Review: Raven Cursed by Faith Hunter

Friday, August 30, 2013
Series: Jane Yellowrock #4
Publisher: Roc
Release Date: January 2012
Reviewed by: Amber R.
 


Faith Hunter has created this crazy world that I just can't get enough of. Jane is in North Carolina working for Leo. She's handling security for a parlay between one of Leo's head vampires and a vampire petitioning to become a Master vamp. But of course that can't be the only thing happening. Molly and her band of witch sisters are around and Evangeline is causing major trouble. Unfortunately Jane is the only one who can see it besides Big Evan and they don't have the best track record. Not too mention Kem and Rick are dealing with Rick being tainted by were and the fact the Kem wants to kill him, bad.

Jane is in the mix of all of this. And while she's trying to deal, she's also trying to overcome her guilt and grief over several different things. She's also working on coming to terms with who she is. Rick is trying to get back in good with Jane. Although I think she was entirely too forgiving of him. It seems like he might actually be moving on to different things. While Jane is helping with the parlay, Evangeline collides with the vamp who wants to become master Lincoln Shaddox. Molly's sister has gone crazy. Maybe she's been crazy for a long time. But the real problem is that Jane can't seem to convince anyone of what's really going on. And it might just be too late for all of them.

I'm in love with this series. UF is hard and steady becoming my absolute favorite. And this series brings me a lot of ass kicking, mystery, paranormal, and some romance all rolled up into one. I really have no complaints other than the fact that I really want Jane to bone Bruiser and it still hasn't happened yet. I have hopes though! Aspirations for her. Oh and god, I freaking love Beast. Honestly, she is usually my comedic relief in these books. Granted Jane is pretty funny but Beast just takes that up to the next level.

If you are a lover of urban fantasy or paranormal mysteries or anything of the sort, you definitely need to check these books out. They're extremely great and I'm already curious about what is going to happen next to our Jane.


Review: Claimed by Stacey Kennedy

Thursday, August 29, 2013

CLAIMED

Club Sin #1

Contemporary Romance – Erotica
Publisher: Loveswept (Random House)
Length: 230 pages
Release date: August 5, 2013
Price: $2.99

I loved Presley right away she was an avid reader who decided that after reading lots of BDSM books and finding out her new roomie was living the life style to give being a sub a try. And who knew that by becoming a sub it would make her stronger! During her sexin' times with her Dom she was a great little submissive but he taught her out of a scene to stand up for herself and in the end made her stronger.

I love reading BDSM books, but I know that I would never ever be a good sub. I mean calling someone master and giving up my rights in the bedroom is just not something I could ever do. But when reading about it and getting both sides like I did with Presley and Dmitri. Stacey did push some of my soft limits but I found that I did enjoy them. I liked how well thought out everything was and that Dmitri never pushed Presley to far and that Presley did go out of her safe zone and experience some amazing things.

The relationship was built up nice and slow. It was never unbelievable. You saw how they ended up caring for one another and seen what they both saw in one another. I loved the side characters and can't wait to see more of Aidan and Cora. I think those two will be a lot of fun. And believe it or not even though this book was steaming hot, there was little actual sex! So when they did do the deed we where are plenty ready!

Claimed was a great first addition to the Club Sin series. We get introduced into the dungeon and characters that we are already eager to meet. Presley and Dmitri's story was great, it was super hot and romantic with plenty of light moments. I love everything Stacey Kennedy writes and can't wait to read more. Club Sin series is sure to be some amazing book porn!














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Review: Heavy Metal by Natalie J. Damschroder

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Series: Goddesses Rising #2
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.
 


While this is the 2nd book in the series you can definitely read it as a stand alone. This book is action packed and full of surprises. Riley is a goddess who specializes in metal magic. A goddess is basically a witch who has manipulation to some degree of something nature based. However Riley's situation is a bit different. For one she didn't even know anything about this special goddess world. For another have a metal affinity is really rare, not too mention that she's been on the run for like 6 months from a group of people who are targeting her for some reason. This leads her to take drastic measures and she reaches out to the Society, which basically helps goddesses.

