But I really think I've met their match in the new Harri Phillecki series. Harri is a PI who is just starting up her business. She has a partner in Ceri, a former police officer. But Harri is also a half elf/half siren. Harri is roped into the disappearance of a siren by the only family she's really in contact with, her elven uncle Lyle. From the start she feels like something is just not right about the entire situation but she's not quite sure what.

Harri's family life is quite unusual. Her father's side (elf) doesn't even recognize that she exists. Her mother is in retirement and she barely sees her. She has a group of ogres who are constant house guests. A dragon who has been a close friend since school years. A witch who is a healing guru. And her flamboyant, siren half brother. The rag-tag gang is close knit (mostly) and has each others backs.

The investigation into the disappearance of the siren quickly turns into a murder investigation. When the siren washes up on the beach, Harri's investigation starts leading closer to home. With half of the suspect list made up of her elven fam, Harri is walking a thin wire. Threats are coming in all over the place, thugs are breaking into her home and literally trying to beat her to death, but it just makes her more and more determined to find out what's going on. And it seems like she doesn't care if she gets burned in the process.Through in an ex who has been away for 10 years but comes back during this case and Harri is up to her eyebrows in trouble.

I really love this world. All the supes are out and everyone knows about them. To see a dragon flying around the city skyline isn't unusual. Elves are out, sirens are out, everyone is out and it brings a different dynamic to the story. The entire story while reading was like peeling an onion, layer by layer. It just got deeper and deeper. The further in we got, the more intricate everything became. Harri as our main focus was really great. She can definitely hold her own. I'm really liking her and I can't wait to see where her story leads us. This is definitely a series that you'll want to check out if you haven't yet.

Review: Kissed by a Dark Prince by Felicity E. Heaton

Monday, December 23, 2013
Series: Eternal Mates #1
Format: ebook
Release Date: November, 30, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

We have all kinds of paranormal species, some steamy romance, and a lot of badassery. It's the perfect combo for a good book.

Olivia is a researcher/doctor for Archangel, a demon hunting group. They don't only hunt though, research of supernatural beings is a big part of what they do. It's her lucky day when a gorgeous hunk of a demon ends up in her exam room. Although Loren isn't a human. And when he wakes up, out of control from his injuries, he bites Olivia to replenish his strength with her blood. Attacking Olivia really gets them off to the wrong start. But one pull of her blood and he knows that she's his one true mate. And he will stop at nothing to have her.

Okay, I make him sound a little bit more nefarious than he really is. He's actually a really nice guy. Olivia is wildly attracted to him but she really wants nothing to do with him. She was burned in the past and she's not looking to get with someone supernatural again. Not too mention, he's tracking down his crazy brother who is trying to kill him.

I really enjoyed this book. I like when the guy doesn't really get the girl immediately. There was some trouble and there was some hunting. This book really does give you a little bit of everything. Plus Loren is hot and having a 4000 year celibate man in the bedroom isn't too bad at all. Trust me he was ready to go. If you're looking for a good, hot read, you're going to want to pick this up.

Review: Fates by Lanie Bross

Friday, December 20, 2013
Series: Fates #1
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: Feb, 2014
Reviewed by: Amber R.

My reviews are usually long drawn out and very witty, if I do say so myself. *toot, toot*

But this one is going to be short and sweet. It literally took every ounce of determination I have to finish this book once I started it. It didn't hold my attention, I wasn't moved or even mildly entertained. It's a YA book and while the world is extremely different, it didn't make any sense. I was not a fan.

Now I don't know if this is just me but I doubt it because I started reading another book and I'm only 5 pages in and I'm already more entertained. This was just not something that I'd recommend to anyone. So save yourself the time and veto this one.

Review: The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Monday, December 16, 2013
Series: Bloodlines #4
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: November 19, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

I'm still overly emotional about this book. I figured taking sometime before I reviewed it might help but it really hasn't. I got everything I wanted in this book. Sydney and Adrian are together. And together they are amazing. I knew that they were going to be amazing together, I just didn't know how perfect and sweet and loving and wonderful it was going to be. Granted they are keeping everything under wraps especially since Sydney's sister is at Amberwood now. And to say she's making things extremely hard is an understatement.

Adrian and Sydney are both working on separate things that are sort of connected. Adrian is working with Lissa, Sonya, and everyone back at court to help figure out how how spirit works in stopping the Strigoli. Sydney is working on a way to block and keep the Alchemists from "re-educating" or brainwashing other Alchemists. Especially now that she's on her own path. But Zoe throws a wrench into everything. She's a typical Alchemist, she's arrogant, proud, and a complete jerk. She's also Sydney's sister and their parents have announced they're getting a divorce and there's a custody battle for Zoe. Plus she questions all of Sydney's movements, especially with Jackie and the Moroi and Adrian.