Which brings us to Sam, Riley meets up with him to have him help her with what's going on in her life. Sam used to work for the Society but has been on a hiatus for quite some time for personal reasons. As soon as Riley and Sam get together they start coming up with a plan. They head to the Society's headquarters in Boston and run into a schlew of troubles along the way. There is a ton of action in this book along with a great story. Sam and Riley automatically have a chemistry together. But of course things aren't easy, they never are in a great story.

All in all I really liked this book. I think there was a good mix of everything that you would want. It did move kind of fast but it wasn't hard to follow and everything made sense. I really like that even though this book is the second in the series you can read it as a stand alone book if you want. However, at the end it does leave an excellent teaser for what's to come in the next book. I really think that if you haven't read this book or checked into this series yet, you definitely should.

Review: Heart of Venom by Jennifer Estep

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Series: Elemental Assassin #9
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: August 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.







Jennifer Estep has done it again. And by it, I mean made me hungry. Does anyone else get ravenous while reading her books? She's done other stuff too, don't let my stomach fool you. Estep can weave a meal tale right in front of your eyes that seems so vivid and real. We're back with our favorite assassin, Gin Blanco or better known as The Spider. Ashland has a new villain who is causing havoc. Well he's technically not a new villain because he's been around before. Although since Fletcher thwarted him last time, he's been laying low.

Harley Grimes is a 1920's gangster wannabe who lives up in the mountains in Ashland. He is an old foe of Fletcher, Sophia, and Jo-Jo. We all know from before that Sophia has had a not so easy past and Grimes is the main reason for that. Fletcher went after him once and failed but now that Fletcher is dead, Grimes thinks it's open season. He's after Sophia...again. Little does he know that even though the Tin Man is gone, The Spider is still alive and well. But this is no easy feat for Gin. Harley has a band of men who are ready and willing to defend him. He also has a ruthless, evil sister who is a fire elemental and he's one too. Grimes thinks he's 10 feet tall and bulletproof and he just might prove to be fatal to The Spider.

All of the regular bunch are there Jo-Jo, Sophia, Finn, Bria, and we get some extra help from Phillip, Cooper, and even Owen too. Owen apparently has realized the error of his ways and is trying to convince Gin that he really cares for her. He's helping her with the fight against Grimes and showing her he still cares. And while Gin still is absolutely in love with Owen, she can't help remember how easily he left her after he swore and promised that he would never leave her. Although I was rooting for Owen I was really glad to know that Gin just didn't take him back with open arms. Gin deserves good things in her life and after what happened, well let's just say I'm glad with the way that things turned out.

This is one of my absolute favorite authors and series. I was so happy to read this book. It was fast paced, action packed, full of humor, heart break, and a story that just drags you in. I can't wait to see what happens next in Gin's crazy, awesome life. I'm absolutely in love with this series and I want everyone to read it so we can all gush over how awesome it is.







Review may contain spoilers!!
I always love when Amber R reviews a book first so I can do a very informal review and just rant!  Now I will say I loved this book. I think its the bloodiest book we have ever seen. We see Gin in a whole new way. She is ruthless and gets shit done. I think she has been pushed too far when the people she loves are in danger. So lets not beat around the bush and get to the part where I talk about Owen. We all know that is what I want and need.

OWEN!
You are too little, too late. Maybe had you have came to this epiphany in the last book I would have welcomed you back with open arms. But for you to come back half way through the book because you find out Gin needs back up and then tell her you realize what an ass you weere is not enough. Why didn't you come to her as soon as you realized it? Why wait until you were forced to be by her? Your pretty words are not good enough. And yes Gin may have held off for like a little bit but not long enough. You should suffer a lot more for the pain you have caused. She should not have gave in so easily. I know you threw yourself quite literally into the fire for her but that doesn't change the damage that was done. I can't be okay with this. I need more! I love you, but I can't take you back yet.

Anyways there is always Finn to lighten up my day. Why do they have to have a brother/sister relationship? He would be perfect for her. Oh I thought Bria was dropping pregnancy hints, anyone else see that? Maybe I was over reading some things but if she announces she is pregnant I won't be surprised.