I couldn't believe the ending of this book. It was literally one of the worst cliff hangers I have ever read. The lead up to the ending was so heartbreaking, I could feel the despair and the love that Adrian and Sydney have for each other. Richelle Mead has a way of completely entrancing you and completely entangling you with her characters. I really liked that you got to read from Sydney and Adrian's POV. And if you didn't love Adrian already (of course you did), you will love hearing things from his side. He's such a great guy and he deals with a lot more than we realized being a spirit user.

There are so many things about this book that I absolutely loved. I really can't get them all in. However, if you haven't read Richelle's VA series, you don't have to before reading this one. But if you haven't, you really should because her VA series gives you a beginning look to Sydney and Adrian and it's just a great story. But honestly, Bloodlines is my favorite of the two. If you haven't picked it up yet, definitely do. You will not be disappointed. I can't wait to read the next book, waiting is going to be torture.

Review: The Spider by Jennifer Estep

Friday, December 13, 2013
Series: Elemental Assassin #10
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: December 24, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

We all know that Gin was trained by Fletcher to be the most bad ass assassin in Ashland. In The Spider we get to see Gin on the brink of the end of her training and one of the first jobs she takes basically by herself. The Gin we all know and love is very steady and sure. She doesn't take any risks and she always listens to her instincts. However, 20 year old Gin isn't so solid. It's really kinda fun to see her stumble around.

Fletcher and Gin got a job offer to take out one of the leading business men in Ashland, Ceaser Vaughn. While the information they get states that Vaughn is abusing his young teenage daughter Fletcher has reservations about taking the job, Gin is gung ho. She wants Vaughn to pay for abusing his daughter. Given Gin's determination to take this guy out, Fletcher agrees even though he still isn't sure about the job. And while recon and what not go mostly smooth, Vaughn's son Sebastian is an unexpected issue. He takes a liking to Gin and she doesn't really ignore him like she should. He's gorgeous and crazy charming. To say the job doesn't turn out the way it should is putting it lightly.

I really loved this book. We got to see Gin mess up, which I was a big fan of. Gin never screws up and her instincts are always right. But she was really wrong in this one. We also get a lot of Fletcher in this book which I really loved because I just miss that guy. He's awesome. Surprisingly enough Bria and Owen are in this book as well. Although they are small characters, I'm not really sure how I feel about them being in this book. It seemed weird to me and not entirely necessary. We have never heard of them knowing Gin before and I just thought it was weird. Seeing a young Finn Lane was pretty amazing though. Plus we get Jo-Jo, Sophia, and some other familiar faces too.

While I really enjoyed this book, I also have to stay pretty true to myself and admit that it really seemed like a filler book to me. I liked seeing where and when Gin really got into her career. But it was a complete filler for me. It's not relevant to where the story line is going and unless Vaughn's daughter is going to have a bigger role in the upcoming books, I don't really see the point. BUT, I really did like the book.

Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

From Amazon: 

Release Date: May 27, 2014

In this new installment in a beloved urban fantasy series, gutsy renegade mage and tiki bar owner Arcadia Bell faces the last danger standing between her old identity and a new future she desperately wants: herself.

After surviving a supernatural battle with Hellfire Club leader Ambrose Dare, Cady and her demon boyfriend, Lon Butler, journey across California to find the source of her mysterious Moonchild origins. But the further they travel, the stranger the revelations about her parents’ past occult lives. Can Cady keep what's rightfully hers, or will she have make the ultimate sacrifice to stop her murderous mother from crossing the planes?

I've been waiting for this book since I finished the last one. I'm obsessed with this series. What book are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment for me!

Review: Green-Eyed Demon by Jaye Wells

Monday, December 9, 2013
Series: Sabina Kane #3
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: March 2011
Reviewed by: Amber R.

As I was reading the ending to this book, I was heartbroken. I was like Sabina couldn't have come this far for all of this to happen. Luckily Jaye Wells is a tricky, tricky lady or I would have been super sad. I absolutely loved this book. The first two books in this series were great and Green-Eyed Demon does not disappoint.

After Sabina's twin sister, Maisie, being kidnapped by their evil alpha vamp grandmother Team Awesome is on their way to New Orleans. Team Awesome is Sabina, Adam, and Giguhl and they're on a mission to rescue Maisie no matter what. With Adam's aunt Rhea's connections they meet up with a voodoo witch, Zen and her partner fae Brooks. The problem is that they have no idea where dear old granny is keeping Maisie and a whole shlew of other problems come up. 