Anyways I LOVED this book. It was a great read. We get time with all our favorites and even a lot of Fletcher memories. I wasn't pleased with the last book because we really didn't get to see all of the other side characters so I was happy we had so much face time with them. To me they are as much part of this series as Gin is. I can't wait to read more!!


Cover Reveal Her Wicked Angel Felicity Heaton

Monday, August 26, 2013
Her Wicked Angel (Her Angel Romance Series Book 6) Felicity Heaton 




The King of Demons and the Devil’s right hand man, Asmodeus is a dark angel born of evil and created for destruction. When his master orders him to venture into the mortal world and retrieve a female for him, he seizes the chance to leave Hell for the first time, uncaring of what the Devil has planned for her… until he sets eyes on the most beautiful woman he has ever seen—a female who awakens new feelings within his black heart, unleashing passion so intense that it controls him and desire he cannot resist.

He will not let his wretched master have her. She will belong to him.

 Liora is a witch with a bad reputation and an obsession with fighting demons. A mission gone wrong sees her sent to Paris to cool off, but when a dark and deadly warrior with a gaze of golden fire lands in her life, she ends up burning hotter than Hell for the wicked angel. Nothing will stand between her and the immense, forbidding male. Not her cousin. Not Asmodeus’s sworn enemy and twin, Apollyon. And certainly not the Devil.

Caught up in a tempest of danger and soul-searing passion, can they survive against the odds and seize their forever after?

Her Wicked Angel is due for release on September 21st 2013 



Books in the Her Angel romance series: 

Her Dark Angel (Her Angel romance series book 1) – FREE on Amazon Kindle, Kobo and Apple iBooks
Her Fallen Angel (Her Angel romance series book 2)
Her Warrior Angel (Her Angel romance series book 3)
Her Guardian Angel (Her Angel romance series book 4)
Her Demonic Angel (Her Angel romance series book 5)



About Felicity Heaton:


Felicity Heaton writes passionate paranormal romance books as Felicity Heaton and F E Heaton. In her books she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shapeshifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons!

If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, Felicity Heaton’s best selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series she writes as F E Heaton or any of her stand alone vampire romance books she writes as Felicity Heaton. Or if you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try Felicity Heaton’s new Vampire Erotic Theatre series.

In 2011, five of her six paranormal romance books received Top Pick awards from Night Owl Reviews, Forbidden Blood was nominated as Best PNR Vampire Romance 2011 at The Romance Reviews, and many of her releases received five star reviews from numerous websites. In 2013, Heart of Darkness was a finalist in the paranormal romance category at the Epic Ebook Awards.

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The Amber Feature: A Perfect Blood by Kim Harrison

Thursday, August 22, 2013
As we all know, I've been deep into The Hollows series by Kim Harrison this summer. I thought for something a little bit different and a lot of fun. I would post Amber I's review for A Perfect Blood from November of 2012 and basically comment on her review where I agreed with her and disagreed. Basically I'm going to cliff note her review. So definitely make sure and leave us comments and let us know what you think too!





It has been so long since I read a book from this series. (I feel the same way but I've only been done for like a week.) Like way too long. I read Pale Demon before it came out so its almost been 2 years for me. When I started this book I was like Oh my God I forgot that happened and was kicking myself for taking so long to read this.

A Perfect Blood was great. It wasn't as awesome as Pale Demon but still great. (It was great, just as great as Pale Demon. Amber is obviously biased.) I just didn't like how weak Rachel left herself for more then half the book. (I agree. That was dumb. Rachel makes bad decisions sometimes.) I understand her reasoning but when she is getting the crap beat out of her by humans I just couldn't take it.

In the very beginning we got a little sneak peak at Trent, and as soon as we got that, that is all I wanted to see. (ME TOO. Trent is amazing and I love him and I want him and Rachel together now. I've been a Trent fan from the first.) It took a while for him to be a major part of the story and I missed him. I love Trent and I wish him and Rachel would just rip each others clothes off already!! I missed Al too. He didn't have a big part in this story either. His part in the ending was very entertaining. (I love Al too. And I missed him while he wasn't around. But he always makes a big impact even when his role is small.)

All in all this was a great addition to the series. Rachel seems to have learned her lesson and that she needs her magic and not to hide what she is. (Once Rachel fully embraces her demon side, she gets even more bad ass.) Her relationships with Ivy and Jenks are changing. (They are changing but it's a good change.) She seems to have finally trusted Trent and I am hoping to see a lot of him in the next book. (I have loved Trent and I just want Rachel to love him. And I want them to bang. Hahaha) I am really excited to see what is going to happen next. I am so happy I already have Ever After and I promise not to take a break from this world for so long. Its an amazing Urban Fantasy read!! (One of the best UF series I've ever read. Gets better and better with each book.)




I've always loved Amber I's reviews so much, they're so fun. So doing something like this was a big kick for me. I hope you guys think it's fun too. Thanks for being with us today!

Check out Amber I's original review here.


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Review: Omens by Kelley Armstrong

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Series: Cainsville #1
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber I.
 



Let me start off saying that I think this book was a little out of my genre. So while I liked the book, I think the reasons that I wasn't in love with it where all my fault.

Omens to me was more of a mystery then anything slightly paranormal (which is my genre of choice) It has talk of Fairies but nothing is ever really developed in that area. Its talked about and we hear stories but nothing major. I can tell there is something slightly different in Cainesville but after almost 500 pages I am still not with any answers. I really wish we would have gotten more answers but I will get to that in a minute.

My biggest complaints are that:

  • We start this book knowing that Olivia/Edens biological parents are accused of murders. I thought by the end we would know more about if they did or did not do them. There are some developments but not where I thought we would be by the end of this book. 
  • Cainsville was very intriguing but again not enough information for me. I know its book 1 but I wanted to know more and have a better understanding. 


This book just took me a lot longer to read. Again I think its mainly because this is just not my type of book. I love everything I ever read from Kelley so I wanted to give this a try. The book has potential for me but I would have needed more from this first installment to really get myself hooked. Before reading any more in this series I will probably be checking out reviews to see if there was any more development in the areas I needed some in. But if are a mystery lover then this book might just be for you.


Review: Pale Demon by Kim Harrison

Monday, August 19, 2013
Series: The Hollows #9
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: February 2011
Reviewed by: Amber R.




Holy hell. I almost feel like those two words encompass all of my feelings about this book. This book surpasses everything in this series that has happened before. I was riveted and I couldn't stop reading. I literally could not put the book down. Harrison has literally blown me away.

Rachel has to face the coven in San Francisco. It's a trial to prove that she isn't a black witch. However, the fact that she has been shunned is really putting a damper on the travel plans. Trent is randomly offering Rachel travel accommodations to the west coast with her as his escort. But he's not giving out too much additional information as to why. Rachel, of course, refuses since her and Trent are frenemies. But Ivy, Jenks, and Quen have other ideas. So when airport plans go awry because of Rachel's shunned status, the group takes off on a road trip of epic proportions.

Things are never easy whenever Rachel is involved. Add a bit of Trent, Al, and a day-walking demon in the mix and you get a recipe for destruction. Jenks is kidnapped by a group of wild pixies, Trent causes mass destruction is the midwest, random elf assassins are trying to kill Trent, and a member of the coven is following close on their heels. Not too mention, the entire dynamic of the Rachel/Ivy/Jenks relationship is on the cusp of something major.

Granted the whole thing is a bit more complicated than it seems. I've over simplified a bit as to not get insanely ramble-y. Because, trust me, it would happen. Things are coming to a head with Rachel. I think that she's closer than ever before to figuring out who she is. I was so into this entire book. I love where Rachel is heading. I have no idea how this is going to end up but I can't wait to find out.




Also if you want to check out Amber I's review from 2011 check it out here

Review & Giveaway: A Demon and Her Scot by Eve Langlais

Friday, August 16, 2013
Series: Welcome to Hell #3
Source:E-Book ARC
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.


I don't know if you've read anything by Eve Langlais or not but if you haven't you're making one of the biggest mistakes of your reading life. This Welcome to Hell series has to be one of my all time favorites. We get to see a different side to Hell, a side that says "Yes, we might be demons and degenerates but we all like to have fun like the next guy. We're just living life to the fullest and possibly causing havoc in the mean time. NBD." Or at least that's what it says to me.