Sabina's main goal is to save Maisie and kill her grandmother. And while those goals are the main focus, that doesn't mean that they can't enjoy a drag show or two while in the Big Easy. Also we get some of that sexual tension that's been building between Adam and Sabina released. Sabina really, really grew in this book. She's finally not looking at herself as a lone wolf anymore and she's really embracing the "family" and support she has around. 

The end of this book leaves the entire story open but there are quite a few things tied up as well. I can't wait to read the next book and find out what happens next. I'm really hoping that Sabina can pull it together to be happy with Adam. Granted her life has left her completely messed up but she's really trying hard. I wasn't sure how I would feel about this series but I really am loving it. If you haven't checked out this series yet, you'll definitely want to check it out. It's pretty great.

Review: Entwined by Kristen Callihan

Friday, December 6, 2013
Series: Darkest London #3.5
Publisher: Forever
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

Good god, Kristen Callihan is amazing. The Darkest London series is fantastic. I am fully enraptured by this series. Each time I read a book I think that I love it more than the one before. And Entwined is no different.

Eamon Evernight is a second son who was always berated and ignored by his father, for no reason other than being born. He's a large, red-headed man who is looked upon by the townspeople as an abomination. Because he has red hair. Yes back in the day people thought anyone with red hair was a demon/devil/evil. It's lame but it's true (trust me, as a red head I know). Aidan is his other brother who is betrothed to a girl he's never met. And because of a deep secret and the desire to never marry, Aidan pleads with Eamon to write to the girl and dissuade her from the marriage.

Luella is being forced into a marriage to someone she's never met by her father. While not unusual, she also has her secrets and she doesn't want to force them on an unsuspecting man. However writing letters to "Aidan" to try to convince him to not go through with the wedding really backfires. Because she falls in love with him, although it's really Eamon. Forced to go to the Evernight home sooner than was planned she meets the brothers and things fall south from there. Aidan is not the person from the letters. Eamon and Lu are drawn together by unforeseen circumstances.

Kristen had me from hello with this novellas with the letters back and forth. It was the sweetest thing reading the sass and wit between these two who obviously had such a connection from the beginning. When Lu finally turns up, my heart was breaking for her and Eamon because neither of them could be with the person they really wanted to be. It's a short book but such a full story. You don't feel like you're missing out on anything at all. It just makes me all the more eager to plunge into the next book in this series.

Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

From Amazon: 
Release Date: December 24, 2013

How did I end up in a career where I always have blood on my hands? Well, let me tell you a story about an assassin who thought she could do no wrong. . . .

Ten years ago. A blistering hot August night. I remember like it was yesterday. The night I, Gin Blanco, truly became the Spider. Killing people is what I do best, especially now that I’ve honed my Ice and Stone magic. But back then, I had yet to learn one very important rule: arrogance will get you, every single time.

This particular job seemed simple: murder a crooked building contractor with ties to ruthless Fire elemental Mab Monroe. My mentor, Fletcher Lane, had some misgivings, but I was certain that I had the situation under control . . . right up until I exposed my weaknesses to a merciless opponent who exploited every single one of them. There’s a reason assassins aren’t supposed to feel anything. Luckily, a knife to the heart can fix that problem, especially when I’m the one wielding it. . . . 

If any of you have been following the site for any length of time then you all know that we're huge fans of Jennifer Estep. I'm thinking that since this is basically a prequel to the Elemental Assassin series, it's going to be super interesting to see Gin from the start.  

Review: Blood Rights by Kristen Painter

Monday, December 2, 2013
Series: House of Comarre #1
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date:September 2011
Reviewed by: Amber R.

Blood Rights is definitely a book that brings you into a different world. It's unlike anything that I can remember reading before. It was a smooth ride, extremely interesting, and I honestly thought I wasn't going to be crazy impressed but I liked it. However, the ending changed everything for me. I really, really enjoyed this book. It was a steady build up to the end and you're left wanting more as you're reading the last sentences.

Chrysabelle is a Comarre which means that she was bred from birth to provide blood to noble vampires. Specifically one vampire bids on rights to her blood. Some Comarre's blood goes for a higher price, I think it basically depends on the level of training etc. Whoever bids the highest is then the Comarre's patron. After being under a patron's care for 100 years, the patron then can give the Comarre the option to leave. Chrysabelle was going to take that option however her patron didn't offer her the choice. Soon after her patron is murdered, Chrysabella takes the opportunity and leaves. However, she is suspected of killing her patron. With the help of an older Comarre who is free and an unstable vampire and a couple of his oddball friends she sets out to prove her innocence so she can live her life freely. 

There is all kinds of sexual tension between Chrysabelle and Mal, the unstable vamp, that just keeps building until the end. And then if you want to see what happens with that, you're going to have to read the next installment. Really with the way things ended, you're going to have to read the next book to find out how a lot of these things end up. I really liked Chrysabelle and how frail and soft she seemed. However, she turns out completely bad ass. Her fighting skills are above and beyond what you would expect. 