In this installment, Aella is a shapeshifter demon who works for the Big Bad. Yup, Satan. She's his go to head hunter. If anyone needs to be found, Aella is the demon for the job. She's brutal, take charge, kick ass demon who doesn't let anyone get in her way. Satan is up to his matchmaking and golf playing ways again and sets Aella out to find a scotsman who can apparently help Satan with his back swing. There's a big tournament coming up for all the gods and lords and what not and Satan is determined to win. But since he's an awful golfer he needs major of help, which comes in the form of a Scot who has given up the game and taken up the booze, Niall.

Aella thinks this is a cut and dried job. She goes in, gets the old drunk guy, takes him to Satan, end of story. But when she walks into the bar that Niall basically lives at, things change. Niall has sworn off anything but booze however seeing Aella work her way through the bar and lop off heads, well lets say some "interest arises".

This book is hilarious, sweet, kick ass, and sex all rolled into one. Let's just be honest though, all Eve's books are. And this one does not disappoint. The fact that she gets so much depth into such a small amount of pages is insane to me. I really love these stories, they're really great. And you guys should all start reading them too. Best part? You don't even have to start with the first book.




Now for some fun, it's giveaway time! This book is being released on August 20th so we're going to be giving away a copy to one lucky winner so make sure to enter to win! You definitely don't want to miss this book.


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Cover Reveal: Seven Years by Dannika Dark

Thursday, August 15, 2013


  Release Date: October 22, 2013






Book Blurb

Seven years ago, my world ended.
Seven years later, my new life began.

It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly - a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.

Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He's lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi's family. It's time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?




Excerpt:

The closer I snuggled up to Austin, the more I craved that cozy familiarity—more than I would have cared to admit. I’d missed him. How do you not miss someone who was a huge chunk of your childhood and young-adult life who disappeared off the face of the earth? Almost every memory I had from kindergarten to age twenty involved Austin Cole.
The next thing I knew, my cheek rested on his bicep and I tucked my body against his like a puzzle piece. Just when I closed my heavy eyelids, he groaned.
Oh God, please don’t let him wake up now.
It was deep and guttural, and he shifted on his right side, facing me.
“You okay?” he murmured.
I didn’t reply. I played dead and pretended I was asleep. It seemed like a good plan to avoid the embarrassment of explaining why I was latched on to him like a man-sucking leech.
A rough, warm hand cupped my cheek and I felt him scoot down a little. Maybe he thought I had fallen asleep, because his thumb brushed over my right eyelid softly.
Five times. I counted.
When his lips lightly touched mine, my brain just shut down. It was a soft, almost nonexistent kiss, but I felt it all the way down to my toes. Then it zinged back up to my hips and damn if I didn’t moan.
Now we were both aware I wasn’t asleep and he was kissing me. But it didn’t stop. His kiss pressed a little bit harder and tingles roared through my body, and my breath was shaky and erratic.
When his tongue touched my lip, I quickly opened my mouth and kissed him back.
Hard.
Deep.
Kissed him like I’d fantasized about doing for the last seven years.


About the Author



This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.

When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).

Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.

It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.

Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.

I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.

I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.

But it's what I love to do.

Danni

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Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  Series: Hereafter #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 2011
Source: Library
Reviewed by: Amber R.



This book was so different than anything I've ever read. It was one of my first ghost stories and while some of it I found really confusing, it was mostly a really good book.

Amelia is a ghost who has recently come out of long time "fog". She doesn't remember anything about her life before she died and she doesn't really remember how she died or what she's been doing since, really. But something happens and a boy almost dies. While she can't do much, she did everything she could to try to help him. For some reason she felt drawn to him and it turns out he's drawn to her as well because he can see her.

Joshua is actually a Seer as it happens. Which we don't find out right away. Amelia and him have a few meetings where she convinces him she's a ghost, he doesn't quite believe her at first. Who could blame him though? He's fully convinced when he takes Amelia out in public and no one else can see her. Well no one besides his grandma Ruth, who is also a Seer and who is convinced that Amelia is evil and that she needs to be exorcised. Since Joshua has the hots for Amelia and vice versa they're both pretty against this idea. Also he's helping her try to remember who she was and who she is now that she's a ghost. Plus they have another ghost who is evil and who probably does need to be exorcised to deal with.

All in all I think this book was pretty good. I have to admit while we were going through and unfolding the story, it was pretty confusing. I haven't been able to pinpoint why it was confusing for me though. I really just think that the story wasn't really concise and it was pretty vague in most parts. So while you knew what was happening, you really didn't. The story was really different from most books and I was really interested in seeing where the development went. I'm definitely going to go on in this series, I really want to see what happens next to these two.






If you want to read Amber I's review from way back when you can check it out here.



Review: Wrong Ways Down by Stacia Kane

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Series: Downside Ghosts #1.5
Release Date: August 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.





It's been a little over a year since the last book in Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts series. I have to admit, I've been missing Chess and Terrible something awful. So this novella from Terrible's perspective came just in time. This book is set between Unholy Ghosts and Unholy Magic (books 1 and 2). Someone is attacking Bump's working girls and Terrible is intent on finding out who is behind it all. Of course he's using his own special mix of brutality and street smarts to get the job done.

Terrible's POV is something that I really loved reading. We get a lot of confirmation that Terrible really is the wonderful, sweet, vulnerable, amazing hero we all thought he was. I was having so many Terrible and Chess feelings throughout this book. And it really reminded me how much I love this series. We all know from reading this series that Chess has some feelings of inadequacy when it comes to Terrible and thinking she's not good enough for him. However, we find out that Terrible has a lot of  the same feelings towards Chess.

He's also intent on finding whoever is attacking Bump's girls. And we get a good look into his every day world and dealing with Bump and all the citizens of the downside world. Terrible demands respect from people and while there are some who question him, he puts them in their place right quick.

I really miss this series and this was just what I needed. Terrible is amazing and so smart and capable. I really loved seeing things from his side and really getting into his head. I can't wait for the next book in this series.



Review: Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

Monday, August 12, 2013
Series: The Hollows #8
Publisher: EOS
Release Date: February 2010
Reviewed by: Amber R.
 



I can't quit this series. I'm trucking right through and I am so in love with it. I think Rachel is flighty and makes awful decisions but I can't help but love her. There is something so endearing about her and the morals she has that I just want to be her friend. And friendship is a huge undertaking in this book.

Rachel has her fingers in one too many pies, per usual. She's been shunned by the coven of ethical and moral standings because she's a black witch and consorts with demons. Which she is and she does. She's still fighting it though and insisting that she isn't. Also, they know what she is. And Rachel is convinced that Trent was the squealer. As their feud is long and standing steady. However, I was pretty sure that Rachel was wrong.

There are a few characters in this series that keep popping up like rats. Crapforbrains is back, AGAIN. I'm going to talk about this a lot because it annoys me to no end. Rachel is a bleeding heart, I get it. She roots for the underdog, she feels guilty over everything, she has horrible taste in men. I get it. But the fact that she keeps giving the benefit of the doubt to Nick really busts my chops. He's a slimy scumbag. Not too mention there is a random ghost that Rachel knew when she was 18 for one night, that is a black magic practicing witch. Dude is bad news but of course Rachel is attracted to him (he gets a body, long story). Granted she tries to stay away from him and tells him off but *SPOILER* it doesn't work. Can we talk about how much I'm coming to love that stupid demon Al? That demon is bad ass.

Rachel is learning a lot of magic. Like way more than she ever has before. And the coven in this book is relentless. There is a lot that goes on in this book and most of it not good. One thing in particular had me sobbing. Even if the book isn't full of cheer and joy, it's still an amazing story. It still draws you in and hooks you. You can't put it down and now that I've gotten this far, I can't stop reading this series. If you haven't read this yet, please do. If you have read it, tell me nothing! (haha)


Review: White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison

Thursday, August 8, 2013
Series: The Hollows #7
Publisher: Eos
Release Date: February 2009
Reviewed by: Amber R.




Rachel is such a mess but she's a lovely mess. She has a heart of gold but her execution is sometimes off. Right off the rip Rachel is on the hunt for her memories and a murderer. While she's on a mission right away, she definitely doesn't get her answers right away. In true Rachel fashion, she fucks up a lot on the way. But even with the mess ups, she still grows and she still learns whats what and who's who.