Like I said I think this book was steadily good from the beginning but the ending really pushed it above for me. I'm looking forward to reading what happens next. 

Amber I reviewed this back over the summer. If you want to check out her review, you can do so here.

Review: Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Friday, November 29, 2013
Series: Nightshade #2
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: July 2011
Reviewed by: Amber R.

I have to admit that when Nightshade ended, I wasn't too keen on reading Wolfsbane. Calla taking off with Shay was just too much for me. I was a fan of Ren way too much in that book. In the beginning of Wolfsbane it seems like Calla and Shay were taken by the Searchers and they were but things are not what they seem. It turns out the Searchers are trying to help them. But trusting the Searchers is harder on Calla than anything. She's spent her entire life being trained to fight them and to view them as the enemy. However, the information they're giving Calla now is completely the opposite. According to them the Keepers have been lying to Calla and everyone else forever.

As we know there was a heck of a love triangle between Calla, Shay, and Ren in Nightshade. And while that does carry over into this book, it's seems as if Shay is the pick. Calla feels guilty for leaving Ren and her pack behind in Vail. She also feels conflicted about her feelings for Ren and Shay. The girl just can't make a decision. And while Shay is with her for the majority of this book, Ren is not far from her thoughts. At the end of the book it seems like we finally have a choice made and then within pages it flips again.

The Searchers, Calla, and Shay all come to a mutual understanding. And while things are rocky, they all begin to trust each other. Calla and Shay are getting the truth about a lot of things. And finding out what Shay's role in all of this is. We actually get some information about the Guardians and Ren's family as well. There is a lot of magic in this book too, which is really cool. And we get to find out about where Keepers and Guardians came from and how they were created.

For how much I was ticked off when I finished, Nightshade and no matter how much I hate the flip flop of the love triangle, I liked this book. I think it has a good premise and a very interesting world. After waiting so long to read Wolfsbane after Nightshade, I don't think I'll be waiting quite as long to read Bloodrose.

Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

From Amazon:  

Release Date: December 17, 2013

Once a heart is lost in shadow . . .
Life has been anything but kind to Mary Chase. But the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals has given her purpose. Now she's been tasked with catching a vicious murderer dubbed the Bishop of Charing Cross. But someone is already on the case-and the last thing he relishes is a partner.

Only someone who lives in darkness can find it.
Jack Talent has been alone with his demons for many years.
He never expected to have the willful Mary Chase assist him on the Bishop case. Their age-old rivalry reaches new heights-even as their desire for one another reaches a fever pitch. Though he aches to bring her close, Jack's dark secrets are a chasm between them. With dangerous enemies closing in, Jack must find the strength to face the past . . . or risk losing Mary forever.

I just finished Entwined, which is book 3.5 in this series and it's made me eagerly anticipate book 4. I've come to love this series more and more with each book and I can't wait to see what happens next. Darkest London is one of my absolute favorite series of 2013.

Review: Darkness Splintered by Keri Arthur

Monday, November 25, 2013
Series: Dark Angels #6
Publisher: Signet
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

Darkness Splintered takes us right to the beginning of the end. By the end of this book we have a clear idea that the culmination of Risa's never-ending search is coming to a close. The first gate to hell is open, the key to the second gate is in the hands of a dark sorceress and Risa must find her before the gate opens.

Unfortunately she's coming off of a 3 day bender and now dealing with the repercussions of banishing Azriel. She's also being pressured by all sides to find the second key or her friends and family will be murdered one by one. Hunter is of course threatening this but so is her father. She's also coming to terms with the changes Azriel made to her basic life force, Tao being possessed by a fire elemental, and trying to get things done to make sure that none of her friends die.

The pressure is on in this book and no one is giving Risa any leeway. Not that they have at all up to this point but she is getting no where on her hunt. There are certain pieces of information that her father has but he's not giving out anything of course. Hunter is being as psychotic as usual. And as a slight spoiler, Azriel doesn't stay gone long. But I think we all knew that he would be back.

As we get closer to the end, we can kind of see loose ends being tied up. People or beings who really should be out of the picture, out of the picture. As with the rest of the books, this book is absolutely action packed. We get romance, action, mystery, and everything you expect and want from this series in this book. I love this series so much. We get a taste of Riley, Rhoan, and Quinn as well. And I love and miss those guys. I can't wait to see how things turn out in the next book and where this series ends up.  

Review: Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson

Friday, November 22, 2013
Series: Jessica McClain #1
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: September 2012
Reviewed by: Amber R.

Amber I has been on me for so long to read this book and I've finally decided to pick it up. I really have no idea why these things take me so long sometimes.

Jessica has been living under an alias for 7 years and her life has been pretty normal. Besides the fact that she's literally the only female born to a werewolf ever. She has never turned into a werewolf herself, nor or there any signs until one day she changes out of the blue. Luckily her father has planned for such a thing but Jessica isn't able to reach the medication in time. So as the first female werewolf that has ever existed things are not easy. Not too mention that since a female werewolf is virtually unheard of everyone is gunning to control Jessica. And some people have been wanting her dead since she was born.

Not only is she the first female were ever. She also has some freaky talents that no one else have had in centuries. It seems that she's Lycan, she has the capability of stopping her shift half way through and keeps full control over her wolf. Her eyes are violet like her fathers, who is alpha, instead of amber like every other male were. And she also can't be controlled by her father either. Luckily her dad is 100% on her side and some of these abnormalities are being hidden from the rest of the pack. So because everyone is either trying to kill Jessica or kidnap her for their own uses, they try to hide her away. Unfortunately mercenary Rourke is not letting her hide away alone and they're both going to get more than they bargained for.

I thought the beginning of this book was a bit slow to start out. Although things were happening quickly, there wasn't a lot of explanation mainly because no one knows anything. Jessica being the only female were is something that everyone is on the edge about. I really ended up loving this book. Some things get explained but there is so much that's left up in the air, you really just have no idea how this series is going to go. And we're left on such a crazy cliffhanger, it makes you want to pick the next book immediately.

Amber I reviewed this book awhile ago and if you want to check out her review you can do so here.

Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Night Broken by Patricia Briggs (Mercy Thompson #8)

Release Date: March 4, 2014

From Amazon: 

An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s stalker is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

This is one of those series that I have not gotten sick of. 8 books in and I'm still anxiously waiting to see what happens next in Mercy's life. I love this series so much and all of the characters are amazing. March will not get here soon enough!

Soul Resurrected by Keri Lake

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

We had a chance to talk a bit with Keri Lake today about her newest Sons of Wraith book, Soul Resurrected. Check out the blurb, excerpt and interview below!

Soul Resurrected Book Blurb:

As Wrath’s fiercest son, Logan carries the scars of fifty years spent in the most dreaded prison of the underworld, for a sin he’d  kill to keep secret. Enduring decades of gruesome torture has left Logan feared by and detached from others, until a female Alexi’s blood resurrects his soul from death and, with it, the pleasures he’s been denied for so long.
Plagued by shame of her own, Calla is drawn to the ruthless demon, Logan, whose insatiable craving for her touch rouses buried passions and, for once, leaves her feeling desired.
A dark and dangerous evil has been reawakened, however, and when Calla is drawn too close to its breeding grounds, Logan vows to summon the violence of Wrath in order to keep her safe. First, though, Calla must save him from a past riddled with deceit and corruption … but only if she can accept the chilling consequences of unearthing his vilest skeleton.

SOUL RESURRECTED (Sons of Wrath, #2)
By: Keri Lake
Release Date:  October 31, 2013
Genre:  Adult Paranormal Romance/Dark Urban Fantasy

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Awesomesauce: I think the Sons of Wrath series is really unique. Have you had the idea for a long time or is it something that just hit you one day?

Keri Lake: Thanks Amber!  I’ve had the idea of writing a dark and gothic story set in Detroit for a while but the storyline came to me only recently—er, specifically one afternoon on a long car ride to my nephew’s basketball game.  Ayden’s character came to mind first.  The brothers didn’t really make an appearance until much later. 

AS: I know a lot of authors listen to music to inspire them while writing. Is there any songs in particular that you think go really well with Soul Resurrected?

KL: Yep!  I actually have a playlist for each of my books that I compile as I write.  Here’s the one for Soul Resurrected:  Soul Resurrected Playlist

AS: Do you ever have any desire to write anything other than PNR?

KL: I’m not really itching to write anything outside of PNR.  Eventually though, I’d like to try a contemporary or dystopian.  Maybe even horror.

AS: This is book 2 of the Sons of Wrath series, how many books will there be in this series?

KL: There are 7 books plotted for the series so far.

AS: Without giving anything away, what's your favorite element of this book?

KL: The dark tone of the book is what I like most but in the thick of all that, the message that love can heal even the most wounded and closed-off hearts.

AS: and just for fun, What are some of your favorite series to read?

KL: For PNR, I like the Immortals After Dark, Demonica and Lords of the Underworld series.



 Some lives just weren’t worth the trouble of saving …

 The dark room swallowed Logan, as he lay sprawled on his bed—just as he’d been left after ditching his date with death. A stomach-turning sensation of thickened skin and tingles swathed his body, closing in on him, phantom sensations crawling over his flesh that kept him awake. Every five minutes or so, he willed an arm or a leg to move. No go.