I think that while these books normally have several different things going on all at once, this one has even more going on if that's possible. However, Harrison has a way of pulling everything together and keeping everything straight so you're not insanely confused. Rachel's elusive brother finally makes an appearance. And man, they have a weird relationship. They love each other, which is obvious. But Robbie has some major issues with Rachel's profession. Also, he's a catalyst for some major changes in Rachel's life.

There's also a banshee on the loose, a random ghost shows up who apparently Rachel knew for one night when she was 18. Rachel is hell bent on helping the ghost, his name is Pierce. And Jenks, Al and everyone else is convinced that Rachel has the hots for him. She mostly proves them wrong. Al's still around and he plays poor Rachel like a fiddle, like always. Rachel is weak in this book, a close call with a banshee strips her aura thin. And to top it all off Rachel is shunned for being a black witch.

I love this series. I love these characters. I love this author. And this book left off so strong, I'm moving right along to the next book. Don't listen to anyone who tells you that these aren't good books. They're amazing and I want to read them again and I just started reading them. I can't wait to see what Rachel does next and where all this ends up.


Infinity Glass + Poster by Myra McEntire Giveaway! (US Only)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013


INFINITYGLASS (Egmont USA, August 6, 2013, $17.99 HC)
The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members -- many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?
 


About Myra McEntire:
Myra McEntire has had her nose in a book since she could hold one.  She was once caught reading in the shower (true story) and only stopped when her father disconnected the hot water heater.  She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and two boys.










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Review: Biting Bad by Chloe Neill

Monday, August 5, 2013
Series: Chicagoland Vampire #8
Publisher: NAL Penguin
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Reviewed by: Amber R.


Man, these guys can not catch a break. Merit and Ethan and all the Cadogen vampires constantly have something going on. You would think that they would get a week or two to relax but apparently Chloe Neill has other things in store for our Chicagoland Vamps.

Rioters are taking over Chicago. First they targeted a large blood distribution center and then the Grey House. And while both locations are vampire related there is no rhyme or reason as to why these two areas are attacked. But Merit and the Cadogen House is on the case. However, finding the right questions to ask is almost as hard as finding out the who and what behind the rioting.

Merit and Ethan couldn't have just one thing to deal with though, because that would just be too easy. The GP is out to bring them down in any way they can. And they come in swinging but they bite off more than they can chew with Merit and Ethan. Mallory is working on controlling her magic still. She's been working with Gabe and has definitely made a lot of progress. However, she's asking something extremely large of Ethan and it might be something he has to deny her, no matter how close she and Merit are. Merit's father invites Ethan and Merit to a family dinner but of course has ulterior motives. That guy will never learn his lesson. So suffice it to say, they have their hands full.

Ethan and Merit's relationship is progressing. I really love seeing them grow closer together. They're working through things and just coming together so amazingly. Even though there are some areas that things come to question, I think that they're probably as tight as they ever have been yet.

There are so many things that happen in this book that had me laughing and crying and literally slack jawed in shock. I love this series so much and I can't wait to see what kind of craziness happens next. And even though there is so much going on, Chloe has a way of flowing everything together so well and it's so cohesive.

A little snippet of Merit and Ethan's conversation that I just thought was hilarious.

Ethan looked utterly flummoxed. "Isn't this good news?"
I wiped the tears away and smiled at him. "It's the best news."
"Then why are you crying?"
"Because sometimes women cry when there's good news. Tears of relief. You know, catharsis."
His expression was utterly blank.
"Haven't you ever cried when you, I don't know, you get a new batch of that fancy stationary you like with the watermarks on it?"
He looked bewildered. "That's what you think I'd cry tears of relief about?"
"You do like your office supplies."
Ethan closed his eyes and shook his head. "This conversation has taken an indecipherable turn. Nevertheless, I actually have more good news...."

Aren't they freaking funny? Ugh, I just love these perfect little vamps and I want to hang out with them. If you haven't read this series yet, it is a MUST read. If you have, don't you just love them? So great. Anyhow can't wait for the next book, this one was amazing.




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