 Shadows danced across the wall on the occasions that one of the Catatones guarding the mansion passed through the floodlight below his window. He focused on them only because his neck had been propped in that direction and he had no choice. Good thing, though. She had been assigned to watch over him and slept somewhere beyond his periphery, the reminder heating his blood every time her sleepy moan drifted across the room.

 The fury could’ve split him right down the middle.

 Her blood ran through him—pumping in his veins, feeding his heart, keeping him alive.


 The woman who’d gotten him stabbed with Demortis, the only element capable of taking down a demon, now swam through his body as the only element capable of saving him. Her blood. Pure.  

 Probably the closest he’d ever come to being righteous.

 The irony was enough to leave him scratching his own eyeballs out of his head—that is, if he could reach the damn things. Like a bitch slap from the gods, who probably sat around drinking beers over the shit, poking fun at him.

 The side effect of returning from the dead?

 Feeling like the fucking dead.

 Logan tightened his lip, wishing he could kick his own ass for being so stupid. Not like he’d had to save her or anything. Hell, being a demon meant being the exception to human rules.

 And being a son of Wrath meant never having to play by any species’ rules.

 Yet for some reason, one lodged so deep inside his brain he couldn’t even begin to explain, he’d felt the need to intervene. Not so much for her sake, but because the little prick trying to rape her had taken a jab at the psychopath buried in Logan’s bones. Taunted him.

 Then finally tripped his kill-switch.

 Yeah, that’s what Logan told himself, anyway, because no other excuse could possibly justify why he couldn’t stir a single muscle in his body for anything having to do with her—Calla. The girl they’d picked up at some underground party, so high on Shine she’d have probably let every one of the brothers have a go at her if they’d been the ravaging bastardly types.

 Lucky for her they weren’t.

 “Should’ve walked away,” he muttered, his voice the only part of his body he could control. 

 A zing of pain shot through Logan’s feet, flexing them into an unnatural, paralyzed position. “Ah, shit!” Hadn’t his feet been numb just seconds ago?

 Not even forcing his muscles to relax shook the sting away, one like a strike to the level of his bones, as if they shattered with impact.

 He held his breath and clenched his teeth while the pain crept up his leg. “Motherfucker!” He spoke past gritted teeth, keeping his voice low to keep from rousing his babysitter, but damn, his back arched like one of those tetanus-infected bastards, his eyes squinting so hard they could’ve popped backward into his brain.

 Black smoke curled behind his lids, and a deep laughter mocked him as the agony reached his spine.

 Trembling in the bed, Logan clamped his mouth shut and allowed the convulsions to run through him.

 In silence.

 He’d known pain—gut-turning, put-me-out-of-my-fucking-misery pain. Nothing compared to what wracked him at that moment, as if nightmares could invade the body and inflict injury. The burn, like molten lava oozing in his veins, seeped into his every cell, searing him from the inside. Sweat trickled down his temple at the same time as a chill burst deep inside his bones and swept through his limbs, leaving behind a wake of nausea.

 That black smoke carried the familiar sensation he’d felt once or twice in his life—from the quick witted son of a bitch that brought the toughest demon males to their knees: absolute death. Stygius.

 The place in the underworld from where no soul ever returned.

 With shallow panting breaths, he allowed the blackness worming its way into his mind to take over as something dark and wicked laid claim.

 All Logan could do was let it take him.

Keri Lake Bio:

Keri Lake is a married mother of two living in Michigan.  She writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and loves a good, tragic love story.  Though novels tend to be her focus, she also writes short stories and flash fiction whenever distraction manages to suck her in to the Land of Shiny Things.
When she isn’t toiling away on plots and protagonists, she enjoys reading, music and travel.  If she could create mystical powers for herself, she’d have the ability to flash to anywhere in the world.  And if she could flash to anywhere in the world at this very moment, she’d be staring at the ocean from her adirondack chair on the shores of North Carolina.

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Review: Death, and the Girl He Loves by Darynda Jones

Monday, November 18, 2013
Series: Darlight #3
Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

The war is looming on the horizon and the one person who can stop it from happening is at boarding school. Yeah, Lorelei was shipped off to Maine for school until things could get figured out. She thought that if she went that she could keep all of her friends and family in New Mexico safe. That doesn't mean that she's going to be safe. Because even though she has a new name someone still knows who she is and they're threatening her life. Her grandparents thought letting her go would keep her safe. But there comes a time where she has to face reality and with her visions coming faster and stronger that the war is going to be here any second, she decides to face reality and heads back home.

I have to admit I didn't really understand the last part of the book when I read it the first time. I finally realized what was happening about a fourth of the way through the last 70% but I didn't feel like I had a clear picture so I went back and read it again. Honestly, I really loved this book. There were several parts that made me laugh so hard. Through the end of the book I was tearing up. I just thought it was a really good ending to this series. There are so many things that were good. Other than that little bit of confusion, it was great. And once you get it, it's honestly really cool I think.

I love Darynda Jones and I loved seeing what she did with this book. If you haven't checked out this series yet for whatever reason, you definitely should. It's a great book and a great series.

Review: Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt

Friday, November 15, 2013
Series: Maiden Lane #4
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: June 2012
Reviewed by: Amber R.

This isn't our normal type of book but I made a new rule and once I start a book (unless it's the worst thing ever) I'm going to finish it. So this is a historical romance? I would call it. It's a part of a series called Maiden Lane but you don't have to read it as a series. I didn't and I knew exactly what was going on. This book has stand alone characters and side characters that bring in their parts of the story.

Isabel is a widow who is enjoying the luxurious life of a lady in London. She's on several charitable boards and enjoys the finer things in life. Basically she leads a life of the upper crust of London society. But there is more to the mask she wears in society and Isabel has more to offer than just a pretty smile and good etiquette.

Winter Makepeace is the manager of an orphanage in St. Giles, a bad neighborhood in London. His father started the orphanage. And Winter considers rescuing the abandoned children of St. Giles, his life work. At night he masquerades the streets of St. Giles as a "ghost" hunting for children who are being abused or forced to do horrible things and taking them back to the home.

A chance meeting brings the Ghost and Isabel together and then Winter and Isabel together. And Winter is a normal leading man in this kind of book. He doesn't go after Isabel with a singleminded determination. Isabel however does go after Winter. Not at first but she definitely takes to him.

This is really just a romance book. It doesn't have any of that steampunk/paranormal/urban fantasy stuff I know and love but it's not bad for what it is. Isabel is a cool, modern lady for being back in the 1700's. Winter isn't your typical hero. Plus there is a pretty good story line and Winter is, shocking!, a virgin.. so their sex scenes were pretttttyy interesting. Isabel definitely took the reins, which isn't usual for this type of book either. So yeah, not bad if this is something that you're into.

Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I decided to try to do this meme weekly. Let's see if I can keep it up! I'm sure this one has already been picked a million times but I'm really looking forward to:

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

From Amazon:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

What book are waiting for this week? Leave comments and make sure to link WoW post and I'll check it out!

Review: Death, Doom, and Detention by Darynda Jones

Monday, November 11, 2013
Series: Darklight #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Release Date: March 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

Death and the Girl Next Door left us on such a cliffhanger, I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked up this book. But I loved it. Darynda Jones crosses such barriers for me. She's easily one of my favorite authors. I love to see her style and rhythm come alive in a book. And she always starts off just as strong as she finishes.

War is looming on the horizon and Lorelei is the key to making sure that it doesn't happen. The fact that she's a teenage girl doesn't seem to freak anyone out besides her though. In fact everyone else looks at her with such hope that she can't even deal with it. It's too much pressure. In fact, she lies to her best friend and tells her that she stopped having visions because they're actually too overwhelming for her to deal with. Not too mention that her grandparents have basically lied to her her entire life and now she's not feeling as close to them as she normally does. And having a teeny crush on the angel of death is not helping things either.

Cameron (basically her half-angel bodyguard) and Jared (her angel crush) have been keeping things from her as well. Something has shifted and while they all have felt it no one is talking about it. Whenever Lorelei tries to get answers they ignore her or brush her off. She overheard her grandparents talking about sending her away to protect her from the people who want her dead. But no one is talking to her and everyone is still hiding things. Everyone at school is acting strange and not a good strange either. Lorelei has a vision of someone shooting up a classroom and she and the crew are on a mission to make sure that it doesn't happen. There are also a group of people (I use that term loosely) out to make sure that Lorelei winds up dead and quick like.

I'm such a fan of this series. I love that it's YA but there's no love triangle. I love that it's YA but there's no angst. I love that it's YA but it's gritty and still funny enough for a teenager to read. And also gritty enough for an adult to read and enjoy it. And did I mention how funny this book is? Because even though there is a lot of stuff happening, Lorelei and her friends are freaking hilarious. They're super funny and quirky but it's not TOO much, so it doesn't come off as cheesy. At least I don't think so. But I am pretty cheesy myself. I don't know I just love this series and I hope everyone else does too.

Review: The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells

Thursday, November 7, 2013
 Series: Sabina Kane #2
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: April 2010
Reviewed by: Amber R.

One of the easiest ways I know if I love a book or not is how fast I read it. And I read this one pretty fast. Some books feel like a labor of love, it takes a lot of focus and concentration to finish them. However this book was the easiest, funniest book I've read recently.

Sabina has left California for the east coast, NYC specifically. She's going to meet her identical twin sister that she just found out existed. And she's leaving the vamps for the mage world. However, things aren't going smoothly. Not that Sabina expected them too. After dealing with her abusive grandmother her entire life and being ultimately betrayed by her, Sabina finds it hard to trust anyone or anything. Transitioning from vampire life to mage like is crazy hard for her. Meeting her sister, who is the complete opposite of her, is not any easier.

Although things do definitely get easier and then harder, Sabina doesn't play by anyone's rules but her own. Living her entire life under her grandmothers thumb and now the mage council is trying to control her as well. There are tons of rules and some people aren't so welcoming. Not too mention she thought Adam would be there to help her cope with all the changes but the council is sending him on a mission.

Sabina is awesome. I love this story line so far and I can't wait to see where things go from here. We can see things already building up just over 2 books, so you know things are just going to get more intense. I wonder how these characters are going to grow and develop. I'm all in with this series and I can't wait to find out what happens next. 

Review: Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Monday, November 4, 2013
Series: Divergent #3
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 20, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.


After finishing this book, I'm questioning my love of the first 2 books in this series. Did I love them because I missed YA books without a love triangle? Did I love them because I needed books to read that weren't boring me to death? Did I need a change? Or did Veronica Roth just decide to bore us to tears and then give us tears with this book?

We finally get some answers that left us hanging at the end of book 2. A group of people including Tris and Tobias go outside of the city in order to find out what's there. When they get where they're going it ends up that their city was built by some genetic branch of the government in order to create more genetically pure people. According to these people the Divergent are genetically pure and they are the optimum breed of humans. And when the Divergent weren't actually supposed to be killed, they were supposed to be revered. Edith Prior's video was kinda wrong, the government didn't really want the Divergent to be sent outside of the city after there was a population. And basically the government isn't sure what to do with the people who showed up.

Obviously everyone is reeling from these revelations and everything that goes on is honestly kinda boring. Everything is a lot of explaining the things that have happened and why it happened that way. And of course they, meaning Tris and everyone, decide that they need to overthrow the government. Kinda anyhow.

I honestly don't know how I feel about this book. The ending was horrible. I get that we're not always going to get what we want but this seems crazy. It happened too fast and it seemed really anticlimactic for the entire series. And the wrap up at the end was okay? I guess. I really don't know so I probably should've waited to write this but I'm just going with it. Either way, the ending was 0/10 would not recommend. The rest of the book was alright but it was a lot of information and a lot of it didn't make sense actually. I haven't read any other reviews of this yet because I didn't want any spoilers. I am really interested in seeing what everyone else thought about this one. 

Review: My Lady Quicksilver by Bec McMaster

Friday, November 1, 2013
Series: London Steampunk #3
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.

"He knew her not at all."

I'm not even done with this book and I have to say this 6 word sentence broke my heart. Bec McMaster's skill of entrapping a reader in her stories had to been some sort of witchcraft. Within the first 100 pages, I was completely and fervently engrossed.

Rosalind is a revolutionary marauder for the Humanist movement in London. She peruses the streets fighting against the Echelon under the mask of Mercury. After her husband died 8 years earlier she vowed to keep up his cause and has tried her best to accomplish what she could to bring down the blue bloods. She has a long history, some of entwined with the blue bloods, and other parts fighting to keep her family together. Jasper Lynch comes on her radar one night when the Nighthawks are hunting down Mercury. But the meeting is nothing like she imagined it would be.

Everyone knows who Jasper Lynch is, a rouge blue blood who has been the leader of the Nighthawks for decades. He is a cold, hard man. On the brink of the Echelon but because of his rouge status he's never quite been accepted. He's definitely made his own way. Jasper isn't just a cold hearted blue blood though, there are layers in that man that I couldn't even believe. When Rosa and Jasper come together it's like magic. I was so involved with them, I needed things to work out between them I just did.

I really enjoyed the double roll that Rosa was playing. She was Mercury and Mrs. Marberry. I think that she got to see things of Jasper that she wouldn't have otherwise. And I think that they both ended up coming to the conclusion that their goals weren't too far removed from each other in the end. They were both fighting for a bigger group and despite their differences they were able to come together. And towards the end of the book when "Mercury" came in through the window, I almost died.

I loved this book so much, I might read it again. And I NEVER read books more than once. At least usually. But I loved this book. I know I keep saying that. But I loved Rosa and I loved Jasper and they were both so amazing and you just have to read this book. You have too. The other two books in this series were amazing but this one was just off the charts for me. 
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